Monday, December 19, 2016

GIU Winners

Thank you all for your lovely comments last week. They were so nice to read!

Here are the two random winners I drew:
  • Chris in CT
  • Rebecca Yahrling

Please email me (amberloyana @yahoo.com) your mailing address and I will forward that to Unity. Enjoy your new stamps!

Friday, December 16, 2016

GIU Day 5

It's my final day of my Growing in Unity week!

I had planned on making a scrapbooking page today but I had so much fun playing in my art journal yesterday that I had to do it again.


I only had a few minutes, so I quickly spread some paint then washed over it with watered-down gesso to mute it. Stamped a few background stamps and smudged some distress crayons on the edges.

I used Keep Going Anyway for the butterflies and sentiment. Then finally a little black ink splattered finished it off. 

Remember to leave a comment on my GIU posts fromt his week to be entered to win a fabulous prize of stamps from Unity!

Thanks to you all for stopping by this week. I've loved reading all your comments!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

GIU Day 4

It's Day 4 of my Growing in Unity week!
Today, I pulled out my art journal for a really simple, but fun page.


I started with the Window to the Soul large stamp. I just love these Donna Downey face stamps from Unity! The sentiment is from another Donna Downey set called She.

Then I just used a few spray inks to spread some color. I dripped the ink and then blew it out. Oh my goodness, I almost passed out from all the blowing. Little tidbit - I couldn't blow up a balloon until I was 37! Anyway, that's just my way of saying it was hard!

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure you comment on my GIU posts this week for your chance to win a prize pack from Unity Stamps.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

GIU Day 3

 It's day 3 of my Growing In Unity week.
I will post a new project each day this week using Unity stamps. At the end of the week, I will get to randomly pick two of you to win a prize from Unity. All you need to do is comment on my blog posts. You can comment on each day for up to 5 chances at winning.

Today I made this card:

The background was made with Vintage Handwritten and lots of spray and distress inks.
I love the large peony from the Donna Peony set and used it as the focal image.
The beautiful sentiment is from Keep Going Anyway.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

GIU Day 2

It's day 2 of my Growing in Unity week at the Unity Stamp blog.
It's also National Cocoa week. 
So I've got this little cocoa tag for today.


I love the little sweater cozy mug from the Our Heart to Yours stamp kit so I had to use it today!

Make sure to comment on my GIU posts this week M-F to be entered to win a prize pack from Unity.

I'm also linking this up to the Winter Coffee Lovers blog hop. Come check it out for a chance to win more prizes from lots of companies (including Unity).

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 12, 2016

GIU, Day 1

You probably know that Unity Stamp Co. is one of my most favorite stamp companies around. Every week they have a feature they call Growing in Unity (GIU) in which they feature a lucky crafter/customer/fan on their blog. This week I am the GIU girl! I will post a new project each day this week using their stamps. At the end of the week, I will get to pick two of you to win a prize from Unity. All you need to do is comment on my blog. You can comment once a day for up to 5 chances at winning.

For my first project I wanted to share these Christmas cards I made. Elf is one of my family's favorite holiday movies. So I had to buy both these stamp sets and make a few cards to mail out to my other Elf-loving friends.


The image is from Elf Christmas and the sentiment is from Full of Merry.
Here's a close-up of the sentiment. It reads "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for all to hear".  A quote from Buddy the elf!


Mke sure you stop by each day this week and comment for your chance to win a great prize from Unity!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

pumpkin spice and everything nice

It's time for the Fall Coffee Lovers blog hop!

There are dozens upon dozens of sponsors just waiting to give prizes away to those of us who link up a project this week. And many, many others are giving away prizes for commenting along the hop.

All you need to do to win is link up a coffee, tea, or hot cocoa project and/or comment on the links.

This is my first project. It has almost everything I love about fall - pumpkins, colorful leaves, cozy sweaters, and coffee!

I started with a woodgrain embossing folder. 
Then I die cut some leaves out of watercolored paper. 
The little cup is from Verve's Coffee Helps stamp set.
And that beautiful girl stamp is from Unity's Dream of Being set.

Thanks for stopping by and go check out some beautiful projets on the hop this week!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Creative Chemistry 103, Day 1 tags

Creative Chemistry 103 kicked off last week at Online Card Classes.

These are all my technique tags just from day 1:


I made this DIY Ombre tag for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge using Hero Arts Etched Medallion and distress inks.

This next tag uses the Highlight Stamping technique and I've linked it up to Unity's color challenge.

Off-set Stamping technique:

 Washed Watercolor Technique

 Micro Glaze Resist Technique:


These were so fun to make. I can't wait to get to the rest of the days!


Monday, August 1, 2016

hello washi card

Our new challenge at The Paper Girls is to use washi tape.
I used 5 different rolls to create my panel on this black card. Then I stamped Whispy Prairie in white.

I cut the sentiment with this die and created an ombre on it with an ink blending tool.


 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can come link up a washi tape project to our challenge!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

thank you tag

Just in the nick of time, I managed to complete July's 12 tags of 2016.


I went a little cuter than normal this time.
 I used this cute elephant stamp from Unity.
Stamped and watercolored him.


Then layered the word and letter dies.
Spritzes of black marker, washi, brads, and stitching finish it up.


Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great weekend.