(2014 c52) Unity Orange Slice Vase


Stamps from Unity Stamps used: KOTM June 2014 In Love With Love for the Vase of flowers  and Basically Said for the sentiment.  I used Artist Loft Pearlescent watercolors fround at Michaels to paint the background.  Then I stamped the bird and flowers on tissue paper and colored on the back side with Sharpie markers and then covered the bird & leaves on the back with white gesso so that the  background colors wouldn’t show through when I applied the tissue to the background with Matte Medium.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays:  (Wed)  Color Coordinates (my wall is a light green)10.15.14-Recipe-Color-Coordinates

(2014 c51) Unity Stamps, O is for Orange, Fall Feathers


Unity Stamps used:  For Background – Stitched Daffodils, Tattered Chicken Wire   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I Stamped with Versamark & heat embossed with clear  EP on white mixed media paper and then sponged over the entire piece with Spiced Marmelade Distress Ink by Ranger.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  For second layer I stamped the  feathers from Imagine, Dream, Fly  and the sentiment from Basically Said onto tissue paper with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Carnelian, Clear Bark, Espresso and Gold embossing powders. Look at the photo on the left to see how I kept the flimsy, lightweight tissue paper from flying around while applying the heat.  The little alligator clip held it nicely to a scrap of cardboard & kept my fingers cool!  (another tip you can see in that px is that I put my heat gun in a stand designed to hold a hairdryer so you can use it hands free.)                 I then used Matte Medium to adhere to the background and it’s neat how the pattern shows through the feathers since theunstamped parts of the tissue “disapears” when applied with the matte medium.

Challenges Entered:

UnityStampCompany: Friends With Flair Friday

SimonSays:  O is for (Monday Challenge)

MixedMediaMC:  Chal.#5 “Ribbons, Twine and Fibers”

(2014 c50) Unity “Inspire Words” Fall Watercolor Background

For today’s card I used Unity Stamps called “Inspire Words by Donna Downey” after making my watercolor background.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I first sprayed my watercolor paper with water and then touched surface with very wet watercolors and watched it flow!  I love this part! When it was dry I took the negative sheet of tissue paper that I had cut my leaves from  and applied it over the page with Matte Medium by Claudine Helmuth.  then I took the leafs cut out of the tissue & colored them further with  Distress inks by Tim Holtz from Ranger and applied them with Matte Medium also. Then I stamped the words from Unity Stamps with Veramark ink & embossed  with embossing powders.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays:  (Wed) Watercolors

UnityStamp:  Friends With Flair (Fri)

(2014 c49) Unity “Imagine” Fall, Multi-media

For today’s card I stamped with Unity Stamp Co. called “Inspire” Words. and Feather Flight:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s multi media card started with white cardstock and I spritzed with water then with “Peeled Paint” Tim Holtz Distress re-inker by Ranger. I cut out multiple leaves from tissue paper with the Provocraft leaf dies and laid them on the wet background and sprayed again which left a lighter leaf shape.  This technique can be seen in a great video by Shari at Simon Says Stamp this week.   After drying I sponged “Mustard Seed” and “Peeled Paint” distress ink in any remaining white areas. Next I sponged around the tiny leaves (across the top and bottom of the card) of the mask with Peeled Paint. Then along the sides I sponged “Mustard Seed” around the smaller mask that is seen on top of the Mustard Seed ink (in the px on the right). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Next I stamped the feathers randomly using “Wild Honey” Distress Paint dauber, then dry randomly stamped feathers with “Scattered Straw” Distress Crackle Paint and let it dry and then sponged over the crackle feathers with “Rusty Hinge” Distress Ink. The brighter light feathery feathers that you can see through were stamped with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain.
Finally I took the tissue leaves and added more ink to some and used Claudine Hellmuth matte Multi Medium to adhere.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays:  Falling in love with Fall (Monday)

(2014 c48) Unity And For A Moment Take Two with Tissue Paper

This is take two for Unity’s Stamp called And For A Moment   This time I stamped the horse and girl on white tissue paper, colored with Copics and decopaged it on to the canvas scene. I had to gesso over the horse’s body & color again with Copics Alcohol markers (because the green of the grass showed through when I first glued it onto the background.  I stamped the two sentiments (from Unity: KOTM May 2012 Love in an Instant) on tissue & decopaged them onto the sky. I love how the background shows through the tissue paper when glued to the surface.  The swirls were made  in the same manner as the PREVIOUS POST BELOW. And this one is done on canvas covered board where the previous one was done on a stretched canvas.


Challenges Entered:

SimonSays:  Anything Goes

MixedMediaMC:  MMMC #4 color Chal.mixed mmc #4

UnityStamps:  Friends With Flair (since I was stuck working  in the hospital on call all day & night on Friday last week, I’m entering it this week, Hope that is ok)

(2014 c47) UNITY And For A Moment Canvas


Today I used Unity Stamp called And For A Moment, and the sentiment is Imagine Dream Fly I first stamped on white cardstock with Versafine black ink and colored with Copics.  Then I brushed Gesso on the canvas and when dry I sprayed with water and then used Tim Holtz Distress Stains to color the  background sky and grass: Tumbled Glass and Spun Sugar for the sky; Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage for the grass.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI made my own swirly stencil by cutting clear plastic package material with Tim Holtz Alteration Sizzix die called Elegant Flourishes . OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Then I mixed Lumin Arte Powdered Pigments with Golden Molding Paste and applied to my stencil
to represent swirling wind
in the sky.

My sky seemed washed out at this OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERApoint, so I added more LuminArte Powdered pigments. to a liquid Clear Gesso by Liquitex and used my fan brush to lightly brush over the same colors on the background.

After all was dry I gave the entire canvas two coats with Mod Podge.

I’m having fun trying new things.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays:  Stencils and Stamps (Mon.)

MixedMediaMC:  MMMC #4 Color Challengemixed mmc #4

(2014 c46) Unity “Be Original”

Today’s card is for my sweet great niece Rach who is studying away at MHBU.  She went on a mission trip to India this summer & I couldn’t resist making this removable laminated book mark card for her.


I used Be Original an Itty Bitty stamp by Unity.  I cut the center hole with Spellbinders Labels Thirty, as well as the stamped elephant image and the sentiment on the opposite side of the bookmark.

Look at the two yellow ribbons on the front of the card.  By removing them you can release the bookmark.  See the pictures below of bookmark front & back as well as how the card looks after removing it.

I used Specialty Cardstock by Heidi Swapp that works so well for emboss resist technique.  I just sponged blue ink over to achieve this look on the front of card.(2014 c46) Unity Be Original 01

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays:  Tag it (Wed) (the bookmark is my tag)

MixedMedia:  MMMC #4 Colorsmixed mmc #4

UnityStamp:  Unity Be Inspired Chal. 2010703640_10203824004913952_695523165827911314_n

(2014 c45) Unity Stamps “Feel the Joy” Marker Spritzer Background


Today’s card was stamped with ” Feel The Joy” an Itty Bitty stamp by Unity Stamp Co.  I heat embossed the flowers with clear Embossing Powder, cut out with Spellbinders Ovals.  Then I experimented with my new Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer with some water based markers that I had on hand, it was a little challenging because they are not the same size as Distress Markers by Ranger, but persistence accomplished the spritzing I wanted.  This is a new technique to me & I’ll have to try it again.

Challenges Entered:

UnityStamp:  Friends with Flair (Use Unity Stamps)

SimonSays:  Rock the Techniques

(2014 c44) Simon Says stamps “Oh Dear”

Today’s card is made with stamps  from “Oh Dear”  by Kelly Purkey found at Simon Says.

I stamped the buck head with Versamark onto the background stripe paper & heat embossed with clear EP. Then heat embossed with brown on the Spellbinders Labels Eighteen diecuts.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays:  Use Simon Says Stamps or Products

ModSquadChallenge:  Simply Stripes

(2014 c43) Unity J is for Journal cover

Today’s project is a journal cover using stamps by Donna Downey from Unity Stamp Co. called “Inspire” Words.

(2014 c43) Unity J is for Journal coverI watercolored the background using the colors from Unity’s Color 18 Challenge and then stamped the words with Versamark & heat embossed with Saphire embossing powder.

Challenges Entered:

UnityStamp:  Be Inspired Color Ch. #1810439521_10203308781513689_7623491349377069047_n

SimonSays:  J is for


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