Monday, February 24, 2020

Sweet Chick

Hello friends! I'm sharing two cards today I made for the sketch challenge in the Sweet 'n Sassy VIP Group on Facebook. I am a long time fan of sketch challenges because they give me a starting point.

For my first card, I decided to replace the circle with a square (see sketch below). I started by creating my paint splatter background using canson mixed media paper, artist loft paint and a small paintbrush. I dipped my paintbrush in water, then the paint and flicked it onto my paper. Super easy and fun!

I stamped the adorable chick from the new Springtime set onto the same type of paper with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink and heat set. I colored the image using bubblegum pink, orange, lemon yellow and light green Arteza Real Brush Pens and fussy cut out. I trimmed my paint splatter panel down and attached to a green card base. I cut the green square and cut and trimmed the end of the pink piece to look like a banner and taped both pieces to the card front. Next, I attached the chick and butterfly (taken from my stash of already colored images) as seen. I did pop the chick up with foam tape. Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Lots of Love onto the green piece with the same ink as the chick. Yes, I actually did that as the last step, because I forgot to do it before I glued down the green square. I sure was glad I did not mess it up!






For my second card, I followed the sketch and kept the circle. I started by using a stitched circle die to cut a piece from an ink smooshed background in my stash. The colors I used for the ink smooshing are picked raspberry, peacock feathers and twisted citron distress oxide inks. I also used an extra heat embossed dragonfly leftover from this card. Sometimes, it pays off to have extra pieces on hand to make a quick card. I used Texture Tiles 1 to create the pattern on the green and pink pieces. I stamped the words from Dragonfly Dreams onto the pink piece and wrapped the string around, taping it to the back. I attached all the pieces as seen popping up the circle, dragonfly and pink piece with foam tape. Last, I added the enamel dots from Gina Marie Designs.







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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Sending Hugs

Hi friends! I am sharing this sweet card featuring the adorable bunny from Lots of Love along with Texture Tiles 5 and Sentimental Mash-up from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I know, when you see balloons and a cupcake you automatically think birthday card. I thought this bunny was perfect for a snail mail hug.



I started by stamping the bunny onto canson mixed media paper with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink and heat set it. Next, I colored the bunny with Arteza Real Brush Pens with the following colors: smoke gray, ice blue, arctic blue, rouge pink and chocolate. I used the same black ink to stamp the sentiments from the new Sentimental Mash-up set. Love this mix and match sentiment set! I used a stitched rectangle die to cut the white panel and a scallop stitched rectangle die for the turquoise panel I used behind the white piece.

Then I stamped the polka dots from Texture Tiles 5 onto the lighter blue cardstock.  I adhered it to a turquoise card base and attached the die cut layers to it. I added some small sequins as the final touch.




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Friday, February 21, 2020

Dragonfly Dreams

I love to make cards with sentiments that will encourage the recipient! Often, a card with just the right words on it and some sweet handwritten ones inside are just what someone needs to bring a smile to their face or help them through a hard time. What are your favorite kind of cards to create?

I created this card using Dragonfly Dreams  and Inspirational Word Art 1 from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I made the background a few months back in my first and only attempt with ink smooshing. In my little mini session, I made six backgrounds and put them aside until I could find a use for them. I started with squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry and peacock feathers distress oxide inks. I decided I did not like the squeezed lemonade with the other colors and went over it with twisted citron. I actually dabbed it on more than smooshed it. I like how it turned out.




I had some extra dragonflies leftover from my Dream Big blog post for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps earlier this month. I heat embossed the top layer of the large wing onto blue cardstock with versamark ink and black embossing powder, then fussy cut out. To be honest, this card went together really fast because I had so many pieces to pull from in my stash.

I die cut the smooshed piece with a wonky stitched rectagle die from Gina Marie Designs. Then I stamped the sentiment from Inspirational Word Art 1 on the front with Versafine Clair Nocture Ink. Next, I matted the die cut piece onto black and adhered to my hot pink base. Finally, I attached the dragonfly to the front with foam tape and glued on some sequins as the final touch.




Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Karen

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Growing In Unity Day 5


It's my final day as your GIU girl! Thank you all so much for your kind words and support this week! Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a fabulous grab bag of Unity awesomeness!

I don't know if you guys noticed, but I chose all easy and quick techniques this week. I did that on purpose because I think we all need to realize we can create beautiful cards without spending hours on them. Even the layout for today goes together quickly especially when you use a technique for the main image. The cards I made this week would be great to mass produce for our own stash, to give as gifts, to donate to an organization like Cards For Soldiers or Carrie Lee-Walden in the Unity S&T who collects cards for soldiers too during the year.


I want to share with you my favorite layout I cased from the Unity website. This card (shared with permission) by Lisa Arana created with Butterflies and Sunbeams is a layout I have used a lot over the past year and a half. I love it because it never fails me! Plus, it is a great way to use your pattern paper! There are a lot of photos today because I have included some of the cards I have made previously with this layout.

Lisa Arana's card from the Unity website.



I made a new card for today using the same watercolor stamping technique as day 4. I used Blessed Fall (kom 9/18)Isla Girl, a double stitched edge die, canson xl mixed media paper, enamel dots, foam tape, along with mowed lawn, picked raspberry and salty ocean distress oxide inks. Most of the time I pick my pattern paper before I start a project that uses it. Because I was experimenting I did not have a plan for how I was going to use all the images I created for day 4. I had to dig deep into my stash before I found paper that would work with the colors in the bird. In fact, these were the only papers that worked.  

My card.



Here are some cards I made previously using this same layout over the last 18 months. I used the following stamps sets: We Can Rise (kom 6/18), Happy Moments, Whatever Comes Next, Forward and Through, and Blessed Fall (kom 9/18).













As I  finish my week, I just want to encourage you guys to check out the Unity blog, quick tips and stamp set samples for inspiration. It is such a great resource! If you are stuck in a rut or have no mojo go find something new to try out and have some fun.

Thanks again for all the love this week and I hope you enjoyed the last day of my GIU week!

Karen

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Growing In Unity Day 4

Hey Unies, it's day 4 of my GIU week! Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a fabulous grab bag of Unity awesomeness! My choice for today is watercolor stamping by Laura Mooney. Check out Laura's post for step by step directions. I love this technique so much! I had a blast playing with it and trying out different stamp sets!

For these cards I used a Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer, canson xl mixed media paper, paintbrush (for paint splatters) and Kaleidacolor ink pads. If you do not have a Kaleidacolor ink pad you can use any coordinating single color ink pads. Just make sure to always ink up lightest to darkest color. I recently bought the Tim Holtz distress sprayer and I love it. Why did I wait so long? I'm hiding it from my kids so they don't try to steal it to dampen clothes for ironing.

The ink pads I used for today's projects. They have been in my stash forever and still work.




For my first card, I used the Calypso Kaleidacolor ink pad, You are forever beautiful and the sentiment is from You Matter (start loving yourself). I used the knotted string accent again from my GIU day 1. This is my favorite of the three cards I made for today!




A few more card fronts I haven't made into cards yet. I sprayed too much water on the stamp. I actually like how they turned out so I am going to use them anyways.




For my second card, I used the Celebration Kaleidacolor ink pad, Best of the Best, scallop edge die, stitched edge die, foam tape and small bling dots. I used the same layout as I did on day 3 with this set. I like to use easy layouts. I popped up the purple and white part with foam tape.




For my final card, I wanted to try this technique with a solid image to see how it would turn out. I was pleasantly surprised with the results. It does not have the same amount of watery lines the other two have, but it has some and the water helped to soften the colors. I popped up the die cut panel with foam tape. I used the Pumpkin Patch Kaleidacolor ink pad, Blessed Fall (kom 9/18)Wishing You Happy Bird, foam tape and the stitched scallop basic edges die-namics from MFT.




I also used the bird from the same kom as the tree and the Late November Kaleidacolor ink pad. I'm still deciding on a layout so I didn't make them into cards, but wanted to show them to you anyways. How much water you add does make a difference in how it turns out.




Do you have a favorite from today? This technique is easy and it makes quick beautiful cards!


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed day four of my GIU week!

Karen

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