Thursday, May 16, 2019

Mini Challenge with Unity Stamp Co!

Hi, friends!
 
Bobbie Sue here, I am over on the Unity Stamp Co blog with a super fun mini challenge!
 
Incorporating acetate into our projects is a great way to show creativity! A few months ago, I found a fabulous 6x6 pack of printed acetate at Tuesday Morning. Many of you have used acetate in the past and I was always in awe of your ability to create with it! Yours certainly doesn't have to have a printed design. You're free to use ANY acetate however you wish!
This first card uses Graciellies Colorful Day stamp set. How beautiful is VersaFine Clair ink color in Chianti? Matches the acetate color so well! Did you know you can buy Clair inks from Unity? They have such a great selection at a great price.
 
 
This next card uses Angie Bloms beautiful flower set called Just because. It has become an absolute favorite that I use often. I used a Zig in cobalt blue to color in the flowers. Again, they match the acetate perfectly.
 
 
On the card below I incorporated last weeks mini challenge of off the edge in to the design. I've noticed that the butterflies in this set by Graciellie called Moments of Bliss, have become a favorite of many!
 
 
 
Here is how I made this card:
  1. I stamped the butterflies off the edge using VersaFine in Nocturne. Once dried, I colored them with Zigs in the colors blue and pink. You can see how I blended the pink into the blue to get the purple. These brush markers blend so beautifully on Bristol Smooth paper.
  2. After the color dried, I went over the butterflies with Wink of Stella to add shimmer. Then I splattered bits of black liquid ink onto the panel.
  3. Next, I ran the panel through my Gemini with a border die from an MFT set called Scallop Basic Edges.
  4. The sentiments are both from Angie Bloms fun coffee cup set called Flutters to go. It is part of the Uniquely Unity membership. I stamped the sentiments onto black paper using Brutus Monroe's embossing ink and gilded gold embossing powder. In my opinion, BM embossing inks and powders are the best in the industry!
  5. After having used gold for the sentiments, I felt the card needed more gold. I decided to use my quicky glue pen by marking in random places, sprinkled with the gilded gold and heat set.
  6. Lastly, glued down the acetate pieces, popped the sentiments up on the panel, and popped the panel up on the 4.25 x 5.5  card base.
I can't decide which of the 3 cards I like the most! How about you?
 
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Remember the mini challenges run from Thursday to Thursday. There is still plenty of time to continue working on your favorite girl stamp for the May challenge!
 
Unity is making your participation even more rewarding by offering a prize for each challenge! Each week you have a chance to win some fantastic Unity stamps! Here on my blog you have an extra chance of winning a $25 Unity gift certificate at the end of the month. Simply, comment here on my blog and tag me in your post in S&T. If you are visiting me from Instagram and would like to participate in the challenge; be sure to comment here and tag me in your post in IG for a chance at a prize package!
 
 
Have fun creating!
 
Be sure to join me again next Thursday for a new mini challenge as we use our favorite stamps to creating something that bares repeating!
 
Until then, friends~
 
Be blessed,
 
Bobbie Sue

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Unity Stamp Co Mini Challenge


Hello again, friends!
 
I'm so happy to see that you've all been having a great time with May's challenge over at Unity Show & Tell! If you are unfamiliar with this challenge visit here for the details. Remember, it runs the entire month of May!
 
  Don't you just love off the edge stamping?! This weeks mini challenge in S&T is to stamp off the edge with any of your Unity Stamps. That's the only rule! I can't wait to see your creativity with this one! Challenge runs through next Thursday.
 
 I love the clean and simple look of the cards I created for this challenge.
 
This first card uses Angie Blom's beautiful feather from Beautiful is never perfect.
What I love most about this card is the sentiment from a wonderful Donna Downey set called Anastasia(believes). I encourage you to check out this set and add it to your wish list.
The image is stamped on Bristol Smooth and colored with Zigs.
 
 
 

This next card is my favorite of the two. How gorgeous are these fronds from the August 16' KOM Open your soul.?! They are simple, yet quite beautiful. I stamped them onto Bristol Smooth in VersaFine Clair Rain Forest .
 

 
The sentiment is from the same KOM and I heat embossed it in Brutus Monroe's gilded Gold embossing powder. I rarely prepare my paper for embossing when using gold. As a result, it creates random faux gold splatters that are my favorite!
 
I'm eager to see all of your projects using this technique! It is exciting to see the uniqueness of each of your creations.
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Unity is making your participation even more rewarding by offering a prize for each challenge! Each week you have a chance to win some fantastic Unity stamps! Here on my blog you have an extra chance of winning a $25 Unity gift certificate at the end of the month. Simply, comment here on my blog and tag me in your post in S&T. If you are visiting me from Instagram and would like to participate in the challenge; be sure to comment here and tag me in your post in IG for a chance at a prize package!
 
Have fun creating!
 
Be sure to join me again next Thursday for a new mini challenge as we use our favorite stamps to creating something that is clearly fun!
 
Until then, friends~
 
Be blessed,
 
Bobbie Sue


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Friends of Unity May Blog Hop ~ Fruitful

Hello, friends!
 
Welcome to our Friends of Unity May Blog Hop! This months theme of "Fruitful" immediately struck a chord in me that goes outside the thinking of fruit.
 
I wanted to share the definition of being fruitful. It is the synonyms of fruitful that came to my heart.

fruit·ful

[ˈfro͞otfəl] (of a tree, plant, or land) producing much fruit; fertile.

synonyms:
I adore the apples from the "apple stamping" set. I loooove green apples! ;)
 
To me, the fruit in this card is representative of what you will yield in your perserverance to keep going. Sometimes it is hard to keep going when the situation is hard to bare. I've been there friends. There are times I even gave up. It is the times I kept going that has brought me to where I am today. Happy, blessed and content. Even when I am in the midst of hardships. :)
 
This sentiment from Graciellie's "Moments of Bliss" set was perfect for the message I wanted this card to relay.
 
The apples are stamped onto watercolor paper with VersaFine Clair ink in Verdant. It is truly a lovely color! I added bits of brown with my paint brush for the stem and seeds.
 

 
Do you love this next card as much as I do? Oh, I just adore it! I was so excited when I discovered this stamp last year. The last time I used this stamp from "Planted" I used them as leaves. This time they represent trees to me! The sentiment is from the same stamp set. How powerful this statement is, friends.
 
There are times I feel so buried that I can't possibly break my way through the heaviness. But God always reminds me that He planted the seed in me and it is strong enough to break through the toughest of barriers. I've discovered it is through my toughest times that I yield the most fruitful harvest.
 
I swiped the stamp with alternating Distress ink in Vintage Photo and Mowed Lawn. Spraying slightly with water each time. Remember, when you want to spray your stamp or image with water; Distress inks react the best.
 
 
I didn't do any coloring on these cards. We (I) so often want to showcase my talents in creating that sometimes I forget the simplicity of the stamped image is often enough. And in this case, they worked beautifully.
 
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If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

(Unfortunately, I don't think you have access to the follow button from your phone. Please, correct me if I am mistaken.)

As always~

Thanks for spending time with me today!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue

I hope you have a chance to visit each blog. I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique!  If you've not, please see the blog hop list at the bottom of this post and prepare to be inspired!

There are some pretty awesome giveaways with this hop! Including one from myself! Be sure you comment on EACH blog post to be entered in the drawing. 
 
Speaking of winners! Congratulations to Niki Wray for winning from Aprils Hop! Please, contact me here to collect your winnings!

This months winners will be announced during next months blog hop!
(I have a feeling you will comment anyway as a way of support and admiration to the artists.)

Friends, please know that our hops are not sponsored. (Although, I know Unity Stamp Co. lovingly approves) Because your support is so valuable and so appreciated, prizes are given from the creators own private stash of Unity stamps.

 The hop started with

 
Robyn

You arrived here from
Kim

You are here! 
ME
 
Dawn

Jeannie
 

 
Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within. I appreciate you, friends! 
 
 




Thursday, May 2, 2019

Unity Stamp Co May Challenge


Happy Thursday, friends!
I am so excited to bring you the month of May challenge with Unity Stamp Co. !
We are all huge fans of the Angie Girls and Planner Girls. However, I want you to create something with your favorite girl stamp! Any female image by Unity. :)
The headshot on this card is my all time favorite woman image and is from the August 2016 Kit of the Month called "Open your Soul".
You may recall last year I did a card series called "She Believed". This is a continuation of that series. If you do not recall, I encourage you to follow this link to see the original cards in the series and to read the emotions experienced while creating them. The meaning behind creating them is still very dear to my heart and I know it will touch yours, as well. :)
The card measures 3 3/4 x 9 1/8 and fits in a #10  (4 1/8 x 9 1/2) envelope.


The card below is ONE of my all time favorite Angie Girls. It is not easy picking a favorite! She is so fun to color and her outfit reminds me of myself when we are at the farm. ;) I adore the look of the faded out stenciling behind her. I bought these blending brushes on Amazon for less than $15. In my opinion they work just as well as the ones that are quite more expensive.
 
The tags below are made with the line of Planner Gals. I also did a series with these on my blog in January called Beautifully Made. Follow this link to see the original ones I created. I encourage you to follow the planner gals link if you are unfamiliar with the them. You will fall in love with this line!
I love the classy simplicity of these tags.


(The back of the tags)

Here are the tag details:
1. I stamped the images on Canson XL watercolor paper using VersaFine ink in Fallen Leaves.
2. Next, I  colored the images using Altenews Watercolors. This is my favorite watercolor set. The pigments are beautifully vibrant and move easily on watercolor paper.
3. The papers were all cut to 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 as my intent in using these images was to create ATC's. As you can see I changed my mind, but the size worked perfectly for the tags.

4. I heat embossed the sentiment onto vellum. The sentiment is from a Tierra Jackson set called Unique. To flatten them, I put them under a heavy object and moved on to the next step.
5. Using my paper trimmer, I cut tags from a heavy white cardstock and coordinating DSP.

6. Because I'll be gifting these; on the back of each heavy white tag I stamped the Verse from the set God's Sight. (see photo for example)

7. I picked out coordinating ribbons for both the DSP and colored image. Wrapping one ribbon around the DSP and tying a small matching peace to one side. (see photo)

8. Once my vellum flattened I wrapped it around the top and bottom of the DSP. Adhering it to the back with scotch tape. (This avoids putting glue under the vellum that may show or buckle.)

9. Next, I glued the DSP tag to the white tag and punched the tag hole through all pieces.

10. Lastly, I attached the ATC with foam tape and tied my top ribbons through the tag hole.
If you've never used VersaFine's Clair inks; I encourage you to at least try out the black (Nocturne) Here is the link to the inks on Unity's website. The cost through Unity is comparable to what you will find anywhere else. They are amazingly juicy inks and you can watercolor with them!
I can not wait to see what you all create!

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Challenge Details
I hope you are excited to participate! The challenge runs through May 31st. This gives you plenty of time to narrow down your favorite girl stamps and create! I truly look forward to seeing your creations in the Unity Show and Tell group.  Be sure to tag me in your post in the Show & Tell group or on IG! If you have any questions regarding my steps in creating these cards, feel free to contact me here or here.  I am always happy to help. May winners will be announced in the June challenge blog!
Unity is making your participation even more rewarding by offering a prize for each challenge! Each week you have a chance to win some fantastic Unity stamps! If you visit the USC blog there are details how you can win stamps from Unity!
As a thank you for visiting my blog, if you participate in this favorite girl stamp challenge using Unity Stamps, you will have the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Unity Stamp Co from me!  To win the $25 gift certificate by participating in my challenge I ask that you comment below, AND tag me in your posted creation whether in Unity S&T or on IG.

Speaking of winners! The winner of the $25 gift certificate to Unity Stamp Co from April is Sandra Van Blaricum. Thank you for your participation and such nice comment on my blog! I am so happy you joined the challenge! The winner of a small prize pack for visiting me from Instagram is Natasha Vacca! Thank you for the love Natasha! If you will both, please private message me on FB or IG. Congratulations!
Have fun creating!
I invite you to join me again next Thursday for a mini challenge as we use our favorite stamps to creating something that is sure to compliment someone! Curious? Come back next Thursday! ;)
Until then, friends~
Be blessed,
Bobbie Sue


Friday, April 26, 2019

GIU Day 5 ~ This isn't goodbye.

 
 

Hello once again, friends!
 
Today is my final day as your GIU sister! But, it isn't goodbye. As I will be with you on the Unity Blog each Thursday through June!
 
Let's get to the cards because I am super excited for you to see what I have made!
 
I used one of my very favorite techniques and style of cards. Can you believe I had to make all these starting at 4:45 a.m. this morning after I got my husband off to work?! :)
 
In bed last night I decided that what I originally had prepared for you would make a great mini challenge in Unity Show & Tell next Thursday. Soooo I had to make something all new this morning! I took me 3 hours start to finish to make all of these. They had to sit under my weighted tub for a bit as they were warped from being dried in between applying layers of ink. I had fun though and absolutely love the outcome!
 
Do you enjoy making card with the smooshing technique?
 
 
I used 3 different inks to create these. Zig real brush pens, Distress inks, and watercolor paint. I apply the inks with a small sandwich bag. I have found it smooshes the best! I simply apply some ink in a 1 1/2 in diameter, spritz with water and smoosh onto my paper of choice. My favorite placement is the bottom right corner. I dry them in between colors for a layered effect. If you would like a small photo tutorial please let me know in your comment and I will do one next week.
 
The image on this card is from Tierra Jackson's Joy and Brighter Days. I wish I had made the colors on the rainboots and flowers brighter and darker, but the beautiful background makes up for it! The ink is applied to watercolor paper.  I love this just because sentiment from the March 2015 Sentiment Kit called Blossoming Thoughts and Wishes.
 

 This card is so bright and beautiful! I absolutely love these shades of blue together! I used watercolor paper here, also. The diecut was colored with Zigs before having my Scan & Cut fussy cut it for me. I had 6 more cut to use as layering. I love the popped up look with layers instead of just foam tape. The following 3 butterflies are from Graciellie Design called Moments of Bliss .
 
 
 
Green is my favorite color and these 3 colors together are amazing! Especially with a little black splattered on top. This is also on watercolor paper. I love the look of the uncolored butterfly. (Also from Moments of Bliss.) I had my Scan & Cut cut out several images for each card made. Again, I love the popped up look using several die cuts.
 
This spot on sentiment is from Lisa Arana's Feelings Matter. I truly love it. "It's ok to not be ok. It's alright to not be alright. The one who holds the world in His hands is also holding you". <--- Paraphrased from a Beautiful song called "Maybe it's Ok" by We are Messenger (I've linked it in hope you will listen;)
 

The background of this card was made with Bristol Smooth paper and watercolors. I colored the butterfly with Zigs and love how the 3 different colors blended so beautiful and bright! The sentiment is from the April 2016 Sentiment Kit Mama's & Grandma's.

 
This concludes my week! As all those before me, we hate to see our GIU week end, but are so thankful for the opportunity.
 
I would love to know which card or cards where your favorite! The blue and green are mine! But I love them alllll!! It is ok to absolutely love what you create, friends! :)
 
 
I do have several items linked, but I am not an affiliate. I just like to enable you as best I can. ;)
 
I want to thank you for visiting me each day this week! You brought me joy and gave me lots smiles with your sweet comments. Remember, by commenting on my blog EACH day you will have a chance to win some pretty amazing stamps from Unity Stamp Co.
 
I will also be offering a thank you gift for visiting and commenting on my blog and FB post each day!
 
If you are here visiting me from Instagram I've a special thank you gift for one of you for commenting on my blog and IG post each day!
 
For those of you who fully read my blog, thank you so very much. I love being able to express myself through creating and writing, and I love sharing both with you

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

(Unfortunately, you won't have access to the follow button from your phone.)

As always~

Thanks for spending time with me today!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue
 
Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within the layout. I appreciate you, friends.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

GIU Day 4 ~

Hi again, friends!
 
Welcome to day 4 of my GIU week! I, along with my GIU friends, always feel this week goes by way too fast!
 
This blog post is a continuation of Mother's Day cards as today I have a featured card (and new challenge) on the Unity Stamp Company Blog. <--- Follow this link to see the first migration of butterflies I've ever colored! I think you'll love it!

This is me being transparent, friends. I love the coloring I did on the following two cards, but I do not care for the designs. I chose to use them anyway because I put a lot of effort into making them, and for that... I'm proud. ;)

I used the same Migration of Beauty as I did on the card with the Unity blog today. (It's really a beauty! You gotta go see it!) With both cards below I stamped in Versafine black. One on Canson XL water color paper and one of Bristol Smooth.
 
The first card I watercolored with a new to me 48 pan set of watercolors by Dainayw. These colors are very high quality and the pigment very rich and vibrant.
 
I love this sentiment from the April 2016 Sentiment Kit Mama's & Grandma's. I will stamp Happy Mothers Day on the inside of the card. (The Happy Mother's Day sentiment used on the other card is from this same kit.)

Someone asked me where I get the beaded pins that I started putting in my photos. They are called hat pins, (although they don't get put in a hat lol) but I make them myself. I buy the pins from Amazon and most of my beads when on sale at Michaels. I love making them and think they add a great flair to my photos. Occasionally I will wear one on my dress to church.
 
 
This next card was stamped on Bristol Smooth and colored with Zig brush pens and a Zig blender. I truly love the coloring on this one. Adoring how it fades. I am actually considering using this sentiment from Angie Blom's Include Yourself on both of my daughters cards, and my two daughters-in-law cards. I adore all of these beautiful ladies in my life.
 

 
I do have several items linked, but I am not an affiliate. I just like to enable you as best I can. ;)
 
Be sure to visit me again tomorrow as I conclude my GIU week! By commenting on my blog EACH day you will have a chance to win some pretty amazing stamps from Unity Stamp Co.
 
I will also be offering a thank you gift for visiting and commenting on my blog and FB post each day!
 
If you are here visiting me from Instagram I've a special thank you gift for one of you for commenting on my blog and IG post each day!
 
For those of you who fully read my blog, thank you so very much. I love being able to express myself through creating and writing, and I love sharing both with you

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

(Unfortunately, you won't have access to the follow button from your phone.)

As always~

Thanks for spending time with me today!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue
 
Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within the layout. I appreciate you, friends.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

GIU Day 3 ~ He is

Hello again, friends!
 
Welcome to day 3 of my Growing in Unity week with Unity Stamp Company.
 
 
Today I want to share a set of beautiful purple flowers. I used the flower stamp from Angie Bloms set "My Condolences". This was my first time inking up this flower and I must say; it is an absolute dream to color!
  
This first card was made for my daughter Samantha. She loves the color purple. There is a most precious significance behind using the words He is. You ready for it? :)
 
When my kids were little we had a well loved CD compilation that we would listen to over and over. One of their favorite songs was "He is" by Aaron Jeoffrey. (I've linked the song here ;) They still talk about that CD to this day. My daughter and I listen to this song together (and a few others from that CD) when I visit her in Kansas City. It holds a very special place in our hearts and making this card brought back the sweetest memories.
 
The sentiment "He is" is from Graciellie Design set called Hallelujah. I masked off risen so that I could use only the He is portion of the stamp. I encourage you to not put away stamp sets you may only use for a special occasion because many of the sentiments can be masked off and used for any occasion.
 

 
 I love this next card just as much as the first.  I made this for my sister, Tina. She is one of my very closest friends and I could NOT do life without her. This flower stamp is so incredibly versatile. It is large enough that you can use pieces of it to achieve an incredible design.
 
Here is how I created the card below:
  • I placed the stamp where I wanted it onto my watercolor panel. After stamping the first corner, I left the stamp in place on my stamping platform and simply turned the paper around to stamp the mirrored image to the adjacent corner. I left the stamp in place to re-stamp after my watercolored images dried.
  • I then stamped my sentiment from the March 2019Sentiment Kit called ...baby bear hugs. I took my white roller pen and added some white markings to the word Friend.
  • This was the first time I used a new to me set of watercolors, and I absolutely love them. They are a 48 pan set by I Dainayw. Very high quality and highly concentrated. The pigment is vibrant and beautiful!
  • After I finished coloring, I took the panel back to my stamping platform and re-stamped the flowers so that I could heat emboss them.
  • Lastly I attached the completed panel with foam tape to an A2 horizontal card base and added a few black enamel dots.
 
I am eager to color this flower set again and again and...…. 

 

As always, I would love to know which card was your favorite!
 
I do have several items linked, but I am not an affiliate. I just like to enable you as best I can. ;)
Be sure to visit me each day this week for new creations and virtual hugs. By commenting on my blog EACH day you will have a chance to win some pretty amazing stamps from Unity Stamp Co.
 
I will also be offering a thank you gift for visiting and commenting on my blog and FB post each day!
 
If you are here visiting me from Instagram I've a special thank you gift for one of you for commenting on my blog and IG post each day!
 
For those of you who fully read my blog, thank you so very much. I love being able to express myself through creating and writing, and I love sharing both with you

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

(Unfortunately, you won't have access to the follow button from your phone.)

As always~

Thanks for spending time with me today!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue
 
Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within the layout. I appreciate you, friends.

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

GIU Day 2 ~ In & Out


Hello, friends! Welcome to day 2 of my GIU week!
 
I had so much fun with todays creation and was happy to revisit the eclipse technique I used to love doing. 
 
This first card uses the traditional (3d) eclipse technique. Which is simply a layered die cut cut out of a prepared image, and popped up through the negative. You can use any die or punch to make an eclipse card. It doesn't have to be a word or letters. You can even use a stamp cut out with your Scan & Cut to make an eclipse card. Like I've done on the second card. They are so easy and fun to create!
 
The young girl in me so wants Julie Girls outfit and spunky attitude! ;) I love her. She is perfect for my preteen nieces. Especially my precious Eva!

(Typically you would leave out the inside pieces of the word, but in this case I chose to use them.)
 
 
Here is how I created this card:
  • I stamped Julie Girl on a piece of Bristol smooth with VersaFine in Pinecone and colored her with Zig Kuretake Real Brush Pens. (can you tell they've become my favorite;)
  • Next I used the happy die from Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut set.  (I would have linked for you here, but it is currently unavailable.) I used my Gemini to first cut directly on her and then 6 more times through color coordinated cardstock to stack with.
  • After having happy cut from my panel I placed the birthday sentiment. I used the happy birthday stamp from the August 2018 Sentiment kit called " ...there is no reason", but only stamped the word birthday.
  • The next thing I did was attach my colorful background paper to an A2 card and attached Julie Girls panel centered directly to it.
  • I glued all the happy cuts together to form my pop up and then glued in place on the panel.
  • Lastly I added the enamel dots and washi.
 
I absolutely adore this card and can imagine Eva exclaiming "Eeeeek!" when she receives it!
 
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 Llama tell you something! This adorable guy from Angie Bloms "Llama tell ya something" was stubborn. (Lets call him Bernard)  He was determined to not allow me to use him, but after a little coaxing, I finally won him over. You'll notice in the details of making his card how I had to be creative with his unsightly forehead and the dire need to slightly add to his neck in order to use him. Tell me he isn't a cutie!!
 
 
Here are the details in making this card:
 
  • I placed all 3 stamps on a piece of sturdy white cardstock, deciding how I wanted them to stamp. (you can see in a photo below how I did this) After getting the hat and bow tie exactly where I THOUGHT they should go I stamped them down and cut them out using my Scan & Cut.
  • I left my machines settings exactly where they were so I could have it fussy cut several more hats and bow ties in coordinating cardstock for me to stack.
  • I took the original white paper back to my Misti to stamp the Llama in between the hat and bow tie. You'll notice in the photo below that I misjudged the space and had to add to the neck area to lengthen it. I did this by getting the stamp exactly where it would need to be and then ONLY adding ink to the area of the stamp I needed. It worked!
  • However, I got ink on his forehead in the process. Oy! No worries, though! If you'll notice, I turned it into a cute tuft of hair.  It worked out perfectly and set him apart from his friends by giving him even more character! Since I chose to not color Bernard, I also added a few bits of hair here and there with a black pen.
  • I then attached a colorful piece of DSP to an A6 card base, and attached Bernard.
  •  I glued all my hat and bow tie pieces together and glued them in place.
  • Lastly, I added my sentiment and the enamel dots.
 
See here I shorted his neck space and got ink on his forehead! So glad I was able to save it!
 




This is the inside of the Llama card. This sentiment seems perfect for the inside of the card!

 
 I rarely make fun cards and I am not sure why. These were so fun to make!
 

 
I would love to know which card was your favorite! Would love to see your version of an eclipse card!
Be sure to visit me each day this week for new creations and virtual hugs. By commenting on my blog EACH day you will have a chance to win some pretty amazing stamps from Unity Stamp Co.
 
I will also be offering a thank you gift for visiting and commenting on my blog and FB post each day!
 
If you are here visiting me from Instagram I've a special thank you gift for one of you for commenting on my blog and IG post each day!
 
For those of you who fully read my blog, thank you so very much. I love being able to express myself through creating and writing, and I love sharing both with you

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

(Unfortunately, you won't have access to the follow button from your phone.)

As always~

Thanks for spending time with me today!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue
 
Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within the layout. I appreciate you, friends

Monday, April 22, 2019

GIU Day 1 ~ Bold Simplicity

Hello, friends! Happy Monday!
 
Welcome to my Growing in Unity (GIU) day 1. This is my second year to join all of you as a GIU sister, and I have been eager for months for this week to get here!
 
Todays cards were kept fairly clean and simple (CAS). I started the week using one of my all time favorite stamps from the set Difficult Roads, by Graciellie Designs. I made 3 different cards using the same stamp from this set. I was so excited that I had a faux cotton bunch to use in my photos!
 
I needed a few "just because" cards to keep in my stash and I just love how this first one turned out. I  used two different sentiment stamps from the July 2018 Sentiment kit called "...let your wishes fly". The butterfly is from "Always by your side".
 
 
Details on creating this card:
 
  • I stamped on Bristol Smooth with Versa Fine ink in Pinecone. This is my absolute favorite ink and color to stamp in! I've linked it here for you from Unity Stamp Co. 
  • If you look closely you can see that the cotton is colored white. I used a uni-ball Signo brand white gel pen, and colored the boll with a light brown Zig marker. 
  • I stamped the butterfly on vellum and fussy cut. It is bent where the wings meet the body so that it would appear to be settling onto the cotton. I love the effect the double wing has. As a matter of fact, I bought this set just for the butterfly!
  • I trimmed the edges just enough to see the A2 base I popped it up on.

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This next card speaks to my heart and I pray the recipient feels the same. The card itself is very clean and simple, but the sentiment so powerful.
 
The cotton was colored with a purple Zig and then spread out using a Wink of Stella pen. I wish you could see the beautiful shimmer it gave! This sentiment is from a Graciellie Design set aptly named "My soul finds rest".
 
If you find your soul needing rest today; I pray that you lean into His arms knowing that is where true rest is found...
 
 
 
I am loving the orange in this next card! I colored the cotton the same as I did the card above and wish you could see the gorgeous shimmer on this card! The sentiment is from the amazing "she" set by Donna Downey. I have used sentiments from this set time and time again. It is a must have.
 
This card is for my daughter Samantha, to remind her the promises she has made to herself to work hard towards "living the life she has always imagined... She's getting there, and I am so proud of her.
 
I stamped the sentiment in Versa Fine Black onto vellum and heat set with clear embossing powder. The vellum strip is wrapped around the panel and secured to the back with masking tape.
 
I attached the panel to an A2 piece of beautiful orange heavy cardstock with an amazing canvas texture! I bought the 18 sheet set from Tuesday Morning, but I've not been able to find it again. I know you are only seeing a small portion of it on this card, but it truly is wonderful paper to have in your collection. It is the My Colors set from My Minds Eye. You can purchase these per color single sheet at Scrapbook.com

 
Tomorrow I am using a technique that I've not used in too long, as well as a new one I just discovered!
 
I would love to know which card was your favorite!
 
Be sure to visit me each day this week for new creations and virtual hugs. By commenting on my blog EACH day you will have a chance to win some pretty amazing stamps from Unity Stamp Co.
 
I will also be offering a thank you gift for visiting and commenting on my blog and FB post each day!
 
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As always~

Thanks for spending time with me today!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue
 
Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within the layout. I appreciate you, friends!