Monday, June 22, 2015

GIU winners and questions answered

I wanted to thank all of you for dropping by last week and leaving me such positive, supportive comments. I appreciated each and every one of them. I responded to those of you that I could based on email addresses associated with your accounts. If I didn't, I wish I could have. There were a few questions that I couldn't answer and a few that several of you asked and I want to answer those all here to share the answers.

Day 1:Yes, the hubby really liked the beer card. :) To get the foam, I used a Versa marker to "wet" the foam area and covered it with white EP. I didn't try to be neat and I left some of the excess powder on the card instead of wiping it off. This became the bits of foam falling down the glass. I think I repeated this process 3x so the foam layer is pretty thick. Goosebumps is a spray that I've heard you can find at Michaels (I picked mine up a scrap show the other year.) The mist sits in bumps on your surface and dries that way. It's great for dewy mists or condensation. If I recall, it came in different colors but I just picked up the clear. You can see that I sprayed probably a bit close so it angled but I imagine if I'd done it from further back or from the top, it would have made drops. I did mask the background a bit so the Goosebumps were only on the glass and foam.
Goosebumps spray and embossed foam

Day 2: The otter fur was done by coloring it in little tiny lines, repeating them over and over with different shades of brown Copics, darker each time but with fewer lines and pushed out more to the far edges as I moved to darker shades.

Day 3: The glass was all colored with Copics. I tried to consider which colors would be overlapping one another and colored the overlap with the lighter color. Then I went back and used a lighter shade of the 2nd overlap color to add to the overlap area to get the mixed colors in the overlap. I hope that makes sense. When I talked about the refracted colors, I was referring to the colors that would fall on the table as light went through the glass. If these were solid instead of transparent, it would be the shadows they cast on the table. It would be similar to what you see on the table in this image.
Refracted light on the table

Day 4: The taco shell and nacho chip were also colored with Copics. Similar to the otter, I laid down the lightest color first and then dotted the next darker shade on top. I repeated with the next darker after that, and so on, adding fewer and fewer dots as I moved to darker shades.

Day 5: Putting the white paper behind the glass was simply an end result after trying several things to make the glass show up against the background. You know how that goes sometimes.  :)

If I've missed anything, please let me know. I'd be happy to answer any other questions.

And now. FINALLY! The moment you've all been waiting for.  My winners! Immi and Mary Holshouser, congratulations! If you could please send me your mailing information, I'll get it right over to Unity so they can get your prizes out to you. Thank you all for your comments last week!

Friday, June 19, 2015

GIU Day 5

Well, here we are at the end of my Growing in Unity journey this year. I hope I've been able to kickstart an idea or three for you or just given you a smile along the way. It's been a great week for me and I appreciate you joining me.

My final card is a bit more ripply than I'd like but it's a great way to enter a hot summer weekend.

Knowing the image and sentiment don't exactly mesh, I plan to add a note inside to the effects of "...or at least make limeade!" Though the glass image was stamped and colored on vellum, I helped the image pop more against the background by stamping it again on white paper, fussy cutting it, and taping it directly behind the image on the vellum. I found that the glass vanished too much into the background without doing this.

Again, thanks for joining me this week and don't forget to comment on all of the week's posts to have a chance to win a grab bag of Unity goodness. If I can find your email address in/from your comment, I'll send you a note as well as posting a winner notice here on my blog in the next few days.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stamps: Live Half Full, When Life Gives You Limes
Coloring: Watercolor pencils, Tim Holtz Distress & Momento ink

Thursday, June 18, 2015

GIU Day 4

Hi there! It looks like we're moving into the homestretch for my Growing in Unity week. Today, I'm sharing two more ATC cards but instead of these being for the munchkin, these will end up in the hubby's lunchbox. I think sometime in the future when he's having a crunchy week at work, one of these may appear in his lunch to cheer him up a bit.


I hope you have a great day and I'll see you back here tomorrow. Don't forget, you can't win if you don't comment!  :)

Stamps: Nacho Problem, Fun Burst, Don't Wanna Taco, Dots for Sure
Coloring: Copics, Momento, VersaMark & Stampin' Up inks

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

GIU Day 3

Hi there and welcome to Day 3 of my Growing in Unity week!

I've loved coloring glass images for years so I was head over heels when I saw this stamp a while back. If I'd really gotten into it, I would have done the refracted image on the table in front of the bottles but I stopped while I was ahead.


I hope you'll visit again tomorrow. Don't forget to leave a comment to have a chance at a great Unity prize at the end of the week.

Stamps: Array of Bottles, Bitty Happy Birthday

Coloring: Copics, Momento ink.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

GIU Day 2

Hi! Welcome to my Growing in Unity Day 2! If you missed yesterday, jump back, have a look, leave a comment and possibly win a great Unity prize at the end of the week!

I want to start including notes in my son's lunchbox next school year so I'm trying to get a jump on them. I'm hoping to have one for each week when it's all said and done.


These are ATC-sized (2.5x3.5") so they'll fit nicely in with his noshies.

Hope to see you back tomorrow! 

Stamps: "Pun Potato, Fry {and Beans}", Dots for Sure, Otter Nonsense, [not sure about the notebook paper- I received that in a Unity grab bag]
Coloring: Copics, VersaMark, Tim Holz Distress, Stampin' Up & Momento inks

Monday, June 15, 2015

GIU Day 1

Hi there!  If you've come from Unity and you don't know me, welcome! If you're a return visitor, welcome back! I missed the chance to be a Growing in Unity Gal last year so I practically stalked the FB page to sign up for this year. So welcome to my Unity week.!

When I first saw this set, I had to have it knowing my hubby would get a kick out of it. I'm actually giving him this card for Father's Day this year.  Unfortunately, I sealed it up before I realized that 1. this picture was a bit crooked and could stand a re-take and 2. before I remembered to take a close-up that shows the Goosebumps spray on on the glass that makes it look like it really has condensation on it. Very cool product. Guess you'll just have to take my word for it.

I hope you'll join me here again tomorrow. Please leave a comment to have a chance at winning a Unity prize at the end of the week.

Stamps: Unity: "Keep Calm, Have a Beer", Quatrefoil Background

Coloring: Copics, Stampin' Up & Momento inks

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Papertrey Ink Petite Places for Father's Day

I've been loving the Papertrey Ink Petite Places since they introduced it for Christmas. I picked up the garage/fire station pieces and made this jar topper for my dad and ornament for my husband. PI is seriously cutting into my wallet these days!

More Papertrey Ink Key Fobs

What can I say? They made for great teacher/class mom/librarian/bus driver/Father's Day presents!


I've seriously been loving these dies. You can go girly, you can go masculine, you can drop it in the middle. The last 2 pictures are of a double-sided fob I made for the school librarian. She's a huge Harry Potter fan I couldn't decide if she'd prefer Gryffindor or Slytherin so she gets both. The unfinished fob in the 2nd picture was one I made for my father. I decided it looked a bit too much like flowers so I'll save it and I made him the 1st one in the same picture instead.