Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fall Greetings. Sackelope style.

 I made another project using Unity's latest stamp of the week called Pumpkin Greetings.

This time I made another sackelope!

I made this card earlier this week and decided to make this project much brighter and happier and less vintage-y than my card. I layered some bright modern prints and vellum on a striped kraft bag.  I stamped the pumpkins on watercolored paper and colored in with Distress inks and a waterbrush.

Lots of fun was had making this little guy.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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!