Monday, June 24, 2019

Card Kit makes

I am in a 'card kit' group, where we are showered with card kits one month a year- we are able to request our 'wants' for our months- February.  I wanted Purple and Thinking of You or Sympathy cards.
  These cards were made from a kit Carol sent to me.

 I am out of town, so have a few supplies to use- Distress Ink cubes were used for watercoloring this card.  To get the purple, I played around with colors, and ended up mixing Chipped Sapphire and Seedless Preserves.  The greens are Peeled Paint and Pine Needles. The image is Lovely Lattice by SU. I am unsure of the sentiment.The white lace is layered over purple mulberry paper. The punched border was in my stash. The glitter dots are CTMH (from Terry's kit). The DP is Paper Pizazz.

 More watercoloring with Distress inks- same colors as above, plus yellow-Fossilized Amber and a touch of Rusty Hinge. I also added a vague outline of Pumice Stone around the flower and leaves. The White enamel dots are echo Park. I am unsure of this image origins- if you know, please let me know too!
 Carol included sone beautiful butterfly stickers that are 3-D by Jot.  So, I used dies she included- the center die is popped up and the butterfly placed on it. The hudrangea DP is also Paper Pizazz. The glimmery purple enamel dots are CTMH.

Stamping Sensations- True Colors
Daisy Chain- Monochromatic
My Time to Craft- Watercolor
Color Crazy Craft Challenge- coloring
Coloring in Scrapland- watercoloring
Use Your Stuff- stickers- card 3

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Bugaboo- Friday Freebie

Nothing better than the Friday Freebies at Bugaboo!  This week is a very sweet one!

  I love this sweet mouse with the flower!  I am out of town withour supplies, but I did die cut the image before I left and layed out the sketch.  I have my Distress Ink- cubes with me, so I smooshed them onto a small craft mat and watercolored with them.  I added sparkle with a Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen (also very easy to travel with!
  The sentiment is Create with TLC. It is punched out with SU oval and scalloped oval punches. A few enamel dots and done!!!
 Have you made someone smile today?   : )

Aud Sentiments- Sentiment
Addicted to Stamps and More -AG
Word Art Wednesday- positive messages
Tuesday Throwdown- keep it simple
Cuttlebug Mania- Bingo- Sentiment- image-diecut
2 Crafty Critter Crazies- Use a Critter

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Bugaboo- Wednesday

For the Humor me Wednesday post at Bugaboo stamps, we post for Holidays- and mine is for Father's Day (USA 6/16 this year).

  The image (HERE) is colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I added Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen to the heart and the hearts in the centers of the flowers. The Blue cardstock (SU) was embossed with a Sissix embossing folder. I tried to add a beard, but really did a bad job, so tried again -this is what he got! I think it is so sweet!
This is my son's first Father's Day and my Husband's first Grandfather's Day! Chris' shirt says Papa bear.

 The babies onsie says baby bear

 Mama bear made the shirts : )  Baby Rowan Joseph is 5 weeks old now : )

Addicted to Stamps and more- AG

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Bugaboo New Release

Bugaboo is releasing this new image and sentiment today!

 I watercolored the image using Distress Inks. And, I messed up around the image aka the background....., so I cut another plain white cardstock piece for the background, watercolored it and then fussy cut the image.  I added enamel dots to the scallop diecut. The shirt has Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen added for shimmer.

I sure hope she catches a winner!

A Gem of a Challenge- AG
My Time to Craft- Watercoloring

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

DDD- Halloween

It's the 15th of the month, which means another month of Dueling Darlings posting!!!  This month, our Hostesses Terry L. (Dazzlers) and Tami (Diva's) picked the theme of Halloween!

  This kit is adorable!  Unfortunately, I am traveling and just have colored pencils, which I am not too proficient with.....I need some Gamsol to smooth it out the colors, that's at home.......
  I colored with Prismacolor pencils, and added Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen to her dress and the rim of her hat. The images are fussy cut : )

The kit I recieved from Terry rec'd:
My Favorite Things- Which Way is the Candy
DP- The Paper Studio
Enamel Dots- The Paper Studio
Ribbons- Michaels
Die Cuts- A Muse- fence, spider web and bats

I love visiting the blogs of my fellow DDD's to see what they create- using the same kit! Here are the links to blogs and SCS galleries to see all of the fun cards!

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

SCS Galleries:   Terry A , Debbie B

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

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Foil Mingle

 Over at the About Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo Group (AOSA), there was a mingle for making cards using foil. I joined in and here is the card I created:

 I photographed the card at an angle to cut the glare and so you could see the purple shimmer on the dragonflies.
  I began by cutting cardstock, rolling it through the Xyron and adhering it to the card.  I added alcohol inks over the foil.  Once dry, I added green Stazon over the embossed areas.  On the dragonflies, purple shimmer : )
  The Panda is SU, and I sponged purple around the edges of the de cut piece, then added gold Nuvo drops in the corner and on the corner of the top of hte card. I layered the card on White cardstock.  I thought it needed one more thing, so chose to add purple twine at the top.

Artistic Inspirations- AG (june)
2 Crafter Critter Crazies- Critter (6/25)
Sweet Stampers- Animals (7/8)

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Friday, June 7, 2019

COF- Butterflies

I am a member in a group at Splitcoaststampers called Crafters of Faith.  (aka COF). Michelle is our hostess for June, and here is her challenge:

June 2019: Hostess Michelle (mybearybest)
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.Challenge: Keeping it simple with "feature butterflies on your project". I know how the summer months can be! And butterflies have always been a favorite of mine!

Here are my cards for the June Challenge


 I watercolored the images on Canson Mixed Media paper. I used Arteza watercolor brush pens for the backgrounds and the butterflies. I added wink of Stella over the butterflies and on card 2 over the ribbon.
 The images are Graciellie Designs and can also be found at Unity Stamps. I love the uplifting sentiments- these will go to my daughters, I will have to decide which one goes to which daughter......
  I scribbled the waterbrush color on a blank stamp block and spritzed with water, then placed the Canson paper over the block.  I swiped the waterbrush over a bubble wrap piece and spritzed with water and that is the bubble like look on the backgrounds  On the 2nd card, I used a Unity stamp and added a 2nd stamped image in purple for the background.
 Sequins and twine finished the first card.  The 2nd card, I used a Copic marker on white ribbon to match the card. (lovely Lilac SU and B53 on the ribbon). I added Wink of Stella over the top for shimmer.

 What color combo is your favorite???

Crafting with an Attitude-AG
Cute Card Thursday-AG
Outlawz-Festive Friday- AG
Addicted to Stamps and More- CAS
Word Art Wednesday-Faithful AG

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Close Knit Friends

June 8th is Worldwide Knit and Crochet in public day, and I found this fun image in the Bugaboo store-perfect for the occasion!

  I so love this!   The image I used is called Close Knit Friends- found HERE was colored with Copic markers then cut out with a die. The area was smaller than the actual die, so I ran it through twice- and was able to get it to cut just right. I used SU DSP from the stash in greens.(looks better IRL- dreary day here makes for a little wonky color in the picture).  The shimmery enamel dots were the final accent.

Crafting from the heart- AG week 2

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Here Comes the Bride

 For a friend of my daughter- who got married today : )

  Oh how I love this sweet image from Graciellie Designs. She is a talented artist- and I love her style!  Her images are also available at Unity Stamps (This set is called Your Life is Your Story).
  The card is 5.25" x 5.25".  I lightly water colored the image by scribbling a marker on a stamping block and spritzing it with water.  The greens are Pear and Old Olive (SU). I used So Saffron and Coral (SU as well) markers on the block for the flowers.  After round 1 dried, I used the Olive and Coral markers to add highlights, then lightly blended the colors in.  I added some Ranger Antique Linen ink from a marker to the block and did the edges of the book on the sides and the bottom. To finish up, I used Copics BG0000 around the flowers and book, and C2 at the edge of the sides and the base of the book.
 The top layer of white (just above the silver metallic card) is a shimmery white card. I added Wink of Stella to the outer white later to balance that out. The Silver thin ribbon is SU.

 I am imagining for this couple, the book is the Bible, so on the inside, I used a stamp I scored at the Gina K store last summer (and am just using it for the first time....).

 I know they will love this!  Especially the bride.

Brown Sugar- Flowers- Month of May
Double D challenges- Frame it
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-AG
Sisterhood of Crafters- Wedding

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Dinosaur Birthday

My Great Nephew Aiden had his 4th Birthday party this past weekend. I made him a card that I knew he would like, as he is Dino-obsessed!!!

  The fun dino set is by MFT (My Favorite Things).  I stamped on SU DSP, using Black Memento Tuxedo ink.  The trees are stamped on DSP and fussy cut. The dino's and clouds are stamped on white cardstock, colored with Copics and fussy cut. The grass was stamped using Wild Wasabi SU ink. I added dotted lines on the faux road using a white paint pen.

 I just loved seeing his face when he opened the envelope (and his parents had him read each and every card before opening the presents).

Challenges TBA

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

CYS- Hamburger OR food : )

May - Jeanette - Forest Ranger CYSMAY
~~May 28th is National Hamburger Day--include a hamburger or some other food on your card. See Post #4101 for more info.

 So, I do not have any hamburger stamps, but I have seasonings! 

  I used a mini challenge over at Unity to make this card- repeat stamping. I added just a splash of red to the images using Copic markers. I added a couple of red rhinestones to add a little accent bling!

Challenges: TBA

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Bugaboo- New Release

Bugaboo Digital Images has a new release today= this fun image is called  Watering Can Peeker.

 Isn't she sweet? I colored her with Copics, added a background die cut with a SU DSP from years ago.....  and a bit of twine and sequins.  The sentiment is Create with TLC.

Challenges: TBA

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Unity Repeat Stamping

 There is a mini challenge at Unity this week and the theme is repeat stamping.

   The flower was stamped repeatedly, just one colored in using Copics V12/15/17. For a little glitz, Wink of Stella was added over the top of the purple flower. The sentiment is embossed using Queens Gold embossing powder.  The sequins are iridescent and more purple IRL.

 Challenges: TBA

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Bugaboo Humor Me Wednesday

  I made a card using Gus finally : )  One of my 4 brothers has a birthday in May- and my 1st Grandson was born on his Birthday!  He is younger than I am, but I still thought he would get a kick out of this (Belated) Birthday card!

  I colored Gus Birthday with Prismacolor pencils.  I am unsure of the DP manufacturer. The oval die is Spellbinders. The curved gray die (supposed to look like a roller coaster) is by MFT.

And, in case you wanted to see the Birthday Buddy:

 How they got a 1 day old baby to smile is beyond me!  I will not meet him in person until mid for now- Facetime and pictures!

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Catch the bug-BINGO

The Catch the Bug Challenge for today is BINGO

For this card, I used Pig Vacation by Bugaboo digital images.

The image was colored using Prismacolor pencils. The blue highlights were done with a Copic marker. There is Wink of Stella on the 'sun/sentiment' and the suitcase. There are 2 rows of Washi on the bottom of the card.
  DP is by Echo Park.  Washi and twine from my stash.

This is a side view of the card:

 The sentiment is by Create with TLC.

2 Crafty Critter Crazies- Use a Critter
Color it, Create It, Show it Off- AG
Sweet Stampers- Animals

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dueling Darlings : Masculine and Motorcycles

Carol (Diva's)  and I (Dazzlers) are the hostesses this month, and our theme is Masculine and Motorcycles.

The image was stamped using Gina K Amalgam ink on Recollections 110# cardstock.  The images were fussy cut.  I used an embossing folder for the background, everything else is from the kit.

For the May kit:
Theme: Masculine/motorcycles
Images: Artistic Outpost
Fathers Day-SU, Perks MFT, the others- unknown/unsure
Ribbon- tan & white and black satin- SU, silver twine-Europa, others-stash
Brads-SU, sequins and dew drops- stash
DP- 2 textured papers- Kaiserkraft, woodgrain-Moxie and gray with blue specks-Reminisce

 I am recovering from back surgery- day 3 today....and I woke up in the middle of the night, not time for pain meds checked in with SCS and made a card for today's Sketch challenge using more of the kit up.


 This is for the Sketch challenge at SCS, everything is from the kit except the die.  Please visit the blogs and SCS galleries to see all of the fun cards!

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

SCS Galleries:   Terry A , Debbie B

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

Allsorts: Transportation
Inkspirational- Adventure

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Bugaboo- Oldie but Goodie

The spring weather is trying to peek in here in the Midwest- and that means flowers!  I absolutely flowers and coloring them too!  So, really enjoyed making up this card using the Bugaboo Floral 1 set.

  I have been using alot of the same colors, so decided to go brighter and cheery today! I printed the image on white cardstock and colored using Copic markers.  The frame die is by Spellbinders (and very old).  The punched edging for the top is by Fiscars. I added a touch of shimmer to the card on the swirls on the image panel. The cardstock is SU. The background embossing folder is also out of the archives!

Crafty Gals Corner- May flowers
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Flowers
Tuesday Throwdown- Frame It

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Unity-April ATC's

I am a bit behind in posting cards....but wanted to post my April Unity ATC's today. We had themes (not mandatory) of Watercolor and Spring.

 The roses on my bunnies head are stamped again and fussy cut out, then painted- so this ATC has a little dimension.  The image is from 1/17 LOTM (Kit of the Month).

I used a fun technique I saw on Jennifer McGuires blog, called Smooth Alcohol Ink backgrounds. So, that is how I made ATC #2

 I took some pictures as I went along.

 After you do your technique, place a folded sheet of paper in your stamp positioner. That will keep the back of your positioner clean when you stamp. Next, stamp the image.  I placed a piece of vellum over the stamped image, you can use a piece of Washi if you want to the top or a side to hold it in place.  This is where I want the image. I placed the vellum over the ATC and was happy with the placement.  Save that vellum for another project : )
  Now I will stamp the image on the ATC backgrounds I made.  I am now going to use the piece of paper I placed in the background to help guide placement (or put the vellum over the ATC to line it up).  Ink up your stamp and stamp it out.


Here are a few of the backgrounds in a row.  As you spread the ink over the yupo or glossy paper, the Alcohol inks will begin to lighten up a bit.  Just add a few more drops of ink to the felt and repeat the process. 

I loved this technique- and ....why didn't I think of that....!

 Lastly, I added a sentiment on a strip of white paper. I decided to stop after that and viola- done!

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Monday, April 29, 2019


I am posting a Bugaboo ABAC.  I have learned that ABAC stands for Anything but a card.

  I had small piece of DP that I received with an ATC swap, I used this as a starter.  I used this rose that was a nice freebie from the last Bugaboo newsletter- Thanks Jodie!  The sentiment is included with the image (and it also comes without it).  The image was colored using Copic markers. There is some Stardust Gelly Roll pen on the tag as well- for some shimmer : )
  I used Seam binding that was already died and lace, adding a flower that magically appeared right where I was working.  It was the perfect color as well.

We had snow on Saturday- about 3 " and all of my flowers are drooping over today- darn!  I should have cut them and had them in a vase to enjoy for a few more days!  We'll see how the rest of the Winter or Spring- or whatever the season is- will go!!!

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

CYS- orange and a button

For the CYS- or Challenge Your Stash challenge, we have the following prompt from April Hostess Jennifer: aka Jennifrann
~~use two of my favorite things this month--orange and buttons.

  I really loved this challenge.  I have an almost empty DP pack from MME called Tangeringe- it was $3.99 when I bought it- yep- a few years ago......  But I so love it! The background is Groovy Guava cardstock (retired SU). I used a retired SU set called Flowershop, which I also have the punch for.  (and have not used in ages.....).  The button and twine are from my stash.  The sentiment is Hero Arts.

The image looks so bright on my computer-TCV screen (still having computer issues), and looks more subtle on my blog....hope my images do not look so bright on my blog when you view it!!!).  I bought a new computer, but having to set it up- and photo watermark and editing- need a new program- my old one requires 32 bits and my computer is 64.......  If my hubby was not computer savy, my computer would be in the backyard and I would quit all of this....LOL

 The CYS group can be located here.  List mom Barb had the brilliant idea- lets use our stash items- with a monthly theme, I am sure finding no shortage of items to use in my creative space for this challenge...!!! Even those in the 'get rid of ' pile....... HERE is a link to all of the April Cards at Splitcoaststampers for this challenge.

 The group says closed- but we ARE open to new members!


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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Bugaboo- Saturday challenge- inspiration picture

The Catch the Bug challenge is an inspiration picture challenge today!  You can use the flowers for inspiration, the colors, the name it!

   How does this picture scream Spring!!!

 I used THIS image called 4 Block Tulip Square, colored with Copic Markers. I have a background of blue watercolor, and added Martha Stewart punched edges for the top and bottom.  A little twine and its a card!  The cardstock is white and Ballet Blue (SU retired).

Brown Sugar- Spring
QRS Stampede- AG (always)
Moving Along with the Times- Floral
Little Red Wagon- Floral

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Unity ATC's- March

I am having some computer issues, so a bit behind posting some of my cards....... and ATC's.
Today, I am sharing my March Unity ATCs that I swapped.

  We have suggested themes within our group, but are not required to use them.  I did however....  This theme was watercoloring.  These images were in Unity Grab bags or prizes from the GIU posts.  I have been bringing in Monarch eggs and caterpillars the past 2 years, and plan on doing it again- we will not start that until July most likely in this area, but am always called to butterflies.

 Being over 50% Irish as Dad was 100% Irish , I had to create Green!!!   ( I am always drawn to Irish images!!!).  I distressed the background- it was crumpled, ink added, another distress ink over that. I stamped images in different green colors. The sentiment was Gold embossed on Vellum and added over the background, then Gold Glitter Glue added around the border.

My April ATC's will be posted soon....!

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Bugaboo- Friday Freebie

It’s Friday, time for the Friday Freebie at Bugaboo Digital images.

  I really love this cute image. My husband plays baseball on a over 55 league, and I will give this card to him. His season is just beginning.
   I used Distress inks on the background, home Plate was cut from white cardstock. I added embossed sentiment by Technique Junkies. Another TJ Stamp was used on the background. Twine was added as a final accent.

Challenges TBA

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Dueling Darlings- Out of this World!

The Dueling Darlings have a fun theme this month- Out of This World!  Terry S and  LJ are the hostesses this month. The hostesses provide the theme and a kit with supplies.

and a side view of the wobbler:

 I absolutely love this fun theme! Terry sent a kit with:
Images- MFT Space Explorer Stamp/ die set stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink on Neenah
Solar Crest White and Gina K Base weight white   Cardstock.
DP- not sure which one I used: MME Blastoff, Echo Park Lost in Space, Photoplay Infinity & Beyond and Photoplay Intergalactic.
Embellishments: Hampton Arts action wobble, Recollections Star Brads, Recollections Bling,  Darcie  Bakers Twine, and Kaisercraft wooden pieces.

 The images were colored with Copics. Enamel embossing powder from Sweetstamps was used on the wood pieces. I employed the action wobble on the astronaut. There is plenty left to make another card : )

Hop on over to the other Divas and Dazzlers to see lots of cards that are ‘Out of This World’!!!

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Happy Easter, Chick!

 I love Sketch challenges, and you can tell I am in a very colorful and vibrant mood !!!

I used the image Skinny Bird Easter colored with Copics for my card. I used dies for the circle elements- the yellow is Sweet Stamps, not sure about the top one....  The dot embellishments are a purplish color- drowned out by the camera.....

The sentiment is Create with TLC.

Come Join us!  The challenge lasts 2 weeks!  We's love to have you join in the challenge!!!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Bugaboo- New Release

 Perfect for this time of year, Bugaboo has a new release image today!

 Yep, April showers bring May flowers!  I love flowers- and especially coloring them, as they do not make me sneeze!!!  These Daffodils and the umbrella are colored with Copic markers. The dies are unmarked- poss MFT, the cardstock- purple JFF, the yellow-So Saffron -is by SU.
  The sentiment is by Sparkle and Sprinkle.

Get Creative- AG no twist
A Bit More Time to Craft- AG

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Use a napkin please!

 I started out to make an interactive card, and I had a fail, so played around and used the Sunday Featured Stamper at SCS as a Mojo/ idea stimulator.....  I picked THIS card, where the scripture or sentiment was really the main focus. 

  From the inspiration card, I used the napkin instead of the smooshing, technique, but used the sentiment and the butterfly.  The music strips and the butterfly were also part of the napkin. 
The sentiment is by Graciellie Designs Unity set called Faith and Hope. 

Challenges: TBA

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Unity Blog Hop

Welcome to the Growing in Unity Blog Hop for the GIU girls from Jan-Feb 2019. If you are just starting here, make sure you check the list at the bottom of this post for all of the links to the projects in this hop.  Visit and comment at all of the links below for a chance to WIN one of the two prize packs provided by Unity Stamp Company. 

 I took out the watercolors and the Unity Kit of the Month 1/2017 for this hop.

 I stamped the images on Arches watercolor paper using Gina K Amalgam ink.  Arteza brush pens and Daniel Smith watercolors were used on these projects.  The black and white DP is Gina K Designs. The cardstock is SU.

  IRL, this is a bit darker- the blue anyway.  I watercolored here again using the same colors as above, just a different layout.

 This is an additional stamp in the KOTM which was also watercolored on Arches water color paper. The image was die cut using Memory Box stitched circles and a spellbinders scalloped circle die. The black cardstock is embossed.

Here is the Blog Hop order. Thanks for joining in the Unity hop today!

Kim Marie Monson Leach 

Rachel Duong

Heidi Cope 

Shelly Schmidt     You are HERE

Sue Wisniewski

Pamela J. Duncan 

Cara Malmrose 

Ashley Johnson ...

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