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.

******************************************* 

 
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!
 
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!


55 comments:

  1. Oh Sue, these are fabulous! I love how each card is so different. Can’t wait for the rest of the week!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Beautiful set of cards! Love the image you used and the different color variations. Beautiful sentiments too!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Bobbie Sue, your cards are so beautiful. I've tried the wink of stella for "painting" What a wonderful technique. I like your first card the best. But they are all pretty. It was hard to choose only one.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love all three of these cards. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be the first one - the addition of the butterfly is perfect, and I love the pop of color with the water. They're all so pretty, and what a versatile stamp set!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Love your cards and so great to see an image used in different ways! I really enjoyed your bio - it is truly wonderful hearing about your life. I enjoy hearing about our fellow crafters so much! I am looking forward to more of your beautiful cards!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Such pretty "just because" cards!
    Looking for to seeing the rest of your week, my friend!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. These are lovely as always. I really enjoy the first card the most. The dimensional butterfly makes my heart happy and I’m a classic coloring girl when it comes to cotton. I really like the sentiment on card 3 too. I don’t play with vellum nearly enough. 💕

    ReplyDelete
  8. Loved your story and your cards they feel so fresh :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. I think I like the first one the best because until you colored it that way, I didn't think of this stamp as cotton. I saw my first cotton fields being harvested last year when I drove to my son's home in Arkansas (he is stationed in Little Rock). I was so excited to see it because I have always just been around corn, soybeans and wheat. I also didn't know they burned off the fields afterwards until I had to drive through the smoke, lol. I am looking forward to your week as I am sure it will be fabulous.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love all 3 cards!!! All of them are so pretty! Makes me wish I had bought the Difficult Roads set. Oh well, maybe in the fall. Looking forward to the rest of your week Bobbie Sue.😊

    ReplyDelete
  11. Beautiful cards! I love that stamp!❤️

    ReplyDelete
  12. All three cards are beautiful.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oh Bobbie Sue they are all beautiful. But as for my favorite I am have to go with that little butterfly on the first card. I love the coloring and butterfly the best.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Beautiful cards Bobby Sue. Great way to show how versatile Unity stamps can be. I’m excited to see what you’ll be sharing with us throughout the week!

    ReplyDelete
  15. So happy to see you as GIU Girl - congrats!! I love all three ways you colored the cotton. I love this image as I am a big fan of mason jars.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hard to choose a favorite but the first one draws my eye. I never thought of this set as cotton, but I have it and absolutely love the versatility of it. Thank you for sharing your talents and I look forward to the rest of the week with you.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Beautiful cards! I like all of them but the second one spoke to me as well so I will say this one is my favorite!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I am going with#2 because of the sentiment. I loved your story.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Love all things mason jars.
    I believe I saw a pack of that paper at Tuesday Morning last Tuesday.
    It was assorted colors & I had it in my hand but laid it down, my budget was committed elsewhere.

    ReplyDelete
  20. First time here and hope to return often. Enjoyed reading your story and your cards are so pretty. Wishing you continued happy stamping and designing.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Oh, wow! I love all 3 cards & can't pick a favorite. This is one of my favorite stamps, too... just inked it up for the first time last week. I'm anxious to try that Wink of Stella technique. Looking forward to your GIU week!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I have this stamp but have not used it. Love how you used it.

    ReplyDelete
  23. I love the first one because of the butterfly

    ReplyDelete
  24. these are all gorgeous Bobbie Sue!! Love them all,but the last one is my favorite!! Love the colors and sentiment!

    ReplyDelete
  25. All three are beautiful with perfect sentiments. My favorite is the first because of the butterfly.

    ReplyDelete
  26. These cards are just beautiful! I have this set & need to break it out!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Gorgeous cards so inspirational. creative, special, unique. Love each one and the sentiment, also. Thanks for starting a wonderful week.

    ReplyDelete
  28. They all are lovely Bobbie Sue but the addition of the butterfly just finishes the one off perfectly! Looking forward to your inspiration all week!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Absolutely wonderful! Don’t have this set yet, but you make it look so gorgeous AND easy to use!

    ReplyDelete
  30. What a wonderful set of cards. I look forward to seeing your creations this week. Cheers, Holley

    ReplyDelete
  31. You've shared a lovely range of cards showcasing the same set. Beautiful sentiments and coloring on all cards.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Congrats on being GIU! I love all the cards and could not pick one favorite!

    ReplyDelete
  33. These are all great! What an awesome way to start your week. Can't wait to see what else you have in store for us!

    ReplyDelete
  34. I love how each of your cards are so similar but yet have a beauty all their own. A great way to start your GIU week!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Bobbie Sue, your cards are so beautiful! I love the added touch the butterfly gives to the first one, but I honestly can’t pick a favorite! ❤️ I love them all!!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Simply gorgeous cards. I love the color combinations you used.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Beautiful cards, Bobbie Sue! Gosh I just love the sentiment on the second card too! Just gorgeous. Love your heart!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Love your cards!!! The coloring is awesome.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Lovely set of cards with this jar of flowers.

    ReplyDelete
  40. GORGEOUS Cards! I can't decide which one is my favorite? With the first card I really love the beautiful organic chic style about it! And with the second card I so love the purple you colored the flowers with and the last card I agree that Orange really makes it pop and I love the blue for the bottom of the jar just beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  41. Bobbie Sue, they are beautiful cards. I love the simplicity of your designs.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Love these cards! This is one of my favorite stamp sets. It's just so versatile!

    ReplyDelete
  43. You’ve convinced me that I NEED that set. I’m on a difficult road right now and just seeing these brought me some comfort. I love the sentiments you pair with the image. It’s hard to remember how to lean into Him when so much is weighing on you. Thank you for the reminder.

    ReplyDelete
  44. I love the versatility of this stamp! And it's quick and easy to boot. Girl, my soul does need some serious rest. I'm Tired.

    ReplyDelete
  45. Gorgeous! I love the simple layouts and the way you colored the cards! MY favorite is a toss up between the first and the third card.

    ReplyDelete
  46. I love the simplicity of these cards -- I think the first one is my favorite -- but they're all pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  47. I just love all of these cards- the sentiments make them stand apart....and I cannot choose just one! I love the first, love the pink and imagine the shimmer on the 2nd, and love the intensity of the blue on the bottom of the jar, as well as the Chicago Bears colors on the card (hehe). Beautiful work!!!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Lovely!!! I really like what you did. The butterfly is very cool!

    ReplyDelete
  49. I just love this set and need to ink it up! I like the last one the best as I love the contrast of the blue and orange together. The sentiment on the 2nd one is beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  50. Beautiful cards, Bobbie Sue! I love this stamp and all that you have done with it! It is one of my favorite Unity stamps ever!

    ReplyDelete