Friday, May 18, 2012

Unity FwF plus my Monthly Sketch Challenge

     Hi, everyone!  I'm a little late posting this today, so I thought I would do a double take and post my Unity May Sketch Challenge, along with my Friday Friends with Flair!  Please be sure to check out all of the inspiration that is flowing over there, this week!


     First up let me share my FwF card for this week.  I did some crazy things with this one.  Using the clouds from the May KOM, I stamped them with Galaxy Gold Brilliance ink and then clear embossed them.  That gave me a sparkly outline.  I dabbed in Picket Fence Distress Stain, and was pleased at the softness I achieved.  I used the trio of hot air balloons, also from the kit, colored, paper pieced, and sparkled them, then popped them over my background.  The greatest sentiment is included, also.  This month's kit is wonderful!  A bit of ribbon and gems, and  my card was complete!


     For my next card, let me show you the Sketch of the Month, that Unity has come up with!  Using more KOM stamps,  here is what I came up with.
 

      My base card stock is a pearlized champagne color, layered with Basic Grey designer paper.  I created my side panel by double inking one of the background stamps in the kit, with Anna Griffin inks, which I have had for ages.  I cut my oval out using a Labels Ten die from Spellbinders, and then ran it through the Cuttlebug with a brocade EF, and did direct ink to paper for highlights.  Next came my dress form image, which I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black and clear embossed.  It was colored with Copics, fussy cut, and popped over my oval.  I jazzed up the dress with clear gems and sparkle from a Sakura Stardust pen.  There are the best sentiments in the kit and I thought this one suited beautifully.

     Well, that's it for me today.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

36 comments:

Gwen said...

Two great cards! Love how you did the clouds & your embossed diecut!

Sarah Mailloux said...

Ditto the clouds, and I love the color combo, too!

Ruby said...

Two very pretty cards.

Jingle said...

Two great cards! I LOVE the second one!

Crystal said...

Beautiful cards! I love them both and am now super antsy for my KOM to arrive and play with it!

Houses Built of Cards said...

These are both beautiful - but the second one is my FAV!!! LOVE the color combo!

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Mirta Sanchez said...

Love the balloons-I used those too on my card today! And I love the color combo on the second one. I must admit I was a little intimidated by those dress images in the KOTM but will definitely give them a chance!

Catherine said...

Gorgeous cards and I love the little balloons on the first one....

The Other Patti Sue said...

They are both totally awesome! Have a great weekend!

Barb King said...

Great card, I love the idea of the picket fence stain for the clouds, I will have to try that. The second one makes me wish my KOM was here, but it's not yet! Barb

Holly said...

Mary Anne your hot air balloon card is so great! I love the clouds!

NoraAnne said...

Two beautiful cards!!!! Love your cloud technique :)

Colleen said...

Mary Anne,
WOW! That is one great kit you have there I love the hot air balloons and that dress is just amazing.
How creative to make your clouds with the stain. You sound like you are really having fun getting old things out and mixing with new.

Carol L said...

I LOVE those clouds you created with the sparkly edges! They're the perfect backdrop for those colorful balloons! The 2nd is awesome too - love the colors, design and sentiment! NJ on both! Have a great weekend!

Toni K said...

Gorgeous cards! Both of them!

Tonya said...

I adore those balloons! Great cards!!

Chris D. said...

Wow! Loving both of these cards!

Kary said...

Such beautiful cards, Mary Anne!! Love the bright hot air balloons, and the sweet dress form. Great techniques on them. Have a lovely weekend!

JPScraps said...

Both cards are wonderful! Love the stamp on the second one.

BloomingPink said...

Two pretty cards! WOW. Those lil' hot air balloons are awesome cute!

And I am not sure exactly WHAT about that wingy body form leaves me transfixed, but the image just yells something to me from a past life or something...and you've done the prettiest thing with it! I JUST ONLY received my KOM today and haven't had time to do more than LOOK (and drool) over it.

Cheers. It's a good weekend here, hope it's JUST as nice for you.

Patti J said...

Wow, Mary Anne - you have been SUPER busy! Both cards are amazing. These KOM's sound wonderful! Have a great weekend, my friend! I am hoping to be back to normal routine by Mon. or Tues! Hugs...

Glenda J said...

Two fabulous cards!!! Especially love your colourful balloons.

Eva said...

Both your card are fantastic!

Morissa Sweeney (SCS - stampinsweeney) said...

The dressform is awesome!!!

Olga said...

Both are absolutley gorgeous!!!!

JD said...

Both cards are so pretty, but I especially like the second card. Nicely done!

Pryn said...

Ok..both of these cards are completely FABULOUS!!!! I love those little hot air balloons! They are actually the first ones that I grabbed out of the KOTM this month! I can't share mine for a couple of weeks as it is for a DT sample, but I know I will using them again :) Your second card is stunning! I love the papers you chose to compliment that gorgeous stamp!

shuggy said...

great cards!

Dr. Ivy said...

Both cards are stunning. I love the look of the clouds on your first card. They look so fluffy. Have a great weekend.

Becky said...

Both of these are fabulous. Love the colors on the hot air balloons.

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Awesome cards! :)

Sue said...

Hi Mary Anne, love the clouds and the way you popped up the air balloons....take me away!!!
Your second card is beautiful. That is one of my favorite dies....and fussy cutting for sure!!

Hugs
Sue

Julie Odil said...

Both cards are great. I love the picket fence softness of the clouds, and love the color combo of the 2nd card. Stunning.

Kathy and Lucky said...

These are wonderful love the balloons and the clouds, that is such a great idea and the second, that paper with the image is perfection. Hope you had a great weekend.

Janice M said...

Great cards Mary Anne! Love that Hot air ballon one! I might try to do that sketch one...if I can figure out what kits the images I have from friends came from!

SherylK said...

BEAUTIFUL card. Congrats!!