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Monday, February 23, 2015

Growing In Unity Day 1

Hello and welcome! I am so excited to be your Growing In Unity gal this week! I have been a huge Unity Stamp fan from the beginning and it's been so exciting to see how much they've grown and expanded both their little company and their stamp lines. They just reached 60K followers on Facebook and are having their biggest discount sale ever which ends today (so go shop if you haven't)!

For my first project I wanted to showcase one of the beautiful sentiments from the newest Kit of the Month, Happiness Looks Gorgeous.
 I wanted the sentiment to stand out and I was inspired by Swarups beautiful watercoloring to try to stamp a beautiful flower border around the sentiment. Now the bouquet I used is actually the "hair" from the Let Your Inner Beauty Shine set. It had just the right sized flowers for what I wanted so I just inked up the top portion of the stamp with some Distress Markers in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, and Mowed Lawn. I spritzed it with water and after re-coloring the stamp each time around the card I took a paintbrush and moved some of the color around to make it look painted.
I colored in a few bits of the sentiment, used a glitter gel pen on the stars, inked the edges with charcoal ink and popped it up on white cardstock.

GIVEAWAY:
I will be posting a new project each day this week (Monday-Friday) on my blog using Unity stamps and when the week is over I get to pick 2 winners from all of the comments during the week who will each get a grab bag of 25 Unity Stamps! I will also be having a small giveaway of my own with 2 winners so there will be 4 winners total!!! I will post the winners on Monday, March 2nd.

Stop by every day this week to see what else I've been working on and remember to leave a comment on each post this week for a chance to win some Unity Stamp grab bags!

Happy crafting,

Crystal

85 comments:

Becci said...

This is so pretty and sweet!

Pam said...

Beautifully done and I just love your creativity to use her hair! Awesome.

Cynthia said...

This is lovely, Crystal. Looking forward to your inspiration as GIU gal this week!

Karen (karey2005) said...

Absolutely love the pretty border around that great sentiment!

Lagene said...

AWESOME card, love how your used part of that Inner Beauty stamp to make the floral boarder!

Samantha Klaebe said...

These kits are awesome, love what you've created using this stamp. Going to try this technique too. Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with tomorrow.

Donna K said...

So clever of you to use the floral hair as your border here Crystal. What an amazing card. You certainly did a fabulous job today. I am excited to see what you come up with this week! Congrats on your GIU week!!

Kris B said...

Beautiful card! Love how you made the border by using only part of a stamp! Wonderful idea, and it turned out fabulous! Congrats on being this week's GIU gal! Looking forward to a great week!

Darlene Satkewich said...

Great card and a beautiful way to showcase the sentiment! Absolute genius to use the hair from that gorgeous stamp!

AnneMarie Becerril-Nuding said...

Just beautiful! I have to try watercolors!

Jean said...

This is beautiful!

Sweet April said...

What a gorgeous card and such beautiful colors.Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Brandi R said...

Gorgeous card! Love the colors ♥ Look forward to spending the week with you and Unity!

Dawn Fields said...

Absolutely beautiful! The floral border is so pretty! So very creative of you to use the hair for the border...brilliant!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Your technique is awesome and you are so talented - love it!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Love all the pretty flowers around the sentiment. Beautiful card. Can't wait to see what inspiration you bring this week. Congrats on the GIU!

Ruby said...

Very pretty card. Congrats on being the GIU gal this week. Looking forward to seeing your work.

Maggy Everett said...

Thank you for the great details on how you created the card. I think it's beautiful! I enjoy seeing new, for me, techniques and you have shown me how to do ones that I'm capable of doing but I never think to put together in one card.

Sue D said...

Beautiful card. I like the floral border.
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Charly Barnard said...

Beautiful work!

Denise Bryant said...

Pretty card! I love the floral frame you created to go along with the sentiment!
Looking forward to your GIU posts this week!

valerie breingan said...

I love this sentiment .You certainly know how to make it speak.Great job.😊

Gaylynn said...

Hi Crystal. Happy to see you here for giu. Yay!! Your card is so pretty with the pretty flowers framing the sentiment. :)

ionabunny said...

Great sentiment. Love the border. Hugz

Life of a Caffeinated Mom said...

I really like how you did the border. It turned out perfect. Have a great week with GIU.

Karenladd said...

Great creative use of the stamps and so pretty! Love how you colored in the sentiment for such a playful feel!

Jean said...
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jengd said...

I love that you "repurposed" the hair of a totally different type of stamp and how you did it. Gorgeous!!

wanda reynolds said...

Beautiful card. The "hair" border is amazing! Your vision of looking beyond a stamps use is not seen often!

Kate B said...

Just Wow! Perfect use for the "hair" Thanks for the idea.

Kristin Whaley Yeager said...

Awesome details & explainations of technique. The idea to use a partial part of a stamp, will have me looking at all my stamps, with a more creative eye. In this case, the sum isn't necessarily equal to it's parts. ;) Thanks!

Iris said...

So pretty - love the border.
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D.Ann said...

FaB idea for the boarder! LOVE getting more use out of stamps that way!!

Donna K said...

So pretty, Crystal! Your border is such a clever idea and those flowers are water color wonderful! Love the sentiment and I know you are going to have a fabulous week as GIU! I'm off to explore the rest of your posts!

jmahugger said...

Very Pretty!!

SHartl said...

How clever of you to combine the two stamp sets and use the flowers as a border. This is so pretty and perfect for spring!

Lucy C said...

So sweet! and using the hair as the flowers- brilliant!

Beth F. said...

Such a gorgeous, gorgeous card! I love the colors you used on it.

Debra Davison said...

What a great card to start off your week !! Love how you used those flowers....

Janis said...

This is just soooooooo pretty!!! Love the colors on your floral frame. What a great idea to mist them to give more of a watercolor look. Love this sentiment so beautifully showcased!!
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Katherine said...

The border is GORGEOUS! I would not have thought to use that stamp in that way! Lovely card!

Katie said...

I thought I commented here but don't see me name. Love this card! Love the beautiful colorful border you created with that stamp, how cool! Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Kim Rippere said...

Love this card...lots of color and texture that all support and highlight the sentiment.

Kim
Craftisan Studios
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Crystal said...

Thank you Becci!

Crystal said...

Thank you Pam!

Crystal said...

Thank you Cynthia!

Crystal said...

Thank you Karen!

Crystal said...

Thank you Samantha!

Crystal said...

Thank you Lagene!

Crystal said...

Thank you Donna!

Crystal said...

Thank you Kris!

Crystal said...

Thank you Darlene!

Crystal said...

Thank you AnneMarie! And definitely try them, they are so fun to play with!

Crystal said...

Thank you Jean!

Crystal said...

Thank you April!

Crystal said...

Thank you Brandi!

Crystal said...

Thank you Dawn!

Crystal said...

Thank you Rebecca, you are too kind!

Crystal said...

Thank you Teresa!

Crystal said...

Thank you Ruby!

Crystal said...

Thank you Maggie! I like to believe all techniques are achievable to everyone at some point in our crafting journey!

Crystal said...

Thank you Sue!

Crystal said...

Thank you Charly!

Crystal said...

Thank you Denise!

Crystal said...

Thank you Valerie!

Crystal said...

Thank you Gaylynn!

Crystal said...

Thank you Iona!

Crystal said...

Thank you!

Crystal said...

Thank you Karen!

Crystal said...

Thank you Jen!

Crystal said...

Thank you Wanda!

Crystal said...

Thank you Kate!

Crystal said...

Thank you Kristin!

Crystal said...

Thank you Iris!

Crystal said...

Thank you D.Ann!

Crystal said...

Thank you Donna!

Crystal said...

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Crystal said...

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Crystal said...

Thank you Lucy!

Crystal said...

Thank you Beth!

Crystal said...

Thank you Debra!

Crystal said...

Thank you Janis!

Crystal said...

Thank you Katherine!

Crystal said...

Thank you Katie!

Crystal said...

Thank you Kim!