Friday, May 26, 2017

MISTI and Unity Stamps Collaboration Blog Hop

Welcome to the My Sweet Petunia MISTI and Unity Stamp Company Collaboration Blog Hop!

Hopefully you arrived here from Lisa Arana's blog, but if not, no worries.   I'm glad you made it, and the whole blog hop list is posted at the end of this post.

I'm thrilled to be invited to participate in this hop with so many amazing artists and to celebrate and  feature Unity Stamps and the MISTI.

The MISTI and I have have been friends longer than I have been friends with Unity Stamps.  I met MISTI in 2014, and have been in love ever since.  Since my purchase of the Original MISTI from My Sweet Petunia, I have added a few more MISTIs to the family.  I now own all three sizes:  The Mini, The Original and the 12x12 Memory MISTI.  And I love them all.

I just met Unity Stamp Company last summer.  And Unity Stamps has been in close and frequent contact with my wallet and I ever since.  LOL  I can't help it.  Their stamps have amazing designs and quality and there's so many of them.  Since I was so late to the party, I have a lot of catching up to do, right?

Now put the MISTI and Unity Stamps together?  That's a whole lot of love.

Unity Stamps has fabulous quality red rubber stamps to start with, but you know how it's sometimes difficult to get a nice even impression on a larger stamp on textured watercolored paper?

No problem with MISTI.

Look how nicely these images from Happy Snail Mail stamped on 140# paper with Versafine Black Onyx ink! 

I love to watercolor with all kinds of mediums.  But one of my favorite techniques is to do no-line painting.  Here's how the MISTI helps me do that.

I'm using the stamp from the Phyllis Harris kit Realize here.  Since my watercolor paper stays tucked in the top corner of my MISTI and my stamp doesn't shift,  I am able to selectively ink areas of the stamp with Distress Inks.

I can easily blur out the sharper lines of Distress ink with a wet brush to begin painting.  I continue to add more color back in, by picking up more Distress Ink from a palette with my paintbrush.

When I am finished with my painting, I trimmed my watercolor paper down using a stitched rectangle die.  I have cut it just so I can mat it with black cardstock and it will go on a colored card base.

I place it back into my MISTI to add a perfectly straight sentiment.

I've placed a sheet of gridded plastic over my card front.  This is a perfect way to make sure your stamps are aligned properly and are perfectly straight.

I have stamped the sentiment that comes with the Realize stamp kit.  But I feel like the girl is searching the horizon for, or waiting for someone, so I want to find a sentiment that is a bit more "thinking of you".  So I wipe it off my plastic and try again.

Now I am trying the sentiment from Present in My Heart.  I love the sentiment, but I've decided that this sentiment is a bit too large, and my girl that I've painted, since she is quite centered, is competing for space.  So I again, clean off the plastic and try a different one.

This sentiment is also from Present in My Heart, and this is the winner for this image.
Since I've stamped her right in the middle, I needed to find a smaller, simple sentiment.

And I this is it.  And since I like where I'd placed and tested the stamp, all I have to do is remove the plastic grid, make sure my card front is tucked in the top corner and re-ink the stamp and close the lid.  I already know it's in the right spot!

And there it is.  So now I can assemble.

This watercolor uses the sentiment kit Girl Truly.  I love these kits.  There is a large selection of sentiments and the fonts are always so pretty.  And these Peonies... I love Peonies.  For this card,  I used my Misti to selectively ink my image, avoiding stamping the scattering of dots that surrounded the flowers on the large stamp.  This allowed me to have just a crisp black image to watercolor.  I was able to ink it twice easily to make sure the image was perfectly and evenly stamped.   This watercolor was done with Zig markers on Bristol smooth card stock.

And my final card for today is another peony.  This is one of my favorite florals from Unity Stamps. It's from the kit Rebuild Your Life.  This one is also selectively inked; the bloom separately from the stem.  After inking the two colors, I re-inked the whole stamp with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I love to be able to stamp in any color and clear emboss so much that I hardly ever use any of my colored embossing powders anymore.  Since this image was on kraft card stock, I chose Prismacolor pencils and colored the bloom with french grays and white.

That's it from me today, but theres SOOOO much more to see.   Your next stop on the hop should be Maria Levine's blog.

Make sure you hop the whole amazing list of participants today and leave them a little love.  It will make their day to hear from you.  

And speaking of making someone day...  here's the nitty gritty on some amazing prize opportunities for you!

The name of everyone who leaves a comment on all the blogs in the hop will go into a drawing for some amazing prizes.  THREE lucky winners will receive both a prize pack from Unity Stamp Company AND their choice of an Original or Mini MISTI from My Sweet Petunia.  Comments must be posted before 12:00 noon central time on May 30th to be eligible. Winners will be posted on both the Unity Blog and the My Sweet Petunia blogs on May 31st.   

Here is the whole list of blog hop participants:

Chris Dayton - you are here

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Have a great day!

You know those mornings when the sun rise is so amazing and inspiring that you just can't wait to hop out of bed and start your day?

Me neither.  LOL

But on occasion...  a bright sky-is-on-fire sunrise is a pretty spectacular way to start your day.

So I made one just for you to send you off on a good start.

This background is made with pigment powders spritzed with water.
The Lollipop Flowers and Things I Want To Do sentiment were stamped first in black with my MISTI, then stamped again with Versamark ink then clear embossed.

And since you had such a great day, a spectacular sunset is in store for you as well.  

This sunset background is created with Distress Oxide inks and drips of water.  The Beautiful Ride sentiment and the Lollipop Flowers are again stamped in black and clear heat embossed.  The scribbly border is added with a Copic Multiliner pen.

Products are available now at Technique Junkies!
Use the discount code TJ10Chris to save 10%.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Gina K Designs – Fun with Fabulous Foil-Mates Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Gina K and the team have received such amazing feedback on the new Foil-Mates, Fancy Foils and dies that we have decided to put together a special hop for you today! This blog hop is a blend of a video blog hop featuring tutorials from Gina K and a few members of the team and a traditional blog hop featuring beautiful cards from other members of the team.  

Over the past few weeks, the Foil-Mates products have been flying off the shelves at Gina K Designs. Please be assured that if they are out-of-stock, they will quickly be back on the shelves again soon. In fact, Gina just stocked the shelves with a fresh batch of Foil-Mates, Fancy Foils and dies and more will be on the way. 

If you are new to Foil-Mates, they are used to step-up the shimmer and shine in your card projects! Creating cards is never more easy and beautiful when you work with this new line of foil products. From beautiful pre-printed Foil-Mates, to stunning colors of Fancy Foils, when you combine them together the outcome is stunning! Discover how many various combinations of different cards and invitations you are able to create with Gina’s Foil-Mates products. With many of Gina’s most popular signature colors now available in foil, coordinating with Gina K Designs card stock and ink has never been easier! 

We would like to thank Therm O Web for being such a great partner in the Foil-Mates line of products. 

Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog. We will be selecting one lucky commenter at the end of the hop from a combination of all three days of comments and that person will win a $50 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. Ready for some inspiration? Here are a few of the projects I have created for today’s hop:

Passionate Pink and Grass Green Fancy Foils,

Fill It With Flowers stamp set.  Image painted with watercolors.  I used a slide trimmer to cut the top and bottom of the panel just up to the leaves, then hand trimmed around the leaves, so they would jut out from the trimmed panel.

Turquoise Sea Fancy Foil

Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:

Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day


I'm on the Technique Junkies Blog today with some Father's Day inspiration.  Come on over!

Click HERE for the fastest route!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rose Doodles

Hello!  Thanks for dropping by.

Today I am sharing a card made from one of the May release stamps from Technique Junkies.
I have chosen to feature this new stamp, Rose Doodles.

These sketch-y roses are really fun.  The loose design is perfect for a watercolor technique.

I masked and only used the blooms of the stamp to build a garden of roses.  I stamped starting with my foreground images, then masking and working my way up the top of the card with the three blooms.

I stamped the blooms with Distress Inks then used water, and some additional ink to very quickly "paint" my roses.  I did a green wash with Distress ink, and then painted in the stems wherever they made sense.

The card was finished with a black frame,  and the strip of vellum, on which I gold heat embossed the sentiment from Grand Greetings.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Technique Junkies Oldies But Goodies Wednesday

Good Morning!

Today is Oldies But Goodies day at Technique Junkies!

Since I'm very new to the team and to Technique Junkies, I really don't have a lot of "oldies".

But I do have a card to share:

I heat embossed this beautiful Bridge image onto Bristol paper with a pewter embossing powder.  I then sponged Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink for a dusky evening sky. A spattering of water to lift color, and a quick pick-up with a paper towel created snow.
Sentiment is from American Proverbs, and is stamped in a bold black ink.

Visit the Technique Junkies Team Blog for more inspiration!  And don't forget to use the code:  TJ10Chris to save 10% on non-new release stamps!

Have a great day!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

When life hands you lemons...

Hi everyone!  Happy Thursday!

I'm up on the Technique Junkies blog today sharing these fun new stamps release this week.

Join me over there for all the details!

Click HERE!