Monday, February 26, 2018

Welcome to my Growing in Unity Week!

Hi everyone!  It's my turn to be a Growing in Unity gal and I couldn't be more excited to share my creations with you. Remember that two commenters this week will win an awesome grab bag of Unity stamps! 

I've gotten into a bit of a crafting slump (again!) and so I was thinking about how I could use my week to inspire others who might also be having a little trouble getting to crafting.  One thing that sometimes overwhelms me and keeps me from crafting is having TOO MANY choices.  Have you been there, too?  So, I thought for my first project I'd showcase an idea that keeps it simple for me to churn out several cards with only one round of decision making: sketches and paper pads.

First, I shuffled through my 6x6 paper pads and chose one of my favorites.  I pulled out four of the double-sided sheets and went to my cardstock to grab 5 coordinating solid sheets.  I love orange and teal together on cards, so these colors already had me motivated!






These papers reminded me of birthday cards even though they're supposedly "boy" papers.  I browsed my Unity stamps to pick a few I wanted to use for upcoming birthdays.   


I stamped some images in inks that coordinated with my paper choices.  For others, I stamped in black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers that coordinated with my papers.  

Next, I picked out a few sketches.  Before it closed, I was a big supporter of Operation Write Home.  I still love to use their sketches because they're designed for A2 cards and include measurements.  Good news for you: they're still available here even though the organization closed in 2015.

Here are a few of the set of twelve cards I made using the sketches and materials from above!  These cards will refill my supply of birthday cards.  It seems like birthdays are always sneaking up on me so one of my goals for this year is to stay on top of things by having some go-to birthday cards waiting in the wings.  In fact, I just used one card other from this set recently before I'd photographed them!


https://www.unitystampco.com/another-year-older/

https://www.unitystampco.com/whoooooos-birthday/



















https://www.unitystampco.com/yippee-skippy/


https://www.unitystampco.com/wild-about-you-giraffe/



https://www.unitystampco.com/hold-your-hand/



Sadly, I think this one is no longer available.  It was called "Celebrate" but there's a similar sailboat in this set: https://www.unitystampco.com/set-sail/


https://www.unitystampco.com/include-yourself-in-beauty/

So, everyone, what's your favorite way to replenish your stash?  Remember to leave a comment here for your chance to win a fantastic Unity grab bag! 






32 comments:

  1. All the white areas are blank???

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    1. Eep! Not sure what I messed up, but I think it's working now. Thanks for letting me know.

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  2. Great cards, Kathryn! I love making birthday cards. I like to find a fun sketch and make multiple cards as well. TFS!

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  3. I really like the last one...its my fav....great cards....

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  4. What a great set of cards! I think the owl is my fav!

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  5. These are great! I love the girl holding flowers. I need to start using sketches. I often struggle laying out my card.

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  6. Great inspiration to use some of my 6 x 6 pads.

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  7. Great set of cards! I'd feel very accomplished to get this many made! The bear and giraffe are my favorites!

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  8. I'm still trying to organize my scrap room so I can start mass producing some cards! Look forward to seeing your cards this week.

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  9. That is a brilliant way to fill your card box. Thanks for the link too

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  10. Great set of cards!! Love them all. And I love using sketches, especially if I'm just not having the creative juices flowing to do my own design.

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  11. Great ideas here. Lovely cards. Hugz

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  12. Your animal cards are my favorites!! So cute. I like how you colored them, and kept everything pretty simple.

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  13. Your cards are awesome!!!! Love the idea of just pulling out some patterned papers and let it guide you. Can't wait to see what else you come up with this week!! (please do not include me in drawing, I have already won something this year...and it was AWESOME!!!) Good luck to everyone!!!

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  14. This is a great idea to make multiple cards with same base colors! I replenish my stash by going to yard sales or box store big sales. Love your cards Kathryn...clean...just the way I like em!

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  15. Awesome cards and layouts! I like this way of making multiples because it changes it up so you don't get bored making the exact same one.

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  16. What a nice set of varied cards!!! I would never have thought to put orange and turquoise together. Nice color combo!

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  17. You are off to an awesome start with your GIU week! Terrific post! I learned so much and am glad to have that link as well. I've never organized card making the way you showed, but I can see where it would really help to kick-start the creative juices! Got to try it!

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  18. Great cards. I've been trying my hand at using colored pencils. I browse different sites I order from and see what really catches my eye. I received my first order from Unity Stamps today. I can't wait to use them.

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  19. These are great! I love the teal and orange combo.

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  20. These cards are great! I love when you can gather a kit and make a whole bunch of cards.

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  21. I love all your cards. They are like the way I like to do mine too. Thank you for sharing

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  22. Oh my, such adorable birthday cards! I enjoyed reading your process, leading up to your card creations..
    Thanks for sharing,
    Cindi

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  23. I'm terrible at replenishing - maybe one day - love the giraffe card! But also like the ribbon woven through the die on the cake card.

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  24. The owl is my favorite. I love anything with owls!

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  25. Great cards, gives me all kinds of ideas. I need more Birthday cards in my stash♥️

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  26. Great set of cards and tips on getting out of crafting slump. I agree with being overwhelmed with too many choices.

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  27. Great idea! I need to get going on a bunch of birthday cards too!

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  28. Wow, love them all , you are on a roll!! FAbulous cards!!

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  29. That's me,to many choices & my mind starts to dressed.Then it takes me forever to finish something.
    Great idea for these cards.

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