Sunday, December 16, 2018

Growing in Unity 2018 Winners!


Thank you to everyone commented on my Growing in Unity week!  It truly made my day to read everyone's comments.

Without further ado, here are the winners from my posts are posted below.  Please email me your address by December 31st ( and I'll have Unity send out your prizes.

Thank you again for commenting along on my Growing in Unity week.


I love the new border stamps...I ordered a floral one but haven't had a chance to ink it up yet! Great start to your week...can't wait to see your other creations.

What a way to wrap up the week with a beautiful card to celebrate with. The glitter on the fireworks look stunning. Appreciate the cards you made this week! 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Growing in Unity 2018: Day 5


Today is Friday, my last Growing in Unity post for 2018.  Thank you for coming along on this journey with me this week!  If you haven't left a comment on all my posts, you will find all the links at the bottom of the page.  Remember, Unity Stamps will send 2 lucky commenters an amazing grab bag.

To celebrate my last project of the week, I was so excited with work the Celebrate the New stamp set.  Even though you can't see the face, you can simply feel her excitement!  I used Prisma Colored pencils to color her in, and Distress Oxides to make the background.  A little black embossing powder mixed with some glitter and you have some exciting fireworks.  I kept the whole design clean and simple, as to not distract from the Angie girl.

I also wanted to show you a closer up of the fireworks so you can see how iridescent they came out.  Bright and sparkly like real fireworks!

Thank you again for visiting me today - and every day this week.  If you missed any of the previous posts, here are the links:

Here is one last look at all my projects.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing a little of my work this week.  Come back on Monday, when I will have drawn the winners for the grab bags.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Growing in Unity: Day 4

Happy Thursday!

I hope you are having a wonderful today.  As promised in Monday's post, I'm back again using the rest of the stamps in the Jolly Ol' Santa set by Unity Stamp Company.  This Santa is so much fun to color.  There are a lot of great ideas out there, using "non-tradional" colors, but for me, Santa is a jolly old guy in a red suit, so that is what I stuck with.  I colored him with Spectrum Noir pens and did his background with Distress Oxide Inks.  I think Santa was really excited with the gold mist I added to the card.  ;-)

I also thought it would be fun to add a little texture with some white fluff on his hat and cuffs.

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 my previous post here:

See you again tomorrow with my final project.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Growing in Unity 2018: Day 3


Today marks the halfway point of my Growing in Unity posts.  I hope you have enjoyed my projects so far!  If you have missed any, the links are at the bottom of this post.

For today's project, I decided to keep with the tropical theme I started yesterday.  My mother-in-law loved flamingos.  Whenever I see them, I think of her.  The flamingo stamp in the Standing Tall (July 2018 Kit of the Month) set is no exception.  I love how tall and graceful this flamingo looks.  I hope I did justice to her when I colored her with my Prisma pencils.  Colored pencils on kraft paper have such a fun look.  I can't wait to do more kraft coloring.

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 my previous post here:

Hope to see you again tomorrow!


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Growing in Unity 2018: Day 2


Welcome back to the second day of my Growing in Unity week.  I decided to ignore the snow falling outside my window right now and use bright colors to color my favorite cupcake from the Whole Lot of Lovely (November 2018 Kit of the Month) kit.  I used Spectrum Noir and Wink of Stella to add color and sparkle to this card. 

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win one of two grab bags from Unity Stamp Company!  Head over to my post from Day 1 to leave a comment there, as well, if you haven't yet.

See you tomorrow!


Monday, December 3, 2018

Growing in Unity 2018: Day 1


I'm so excited to be back, featured as a Growing in Unity gal, this week.  I love Unity Stamps and the variety they offer.  They truly have something for everyone.  Make sure you visit all week, and leave comments, for a chance to win an AMAZING grab bag from Unity Stamps.  On Monday, Dec 10th, 2 lucky winners will be picked from all the comments.

Without further ado, let's get started.  For my first project of the week, I went with a clean and simple card.  I love the new border background stamps from Unity Stamps.  They make quick and easy cards...and Adornment is no exception.  After coloring ti with Prisma colored pencils, I layered a couple die cut "happy"'s and the sentiment from Jolly Ol' Santa (this big guy may show up later too - he's too cute not too!) and a few embellishments, and I have a fun card to send this Christmas.

Thank you for visiting me today!  I hope I've inspired you to break out your stamps and die cuts.  Don't forget to leave a comment below for a chance to with that amazing grab bag.  

See you tomorrow with my next Growing in Unity project.


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