Friday, November 28, 2014

Friends With Flair Link Up!

Hello all! Rachel here setting up the Friends with Flair linky party for you all today! I'm currently typing this while in a slight food coma, so please excuse any mistake ;) 

I hope all of our American friends had a fabulous and stress free Thanksgiving! Now it's time to start thinking about the Holiday season... it sneaks up so quickly doesn't it?! Today I'm sharing a little treat box I created...


I decorated the front of this little treat box using the 'Break Out the Ugly Sweaters' mini kit. These sweaters are such fun to color and flair up! I added mini red rhinestones to the ornaments on the tree. 


Now it's your turn to link up any project you created this week using Unity Stamp products!! Can't wait to see what you've been busy with :)

here's how you can win…
--Link up through Midnight CST tonight--
There will be TWO PRIZES to be given away by random selection
to the person who:
1. submits a project by linking below
2. leaves a comment on the links below
--PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY--




Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Hop!!!


Happy TURKEY DAY to everyone!!!  Take time to enjoy and celebrate your family, friends, and (hopefully) great food.  When you get a chance, take a peek at our blog hop.  It is pretty awesome.  :)  
 

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway.  Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Monday night on the Unity blog.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Inspiration Wednesday...World of Christmas!


Hello Unity friends...Karen here!
It's Inspiration Wednesday, and I am sharing a vintage Christmas card with you today!

Using this World of Christmas kit brought to us by Susan Weckesser!
I was immediately drawn to the sweet angel image, and thought I needed
to color her with my watercolor pencils!


So, I went searching on Pinterest and blogs that I love to frequent 
for some inspiration to help me create a vintage-style card!


My inspiration board photo credits -


I wanted to keep the tenderness of the sweet angel image, so I chose these subtle 
yet rich colors in the gorgeous dried hydrangeas, and angel images.
I colored the tag in various Derwent Inktense watersoluble ink pencils & 
Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle watercolor pencils to create a soft texture.
The angel's wings and the outer edges of the hydrangeas were also 
watercolored in gold that actually shimmers...love!!

The background paper is a print-out of a Christmas music sheet,
 "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" so as to keep with the Christmas spirit of this Unity stamp set!
The edges of the music sheet paper have been distressed with Ranger distress inks.

Then, I made a few little hydrangea flowers, with pearl centers.  I spritzed them
with some water and gently dried them with my heat gun so they would mimic dried hydrangeas!
Lastly, I added some rhinestone swirls beneath the flowers for a touch more sparkle...


Now, before I close...
 I wanted to share this chalkboard printable I found on Pinterest!

The quote comes from a favorite holiday movie I love to watch
during the Christmas season..."It's a Wonderful Life"!
Do you have a favorite?


photo credit - House of Hawthornes

Have a beautiful day!



Growing in Unity Wednesday

This week Sarah is up sharing her Unity creations!

Meet Sarah:

Here is a little something about Sarah:

"Hello my crafty friends!  I am delighted to be with you all today.  A little bit about me... I am from the great state of Minnesota and I adore crafting!  I haven't always been a crafter... in fact I used to make fun of my sister years ago when rubber stamping had just become popular... who knew I'd fall in love with stamps and paper... and more stamps!  In fact I rarely meet a stamp I don't love.  Aside from crafting I love with spending time with my fabulous hubby and we enjoy spending time with family and friends.  I also love sports especially college hockey and a good road trip to some place super fun. "

Check out this great card Sarah made:


Be sure to swing on by Sarah's blog each day this week for inspiration and your chance to win 2 itty bitty's!  

Have a great week!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DT Tuesday with Andrea



Andrea here today on DT Tuesday
I was inspired to play with something Christmasy!
Out came 'Naughty or Nice' and a previous KOTM- 'Happy, Thankful & Blessed'



I stamped the 2 snowflakes from the KOTM with white craft ink on kraft paper
I then embossed my Santa with fine detail black embossing powder
I used detail powder as it tends to keep all the small parts of the image defined and not melted together which can happen with regular embossing powder.
I used my distress markers to just add a bit of colour to make his suit pop!
Plus I couldn't resist adding a bit of colour to his cheeks- they have to be rosy!

I also wanted to share this photo from over on our Unity Show & Tell page
Teresa made 40 of these!!!
I thought a kudos was well deserved here
and they are so freaking adorable!!


Now even though this post was focused on Christmas I want to bring it around to be thankful
I hope my American friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend
Surrounded by love and laughter!
Here is a To Do list to help you out these next few days...


Happy Crafting!


Monday, November 24, 2014

WINNER TIME!!!

Happy Monday!

I know you're excited to see ALL of our HOP, Fun Friday,
and FWF winners from last week.

First up we'll give you the HOP winners from last Thursday.

From Stephanie's blog:
Immi said...

Great cards from these new stamps!
November 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM

From Swarup's blog:
StampinLouie said...

I love the sentiments and your watercoloring.  It is beautiful!
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Congrats Imma and StampinLouie!

Now for the Fun Friday winners from all of you who liked, commented on,
or shared our Facebook posts from last Friday (20 every week!!!).

Denise Chapel
Mina Roque
Betty Dendinger
Denise Mahoney
Natalie Wisdahl
Donna Meeds
Susie Lewis Gerdes
Lora Feibel Dalton
Sharon M. McClard
Kris Knapp
Kathy Shaull
Kim Mcnatt
Janet Fisher Cobb
Diana Soling
Tricia Brewer
Maggy Everett
Holly Aragon
Candace Ishmael
Judy Reynolds
Aurora Loaiza

We so appreciate your continued friendship.


Now on to Friends with Flair. We had 29 beautiful entries.
Just want you all to know that even though we can only post one
winner here, each and every entry is a winner in our book.

The project winner is Katherine Elliot


The commenting winner is Nancy Carroll

On Terri's blog

She said...

Love Shaker cards!!

So all of you Fun Friday winners,
 Immi, StampinLouie, Katherine, and Nancy
need to do the following to claim your prize.

PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO:
Include your Full Name and Address.
Also mention you won a
"HOP, Fun Friday, or FWF Prize".

{please claim your prize within 2 weeks}


KOM Monday - Tips for Heat Embossing

Hello, it's Rachel joining you all on this wonderful Monday afternoon! My favorite holiday is only 3 days away! And that  means it's time to start working on those holiday cards...

Today I'm playing with the October Kit of the Month (which is on sale right now!) and heat embossing.


I love this beautiful cardinal stamp. To create this card, I first stamped the entire image in brown ink and colored it with Copic markers. To highlight the cardinal, I stamped him again on vellum and heat embossed with red glitter embossing powder. I fussy cut just the cardinal (no branches) and colored on the BACK of the vellum with my Copics again.


Then I gently adhered the finished vellum cardinal on top of the stamp on my card. Embossing on vellum is such an easy way to add some UMPH to your card.  The sentiment was heat embossed in gold. 


My last card also uses the October Kit of the Month. I stamped the owl in black, heat embossed the sentiment in gold, and then used my Versamarker to color some hearts and heat emboss those hearts in glitter red powder. 


Here are some tips for achieving a clean heat emboss - (1) Always use a de-static bag to prep your paper! I use an 'embossing buddy', but you can also use a powder tool (which is just baby powder) or even a dryer sheet. (2) Make sure any inking or coloring around the sentiment is dry (or else the powder will latch on). (3) Once you've stamped and added the powder, use a small dry paintbrush to brush away any stray powder that's left on your card. (4) Finally, I always like to start my heat emboss process with the heat gun BEHIND the paper. Then once it starts to melt slightly, I bring the heat tool to the front to finish it off. This helps to stop any powder from blowing off your card before it's melted.



Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!


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