Friday, January 8, 2016

eyes of gratitude art journal page

I have a second art journal challenge that I am working on this year called Colour Me Positive. There are weekly prompts (so far both are quotes) and I'm hoping to be able to create most of them. Wish me luck! I'm not sure if I can handle two art journal challenges per week or not, but I will try. They may not make it all to the blog, but I plan on adding them all to Instagram. Feel free to find me there if you are interested!

This was week one's entry. I layed down 3 colors of gelato (blues and green) and blended. Over top of that I added a coating of a gesso and clear embossing paste. I blended gray gelato on the edges of the pages. Then came the stamps. And finally the quote was applied with stickers.

This did not end up at all like I anticipated it would. It just kinda took a life of it's own. I'm still not sure if it's done yet. But close enough anyway!

I'm also linking up to:
 Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge to use something new (the flower stamp)
Unity Weekly hop - You Are Important and Dream Big stamp

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

amber journal page

I found a new (to me) art journal prompt group called Embrace Your Art 2016: Journal About Me. There are weekly prompts and they are all to make a journal about yourself. So I am going to try to participate in as many as I can. She is making a round journal so I thought I would try that too. The first prompt of this year is to use your name.

The Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp is to use something NEW (and try to use Tim Holtz products). It just so happens I shopped their great after Christmas sale and just received my box of goods. Which included Tim's Fossilized Amber distress ink!

Well, since my name is Amber, I thought this was just meant to be :)

Here is the page I created:
I don't have any cool meanings or history behind my name. I saw someone else in the group use the definition of their name so I decided to go that way too. And the background is supposed to look like a piece of amber.

I used Fossilized Amber, as well as several other yellow inks and gelatos, to create the background. The wheat stamp is from CTMH. Vintage Handwritten (script) and Insightful Meadows (flowers) are from Unity. Some black ink splatters and lots of distress ink blending were also used!

I have an old 4-inch round album laying around so I decided to use that size for this. I'm hoping the small size will make it less intimidating to finish a page every week.

I'm linking up to these challenges:
Embrace Your Art: Journal About Me
Unity Stamps weekly blog hop
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Something New

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, January 4, 2016

family banner

The new challenge at The Paper Girls Challenge blog is Home/Family.
I'm sharing this double banner that hangs in my craft room:

It's got photos of my family members as well as some words and sayings about home and family.

Here's some close-ups:

 I had so much making this and using up lots of papers, cards, embellishments, etc.
And I love looking up at the wall in my craft room and seeing such happiness!

I hope you will make a project and come share it with us at The Paper Girls for your chane to win a crafty prize!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

latte christmas card

The Coffee Loving Cardmakers Winter blog hop is still going on and I've got one last project.

Link up any coffee, tea, or cocoa-themed paper project by the 18th for a chance at winning so many super prizes! So far I've made cocoa and tea projects. Today, I've got a coffee version!

 I used a Tim Holtz iced latte stamp and colored it in with alcohol markers. I love this image. I made it a peppermint mocha by adding chocolate and peppermint sprinkles on top! Even though it's winter I still love a good iced coffee. I typed the sentiment on my typewriter. The word "latte" was stamped with a CTMH stamp set called Treats of Friendship (that I won in a previous coffee lovers hop!).

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

tea gift tag

The Coffee Loving Cardmakers Winter blog hop is still going on.

Link up any coffee, tea, or cocoa-themed paper project by the 18th for a chance at winning so many super prizes! Today (December 15th) is International Tea Day. So /i made this tea-themed gift tag:

The image and sentiment are from Unity's Tea Love set.
And I love those cozy plaid papers. They are from an old Basic Grey line called Jovial. I just want to wrap up in a blanket in that dark plaid in the middle. With a cup of hot tea. Instead I have a pile of dishes, loads of laundry, and dirty floors needing my attention. Sigh.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a cozy day!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

you warm my heart

It's time for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Winter blog hop!

Did you know that December 13th is National Cocoa Day?
And that December 15th is International Tea Day?
Pretty good timing for this hop huh?!

In honor of Cocoa Day I created this cozy little card:

That mug stamp is from Unity's Our Hearts to Yours.
The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Snow Day.

I love the sweater cozy on the cup of cocoa. Isn't it adorable?
I'm hoping to get one for Christmas. :)

If you have time, you should come join the hop for lots of chances to win great prizes.

Thanks for stoppping by and have a great weekend!

Monday, November 2, 2015

hello autumn tag

I'm the current host over at The Paper Girls and we are using STAMPS!

Tim Holtz released his November tag for 12 tags of 2015 and I decided to combine the two challenges to make this tag:

For the background I used an embossing folder as a "stamp" by brayering Distress Paint on the raised side and stamping it down onto the tag. Then spritzed some Distress Stains.
 I stamped and then watercolored the pumpkin using Distress Inks and a waterbrush. And then spritzed using a marker spritzer and brown marker. Then a die-cut cork word, metal photo corner and ribbon and it was done! 

Embossing folder is "Woven" from Lifestyle Crafts.
The tree is from "leaves4fall" by Stamps of Life.
The pumpkin is a really old Imaginisce stamp.
The word Autumn and the leaf are from "Autumn Leaves" by Crafters Companion.

Thanks for stopping by today and come link up your stamping project at The Paper Girls for your chance to win some stamps from me!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

wildflower tag

Welcome to the Growing in Unity Blog Hop
Two lucky commenters chosen from among all the blogs will be chosen to win 25 random Unity stamps!

For today's hop we are using our favorite Unity stamp kits.
I used several to make this tag:

One of my favorite background stamps is the chicken wire stamp
One of my favorite image stamps is Insightful Meadows
And one kit of sentiments I find myself using a lot lately is Empowered Words

Thanks for stopping by and remember to leave a comment here and at the other stops on the way for your chance to win!

Here's the rest of the hopping order:
Next stop>> Debra Davison

Thursday, October 22, 2015

GIU Winners!

Thank you so much to all of you that left such nice comments for me last week! I had a lot of fun participating in Growing in Unity!

And now, as promised (just a little late), here are the two winners that were randomly drawn to receive a grab bag of 25 stamps from Unity:

UTs Hobby Time



Please email me your name and mailing address and I will pass it along to the generous folks at Unity! I'm at

Sunday, October 18, 2015

GIU Day 5, wonderful mess

It's the 5th and final day of my Growing in Unity week!
 I posted 5 projects this week using Unity Stamps. And you can be 1 of 2 winners to win a bag of 25 stamps from Unity! Just comment on my posts for your entry every day.
Since I am posting a couple days late I will give you through Monday to leave comments and draw the winners Tuesday.

Today I have a paperboard letter I picked up at the craft store and decorated for my craft room. It started out a kraft color. I painted it a poppy red color. I stamped parts of the Up Against a Wall brick stamp. And then distressed with a few gelatos.

The sentiment is from the You Are Important stamp set.
The leaves are from the Wildflowers & Wings set.

I finished it off with a Prima flower and yellow twine.

Thanks for visiting my blog this week! Come back on Tuesday when I announce the winner. And thanks to Unity for sponsoring Growing in Unity!