Saturday, March 21, 2020

Covid 19,

Today, I sat in my craft room trying to get things done for all my upcoming blog duties.  It was hard.   All this crazy that is going on in the world is pretty much overwhelming.    My husband is a nurse. and I am a dental assistant still working, my hours have reduced slightly but i'm hanging on.   My mom has been laid off and were all staying in on our days off.   I did get supplies so that we hopefully don't have to leave unless we absolutely have too. 

I am sorry I have not done videos or anything, it's just been a lot lately and I am trying.   I hope you all take this time and slow down enjoy the time with the family go for a walk make homemade meals and treats and try to just breath.

I pray you and yours are safe healthy and peacful,

Dawn

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Friends of Unity March hop, Designers choice!!




   Hello, and welcome to the March Friends of Unity blog hop. This month we have a Designers choice.  YAY!

  My first card, I wanted to do something to show you to not be afraid to add some ink to pattern paper.  Pattern paper is typically thin, and does not take a ton of water well, but you can add some dimension with distress ink.   I did some distress oxide on my glass matt and smooshed then dryed it with the ranger heat tool     If it's wrinkly you can run it through your die cut machine to flatten but I've never had a problem.  When doing this type of stuff less is more.   don't go overboard with thinner papers.  I then added a die cut from simon says stamp, and added a little glitter that is honeycomb shaped to the die cut.  I did a close up so you can see it.  Got it at target so dang cute!
  For this card I used Cuddlebug bee and you can find it here!



  This next card is a newer stamp, I love this style it's easy to color, and it's a really nice size.  I colored it with copic markers for the flowers I did r83 and r85 for the cup  I did y15 and y17  I added washi tape to the background, just to add something to the card.  GET THAT WASHI OUT. and use it.   I splatterd the card in gold.  and added a few sequins.  Easy peasy.  This stamp is called  Fresh Start and can be found HERE!  The gold splatters are done with water I did a super quick video on how to do this on you tube and it can be found HERE!  It's for a different card, but if you've not embossed like this with water it will show you how.   if you look close you'll see it on the black matting.   It's not real easy to see on camera on the white.  But IRL, you can see it.



  For my final card, I used a frame to highlight the image.  I just used a type paper in the background to break up the white and striped paper, sometimes, solid colors are a bit much but white on white was not working, so using a neutral kind of breaks things up.   I again just used copics to color the image.  pattern paper and a gina marie die.   This stamp is called hanging Botanicals and can be found HERE!


  Well, that is all I have for you today.  I hope these simple cards, motivate you to get your stamps out and play. 



If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop go visit the amazing Crystal HERE!

next on the hop is the fabulous Robyn and you can find her HERE!

Friday, March 6, 2020

Birthday card!

I love this image, I am not real good at coloring, but did my best.  I colored this image for the thirty day color challenge.  You can follow it on instagram, great stuff.

Today I took a few minutes to turn it into a card.


Have a great day!

Dawn

Sunday, March 1, 2020

The daily marker 30, day 1

I tend to not be able to stick to things like this because I work longer days, but I am gonna give it a go this time around.   Weekends I have a lot more time to play.  So, I was able to make a card with my coloring for today.   I have A LOT to learn when it comes to coloring.   

I used a unity stamp, and a stencil from Gina Marie designs to make this card.   Tomorrow after work I have company coming but I'm gonna do my best to do a little coloring.  I have about ten images ready to color. So, I have enough to get me through.  I may not be able to get a whole image colored. But Im going to do my best.





Have a great day,

Dawn

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Oh Where is my mojo?

I have a small craft room, (that I am beyond grateful for)  Lately it has been such a mess that it's squashing my mojo.  Have you had that happen?  So, this weekend I worked on one card that I can't show yet and then I worked on cleaning up.    It's getting better I got a nice piece of furniture from pier one on clearance it's a galvanized thing, that has 7 compartments, so that will help store some stuff, It's not fitting well but i'm gonna try to make it work.  (my room is not even a square, it's a small office that is  a bit of a wonky shape.)   Anyway, work week is short this week, so I plan to have some extra time to play.   I hope to get a long weekend of crafting in too.  So, hopefully I'll have some stuff to share soon.    I did get a used Gemini Jr.  I ordered plates and stuff for it today.   It works really well.   Since it's used I am not sure how much more I'll get out of the plates so, I figured I better have a set ready to go.   So far I like it a lot.   really nice.  I messed up the sandwich the first time and ruined the steel plate for intricate dies.  It's now a half circle.  Not sure how I did that but hey at least I did not break the machine. 

Well, I hope you all have a crafty week.   

Dawn

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

I miss your face!

It seems like sometimes all I do is miss people.    Most of my friends are super busy and we rarely spend time together.   I made this for one of those friends.   None of my family live in our state either so I send a lot of cards.   

I like to take pattern paper and use that to match the clothing.    Enjoy!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Spring in February!

I don't know what is happening in your part of the world, but here in southern NJ, it's unseasonable warm.   Today was in the 50's.  This time of year is usually our coldest.   This is when we get a tiny bit of snow (that I love) but, as of now we have seen no snow, and not to many days that it's been freezing.   I bought tons of stuff to make winter cards, but without the cold winter weather I've not been in the mood to use it.   Today was so sunny and nice that I thought I'd do a spring card, with the new stamp set from unity Fresh Start.  I love graciellie design stamps (found at unity) It's on sale now and you can find it HERE!  I am not the best at coloring but I have fun and that is all that matters.   I used an old paper pack and some enamal dots on this quick and easy card.   Hope you get some time to craft this weekend.





Happy Creating,

Dawn

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Unusual day poppy



   I tried another youtube video, They are much harder than they look.  I am not trying to become famous I just want to share what I love and show people how to make neat things.   In this video I showed how to emboss with water,  Real easy quick video you can see it HERE!

I used Tim Holtz, water color paper for the image stamped with versafine clair ink.  Colored with distress ink and water.   The prayer is from SSS and it's called Prayers ssd111976   The stamp is of course Unity and can be found here!

I hope you try this technique,  it is so quick and easy.

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

February, friends of Unity blog hop!



Good Morning Crafty friends, Thank you for joining us for another month of the Friends of Unity blog hop.

Since, it's February I had Pinks on the brain.  For this card I used distress oxide in  Festive berries, worn lipstick and Festive Berries. for the background.   I used a Tim Holtz stencil to give the cross hatch that looks like the kisses.xxx !  The stencil number is THS099   I put down the spun sugar first then went over that with the distress microglaze, I just use my finger.  Then I added the other colors going in that triangle shape adding where I thought it was needed.   I than colored the image with the same colors but used regular distress instead of the oxide.  I added washi and the little sticker for a touch of black.  black is probably not allowed buy I like to rebel so there.  haha  The tiny hearts that are in white are a die called mini hearts set from simon says stamp.   The cute little Cuddlebug is found HERE



I'll be posting a video onto the Unity show and tell page on how I did the background.    I am not 100% sure how to do all this yet but will give it a try.  I was unable to upload it here.  Still trying to figure this all out. Here is the link to the video on how I did this background https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO-kVXztIgI


If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop please visit CRYSTAL!

Next in line is the fabulous  Dawn (not me HAHA) , and you can visit her Here!

Remember to leave a comment as you hop along, some girls do pick random people for small prizes.  We are not sponsored by Unity but approved.  All freebies are from our own pocket unless other wise specified.
Thank you,
DAWN 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dream

I love mixed media, I like ink I like stencils, I don't get to play with that stuff as often as I should.   I need a bigger craft room.   haha (don't we all)

I had some distress oxide sprays on my desk just sprayed some random color on, then went to regular distress ink and added the blue with  Tim stencil.  (all we have to do is say Tim, and we all know who that it is)  Added the wood embellishments and done easy peasy



The image is Unity, and is from a kit of the month. 

Enjoy your day,

Dawn


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Stay warm and Cozy!

Today in my little corner of the world it is 60 degrees outside.  That is very warm for my area.  January and February are usually our coldest months.  They are awfully cold and usually frigid.   I'll take the nice weather and enjoy while I can.    Even though it's super warm, I am in the winter mood.

I took a stamp from Unity (who else) and added it to some carta bella paper and tada.  A quick and simple card. 


The winter colors of this one is a little different than your usually adding in the green, but I really like it.

Colored with copics, enamal dots are gina marie (sorry you can not see them I'm working on that)  The paper is carte bella and the image is unity.  

Enjoy your day,

Dawn

Saturday, January 4, 2020

January 2020 friends of Unity, blog hop.





Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and a great New Years!  I can not believe it's 2020, I hope you all have a creative and productive year.

For our first hop of 2020, We choose to look back at our favorite stamp of 2019.  Uh, how do you choose your favorite stamp, That is like choosing your favorite child.  HAHA

I really enjoy making winter themed cards, Lately I've been buying lots of things to embellish winter cards so I choose this newer stamp pure and simple, you can purchase her HERE!    Hope you enjoy.  

For this background I'm gonna break down how to do it.    When adding the layers of color, leave some white space, for depth.   It gives that cloudy snowy effect.


  You do not need to be perfect here, this is canson water color paper, it's not gonna be smooth, don't worry about that.   Also, these layers are going on dry you will be adding water at the end.


  When adding your hickory smoke go in a triangle adding top side and bottom, you don't need much just a touch for that winter look.  If you don't like the added grey don't add it.  It's totally up to you.

Now, add your broken china to the edge you can be heavy handed with this step, depending on the look you want.  In my final card I went a little heavier.   Just fyi, if you don't have a media Matt I suggest you get one they are fantastic.




Now, don't freak out, just go for it.   You can go more water or less, if it's too soupy just dab off with a paper towel ( I use a cloth that I got at walmart for 98 cents, it's washable and better for the environment it's called a flour sack and is in the area with dish towels)


Okay, so this is a 3d embossing folder by Tim Holtz, run it while still wet, run back and forth about 5 times for better impression.   As per Tim, himself.

  Now, dry with Tim Holtz dryer, or set aside while you color your image.  For my image I used the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor.   They are very pigmented so I dab some onto my matt and add a little water.  I have A LOT to learn when it comes to these.

 Added a sentiment from Elsa girl, she can be found HERE!  A few sequins, and splattered with Pixie dust from ink on 3, Unity does carry it. (it may be sold out so check often)

Here is the final card, it's a fun one.

So, Next on the Hop is Amber, you can find her HERE!  If you would like to start at the beginning go check out  Crystal HERE!

Thanks for Visiting, Winners from last month have been contacted and claimed.  

Have an Amazing day,

Dawn

Covid 19,

Today, I sat in my craft room trying to get things done for all my upcoming blog duties.  It was hard.   All this crazy that is going on in ...