Friday, April 24, 2015

forever thankful for YOU

boy I haven't gotten to play with Unity's Friends with Flair for some time
just been busy busy busy
but today I didn't go to work, so I made time to play
and relax. I really needed this mental health day!

First I created the Blue & Green Background using Gelatos.
Next I used Donna Downey's bloom group stencil with a baby wipe to remove
the Gelatos in the flower areas.
I applied two Purple Gelatos using a stipple brush and mixed Brown with Dark Green for the stem which I also stippled on.
Using Unity Stamp Company's Thankful for You, I stamped just the sentiment
with StazOn in Timber Brown.
Last I used Unity Stamp Company's Direction of Happiness with Golden
Titanium White for the three little butterflies.

Monday, April 20, 2015

GIU Winners!

oh yah, it's that time again...
time for WINNERS!
Checkers (my helper with the keyboard)



Bonus Winner
I picked this person from all those who comment on every day of my GIU week & MariLynn will get a gift from my personal stash!

Please send me your full name & snail mail info to: ScrapAddictsAttic at gmail dot com
we have 2 weeks to get it turned in, so chop chop!

Friday, April 17, 2015

GIU 2015 - Day 5

Thank you all for joining me this week!
I truly enjoy using Unity Stamps,
they are one of my go-to suppliers.

For my finale, I created a 12x12 Canvas
that started out as a gift for a friend
but ended up completely different from where I started.
It started out being a riot of flowers in all shades of purples, lilacs & white with a bold blue background, but it completely sucked so I removed all traces of the Gelatos & started over with fresh gesso.

But now, well now 
I'm in love with it!

As soon as the gesso dried, I used this amazing 12x12 stencil & sprayed it with a mixture of
half & half of Airbrush Medium & Carbon Black.
Once that dried completely, I started layering on the following mixed about half & half with Glaze;
(all paint is from Golden)
Teal, Sap Green Hue, Green Gold, and Quinacridone/Nickel Azo gold.
Again I waited for all those layers to completely dry before adding Ultramarine Blue which was about 1/4 paint with 3/4 Glaze (it dried to this awesome glossy gel texture)
Using Unity Stamp Company's Wild Poppy Silhouette which I stamped in a mixture of 
arbon Black & Titanium White to create a gray.
With an UmWow Studio Diamond mask, I applied Super Heavy Gesso that once dried I coated with Faber-Castell's Glass Bead Giltter Gel.
I applied the Sap Green Hue onto Unity Stamp Company's Beautiful Elements &
stamped in the bottom right corner.
I splattered Naphthol Red Light onto the Poppies.
Then I hung it on my painting room wall!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GIU 2015 - Day 4

This combo seem so very appropriate since Mountain Plains Crafters because the great group of girlfriends that we are due to Unity Stamp Company's facebook page!
One of our founders, Pam, thought we should have a Spring Theme Appreciation challenge
and to say who we are going to mail them to this week.
Well I'm not gonna mail mine!
Instead I'm going to drive 2 hours to hand deliver it to one of my best friends in the whole world
yah, you know who you are ;-)

Background random stamp & sentiment
Unity Stamp Company's SMAK January 2015 (ourselves)
Butterfly stamp is Unity Stamp Company's SMAK February 2015 (life is what you make it)
All ink is from CloseToMyHeart
Ribbon is May Arts

and this sentiment is so true as we call each other our sisters
even while in the hospital

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

GIU 2015 - Day 3

I just love being the Growing In Unity Gal for a week!
Thanks for having me :-)

A few weeks ago one of my nieces got married (second marriage for her and she has 4 kiddos). No, I did not take a wedding card with me we were doing good to just get to the wedding before the bride, although she was 20 minutes late, so we probably would have beaten her anyway.

I took a few pictures during the reception after I  found out her photographer couldn't be there so I made the hubby run out to the car & grab the camera for me. 

We've decided to frame the best shot I got during the reception.
I think they are just adorable!

I used her wedding colors to create this card for her
 I used three different Unity Stamp to create it.
The background is stamps using SMAK January 2015 (ourselves)
then I applied Gelatos
Next I stamped the dress & leaves from Chic Fabulous
and fussy cut it all out, applied UTEE on the dressform
added a bit of tulle for the skirt, flowers & sequins for bling
I found the green heart button & sheer flower in an old Making Memories jar
and tied on a bit of thick yellow string
last I added the Sentiment, a part of the Donna Downey Empowered Words set

Here's a few more shots of the card

Now remember that two lucky commenters will receive 25 random Unity Stamps directly from the company! 

 actually this is the best shot of the entire day
don't ask, I try to not guess what they are thinking

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GIU 2015 - Day 2

As elaborate as my creation yesterday was
today's is that simple.

You see... my younger son is going to Italy for the
World TaeKwon-Do Championships
and that means fund raising, lots & lots of fund raising.
So I've been making lots & lots of Thank You cards

I decided early on to keep them fairly simple
just for the sake of my time and my sanity. lol

Of course, the stamps are from Unity Stamp Company
Papers from Fancy Pants & Birds on a Wire is a die

Monday, April 13, 2015

GIU 2015 - Day 1

Welcome to my week as the Growing In Unity Gal!
I am so excited so let's get started with something beautiful that I made yesterday (Sunday)
I started off with this fantastic printed (French, I think) tissue paper from Hobby Lobby
it's Gift Tissue so it's in the wrapping section
I topped the tissue with Matte Medium then stamped
After I added it to the blank tag, then I applied Modeling Paste to an UmWow Stencil
Diamonds and the Cicada
I applied Golden Napthol Red Light, Wuinacridone Red & Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold mixed with Acrylic Glazing then wiped off after about a minute each before applying the next color & wiping
Last I stamped the sentiment