Monday, March 23, 2009

Growing in Unity Day #1!

It's here!! Since Spring arrived officially on Friday, I have a "Happy Spring" card to share as the start of my Growing in Unity week! *grins*

This is a Stair Step (aka Accordion) card...I started with a 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" piece of Pollen CS, and scored it at 1 1/4", 2 1/2", 4 1/4", 6", and 8 1/4", with the 1 1/4" fold at the front. Then, I stamped images from three different Unity KOTM's (August 2008 "Remember Happiness", November 2008 "Enjoy YOUR STORY...Laugh", and February 2009 "Endings & Beginnings") that had a Spring theme/feel onto Whisper White CS, using Stazon Jet Black ink.
I colored all the images with my Prismacolor pencils, trimmed them closely, and attached them to the different folds at various heights (the butterflies and the snail are adhered with foam tape). For the sentiment panel, I stamped 'spring' with Real Red ink and 'happy' with Tempting Turquoise, edged the panel with the Canary Yellow pencil, and then matted with 'Kachina' and 'Red Devil' Bazzill. I accented the card with 3 rhinestones, then tied it closed with some striped grosgrain from American Crafts.
Remember to leave me a comment...I'll be picking a winner for a Unity single from all of the comments this week, and am planning to throw in a few surprise blog candy gifts throughout the week! (hint, hint...)

Thanks for stopping by!
~Michelle

Supplies used:
Paper: Pollen, Kachina, and Red Devil textured CS (Bazzill); Whisper White (SU!)
Ink: Stazon Jet Black (Tsukineko); Real Red and Tempting Turquoise (SU!)
Stamps: August 2008 KOTM "Remember Happiness", November 2008 KOTM "Enjoy your story...Laugh", and February 2009 KOTM "Endings & Beginnings" (Unity Stamp Company)
Other: foam tape (3M); striped grosgrain (American Crafts); Self-adhesive rhinestones (Studio18); Prismacolor Artist Pencils (Sanford) - Lilac, Aquamarine, Light Aqua, Apple Green, Chartreuse, Canary Yellow, Sunburst Yellow, Yellowed Orange, Pale Vermilion, Carmine Red, Scarlet Lake

33 comments:

Jacqueline said...

love this michelle!! great use of so many wonderful unity stamps!!! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog but no worries!

Ramsey said...

it's soooo prettiful! i love it! i think i'm gonna have to snatch me up some of those prisma pencils as well!

Tonya said...

Michelle, this is fabulous! So creative and I love all the images you used. Fabulous way tot showcase Unity!

StampinCathy said...

Love the Spring look! I'm so ready for Spring! Congrats on being the Unity's Stamper of the week. Can't wait to see what fabulous eye candy you have for us. Thanks

Laura L said...

What a fun, bright card! It just screams SPRING!!!

Shannon said...

This is adorable! I am so excited that you will be posting all week :). I might be almost as glad as you are that the kitchen is done :)

Jenn said...

It's so adorable! Great start!

Kerry said...

Oh, what a beautiful and fun Spring card! Love all the Unity and great coloring too!

Shemaine said...

those pencils are really nice! beautiful card too!

jpmayo said...

What a gorgeous card Michelle!
Love it!

Tinker and JingeBear's Mom said...

Beautiful, Michelle! I love the detail, and the cheery colors. Can't wait to see what you will have tomorrow!
~ky

jan farnworth said...

love the use of unity on this very cute card. Great job thanks for the inspiration.

Yaritza said...

Love what you did. I'm so glad to see you using Prisma colors. I have not wanted to switch over to copics and I absolutely love my pencils.

Kristen said...

geesh Michelle you sure know how to rock it hun!! :) This is absolutely awesome!!!!! Great job! Can't wait to see what else you come up with this week!

Lisa F said...

Very cute! Love the springy colors!

Scrapycandy said...

Thank you for showing us what can be done with the colored pencils. I don't see this very often and it is so pretty!

Valerie G said...

wow! that card is so cute. love all the stamps you used.

Expressions of a Creative Mind said...

OHHH, I really like these kind of cards and like what you did!!!

Linsey said...

awwww, this is so beautiful, Michelle! And super inspiring for me as I've been wanting to make one of these accordian pop up cards for quite sometime now--and I think your fabulous creaion is just the boost I needed! Really makes me feel like Spring is in the air, even though it's still cold and rainy here in seattle and I only have 1 lonely daffodil blooming in my garden so far, lol!! hugs and tfs!

Chris S. said...

I really appreciate your artistry. You always add that extra touch that makes your work extra-special. You are a great spokesperson for Unity!

Erin Kersh said...

Ooohhh Michelle, I love this card -- great colors, great images, great layout! It really is lovely! I also love Prismacolor, but not as much as you darling! =)

Ravengirl said...

What a fabulous start to your week! I love your spring card, it captures the essence of the season!

Stephanie Wright said...

Wow! What a neat card design. And you're right, it just looks like Spring! Great job.

kc said...

That's so creative ! Love the card !

whoistracy said...

Michelle, this is adorable!! So clever. And look at how much Unity you crammed in there. I need to try one of these.

Sherry Campbell said...

You are off to a great start in your week! Love the bright, fun colors, Michelle! :)

Jessy said...

Michelle, what a great start to your Unity week. Love how you used all the different KOM stamps! So creative and talented. Cant wait to see the rest of the week. :-)

FibreJunky said...

I love the fresh colours! So much nicer than all the grey outside. I can't wait to see what the rest of the week brings.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhh what a fun and beautifully cheery mix of colors and Unity awesomeness!!!

de said...

Beautiful card!

Jess said...

What a delightful use of so many stamps! This just makes me smile!

Shannon said...

Love this!!! Great images to use for a stairstep card.

Maria Levine said...

Very pretty! Nice job!