Sunday, April 11, 2021

Let Beauty Find Its Way Card

So, I was supposed to be cleaning up and I spotted this window ephemera piece in a Kaisercraft ephemera kit, that I obviously hadn’t put away (and still haven’t because instead I created this card). And I was driven to pair it with a standing Unity girl stamp, which I found in the Erica Girl kit. And then, I was driven to find paper I could pair it all with, which I found lying around and not put away either... My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Market Street. Some may call this serendipitous and others just a fun excuse not to clean up. I’ll say nothing!

After looking at the pad and window and stamp, I realized I’d be paper piecing her outfit again. So I found multiple papers I could use, and began it all by stamping the girl on the first pink sheet that I thought could make a wall. Keeping everything in place in my Misti, I then decided where to adhere the window, affixed it, and then stamped the girl again, now focusing ink on the window. I decided I wanted to add another piece of paper where the wall and ground meet, found a neutral piece in the pad, adhered it and stamped again focusing on the feet. Once done, I pulled the paper base out of my Misti.

Next I stamped the bag, the pants, the coat and shirt on different papers and fussy cut them out. I stamped  the bag again on Bristol and red paper pieces to embellish the bag a little and fussy cut those out. Next I stamped the human parts of the girl on Bristol paper and used colored watercolor pencils on all parts and black pen on the hair.

I used watercolor pencils to color the flowers and leaves on the background. To blend everything together I added dots on the background for shading similar to the stamp shading using a black pen. I also adding shading using a green and a blue watercolor pencil around the girl and window. To make the flower centers and buttons pop, I used a white gel pen.

To complete the card, I stamped the sentiment from the kit and fussy cut out 2 portions. I backed each part with ephemera from the same kit as the window. I used another paper from the pad as a first layer, added a white ribbon and matching enamel dots to complete the card.

Overall, I had great fun putting this together... so much more fun than cleaning, and I think it turned out pretty cute. I also have the perfect person in mind for this card. Let me know what you think... till next time, happy crafting!

Artist Trading Card Catch Up

Haven’t posted trading cards in awhile, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites over the last few months. Used several different techniques on these, but all were created using a combination of Unity stamps.

The heart set background was created using acrylic paints, embossing powder with a Unity heart stamp, a stencil and paste and my own scribbles. The background on the Shine ATC, was created using a magazine artist paper and adding acrylic paint colors with a stencil to evenly distribute colors. 

The Soul Joy background was created using a 12x12 paper from a pad, stenciling on green leaves and adhering a flowery napkin to get the background colors I wanted. The Good Day background was just created with watercolors and adhering but up boots from a paper pad. I tried to recreate the colors in the watercolored boot image.

For the Love set, I watched a bunch of Tracy Evans YouTube videos, because a) l absolutely love her style and b) I love her voice and accent ;-). It was created using a couple circle dies. For the top circle, I die cut another paper and partially stamped the Unity image through the circle and the traced the outline. The 2 bottom circles are actually die cuts, again with partial images. I also stamped on a stencil, spritzed it with water and laid it on top of each ATC, holding it in place to get the ink transferred. For the Amazing set, I was inspired by another art journaling artist...and I can’t find her name. I took a sheet of Bristol paper and used a combination of Perfect Pearls, cream acrylic and red pigment powder to create a variegated background. I added some background stamping all over. Finally, I drew lines with pencil and added heartfelt words and artistic thoughts randomly all over the sheet. I then cut it down to ATC’s. I created star cutouts using 3 sizes of dies and patterned paper. The girl was embossed, and watercolor added to her.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the different looks you can create with backgrounds. Thanks for stopping by! Til next time, happy crafting.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Friends of Unity April Blog Hop

Welcome back to another blog hop! April’s hop is all about the Birds and the Bees... bet you thought you knew all about those already, huh? 🤣 Well, who knows, maybe we have a few more things to teach. 

As usual with this hop, we’ll be giving away some Unity stamps, so be sure to leave a comment on each blog for a chance at winning some! I’d also like to announce that

Karen Connor

won some Unity goodness from me from last month’s hop. Please PM me your address, Karen!

So, for this month’s cards, I got my inspiration from the super talented artist Tracy Evans. Check out her pretty cool YouTube videos yourself! 

For the first card, I cut down Bristol paper and taped up the sides with Purple tape. I then pulled out Daler Rowney’s Rich Gold and Cream acrylics, a Brea Reese Ocean Green paint, and a brayer. I first added a little cream paint, then some light touches of the gold. I next added more gold, using a makeup sponge and TCW’s Love Frame stencil. I then added some flower centers using the green paint with the same stencil. I added more cream, gold and green paint to the heart center. 

Next, I pulled out Unity’s Thoughts from the Past and Vintage Passport and stamped portions of them using Versafine Brown ink. I then outlined the stamp and stencil images with a brown watercolor pencil and a stabilo pencil and added both color and shadows. I also added color to the edges and pencil marks before taking off the tape.

Next I stamped and embossed the owl image, from Sending an Owl, using Brutus Monroe Coffee Espresso powder, onto a buttery colored card scrap. I added a little of the gold color to the bottom portions of the owl and then fussy cut it out. I restamped and embossed the envelope portion of the image on white paper and colored it in using the paints.

Next, I stamped and embossed the sentiment from the kit onto Bristol paper, using Speckled Egg oxide ink and glaze embossing powder. I added a few envelope details and cut that down. I backed the sentiment and the painted paper with brown cardstock. I adhered everything together, added crystals and called the card done.

For the next card, I pulled out the You’re You kit, and an old SMAK kit, Stories to Tell. I started by stamping the bird stamp using some green oxides and a green Gina K ink and then covering the branch and bird areas with Versafine black ink. I then added dots of metallic gold and black Gansai Tambi watercolor to the bird and branches. I followed that up with a black micron pen to add feathers to the front of the bird and used a Posca white pen for highlights.

I then traced an oval around the image using an oval die and a green graphite watercolor pencil. I pulled that color in a little using a paintbrush and water. I then masked off the area outside the oval and used background SMAK stamps to add texture. I then masked off the oval and added more background stamps  using both the green and black stamps. I used another discontinued kit I picked up called Circa Journal. I added both the green pencil and green oxide to the ovals in the corner. Finally, I stamped the sentiment, die cut it and added the green and stabilo pencils again.

Wanted to share with you, I also tried some of Tracy’s techniques on ATCs I recently sent out. See below. More on that in another post. Her techniques are so unique and fun to try.

So, hope you enjoyed these... now onto the remainder of the hop. Remember to post a comment before you leave! So, you should have got here from:

Rachel’s Blog

To continue on go to:

Robyn’s Blog

And if you want to start at the beginning go to:

Crystal’s Blog

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Growing in Unity Blog Hop

 Hello there, welcome to the Growing in Unity Blog Hop. So fun to enjoy this little extra hop after our week events!

So, for my card, I used this month’s, March’s, Whit Kit, Wayward Florals. I took one of the papers from the Golden Marble paper pack and 2 Prima Color in Bloom sprays, Spring Dandelion and Magic Stone. Inside a box, I placed the Stencil Girl Rooted in Nature stencil over the paper, and first sprayed a little of the yellow and then sprayed the Magic Stone color. Love how this turned out. I had used the reverse side as I wanted to use the leaves stamp that leaned to the left.

After it was dry, I added a little script and dots using various Unity stamps with Rusty Hinge and Tattered Rose oxides. I then clear embossed the leaves stamp using Versafine black ink. I used Prima’s and Gambi Tansai metallic inks and a white Posca pen on the leaves. I used a white pencil around the image.

After embossing the sentiment with Rose Gold powder, I used dies to cut both the image andsentiment down. I backed the sentiment with black paper and used a black patterned paper with gold foil dots on it for the image. I finished off the card with fussy twine, sequins and Prima dots. 

Pretty pleased with how different this one turned out and loving the combination of stencil and the leaves stamp.

Thanks for hopping! Remember to leave a comment before you go for a chance at Unity stamps. You should have arrived at my blog from:

Amy’s Blog

Next up in the hop is:

Lynda’s Blog

And if you want to start at the top, go here:

Teresa’s Blog

Monday, March 8, 2021

Hello Gorgeous Card

Decided I needed to get my watercoloring on today! And I chose a flower stamp I’d used before, in a much different way, from the 4/18 KOM, Eyes of the Beholder. I used papers and the color palette from Mintay’s Lady paper pad for this card.

First attempt, in my early carding days:

I had pulled out this kit again recently and saw again the beautiful flowers buried in the background. After playing a bit with various options, I finally settled on the technique I’d use. I pulled out a sheet of hot press Arches paper and cut out 2 pieces. I also grabbed Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts in Alizarin Crimson and Lemon Yellow and my Schmincke watercolors. I mixed the 2 powders in a tray with a bit of water. Then I loosely painted stripes in first one color on my glass mat and laid the card down. I dried the card and did the same with the second color. I then painted a watered down blue green from my pan set to add a little duller color to the base. Once dried, I pulled out a Tim Holtz stencil, and Archival Library ink and added little squares in 3 areas. I then stamped the image using the same archival ink.

On the second paper I stamped the image again with Distress Antique Linen ink. I then used my watercolor set to paint the leaves and flowers. I didn’t fuss over the painting as I knew they would blend in with the whole larger image. I then fussy cut out the flowers and leaves. After laying the pieces over the background, I decided I needed to push back the background by painting over it with a watered down white gesso, effectively muting it a bit. 

I die cut the papers, used foam tape to adhere all the flower pieces and added a stamped sentiment from the Aging Gorgeously kit.

Hope you like this card. I have one rose blooming right now and all the others have gorgeous growth on them. Can’t wait! Till next time, happy crafting!

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Friends of Unity March Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back to our Friends of Unity Blog Hop. This month we’ve focused on a sketch that Crystal came up with. I struggled a bit with this new theme, but think I accomplished the goal. 

As usual, there will be Unity stamps given away with our blog hop to commenters by various members. I intend to do a giveaway myself this month. To be eligible, just comment on every blog in the hop! I’ll announce my winner in the April hop, so stay tuned!

So I made 2 cards for this hop. On the first card, I used pretty Market 49 papers and an image from Feel the Fear. I started by embossing the image with Distress Glaze powder over Oxide inks, and added colored pencil coloring. To add more color to the papers I stamped a butterfly with the second generation technique and also the sentiment from the image kit. I cut out some of the papers for mini tags at the top. I combined edge papers to make the strip down the side. I used a Market 49 ephemera tag for the sentiment.  After receiving great advice from a friend because of the soft feel of the card, I used a sentiment from last April’s sentiment kit, Trust it Will Be Okay I embossed it with purple powder from Crafters Companion. I inked all paper edges using violet ink. To complete the card, I added violet and light aqua enamel dots to the card.

For the second card, I combined elements from Unity’s KOM, from 4/18, Eyes of the Beholder, and Prima’s Pretty Pale paper pad, along with the sentiment kit from above. I embossed the bee on paper from the kit, using Brutus Monroe Espresso brown powder. I then added embossed dots using an embossing pen and Crafter’s Companion Copper powder. Once die cut, I also embossed the edges. I then embossed the bee hive pattern with the copper powder on another sheet from the pad. Again, I cut it down and embossed the edges. I added black flecks of paint onto the hive paper. Finally, I added an embossed spotted pattern using another stamp from the kit to the black paper behind the bee. After embossing the edges of the top level paper, I embossed the sentiment and backed that with paper. I added tags using the matching Prima Washi tape.

Hope you enjoyed these ideas! Remember to leave a comment before you go! Now, if you want to continue on in the blog hop with my very creative friends, go here: 

Alaine’s Blog

If you want to start from the beginning, visit:

Crystal’s Blog

Friday, February 26, 2021

Just What I Needed

Finished another watercolor card l started last week using Unity’s May 2020, Beginning of Anything KOM. Again, I had stamped the image on watercolor paper using Antique Linen Distress ink. This time I decided to pair it with papers from Dress My Craft’s Whimsical Hues

My daffodils are blooming and our flowering fruit trees are giving off beautiful blossoms right now. However, I know much of the US has had a cold wintry snowy month, so far, so I thought I’d share a bit of my early “Spring”. A sign of what’s to come.

When I finished painting the tulips, I fussy cut them out. I used 2 papers from the pack to back the image. I embossed a sentiment from Beauty Comes From Being Yourself KOM, from October 2015. The sentiment applies to several things going on in my life, including the weather!

To embellish this simple card, I used sticky strips of green, red enamel dots and pretty ribbon.

Well, that’s it for today. Take heart, Spring is coming! Till next time, happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Your Heart and My Heart Tag

 Started this one before my Growing in Unity week and finally finished it. Well, I used quite a few products on this one! First off, the Unity kits used were: VibesBe My Bird, the 4/17 KOM, Sentimental Journey, the 5/16 SMAK, Hello It’s MeYour Heart and My Heart, and, finally, Anything is Possible from 1/21 Whit Kit. The media used were: acrylic paints, Primary Elements pigments, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical pigments, bird ephemera, Prima Metallics watercolors, Gansai Tambi watercolors, Stazon inks, Stabilo black pencil, texture paste, Nuvo Mousse, gel pens, white Posca pen, TCW stencil, Brutus Monroe stencil, brayer, spatula, and ribbons.

Since it was a while ago, I can recall I started by brayering on mostly white and red acrylics, with a little blue added in, onto a tag. Then adding the pigment powders in red/magenta/purple to give it depth of color and shimmer. Once dried, I mixed blue acrylic into texture paste and added large hearts to the tag. I then used a sponge with red paint to add visual texture with a TCW stencil. I used the pencil to highlight both. I finally added stamped bricks and painted them with the acrylics.

I took another sheet of mixed media paper and used the pigment powders to create a shimmery red paper. I then stamped all the hearts on it and fussy cut them out. I used the watercolors to add color dimension to the hearts and the white Posca pen on the large heart.

I used plain matching blue paper for the sentiment and a silvery pen to outline the letters. I fussy cut the birds and added metallic coloring, and used foam dots to adhere it to the large heart.

So, there were plenty of missteps in here, which, luckily, with mixed media can be somewhat corrected. But I really like how this one turned out... it’s dramatic, love the color scheme, and totally different from other tags I’ve created. 

Well, that’s it, on this one. Be back again today, on another watercolored card. Happy crafting!

Friday, February 19, 2021

Growing in Unity - Final Day

Can’t believe it’s finally here. I had so much fun creating new cards this week! However, I am getting tired, so, I’ll be taking a bit of a break. Remember to comment on each blog this week for a chance at winning some Unity stamps! 

I started this card by watercoloring the image from Abundant Blessings, after doing my usual light ink on watercolor paper.

Once dried, I turned to my Prismacolor pencils and Staedtler pens to add more vibrant colors, still keeping to rust colored theme. I also used my Posca pen. I decided to try to make and offset a frame. After various attempts at paper alternatives, I turned to Washi tape. 

I pulled out my beautiful Stamperia Time is an Illusion paper that matched beautifully with the colors I used. I then found a scrap patterned paper from Graphic 45 (this week has been useful using up some paper scraps 😀), I could use for backing the various pieces. 

I found a sentiment that matched my mood today from a SMAK kit, Let Life Unfold from 9/18. I pulled out another white scrap paper and painted it using the same tones in the painting. I pulled out some other random Unity stamps and lightly stamped the paper. I then stamped the sentiment in both Speckled Egg and Mermaid Lagoon Oxide inks and embossed it using Speckled Egg embossing powder.

I used a cream colored A7 sized card base, assembled the pieces, added enamel dots and string, and called the card done.

This one turned out darker than my others, but I think it’s a reflection on the long week... after’s Friday! Well, thank you for stopping by and for all the lovely complements. I so appreciate the feedback! Till next time, happy crafting!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Growing in Unity - Day 4

Welcome back to another GIU day. Today, I needed to take a break from intricate watercoloring, because I took advantage of a notice I got this morning to get my first Covid 19 vaccine in a fairground 15 minutes away. I just couldn’t pass it up! So I cancelled my other appointment and spent early afternoon there! 

So today, I am sharing the Valentine I’ve yet to give my 2 year old grandson! I was inspired by several of my talented friends in the Friends of Unity blogging group. I used the cute bunny from Unity’s sentiment kit, Bunny - Keep You Forever, from March 2017. I also used a variety of papers on this card, including magazine paper. 

I stamped and embossed the image twice on mint and pink patterned magazine paper. I then fussy cut out all the pieces, glued pink elements on and then used a knife to cut out middle spaces.

I took Bristol paper and the cute image from Heart Strings and embossed the image. I watercolored the hearts with coordinating colors and added a light paint spatter. I die cut the paper and affixed the bunny.

I then found 2 sheets of patterned paper for the background and cut them down. I found fussy ribbon and cut out a sentiment and added both at the top of the card. Finally, I found some matching heart embellishments to finish the card.

Hope you didn’t mind my sharing about the vaccine, but the good news is they are coming your way, and I can attest to a pretty efficient process already! So, take heart!

Hope you can make it back tomorrow for my last day! Till then, happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Growing in Unity - Day 3

Wow, half way mark in my GIU week! Remember to comment on each day for a chance at winning Unity stamps!

Today, I wanted to create a card for a very old acquaintance that lives across the country. So, I pulled out 2 kits for this one. I used the image from Unity’s sentiment kit,  ...aging gorgeously. However, I chose the sentiment from Simply Blessed.

I again used my watercolor paper and the Distress ink I’d been using all week. This time I used color inspiration and paper from Mintay, the Homemade collection. As you can tell, besides having a beloved Unity stamp collection, I also have a fetish for beautiful paper!

So, I chose peaches and cool browns for this image. After painting it, I cut it down and backed it with a cool brown. I used on A6 card size on this one as well. I cut down a sheet of the Mintay paper and backed that as well with the brown paper. I found a peach toned scrap paper and used Brown Nuvo embossing powder for the sentiment.

To complete the card, I added soft peach and white gold flecked Prima crystals and a peach ribbon. I will be adding more Mintay paper and another Unity sentiment to the inside of the card before it’s done. But, all in all, I think it turned out pretty nice.

I hope you are enjoying my endeavors this week. Thanks for stopping by. If you are interested in my style, add your email address for posts to be mailed to you, or just click follow. Until tomorrow, happy crafting!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Growing in Unity - Day 2

Welcome back to another day of my GIU week. Well, somehow, not sure about you, but my Whit Kits have been piling up unused. So, today I have used another stamp set from a Whit Kit, July’s Friends are like Flowers. Love this stamp set... so pretty. 

So, again I stamped the image onto watercolor paper again using Distress Antique Linen ink. This time I decided to match the colors with a pretty Lemoncraft paper pad, called Silence, by using combinations of blue, green and a cool red.

After I finished painting, I pulled out a WinsorNewton White Gouache, and tried to lighten up some areas. I then die cut a frame for the watercolored image out of the papers. I painted a pink wash into the background and then spattered blue/green and red watercolors, the white gouache and silver Perfect Pearls over the image.

I ended up using an A6 size card base, added a ribbon, and used another paper from the pad as a background. I stamped the sentiment and cut it in half, backing the 2 pieces with coordinating scrap paper. I then added a butterfly embellishment, fussy cut from the pad, and Nuvo drops again. 

My watercolor skills are definitely still a work in progress, but I’m trying hard to love myself in spite of it! Hope you do the same and that you like this card. Come back and visit tomorrow please, for Day 3 of my week! Till then, happy crafting!


Monday, February 15, 2021

Growing in Unity - Day 1

Hi... I’m so lucky and excited to have had my name drawn for a 2021 Growing In Unity spot! And, today, is the start of my week. I hope you enjoy my efforts.

The first card I have for you was stamped out using the image stamp from Unity’s Anything is Possible Whit kit. I used Distress Antique Linen ink on watercolor paper. Using my Schmincke watercolors, I started painting the image in rusty browns and blue green. 

Halfway thru painting the image, I found this older pad from Prima Mktg., that I could use for background paper and tried to follow the color scheme used in the pad. To add touches of white, I used my Posca pen to add highlights and white touches to the flowers and a brown pen for shadowing. I embossed the sentiment on another paper from the kit using Ranger Brown powder. I ended up backing the image and sentiment with a darker scrap paper I found.

To complete the card, I added Nuvo drops in matching colors. 

Hope you like this fun collage type card. Over the weekend, I was able to secure a spot next Saturday, the 20th, for my first vaccine! (Yes, I’m just a feather over 65... just one!) They are opening up the Oakland Coliseum this week for mass inoculations. And this card, with the Eiffel Tower in it and houses reminding me of France, just reminds me things are changing for the better, with the potential in the future to travel again. 

Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow! Happy crafting, till then!