Friday, February 22, 2019

GIU Day 5

  Day 5 and the final day of me posting for Growing in Unity aka GIU. Thank you so much for joining me in a week of creativity and all things Unity!!!  Two winners will be picked using Random.org from those who have posted comments this week.  Check back Monday for winners!


 Here is a card that will leave you happy and singing........  I used the Unity set Love Bug.  I colored this image with Copics.  DP is Echo park. There is shimmer on the XOXO.  I had a blast making this.  We, my siblings, would p'lay a road trip game- every time we saw a VW aka ;bug', we would say,  "Slugbug" and whack the one next to us in the arm.....  Did you every play this travel game???

 Next, I had some Mixed Media fun :

 I started out with Distress Oxide inks smooshed onto a craft mat, spritzed with water and dabbed onto cardstock.  Once dry, the next layer of Distress Oxide ink is added.  Once all dry, I added a stencil and added Distress ink over that.  Then, a couple of stamps from the Hello Beautiful set were added on the background using Distress Inks.
  The main image Boldly Believe, was added using Gray ink- to either side of the main image location. I removed color with water using a watercolor brush.  I colored using Distress ink, then added color over the top using Crystal Nuvo drops- painted on,  Next, I added Crystal Nuvo to the Green Distress Oxide ink and painted that onto the leaves area.  I was trying to make the 2 images 'out of focus'.

 Next, I added the main image popped up on dimensionals.  It was painted with Distress Oxide inks. There are three hearts added (also from the Just beautiful set) on the background.  Glitter Nuvo drops were added in sets of three, and fiber added for a finishing touch.
  The sentiment is from the set, 'Just Focus on the Things'. It was stamped onto Kraft cardstock in Distress Oxide ink. I added it to the card and tied it onto the purple yarn fiber.

Thanks again for all of your support this week.  And, thanks Unity for the GIU program!!!

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Shelly

Thursday, February 21, 2019

GIU Day 4

Day 4 of Growing in Unity aka GIU..... no flowers today : ) 

First up, Kendra Girl


  I mentioned I will be a first time Grandma in May- so had to paper piece this image, and do a little coloring with Copics.  I added a touch of Wink of Stella to the sentiment heart : )

and 2nd up Forrest Guy

 He looks a bit like my son- and this sentiment from 3/2018 is perfect.  My son was never going to get married, and told us he was never having any children.....  aka detours!  Sometimes we find so much Joy in unexpected places, don't we?


 See a little bit of resemblance?  This is at the end of November.  She made the shirt- The Turkey is not the only thing in the oven : )

Life is good!

***Unity generously offers prize packages for GIU- all you have to do to win is comment on each post this week- I will use random.org to pick 2 winners at the end of the week.***

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Shelly

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

GIU Day 3

Welcome to my third posting for GIU for this week.  I have watercoloring supplies out, and used images from 3/2018 KOTM.  This post is a tribute to my Mother, she was quite the artist, loved flowers and her favorite colors purple and yellow.


  I used Distress ink Seedless Preserves for the background. The background stamp is Spilled Paint Unity/Brutus Monroe.  Once the background stamp was inked, I spritzed a little water on it, then stamped it onto Canson Mixed Media cardstock. The tulip image was stamped onto Arches watercolor paper. It was cut out with a MFT die.
  The distress ink was applied to a craft mat and then spritzed with water, and painted onto the tulip.  I added a touch of Distress marker for highlight.  I took a sponge and grabbed some color from the stamp(that I had not cleaned off yet) and sponged the edge of the card.
  The cardstock is SU Marvelous Magenta (retired).  I finished off the card with a bow. I added the  sentiment  from 12/16 Sentiment kit (Special Wishes).


  Same card, same process- using Scattered Straw Distress ink.  Greenery was done with Forest Moss and Mowed Lawn. I added SU so saffron ribbon.

 I had one image left over, so decided to make it up without a background stamp.
 Whoa- that red cardstock is Gina K Red Velvet, and the rich red ink is Arteza waterbrush pen.  I used a sentiment from Gracielle Designs. The red layer under the image is embossed for texture, and the image is cut with a MFT die.

***Unity generously offers prize packages for GIU- all you have to do to win is comment on each post this week- I will use random.org to pick 2 winners at the end of the week.***

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Shelly

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

GIU-Day 2

For the Bugaboo new release post, HERE is the link

 It's day 2 of my GIU week, I watercolored again today ; )  Growing up, and still to today, I am very allergic to...everything!  Flowers and grass and trees , dust, mold..... So, I really enjoy coloring and making cards with floral images- they do not make me sneeze!!! 
 
 

  This image is by Graciellie Designs Amazing Things. The card design was CASED from her blog , just different colors from hers.  I used a Unity/Brutus Monroe background Barn Wall. I inked it up with Burgundy ink by Sweet Stamps. I spritzed it before stamping it on Canson Mixed Media cardstock. I watercolored in peach/yellow.  I diluted the peach and brushed it over the Barn Wall background. I used SU cardstock Groovy Guava and Close to Cocoa, both retired. The floral image is raised on dimensionals. There is a touch of shimmer on the flower using Wink of Stella.





This stamp set is called You Matter by Graciellie Designs. I watercolored the flowers first using 3 shades of yellow. The background is purple watercolor and was done after the yellow dried. . The cardstock is Lovely Lilac (SU-retired), and So Saffron (SU).  I made this with a friend in mind, her husband was just put on Hospice care and I know she loves this verse : ) 
 I had to have these sets- will use it more- and happy to have finally inked it up!!!


***Unity generously offers prize packages for GIU- all you have to do to win is comment on each post this week- I will use random.org to pick 2 winners at the end of the week.***

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Shelly

Bugaboo- New Release

For GIU day 2 post, click HERE

Today is New Release day at Bugaboo!  I had a little mixed media fun with this image!



The new Release is Fairy Girl and can be found in the store HERE. I colored the image with Copic markers. There is Wink of Stella on the wings, but you cannot see it well in the picture.

The sentiment is a Unity stamp. It is embossed on the Wisteria cardstock (SU) using silver EP. .

 I used Mica ink in 2 colors on the background of black cardstock. I took that piece, once dry, and embossed it with a textured (aka 3D) embossing folder. I highlighter and embossed the raised areas with Silver EP.

Challenges:
TBA

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Shelly

Monday, February 18, 2019

Girl In Unity- Day 1

  Each day for the next week, I am posting cards by Unity Stamps as "Growing in Unity" girl, aka GIU .  My personal goal is to create using images I have not used yet.....


 I stamped the fish, and masked them before inking up the background. I colored the fish with Copics. For the background, distress inks in Salty Ocean, Broken China and Peeled Paint were used for this underwater card. There is shimmer (wink of Stella) on the fish and on the sentiment that is not visible in the picture. I also used a stencil named Abstract (I think by Sweet Stamps).  The greenery was stamped using Wasabi and Old Olive SU inks. The border die is Gina Marie.
  This Unity stamp kit is called Fishy Philosophy.
  There was a book named Magic Fish I used to read to my kids when they were young.  If I can find it, I will make another card painting/coloring the fish like the cover of that book!



 These stamps from the 1/2018 KOTM have been siting on my desk waiting to be stamped up.They were inked up with Nuvo Hybrid Black ink, then water colored with Daniel Smith paints. The sentiment was embossed in Silver on vellum, and deconstructed to fit onto the card. The moon,clouds and the stars are popped up on dimensionals. They were painted with a Wink of Stella pen, so are very shimmery.
  My son and DIL are expecting a baby boy at the end of May : )   He will be the first grandchild for both families : ) 

***Unity generously offers prize packages for GIU- all you have to do to win is comment on each post this week- I will use random.org to pick 2 winners at the end of the week.***

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Shelly

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Bugaboo- BINGO

The Catch the Bug (Bugaboo) Saturday Challenge for this week is a BINGO challenge


  While it looks like a Valentine card, it is actually for my husband and my 32nd Anniversary which is in a few days!  For the BINGO, I used Bugaboo image, Embossing and Sparkle.  The image, Ava and Deacon Heart was colored with Copic Markers.  The die is Gina Marie and the embossing plate is Sizzix. The sentiment is Hero Arts.
  We defer Valentines Day until our Anniversary, as everything is so much more reasonably priced- dinner, flowers, etc......



Challenges:
Daisy Chain challenge- Have a heart

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Shelly

Friday, February 15, 2019

Dueling Darlings-"Love Your Pet Day"

It's the 15th of the month, and that means its time for the Dueling Darlings!  Our hostesses for this month are Tracie (Dazzlers) and Bard (Divas).  Tracie sent us the cutest images and kit!


 This fun image and sentiment (also the balls) are from Newton's Nook Designs (Fetching Friendship).  The dog and ball are colored with Copic markers. Tracie stamped the images on Neenah Classic Crest cardstock using Gina K amalgam ink. The DP is by Authentique (Companions).  The ribbon and brads are from her stash.


 This is Sir Theo the dog, who has attached himself to my husband. My husband is trying to sit down and the dog hopped up and made himself at home.....  If I am playing with the dog and my husband walks by, he takes off and follows him....... 

 The dog, Sir Theo the pup, was at our house last weekend.  I was trying to teach him drop.  It worked well as long as I had a treat for him.  If not...no dice....(he likes to play and wrestle you for the ball or toy).   But, alas, a Granddog- he goes home after a bit of time...until next time Sir Theo. 
  Sir Theo the Pup has an Instagram page HERE.  His breed is called Black Mouth Cur and he was a rescue- as a pup, my daughter is his 3rd owner. He is very active and playful, but not growly at other dogs or people, so not sure why he was taken back- a little seperation anxiety, but, as I mentioned, he attaches himself to someone (my husband when my daughter is not around) and he is OK. 

 Back to cardmaking.......Be sure to hop along and see what my teammates, the Dazzlers- and the other team, the Diva's have made!

Divas and Dazzlers links : )

Dazzlers:
Blogs: Darlene  ,  Donna Jeanette  , Shelly- you are here, Terry L  , Tracie

SCS Galleries:   Terry A , Debbie B

Divas
Blogs : Barb  , Carol ,  Judy ,   Heather  , Kelly  LJ  Tami
SCS Galleries:  Suzy  , Terry S 


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Shelly

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Washi Bunnies

Washi is fun to use and not stressful at all!  So, these bunny cards are created using two separate but equally easy techniques.


 This card is created by cutting cardstock the approx length and width of the die and covering it with Washi Tape, then cutting out the bunnies and layering them on the DSP. The sentiment is from a Hero Art set.

  Here is the pink bunny before die cutting......

The 2nd card is done by die cutting the bunnies out of the DSP, then adding the Washi to card that will be under the DSP.


  Here is the card underneath.


 I used a portion of an Inkadinkado sentiment for the card.

Do you have much Washi???

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Shelly

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Fun with Washi tape

 Using my stuff, of course I needed a little more for the project : )



 I had fun with a die that cuts a "Gap" in the cardstock and laid Washi on the lower level. Once the die cut cardstock was raised on dimensionals, I embellished with a Cheery Lynn butterfly made from a sheet of Distress inks and has Wink of Stella and rhinestones to jazz it up.  I added a strip of Washi down one side of the card, and a sentiment across the lower levels.

***This can be accomplished with ANY border die or border punch : )

I have a couple more Washi projects in this series coming i a bit later : )

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly