Saturday, December 8, 2018

Hearts Come Home

This card was inspired by something I see quite often “Transformation Tuesday”. This card looks so similar to a card that I had previously made, but the card was not reflective of my current style. While looking at my cards for my last craft fair, I was inspired to take that card and give it a modern lift. I was thrilled with the results. 

I have always labeled myself as a clean and simple stamper, and this card is no exception. I took the elements from my prior card and used them to make a similar card. I started with a current framelit that was more detailed than the older stamp and punch design. I added a silver embossed star that was more relative in size to the house than the gray cut out one I had used before. I kept the snow falling embossing folder as the background as it adds just a touch of ambiance to the base layer.




Stamps:

Snowflake Sentiments (Stampin Up)

Paper:

Whisper White (SU)
Night of Navy (SU)

Ink:

Night of Navy (SU)
Versamark (SU)

Accessories:

Sizzix Big Shot (SU)
Hometown Greetings Edgelits (SU)
Softly Falling Embossing Folder (SU) 
Silver Embossing Powder (SU)
Marvy Heat Tool 
Petite Oval Dies (Spellbinders)
Petite Scallop Oval Dies (Spellbinders)

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Friends of Unity December Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity December Blog Hop. This month the theme is thank you. While I initially thought about making thank you cards for gifts given, I decided to take a different route. My first creation is a card acknowledging a pet sitter, veterinarian or even a groomer. As a cat mom... anyone who cares for my four legged fur baby are VERY appreciated. My cat is tortoiseshell colored, and as much as I would have loved to color this one to match her... I opted for a smokey colored feline. I have colored lots of images, but I will work on other cat breeds over the winter.


The second card I made was one of an apology of sorts. We all have friends who stick by us even when we are at our ugliest. They deserve recognition too. The paper used as background on this card hopefully portrays retro wallpaper that we sometimes may have found. I lightly colored in the toilet (masking out the plunger from this stamp) which revealed a lack of grays in my Copic collection. Looks like I will need to buy a few more colors before the prices go up!


Comment on my blog to be entered into my giveaway, then hop along to the other
Friends of Unity blogs and see their creations also. Psst... there are other giveaways too!
Crystal O. Minkler
Eileen Mathys (you’re here)
Joyce Verdon
Jeanie Hayes



Stamps:
 Cat's Meow (Unity Stamp Company)
 AH Crap (Unity)

Paper:
Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink)
True Black (PTI)
Smokey Slate (Stampin Up)
Lovely Lady (PTI)
Vintage Wallpaper by Nicole (Blitsy)
Red Glitter Paper (Recollections)

Ink:
Memento Tuxedo Black (SU)

Accessories:
Sizzix Big Shot (SU)
Copic Sketch Markers
Stitched Rectangle Dies (PTI)

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!!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Snow Place

Two of my most favorite things in my entire craft stash are my numbers and my letter dies. They are so versatile. I have seen several cards made with these letters, especially for Christmas. Since I sell my items ar craft and vendor shows, I need to remember that as much as I like Christmas, not everyone celebrates. Even if they do... this sentiment and snowman makes a perfect card to send out after the holidays too. Just because we pack up our decorations and take down our trees, doesn’t mean the white stuff leaves also.
The card that initially inspired me to this creation had the word ‘Noel’ on it. The letters had snowflakes on them in various colors, giving the appearance of them falling down the letters. Since I was looking for more of an all over image, I searched out my snowflakes to see what would work. I came across this exclusive stamp set of a Christmas tree made out of snowflakes. When I stamped it over the ‘S’ I knew that was the direction I wanted to go in. A quick change of my snowman’s scarf and viola! A quick card that looks like it took more effort than it really did.




Stamps:
Snow Place (Stampin Up Retired)
Snow is Glistening (SU) ***Available November 2018 only***
Wonderful Words: Snow (Papertrey Ink)

Paper:
Wisteria Wonder (SU Retired)
Whisper White (SU)

Ink:
Memento Tuxedo Black (SU)
Wisteria Wonder (SU Retired)

Accessories:
Sizzix Big Shot (SU)
Softly Falling Embossing Folder (SU)
Snow Friends Framelits (SU Retired)
Large Letter Framelits (SU)
Copic Sketch Markers
Scallop Oval Punch (SU Retired)
Oval Punch (SU Retired)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Carols of Christmas

This card was the first card I made in several weeks... our family has been in the process of selling our house and moving to another town. I have missed my craft room so much, but I was able to read several books during this entire process. I definitely wasn’t bored! 

The Buffalo check stamp needed to be inked twice to get a dark and even coverage, but that is the joy of having a stamping tool to achieve these results. There are so many times that this tool has come in handy, especially when making multiple cards for craft fairs. This was especially helpful earlier this year when I sprained my thumb and couldn’t grip a stamp block. Since that incident, I don’t think I have gone back to using my acrylic blocks.




Stamps:
Buffalo Check (SU)
Christmas Greeting (SU Retired)

Paper:
Real Red (SU)
Basic Black (SU)
Whisper White (SU)
Champagne Foil Sheets (SU)

Ink:
Memento Tuxedo Black (SU)

Accessories:
Sizzix Big Shot (SU)
Card Front Builder Thinlits (SU Retired)
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Friends of Unity November Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity November Blog Hop. This month the theme is strength. While I don't have any stamps that portray the image of strength, I knew I had plenty of sentiments that did. So I decided to go with the first stamp set that I came across in which the sentiment spoke to me. I was excited that this sentiment also had my favorite flower on it as well.

I was inspired for the layout of this card by using the layout from Crystal Minkler's GIU day three card. If you missed it, you can check it out here. I know I was not the only one who was inspired by this layout... I saw several cards pop up with this design. Way to go Crystal!

I am not sure what set these papers are from, but I think the yellow really brings out the color of the sunflower. Although my daughter never had hair that long as a child, it reminded me of some of the pictures we had of her around that age. Freckled faced and always willing to smile for the camera.



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

Stamps:
Sunny Days (Unity Stamp Company)

Paper:
Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Stampers Select White (PTI)
Perfect Plaid Chill (Lawn Fawn)

Ink:
Tuxedo Black (Memento)
VersaFine Clair Nocturne (Unity) 

Accessories:
Clear Embossing Powder (Unity)
Copic Sketch Markers

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!!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Hello Lovely

This stamp set is one of my preferred stamp sets when I need to whip up a quick card. I have made a variety of cards using this stamp, but this design was case’d from an image I saw on Pinterest. It spotlighted a few flowers and simply created a shadowy effect around the entire image. While I will admit that it took a few minutes for the shading, the outcome is worth it.

The overall materials used on this card were few, and colors certainly could be changed. I like the red as seen here and would stick with jewel tones for alternative colors as their rich hues show nicely on the kraft cardstock.



Stamps:
Hello Lovely (Concord and 9th)

Paper:
Classic Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Pure Poppy (PTI)

Ink:
Memento Tuxedo Black (Stampin Up)

Accessories:
Copic Sketch Markers (Scrapbookpal)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

I’m Pretty Sure

All the remnants of summer are pretty much over. This past week we had our final 70 and 80 degree days. Frost warnings are in the forecast, and the high doesn’t reach sixty degrees for at least the next ten days. Fall is officially here... leaves are changing colors and falling at a rapid pace, pumpkin and apple picking are popular weekend family events.

I am a lover of the heat summer, but fall is a pretty close second. I love the colors and the flavors that come along with this season. One of my favorites is the sunflower. While this beauty is found at the very end of summer, she spreads her arms widely and welcomes fall. 

This card was created with one of my favorite techniques... embossing resist. The sunflower was heat embossed first with white embossing powder than my distress oxides were sponged over the image. I then cut the sentiment apart and matted it on black cardstock. 



Stamps:
I’m Pretty Sure (Unity Stamp Company)

Paper:
Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink)
True Black (PTI)
Summer Sunrise (PTI)

Ink:
Versamark (Stampin Up)
Fired Brick Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz)
Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz)
Wild Honey Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz)
Gina K Amalgam Jet Black (Unity)

Accessories:
Marvy  Heat Tool