Thursday, February 8, 2018

February Blog Hop

WOO! HOO! It's February and time for the monthly Unity blog hop.  The artists have been busy creating fabulous new images and sentiments and FIVE of them are releasing today!
I've had a bit of time to play and have some inspiration for YOU.
First up is a punny new set from Angie Blom called Wish You Were Beer.  Isn't that clever?  I colored this image with distress markers and used a lot of 3 different colors of Ranger Stickles for the foam.  Added a couple of pieces of washi tape and that's it!  You know's all about easy!
Secondly I have an sadly adorable owl from Tierra Jackson - Owl So Sad which is just perfect for those sympathy cards (that sadly, we're owl-ways needing!).  I used my new Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray and a MFT starry night stencil to get the stars in the background, over which I used distress oxide ink and viola! the starts appeared.  Cool effect, huh?  I sat the sad little owl on a die-cut branch and highlighted the sentiment beneath him.
Lastly, but honestly my favorite image of this release (come on, we all have favorites, right?)  - Promise Always {again} from Tierra Jackson.  I HAD to make this a very senior couple as they reminded me of my dearly-departed Mom and Dad.  This one is done with Prismacolor pencils on kraft cardstock.  I only used 5 colors on this as I'd rather build up layers of one color to create depth, shadows, and highlights.
I hope you've enjoyed my little bit of inspiration and now it's time to journey on and leave all the design team members participating today a little bit of love and encouragement.
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Here's the list:
You should have arrived here from Kary's blog and now it's time to move on to Lisa.
Just don't forget what we always say...HOP, then SHOP!
Have a fabulous week.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Unity Hop for Angela's Birthday

Hello everyone.  It's Thursday and we're already through 1/3 of January-WOW!  This hop is kind of special because Angela's birthday is just 2 days away and we have lots of new releases to share with you.
I've had company since the beginning of the month, so I haven't had any time to create.  I have just one card to share.  I HAD to make something using the new release (cover your eyes if you're sensitive-lol) from Joslyn Nielson - Damn Girl.  I just love it when she comes up with her snarky/sarcastic sentiments and a lovely lady that puts it all in perspective.
I colored my card with Prismacolor pencils on kraft cardstock.  It was quite simple as I only colored her face and hat and added a small halo of white around her upper body.  She is die-cut with a Sizzix oval die and the I die-cut a portion of that out using a Tim Holtz die just to give it some added interest.

Here is the entire kit showing all of the awesome sentiments.
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You can see all of the new releases HERE.
Now as with every hop. there are prizes to be had just for grabbing your favorite beverage and leaving a bit of love on each blog in this hop.   Those winners will be announced on the Unity blog on Monday evening.
You should have arrived here from Kary's blog and now you may move on to Lisa's blog.  Here is a full list of everyone who is hopping.
Remember to hop and then shop!


Thursday, November 9, 2017


WOO HOO!  It's November and the first Brown Thursday reveal!
You know that this month is very special for Unity customers.  There are lots of new releases this month and the design team will be bringing you tons of inspiration. And or course the sales...oh yes, the SALES!
Let's start with another set of Tierra Jackson's Cuddlebugs!  Remember the first four that were released a couple of month's ago?  Well, their playmates have arrived...Dog, Cat, Pig, and Bunny.  I've done up three of them for you.  They are all paper-pieced and accented with Prismacolor pencils.
Here's the Bunny.  I added a little patch because this is exactly the kind of animal my Grandma Betty would have sewn for her Grandkids and mended as many times as necessary.  There is also a bit of distress marker for the background and a MFT stitched die frame.
Here's the Pig...SQUEEEEE!  For his background I used a Honey Bee cloud die and distress ink.
And my favorite just because I love dogs so much!  Again, some distress markers for the background and I cut a little rug for him to sit on.
We've also got some new Phyllis Harris for you and here's one I made up last night.  It is stamped on kraft cardstock and colored with Prismacolor pencils.
Now I know you're going to miss all of those beautiful faces we've been using for the HOP links, but with the new web site came a new blog and we're going old school for this HOP.  You should have arrived here from the Unity blog Unity Stamp Company and now you should check out Shemaine's blog Shemaine
There are still 2 fabulous prize packages up for grabs.  All you have to do is leave a lovely comment on each blog in this HOP including the Unity blog.  We'll post the winners on the Unity blog on Monday evening.
Here is the complete list in case you get lost along the way.

Have fun hopping and then shopping.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Unity Blog HOP

Hello everyone.  Unity is hopping right now and featuring the oh-so-talented work of Graciellie Designs.
This release of hers features some of the most beautiful botanicals EVER!  I'm going to share 3 cards with you and I confess I chose the winter images only because winter and then Christmas will be here before you know it.  This gives me a jump on some cards for these occasions.
For this card from Winter Blessings I used a bit of distress marker, Liquid Applique for the snow, and a button from Hobby Lobby.
This card also uses Winter Blessings and the single pinecone arranged in a circle with the sentiment tucked in the middle.  It is also colored with distress markers and that cute little mitten embellishment is from Hobby Lobby.
The last card features the Cheery Christmas kit colored with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut.  The window die is from Sizzix.
Here are the two complete kits.
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It's easy, just follow the pretty faces below.  First you hop, then you shop.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hopping with Unity July 13, 2017

Hello everyone.  The Unity design team is hopping and you know what that means!  Yes!, there are new releases this week and believe me!'re going to LOVE them.
I have an assortment of samples and hopefully they will inspire you to get crafty this weekend (or whenever your play time is!).
It seems like such a long time since we've had a new Susan K Weckesser release and it's finally here.  These new kits are so CUTE!
Here's Patience & Hugs - just adorable stuff here.  I kept my designs simple and colored the images with Prismacolor pencils.

Here is the whole darling kit.
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Here next release is Happy Happy Joy Joy and there is a ton of HAPPY and JOY to be found in this kit. What dog doesn't like ice cream???  Mine do!
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There is one more kit for this release (sorry, no time for a sample for this one) called Fairy Dust.
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Next up...MORE Planner Gals from Angie Blom-YAY!  We have Today, One Happy Life, and You Got This.  I made samples using Today and You Got This.

And here are all 3 (Itty Bitty style) girls.
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Last, but certainly not least is some gorgeous envelope artwork from Tierra Jackson.  There are two kits...Efflorescence and Dilly Dallyer.  I used the To: and From: from Efflorescence and the image from Dilly-Dallyer for you.

And here they are.
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So for this week's amazing sale (as if these new releases weren't enough!).

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 As with all of our hops, there are prizes!  We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway. Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win. — PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY NIGHT —
 So here is the lineup.  Just click on each girl's pretty face to their blog inspiration.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Unity HOP June 7, 2017

WOOHOO!  Time for a new release HOP with Unity.

There are some super-cute new kits available today for amazing prices and lots of other fabulous sales too (see the banners at the end of this post!).

I have 3 cards meant to inspire you.

First up is the Glowing & Beautiful Kit from Angie Blom.  Don't forget that she is one talented artist and does so much more than just her Angie Girls.  This kit has a beautiful image and 2 sentiments.  The panel for the image is die cut with a Sizzix die and then splattered using a Tim Holtz stencil and distress ink.  The light bulbs were colored with Prismacolor pencils and then fussy cut and popped on with foam tape. I added a few sequins and there you have it.

Here's one from Tierra Jackson called Speedy.  I did the background first with distress inks and a lots of water to get the feel of him being in the water.  (TIP:  Tape your watercolor paper down with painter's tape on all four sides.  This helps the panel to stay flat as it dries.)  Speedy is colored with distress markers.  I added some Stickles to the hearts and a few extra little water bubbles.  I finished this off with a wooden heart that I colored red to add a pop of color.
Last (and honestly my favorite!) is Hello Little Birdie from Tierra Jackson and Angie Blom. I stamped the image and sentiment on a kraft cardstock panel and then colored that adorable little birdie with Prismacolor pencils.  I added the background last using a MFT cloud stencil and chalk pastels in both blue and white.  I think it almost looks like it's going to storm and that poor birdie is sitting there just waiting for it-LOL!

So you know that a Unity HOP means prizes!  Just leave some sweet words of encouragement for each of us hopping and on the Unity blog too to be eligible for one of two awesome Unity prize packages.  Winners will be announced Monday evening on the Unity blog.

Meanwhile, I promised more on the sales this weekend.
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So here are all of the beauties hopping today.  Just click on the next pretty face and leave them some love too.

Have a beautiful week.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hoppin' With MISTI May 26, 2017

Hi everyone!  So excited for this joint HOP with the lovely folks from Sweet Petunia - inventers of that awesome stamping tool, the MISTI!

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Those of you who belong to The Unity Show & Tell Facebook Group (HINT-if you don't, click on the link and ask to join!) you've probably seen some fabulous artists sharing their "no line watercolor" projects.  I find I'm using my MISTI (a stamp alignment/stamping tool) more and more every day and it's perfect for this technique.

Here's my card using a former SOTW - Alfie-Heart & Soul Mouse and a sentiment from Walk with Your heart.

The stamping/coloring process is really quite easy.  Lay your card stock (or in this case watercolor paper) in the MISTI and position your image on the card stock.  Close the MISTI (this picks up the stamp) and check to see if your alignment is correct.  You can buy grid paper for the MISTI or use a piece of plain old printer paper cut to size.  Once you're confident in your alignment, ink up your stamp with a very light color of ink.  For this sample (and since I'm using distress markers to color the image), I used Antique Linen Distress Ink.

After you stamp the image DO NOT REMOVE your stamp YET!  Take your panel over to your work area and color as you normally would.  I try to "pull" the outline into the image and then add details as I go. Once I'm satisfied with my coloring (is that ever???), I put the panel back on the MISTI platform.  The picture below show this process.  The first one is simply using a paint brush and water to soften the stamped lines. This entire image was colored with only 2 colors of distress marker...Vintage Photo and Pickled Raspberry.

Now, take a darker marker and be careful to color only the mouse's whiskers, top knot, eyes, and mouth/nose.  Stamp exactly on top of your colored image and viola! you have added some detail...THANK YOU MISTI for the perfect stamp positioner!  I added a bit of shading and sharpened up the last layer and then put my card together.

I kept my layout simple so as to focus on the image.  I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark on black cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I die-cut the sentiment into a speech bubble and mounted it with foam tape.  This entire card took me only about 30 minutes.  Nothing better than a simple image, sentiment and my fantastic MISTI!

Here's another on I've done using Perfect Day Hummingbird and Too Much, Too Often Daisies.  My technique was exactly the same, although the colors I started with seemed a bit dark to create the "no line" technique so I stamped them off first by putting a piece of plain copy paper on top of my watercolor color paper on the MISTI platform, stamping, then stamping on my watercolor paper.

All of the stamps I've used are on sale at Unity this weekend.

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget... everyone who leaves a comment on all the blogs in the hop will go into a drawing for 3 prize packs from Unity and 1 from My Sweet Petunia for their choice of an Original or Mini MISTI. Please leave a comment by May 30th at noon central time to be eligible. Winners will be posted on both the Unity and the My Sweet Petunia blogs on May 31st.

Here's the list of all the lovelies that are hopping.

Your next stop should be Kelli Hull