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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 spayed withe 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

Challenges...

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
Have a GREAT WEEK!

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!

- See more at: http://papercrafterscorner.com/blog/papercrafting-challenge-magazine-mondays-week-54/#/

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week 54!

- See more at: http://papercrafterscorner.com/blog/papercrafting-challenge-magazine-mondays-week-54/#/

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week 54!

- See more at: http://papercrafterscorner.com/blog/papercrafting-challenge-magazine-mondays-week-54/#/

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week 54!

- See more at: http://papercrafterscorner.com/blog/papercrafting-challenge-magazine-mondays-week-54/#/

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays – Week 54!

- See more at: http://papercrafterscorner.com/blog/papercrafting-challenge-magazine-mondays-week-54/#challenge

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! 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

PCC Challenge 52

Hi Everyone! 
Today's post will be quick. My sister is in town :) I haven't seen her for 6 months!!
Anyway...here's the inspiration

I used my Unity 'bee Happy Hexagons' stamps and created this card:
Quick & easy.

Be sure to play along with Papercrafter's Corner weekly challenges. They also have great product reviews & giveaways!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Chalks

Happy Friday Everyone!

A lot of people are now using watercolors for cards. I've done it too. So much cheaper than Copics. This week I decided to pull out my chalks instead. It's been a while since they've seen any paper. 

The first one is for the Papercrafter's Corner Magazine Mondays challenge using this as inspiration...

The Phyllis Harris 'present in my HEART' stamp set from Unity was the first thing I thing I thought of using.
 
And while I had everything out I made this card using Unity's 'quiet essence'...

In case you were wondering, here are the chalks I used...
I can't remember who makes the sticks but I think I bought them from Michaels.

I hope you decide to play along with the PCC weekly challenge and Unity's FWF!
 Have an AWESOME WEEK!

Friday, May 9, 2014

PCC #50 & FWF

Hi Everyone!

This week's Papercrafter's Corner inspiration for their 50th challenge:


I was going to use watercolors for my card till I realized I did one before. So I used flowers that I had in my stash for way too long!
Very simple but I like it. 

Here are a few more cards that I made this week. I used Unity stamps on all but the last one.

Watercolor punched butterflies and Studio Calico paper
  

Washi tape, Studio Calico paper, Prima flower

Studio Calico paper, Inkadinkado stamps

Have a WONDERFUL WEEK!

Monday, May 5, 2014

PCC Event challenge

Here's another Papercrafter's Corner challenge. It's called Event Stories. It to make a layout for an 'event' that you watched, attended, heard about.... I decided to do a layout from a baseball game.
I used Studio Calico paper. Mainly because it's black & gold....Pittsburgh colors. I downloaded the Pirate logo and colored it in. I really wish my printed understood color! 

I was hoping to do all the challenges but I kept getting sidetracked. There's always the weekly Magazine Monday challenges :)

If you want to join in you have till midnight central time.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

More challenges

I did another layout for Papercrafter's Corner's Childhood Memories challenge. This time it's about ME! It's more of what the challenge is about. 
I've been wanting to do a sisters book. And, yes, there are 5 of us. 

The second challenge I did is for the Around Town challenge. We live close to Kennywood amusement park. It's only about 15 minutes away.
This was our second visit. My daughter got sick the first time and we left early.

I hope you decide to play along. The are challenges that and tonight and a couple that end tomorrow. There's also giveaways!

Papercrafter's Corner has weekly challenges, product reviews, organizational ideas, and GIVEAWAYS! See you there!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Papercrafter's Corner Challenge

Happy NSD!

The first challenge at Papercrafter's Corner is to scrapbook a childhood memory. The few photos of me are already in a scrapbook so I chose to use a photo of my grandfather instead. 
This is my Gidu (grandfather) on my mother's side. He passed away when I was 8.
There's some fun things going on at PCC. Be sure to stop by!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Celebrate!

Hi Everyone!

There's a few fun things going on this weekend. I'll start off with my entry for Papercrafter's Corner Magazine Monday's week 49 entry. First, the inspiration:
I wasn't sure what to do so I picked out the colors and the car to make a Father's Day card.
I used the May 2011 KOM and the May 2013 KOM

My original idea for this challenge was an ATC but I smeared it :(
  I'm showing it anyway. The year on the magazine cover is 1958 and on the card are just a couple facts about the year.
I was playing with my Crayola watercolors for the backgrounds on both these ATCs. The second card was just because I had the KOMs out and went ahead and used them :) I used a technique my sister told me about. While the paint is still wet you sprinkle on salt and let it dry. Brush it off and your left with a splotchy effect. 

Now...the reason to celebrate.
Yesterday was Unity's 6th Birthday and they're celebrating all weekend with 56% off using the code UNITY6.
Tomorrow is (inter)National Scrapbooking Day! Some sites (including Papercrafter's Corner) are starting today. I'm clearing the card making off my table and setting up the scrapbooking supplies so I'll be ready to scrap the weekend away.
Finally...Today is MY BIRTHDAY!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

PCC week 48

Hi Everyone!

This week's PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Monday challenge has this colorful image

I love all the colors. Especially the blue. :)

And here's my take on it


The patterned paper and ribbon are American Crafts and the stamp is Unity. 

I hope you'll consider playing along!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

PCC Earth Day Challenge

There's an awesome Earth Day challenge at PaperCrafter's Corner.
Since I like to repurpose, reuse anyway.... :)
Here is what I started with:
Most of the time this is how I store some of my craft things. But ever since I started scrapbooking the project life way I needed something a little more organized. So these boxes became these boxes:
I was originally going to make 2 boxes but I realized I needed a third one. 

This box holds my most used things. I call it my reminder box because it has a little bit of everything which reminds me to look for the rest of my stash. Those strips of paper with the Halloween washi? There's 5 strips that have samples of the washi tapes that I have in a box. The yellow note paper? that has all the sayings of my date stamps. What else is in the box? Scissors, tape, stickers, journal cards, rub ons.... 

This one is for the most used stamps. I used a few Unity stamps on the sides as a reminder to use them as well. Besides, I get an extra entry for using the word 'peace' :)

I made this last box to hold my loose 6x6 DCWV paper. It will go in the cabinet with the rest of my 6x6 pads without falling everywhere. 
So, there's my Earth Day project. All the paper is from the DCWV Midnight Chic stack. I love this stack. 


Here are the organizers with the Project life one I made before. 
I hope you decide to give this challenge a try. You can make anything and all the details, as well as prize info, is here.