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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Growing in Unity Day 4

Thursday is here already, boy has this week been flying by!
Today I am sharing with you a special project I made for my 4YO daughter this summer for her birthday.  She and I love collecting rocks together (in fact that is a hobby that my mom passed on to me).  I knew I wanted to do something special with the rocks we collected but the right idea never came to me until just before her 4th b-day in June when I saw an idea on Pinterest for Story Prompt Rocks.  Whoa, perfect! 

Going through my vast stamp collection to find the perfect story prompts was by far the most time consuming part of this.  Most of the stamps I used (not all) are from Unity Stamp Co.  Their red rubber stamped perfectly on the rocks!  I used Archival Ink to stamp and then colored them in using a combination of Smooch inks and Perfect Pearls.  When they were dry I covered them in several layers of Mod Podge to keep them looking pretty.








They were a huge hit!  My 4YO daughter LOVES using them to tell us stories!  The stories always involve that beautiful Phyllis Harris golden retriever because she loves puppies.  My 2YO son loves stacking the rocks similar to the Inuit inuksuit stacks and has managed to stack them about 6 high.  Thankfully no one has started throwing them yet which is a relief because I was a tad worried about a broken TV or window!

Stamping on rocks was surprisingly fun and easy!  To get a clear image on an uneven surface I couldn't use an acryllic block but had to carefully hold in my hand and press the rock down into the stamp.  You could make pretty garden decorations with stamped rocks too and with all of the amazing Unity stamps the possibilities are endless!

Unity Stamps used: Sail Away, Create Your Day (house), Dreams That You Dare (rainbow), Pirate Madness (treasure map), Forever Friends (dog), Labeled Oct 2012 KOTM (tree circle), Moment By Moment (butterfly), and All Worth It (queen bee).

GIVEAWAY!!!
2 Itty Bitty stamps of your choice courtesy of Unity Stamp Co to one winner!
To Win:  Simply leave a comment on any of my GIU posts this week.

My Giveaway:
A grab bag of Unity goodness to one lucky winner!
To win:  You must be a follower of my blog and comment on any of my GIU posts from this week.

*winners chosen by random***






32 comments:

Miriam Prantner said...

How fun are these! This would be a great project to do with kids too! Love it!

Ruby said...

Very cool project. KIds would love this craft.

Terri Burson said...

Oh my gosh, what an awesome idea?!
You totally '' rock''. *grin

Angeline Choo said...

WOAH! stamping on rocks??That's just awesomeness!

Can't wait to see tomorrow's project.
Am a new follower on Bloglovin! :)

michib said...

Crystal - what a great idea! I may have to give that a try - my two boys are always collecting rocks when we go to the beach.

scrapper al said...

What a clever idea! You did a great job stamping and coloring. So glad your kids are enjoying these.

Kris said...

Really great project. With large river rock this would be a cool decorating idea too.

Laurie said...

What an absolutely fabulous idea, Crystal! I am going to try this with some of the wonderful Unity sentiments and images to leave random places for people to find them!

Laura Turcotte said...

WHat a great idea!

Julie Odil said...

Great project! I did this once and cored them with acrylic paint, then sealed with Mod Podge. Just another idea if you ever want to try a different medium. Yours are way awesome!!!!

Cynthia said...

What a fun idea, Crystal! I agree with your daughter, the P.H. retriever would be my favorite as well. :)

Scrappin' Diva said...

What a clever idea. Never thought to use stamps to stamp on rocks. This would be great to take on trips to keep the kids busy.

Gaylynn said...

What a wonderful project and so unique. I can't believe how perfect the stamping turned out on rocks. Very cool. :)

Emily said...

Wow!!! Love this!!!

Karen Conner said...

What a Cute idea!!!

scrapclose2theheart said...

That's a totally awesome idea. BTW thanks for helping me yesterday! :) Hugs~Patti

Sam said...

What a clever and fun idea!!!! Love how your daughters uses them to tell stories, how sweet.

Tracy said...

Loooove them..such a fab idea!!
My fav project so far and they have all been truly beautiful..this one has really inspired me..thank you Crystal.
Big hugs
Tracy
Xxx

Kris B said...

What a fantastic idea! Wish I had this when my kids were small! Totally love this! Maybe I should make some for my niece who is studying to be a teacher! TFS

Sue D said...

What a fun and clever and creative idea!
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SHartl said...

WOW!!! This is SO creative and fun! The stamped images look amazing and you colored them just perfectly. Pinned this!

cinmfoster said...

Adorable project. This could also be a project with the kids during the winter.
Cindy F

Anna Natalia said...

I absolutely love this. It reminds me of a craft homework I did when I was in primary school. Thank you for sharing.

Beth said...

What a fun project idea. I never would of thought to do that. Thanks for the idea

Beth
baby.cowgirl88 at yahoo dot com

Karenladd said...

These are just amazing! I remember painting on rocks when I was a child but they never look this good! What a great idea!

Ava Gavloski said...

crystal, you get a gold star for this perfect off the page stone project!!! bravo

Denise Bryant said...

Very clever and fun idea!

StampNK said...

These are just so wonderful! I would never have thought to stamp on rocks but they look amazing!

cghundley said...

Oh how cute and
fun! Would be fun
to have in a garden.
Carla from Utah

loulou said...

What a totally fun idea. I love the way your daughter uses them as story prompt.

Brit K. Designs said...

These are too cute, and what a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

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