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Thursday, January 16, 2020

MTW January 2020 Mini Challenge - WOW

Today is the first mini challenge of the year over at the More Than Words Challenge blog. You are asked to create a project using the word WOW on it. We have some great sponsors and several prizes up for grabs, so be sure to check us out here.  

I decided I would make a Valentine's card for the challenge.


The floral heart that you can see behind the owl, is a chipboard piece from Dusty Attic called "Sweet Hearts".  I painted it with an old container of pink "Smooch" that I had on hand.  I'm trying to use up some of these old products to free up some room.  The colour tones worked well on this project and the container is now empty!!




Do stop by and give the challenge a try!


Linda


Friday, January 10, 2020

Growing in Unity - Day 5

Happy Day to you!

For my last Growing in Unity day, and with Valentine's Day looming in a month, I chose to make a Valentine card.

These two cute little birds were calling my name!  They can be found in a Kit of the Month from May, 2017 called "Free Your Dreams".  The frame die that I used for this card is from Avery Elle and is called Dotted Frame.

I used a combination of techniques to colour the birds:  starting by watercolouring with Distress Inks, and doing some finishing up touches with Copics.  I heat embossed them with white embossing powder, which gives them a soft look but it meant I really had to work at colouring the eyes, because I lost some of the details of the stamp with the puffy embossing powder.  Don't you love how he's whispering in her ear???  I'm not sure though, if I like the bow I chose for this card... so let's take a poll... should I remove it and find maybe a burlap bow... or keep it to balance the pink hearts?  Help me out friends!  ;)




When I was creating the distress ink paper for this card, the other day, I also did some up pinks and reds.  This is what I cut the hearts out of.  The hearts are from a die set called "Lovely Moments" by Studio Light.


To create the inside, I used my inked up watercolour paper, and this sweet sentiment from the April, 2017 Kit of the Month "Be My Bird".



So that brings my Growing in Unity week to an end.  Thank you so much for all of your kind, fun, and friendly comments.  They really made me smile!  

One final reminder... if you comment on my blog posts for this "Growing in Unity" week, your name will be entered in a draw for one of TWO grab bags full of 25 Unity stamps that are waiting to go to a happy home!  

I will be drawing for the prizes this weekend.  I will wait until Sunday to give those last minute commenters a chance to get their names in for the draw.  Good luck everyone!

Linda




Thursday, January 9, 2020

Growing in Unity - Day 4

Hello!

You couldn't do a Growing in Unity week without colouring an Angie Girl... right??


Aside from the Angie Girls, the thing that I love most about Unity Stamps are the inspiring sentiments that come in the stamp sets.  Both of these stamps come from another Kit of the Month called "Beauty Comes From Being Yourself".


I went for a bit of a shabbier look on this card and distressed all the edges of the mats.


The mats for the Angie Girl card was created from scraps of paper leftover from a Wild Whisper collection called "Floral".  I picked the colours for her coat, etc, from this particular piece of paper in the set:



Thanks for stopping by again and sharing this fun week of "Unity Stamp love" with me!

Please remember to leave a comment in order to have your name entered into a draw at the end of the week.  Two lucky winners will each be receiving grab bags of 25 fabulous Unity Stamps!

ALSO... did you know it's Angela's birthday and a new sale in her honour has started over at Unity Stamp Co.!  I've fallen in love with a couple of the newbies already!  Check it out here.


Happy shopping!
Linda



Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Growing in Unity - Day 3

Well!  Today was a lot of fun!  Welcome back to day #3 in my Growing with Unity week!


I did some playing with distress inks today, and that always makes for a good time!


I used the technique where you rub the ink pads on your mat, spray the mat with water, and then dip and smoosh your watercolour paper around.  I dried with my heat gun between the different layers of smooshing.  Tim Holtz demonstrates the technique at 6:49 in this video.

Inks used were Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean.  If you can't read the notes on the photos below... this card is 4.25"x5.5" and the first mat is 4"x5" and mainly coloured with Peacock Feathers with a little Salty Ocean.  The middle photo shows how I glued a piece of white foam down to add dimension to the card.  In the third photo, I glued down the embossed darker piece of watercolour paper which had more Salty Ocean than Peacock Feathers.  This mat is 3.5"x4.5".
 I heat embossed the darker mat with white embossing powder.  The stamp set I used came from a Kit of the Month from February, 2017 called "Unexpected Places".  Such a pretty design!




All that was left to do was add the birthday sentiment from the same kit, and some bling!  It doesn't show well in the photo, but I tore the one end of the strip the birthday sentiment is on... just to distress it a little.


Thanks for stopping by!  If you leave a comment below, your name will go into a draw at the end of the week.  Two lucky winners will each be taking home a grab bag full of 25 Unity stamps!

Hope to see you back for Day 4 tomorrow!

Linda 



Monday, January 6, 2020

Growing in Unity - Day 2

Hi everyone!

Thanks for coming back for Day 2 of my Growing in Unity week!

Today, I have a Sympathy card to share with you.


The front of this card was made using Unity stamp "Be the Best".  I started by cutting a card base out of 110# white cardstock.  I used a die set by Papertrey Ink called Scalloped A2 Die Collection to do this.  I watercoloured the front edges of the card base using Distress Ink "Peacock Feathers".


After watercolouring the edges, I cut a 4"x5" square out of  a  piece of heart patterned paper from Wild Whisper's "Forever and Always" collection.  Over top of this I glued a white gate that I cut out of 110# cardstock using another Papertrey Ink die called "Garden Gate".

Next I cut an oval and heat embossed the dragonfly using Ranger's superfine White embossing powder.  Then I watercoloured the dragonfly using the Distress Ink "Peacock Feathers" ink again.


The final thing I did to the front of the card, was heat emboss a strip of vellum using one of the sentiments included in the "Be the Best" stamp set.  I glued it at the ends and covered the glue with the white pearls.

The inside was made by cutting another rectangle from the Wild Whisper paper, and embossing another piece of vellum, this time using Unity stamp set "Girl Truly".


Thanks again for stopping by.

Be sure and comment below in order to have your name entered in a draw at the end of the week.  Two lucky winners will each be taking home a grab bag of 25 stamps!

Happy Creating
Linda


Growing in Unity - Day 1

Hi everyone,

*Edited to add a new photo.

This is an exciting week for me as I am one of the "Growing in Unity" girls and I will be showing you projects using Unity Stamps each day this week!


It will be an exciting week for YOU as well, because every time you comment at the bottom of my blog posts, your name will go in a random draw at the end of the week.  Two lucky winners will each receive a  grab bag of 25 random stamps!

It can be hard sometimes to find the comment box, so I've created an image showing you to click where it says "No comments".  Once you do, a box will pop up with a place to write your comment. You will find the "No comments" at the very bottom of my post.
For my first card, I chose to use a stamp from an old Kit of the Month, called "Midnight Kisses".  You can find this stamp set here.


A sad confession... I was creating my card at midnight last night and had a malfunction with my heat gun.  I had a bit of a panic because there was no time to create another card.  After debating what to do, I decided to go ahead and show my card as is without the embossing powder melted, and promise to do better tomorrow.  If you've ever had this happen to you and were able to set the powder without the heat gun PLEASE let me know in the comments how you did it!!  


I was able to finish embossing this card today and thought I'd leave the unembossed one in for comparison (my lighting was a little different and the shot is closer).


I love this girl blowing her happy wishes and love toward the recipient of the card!  You can tell she's celebrating and having fun!  She's quite a large stamp, as this card is 6" x 6".

The paper I chose to use for the card are from a collection done by Wild Whisper Designs, called "Just Because".  The embellishments are from my stash.

That's it for today!  See you tomorrow with my next Unity project!!

Linda



Thursday, December 26, 2019

All is calm...

Merry Christmas everyone!
Christmas at our house was a little unsettling this year, so I set out to create a project that soothed my soul and brought a feeling of peace.
To create peace, I always turn to nature.  This beautiful sunset piece of paper is from Wild Whisper's Canadian Winter collection, and of course features our Rocky Mountains in the background.
                                                                                                                                                            I used another Wild Whisper collection by Pam Bray, called Nature's Bliss to cut out the reindeer (which is an SVG cut file by Just Nick).  I flipped it so that the antlers would cut out of the lighter parts and look like they were catching the last rays of the sun as it set.
                                                                                                                                                         All is calm, All is bright, was stamped using the Wild Whisper "Christmas Comfort" stamp set and Stone embossing powder.
                                                                                                                                                "Rejoice" is also an SVG file from Silhouette, and I cut it out of the same piece of paper that I cut the deer from.  The stars are a stamp from Wild Whisper's older Christmas stamp set "Home for the Holidays".  I embossed them with a lovely, glittery, silver embossing powder.
                                                                                                                                                        The die cuts are graphics from a set call "Christmas Fields" that I purchased from The Hungry Jpeg and printed myself.  They have a wild feeling of joy to me and I thought they suited this beautiful wild background. I popped them up to give them a little more impact.

To create this project, I was inspired by the following two challenges at More Than Words and Art Daily Cafe.  It's pretty clean and simple, but that was what I was needing when I created it!
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Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Word Inspiration - REJOICE
Creative Challenge - ANYTHING GOES

To enter the More Than Words December challenge, go here.  You have until       Dec 31st to enter a project.

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The other challenge was Lights and Sparkles at the Art Daily Cafe.  You also have until Dec 31st to enter a project here.


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Rejoice and feel the Peace and Joy this Christmas!