Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fall Greetings, a Unity blog hop

Welcome to the Growing in Unity blog hop from Unity Stamps!
This time the May and June GIU girls are participating in the hop. We are using the new Stamp of the Week.

I love this little pumpkin designed by Angie Blom (I'm a big fan of hers and she is the reason I love Unity. I have no idea how I found her blog a few years ago but she is the one who lead me to Unity, their kit of the month, and down the mixed media path as well. She has no idea who I am but I was delighted to get one of her stamps! Happy Birthday, Angie!)

So I started by stamping the cute pumpkin onto watercolor paper. I stamped it using a brown Distress Ink and then water-colored it in using a few orange and yellow Distress Inks.The brown ink slowly breaks down with the water to give a cool vintage effect (versus a stark black line if I used my permanent ink like I normally do). I think I learned this technique from Swarup Murthy on the Unity design team. You should definitely try it out some time.

I cut some strips of coordinating papers, added some cool textured ribbon, and placed them behind my panel. Then some twine and the sentiment on a banner and I'm done.
 It may be 90 degrees where I'm at but it sure was fun to play with this pumpkin and think of the cooler days ahead! Thanks for stopping by and here's the rest of the hopping order for you:

Amber Sheaves - you are here!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

happy day

I made this happy little card using a couple challenges.

First is this lovely inspiration photo from Unity:

And then the current challenge from Simon Says Stamp to use something clear.

 First I used a heart stencil and applied some clear embossing paste. After that was dry I painted on some distress inks using a flat wide brush. The paste will resist the ink. It's really hard to photograph that clear paste!
Make sure you wipe off the ink as soon as you are done painting as even the distress inks can stain the paste. There is a faint orange tint on the top hearts, hardly noticeable though.

Some twine, enamel dots, and a fun stamp from Unity finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a happy day yourself!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

finally. some crafting.

I haven't crafted in so long it's driving me crazy. We were just on the road for 12 days traveling from Washington to Colorado for two family reunions and some vacation time. I packed a small craft bag with some supplies but still didn't get around to doing much. I'm hoping to spend the next several days crafting up a storm! Or at least sorting and printing the over 500 photos I took and getting some scrapbooking done. :)

My little niece is turning 7 so I needed a quick card to mail her and this is what I came up with:

I was browsing my Pinterest Card Ideas board for an idea and I saw this card from Miss Fabulous herself, Tenia and decided to CASE it.

(you that I look at it I realize I didn't just use it for inspiration, I flat out stole the design. sorry girl )

 I love this "you" die from Simon Says Stamp. I cut it four times and layered it up.
 The butterfly is from Unity's Devoted stamp set. 
That is gold washi tape running under the butterfly but it's a little hard to tell inn the light.

I'm linking up to:
Moxie Fab World Challenge: Wonderful Words Challenge to use a word die
Unity Stamps {be Inspired} monthly color challenge
Virginia's View to use a die
Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Birthday Bash photo inspiration

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a great day!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Happy Faulker Satherhood. And some undies.

Well I haven't made any time for crafting lately. My kids are FINALLY out of school though. Man Washington schools seem to go on forever. We've never lived anywhere with such a late last day of school. But they are out and now I am trying to keep them all entertained! We have workbooks, chore time, exercise time,  reading time, and outdoor play time. The funny thing is that they don't mind any of it. They actually really like having a bit of a schedule. They have really enjoyed helping out in the garden and watching plants grow and then picking fruit to eat.  I love that they love that!

Anyway, they are taking most of my time now. But I don't mind in the least :)

 This is the first thing I made in like a month.
It was a Father's Day card for my husband.

So does anyone get the sentiment??? I hope someone out there does!

Well here's the story in case you don't.  If you don't desire to click over I'll just paraphrase and say it was a Father's Day cake gone terribly awry. For some reason my husband and I find it terribly amusing. And we refer back to it every year on this date.

I decided to turn it into a card. Why not??
And if I wasn't rolling with enough laughter to begin with I {for some reason} decided I needed underwear as embellishments. Just as random as the sentiment I guess.
 The underwear are from Unity Stamps' set called Change is a Good Thing.
Perhaps I have been spending too much time with three little boys but I find this extremely funny!

Well, folks that's my laugh right now. Underwear humor. It can't be avoided when you mother 3 boys.

Thanks for stopping by. 
I'm linking up to Unity's FWF hop. Come comment for your chance to win some stamps!

Monday, May 19, 2014

GIU Winner!

 So if you stopped by last week and left a comment on my blog then you were eligible to win some free stamps from Unity.

I drew a winner and it was commenter #2 on Thursday's post:

Go grab a drink and then sit down and look through all 60 pages of Itty Bitty stamps and  select your two favorites! Shoot me an email at amberloyana at yahoo dot com and I will send your choices over to the peeps at Unity.

Thanks for all the lovely comments that you all left!

3 silly monsters

My middle child loves to be a clown and have attention. And bother his brothers! All I wanted this nice afternoon was to snap a few photos of them together and he certainly kept it entertaining for us!

This layout was inspired by this sketch from The Paper Girls Challenge:
And this mood board from Jot Magazine:

Without the mood board I totally would have gone with more natural muted colors. But I like the bright colors and the fun monsters!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Linking up to Jot Magazine May Mood Board

Friday, May 16, 2014

kind of a hot mess up in here

This is my 2nd post of the day. For my Day 5 GIU post click here.
So I saw a background page in my art journal that I really liked and tried to replicate it on this 6x6 canvas. It sorta worked. I sprayed some dark navy, lime, and teal inks and sprays on it. I stamped some background stamps (Classified Newsprint and Quatrefoil).

Then I wanted to use this sentiment stamp (that I still can't find the name of) so I smeared on some gesso to make a spot for it. And then proceeded to smudged the sucker when I stmaped it. So I had to go over it with my fine tipped Pitt Pen to fill it back in. Then it was getting lost in the messy background and I decided to spray some yellow paint and spread some yellow gelato around it. Hmm. See what I meant when I titled this post a hot mess?

I liked the stars and wanted to add some more yellow. So I tinted some modeling paste with my yellow and gold gelatos and and applied it over a star stencil from Heidi Swapp up in the left corner. After they dried I added a little glaze to shiny them  up.

It was still a bit bright and busy so I smudged some grey gelato around the edges to soften it up a bit.
Then I walked away from it not thinking I would even share this baby on the blog. I even thought about painting over it and starting over. But then my son said it was cool. I love that kid.

So I am trying to agree and see it from his eyes.
It's growing on me!

GIU Day 5

It's the last day in my week as Growing in Unity!
Every day Monday-Friday I will post a project using Unity stamps. You can comment each day for your chance to win two Itty Bitty stamps of your choice.

So this last card of the week is roughly the fifth project I made or partially made for today. Nothing seemed to work. So let's just pretend that this is all nifty and stuff okay?!?
 My craft room is such a mess that I can not find the package for this stamp to tell you the name of it. It's a sad state of affairs on my craft table right now I tell you what.

Thank you all for stopping by this week. I loved reading all your wonderful comments. You make a girl feel all good and stuff.

Remember to come back on Monday to see if you are the winner of the two Itty Bitty stamps!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

GIU Day 4

I am the lucky girl who gets to be the Growing in Unity girl this week at Unity Stamps!
Every day Monday-Friday I will post a project using Unity stamps. You can comment each day for your chance to win two Itty Bitty stamps of your choice. And by the way - the stamps are not exactly itty bitty. :)

 I used the Unity stamp set  Gratitude = Joy for this card:
 After I photographed it I realized the kraft cardstock was really washing out the card.

So I took everything off and added it to a darker color kraft cardstock and I think I like it better.

I think. Hmm.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by today. See you tomorrow for the last day of GIU.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

GIU Day 3

I am the lucky girl who gets to be the Growing in Unity girl this week at Unity Stamps!
Every day Monday-Friday I will post a project using Unity stamps. You can comment each day for your chance to win two Itty Bitty stamps of your choice. And by the way - the stamps are not exactly itty bitty. :)

It's day 3 and we are half-way done!

Today I made a card with one of my favorite color combos.
 I made a yellow watercolor background on my panel, dropped some ink splatters, and stamped that wonderful greeting from Imagine It in grey. Several layers of fun patterns later and it's a card. I'm trying to get myself to use more patterned paper on my cards because, well, I like it and also because I need to get rid of all this paper so I can justify buying more! Anyone else do the same thing?!?

Thanks for stopping by. Keep coming back through Friday for more chances to win. And stop in on Monday to see if you are the winner. Have a great day!

Linking up to Virginia's View challenge to use stitching.