The Stamps I Use

Monday, August 15, 2016

GIU Winners Announcement

Hi folks!

Just popping in to announce the two winners who left wonderful comments all last week on my Growing in Unity posts. If you missed the posts, just scroll down and you will find them from Monday to Friday.

Drum roll.......the winners are Sarah and ionabunny. Please contact me via email ASAP with your snail mail addresses so I can pass them along to the wonderful folks at Unity Stamp Co so you can get your stamp goodies!

Thanks to everyone who paid me a visit last week and left such wonderful comments. Looking forward to seeing you all on the various Unity Stamp Co social media pages!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

We're friends because

Hi folks,

If you were tuning in this past week, each of my weekday posts were for Growing in Unity. I played nice and didn't do a single "after dark/edgy" card for my entire week - even though they are among my favourites from Unity.

So since it is the weekend and my official GIU posts are finished (except for the one where I will announce the winners of the stamps from Unity), I figure it's safe to share some fun cards for any fans of the edgier stamps from Unity. Comments on this post do not count towards the draw for the prize from Unity.

I pulled this set out of my as yet unfiled Unity stamps to make these two cards. The set is called "She used to care" and definitely has a retro vibe with the image and typewriter font for the sentiments.

Of course, me being me I had to make two cards. And for the second one I took a little liberty with the sentiment. I'm pretty sure MOST of my friends would agree that my version is more accurate when it comes to our friendship. I'm generally the one that gets labelled a "little off-kilter"

card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Growing in Unity - Day 5

Hi folks,

Thanks for stopping by today for my last day as the "Growing in Unity" gal. Each day this week, my posts have been a project created using stamps from Unity Stamp Company.

Today I am NOT <gasp> sharing a canvas and card duo. Nope! Today I'm sharing three cards I made using a couple of different stamps from a grab bag I picked up some time ago.

I needed to make a card for our niece who just turned one this past weekend and I thought this cute little elephant would make an adorable card for a toddler. BTW - it's available as the Itty Bitty "Ellie's Wish" here. How many Itty Bitty's do you have in YOUR collection? Or would that be telling?

And then, because I stamped out a bunch of little Ellie's, I thought it would be a shame to waste them so I put them together for this card. Woo hoo! Bonus birthday card for the stash!

I used a couple of the other stamps in the grab bag to make this card as well. I thought it would make a nice "Just Because" card. You can pick up "Walking on Sunshine" from the Itty Bitty Collection here

I just thought that flowers on the background paper were a perfect, happy match for the sunburst and sentiment. Of course, I sprinkled a few sequins on there as well for a bit of sparkle.

Well, that's it for my last official GIU post this week. I REALLY wanted to share some projects using the "After Dark" stamp category - I'm a BIG fan of those stamps and have most of them - but I know there are folks who are quick to take offence at some of the images or sentiments. So, I didn't include any in my official posts for GIU this week. But....if you ARE a fan of the cheeky after dark stamps, drop by again this weekend for a few additional creations. Commenting on THOSE will not be eligible for the prize draw but they might make you giggle.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Growing in Unity - Day 4

Hi folks,

If you are a regular visitor then you know that all this week I am the "Growing in Unity" girl. Each day this week, I've been sharing a project (or two) I created using stamps from Unity Stamp Company. I hope you've been enjoying the week so far!

So are you tired of the canvas and card combos yet? I hope not as I'm sharing another pair today!

This is a very simple canvas. I just watercoloured in a few shades of pink for the background and then stamped the "...with her own wings" butterfly background and sentiment in Memento black ink. I know a few people who enjoy butterflies so this will probably be gifted to someone.

And then there is the card.

I seem to be on a bit of a monochrome kick lately so I tried to break out of it by adding a pop of colour with a few sparkly pink butterflies.

Hope you enjoyed today's projects! Be sure to leave a comment to get your name into the draw for a special gift from Unity Stamp Company!

And don't forget to pop by again tomorrow for my last post as the GIU gal!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Growing in Unity - Day 3

Hi folks,

Thanks for stopping by today. In case you missed it - all this week I am the "Growing in Unity" girl. Each day this week, I'm sharing a project I created using stamps from Unity Stamp Company.

Today I'm sharing another little canvas and card, this time using "Reach for the Stars"

Again, for the canvas the background was watercoloured but this time I tried colouring with my Copic markers directly on the canvas for the little girl and her cat. I think it came out okay. I added a little bling to make the stars sparkle in the sky. I know the sky isn't a dark dark blue - I kind of wanted to keep the colours a bit lighter so just imagine the sun is just setting and the stars are just starting to peek out. <grin>

For the card, I watercoloured the sky again but the rest of the image was coloured with Copic markers.

Hope you have all been enjoying the projects I've been sharing this week. Be sure to pop back again for tomorrow's GIU post!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Growing in Unity - Day 2

Hi folks,

Thanks for stopping by today. If you happened to stop by yesterday, then you already know that I am the Growing in Unity Gal this week. Each day I'll be sharing a creation of mine using stamps from Unity Stamp Company. Be sure to leave a comment as there are goodies up for grabs from Unity at the end of the week!

As I mentioned yesterday, I decided to get brave and try my hand at watercolouring this week. Nothing fancy, mostly just trying to master backgrounds first before I step into watercolouring images - mostly because I NEED to find an ink that I can use on my canvases for stamping that doesn't smudge when I add the watercolours. I'm thinking an archival ink will work - or maybe Stazon? My black Stazon had dried out so I need to pick up a new one to try.

Here's another little fun canvas I tried. Again, the canvas background is watercoloured but the cute little unicorn and rainbow cloud (from Unicorns & Rainbows) are stamped on paper, coloured with Copic markers and then adhered to the canvas.

 I'm thinking it would make a fun, inspirational prezzie for someone in my T.O.P.S. group.

And, again, I made a quick little card with the second image I had coloured up.

Not sure if you can see it but I added a little sparkle to the stars with my Copic clear Spica marker.

Hope you enjoyed today's projects! Pop back again tomorrow when I'll be sharing my Day 3 GIU projects!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Growing in Unity - Day 1

Hi folks,

Thanks for stopping by today.

Again this year, I am lucky enough to be one of the many fans of Unity Stamp Company who gets to share with you, for an entire week, my creations using their delightful stamps. I hope you enjoy!

If you leave a comment on each of my Growing In Unity posts, your name will be entered into a draw to win some goodies from Unity Stamp Company!

I decided with this week of GIU that I would try my hand at making a few little canvases. Nothing fancy - just playing a little bit with stamping and watercolouring.

For this canvas (and the card which follows) I used the gorgeous "Be Amazing" stamp. The image is stamped on paper and coloured with Copic markers as I have not yet mastered colouring with watercolours on the canvas. I then affixed it to the watercoloured canvas and stamped my sentiment.

I felt like the piece needed a little something more and the watch gears just jumped out at me as being a perfect accompaniment to the sentiment. A little play on time so to speak.

And since I never just colour one image, I used the second one to make this card.

I thought the flowered paper was a perfect match to her beautiful tattoo.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Be sure to stop by again tomorrow for another Unity creation! Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win some goodies from Unity!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Hi folks,

Just popping in to share another recent creation.

This birthday card (for another niece) was a fun one - I actually mixed papers from TWO different paper packs! Unheard of for me!

card details:

  • finished size: 6 x 6, white card stock base
  • patterned papers: CTMH Happy Times and Whimsy Paper Fundamentals (retired)
  • stamped image: The Greeting Farm "Aloha", coloured with Copic Markers
  • sentiments: CTMH Circus Alphabet and Verve "Amazing Wishes"
  • die cuts: Verve "Flag It" die cut set
  • layout: Viva La Verve July 2016 Sketch 2
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Hi folks,

I promised I would be back to share a creation with the new CTMH Fundamentals papers - and here it is.

Love the Lagoon colour of these papers from the Adventure Fundamentals.

card details:

additional challenges for this card:

Monday, August 1, 2016

August Promos from CTMH

Hi folks,

Just popping in to share the August promos from CTMH.

The August Stamp of The Month is "Purr-fect Hallowe'en".

As usual, you can snag this D-size stamp set for the discounted price of $6 with a qualifying $50 order. Or you can purchase it at full retail for $21.25

Here's some fun artwork from CTMH home office featuring this cute stamp set.

A fun card - totally appropriate for any one of my three cats.

And this lovely Hallowe'en layout.

Seeing as how I'm a cat person, I can bet I will be using this set for more than just Hallowe'en!

This month's feature promotion "Basically the Best" is a great introduction to the brand new Fundamentals patterned paper collections from the just launched Annual Inspirations Idea Book. During the month of August, when you order the Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals, you can choose the Rustic Home or Uptown Fundamentals for FREE! 

Be sure to stop by throughout the month as I'll be sharing some projects featuring these new patterned papers from CTMH.

As always, thanks for stopping by!