Sunday, May 30, 2021

Growing in Unity Blog Hop

 


Hi! 

Welcome to the Growing in Unity Blog Hop!  You should have hopped here from Suzi's blog.  A complete list of stops is at the bottom of this post.  Make sure you visit each blog and leave a comment.  Unity is giving away 2 big prize packs.

If you remember back to my Growing in Unity week, I featured Birthday cards all week.  In keeping with that theme, here are 2 new birthday cards, featuring Unity's great background stamps and new die set.


My brother and sister-in-law share a birthday, so it was a great excuse to break out some new toys.  As it so happens, I had a lot of happy mail this week - my Floral Burst (Background of the Month) stamp arrived on Thursday and my Say It Big coordinating die set arrived today - just in the nick of time for this blog hop!  I was excited to use these, as well as the actual Say It Big stamp set for the "happy" and "wishes" and Infinite Birthday Wishes to complete my cards.

Here is a close up of these cards.  I love Unity's background stamps.  They make quick and easy cards.  I only colored a few images from the background stamps to keep the simplicity of the cards.



 Thank you for visiting today.  Don't forget to visit and comment on all the blogs for a chance to win an amazing Unity Stamp Company prize.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Growing in Unity 2021: Day 5

Wow!  It's Friday.  Hard to believe this is my last post in my Growing in Unity week.  It has been so much fun, sharing some different birthday cards this week.  I decided that my last project needed to have a lot of shimmer and shine.  Be sure to leave a comment on this post (and all my posts for the week - links are below) for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate for Unity Stamp Company.    

So without further ado, let's take a look at my cards today:


These cards feature Nuvo Gilding Flakes, adhered to the Polka Dance Background stamped background using Heat & Stick Embossing Powder.  The Heat & Stick power is used like any other embossing powder, only when heated, it becomes tacky, not shiny and hard like normal powder.  This gives you a few minutes to add flocking, glitter, or in my case, Gilding Flakes, to a card.  This is how I did it:


I stamped and heat embossed the Heat & Stick powder.  Then I put my card upside down into the box of flakes.  Now let me tell you.  The Gilding Flakes are fun to work with.  They are super thin, super light, flakes of gold - much like gold leaf used in baking.  As all of Unity's videos say, you have to use them in a room with no fan or air movement while you are adhering them.  By the time I was done pressing the flakes into my cards, I felt like a James Bond character (any guesses?)...


Once everything was covered, I gently rubbed the top of my card to remove as much of the flakes as I could.  Then I took them outside with a sturdy paint brush to remove the rest of the flakes that were not stuck to the Heat & Stick powder.  You can see on the kraft card, I haven't finished brushing it off yet.  


And here are my finished card fronts.


I didn't want to cover all the bright gold design, so I used simple letters to create 3 cards that will be great to have on hand for birthdays - no matter if it is a guy or a girl.






Don't forget to leave a comment on today's project for a chance to win a Unity Stamp Company gift card.  On Monday, March 29, I'll pick 2 random winners from the comments from all my posts.  If you missed any, click on the link(s) below: 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Thank you for visiting!  See you tomorrow!


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Growing in Unity 2021: Day 4

Wow!  I can't believe it is Thursday already.  That means I only have 2 more projects to share with you for my Growing in Unity week.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing some birthday cards I have made featuring Unity Stamps, and commenting on all the posts.  Don't forget, I will be choosing 2 commenters to win a $20 gift card from Unity Stamp Company.  If you missed any of my previous posts, you will find links to them at the bottom of this post.  

Remember yesterday when I said today's card would be my most "important" card of the week.  That is because my 6' "baby" turns 14 today.  I can't believe the one that made me a mom is already 14.  Time has flown by (no pun intended).  Kevin is very much a guy's guy, so I knew I wanted his card to reflect that.  

Here is his card: 


For Kevin's card, I used the 
For The Guys stamp set for the plane and it's banner.  I created the background using Distress Oxide inks, blended together to give the look of the sky.  Then I fussy cute the embossed plane and popped it up with pop-dots, and added the 14 to the background.  There is a white frame around all of it.  I love the clean and simple look, and I know Kevin will too when he opens it later today.

Here's what I used to make the background:



Don't forget to leave a comment on today's project for a chance to win a Unity Stamp Company gift card.  On Monday, March 29, I'll pick 2 random winners from the comments from all my posts.  If you missed any, click on the link(s) below: 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Thank you for visiting!  See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Growing in Unity 2021: Day 3

Happy Wednesday!  I can't believe we are half way through my Growing in Unity week.  I've had so much fun creating birthday cards this week.  I hope you have been following along with the fun, and commenting on all the posts.  I will be choosing 2 commenters to win $20 gift cards from Unity Stamp Company.  If you missed any of my previous posts, you will find links to them at the bottom of this post.  

Today's card may be one of my favorite (...stay tuned for my most "important" one tomorrow).  I simply love the gnomes from Unity Stamp Company.  The minute I saw this little guy, I KNEW I had to use him in during my week.  Little did I know they would be on sale at the same time.  BONUS!  😉


Today's card features stamps from Happy Birthday Gnome.  First I stamped the gnome, present and cupcake on white cardstock.  After the ink dried, I painted over those images with Masking Fluid.  This created a cool barrier that I could ink over and create the background I wanted, using Distress Oxide inks (I love their blending abilities).  After inking the card using the Cloud & Wave stencil, I peeled the Masking Fluid with a simple rub of my finger, leaving the stamped images all ready to be colored.  


To color my gnome and his birthday goodies, I used a combination of Copic markers, Stella Wink pens, and Nuvo Glitter Drops.  Then I mounted the die-cut sheet onto a card base, and i have a quick and easy card, ready to give to someone on their special day.

I hope you love this little gnome as much as I do.  Don't forget to leave a comment on today's project for a chance to win a Unity Stamp Company gift card.  On Monday, March 29, I'll pick 2 random winners from the comments from all my posts.  If you missed any, click on the link(s) below: 

Day 1

Day 2

Thank you for visiting!  See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Growing in Unity 2021: Day 2

Welcome back to Day 2 of my Growing in Unity week.  Today's card is a pretty floral design from Whole Lot of Lovely (November 2018 KOM).  I love the open floral designs that Unity includes in their stamp kits.  They give us lot of opportunity to color and make them our own.  In my case, I colored with Copics and added a touch of gold here and there. The birthday sentiment is from ...Say it Big.  



I hope you enjoyed today's card.  Don't forget to leave a comment on today's project for a chance to win a Unity Stamp Company gift card.  On Monday, March 29, I'll pick 2 random winners from the comments from all my posts.  If you missed any, click on the link below: 

Day 1

Thank you for visiting!  See you tomorrow!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Growing in Unity 2021: Day 1


 Hi! 

Welcome to my Growing in Unity week for 2021. I'm happy to bring you some of my creations this week.  My son's birthday just happens to fall during this week, so that may give you an idea of the theme for my projects.  It's been a while since I've created (thanks busy kids' schedules!), so it has been fun to dust off some trusty friends and do a little crafting.  I hope you enjoy my projects.  Remember to comment every day for a chance to win one of two $20 gift certificates to Unity Stamp Company!

Let's start this week on an uplifting note...pun intended!  First up is a cute little Hedgehog flying away with some balloons from the Hoppy & Hedgie set. The sentiment is from ...It's a Mug Hug.  I colored the hedgehog with Prisma pencils.  Then I used Nuvo Jewel Drops in various colors to give the balloons a little translucent dimension. 

I hope you think he is as cute as I do.  Don't forget to leave a comment.  I'll be giving away 2 gift certificates to Unity Stamp Co.  

Thank you for visiting!  See you tomorrow!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Growing in Unity Blog Hop



Hi!

Welcome to the Growing in Unity Blog Hop.  If you are starting here, make sure you check the list at the bottom of this post for all the wonderful projects in this hop. Visit and comment on all the blogs for a chance to win one of two Unity prize packs. 

For my project, I actually used the stamp set I received for being the Growing in Unity girl.  I picked Choose a Happy Heart, the SMAK kit from Feb 2016.  I loved the graphic stamps in this kit.  Great for making backgrounds or dramatic focal features.  I decided to go with the heart and sentiment from this kit for this card.  The heart is embossed with gold embossing powder.  I mounted it on foam squares on a background made from Distress Oxide inks, Distress Resist and Heidi Swap Gold Color Shine.  Gold thread and gray twine are looped behind to create a base for my heart.



Thank you again for visiting my blog!  After leaving a comment here, hop on over to Samantha's blog. 

Shannon Horch https://olasmoon.blogspot.com/?m=1
Traci Cooley https://coolmomcreations.blogspot.com
Jeanette Cloyd https://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com

Teri Coady https://dragonbeecreations.wordpress.com/...
Kristina MacKeen https://mamasanity.blogspot.com
Samantha Jackson-Houp sammibugscrapshack.blogspot.com

Mary Kay Werry https://mkwcardsblog.com/2019/01/13/Unity-GIU-Blog-Hop-January-2019
Sari Aavamkai https://aavamaki.blogspot.com/


Cheers!
Kristy