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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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Today’s Color Challenge (CC621) is black, white & red all over..w/ the dessert option of making a Valentine or Anniversary card. These are probably my favorite colors for a Valentine and I thought they would be perfect for this idea I had of having a city silhouette inside a large heart opening.
I kind of surprised myself..no stamping & no coloring! Just a whole bunch of die cuts. The city scene was cut out of black & die cut the silhouette behind it once out of white & then again out of the red. The red version was offset to add a little space between it & the bg paper. A white glitter moon was added along w/ a little heart on a stem as sort of a balloon floating out of one of the windows. 
The squiggly line was die cut to act as the “heartbeat” w/ a double stacked Love & another little heart. 

Here’s a look at the inside. Except for the 2 little heart flowers, it was computer printed. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:

Stamps: none (Tiny Heart Flowers on inside are from Rubber Soul)
Paper: white, red pepper linen, black, white glitter
Ink:  none
Accessories:  Serendipity Heart Solid die, MFT Diagonal Stitched rectangles dies, IO Heart Strip die, Spellbinders circle dies, Memory Box Cityscape & Silhouette dies, Paper Smooches Borders 1, Sizzix Celebrations words dies

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Today’s Clean & Simple Challenge (CAS415) asks us to remake an old love/heart/Valentine card of our own. As one of the Featured Stamper Hostesses where it’s our gig to CASE a another stamper’s card, I don’t have any problem picking someone else’s work, but it’s super hard for me to CASE myself. Go figure! But I finally picked THIS one I made back in 2014. (The post on my blog for the old card is HERE.) And while we’re on the subject of CASEing oneself…Jiminy Cricket! My gallery is HUGE! How did that happen?!? I almost got lost in the “oh, I forgot about that one.” 
So anyway, I die cut the big LOVE just like I did on the earlier card. And I used the same greeting, just a different stamp of it. There was a piece of heavy foil covered c/s sitting around & I thought it looked kinda neat behind the cut out so I put it there. And it already had the petal thingie cut out behind the heart & I liked that, too. I left off the dp & just added a red die cut frame & a line of die cut hearts, embossed the frame directly on the card front & called it done.

Here’s a look at the inside.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:

Stamps: DRS Designs Loved You Yesterday
Paper: white, red
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black 
Accessories:  Gina Marie In/Out rectangle dies, IO Heart Strip die, Spellbinders Font One uppercase dies, ODBD Ornate Heart dies, Memory Box Sweet Heart die, Sizziz Postcard embossing folder, rhinestones

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