Growing in Unity Blog Hop October 2018

headerThe Growing in Unity artists from July and August are have a blog hop.  These are so fun and all of the artists are great so I hope you hop along and comment on all of the blogs.

I haven’t had the time I want in my craft room, but I did get a chance to do a few cards for the blog.  The first is Maple Girl.  I was inspired by another GIU post this year to use her since I hadn’t inked her up before.  She is one of the smaller Angie girls which allowed me to use several papers from the Ki Memories paper pack called Autumn Flowers.  I used some oval nesting dies to cut the background papers and the sentiment mat.  I colored her with colored pencils and Gamsol.  Some twine wrapped around it gave it something extra.


The next cards are exciting for me because I was able to use one of the new cut files offered by Unity Stamp Company.  They have a new stamp called Ember Girl and it has a matching cut file.  Ember girl was originally in the October 2017 Kit of the Month (Conspiracy of Love) which I do have.  I purchased the cut file (which is an svg file) and imported it into Design Space to work with my Cricut Explore.  The file was meant to work with the new stamp which is smaller than the original in the KOM.  I played with resizing the image until I had a cut I felt was close enough to work with the stamp.  Below is how it looks on my computer mat as well as two of the sizes.  There isn’t  much of a difference and I could probably have gone even smaller to get those lines right at the edge, but I am OK with a little white around the edges since it saves all of that fussy cutting.  The final size was 5.3 inches high for the girl and 1.5 inches high for the sentiment.  Make sure that the size ratio is locked when setting the height.  I also ungrouped the two images before sizing them.


size comp


Here is my first card using colored pencils with her.


The papers I used were Photo Play’s Dear Santa. I put a clip to hold the papers and splattered White Picket Fence Distress stain on the red paper before adding the rest.

Next I did a cut with gold velum on my Circut.  That is part of the reason I love the new cut file.  Fussy cutting velum is not always the easiest.  This cut was so smooth. I stamped with Versafine Black and used clear embossing powder on it then mounted it on paper from DCWV (Very Merry 6 x 6).  I put a gold mat behind it and used a kraft card base.


Whitney had a video to show how you put the paper on top of the stamp when using these cuts.  Here is a picture of how I did it.  I put a little repositionable tape on the back of the cut before placing it on the stamp.  I then closed my case and it stuck to the other side allowing me to ink up the stamp and close the case to stamp the cut.  I do not own a Misti, but have been using a clear jewel (DVD) case.  These are the ones that do not have a hub in the middle.  I bought 10 of these for a good price probably about four years ago and still have some I haven’t used yet.  Unless you have something large, they work great until I decide to spend the money for a Misti.


Next up is Sue.  Here is the complete hop list in case you get lost or need to start at the beginning.

1. Jennifer Mitten

2. Jeanie Marie Hays

3. Denise Sayers     {{You are here}}

4. Sue Nagata     ⇐⇐⇐{{Go here next}}

5. Aimee Phillips

6.Helen SMit

8. Teresa Godines

Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win one of two Unity prizes.  Thanks for visiting – Denise

51 thoughts on “Growing in Unity Blog Hop October 2018

  1. GORGEOUS cards! Your coloring of the girls is so fantastic! I also really love the beautiful backgrounds, pattern paper and layering going on too!


  2. Love your cards! I haven’t ventured into cut files or invested in the electronics that to the work for me YET…but it’s on my list! I think your “alternative” to the Misti is genius!


  3. Thanks, for the inspiration! I have a love/hate relationship with my scan n cut. I think I’m going to have to try the cut files and see how it goes!


    • Donna, I don’t know if you saw the notice from Unity, but you were one of the winners from this blog. Here is the announcement on how to claim your prize.
      Thank you again for your comment.

      CONGRATULATIONS to our latest winners from the GIU hop!!!!

      From Jeanie’s Blog:
      Jane Booth October 16, 2018 at 6:48 PM
      This is wonderful! I’m in the process of working on a card with this same stamp…hope you don’t mind if I case yours!

      From Denise’s Blog:
      Donna Rakestraw October 14, 2018 at 10:27 pm
      Fabulous cards. I’m a big fan of Angie girls.

      Please email with your mailing address and include in the subject line Winner of GIU Hop”. Prize needs to be claimed within 2 weeks. THANK you to all who hopped with our girls!!! They did such a great job and lots of inspiration.


  4. Wonderful cards. 😊❤ Nice to see how you demonstrated how to use the cut files for those who have fancy machines. Maybe one day. Lol 😀


  5. These are wonderful. I am not going to be able to get cut files, but I can cut a picture as I have a scan n cut so I am okay I love having pictures cut and able to add them to backgrounds like you have


    • Thanks Patricia. Reading other comments about the cut files, I think you can use them on the Scan N Cut, but that is not a machine I use, so I don’t know how to do it. The others say that sometimes those extra dots around the image confuse the Scan n Cut and that is why the cut files work well.


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