[1.31.2016] Assemble This! Sketch No. 1

Assemble This! Sketch No. 1

Hi!  So, I’m kinda excited about something.  For my long time visitors, do you remember Wanna Sketch?  It has been on hiatus for quite a while… a year to be exact.  Well, I’m ready to play with sketches again!!!  They have been kinda absent from my crafty process this last year and I’ve come to realize how much I miss them and really love that part of my creative process.  So, I’m bringing them back, in a different way.

I’d like to introduce you to Assemble This! Sketch!  I’m going to combine my two faves, a sketch and a quickie video.  You get to see how my sketch came to life in a super quick and simple way.

I used to run a challenge with Wanna Sketch… Assemble This! Sketch is going to be a little different.  I’m just going to share the sketch and video for your inspiration only.  I’d LOVE for you to let me know if you create something, I’ll definitely come take a peek.  But, I won’t have a link up or a set schedule.  THIS IS FOR FUN ONLY… for you and for me!!!  That makes me super happy.  The pressure is too much for my little heart.  Fun is so much better.

So, are you ready to see the first Assemble This! Sketch.

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Clean and simple (CAS)!  I’m going back to my roots baby.  You are welcome to start here and go crazy.  It is just a starting point.  You may end up with a completely different card from the sketch or something exactly like it… both are absolutely WONDERFUL!  It makes my heart happy to see what you create, it means you were inspired and went where your heart took you.  Let’s see where my heart took me.

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I’m using this beautiful new stamp set from Unity Stamp Co. — Travel Wagon.  I’ve stamped it on watercolor paper and then colored with standard watercolor paints.  Once it was dry, I added a bit of sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen.

I die cut the tag shape, popped it up over a little paper doily and added a few little cute embellishments to finish it all off.  Super duper sweet and girlie.  Who says being brave means you can’t be pretty while you do it!

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Ready to see this sketch in action.  Here is the Assemble This! video, you can also watch it on YouTube HERE as well.  I’m keeping them short and sweet and under 2 minutes.  No jibber jabber, just creativity in action.  Hope you enjoy.

If you are interested in watching me watercolor, this is my process on how I colored the stamped image as well. It is much longer, but coloring takes a long time and it is hard to edit down.  You can also watch it on YouTube HERE as well.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll be inspired to Assemble This Sketch too!  My goal is to have at least one a month or more.  Hope you’ll subscribe to my blog or my Facebook or my YouTube challenge for updates (see my sidebar to sign up).  That would be amazing!!!

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[1.21.2016] Unity Thursday

Unity Thursday

Time for some more THURSDAY fun with the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.

Did you see all the amazing stamp sets released last weekend???  LOVE them all.  I have one more BIRTHDAY card to share today.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this new kit by Joslyn.

Another Year Older

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And, I couldn’t wait to play with these beautiful stamps again.  I have two more cards to share with you from the Start Again – January 2016 Kit of the Month.

Start Again

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Black ink, beautiful Unity stamps, ombre patterned paper and you have two easy, lovely cards.

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[1.7.16] Unity Thursday

Unity Thursday

Hello 2016… It is our first THURSDAY hop of the NEW YEAR with the Unity design team.  So excited to start the new year with all of you.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.

We are cleaning out at Unity, it is a great time to add to your new year stash!

We have a beautiful new sentiment kit for the new year.  A special one for those who may be struggling or fighting.  Because in the end, you are Worth It All.

Worth It All

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This is super simple yet pretty card.  Just layered some pretty paper, stamped that big sentiment and added a bit of color.

Did you see the NEW challenge as well?  This month’s them is pink & red.  I think we can handle that!

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I added a little black and gold as well.  I couldn’t help it.  That big, beautiful sentiment is foiled in gold to make it extra special.

And I have one little card to share from the January 2016 Kit of the Month… it is a stunner of a kit.  I cant’ wait to play around some more with all the fabulous images.

Start Again

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I just adore those darling little flowers and birdies.

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[12.10.2015] Unity Thursday

Unity Thursday

Time for some more THURSDAY fun with the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.  There’s always fun stuff going on.

Did you see Unity’s NEW month long challenge?  We’ve simplified it down to just ONE beautiful theme… FULL of possibilities.  I have two projects to share base on the ANY HOLIDAY challenge for this month.

What perfect timing for this challenge!!!  I don’t know about you, but I’m cranking out some Christmas cards this week!!!  I really need to get them in the mail!  Eeek.

So, I’m using this cutie.

Owl Bundle Up

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Awwww… I just want to squeeze him in his adorable snowflake sweatshirt.  I stamped this little owlie on white cardstock and colored him with Copic markers.  At the end, I added some glitter glue for a little sparkle.

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I turned my video camera on while I colored in case you’d like to watch.

With each new challenge, we also release a new sentiment kit.  This month’s kit is full of love images and sentiments.  Now, it may not be a Christmas holiday, but Valentine’s Day is a HOLIDAY, soooooo… it would qualify for the challenge as well.  Heehee.

Love is Grand

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So romantic…  I went with a vintage, romantic them for these cards.  I was playing around with some leftovers and created a tag to go with my card.  Figuring it could be added to a gift or to the front of an envelope.

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[11.30.2014] Unity Thursday Cyber Monday

Unity Cyber Monday Hop

We have a super SPECIAL hop for today.  In the online world of sales, CYBER MONDAY is the bomb.com and we are doing it Unity style!!!  More great new releases and more great discounts!!!  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog and of course you’ll want to shop at unitystampco.com.

We have 10 new releases created JUST for today and I’m using some of my faves.  I have a SUPER long post today, I hope you’ll hang in till the end.

Everything Stronger

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Flowers, feathers and arrows, oh my.  I just love the combination of images in these stamps.  Beauty and strength all in one… perfect for encouragement and support.  As part of a continuation of my Everything sentiment kit series, the sentiments will interchange with the other kits.  Super fun.  For this one, I stamped the rose/arrow and colored it with Copics.  I stamped a second one, fussy cut the rose and popped it up.  At the end, I added some gold Wink of Stella to accent the sentiment and feathers of the stamped images and then some glossy accents to the rose.  I like sparkly, shiny things.

lil’ smartie pants

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This little smartie pants is just the cutest!!!  He’s perfect for little ones or those who love books.  I made a little lunchbox tag for that would be perfect to congratulate your little birdie on a great job.  He is stamped and colored with Copics as well.  The birdie body is popped up from the base as well.  I haven’t paper pieced and popped in a while.  Gosh, I sure do love fussy cutting.

Holy Cow

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by Heather

Heehee, this is some serious pun fun!  I come from a long line of farmers and this card brought lots of chuckles from my family for my dad’s birthday.  Shhhh, don’t tell anyone but I absolutely forgot to make a card.  Well, not forgot precisely.  I ran out of time and then scrambled to get something made the day of his birthday party.  I needed inspiration fast and I used my amazing DT member’s card for inspiration.  I absolutely LOVE the layout of Heather’s Old Traditions card and I’m so thrilled it all turned out perfectly for my cow card.  I distressed the image and have a quickie video to share how too.

 

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We have a brand new month long Be Inspired Challenge starting today as well.

BIG prizes involved and so easy to play along.  Hope you’ll join us!!!
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[11.19.15] Unity Thursday

It is BROWN THURSDAY

It is the BIGGEST celebration of the year… Brown Thursday with Unity Stamp Co.  Lots of new stamps, the BEST sale ever. and tons of inspiration from the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.

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If you order today, you get these cuties as freebies.  TOTALLY worth it, they are so darling. They deserved to sparkle and shine, so I created some fun little shaker tags.  I’ve been trying out my new FUSE tool.  It is taking some practice.  I did fairly well with these, but noticed I missed a spot and had to go back and reseal.

The images were colored with colored pencils and then sealed in clear shakers.  The goodies include some cardstock hearts and stars, chunky glitter and silver microbeads.  All topped off with a little bow.

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I also have an Assemble This! video as well, so you can see how I used the Fuse tool to create the tags.  I am no expert by any means, but it might help to see my process to improve upon.  They sure are fun.

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[11.10.15] Unity Tuesday

Unity Tuesday

Time for some more TUESDAY fun with the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.  There’s always fun stuff going on.

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This is one of my favorite kit of the month images.  Who doesn’t love a girl with balloons.  I needed a birthday card, so I paired this special release girl with the birthday message from Everything Comes Full Turn.

Lots of pretty things to see, but this is all from me. Thanks for stopping by.

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[11.10.2015] 25 Days of Christmas Tags

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Tracey is hosting the 25 Days of Christmas Tags again this year and I’m lucky to get to play along.  You will definitely want to visit her blog every day all month long.  LOTS of pretty tags, sponsors and prizes!!!  Today is Paper Smooches’ day and I just adore PS Christmas tags, they are always the cutest.

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I started out with a doily as my base, because who wouldn’t want a doily tag?  Then, I layered the circle scene on top with the adorable Paper Smooches Reindeer and the perfect sentiment.  If you look close, it is snowing in the background.  I splattered on some white ink.  And really, that grass is more winter mint than summer green…  so think frosty hills.  Lol.

I had tons of fun making this tag. Everyone loves a handmade tag for their Christmas gift.  I need to do more and the 25 days of Christmas Tags event is the PERFECT inspiration.  I hope you’ll visit Tracey’s Blog everyday.  I know I will be.2015sig
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[10.27.15] Unity Tuesday

Unity Tuesday

Time for some more TUESDAY fun with the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.  There’s always fun stuff going on.

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Lots of great stamps sets were put to good use for these cards.  One kit of the month and three sentiment kits.  I have them linked below.  The images are perfect for a quick card or for a whole lotta cards.  I used two different watercolor techniques (THIS one and THIS one) for the backgrounds.

Can you believe this??? I mass produced these cards… I do not mass produce cards.  Not 100% sure why, but I tend to get annoyed by the end of it.  I just feel like the stack will never end and the fun gets sucked out of the process.  BUT, I will tell you this… I had fun making this set of 30-ish cards. The watercolor techniques made it super simple and I was able to use up a ton of 6×6 papers.  Yay.  PLUS, I used my new tool… the MISTI.  It really does help with mass production by perfectly placing your stamps repeatedly in the same place.  I’m also loving it for single cards as well.  It is more reliable than my Stamp-a-ma-jig and repeat stamping is always perfect.  It is a pricey tool and honestly not absolutely necessary.  I got away with my Stamp-a-ma-jig for years.  But if you can splurge, I feel it is worth it.

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[10.25.15] paper smooches SPARKS challenge

Paper Smooches SPARKS

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Oh my, it is so hard to say goodbye.  It was a dream to be apart of the SPARKS challenge team from Paper Smooches the first time in 2012 and THEN to come back to play again earlier this year was amazing.  Paper Smooches has and will always hold a special place in my heart because of the SWEETEST owner and design team coordinator.  I can’t thank Kim and Savannah enough for making this team so much fun!  So today, for our last ANYTHING goes challenge, I’m saying THANK YOU.

Anything Goes PSS

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A great big THANKS to Paper Smooches and to all the players of the Spark Challenge.  I’ve so enjoyed playing along and visiting our players blogs.  I will miss you all.  Luckily, there will be a new challenge starting in November on the main Paper Smooches blog — http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/

Link up your project at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, 11:59pm PST.

Check out the other girls sharing their SPARKS cards this week.
Audrey
Lisa
Erin
Heather
Savannah

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