Monday, September 17, 2018

Growing In Unity Day 1 ~ She Remembered...

Hello, friends! I am so incredibly excited to share this week with you as I embark on my first time as a GIU friend! (We are no longer GIU girls only as our very own Brandon Leggitt will be getting his opportunity to be featured very soon!) For those of you visiting outside of the Unity Show & Tell Facebook group I encourage you to join this group. It is full of amazing inspiration from patrons and Design Team members using Unity Stamp Company red rubber stamps!
 
I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to start my week of sharing with. I was very eager to share 2 pieces I had recently given teasing glimpses of.  The first is of a 6x7in wall hanging I made my daughter. I've always loved the look of watercolored lines. Look what I watercolored these lines with! A pineapple stem! I simply brushed my watercolor wash on the stem and pressed it onto my watercolor paper. So easy! I absolutely love the outcome! What are some unusual items you have used to paint with? I'd love to hear.
 

 
The flower is from Forever Beautiful. It has become my absolute favorite flower to stamp. The "She" sentiment is from an itty bitty called Her Own Hero. (Donna Downey has a full She set that I am absolutely in love with. If you do not own this set, I encourage you to put it on your wish list. It is a beautiful & encouraging set.) Be strong & believe is from Day Made.  Green and black are such beautiful color combinations. I used colors from the Altenew Watercolor set. Putting this photo on my blog dulled the vibrancy of the color. (You can see the beauty of the greens better on my IG. If you would like to visit, the link is found at the top of my blog.)
 

I wanted to show you how I do my splatters. I am a very messy splatterer! Haha. So I do them on the floor of my craftroom just like this ↑. The floor is usually covered in splatters, but it wipes up so easily. I reuse the papers as long as I possibly can. I simply cover up the parts I don't want splatter on. If you do not have a fan brush you should! It is perfect for heavy splattering.

 I also made this tag to mail to my daughter Samantha. As a matter of fact, many of the pieces you see in this weeks highlights I will be mailing her over the next few months. To encourage her spirit and shower her with love. I love the softness of this design and its colors.

 
Remember is from the fairly new beautiful stamp set Poppies & Love, by Angie Blom. As beautiful as the poppy is in this set, it is worth buying simply for the bold words. I just love them. I heat embossed remember onto a piece of acetate. Surprisingly, the acetate doesn't seem to bend with the heat like papers and vellum do. I actually heat embossed acetate for a couple of my projects for this week! I am a big fan of using metal and wooden charms in my creations. Keys being a favorite. They are a perfect element to add to the design. The background sentiments are from a 6x6 Balzer Designs stencil full of loving affirmations. It is from The Crafters Workshop and I ordered it from Amazon.  You will see where I darkened 2 of the sentiments in order to really make them pop as a statement. My hope is that they will speak boldly to my daughters heart!



 
I've used this titanium white Brea Reese texture paste on several of my pieces in the past and love the 3D effect it gives. I rubbed it with my finger over a Tim Holtz stencil appropriately named, Speckles. After it dried I placed the stencil back over and gave it a quick brush of vintage photo distress ink. Another product I encourage you to have in your stash are the Tim Holts stencil brushes. They are fantastic!
 
Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win 1 of 2 Unity prize packs. I will also be picking a winner to receive a separate prize pack from me!

I look forward to being with you all again tomorrow as it will be all about feathers!
 
As always~
Thanks for spending time with me today!
 
Until next time~
 
Be blessed, friends!
 
Bobbie Sue
 
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126 comments:

  1. green is me so I absolutely like your green card but your tag is terrific, too.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  2. Beautiful card and tag. Going to have to put the sentiment stamp on my wish list, have the flower an love it. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Sue! Yes, that sentiment is a must! πŸ’š

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  3. You make water coloring look so easy! The green and the black look fabulous together. Great job, can't wait to see the rest of your week!

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    1. Awww thank you, Eileen! You always compliment my watercoloring and I thank you!

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  4. These are so beautiful! Love using the pineapple stem to watercolor! I'll have to try emboss on the acetate. Your daughter is a lucky girl to receive your creations! Pam Foy

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    1. Thank you, Pam!! Yes do try and let me know! I love her so...

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    2. Btw, thank you for reading what I wrote! πŸ€— That is very special!!

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  5. What a creative way to start the week of Unity projects. I can't believe you used a pineapple stem for painting...what a cool effect! I definitely don't think outside the box like that. Your tag is absolutely beautiful and I am sure that your daughter will love it. Can't wait to see what else you come up with for the week. Thanks Bobbie Sue!

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  6. Bobbie Sue, your first GIU post is amazing! This post truly showcases the beauty and inspiration of your creations. As far as using other items to paint or stamp with; I have inked up a ginkgo leaf from the tree in my yard and stamped it for the envelope of fall wedding invitations. I have also used the bottom of a round plastic bottle that was concaved to stamp a circle. Can't wait to see what else you are going to share this week!

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    1. My dear sweet, Meg. Thank you so much. You always lift me up and I’m so grateful. Thank you for sharing with me!!

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  7. I'll have to try those Tim holtz stencil brushes.these are fantastic crations. Using a pineaplle leaf was genius! I loved both projects equally! Looking forward to your week! Eeek!

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  8. As always, completely GORGEOUS projects!!! I bet your daughters love to get things like this from you. So Beautiful!!! Can't wait to see what Beautiful things you will create for us this week!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Denise! So so kind! πŸ€—πŸ’š

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  9. Your card is beautiful, one of my favorite stamps as well! Love the pineapple stem technique! Your tag is also amazing, Samantha is lucky to have such a loving Mother! I look forward to your creations this week! 😊

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  10. wow, love them Bobbie Sue!! And a great idea with the watercoloing on the stem!! have to remind that!
    Thanks for the inspiration, looking forward to your other projects!

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    1. Thank you, Sandra!! It was interesting and I love the outcome! πŸ€—πŸ’š

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  11. Awesome sauce!!! Soooooo beautiful!!

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  12. Yay! Congratulations to you at being a GIU friend! Your tags are absolutely lovely. I know your daughter will be touched by them as well.

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  13. Your wall hanging and tag are incredible. Thank you for sharing them today. Can't wait to see what else you share with us. <3

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  14. The wall hanging is awesome. I love that you used a pineapple stem. I have used bubble wrap for a background. The tag is really cool too. I like the splatters. Thank you for the great creations I can’t wait for your post tomorrow!

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    1. Thank you so much, Rachel!! Bubble wrap!! How creative.πŸ€—

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  15. Love both your projects, but adore the wall hanging! I love my fan brush for splatters. Nothing works better.

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  16. Beautiful start to your week. These are so textural and lovely.

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  17. What lovely projects Bobbie Sue! I am sure you will encourage your daughter’s heart!!!😊

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  18. Very creative. Can't say I've used anything different to paint with, but love your result. I have definitely stamped with odd things over the years. One of my favorite flower stamps too. Love your colors and designs and your daughter will love these gifts. Just lovely projects.

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  19. Pretty wall hanging and tag! Love that you used a pineapple stem for your watercoloring! The only thing I can think of that I've used for painting is the old potato prints we used to make! And I tried celery stalks too!

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  20. The greens on the wall hanging are so soothing! We can all use the first message in our lives.

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    1. Thank you, Loretta. I agree regarding the greens and the message! πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  21. So beautiful! Your daughter will find comfort and encouragement in these wonderful creations. ♥

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  22. Well, my friend, you are off to a fantastic start to you GUI week!!
    I will say, I'd never think to use a pineapple stem, or anything else to paint with! Thanks for the inspiration to "think outside of the box"!!
    Your tag is fabulous! I love the shabby chic look so much!!
    Yoyr daughter will love what you send hr!!
    I can't wait to see what you have coming up for the rest of YOUR week!!
    inky hugs!!!

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    1. Awwwwww my friend thank you!!! I so appreciate your lovely and encouraging comment! 😘😘😘

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  23. Oh, my word! Your projects are gorgeous, as usual! I love them both, but I especially love the tag. I recently purchased a fan brush & texture paste is on my ever-growing list. I'm excited to see the rest of your projects this week.

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    1. Thank you, Wilma!! Haha I say oh my word all the time!! I take that as a great compliment! πŸ€—πŸ€—

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    2. 🀣... DEFINITELY a compliment!! (I got my texture paste yesterday!)

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  24. I look forward to seeing your designs this week! I need all the ideas I can get! I love your faith statement at the top of your blog!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am so glad you took note of it. πŸ™πŸ»❤️ I'd love to know who this is. πŸ€—

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  25. Bobbie Sue, I love outside of the box thinking used in crafting. The pineapple leaf as your brush is beautiful and my favorite of the 2 items shared. Brandon does some great projects follow him on IG & join the unity fb group to see awsome works. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much, Roberta! I do look forward to Brandon's week! Appreciate your comment! πŸ’š

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  26. What beautiful pieces of art you have made for your daughters! You know they will love them. I also love the green & black color combo, esp. a lime green. And that flower is very pretty! I have never painted with anything other than a paintbrush or my fingers! lol Guess I'm not that daring. lol

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    1. Thank you, Becca! They’re both for my daughter Samantha.πŸ€—

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  27. Love the tag and the different textures you added to it. I will look into getting the stencil brushes.

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  28. Very pretty. . Love the texture of the tag. Great job!

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  29. Gorgeous work! I adore the tag and variety of textures and mediums you’re using. I might have to check out his stencil brush as I delve further into mixed media. The unconventional use of pineapple leaf/stem is awesome. I’ve used denim and burlap to transfer paint. That’s as crazy as I’ve gone.

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    1. Thank you so much, Holly!! I’ve used burlap as a transfer, but not denim! Great idea! Thank you!

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    2. It’s fun if you get the pocket and studs to print well. You’re very welcome.

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  30. Love how you made the green stripes

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  31. Beautiful projects! I am so in love with the wall hanging what an awesome idea!

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  32. Both are wonderful creations, I really love the green and black

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  33. You do texture so beautifully! From the texture paste to your embellishments to your amazing fun yarn collection, you inspire me to expand my textural horizons. Love you sweet friend!

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    1. My sweet Shannon. Thank you so much! You KNOW I love and adore you! ♥️πŸ€—

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  34. Wow, beautiful creations. Thank you for all of the details you provided on your process. I can't wait to see the rest of the week!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kim!! πŸ’š I’m excited to share tomorrows!!

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  35. Oh my I love the green card and you have me thinking now what I could use to paint with You have given me a challenge to see what I can think of I will have to work on it. I love the green card and flower

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    1. Thank you so much, Patricia!! I hope you do take the “challenge”! Please share with me if you do!! πŸ€—πŸ’š

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  36. I loved both of these and what you are doing with them. I have a beautiful daughter and daughter in law that could use love like this. And bonus, I own both those stencils and hadn’t successfully used them. Now I have lovely inspiration for them.

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    1. Thank you so much, Alaine! I love that you have these stencils and want to use them! Please share with me when you do! ♥️

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  37. Loved both of these...you are so creative, Bobbie Sue! I love stencils and based on your recommendations, I’ll be picking up some new stencil brushes!

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    1. Thank you so very much, Joyce! I appreciate your comment so much! πŸ€—♥️

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  38. LOOVE the organic look of your card and tag. I'm a big fan of textures and embellishments! STUNNING!!

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    1. Thank you!! So very much!! I would love to know who this is!! πŸ€—

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    2. My name is Samantha Reed..adoring fan of you!😍

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    3. Awwwwww thank you, Samantha!! πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  39. Love your wall hanging- very cool way to apply paint by the way. Also love your tag & splatters. Wonderful work!!! Congrats on GIU!!!

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  40. Wow! Such an awesome first day! Love that you used a natural paint brush! There is so many things you can use out of your background or garden to create beautiful, beautiful art. Your inspiration really gets my mind thinking of many creative adventures πŸ€—

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    1. Thank you so much, Angie! I love that your mind is adventuring creatively! πŸ€—

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  41. Both the wall hanging & tag are wonderful pieces. The use of the pineapple leaf was a very clever idea. Will have to look at my produce in a whole different way. Lol 😊

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  42. Gorgeous creations Bobbie Sue! Love that you used a pineapple stem...so cool!

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  43. Very lovely..and such a warm commentary...

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    1. Thank you, Lynn! I truly appreciate your comment regarding my writing. ♥️

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  44. WOW! Just blew my mind! You are so, so creative ... love your cards and techniques!

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  45. Both cards are great!!! What we used to do in school with the first graders was take a box and cut out the "front" of the box (keeping a top, sides and bottom) so the kids could get a bit messy and it stayed in one place. The top was very important with kids that got carried away with splatters!

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    1. Thank you!! And awesome! Thank you for sharing this with me!!

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  46. You’re an amazing paper crafter and such an inspiration!

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    1. Oh my goodness thank you, Melinda!! πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  47. Bobbie Sue, I am so excited for you!! Your first GIU post!! Yay! As always, I’m blown away by your projects! The wall hanging is stunning! Fabulous colors and so clever to use a pineapple stem... clever! And your tag is so beautiful! I know your daughter will cherish these gifts from your heart. ❤️❤️❤️ I don’t recall using anything but a paint brush for painting, but for my splattering I use a box with some paper towels inside. It keeps most of the mess contained and I can change out the paper towels when needed. Fantastic first day, my friend!

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    1. Thank you so very much, my friend. I ALWAYS appreciate you!! ♥️

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  48. Beautiful projects! You make it look so easy! The green card is so pretty!
    --Phaline Mays

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  49. Not sure how I missed this..... OMG.... I love this so much, you are the Best mom ever.... I know she will love all of your sweetness! Looking forward to the rest of the week!

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    1. Oh my sweet friend!!! Thank you!! So much! 😘😘😘

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  50. I love this card! I don't think I've watercolored with anything unusual...yet. ;-)

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  51. Congratulations on joining the unity team!! Beautiful project! I'm sure your daughter will be blessed by it :)

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    1. Hi Jeanna! I’m not on the design team, but I am this weeks featured crafter! Which is so exciting! Thank you so much!! ♥️

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  52. Beautiful cards, so many new ideas to try. I have yet to hear emboss on acetate, so I will just have to try it out! :)

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    1. Thank you, Heather! It was surprisingly easy! Try it!

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  53. Sry just now getting a chance to look at your beautiful cards. That green is one of my favorites I love the lines in the card makes it pop even more. Great job.

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    1. Cindy will you message me in Facebook. I’m not sure how to find you!

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  54. Love your first day!!! Can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has in store. I love seeing what you are going to use next for an embellishment.

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  55. Fabulous projects. Very clever idea to use the pineapple stem to make your stripes on the wall hanging and I like the texture on the tag.

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  56. You are awesome. Thanks for sharing your creativity

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  57. All your creations are lovely and very inspiring ! I’m sure your daughter will be thrilled to receive them !! Thanks for sharing your work. Love, Marjorie
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  58. A pineapple stem to water color your line for the first card! Now that is what a call very creative! I love that such a great idea! I think the finished project really shows it too!

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