Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Growing in Unity 2018 - Day 2

Hello there!!   Welcome back.

Today is day 2 of my week with Unity Stamp Company

As you saw in my bio, 
I'm a California girl.... lived here all of my life.   
Mostly in NorCal but I did live is SoCal for a few years   
The big news here is all of the fires burning across the state.
 It is so sad to see such devastation.   
There is so much smoke that we have not seen the sky for days.
And it's been hot outside.  Ugh.
Not the California weather in the movies.

So....Tell me what the what the weather is in your area.  

Enough of the small talk.... you came here to get some inspiration, right?

During the month of July all of the blogs were doing the Christmas in July theme
I really love seeing all of the holiday projects and inspiration. 
I try to participate in some of the Christmas card drives so it is nice to get a jump on the season. 
And it makes it feel a little cooler in my head.  

For today's project I made a Holiday card.

First I created my own background paper.
I stamped a white piece of paper with a book words image in brown ink
and then used some of  the distress oxides I've been collecting to create the green/blue color.

I then used a star stencil and sprayed some water on the oxides to leave a faint image of the star.
I did dry the paper with my heat tool  

I really love this stenciling technique.

I find sometime when I have a creative block it is best to just try out some techniques.
You never know what you will get.  
And sometime the failures become good paper to use with your die cuts.  

For the image I chose the pine branch from 
Graciellie Design and Unity Stamps.

This set is called Winter Blessings.
The set includes some beautiful sentiments too

I stamped and embossed the branch in  a raspberry color.  
I then die cut the word "Joy" using purple glitter paper.

Inside I stamped the sentiment 
"Wishing you a blessed winter, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year."
This is one of the sentiments from the stamp set.

Now remember there is two prized to be won.  
Leave a comment on each of my 2018 GIU post and I will select a couple lucky winners 
at the end of the week.  I will post them to the blog next week.

You don't have to comment every day but it does increase your odds.

If you missed day one click

Thank you for stopping in and I hope you have a great Tuesday.  



  1. I love this card! Very pretty. The pine branch stamp is on my wish list. The non-traditional colors for the holiday cards is always a nice change.
    --Phaline Mays

  2. Simply wonderful! Love the branch!

  3. I love the teal and purple combination. I have wrapping paper with these colors and it adds a fresh palette for the holiday season! The stamp is so beautiful and realistic that it can stand alone. Thank you for the great ideas.

    1. I forgot to say I am from the Pacific Northwest!
      It is hot, but not as hot as California. I hope the wildfires get under control.

  4. Cute card. I live in Florida so the weather is HOT!

  5. I really like your background with the text. The stars are nice and subtle, I did not notice until you mentioned them. It is hot here in BC, lots of smoke haze here. We have a fire burning less than 50 miles from us. Last night we had ash in the air. Fires are devastating.

  6. Hope you're safe from the fires. It's so sad to see. I'm in AL and it's hot and muggy here, but green and lush and everything is blooming. I love seeing ideas for the holidays to get a jump start. Your background is amazing, love the pine boughs, and your colors. A lovely card.

  7. This is simply beautiful. Love that background. Hugz

  8. Great creative ideas with the colors. It is hot in Ohio, but very green and lush. My daughter-in-law is originally from Northern CA and the home she lived in during her high school years burned down with the fires last year. I can't imagine living with that threat all the time and hope everyone stays safe.

  9. This is such a lovely card, I love experimenting with backgrounds too

    1. I forgot to say that I am from New Zealand - 'downunder'

  10. I've always been a fan of a scripty BG (or a musical one!) and
    this is really pretty with the colors you used and the star stencil.

  11. Beautiful card! I love The pine! Set I have in wishlist. Our weather is hot in eastern North Carolina and we've had tons of rain. Yesterday I was anonymous but my account is working so Pam Foy is 2suns.

  12. The red embossing is the bomb. Love it!

  13. I live in Orange County,CA. It is H-O-T hot!!!!!! I am looking forward to winter :) I like your pine branch--it reminds me of cool weather.

  14. Love these colors! I would never think to use such bright colors with that stamp. Wonderful inspiration!

  15. Teresa, this is gorgeous - what a lovely background for that sweet, pine stamp. Here in the UK we are experiencing very dry weather and occasional small grass fires, but my heart really goes out to everyone caught up in these terrifying fires. Stay safe, Jo x

  16. Beautiful card! I love the background paper you created and the pretty pine branch!

  17. I have Oxides I've not even opened, but now I want to try them. And that pine bough - wow!

  18. Pretty card-- like the background. We alternate hot humid days with lovely days.

  19. Pretty card, I have this stampand haven’t used it yet, can’t wait! So sorry about all the fires, frightening! I’m in Minnesota and it has been a weird Summer, hot and muggy and rainy, haven’t turned the A/C off all Summer!

  20. I like this, using different colors it would make a beautiful Christmas card.

  21. Love the different color combo for a holiday card. Its so pretty!! Right now, Im getting what you need there in CA. Rain. Severe thunderstorms and pop up thunderstorms are continually hitting us. Wish I could send it your way to help with the fires and the air.

  22. This technique will sure come in handy for me! Love it and the pine!

  23. Lovely background. Thanks for the inspiration - going to try a background using your technique.