Friday, August 22, 2014

Floral sympathy

Just a quick post today for Friends With Flair.

I was the lucky winner of the Unity hop a few weeks ago and this was one of the kits I won, May Hope Sustain You sentiment kit.  Sadly, I needed to make a sympathy card for a friend this week so this was the perfect kit.  It is so hard to make sympathy cards, especially when you need to send one out quickly.  This kit is perfect and filled with great sentiments that make it so much easier to create during a difficult time.

The card is made with an old brass stencil dry embossed on vellum and chalked on the backside.  There is a little glitter on the front of the vellum and I also stamped the sentiment onto vellum.  The inside has another sentiment from that kit stamped. 

Thanks for coming by my blog and I wish you all a wonderful and crafty weekend!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dance with fairies and talk to the moon

I got to play in my art journal this week!!!  Can you tell it's been a while?  :)  Not a lot of crafty time this summer and this background has been waiting for me to finish it since the beginning of June, when I first started it with some Dylusions sprays.
Over the Dylusions I stamped some lovely butterflies from Unity Stamp Company's Butterfly Beauty and some flowers from Unity's Insightful Meadows.

 Next I added some gesso onto Unity's Tattered Chicken Wire stamp and stamped the gesso randomly for some texture. 
 I cut some fabric and used a gel medium to adhere it to the page and added a smiling moon sticker from my Halloween collection.
 The girl is from Unity's Reach For the Stars and was stamped onto watercolor paper and colored and adhered with gel medium with a couple pieces of tissue paper under her to soften the stamping in the background.
 I used a few butterfly rub-ons I had in my stash to add some bright spots of color to the pages.
 I had an old card with little fairies on it that I cut out and added glitter to their wings and adhered to the pages.

 I added some gold star gems in the sky and printed the words out from my computer and cut them out, distressed with Antique Linen distress ink and adhered with a gel medium. 

I have never taken this long to do a page from start to finish and am happy to have finally had time to complete it.  I love this quote/sentiment and this page very much reminds me of the dreaminess of childhood and my daughter.
I am linking this to Art Journal Everyday as well as Unity's Friends with Flair.

Color Happy

I love playing with colors, usually the brighter the better!  Today I have two colorful cards to share for Unity's Friends With Flair!
The first card uses the beautiful feather from July's KOTM Beautiful Inside and Out.  I love that kit!  I embossed the feather onto a rainbow striped paper and fussy cut it.  For the background paper I sprayed some of my Dylusions Sprays randomly and them embossed the sentiment from Unity's Quotes a la Happy.
I mounted them onto a cheerful teal card and done!
The next card came as a result of the first.  There was so much beautiful color left on my craft mat after using my Dylusions sprays on the first card that I didn't want to waste it so I spritzed the mat with water and grabbed some scrap watercolor paper that was ruined on one side and soaked up the extra.  I love how it blended so prettily and when it dried I had to figure out which stamp would get the honor of being stamped on it.  Unity's Whitney Girl won out!
 The sentiment was a quote that I've been wanting to use for a while and since I don't have it in stamp form I printed it out from my computer and then put vellum over it and traced onto the vellum with a slick writer.  I got the idea for the vellum cloud with sentiment from a fabulous card I saw by Carmen over on Unity's Facebook Show and Tell and I loved it!  You can see Carmen's card here on her blog, Visionary Art by Carmen Alicia.
 The paper and cloud stickers are from Amy Tangerine's Sketchbook collection.
That is all for today folks, my colorful contribution to Friends with Flair!  Out of curiosity, what are your favorite colors/palettes to design with?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Awesome and Amazing

Have you seen this months SMAK kit from Unity Stamp Co?  It is pretty much AWESOME!  It's called AlphaSMAK and the font is super cool and at 1 1/2 inches tall it's great for scrapbooking, mixed media and anything else you can think of to use it on!
Check out this shirt I made my 3yo using the stamps and some Marvy fabric markers!  I wanted to stamp Everything Is Awesome but didn't want Lego to come after me for copyright violations. :)
 I also wanted to give a shout out to the amazing peeps at Unity, you all ROCK!  When my kit arrived this month there was a fabulous bonus stamp set that they added as a free gift (they are always doing sweet things like that)!  I created this card using the free kit and I love the interchangeability of the banner, so fun.

If you don't have this kit yet you should get it.  It's totally rockin' and if you get it before the end of the month you get this fabulous free kit included! 

I hope you are all having a great and crafty week!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Unfold the future

Friday is here finally and what a busy, busy one it's been but I am happy to say that nearly ALL back-to-school shopping is done!  Can't believe that there are only 3 more weeks of summer here before I have a kindergartener and a preschooler.  We've certainly been having a fun summer though.

 I have a card to share today for Friends with Flair that I created a couple of weeks ago for the Unity {Be Inspired} Challenge with the color challenge in mind and I just never got around to finishing it.  I didn't love the way the colors turned out and it looked kind of flat so I spritzed it with some gold glimmer mist and I'm not sure you can tell in the pics but it makes it look prettier in real life.

The stamps are from Unity Kit of the Months (girl from Hey Girl and sentiment from Strength and Dignity).  I watercolored the image and then used gold glimmer mist over it. 

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer (although I know it's already BTS time for some of you) and happy crafting!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Alphabet wall hanging

I could not wait to ink up this wonderful alphabet by Unity Stamp Co called Alpha SMAK and I knew just what I wanted to do with it first!  I have so much in mind for this fun alphabet but here is one project that has been waiting for the perfect alphabet, a wall hanging for my 3YO's bedroom.  He is very into learning the alphabet right now and gets super excited anytime he recognizes one of the letters he knows so I wanted to make something to put up in his room so he could see it all the time. 
 He was sitting next to me and exclaiming excitedly while I inked up every letter and hoped they fit onto a 8x10 paper (it was tight but they did)!  When I asked him what he wanted in the blank space at the bottom he didn't hesitate all and said "TRAIN!"  Thankfully I had just the stamp.
The train is another Unity stamp from an old kit called Boys Will Be Boys and it fit perfectly. 
I am so excited to play with this stamp set tons more and have lots of awesome ideas for it!  Thanks for visiting today and happy crafting to you!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Light and fairytales.

Happy Friday! I am sharing a card and a bookmark today for Unity's Friends With Flair

First the card.  I love this lightbulb with the pretty script sentiment from the June KOTM In Love With Love.  I watercolored it with some yellows and oranges and cut it out.  For the background I cut a sunburst design out of a piece of paper and used it as a mask to cover my cardstock and sprayed it with yellow and orange Dylusions ink.  When it dried I popped up the lightbulb over it.
Next is a fun little bookmark I made using Unity's I Love Big Books itty bitty.  I watercolored this and gave it to my 5yo after she finished her 1st chapter book.  We were both pretty excited!  I wrote her a note on the back of the bookmark and dated it.  I love to read and so does she.  It was so much fun to help her through her first chapter book and I was very impressed by how well she retained names and recalled exactly what was going on from previous chapters even after a few days of not reading.  Even I had forgotten some of the characters names.  We are now about to finish our 3rd chapter book of the summer each at just over 100 pages.   
Thanks for visiting today and remember to check out all of the other wonderful FWF entries and leave a comment for a chance to win some Unity stamps!