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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Growing in Unity Gals Blog Hop

Angie Girl Blog Hop with Growing in Unity gals!

Hi there and happy Sunday!  I was one of the December GIU gals over at Unity.  What fun I had. The week flew by and I imagine it was partly due to the holidays! For this hop, we have each used an Angie Girl created by the wonderfully talented Angie Blom. Mine is Harmony Girl. Love this stamp of hers! For my card, I stamped her in versamark on watercolor paper and then embossed in black. Next, I used a variety of watercolors in blues and grays..the umbrella in yellow. I added glitter next to the rain drops. The brad I used was naked so I built my own!  I punched a 3/4" circle, embossed it with the dots folder and glued it onto the brad...and then decided to add some shine with crystal effects, but didn't want a lot of dimension on it so I wiped it down. The dot folder was used on the brocade blue background. The sentiment was done the same way, but I didn't emboss it...just stamped in black. Using a pencil, I waved the sentiment and bannered it by using a square punch to take a chomp out of the end...layered in black, too. A black border was put around image and it is on dimensionals.
I had such a fun time during my GIU week and I love Unity!
Please play along and head on over to Kapree Clark's blog next. Two Angie girls will be given out to a lucky winner!!!

Here is a lineup of the GIU blogs!
1. Amy
3. Julia
4. Deidre
5. ME!!!
6. Kapree
7. Ruby
8. Sarah
9. Kris

Sunday, January 4, 2015

ADORNit and Mountain Plains Crafters blog hop

Happy New Year and welcome to ADORNit and Mountain Plains Crafters first blog hop of the year! 
Those of us at MPC have had the pleasure of designing a variety of projects to showcase the versatility of ADORNit's fabulous products.
Head on over to Adornit's pad here
Starting out as Carolee's Creations, Carolee has expanded to what is now known as ADORNit.  They do everything; clothing, papercrafts, fabric and now they are introducing a brand new product; Art Play Paintables - a very special paper created by artist, Lindsay Ostrom, that you can paint on.  I love the designed art work that Lindsay has created, leaving me the fun of painting and embellishing however I choose!  

My first project is a 5 1/4" square card using the Hello Paintable from ADORNit. I used a variety of SU! markers and the main image is on dimensionals. I loved coloring this image!!!  So sweet...I was able to add a variety of colors within the circle and isn't the font too cute?! Embroidery thread and a single brad with "sweet" on it were used as embellishments.

My second project is a 9 x 12 mixed media canvas. I wanted to showcase how versatile the fabric from ADORNit is. I colored my canvas in mustard acrylic paint and then fraying the burnished mustard fabric, I used Mod Podge behind the fabric AND on top of it, being sure to wrinkle it. The flowers are fabric~all handmade (fabulous fabric from Adornit) and then buttons/embroidery thread put in their centers. The sentiment and owl were from a 12 x 12 sheet of ADORNit paper. I cut them out and used UTEE over them. I did the cracked glass technique on the sentiment. The owl branch is from SU! The flower leaves are fabric that I Mod Podged onto paper, stamped the flowers on the fabric and cut out. Some fun ticket stubs from ADORNit were used, too. The red acrylic paint was put onto the Layers of Life stamp from Unity called beautiful wish. Lastly, I painted a flourish piece of chipboard, painted it cream and randomly stamped the red as well. I LOVE mixed media and I LOVED using Adornit products to put this all together~easily!!!

Using an 8 x 8 scalloped piece of wood from ADORNit, I traced it onto a piece of DCWV designer paper and Mod Podged it onto wood. A Hello paintable sentiment colored up and sponged and yellow stickles put on the feather. The sentiment is on dimensionals. Another distressed, homemade fabric flower with a button center, fun fiber leaves and a fun fiber hanger.

Here we have a 6 x 6 card done using the art paintables again. LOVE them. I did this with a combination of markers and watercoloring. Some liquid pearls and purple stickles were used as accents and a tiny embroidery bow on the flower.

Above and below, I made a variety of tags utilizing the awesome paintables. I like to weather my ribbon and did so on several by using my heat gun until I get the desired look I want. These tags would make fun gift tags that could then be used as a bookmark.

My last project was done using the art play paintables again!  I love how quick and versatile they are to create something beautiful in a minimal amount of time....and the ease with which they can be embellished. I colored them this with SU! markers and added some teal liquid pearls...which if difficult to see in the photo. I mounted it on a 6 x 6 bright blue card stock and also onto a piece of cardboard...nice to hang on a wall or a door knob...or anywhere you feel like!

I figured I should give a shout out to Tombow and their awesome Mono liquid glue. It is the only glue I use on all of my projects!

Thank you, Carolee, Lindsay and the rest of the gang from ADORNit for allowing us the opportunity to have fun and play with these wonderful products that have inspired us!  Thanks to Lindsay Ostrom, as well, for giving us such wonderful art work to create with.
My clue to pass onto you is the letter "a"
Head on over to Marilynn's blog next right here

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

All that glitters with my crafty sisters! Glitter is stronger than blood!

Life is a zoo during the holiday season!  This was a quick card and it it so glittery pretty but alas, difficult to photo!  I stamped the trees from SU's Lovely as a Tree in noir black, sponged on the not quite navy and then went busy with the glitter. I used a glue pen to add the glitter for the snow and the trees have glitter, too. Head over to Mountain Plains Crafters to see my compadre's creations and check out their blogs, too.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop~Christmas Version

Well, I did it! I was able to make a Christmas coffee card! It helps (or not) when you wake up at 3 AM. That just isn't right! I used Mark's Finest Papers stamps: Oh, Beans 2012, Poinsettia Blooms 2012 and Holly Greetings 2011. I stamped the cups directly on the dp...and I don't know what it is as the cover has disappeared, but all 3 designer papers are from the same set of 6 x 6 paper. Next, I set about cutting them out and stamped/cut an additional two cups on different dp. Then I colored the plates in riding hood red. The mistletoe and berries were stamped on white, colored with riding hood red and mellow moss. I used glossy mod podge on cups and glossy accents on berries. Lace, stick pin, a fun snowflake and some rhinestones here and there to finish it off! For the sentiment, I stamped on vanilla, and then punched another oval in riding hood red and layered it onto the sides.

I hope everyone has a lovely day and I need to get commenting on everyone's beautiful creations!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Good afternoon, hello, hey, how are you~!!!!!!!!
Me, well..I am having fun listening to some fun dance music and creating. Took a break from the Christmas theme to make this fun coffee card for the Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and SplitCoast Stampers sketch challenge (SC518) today. I used Unity's June 2014 KOM for the image and the sentiment. I think I used almost every colored marker I own! Some embroidery thread, a matching brad and a circle punch for the sentiment. I sponged some rose red around the circle so it wasn't boring white! I used Cosmo Cricket's 6 x 6 mini deck dp called DeLovely and white card stock.....oh, a piece of strawberry slush to mat the cups!
Much has happened to me the past six weeks or so and I must say, I consider my mug full!  
Happy, happy holidays!


p.s. I want to make a Christmas themed coffee card next...I hope I get it done in time to post it!

Friday, December 5, 2014

GIU Girl~Day 5

Good morning! 
Welcome to my last day as a GIU girl today.
I need to apologize for being late with this post. Yesterday was a very rough day in my household. We had to put our beloved golden retriever, Colter, down. She lived a wonderful 13+ years. 
By the time I remembered to get this posted, I was laying in bed and the sandman was calling!.

For my card, I used the KOTM from October 2014 for the image and sentiment. Both stamped in noir black and the images were painted with pearlescent watercolors. The berries were painted with red smooch. Next, I added some iridescent glitter for some snow on the pinecones. A few rhinestones and embroidery thread for embellishments. The layer behind the sentiment is also kraft and it was painted with the red smooch.

I have enjoyed my time as the GIU girl and look forward to randomly picking the winner of the two free itty bitty's of choice from Unity!

Until next time!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Growing in Unity~Day 4

Welcome to my blog on my fourth day as a GIU for Unity Stamp Co! 
I don't know why I don't make more of these crafty candles. They turn out so beautifully.
For this candle, I used the gorgeous feather out of July 2014 KOTM. I stamped it twice on white tissue paper in noir black and then used several different colored markers to color it up. After coloring, you cut closely around the image....but it doesn't have to be exact. Next, you lay it where you want it on the candle and then wrap wax paper tightly around it. Heat up your heat gun for about 30-40 seconds before heating up your image. It happens quickly. You can see it melt into the candle.
I need to head to the craft store to buy some more candles as I am making these for Christmas gifts.

Remember to comment on my blog to possibly win 2 itty bitty's of your choice from Unity! Also, be sure to check out my last post for Friday! I've had fun being the GIU girl.