Thursday, July 3, 2014

to friendship and fun...

Hello my wonderful friends!


It's time for another Unity hop!
This week is super special because we celebrating friendship with the new Gina & Me kit from Unity, and the Ang & Me supplies kit from Gina K. with a combined blog hop from BOTH companies!  I know, that means more blogs, but it also means more prizes! Unity and Gina K. are BOTH choosing winners! 
(besides, it's tons more inspiration! LOVE.) 

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!)

Ok, so I'm seriously loving the flower and butterfly in the new Gina & Me kit! Totally fell in love with the first time I saw the kit. And the papers in the Ang & Me Supplies kit are FABULOUS! The card stock is a nice weight, and the pattern paper has an awesome finish too!  I also LOVE that this all came about because two wonderful women are such DEAR friends even though they are in the same business. The world needs more friendships like this!

While I was working on this card, my 10 yr old niece was watching... She was asking me all sorts of artsy questions, than she threw one at me that kinda surprised me...

"Do you ever make a mistake in your art?"

HA!  I'm pretty flattered that she has elevated me to the superhuman capabilities of being perfect, but I had to pop her bubble and I told her:

 It happens ALL THE TIME! It's just a part of learning.. and part of art.  

As if the universe wanted to prove my point, just minutes after that,  I set something down that wasn't quite dry, and smeared brown ink across the white part of the card, and had to start over. 

Yes, I make mistakes. It happens, and it's ok.  Sometimes I have to remind myself of that!  (I actually like this version of the card much better.)

To get that fabulous arch of flowers, I used the Inkadinkado Circle Stamping Gear. Works GREAT with Unity stamps!  (it also made it quite easy to redo the card!)

I also did a little watercoloring with June's KOM.... I used Distress Markers to color on the stamp with various colors, I than spritzed it with water and stamped. After it had dried, I used a damp paint brush to smear the ink inside the flowers just a tad. SUPER quick and easy!  I love the look of it though!

(BTW... have you seen the new KOM, SMAK, and LOL?  Totally in love, and can't wait for mine to get here! How about you?)

And... 
For those of you who don't know... I pretty much always do a tutorial... just cuz I love to!

This week, I thought I would share a fun way to jazz up some of your bold, solid stamps...

Stencil Stamping

Step 1: lay a stencil over a bold, solid stamp... the heart from the new Gina & Me kit is perfect!

Step 2: use a marker spritzer (I use THIS one) to spritz ink through the stencil, and onto the stamp. You can concentrate ink in some areas more than others for fun fades!

your stamp will look something like this... super fun!

Step 3: press stamp to paper like usual.

You can get all sorts of cool effects with this... try fades, or using multiple colors... Tons of fun!


Don't forget---
 Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win. I know there is twice as much hop this week... but that means more winners, so make sure to hop through all of the Gina K. team too! The winners for Unity, will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog.


Your next stop is Lisa!


Enjoy!



46 comments:

2suns said...

Love the stencil stamp idea. The cards are great.

Nora N. said...

What totally adorable cards!! I LOVE how you did the stencil stamping. How fun. I am going to have to try this method!! Thank you for showing us!!

Judy Woodland said...

Love all your cards, thanks for the great inspiration. I just got the spritzing tool and can't wait to use it. appreciate the great idea!

Lisa K said...

Great tutorial. I love the card you finished with.

Gayle said...

Love you take on this set.

Karen Hightower said...

Wonderful cards. They are all very pretty. I love the beautiful butterflies :)

Linda said...

I love all cards and the layout and the colors. The butterflies is my pick of the week!

Sue D said...

Beautiful butterfly card and thanks for the tip on using the stamping gear. Also thanks for the tutorial.

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

these cards are so very pretty! I love the two floral ones

jennifer mitten said...

I adore all your cards and love how you inked those hearts!

Nanette said...

Pretty cards! Thanks for the tutorial.

SuprFoxDesigns said...

Beautiful cards- love the tulips and the slight smearing. And thanks for the stencil and stamp idea- awesome!!

Nana Griffin said...

Nicely done! I like your butterfly card the best.

Gaylynn said...

These are beautiful. Love the way you made the hearts. :)

Donna Phelan said...

Beautiful friend card!

Ruby said...

Love all the cards and I really like the tutorials. Thanks for that.

jules said...

Beautiful creations!

Terri Burson said...

Always love your creative tips Kassi. Gorgeous!

harmonycat said...

Beautiful and thanks for the tips

Karen (karey2005) said...

Thanks for the tip on stencil stamping! Great idea.

scrappinmommom said...

Loved all your cards, thanks for the stencil instructions. Thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

Beautiful project, thanks for the inspiration!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Donna K said...

Beautiful Kassi!! Doesn't it help to know that mistakes are OK! Thanks for sharing your story and your creations!

Kris B said...

Lovely cards! Mistakes can help us be more creative, love finding ways to make the mistake look as if it's part of the plan! Thanks for the stencil stamping tutorial! Awesome idea!!

cal8007 said...

Kassi, I make mistakes all the time, that's why I use embellies on my cards! Thanks for the tip on the stencils and the stamps!

Joyce Evans Erb said...

Great cards, I like the layered butterflies. Your tutorial was wonderful

sue k said...

Beautiful cards, you are very creative.

Sue
http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

Patti J said...

Gorgeous creations! Thanks for sharing!

WhoMom said...

Great cards! Love the stencil/stamps technique with the hearts and will have to try it out. The tulips are fabulous. There are no mistakes, just opportunities to move in a different direction!

Lisa Angela said...

Love your projects...TFS!

Rebecca Wong said...

Love the tutorial, love your cards design... awesome!

Helen said...

Great idea on the tutorial! Can't wait to try it!

Dawn Fields said...

Beautiful cards; thanks for the tutorial!

Kristen V said...

Thank you for the wonderful stamping tips!

Queen-of-Cards said...

Well done!!!

Deborah345 said...

I love this stamp tip/technique.

Rushd Lady said...

bling-a, bling-a, bling-a You sure put some bling-a on that stamp! I just bought some stamping gears and thanks for a wonderful tulip card made with it! What an inspiration! jumpin' out!

Julie Odil said...

Kassi, your butterfly and flower card is great, so is the tulip card, but that stenciled stamp? You BLEW me out of the water with that technique! Woohoo! I'm trying that SOON! Thanks for the great tip!

Sherry Butcher said...

great cards,love the use of the stamps, and the tutorial! I just got the spritzing tool and can't wait to use it. TFS.

Dr. Ivy said...

Great cards and fun tutorial. I love to learn about new techniques for old supplies. Thanks for sharing.

Lucinde said...

Great stencil stamping technique!

Denise Bryant said...

Great cards! I noticed the gorgeous butterflies in the Gina and Me kit right away, but I love the flower too, now that I see it inked up in that yummy orange color! And I love the stencil too... thanks for sharing that with us!

mlady012 said...

The more I see that butterfly in the hop, the more I like it!! love the tutorial !!

Classy and Fabulous said...

Great set! Love this hop! Beautiful creations! Thanks for the giveaway!

Dawn S. said...

Lovely cards. Thanks for showing the stencil technique!

Stampin_melissa said...

All your cards are lovely, but let me tell you that the butterfly card stole my heart!! Wow!