Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hopping with the Unity Design Team & Tutorial

Today, I am hopping for the first time with the Unity Design Team.
I am very happy to be a part of this team and excited to create for this amazing company.
The hop links are below.  It ends at the Unity Blog and the stamps are found at the Unity Shop.

This card is made with the June 2016 Kit of the Month Beautiful One.

Here is a little photo tutorial.  This is two step
stamping with masking.  It incorporates the two flower stamps in the kit.
1. Stamp the solid image first. (Masking is optional)
2. Then stamp the outline image over it.  No need to line them up exactly. (I did heat embossing in white, optional.)

{If you want different colors like a green stem and pink flowers, mask the areas on the paper where you don't want ink to be.  To mask, stamp the image onto a scrap piece of paper, then cut out the sections which will be the same color. Use these pieces to cover the stamped sections which are not to be inked over. Repeat for the other color areas. I keep the masking pieces with the stamp set to reuse later.}


I am also sharing creations with some of the Unity sale items.

This is the new kit Substance of Things by Phyllis Harris.

And here is the new Be Present by Phyllis Harris.

***I apologize if the following creations are offensive to you.  These are meant to be funny and with humor.***

With the new Unity kit called PMS Peggy.

And finally with the new kit called You Prick.

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway. Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Kind Heart Brave Soul Anniversary Card

This is a watercolor card, mixed media style.

Sentiment:  Kind heart brave soul.

This is going to my husband today for our 28th wedding anniversary.
He has a kind heart and is brave for putting up with me all these years, haha.

I was drawn to this big heart, so I made this card bold with color and with an artsy look to it.
This kit is a scrapbook / mixed media kit, but can easily be incorporated into a card.

Link Up:

Happy Little Stampers Challenge ~ Anything Goes With Dies

Supplies:  Unity Layers Of Life Find Your Wild, Sakura Koi watercolor paint, brushes and MFT dies.

Have a lovely weekend.

Friday, June 24, 2016

We Believe In You Encouragement Card

This is an encouragement card with pretty flowers and glitter accents.

Sentiment:  We believe in you.

To accent the coral flowers and sentiment, I added bits of gold glitter paper.

Copics on the leaves and distress marker on the flowers.

Link Up:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Add some shimmer.

Supplies:  Unity KOM June 2016 Beautiful One, Copic markers, distress marker, watercolor paper, dies from My Creative Time and My Favorite Things.

Best wishes!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Chipmunk, Flowers & Watercolor Tutorial

This is a sweet garden card featuring a cute chipmunk.

Sentiment:  You are wonderful.

The top panel is watercolor and the bottom is colored in with Copic markers onto tan kraft color card stock.
Here are watercolor tips that I find useful:

Watercolor with distress markers and water:
(watercolor paper, distress markers, paint brushes or water brush, bowl of clean water, paper towel, stamped image, plastic pad or acrylic block for a mixing area)

For the chipmunk panel, stamp with permanent ink on watercolor paper for best results.
With a distress marker, dab a small section of the image where you want the color the darkest.
Then quickly use a small brush dipped in water to pull the color through the image.
Do this in steps.  Dry between colors.
Blot the brush onto a paper towel to remove excess water on the brush.
You can also brush the marker onto a plastic pad or acrylic block and then pick up the color from there with the brush.
For this example I used paint brushes instead of a water brush to get finer detail.

To remove excess water from the paper or to lighten the color in an area, rub the brush onto a paper towel and then dab the brush on the water spot.  Repeat for desired color or effect. 

To spread color around a larger area, brush the paper with water before coloring using a wide brush or spray mister with only water.
While the paper is still wet, dab the brush with watercolor onto the wet areas of the paper.
The color will flow around the paper wherever the water is.
Let dry and then repeat the areas to accent darker sections or to blend colors.
Dry between colors and layers, using a heat gun or leave to dry naturally.
To flatten warped paper, cover with a heavy book or block for a while.

Just want to say that I am not a professional painter, far from it. These steps are what I have found to be most helpful to me while using these materials.  The options are endless.

The best part is to see the water do the coloring for you and the beauty of imperfection.

Link Ups:
Little Red Wagon Challenge #347 Kraft-tastic!

Supplies:  Unity Stamp of the Week Wonderful Gift & KOM 3/2015 Always Begin Again, Tim Holtz distress markers, paint brushes, watercolor paper, Copic markers and MFT dies.

It would be great to hear from you. I appreciate your comments, tips or suggestions.
Have a great day.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Woodland Deer Embossed Card

Today, I am sharing a watercolor woodland deer card that is embossed.

Sentiment:  Hello Dear

To get the look:
The deer was colored in with watercolor onto watercolor paper and then the image panel was die-cut.
To get the background look, I inked the inside top portion of an embossing folder before placing the paper inside.  After it is embossed, the ink leaves this rustic look on the paper.
This will look less bold if tan card stock is used to emboss, but has the same rustic effect.

For trim, I added a solid panel with ribbon tucked around to the back and popped up the sentiment panel.

Link Up:
Tuesday Throwndown #299 Distressing (Happy Birthday Asha!!)

Supplies:  Unity Woodland Deer, watercolor paper, wood grain embossing folder, Ranger Coffee archival ink, Sakura Koi watercolors, brushes, Spellbinders die and ribbon.

Thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Time Friendship Card

Celebrating summer with this bright beach style card.

Sentiment:  I love having a friend that's more like a Sister.

This is has a tropical sunny look to it.
These Angie Girls are accented with tiny rhinestones and beachy flags.

Link Ups:

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge ~ Tasty Tropics

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday ~ Sunshine May 2016

Supplies:  Unity More Like A Sister, Copic Markers, rhinestones and Winnie & Walter dies.

Happy Summer time!!!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Fox Encouragement or Graduation Card

Here is a woodland fox card that can be for either a man or woman and great for graduation, going away, encouragement and more.

Sentiment:  Go out and put beautiful things in this world.

This image is so beautiful, all it needed was a little color and framing with a border.

Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Animal Magic

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Woodland Fox and A Bit of Washi, Copic Markers, MFT dies and SSS intense black ink.

Have a foxy day. :)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Succulent Love, Hugs and Wishes Card

Sharing succulents on a card for any occasion.

Sentiment:  This card is filled with lots of love, hugs and happy wishes.

Here are some of the steps.  I used watercolor pencils on the plants and you can see the difference once water is added.  I used distress markers on the vases.


The bottom trim was die-cut.  I added a stamped polka dot panel at the bottom, sentiment tag and a die-cut heart embellishment.

Link Up:

Tuesday Throwdown TT298 6-14-16 Watercolor

The Paper Girls Challenge #105 ~ The Great Outdoors

Supplies:  Unity Succulent Salutations June 2016 sentiment kit and Dots For Sure stamps, Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, distress markers, water brush, My Favorite Things dies, watercolor paper and Misti.

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dedicated to LOVE

I like the saying...
What the world needs now is love sweet love.
So, this post is dedicated to just that ~ LOVE.

Here is a gift or wine tag...
Love One Another

And here is a shaker style card...

These are two of the newest release stamp kits by Unity which are part of their sale this weekend.  And also this weekend, Unity is donating to charity.

Shaker Card Tutorial:
Stamp the image onto  white card stock, then color the image.
Using any shape, punch or die-cut over part of the image.
Line up the loose shape exactly where the window of the image panel is and adhere the loose shape to the card base.
Make a small pouch of sequins in clear plastic.  I used a small photo sleeve, added sequins then fused the open end closed with a fuse tool.  You can also glue or use double sided tape for closure.
Tape the pouch edges to the back portion of the top image panel.
Place the top panel onto the card base with craft foam or foam tape.
Adhere the sentiment panel.

Supplies: Unity Stamp Co. Love One Another and Your Own Rainbow kits, My Creative Time dies,  MFT dies, fuse tool, sequins, craft foam and Copic markers.

Thank you for stopping by.

Owl Proud of You Card

Here is a woodland owl card in watercolor and with a stencil.

Sentiment:  So proud of the person you are becoming.

This is going to be for a masculine birthday but I think it could work for anyone.

To get this look, stamp the owl onto watercolor paper.
Watercolor it with distress markers and a water brush, then dry.
Trim or die-cut a center oval and place a small piece of ribbon accent.
For the border, place a stencil onto the card base and softly rub with foam and distress ink.
Stamp a sentiment.  Place the oval and the sentiment with craft foam or foam tape.

Supplies:  Unity Woodland Owl and 6/2016 KOM Beautiful One, stencil, Ranger distress markers, distress ink pads, foam applicator, water brush, watercolor paper and Lil' Inker Designs die.

Link Up:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Animal Magic

Please let me know if you would like to know more on how I made something that you see here on my blog or my Facebook page.

Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bible Journal ~ Just have a little faith.

Today I am sharing a bible journal page.

And here are some of the supplies I used to decorate it.

This was inspired by Sunday morning's church mass gospel.
At the time, I knew nothing of the tragedy in the early morning hours in Orlando.

My heart hurts.  There are no words.

Link Ups:

Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes #234 - #235

Supplies:  My Creative Bible, Unity stamps Have A Little Faith, Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, brushes and MFT ink.

Spread love. ~ LOVE wins.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Gift Card Holder with Flowers

Here is a decorated gift card holder, perfect for so many occasions.

Sentiment:  I have something special just for you.

For this gift card holder, I stamped and colored these pretty flowers in Summer colors of yellow and orange.
Then I added a strip of patterned paper near the top, twine and a brad.  The folded size is approximately 3.75" x 3.75".

For the base, I used a die, but it is easy to make something similar.
Trim a white piece of card stock 6 3/4" x 4".  Score at 3".
Punch the top portion with an edge punch of choice.
Trim patterned paper for the inside top portion.  Punch with the same edge punch, then adhere to the top.  Stamp and decorate the bottom flap.
Tape your gift card inside or cut two placement slots.
For closure, tie with twine or cut a small U shaped tab.

Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ Summer Garden

Supplies:  Unity Stamp of the Week Blooms A Plenty, My Creative Time embossed gift card holder die, Copic Markers, twine, brad, My Mind's Eye paper.

Enjoy your day.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Flower Jars Beautiful Day Card

You guys, look at these bottle style flower vases.

Sentiment:  Give every day a chance to become the most beautiful of your life.

Seriously sweet image, isn't it?
It is this week's Stamp of the Week at Unity.

This was colored with Copics and panels were die-cut with scallops and stitches.

Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ Summer Garden

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Stamp of the Week A Chance Every Day, Copic Markers, dies by My Favorite Things, Lil' Inker Designs and Pretty Pink Posh.

Have a beautiful day.

Flowers and Books Bookmark or Tag

This is a tag or bookmark with pretty flowers on a stack of books.

Sentiment:  Find your happy.

I like the message and decided that this should be made into a tag style bookmark.
The books and flowers are colored with Copics in happy colors.
This is one of the newest stamp kits released and on sale today at Unity.

Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ Summer Garden

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Books & Blossoms, My Creative Time tag dies, Copic markers, ribbon and brad.

I hope you have a "happy" day.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Bike Ride and Flowers Card

A bicycle ride is always a good idea, especially with flowers.

Sentiment:  It's not about the destination, it's about the ride.

I think I like the sentiment as much as the bike.
This background was made by blending distress markers with a foam applicator, after masking the sides.  I think it turned out looking like a dreamy scene.
The stitching on the edges and the tag put me in mind of bike trails.

Supplies:  Unity I'd Go Anywhere stamps,  Copic markers, distress markers, foam applicator, Avery Elle dies and twine.

Enjoy the ride!

Friday, June 3, 2016

I Get To Be On The Unity Design Team

This is an extra special post. I get to be one of the newest Unity Stamp Company design team members.  Gosh, I am so happy about this.  Eeek!

Today I am sharing a card using the new Kit of the Month  June 2016, Beautiful One.

Here is a pic of the process.

I colored her in with copic markers and then die-cut a couple of panels.  I used a narrow strip of decorative paper, popped up the image panel with foam tape and then added a few decorative accents.

Thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful day.