Thursday, November 10, 2016

Brown Thursday HOP

I'm so excited for this HOP!  It's that "ALL OUT" time of year for Unity. TONS of new releases and a discount on almost every stamp in the store - just for YOU.  The big benefit is that it's happening right now - well before any of this Black Friday nonsense so you have plenty of time to check out all of the new stuff and move all that wish list stuff right into your cart!  Let's go!
 
I wish I'd had time to play with all of the new releases, but there are so many I only did a few.  This post is still full of photos and some friendly tips.
 
I'm a HUGE Phyllis Harris fan and this release is stunning.  This Magical as Snow kit is destined to become one of my favorites. It's colored with distress markers and the the edges are inked with more distress ink.  I rotated the circle frame snowflake die just so it appeared that one of the snowflakes was sitting in her hand.

 
Let's move on to a beautiful sentiment kit (Full of Merry) just in time for Christmas card and tag making.  This card is so easy to make! Take a rectangle of card stock smaller than your card front.  Die cut an ornament shape from the center (think of the other seasonal possibilities!).  Stamp your sentiment on some cardstock, add some simple coloring, and mount behind your frame with foam tape.  Adhere the whole thing to your card and add some sequins and a twine bow.


The new I Tolerate You kit from Lisa Arana is just the sweetest image.  Again, I used my go-to coloring tools - distress makers.  The bear is colored completely while for the bunny, I simply used a light color and went right inside the image line then took a wet paint brush over that to blend it out a bit.  This gives some depth to a white image :) I love the little strip of "sweater paper" I found at HL and then some die cut snowflakes to finish it off.


Now it's Joy to Go from Angie Blom.  She might be famous for her girls, but her talent extends to so many other images (psst!, like this one). It's easy to color a detailed image with distress markers (or any water-based marker).  For instance on the pine branches, lay done a fine line with your marker on the main stem and then use a paint brush or water brush to pull the color out to the ends of the needles.  It creates such a pretty watercolor effect.  As with all of my cards, I want the image to be the focal point.  I only added a piece of a doily and a little enameled heart dot for embellishments.


I saved my favorite for last.  Anyone that knows me knows that I love dogs.  OK, so Labradors are my absolute favorite, but I do love all dogs.  This little fellow from the Lucky Dog kit is just the cutest thing.  The coloring is so simple.  I kind of squiggled (my word-of-the-day) some distress marker close to the black parts of the image and then took a very wet pint brush and laid it on top of the color to let it flow a bit.  The result is a tri-color dog!  The sentiment is masked to break it into 2 parts (or if you prefer and I do! - just cut into 2 parts - no stamp harmed in doing this).  You can still stamp the parts into a straight line, or do what I did to get them to fit into the little tag die.  One sad note here...the paper I used is part a very old DCWV Pet Mat Stack.  To the best of my knowledge it is no longer available.  I guess this is why I have so much paper that I can't let go of!

 
So here's the big SCOOP you've all been waiting for.
 
 
And don't forget what happens every single HOP...there are prizes to be had just for leaving each design team member a little bit of love.
 
 
So follow all of the pretty faces you see below (and the Unity blog too!).  Remember our HOP motto
HOP, then SHOP!
 
 
 

25 comments:

  1. So many beautiful cards - thanks for sharing such wonderful inspiration. =)

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  2. Your 'I Tolerate You' card with the sweater paper is absolutely adorable!! Love it!!

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  3. Great cards. I love that you hang on to favorite products!

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  4. Love your bunny card. I thought it looked like a sweater even before I read your description! Lol love it!

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  5. the little first snow girl and holiday take out cut are my favorites.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  6. What lovely cards! Stunning color work and card design.

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  7. Lisa blog no comments available, anyway As I blog hop I am learning so many new ways to make cards, also I love these colors u used. Janet

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  8. Very Pretty! You do such a nice job with your coloring.

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  9. Just amazing cards. I love your coloring and tips and the whole release is just wonderful.

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  10. I love your cards! I have the exact same pet mat stack that I have never used & the lucky dog stamp kit is the perfect way to use that stack! Oh I might have to place another order now!

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  11. Love the embossing on the card! Gorgeous!

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  12. Beautiful cards! Love them all especially the little girl.

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  13. Gosh, all your cards are absolutely beautiful! Love that coffee cup, especially...

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  14. The dog card is awesome. Great choices of papers and colors.
    Love the Magical as snow girl too :)

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  15. All of your cards are darling. Love the papers
    you chose for each. LOVE the coffee cup & plaid.

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  16. Amazing cards. Love the images and colouring.

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  17. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful cards.

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    1. These are all simply beautiful! I love them!

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  18. Love that die cut with the first girl and that puppy has stolen my heart. Hugz

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