Wednesday, 26 April 2017

GIU Day 3 - Wise Words And Interesting Wallpaper

Hello.  Welcome.  This week I am Growing In Unity.  Sharing a project everyday this week featuring Unity Stamp Company stamps.  Leave a comment on all my posts this week for a chance to win one of two Unity mega-awesome grab bags.  I will choose my winners next week.  

Today I am sharing a card using images from two Unity SMAK kits.   



I stamped and embossed the lady from Focus On The Good and the sentiment from Be Different with black embosssing powder.  To make the background I masked the lady and stamped the flower from the Be Different kit using Electric Green Radiant Neon pigment ink.  Then I did a watercolour wash with Evergreen Bough distress ink.  


Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a Unity grab bag.  If you have missed my other posts this week they are here:  DAY 1DAY 2.   
You can also hop over to Lisa's blog.  She is also GIU this week and has two grab bags to giveaway too.  Hugz

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

GIU Day 2 - Outside My Box and Grab Bags Up For Grabs

Hello.  Welcome.  This week I am Growing in Unity.  I am sharing a project every day featuring Unity Stamp Company stamps.  I would like to thank you for your lovely comments yesterday.  Please keep visiting and commenting because Unity have given me two grab bags of 25 stamps to give away.  I will be choosing my two winners next week.  You can find my Day 1 post HERE.  

I have decided to call this a canvas, although my canvas is actually a piece of DCWV patterned paper.  I had no plan starting this, except that I wanted to use this gorgeous Anastasia stamp, so I hope I inspire you today to just grab some stamps and make something.  



I have made this as a gift for a young lady who will soon be confirmed.  Nearly every 15 year old in Norway gets confirmed.  For the main image I used Anastasia (Believes) and in the background stamps from Let Adventure.  I took a couple of process photo's so I'll try and explain how I got to this.  It was a bit of an adventure........



I started with a 8" x 8" piece of patterned paper from DCWV.   I stamped Anastasia on a piece of white paper, fussy cut her and used this as a mask.  Then I stamped the mixed media Let Adventure stamps using London Fog Memento ink and grey Archival ink.  I added some iridescent glitter glue to the wings of the butterfly and some Brushed Corduroy stickles to the two long mixed media stamps.  And I really didn't like the stickles!!!



So I had a think about what I might have in my stash to fix my stickles problem and remembered that I had some Bedazzles.  Tiny blingy stuff.  So I added some glossy accents and some Disco Ball bedazzles to the stickles.  I liked that.  I decided to add some Electric Slide bedazzles to the butterfly.  Then I used a wide flat brush and black acrylic paint and made the border.



I removed the white paper mask.  I stamped and embossed the Anastasia image on vellum and fussy cut her.  I coloured on the backside with distress inks.  Totally inappropriate medium to use on vellum, but I like the translucent effect.  I added some copper metal feathers from Korthobby.no to her hair and  a bit of blue galaxy marker to her eyes.


Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win one of two Unity grab bags.  And if you want to increase your chances you can hop over to Lisa's blog.  She is also GIU this week and also has two grab bags to give away.  Good luck.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Korthobby Utfordring - Konfirmasjon
Kreativ Scrapping Utfordring 4 - Konfirmasjon/Baby 
Kaboks Utfordring 12 - Konfirmasjon 
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes 
Scrappiness Utfolrdring 4 - Fargerikt 
Allsorts Challenge Week 412 - I Spy  butterfly, bling, blue eyes, black border.......

Monday, 24 April 2017

GIU Day 1 - Win a Unity Grab Bag

Hello.  Welcome.  I am very pleased and excited to be Growing In Unity.   This means that every day this week I will be sharing a project featuring Unity stamps.  It also means that there is a chance for you to win a Unity Stamp Company Grab Bag!  I have two to give away!!  All you need to do is leave a comment on each of my posts this week and on Monday I will draw two lucky winners.  And if that isn't enough, if you pop over to Lisa's blog, she is also Growing in Unity this week, and she also has two grab bags to give away!!!  Hey, don't forget to leave a comment before you hop off!!  Here's my card for today.....



I made this birthday card for my nephew last week.  He has a boston terrier so I knew this would be a winner.  I stamped my panel with Unity Chickenwire Background using brown Archival ink.  I added a blue distress ink wash and spritzed with Midnight something Dylusions spray.  Then I added some gold splats by flicking my Pilot marker pen.  I stamped and embossed the dog from Lucky Dog, fussy cut him and added him to the card using one of those spring-y-ma-whatz-its.  Love how he wobbles, but getting him in the envelope was a challenge!!  Glad to report he arrived safely.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave me some love for your chance to win some lovely Unity stamps, and do hop over to Lisa for more chances!  I'll be back tomorrow.  See you then.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Splash It On
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge 35 - Favorite Background
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Backgrounds
Hobbygarasjen Utfordring 47 - Alt Er Lov
Scrappelyst Utfordring for April - Gutt/Mann  

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Longing For

Hello.  Welcome.  Decided to get messy this evening and brayer a painty background.  



I added Lost Coast's Floppy Eared Cat which I stamped on black card with Versamark, embossed with white powder and fussy cut.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts, stamped with archival ink.  



My background was made by brayering red, white and blue acrylic paint onto my card base.  I stamped some PaperArtsy small stamps with blue dye ink.  You can just see some of them in the left hand side of the red band.  



I would also like to mention that the Card Chain Challenge May sign up is open until the 6th May.  If you like sending and receiving happy mail check it out.  Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge 35 - Favorite Background
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Backgrounds
Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge April
A Blog Named Hero Challenge - Anything Goes
Hobbygarasjen Utfordring 47 - Alt Er Lov 

Monday, 17 April 2017

Bird On A Cup

Hello.  Welcome.  This is an 'I'm not sure project'.  I was inspired by the Mod Squad chalkboard challenge to make this panel and then used one of the Power Poppy sketches to put my card together.  And I liked it.  Then I took the picture and I didn't like it!   Then I looked at it again this morning and thought 'that's not too bad'.  So I decided to share.  


I stamped the Power Poppy image from the Short Stacks set on black card with Versamark and embossed with white powder.  I coloured the image with Galaxy Markers and ripped the edge of the panel.  I added some Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube dye ink to the edge of the panel and also used it for the 'chalk' effect.  Then I used Sizzix on the edge Notebook die and blue card and layered it behind the chalkboard panel.  This is the thing I am unsure about.  I like the blue, but wonder if it should have been black?  My background is tone on tone distress ink and a stamploration stencil.  I added some pieces of gold card and the sentiment is from the Short Stacks set as well. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Power and Spark Challenge - Pick a Sketch Sketch 2
Mod Squad Challenge - Chalkboard Technique
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 35 - What's Your Superpower Phenomenal drinker of tea.  Must be a British thing LOL
Stamplorations Things With Wings Spring Hop 
Stamplorations April Challenge - Stamps and Wings





City Chick

Hello.  Welcome.  I really liked this card by Becca so decided to make my own version with this very cool Stamplorations chick.  I made an ATC. 


Bwahahahaha.  This was actually my second attempt at Becca's technique for simple watercolour shading.  The first one went a little pear shaped.  But I got there in the end.  Or here at least.  I cut my ATC using a Sizzix die.  Then I stamped and masked the chick from Stamplorations Fowl Play.  I stamped the splat and postmark stamp from Grunge Elements then coloured using distress inks.  Becca set her panel on a coloured background, but since I was working on an ATC I decided to use some washi tape around the edge to make a colourful border.  Then I stamped the Happy Birthday to finish. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Aud Sentiments Challenge 177 - Happy Birthday
Cut It Up Challenge 119 - Case It
Stamplorations Things With Wings Spring Hop 
Stamplorations April Challenge - Stamps and Wings
Stamplorations Spotlight Project Showcase




Saturday, 15 April 2017

But Seriously

Hello.  Welcome.  Happy Easter and a new challenge over at Rubber Dance.  We are playing with the very popular Black and White plus One.  I chose a little bit of red........



I stamped the man with VersaMark ink and embossed with black powder.  Then I masked him and stamped Rubber Dance Marble ATC Background and embossed that as well.  I cut out the panel, edged it with Memento Black Tuxedo ink, added a red layer and mounted it on the white card base.  I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white card using black Archival and mounted it on the card. 



Hop over to the blog to see some more inspiration from the design team and join the challenge.  While you are there be sure to check out the new stamps.  There is 20% off until Tuesday 18th April and you can get free worldwide shipping with my code GTfreeship.  Now there's a great deal!  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 35 - What's Your Superpower Sarcasm.  Again.  Also becoming super good at minimalist mixed media.

Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge April 
Scrappelyst Utfordring for April - Gutt/Mann
Stamping Sensations April Challenge - Anything Goes