Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Journal Page

Sharing a page I made for my journal. The kraft paper background was packing material in an order I got, it makes perfect background layers. I used my Unity kit of the month to stamp all the images.

These cute birds are water colored with my new Gamsi set. It's my first time using 'real' water colors, so they will take some getting used to. The birdies are up to your imagination to make them into whatever you like, I love that about stamps like this.

I added some washi tape borders to the page, and glued the birds down. I didn't want any other embellishments on this, just the stamped images. A cute page with another great encouraging sentiment.

Thanks for your visit!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Marker Coloring on Bristol Paper

I ordered a new paper pad for my marker coloring, and these are some samples I did. The paper is Bristol Smooth 300 Series in 100 lb. I am very happy with this new to me paper. I didn't get any bleeding from coloring, and the Tombow sample I did was quite wet, and the paper didn't pill either. So it's better than any other paper I've ever used.

I also finally broke down and bought a 6 pack of Copic markers in the Floral Favorites. And I have to say that I like them way more than my Spectrum markers! The brush tip is fantastic, and they seem to blend so much better. I started my alcohol marker coloring with Letraset years ago, then bought all of the Spectrum marker packs. The price of them is very inexpensive, but now that I've used the Copic one's, I think it's going to be hard to switch back! :) Now I need to get a flesh tones pack and see how I like coloring faces!

You can see in my samples that I got way more definition from the Copic markers. The Spectrum markers just gives more of a blended look. The bottom sample is colored with my Tombow dye ink markers. I love these better than any other dye marker I own. They really do blend well, I just don't have many colors of them(for now!) :)

The floral stamps I used are from Altenew, and are from the Garden Treasures set. This is a layering stamp set, but I only used the outline images. They have some beautiful stamp sets, and I'm sure I will be getting a few more.

So that's my take on this paper, and the different markers used. Hopefully this paper will be around for awhile and not get discontinued, or I'll have to start all over again!! Thanks so much for your visit!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Blog Hoppin' with Unity

I'm taking part in the Growing In Unity Blog Hop today. I've used the Unity Stamp Co kit called Girl Truly. It's one of their monthly sentiment kits. I inked the large flowers and leaves with Distress Oxide inks. The sentiment is inked with Black Versafine, and is popped up with foam tape. I added some washi and a few enamel dots for accents. A quick card to put together, and the flowers are so pretty, they really don't need colored in.

If you would like to follow along the hop, the previous stop is Sandra, and the next stop is Amy. Or, you can see the full list at the Unity blog.

Thanks for hopping with us!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

CAS Flower

Finally getting around to playing with my Unity Stamp Co. June kit of the month. I stamped this large flower twice on two different pattern papers from C.C. Designs, and stamped the leaves onto some soft green paper from Your Next Stamp.

I fussy cut them all out, and decided to put the lavender one on top. I highlighted the stamens with a white gel pen. The sentiment is from the Unity kit Constance Girl. It's all glued down to a lavender card base.

I am entering this into the CAS on Friday challenge, with their theme of Flowers. Thank you for having a look!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Vacation Photos

I took lots of photos of our trip to Oscoda, Michigan, and I'll share a few of them. This is on our way out at 6:00 a.m. We stopped at Bob Evans for breakfast. Three quads in tow on our trailer, and the back of the truck is full of our camping gear. It's about a 6 hour drive up there, and we made good time despite all the weight we were hauling.

This is Lake Huron, very close to where we camped.

We did some sight seeing on our second day. This is high above the Ausable River. Then we went down below and saw lots of wildlife. Swans, turtles, frogs, and pretty dragonflies.

My Son and I took some time to play at the beach that was in the campground. The Ausable River is damed up in a few spots to create small lakes, and this one is called Foote Pond. The water is so much clearer here, my husband said it's because of the sand. There isn't any dirt to cause it to be brown. Lake Erie near where I live is not this clear.

The first photo is a hut that we came across about 6 miles from where we started. Obviously made for winter time riding. Some trails are for snow mobiles only, and this is a perfect spot to warm up. The second photo is a big sand hill that is fun to ride on. These are scattered throughout the miles and miles of trails in this area.

And our last night here, my Son and I walked to the very end of the campground where there are cabins and yurts to rent. I thought this was a pretty scene to take a photo of the river. We had a great time, and my husband can't wait to take another trip up here! The trail riding is great. You can ride all day, and never be on the same trail, and hardly see anyone else. There just isn't anything like this where we live.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Hi there! Finally getting to share something on my blog, it's been a couple weeks! Just been busy doing Summer time things, vacation, and work. I have been able to do a little crafting in between :)

This card is made with some of the goodies I picked out from my winnings from the Your Next Stamp challenge. The stamp set is called Box Full of Cuteness, and has many adorable little animals to peek out of the box image, and sentiments to go along too. The paper I used for the box is called For the Boys and has fun plaids, BBQ images, and is perfect for any Summer project. I fussy cut out the box and puppy, which I colored with Prisma pencils.

The pawprints at the top is a new YNS die that I also got. Goes perfectly with this stamp set. It's a single paw, and I just moved it along and die cut it. The cardstock, ink and twine are all from Stampin Up.

I'll share some photos of our vacation later. We took our four wheelers to Michigan and rode their awesome trails up there. Miles and miles of trails! I have uploaded a couple videos on my Youtube channel if you'd like to have a look. There is a link to my channel at my sidebar.

Thanks for having a look!! 

Monday, June 12, 2017


Sharing a card I made for the current monthly Paper Smooches challenge which is Men this time.

My card isn't very 'Manly', but definitely for the Guys. I've used the Paper Smooches stamp set called Party Pose, and colored the cute turtle with my Spectrum markers and fussy cut him out. I've also used the PS birch tree dies, and for the grass under them the foliage dies, just cutting the tops off the leaves.

I used some retired SU papers for the background, and stamped the 'dude' from the PS Word Salad set, trimmed to a banner and added some dots to continue the sentiment into the inside.

These sentiments are all in the Party Pose set, and I added a funny strip of balloon paper. Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Pastel Card Set

Sharing a card set I made following the current Joy Clair challenge.


I went with the pastel colors, and used the Joy Clair stamp set called Hugs & Smiles. I stamped the corner flower image with ink matching the cardstock color. Then I went over it again with white ink, and stamped it a little off from the original image to give a bit of a shadow look. All the cards are made this way, and I stamped different sentiments on each.

A quick card set to make, and a perfect little gift. Thanks so much for your visit!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Happy Heart

Sharing a card I made for the current Your Next Stamp challenge following their sketch:

I've used the YNS stamp set called Happy Heart. I inked it with YNS Black Olive ink, and colored only the heart with my Spectrum markers. I die cut it out with YNS stitched circle dies, and backed it with my favorite YNS papers, Hugs & Kisses. The sentiment is from the same set, and I went with a brown ink, and punched the ends into a banner.

A sweet card for any occasion. Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Charcoal Coloring

This card was inspired by the Try It On Tuesday challenge, which is Feathered Friends. I have many bird stamps, but decided to use this one from the Unity May kit of the month. I also wanted to do some coloring with charcoal.

I have an inexpensive drawing paper pad made by Mead, and it works great with the charcoal. It isn't real smooth, but that just adds some texture as well. Here is a photo of the first bird I colored:

This is a very 'open' image, so you can add many or less details that you wish. I die cut the bird panel out with a stitched rectangle die from C.C. Designs. It isn't glued down yet, I was still deciding on some embellishments and sentiment.

I shared this on the Unity Show and Tell Facebook group, and the Girls there just loved it. I think I may just frame this whole card so it is out on display.

Thank you for visiting! 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Distress and Oxides

Sharing these tags I made last night following the techniques from artist Jolande from the Netherlands. She is visiting the U.S. this week at Unity Stamp Co. On their Facebook page, they have been doing live videos with her as she shows her mixed media techniques. I've always admired her work, and the stamps that I have used on these are hers and Marleen's images available from Unity.

The tag on the left uses Distress Oxide inks only. They blend very well together, and have a lighter look than the original Distress. I clear embossed the flower, heart, and sentiment.

The tag on the right uses regular Distress ink, much brighter color, but harder for me to blend well. The flower and sentiment are clear embossed, and I used black Versafine ink. The swirly circles were inked with Distress then clear embossed.

I did not use any water on either tag, I wanted just a full blended background. One thing to remember is to dry your ink layers as you go. Otherwise, you will end up embossing the whole tag. 

If your interested in seeing Jolande's work, visit the Unity Stamp Co's Facebook page, and watch the videos. love her! :)

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!