Saturday, November 1, 2014

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #6 - STAMPS!

HELLOOOOOO NOVEMBER!!!! November is hands-down my favorite month of the year... there are still beautiful red leaves on the trees, the air is crisp without being too bitter, and it holds my favorite holiday of the year - Thanksgiving! AND now it means a BRAND NEW MIXED MEDIA MONTHLY CHALLENGE!

Our November challenge is to use STAMPS in your mixed media project! For some of you this probably seems way way too easy, but I know for others this definitely will be a challenge! You could also try to use your stamps in a different way than you usually do... think outside the box!

I am so so thrilled for the prize this month... a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO UNITY STAMP CO! And it's just in time to get some holiday shopping in, too! You definitely want to enter this month for a chance to be the random winner! THANK YOU UNITY!

I created this adorable little ornament/shadow box for the holidays. I used a huge variety of Unity stamps to put this together. It was a lot of fun to go through my stamp stash and play!

I bought these cardboard ornament boxes at Michael's last year and I think they were only 29 cents each. So obviously I stocked up and didn't touch them for 11 months ;) First I covered them with Faber Castell Gesso.

I also did a light coat of gesso over some Neenah Solar White cardstock. Once it dried, I stamped all my Unity stamps with Archival black ink.

Look at your stamps in a different way! I only wanted the candy canes but could not find a candy cane stamp... so I just fussy cut the part that I wanted from this sweet penguin.

For the pine trees I stamped them with a green Stamper's Big Brush Pen from Faber Castell. The ink stamps just as well as an ink pad and it is also permanent when dry.

I colored all of my images with PITT Pens. This is why I originally coated my paper with gesso, so I could easily blend the PITT pen colors.

I coated the inside with gel medium and pasted a light blue DCWV paper in the center. I colored all the sides and did some shading with my Gelatos. Once that was dry, I used a stencil and some Whipped Spackle to add little snow drops.

The snow on the bottom is a combination of a LOT of Whipped Spackle, tan mica flakes from Stampendous, and chunky clear glitter. While the Whipped Spackle was still wet, I simply placed all of my elements into the 'snow' where I wanted them. Once everything dried, they were stuck!

I finished the shadow box with the banner across the top and a Happy Holidays sentiment. I definitely intend to make more as Christmas gets closer!

Now time for the close up glamour shots!...

I'm so glad you joined me for your first day of November and my little winter Shadow Box! Can't wait to see everything you create and enter to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge gallery! Remember to use stamps and HAVE FUN :)

<3 Rachel
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Snowmen and Ghosts

Oh, Monday, here you are again. I had a crafty weekend which means this will be a pretty filled post! I made 3 different cards for 3 different challenges...

First up is the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to use Kraft. I also used a new snowman stamp from Unity Stamp Co.

I love this simple elegant snowman! He was perfect for a kraft, gold, and silver card. I colored him with Prismacolor Pencils then layered him behind some DCWV shimmer paper. The kraft background was stamped with snowflakes in white and gold, then I added some texture with a stencil and modeling paste as well as adding the gold trim.

Next I have yet another snowman for the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge to add watercolor!

The snowman I actually painted while at Jenn's Loft Art Retreat :) I didn't finish the card she had planned for us, but I did still have my finished snowman. So I re-purposed him into this snowy scene card. The snowman and the hills were watercolored with Distress Markers. I added some chunky Wow! Glitter along the hills and finished the card with the Season's Greetings die.

Alright, now it's time to switch back to Halloween mode! Lawnscaping is hosting a Halloween Color Challenge this week...

I love these happy little ghosts! I thought they deserved to have fun trick-or-treating on Halloween night, because they must get tired spooking people all the time ;) I simply colored the pieces with Copics and fussy cut them. I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hills Die to create a ground for the ghosts to rise up from. Paper is from DCWV Eek-a-Boo and glitter mat stack.

Thank you for getting all the way to the bottom of this post! Make your Monday a good one :)

Friendly reminder: You have until 11:59pm October 31st to enter the current Mixed Media Monthly Challenge: Ribbons, Twine, or Fibers!! See you there!

<3 Rachel

Enjoy the Beauty of the Season
Cardstock: Neenah Desert Storm, Neenah Solar White, DCWV Shimmer Paper
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co (snowman) 'Christmas Season Grab Bag', (snowflakes) 'SMAK Sept 2014'
Ink/Colors: Prismacolor Pencils, Delicata Gold, Versafine Black Onyx, Versamagic Cloud White
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Journal Die
Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop 'Well Rounded'
Misc: Faber Castell 'Whipped Spackle', Crop a Dile Corner Rounder, pearl accents

Season's Greetings Snowman
Cardstock: Lawn Fawn Navy Notecard, Lawn Fawn 'Snow Day', Tim Holtz Watercolor paper
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp 'Jolly Snowman'
Dies: Simon Says Stamp 'Season's Greetings' , Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Die
Ink/Colors: Distress Markers
Misc: Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen

Trick or Treat Ghosts
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, DCWV Glitter Stack, DCWV Eek-a-Boo stack
Stamps: Lawn Fawn 'Spooktacular'
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Die
Ink/Colors: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Unity Thursday - New Holiday Releases!

Welcome back to another Unity Thursday! I have to say, I've had a little sneak peek at all the designers' projects and I KNOW you will be blown away this week! So have fun hopping and shopping today! The new sale starts at NOON and runs through Monday night on the Unity Stamp website :)

I'm not typically a big fan of my own cards but this card... I love. The car stamp is from a fantastic grab bag being offered today! I had the Griswold's in mind when coloring it in, so the wood paneling was a must! The image was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and die cut to create a circle card.

I wanted the snow drops to be dimensional so I used some Liquid Applique then puffed it up with my heat gun. The leaves die cut is from Top Dog Dies, which I simply layered behind and in front of the circles.

There are some NEW Angie Girls hitting the shop today! I love these gorgeous winter-themed girls. I actually just put on some Christmas music and colored away...

I colored her with Prismacolor Pencils and did a lot of mixing and blending with Gamsol (I actually just use cheap odorless paint thinner and paper nibs). I thought she looked so beautiful once she was colored that I didn't do much else to the card. I simply added some mini clear gems throughout the snow drifts.

You know a Unity hop isn't complete without PRIZES! TWO very super lucky winners will win both the new Reindeer stamps AND the grab bag stamps! Just comment throughout the hop for a chance to win!

Remember, the sale starts at NOON! Have a lovely creative weekend :) Your next stop is the amazing SHILO

<3 Rachel

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