Aug 10, 2013

Unity's "Enjoy, Explore, Believe" is Image for Round 9 of Unidentified Image Swap

Here we are, the 10th of August and we who participate in the Unidentified Image Swap get to reveal this round's image and what we created with it!

This round is hosted by April and she gave us something a little different to work with: Unity's "Enjoy, Explore, Believe".  I really must thank you April, because this made me stretch and, if I may admit it, I'm a little pleased with the result!!

The idea was to make a bookmark with the sentiment, and include it on the front of the card with a pocket.  

I took a Very Vanilla SU envelope, sealed it and cut off one of the narrow ends.

Then it was stamped with a collage stamp by Hero Arts called "Musical Collage".  SU's Crushed Curry, Creamy Caramel, Tempting Turquoise and Cameo Coral inks were sponged onto the image.  Then the envelope was spritzed with Stardust Finishing Spray by A Muse Studios.  

When fully dried the envelope was then crimped and trimmed with brown crochet ribbon and flowers from my stash.

Here's a closer view of the envelope attached to the front of the card.

This is the sentiment as the bookmark.  SU's Tempting Turquoise and Chocolate Chip CS create the base layers, with a portion of the collage stamp watermarked on the TT layer.

The sentiment by Unity is sponged and edged, then the entire bookmark was also spritzed to give it the soft shimmer from the finishing spray.  When dried, an eyelet and satin ribbon was added.

Here's a view of the card front with the bookmark removed.

The upper edge of the card front is stamped with a French script stamp (not SU) that I've had in my stash for years, not sure of the origin, though!

A great big "THANK YOU" to April for providing us with such a unique and different image this round!

Hopefully everyone who receives one of my creations won't be disappointed.  As for me...I can hardly wait to see what beauties my return will hold!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and thank you for leaving comments.  They sure do brighten up my day!

Blessings to all of you.


jimlynn said...

No one could be disappointed in these!!! Fabulous! Love the image you used of the bird and they just "sing"!! So pretty.

Barb said...

Love, Love, Love it! I think it is so creative and I really, really hope I see one in my return envie!

kiwimeskreations said...

What a stunning creation Darlene - love them and I am sure the recipients will too!

Unknown said...

Great idea! You did a great job with this sentiment!

CardsbyJo said...

Love your creative idea with this image. Very pretty.

MiamiKel said...

Oh Darlene, you took this image and ran with it - and what a stunning creation! Love the vibrancy and beautiful color!

paige said...

Love the card design and the bookmark is fabulous!

marsha said...

This is just awesome Darlene! I love the stamps you used and that sentiment is over the top!

Janet said...

Oh WOW!! This card with the bookmark is SO fantastic!!

Margaret said...

This is so fabulous! Very creative with the envelope and your beautiful image and layout.

~Paola~ said...

These cards are absolutely FABULOUSLISCIOUS Darlene!!
WOW....I too hope to receive one in my mailbox!♥ Veryyyyy well done...your creativity has no boundry...thank goodness!;o)

Shelly Schmidt said...

How pretty is the image with the bird- love the ripple look and the colors you added. LOVE the sentiment- so pretty! Great bookmark!!!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Oh Darlene, this card is amazing! I love the many layers, details, and fun!

April said...


Heather B said...

Nifty idea!!!

Carol W said...

These are amazing Darlene...very very creative and unique...beautiful work on these....♥