Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hello Hello!

Playing with my dies again, I created this colorful background following the Your Next Stamp color challenge:

I die cut several colors from the YNS Hello die. I played around with the arrangement a bit, and decided with this cascading pattern. I ran the die cuts through my Xyron sticker maker to make it a little quicker to put down, rather than using my glue pen. After that was done, I die cut three more words in Melon Mambo, and glued them all together and made a stacked sentiment right in the center. The photo doesn't show the color well, but it is a brighter pink. And to add in yellow, I used Daffodil Delight card for the base.

Thank you for visiting!

Die Cut Background

This card was inspired from the monthly Paper Smooches challenge, which this time is flowers.

I decided to create a background made from die cuts. I used the PS dies Single Rose and Foliage 2. I die cut several pieces, arranged them, then glued them down to the Very Vanilla layering piece. From Soft Sky card stock, I die cut the PS Duo Die 1 for the frame. I die cut another rose and trimmed off the leaves and glued it to the outer frame.

I stamped the sentiment from the PS Lovely Thoughts to the inner part of the frame in a darker blue ink, glued it down, and attached the outer frame with foam tape. The card base is the same light blue card, but I sponged all around it with the blue ink.

Thanks so much for visiting! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

No Line Water Coloring with Reinkers

Hi there! Sharing a page I made for my personal journal today. This one measures around 5" x 8" and uses images from Unity's May kit of the month. I wanted to do the no line coloring, so I inked this image with Antique Linen Distress marker onto water color paper. Usually I just swipe an ink pad onto my craft sheet and use that for coloring, but this time I used my Stampin Up reinkers. I must say that I love how this turned out. I can get a lot more depth in color by using the reinkers, so I will be doing this from now on!

The colors I used on the vases are Perfect Plum, Garden Green, Island Indigo, Cranberry Crisp. And for the flowers I used Strawberry Slush, Cameo Coral, Perfect Plum, Crushed Curry. I used a regular paint brush also. As I was coloring, I did use my heat tool to dry in between layers, I think that allowed me to get the darker shading.

I wanted a very light background, so I used a brick stamp and the Antique Linen marker again. After I stamped it, I rubbed my finger over it to get it to blend a little more, and make it lighter. The sentiment I inked with black Versafine in my stamp positioner tool. I inked it two or three times.

Now I have a pretty page for my journal. Thank you for visiting today!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Growing In Unity Winners and Also Paper Piecing

I'm sharing this card I made for the Unity Show & Tell Facebook group challenge, which is paper piecing. I've used the Unity kit called A Beauty All It's Own, and paper pieced her with papers from C.C. Designs. I colored her skin and legs with alcohol markers. I die cut a birch frame from C.C. Designs and outlined it with Antique Linen distress marker.

The background was stamped with the Tea Time Unity background stamp. The sentiment I just got from one of their grab bags. I also added a little Linen Thread bow to the side of the frame.

Now onto the winners from my Growing In Unity commenters last week. I used the random number generator to pick the two winners.

Berina RGA
Melinda Feliciano

Congrats to both of you! Please email me your mailing info to psmiles430 at yahoo dot com, and I will pass it on to Unity for your stamp prize! Thanks again for everyone who visited me last week!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Growing In Unity-Coloring Faces

For my final Growing In Unity week, I am sharing a full face image colored with pencils. This Unity kit is called Only Imagine. Isn't she adorable? Just look at those eyes! Unity has many 'Girl" images to choose from, and from various artists. You will not be disappointed!!

Like my other projects, she is inked with black MFT hybrid ink onto Crumb Cake card. Starting with light and moving to dark shading. And I don't think I've mentioned in my other posts this week, but when I color with these pencils, I use small circular motions, and a very light hand. The next layer is the same, but pressing down a little harder on the pencil. And this is repeated until I'm happy. Sometimes I will color over a section 4 or 5 times, but I like how you can control the amount of color. My alcohol marker coloring isn't always this easy :)

I dressed up her panel by adding a pretty die cut frame from Bo Bunny, and retired patterned paper from Stampin Up. The background panel was made by crumpling up a piece of crumb cake card, and lightly sponging over it with brown ink and gluing it down flat to a black card base. And I don't always add a sentiment to the front of cards, but the inside will always have one. In some cases, you just don't need one on the front :)

Thank you for visiting me this week, I have enjoyed sharing with you all. Be sure to visit the other GIU Gal Sandra, and see what she has shared!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Growing In Unity-Coloring on Dark Cardstock

For today's card, I wanted to show how coloring looks on dark cardstock with pencils. This is a piece of Elegant Eggplant from Stampin Up. I inked the stamp with Dusty Concord Distress Ink. The ink really won't show at all when you're done, but I didn't want to use black.

This is actually the third image I tried coloring this way. I only have a set of 12 pencils, so my colors are a bit limited. This unity kit is called Be Present, and I like the way it turned out. Trying to photograph it was another story!! I kept getting a glare!

I started coloring this the same way I would color on lighter card. Laying down a light layer, then slowly adding in shading. Her dress is done with two blues and white. Hair with brown, red and yellow. Rose is done with purple and white. And I found a Prisma beige pencil in my stash that I bought years ago, perfect for flesh tone. I shaded also with light brown.

I kept this card really simple. I did add some die cut photo corners in gold, to set off the purple panel. Cute plaid paper from MFT, a little doily, and a light yellow card base. I think that's all this needed,

One more day for me to share another Unity project during my GIU week! Don't forget to stop by and see what Sandra has made! Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Growing In Unity-Quick Coloring

Today's cards take me back to the style that I used to do lots of, layers, die cuts, pretty papers, and stitching. But the main focus is of course the stamped images. The Unity stamps I've used today are from their Itty Bitty line, Flowers for a Friend, and Second Chances. The sentiments come with these as well, which also makes a card come together quickly.

I've stamped them onto my Crumb Cake card stock again, there is something about the kraft color that just makes pencil coloring stand out. Simple coloring with my Prisma pencils, only adding a little shading to some of the images, but I colored them all. The jar is colored with flesh tone and brown, I was going for more of a crock look than glass.

They are both die cut with stitched dies, and also a pretty paper layer behind them. I decided to go with a light gray paper behind those layers, some color, but not overwhelming. The gray piece is backed with another layer of kraft that I heavily sponged with ink. Then I took them to the sewing machine and added some zig zag stitches all around.

The card bases match the patterned paper, and adds a little bit more pop. I layered everything together, and decided to paper punch the one sentiment, and turn the other into a banner, both are sponged with ink as well. While the coloring of these images are quick to do, the rest of the card takes a little more time. But the end result is well worth it!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and don't forget to stop and see what the other GIU gal Sandra is sharing today!