Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Growing in Unity winners

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Good Morning

I'm just stopping in to announce my two winners from my last weeks Unity post.

There was 161 wonderful comments left during the 5 days of post.

Thank you all for all the kind words.

Using Random.org I pulled two numbers from 1-161

Two Sisters Scrapbooking


Amy Martin


Please contact me through my profile on the right 
with your mailing address so we can get your prizes out to you.

Have a great week


Friday, April 7, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 5

Hello there,

Happy Friday.

Hope you have some wonderful plans for the weekend.  

I think there is going to be some spring rain for us this weekend.  So maybe no outdoor plans for me.

I first want to thank everyone for the wonderful 
and inspiring comments you have left.  
You are all so very kind.

And a  I want to send big thank you to Unity Stamps
for continuing the Growing in Unity program,

Once again
My image today comes from
 the She found Joy kit


I guess I needed some good spring images since we had a very wet winter.

This card is pretty straight forward.

I  stamped and colored this image using alcohol markers.
Then cut out the image using an oval die.

The border I used the scrap cut out of the card from yesterday and glued it to the floral paper.
(I'm being a good girl and using those scraps)

I then made a cutout using the same oval die so that I could seat the image into the background layer.
I wanted to be sure to cut the border at the same time so that everything lined up.  

The oval die set I have had the embossed oval too.  
I usually use it on the inside but this time I used it on the outside to add a large frame.

And added this beautiful sentiment embossed in gold on vellum.

I added a little sparkle to each of the flowers using the glitter markers.

That is pretty much it.    

Thank you for spending the week with me.

I hope you enjoyed all of my projects and found some inspiration.

Don't forget to drop in and see Samantha's last project for the week

I will keep the comments open until Sunday 
and will pick a two lucky winners Monday.

They will be posted by Tuesday night.

Thank you everyone!!!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 4

Good morning and 
 Happy Friday Eve.  

My week as a GIU gal is winding down. 
But we still have today and tomorrow together.

The projects I have for today are more Mother's day cards.  

Its been more than 10 years since my mom passed away.
In the years following her death, it was hard to even think about making Mother's day cards.
My hubby was great.  He would go to the store and purchase cards for his mom 
and both of our grandmothers sign our names and send them out.  

But as time went by I found it easier to create cards for this occasion. 

Since my mom is not longer with us, I make sure that I put some extra love for the
card I create for my Grandmother who is going to be 91 years old this year. 
We are blessed to still have her.  

In the last couple years I have included my sisters and sister-in-laws in the Mother's day mail.
I  sort of feel that I am passing around my mother's love.  

Now I make at lest 6 cards for occasion.

For today's project I am using the flower from the 


I don't own this kit but receive the stamp in a grab bag.  

Oh, do I love this flower.  

I first stamped the flower and embossed it with the Aged Taupe Enamel.

Let me be honest.  I tried the aged silver first but did not like the effect.

I then colored the flower with orange and red alcohol markers 
And used various greens to color the leaves

This color scheme was chosen because my grandmother loves red.  

I then created the background and repeated my stamping and coloring process.  

I find that I create a lot of backgrounds because 
I can't find paper that I have envisioned for the project in my stash. 

Since my sample (practice piece) turned out so well I decided to 
use it to layer the flower and leaves.  

I couldn't help myself.  
I stamped and colored it again.

This flower has become one of my favorite images.  
Now I am thinking about purple flowers.  

And I am pretty proud of myself.... Mother's day cards done a month before.  

That is sort of one of my crafting goals this year.  
Not waiting until the last minute.

Thank you for stopping it.

Please be sure to visit Samantha at Sammibug's Scrapshack
for more inspiration.

We are both giving away a couple grab bags of stamps.

Comment each day to increase your chances.

And don't forget to stop in at the Unity store.  
It is Thursday and there will be an awesome new sale going on.

See you tomorrow.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 3

Good morning.  

I can't believe it is day three of my week as a GIU gal.
It is always amazing how fast the week goes when you are having so much fun.

I wanted to get started on my Mother's Day cards.

If you know me, you know that I am a sucker for flowers.   
I don't know how many flower stamps I own but I can't resist buying more.  
That is one of the reasons I chose this set from Unity.  


I was inspired by this piece of art that had these 
beautiful red flowers surrounded by a dark grey background, 

I wish I had a copy or link so I could share.  
It is stuck in my memory.

I use that same idea but not as dark. 
Especially since I was thinking about Mother's Day.

I chose to go with blues and grays.

After I was finished coloring I thought the background was a little flat.
So I dug out a stencil and some distress ink and added the background.  

I used my test piece on my second card.  

It turned out so nice that I could not throw it out.

the only difference is that I colored the flowers a little darker on the square card.

As you can seen I might just bee hooked on stamping on Vellum.   

I love how it adds the softness to the sentiment.

I hope that you have been visiting Samantha's blog (Sammibug's Scrapshack)

Remember to leave a comment every day to increase your chances to win
a grab bag of 25 stamps from Unity.

I will have two winners an Samantha will also have two winners. 

See you tomorrow


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 2

Happy Tuesday!!

Today is day 2 for my week with Unity.

Thank you for all of the wonderful and inspiring comments yesterday.

Remember to comment everyday for a chance to win a grab bag of stamps from Unity.

And you have to visit Samantha Jackson-Houp's blog for more inspiration

Samantha will also have a couple winners at the end of the week.

And please take a moment to visit the Unity Stamp Company.
They also have a fun blog and a wonderful group on Facebook.

For my project today I wanted to add a little fun to the week.

I fell in love with these little owls right when they were released.
They became my impulse buy that weekend.

You Are a Hoot

I find these guys very versatile.
I've used them for birthdays, thinking of you and Valentine's day cards.

For my first card I wanted to use my story book die.
I've had it for about 6 months and have not used it.
We won't discuss the other things I have stashed away.  LOL

I was going to just use the owls but then
I went digging into my grab bag of images
and found the little package, the birthday hat and the sentiment.  

I knew they would be fun to use with this star paper.
I added a little black to the stitched outline just to give a some separation
from the images and the paper

I have also been trying to use up scraps from previous projects.
 It always seems to be an overwhelming job.
I was able to find a few items to use on my second card.
The Polaroid frame was hiding in that pile.

Hope you enjoyed my projects today.

I'll be back tomorrow with more projects.

Until then.....

Be sure to visit Samantha's blog

And remember to to leave comments everyday to increase your chance
of winning a grab bag of Unity.

Thank you


I will be entering the first card in the following challenges

Monday, April 3, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 1

Good Morning and Happy Monday.

This week I am the one of two Unity gals sharing projects for the Unity Stamp Company.  
I am sharing the week with the talented Samantha Jackson-Houp.  

I hope you find some wonderful inspiration this week.  

Also be sure to leave a comment each day because 
there will some lucky winners of a Unity Grab bag.  

This is the 4th year I have been a GIU Gal and
 I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of crafters.  

For my project today I wanted to try a technique I have not tried.   
Stamping on vellum.  

 I chose to go with the birdcage image from the


I took a class at last years Scrapbook Expo and we were given some vellum flowers to work with.
They were stamped and embossed using embossing enamel and
we colored them on the back with chalk ink.
So, of course I need to buy some of the enamel.  

On thing I discovered was that your images can't have too much detail.  
If they do the chunky enamel will blend the lines together.  
I also found that each of the enamel colors I purchased were not were not the same.
Some colors the chuck were large and some were smaller 
I found that the the colors that had smaller chunk worked better

Next challenge was to color the image.
  I first tried to color on the back with my alcohol markers.
   That left streaks that showed through and the color was not as vibrant as I wanted.
I then tried the Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers.  
I discovered I could color and even blend colors a little better.  
These I used these markers on the front of the image
 and I could clean off any color I got on the embossing.  
And the color was nice and vibrant.  
I just had to let the color dry for a little while.  

The first card I used the first image I colored.  
The bird cage is colored with a very dark purple alcohol marker.
The flowers and bird was colored using the sparkle markers on the front.  
To be sure there was sparkle on the bird cage I used a clear sparkle marker on the front.

The second card I only colored on the front using the glitter markers.

I went with lighter colors so that I do some blending with the markers.

I mounted the image with a pattern background.  
I like the softening effect of the vellum and it adds to the dimension of the projet. 

I finished off the center of the flowers with a enamel dots
on the first card and some jewels on the second.

Please take a moment to see what Samantha has made today.

And don't forget to comment each day.

Thank you for stopping by.


I will be entering the first card in the following challenges