Gray Muse – Summer/Fall 2020 Blog Hop

Welcome to The Gray Muse Blog Hop featuring the 2020 Summer/Fall Stamp Collection! This release includes seven gorgeous floral stamp sets and one must-have sentiment set titled Social Distance! We have some amazing guests sharing inspiration using these stamp sets so grab your favorite drink and get to hopping!

Giveaway: The Gray Muse is giving away FIVE $25 gift codes to the shop so you can add some of these stamps (or enamel pins) to your collection. In order to qualify, leave comments on every post in the hop. The more posts you comment on, the greater your chances. The giveaway ends on Wednesday, September 30th at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. All winners will be selected at random and announced on The Gray Muse Blog within a week.  

I want to say thank you to Rubeena for having me join in her newest release blog hop! I discovered Rubeena as a crafter and have been a HUGE fan of her work! I was drawn to her beautiful cards and watercolor! She is extremely talented! I discovered her pins last year and have been hooked! They are amazing and I am happy to say I have a full enamel pin board now! I am always excited to add to my collection! Rubeena is such a talented women and is extremely kind! I have included a full list below of the blog hop order so you can hop to each crafter’s blog to find beautiful crafty inspiration! Come join in the fun – this is a gorgeous release!

Friend Stamp Set

For my first card I am using the beautiful new Friend stamp set! I love the big and bold font of the word friend, paired with the beautiful floral images! I started by stamping my image on Bristol smooth card stock and heat embossing it using clear embossing powder. I love to create bold and bright cards! For this card I used my zig markers. I work in layers when using my water based markers. I allow my project to dry on its own and continue to add layers of colors until I have the look I am going for. Once my coloring was dry I created an outline using 2 different shades of a tan/brown. I enjoy adding shading around the image as I feel it highlights my focal point. I added a few metallic splatters and adhered this to my card base!

I hope you enjoyed this one layer card! I can’t wait to use this stamp again and pair it with one of the Gray Muse sentiment sets! In Rubeena’s collection she has 3 sentiment stamp sets! You can see them here.

Lovely Lotus Stamp Set

For my second card I am using the beautiful Lovely Lotus stamp set designed by artist Alex Syberia. I love the floral images in this set, along with the sentiments.

I started by stamping the lotus image on Fabriano Hot Press watercolor card stock. I love this cardstock when I use my Karin markers. I have found this paper to work well with this medium. For this floral image I decided to keep the coloring simple by only using a few colors. For the floral image I used: Rose Pink 168, Magenta 359, Olive Black 447, Praline 385, and Gold 283. I work in layers as well allowing dry time between colors. Once my coloring was dry, I used my scan and cut to trim the image and set it aside.

To create my background I wanted to use patterned paper from my stash! I have a lot of beautiful paper and find I don’t use it enough! I chose this bright yellow paper for the background and a textured gray paper for the die cut circle. Both papers were trimmed down using dies. I assembled my card using the patterned paper and used foam tape behind my lotus flowers. I then chose a sentiment from the Lovely Lotus stamp and from the Social Distance stamp set 9the sentiments in this set are AWESOME – be sure to check them out). I heat embossed these using white embossing powder on the gray cardstock. Once my card was assembled I added a few sequins as well.

Pretty Pansies

I recently shared a card using the beautiful Pretty Pansies stamp set on Instagram. Just wanted to share a bit of inspiration using this new release as well!

Thank you so much for stopping by today on the hop! I hope you found some inspiration here today! Here is a full list of the blog hop! Be sure to hop and comment for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Gray Muse shop!

Blog Hop

Thank you so much for stopping by! Thank you to Rubeena for having me join her hop and to celebrate this GORGEOUS new release!

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Unity Stamp Company – NEW Release

Hi friends! I am super excited to be back today on my blog sharing an AMAZING new release at Unity Stamp Company! It has been a very busy start to the school year. I apologize if I have missed some of your posts. I am hoping to begin to get back on track! Unity has an awesome release today and I had so much fun creating with 3 of the new sets! Let’s get started!

For my first card I am using the beautiful Scattered leaf Background stamp. I love this stamp and I created a shaker card using this beautiful new set! I haven’t made a shaker card in awhile, I thought this was the perfect set to create a fun shaker card! So let’s get started!

I started by stamping my image on Fabriano Hot Press watercolor paper. I love this paper for my Karin markers! I find the color moves really well on this paper and allows me to build color up really well without the paper pilling. Once my coloring was complete, I die cut the center circle for the shaker element. I then started to prepare my shaker.

To create a shaker pouch I use the clear office 3 ring binder sheets. I start by cutting the section I need to fill in my space. I have found using the binder pouches it is easy to create a shaker pouch. To create the shaker I use a Fuse Tool. Depending on the cut, I may need to fuse together 3 sides before I add the shaker elements. Once my elements are inside, I fuse the last side together. I then tape the pouch on the back panel and then use foam tape to create dimension, which allows the shaker elements to move. I then chose 2 sentiments from the Heart of Autumn Sentiment Kit. I heat embossed these on black cardstock using white embossing powder. I adhered my card together and added black twine which was a part of a KOM. I hope you enjoyed my first card.

For my second card I am using another beautiful background stamp called Illumination border background. I love the simplicity of these beautiful holiday lights. I also adore the vintage feel to these bulbs as well! Let’s get started!

I started by stamping the background stamp on Fabriano Hot Press watercolor paper as well. I planned to use my Karin markers to color these beautiful bulbs. I colored in my bulbs using 3 different colors. Once my coloring was complete I wanted to add a bit of sparkle to the bulbs. I used WOW Glitter embossing powder. It is hard to capture the shine in the pictures. I chose a sentiment from the September 2020 KOM. I love these kits – they are full of beautiful red rubber stamps delivered right to your door each month! I then trimmed down the card panel using a Hero Arts rectangle die. I trimmed own a piece of patterned paper from my stash and then adhered my card together. This was a fun and quick card to make! The possibilities with this stamp are endless and so fun! I can’t wait to see what you make with it!

For my last card I am using the ADORABLE Gobble owl, isn’t he so cute? I had so much fun coloring him. Let’s get started with my last card using this cutie!

To begin I stamped the owl on Fabriano Hot Press watercolor paper. I used my karin markers to color in this adorable image. I completed serval layers of color and then added colored pencils to the nooks and crannies for added dimension to this owl image. I then trimmed down my owl into a square using a die cut from my stash. I find I don’t use my square dies enough. I need to bring them out more often.

I wanted to create a fun background for my stamped image, I wanted to use this beautiful piece of patterned paper that was a gift mailed with my September 2020 KOM – I love that Unity adds fun surprises to your monthly mail. I trimmed down the patterned paper to fit an A2 sized card panel. I then stamped the beautiful background stamp – Small Details onto a piece of kraft cardstock using gold embossing powder. I then used a combination of distress oxides to “antique” the background a bit. I then adhered my card together and used foam tape behind my owl stamp panel. I added a bit of brown twine for added interest.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! You can see all of the new released stamp sets here! I hope you will take a peek!

Unity also carries beautiful patterned paper packs and the quality is amazing! You can see the new Fall line here.

Be sure to check out these amazing SALE categories too:

Thank you for stopping by! Thank you for stopping by! I have listed all the products I used within my post. You can click on any of the links I have shared if you are interested in purchasing the products. The products listed are a compensated affiliate link, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I really appreciate your support.

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Give Thanks – August KOM

Hi everyone I hope your week is off to a great start. Today I wanted to stop in and share a fall card using the August 2020 kit of the month from Unity Stamp Company. The kit is full of so many beautiful red rubber stamps as well as beautiful sentiments. Today I chose to work with a fall wreath from the kit as well as a sentiment.

To begin I started with a piece of Canson water color card stock. I first started by creating a watercolor background using Gansai Tambi Watercolors. I used the following colors to create the background: 42 Aureolin, 46 Burnt Sienna, 32 Red, and 33 Cadium orange. For this background I used a wet on wet technique. I placed water on the background, then brought in each color to the paper. I have found when creating a background the wet on wet technique works very well for allowing the watercolors to move and blend together. It is important to let each layer dry before adding more color. I have found best results when they dry on their own. I did two layers of color and on the second layer I did add some blush gold 91.

Once my background panel was dry, I embossed the wreath using Brutus Monroe embossing ink and then used Brutus Monroe Gilded Gold embossing powder. I then used Karin brush markers to color the fall leaves and acorns in. I used the following colors: Red 209, Amber 195, Gold 283, Sepia 074, and Henna 105. Since I did a watercolor background I did very simple coloring. I did one layer of color and then added a second layer in different parts of the leaves and acorns for added interest. I then used a Hero Arts nested rectangle die to die cut my panel. I added some metallic splatter to the watercolor background in a red metallic and orange metallic. I used a piece of dark orange card stock from my stash and glued that to my card panel. I then placed the wreath panel on top. I chose a sentiment from the set called Give Thanks. I stamped this in black and then die cut it using a Gina Marie designs stitched Circle die. I adhered this with foam tape. I added a few sequins for added sparkle.

Today is the last day of the sale at Unity stamp company. Many sets are on sale for 55% off, over 600 stamps in the sale category (Fall, Halloween, Love & Friendship, Kids, Pets, School). Add the items to your cart and at checkout you will use the code FALL 55 to see an amazing discount. I encourage you to check out the sale and the different categories. I have them linked here for you as well. Thank you for stopping by today and be sure to check back in the next week as the new kit of the month, as well as all the new memberships will be revealed!

I have shared several cards on Instagram over the last few days using the AMAZING new releases at Unity Stamp Company! I have had so much fun working with these new sets! Check them out too – they are all on SALE!!!!!

Teach Love Inspire
Letting Go
Monster Hugs
Hey There Pumpkin

Thank you for stopping by! I have listed all the products I used within my post. You can click on any of the links I have shared if you are interested in purchasing the products. The products listed are a compensated affiliate link, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I really appreciate your support.

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Bold and Bright Ink Smooshing Florals

Happy Friday everyone! It has been a beautiful week here, lots of sunshine, gardening time, family boating, as well as crafting time! Today I am guest designing at Crafty Meraki. I was so excited to use the beautiful collaboration set from Hero Arts and Altenew – Bloom and Grow! This stamp is beautiful! Today I wanted to create a bold and colorful card using ink smooshing and markers! Let’s get started!

I started with a piece of Strathmore watercolor paper. To create the background I used an ink smooshing technique using a piece of acetate. I brought out my Stampin Up ink pads in the following colors: Pink Passion, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Blue Bayou, Brilliant Blue, and Summer Sun. One at a time I smooshed the ink pad on my glass mat, added water, and picked up the color using acetate. Then I placed the piece of acetate in different sections of the panel and layered the colors. I completed this several times and dried the panel between layers with my heat tool. The last layer I let that air dry.

Once my panel was dry I used the large bloom in the stamp set. I prepped the area using my embossing buddy and then stamped the bloom using versa mark ink in black and then I heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I created a mask for the bloom so that I could stamp the leaves behind the flower. Once I was done stamping I went back in with Karin markers to add deeper color. The colors I used are: Lipstick Red, Gold, Curry, Olive Green, Sapphire Blue, and Indigo Blue.

I then chose a sentiment from the set and heat embossed it on black card stock using white embossing power. I die cut the panel and adhered it to an A2 sized card base. To complete the card I added a few gemstones for added embellishment. I hope you enjoyed learning about this bright and bold technique today.

Supplies Used:

  • Stamps: Bloom and Grow
  • Paper: Stathmore Watercolor Cardstock
  • Coloring Medium: Karin Markers – Lipstick Red, Gold, Curry, Olive Green, Sapphire Blue, and Indigo Blue
  • Stampin Up Ink Pads: Pink Passion, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Blue Bayou, Brilliant Blue, and Summer Sun

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

One Layer Florals – Crafty Meraki

Hi Friends and hope this post finds you doing well! I am excited to be up on the Crafty Meraki blog today sharing a one layer card using MFT – Fresh Cut Flowers. Come join me on Crafty Meraki – click here I will be sharing card details on the blog, as well as all the materials I used. Here is a quick peek of my card!

I hope to see you over at Crafty Meraki!

Did you know at Crafty Meraki they have free shipping for orders over $50 – come check it out!

Have a great day crafty friends!

Natasha

Let You Dreams Bloom

Happy Sunday Crafty Friends! I hope you are doing well! I hope those of you who celebrate the 4th of July had a wonderful day with family and friends! We had a small family BBQ – it was nice and relaxing! For today’s card I am using the Paint a Flower – Hydrangea by Altenew.

I started by stamping the Hydrangea bloom using WOW embossing ink on Canson Watercolor card stock. I stamped the hydrangea 3 times and heat embossed the image using gold embossing powder. I watercolored the blooms using my Karin markers. I have listed the colors I used:

  • Pink Bloom: Pale Pink, Magenta, Pale Violet, Indigo Blue
  • Blue Bloom: Sky Blue, Royal Blue, Lilac
  • Leaves: Apple Green, Ochre, Olive Green

I enjoyed the watercoloring process using the markers. I am enjoying participating in the 30 day color challenge with Kathy Racoosin. Are you joining in? You can see all of Kathy’s posts here! I colored this over days 2-4. I just enjoyed the process and really took my time. I started with a light layer and then as the layers dried, I continued to add more colors.

When my coloring was complete I decided I needed a background. I was speaking to my friend Enna and she suggested a pale purple, what a great idea! I encourage you to check out her cards – Enna-Cardmaker (@ritzyhag) I love her work. I feel it just pulled the card together! To create the purple background I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors – Imperial Violet and White, mixed them together to create a pale purple. I completed the background 2 times. I added a piece of purple card stock to my white card base and adhered the 2 panels onto the card. Then stamped 2 sentiments from the set on black card stock and heat embossed the image using white embossing powder. I foam mounted these and added a few sequins.

I had a lot of fun watercoloring this stamp set! Have a good afternoon!

Supplies Used:

  • Stamps: Paint a Flower – Hydrangea by Altenew
  • Paper: Canson Watercolor Card Stock
  • Coloring Medium: Karin Brush Markers, Gansai Tambi 36 watercolor set

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Crafty Meraki – Happy Birthday!

Hi Friends! I am super excited to share that I am joining Crafty Meraki as a Design Team member. Crafty Meraki is a new online store with all of your favorite crafty supplies! Be sure to check out their store and while you are there don’t forget to check out the blog – so many beautiful cards to see by the Crafty Meraki design team!

Head over to Crafty Meraki blog to see how I created this card! I would love it if you stopped by there to share some love and meet the team!

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha