Saturday, September 20, 2014

PCC #68

Hi Everyone!

You know when you're searching for something and can't find it? And you end up finding all sorts of things you weren't even looking for? That happened to me this week. While trying to find the sink strainer I knew I bought I came across a few little wood plaques. I used the inspiration from PaperCrafter's Corner challenge:

 and made this little plaque.
I used a black gelato to color the background. I stamped 6 little Unity butterflies and colored them in with Sharpies. Then added the sentiment with another Unity stamp inked with Colorbox frost white.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PaperCrafter's Corner #67

 Hi Everyone!

Sometimes I get in a mood to play with watercolors. It's so relaxing. Today was one of those days. I had the Papercrafter's Corner challenge in mind when I started. Here's this week's inspiration:

 I really liked all the colors around the edge. Here's what I came up with:

 While I had the paints out I remembered a technique I saw on the JustRite Papercraft blog done by Heidi Blankenship. It's called Bokeh. Mine didn't turn out as well as hers but I still like it.:

It was a fun technique that I'll be trying again.
I think I like this one better for the PaperCrafter's Corner challenge. :)

Unity Stamps
Artist Loft watercolors
Colorbox Ink

Friday, September 12, 2014

cards week!

Hi everyone! 

This has been a bit of a rough week. Our Cocker Spaniel, Penny, became ill with a mammary tumor. That thing grew so quick! We took her to the vet where they ran a couple tests. No results yet. I've been staying home to keep a watch on her. So, I made some cards...

There are a couple more on Unity's Facebook group. Thanks so much for all the likes and comments.
All the stamps are Unity. 

I didn't really want to make any more cards today so I made a couple bracelets instead. 

These are made with Blue Moon Beads. 

Have a great week! I'm going to make some more bracelets.  :)

Friday, September 5, 2014

For my daughter

Hi Everyone! I hope this past week has treated you well. 

This week's inspiration for PaperCrafter's Corner challenge #66 is one my daughter would love.

She collects makeup like I collect crafting supplies. One of her favorite makeup purchases are lip products. Here's my card that I'll be sending to my daughter:

Unity has several monthly subscriptions for their stamps. Sometimes they're put on sale as individual kits. There were a few that I told myself that I would buy if they ever went on sale. The hearts stamp came from one of those kits. It's from the Jan. 2014 kit of the month. The 'i love you' is from 'frames in the house'. I added Ranger's Glossy Accents to the red hearts and to the word love. 

Have a great week!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Papercrafter's Corner #65

Hi Everyone
I hope you're enjoying the long weekend. My daughter is home from so I'm HAPPY!

This week's Papercrafter's Corner challenge is awesome:

I tried a couple designs and finally settled on this one:

I took inspiration from all the text. I started out using watercolors on the background. Remember that paper I didn't like before? I still don't like it but it worked fine for this card. I just wet the whole sheet and added colors wit a waterbrush. All I wanted the colors to do was run & blend. All the stamps are Unity.

I hope you'll join me in this challenge. I'd love to see what you create.

Friday, August 22, 2014

FWF & PCC #64

Hi Everyone!

Well...I finally got my daughter all set up in her dorm. When I went to school (ages ago) I could fit everything in a little car. My daughter needed something bigger. We filled our Blazer with most everything my daughter wanted to take with her. There's more that she'll be taking next weekend. I have no idea where she'll put anything else!

I was able to make a quick card for this week. I have new stamps & dies that I REALLY wanted to use.

First up is PaperCrafter's corner inspiration piece:

And now my card: 

The butterfly stamp is from the April 2014 Layers of Life
Spellbinders die
Darice embossing folder


Friday, August 15, 2014


Hi Everyone!

I didn't get a chance to play last week because I've been trying to get my daughter ready to send off to college. She'll be staying at the dorm so, of course, she thinks she NEEDS everything on the school list! Between that and trying to get her laundry time left for crafting. It would be easier if she didn't knock out her knee. Anyway....
Here's my Unity card for this week. 
The flowers are from the October '12 Kit of the Month. I colored them with Zig photo markers. I was very surprised they still worked!

My next card is for PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Monday challenge #63. Here's the inspiration:
I chose to use the black/white background and the color blue:
I used the Midnight Chic paper from DCWV. I like that it has matching patterns in the black & white. I used a Unity stamp and a little bling and the card was done. 

Have a great week!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

PCC 61

Hi Everyone!

This week's Papercrafter's Corner challenge had me using something I haven't used for a long while....embossing powders.

At first I couldn't figure out what to do. I kept seeing the trees. But the more I looked I began seeing other things. The word holiday, the red & white umbrella, the blue sky. Then I thought...Christmas!

If you haven't played along with these challenge you should really give it a try! Who knows, you might even win a prize :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

A challenge in a challenge

Hi Everyone! 

This week's PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Monday inspiration is this image:

I had a hard time with this one until I remembered what Stephanie said about it...a grey-blue background....a single word title. I created a monochromatic card with a single word sentiment. But, I didn't stop there. I also challenged myself to make a trio of cards with the same supplies but different looks. And here's my cards:

They were all made with paper scraps, Unity stamps, and Colorbox ink. 

Have a GREAT week!
A grey-blue backgro

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ink & Alcohol

Hi Everyone!
It's been a busy week for me. My daughter injured her knee :( Since she can't drag me out anywhere I took today to play with some inks and rubbing alcohol. It's a technique my daughter found online. 
I started with Unity's color challenge
 And here is my card:
To make it I added Colorbox & Distress inks to a craft mat. I sprayed the inks with water and tilted the mat to get them to blend. I pressed a piece of watercolor paper into the wet ink until it was covered. While the paper was still wet I splashed on the rubbing alcohol. It makes it look like the galaxy print. I love this technique!

 For the PaperCrafter's Corner Challenge there is this colorful magazine cover. 

And here's my card:
On this card I used the Colorbox Crafter's ink. I added the ink with a cosmetic sponge directly to the watercolor paper and then sprayed it with water. The ink hardly bled at all. It also didn't react to the alcohol.
I used Unity's Insightful Meadows on both cards. The 'Thank You' is from the Blossom Stackers.

I hope you have a great week!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Another week of challenges

Hi everyone! I hope you had a good week.

Papercrafter's Corner has a fun inspiration piece for this week's challenge.

I knew I had a balloon stencil somewhere that I thought would be fun to use with watercolors.

 I used Artist Loft watercolors, watercolor paper, and a Unity stamp from the Jan 11 KOM. 

Next up is a Mixed Media Monthly Challenge canvas...

I am having so much fun finding things 'around the house' for this challenge. I used a toy hairbrush for the dots, hearts punched from an old gift card, some leftover screening for the 'ribbon,  and then I broke up a very old cd for the spikes around the Prima flowers. 

The stencil is a 6x6 from DCWV and the stamp is Unity. I wanted to make the word 'happy' bigger so I found a second stamp to finish the sentiment. All the paint is from Plaid.

Have a GREAT week!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Unity & Crafty Steals

Hi everyone!

It's been a while since I played in either the Unity Be Inspired challenge or the Crafty Steals third Thursday challenge.

I picked Unity's color challenge:
And combined it with Crafty Steals' sketch challenge:
And here is what I created:

It started out a little differently  I had cut the paper in strips for the sketch but I didn't like it at all.  I flipped the paper and started the weave. I liked that. While looking through my scraps I came across the black scallop with a circle cut out of it. Next came the stamps, watercolors, and a little bling and the card is done.

Friday, July 4, 2014


Happy 4th of July to the USA! We usually celebrate with a cookout and FIREWORKS 
This week's inspiration from Papercrafter's Corner is very patriotic. 

I was also inspired by this pin from Pinterest:

And, here's what I created...

It's a small canvas that also fit the current challenge at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge-Around the House. For the challenge we are supposed to use household items. I used crayons, a blowdryer, the cap from a spray bottle (the circles), and post it notes for masking stamps.

The stamps are all Unity. Christy Tomlinson Classified Newsprint, Dream Big Itty Bitty, Learn-Live-Hope Bitty Itty Bitty, and the April13 KOM.

This was so much fun to make but I'll have to wait to do the crayon thing again. I tripped a circuit. Seems using the AC unit and blow dryer was a little too much for my house. Who knew? Or maybe I could just unplug the AC long enough to melt the crayons. Artists sometimes suffer for their art right?

Have a great and creative week!

Friday, June 27, 2014

FWF & PCC #56

Hi Everyone! 

I'm stuck at home today due to some plumbing issues and figured it would be a good time to make a card. This week's inspiration at PaperCrafter's Corner features birds.

And bright colors, and.... I recently bought a Darice embossing folder that I really wanted to use.

I love this peacock! The background also uses a Darice embossing folder. I find it hard to resist getting embossing folders from Pat Catan's. They usually have great sales on them, 2 for $4, 3 for $5. Sometimes even for $1! Yes, please. 
The stamp is from the Unity Blossom Stackers kit.

I hope you join in the PCC challenge. There is also a Maya Road giveaway going on. And don't forget Unity's warehouse sale

Saturday, June 21, 2014

PCC #55

Hi Everyone!

Here is this week's PaperCrafter's Corner challenge #55 inspiration:

This week's card was completely unexpected. I was cleaning off my table and putting things away so I could work on the challenge. I had the cover from a Simple Stories paper pack with one sheet left. I cut out the icons from the paper and was just about to throw away the cover....until I took a second look.

 Look at all the pretty colors! And that is how the card came to be created.
I cut the cover into 1" strips, cut apart the colors to make squares, cut the squares in half to make triangles, and voila! I used a Unity stamp and it was done. I love when thing come together like that.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Summertime Card

Hi it's Pam Jamie's sister and I am enjoying this Paper Crafters Challenge 54

here's my summertime fun card.
thanks for looking, Pam

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week 54!

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PCC #54

Hi everyone!
I wasn't sure I was going to get to play in the Papercrafter's Corner challenge this week. My other sister (from Florida) came into town for a couple months. She's waiting for her newest granddaughter to arrive. So, it's been a busy week catching up. I found myself with some time this morning and set to work. 

Here is this week's inspiration:
I have been looking at this color combo since I bought a couple baskets for Easter.
I was excited when I saw this week's inspiration and it had those colors!
I used cardstock scraps with Inkadinkado and Unity stamps. It needed something so out came a little bling.
While my sister is here I'm going to try to get her to play along too. She doesn't have a blog so she'll be posting here too :)
So....get out your supplies and join me in the challenge
So far mine is the only one!

Friday, May 30, 2014

a play day

Hi Everyone!
I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day

I recently bought some to watercolors and waterbrushes and wanted to play. 
I couldn't decide what to make so I cut some ATCs from watercolor paper and began to play :)
I used Royal& Langnickel watercolor paper. It was only $1.00 for 15 5x7 sheets. I'm glad that's all it cost because it's not good watercolor paper!

Since this week's Papercrafter's Corner challenge has a Patriotic theme using this as inspiration:
I began with the patriotic colors for one of the backgrounds and went off from there. I even pulled out a stamp set that I don't even think has seen any ink!
The first one has a partial quote by Robert G. Ingersoll "They died for liberty-they died for us."
They next three were just for fun. I think the simplicity is my favorite. The Unity stamps I used are Quiet Essence and Gratitude=Joy.

I hope you stop by PCC...they have a couple awesome giveaways going on as well as the challenge. 
And, it's the weekend so you KNOW Unity has a sale!