Category Archives: Unity Stamp Co.

Deepest Sympathy

I have always loved flower silhouettes and was so happy to get this set, Insightful Meadows, from Unity.  I’ve had the set for quite a while but if you’re like me, you buy a set with every intention of using it right away.  Then you get busy and you plan to use it soon.  Before we know it, time has slipped away and the poor, lonely stamp set is still waiting.  Patiently.  In the “Unused” basket.  I finally pulled this one out.  :)

I first stamped the flowers using Amuse Navy ink on X-Press It Blending Card then stamped a second time without reinking to create the lighter impression.

The sentiment, from Unity’s Just Wanted to Say, was also stamped in Navy ink.

Once the stamping was complete, I used my Copic Airbrush System with B21 and B39 Copics to airbrush in the background.

Quick, easy and pretty (I think).  :)

Thanks for stopping by today!  I’ll be back soon.

Stamps:  Unity Insightful Meadows and Just Wanted to Say  Ink: AMuse Navy  Paper: MFT Nightshift Blue, X-Press It Blending Card  Accessories:  Copic markers (B21 and B39) and ABS, ribbon, string, brads.

Copics on Rubber

When I first saw this Insightful Meadows set by Donna Downey (sold by Unity Stamp Co.), I knew I had to have it.  I love floral/nature block-style images.  I’ve always stamped this type of image by first coloring directly onto the stamp with Stampin’ Up markers.  I’d heard you can do the same with Copics but I had never tried it…until now.

For the floral image, I colored directly onto the rubber using an E55 (Light Camel) Copic.


For some reason, in my stamp room I have a small spritz bottle filled with regular, everyday rubbing alcohol.  It must have been required for a technique I long ago wanted to try.  So I tried spraying that over my inked stamp. I stamped directly onto patterned paper and stamped the sentiment over the image using Memento Rich Cocoa. Love the result!

I know spraying Copic’s Colorless Blending Solution works as well, but I didn’t have any in a sprayer.  After a bit of poking around, I discovered that rubbing alcohol does produce the same look but the alcohol can affect some of the Copic colors.  For  my card, I didn’t care.  :)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great weekend!

Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. “Insightful Meadows” (Donna Downey)  Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa   Paper:  Papertrey Ink Kraft, My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found2 “Sunshine” (6×6)   Accessories:  E55 Copic marker, rubbing alcohol/spritzer, twill.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

A Rather iffy JiFFy

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It’s been a while since my JiFFy friends and I posted, so just to refresh your memory (or if you’re new to my blog), once a month one of us chooses patterned paper and sends to all.  Once the paper is en route, another of us reveals the image we are to use.  We never know what we’re getting until we’ve got it.  Sometimes it’s quite a challenge, but it’s always Just For Fun….usually.

This month Julie chose Sweetest Day by Unity.  And Carole, just by coincidence, selected the perfect coordinating paper, Echo Park’s “Madison Plaid” from their Little Girl Collection.  But as cute as that strawberry is, we just did not get along.  And once I finally had it colored and was somewhat satisfied with my results (keyword=somewhat), I had a hard time deciding what to do with it.

Wishing You the Sweetest Day Ever

I played with the color of the strawberry so many times, I don’t even know which markers I used.  I ended up coloring the seeds with a 3-d glaze pen and the strawberry piece is popped up on foam boosters.  The sentiment is bent a bit into a ‘blowing flag’ type shape but that isn’t clear in the photo.

Aside from my “eh” card, I hope you’ll check out what the other JiFFy girls came up with using this same image and paper.  I’m sure theirs are MUCH better than mine! :)  Also, we have a fabby guest this month, Carolyn King!  So fun to have her play along!  :)

Lori Craig

Alli Miles

Julie Campbell

Carole Burrage

Carolyn King

Thanks SO much for stopping by!  Have a great day!  :)

Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. “Sweetest Day”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper:  Papertrey Ink White, Prism Intense Pink and Intense Kiwi, Echo Park “Little Girl” Madison Plaid   Accessories:   Copic markers, MFT Simply Scallops Border Die-namics, black Sakura 3-d glaze pen, baker’s twine, dimensional boosters.  Finished size 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″.

It Takes Someone Special

Hello.  :)  I’m posting this a lot later than I had intended.  It’s turned out to be a busy day.  

I generally have a difficult time making cards for men but Father’s Day is by far the hardest.  My dad has been gone seven years (this month) and it can still be challenging listening to folks on the radio sharing special dad memories…or seeing all those Father’s Day cards in the stores with all of their sentimental thoughts.   I’m glad my children like to make their own Father’s Day cards.  At least that part is easy.  Regardless, I can’t let the occasion pass without making a card for my father-in-law.  He’s a very special man and I think the world of him.

It Takes Someone Special to be a Dad

       USD

I decided to deviate from my go-to color (brown) and instead used blue.  (I really need to put the brown away.  I’ve been using it WAY too much lately.)

Unity‘s Nothing But Blue Skies kit made this card so easy to finish, inside and out.  I used markers to color in a few of the circles and punched two different patterned papers (in two different sizes) to fill in some of the areas. 

USPINOn the inside I used a second sentiment from the same set.

It isn’t super-fancy, but I like how it turned out.  I think my father-in-law will too. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you had a nice Father’s Day, saw or talked to your dad or at least were able to take a moment to remember special times.  I’ll be back soon!

m.

Stamps: Unity “Nothing But Blue Skies”  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black  Cardstock: Prism Nautical Blue Dark, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream  Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee Bayberry Cottage 6×6  Accessories: Copic markers (B93, B97, C00, C1), My Favorite Things Crème Cotton Twill, ¼” and ½” circle punches, dimensional boosters.  Finished size 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.

Scoot on Over Here

Hello.  :)

Yesterday I decided I better stamp something using my latest Unity kit (before the next one comes). 

Scoot on Over Here

    USOOH

I love this little scooter.  The accompanying sentiments are adorable!  I stamped the scooter onto red “patterned” paper, popped up the fender and colored in the flowers with a white pen.  The little heart brads were originally pink.  I colored them with a black Copic.

USOINEven though I was a bit afraid this card was a tad too girly, I gave it to my husband yesterday for our anniversary.  (He said it was cute but he did point out that he would not ride a scooter with flowers on it.  lol.  Honestly, I can’t picture him on a scooter at all.  But he liked it.)

Since I was getting down to the wire in finishing this in time, I kept the inside super simple. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. “Rockin’ It Unity Style”  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black  Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy, True Black  Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Sugar Rush 6×6 paper pad  Accessories:  Spellbinders Nestabilities, Recollections (tiny) brad, American Crafts mini-brad, Spare Parts heart brads, Fiskars Rotary Trimmer/scallop blade, Inksenntials white opaque pen, dimensional boosters, clear embossing powder (on sentiment).  Finished sentiment 5” x 5”.

Hang in There

Hey there!  I’m posting this way later than I had originally intended.  Time just slipped away.  You know how it goes.

Hang in There Friend

    **TEMPORARILY REMOVED FOR PUBLICATION**

I’ve used last month’s Unity set again, Nothing but Blue Skies.  I think the little bird houses are so sweet.  (I like birds…as long as they aren’t stalking me…constantly pecking on my windows…no matter which room I’m in.) 

Anyway, I paired this image with Basic Grey’s new Kioshi paper.  Oh my gosh, this paper is gorgeous!  And it is just screaming to be used with black.  I ordered a 6 x 6 pad from Jacksonbelle Embellishments, but I seriously am thinking about buying another.  I really like it.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’m off to watch Survivor.  ETA: Never mind.  Darn basketball.
Have a great day!

Stamps: Unity Stamp Co. “Nothing but Blue Skies”  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black  Cardstock: Prism Black  Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Kioshi 6” x 6” paper pad  Accessories: Copic markers (YG91, YG93, YG95, W00, W1, W3, colorless blender pen), ribbon, button, Recollections mini brads.  Finished size 5” x 5”.

Playing with New Toys

With the birthday palooza over, I took a bit of time yesterday to play with some new stamps and paper.  I’m so behind on using my Unity kits, which is a shame because I really do like them and always look forward to seeing what the next month will bring. 

Songbird Serenade

  TRFP

This image and sentiment are both from Unity’s February kit, Nothing but Blue Skies.  I really like the bit of pattern on the bird’s wing. 

The paper is new Queen Bee from Pink Paislee.  I found mine at Jacksonbelle Embellishments.  Lindsey has more ordered and lots of new items in stock including brand new Basic Grey, new Pure Innocence and Jolinne by My Favorite Things, absolutely adorable Stampavie and more!

I’ll be back tomorrow with an MFT/VIP hop, then on Wednesday with another card using this cute kit!  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Stamps: Unity Stamp Co. “Nothing but Blue Skies”  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Cardstock: Stampin’ Up Basic Gray  Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee “Queen Bee” 6×6 paper pad  Accessories: Copic markers (Y02, YG93, W00, W1, W3), McGill Petite Petals punch, Recollections mini-brads, trim, black and clear Sakura 3-d glaze pen.  Finished size 5 ½” x 4 ¼”.

Spared!

Hi everyone!  Yay, we were spared the snow…this time.  But we do have some rough sounding wind out there.  Something is whistling like crazy.  Eek.  I probably won’t sleep well tonight. I’ll be too worried about a tree falling on the house or the siding blowing off.  (Tomorrow might be a “Venti” kind of day.  Ooooohhhh…new Starbucks flavor, Cherry Mocha.  Yum!)

While I had my Go Ahead…Wish Unity kit out, I decided to make the first of many birthday cards I’ll need in the next couple of months.  I’m really trying to stay ahead of the game this time.  (**trying**)

Go Ahead…Wish

   UGAW

I used my SU markers to ink the image and sentiment, then used my Copics to add a bit of shading and coloring.  Super easy and really quick.  (I can’t say that about very many of my cards.  Some take days.  I’m slow.)

I might as well send out a warning right now.  I have (literally) a marathon of upcoming posts.  Some days (many) I will have two…like Saturday.  My JiFFy friends and I will be back with our February challenge and I’ll have my Kraftin’ Kimmie Saturday challenge card to share as well.  Then in the upcoming days, I’ll have new Kraftin’ Kimmie and My Favorite Things.  Whew.  I’ve been crankin’.  I hope all the extra posts don’t drive you crazy.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great night/day! 

Stamps:  Unity “Go Ahead…Wish”   Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream  Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket “Girl Friday” Wednesday and Thursday   Accessories:  Stampin’ Up Not Quite Navy, Summer Sun and Black markers, Copic markers (BG0000, BG49, W00, W1), Prima “Madeline” trim, Basic Grey button/white string, sewing machine.  Finished size 5 ½” x 4 ¼”

Frazzled?

Just having a little fun today.  I love this little ragdoll.

Frazzled?  (yes)

     UFMG

She’s from Unity‘s “Go Ahead…Wish” kit.  I paired her with my favorite new collection, Cosmo Cricket’s Material Girl.  (I got mine from Jacksonbelle Embellishments.)  I colored, cut out and adhered the doll on dimensional boosters.  Trim is adhered using a thin strip of double-sided tape.  And you can find my little button wrap tutorial here.

I hate to be so super-short, but I’m off to get the kids to school, run a couple errands and then get some things done around here..and hopefully get caught up on my blog hopping.  (More snow tonight/tomorrow…ugh.  Just what I wanted to hear.  Thankfully, it isn’t supposed to amount to too much, one to three inches.  I hope that is IT.)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. “Go Ahead…Wish”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black   Cardstock: Stampin’ Up Ruby Red, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream   Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Material Girl 6×6 paper pad   Accessories: Copic markers (E000, E00, E31, E33, E35, E57, R14, R17, YR23, YR31, YG63, YG67), Maya Road trim, PTI buttons, white string, dimensional boosters.  Finished size 5” x 5”.

Cut it Out (A WT Challenge)

Hi everyone!  I’m filling in for Julia’s weekly challenge at SCS while she battles a nasty flu bug.  (Feel better, J!)

This week we’re going to “Cut it Out.”  We’re not going to stop doing something…or tell someone else to stop doing something (although if you feel the need, don’t let me stop you).  Instead we’re going to cut out our images and/or sentiments.  This is something I rarely think to do so I thought it might be fun to challenge myself along with everyone else.

Rock-On!

     URO3

I dug through my pile of Unity stamps and chose this fun guitar from their “…Wherever You Go” set.  I just love those tiny hearts at the tops of the strings.  (Can you tell I’m not a musician?)

I stamped the guitar and sentiment onto natural cardstock, colored, cut out and matted onto black.

If you’d like to play along with the challenge, you can find the info HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. “…Wherever You Go”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black  Cardstock: Prism Black and Natural Smooth  Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Origins 6×6 paper pad   Accessories: Copic markers (YG63, YG67, Y21, E31, W3, W5), Maya Road yellow crocheted trim, dimensional boosters.  Finished size 5” x 5”.