Saturday, September 22, 2018

Thankful Leaves

Concord and 9th has done it again... another new turnabout stamp. I have a hard time saying no to these since they make such beautiful backgrounds when stamped out four times. Sometimes the hardest decision to make is deciding the colors you will choose. This one was easier... since I knew the colors were going to be the colors all around me.

If you have been frustrated with the turnabout stamps in the past, worried about getting the "jig" lined up and such... this is a great one to try. The images are meant to slightly overlap, so if you get your lines just a smidgen off, you would never know!


Stamps:
Thankful Leaves Turnabout (Concord & 9th)

Ink:
Pumpkin Pie (Stampin Up)
So Saffron (SU)
Wild Wasabi (SU Retired)
Soft Suede (SU)

Paper:
Orange Zest (Papertrey Ink)
Harvest Gold (PTI)
Stampers Select White (PTI)

Accessories:
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Country Livin’

This set has sat on my shelf longer than I care to admit. I had so many plans for it, but it always was passed over. Trying to use more of my stock than I buy is always a challenge. Each new month brings temptations, each new season or holiday is a reason to freshen up your stamp sets.

When I couldn’t decide on what I was going to do with this stamp, I defaulted to one of my favorite rainy day activities... learn a new technique. The technique featured on this card is called black ice. I thought it would work great with this card since it would add to the masculine theme. I found the process very easy and would like to use this with other stamps and foil papers for different effects.




Stamps:
Country Livin’ (Stampin Up)

Ink:
Stazon (SU)
Versamark (SU)

Paper:
Basic Black (SU)
Basic Gray (SU)
Whisper White (SU)
Silver Glimmer paper (SU)

Accessories:
Marvy Heat Tool
Clear Embossing Powder (SU)
Triple Banner Punch (SU)

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Friends of Unity September Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity September Blog Hop. This month the theme is wings. What an awesome theme! Unity has so many stamps that work with this topic... Angels, birds, feathers, butterflies, the list could go on and on. As I am sure the others in the blog hop would agree... deciding is always the hardest part.

I decided pretty early on what stamp I wanted to use. I have been challenging myself to use more of my "uninked" stamps and give them a little love. I bought them for a reason, right? Well, this one had me stumped. I bought it with the intentions of using it on a galaxy background. My Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat was intransit to my house, and I didn't want to procrastinate on this card when I had a room full of perfectly good craft supplies.

Recently I hopped on the Deco Foil bandwagon. I bought some starter supplies to see if this was something I was going to fall in love with. I saw a video by Gina K that demonstrated how you could use it with stamps and not just stencils. Well, that sold me! So I called up that video and watched how I could foil using my stamp. It took a couple of tries for me to get the layout I was finally happy with. The transfer gel was pretty messy on my stamp and I had to use a toothbrush to really clean the fine detailed areas. I think next time I will stick with stencils. =)

Thank you to all those who took time to comment last month on our Friends of Unity Blog. The winner of my giveaway is Darlene Kolojeski-Huttel. Please private message me and I will get your prize package out in the mail to you ASAP!



Hop along with the other Friends of Unity and see their creations...Pssst! There is a giveaway too!

Crystal O. Minkler
Joyce Verdon 
Eileen Mathys (you’re here)
Jeanie Hayes
Bobbie Sue McConathy

Stamps:
 Dragonflies and Fairies (Unity Stamp Company)

Paper:
True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Vintage Cream (PTI)
Brushed Gold (Recollections)
Deco Foil Gold Transfer Sheet (Blitsy)

Ink:
Gina K Jet Black Amalgam Ink (Unity)

Accessories:
Deco Foil Transfer Gel (Blisty)
Thermal Laminator (Staples)


Disclaimer:
We all on the Friends of Unity design team appreciate every single comment we get.
That's why we use our own stash every month for a giveaway.
We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. but, they do approve of our hop, and that make us all very happy.
We started this hop because we love Unity. That's it. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with our favorite stamps!!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Spirited Snowman

I love Christmas and I love Christmas stamps. I seriously have all I can do to hold myself back from buying every single one I see. There are certain ones I am especially partial too, and snowman stamps are on that short list. I have a customer that feels the same way I do, and upon spotting this set in the upcoming catalog it will likely be on her wish list.

I took the sketch/layout for this design from a card I recently received from a friend. I randomly stamped the holly in Stazon and colored with a blender pen to give it a watercolored appearance. Since I was covering the center, I only needed to stamp the perimeter. I then stamped the snow couple in Memento and colored with my Copic sketch markers. I did the same thing for the skater snowman,  stamping his flakes in purple and coloring him with Copics as well. 



Stamps:
Spirited Snowman (Stampin Up) ***Available until January 2, 2019

Paper:
Whisper White (SU)
Basic Black (SU)
Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Wisteria Wonder (SU Retired)

Ink:
Stazon (SU)
Memento (SU)
Wisteria Wonder (SU Retired)


Accessories:
Sizzix Big Shot (SU)
Stitched Rectangle Dies (PTI)
Copic Sketch Markers (Jerry’s Artarama)

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Stars and Stripes Forever

This cute little creation is an ATC, or Artist Trading Card. I created this to participate in the current challenge at Unity Stamp Company. The challenge is to simply make an ATC. These cards have always interested me, but I have never taken the leap... now was a perfect time to give them a try.

To get started I cut a scrap piece of paper to the size the card should be. This would give me an idea of what size stamp I could use to be my focal point. I had the background already figured out, and when I realized that I could only fit three colors on this sized card, I immediately thought about red, white, and blue. I knew I had a couple of patriotic themed stamps, so I set out to find those. Just like the story of Goldilocks... out of the three I had, one was just right!



Stamps:
Stars & Stripes Forever (Unity Stamp Co)
Brushed Off (Papertrey Ink)

Paper:
True Black (PTI)
Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Vellum (Stampin Up)

Ink:
Real Red (SU)
Dapper Denim (SU Retired)
Versamark (SU)
VersaFine Clair Nocturne (Unity)

Accessories:
Marvy Heat Gun
Clear Embossing Powder (Unity)
White Embossing Powder (SU)
Copic Sketch Markers (Jerry's Artarama)

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Peaceful Poinsettia

The Stampin Up Holiday catalog... my favorite catalog of the year! Christmas stamps are the one single category that I have the most of . This stamp set was the first to catch my eye... especially the card here, which I modified slightly from the catalog. This card is so beautiful, and in all honestly is one of the quickest and most elegant holiday cards I have ever made.

The card featured here is shown in a retired color, but my customers will be making this beauty at my first Christmas Card workshop next month and we will be sampling it in Blackberry Bliss, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and Night of Navy. Swap out the silver for gold, and the color variations for this card are endless!




Stamps:
Peaceful Poinsettia (Stampin Up) ***Available until January 2, 2019

Paper:
Emerald Envy (SU Retired)

Ink:
Versamark (SU)

Accessories:
Sizzix Big Shot (SU)
Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits (SU) ***Available September 5th
Silver Embossing Powder (SU)
Marvy Heat Tool
Silver Glimmer Paper (SU)


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Stand Tall

This was created for the current Unity Stamp Company's "Not a Card" Challenge. This was a challenge I wasn't sure I was going to participate in. Cards are my specialty, they are something that I enjoy making... a lot. So when it came around to brain storming ideas for this, I had zero ideas.

It wasn't until I was searching my craft space looking for something totally unrelated, did I stumble across this linen bag (which ironically is also from Unity) which was my inspiration for this project. I have plans on filling this with some candy and giving this to a friend who has been a blessing to me this past month. I am going to include a matching note card and encourage her to reuse the bag and pass it on and bless someone else.


Stamps:
Stand Tall July 2018 KOM (Unity Stamp Company)

Paper: 
None

Ink:

Accessories:
Linen Bag (Unity Freebie)
Copic Sketch Markers (Jerry's Artarama)
Tim Holtz Stamping Platform