Thursday, July 30, 2015

SC551 -- Whispy Prairie

For the sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers on Wednesday, July 29, I chose to use a new stamp that was given to me by my daughter-in-law last week. The set is called "Whispy Prairie" from The Unity Stamp Co.

I stamped the image on watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed it with clear powder. Distress markers and an aqua painter were used to color the image. For the card base I used SU Primrose Petals card stock. I added some Wisteria Wonder designer paper with strips and a white piece with Old Olive dots to finish the sketch/card.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Feel Better Soon

I needed a get well card earlier in the week. I decided to make a card that I could use as a post to Unity's "Friends with Flair" Friday. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone has been working on. This is a stamp that I got a few weeks ago. I love a stamp like this on a monochromatic colored card. The card base is SU Crumb Cake. I used Memento Rich Cocoa ink and stamped on Couger natural colored card stock. I found the dark brown card stock in the scrap box; it matches the ink very nicely.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

SC550/SC537 -- Brush Rose

Today, we were to choose any sketch between 501 and 549. I chose to use sketch # 537. I could find no record of ever having done that challenge. It is one of those that is simply, elegant and has lot of possibilities.

Lately, I have been loving this stamp. Why? I'm not real sure, but I think that part of the reason is that I love the watercolor look. I colored the stamp with SU markers -- Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive and Always Artichoke, spritzed it with water then stamped it onto a color wash background that I had made. The card base is SU Raspberry Ripple card stock, Old Olive card stock is layered behind the image. Finally I used Raspberry Ripple Designer Series Paper and Raspberry Ripple stitched ribbon.

Thank you for stopping by today.

This card was on the "Favorites for the Week" ending July 26, 2015 at Splitcoast Stampers.

Monday, July 20, 2015

PP254 -- Frame It

This week's challenge at the Paper Players is to use frames.


I made the frame by using Spellbinder dies. It was cut from Bermuda Bay card stock. The rose (a Penny Black image called "Brush Rose) was colored with markers, spritzed with water and stamped onto a water colored background. The card base is SU's Pool Party card stock.

CAS334 -- Summer Treats

As summer arrives I look forward to all the fresh vegetables and fruit. Here in Michigan, cherries are plentiful and delicious. I have this stamp from Stamps by Judith so I decided that it was time to use it. The card is very simple. After stamping the cherries several times, I colored them with Prisma colored pencils. Found green and red card stock in the scrap box to mat the image. Finally I used a birthday stamp from the Stampin' Up set called "Happiest Birthday Wishes" for the sentiment. Finally I used a red colored pencil to add color to the word "birthday".

Friday, July 17, 2015

Unity {be inspired} Challenge 30

For this month's challenge, I chose the scrapbook sketch. I wasn't sure if I could make it fit my 6 x 6-inch page, but it was quite easy. I am working on creating a small scrapbook containing favorite Bible verses and quotes. I love these verses. The sketch gave me a chance to use some of my new stamps and try a few techniques that I don't often use.

 My page uses stamps from the Unity sets called "Vintage Scripture" and "Feel The Joy". I also used a stamp from my collection to create the background. After applying SU Lost Lagoon ink, part of the ink was wiped off before stamping onto SU Pool Party card stock. Then before assembling the page, I sponged Lost Lagoon ink around the edges with a large sponge dauber.

Lots of Butterflies

I needed a get well card this past week so I set to work. Love this pretty butterfly from the Unity Stamp Co. I stamped the image on watercolor paper using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and clear embossing  powder. Then I watercolored the entire piece using ink from markers scribbled on my craft mat. The card base is Stampin' Up's Bordering Blue (retired), Crushed Curry and black card stock. I will be linking this card to "Friends with Flare" Friday on the Unity Stamp Co. blog.

I posted the following card on Monday. I am re-posting it with this card because it fits with the "Friends with Flare" Friday. I think it is my favorite!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SC549 -- Lots of Curves

Today's sketch was challenging. Took me a  while to figure out how I wanted to do my cuts and what to use as a guide. Here's a picture of the sketch.

NOW -- My Card

I started with a quarter sheet of natural colored card stock. Using an Impression Obsession background stamp, I clear embossed the whole piece, made my cuts and then used three Memento inks --Summer Sky, Bahama Blue and Danube Blue, to sponge the edges. Using another piece of card stock, I taped all the pieces back together, trimmed to the correct size and added a little more sponging around some of the outside edges. The butterflies were stamped, clear embossed and sponged with Memento Summer Sky and Danube Blue inks on the same card stock, punched out and layered together. The sentiment, from SU Watercolor Trio, was stamped in the Danube Blue ink (same card stock). Both the scalloped oval and the sentiment were sponged using the same ink. The front panel was finally added to the base card (same card stock).

Monday, July 13, 2015

PP253 -- Color Challenge

This is the week for the color challenge at The Paper Players

"Mint Macaron" -- I have. "Smoky Slate" -- I have. "White" -- I have. "Sahara Sand" -- I do not own one sheet. So it's off to find a substitute. I finally decided on "Crumb Cake". It is much darker but it was the best choice I had. Now for the inks. "Mint Macaron" -- I do not have. Decided that I could use the color Celadon by VersaColor, a close match. "Smoky Slate" --  I have that one. "Crumb Cake" -- Don't have that color ink but I think that Memento "Peanut Brittle" will work.

Now -- "What stamps will I use?" "What layout will work?" "What, What, What?" So many questions and so many decisions.

 Here is the result. "My Card"

I got some new stamps last week from the "Unity Stamp Co." Found one that I had fallen in love with. It is from the set called "Delightfully Dainty". Stamped it in the three colors and layered the image with the same color. The background paper was made using white card stock, a Tim Holtz stencil and was sponged with Memento Peanut Brittle ink. The sentiment was first stamped with Stampin' Up Pool Party ink. I really didn't like the result. I stamped the sentiment again in VersaFine Onyx Black ink (using the stamp-a-ma-jig for placement) and let the first stamping create a shadow. I really like the result. I want to try this again.

Thanks for your visit today.

Saturday, July 11, 2015


Wednesday came and went. Seemed like I had so much to do that there was no time for stamping. Thursday night our stamping group had our annual picnic at my house. Set up took some time, but it was well it. Husband were invited so that my husband had someone to hang out with.

Here is the sketch for this week's challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. I thought it was one of the harder sketches but I was determined to use it to make a card.

This is my card--

I don't really like the way the focal image turned out, but I just didn't want to start over. I stamped and embossed the butterfly three times on watercolor paper using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder. This is a new stamp from Unity Stamp Co. that arrived just yesterday. The set is called "Butterfly of Peace". Using ink from three markers and my aqua brush, I colored the butterflies in SU's Lost Lagoon. I used the Hello Honey ink to create a halo around the butterflies. Lastly, I used the marker Mossy Meadow for the background. That is the part I don't like. I got it too dark in the center. The more I messed with it, the darker it seemed to get. Well, I guess that is a part of learning.

Friday, July 10, 2015

"Friends with Flair" Friday with Unity

What a busy week! I did get some stamping done early in the week. This is the project I would like to share with you today. I have been working on a small 6 x 6-inch scrapbook containing favorite scripture verses and quotes that have spoken to my heart over the past years. I had put the words to a song on the refrigerator a few years ago that expressed my desire to follow my Lord. I wanted to include those words in my little scrapbook. I retyped the words on a piece of white card stock, stamped the circle doily around the typed words and then cut it out using the matching Spellbinder die. Here is the result. The Unity stamp (from the set called "Blossom Stackers") is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Here is a link to the "Friends with Flair" post on the Unity Stamp Co. blog

I offer My Life

Lord, I offer my life to You,
Everything I've been through
Use it for your glory.
Lord, I offer my days to You,
Lifting my praise to You,
As a pleasing sacrifice
Lord, I offer You my life.

Monday, July 6, 2015

A Birthday Wish -- PP252

This is the birthday card that I finished today for a special friend. I have been working on creating watercolor backgrounds so I had to try using one of them. I stamped the image from the SU set "Just Believe" with VersaFine Onyx Black and then used clear embossing powder. The greeting was done the same way with a stamp from SU's Watercolor Trio set. For the card base I used SU Rose Red card stock.

I am going to post this card to the Paper Players challenge for this week -- "The Great Outdoors".

CAS332--Bee Happy

Today's CAS challenge was to use a mason jar on our card. I thought, "This will be easy." When I started, none of my ideas worked. Finally, I looked at the catalog from Stamps by Judith and did a CASE of one of the images I saw. This is how the card turned out.

Friday, July 3, 2015

"Friends With Flair" at Unity Stamp Company

I made a card on Monday for the Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. It was a sketch challenge and I loved it so much that I made another card just like the first one but in a different color. This would make a great card set especially to use as a gift. The stamps are from the Unity Stamp set called "Blossom Stackers". Love this set; there are so many wonderful stamps in this set to use alone or to use together to create your own unique look


SC547 -- Follow Your Heart

It's Friday. I am just getting my card finished and posted today for Wednesday's sketch challenge at SCS. My daughter and granddaughter were visiting from Chicago. A lot of time was spent visiting but there wasn't much time for doing challenges.

I looked and looked through my stamps and couldn't find anything that I wanted to use. As I was looking through some papers I found a new 6 x 6-inch pad from My Mind's Eye called "Follow Your Heart". This one sheet really got my attention so I decided to give it a try. Here is the result. I used SU Lost Lagoon card stock for the base, layered the small panels with white card stock and the circle with Lost Lagoon card stock. The pink panel is a retired  piece from Stampin' Up. I used a stencil and Lost Lagoon ink to add a little texture to the upper section of the card front, then finished it off  with three small rhinestones.

and here is a picture of the inside--