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Friday, May 15, 2020

Growing in Unity day 5

Hello my friends. I can't believe how fast this week went by. I hope you have enjoyed my cards as much as I enjoyed making them.

I'm back to flowers today. They probably win as as my favorites to color at the very least.

I am sorry I don't have the marker colors I used for this one. I remember that they were an unusual combo for me but I don't have the picture of them so I can list them out. This beautiful flower is a fairly new set called Peony Hugs. I masked it off and blended Distress Oxide in Hickory Smoke around it. Then I laid a Hero Arts stencil over it and blended the same color through the stencil. I smudged the edges with a little bit of Black Soot and matted the whole thing on black card stock. The sentiment is from the same kit and has a little bit of Hickory Smoke ink blended over it as well.

Be sure to leave comments. I will choose the winners on Monday and post them to the Unity Facebook pages. Both the Show & Tell page and the Growing in Unity page. If you are picked, please be sure to contact me right away so I can get your information to Unity.

Thanks for joining me this week. I hope you are all staying well and safe and sane. Hugs.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Growing in Unity day 4

Hello everyone. It's day four of my Growing in Unity week. Boy time is flying by this week. I have a hard time deciding whether flowers or people are my favorite Unity stamps. Today, I'm bringing you two cards with a couple of my favorite girls.

This lovely lady comes from the set Hello, Sunshine Girl. I love her outfit. I colored her skirt with Copic markers in B21, B23 and B24. Her shirt and scarf are Y02, Y00, the bag is E30 & E33. I blended Distress Oxide in squeezed lemonade and trimmed it down 1/4" on the top and one side. I had fussy cut the girl out because I was going to do something else, so I stamped her on my white panel and trimmed it down the glued the colored one one top. The lace on the edge is a Sizzix die. The sentiment is from the same kit and I inked the edges with squeezed lemonade also.

This girl is from the kit called Pretty Girl Smile. She is wonderful don't you think? I believe I used B91, B93 and B97 for her outfit. But I had a mishap with my phone and it got eaten alive by sea water so I lost a few pictures, including the one of the markers I used to color her. I stamped the new background A Faithful Letter and cut it down with a die. I stamped the background stamp Just a Little Clicky and cut it down to make a strip which was matted on black. The girl was die cut with a smaller wavy die as well.

I hope you enjoyed today's cards. Be sure to keep commenting for your chance to win 1 of 2 Unity prizes.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Growing in Unity day 3

Hello everyone. Welcome to day three of my Growing in Unity week. I decided to use one of Unity Stamp Co's digital stamps today. They are doing some digital releases while we are all staying home right now. 

I had to get the Gingko Greetings image the minute I saw it. Once upon a time, I was a teenage girl in high school in a very small town in West Virginia. Our high school actually had grades 7 through 12 in it so I went to the same school for a long time. This school had a beautiful, glorious Gingko tree out front and I often had classes in the wing that looked out on it. And in the spring and summer, the lower doors to the science rooms were always open and this tree filled our view. One of the things I love about Unity Stamp co is they have so many images that invoke memories and feelings and hopes.

This digital set comes with 2 images, lots of sentiments and 2 printable pages with 8 card layouts already made up for you. I did set up my own cards but if you are new to digital, using the printable pages will make it super easy for you. I colored this image to show the changing of the colors of the gingko tree. I used YG 11, YG 13, and YG 17 for the green ones. The middle ones that are changing colors used YG 13, YG 11 and Y11. The full yellow ones used Y 11, Y15, Y18 and YR23. I cut the panel with a stitched die and used clear Nuvo drops to give the card some texture.

This card uses the 2nd image and I colored it all yellow. That high school tree was the most impressive when it's leaves had changed to the beautiful golden color. I cut the panel with a wavy stitched die and used some organza ribbon for an accent. 

I can't decide which is my favorite but I do know I love both these images and will be using them again.

Don't forget to comment on the blog post this week to have a chance at one of two Unity prize packages. Watch for the winners announcement next week on the Growing in Unity and the Unity Show and tell Facebook pages.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Growing in Unity day 2

Hello. It's day 2 of my Growing in Unity week. Today I have a really simple card to share. I had a big fall this weekend and wasn't 100% when I hobbled my way to my craft room. I ended up loving the simplicity of this card and I gave it to my daughter for Mother's Day. I had to use the new stamp set that I just got right off the bat. I love it. I can see pulling out the frame so use with many other sets. 

This stamp set is called Possible Not Easy.  I stamped the two daisy stamp from the set on my card and then positioned the frame around them. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to color them up and added some detail with a white gel pen. The sentiment comes from an older monthly sentiment kit called Mama's and Grandma's. I used a beautiful new die from Gina Marie Designs called Flower Pleated Lace Nested die to frame the image and give it some extra pizzazz 

Please be sure to comment all week long for your chance to win one of two prize packages from Unity Stamp Co.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Growing in Unity day 1

Hello every one. I am so excited to be a Growing in Unity gal this week.  I've been looking forward to it since the first of the year. I am starting off the week with a mixed media style project. I have to admit this was inspired by a lovely artist named Tracy Evans that I have recently found. Her videos make it so much easier for me to wrap my head around this style. Those along with Jolande's tutorials on the Unity Show & Tell Facebook board have finally given me the confidence to try this style. 

I know, it's pretty simple for this style card but I had a lot of fun with it and I am sure I will be making a lot more in this style. I used the Unity Kit Hug for the flower and script.

Start by masking off a diagonal strip with low tack tape. Blend Distress Oxides in squeezed lemonade, ripe persimmon, and picked raspberry in between the tape lines.
Lightly mist a stencil of your choice with water and place over the blended ink, water side down. Let it sit for a bit so the water can soak in. Remove stencil and see what you have, if you like it great, if not mist and repeat. Let dry.
Run double sided tape along the edges on both sides, remove the top protective piece and place foil pretty side up on the tape and burnish well. I used shattered gold foil. Take the script stamp from the set and using Versafine Claire Nocturne ink, stamp bits of the script randomly around the strip.
Stamp the flower onto the background. The Versafine Claire ink I used actually rubbed off the foil so use Stazon ink if you won't be layering up the stamped flower.

Smoosh the three ink colors onto your craft mat and then spritz with water, smoosh a scrap piece of paper through the inks until you get a look you like then dry. Stamp 2 of the flowers on this, you don't need the stems and fussy cut them out.
Arrange the 2 flowers over the one stamped on your card and adhere. I used a Q-tip dipped in picked raspberry to add some depth here and there on the flower. Stamp the sentiment from the SMAK kit, Just Want to Be Me, ink the edges with picked raspberry and place on your card. 

Just like that you are done with your card. Please be sure to join me each day this week as I share some cards made with the wonderful stamps from Unity Stamp Co. Be sure to leave lots of comments during the week as I will be picking 2 winners to receive a prize package from Unity.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Friends of Unity May 2020 blog hop

Hello. It's Friends of Unity blog hop time. This month, we are doing our favorite Angie Girl.  It was way too hard to pick a favorite, so I reached in my Angie Girl box and just pulled one out. 

I ended up with Wakely Girl which actually is a favorite of mine.

I went with a distressed feel and used my Distress Oxides for the background. I smooshed Antique Linen on my mat and misted it with water and then just drug my card front through it until I liked it. When that was dry, I smooshed Brushed Corduroy, misted it with water and then picked it up with acetate and randomly smooshed it around on the card front. I used a circle stencil and randomly stenciled over this with Ground Espresso. I stamped Wakely girl on the background with Ground Espresso and then on a separate sheet with Copic friend ink. The sentiment was stamped with Ground Espresso also.

Copics used:
Sweater-E07, E08, E 09
Boots & Bag-E71, E74, E77
Accesories-B93, B97,YG63,
Hair & Skin-E01, E21, E23, E25

Don't forget to hop along with us and comment for a chance to win a prize.

Alaine-you are here

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Mini Accordion Book

Hello. It's been awhile since I posted. I hope you are all well and finding something to enjoy during these trying times.

I found a lovely lady on Facebook who does a lot of lives and has a style that I love but never manage to do well myself. So I followed one of her lives from this week and made a fun mini accordion book. It took me about 2 1/2 hours because I decided to make front and back pages and I had to create the cover because I don't have the Eileen Hull Needle book die she used. Here is a link to the YouTube video she posted afterwards. Tracy Evans Mini Book

Here are the pictures of my finished book. I don't have any of her stamps but I do have a ton of Unity Stamp Co stamps that worked great. I will try to list the kits I used below but there were so many, I may miss some. The finished book is 2 1/4" x 3 5/8" closed. I used Distress Oxide in Worn Lipstick and Hickory Smoke for the background. I stamped everything in Versafine Claire Morning Mist with bits stamped with the Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide. The white is paint dabbed on with lids and a stylus.

Closed book. The elastic cord came from the Dollar Tree

The front side has 9 pages. The following pages are on the back side and there are only 8.

Unity Stamp Co. kits used:

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Friends of Unity April Blog Hop-Sketch

Hello my friends. It's been a crazy month hasn't it.  Friends of Unity are hopping again and this month we have a sketch for inspiration. I have to admit that I admire people who look at a sketch and give it a creative twist. That is not me, so my card follows the sketch pretty closely.

Here's my card. 

Stamp the telephone and sentiment from Old Ways from Unity Stamp Co. Use a light gray colored pencil to shade the phone if you desire. Fussy cut the phone and mat the sentiment with black. 

To create the background, start with an A2 size white cardstock. Rip some washi or purple tape and tape off the bottom and the right side. Use some copy paper or masking paper to rip a shape similar to the photo above and tape it down. Ink a text stamp with black and stamp the open area. Do not move the paper or the stamp.

Shift the copy paper slightly to the left and stamp again without re-inking the stamp. You want the lighter, second generation stamp for this edge to "fade" the script out. Remove everything from the Misti and trim down the long sides about 1/4 inch. This card needed a little bit of each side. Mat this on black card stock and attach to a card base. Put foam tape on the back of the phone and sentiment and place on card. This is a quick and easy card but I think the black and white look is striking.

Be sure to follow along with the rest of the hop. There are some prizes to be given away, so be sure to check back next month.

Alaine-you are here

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Happy Easter card

Hello everyone. I have been asked to join the Polka Dot Orchard design team. I am so excited to bring you projects using the wonderful digital stamps you can find there.

I used a couple of different sets for today's card.
Start by printing the large egg background from Woodland Cuties Easter Moose on Canson Bristol Smooth 100lb paper. This was printed out in about 5"x7" size. Watercolor with Zig Clean Color markers and trim to an A2 size card panel. Print the Happy Easter sentiment from the same set. Once it is trimmed down, doodle a border around it if you would like.

Cut a frame with any die you have. This one is Scallop Stitched Rectangle frame from Gina Marie Designs. Layer this with acetate and foam tape. Assemble the frame and egg background by pulling the backing off the bottom and two sides of the foam tape, leaving the backing on the top. Fill with sequins and then use a piercing tool or tweezers to loosen the backing off the top layer of foam and pull it out. I find this is much easier to line up all the layers and fill with the shaker material. 

Print the bunny from Spring has Sprung and color with Copics. Fussy cut him out and layer him and the sentiment on top of the acetate and frame layer of the shaker. 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Mini Giraffe card

Hello everyone. I just wanted to share this quick card I made yesterday. I love the Cuddlebug line from Unity Stamp Co. This is a mini giraffe from that line. It's much smaller than the others but it is so cute.
Stamp the giraffe and color it with Copics. Trim the panel down with a double stitched die. This background was made some time ago and I've been saving it for the perfect image. Trim down the sides and wrap twine around it. Mat on card stock that has the edges inked with the same colors as the background. Attach to an A2 size card base.

These are the backgrounds I made some time ago. You need 3 shades of Distress Oxides in similar colors. Ink the background stamp with the lightest color and stamp as usual. Then you randomly smear the middle shade of ink over the background stamp and stamp over the light shade. Do the same with the darkest shade. 

Supplies used:
Cuddlebug Giraffe-Mini- giraffe image
Tiny Unicorn-sentiment
Ikat-background stamp
Double Stitched in & out-rectangle die set

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Friends of Unity March 2020 Blog Hop

Hello everyone. I feel like it's been forever since I blogged here. The Unity Challenges I have been hosting have kept me busy I guess. Well that and a darling, adorable, squishy new grandson. That makes number 3 for me and I LOVE being a grandma.

This month the Friends of Unity blog hop is all about Designer's Choice

I opted to use a new stamp set for my first card. I've had it for a while but haven't been able to use yet. Funny how life had crazy busy pockets of time along with normal every day time.
I used Unusual Day Poppy by Graciellie for this one. I colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I used just one color for each area and blended it out with a water brush. I cut this down with a stitched die and used fun foam to mount it on my card base. The sentiment was from Abundant Blessings.

My second project was one I did just for me. I have been wanting to play with my inks and get messy for a while so I grabbed a tag and had some fun.

I used this tag that came in a Kit of the Month. I grabbed Distress oxides in Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon and smooshed them on my glass mat and sprayed them with a bit of water. Then I just started dipping the tag in one color at a time, drying between layers until I liked what I had.
 I used the kit Hug from Unity and I used ALL the elements in the kit. I used the script, the netting and the sploch and stamped them randomly on the tag with the same 3 colors until I liked it. I stamped the flower and sentiments from this kit in Ground Espresso. It looked like it needed something so I used the script and some Frayed Burlap ink to stamp a bit more randomly. Then I used that same color to ink the edges. I used a q-tip and Spiced Marmalade to add some shading to the flower petals. 

Be sure to follow along with the rest of the hop. Thanks for stopping by.

Alaine-you are here

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Angie Blom Digital Designs announcement & cards

Hello everyone. I have some exciting news to share. I have been blessed with being asked to join the design team for Angie Blom Digital Designs. I have been a huge fan of Angie's art and rubber stamps sold through Unity Stamp Co. I am super excited that I can now get even more images from her digital shop. 

This otter set is her newest release and is on sale for a limited time. Go check it out fast.  One of the best things about Angie's digital sets is that along with the images, you get a printable 8 1/2 x 11 sheet with 4 cards already arranged for you. All you have to do is click and print. This first card uses one of those pre-arranged images.

Isn't this otter adorable?  I printed out the sheet of cards and just cut them apart. I colored this cutie up using my Copics. I water colored the blue around him. I discovered you can water color on Copic friendly paper if you use as little water as possible and don't go over an area too much. 

 This card required a little more work.  I used Photoshop Elements to create it. I put my main otter in the center and made it a bit larger than the surrounding ones. The I used both the otter images and arranged them around this main one. I turned and rotated them as I went. I colored the main one with some E25, 27 & 29. and the rest were colored with W00, and W02. They were outlined with B0000. 

Here's a look at them amazing team I get to work with at Angie Blom Digital Designs. Go spend a moment poking around her site. If you would like lots of inspiration or have questions about using digital images, there is a great Facebook group you can join. Click HERE to check it out.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Unicorn Love card

Hello everyone. I am so excited for this card. One of my favorite artist that does stamps for Unity Stamp Company opened a digital store this week. I ordered several sets so fast. I had to color this AMAZING unicorn first. I hope you love her as much as I do.

I used my Copics to color her. The main was done with one color for each section, alternating as I went. I used the pinks from the flowers to dot along the bottom and around the unicorn.

You can find Angie's amazing art here at Angie Blom Digital Designs

Copics used:
Mane-BG11, BG13, BG15, BG49
Flowers, nose & background-RV10, RV11, RV32
Unicorn shading-C0, C2

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Hello Beauty-flowers card

Hello everyone. I got Zig Clean Color brush markers for Christmas. I have been enjoying practicing water coloring with them. I really love the simplicity of them compared to actual water colors.

I just used one color blue and one green to do this. I used 034 Dull Blue for the flowers and 043 Olive Green for the leaves. The centers were done with 050 Yellow and the wash around it was done with 302 Haze blue. I still have some practicing to do. I know I can get better shading but I am happy with this for now. I die cut the panel with a stitched die and just matted it with deep blue card stock and added 3 glittery enamel dots.

Stamps used:
Array of Fall-flowers
Every Single Day-sentiment

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Brystl Girl Joy in the Ordinary card

Hello everyone. It feels like forever since I have made cards on a regular basis. I adopted a darling 8 month old puppy from a rescue shelter the first of December. She needs a lot of attention and training right now. I finally got a few minutes to make some cards. 

This lovely lady is an Angie girl from Unity Stamp Co. I had to use a new background stamp and a new die also. She was super fun to color, although I am terrible at picking out outfit colors. I wear jeans and t-shirts nearly every day. 

Isn't the staple a fun touch. And look at that wavy die. I colored the girl with Copic markers. I stamped the background with Distress Oxide Ground Espresso and then blended Brushed Corduroy over it. Once I had die cut the girl, I inked around her with Distress Oxide in Antique Linen.The sentiment was stamped with Archival Ground Espresso and inked with Distress Oxide in both Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy. Supplies are listed below.

Copic Markers
Skin: E000, E01
Hair: E50, Y 21, YR26, E44
Vest: E40, E41, E42
Pants: E43, E44, E47
Shoes: E47, E49
Shirt: B0000, B000, B00
Scarf: B00, B02

Stamps & Die:
Brystl Girl- image and sentiment.
Drifting Stitches Borders-die

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Friends of Unity January 2020 blog hop

Hello everyone. Boy December just flew by in a whirl wind of activity. I can't believe it's time for the Friends of Unity blog hop again. I hope you take a minute to check out everyone's blog. This month should be good. We are doing out favorite Unity stamp of 2019. It was so hard to choose, there were so many good ones released last year.

I'm going to jump right in with my first card. See I told I had a hard time picking. Please be sure to scroll down to the end. I am posting the winner from last months hop and you will find all the links for all the talented ladies hopping this month.

The Owl & the Moon set was a late in the year release, it quickly won my heart. I used Hearts All Over and Gina K Red Hot ink to stamp the back ground. The owl was colored with Copics as follows: Owl-R24, R27, R29, owl belly-E50, E51. Moon-Y08, Y11, Y15.

Friendship Blooms became one of my favorite floral stamps. I have used it so many ways. This time I colored it with my new Zig Clean color brush markers. They are so much fun. I used Violet, Deep Violet, Yellow and Olive Green markers and used a Prismacolor Violet pencil to deepen the shadows. The background was created with Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber and the Chained Hexagon stencil from Gina Marie Designs.

Now for the winner from last months hop. Cathy Rendek, please email me at and I will send you a prize package.

Be sure to hop along with everyone and leave comments. There are more prizes this month.

Alaine-you are here