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Today’s Clean & Simple (CAS433) Challenge on Splitcoast, is all about Flag Day…use the colors of your country’s flag. Nothing better than the old Red, White & Blue! 

When this greeting came out last month, I immediately had a picture of a Super Hero Mom w/ a red cape. So after stamping her, I drew a flowing cape & colored everything to go with the Flag theme & threw in some stars & stripes (chevrons).   I die cut a pierced oval frame & royal blue layer for it, then did a little out of the box so Super Mom could be coming out of the frame. I’m sure Super Mom had to do a quick Clark Kent maneuver to fly off and take care of some kid (or husband) emergency 😛
Here are the Copics I used to color her.


Thanks so much for stopping by! Have to go put on my cape now & take care of a few things, lol.

Supplies:

Stamps: DRS Designs  Josephine the Bold, Super Tired, Interlocking Stars
Paper: Staples 110# royal blue, red
Ink: Memento tuxedo love letter, Danube blue
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, pierced ovals, oval dies, Pink & Main directional border dies

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Welcome to the June #1 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 June 11 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will announce a winner on June 12 on her Blog.  Each month a different image is 50% off. This month- it’s the Provence Window! On the first & third Wednesdays of every month., we’ll be celebrating with a Blog Hop!

For my water color cards today, I came across some Brusho backgrounds I made who knows how long ago.  I couldn’t decide if I liked the turquoise/blue bg or the rainbow bg more…so I used both!  On this  turq/blue one, I put the Mill image into my Misti and stamped it 2 or 3 times w/ Versafne (to get good coverage). I added just a few highlights here & there w/ a white gel pen then added the greeting below it. It’s edged w/ a black marker, then attached to a turq layer & a very narrow black layer.  

Here’s the inside. The greeting was shadow stamped w/ the blue ink slightly offset from the black.


On the rainbow version, I went thru the same repetitive stamping as the first one but ended up heat embossing it w/ black powder anyway. This unknown water color paper is soooo textured it made stamping a line image a little more difficult.

I die cut a narrow black square frame for it & stamped the greeting on a leftover piece of the background. A dot border was embossed on the frame between the image & the greeting.

Here’s the inside.

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

Mary’s Blog

Ann Wong (guest designer)

Patti Kehl

Carol Mayne

Karen Amidon

Miriam Napier

Julie Warner (you are here!)

Vickie Zimmer (off this time)

Marybeth Lopez

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps –  Mill, Thinking of You, One Day in the Country (insides – Everyday Words small , Happy Birthday II, Rest Relax)
Paper:  Staples #110 white, black, turquoise, white linen, watercolor (unknown watercolor paper on Rainbow Mill) 
Ink:  Versafine onyx (Distress ink- broken china used on insides)
Accessories:   Brushos, Spellbinders A2 matting basics  A & B, lg & sm squares dies, black gems, white gel pen, Cuttlebug embossing border (With Love set). Misti, black embossing powder

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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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