08 octubre 2017

Growing in Unity Hop!

Hi everyone!

So glad you are joining us on this wonderful Growing in Unity hop from Unity Stamp Company. You should be coming from Vicky's blog. I made a few cards for today's hop since I've had a lot of time to craft these past days. More on that later... Today's 1st card is a bday card. I used the sets "Her Day" and "Your are This". I used regular Crayola coloring pencils to color it (which are about 20 years old!). I had an awesome time making this one since I crafted with my 4 year old son. He did his version. I only helped coloring the flowers.

My card

JT coloring with mommy!
My son's version <3

This second card, didn't go as I wanted. Made some technique mistakes: I over inked the stamps, I didn't let the Distress Inks dry completely before heat embossing and well, did you know that embossing powders expire??? Well, it does! So my white embossing powder is in the trash right now! Anyway, why publish the card? For what it means. That sentiment from the set "Storms make deeper Roots" has a special meaning. I live in Puerto Rico. If you haven't seen it in the news, we were hit with back to back Cat 5 hurricanes. Hurricane Irma didn't do too much damage although some people lost their homes. But hurricane María hit us hard. So many people lost their homes, workplaces, churches, schools, etc. Our green scenery is not that green anymore. It is day 17 since the hurricane hit us and only about 10% of the island has electricity and about 50% water service. Communications were down on the entire island. I have internet service just a few hours a day from a land line and using a power generator. The point is: my island will be stronger after this for sure! A lot of help is coming from the outside but it has been so slow. I you wish to help, there are many ways. I wont recommend any specific. My son wanted to do a card using the same sentiment. On this one I only helped with the heating tool for the embossing.
My card

JT's card

Unity Stamp Company will be picking winners from comments so don't forget to do so. Next on the hop is Tami.

Thanks for taking the time to visit!

18 agosto 2017

GIU Day 5

Para español, ve al 4to párrafo ;)

It's here!

Sadly, this is my last post for my Growing in Unity week. I really enjoyed this experience and hope to be part of it again next year. Thanks Unity Stamp Company for this opportunity. I had a hard time choosing which card to post today, so I'm sharing two. :)  Both almost share almost the same color palette. For the first one: I scored the background every 1/4 inch diagonally to create the pattern. I used this die on patterned paper. I heat embossed the sentiment from the set "Smile, It's your day" with silver embossing powder. I cut different shaped and sized banners in patterned paper and decorated it with a line of glittered glue. I completed the card with rhinestones.

For this second card I used patterned papers from Pink Paislee, Cedar lane. I heat embossed the circle frame from the set "I Consider You Special" with gold embossing powder. I then cut the center of it and used 3D dots and put on top of another piece of white cardstock were I stamped the sentiment from the same set to give dimension. I decorate with some kraft colored floss and Neat and Tangled sequins.

Well, I really hope you enjoyed my projects presented. Remember to comment on each post from this week for a chance to win random stamps from Unity.

Lamentablemente, esta es la última entrada de mi participación en "Growing in Unity". Realmente me disfruté la experiencia y espero volver a ser parte para el próximo año. Muchas gracias a Unity Stamp Company por esta oportunidad. Tuve dificultad a la hora de escoger qué tarjeta presentarles hoy así que estaré compartiendo dos. :)  Ambas tarjetas tienen casi la misma combinación de colores. Para la primera:  Marqué las líneas diagonales cada 1/4 de pulgada para crear un patron de fondo. Usé este troquel en papel de diseño. Ahí con la técnica de "heat embossed" estampé el pensamiento del set "Smile, It's your day" con polvo plateado. Corté banderines de diferentes formas y tamaños en papel de diseño y lo decoré con una línea de pega con brillo. Completé la tarjeta con imitación de diamantes.

Para la segunda tarjeta usé papeles de "Pink Paislee, Cedar lane". Con la técnica de "heat embossing" estampé el marco circular del set "I Consider You Special" con polvo dorado. Luego corté el centro de este y con "3D dots" lo puse encima de otro pedazo de cartulina blanca donde estampé el pensamiento del mismo set de sellos. Esto me ayudó a darle dimensión a la tarjeta. Decoré la tarjeta con hilo color crema y con lentejuelas de "Neat and Tangled".

Bueno, espero que hayan disfrutado los proyectos que les he presentado esta semana. Recuerden comentar en cada entrada de esta semana para la oportunidad de ganar sellos de Unity.

17 agosto 2017

GIU Day 4!

For English, go to 3rd paragraph ;)

¡Buenos Días!

Espero que estén disfrutando de los trabajos que les estoy presentando esta semana como parte de Growing in Unity de Unity Stamp Company. La compañera Vicki Beall también participa esta semana de GIU así que no olviden visitar su blog también. Comenta en ambos blogs para más oportunidades de ganar sellos de Unity Stamp Co. También pueden pasar por mi página de Facebook Maia Ink y darle "Me gusta" para ver todos los trabajos que realizo.

A lo que vinimos... La maternidad es hermosa pero definitivamente tiene efectos en la mente de una mujer. El famoso "mommy brain" es real. Desde que tuve a mi niño se me olvidan las cosas. Para resolver, tengo que escribir TODO. Compré una libreta económica con patrón de "chevron" color verde menta. El color me pareció perfecto para decorarlo con el set "Let's Flamingle".  Los flamingos están super de moda en estos momentos. Combiné el diseño de la libreta con papel de color neutral en fondo con diseño sencillo. Luego creé mi propio diseño de fondo en cartulina blanca usando el set "(Keeping up with the) Tribal Trend", "Distress Inks" en tonos rosas y amarillos y con Perfect Pearls. Luego corté mi nombre usando mi Cricut Explore Air y le dí un efecto Ombre con "Distress inks". La imagen del flamingo la estampé en papel para acuarelas y los coloreé con "Distress Inks" también. Para el 2do flamingo, lo estampé con la técnica en reverso ("mirror stamping"). Definitivamente necesito adquirir la herramienta para estampado al reverso que tiene Unity Stamp Co. La imagen hubiera quedado mucho más bonita, así que ya la herramienta está en mi "wish list" para mi próxima compra. Apliqué "Glossy Accents" en los picos de los flamingos y en el nombre para darle dimensión. Bueno, l@s veo mañana para la última entrada de GIU.


Hope you have been enjoying the cards I've presented so far as part of the Growing in Unity from Unity Stamp Company. Our friend Vicki Beall is also a GIU gal this week so don't forget to visit her blog too. Comment on both blogs for chance to win stamps from Unity <3. Be sure to visit my Facebook fanpage Maia Ink and "like" it to keep up with me and my creations.

Now to what you are here for... Maternity is beautiful and it definitely has effects on a woman's mind. Mommy brain is real! Since I had my son I forget almost everything. To solve the issue, I have to write everything down. I bought a cheap notebook with a mint colored chevron pattern. The color seem perfect for me to decorate it with the  "Let's Flamingle". set. Flamingos are a trend right now. I combined the design of the notebook with a neutral patterned paper with a simple design. Then I created my own background on white cardstock using the set  "(Keeping up with the) Tribal Trend", Distress Inks in yellow and pink tones and Perfect Pearls. I then cut my name using my Cricut Explore Air and colored it with an Ombre effect with Distress Inks. I stamped the flamingos in watercolor paper and colored it using Distress Inks. For the second flamingo, I did the mirror stamping technique. I really need to buy the Mirror Image Stamping tool from Unity Stamp Co. The image would have been way better. Be sure it is currently on my wish list for my next Unity purchase. I applied Glossy Accents to the beaks and to my name to add dimension. Well, see you tomorrow for my last post for GIU. Hopefully, I'll be back!

16 agosto 2017

GIU Day 3!

Para español, ve al 2do párrafo ;)


Middle of the week! I'm sharing my favorite card of this batch today. This card features the stamp set Sophia. I got this set mainly for the sentiment. So powerful! Of course I love the image too. I stamped the image 3 times and colored with regular Crayola pencils. Then I cut different sized squares of each image. I won't lie, assembly took a bit of time. But I love the end result. I used different height 3D dots to pop up the squares. The patterned paper is from  Colorbok. I distressed the borders a bit with my scissors. Remember to comment on each post this week for a chance to win stamps from Unity Stamp Company. See you tomorrow!



¡Ombliguito de la semana! Hoy les comparto mi tarjeta favorita de las que realicé esta semana. La estrella de esta tarjeta es del set de Sophia. Compré este set principalmente por el pensamiento. ¡Muy poderoso! Pero claro que me encanta la imagen de la chica también. Estampé la imagen 3 veces y la coloreé con lápices de colores regulares Crayola. Luego corté cuadrados de diferentes tamaños. No les miento. El montar la pieza me tomó algún tiempo pero me encanta como quedó. Usé "3D dots" de diferentes alturas para darle dimensión a la imagen. El papel de diseño es de Colorbok. Rasgué los bordes un poco con tijeras. Recuerden comentar en cada entrada para la oportunidad de ganar sellos de Unity Stamp Company. ¡Los veo mañana!