Growing in Unity- Day 3

Unity has so many beautiful stamps that come with wonderful sentiments. I have bought several sentiment sets from Unity over the years. I believe they are an excellent value because you get so many sentiments that can be used to create a wide variety of cards.

Two of my favorite sympathy sets are “May Hope Sustain You” and “My Sympathies.” I find the sentiments to be so thoughtful and caring and they work well for a card front as well as for stamping inside the card.

I typically don’t make multiples of the same card (except for holiday cards), so when I need a sympathy card, I make it. What I love about Unity stamps is the images are so beautiful, you don’t really need to do much to end up with a pretty card.

For this card, I stamped the floral image from “You are Forever Beautiful” and the sentiment is from “May Hope Sustain You.” I stamped my image and sentiment and then added a bit of color by daubing on Milled Lavender Oxide Ink. Next, I sprayed a bit of water with my Distress Sprayer and blotted with a paper towel. I love the slight oxidation that occurs and adds some interest to my card. Here is a close up of what it looks like:

This card came together quickly so I was able to get it in the mail in a timely fashion, which I think is important for expressing sympathy.

For my next sympathy card, I decided to simply leave it black and white. I especially like to do this if I am sending the sympathy card to a guy. A beautiful image and sentiment are perfect in this instance.

Another black and white sympathy card

For this card, I stamped the wreath from “Woodland Bunny” in Ranger Watering Can Archival Ink and then stamped the sentiment from “May Hope Sustain You.” I added a simple die cut oval frame. This would be a good card to make multiples of – I really need to do that so I have some sympathy cards on hand.

If I have time, I do like to Copic color the images. Below are a couple of cards that I created a while ago, where I colored the florals.

But in all honesty, I don’t think it really matters if you color or not. Your sympathy card will be loved by the recipient because you took the time to make and send them a card.

I hope my cards today have given you some options when you need to make a sympathy card.

Please leave me a comment so you have a chance to win some Unity stamps.

Growing in Unity- Day 4

Happy Thanksgiving! Even though life is hard right now, we have much to be thankful for, and I am so thankful to the Growing in Unity Gal this week.

I stumbled upon Unity Stamp Company about 5 years ago. I was actually searching for some “snarky” sentiments and landed on their site. Of course I placed an order right away! Below is a picture of the first Itty Bitty set I bought from them. I like to stamp these on the back of my cards. These little sentiments make me laugh!

Today’s card was created using the Itty Bitty set “New Day Rooster.” (I know, it’s not a turkey…but he will have to do!) I kind of have an addiction to the Itty Bitty stamps. They are at such a great price point and there are soooo many to choose from. I saw this rooster and loved the sentiment- so I had to have it! Also, today is my first attempt to make a mini slimline card.

I love this encouraging sentiment! I feel like we could all use some positivity these days, right?

To start, I stamped the rooster image in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored him with Copic Markers. I went a little bright with the colors, but I like the end result.

For the background, I stamped the “Chicken Wire Background” stamp with Concord and 9th Dove ink and added some frayed ribbon.

It is a new day and I hope you are feeling good! Today would be a great day to do some shopping at Unity! Time to take advantage of their BIG sale. Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win some Unity goodies!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Growing in Unity – Day 1

It’s hard for me to believe that this week is Thanksgiving. And I can’t believe my GIU week has finally arrived! I am so thrilled to get to share some of my ideas with you.

I thought I’d kick off my GIU week with some holiday inspiration.

This card was created using a kit of the month “Conspiracy of Love” from October 2017.

I stamped this pretty image in Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic markers. I wanted to go with some non traditional colors for this card. Next, I went over the image with clear Wink of Stella to add some sparkle and shine. I heat embossed the sentiment with Ranger Watering Can embossing powder and then cut out the panel. My original idea was to make a slimline card, but then I changed my mind and went with a standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2” top folding card base. The layering panel is cut from Tonic Mirror Card in Burnished Rose. Isn’t that cardstock gorgeous?!? I’ve been hoarding that paper for a while but thought it would be pretty with these ornaments. Before adhering my stamped panel, I glued some white craft foam to the back to add some dimension to my card.

If you look closely, you’ll see the Wink of Stella.

I liked how this card turned out, so I decided to make another card. I followed a similar process, but I just stamped my sentiment on this version. This image is from the October 2018 kit of the month “All Winter Long” and the sentiment is from “Shine Bright Girls.”

I really like the soft, non-traditional colors and clean design of these cards.

I hope you will create some holiday cards this week. I know I still have lots to make!

Did you know that just by commenting on this blog post you might win some Unity goodies? I mean, who doesn’t want some free stamps, right?!?

I hope you’ll stop by tomorrow to see what I have to share!

Peppermint Mocha Season

I had so much fun creating this card for the Coffee Loving Cardmaker’s Fall/Winter blog hop!

My entry

I started by stamping this adorable image from Stamplorations recent release with Momento Tuxedo Black ink. Then, I used my Copic markers to color it. I really enjoyed creating my mocha swirl inside the cup! Since I don’t have dies, I needed to fussy cut my colored image. My background was created by die cutting a tan piece of cardstock with Lawn Fawn’s Quilted Backdrop and adhered that to my card base. I added foam tape to the back of my cup image to give my card some dimension. Lastly, I added sparkly washi tape to add some more detail to my card.

I think I am ready for Peppermint Mocha season! How about you?

Growing In Unity : Day 2

One of the things I love most about Unity Stamps is their sentiments. I love the variety of themes and fonts that can be found. I can always count on Unity to provide the perfect sentiment.

I made this card for a friend who always amazes me with her strength and courage. Her young son has brain cancer and every four months he has to be scanned to make sure the cancer hasn’t returned. I can only imagine the anxiety and fear she faces! I wanted to make a card to encourage her.

For this card, I used two stamp sets: “Planted” and “Stay Strong.”

I started by stamping my image in Momento Tuxedo Black Ink because it is a Copic friendly ink. Next, I colored the trees very simply, with the Copic colors YG63, YG95, and G99. I love how the graphic these trees are! I thought this image lent itself to a square shaped card, so I cut it out in a square and also die cut a green frame using the Newton’s Nook square stitched die. I adhered these to a larger square card base and used a corner rounder on the bottom corners of my card.

Then, I stamped the sentiment with the same black ink and die cut it with a stitched rectangle. I added some foam tape to the back of the sentiment to add a bit of dimension to my card.

Finally, I added some neutral twine for a little texture.

A simple card can make a big impact on the recipient…especially when the sentiment is encouraging.

I hope you will leave a comment for a chance to win some Unity goodies!

And if you’d like to see more of my card creations, please follow me on Instagram @maryredjr .

Background Bowl Challenge 2020

A group that I’m in decided we wanted to try something different. One of the members said she had a bunch of backgrounds that needed used. She thought it would be fun to randomly select a background and mail it out to each of us. Then we needed to create a card utilizing her background. Sounds fun, right?

It was! Here is the background that was sent to me:

Isn’t it pretty? I’m not sure if this was created with a stencil and glitter paste or some other way. When I saw it, I immediately thought about a lady bug stamp set and how cute that would be with it. I was thinking about diecutting out a large flower from the red and black background. Unfortunately, every die I laid on there did not look right. 😔. Then I thought about drawing a flower and fussy cutting it out. But, I was too afraid I’d ruin the background.

Instead, I decided to use the lady bug set ( from Lawn Fawn ) and use the background as a background. Not super creative, but I think the colors work well together.

For the images, I Copic colored each item and then I added glossy accents to the lady bug wings.

I still had a nice piece of the background left, so I decided to make another card! Call me an over achiever lol! I’m sorta obsessed with these gnomes from Simon Says Stamp. I thought the pattern would look cute on their hats. I decided to go with a winter scene ( since it’s been in the 90’s here!).

For the sentiment, I used a phrase from Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips. I wish I was hangin’ with my gnomies! Hopefully soon our little group of crafters can get together again. I really miss our monthly meetings.

I’m the mean time, stay safe and stay healthy!

Slimming Down

No, this isn’t a blog about weight loss tips, but feel free to leave me a comment with some advice (lol!)

Today I am sharing some slimline cards that I created while guest designing for Divinity Designs. I absolutely love ALL of their new slimline dies! These dies make creating slimline cards easy and fun.

Slimline Wedding Card

For this card I started with the slimline card base die. I die cut it out of Hammermill 100# cover stock. I die cut a matting rectangle in a shiny, gold stock. Then I used the slimline flower petal background die. I die cut it out of white Hammermill 100# cover and a matte gold cover weight cardstock as well (not sure who makes this, but it is beautiful!). I knew I wanted to inlay some of the matte gold petals for this wedding card. I also used the DD Bride and Groom die and cut it out of the matte gold 3 times and stacked them together for dimension. I glued the bride and groom diecuts onto a rectangle and adhered it to my card.

Pet Sympathy Card

I needed a pet sympathy card, so I grabbed my go- to sentiment from the stamp set Never Forgotten. I think it is the perfect sentiment for this type of card. I also used the slimline cloud dies along with the slimline rectangles, scalloped rectangles, and card base. Cutting strips of color for the rainbow was super easy!

Slimline Pelican Card

This card was really fun to create! I loved coloring this pelican and the sentiments were so sweet, too. I really liked the sentiment “everything is better by the sea” that comes with the By the Sea Stamp/Die Duo…but I wanted to make the “by the sea” portion a bigger focal point. So I masked off that part of the sentiment and then die cut the letters using the alphabet dies from Divinity Design. This card makes me yearn for the sea!

I hope you will start slimming down and create some slimline cards. Be sure to check out all of the great slimline dies available at Divinity Designs!

Long Time, No Sea

I have had so much fun this week playing with this Cape Cod stamp set created by Jenn Shurkus.

I think part of the reason is because it brought back some fond memories from beach vacations of the past. We had planned on going to Ocean Isle next week, but because of the Covid 19 outbreak, we rescheduled for next year. Creating with this stamp set made me feel (almost!) like I was at the beach!

Here are the cards I created this week with an exclusive stamp set created by my friend Jenn Shurkus.

Jenn lives on Cape Cod and is raising money for the Cape Cod Resilience Fund. This fund will help small businesses on Cape Cod who are experiencing financial difficulties due to Covid-19. This fund will be around for the long run, and continue to help small businesses out in the future. YOU can help by purchasing one of Jenn’s exclusive Cape Cod stamp sets. This set is so perfect for summer and beach themed cards! For each set sold between June 15 – July 1, $10 will be donated to the CCRF. Another way you can help? Share this with your creative friends and help spread the word! More details can be found on Jenn’s site here:

https://shurk.us/CCRF

A postcard inspired card.

Some fun, snarky cards that I can send to friends.

Two clean and simple pun cards.

A slimline retirement card because, let’s be honest, slimline cards are the “in” thing!

If you are looking for excellent quality slimline dies, Divinity Designs is taking pre-orders on their upcoming release.

Order these slimline dies here:

Divinitydesignsllc.com

I hope you’ll also consider ordering Jenn’s Cape Cod stamp set. If you do, you’ll have lots of fun creating summer/beach cards and support a great cause!

“Dad” Shirt Cards for Father’s Day

If you are like me, you find it hard to create masculine cards. But, the new Everyday Shirt Die from Divinity Designs makes creating masculine cards so easy! I’m loving this new shirt die with the Cool and Casual paper pad.

When I saw the cool patterns, they reminded me so much of my brothers. Both of them are very fond of the beach and tropical attire, so making them tropical shirts for Father’s Day seemed like the perfect fit.

This is my brother Mark. As you can see, tropical shirts are his “thing.”

And this is my brother Marty. He loves his Hawaiin print shirt!

I love that they both gravitate towards bright, playful patterns. They inspired the shirt cards I created for Divinity Designs new release.

dad-shirt

To create these cards, I first die cut the card base from the Couture Collection Die. Next, I used the new Everyday Shirt dies to cut out the shirt front and glued it to the card base. (Do not put glue on the sleeve portion, as these do not adhere to the card base.) These cute cards fit into a standard A-2 envelope – simply fold the sleeves on the score line. I had fun picking out patterns from the new paper pack. There were so many cool options to choose from!

The blue and green tropical shirt is perfect for my brother Mark, and the pineapple pattern is exactly what Marty would choose.

I love this new shirt die for making masculine cards. What dad wouldn’t want to receive one of these for Father’s Day?

Happy (early) Father’s Day to my brothers!

PS Mark just became a grandfather to his first granddaughter yesterday💗

Every Girl’s Crazy ‘Bout a Sharp Dressed Man

At a very young age, my son, Kyle, decided he really liked to wear a tux.

It all started when he was in my sister’s wedding at age 4. He loved the tux he wore. In fact, he asked me what job could he do where he could wear a tux.

I told him he could be a limo driver. He liked that idea.

As Kyle grew, his admiration for tuxes continued. And he found lots of reasons to wear one.

Above: Kyle playing piano at my wedding 2006. Below: Senior Prom 2011

Above: University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony 2019. Can you spot Kyle?

Kyle’s love of tuxedos inspired this card.

The Suit Jacket die is part of Divinity Designs latest release. To create this card, I started by die cutting the card base from the Couture Collection Die Set. Next, I die cut the suit coat parts, as well as the bow tie and pocket square, with the Suit Jacket Dies. I liked the idea of a polka dot bow tie and pocket square. To make this even more “tux like,” I added a boutonnière. I used a pop dot to give the boutonnière some dimension. I created it by stamping the rose from the My World Stamp/Die Duos with red ink onto red cardstock. I die cut it out and added a green leaf cut from the Bitty Blossoms Die Set.

I love the detail I can achieve with this set of dies! Aren’t those buttons so cute?

I can’t wait to send this card to Kyle!