Loving with Unity

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There has been an idea kicking around my head since mid December.  After trolling Pinterest and Facebook, I was inspired.  I also had a photo that was inspiring me, I even had a stamp that “matched”.  But then it was January, too late for Christmas cards.. and now it’s February.  After sorting and browsing my stamps, I discovered I had another stamp that was perfect for my “idea”. (It really isn’t new but..)  So gathered up the supplies: water color paper, versa mark, distress ink refills, water brush pen, white embossing powder and a stamp by Unity.  You’ll stamp the image first, cover with white embossing powder and set it.  Then get your distress inks/refills out and water.  I discovered if you spritz the paper first before laying down your color, it will bleed and find it’s own path.  AND it was cool!   I, then trimmed it down to a 3.5 x 3.5 square, matted with some red Bazzill stash.  Added some cute washie I found at Michael’s and poof done!  Before I knew it, I had eight cards done!

I hope you like it and thanks for visiting!

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Bash your stash

I’m getting better everyday.  In an effort to finish those half started, well intended projects, I pulled one out.  It’s a Tim Holtz small folio and it’s covered in a paper line by Michael’s.  Recollections “Memories Documented”.   I bought it with other intentions but that is what happens when you hoard.

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I took the folio and created an hinged page insert technique I learned from Kathy Orta..I didn’t go crazy with fold outs or inserts because this album will only expand so much.  There are only five pages.

In the past there have been problems with the paper cracking or splitting on the folds.  Tim’s tissue tape and washi tapes won’t hold up to the wear.  Paper is too heavy.  After seeking advice and playing, I took a stencil and sponged on some Archival ink in Potting Soil. Then sponged on Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and Gathered Twigs.  To finish and seal it, I swabbed on Micro Glaze.  Loved how it turned out.  Next time I’ll do the ink technique BEFORE adhering the papers.

Time to start adding the pictures and journal cards.  Hope you enjoyed!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

JANUARY 2017

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Oh my it feels good to create again.  2016 was a very full year and 2017 is shaping up to be just as busy.  We moved again in June 2016, from our rental into our newly purchased home.  It’s such a lovely place, we all have space to stretch out in and a quiet neighborhood to enjoy.  The view from my studio is a little pond and willow tree.  This fall and winter, I get to listen to the geese and watch their antics thru out the day.  I looked forward to unpacking, sorting, purging and all the little things that go with making a house a home.  Instead suffered a few minor set backs and spent the fall stuck indoors healing from a broken kneecap.  Fortunately “Time Heals” rings true and I’m back on my feet and ready to create again.  2017 is bound to be full of creativity, changes and new starts.  With that being said, here’s my first attempt back in the studio.   A little pocket card set for an upcoming swap.  I pulled out the last of my Basic Grey “Figgy Pudding” line and whipped up these little journal cards.  This little bunny fella by Catslife Press  has been waiting patiently for ink and I couldn’t refuse him.  He’s just so cute!    Well that’s it for now.  But it’s only week one of January, maybe I’ll set some new goals for the year like creating (and finishing) something once a week, or dusting off my camera and shoot something.  Who knows but it’s good to create again.   Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

Mock Up time…

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It swap time for me again.  I’ve signed up for several themes and each time I swear I’ll only sign up for three.  But the group I play in always has such cute themes and ideas.  How can one resist??  One of the swap themes is Beach.  Now the ladies always provide inspiration pictures for us and this months was fabulous.  Warm sandy beach, cool waters.. it’s very serene.  It pulled me in.   Everything was ready to rock and roll, pulled up the details one more time and caught “please use the color palette shown”.  Uh oh.  So I quietly put my papers away and scratched my head.  Now what?   Well go to Pinterest and look for inspiration!!!

Here’s what I found browsing pinterest.  This blog called A Window to My Scrapping World.  Rachael Funnell created a beautiful layout using Kaisercraft paper line “Sandy Toes”… and then she made a TAG.  The tag is what really grabbed my attention.  She layered her papers and embellishments so nicely.  Not to mention the texture and color.  This is what I wanted to achieve, so printed my copy of the the color palette, dug out my stencils, dies and what few scraps of Sandy Toes that I had.  Pulled out the cut little picture embellishment by Paper House and the rest is history.

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It’s time to get back to work, there is tweaking to do to this.  Not to mention, four-five more swap themes to complete.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Inspiration

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Sometimes it takes a bit to get the creative juices flowing.  Other times, they’re in overdrive.  This week it’s over drive.  The swap group I play in, had some wonderful prompts and challenges this month.  It was hard only sticking to six themes, since there were so many good ones to chose from!!  The above is the beginning of a fairie themed pocket card.  I’m excited about this one.  I can see this one in my head, but not sure if it’s going to look like it in the end.  We’ll see!

These cards are for our selfie theme.  I think many of us “collect” items, stamps, dies  that reflect our other hobbies and passions.  Cameras are one of mine, so it’s not surprising to see my “stash” grow to reflect it.  These cards were inspired by another blogger who used these fabulous stamps by Stampotique.  The artist is Daniel Torrente and his little kid sketches are a favorite.  The card on the left is for the swap and the card on the right will be “bonus” cards or perhaps hostess cards.  I dunno yet!

Sometimes you have an idea in your head but when you get it down on paper, it doesn’t work.  That was the case with the picture on the right.  It wasn’t working.  So I set it aside to work on something else.  Then I picked it up again after watching of all things, The Big Bang Theory.  (Our family is sadly addicted)  But yup, you guessed it, they were up to “shenanigans” and I was ready to roll!

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This Rolo fell together.  I used a stamp sentiment from Unity Stamps.  Lately they’ve become an addiction, between their facebook page and blog…there’s so much inspiration.  And their weekly challenges are perfect to get your creative juices flowing.  This older paper from DCWV has a lot of glimmering gold, which led to the butterfly die cut.  After using ink techniques by Tim Holtz, I rubbed gold shimmer wax on the wings.  It didn’t match what was in my head..then I saw another challenge.  It was Tim Holtz’s tag of the month challenge.  He used gold foil to accent a piece.  THAT’s what I wanted.  It doesn’t photograph well, but I used the foil sheets and randomly “gilded” the wings.  LOVED!!

So that’s it for this week!  Thanks for stopping by!  Wow, what is this 2-3 weeks in a row?  Getting better at this!  😀

Rainy Days…

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Playing over at Unity {Show & Tell} again.  This weeks challenge was to use one of the many wonderful Unity Girls stamps.  Harmony Girl spoke to me the first time I saw it, she had to come home.  Who could pass up her umbrella and fabulous “wellies”?   As usual, I mixed up challenges.  It’s a new year of Monthly Tags at the Tim Holtz blog, so I used his February technique challenge and mixed it up.  🙂

Inspiration comes from all over and Tammy Tutterow had once used seed beads on one of her projects.  Well gee, I have some of those stashed somewhere…. after dabbing some Glue n Seal and pressing some seed beads into it.  POOF!  Rain!

Most of the Unity Girl stamps have their own sentiment but I was suffering from an ear worm.  So the Carpenters “Rainy Days and Mondays” became a part of my tag.  It seemed fitting for the tag.  You have until Thursday, March 3 to get your entry in if you’d like to play along over at Unity.  Or pop onto Facebook and browse their gallery, there are some wonderful creations over there!

 

Day late… not bad.

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Challenges and prompts.. are kinda my favorite thing.  Lately I’ve been on a Unity Stamp kick.  The stamps are fun, detailed and perfectly sized for most of the projects I like to work on.  Last week Unity challenged us with a kraft & red color theme.  OH YEAH.  These challenges are perfect because I usually add my own “twist”.  Like do the challenge but only use the clutter, scraps and chaos on my desk.    So “Java Friend” was already out.  And there were some Ranger kraft tags waiting to be put away….  and well this little tag was created.  If you enjoy Unity check out their facebook show & tell page herehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/434773279941105/ 

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Another fun prompt I worked on this week was a chick, bunny themed pocket card swap.  The goal was to create a blank journal card and a matching tag.  Oh tags are sooo much fun.  But the challenge was I don’t really own any chick or bunny stamps.  So I tried digital stamps.  These cuties are by a woman on Etsy.  I wasn’t expecting them to be already colored but it was okay.  After resizing them to my needs,  I printed them and set to fussy cutting them out.   The Prima papers were just right for showing the little bunny off.  The only foreseeable problem is my printer is inkjet, so if these cuties get wet… they’re going to smear.  So be advised, use a laser-jet or color photo copies at your favorite copy store if you’re going to add an mixed media elements to your work.

Three day weekend for the girls starting now, so time to get back to the real world.  Thank for stopping by!  🙂

 

Let’s see if I can create a new habit!

 

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Okay, it’s Wednesday and this blog has been “empty” for a long while.  So going to attempt to post once a week and Wednesday seems like a good enough day for new posts.  My online friend introduced me to ROLO’s, which are altered Rolodex cards.  Each month a group of wonderful women create challenging swap themes.  February included “watercolor”.   Alfie by Unity Stamps arrived earlier this month and he needed ink so bad!  So using watercolor pencils, Alfie was brought to color!   I really wanted to push the watercolor challenge, so brought out the distress inks, mini-spritzers and craft mat.  I spritzed and dipped white card stock creating a background.  Once dry, I used another Unity Stamp, stamping in black ink and embossing with clear embossing powder.  Then, it was time to fussy cut.  Alfie’s heart was colored with red Wink of Stella and topped with Gel du Soleil (which sets in UV light) sprinkled with iridescent stars.  I really like the Gel as it seems to set harder than other glossy products.

Well that’s all for now.  Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Pocket Page Swaps

PP9It’s the latest and the greatest!!  It’s a what?  It’s something my LLS is doing with their regulars so I thought I’d give it a whirl.  It’s a simple concept, you need a pocket page.  Right now, the pages used for baseball cards is go-to product to have on hand.  We were encouraged to use our scraps, left overs and bits & pieces.  Many out there follow a format shared on Janette Lanes blog but there are not real rules.  Once complete, you fold it and it fits into a #10 mailing envelope.  I’ve enjoyed it so much I’ve done two now.  The above is my second and is currently enroute to Texas to once of my scrappy friends.  The first, I don’t want to spoil the fun for my recipient.  So, I’ll follow up with a pic later!

PP8Now in the swap group I play in, we too did a pocket letter swap.  But we changed it up.  Since many of our members enjoy the Project Life format, it was decided to use page protectors we’d have on hand, 12×12 dimensions.  So the cards are actually bigger.  3×4 and 4×6 are the actual dimensions.  My swap partner is from Texas.   HOW FUNNY and cool is that, considering I just moved from Texas in June.  The hand written letter is hidden in a fold card.  For me, I don’t think I want people reading something that could have potential of being highly personal or confidential.

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I made two 3×4 cards and reconstructed one glassine pocket to hold some goodies.  The fourth pocket, I slid some cute little Tim Holtz charms and chalk board tags into.  Seeing things “float” in the pockets really goes against my nature so I did my own thing.  I hope my partner forgives me!

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On my 4×6 cards I did “hidden journaling” (it’s the left card) and on the right card I played with white ink and white embossing powders on dark papers.  I feared the watercolor pencils wouldn’t be vibrant enough, but was happily surprised.

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I also tried to build as many layers as I could, using inks, stencils, embossing paste, fussy cutting, veneer cutouts and pop-dots.  I really LOVED these last two cards and I think I’m gonna need to recreate them for a personal project!

Well it’s time to clear the deck for the next challenges.  Thanks for stopping by!