Monday, March 27, 2017

Unicorns & Rainbows: Growing in Unity Day 1

Hi Everyone, 

My name is Renee and I am one of the Growing in Unity girls for the week. I've been paper crafting for almost 20 years (I just gasped at that too). I started out with scrapbooks when I was pregnant with my oldest son, now almost 19 and have since switched almost exclusively to card making. I love the instant gratification cards bring. 

As I said, I started nearly 20 years ago while pregnant with my first son and just a few short weeks ago my husband and I welcomed collective baby number 7! We are a big blended family and our kids range from almost 19 to 5 weeks old. 

We endured a tragedy in 2013 when our 10 day old daughter Delaney passed away. Since then it has been my sole mission to spread joy and happiness. Although she did not pass away from cancer, I felt the people battling cancer were feeling the same helpless feelings my husband and I were while we watched our daughter struggle and fight. So, I've been sending cards of hope to cancer patients for the last 3 1/2 years, mostly anonymously, always full of love and hope. Unity has been a huge part of this because they carry such an amazing line of cancer stamps (so grateful for that, btw). 

This week I want to focus on techniques and bright fun cards. I hope you enjoy my cards as much as I do. Today's technique is INK SMOOSHING. By pressing the distress ink pads down on a piece of acetate and spritzing the pigment with water and dabbing your paper into the ink pool, you can create some really interesting and beautiful designs, images and backgrounds. 

My first card this week required me to step outside my crafty comfort zone, completely. I'm not usually a fan of ink smooshing because it delivers results that are less than ... controlled... and I'm a pretty clean and simple card maker. The background on this card is rainbow ink smooshing, what else would you think would be appropriate for this super cute Unicorn by Susan Weckesser?

This set is called Unicorns & Rainbows and comes with 6 red rubber stamps. I used three image stamps and the sentiment to create this card.

I paper pieced the cute unicorn and cloud onto the background, colored the rainbow with some fun copic markers and added some sparkle to the unicorn. How much fun is this card!

Be sure to leave a comment below for your change to win some fun stamps from Unity Stamp Company!

The products used to create this bright and cheery card are:

Unity Stamp Co Unicorns & Rainbows available here:
Unicorns & Rainbows

Ranger Distress Inks:
Candied Apple
Carved Pumpkin
Mustard Seed
Lucky Clover
Blueprint Sketch
Wilted Violet

Additional Products Used:
A Muse Studio Landscape die- cloud border
Mama Elephant Die- Park Ave. Frame
Copic Markers- Rainbow colors
PPP sequins
Tim Holtz water color paper
Spectrum noir sparkle overlay pen

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

It has been a year

Where has the time gone? It has been a year since I last posted a blog! In that time I've lost 83#, given birth to our newest son, had my oldest son graduate high school and move away from home, and so much more. I have tons of cards to get posted and will be trying to post on a M-W-F schedule for the rest of the year with some weeks posting once a day! I know, seems like a lot for someone who hasn't posted a darn thing for a year... but here's to wishing I can handle this with a newborn and toddler at home. ;) Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Day 30 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge!!!

Day 30 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge put on by The Daily Marker. Check out all the entries, use hashtag #thedailymarker30day to check them out.

Today I started creating inventory for Craft Fair Season. I made 16 of these cards using different Designer papers.

All basically colored the same but different enough. I even used "craft herpes" I mean... glitter...

Monday, February 29, 2016

Day 29 of the 30 Day Challenge

Day 29 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge put on by The Daily Marker. I can't believe I have made it 29 days!

I colored this girl, amazingly named Renee Girl!, with Copic Markers. After cutting her out I also stamped the image on this map designer paper and placed my cut out on top. For some fun I used some ribbon like a finish line. 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Day 28 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Day 28 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge put on by the Daily Marker. Anyone can still play along use hashtag #thedailymarker30day

The image used is actually a free image that came with a card makers magazine. I used cream colored card stock and Copic Markers to color the image. Used a white gel pen to add the dot details.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Day 27 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Day 27 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge by The Daily Marker. Anyone can play along still use hashtag #thedailymarker30day

I chose my color combination today based on a color challenge put on by Splitcoast Stampers. The colors were a dusty purple, greyed olive and light teal.

I believe this AngieGirl stamp named Harmony Girl is a new stamp. Available at Unity Stamp Company's online store.

Stamping and coloring on the designer paper actually makes this image appear softer. I love how this turned out.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Day 26 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Day 26 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Still participating in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge put on by The Daily Marker. Anyone can participate just use hashtag #thedailymarker30day

Today's card was another non-traditional coloring medium, ink on a dauber! I masked the cake image off one layer at a time and daubed on the ink. Blended the background a little bit with the same colors and that was it! I followed a sketch from Splitcoast Stampers SC581.

A Muse Studio Products Used:

Grapefruit Petite Polka dot

Lemon Whip
Memento Onyx
Versafine Onyx

Twine- Toffee

Stamp sets
Birthday Icons
Welcome to the Neighborhood

These items and more can be purchased at my A Muse Studio store HERE