Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Birthday Dragonflies ~ DT Tuesday & Pick Of The Week

Hello, Gaylynn here with Design Team Tuesday.
Today I am sharing a birthday dragonfly card and also lovely creations by Unity friends.

Sentiment:  Happy Birthday.  May this day be magical and full of wonderful things.

This one combines the January 2017 Kit of the Month When You Smile and the Dec. 2016 Sentiment Kit Special Wishes.

Copics were used for the colors and I added chunky star glitter for a magical look.
I made a quick tip video tutorial for this project:

And here is a closer look:

And now onto samples of amazing creations by our Unity friends.
These were posted to the Unity Show and Tell group on Facebook.
We would love to see your Unity creations there.  Just request to join and then enjoy a bundle of inspiration, friendly sharing and challenges.

First up is this winter themed card created by Cindy Gress Messer.  Her stamping on the doily looks lovely.

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And here is a lovely card filled with unique detail by Ginger Pelfrey.

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This mixed media project caught my eye, by Kirsten van Miltenburg-Jonkers.
Good vibes only... love it.

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And finally, I leave you with this:

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Monday, January 23, 2017

KOTM Monday with Karen

Hello Unity friends!  It's Karen here and today I am sharing this sweet little cocoa tag 
that I made using this  month's Unity KOTM, called "When You Smile"!

I love cocoa and marshmellows, so I thought it would might be fun to use of some of my
recent Target findings (paper, gold glitter, and the twine) with the little cocoa mug!

I also added some other elements like paint corrugated paper, pine dies, 
lace, glittery canvas flower, and some ephemera.  It's always fun to grab a bunch of different
types of elements to a project, to see what you come up with at the end!

Since it's Winter-time, I choose to use that beautiful red & black plaid background paper, along
 with the black & white paper (I'm thinking those might be little bits of snowflakes, or so I made them to be).  Felt like a drink I'd love to have while sitting in the cabin with my family, while playing 
some board games, so that's kind of what inspired this little project!

If you haven't signed up for this subscription, but would LOVE to do so, then
just click on the link below to read up on all the details!

It's well worth every penny, and you'll be excited to see what the 
awesome designers come up with each month!  They always amaze me with their designs!!

Have a wonderful week!

Hugs & Smiles,

Sunday, January 22, 2017

SOTW Sunday | Stephanie Gold

Gooooooooood Sunday morning Unity friends! Stephanie Gold here with a Stamp of the Week (SOTW) project inspired by Angela's art journal video the other day.

In her video she was tearing newspaper and distressing her background by ripping it. So I decided to try the same thing, but with a stamped image. First, here is this week's SOTW which I will be using in my project:

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SO sweet, right?! Ok, so here is a distressed tag I made with it:
Do you see the subtle distressing on the butterfly? I created this effect by first painting the butterfly and then when it was almost dry, I lightly erased over it in certain areas to pull up some of the paper. To add to the distressed feel, I used Tim Holtz inks on the tag, doily, and the sentiment strip.
I love how it turned out! Something a little different. :) Alrighty everyone... here is your link to sign up or get more info on the Stamp of the Week if you aren't a member yet! And don't forget to shop Angela's incredible sales!!!! Much love people!

Xo, Stephanie

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

LOL & SMAK Saturday

Happy Saturday!  Maria here today to share with you this month's SMAK AND LOL kits!

Check out how awesome they are:

Here is a card I made using the Layers of Life (LOL) Kit:

Be sure to swing on by Unity Stamp Co to check out all the great monthly/weekly subscriptions available.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Inspiration Wednesday

Hi there Sharon here and I'd like to show you a card inspired by some recent KOTM and SMAK kits. You can really mix and match the kits to go together perfectly.

The trainers and sentiment come from the January KOTM, When You Smile. I coloured the trainers with Copics and then went over the whole of them with vintage photo distress ink for a more distressed look. The sentiment was stamped onto white card and then distress ink all over. I then made a little frame by tearing and distressing a little of the paper I'd used underneath the curls.


The heart comes from the December KOTM {Always Been You} I paper pieced the heart and then used the "cracked glass" effect on it. To do this you need to use ultra thick embossing powder. Heat up 3 layers onto your piece and then put it in the freezer for about 5 mins. Take it out and bend it a little all over, this makes the layers crack and you get a nice destressed effect. 


For the background papers I used a nice sheet of written, distressed paper and distressed it a bit more by curling it up and going over it with distress ink in vintage photo. I added some turquoise paper underneath to show through. I then stamped onto the paper with 2 images ( the newspaper print and the coffee rings) from the November SMAK kit Forget The Past. I stamped randomly in vintage photo ink and then clear embossed to make them stand out. 

So as you can see the different kits really do go well with each other. I hope I've inspired you to get out ALL your kits and have a go. We'd love to see your projects on our Show & Tell Facebook page.

Have a lovely day

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DT Tuesday with Video Tutorials

H-E-LL-O! It's my first blog post of the year on the Unity Stamp Company blog and I wanted to make it count. It’s been around 8 months since I made a video, so I decided to capture three for this post. Yay! Craft-ee video goals! I made one art journal page using 6 Unity Stamp Company stamps from this month’s SMAK kit.

Mostly I use mixed media techniques in my crafting of art journal pages, canvases, rolodex, and scrapbooks. Creating backgrounds is one of the most important steps of the process, SO . . .

In the first video, I use an old book page as a background by demonstrating how to “peel” the book page, add some acrylic paint on top, and then a light wash over that. This is easy I promise and helps to inspire the final results. Try not to overdo this step. YOU keep it easy.

Supplies for this video:
90lb Mixed Media paper
Page from book
Masking Tape
Shipping Tape
Gel Medium
Paint Brush
Acrylic Paint (or Tim Holtz Distress Paint)
Paper towel
Heat Tool (not necessary--just let air dry)

In the next video, I demonstrate how to adhere stamped tissue paper on top of your art journal background—specifically the background I made in the previous video. To continue the art journal process, I also adhere a paper-pieced sentiment and butterfly on top of the stamped tissue paper and background. Why use stamped tissue paper you ask? Why not just stamp on top? Well, you can, of course. I like to use stamped tissue paper because I don’t trust MY stamping on top of the background and I like how the tissue paper fades on top of the background. Sometimes the tissue paper will add a bit of texture.

Supplies for this video:
Unity Stamp Company's SMAK Kit of January 2017
Tissue Paper
Stazon Ink
Gel Medium
Paint Brush
Heat Tool (not necessary--just let air dry)
Glue to adhere sentiment and butterfly

In the final video, I demonstrate how to “finish” the art journal page with a chunky/grungy, dark inked edge using black soot distress ink and one of your old rundown sponge daubers. If I’m inking any edge, I always use a rundown dauber. In the video, I show a close-up of my rundown dauber. It’s appreciated. It's also helpful to have a wood board, cutting board, etc., to place your project on, so you can edge the project effectively.

Supplies for this video:
Black Soot Distress Ink
one of your old rundown sponge daubers (must)
wood board or cutting board, etc.

And here’s the final result of the three techniques above.

Here’s a peek at this month’s SMAK Kit.

MOST IMPORTANT NOTE: Perfection is not the flavor of art journaling, so please strive for fun instead and SHARE your fun with others.

Linda Pekrul shared this mixed media layout below using an AngieGirl that helps documents the story of her dog. This is a very inspirational layout for all pet lovers.

Here's a link to Linda’s blog post where she provides more details: https://blueskyscrapping.blogspot.ca/2017/01/new-beginnings.html
Please express some admiration for her and her beloved Oakley. Also, her project is posted on Unity’s Show-and-Tell Facebook page. Scroll through, find it, and leave some love there, too.

I hope you all had fun on the blog today!

Monday, January 16, 2017

KOTM Monday with Kary

Hi, this is Kary kicking off the week with a Kit of the Month project.  
Hope you had a good weekend!  I sure did, it was quiet but I had a lot of fun with this month's KOTM - When You Smile.


I adore the little bird and the inspiring sentiment. 

Here's my card:

The bird was colored using Copic markers and I happily added colors which I'm sure are never found in a real life bird :)

A simple card and so fast to create.

This is what I love most about KOTM, all the stamps and sentiments work so well together.
If you would like to know more about this special monthly kit, please click here.

I promise you will love it!!

Happy stamping and have a great day!

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