Sunday, December 10, 2017

Growing In Unity Blog Hop

Some of us had the chance to be Growing In Unity Girls over the past few months and today we invite you to hop along with us for a chance to win one of two prize packages!

For my card, I am featuring this adorable stamp kit, Meowy by Unity Stamp Co.  Isn't that just the cutest kitty all snuggled up and ready for winter? The ornaments sitting beside her look like they are in excellent condition so maybe instead of knocking them all off the tree, she is just beginning her decorating!

Please hop along with us and leave a comment for your chance to win one of two prize packs!

Angela Bode - That's Me!

Thanks so much Unity Stamp Co. for inviting me to be a GIU girl and for offering such a fun hop with prizes on my BIRTHDAY!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Greatest Gift and a Sketch


Cathy has created the beautiful SC674 sketch for us this week over at Splitcoaststampers.  

I used this sweet Christmas image from Unity Stamp Co. as my focal point and added the pretty green designer paper layer from Gina K Designs.  The image is Greatest Gift is Baby Jesus from Unity Stamp Co.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Behold Him

I have fallen in love with plaid!   I framed this beautiful sentiment from the Joyful Song stamp set by The Project Bin with a stitched framed die cut and some "greenery" beneath.

Friday, December 1, 2017

CardMaker Magazine and The Project Bin Hop

Welcome to the CardMaker Magazine and The Project Bin December Blog Hop!  You should have come by way of JeanetteCloyd's blog.  If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop head on over to the CardMaker Magazine   blog for a list of all the stops! 

For my card,  I die cut a star then tapped the star in VersaMark ink and used it like a stamp on the watercolor paper.  I then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Next, I stamped the sentiment from Luke 2 with VersaMark ink, sprinkled white embossing powder on the sentiment and heat set it.  I watercolored with Distress inks and blotted some of the watery ink around the star with a damp cloth.  When I was satisfied with my night sky, I let it dry then splattered the piece with white ink.

Your next stop on the hop is Diana Carr's blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!

Luke 2

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sketch Challenge Wednesday

Allison at Splitcoaststampers has given us another beautiful sketch this week.  I love her SC673 design and wanted to follow it as closely as possible but I don't have a long skinny oval so I played around with what I do have.  To recreate the idea of the long skinny oval in the sketch I took a piece of cardstock longer than my black circle and rounded the edges then I layered the ovals.  

The sentiment takes me down memory lane as it was released in 2013 when I was on my first design team.  Sadly MFP has since closed its store. 

Come join us at Splitcoaststampers where all are welcome to share art!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Junk Mail to Treasure with The Project Bin

My great-grandmother was a wonderful storyteller.  All of us kids would sit on her extra long porch swing and listen to her tell us stories.  The story that I have never forgotten was about a very poor young man who loved to paint but he didn't have any money for supplies.  My memory is a bit blurry but I believe he took pet hair and wrapped it around a brush and he painted with it.  He became a famous painter.  I LOVED that story.  Although the details have faded with time the moral of the story has always stuck with me: 

It's not about what you have, it's about what you do with what you have. Never give up! 

For this card, I didn't have to wrap fur or hair around a brush to paint the background but I did use a piece of trash in the making of this card.  For all the fun details hop on over to The Project Bin Blog and check out my step by step tutorial!!!  

The sentiment featured today is from the Luke 2 stamp set by The Project Bin.

Thanks so very much for stopping by today!   

Luke 2

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sending Comfort

Allison has a pretty new sketch for the SC672 challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week.  I thought this mug of cocoa from Unity Stamp Co's Kit of the Month Club - When You Smile fit the sketch perfectly.  The sketch includes a layer that works well for a sentiment with a small font.  I chose the sentiment from Bowl-full of Comfort and masked off the "by the bowl-full" since I am featuring a mug of cocoa.  Splitcoaststampers is a wonderful community site with daily challenges, tutorials, personal galleries to share your work and much more.  It's free for everyone so won't you join us?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Joyful Song and a Double Bow

Hello!  Today I am sharing this pretty sentiment from the Joyful Song stamp set by The Project Bin. This sentiment looks lovely framed in a circle.  Again this week I used a cute bow die but this time I layered the smaller bow on top of the larger one.  

Are you all set to mail out your Christmas cards or are you like me and still have quite a few yet to create?  The project Bin has three fabulous Christmas sentiment sets to help you finish your Christmas cards for this year or get a head start on next year!    

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Musings and a Sketch

It's Sketch challenge day at Splitcoaststampers today!  
Carey is our designer of SC671 this week.  It's a super cool sketch which made me think of the galaxy technique I have been experimenting with lately.

I rescued this card from the trash after my first design idea looked awful.  A friend I have made through an online game encouraged me so much that I looked at the card with fresh eyes.  I kept the galaxy sky but die cut a fresh moon, and in place of a stamped image, I added Stormy Cat.  I think she is pondering a season of joy instead of a season of hustle and bustle!

Share joy, say something encouraging to someone you encounter today!!!

*** Sentiment is from grab bag prize I received from Unity Stamp Co

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Alcohol Inks, The Project Bin and Tutorial Tuesday

A couple of weeks ago I created a faux copper card inspired by Lydia's Stone Cold Twisted challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  It was so much fun that I thought I would revisit the original technique with alcohol inks and silver mixative for a Christmas card!

To create this fancy Christmas ornament a special ornament die is NOT required, a simple circle die is all you need!  I used a bow die for my ornament topper but a ribbon bow would work too.  My ornament "hanger" is a balloon string die cut but again, a ribbon will do the trick or thin strip of cardstock.  For all the fine details head on over to The Project Bin Blog and check out the step-by-step instructions in the PDF file!

The elegant scripture stamp can be found in the Luke 2 stamp set by The Project Bin!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A sketch and a little distress magic

This week's sketch at Splitcoaststameprs is up!  Diane has created this beautiful layout for the SC670 challenge.  There are so many different ways to go with this sketch but I have been experimenting with the galaxy technique this past week so I decided to create a Christmas sky.  

I taped mixed media paper to a wooden cutting board so it would not bend and buckle once I added water.  After I painted water on the entire piece, I stamped Distress inks, Picked Raspberry, Seedless, Preserves and Blueprint Sketch on a kraft mat then I picked up the ink with a paintbrush.  I dried the paper with a heat tool and repeated painting until I was satisfied with the look.  To finish off my winter sky, I sponged black on the upper portion of the sky and splattered with white ink.

The sentiment is  Star of Wonder from Verve.  It might be a retired set as I couldn't locate it in the shop but Verve stamps are gorgeous so check them out!

I hope you will join us at Splitcoaststampers where every day a new challenge awaits, a stamping challenge that is!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Growing In Unity Blog Hop

Some of us had the chance to be Growing In Unity Girls over the past few months and today we invite you to hop along with us for a ch...