Monday, July 17, 2017

PGCB #132 - Space Age

Hello, crafters!

We are being challenged by Erica through the Paper Girls Challenge Blog to create a Space Age themed project! This was a bit of a stretch for me - but something I've been wanting to try for a while after seeing so many tutorials and beautiful projects online. I wanted to create a galaxy themed background using my distress oxide inks in combination with my stamps.

My favorite demostration was from Kimbery Crawford, so I tried to mimic the look she was trying to achieve. Although my background wasn't just like hers, I felt like the results were amazing...and using the distress oxide inks made it more fun when I sprayed a bit of water on it to make it react.

After my background dried, I then stamped Starry Night from Sweet Stamp Shop and heat embossed the image in white.

The sentiment from the Spacin' Out set from Sweet Stamp Shop was then also heat embossed in white, and the a couple of the other adorable images where stamped, watercolored, and then popped up on the background. The purple and blue on the rocket are inks that were painted on like a water color from my oxide inks so I could find colors to match my background a bit easier. 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you'll join us in the challenge - link your project to this post no later than 11:55pm on August 5th. 

Happy crafting!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Winners from Growing In Unity Week


Thank you SO much for everyone who was able to visit my blog last week and leave comments on my Growing in Unity posts! I'm so happy to announce winners now too (I swear this is my favorit part!). With a little help from I selected the following: 

From Day 4:
5th comment from 20 people:
Yay, Heather Miller!!!!!!!

From Day 2:
10th comment from 30 people:
Yay, Rebecca Ramirez!!!!!!

Winners, please e-mail me at and give me your mailing details and I'll connect with Unity to send off your prize! Congratulations!!!!!!!!

But - I couldn't pass up the opportunity to post ONE more Unity project :) I wanted to share the end of the year thank you cards we made for our teachers...and I just HAD to use the Lil' Bloomin Owl set. Please remind me to buy EVERY single Owl stamp Lisa Arana made for Unity now - I mean seriously, how cute is the new set, Hugs, Kisses & Birthday wishes? Yep, they will all be mine, lol! This lil' guy is SO fun to color and adds so much personality to projects.

This lil' guy was colored with Copics and then with a little foam tape, a great die cut from My Favorite Things, and some bright happy paper from the Happy Campers (retired) collection from We R Memory Keepers. I added a slight alteration to the sentiment to make it a bit more personal (boy to a wish I had handwriting to match - oh well). 

Thanks again for all the love this last week. Hope you'll come to visit again soon!


Friday, July 7, 2017

Growing In Unity - Day 5

Thank you, thank you, thank you for visiting my blog this week while I was one of the Growing in Unity gals! I have loved reading each and every comment you've made, they really mean a lot to me. 

If you missed any of my posts this week, here are the links so you can stop by and leave a comment: 

I'll be drawing 2 winners to recieve a 25 stamp grab bag from Unity, so be sure to check back on Monday morning, 7/10 to see if you won!

I am ending the week with the most used Unity stamp set I own - The Panda Bundle Pack. These little guys adorn so many projects of mine, they are perfect for birthdays, thank you's, and really just any card that needs an adorable panda :) 

To make this card I used papers from the Happy Day collection by Pebbles and die cuts from My Favorite Things. In the center spot and for the base under the sentiment strip, I used Distress Oxide Inks (Peeled Paint and Faded Jeans) to attempt to make it look like the sky. I colored the star and shaded the panda with my Copic markers. The pictures didn't capture this, but I added a bit of glitter to the star to make it stand out a bit.

I then popped a few of the items up with foam tape to give it more dimension. You can see the layers a bit better in the photo below. This card just makes me happy, ha!

So, although my Growing In Unity week has ended, I would still love to have you visit my blog from time to time for more inspiration. Please subscribe to my blog to see more posts in the future. Unity is by far one of my favorite stamp companies, and I do label my posts so you can easily search for those using Unity stamps :)

Thank you again for taking the time to stop by and comment - be sure to check back on Monday to see if you're one of my two winners!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Growing In Unity - Day 4

Hello again!

Thank you SO much for all your wonderful comments on my posts the last three days, you really know how to make a girl feel loved :) And, I seriously can't believe how fast this week has been flying by - I can't believe it is already Day 4 of my GIU week!

I am switching up the projects a bit today and sharing how I incorporate my stamps and the sentiments into my scrapbook projects. I am usually a scrapbooker first, then a card maker - so I tend to buy stamps that relate to my life that I could use in my albums. But that's just another reason why I love Unity because the stamps can be used in a variety of projects and are not limited to just cards.

I used two different sets to help me embellish and document my sister's 35th birthday party, I used How's it Rollin' and So Glad You Were Born. I colored both the roller skate and the cupcake with my Copics to match my paper (which is from Paper Loft).

The sentiments from the So Glad You Were Born stamp set were perfect for this layout, I just loved how sweet they were. I dressed up the cursive birthday by tracing it with the same glitter pen I used for the frosting on the cupcake...just to give it a little sparkle.

The roller skates were so fun to color - and perfect to document the roller skating party we had (and was hard to get pictures of because I was more worried about trying not to fall, ha ha). But it added a nice touch to the layout, and was popped up with a little foam tape for dimension. The stamps just really added so much more character to my pages!

Thank you again for stopping by visit my blog. I hope I've inspired you in one way or another! 

Be sure to stop by one more time the end of this week I get to select 2 people randomly from my comments to win a 25 stamp grab bag from Unity...and it's not too late to visit my previous posts to leave a comment if you haven't visited yet, so don't forget:
Day 1
Day 2

And, for additional chances to win, please don't forget to stop by Edelmira Rivera's blog this week too, she's a new Growing in  Unity gal and has some amazing projects to share as well!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Growing In Unity - Day 3

Hello, and happy Wednesday! I hope that you all had a wonderful Independence Day, yesterday. I have to admit I'm a bit sleepy from celebrating with my family late into the night, but it is all worth it.

This is my third day for my Growing In Unity week. At the end of this week I get to select 2 people randomly from my comments to win a 25 stamp grab bag from Unity...and it's not too late to visit my previous posts to leave a comment if you haven't visited yet, so don't forget:
Day 1
Day 2

My project today was a crafty experiment that actually went right, ha ha! I don't know about you, but I have several projects that just don't turn out like I hoped they would, but I was super happy with the result from this one.

I wanted to see how my watercolors would work directly on vellum - and surprisingly, they worked pretty well. I first stamped this adorable butterfly filled heart image and sentiment from the Start Again Kit of the Month and heat embossed it with glittery black embossing powder because I wanted it to shimmer. Then I selected three colors and carefully painted in a couple random butterflies to make them pop. I then watercolored a white sheet of paper with coorinating colors in the shape of the heart for the embossed vellum sheet to overlay.

I was surprised that the watercolor ink dried and stuck to the vellum like it did, and it dried beautifully. Of course the embossed image made it simple to stay in the lines too - which is a win too :)

And before I forget - please don't forget to stop by Edelmira Rivera's blog this week too, she's a new Growing in  Unity gal and has some amazing projects to share as well - AND is also offering a chance to win too!

Thanks for stopping by, don't forget to leave a comment to have a chance to win! 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Growing In Unity - Day 2

Hello again, happy 4th of July! 

I'm glad you're here to visit my blog again for my GIU week! If you missed my first post, be sure to click here (Day 1) and leave a comment. At the end of the week, I get to select 2 commenters on my posts to win 25 random stamps from Unity! 

This adorable Phyllis Harris stamp, Good For You!, reminded me of so many Independence Day celebrations as a child, so it seemed fitting to use patriotic colors to create this sweet card.

I mostly used my Copics to color the image, but didn't have the right red - so used my Prisma colored pencils to color the popcicle and the flourish under the sentiment. I cut her out and used foam tape to pop her up on the card.

The sentiment is from Unity Kit of the Month - Start Again. The sentiments in that kit go so well with so many other Unity stamps I have. 

All the papers I used are from the Authentique Freedom collection, and I utilized the My Favorite Things BluePrints 15 dies to create the diecuts for the card.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you all have a wonderful 4th.

Please don't forget to leave a comment and come back tomorrow!


Monday, July 3, 2017

Growing in Unity - Day 1


I'm so thrilled to be selected as one of the Growing in Unity gals this week! I am a veteran GIU gal - i was fortunate to be able to do this the last two years, and I really hope to have more opportunities to do this in the future! Unity is seriously one of my favorite stamp companies - and it's primarily because they are SO much fun and do great things like this.

The best part, after getting the chance to share all my projects with all of you, is that I get to choose 2 random winners from my comments at the end of the week who will recieve 25 random stamps from Unity! So be sure to visit each day and leave a comment to up your chances of winning!

Here is my project to kick off my week, using one of my favorite Unity stamps, Fishy Philosophy.

I stamped the fish onto glitter paper with Staz-On black ink and carefully colored them with my Copic markers. I cut them out and popped them up with foam tape to give the impression they were swimming around. 

The background pannel was created by smooshing watercolor paper into Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks (faded jeans, wilted violet, and peeled paint). I LOVE the soft, mat colors those inks provide - you may see another project this week where I used them!

After the pannel dried, I used the oxide inks to stamp the sentiment, kelp and coral images from the set, but then water colored the coral image with some dye ink from Close to My Heart (Smoothie) to make it stand out a bit from the rest, but not be too bold. I popped up the pannel and added two coordinating glitter washi tapes from my collection the edge of the card for a little added sparkle.

I'm really glad that you've had the chance to stop by to visit my blog. Please be sure to leave a comment! I look forward to having you visit all week :)


PGCB #131 - Seashells

Hello there!

It's a super exciting day today for my blog...I get to have two posts in one day! So if you're looking for the Growing in Unity post this morning, please click here :) Of course - stick around and visit this post too!

Karrie from the Paper Girls Challenge Blog has challenged us Paper Girls to use Seashells in our projects these next couple weeks. I just recently celebrated the 13th wedding anniversary with my husband on the Oregon Coast  a couple months ago and found a few tiny seashells that I incorporated into my layout about the beach. They were a perfect embellishment to add to my embellishment clusters.

They are pretty small, so here is a close up of one of the clusters:

All of my papers and embellishments (with the exceptions of the seashells and starfish sticker) are from the High Five collection from We R Memory Keepers. The sketch was a freebie (and a challenge although I missed the deadline) from Scrapbook Generation for their National Scrapbook day crop. It was a super fun layout to use - I'm sure I'll be using this one again and again.

I hope you can join us Paper Girls in Karrie's challenge - just be sure to link up your project before 11:55pm MST on July 15th.

Thanks for visiting!