Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Two Challenges in ONE!

I love when I am able to combine two "challenges" into one card! More bang for the buck! :) Today is Wednesday, which means it's Unity Membership Makes Day!


Today I followed the sketch challenge at Tawny Owl Paperie Inky Inspiration #22. As I was going through some scraps the other day I remembered all the cute sketches to use up some of these! Sketch is below, but I stamped the cupcake from the Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month from January 2023 {bloom and evolve} and colored in with Tombow ABT markers. I added some Uni-ball white gel pen to accent. Happy Birthday is also from a Unity set called gotta love sentiments. Some pink Gina Marie Designs enamel dots to finish!


Thanks for visiting! More to come!





Friday, June 14, 2024

{BYSHC} Sketch 46! - It's Santa!

Hello there and welcome! {BYSHC} the Sketch 46 challenge is half way complete! As it was announced at the beginning of the year, each month's challenge prize will be brought to you by one of our amazing sponsors! This month it happens to be Lawn Fawn! Entries must be entered into the Sketch 46 Album in the {BYSHC} Facebook group!


Ever have one of those "ah-ha" moments and then try to recreate on paper what you thought in your head?!? That's what happened here! I had the brilliant idea to create a rooftop using scalloped paper! :/ except that my scallop wasn't very big so it took way more layers than I expected! LOL However, this super cute card took shape and turned out super cute!

So as I said, I started with a white card base and to that I added layer upon layer of different brown papers punched with a scalloped edge punch! The bottom is pretty thick, but looks cool!! The santa and sleigh and all the presents and bags are from the Lawn Fawn kit called Ho-Ho-Holidays and the matching die set! The blue paper is from a pad from PhotoPlay called It's a Wonderful Christmas. I thought it looked like the night sky! I added some fuzzy fibers to resemble snow to the roof top. The chimney was fabricated from a scrap piece of brown and  a black marker! LOL I added a die cut moon and some star sequins to complete the night sky! The sentiment was stamped and fussy cut prior to attaching it to the roof!


Below is the sketch for reference! Lawn Fawn is generously giving a $25 gift certificate to the winner of this month's challenge!



Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Unity Membership Makes - Note of Thanks

 Well I managed to make another card for Unity Membership Makes!


I had stamped the typewriter a couple times last week...I made one last week with it for Father's Day. So I grabbed this image (which is from the June 2023 Kit of the Month {from the countryside}) that was basically ready to go and colored in a few sections for accent. The sentiment is typed from my computer in a typewriter type font. Because I had this already stamped and ready, I stamped the top of this onto the printed sentiment, then fussy cut just the piece of paper. I tried to channel my inner Tenia (Unity DT Member) with the washi and staples! LOL The striped panel was die cut using the scalloped and rectangle nesting die set from Unity. I added some washi tape to that. The lined notebook paper is just that...lined notebook paper ripped right from a spiral bound notebook! Die cut that with the make a tag die set. I added a mini paperclip and some black enamel dots and viola! Finished!


I tend to use a lot of pieces that are basically left of my desk for inspiration! LOL It's right there in front of me!

Unity Membership Makes Wednesday - True Love

 I love to get some quiet time in my crafty space to create! My mind just goes crazy with all the goodness that's here! Today is Wednesday which means it's Unity Membership Makes day! A day to pull out all the Unity Stamp Co. membership kits and make something amazing!


I was trying to think of what kind of cards I don't have a lot of.....wedding cards! I always seem to be making something last minute for a wedding! So today's card (hopefully there will be more) was planned as a wedding card, but could be so many other things!

I started with the stamping! I chose these sweet birds (from the February 2023 {happy soul} Kit of the Month) because they looked like they were in love! I stamped the using Versafine Clair in Nocturne onto a piece of patterned paper from Unity (Golden Marble Paper Pack). I die cut that piece using one of the scalloped and arches nesting die set. I used the same die to cut a piece of colored cardstock that matched the pinky purple in the background patterned paper. I used the largest scalloped and rectangle nesting die to cut the patterned paper from the Vintage Volumes paper pack (February 2024 Whit Kit). The sentiment came from another Kit of the Month....June 2023 {from the countryside} I stamped it onto black cardstock using versamark watermark ink and white embossing powder. I fussy cut it out to just have the words! I distressed the two arched panels with vintage photo and black soot, positioned them together to just have a corner of the colored cardstock showing. I then tied some natural bakers twine around the top...added some colored pearls and attached the sentiment with foam tape! 


This card went through many different versions before I landed on this one! Sometimes it takes a few minutes to move things around, position them in different ways, different colored background papers, etc to get it just right! Don't rush! 



Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Unity Membership Makes Wednesday - Father's Day Edition!

 I am on a Father's Day card making kick today! Perfect that it's Unity Membership Makes Day! Each Wednesday Unity Show & Tell FB page showcases all of the Unity Stamp Company's membership kits! Today's card uses two of the past kits!


I had a partially completed background panel that I added a Background of the Month stamp called ....linen using vintage photo, then added another background stamp called small details using first salvaged patina, then broken china...too light so I added faded jeans! You can see the many layers of words on this! Love it! The typewriter is from the June 2023 Kit of the Month called {from the countryside}. After it was dry I die cut it using a Tim Holtz nesting die set called stacked deckle. 


The "paper" is a blank space in the stamp so I typed the word dad on my computer in a "typewriter" type font. Lined it up in my MISTI and stamped the typewriter with VersaFine Clair in nocturne. I then fussy cut the typewriter. I added some tombow brush markers to give it some detail and shadow. The sentiment was also typed on the computer with the same font as the top. After cutting the strip, I tore the ends. I added some vintage photo distressing around the outside edges of the background and also all over the sentiment. May arts ribbon burlap twine and enamel dots from Gina Marie Designs finish it off!





Saturday, June 1, 2024

Welcome to June and Sketch 46!

 Wow! We are already in June! How did that happen!?!? Well here in Florida its difficult to think about winter and Christmas when the temp is 100 outside!! But at BYSHC it's always Christmas!


This month's sponsor is Lawn Fawn! I have been trying to use the sponsored product on the sponsored month! This cute Santa scene is all from the kit called Ho-Ho-Holidays and the matching die set. I stamped and cut out all the pieces, then colored. I used some alcohol markers and a white gel pen. The paper is from a recently acquired pad ffrom PhotoPlay called It's a Wonderful Christmas. The blue looked like the night sky to me! Santa is backed with a circle of vellum. The sentiment was stamped with versamark embossing ink and then embossed with gina k designs white embossing powder. The circle and banner were cut using dies from Unity Stamp Co.


Have your entries posted on the BYSHC Facebook page before the end of the month for your chance to win a Lawn Fawn $25 Gift Certificate!!!




Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #224

 Wednesday's are my current favorite day because I have the day off of my part-time job and my family is out of the house, leaving me to craft, craft, craft!



The latest challenge at Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws is #224, which is a color challenge!
I am trying to build my NND stamps and found these two sets on eBay! Peony Blooms (cir 2018) and Simply Sentimental (cir 2014)! Both of which are no longer available! :(

 I started with my background! One of my favorite techniques is ink smooshing! Yes, that's exactly what it is!! I took colors of distress inks that matched the color challenge (worn lipstick, scattered straw and shabby shutters) and added them, individually, to an acetate sheet and added some water. I then gently tapped the color around my white cardstock until I was satisfied with the coverage. I did this with all three colors. *TIP* be sure to completely dry each color before adding another! The colors tend to blend too much if still wet. Next I die cut with the largest scalloped and rectangle nesting die from Unity Stamp Co. This is where I should have thought this through first! LOL I then took a piece of white cardstock and die cut it with a background die plate from My Creative Time called zig zag background die (which also appears to be no longer available). I separated the little pieces that made up the pattern and then realized that the border was the exact same size as my scalloped panel....I tried to line up the die cut panel with the scalloped die to get the scallops to match, but alas it wasn't exactly correct! Oh well!!  I attached the die cut zig zag panel with a zig 2 way glue pen. 


Next I stamped the peonys onto white cardstock with VersaFine Clair in nocturne. Colored with watered down versions of these distress inks and watercolored to match! While most of Newton's Nook stamps have matching die sets....this one did not come from eBay with one! :/ So fussy cutting it is!! After I cut them up I arranged them where I thought they would look best. The sentiment panel was also stamped onto white cardstock with VersaFine Clair in nocturne and then die cut with a banner die from Unity Stamp Co.  I attached the flowers and sentiment using Tombow Mono Liquid Glue to be sure it was stuck in all the little spaces between the zig zags. The last flower I added with some foam tape. I then added some clear dew drops and onto the cardbase it went!

Inspiration for this card was found on Pinterest and an old blog post from 2018 from a former DT member Naki Rager.

Two Challenges in ONE!

I love when I am able to combine two "challenges" into one card! More bang for the buck! :) Today is Wednesday, which means it'...