Another winner !

As promised I have chosen a winner from my followers for some Unity stamps that I have duplicates of.  I used a random number generator and it picked the number 2.


So the second person to follow my blog is…

Alicia O’Bryant !

Congratulations and your prize will be coming soon in the mail.

Thank you to all of my followers I will be posting new projects this weekend.




Winners from my GIU week.

I want to thank all of those who left comments during my GIU posts last week.  It was very moral boosting and humbling and makes me excited to keep creating.  I want to thank Unity Stamp Company for letting me be a GIU gal and for providing these great prizes. I used a random number generator to pick a day and then again to pick a number from those days comments to pick a winner.  I repeated the process for the second winner.

And the winners are…


I guess F was a lucky letter to have for your name.  I have emailed the winners so look for my email.  If you don’t receive it, please contact me on this blog so I can be sure to get your address to pass along to Unity.

Tomorrow I will be picking a winner from all my followers to win some of my extra Unity stamps and I might even pick two since I have even more duplicates now that my grab bag arrived with some in it.  It isn’t too late to follow me to be entered in that drawing.  Good Luck.

GIU Day 5 – Anything but cards

Well we are at the end of my time as a GIU girl and I have to say that all of your wonderful comments are certainly a boost to my spirits and my mojo.  Remember that I will be randomly picking two winners on Sunday out of all the comments for a grab bag of 25 Unity Stamps.  I will also pick one winner from those following my blog for two of my extra Unity stamps.

When planning my themes for each day of my week, I knew that I wanted to do a day of crafts and not cards with the stamps.  What a coincidence when the current challenge on Unity {show and tell} was pretty much the same thing. After pinning all these great ideas on Pinterest and I decided to try some of them. The first is transferring stamped images to candles. Splitcoaststampers has great instructions on doing this here. The candle below is made for my brother.  He suffered four years with Chronic Pancreatitis before having it removed over a year ago.  They separated his Islet cells (the ones that produce insulin) and transplanted those into into his liver where they produce insulin.  The miracles of modern medicine are incredible. The color they use for Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer is Purple, so I used a Distress Oxide in purple. The stamp sets used were Worth it All and Pain and Strength I used an electronic candle that is made with wax.  The picture on the right shows it in the dark.



Next I stamped and heat embossed on an empty dressing jar.  I chose this jar because it had flattened sides.  I wiped it down with alcohol and then used an embossing buddy before stamping with Versamark.  I didn’t put the stamp on block but instead put the jar on its side and carefully laid the stamp on it pressing all over with my fingers to make sure it stamped on the slightly rounded edges.  I ended up wiping it off twice because it didn’t stamp or accept the embossing powder well.  The third time was a charm and I could go ahead and apply the heat.  Glass does take a lot longer than paper to get hot enough to melt the embossing powder.  This stamp called bubbles {fashionista}was perfect since I filled it with homemade bath salts. A really cute, but inexpensive gift idea.


I like seeing the glass blocks that people decorate and had an idea that I thought could work.  I started by putting a liberal amount of alcohol blending solution on one side of the glass block and adding a couple of colors of alcohol ink all over it.  I tried tipping it around to get them to move, but ended up using my gloved fingers to blend them together.  After it dried I stamped big snowflakes from the October 2017 KOM called Conspiracy of Love and the little snowflakes from a set called A Joyous Season with Versamark and then covered them with silver embossing powder.  I will tell you right now that the embossing works, but it took about 15 minutes of the heat gun on high and constantly moving around the surface to get the glass finally hot enough to melt the powder.  It probably didn’t help that my craft room was a little chilly, so the glass was cold.  Next time I might put it in front of the heater for a little while before stamping and embossing. I put miniature lights on the inside, but couldn’t get a good picture with them on, so here is one without the lights on.


Here is what happens when you hit the tip of your heat gun on the melted powder.  I turned this side to the wall, but might try to cover it with some sort of tag.



Finally I did another hot pad, using a 6 x 6 tumbled tile, but did a slightly different method.  I stamped images from the set called Winter Blessings (I just love this set) in brown Stazon ink and the sentiment in green Stazon.  I then used a brush and green alcohol ink to apply the green to the needles.  By leaving the tile plain instead of using a background of alcohol ink, it was easier to paint the needles on and they didn’t run. I tried doing it the other way and it didn’t work out.  The great thing about alcohol inks is that if it didn’t work out on the tile, you can just wipe it all off with rubbing alcohol. I will probably heat set it in the oven before using it and putting the cork on the bottom.


I have had a blast being a Gui girl and look forward to the creations others make in the coming weeks – Denise

GIU – Day 4 Out of my comfort zone

The week is just flying by and I really appreciate all the comments.  Remember to comment everyday to increase your chances at winning one of two Unity Grab Bags of 25 stamps.  I will randomly choose the winners out of all the comments for the week on Sunday.  I will also choose an additional winner from anyone who follows my blog and send them a couple of my extra Unity stamps.

Part of my journey in starting this blog is to stretch my creativity.  I truly have an accounting mind and like thing to line up and be neat (although looking at my craft room and office, you might not believe that). Today I am trying to do styles that are not my usual.  I even joined the SMAK membership at Unity for the next few months to see if I enjoy doing that style too.

I started small by doing a simple tag . The stamps are from the set Let Go and Focus which I stamped with Versafine and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then used a blending tool to rub on Distress Oxide inks in Abandoned Coral, Broken China, and Vintage Photo. I sprinkled some water on it and then blotted it off.


Another thing I don’t do a lot of is glitter.  I had just received my November KOM called Better With Age and it had this background image in it.  I decided to glitter it up a lot.  After stamping in Versafine and heat embossing with clear embossing powder, I colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers.  Heat embossing helps keep the colors from bleeding into one another.  I then took out some Stickles glitter glue which I have had so long, I was afraid they wouldn’t still be good.  I put different colors on a lot of the cake decorations and also on all the flames and hearts.  I pulled rhinestones out of my stash that just sat there and put them everyplace there was a little circle.  Anything that was left was was coated in Wink of Stella.  After I stamped the sentiment, I pulled it across Versamark and then coated it with clear chunky embossing powder to heat emboss it.  Matting it with red glitter paper put even more sparkle on it.  This was fun and I think there a couple of people on my list who might enjoy it, but I will probably still shy away from it.


Thurs_sparkly_closeupA closer look at the sparkle.

I added some random texture to this card by smooshing some Distress Oxide ink in Abandoned Coral on my craft mat and then mixing Texture Paste with it. I applied that through a stencil to the corner of my cardstock.  After it dried, I stamped the image and sentiment from Love That Face and heat embossed them.  They have a vintage feel, which I do love, but adding the texture paste is something I have only done one other time.  It really adds something, so I will have to keep it mind to do again.  I then blended Distress ink in Abandoned Coral, Stormy Sky, and Vintage Photo randomly across the card.Thurs_womanThurs_woman_closeupHere you can see the texture.

Finally a card that is a lot more messy that I would normally do, but it did turn out pretty well.  I started by stamping the lights from the set See the Light in Versamark black ink.  I then stamped the messy writing that came as part of the November SMAK set called Feel and Give Love in different places on the card keeping away from the lights. I heat embossed all of it.  Next I sponged on Distress Oxide in Fossilized Amber around the lights and Broken China everyplace else.  I sprinkled it with water and blotted that off.  I then took Distress Spray in Picket Fence and spattered it over everything.  I did the same thing for the sentiment on a different piece of cardstock and tore around it before coloring it.  I popped it up on foam tape to stand out. On the inside I used two more stamps from the same SMAK kit but only colored the lights and around the edges.  Messy, but kind of cool.


Inside the same card.


Please join me tomorrow for my last day as a GUI girl when I do projects other than cards. – Denise

GIU Day 3 Using one KOM

Remember to comment to have a chance to win one of two Unity grab bags that have 25 stamps each.  Also follow my blog for a chance to win a couple of my extra Unity stamps.

Unity has four different memberships that you can join if you want to get some great new stamps automatically every month.  I joined the Kit of the Month (KOM) last year and really look forward to that package arriving just after the first of the month.  For today I challenged myself to use all of the stamps from a kit that I hadn’t had a chance to use at all.  All the projects today were made using the March 2017 KOM called Pretty Darn Amazing.

Pretty Darn Amazing {kom 3/17}See how many images and sentiments there are.

The idea for this card came from one I saw on the Facebook group Unity {show & tell} that had smoke inked across the top since this figure doesn’t have a top.  I liked that idea and took it just a little further by pulling a cotton ball out and then spraying it with Distress Spray in, appropriately enough, Black Soot.  I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir markers and went around the edge of the card with the blue marker. The patterned paper is from Basic Grey called PB&J.


A close up of the “smoke”

I have done more fussy cutting since I started using Unity stamps than I care to remember.  Some people love fussy cutting, but I am more neutral about actually doing it.  I decided to use my Cricut Explore to do the cutting for me.  There is a great tutorial on the Cricut website (found here ) and also Crafts by Two (found here ) on how to make a cut file for a stamped image.  After playing a little with the size and cutting it out on white cardstock on the Explore, I stamped the image  for this frame using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up on the cut out.  It worked out really well, since I would not have taken the time to do this fine of a fussy cut.  I used Spectrum Noir markers to color it and put a piece of shiny foil cardstock behind the frame to look like a mirror.  You can actually see yourself in it.


I experimented with alcohol inks on a 6 x 6 tumbled tile from a clearance pack I picked up at Lowe’s.  After it dried I stamped it with Staz-on ink and put cork on the back to use as a hot pad.


These tags were made by experimenting with Distress Oxide Ink and putting washi tape at the bottom. I will attach them to homemade goodies at Christmas time.


This card features a paper piecing technique for the heart on the sewing machine.  The paper s from a pack by Carta Bella called Sew Lovely.  It’s like it was made for this stamp kit.


The next two cards use paper from a 6 x 6 pad called Sweater Weather by DCWV. The coloring was done by Spectrum Noir markers. I used some Nesting dies to cut out the mats.


The paper on the inside is part of the paper pad, but looks a lot like it could be a Unity stamp, especially with the heart.


I will admit that there were two sentiments in the kit that I didn’t use, but I did come close to my goal.  – Denise