Monday, March 19, 2018

PGCB 148: Emboss It

Good Morning,

It is Monday, which means there is a new challenge over on the Paper Girls Challenge.  And it may be one of my favorites.  I love the look of embossing - whether it is using heat to make a glossy image, or using an embossing folder to give texture.  

One of my all time go to, quick and simple, techniques to use on cards is emboss resist technique.  For this card, I stamped the flowers from Unity Stamp Company's Girl Truly set with the Versamark ink, and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I used Stampin' Up ink and daubers to color in my image, as well as the background.  I also used black embossing powder on the sentiment.

One thing I learned on this card is to make sure you use an embossing powder that will give you a good raised image.  This will really make the white pop after you ink it (and wipe off the ink that might be stuck to the embossing powder).  My first attempt at this stamped and embossed image didn't have the raised image I wanted, so I gave it to my daughter to color.  Here is how her's came out.  I like how she used so many colors on her flowers.  I think I see a Mother's Day card in the future of this picture.

Head over to Paper Girls and play along with us!  There are so many wonderful projects to spark your imagination!


Monday, February 19, 2018

PGCB 146: Black and White Challenge

Good Morning,

I'm hosting the newest challenge over on the Paper Girls!  About 4 months ago, I got the idea to do a Black and White challenge.  I was super surprised when Unity Stamp company also did a "no color" challenge.  I guess I was on-trend and didn't even know it.  😂

For my layout, I used a black and white photo, and kept all the embellishments black and white - with a pop of red - just because.  I feel like this layout has a Star Wars theme, which is perfect, since my son loves Star Wars. 

I hope you jump over and join us the Paper Girls and share your Black and White projects with us.


Stuck?! Sketches Feb 1 Challenge

Good Morning!

I forgot to post this project during The Paper Girl's 6th (!!!) Anniversary challenge.  I can't believe we have been doing the Paper Girls challenges for 6 years now.  It has been a fun group of girls to be a part of and I can't wait to see what is yet to come!

For this layout, which we had to use 6 of something, in my case butterflies, enamel dots and hearts, I used Stuck?! Sketches Feb 1st sketch.  I am always inspired by their sketches, so I am sure you will see more of these posts.  Here is my layout...


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Growing in Unity Blog Hop

Hi!  Welcome to the Growing in Unity Blog Hop, featuring the December Growing in Unity Girls! You should have hopped here from Beth Fiscus.  Make sure you visit all the designers, as well as the Unity blog, for a chance to win a Unity Prize package.  A complete list of blogs can be found at the bottom of this post.

When I was working on my cards for my Growing in Unity week, I really wanted to use Sloth Endearments.  Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be then, so I am SOOO excited to be able to use it today.  After seeing the movie, Zootopia, I became obsessed with sloths.  There is just something about them...I can't explain it.  For this guy, I used watercolor pencils and a water brush to color the sloth, just hanging around.  The background was done with a shimmer watercolor (scroll down for a better look at this).

Meet Slothie, the inspiration for my card.  😁  This little guy was a Christmas present from my husband.  This card is going to be a Valentine's Day card for him!  I hope Slothie approves of how I colored the sloth.

This is one of my "in process" stages.  I love it because you can see the shimmer in the watercolored background.

Again, thank you for visiting and commenting on my post.  Good luck to everyone!  Be sure to visit everyone to see their amazing work.

Paula Quick Driver
Wynne Cochran Grob
Berina Febin
Helen Gullett
Beth Fiscus
Kristina Corzatt MacKeen Http://
Tina Rackley Riddle
Pam Stang


Friday, December 22, 2017

Growing in Unity WINNERS!


Happy Holidays all!  I am here to announce the winners for my Growing in Unity weeks, last week.  A big Congratulations to: 

I love this! Awesome colors!


Cute. I like the tag design and the soft coloring.

If you are one of my lucky winners, please email me at with your address and I will have Unity send you your stamp sets right away.  Thank you again for all your wonderful comments.  I really enjoyed reading all of them.



Friday, December 15, 2017

Growing in Unity: Day 5

Hi!  Welcome to my last day (Day 5) of my Growing in Unity week.  It has been so much fun and humbling reading all your comments.  I hope I have inspired you as much as you have inspired me.  Check out the links to all my posts...every comment will be an entry for 1 of 2 prize packs from Unity.  I will be back next week to announce my winners. 

When I saw the sentiments in the Spark set from Unity, it spoke to me. "No matter how dark the night, the sun will always rise again."  This is so true.  This summer presented challenges I had not had to face before, and I was determined for it to make me stronger, not break me down. 

For my card, I watercolored the background using shades of pink, blue and yellow to highlight the saying.  The butterfly was colored with my trusty chalks.  As I have all week, I needed to add my sparkle and twine.  Today's was sparkly thread instead of twine and Gold Lame mist for my splatters. 

Thank you for visiting me today...and all week.  Make sure you comment on this post, and all my posts, to be entered to win 1 of 2 prizes from Unity Stamp Company!  You can find link to my previous post here:

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Growing in Unity: Day 4


Thank you again for joining me for Day 4 of my Growing in Unity week!  As you can probably tell from my previous cards, I prefer a Clean and Simple style, with a touch of sparkle and twine...and today is no exception.  When I saw the Cuddlebug Kitty stamp set by Unity, I KNEW I needed to have it.  If you have met my son over the years, you will know, he doesn't go anywhere without his Kitty.  It was a gift to us from the USO in San Diego, and this now flat stuffed cat has gone with us everywhere!!!  So, this card is for you, Bubba!  I hope you like it.  Don't forget to leave comments on this post, and all my previous posts, for a chance to win an AMAZING prize from Unity Stamp Co.

After stamping and die cutting the cat image, I colored him with shimmer chalks.  I also used Zig glitter pens to add some sparkle to his eyes, nose, whiskers, and paws (as you can see in the close up picture).  I wanted a touch of sparkle, but not too much since this card for a 10 year old boy.

 Thank you for visiting me today.  Make sure you comment on this post, and all my posts, to be entered to win 1 of 2 prizes from Unity Stamp Company!  You can find link to my previous post here: