Monday, May 8, 2017

GIU 2017 Winners post and announcement!!!

Growing in Unity

Good afternoon crafty friends.
I am posting today to announce my winners for my week as a Growing in Unity Girl!!
And another announcement too.

First off I want to thank Unity and all the wonderful people there for allowing me to join in again this year.

Thank you Sharon for being my GIU partner as well. You did an amazing job and your projects were wonderful.

And a big Thank You to everyone who left such sweet comments on my blog all week long. They really mean alot to me and my future projects. 
I hope everyone was inspired to try something new as that is my main focus when creating.  We all need to learn to think outside the box and push ourselves to new limits.  

So.. let's get onto the winners.

My two winners for this week drawn by random are .. 

Nancy Briscoe
Dale Sue Glass

Congratulations ladies!!!
Please send your snail mail info to me @amy_cj79 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Please do this immediately as I need to send your info over to Unity for your prize. If I don't hear back from you then your prize will be forfeited. 
We wouldn't want that. 

If you enjoyed this week, please follow my blog so you won't miss out on more inspiration from me. 
I was invited to join the Victorine Originals DT. I am super excited to be joining in and working with such talented ladies. 
So please follow me so you don't miss out on what great things are coming. 
Please come back and see what we will be up too. I will add links to our blog and challenges soon. 
I will be doing a more formal announcement of this as soon as I can kick this head cold. 

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, May 5, 2017

GUI Day 5 2017

Growing in Unity
Day 5

Well, Today is the last day for my week as a Growing in Unity Girl.
It flies by way to quick.
I cant believe we are already on the last day.

Well, cant slow it down or stop it, so we might as well get on with it.  What do you think?

My favorite project and creation so far and I get to showcase it for GUI!!!

Here is my day 5 creation for you all.

I absolutely love it!!
I am such a Native American Indian lover...
Probably because it is apart of my history, But I love dream catchers and arrow head's and just learning about the history.

I actually will be hopefully going to a pow wow later on this month.  And I am super excited.
It is going to be fun.

now back to my Project.
I love this dream catcher stamp,  It was already chosen to be the centerpiece of this canvas.
I just had to build around it.
I used black gesso to seal my canvas, Then painted it black.
After it dried, I painted some dark blue on it.  I did not cover all the black, but most of it.

I then started adding my pieces. I had these feathers from Creative Embellishments that I have been holding on to forever.  I mean forever.  I knew a project would come up that they would be perfect with.  And it did.
I also painted them with blue and white to make them stand out.
I chose a few pieces of scrap paper from my stash, distressed them a little too.  I had these cool papers, I actually received a while back from a Unity order.  They were apart of my free gift.
I cut them in the shape of a tag and stamped my image twice. Once in White and once in black.  I wasn't aiming for the images to be lined up completely as to give it a different look.
After a while of adding and moving pieces around, my boyfriend was really strong about it needing some real feathers.
I took his advice and really glad I did.
Tthe best advice I can give someone who wants to try a 3D type canvas, is to keep moving and adding and taking away pieces until you get the look you want.
It takes some time, but in the end. It really helps everything come together.
 I added peices of string, and the little extra things I found in my stash.  My final thing to do was give it a splash of white paint right on top. It really made the whole canvas pop.

This was so fun!! I love Mixed Media.  It is messy but who doesn't like the feeling of finishing an amazing project and looking down at your arms, hands and possibly your clothes and really knowing you worked hard to achieve this.  
(sometimes my furbabies like to get a little paint dropped on them too. Its all apart of the fun).

here is a few more pics of my canvas

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did.
I had so much fun this week, Creating and being able to share and inspire everyone.  I hope I helped you think about stepping outside the box to try something new.

Don't forget to head over to Sharon's blog and check out what she has created for you all.
Leave a comment Here and on Sharon's blog for your chance to win.  There will be 2 winners from each blog.
So comment away.

Thanks for stopping by...


Products used: 
Unity Stamp company: Without Fear, without limits (Dream catcher, sentiment)
Creative Embellishments: feather chip board
Petaloo: flowers
Ken Oliver: color burst for flowers
Deco Art: Black Gesso, Black paint,titanium white acrylics.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

GUI Day 4 2017

Growing in Unity
Day 4

Welcome back crafty Unity fans.
Day 4 has arrived and if you remember right I had this planned for my Tuesday project.
But its nice to mix things up a bit.

Today we will head back to card making.
Here is today's project.

This photo was taken with the flash o so you can see the sparkle. 

When I saw this stamp, I immediately thought of my Grandma.
She always has loved getting flowers.
Even though, usually it is hummingbirds that scream Grandma, so do these flowers.
I decided to make her a mothers day card with this stamp.
I colored it with Ken Oliver's new Mineral Burst.
Love the shine they give.

Mothers day has been tough for me the last 10+ years, since my mom passed away.  I have had a hard time joining in and sending cards, let alone making them myself.
My mother was and still is my biggest inspiration. 
My best friend, the greatest mother anyone could ask for and plus, she was so creative too. 
I am blessed to know, I got my creative side from her.
So today....
I wanted to showcase another great woman in my life...
Her mother, My Grandma!!!

She is the strongest woman I know... I could tell you stories that would leave you in Wow's and ah's!!!
None the less... She is amazing.
Always has been rooting for me and taking care of me in one way or another, even if it is what seems to be the smallest thing, a little advice goes along way.  So to me... It is huge.  

She is such a blessing to me.
I will be sending this card out with a letter as well as some previous projects I have made, just for her.

Since I have other things to give her too, I also made this tag for her.

It is simple, yet perfect for her and I know she will love it.
I used the same image yet turned it and only used the top half of the stamp. I colored it using my super doodle gel pens. I felt it only needed a small amount of color and turned out beautiful.

I hope you enjoyed my creations today, and were inspired in one way or another.
come back tomorrow for another amazing project (It is my favorite so far).  Don't miss it or your chance to win.  2 winners, 2 blogs... a goodie bag of stamps and all you have to do is leave a comment. 

Don't forget to head over to Sharon's blog and check out what she has created for you all. She has some great ideas and her projects are so pretty.
Leave a comment Here and on Sharon's blog for your chance to win.  There will be 2 winners from each blog.
So comment away.
I am also entering this card in a mother's day challenge over on the rubberneck stamp blog. Firat challenge in a while. You can check that out here:

Thanks for stopping by...


Products Used: 
Unity Stamp Company: Without fear - without limits
Ken Oliver: Mineral Burst
The Robin's Nest  paper collection

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

GUI Day 3 2017

Growing in Unity
Day 3

Welcome back for Day 3 of Growing in Unity.
It sure has been fun sharing my creations with you this week.
Cant believe its almost over.
But its not over until its over right?  

So lets get going.....
For day 3, I have a little something special for you.

This is one of my favorite projects so far.
I loved how it turned out.

I started out with a  blank canvas. Using my Deco Art Media paints and crackle paste, I jump right on painting away at my canvas.  I kinda had a vision of what it would look like but really didn't know what my background would look like.  All I knew was it needed to be darker than I normally would choose. 
I just played with the colors
to be honest. 
I added a little crackle paste to add some texture.

As I waited for my canvas to dry, I searched thru my craft stash and started putting things out on the table that may just go.
I had a hard time at one point as I was adding flowers and other pieces, it just wasn't coming together like I had envisioned it.
But I didn't give up, I would walk away for a bit and come back and the next piece fit together.  
I found and old book in my stash and tore out a page, colored it up a lil with Ken Oliver Mineral Burst and added my image.
this was really the base to it all.
Finally it all came together and each piece fit where it belonged.

Here are a few more pictures of the final Canvas.

I am proud of how it turned out.
Remember, you can too do this, it just takes you trying.
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did.

Don't forget to head over to Sharon's blog and check out what she has created for you all.
Leave a comment Here and on Sharon's blog for your chance to win.  There will be 2 winners from each blog.
So comment away.

Thanks for stopping by...


Products Used:
Unity Stamp Company: Without fear - Without limits
Love story clips 2012 Smak Kit (I Believe)
Fiskars: Butterfly punch (baby butterflies)
Ken Oliver - Color burst, Liquid Metals and Mineral Burst
Petaloo: flowers
Creative Embellishments: Chip board piece
Deco Art: Crackle past, Gesso, Antiquing cream (Patina Green), Transparent yellow Iron oxide, paynes grey, Diarylide yellow.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

GUI Day 2 2017

Growing in Unity
Day 2

Welcome back for another day of GUI.
The wind here is crazy today so I had to switch up my Tuesday post for my Thursday Post.  Really hard to take a picture outside with the wind trying to whip your cards around. 
No fun... But we will still make it thru.

Here is the project I have for you today.

I am stepping out of my comfort zone with this project.
I haven't done much when it comes to heat embossing.
So this is a learning experience for me too.

I found this cute little lantern at the store a couple weeks ago.
But it was just plain Jane.
It already had the distressed paint, but the glass needed something.
I decided to see if I could emboss the glass using Unity Stamps.
To my surprise it worked out pretty well.
Just time consuming. 

You stamp with either Embossing ink or clear ink to start.
(sometimes you may slide around a bit and have to clean the glass and re-stamp it)
After you stamp the glass, add whatever color embossing powder you would like.
Now because this is glass, your embossing powder will stick to some of the other parts of glass besides where you stamped.
so you will need a dry paint brush to brush away what you can around the stamp.... this is the time consuming part I was talking about. 
I actually watched a couple YouTube videos to see if I was doing this part right and the idea of using a softener sheet from your laundry room was suggested.
It was a fail for me because when you rub the glass with the sheet, it leaves a film on it.  Had to clean my glass and start over.
After you are happy with your image,
Heat emboss with your Heat gun.
(I honestly was a little afraid at first to apply heat thinking the glass would shatter in my face.  And as much as I still believe this could happen, It didn't. Happy dance on that one)

Here are a few pictures of the images in the dark while the candle is lit. 

the front


Side 1

Side 2 

I hope you enjoyed this project today and it inspires you to try something new too. 

Don't forget to head over to Sharon's blog and check out what she has created for you all.
Leave a comment Here and on Sharon's blog for your chance to win.  There will be 2 winners from each blog.
So comment away.

Thanks for stopping by...


Products used:
Unity Stamp Company - Sunshine makes me happy (bird)
                        - Growing in Unity (Tree)
                                   - Phyllis Harris - Every Breathe  
                            - Without fear/without limits 
Embossing Powders: -Tim Holtz Distress (Withered Wood)
           - All night media (clear)
                                        - Scrapbooking made simple (poodle skirt)

Monday, May 1, 2017

GUI Day 1 2017

Growing in Unity
Day 1

Hey crafty Unity Fans
Its my week as the Growing in unity Girl.
Im happy yo be back again this year to inspire you all to get crafty and step out of your comfort zone. 

Too start it out this week, I made 2 cards with a lil different styles using the same stamp. 

Here's my first card...

This one is more clean and simple. 
I left this pretty girl uncolored for a more clean look. I love the way this stamp looks with a little color behind her, so I stamped the image on a light color Designer paper from Queen and Co. (Mother Nature).
From the same collection, I used other color pages to add my layers to make the imagr pop more. 
Adding the sentiment "You got this". 
I popped it off the card using 3D dots and added some washi tape behind it. 
Feeling my card needed a lil more, I added some flowers by Petaloo. 

For my 2nd card, I wanted it to be a lil more spunky and fun. 

I spritzed directly to the card stock with Deco art media shimmer mister
(Turquoise), for my base. 
I then stamped the image to white card stock and using my GELATOS and water colored the image in with a paint brush. 
Using core'finations pastels card stock I cut it down to size and using just a pair of scissors, distressed the edge all the way around it. 
I added some paper flowers I spruced up with Ken Oliver colorburst and liquid metals spritzing with water to achieve a tye dye look. 
This card is more on the mixed media side but fun none the less.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today.
Hopefully i inspired you to try to mix this up a bit. 
Just wait until you see what else you can create using Unity stamps.
Stop by tomorrow to see.

Now head over to a new GUI girl, my partner this week, Sharon's blog @ and check out what shes been up too.

Make sure you visit my blog every day this week, be inspired and leave a comment for your chance to win some Unity!! And dont forget, this year we have two designers each week, please also visit Sharon's here and see her amazing creations too.


Supplies used:
Unity Stamp Company: Kit of the month- without fear, without Limits.
Ken Oliver: Color Burst - ultramarine blue
Liquid Metals - metallic amethyst
Queen & Co. - Mother Nature collection
Deco Art Media - shimmer mister, turquoise.
Core'dinations pastel 6×6 yardstick
Petaloo paper flowers
Faber Castell - GELATOS

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Growing in Unity Blog Hop

Hey there Crafty Friends!!  
We are back with the awesome Blog Hop for The Unity Stamp Company and the Growing in Unity Gals!!!
The GUI Gals have come together to inspire you once again and give you yet another chance to "WIN" some wonderful stamps from the Unity Stamp Company!!!
YAY!!!  That sounds pretty amazing right???
I thought so.
If you have come by my blog first.  Make sure you head back to the beginning @ Rebecca Wong's blog and start there.  Don't miss a blog.  I am sure these wonderful ladies have an amazing project to show you today!!  You don't want to miss it!!!

For today's blog hop, I have once again not done the usual paper crafting with stamps but as I always want to inspire others and push my limits of what you can do with stamps.  I have created a beautiful wood burning picture using Unity stamps.
I used the Kit of the Month
Without Fear.... Without Limits....

Here is my project for you today!!!

I started out by stamping the amazing dream catcher in black ink.
 Then I started tracing the image with my wood burner

Once I was done with the image I continued on to make a whimsical design around it and stamped the sentiment

I put my design in a frame to hang on the wall. Sorry if the photo is a little blurry.  I'm hoping I uploaded the right one as I'm posting from my phone, the image is small.  

I hope I inspired you to try something different with your stamps. 
Thank you for stopping by and now on to your next stop.....

Make sure you stop by each blog and leave a comment.
Next in line is Teri Burson 
Head on over and see what she has created for you.

Here is the line up!!!! 

Amy Martin (that's me)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Growing in Unity Day 5 Free Spirit

      Growing in Unity
            Day 5

Today is the last and final day of my week as a Unity Gal!!!  As sad as that is.  I have always loved and enjoyed being apart of the Growing in Unity.  Unity Stamp company is a wonderful family operated company that truely loves their customers and fans as well as want the best possible product for us all. Thank you Unity for letting me be apart of this for yet another year!!! 

Don't forget to leave me a comment here and for the last 4 days as well to be entered in the drawing for a grab bag of Unity stamps. 

For today I went back to paper making and designed a tag using some really neat stamps from Unity. 

I always cut out my tag in a hard card stock first to make it more durable. I mean we want these things to last, don't we? 

I then found some neat paper from my stash to be my back ground. I started stamping images on different color papers until I found the perfect match. 

Going thru my stash of little peices I found some cute arrows and peices that just seemed to pull it all together. Using Tim Holtz distress stamper and some ink I stamped around the arrow, the free spirit stamp and the banner to add distressing. After playing around for a while I found the places each peice seem to fit just right.

Here's my tag for today....

It has that mixed media type feel.
And something we all should live by... A Free Spirit!!! 

Sometimes, we all need to free ourselves from everyday stress and problems we all deal with. Be free for a while and find our peace of mind. 

I hope I was able to inspire at least one person out there this week.  

Please make sure you go back to the other days this week and see my projects.  

Don't forget to comment on each day for more chances.  I will be picking 2 winners by the end of the weekend.  So go on and leave your comments to win a grab bag of Unity Stamps!!! 

That's all for me today.  Be back next week to announce the winners!!! 


Supplies used:
Unity stamps: Brave girl boots- free spirit stamp
Marah Freedom - wings
Maya road: mini banner
Simple stories: wood veneer arrow
Crate paper: arrow sticker
Other from my stash. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Growing in Unity Day 4 September Girl and a Bottle of wine.

Growing in Unity
Day 4

Wow... Cant believe the week is almost over.  It is going by so fast.  But hey,  Its not over until it's over, Right?

Make sure you have visited
Day 2
Day 3

Leave a comment on each day here on my blog for your chance to 
 Whats up for grabs?  
You ask?

A Grab bag of them too!!!

So make sure you comment for you name to be in it to win it!!!

Today I am sharing with you a project that I have been wanting to do for a while.
Who likes wine????

Yeah, me too.  But what to do with all those bottles.  I cant throw them away.  Well, not all of them anyway.
So today I am showing you a project 
from one of my saved wine bottles.

It is Pretty!!!

And September Girl Had to make an appearance since it is September!

It all started with a bottle of wine, Once I drank it, that is.
the label was the first to go and you know that sticky stuff the label leaves?
yeah, that has to go too.

After I cleaned the bottle up a bit, I took it outside and spray painted it white.
This took quite a few times to make sure it was all covered and layered well.
After that dried, I began experimenting. 
I knew September Girl was the stamp.
But how was I going to make it stamp on a glass surface? 
was the question.
and I can say, it took about 10 times to get a perfect image using reg black ink. 
(the bottle being glass makes for a slippery surface, the stamp would slip and smear the ink.  Plus you have the roundness of the bottle too that doesn't work with you, by the way.)
So after the ink dried,  I wasn't happy with it. The lines became so thin, it was hard to see and even worse to try to capture with a camera.  We live, we learn, Right???

(please note: I am not telling you this is impossible or that it is a hard project, Because really this was not hard to create at all.
I just want to make sure if any of you try this, there will be things you will run into.  But don't let that discourage you from trying or continuing on with the project.
Some of our best projects come from our worse mistakes.
And for those that may have tried this.  It was new to me.  So if you have any suggestions, or idea's you found out while creating a decoration piece from a bottle, Please feel free to comment away.
We learn from each other!!
That is what a community is about.)

So, out came the paint..... 
You know that made me happy right.
Nothing like getting paint all over.
My favorite!!! 
Another 10 or so attempts and I finally managed to stick with the little imperfections.
I used a gel pen to highlight her hair and a few other spots too.

I did think to color the image, but I thought it looked better on the bottle just how she was.

I used some twine to wrap around the bottom and the top of the bottle to add a fall like look.
and one last stamp, the feather.
I think it was a good choice.

So now I have such a pretty September/fall piece to show off to my friends and family.

Hope you liked my project today and that I inspired you in some way!!

Thanks so much for visiting.
tomorrow is the last day.  So make sure you come back and comment and see and be inspired to make new things with stamps.


Supplies used: 
Wine bottle - from my stash of drinking wine. :)
             Feather - Nov. 2014 Smak kit
White spray paint
Darice - Jute Twine
Gel pens and brown paint from my stash.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Growing in Unity Day 3 Grateful Butterfly Canvas

Growing in Unity
Day 3

Hey there crafty friends, I hope you have enjoyed my blog posts so far.  Today is a special day because my project will be up on the Unity blog today. Well and its my Birthday today too...But head over and check it out over there too.
Make sure you leave a comment here before you go.....
you do want a chance to

Then make sure you check out and comment on every post here on my blog this week.
Go back to 
Day 2

Up for grabs is 
A grab bag of stamps from Unity!!!!!

I say that is a pretty cool prize to win just for commenting.

Without further delay, here is my project for today.
It is probably my favorite this week.
I love butterflies and I love working on canvas.
I think the colors help too.

What do you think?

I had so much fun making this project,  not only because of the butterflies, which I do love Unity's selection of.
But because it is more of a mixed media type piece.
One of my passions.
to get those fingers messy in paint and create.
It really is so much fun and also relaxing.

Who knew getting messy could turn out this cool....

Usually I use gesso as a base on all my canvas work, but this time I planned to cover the canvas in Tissue paper by Hazel and Ruby.
I love this paper, and use it on so many different things.
Of course, I use modge podge to glue it down.  
make sure you wait for it to dry fully because Tissue paper will rip if you are not careful.
but once dried... It is as tough as nails..... well almost. 

The next step was to add a little dimension with modeling paste and stencils.
 make sure after this step you allow it to dry as well. 
or it can turn into a mess. 

I then grabbed some paint and went at it.  Brushing here and there to make a beautiful back ground.  
I also took two Unity butterfly stamps and stamped in different colors on the back ground. 

I had some cute felt that was perfect for this, but it was white.  So I again had to add some color to make it pop out and join in with the other colors.  

I cut a piece of  card board box up and pulled the flat layer off so i had the bumpy side.  Splashed a few paint drops and let it dry.

Then dug thru my stash and found some great things to add layers with and make it look fun.
I took a piece of thick white card, I had laying around and stamped the beautiful butterfly on it.  I also embossed it to brighten the butterfly up.
I decided to only color in the heart on the butterfly to make it stand out more. 

So.... Do you like it as much as I do??? 

Leave me a comment and tell me what you think.
by commenting you will be entered to win a grab bag of stamps from Unity!!!!  
So don't forget to do that before you leave. 
Thanks for visiting today.


Supplies used:
Unity Stamps - Butterfly- Nov 2014 Smak kit and 
               Butterfly- You give me Butterflies by Joslyn Nielson
Ranger Dylusional Stencil- Dotted flower
Hazel & Ruby Tissue paper- Ephemera collage
DecoArt Media - Modeling paste
Simple Stories - Grateful Wood veneer
Creative Embellishments- Octagon shape, Diamond shape, Butterfly
Queen & Co - felt fusion
Studio Calico - wood veneer (frames)