Thursday, July 31, 2014

Unity Thursday - Halloween Spirit

So happy to be back with the Unity Thursday hops! I've been sooo busy being on vacations (tough, huh?) that I didn't have time to craft and hop.

Since it is just one day away from August, I have completely dove into the Halloween spirit! I love love looove autumn, and love it even more now that I live somewhere with real seasons :)

How cute is this FREEBIE stamp?! This adorable little ghosty is free with your purchase this weekend at Unity! I made this fun Halloween tag using DCWV "Bewitched" papers, some May Arts ribbons, and colored the image with Copics.

Next up I haaaad to ink up Esmerelda Girl... this witch speaks my language :) I colored her with the Copics shown below, then matted her on some DCWV "Spooky" pattern paper.

Make sure you leave comments along the way for a chance to win this amazing prize pack!

You do not want to miss the sale at Unity this weekend! Make sure you shop shop shop! But for right now... continue hopping along with the rest of this talented team. Your next stop is SHILO

<3 Rachel
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Watercolor Backgrounds

I dived into the watercolors for today's cards! It was fun to have all the paints and brushes out again. I didn't get fancy and just had fun blending up the backgrounds.

First up is my card for the Lawnscaping Challenge to use watercolors. I used a mix of blue and green colors to blend a ocean for my sailboat.

Once my paper was completely dry, I heat embossed the sailboat in black and paper pieced the sails to help them sand out from the water. I took my glue pen to draw waves and little stars, then covered it in teal glitter.

I double stamped the sentiment from "Chit Chat" then filled in the bubble with Glossy Accents.

My second card is for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is embossing. I pulled out a texture plate from Spellbinders for the background and used heat embossing for the sentiment and my little gnome.

I love this little gnome! The stamps are from Unity Stamp Co "What's up Gnomey?" and "Tumbleweed Houses".

The woodgrain embossed paper helped my watercolors blend really well. The colors would seep along the lines in the paper, and I really love how they blended. I also heat embossed the gnome and colored him with Prismacolor Pencils.

I had fun with these challenges and got out some tools I don't normally play with. Thanks for stopping by :)

<3 Rachel
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Welcome to our Christmas in July! We want to jump start your holiday crafting so there's no final rush when the holiday season is here. We're making fun festive projects using products we enjoy. Make sure to hop along to get inspired... and what's Christmas with GIFTS? Of course, there is blog candy along the way!

You should have arrived here from DONNA'S blog, which is the starting place for our hop.

I have an adorable little snowman card and gift tag to get you in the holiday spirit

Ain't he cute?! I used stamps and matching dies from Hero Arts "Snow Much Joy" and the paper is My Mind's Eye "Marketstreet" collection. I colored the snowman with Copic markers and added some Stickle glitter accents.

I also made this simple gift tag with another snowman from the stamp set.

Giveaway time! Just leave me a comment by Monday July 28th for your chance to win this goodie box! Easy as that :)

Your next stop is the lovely LALO!

Rachel Kleinman (That's me!)
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I'm Back!

I haven't abandoned you all, I promise! The crazy July vacation month is finally wrapping up. It's been tough to stay out of the craft room for so many days at a time :( We just returned from an amazing trip to Maine, and what a beautiful state it is. It's always sad to leave!

I'm sharing some cards using the last two Stamps of the Week from Unity. First up is the itty bitty "Hello Gorgeous".

I loved coloring this image with Copic markers. It is such a beautiful stamp!

I die cut the image with this detailed frame from Spellbinders. Then I wove brown jute cord throughout the inner circles of the frame.

Next up is the current Stamp of the Week, "3 Shrooms". There are so many ways to color this image (just check the gallery on the Unity site!) but I opted to keep them traditional little shroomies.

The tag stamp is from the July 2014 SMAK kit. I colored the image with Copics and added some Icicle Stickles to the cream areas. The sentiment banner was distressed with Scattered Straw ink. Before adhering all the pieces, I used modeling paste to get the grid texture on the background.

And you know I couldn't leave without some adorable Maine photos of my puppies, right? Enjoy :)

Thanks for coming back with me!

<3 Rachel
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