Thursday, December 12, 2019

Creating A Scene

Happy Thursday and welcome to the blog. How are you all getting on with your Christmas shopping? May I suggest a Unity Stamp Co gift card for that stamper in your life? I know it would be greatly appreciated.

Unity has so many great background stamps and a few scene stamps. I love building a scene for my main subject, so I pulled a couple out to create a scene for an Angie Girl and Angie Guy. Make It Happen Girl and Brian Guy are the stars of this week's cards. I paired Make It Happen Girl with Cafe Delights and Brian Guy is hanging out in A Walk In The Woods. Be sure to watch how they were made in the video below.

Cafe Delights

Make It Happen, Girl
A Walk in the Woods

Brian Guy

Use one of the many background or scene stamps to create a place for your subject to hang out in. No background stamp? No problem. Build your own using as many kits as you like. You have a week to upload into the album in the Show & Tell group, in order to be eligible for a prize. Until next time, happy stamping!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Stamping Gifts

Happy December! It's the season of giving and what better gift to give than one made with your own hands? I love giving and receiving handmade gifts. I like to think about my recipient as a create a little something special just for them. If you also love to give your heart in a gift, this is the challenge for you!

I have been giving handmade ornaments with the Christmas cards, to my co-workers, for years. When I saw the new wood slice die/embossing folder from Tim Holtz, I knew I wanted to make ornaments. As soon as I saw A Little Mousy, I knew I had found my stamp! This is such a cute kit, very versatile, and was a fairly simple project to make. Cut and ink the wood slices, stamp and color the image, cut out and add to the wood slice. You can see the process in the video below.

A Little Mousy

For this challenge, I task you with making a gift of some sort. It can be a pack of cards, canvas, coaster, jewelry, ornament, the sky is the limit! Bless someone's day with a gift from your heart and hands. The challenge will be open all month, so you have time. Be sure to upload to the Unity Show & Tell group to be in the running for a prize. Until next time, happy stamping!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Unity Stamp Co Challenge - Thankfulness and Gratitude

Welcome!For all of my American friends, Happy Thanksgiving! All of us should remember to have an attitude of thankfulness and to be truly grateful for what we have and for those in our lives.

A friend asked if I would make him a card to give to his wife, to let her know how much he appreciated her and her support during a rough season. What better way to let someone know how much they mean to you than to send a handmade card? This is one of the ways we can use our craft for good.

I made this pretty floral card, using Don't Give Up, that is loosely watercolored. It's a pretty quick way to whip out a fast card. I love this sentiment kit. Not only a gorgeous image, but really thoughtful sentiments to accompany it.

Don't Give Up {april 2019 sentiment kit}

I challenge you to make a card to send to someone showing your gratitude. It's a tangible way to tap into the thankfulness in your heart. This challenge will be open for one week, until December 4th. Be sure to upload your project to the Unity Show & Tell groupto be in the running for a prize. Next week I will have a new month long challenge, so be sure to tune in then! Until then, happy stamping!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Handmade Papercrafting Parade

Today I am excited to be with as a part of the inspiring Handmade Holiday Papercrafting Parade, filled with fabulously festive holiday crafting. Join me and the rest of the team as we celebrate a week of unbelievable deals on's fabulous exclusive products! Be sure to leave a crafty comment at every stop along the way of this amazing parade hop to qualify for an unbelievable GIVEAWAY!
20 of your favorite crafters have used tons of Exclusive products to provide you with plenty of holiday cardmaking inspiration! You'll love seeing how we used products like the Exclusive Hybrid Inks, the revolutionary Domed Blending Tool, festive dies, cheery stamps and so many more! Come join us on this parade of Handmade Holiday Cardmaking Inspiration! 

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My project is a card featuring a starry night, die cut stars, with this big and bold sentiment.

Firstly, I created a night sky using the Midnight Blue Exclusive Hybrid Ink. Blends like buttah. A bit of white spray ink creates the starry night look. I cut out two star frames, using the exclusive Nested Star dies and painted them with Gansai Tambi gold paint. My third star is simply the center of one of my cut out frames. I stamped the JOY, from the exclusive Big and Bold stamp set, with Cardinal Red Exclusive Hybrid Ink and the TO THE WORLD in Midnight Blue. I cut the letters of JOY out and popped them up using the exclusive square foam adhesives. A sprinkling of sequins was my finishing touch.

You'll be so inspired after visiting each of the 20 stops that you'll want to create designs of your own, we just know it! Why not enter to win a Gift Certificate for yourself? is giving away a $100 Gift Certificate to ONE lucky winner! To be eligible, leave a comment letting us know a bit about your holidays at each of the 20 hop stops along with your email. It's that easy! Share a favorite tradition, a cherished memory, or a memorable handmade gift! 
Giveaway closes Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at midnight MST. The winners will be notified and announced no later than Monday, December 9, 2019. The winner will be notified through the email provided and has 72 hours to respond to claim their prize. for complete official rules, click here

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Single Layer Card - Unity Challenge

Happy Thursday! I'm up on the Unity blog today. We are entering the Winter and holiday seasons and I have a cool card for you today.

Today I'll show you how to make a single layer card, with a masked stamp image. I used the new Tierra Jackson snowman found in Stay Warm. He's such a cute snowman and the lil bird just kills me. Be sure to watch the video below to see how I used masking to make my inky background, whist leaving the stamped image clean and ready for coloring.

Stay Warm

Create a single layer card, bonus points if you incorporate masking in the making of, but not required. Be sure to upload to the Unity Stamp Co Show & Tell FB page. There will be prizes given! This challenge will be open for one week, until 11.28.19. Until next week, happy stamping!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Unity Grounding Challenge

Good morning and welcome to another regarding grounding. We've grounded to the ground, in space, and now we'll look at grounding using supplies.

Today I am using the new, super retro chic Make It Happen Girl. This girl is perfect for a lesson on grounding images that don't reach the ground or occupy space. How does one ground a partial person? This is where our supplies come in. You can anchor images such as this one by adding strips, washi tape, ribbon, twine, sentiment spot, etc. I used paper strips, my sentiment, and twine to anchor my girl.

Use paper strips, washi, ribbon, and/or twine on your project. Bonus points if you use them to ground an image, but not necessary. This challenge will be open for one week, until 11/21. Be sure to upload your project into the challenge album in the Unity Show & Tell FB groupto be in the running for a prize! You'll want that prize! And don't forget to shop the huge, site wide, sale.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Unity Challenge - Black & White

Hi and welcome to another Unity Stamp Co mini challenge! I have a simple card and some thoughts on the rule of odds for you today.

Today I am sharing a simple card using just black and white. White paper and black ink. There are plenty of great images you can use that don't need any added color. For this project, I used Damn Girl and a sentiment from Not Always...But. I love the lacy background! My gems were placed using the rule of odds. The brain loves to have things arranged in odd numbers. Even numbered things confuse our brains. I'm not sure why, but this is a classic interior designer rule in arranging photos, vases, other decor, and it works for adding embellishments to our art pieces too. Check out the tutorial here.

Damn Girl

Not Always...But

Make a black and white creation. Put your colors away and use the textures found in your black and white supplies. Be sure to upload to the Unity Show & Tell FB pagefor the chance at winning a prize! Try to keep the rule of odds in mind too, I think you will find it helpful.

Until next time, happy stamping!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Cool Kid

I finally got to play with the new collection, Field Notes, by Shimelle. I absolutely adore it! It has so much to offer. From dinosaurs to rainbow to books.

My first layout used this gorgeous rainbow paper. I love the colors and the geometric design. The floral die cuts are perfect for bringing a bit of girly to a boy layout.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Graciellie and Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Welcome to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, hosted by Graciellie Designs! Be sure to start the hop here, for the full list.

There are a number of awesome coffee related designs in the Graciellie Designs shop. Today I have chosen to use the two newest designs, just in time for all of your holiday projects.

I used the sets Cuddle In A Cup and Cheery Cocoa, as well as the digi paper pack Cozy Christmas. I think the papers go so well with a warm cuppa.

Be sure to drop by the shop to find something to cozy up to! Until next time, happy stamping.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Gelli Print Card Background

Hi, I am up on the Unity Stamp Co Blog today with another tutorial! And it's one that's near and dear to my heart.

I adore making Gelli prints. It's so soothing and satisfying to pull print after print. You never know what you're going to get. I love the mix of paints and seeing how they play out on the paper. Check out the video below to see how this one came about. After I had my background, I stamped the flowers from Insightful Meadows and sentiment from Abundant Blessings in black, giving a silhouetted look. I also stamped the flowers slightly off the edge of the painted area. This adds a lot of interest that grabs the viewer's attention.

Abundant Blessings {September 2017 Sentiment Kit}

Insightful Meadows

You can see how it was made here:

This week begins the monthly challenge for November. Use paint in your project. It can be a painted background, stamping with paint, splatters, however you feel like adding paint. This challenge will be open all month, so you have some time to think it over. Be sure to upload your work to the Unity Show & Tell FB groupfor your chance at a prize.

Until next time, happy stamping!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Color Me Happy - Exclusive Cut File Collection

Hello and welcome! I had the chance to use the new exclusive cut file collection, Color Me Happy. It's filled with super fun rainbow cuts. 

I used one from the travelers notebook collection to document some of the storms I encountered on a recent trip to Tanzania. We had some massive thunderstorms. It was really cool and my favorite moment was capturing a lightning strike in the midst of a beautiful rainbow.

I cut the rainbow, using Neenah Solar White. Then I colored the bands with rainbow Distress Inks, and added them to my preprinted notebook. After adding my photos, I stamped some clouds and sun with cloud with Lawn Fawn's Happy Village. 

Until next time, happy crafting!
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