Sunday, June 21, 2015

MFT Sketch 233 Challenge

Hello and Happy Father's Day!

I received happy mail earlier this week and got to play with new Die-namics blueprints #24 from My Favorite Things! So, it just seemed right to make some father's day cards.

I followed the MFT Wednesday sketch challenge this week to create this simple card with my new dies :)

I wanted to keep the card simple so it was a bit more "manly", but I did use a bit of foam tape and fussy cut some oars from the patterned paper to give it a bit "extra" without going overboard.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.

Supplies used: 

Monday, June 15, 2015

PGCB #82 - Happy Birthday!


I'm participating in the DT line up for the Paper Girls Challenge Blog with a Birthday themed card :)

I wanted to try something a little new that I've been seeing scattered across the paper crafting blog world, and that is the bokeh technique. But, instead of using watercolors, like most, I just wanted to use my inks.

To create my background, I selected four colors (inspired by the color challenge on the MFT Card Challenge blog), and sponged the colors into place to fill my base.

Then, I created a circle template by cutting various circles from a sheet of acetate, and sponged white pigment ink randomly using the template. 

Ya...needless to say, this is one of my new favorite techniques, and it's super fun to create. I will have to make a few more cards with this to test it out.

My adorable stamp is Birthday Wishes from Tiddly Inks. She was colored with the same dye inks I sponged the background with, I just used a blender pen to pick up the ink and color in the presents, cake, and dress. Her hair and body were colored with my Copics. I cut them out and popped them out (although hard to see in this photo).

I hope that you'll link up a project to the Birthday challenge with us Paper Girls. You have a little extra time this round to do so...but your entry needs to be posted no later than midnight, Sunday, July 5th (MST).

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Supplies used: 
  • Paper: Colonial White and Honey (CTMH)
  • Stamps: Birthday Wishes (Tiddly Inks)
  • Inks: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Hollyhock, Pear, Petal and Honey (CTMH)
  • Copic Markers: Skin: E000, E00, E11; Hair: Y21, YR21, YR24
  • Other: Blender Pen (Stampin' Up); Mini Staples (CTMH)

Monday, June 8, 2015

GIU Winner Time!

Good morning!

I love starting off my week with good news for people! It really sets the stage for the rest of the day/week :)

I have selected two winners from people who have commented on my blog last week while I was participating in Growing In Unity. I used to help me out...I had a lot of lovely comments to choose from :) These lucky ladies will get 25 random stamps from Unity...a really awesome treat :)

So, thanks to first up is:

A commenter from the 1st day (Monday):
 And out of 29th comments...we have:
 Congrats Amy Williams!!!!

The second winner is from my last day (Friday):
 And out of 26 comments:
 Tracie Nettles is our next big winner!!!

Ladies, please send me an e-mail with your mailing information to that way I'll be able to ask Unity to send you your prize! Congratulations!!!!!

Thank you to everyone else who joined me this week and stopped by to share your wonderful comments on each of my projects through the week. It really was a super fun week! I hope that you'll come back to visit or even follow my blog for more projects in the future.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Fintastic - GIU #5


I'm wrapping up my Growing In Unity week today...this was such an awesome opportunity! I can't thank you enough for your kind words through the comments on my projects this week!

Shaker cards are SO popular right now, I see them everywhere and they are SO cute...and super fun to make too! I decided to use up the last of my smooshed water color paper and create an underwater scene using Fishy Philosophy.

This card ended up taking me a little longer than I originally planned, but the final result is exactly what I was hoping for. The adorable little fish were colored with Copics and then given a glaze (using Liquid Glass) which also made them a little more durable for being stuck to the front of the card. I ended up needing to pop up the frame a bit more than I anticipated so the sequins could move around more freely, so I used some extra craft foam I had laying around in my kids art bucket...worked like a charm (and die cut so nicely too...yep...I may have to "borrow" more foam for more cards now).

I'm so happy that you could stop by to visit and see my last project. Please don't forget to leave a comment and visit my blog again Monday morning on June 8th. I'll be announcing the 2 random winners on my blog by 8am (PST)!

Have a lovely weekend!

Supplies used: 
  • Paper: Cardstock: White Daisy and Twilight (CTMH); and Watercolor paper 
  • Stamps: Fishy Philosophy (Unity Stamp Co.)
  • Inks: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Twilight, Olive, Sorbet, and Honey (CTMH)
  • Copic Markers: R08, R05, R02, BG11, and BG75
  • Embellishments/Tools: Craft foam, Sequins and Micro Beads (from stash) ; Labels One Die (Spellbinders)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Crappy Day - GIU #4

Oh my goodness, ladies! You sure know how to make a girl feel awesome with all those lovely comments the last three days, thank you so much!

One of my favorite things about Unity Stamps is that there is always a stamp that that tells the "real" story...not just your basic sentiments (although they have those too). Crappy Day is one stamp set that always puts a smile on my's perfect for those know you've had one, we all have, right?

I wanted to make a cheery card for a friend who had one of those what better than this awesome stamp and some Echo Park paper (is it me, or are all the colors in their paper lines just happy?).

This card has lots of layers...but I'm still working on my camera skills, so I don't think these pictures really show off the dimension this the's pretty fun in person...really, I promise.

I finished it off by adding a little shading and color to the images with my Copics and added a few enamel dots and a heart. I sure hope this cheers up my friend :)

I'm glad that you stopped by to visit me on day 4 of my Growing in Unity week! Don't forget to leave a comment and come back tomorrow for my last project.

Have a great Thursday!

Supplies used: 
  • Papers:   Cardstock - colonial White (CTMH); Patterned Paper - Splash (Echo Park Paper)
  • Stamps: Crappy Day (Unity Stamp Co.)
  • Copic Markers: R08, R02, RV10, Y17, yG01, BG10, YR04, E43, W1 and W3
  • Embellishments/Tools: Enamel Dots and heart (Freckled Fawn); Circle Die (Spellbinders)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wonderful Things - GIU #3

Hello, happy Wednesday!

Thanks for stopping by for day 3 of my Growing in Unity week!

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! Two lucky people will win 25 Unity Stamps at the end of my week, so be sure to come back each day to visit and leave a comment.

I won a grab bag of Unity Stamps earlier this year and this beautiful fairy image was included. I've been waiting for the opportunity to ink her up and get her in a project! 

This simple card was so much fun to make. I made the background by using a similar technique from my GIU #2 post yesterday, but instead of using a paint brush to add the ink to the paper, I just laid the paper directly onto the spritzed, inky craft mat and let the paper absorb the color mess. The results were perfect for this fairy...almost a magical feel :)

Instead of masking the fairy, this time I used my watercolor pencils to color her in. I applied a white base to the entire image, then slowly added additional colors on top. I left the dress white because it looked so pretty against the background.

I distressed the paper a bit and added a lovely sentiment from the "empowered words" set, then glued it all together.

Thanks for coming by to visit again!

Supplies used: 
  • Paper: Cardstock: White Daisy and Twilight (CTMH); and Watercolor paper 
  • Stamps: Fairy (not sure which set this is from, sorry) and Sentiment - Empowered Words (Unity Stamp Co.)
  • Inks: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Twilight, Olive and Honey (CTMH) and Watercolor pencils (CTMH)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Dreams - GIU #2

Hello again! 

Thanks for visiting again for day 2 of my week of Growing In Unity!

I LOVE watercolor paintings, but I'm still learning how. But, it's not so intimidating to create watercolor of course I had to choose a Phyllis Harris stamp set to play with to achieve this soft look. I chose "Reach for the Stars". This set was one of my first Unity stamps...I just had to have the sweetness of this stamp as part of my collection (as well as many, many other Phyllis Harris sets). 

I don't own watercolors, so instead I use my die ink pads. I spritz my water color paper with water, then smoosh my ink pad(s)onto a craft mat then give a lit spritz of water to the ink. Now I have my palate to work with :) I masked off the sweet little girl and cat image before painting the background...then dried the paper with my heat gun.

Once it was dried, I removed the mask and then used watercolor pencils to color the image...I'm absolutely in love with how soft the colors turned out.

I added a little glitter to the stars and added a glitter tape accent to the side just for a bit of sparkle since the card was so soft.

Please don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! I get to randomly select 2 folks to win 25 Unity Stamps at the end of my week, so be sure to come back every day this week.

Thanks again!

Supplies used: 
  • Paper: Cardstock: Cocoa; Patterned Paper: Honey Print from Grace (CTMH); and Watercolor paper 
  • Stamps: Reach for the Stars (Unity Stamp Co.)
  • Inks: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Indian Corn Blue, Twilight, Olive (CTMH) and Watercolor pencils (CTMH)
  • Embellishments/Tools: Gold glitter (Martha Stewart); Gold Glitter Tape (AC)

Monday, June 1, 2015

PGCB #81 - Father's Day

Hello again!

I have a fun little card that I put together for Father's Day. I wanted to keep the color palate simple, so I tried to stick to two colors - blue and white. I have had this adorable stamp set from the Sweet Stamp Shop since last year, and unfortunately it is now retired, but it's still a favorite of mine.

I started by stamping my own patterned paper with the tools in the tool set, then matting the strip of faux patterned paper with strips of solid cardstock. I then stamped Dad on a circle die cut and matted with the same solid cardstock, but I outlined the word in grey with my Copics to help the word pop-out a bit. After it was all glued down, I added the ribbon with a knot (which I was afraid was a bit girly, but it really did put a final touch to the card, ha ha).

Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to join us at Paper Girls Challenge Blog and link your Father's Day/Masculine project to the blog by midnight, Saturday, June 13th.


Supplies used: 
  • Cardstock: White Daisy and Outdoor Denim (CTMH)
  • Stamps:  Dad's Tool Box (Sweet Stamp Shop)
  • Inks: Outdoor Denim (CTMH)
  • Embellishments/Tools: Striped ribbon (CTMH), Limitless Layers circle dies (Papertrey Ink), Pinking Edger Punch (EK Success), Cardbase (Hero Arts), Grey Copic Marker

Heart Strings - GIU #1

Hello, my crafty friends!

This is the best way to kick off a new week - and a new month - by being the Growing in Unity gal!!! I'm really looking forward to sharing some of my crafty goodness that I made with my stash of Unity stamps.

Be sure to stop by each day on my blog this week and leave a comment to increase your chances of winning some super sweet Unity goodies!

I wanted to start my week with a simple card with one of my favorite Unity stamps...Heart Strings (and it just so happens to be on sale right now)!!!

I wanted to have a neutral color tone to this card, so I stuck with shades of blue and green. I colored the hearts in the image with my Copics and added a few buttons and a ribbon wedge to the corner to fill a little white space. I'm pretty happy with the simplicity of the card...that's what I love most about Unity stamps, you can either dress them up or down, and they always end up looking good :)

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to leave a comment, I'll be announcing the winner on Monday, June 8th!


Supplies used: 
  • Paper: Cardstock: White Daisy, Patterned Paper: Creative Basics-Wings (CTMH) 
  • Stamps:  Heart Strings (Unity Stamp Co.)
  • Inks: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
  • Copics: Marine Green (YG99), Pale Olive (YG95), Bronze (BG78), Abyss Green (BG75), and Ice Ocean (BG72)
  • Embellishments/Tools: Buttons (October Afternoon and Papertrey Ink), Olive Ribbon (CTMH)