Friday, November 27, 2015

Old Traditions Unity Stamp Company

Hello Friends!
How are you? I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday! We had the tastiest dinner at my Sister's home, they are both great cooks and enjoy hosting traditional gatherings! I have a Unity share for you today, something I purchased during last week's Brown Thursday Sale. Here's Old Traditions, I just had to have it!

Unity Stamp Company Old Traditions

All together now! Aah! So awesome! Makes me want to pick up some glass matching ornaments from Pottery Barn or LL Bean! You'll be shocked to know that we don't always put up a tree. And have talked about whether to bother with one this year or not! We're pretty much voting for a poinsettia instead! We're so not steeped in Traditions here! 

I thought my Authentique Believe Holiday Papers looked handsome with this country truck. I've colored it in Copic Markers which takes a fair amount of time, and created my first A2 landscape style card. Just kidding but you Know they're rare around my Studio!

Click on the image and I believe you'll see the Wink of Stella on the truck and hood ornament! My Gel pen dotted the snow and boughs of the tree. Love this truck! I kept the layers to a minimum and still happy with the finished cards. 

Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a note! I hope you'll have a wonderful weekend! Patti

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Starbucks Autumn Cup and some Copics

Hi there Friends!
I've been hanging onto this Starbucks Autumn cup that Kathy Racoosin mailed to me from Maryland (what a sweetie!) for just the right occasion to use it. I'll share you Kathy's stunning artwork with these patterned cups and my one project below!

First I should show you how my cup arrived in the mail. Actually it was a large package from Kathy stuffed with goodies from her own  craft room this girl is such an inspiration I'm so happy to get to know her better! 

There you go! It's a cup. Now to figure out how to turn it into an A2 card. I cut a piece of copy paper 4 x 5 1/4 and traced a pencil around the paper that I rest on the cup and snipped away to reveal the panel I would mount to my card base. 

Bad lighting irks me too, sorry it's always dark in the morning in my Stamp Room and in the Night! I've yet to figure out how to best shine a light onto artwork. Or which bulb to use. Working on that.

My Favorite Things Harvest Mouse seemed adorable among these Autumn elements on the cup! I snipped extra cup images out and added them to this faux stitched circle-So Kathy! The inside greeting you saw from above was Technique Tuesday's Amaryllis. Nice how your stamp sets can work together like that! 

Here's Kathy's gorgeous creation she shared during the 30 Day Color Challenge in October! When she learned some of us around the world didn't have access to the Starbucks Cup she graciously mailed them right away! This Girl! Please stop by and subscribe if you've not already. 

Take a moment to watch her videos and you'll be hooked on her humble personality and her love of sharing her creativity with others. Thanks for stopping by today I hope you'll have a great day! Patti

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Born Red Unity Stamp Company's Dream of Being

Hi Unity Fans!
Linking up tonight to the Unity Hop! I couldn't be with you last week, but have a share today and if you care to scroll through recent posts you'll see this Unity Girl as beach blonde!

I was texting my Aunt in Las Vegas this weekend and she asked if I had given my Sister a handmade card as her Birthday was this weekend. I replied yes I had, it's Here  if you'de like a peek. I made this Unity girl for her in Blonde, and asked my Aunt Rosebud (we call her) if she would like one in Red! She replied "Yes"!!

So the challenge to come up with red locks! A quick search on Pinterest and I found a few shades I owned and gave it a try. Here's my recipe of colors:

Hair- YR15, YR16, YR18, R 39
T-Shirt & Cup Lid- N0, N2 
Cup & Lips- R39
Sweater: R21, R22, R32
Skin: E00, E11 

The color pallet of SU! Coastal Cabana & Peach Copic Marker are straight out of her closet. Something Rose would wear everyday! Prima Marketing Cigar Box Secrets 6x6 Paper Pack has this lovely Rose paper in just these hues! Extra thick  Baker's Twine in Coastal Cabana looking well with Doodle Buds Sprinkles in Swimming Pool Glitter! 

And I just wanted to share real quick that my Hero Arts Acts of Kindness Stamp has arrived! My first clear Hero Arts, wow are those photopolymer stamps sticky! Nice stuff! I love the sentiments and embellishments here, I've decorated the envie and used one of these greetings inside my card. Sweet! Doing my part to end bullying as Hero Arts is contributing to the Kind Campaign with every purchase!

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to Win Free Unity! I look forward to stopping by the rest of the Design Team and your link up too! Have a great night! 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Technique Tuesday's Greenhouse Society's Amaryllis

Do you have a tradition you keep throughout the Holiday Season? One I can remember while growing up was growing an Amaryllis plant in the middle of our dining room table. We liked them in Christmas Red, and purchased them from a box at the grocery store. They're still on display during the Season, some in White, Red, Peach and Pink!

Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society Amaryllis 

These are the last I'm creating for The Artful Eye, a shop downtown that sells my handmade cards. I hope customers will enjoy this Country look with the Gingham paper on a Kraft card base paired with Cherry Cobbler matting. 

They're all colored in Copic Markers, I'm making a list of refill ink, our lightest shades empty the soonest! The pretty greeting is stamped in Versa Fine Onyx Black ink. It's oil based, and makes a gorgeous black stamped image. But here's a warning to you! Be careful not to drag your finger or thumb across it until it's dry! Ugh! So these little gemstone bling embellishments are a last minute rescue to save one of these little smudge boo boos! :)

To no avail I couldn't capture the Wink of Stella on my Amaryllis petals until they were stacked here ready to package. Click on the image for a closer look and you see the lovely gold shimmer Wink of Stella is so fabulous for! LOVE! 

Share Handmade Kindness recipients are starting to see a package from me in their mailbox! Yay! They're all appreciating the little gift of Maple Syrup and handmade greeting card. To date I've gotten one card in the mail from Jackie, and Instagram Friend from the East Coast. If you have a Smart Phone and have not opened an account on Instagram you are missing out! This community  is as sweet as pie! Just like you! Thanks for dropping by, enjoy your day!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Unity Stamp Co Dream of Being

Hi Unity Fans!
The year end sales have been so exciting over to Unity my stamping table is full of red rubber waiting for some love! I was able to utilize my new Dream of Being stamp for my Sister's Birthday today. I've colored her up quickly in Copic Markers and layered her on pretty papers!

Unity Stamp Co Dream of Being

I love this girl! Love the chunky sweater perfect for my Sister's November Birthday! A cup of coffee and a warm sweater would make me happy any day! Ah, comfort! Papers are Echo Park's The Story of Fall and some Thick Baker's Twine is in Coastal Cabana. The Birthday Greeting is from Power Poppy heat embossed in Hero Arts White embossing powder. 

My Share Handmade Kindness cards and treats are arriving at their destinations and I'm beginning to get some feed back, Thank You's and appreciation! You still have time to join the Challenge this Month! Stop over to Jennifer McGuires place to find out more! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Doing my Part in the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge

I know I know! Don't fall out of your chair it's been a while since you've heard from me!
To tell you the truth, I've felt better. But today want to share what I've been up to in participating in Jennifer McGuire's Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. Let's have a look!

I love the hand lettering in the stamp set by Neat & Tangled. I've heat embossed it in gold and just felt like purple in my life this weekend so it's stamped on Canson water color paper, and blended with Ranger Distress Inks! Then, it's simply mounted on the gorgeous Stampin' Up! Blackberry Bliss card stock. 

I love my Mini Ranger Distress Inks, they make it affordable to collect lots of colors, I store them in the Ranger Tins and keep a blending circle right underneath each cube. I wanted to get to some blending during last Month's #30daycolorchallenge3 but wasn't feeling well then either to get much paper crafting in.

The little #artist in me just had to dip my paint brush in water and give it a flick on each panel. I love how the Distress Inks react with water! A duplicate pumpkin was embossed, colored with Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens and added to the front panel with a dimensional. 

A Sweet  Treat 

This first batch of  Kindness Mail will include a little treat from my home town, Pure Maple Syrup! Woot! How sweet is that? There's nothing else like it out there, Pure Vermont Maple Syrup is the best! And I hope you'll enjoy! 

So here we are, my first batch of Share Handmade Kindness cards and treats, I hope you'll stop by Jennifer McGuire's site and learn more about how you too can be a part of this Challenge all Month long! 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloweenie and some Happy Mail

My gosh it's October 31st! Halloween already!
I have been swapping Pretty Mail with some Pen Pals for some time, and wanted to treat you with an adorable Halloween Card from my friend Maria since I don't have a Trick or Treat of my own to share! Have a look at Kraftin Kimmie's Moonlight Whisper "Hattie"

So I understand Hattie is a Ghost! She is haunting her friends along with her boyfriend Horace! Great names and a great style  here Maria's layered some Pumpkin Pie card stock she embossed with the spider web embossing folder and enjoying her new package of Stampin' Up! Spider Web Doilies! The little critter in hte bottom corner she found on the bathroom floor is likely an embellishment from her stash that will last a lifetime and more! 

Maria's famous for her coloring and beautiful handmade cards. I've collected many many keepsakes from her craft room over the years and take them all out in their respective season to help decorate my own Stamping Studio! 

So thank you Maria for my Happy Mail! One coming your way soon! To you all out with the gremlins tonight be safe and have fun!