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Welcome to the Misti (My Sweet Petunia) & Unity Blog Hop!
Everyone who leaves a comment on all the blogs in the hop will go into a drawing for 3 prize packs from Unity and winner’s choice of an Original or Mini MISTI. Just comment by May 30th at noon Central to be eligible. Winners will be posted on both the Unity Blog and the My Sweet Petunia blogs on May 31st.

If you arrived here from Donna Baes blog, you’re in the right place. Have you been totally amazed by the projects so far? There’s still more to come so please get comfy! I’ve been in love with my Misti for a while now..I rarely ever stamp without it & I know I’ve barely scratched the surface of all I can do with it. And when I received these fab images from Unity, I couldn’t wait to work with them! The styles of these images are so diverse…just how I like things.

My first card started with a Brusho background I made ages ago. It’s sort of how I imagine deep space would look & thought it would look good behind this happy little girl, who’s in her own little world, blissfully swinging from a star. Remember that feeling, as if you’re flying? I put her in my Misti, stamped, colored her w/ Copics then overstamped her. Please check out the last card for the comparison on how big a difference this makes. Below is the inside, using leftovers from the front & next to it are the Copics I used.


Maybe this lovely lady is the little girl, all grown up, and so stylishly attired.  I love all the little hearts floating around her & the bouquet of tulips she’s holding. 


On Monday, I saw a technique challenge on Splitcoaststampers (TLC639) called “Smack Down” (click the link to check it out). So I took the solid heart image from the set and made the background using Distress inks in pinks & oranges. She was done separately, colored & fussy cut & popped up to give her a little separation from the background. I used the Misti to line up where I wanted to put her & stamped the hearts onto the background before attaching her. Below is the inside & Copics I used.



This last card, features this whimsical mushroom & adorable little snail. I love coloring mushrooms in fantastical colors but sometimes it can be hard to blend such different colors. So a lot of times I’ll color them first w/ Copics then blend over this w/ Prismacolor pencils, as I did here. It just gives the blends a softer look.

I’ve shown this on different posts a time or two, but it always amazes me what a difference stamping after coloring makes. See for yourself…the after overstamping pic on the right is so much clearer & darker than the before. And if you use Prismacolor pencils to color, this difference can be HUGE! Sometimes I’ll stamp over using Versafine, but this was just with the same Memento ink I used originally. That way if I want to color more, I can. (Click any pic to make larger.)

Here’s what I did w/ the greeting. After stamping it in black, I shifted the paper up and left just a tad, cleaned off the stamp & stamped it again w/ pistachio ink, taping off the bottom half so only the top part would stamp. (I stamped the greeting on the plastic sheet that comes w/ a stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure it was lined up correctly, so that’s why the one on the left appears a little blurry.) This is a great way to add a little color to a greeting.

Here’s the inside & the Copics I used.

Now I’ll send you on your way to Mandi Mance‘s blog.  Here’s the entire blog list, in case you get lost:

My Sweet Petunia

Julie Warner (you are here!)

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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A big congrats to Shirley, the newest Featured Stamper on Splitcoast! She has lovely little gallery and I chose THIS to case. I kept the flowers theme & framing, but I used different images, different colors,  added a couple of frames & made mine a sympathy card.

After die cutting the white panel a couple of times, I sponged the pinks & aquas onto the center one, then stamped the greeting &  flower branch w/ the gray ink. A little color was added to the flowers & I used a white gel pen for the centers. The narrowest stitched frame was sponged aqua to match (since I didn’t have any card stock to match) & I added a gray mat inside. The dogwoods were stamped w/ gray, lightly colored w/ Copics & fussy cut to add on top of the frame. 

Here’s a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used. 


Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Supplies:

Stamps: DRS Designs My Heart to Yours, Flower Branch, Dogwood Branch (insideNo Words)
Paper: Staples 110# white, gray
Ink: Memento gray flannel, Distress inks spun sugar, Victorian velvet, tumbled glass
Accessories:  Copic markers, Misti, Spellbinders A2 matting basics B dies, ODBD double stitched rectangles dies, white gel pen

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Welcome to the May#2 Blog Hop for Serendipity Stamps!

If you arrived here from Miriam’s blog, you’re in the right place..if not, you may want to head over there first.

The Prize – One $20 gift code will go to one random commenter from the blogs. So be sure  to visit all the blogs because you don’t know which one the winner will be drawn from. You have through Sunday May 21 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will announce a winner on May22 on her Blog.  Each month a different image is 50% off. This month- it’s the Simple Flower Set! On the first & third Wednesdays of every month., we’ll be celebrating with a Blog Hop!

My card is fairly quick since this fab die does almost all of the work for you! Since I first saw it, it’s been one of my faves (especially since I suggested it to Mary, way back when, lol)! I adore hot air balloons…it’s impossible not to smile & be happy when you see them. And I used it today because I have a friend who recently received some bad news, health wise & I’m sure she could use a smile.

After die cutting the reverse hot air balloons out of cobalt, I found some paper that had these chevrons in blues & green & I thought it went perfectly w/ the patterns in the balloons. I die cut the clouds part of the die again in white to add on top of the white stitched frame, then added the fussy cut speech bubble w/ the greeting in the lower right.

Here’s a look at the inside using some of the leftover parts. (I also used a mask of the balloon die to sponge the blue ink on the side of the envelope.)

Please be sure to comment on all the DT Blogs..it will be so appreciated & also increase your chances of winning!

Mary’s Blog

Patti Kehl

Carol Mayne

Karen Amidon

Miriam Napier

Julie Warner (you are here!)

Vickie Zimmer

Marybeth Lopez

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Speech Bubble set, Uplifting Words 
Paper:  Staples #110 white, cobalt, dp (Pebbles -Special Delivery Boy)
Ink:   Memento tuxedo black, Distress inks stormy sky
Accessories:   Serendipity Reverse Hot Air Balloon die Spellbinders A2 matting basics B dies, ODBD double stitched rectangle dies, sequins

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