Friday, January 15, 2016

I Love Big Books ~ CS Reminder


Hello Friends
Happy Friday!!  I am back with a wee reminder for the Craft Stamper challenge this month.
 I made this card for today! I thought this sentiment was so cute :)  I thought I would pair two different stamps together to create my card. They are from Unity and they are called Ellie Girl & I Love Big Books.  I coloured her using my inktense watercolour pencils.   
  I am the kind of person that LOVES real books. I can't get into reading a book on my phone or an ereader.  I love the feel of a book in your hands and the sound of the pages as you flick them over.  I also love the smell of really old books.  Please tell me I am not alone in loving books ????  I am still reading my Christmas ones in January ha :)
So I hope you have some time to create something for this month's challenge if you have not already.  The theme this month is Take a Stamp. So as long as you use a stamp somewhere on your project that is all you need to enter. Remember there are two winners! The first gets some great Indian themed prizes from DaliArt. The other winner who the design team picks will have there project published in the Craft Stamper magazine.
So hop on back to the Craft Stamper Blog for all of the details. 
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!
Mandi xox

Monday, January 11, 2016

Growing in Unity Comment Winners

Hello Friends
I am here to announce the winners from the comments on my blog last week.  The two winners were chosen at random and they are
Rebecca Yahrling
Karen Ladd
Congrats ladies can you please email at
with your mailing address so that the lovely people at Unity can get your stamps off to you!
Thanks to everyone for the comments and feedback that you left me I appreciate it!
Enjoy your week :)
Mandi xox

Friday, January 8, 2016

Craft Stamper January Challenge


Hello Friends
Welcome to a new year and a new challenge from the Craft Stamper team.  To kick if the year we have a Take A Stamp Challenge. So you get to make anything you want as long there is stamping on your project. 
Our sponsor this month is DaliArt. They are giving us a lovely prize which includes assorted Indian ribbon, bindi embellishments, assorted gemstones and an Indian butterfly stamp.
I made this card for my project this month. I heat embossed the sentiment from the Unity  Imagine It stamp set using white embossing powder. Then I used the floral stamp and used black archival ink to create the pattern.  Then got out my Brushos and created this organic pattern by spritzing water on to my card. I love the way it tuned out.
So now it's your turn to create something. Head on back to the Craft Stamper Blog for all of the details and for some more inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Mandi xox

Built Her Wings ~ Growing in Unity Day 5

Hello Friends
I can't believe this is my last day as the Growing Unity Girl. I have enjoyed making all of my projects this week. My final project for you today is a tag I made with distress ink.  I think distress inks are my most favourite medium to work with. I used two stamp kits again today they are Fly with Wings of Hope & Much of a Good Thing.
I kept my tag the same colour all the way through. I used Peacock Feathers I love this colour so much. It is my favourite distress colour to work with.  I started off by stamping the distressed musical note stamp and heat embossing with white embossing powder. Then I smeared some distress ink on to my craft mat. Then spritzed with water and just built up the colour on the tag to where I was happy with it. I used my heat gun to dry in between each colour application. I stamped the sentiment and butterfly separately and coloured them. Then I glued them down to the tag. I used some foam squares to give the butterfly a wee lift like it was about to fly off the tag. I finished it off with some glitter and ribbon. 
I used this stamp set just for this sentiment I LOVE it. It is also very appropriate for my current situation. I will be stepping out to the unknown in the next couple of weeks to pastures new. This is a huge leap of faith that I will be embarking on. I hope that this is also a year for you to step out and do something new even if it's out of your comfort zone.  I was reminded this week that life is so very short and fragile.  So go on and take the risk.  I am positive that your wings will carry you when you do take that leap!
 I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my creations. Remember and leave me a comment on all five of my posts this week to be in with a chance of wining some Unity. They are giving two lucky winners a bag of random Unity stamps. How great is that??  I will draw the winners on Monday to give everyone time to comment. 
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. If you like what you see feel free to follow me and keep up to date with all of my new projects. 
Mandi xox

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Dance ~ Growing in Unity Day 4

Hello Friends

Welcome back to my blog! This week is flying by I can't believe this is my fourth GIU day.  I have enjoyed showing you my projects. I hope you have enjoyed seeing them.

I have used two stamp sets on today's card. They are Go Get it Girl & In My Garden.  I kept this card pretty clean simple and just used a few colours.  I used my inktense watercolour pencils to colour the card. Then layered it with some purple card stock. I added the wee flowers to the side just to finish it off. 

I really love all of the  girl stamps that Unity has. They are so unique and you can use the stamps in so many ways and mix and match them.  I just thought that this sentiment went perfect with this girl stamp don't you think?

Thanks so much for joining me today be sure and come back tomorrow for my final GIU day.

Mandi xox

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Butterfly Jar ~ GIU Day 3

Hello Friends

Welcome back to my blog and my day 3 of being the Growing in Unity girl.  Today I made an altered jar. This was my husbands coffee jar that I upcycled.  I am not sure about you but I always need storage. So these jars are perfect for holding all my bits and bobs. This one is now home for my pencils.

These are so easy to make I just gave the jar a couple of coats of acrylic paint. When it was dry I stamped my butterfly that is from Trust Your Soul  SMAK kit. I used black archival ink give it a few minutes to dry. It takes a little longer to dry on top of the paint. Then I gave the whole jar a clear coat of Distress Crackle Paint. Leave that to dry until the paints crackles. You can then just leave it the way it is but I always like to distress my jars so I use a nail file and file off  bits paint where you want it to look distressed.  Then to finish off I tied some twine around the top. 

So I hope you like my jar and I have given you some inspiration to make your own version.  Remember and leave me a comment and two lucky winners will be chosen to receive a random bag of Unity stamps. 

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Mandi xox

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Silver Lining ~ GIU day 2

Hello Friends

Welcome to my second day of being the growing in Unity girl.  Today I went with another card and I used Brusho Crystal Colours this time on my card.  These are pigmented coloured powders that I love :)

You may have seen me using them before I am quite addicted.  They come in a wee pot that lasts forever.  You sprinkle some brusho on your paper and then spray some water and then sit back and watch the magic happen. This background is what I was left with after I had dried it with my heat gun. I used the Turquoise colour on my card today.

 This stamp I used today was one I had for a couple of years and have never used. I just never knew what to do with it until now. This stamp is called Silver Lining. I used the cloud as a template and cut around some silver glitter paper and used some foam dots to stick it down.  I love the 3D effect if the cloud on the card.  I love the way it turned out. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today I hope you like my card.

Remember and leave a comment if you want to be in with a chance of winning some lovely Unity stamps.

Mandi xox

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year ~ Growing in Unity Day 1

Hello Friends
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Welcome to my first post of 2016 and my first day of being the growing in Unity girl. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have had a very happy New Year so far. I am not really into New Year resolutions are you?  However I do like to give myself new challenges.  There are a few things I would love to accomplish this year. Hence the new beginnings blog theme you will see this week.  I am excited to be showing you my projects every day this week. The first card I have up is one I made using the Christy Tomlinson She Leaped stamp and the She Script background stamp. I thought this was appropriate since it is the beginning of a New Year. I love this stamp and do not use it nearly enough. So I wanted to start off my new year with it.
 I stamped the background of the card about 4 times with the script stamp using archival ink. I stamped the girl separately and coloured her with my new Derwent Inktense Watercolour pencils.  I love these pencils so much they are also super easy to work with. I am not great a colouring so these are very forgiving  and would be great for beginners. The pencil basically turns into ink when you wet it with your brush. I used some foam dots to adhere her on the card then tied some pink twine on the side to finish it off.  
My second card I have for you is this really quick and easy one. I used some patterned paper and stamped this C.S Lewis sentiment from the Far Better Things Ahead Grab Bag . I glued one of these wee calendar books  to the front. I got mine at my local garden centre I think they were only 99p for a packet of 10. I thought they would make really good calendar cards so picked some up. I have also seen them in Craft shops.  I kept the card really simple so that it can just sit out for the remainder of the year. I made this one for my Mum she has it sitting on her bookshelves right now.
So I hope you like my cards today. Come back and join me tomorrow and see what else I have created for you.  Remember to leave me a comment to be in with a chance of wining a lovely prize from Unity.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.
Mandi xox

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