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Friday, August 15, 2014

Unity Stamp Monthly Challenge

Every month at Unity Stamp Company they have a challenge -you can use the color scheme, the card sketch or a layout sketch.  I've used the color scheme and card sketch together on this one.
 
One major rule: You can only use Unity Stamps.  Well-I wanted to do a Halloween card.  I don't normally-but the color scheme was screaming-----HALLOWEEN!!!!
 
I knew I had won one "spooky" stamp-so I pulled it out.  They I looked thru my stash of Unity stamps and decided to use this phone/camera-not sure what it is-but I like it.
I did some stenciling with my brick wall stencil from Retta.  HERE-Stencils by Retta.
 I cut my spooky spider with one of my Cricut Cartridges.  Stamped the Spooky stamp with black staz on.  I put glossy accents on both the spider and the stamped image.  Look at the little line I drew for the spider trail!! Cute!
 Below is a picture of the inside of the card.  I used another Unity Stamp on the orange piece-I love how the card turned out!  My son & daughter in law will be receiving this when Halloween gets here.
Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate any comments you want to throw my way!




 

Friends With Flair Unity Challenge

I love Unity Stamps and I like participating in their challenges.  Today is Friends with Flair Friday!
I've made a mixed media tag with Andi Girl.
 
I have layers of distress ink on the manila folder.  Started with a stencil from my friend Retta.  Called Daisy.  You can find her stencils in her Etsy store -HERE.  She has SVG files and stencils.
 I colored Andi Girl with Stampin Up watercolor pencils.  Fussy cut her and added her to my tag.
This is the back of my tag.  Designer paper and the sentiment that goes with Andi.

Unity Stamps are excellent quality & they make a lot of them!  They run deals all the time.  I hope you'll check them out.




 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Word Art Wednesday Colossians 1:27

This week at Word Art Wednesday the scripture is Colossians 1:27.
 
It's a beautiful verse.
I wanted to do a watercolor card. 
I used 140 pd Strathmore watercolor paper.
I embossed with clear the leaves and flowers.
I colored them in with Tim Holtz distress markers and a water paint brush.

This is one of my favorite techniques.  Easy -but lots of pop!  I distressed the edges of the paper with my scissors and popped it onto some blue cardstock.  Hope you like it-I love doing it.  Really relaxing to paint.

Be sure and check out all the designers this week at Word Art Wednesday.  You can win prizes and get the FREE scripture art.

The sponsors this week is:
Classy Cards 'N Such $15 - and Your Next Stamp $20





 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Watercolor Technique @ Party Time Tuesdays

Hi everyone!!
Are you here from Party Time Tuesdays??
If not-be sure and go back so you can get in on all the designers watercolor creations.
We have weekly challenges-so get in on the fun & prizes!!
 
 These cards were done with distress ink-but it looks like watercolor doesn't it?!

I started by embossing my stamped images in white.  Using a sponge, I rubbed my color onto my cardstock in circular motion.  If you want darker around the image-like the blue example-use a paint brush to apply the ink.  Allow the ink to dry completely.  Using a water pump (or you can sprinkle with your fingers) spray some water on top.  I know this part is scary-but trust me-it will be worth it.
You need to let it sit for a minute or so-then take a paper towel and blot the water off.  It makes the most wonderful spots!!

The brown one below I didn't blot at all-left it to dry with the water on it.  The sooner you blot the water off, the lighter the water spots will be.
Once done, I simply added a punched tag with my sentiment & my card is done!

I hope you'll give this a try for yourself!! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Word Art Wednesday Psalms 147:4

I'm excited to share with the other ladies at Word Art Wednesday this month!
I'm filling in for one of their regular designers.  It's such a pleasure!
 
They have FREE scripture every week that you can use (it's not required-but why wouldn't you use something that's free?) 
 
Here's my card I designed for this weeks scripture Psalms 147:4.
 
 
I started with plain white cardstock.   I printed the scripture and cut it so it would be card front size.
I embossed the gold stars.  The stamp is an old Stampin up one I had in my stash.  Anytime I need stars-I pull it out!
The tree is another Stampin Up stamp-I wanted it to look like it was in the background-used crumb cake ink.
Then I got to work with my distress inks and a sponge. 

My card came in handy-there's a friend of mine going thru a very difficult illness.  She needed some encouragement.  How much more encouraging is it to know if God named and keeps up with the stars-how much more he loves and keeps up with us!

I hope you'll hop over and submit your creation!  They always have generous sponsors with great prizes!!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!


 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Christmas in July!!

Here is the challenge today for Party Time Tuesday.
 
Be sure to see the rules and link up on the main blog.
 
Want a unique way to store your Christmas cards?
 
This is a repurposed cereal box.  That's right-I bet you would have never guessed!
 
You simply cut your box one half taller than the other. Cover it in paper and embellish as you like.
 Here's a close up of the flowers I stamped and fussy cut.  Added to front with dimensionals.
 Putting scripture always brings me a smile.  Keeping this on the kitchen table to stick my cards in is a wonderful way to look thru them anytime I like.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Great Outdoors with Blue Fern Studio

I haven't done a scrapbook page in several weeks!  My pictures are backing up!
The July sketch from Blue Fern Studio's was beckoning me!!
using a sturdy piece of designer paper so I could ink and spray with water was the first place I started.  I tore pieces of cardstock to match my granddaughter's outfit for the layering pieces.  Edged them with gesso to tone down the brightness.  The pink flowers were made using a piece of leftover sprayed cardstock.  The pink blended well with the pics.  I also stenciled some little flowers before applying the blue distress ink -they show thru beautifully.

The tree branch at the top was inspired by Gabriella.  Mine is not as dainty as hers. I made mine with the twist paper that was popular years ago. Rubbed some brown distress ink on top.

The Blue Fern items I used is the Great Outdoors title, the bunny rabbit and the single white flower on a stem.  All 3 were dabbed with Rangers white distress paint.  Did 3 coats.  Wanted them to stand out.

My masterpiece is now hanging in my Art Studio. I like to look at them when I finish before tucking them away in an album!

I'm entering Blue Fern's challenge found -HERE
If you've never used their chipboard-you should!  Very intricate designs.  I have bought several sets and the quality is superb!

Happy Friday everyone!!

 

2014-2015 Teachers Planner

I handcrafted this brilliant 2014-2015 Teacher Planner book!
It's fabulous!
I added everything I would want if I were a teacher.
Finished size is 7 1/2 x 7 1/2.
 
Encouraging scripture
 Monthly calendar with space for notes and a pocket on the bottom of each one.  There is a huge 7x7 pocket on the side of each one! 

 This page below features Stencil by Retta.  She has cutter files and stencils in her Etsy store ~ Royal Insperations by Retta.
 I embossed the girl in white on a piece of the designer paper.  She showed up great!  In between the booklets (there are 3 that I've hinged together) I have added spots for the teacher to add a picture.  The side of the frame is open and they can slide out the tabbed mat and add their picture.


 Below is the last page-I LOVE this paper line. It has great colors and the designs are fresh and modern.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Freedom to be YOU!

I've been busily making mini albums and wanted a break. 
Wanted to do something carefree and colorful! 
Ran across a blog that had a challenge that played a music video.
The song was about being free to be you.
 
The lady I drew is carefree and being free. 
The background started with a piece of water color paper.
I cut some circle out of a file folder and then used it as a stencil to apply gesso in random areas. 
Then I added my inks. All Ranger inks-spritzing water as I went to blend them.  The areas where the gesso is remain lighter-I love it!
I then sketched in the lady and colored her with pencils.
Printed my statement and added it with gel medium. Outlined the words.
Done!
FREE TO BE ME!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Home of the Brave!

Did you get here from Party Time Tuesdays??
 
We have DAILY inspiration from some wonderful designers.
 
Remember the stars I used earlier this month on the American Flag Fan I made?  I cut the sheet up and used it to create cards!  None of the paper went to waste!
 
I love the rhinestones that added some added bling to each card!
 I used some of the letter stickers I had. 


We're so blessed to live in a country where we are free to worship and live the way we want.  I'm thankful we don't have to hide to worship God.  I hope and pray you are having a TERRIFIC July!