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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Phyllis Harris/Unity Blog Hop

I am so excited to be hopping along with the other talented Growing In Unity ladies today and showcasing the wonderful images of Phyllis Harris!
Last week I was thrilled to receive this beautiful stamp set in my mailbox from Unity called Best Day Includes You.
PH-1200A-BEST-DAY-INCLUDES-YOU
It is such a timeless image, reminding be of both my own childhood and also my kids who are now growing up faster than I can sometimes comprehend. When this arrived I was so excited because it's a stamp I didn't already have (because I really do love the PH images) and also because I had an idea in mind for it immediately! The horizon called to me and reminded me of many a summer night my brothers and I played in the waters of Lake Michigan as the sun set (so my dad could get sunset pictures) and I just knew I needed to create a sunset with this pretty image. I decided to make a little wall hanging for my daughters room with it (because like most 5 year olds, she takes her job as big sister pretty seriously).

I love the sentiments that are included in the kit but for her wall hanging I wanted something a little bit bigger so she could read it easier. I even skipped my normal cursive handwriting and printed as neatly as I could making it easier for my beginning reader. I've seen this quote a lot but always about brothers but she likes superheroes too and it was more fitting for her than the "being a princess" girl version of the quote.
I used some distress inks and sponged them onto some watercolor paper for the background and then lightly sprayed it with a mist of water to lightly blend them. I used Faded Jeans and Tumbled glass for the water and Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, and a little bit of Tumbled Glass for the sky. When that was dry I used the Tim Holtz Rays Stencil and sponged on some Mustard Seed for the sun rays. I stamped the image again onto another piece of watercolor paper and used the Tim Holtz distress markers in the same colors plus a green and a Tea Dye and used a wet paintbrush to move and blend the colors. When everything was dry I fussy cut the kids, boat, and sand and used a gel medium to adhere them down.
I did have to extend the scene a little bit to fit it onto a 5x7 size. I wrote out the sentiment with a fine point black Pitt Pen and then used some Worn Lipstick distress marker to color it in after I had cut each word out.
I wasn't sure how to finish it after that. It didn't look right in a frame and I tried to find a small wooden plaque I could adhere it to but didn't find the right fit so finally I used some pretty tye-died crinkle ribbon from 3 Girl Jam and adhered it between my watercolor paper and a sturdy piece of cardboard. I wanted to use some eyelets for the ribbon holes but the only craft time I had this week was when my kids were napping or sleeping and I only have an old-fashioned noisy eyelet setter so that idea was out (because I do have my sanity to consider).

I love how this turned out and think this Phyllis Harris stamp from Unity was just the perfect fit for me. I think my daughter is really going to love it and probably going to start asking how soon we can go to the beach!

If you came by randomly and want to start at the beginning of the hop here is a list of the gals hopping today along with their blogs in case you get lost. This is such a talented group of ladies and I just love all of their beautiful creations! I am the last stop on the hop today and I'm so glad you stopped by.  Remember to leave a comment as there is one awesome prize pack that Unity will be giving away to one of the commenters along the hop!!!

Lena Nunn
Teri Burson
Tenia Nelson
Maria Levine
An'Jenic Gibson
Karen Nofziger
Carisa Zglobicki
Crystal Rodner {you are here}
Unity Stamp Company Blog
 
 
Have a great day!

Crystal
 
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 

 
 

 
 
  
  
  
  
 
 

40 comments:

mylittlecraftblog said...

You really took that beautiful stamp to a new level. The wall hanging is gorgeous and something your daughter will treasure forever.

Evelyn

Immi said...

Lovely project, and something for your daughter to treasure!

alyson esposito said...

So pretty, I love your sunset. This stamp is so great because it works well for both boys and girls

jcobb said...

I love this stamp and the sentiments that come with it. Your project is so lovely and will be a treasured keepsake.

Bananastamper said...

Just beautiful!!!!

alo said...

Beautiful project, it does take you back to childhood moments!

Donna K said...

What a lovely image you've created. That sunshine and the quote you added is just fantastic, Crystal.
Using your own hand writing is the best part of a keepsake like this. How wonderful that your daughter will have this to enjoy in her room. I grew up on Lake Michigan and have lots of memories of that area. Now the Atlantic Ocean is the place my camera gets the most action in the summer. Enough rambling! Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Have a wonderful day/week!!

Celeste Goff said...

Wow, this is simply beautiful! I love it!

toni kwaiser said...

This is so pretty!

Judy Schraufnagel said...

Awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

Brandi R said...

This is stunning! LOVE the sentiment!!! ♥

Tina said...

beautiful card, lovely colors cute sentiment

Carmen O. said...

Wonderful creation! I especially like the sun.

Karen (karey2005) said...

Very pretty! the coloring is so bright and happy. Love it!

Caroline said...

Love, Love, Love! So bright and cheery. Love that you wrote the sentiment and how you cut and coloured it :)

D- said...

Your wall hanging is gorgeous. I loVe the colors you used and the superhero part is perfect. Thanks for sharing.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
DesignsByDragonfly {blogspot}

Maria Levine said...

Super sweet! Love the colors what a great wall hanging! Thanks for hopping!

heidiscoll said...

What a super cute idea! You did an awesome job on it! :)

Life of a Caffeinated Mom said...

Great coloring. I love that you personalized

Jean said...

I adore this!

Gaylynn said...

How sweet. It looks great hanging and the way you made the sentiment pieces for it look cute.

Samantha Klaebe said...

Awesome design. Love the colours. This stamp is one of my fav.

Thanks for sharing.

ionabunny said...

Love this. The image is gorgeous surrounded by a sea of colour. Hugz

Scrapbook Lynne said...

Oooooh... OOOOOOH! OOOOOOOOOH... A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! "nuff said" GRIN

Sue D said...

Love how you created the sunset and the sentiment is perfect for your daughter.

Amante del Papel said...

so cute, so sweet, so awesome!!!

Ruby said...

Lovely project.

D.Ann said...

Fab sunrise, coloring and sentiment!

mattia said...

Wow!!! How wounderful that's abeautiful project I would love to own that I would hang it in my house I love the being a big sister is better then a superhero that's such a wounderful photo panted into my mind!!!

Carisa said...

This is stunning! I love how you created the sentiment and made it unique to your daughter. Beautiful keepsake forever.

Sweet April said...

What a gorgeous project,each detail says a lot,the colors,the sentiment and tne special thought that you did for your daughter makes it unque.

Cynthia said...

This is beautiful, Crystal. I love the sunray effect with this image AND the sentiment is fabulous.

Brittany M. said...

What a treasure for your kids! This is so beautiful and your sentiment matches the sweet stamp perfectly. Wonderful project! Thamk you for sharing.

Jammie said...

Wow! I'm speechless! What and awesome project!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

This is so pretty - just love it (as I'm sure your daughter does, too).

michelegeorgern said...

Your wall hanging is gorgeous. I'm sure that your daughter loved it.

michelegeorgern said...

Your wall hanging is gorgeous. I'm sure that your daughter loved it.

Janis said...

What a lovely project to make for your daughter's room. This is beautiful and such a wonderful sentiment. Love all of Phyllis' work, and LOVE what you have done with it!!! Thanks for sharing this with us.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Stampy Sister said...

So super precious. What a great piece of art for your home!

Lucy C said...

Stunning! My youngest daughter became a big sister today, so when I saw your card it brought tears of joy to my eyes. Thank you, thank you for sharing this beautiful card.