Monday, August 4, 2014

Weeds N Wishes GIU Day 1


Hello Friends

Welcome to my first day of my first ever GIU week yay!! I am super excited to be showing you my creations this week with the wonderful Unity stamps :)  I only found out last week I would be the GIU girl this week. I had to switch out my Dec date as I will be in Scotland another yay :)

I have two cards for you today with this new stamp set from Unity. I absolutely LOVE dandelions. So when I saw this set I just had to have it. It is called Wish With Your Heart and it is on sale right now for $12 a bargain. I think today is the last day of the sale so if you like it go and grab it quick!!

So for my first card I wanted to do another black and white card. I also wanted to use my black distress ink which I bought months ago and have never used. It is called Black Soot and funnily enough it gets everywhere just like the real black soot. I love getting messy with my distress inks and kind of expect a bit of a mess. But the black mixed with water gets EVERYWHERE and it is REALLY messy  - I did warn you :)

I heat embossed the dandelion and wishes with wow white embossing powder. Then I swiped my black ink on my craft mat and sprayed it with water. I picked up the ink on the card where I wanted it to go. I dried it a few times and went back and forth until I was happy with the outcome. I left some white space to stamp the sentiment.  This card totally reminded me of a rainy day in Glasgow (my home town). Where it rains a lot and you spend a lot of time getting soaked and walking through murky puddles.  I love the contrast of the sentiment and also the colours too. It is dark with a wee bit of hope shining through.


Now on to my next card this one has a good punch of colour in it. These are colours that I would never normally put together. I saw this fabric when I was visiting Maine last month and I LOVED it. So I bought just a few inches of it to craft with. I covered  a piece of card in some of the fabric and glued it to a white card base. I then got out my distress inks and matched the colours as close as I could to the fabric and stamped away. I rounded off just two of the corners and added a couple of rhinestones to finish.

Remember and comment on each of my posts this week to be in with a chance of winning two Itty Bitty stamps from Unity. I will be choosing the winner on Saturday. I will also have my own little giveaway later on this week so watch this space.

I hope you enjoy my cards today. Thanks so much for stopping I will see you tomorrow. 

Mandi xox

Challenges
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes 
Craft Stamper - Take It Make It - Embossing Resist By Anna Karin Evaldsson - August Issue
Wow Embossing Powder - Monochrome
Creatalicious Challenges Monochrome

44 comments:

  1. Very beautiful Mandi! Your work is amazing. So glad you are the Growing in Unity Girl this week.

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  2. That b/w card is absolutely stunning. I love the colors on the 2nd one and that it's fabric creating the background. Cool.

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  3. Both are so beautiful Mandi! LOVE that stamp set...definitely at the top of my list currently!

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  4. Great cards! That first one is stunning in its simple black and white!

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  5. Beautiful cards. Your first card with the black and white is stunning. Love how the dandelion fluff shows up with the black background.

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  6. Mandi, that first card takes my breath away. Don't get me wrong. I like the 2nd one too, but the first one is stunning. I cannot wait to see what you have in store for us this week.

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  7. Great cards! That first one is amazing and very eye catching! Congrats on your GIU week, looking forward to seeing more of your creations!

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  8. I adore the black n white card! So pretty!

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  9. Beautiful designs, Mandi! Looking forward to your inspiration as GIU gal this week.

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  10. Oh, that black and white card is spectacular! If you're quick, you can enter it in the B & W challenge at DigiStamps4Joy. The second card is pretty, too. I've never thought to use fabric as background.

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  11. Both cards are fantastic! The black and white has an elegant feel, the second more of a fun feel with the sentiment in color! Wonderful job!! Congrats on being this week's GIU gal, looking forward to a fun week. Have fun in Scotland!

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  12. Beautiful cards with this wish set, Mandi. The first one takes my breath away. So pretty. Happy to see you as GIU gal this week.

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  13. Both cards are so pretty. Love the colors you choice for the second one. I look forward to seeing your work this week.

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  14. fabulous cards! Thank you for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

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  15. I like both versions using these stamps. Great sentiments on both and love the colors/pattern of the fabric.

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  16. Congrats on being the GIU girl this week! Both of your cards today are fabulous! I can't wait to see more from you this week!

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  17. Hi Mandi! Congratulations on your GIU girl!
    Both of your cards are stunning and unique each in its own way! Love tem both!
    Ingrid xx

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  18. OMG these are amazing! I just love that first one...so dark but with a light message!

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  19. Your cards are so interesting
    and pretty! Like the colors in
    the second.
    Carla from Utah

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  20. Your grey/black/white look is very urban cool. I LOVE IT!!!!!! I'm on vacation in NYC right now, and it's very appealing to me.

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  21. Love the black and white card. Both projects are lovely. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

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  22. beautiful cards... love the grey color...
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  23. Congrats on your GIU week! Wow, your cards are just gorgeous!!! I love them both, even though they are so different. The black and white one is so dramatic, and the second card really appeals to me with that pop of hot pink for the sentiment! The fabric background is fabulous!!

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  24. YAY for you on your GIU this week. Your cards are always so awesome. Can't wait to see the rest of the week! LOVE the black and white!!

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  25. Hi Mandi, I was looking at the Black Soot Distress Ink myself the other day and after seeing how this card turned out, I think I'll buy it! It's so hard picking colors -- I seem to want them all. And that wish set is definitely awesome! :) Can't wait to see what else you create this week! ;D

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  26. Great cards! Love the black and white version :)

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  27. I am just thrilled by your beautiful card designs! Both of them are gorgeous but I especially love how you used fabric. Have to say that I also got a kick out of your comment on the Black Soot distress ink!

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  28. Beautiful cards! I have a 'thing' for dandelion designs too!
    Congrats on your GIU week!

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  29. Love the dandelion series they have so much meaning to me from my childhood. Not weeds to me.

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  30. What am I waiting for? I need this set! Love your beautiful cards Mandi. Big fan of yours and you know that.....

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  31. LOVE the black and white card!!! Beautiful sentiment and stunning image and technique!!!
    <3 J

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  32. Love these Dandelions. As beautiful as they are....I still see them as weeds because I am the one that has to maintain the lawn of weeds. LOL. Love these cards though.

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  33. What a beautiful take on the EP Resist technique! Love the black and white. Thanks for joining us at the Take It Make It challenge.

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  34. Both of these are STUNNING! I have always loved dandelions too......always see them as wishes, not weeds!!!!

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  35. The black and white card is just stunning. I adore this stamp. Congrats on your GIU week.

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  36. Stunning card! Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious Challenges.
    Mieko xx

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  37. Gorgeous cards I love the resist technique as well. Black soot is my most used ink pad lol, thanks for sharing with us at the Take It Make It Challenge. Elizabeth x

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  38. Beautiful cards, I love the sentiment on your black and white resist technique card. Thank you for joining us at Craft Stamper this month, good luck.
    Nikki K. xx

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  39. Simply beautiful work as always Mandi - my favourite is the top one I love black soot !!!!

    mines on my blog HERE it would be great if you had time to come take a look

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  40. You make black and white look amazing! A really gorgeous make.
    Thank you for joining us at the Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge.
    Dot

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  41. Black soot and resist embossing go together so well! Love the splattered effect. Thanks so much for playing along at Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge.

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  42. Fabulous cards .... always love black and white. Thanks for joining in with the Take It Make It Challenge ... good luck! Linda xx

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  43. Both stunning cards Mandi, adore the black and white :-)
    So happy you joined in over at the Take it Make it challenge xxxx

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  44. Love the embossing resist Mandi, so striking! Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Blog Challenge this month! xxx

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