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Growing in Unity Day 5

I’m sad that today is my final day as a Growing in Unity Girl of the Week. With that being said, I am so very thankful for the opportunity Unity Stamp Co. has given me. I am so very thankful for everyones kind comments and I truly appreciate each and every one of you. I’m so thankful for my village’s support in this endeavor. I truly hope my week has inspired you to look through what you have and think a little outside the box in how you use it. For those of you new to the stamping world, you can never go wrong with a Unity stamp and you will always find one that pertains to where you are at any given moment! Even better, right now, they are having an amazing sale – go check it out…I’ll still be here!

Today, I’m bringing to you another way I use my Unity stamps. I use an Erin Condren Life Planner to try and keep my life together and organized, making sure I’m where I need to be, when I need to be there. I also LOVE pretty planning! So I merge the two together sometimes and I did so this month for my monthly calendar and monthly overview. I pulled out Friend Like You because it has this amazing Thankful script that I thought would make a great header for my tracking purposes. I also pulled out my August 2015 KOTM, Life Is Change because it has some awesome fall themed stamps. Finally, I grabbed the lightbulb ornaments and mug of cococa from my September 2015 KOTM, Our Hearts to Yours (I should rename this in my organizing system as Old Faithful!) I grabbed my Versafine onyx black ink and dug deep for some of my old Close To My Heart inkpads in Slate, Cocoa, Olive, Desert Sand, and New England Ivy.

AnneMichelle Creates Planner

I knew that I wanted to use the slate with the ornaments and cocoa along the bottom of my calendar to remind myself those days weren’t part of November. I think I may have liked this spread better if I had done some 2nd generation stamping. I took my 4 remaining CTMH stamp pads and stamped all 4 in different areas of the leaf stamps in the August 2015 KOTM. This gave the leaves the appearance of being multi-colored. I then stamped them randomly on the monthly calendar. I took the fall trees stamp and did the same thing and stamped them across the top of the calendar.

AnneMichelle Creates Planner

Next I went through and put all my appointment reminders using stickers and wrote in things I needed to remember using a Papermate Inkjoy Gel 0.7 pen. I finally added a couple decorative stickers and called it done.

AnneMichelle Creates Planner

I knew I was going to do a 30 Days of Thankful challenge this month and what better place to keep track of it than in my planner! I decided to use the monthly notes page to keep track of my thankful notes and I learned from the calendar spread that I needed to utilize either a lighter color stamp, or do 2nd generation stamping. I opted for the latter using my Versafine onyx black ink. I inked up the Thankful stamp and used a q-tip to remove the ink from the “to have a friend like you” portion of the stamp, then stamped it onto some leftover sticker paper from my bible journaling. I fussy cut the sticker and then placed it in the top left corner of the notes page.

AnneMichelle Creates Planner

I took the leaves that I used on the monthly calendar and inked them up, stamped them on scratch paper, then stamp them onto my notes page (2nd generation stamping). I loved how this came out! Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the August 2015 KOTM in the bottom right corner of the page. I have space to write my thankful thoughts throughout the month as well as some pretty decoration!

AnneMichelle Creates Planner

For the overview page, I stamped out the Fall Angie girl in the bottom right corner, also using 2nd generation stamping. I stamped a gratitude sentiment in the monthly goals section to remind myself that I want to keep up with the thankful challenge and this sentiment reminds me why I want to do it!

AnneMichelle Creates Planner

I have to say that I wasn’t happy with how my monthly calendar turned out, but sometimes you just have to go with it. I love the stamps and I love the colors I chose, I just didn’t love the end result…and that’s completely ok. When you make cards, its so easy to just start over when you don’t like how something comes out. I wasn’t about to do that with my planner, so I just worked with it until I could be accept it. Sometimes that means adding another stamp to it, another color, or even just start writing the important things in it. I am absolutely in love with my overview pages!

AnneMichelle Creates Planner

I wanted to take the time again to thank you for being so supportive this week. Unity Stamp Co is such an amazing company and I have truly enjoyed putting these projects together for you. Please take the time to check out their shop! Don’t forget to leave a comment below and if you haven’t already, check my other posts from this past week and leave a comment there too! The more days you comment, the more chances you have to win a grab bag from Unity Stamp Co! (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4) I will be choosing a winner Monday morning from all the comments using a random generator.

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Growing In Unity Day 1

Last November, I was chosen in a facebook group to be a Growing In Unity Girl (go check it out, we have a lot of fun in there!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/537864239611706). Initially I was super excited because I love the stamps Unity has, red rubber cling – the best of both worlds in my opinion. Their images are gorgeous and make it easy to have fun with any medium. After I got over my initial excitement, I became petrified that my week wouldn’t measure up. I quickly talked myself out of that mental game and found some confidence…I wasn’t going to stress something that was (at that time) almost a year away. So here I am at my week and I hope you will enjoy my creations!

Today I have a Bible Journal entry. I’m pretty new to Bible Journaling, but with everything our world is going through right now, I turned to it when I wasn’t able to attend services regularly. Unity has several great printable images available, so I though I’d use them with a little watercoloring. I used the Pray More (https://www.unitystampco.com/pray-more-digital-stamp/) and the Floral Background Duo (https://www.unitystampco.com/floral-background-duo-digital-stamp/) for this entry. I used the verse from the Pray More set to choose my study yesterday and really enjoyed getting into The Word. I really needed to hear this message today and I felt it was a message that most could also appreciate hearing too.

1 Peter 5:7 : Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you (NIV).

AnneMichelle Creates Bible Journaling Entry

I am journaling in a KJV Journaling Bible my daughter purchased for me as a gift. I started my page by painting it with a coat of Gesso, I didn’t have any clear left, so I just put a thin coat of white down. I clamped down the opposing pages so they didn’t get paint all over using the Crafter’s Square clamps you find in the crafting section of Dollar Tree. I added a bunch of water to my page and dropped a few watercolors onto the page and let it spread on its own.

AnneMichelle Creates Bible Journaling Entry

I printed my digital stamps onto sticker paper and then tried to watercolor the praying girl, Bible verse and floral background, but since I wasn’t using watercolor paper, I wasn’t happy with how my praying girl turned out. The digital stamp has 3 smaller praying girls and 1 larger, so I didn’t have to print it out a second time!! I ended up using my Copic Sketch markers and I was happy with my results this time. For her skin, I used E02, E30 & E93; For her hair, I used YR18, E08 & E59; for her shirt, I used BG13, BG49, & BG75; I also used R29 for her lips and nails. Finally, I fussy cut her out so I could place her on my page.

AnneMichelle Creates Bible Journaling Entry

After my watercoloring dried, I used my Spellbinders Large Classic Scalloped Ovals to cut out the Bible verse and background florals. I used my bookmark tags to cut out from the sticker paper 1 tab for the side noting the Bible verse and one for the top noting the date. I peeled the sticker paper off each die cut and placed everything down where I wanted it.

AnneMichelle Creates Bible Journaling Entry

I’m pretty happy with how my final page turned out. The process of getting into the word is more important than how your pages appear to others.

AnneMichelle Creates Bible Journaling Entry

I had every intention of including some gorgeous washi tapes that I had, but after putting everything together, I liked my end result without the extra embellishments. I wrote in a prayer for me to use throughout the week using my Faber Castell PITT artist pen (M).

AnneMichelle Creates Bible Journaling Entry

Unity Stamp Co is such an amazing company. I am so excited to work with them this week and I hope you check out their shop! Please leave a comment below and stop by throughout this week (more chances!!) which will enter you for a chance to win 1 of 2 grab bags Unity is giving away at the end of my week!!

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AnneMichelle Creates A Blog

Welcome!!

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

I have sat on the idea of creating a blog for many years. But I was paralyzed with questions, how do I start? what do I say? how can I provide something unique when there are so many other crafty blogs?

But…this quote by Oscar Wilde really inspired me to just go ahead and start. I may have something similar to say, and that’s okay! I may have something different to say, and that’s okay too.

My blog will be a melting pot of all my favorite crafty hobbies. I have never stuck to just one type of craft because I love them all!

The best place to start is to introduce myself! I’m AnneMichelle (but I only answer that name when my mom says it), most known as Michelle. I’m an empty nester momma to a daughter who also enjoys crafting. I started crafting when I was in elementary school working on the looms that made potholders for Christmas gifts one year. I loved making latch hooks and progressed to needlework and cross-stitch. I have always loved paper planning and creating things from other things that inspired me. I progressed through so many different crafts and I rarely settle on one for any length of time. I enjoy sewing, photography, cross stitch, photography, planning, scrapbooking, card making, diy-ing (and I’m sure there are more!!)

I hope you stop in again to see what I’m up to.

GIU Blog Hop

I loved my week as a Growing in Unity (GIU) girl so I immediately jumped at the opportunity to participate in the blog hop. Several of us from the November and December Growing In Unity girls are participating in a blog hop today, so be sure to check everyone’s blog out. Everyone has brought amazing projects to share all year, I feel truly blessed to be among them all!

I absolutely love the stamps that Unity offers! I subscribe to the Kit of the Month each month and I deliberately don’t look at any previews so I can enjoy the wonderful surprise when it arrives. When my December kit (Life is a Celebration) arrived, I was so excited that there were several birthday-themed stamps because my card stash was getting pretty low for birthdays. I spent the last several months focusing on my Christmas cards and ephemera for my scrapbooks, so it was time to replenish my cards. Having an assortment of cards ready makes it so quick and easy when I sit down to prepare my birthday cards to send. It’s also nice to have other themes too for those things that always pop up unexpectedly.

Unity Stamp Co Life is a Party December 2020 Kit of the Month

I pulled out the Glass Media Mat, MISTI, watercolors, VersaMark, embossing powders, heat tool and some of my pre-cut & scored A2 card bases. I was ready for a fun evening spent in my crafty space creating! I have two go-to techniques when I’m running dry on ideas – emboss resist and embossing on dark card stock. I pulled them both out this time. I mainly chose colored cardstock in shades of red, blue and black for my card bases, so I needed to be sure to cut out a white insert for the inside of my cards and I always stamp an inside sentiment for birthday cards.

I searched through my Unity Stamp collection to find a few other birthday sentiments. I pulled out these other stamp sets for the sentiments: Peas, Peas, Peas {dirty} and my July 2015 Kit of the Month (Halo Dirty).

I started out by stamping the birthday cake from the December 2020 KOTM Life is a Celebration using my VersaMark ink on 2 different pieces of black cardstock. I embossed one of them with silver (like a gunmetal silver) and the other with gold. I noticed that I stamped the gold birthday cake super wonky, so I fussy cut it out, loaded the back with foam tape, then mounted it on an A2 card base. I was happy with the silver embossed image, so I put it on the A2 card base right away.

Birthday Cake Cards

I stamped the cake again onto a piece of white cardstock and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Now it was time to have some fun with my watercolors! I used Ultramarine, Crimson and Viridian Hue out of my Reeves watercolor tube set. I found a comparable set here. I laid down some water on my cardstock, but not too much since I wasn’t using watercolor paper. I was also careful not to let the red and green hues run into each other so it wouldn’t look muddy. I used my heat tool to set it, then placed it under a heavy book for the night to flatten it out again.

For my next card, I use the confetti girls from the same kit and followed the same process that I did for watercoloring above. I used more water on this one so the color wasn’t so saturated. I also flicked my water brush with color on it so I could have paint splatters that kinda looked like more confetti. I used the happy birthday sentiment from the Halo Dirty kit and stamped it with Versafine onyx black. Finally, I mounted this one on a burgundy A2 card base.

For my final 2 cards, I used the balloon animal Happy Birthday sentiment from the December 2020 KOTM Life is a Celebration. I absolutely LOVED this stamp! I stamped it with VersaMark on a piece of black and a piece of white cardstock. On the white cardstock, I used the clear embossing powder again so I could watercolor. For the black cardstock, I used my favorite rose gold embossing powder. I mounted the black onto a white A2 card base. For the white image, I used my watercolor brush and the same 3 colors from earlier and painted in each of the balloons with color. I then used the ultramarine with quite a bit of water and spread the color across the entire card. I heat set it to dry, then splattered more of the ultramarine and the viridian hue. Because of the amount of water I used on this card front, I also had to set it under a book for the night to flatten it out some. Finally, I mounted this one onto a red A2 card base.

All of these cards turned out to be mostly 1 layer cards, so no additional postage will be required! I now have 6 birthday cards waiting for me to mail and I won’t have to rush around when the next birthday sneaks up on me! All of my stamps from Unity make it so easy to prepare beautiful cards, even when doing a minimal card. Be sure to check out the others in the blog hop today! You will absolutely love what they are bringing you.

Be sure to leave a comment here and on each blog to be qualified for an amazing drawing from Unity too!

Candi – https://sugarcardsbycandi.blogspot.com/

Brandon- https://tazersfan.wordpress.com/

Shannon – https://olasmoon.blogspot.com/

Mary – https://a-red-letter-day.com/

Linda – https://rubberstampormodify.blogspot.com/

**You are here** Michelle – https://annemichellecreates.com/

Jennifer – https://jhammond0128.wixsite.com/website

Holly – https://mamabirdcrafts.blogspot.com/

Growing in Unity Winners

I really wanted to take the time to thank everyone for taking a look at my projects last week. I have really enjoyed creating both my projects and blog posts for you. I also wanted to take the time to thank everyone for their kind comments!

All in all, last week was a powerful and positive experience for me and I don’t think there are enough words out there to express my sincere thanks.

I hope everyone had a chance to check out the amazing sale Unity Stamp Co is running right now. My cart is full and I’ll be hitting the purchase button after I’ve had a good 24 hours to think my order through.

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Finally, I wanted to announce the 2 winners from my week of posts. Unity is giving you each a grab bag of 20 stamps! So, drumroll please…random.org generated these two as my winners: Tracey Provine-McMartin and Joan Setree. Please send me an email (annemichellecreates@gmail.com) or send me a message on facebook with your mailing address so I can let Unity know where to send your grab bag! You have 2 weeks to claim your prize! Congratulations to you both.

If you didn’t win, don’t forget there are several more weeks of content coming from some amazing creators – go check them out & be sure to leave comments for them too!

Growing in Unity Day 4

I can’t believe I’m already at DAY 4!!! This week is truly flying by and I’m so grateful for this opportunity from Unity Stamp Co. I love going into my craft room and just pulling everything out and playing. Sometimes I feel the need to get crafty, but I don’t have a project in mind. Those days, I’ll pull up Pinterest and search whatever medium I want to play with and just scroll through until I see something that inspires me. Other times, I know I have a project coming up that I want to prepare. That was the case for today’s projects.

This year, I decided to do December Daily. I bought all the things to be prepared and I look forward to working with them, but I wanted more stamping. My October 2020 KOTM, Hello Winter Days, arrived just in time! This kit had some great images to prepare journal cards, die cuts and backgrounds for my project.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Embellishments

I also pulled out a few other stamps to work on this project that I’m keeping in an iris project case so I don’t have to go searching for everything when the time comes.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Embellishments

I pulled out my all-time favorite kit for Christmas stamping, September 2015 KOTM, Our Hearts to Yours and stamped out the decorative lightbulbs. I had initially planned to do a card with these. I grabbed some cardstock panels that I have pre-cut and stamped the ornaments with Versamark ink and then added snowflake tinsel embossing powder and heat embossed them. I stamped a sentiment from the same kit and thats where I should have left it to send as a card…I’ll most likely create this same card and just add some sequin embellishments to send out this season.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Embellishments

What I actually did next was pull out my Distress Oxide inks in Hickory Smoke, Aged Mahogany, Forest Moss, Candied Apple and Lucky Clover. I used a smaller blending brush and blended ink over just the ornaments. I used the Hickory Smoke for the hanging stem and then alternated my red and green shades. I then used a microfiber cloth to buff the excess ink from the embossing. I repeated the process for the second card base I had prepared as well. I loved how the ornaments looked, but I didn’t like them as a whole card, so I fussy cut them out to use as embellishments for my Christmas pages.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Embellishments

Next, since I was moving down this path of creating for the Christmas album, I decided to make some 3×4 and 4×6 cards for my pocket pages. I pulled out some navy blue, dark red and dark green cardstock to work with in addition to my white cardstock. When I cut an 8.5×11 piece of card stock, I end up with 2-4×6 cards and 2-3×4 cards with a few scraps left. Whenever I have decent sized scraps, I put them into a drawer to use while card-making. Anything smaller than a sentiment strip, I let go once I’m finishing crafting for the day. I pulled out my embossing powders and heat gun again along with my MISTI, Versamark ink, Versafine onyx black ink and got busy. I left quite a bit of space for journaling or embellishing when I put the album together on several of the 4×6 cards.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Embellishments

I also pulled out Presents X 5, Poinsettia Wishes, Magical Holiday, Caught Under the Mistletoe, Forever and Ever, and Take the Moment. I ended up preparing quite a few cards for my album and may end up using some of them in my full-size scrapbook or even for creating cards next year!

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Embellishments

I always love the look of rose gold embossing powder on a navy blue. For my other card pictured, I stamped the image with Versamark ink and let it dry without adding anything else. It makes it appear like a tone-on-tone stamping technique.

Here, I stamped the scooter and wagon in Versafine onyx black ink. I used my stormy sky, weathered wood and hickory smoke distress oxide inks to blend over the wagon image and forest moss with evergreen bough for the ground area. I may color the scooter in later with my Tombow markers, or just leave it black & white. The mug was embossed with a dark red Hampton Arts embossing powder. The ornament was also embossed in the same rose gold powder from above – not quite the same effect, but still quite pretty. The Peace, Love, Joy, Noel was stamped first in Versafine onyx black, then Versamark and a clear glitter embossing powder. Next I used forest moss, evergreen bough and lucky clover distress oxide inks, blended over the entire card and I buffed it out with a clean cloth.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Embellishments
AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Embellishments

I used a gorgeous gold glittered embossing powder for the tree, and did 2 layers of white embossing powder for my deer. Then, I used the same gold glitter embossing powder on the nose to really highlight it.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Embellishments

I had so much fund creating these cards, I may just have to do this for any albums I plan to work on in the future! I’m pretty sure I’ll go back into my craftroom and create more when I find some spare time!

I was able to run a few of the scrap pieces of cardstock through my Xyron sticker maker to embellish the simple stamping.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Embellishments

I used stormy sky and weathered wood distress oxide inks with a blending brush on the tree card and left the ornament card black for now – I may color the ornaments in later when I see what picture I pair with it.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Embellishments

I love the detail of the tree-lined road and thought a simple sentiment would really make a great card.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Embellishments
AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Embellishments
AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Embellishments

I set up 2 iris containers full of stamps and embellishments for my December album so when I want to work on the project, all I have to do is pull them out and get to work.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Embellishments

I hope you enjoy looking through this project. I’m so excited to have so much of the leg work done already and I can’t wait to work through my album next month! Please take the time to check out Unity Stamps – there are so many other Christmas themed stamps than what I’ve shown here and they are all wonderful!

Thank you so much for stopping today. Be sure to leave a comment each day to be entered into a giveaway offered by Unity Stamp Co. They are giving away 2 grab bags full of their stamps at the end of my week. Each comment you leave will give you an entry into the drawing. Tomorrow will be my last post, but there are so many other great ladies that will be creating over the remaining weeks in 2020, be sure to check them out as well!

Growing in Unity Day 3

Today, I’m bring you a couple more cards, but this time I watercolored them. I’ve always been a huge fan of watercolor because the shading is so much easier to me than any other paint mediums.

My first card was created using the adorable Brandy & Emma Goodbye stamp set. I fell in love with this set because it always reminds me of my daughter who has a Golden Retriever.

AnneMichelle Creates – Aspen

I started out by taping down a 5.5″ x 4.25″ panel of Canson XL Series Aquarelle watercolor paper onto my Tim Holtz Travel-size Glass Media Mat using regular painters tape. I stamped all of my images using Versafine onyx black ink. I used my Koi Watercolor Set, Jane Davenport Neutrals set and Jane Davenport bright colors set. I always keep 2 water jars when I’m using my watercolors, 1 clean & 1 dirty. I also keep a wide watercolor brush to lay down my water for wet-on-wet watercoloring and then I use my Kuretake watercolor brush for dropping in/painting color. When I watercolor, I like to let it dry naturally for the most part, which usually means I have to set it aside for a bit before I can work on it again (if you watercolor 2 different colors side by side, they can bleed into each other) or I have to use my heat tool to set if I want to rush the process.

AnneMichelle Creates Watercolor Beach

I wanted the sail on the boat to shimmer, so I used my Kuratake Starry Colors watercolor set.

AnneMichelle Creates Watercolor Beach

This card came together so simply. I didn’t add any embellishments to it at all, but I did trim down my panel, and used foam tape to add it to a 110lb card base.

AnneMichelle Creates Watercolor Beach

Same as yesterday, I prepared several watercolored images because I wasn’t sure which one I wanted to present to you. I’ve already started working on creating Christmas cards and I went ahead and prepared one using the September 2015 KOTM, Our Hearts to Yours. This kit is truly full of so much goodness!! This time, I started with my Koi watercolor kit, but I wanted a little more sparkle and shine, so I went over the green and painted the stars and ornaments in the image using the Kuratake Gem Colors watercolor set. This set has such a nice shine to it! I stamped the sentiment from the same kit and added a few flat-backed clear sequins to finish it off. I haven’t trimmed or mounted it onto a card base yet, I usually wait until I’m ready to mail them out and add them to card bases then.

AnneMichelle Creates Watercolor Tree

Finally here are the couple extras that I also watercolored using the same sets when I was trying to figure out which images I wanted to present to you!

Yet To Be stamp set

AnneMichelle Creates Watercolor Cards

Sunflower – Miss You, Friend stamp set.

AnneMichelle Creates Watercolor cards

I feel like a broken record when I tell you that Unity stamps are amazing, but if you haven’t used them before, you really should give them a try! Their stamps are very high quality red rubber stamps and ALWAYs stamp out amazing images. I’m definitely a Copic or watercolor girl, but their images make it so easy to use any medium or just leave them stamped without doing anything else to them!

Thank you so much for stopping by to see what I created. Be sure to leave a comment each day to be entered into a giveaway offered by Unity Stamp Co. They are giving away 2 grab bags full of their stamps at the end of my week. Each comment you leave will give you an entry into the drawing.

Growing In Unity Day 2

Today, I’m bringing a couple cards to you that I created using Unity Stamps and my Copic Sketch markers. I just started playing (and accumulating) my Copic markers last year and I have fallen in love with how easy it is to use them! Unity Stamp Co. has so many stamps available with images that are so easy to color.

I started my first card because my husband asked me to make a birthday card for a friend of ours. That’s one of the things I love – being able to create any type of card we need at any point in time!

I recently went through my stamp collection to try and get some semblance of organization. I found quite a few Unity stamps that I either hadn’t used yet, or that I hadn’t used in a while, so I decided to break them out. I started with my July 2017 KOTM, Halo Dirty. There is a gorgeous daisy background stamp that I used as well as 2 different birthday sentiments. I stamped everything with my Versafine Onyx Black ink since it is a Copic-friendly ink. For the Daisy background stamp, I colored the daisy flowers using my Copic markers Y00, Y08, Y11, and YR27. Next, I used a double stitched rectangle die and cut out the background panel and then used the larger double stitched rectangle die from the set to cut out a black matte for the background panel.

AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card
AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card

I also pulled in the Perfect Day Hummingbird stamp. I used my Copic markers to color in the hummingbird in the set. For the main part of the body, I used BG13, BG23 and BG49 and for the chest and underwing areas, I used V05, BV08 and B29. After coloring the bird, I fussy cut it out and then used my Tombow brush pen in black N15 to color in around the edge so there wasn’t any white border around my bird.

AnneMichelle Creates: Hummingbird Birthday Card

I thought an action spring card would be a lot of fun and I was able to use a lot of things that I already had in my supplies. I used my Glue dots, a piece of vellum paper and 22 gauge black beading wire to create the spring for my bird. I wrapped the wire around a thick pen 4 full times, then cut the wire with a pair of beading wire cutters. I cut out 1 small circle from my cardstock and 2 small circles out of my vellum. I then attached a glue dot to one side of the cardstock circle and slid it between the bottom & next layer on the spring and pushed it to the bottom of my hummingbird. I then took the 2 vellum circles and put a glue dot one 1 side of each of them and made a sandwich out of the other side of my homemade spring.

AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card

Once I had the spring on my hummingbird ready, I attached it to the card panel.

AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card

It was time to add the sentiments. When it comes to birthday cards, I love to stamp a sentiment on the outside and the inside of the card in addition to personalizing the inside with a personal message when I’m ready to send the card out. I was lucky enough to find both of my sentiments in the same July 2017 KOTM from Unity and I love the cheekiness for the inside sentiment! I stamped the inside sentiment on a card base made from 110lb cardstock because I didn’t want the layers from the card panel to mess up my stamping. Once my sentiment was stamped, I adhered the card panel to the card base.

AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card

I wanted to emboss the outside sentiment because I just love the look of an embossed sentiment! I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment since I was going to stamp a couple times. After stamping the sentiment in my Versafine onyx black, I then put it back in my MISTI and stamped it with Versamark ink in order to use the clear glitter embossing powder. I always use my reverse tweezers when I’m going to emboss a sentiment strip to avoid burning my fingers!

AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card

Now it was finally time to embellish! A friend of mine placed a very large order for sequins several years ago and I had never even pulled them out! It was way past time and I had the perfect set to go with my card!! I just used the same glue dots to place them where I wanted on my card.

AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card

My husband loved the card and we literally placed it in the mail right after I took this final picture!

AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card

So the hummingbird birthday card came about AFTER I had already created the card I was going to post, so I thought I’d at least show you the other card (which is also going to be mailed out in December). For this card, I used the September 2015 KOTM, Our Heart to Yours, which is full of so many festive goodies. My sentiment and image both came from the same kit. It is truly one of my favorite stamp sets and the I used the girl to really practice coloring with my Copics when I first started using them. I started by stamping the girl and the sentiment with my Versafine onyx black ink. I colored the shirt accents using G07, G24 and YG67, the Christmas ball with R29, R39 and R89, Her skin with E00, E02, and E93 and finally her hair with YR14, YR18, E08 and E18.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Girl

Next, I took my Tumbled glass distress oxide and a blending brush and blended in around my image. I went over the Christmas ball with my clear Wink of Stella brush.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Girl

I glued a few 5mm red sequins (these are also from that large order I split with a friend a while ago) with Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Girl

I mounted the panel onto a green piece of cardstock from my stash using my Scotch foam tape and them adhered the panel onto a 110lb card base.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Girl
AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Girl

I had also prepped a couple other images when I wasn’t sure what I would prepare for my final post. Unity has so many gorgeous images!! Here are a couple more that I prepared.

Smile and Move Forward stamp set.

AnneMichelle Creates Floral

Supplies Used: Copic Marker: RV02, RV10, RV55, G07, G24, YG67, BG000.

Otter Love This Much stamp set

AnneMichelle Creates Otter

Supplies used: Copic markers: E25, E29, E34, E43, R29, R39, R89, Distress Oxide: Tumbled Glass.

Pretty As A Peacock stamp set

AnneMichelle Creates Peacock

Supplies used: Copic markers: R05, BV08, BG49, G09

Be sure to go check out Unity Stamp, they are an amazing company with great red rubber stamps good to use with any medium! Also, don’t forget to leave a comment in order to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a grab bag of 20 Unity stamps!

Who am I?

I am a long time crafter.

I am a long time photographer. I am a long time “I can make that cheaper/better”. I am a long time planner. I am a long time baker (not a create my own recipes, but a I can really enjoy that recipe). I am a long time scrapbooker. I am a long time card maker. I am a long time seamstress.

I love trying new things. I love being inspired by other crafters genius and can only hope to maybe inspire others.

My goal is to publish a few projects here and there so I have a record of some of my favorites. I also want to connect with more like-minded crafters. I hope to see you around!!

I usually have 2 floofy helpers in my crafty space. They take turns who sits on my desk and who takes over my chair when I stand up…but I love having them with me in the office – it definitely makes it more interesting!!