Saturday, June 28, 2014

Just Us Girls Inspiration Challenge!



Marisa is our hostess this week at Just Us Girls and picked out this fabulous picture as our inspiration!



Here is what I came up with using Unity Stamps:


Here are supplies I used:



Be sure to swing on by the JUST US GIRLS BLOG and check out what the design team created.  Then play along with us!


Just a reminder:  If you win Chic of the Week in any of our June challenges, you are in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of August.


How to play: Please copy and use our graphic on your post. You need to upload your new project [no back dating please] for this week's challenge to your online blog or to a public photo gallery. Leave a link that goes directly to your project in the Linky Tools form at the bottom of this post. If you upload to online galleries, please use the keyword or tag, JUGS247.  After you post to Linky Tools you may also leave a comment here.  We ♥ love hearing what you think of our challenges!

Deadline to be considered for the "Chic of the Week" is 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, July 3rd. The Linky Tools form will close at that time.  Our "Chic of the Week", will be announced the following Friday morning. Thanks for playing along.


Have fun creating!


Marisa

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friends with Flair Friday

Hey there!  Happy Friday!  It's friends with flair time Unity Style!

I found a new challenge blog called Tag You're It!  I was bummed I totally missed the DT call for it but they are getting started and are having a mini challenge this week so for Friends with Flair I decided to play along!

The challenge is an inspiration challenge so this is the inspiration tag to take from it what you will:


Here is what I created for this challenge using Unity Stamps:


I used distress inks in the background and paper pieced the umbrella.  Not sure how CAS I ended up with but I did make it pretty quick and love how it came out!  Can't wait to play again with these challenges as I love making tags!

Thanks for stopping by!

Maria

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sweet Sunday Sketch

I decided to play along with this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch.  Here is this week's sketch:

Here is what I came up with using a great Unity Stamp:


Here are supplies I used:



Thanks for stopping by today!!

Till later!

Maria

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Just Us Girls Color Challenge

Happy Summer!!!  

This week I'm the hostess for the Just Us Girls Challenge!

  I have to say I'm not a huge fan of Summer (I hate the heat) but I do love Summer colors and images when crafting.  One of my favorite combos is Orange and Yellow.  So that is this week's color challenge Orange, Yellow plus a neutral of your choice. 

Here is what I came up with:

Used Stickles on the drinks:



My supplies:




Check out what our awesome Design Team came up with this week:

Guest Designer- Shirley-Bee
Sharyn
Marisa

Vicki

Just a reminder:  If you win Chic of the Week in any of our June challenges, you are in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of August.

How to play: Please copy and use our graphic on your post. You need to upload your new project [no back dating please] for this week's challenge to your online blog or to a public photo gallery. Leave a link that goes directly to your project in the Linky Tools form at the bottom of this post. If you upload to online galleries, please use the keyword or tag, JUGS246 After you post to Linky Tools you may also leave a comment here.  We ♥ love hearing what you think of our challenges!

Deadline to be considered for the "Chic of the Week" is 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, June 26th . The Linky Tools form will close at that time.  Our "Chic of the Week", will be announced the following Friday morning. Thanks for playing along.


Have fun creating!

Maria

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friends with Flair

Hi All!  TGIF!  It's Unity Friends with Flair!

So this week I put my cards into a 2nd local store, so I was excited!  Here is a picture of the display from one store:


Here are 2 Unity cards I made for the store as well as for teacher's cards.

This one I made for  teacher's card:



The lady who owns the shop loved this card:


And I also created the same card in a different color:


Well that's all for today!  Stay tuned to tomorrow for another Just Us Girls and Unity Stamps!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi there!

I haven't been the only one starting a Mixed Media Blog there are some other cool ones out there as well!  One being The Mixed Media Card Challenge and they are having a call to fill their DT.  This weekend I made a card to submit.

In the "She Art" style I made this:


On this card I have a few mediums: Stamps, inks, sprays, gel and papers.

Here are supplies that I used:





Here are some more photos:


This is how it started:



Thanks for stopping by!

Maria

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Watercolor Stamping



Welcome to another fun Just Us Girls Challenge!  This week is technique week and Sue V is our hostess.  The technique this week is one that is all the rage lately - watercolor stamping!  Watercolor stamping is so easy and looks fabulous.  Just use some distress inks, gelatos, distress papers, sprays anything that reacts with water would work create.  Stamp up or color using chosen medium and spray the stamp with some water from a spritzer, then stamp. 

Here is what I came up with using a stamp from the Unity Layer's Of Life set.


Be sure to come play along with us this week and try this fun technique!  Then be sure to swing on by the Design Team blogs and say hi, they work hard each week to create wonderful creations for the challenges! 

Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Till next time!

Maria

Friday, June 13, 2014

Unity Friends with Flair Friday

It's time for some flair!  Unity Friends with Flair that is!  So what do you do when you want to create but there's no mojo....  Alter boxes of course!  I sat at my desk the other day to do something but I wasn't feeling it so I took a Trader Joe's K-Cup box (which I've done many times before) and altered it.

Here is what I came up with:



Here are some supplies I used:


Well thanks for stopping by!

Till tomorrow for Just Us Girls!

Maria

Monday, June 9, 2014

Curtain Call Challenge

I played along with the Curtain Call challenge this week.   Here is the inspiration photo:



It's super cool because Unity Stamp Co. is the sponsor for this challenge.

Here is what I came up with:


Here are the supplies I used:

Thanks for stopping by!

Maria

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Just Us Girls Challenge


This week is sketch week at Just Us Girls!

Here is what I came up with:


The funny thing is I didn't use any stamps on this card just some fun pattern papers. 

Here is the pack and ribbon I used:


Be sure to swing on by JUST US GIRLS BLOG to check out what the entire Design Team picked up and to play along with us this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Maria

Friday, June 6, 2014

Friends with Flair Friday

It's Friday folks and time for Unity Friends with Flair!  I decided to do the June tag from Tim Holtz's 12 tags of 2014!  He used a "watercolor" technique with stencils.  Tim shared this technique in the watercolor for carmakers class I took and it's fun.

Here is my version of the tag:





Check out how cool "dying" the ribbon is:



Here are the supplies I used:

Not included is my stencil which I believe is a Hedi Swapp circle stencil.

Do you like Mixed Media?  This tag can certainly be termed a mixed media tag for sure!  I used sprays, ink, stamp, stencils.  Come join us over at Mixed Media Mojo for some great mixed media inspiration!  I started the blog with a few crafty friends and we are so excited about it.

That's all for today!  Swing on by tomorrow for a new JUST US GIRLS CHALLENGE!

Thanks for stopping by!

Maria

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Mixed Media Mojo - Challenge #1



I am so excited to share the first Mixed Media Mojo Challenge!  We want to encourage the fun mixed media play where really there are no rules!

However to guide you a bit here are some definitions that I shared in a previous post over at Mixed Media Mojo:

What is Mixed Media anyway?  Here is a simple definition from Wikipedia:

"Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed."

Pretty simple but then you may ask what is Medium? Again from Wikipedia:

"In the arts, a medium is a material used by an artist or designer to create a work."

So medium can be anything really some simple examples: inks, paints, papers, gels and pastes.  But the list can go on and on.  So if you are a carmaker/scrapbooker and haven't tried Mixed Media yet you can because odds are you have enough supplies to give it a go.  

My simple suggestion is to take a piece of card stock and add a layer of gesso to it or if you don't have Gesso try white craft paint.  It just gives the paper a surface some tooth for you to work on. Basically its a primer for your paper but looks like white paint.  But beware when using gesso as it does not come out of your clothes like white craft paint will.  So to begin with use what you have on hand.  I found inexpensive gesso at Walmart and with a coupon at Michael's its not too bad.  Next all you have to do is pick some mediums to use.  You probably have lots of ink pads and sprays that's a great start.  Toss in some of that "scrap" paper and stamps and you are good to go!  

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The first challenge is a simple one:  Use Stamps and at least 2 Mediums on your project.  

Create what you want!  You can do an art journal page, make a card or use a canvas.  We can't wait to see what you create!

Here is what I did in my art journal:


Maria Levine





Here are supplies that I used for this:




I like to try and take pictures of the supplies I used so if you have any questions let me know.  So we were required to use 2 mediums here I used Sprays & inks but also used paper as well.

I hope you will play along with our challenge.  It will be up for a month so there's plenty of time.  And during the month every Wednesday we will share some fun Mixed Media on the blog.

Be sure to swing on by the Mixed Media Mojo's Design Team members to see what they cooked up :


Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Maria