Monday, September 26, 2016

You brighten my day

Good Morning.  

Since I've been away I wanted to find some inspiration to get my creative juices flowing and I found this wonderful inspiration on the Stamplorations blog.  

I really love the fall colors against the kraft paper.  

For my project I stamped the Sunflower image in black and clear embossed the ink.   
 I then used a combination of distress inks to get the variations of colors. 
 I started light and then worked in the darker shades.   

 My blending was not successful the first time.  
 This was my third attempt to get the colors right.   
 But that cool little butterfly came out of one of my failed attempts.   

My first idea was to go with gold embossing but  I really was 
not happy with the gold flowers not standing out against my distress shading.   
So I ended up with going with the black. 

As one of the rejected pieces was lying there in my work space, 
I got this cool ides to use my butterfly punch and allow the embossing to be the veins.  
 Now this paper is not wasted only to be added to the growing scrap pile. 

Here are a couple other butterflies I punched from the embossed image.  

I've had a very creative weekend so there will be many more post this week.  

Thank you for dropping by


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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Coffee lovers fall blog hop

Wow.... It has been a while.   
 I have not posted since May.  
I think it has been my longest break from crafting and blogging. 

I'm sure you know how life gets in the way.  
Nothing major.... Just teenager, husband, work stuff

It is sort of hard to get going again.  
But after sitting in my craft space for a while the creative juices started flowing.  

One of my first projects was this tag I made for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I love this tea pot image and sentiment from Unity stamps.

I find making tags so much fun.  

You can add dimension without worrying about the project going into the mail.   

I know it is hard to see but the tea pot is popped up off the tag.  

I should have take a side photo.... but I was playing taxi this afternoon.  

I have more projects to share over the next couple days.  

Please come back to see what I have made.


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Monday, May 30, 2016

Adding Dimension


There are many ways to add dimension to a project,

One of my favorites is to take pieces from an image, 
cut them out and then layer them back together suing pop dots for other foam adhesive.

This can be a time consuming process and the technique does work with every image.  

 I took this cute image from Whimsy stamps and made 4 layers of dimension with the the flower.
That means I needed to stamp the image 4 times so that I could fussy cut all of my pieces.

I like to add color to the area I am covering  with the popped out piece.  
That way there is no white exposed when someone look at the image from the side.  

I used adhesive foam between the layer of peddles.  

I did not want the image to be to think so I used a couple layers of card stock behind the center of the flower.  It give some dimension but it is not popped off quite as much as the lower layer.  

And the lase layer is the bee, which was just cut out and placed on top of the center. It only add a small amount of thickness but it is protruding from the image.

I decided to give the bees some sparkle by adding glitter to their bodies.  

Here is a side view 

Thanks for stopping by


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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Growing In Unity Blog Hop

Good Morning.

Hope you are enjoying you weekend.

Today I am participating in the Growing In Unity Blog Hop.

I am the last stop.  If you just arrive head on over to the Unity blog to get started 

The set I chose to work with is the Unity was She Found Joy Kit of the Month 

I have been playing with Ken Oliver's Color Burst.

I found a technique where I use the Color Burst mixed with blending gel on watercolor paper.

I first created the background using Yellow and Ocher color burst.  The Ocher is cool because it leaves orange and green color streaks behind.  

After the paper dried, I then stamped the background 
image using a brown pigmented in and clear embossed.  

The poppies were stamped and gold embossed on Watercolor paper.   

I used the same technique to color the poppies using red and orange Color Burst.  

The center of the poppies are black distress glitter.  

I popped them off the background to give the card some dimension 

Be sure to leave comments along the way.
Two lucky people will be winning some Unity 

Here is today's line up.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

May CASEplorations Challenge

Today I am sharing a card I made using the challenge 

I've been collecting stencils and have been trying to master
some techniques.

I feel that they look easier to use then they really are.
Maybe it is just me.  

This is a one layer card.  All of the color was applied using a
makeup applicator and distress ink.  

The butterflies are from a ARTplorations stencil.   I flip over the image 
so that I could get the butterflies to be going two different.

I still have a lot to learn but I have made some progress.

Thanks for stopping by


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Monday, May 2, 2016

Growing in Unity week.... Winner announcement

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Happy Monday

I'm here to announce the winners of my week with Unity Stamp Company

Fist I want to thank everyone for the kind and inspiring comments left last week.

Now what you are waiting for..... 

The two lucky ladies are......

Amy E




Please send me an e-mail (resatwo at with your mailing information.

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She is the GIU gal this week.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Growing in Unity Day Five

Happy Friday!!!!  

I can't wait to get the weekend started.

Sadly, it is my last day with Unity.

I hope you have enjoyed all of my projects this week.

I want to send a big Thank You to Unity for allowing me to share with you this week


All of the readers for their kind comments

For my last project I played with watercoloring.

Watercolor is a huge trend right now.
I have been enjoying watercolor 
I find that it is very forgiving
and there are lots of products on the market.

Some of my go to products are 
Distress ink
Twinkling H2O
Zig Clean Color Brush markers
And of course 
basic watercolor paints.

  I really can't say which one I like the best.  
But as for basic watercolor needs I like the Zig Clean Color Brush.  
They travel easy and clean up is awesome.

If I am looking for something with that sparkle, I go for the H2O's, 
which is what I chose for this project

I used the H2O's for both the background and the flower color.

This flower is two different stamps from the Spirit of Summertime KOM
I stamped and embossed the flower and stem before coloring them.

The sentiment is also from the Spirit of Summertime KOM.

See.... I told you that I can't resist the flowers.  

I'm like Dory....
 I don't need anymore stamps... Oh look a flower stamp....LOL

Well, all good things must come to an end.
I will announce the winners next week
~There will be two~

So don't forget to comment everyday to increase your 
chances of  winning some Unity of your very own.

If you missed the previous days, 
I have added a recap of the projects this week with links to get you there quickly


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