Unity’s GIU Blog Hop

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Good Morning everyone. Thanks for stopping by and joining me as part of Unity’s GIU Blog Hop.

Today I wanted to share with you a card I made using the amazing stamp set, Family Love, by Graciellie Design. It is one of the newer releases from Unity, but it has quickly become a favorite. I love iris flowers, so I was very excited to see this stamp set.

iris thanks

My favorite Iris flowers are the purple ones, so I of course colored these in a couple of purple tones. Let’s get onto the card.

The image was stamped using Brutus Monroe raven ink and colored with Copic Markers (V12, V15, V17, YG61, YG63, YG67). I cut the image using a My Favorite Things Die cut with a cross stitch pattern along the edge. I mounted that on a piece of black cardstock to ground the image and make it pop off the card.

The card base is a standard white card. The base paper is a Hand crafted cotton paper from Tonic Studios – Evergreen Fir.  The paper is a beautiful metallic color with a lot of embossed texture. If you haven’t tried any of Tonic’s hand crafted paper, I highly suggest giving it a try.

I wrapped some green and white twine around the entire base and adhered it to the card base. Finally, I stamped the phrase “thanks so much” from Big Huge Thanks using PinkFresh ink – Lavender. When it was dry, I stamped it again using an embossing ink and a clear embossing powder. I heat set it to finish it off. I only needed the “thanks” portion, so I fussy cut the word out, mounted it with some foam tape and adhered to the card. Finally, I added some Nuvo glitter drops – Lilac Whisper.

Thanks for stopping by!

Your next stop in the blog hop is Laura

The Luck of the Irish

Top of the Mornin’ to you! Today I am sharing my latest creation – my St. Patrick’s Day card.

leprechaun

I used one of Colorado Craft Company’s Lovely Legs set called St. Patrick’s Day. I thought the image of the leprechaun sitting on a large pot of gold was just too cute. The image was stamped using Brutus Monroe Raven ink and colored with various Copic markers. Once completely colored, I used a die cut from My Favorite Things to cut the image into a rectangle with a cross stitch pattern along the edge.

The word lucky is from Heffy Doodle. I cut it out of Tonic Studios Harvest Gold Mirror Cardstock.

Assembly of the card included a piece of Gina K Asparagus cardstock, cut in half and folded to create the card base. I cut a piece of Authentique St. Patrick’s Day paper. The leprechaun image was adhered to that paper. Before adhering to the cardbase, I wrapped some green and white twine around the card. Finally, the word lucky was added to the top. It was finished off with a few Nuvo Vintage Drops – Pioneer Green.

I hope your St. Patrick’s Day brings you lots of luck.

We made it! It is finally Friday. We all made it through another week. You guys all hung out with me all week, so thanks for the support! I hope I provided a little inspiration along the way.

Today I leave you with 2 cards. Both of these cards use some of the amazing border background stamps that Unity has. These border backgrounds provide you with an easy card to create. I will take some time, every couple of months, to stamp out several of the border background images, color them up and leave them. Then, whenever I need a thank you card, a sympathy card, a just because or whatever themed card, I can easily add a sentiment and some bling and I’m good to go.

Strawberry Fields Border Background

strawberry background

I chose this background because this is the time of the year here in Houston that we can go strawberry picking at a local farm. It’s something I enjoy doing with my mom every year.

I stamped the image and used Gina K Designs Detail Gold Embossing Powder I colored the image using COPIC markers. I cut out the thank you from red cardstock and the background using some vellum. The thank you die is by CZ Designs at Simon Says Stamps To finish it off, I added some red peal jewels to the card.

She Sells Sea Shells Border Background

seashell background

The second border background that I chose was this beautiful shell stamp. I spend several of my vacations on the beautiful island of St. John in the USVI. I had to color this up to give me a little beach time.

I also stamped this using Gina K Designs gold embossing powder and colored it using COPIC markers. I cut the word Beautiful three times from coral cardstock. I stacked them on top of each other to provide a thicker sentiment. Finally I added some coral jewels to give it a little bling.

And that’s a wrap folks. I truly enjoyed spending this week with you at Unity Stamp. I hope you enjoyed spending it with me. Last little reminder, leave a comment here to be eligible for a prize pack from Unity.

Fly me to the moon…

When I saw this stamp, I immediately thought of Frank Sinatra and his song, “Fly Me to the Moon”. I’m one of those that will randomly break into song as I’m working and they are usually Broadway tunes, Christmas carols or old school songs, like this one. I can just picture the one owl singing to the other…

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what life is like on
A-Jupiter and Mars
In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby, kiss me

I digress, back to the card. 🙂

Let me introduce you to Everday Wonderful Owls. This is a past Uniquely Unity stamp (August 2017) and it was designed by Tierra Jackson – don’t you just love her images. They are always some of my favorites. I thought these two owls were just the cutest little couple.

Birds in moon

I stamped the image using Brutus Monroe Raven Ink. I cut it using a My Favorite Things circle STAX diecut. I like the cross stitch detail along the edges. The owls and moon were colored using COPIC markers. I then used a Wink of Stella pen to add a shimmer of glitter to the moon and sparkles. I used the Honey Bee Stamps Winter Prism Cover Plate and cut out a yellow piece. I adhered the yellow piece to a gray card base.

I used a scrap of Authentique paper and tied a yellow ribbon around it and adhered it to the card. I popped up the owl circle using some foam tape and adhered that to the card. Next, I stamped the sentiment on the same gray cardstock I used for the card base. It is also attached using some foam tape. Finally, the bling! I adhered several transparent yellow jewels to the card.

If you start humming a little tune while you are crafting today, consider a little Ol’ Blue Eyes to carry you through.

As a reminder, remember to leave a comment below to be eligible for a Unity stamp prize pack.

 

Today…remember how loved you are.

Sometimes we just need to be reminded that we are loved and who we are is more than enough. I loved this Angie girl and the sentiments that came with her. I just had to stamp her and color her up.

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The stamp set is A Little Warmth, an Angie girl. I suppose technically, she is a little more fall in nature, but she looked powerful to me and ready to take on the world with her coffee, purse and power colors.

I stamped both her and the sentiments with Brutus Monroe Raven ink and colored her up using Copic markers. I decided to cut her image into an oval using a My Favorite Things STAX die that had cross stitch details on it. The diecut behind the girl, is a tonic studios die. I cu that out of some copper mirrored cardstock. I decided to purposely not pop out all of the inside pieces. It gave my card a little more distressed look without too much mess.

Finishing up the card, the “Today” sentiment was popped up and I laid the “remember how loved you are strip just under it. Rounding out the card some copper jewels were added for a little bling. I can’t leave a card without some bling. 🙂

AND…since it is Wednesday, and if you are anything like me, are hoping this week wraps up quickly so I can enjoy the weekend, I thought a 2nd card would be fun. It’s simple, but classic.

butterfly

Sometimes simple is best. I used one of the butterflies form the Butterfly Beauty Kit. I heat embossed it using some Brutus Monroe Coral embossing powder and then fussy cut it out.

The background was a My Favorite Things coverplate that is no longer available. I placed strips of foam tape behind the thick strips and put it onto a white card base to give it some dimension. I stamped the sentiment, “you were just what I needed.” using Brutus Monroe Raven ink. I got this sentiment in one of the grab bags, so I don’t know what kit it is from, however, a simple search shows these two kits have a sentiment that is very similar. You Are Just What I Needed and Just What I Needed

The butterfly was adhered using some pop dots and finally, some dark blue bling added. They really sparkle when the light hits them just so.

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be eligible for the Unity stamp prize pack at the end of the week. Have a fabulous Wednesday. You’ve got this! Make the day count!!

It’s a Good Day to Be Happy

Good morning and welcome Unity fans!

Today I have a sweet little card for you. I fell in love with Phyllis Harris when I first saw her stamps. She has a way of capturing the innocence of children and animals. The little girl, in most of her images, reminds me of one of my nieces.

Lamb

Favorite Days is the featured stamp set for the day. I loved the sweet, cuddly lamb, enjoying a snuggle with the little girl. They look like they are best buds.

I colored the image using Zig Real Brush markers. I cut that image with a Pink Fresh Studios – Essentials. The pattern paper I used all came from Lawn Fawn Spring Fling Paper Pack. To finish the card off, I added the sentiment, “it’s a good day to be happy”. Finally, a few jewels from Studio Katia.

As a reminder, be sure to leave a comment (I really enjoyed reading yesterday’s comments), so you can have a chance to win a prize pack from Unity Stamp Company.

Monday, Monday…

Happy Monday Unies! Welcome to my blog, which is a pretty new endeavor for me. I thought it might be fun to start one, and then after getting chosen to be a Growing in Unity Gal this year, it felt like the perfect time to start.

I don’t know about you, but it takes a group of good girlfriends to make life fun and interesting. I have a small group of girlfriends that we call the “Tilted Tiaras”…yes we have tiaras that we wear occasionally. We have such fun going to dinner, the movies, random get togethers, etc. We are all very different, but come together and accept each other as we are and thoroughly enjoy each other’s company. We recently attempted one of the local escape rooms – we escaped with 3 minutes to spare! We laughed and laughed and had a blast. I highly recommend!!

Well, onto the cards for the day. It should be no surprise, that my cards today are all about friends and the friendship we have.

friends - red

My first card I used the Good Friends, Stupid Things stamp set. I colored all the women in red – a power color for a powerful trio! I matted the image on the chevron paper found in in the paper pad Love is All Around Us as well as the Herringbone paper found in the paper pad Love is in the Air. I white embossed the sentiment “One friend can change your whole life” on the strip of Herringbone paper. I finished the card off with some red pearl embellishments.

I made a second friendship card. Unity has so many great images of women, I had a hard time choosing, but I settled on 4 of the planner girls. I like being able to use diecuts from other companies and highlight Unity images.

friends - black

The 4 planner girls I used are:

I stamped each one individually, colored with copic markers and cut the images down to fit inside the rectangle of the large frame. I cut the Lawn Fawn frame from black cardstock and from black foam. I attached the black cardstock to the black foam frame. Then I attached the 4 images behind the frame. Finally, I adhered the entire thing to a black card.

I cut the word “friends” from 3 pieces of hot pink cardstock, layered them on top of each other and added it to the black frame. Finished the card off with some jewels.

Let me know what you think – I hope you are inspired to make some cards for your friends.

I’m sad to say, one of the “tilted tiaras” is moving away shortly so our small group will sadly have to say good-bye, but see you soon to one of our own.

Don’t forget to leave a comment daily to be entered in for a prize pack from Unity. I look forward to sharing my creations with you this week.

Katie

Happy Valentine’s Day

I know Valentine’s Day isn’t a holiday that everyone likes to celebrate, but I like to think it’s an opportunity for us all to share the love we have for each other.

I make multiples of the same card to send to friends every year. This year I created a card using this adorable bee from Honey Bee Stamps. Both the stamp and diecut were “Free-bees” if you spent a certain dollar amount. I fell in love with this sweet little bee and knew I had to use it as part of my Valentine’s Day card this year.

Valentine's Day

The paper is from Authentique. I absolutely love their papers. They have this amazing texture and the paper is the utmost in quality.

The star of the card is the cute bee. He was colored using Copic Markers and cut out utilizing the accompany die. The “Bee Mine” is also part of the free stamp/die set and was embossed using WOW embossing powder and die cut. The heart is a die cut from Gina Maria Designs.

To finish off the card, Happy Valentine’s Day from Law Fawn Celebration Scripty Sentiments was embossed with Brutus Monroe’s Alabaster embossing powder.

I hope all of you enjoyed your Valentine’s Day. I celebrated with a few girlfriends at a local bar and my three furbabies.

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Mom

My mom recently celebrated her birthday and we got together today to celebrate her day.

She loves Lily of the Valley. She would grow Lily of the Valley all along the side of our house, when we lived in Chicago. She’d send me or my brothers out to pick the flowers to bring to our teachers every Spring. Anytime I see Lily of the Valley being depicted in a stamp image, I have to get it as it reminds me of my mom.

Unity Stamp company recently released this beautiful background stamp. It spoke to me immediately and of course, I bought it. I made my mom’s birthday card this year with this stamp.Birthday - Lily of the Valley

I stamped the image on kraft colored cardstock from Gina K Designs. I embossed it using Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder. Coloring is done via Prismacolor colored pencils. The image was adhered to a Polka dot paper by Unity Stamp Company. I then wrapped some May Arts twine around the image and adhered to  kraft cardstock base.

Using Unity Stamps Company Say it Big May 2019 sentiment kit, I stamped and embossed “happy”, “BIRTHDAY” and “This calls for a celebration” with White Alabaster embossing powder and kraft cardstock.

I hand cut all components of the sentiment, adhered foam to the back and added to the card.

My mom loved the card and the beautiful drawing of Lily of the Valley.