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!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Growing In Unity-White on Kraft

I love the look of white on Kraft, so that's what I'm sharing today. Another simple coloring technique, but the white gives lots of contrast.

My kraft paper is Crumb Cake from Stampin Up, and I used my stamp postioner tool on both of these images. Once you color with the white, it covers a little of the black outline, so I like to stamp over it again when I am finished. The daisies are from the Unity kit Love Runs Deep, and I've had this stamp for a long, long time. It's very dainty and sweet, and perfect for this type of coloring. The sentiment comes with it as well, and I added a little piece of paper doily behind the punched tag. The only color I added was in the ribbon.

The Unity kit I used on the card is called Beauty in everything, and is a new release. I thought her dress would make a perfect accent for the white coloring. I've used my Prismacolor white pencil on both. To add a little color to this card, I added some designer paper behind her, and used the Crumb Cake for the card base with a little added sponging of ink. I also added some black thread before adding the main panel, which I used foam adhesive to pop it up. This is a larger stamp, so I made my card into a 5" x 5" square.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and be sure to visit Sandra to see what she has to share!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Growing In Unity-Journal Cards

Hello! And welcome to my first post for The Growing In Unity! I am starting the week off with some simple coloring, just to highlight a little bit of a stamped image. I have also decided to stamp onto some journal cards that I have had for some time. I don't do the traditional journaling, but these cards are great, because they are already pre-printed. Mine are from Stampin Up, but many companies offer these.

So to offset the pre-printed cards, I left the main focal image uncolored, and just added a little color to each. The stamp kits I used from Unity are, (from left to right) Otter love this much, Wondrous, and You are my main squeeze. I used my Prismacolor pencils on these, and they were so quick to do. These are a 3" x 4" card, so perfect size to add to any greeting card, journal, or tags.

Throughout the week I am going to share more coloring options for beginners, to the more advanced colorist. There is two of us sharing projects this week, the other gal is Sandra, so go check out what she is sharing as well. Unity is offering a prize of stamps to one person who comments throughout the week on my posts. And who wouldn't love to win some stamps?!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, May 5, 2017


This card was inspired from the Your Next Stamp challenge following their sketch:

I knew I wanted to use the YNS Hugs and Kisses paper pad, so I chose colors from it to use on my background. I took a piece of watercolor paper, and sponged Oxide inks in Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and Iced Spruce. Then I spritzed a stencil with water and laid it on top of the sponged paper. It made a fun and subtle background.

I also wanted to use this cute bee from the YNS Smiley Happy Critter Crew Three set. He only needed a little coloring, and I used my Prisma pencils. I die cut him out using the YNS stitched circle dies. I arranged my papers and stamped the sentiment and heart from the same set, and made it into a banner. I added some clear wink of stella to the bee's wings for sparkle.

After I finished this card, I thought it would be perfect to give to my friend from work, who's last day was yesterday. It was hard writing on the inside, as it made me sad knowing we weren't going to be working together anymore. And when she left for the day, we both shed a few tears. I will miss my friend, but.....she is working another job close by, and we will have to visit each other often!!

Thank you for visiting today! 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Prismacolor Premier Pencils

I have been wanting to add some good quality colored pencils to my art supplies for some time now. I went back and forth deciding on which brand to get, and the other day when I was at the store, I finally bought a set of Prismacolor pencils. I only went with the set of 12, just to see how I liked them. Well, I am totally sold on these! Such rich color, easy to blend, and the white pencil is amazing!

Of course I watched a few videos how other people use these, and one colored on kraft card stock. I loved how that looked, so I stamped this image from Unity from the kit Steps of Courage with My Favorite Things black hybrid ink onto Crumb Cake card from Stampin Up. I only used two colors plus white on each of the flowers, and the greenery. It did take me over an hour to color this in, but, I was taking my time, and just getting the feel for these new pencils.

I am very happy with the results, and look forward to getting more sets of these pencils. I like coloring more with these than my alcohol markers.

Next week I am excited to be featured on the Unity blog for their Growing in Unity. Every day I will share a project featuring their wide variety of stamps with you!

Thanks so much for your visit!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bicycle Tag

Sharing a tag I made using images from the April kit of the month from Unity. I used my Tombow markers to color the bike and grass. Then I grabbed some stencils and sponged on some ink. I didn't like how it looked at this point, so I added some washi tape to the end, and sponged around the tag with blue ink.

Still didn't think it looked right, so I tore some patterned paper and attached it to the top. Tied on 4 strands of baker's twine into a bow, and it was good enough for me! I will more than likely add this to my personal journal.

This is a large tag, measuring 7 1/2 inches long. They are tied to bundles of tires we get in from work, and once they are put away, I bring them home. There is a large sticker label on the backs of each one, but if they go into journals, it will never be seen! Better than throwing these into the trash I think!

Thanks so much for your visit!

Monday, April 24, 2017


Had a play with the Distress Oxides. Unity Stamp Co. shares quick tip videos every day, and this was one I tried. You stamp the image with the ink, spray with water until it bleeds a lot, dry, then repeat. I used three different colors on the flower, then the top stamping is a Hybrid ink from MFT.

The background I did last, and I sponged on the ink, then just played with the water and heat gun until I was happy. I haven't attached this to anything yet, but it is done on a piece of T.H. water color paper in A2 size. The floral stamp is from a Unity SMAK kit.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, April 17, 2017


Here is the Easter card I gave to my Mom. I used this cute bunny image from Unity, and did just a little water coloring on it. I kept the other colors on the light side, sponged the white doily a soft pink using Worn Lipstick ink, and plaid paper from My Favorite things. Some yellow twine was added to match the bunny, which I die cut out.

We had a laid back Easter Sunday. Starting off with my son looking for eggs in the yard. Our crab apple tree is in full bloom.

Then off to my Mom's for dinner in the afternoon. We took a walk down to the bridge, and were skipping rocks across the river. This is a very narrow part of the river, and it has flooded over that bridge many times. Luckily it has not made it up to Mom's house ever, which is only a block away.

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter, thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Other uses for Stamps and Dies

I was inspired to make this card following the 'Showers' theme for the Paper Smooches challenge this month:

I started with the rainbow, and did it a couple different ways before deciding to just cut single strips of water color paper. I sponged on Distress ink to each piece, added water to the top, and let it run down to the bottom. I followed the true color pattern of ROYGBIV, for the rainbow.

I knew that I was going to use the PS Loopy Leaf die for the rain drops, the negative pieces are the perfect shape! I definitely needed a sun, but I only have 6 PS stamp sets, and none have a sun, so I had to get creative with them. I used the Shadows stamp set. You can see in the photo that these are solid ovals meant for putting a shadow under your images or scenes, but I used them for making the sun and it's rays. I sponged around the orange sun with yellow to give it a more glowing look, I thought the orange was too dark.

The sentiment comes from the PS Word Salad set, and gave it a rainbow effect as well by inking and masking as I went along it. Only took me two tries to get the colors all the way across evenly :)

I like how it came out, and will be perfect for any occasion, or even for one of my journals with an added photo. Thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Journal Card

Today I have made a journal card following the colors from the April Joy Clair challenge:


I started by stamping the rose from the Joy Clair Paper Tattoos set onto Bristol smooth card stock. I colored it in with colored pencils. This stamp set comes with a full alphabet to stamp your own sentiment on the banner. I stamped 'hope'. Then I stamped the Lovely Swirl Background with versamark and clear heat embossed it. I sponged over this panel with Tip Top Toupe ink from Stampin Up.

The gray panel is a light gray card stock that I sponged with Hickory Smoke Distress ink to get the light black color. The light blue panel was also sponged to a darker color with Broken China. I glued the layers together and popped up the rose panel. This will make a nice panel to add into one of my journals.

Thank you for visiting!

Coffee Gift Box

I made this box a few days ago, and just now getting to share. I followed the sketch and color challenge at Your Next Stamp:

The box is a simple pizza style that I saw on youtube, and decorated it with the cute YNS papers from the Hugs and Kisses pad, and the brown polka dot is from the Woodlands pad. I added the YNS coffee word die cut and gumdrops for accents. I free hand cut the coffee cup as I don't have their die.

Perfect little box for putting flavored creamer singles in, cute stir sticks, or even a gift card to their favorite coffee shop!

Thanks so much for having a look!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Tie Dye with Distress Inks

                I was inspired to make this card following the challenge at Double D with the theme of Neons/ Brights:

I don't have anything that is Neon, so I went with the brights. I started with a piece of water color paper, and sponged on Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, and Seedless Preserves in a circular pattern. I put water droplets in the yellow center, then blew through a straw to get a tie dye effect. Once dry, I die cut this out with the T-Shirt framelits from Stampin Up.

For the peace sign, I die cut a framed circle and three straight pieces, and sponged more ink onto them. This time I just spritzed with water, shook them a little, and used a rag to soak up the excess water. The card panel was sponged and sprayed the same way.

I used my Stamp Perfect tool to stamp the words from a Stampin Up retired set. Once assembled, I added some flower rhinestones. In real life this card is much brighter than the photo. My Ottlite may have been a little to close :)

Thanks so much for your visit!


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Paper Mache Book Box

Sharing my remake of this paper mache box that I have had for many years. This is what it looked like before I started:

Other than the pretty lace, it's very plain. The lace layers I had glued down before, so I left them in place, and took off the paper flower. To start, the box got a good coat of gesso to give me a fresh base to work with. Then I painted the whole thing with black acrylic paint, and when that was dry, I added gold nevo mousse. I must say, I'm loving this stuff! Very easy to apply, quick drying, and even works on plastic. I started with the flowers next. They are die cut from cardstock, then coated 3 times with copper embossing powder. I took each flower and reheated it, then pressed it into my background stamp to give them texture. Here is a close up of them:

I used turquoise nuvo mousse on them, and it made them look like aged copper. After those were done, I die cut some butterflies, gathered lots of different embellishments, sequins, buttons, flattened bottle caps, clay flowers, and gave them all a coating of the mousse and/or paint. Before I started to glue everything down, I thought the cover needed some extra color and texture, so I used glue and glass chunky glitter to the center where the ribbon is. Once I was happy with the arrangement of things, I started gluing it all down. Here are a few more angles:

The sides of the book that resembles the pages, I painted in turquoise, then went over it with copper alcohol ink additive. then walnut stain oxide ink. The photo is a bit dark, but it matches the front. And one last photo of the media I used on this;

I will be adding this to the challenge at Try It On Tuesday, where the theme is Botanicals. Thank you for your visit!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mixed Media Texture

Sharing a mixed media piece I made the other day. I started off with a piece of cardboard from a cracker box as my base. A couple coats of gesso and orange acrylic paint for the background was my start. I wanted some texture, so I looked through my crafty drawers, and grabbed this vase filler that I used for Christmas ornaments a couple years ago. It was perfect. I mixed it with lots of gesso, and just brushed it on. After drying, I added more orange paint and some shimmer with my Nuvo mousse.

Since this is a good size piece, I used the Donna Downey flower from the Unity kit You Are Important. This is a large stamp, bigger than the palm of my hand. I stamped it on the base twice with Walnut Stain Oxide ink. I didn't think it had enough color, so I stamped it again with white pigment ink. That made it show up a little better. I sponged on some more oxide ink colors, and spitzed with water to give a little more to the background. Then I stamped the flower on orange cardstock twice, and cut some petals, and the center out to have some dimension.

I glued them all down, then decided to add some black thread loops on the one side. I stamped the sentiment from the kit, and used the splats from the large flower over top of it, then glued it down. I also put some glossy accent dots to the flower center, it needed something. I am happy with the way this turned out, and now I want to experiment what else I can use for texture!

Thank you so much for visiting!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sparkly Shoes

Playing with my new YNS stamps and paper. I'm following along with their challenge #60 using the sketch;

The YNS stamp set I used is called Sports Fanatics Shoeper Awesome, and I stamped and mirror stamped the cute shoe several times. I colored in the stars with various dye ink markers, then gave them all a couple coats of clear Wink of Stella for some sparkle. I used a small piece of patterned paper from the YNS Just For Fun pad. I used the small star from the stamp set and stamped it onto the card base, then assembled it together. The sentiment was inked with black Versafine, then clear embossed, and added foam dimensionals to the back. Here is a closer look at those sparkly shoes!

I also added some YNS enamel gumdrops to the sentiment banner, and sponged around it before adhering. And just for fun, here are my actual sparkly shoes!

Not covered in glitter, but sequins!!! Now only if they had smiley faces!!!!

Thanks so much for visiting!