Saturday, September 06, 2014

StampTech: Using Distress Markers Video

the beauties

Happy Saturday!

A couple of days ago, I uploaded a NEW video showing how I colored Tracey Malnofski’s NEW Beauties from Unity Stamp Company that were released this past Thursday--they’re on sale all weekend long!!

In the video, I colored the beauties with Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a waterbrush onto 90lb watercolor paper. Tattered Rose was the color I used for the skin tone. Then I used my Pixscan mat with my Silhouette to fussy cut them.  Also, using the same traces from the Pixscan mat, I welded a base for them so that the three could be together on one card.  That’s what you see me place them on towards the end and trim the bottom to fit them to the card.

If you haven’t seen it already or want to see it again, here it is.  Thanks so much for watching!

Evelyn, Sophia, & Autumn on ONE card!

If you want to see the Pixscan process in action, see my video below that was posted last weekend.

This is the process I used to fussy cut Evelyn, Sophia, & Autumn

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Unity Blog Hop 09.04.14!

It’s the beginning of the month which means new kits at Unity!

AND because it’s THURSDAY, there’s NEW releases, a new SALE, a blog hop, and I’ve got a NEW video for you, too!

Today I’m sharing an 8-1/2-x-11-inch scrapbook layout I completed about a strong, loving, and funny lady I know—our Grandma Jeffa.  In the beginning of my story, she was my (then) husband’s mother. Unfortunately, that relationship didn’t work out BUT that didn’t change OUR relationship. She continued to love me and my children and even took the time and energy to get to know my youngest two children that I had when I remarried. Sadly, she passed away around seven years ago from ALS. Her spirit lives in the fond memories we have of her and by which I mother and care for my own children. She was a big role model in our family and gave me motherly advice WHEN I wanted it, sometimes when I didn’t want it, but the advice always came from her heart and with good intention. She had an awesome sense of humor and we all loved to see her smile and hear her laugh. I hope she knew how much she was appreciated and loved.

Thank You, Jeffa, For That Thing You Did—Mentoring a young mother to become a mother and showing unconditional love.

Look! Wasn’t she a beauty?

Grandma Jeffa

In the above layout, I used a couple of stamps (that beautiful heart—perfect for this layout--and the awesome sentiment) from this month’s Kit of the Month, Happy, Thankful, & Blessed.

SEPTEMBER-2014-KOM-HAPPY-THANKFUL-BLESSEDIn the layout, I used a PageMaps sketch to get me started.  Most of the time when I use sketches, I retrieve them into Silhouette Studio software and trace the shapes, etc., that’s on the sketch. Before cutting the shapes, I place the Silhouette Sketch Pen into my machine and it draws the sketch onto the patterned paper I choose to use—kind of like a sketch “cheat sheet”. I will also use the Silhouette Pen to add dashed lines to my layouts, just like I did in this one. This is usually the time I add stamping to the base of my layout. Then I fill the shapes with pictures, patterned paper, etc, and then cut the shapes/embellishments and add them to my layout. Lastly, I will add any sewing that needs to be done and embellishments made from stamping on patterned paper, etc, usually attached with some sort of dimensional adhesive.

Below is the video where I assemble the above layout. It’s less than five minutes long AND it’s a very stable video, I promise!

I hope you watch and enjoy it.

Thank You For that Thing You Did

NOW onto the really good stuff . . .

Here’s a peek at one of the NEW RELEASES by Tracey Malnofski! I’m so GIDDY over this release!


We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway (Unity sign not included). 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:


Good luck to you ALL!

Be sure you take advantage of Unity’s latest promotion by clicking the graphics below which are just like magical portals that will take you away to Unity Stamp Company where you can SHOP—SHOP--SHOP!




PLEASE share your lovely creations on Facebook with the Unity {show & tell) Facebook group. Lots of us check-in there daily (I check in several times daily—I’m addicted to inspiration).


Thank you all so much for hopping along with us and leaving positive comments. They are MUCH appreciated. If you ever have questions regarding my creative process or crafty items or tools that I use along the journey, PLEASE leave me your questions in the comments.

Click on the next picture below to be taken to the next blog in the hop for some Unity inspiration!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pixscan Technology with Unity Stamps

Stamped Image cut using Pixscan Mat

I’ve posted a new StampTech video to YouTube showing you how I use Silhouette’s NEW Pixscan mat with my iPhone 4S and Silhouette Cameo to cut around stamped images, particularly Unity Stamp Company stamped images. 

These stamped images were wet embossed onto watercolor paper and were colored using Distress Markers and Inktense pencils. The watercolor paper is FILLED with stamped images.

This new technology is pretty miraculous. Take a look!

In the above video, we cover Silhouette’s Pixscan technology with my iPhone 4S and I show the trace and offset tools in Silhouette Studio for stamp-to-cut success!