Thursday, July 17, 2014

chalk it up to unity....

Hello my wonderful friends!

Guess what... It's Thursday, and time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)

Courage to Imagine 

If you are arriving here from Kary's blog you are right on track... if not, go ahead and start at the beginning by clicking HERE.. You don't want to miss any of the fabulous inspiration (or chances to win!)

Have you ever had one of "THOSE" weeks? You know the kind... where everything is about 1000 times more stressful than it needs to be? Yeah. That was how this week started. Monday night, I didn't go to bed at all because I was too overwhelmed to sleep.

URRRRRGGGGG!

However, I was finally able to sit down with my Unity stamps, Distress Ink, and watercolor crayons, and art out my stress. That is one of the things I LOVE most about what I do... Creating art helps me deal with life. It helps me cope with the hard times, and celebrate the good!


I super ADORE this stamp! It's this week's Stamp of the Week, and a I love it! You can check it out HERE.

I also got a chance to play around with an idea I had. I'm excited to say, it worked like a charm!

So, you know the chalkboard trend everyone has been on?  Well, I'll admit, I'm not very talented at making my chalkboards, white board, or mirrors look very pretty when I write on them. It's super frustrating! So, I found a way to "draw" and "write" on my chalkboards that doesn't require any artistic skills with chalk... Wanna know how?

Stamps and chalk markers!

The chalk markers are special markers that have a liquid formula that works well on chalkboards, glass, and other such surfaces, and washes off with a little water. Super fun!
(You can get chalk markers in all sorts of colors, I'm just boring and like the look of the traditional white on the blackboard...)

Simply ink up your stamp with the chalk marker(s) just like you would using any other marker, then stamp on your board. The ink washes off both your stamp and board with just a damp rag.


And now, I can have the "Pinterest cute" chalkboards without having to be spend the time, or frustration at trying to draw an awesome image myself! Love that!

Enjoy the hop... I'm off to go whale watching with the kiddos! YAY!

Don't forget---
 Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog.


Your next stop is Lisa!


Enjoy!



36 comments:

Miwa said...

Adorable card! Love the idea of using a chalk marker - who knew? Thanks for the tip! :)

Tenia Nelson said...

Very very COOL!!! :)

cal8007 said...

hush the critic inside you, Kassi. Just create with abandon. Your cards are awesome as always. Thanks for the enabling; now I need those markers!!

Theresa Krout said...

Really love the gorgeous card!! Love that color blue. Can you tell me more about what techniques you used? Looks like embossing and distressing???

Helen said...

Inspiring!

Rachel B said...

I absolutely love the second card. That background is awesome!

D- said...

LOVE your card and chalk board design. Thanks for sharing.
Crafty hugs,
D~
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Lucinde said...

Love the bright colors against the black background!

mandysea said...

Scrapping is definitely one way to stress release, and your card is adorable.... Love your chalkboard too!

Kris B said...

Cute card and I love the chalkboard! I don't think I've seen chalk markers yet, guess I better do a little web search! I think I need some play time to release some stress! Love to craft away the worries (at least for a little while!)

SuprFoxDesigns said...

Love your cards and your blog (love the hop cause I find new people to follow) :)
Thanks for the chalk board tip also, awesome and cute!

KC said...

these are all great cards! i love the colors of the butterfly one, and the chalk idea is perfect!

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

Fabulous background! Love that stamp!

Sue D said...

Great cards. I like the sentiment on the first, the coloring on the second and thanks for the tip on chalk markers.

2suns said...

Butterfly is beautiful

Bev said...

How very clever thanks for sharing...

Linda said...

Gorgeous cards, always love your amazing coloring!

Gaylynn said...

More pretty creations today. That chalk marker looks like it would be great to work with.

Ruby said...

Lovely cards.

JPScraps said...

The card is just gorgeous! Thanks for the chalk marker tip. Have you tried it on paper?

Scrappin' Diva said...

Such a pretty card!

Tina said...

simply so beautiful...love the colors on these

michelegeorgern said...

Never even thought to use my chalkboard markers....

Vicki vicki_gable@hotmail.com said...

such a cool idea with the chalk marker!!! Thanks so much for sharing that! the butterfly and your sentiment go so very well with each other

jmahugger said...

Beautiful cards!

Alina said...

Lovel card! Thanks for the tip with the chalk markers!

WhoMom said...

Didn't know about chalk marker...and I'm with you on the needing a stamp to make it cute, so another item on the wish list! Thanks for sharing and hope the whale watching was fantastic!

Katherine said...

I love the look of this card! The blue paper looks so cool - love that technique and would be interested to know how to re-create it!

Katherine said...

I love the look of this card! The blue paper looks so cool - love that technique and would be interested to know how to re-create it!

Mary Friederichsen said...

Great tip for the chalkboard! Love that!
Uprising cards are wonderful! Love the sunflower one! Love the colors and the texture with the image! Thank you for sharing! Hoping you were able to get some sleep last night! :D

Janis said...

Awesome tip and wonderful cards!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Sheryl said...

Such a cool card, thanks for the tutorial above!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

So pretty. TFS

Christina's Creations said...

Well stamping with a chalk marker is just a genius idea, love that!

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome! Love that gorgeous butterfly and the can of sunflowers and the cute cake! You used several of my favorite stamps!

Toni K said...

Gorgeous card!