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Thank you for taking the time to hop. Please let me know if you have any questions. I love talking about stamping and cardmaking!One person who comments will be randomly picked to receive a prize and announced next month.
Have a wonderful May and see you in June, stay safe and healthy!
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“Do everything with a good heart and expect nothing in return and you will never be disappointed”
The cue this month is birds and bees. Just perfect as we transition from cooler weather to bright shiny days ahead. I loved the first morning I woke up and heard the birds chirping, for I knew Spring had sprung!
Here is my first card
I love this birdie with glasses and such a cute expression on it’s face. I colored the image with Copic markers using a dot style technique. I used a very pale greenish-blue over the glasses and added 3D Crystal Lacquer to give it that extra finish. The background is a Tim Holtz stencil. Stencils contribute so much to a card with empty space. I added washi tape and burlap twine. The washi tape I centered over the top of the card so it can be seen from the back. I repeated the washi tape at the bottom with a heart button for balance. I used my favorite sequins for more interest and a few fine paint splatters. A short sweet sentiment stamped with oxide ink to complete the card.
I wanted to create a pale, soft celebration card with a hint of joy and elation. I stamped the image and splattered paint in the blue and brown tones. The same colors I used for the eggs and nest. I heat embossed Ranger’s gold powder and added blue Stickles to the eggs. I heat embossed the sentiment with clear powder over the dark brown Memento and Versamark ink. I added Scrapper’s floss and a scalloped border by Gina Marie. The most time-consuming part of this card was taking the picture. It was a bit difficult to capture the embossed gold specks!
This kit is intriguing to me. I feel the owl is staring right into my soul and the sentiment is equally moving. To create this card, I ink blended three distress oxide inks. Next I spritzed the ink with water and dried it using a heat gun. Then I die cut the paper and stamped the owl. I stamped the sentiment using three inks. I chose colors that would stand out against the blended background. Finally I stamped the flower on a separate paper, fussy cut it out, and loaded it up with Stickles and a bead in the center.
I love this kit because every stamp is used and I can move the chicks around to create many scenes. I stayed with one palette of yellow, using hints of orange and red. Do you see a speck of green on the leaves?! The first step was to ink up a grid stamp with two yellow distress inks. I spritzed the stamp with water and then pressed the paper on the stamp. Next I stamped the chicks and loosely painted them. I was happy to have white spots on the lower birds to create light effects. Then I die cut the scene with a Gina Marie die. Finally I stamped the long stem flower around the border of the card base. I added the sentiment with a black thin border and orange Scrapper’s floss to finish the card. A dot of Stickles on the flower center is barely visible.
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Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. Please stop by each person listed above. Lots of wonderful inspirations, ideas and techniques to try out. Let me know if you have any questions. I love talking about stamping and cardmaking any and all the time. Don’t forget to comment to be entered to win a prize. One person will be randomly chosen and announced at the next Friends of Unity blog hop.
The winner of last month’s hop is….Amy Williams!!!
Congratulations Amy! Please message me with your mailing address and I will send your prize!
Until May, thanks again I appreciate you. Stay safe and healthy. Enjoy all the beginnings of what Spring has to offer!
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“Keep shining beautiful one, the world needs your light.” author unknown
The cue for March is the sketch pictured below. This was a new, creative experience for me. I love how it took the layout design decision out of the equation and I spent more attention on choosing colors, stamps and embellishments. How great is that?!Please try using this sketch for your next card and be sure to share your creations in the Unity (Show and Tell) Facebook page!
Here is my first card.
I decided on a red card because playing at the beach makes me think of the hot sand on my feet and the warm sun. I die cut two circles and stamped the image on the white one. As I colored this girl using Copic markers, I kept with reds, browns and orange tones. I glued her onto a larger red circle. I chose three washi tapes and had a time deciding which one would go where. I mounted the washi tape on white cardstock for contrast against the red. The sentiments were embossed with clear and Brutus Monroe alabaster powders.
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That’s it for this month. I hope you found some awesome, new ideas and inspiration. Don’t forget to comment below. One person will be randomly chosen to win a prize! The winner will be announced in the April Friends of Unity Blog Hop.
I almost forgot… the winner from last month’s blog hop is Neeter N. – Congratulations and thank you for participating in our hop! Please message me with your address and I will mail you your prize!
Have a wonderful March and looking forward to seeing you next month. Stay safe and healthy!
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“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”
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Have a wonderful day. Until next time, stay safe and healthy!
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“There is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” Amanda Gorman
It’s been a little while since I’ve been here. I hope you are doing well. I am stamping/cardmaking vigorously and obsessively! Spending time at home learning new ways of interacting on social media with card makers all over the world. It has been a pleasure.
This card is made with one of my favorite Unity stamps. It is beautiful and easy to color and has so many possibilities.
I stamped the image with Versamark ink and embossed it in gold. I used a sentiment from another Unity set. I loosely painted the image with metallic watercolors. To add interest I smooshed Nuvo drops in random places and sprinkled glitter over the drops while still drying. Red string to complete my card.
Have a beautiful day and enjoy every moment!
“And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.” Amanda Gorman
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“Wild Heart” by Angie Blom is whimsical, dreamy and flowing.
I chose this kit because lately I have been enjoying painting loose watercolor backgrounds and I thought “Wild Heart” would go well with one of them. I decided to use lighter, pastel colors to give this card an airy feel. I can imagine it for many occasions and can even picture it for a baby.
If you love feathers and are a free spirit, you need this kit! Depending on the color scheme you choose, it can be used in so many ways.
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Hello! This is the last day of my GIU week. It’s been a great ride! Thank you for allowing me to share my creations with you these past few days. I appreciate all the kind words and wonderful comments. I am ending my week with a stamp kit by Phyllis Harris “…happy mind happy life.” This girl is pure joy! I love how her hair is blowing in her face, the effortless smile and her bare feet.
She reminds me of how much I still love to swing. I sure do!I began by stamping the image with Memento black ink and colored her with Copic markers. Next I loosely masked the image and stenciled the sunshine with a Tim Holtz stencil called “Rays”. Then I used Stickles to add sparkle to the cloud. Stickles are my favorite embellishment. They are tiny bits of glitter glue that last forever and can be applied in small amounts. Stickles enhance a card when it needs a little umph! Sunny paper with a die cut edge complements the image. The sentiment is roughly shaded and bordered with dark teal. Finally I added holographic sequins loosely around the card to add impact and shine.Here are some of the supplies I used.I adore this stamp kit by Phyllis Harris ” …happy mind happy life”. It is packed full of positive energy, peace, joy and all that is good.
Thank you again for spending this week with me. I hope you enjoyed this time as much as I have.
Thank you to Unity Stamp Company for allowing stampers like me to have a place to share our creations.
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Hope you have a day spent doing what you love!
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” Eleonora Duse
Talk about soft, light and airy with tons of pattern and texture, I feel this room sings happy and light heartedness. I can’t wait to plop down and enjoy a cup of coffee with a hint of sweetened condensed milk.
This kit is “Warmth of Home” by Beth Duff. At its release, I immediately imagined all the paper piecing opportunities it brought. I will decorate this room for every holiday, the four seasons, a cabin retreat, a beach house getaway, a college apartment…
I chose Memento Rose Bud ink to stamp everything on this card. I use black and brown ink 99% of the time, so I challenged myself to try another color.
The floor is “Barn Wall” by Brutus Monroe. The rug, placed under the sofa at an angle, is to add interest and thus no fear of it being crooked or off-centered.
I used one embellishment, the blue floss bow. It is self restraint when I use just one embellishment. And it’s not even sparkly or shiny! I added a few specks to the sentiment, it looked a little too bright for the rest of the card. Here are the supplies I used. They look a little lonely. I added paper scraps for company.“Barn Wall” by Brutus Monroe is timeless and I love the contrast of the dark and light boards.“Warmth of Home” by Beth Duff. Notice the pillows have a deer and a tree on them! I paper pieced over the images for my card today but will definitely use them when I make a cabin themed card or Christmas card. Also the stamp I used for the rug makes a great wall hanging over the sofa.
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Enjoy your day today!
“Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose.”
It’s the middle of the week and a good day to dive a little deeper.
I am using a stamp called “Windows to the Soul” by Donna Downey Studios to create this card. It is a single stamp of a face and comes in two sizes, this is the large one. She/he is absolutely mesmerizing. Take a minute to hear all that is going on in her/his soul.
I began by using Tim Holtz Distress Inks to create a watercolor background.
After stamping the face, I embossed it with clear powder to give it a shine. I used a small amount of chalk on the eyes and mouth… just enough to give these features depth.
I stamped mixed sentiments with the distress inks used for the background.
Then I placed a tear shaped jewel under the eye, a pewter heart brad under the nose and silver Nuvo drops around the card. If you’re like me and find it hard to wait for drops to dry, try squeezing them on acrylic sheets ahead of time. When a drop is needed, just take one off the sheet, it is ready to go!
Do you see the teal staples? I am glad to finally put them to use.
Here I am going for a natural organic-style looking tie. Not sure what it is but I like it. Do you see the fine gold wire? I must admit it’s been predominately used to unplug glue tips. Wire should make a comeback… It’s really a great embellishment that has been ignored for too long, and so much fun to twist and bend in all kinds of shapes. Two more things, I distressed the card’s edges with scissors and up in the top left, I used a photo corner for added interest.
Here are some of the supplies I used.
And the stamp…It is so amazing. There are limitless possibilities for this image. I hope you love it as much as I do.
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Until tomorrow, have a wonderful day!
“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.” Albert Einstein
Today I would like to share a card about friends. This kit is “Impossible to Forget” by Angie Blom and Joselyn Nielson. For some reason I am drawn to the back view of people images. Maybe it’s because I get to imagine who these people are when they turn to face me. As I look at this trio, I see three lifelong girlfriends together on a summer day enjoying each others company in the country.
I watercolored the girls with Tim Holtz distress inks. I love watercolor painting because it is not precise. I am learning that leaving empty spaces at the top of images can give it an interesting light source. I used Spellbinders Frameabilities Classic Frame with metallic bronze paper.
I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Black Onyx ink. I used a curve punch to round the edges to mimic the curved edges on the frame. The embroidery thread is a favorite because it has just the right amount of shimmer.
I think these pieces have a bit of a vintage country feel.
I love this kit because it reminds me of my friends from home. I come from a tiny country town with one stoplight. I wouldn’t have chosen anywhere else to grow up.
Thank you for traveling back in time with me. I hope this post brings you fond memories of time well spent with friends. Please don’t forget to comment to win Unity stamps. Have an awesome day!
“In the midst of winter, I have found in me, an invincible summer.” Albert Camus