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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