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Unity Stamp Hip Hop

Welcome to this Thursday's installment of the
I'm so excited about today's card...I even
have a little step-out "bow-making" tutorial for you!

**First though, you should be here from Renee Aslette's Blog**
And here are a couple of fun factoids that you don't want to miss:
December 13 - December 19
FREE Random STAMP for every $10 you spend.
{will be a variety of stamp images and sentiments}
Be sure to comment as you go!
Three lucky commentors will receive a $20 Unity Gift Certificate

Okay, now let's get down to biz
I've always been a little 'afraid' of solid stamps.
When I started out with a practice stamping, it looked perfect. 
When I stamped onto the actual textured paper, not so perfect. 
Or atleast I thought!

I went back over the stamping with a yellow watercolor pencil
(in the areas that didn't take the ink) and blended.  I think it looks pretty neat!
which is ON SALE as we speak, so check it out!

Now for the little tutorial.
If you're an expert bow-maker or are happy with your bow-making skills,
then you may want to skip this part ;)
I often get asked "how do you make your bows?!?!?!?"
(yes, often with frustration from the questioner, hence the multiple ? and !)

One part that I failed to photo was the step AFTER throwing the tail
to the back.  At that point you will want to flip the bow, so that the tail will actually
be facing you as shown above.
And if that's as clear as muddy water, just shoot me an email ;)

**All righty, time now to see what Shilo Miles has on tap for us today**
Complete list of the hop in order
  Jen B.
Lisa A. 


  1. Beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial for us 'bow-challenged'.

  2. The card is darling! Great tip on the bow making but recently I got the Unity bow maker and it's so easy to use! Makes perfect bows every time :)

  3. Oh, this effect with the textured paper and the color pencil is wonderful! And thanks for the bow tying tutorial..your bow is luscious!

  4. Love the stitching. I think the flowers look even better with 2 shades of color. More natural!

  5. I love what you did with the watercolor pencils. Can you make a left handed tutorial for the severely challenged?

  6. Beautiful card, I love the pretty pink colors against the shabby board paper, great contrast!

  7. Beautiful card! LOVE your bow tutorial as well!

  8. Gorgeous card! I use Unity's bow maker to make bows... even my kids can figure it out. :) LOL!

  9. Wonderful card Shellye! and I pinned your how-to bow ... I often wondered too!!

  10. Very pretty!! I love that image. Thanks for the bow tutorial!

  11. This is beautiful! I love the woodgrain background and the gorgeous bow!

  12. What a beautiful card! I have heard that there are no mistakes in crafting-they all lead to more creativity!

  13. LOVE the effect you achieved by using the colored pencil! I am filing this in my book of tips and tricks, GORGEOUS!

  14. Gorgeous card and thank you for the bow tutorial!

  15. Lovely card. I will have to use your trick with the water color pencil. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I love the cute cards. I love your layout And turn out super card.

  17. Oh love what you've done with this stamp! I shy away from solid stamps, too, but this idea will help me out!

  18. Lovely card! I always make my bows that way :)

  19. Womderful card and great tutorial. I can never perfect my bows!

  20. Lovely card, such pretty colours!!! Thnak you showing the bow making, as mine do not turn out so good lol.

  21. Lovely tutorial and a great doily on your card. TFS

  22. Great card and stamps. thanks for the bow tutorial.

    marg0006 at verizon dot net

  23. Very pretty. I love the flowers, they have a soft fuzzy feel to them.

  24. Wow, you are a bow making champ! This is such a pretty card, I love the colors and that great stamp!

  25. I like how you blended with the watercolor pencil--great tip!

  26. Your card is so pretty! And what mistake, just an advantage to use yellow, to make it Look more like a photo! And thank you for the lesson on bow tying! Hugs, Debra

  27. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card along with a fun & easy bow tutorial! NJ!

  28. Beautiful card - I love the idea of using watercolor pencil to blend in the lighter places. And the bow tutorial was fab - I'll have to try to see if I got it. Great post!

  29. Beautiful card! I also get intimidated by solid stamps - you made it look easy! Fabulous job!

  30. I know what you mean, but it's not the stamp, is the textured paper... Anyhow, you fixed it in a very clever way and the result is extremely beautiful. Kudos to the solid stamp you used... LOL... and to you!

  31. I love the prettiness of the doily and bow against that woodgrain!


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