Monday, March 6, 2017

Growing in Unity: Day One

Hi everyone.  Thank you for stopping by today.  I have some fun news!

I am thrilled to announce that I am The Unity Stamp Company's GIU Girl this week!  GIU, stands for Growing In Unity!  I'm rather new to Unity Stamps, but the struggle is real.  I want them all.
 
I thought for my first GIU post, I would use the very first stamp that got me hooked on Unity Stamps:  it's designed by Angie Blom, and is part of the Angie Girl series, and is named Aleah Girl.

The sentiment that I chose to use is from February 2017 Kit of the Month, Unexpected Places.  Yep.  Got hooked on those too.







For this card. I stamped the Aleah Girl on Artist's Choice cardstock with a very pale gray ink then colored her with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils, giving her funky ombre purple hair.  I absolutely LOVE coloring hair and denim.  These skinny jeans and tall boots?  They are so much fun to color.  And... well, that's me: that's my fall/winter uniform.  LOL

I just love these Angie girls, but I'll be honest.  I didn't love them at first when I saw them online.  You see these Angie Girls, for the most part, are faceless.  The faceless images represent every woman.  But I just didn't feel they were my thing.

However, in August of 2016, I was given this stamp by my friend Lou.  It was a gift.  So of course I was going to use it.  So I decided that I would try to draw a hint of a face in, and make it more "my style".  It was right there that the addiction began.  

I enjoyed the challenge of faces so much, that I quickly ordered more.  And placed a second order before the first one had even arrived!  I now own dozens of them.

So for this, I blame Lou.  LOL  
Or sometimes I thank her.

And now... here is the REST of the story.  (Did you read that in a Paul Harvey voice?)

I'll continue to be a GIU Girl for the next four days, and will be sharing a new project each weekday this week.  Please stop back for more!

And...  if you choose to leave a comment each day?  You have a chance to be one of two winners of a gift of 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company!  So please comment and come back again soon!

Have a fantastic day, and I'll see you tomorrow!



85 comments:

  1. I love your coloring! I struggled with the faceless women as well, but they are winning me over!

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  2. I think the card is so cute!

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  3. Chris, your creations are always amazing. I love following your posts on Facebook. Looking forward to what you have in store for us this week.

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  4. Beautiful card Chris!! Someday when I grow up I hope to be able to color half as well as you!! The Aleah girl is my favorite as that is/was the name of one of my granddaughters. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Beautiful card! I love the Angie Girls ... even with no faces. :-)
    Looking forward to your creative week here.

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  6. Wow, i love the face you gave her. You did an awesome job coloring. How long have you been coloring? I want to be like you when I grow up.

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  7. There really is something sentimental about that first Unity stamp that starts the addiction! Love your card!

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    1. I agree. My donuts set still makes my heart so happy!

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  8. Beautiful card! Your coloring is amazing!

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  9. Totally in love with Angie girls. Your today's message about yourself is great and love the addition of à face.

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  10. Love your card... I too have issues with the faceless women, but I bought the faces and now, I never use them, I think I keep losing them because they are so small... LOL Thanks for sharing your talents!

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  11. I never even thought of adding my own faces! I didn't realize that I am drawn to the ones that are looking away until my husband asked me why so many of my pieces show the back of the girl's head. Gonna try my hand at faces too. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing what you do for the rest of the week.

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  12. Love the purple hair....that's what I love about their girls at Unity ....you can color them to look like the person getting the card!

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  13. It all starts with that one stamp....I was amazed how 1 Angie girl quick grew to 10! Very nice card and coloring.

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  15. Wow great card. Thanks for telling us the story behind it.

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  16. Your so talented!! The shading of the ombre hair is so beautiful. The coloring makes the image jump off the page.

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  17. Her hair is amazing!! I need to think outside the box like you did. Great job!!

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  18. Beautiful. You should do an online class on some of your coloring techniques!

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  19. Beautiful card! And the coloring is AMAZING ... the hair and shading is WoW!

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  20. Love this card and your take on adding the faces! I don't know that I could be brave enough to do it though...I'd be afraid of messing up an otherwise gorgeous stamped image, lol. I am new to Unity and expect my first order to arrive this week -but I am already in love!

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  21. Beautiful card. Amazing coloring!

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  22. She is stunning! The denim coloring is amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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  23. I'm right there with you. The facelessness of the girls isn't my thing. Then they added the face stamp to the catalog. I am still trying to resist them.. but I'm hanging on my my pinky nail at this point.

    Love your creation with Aleah.

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  24. Your colouring is amazing Chris. I love the Angie girls and I have built up my collection! I love the fact they are faceless. Aleah girl is amazing....love her hair as well.

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  25. wow wow wow!!! love the details you added to her face! truly makes her come to life. :)

    congrats on being a GIU gal this week! :)

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  26. Your coloring....UNBELIEVABLE! I was not a fan of the faceless girls at first but just love them now. Thank you!

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  27. I enjoyed your blog today and I sure that I will continue to do so in the future. I love the colors you choose to use. She's an everyday kind of real girl. Love it!

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  28. Wow, you coloring is fantastic! I have issue with the faceless too. I think I'll get the faces set next time I order a girl.

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  29. Pretty card! I love your beautiful coloring!
    Congrats on your GIU week! Looking forward to seeing the rest of your creations!

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  30. I saw your card on Facebook and had to come read the blog...I love the jeans...you colored them so well and they look like jeans...Your card is awesome and I look forward to seeing your creations this week.

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  31. Wow! Hands down you are just so talented at what you do. Absolutely love the purple hair. I will have to recreate her for my daughter on a tag for a book marker. She loves purple and would love to have purple hair some day! She is only 9 going on 20 Lol! I to was wired about no faces but I also have brought the face stamps and use them sometimes just depends. Can't wait to see what you will have for us tomorrow. ❤💛💚💙💜😊

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  32. I love this card!!! Reminds me of my daughter

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  33. Great coloring! I really want to try the "no-line" coloring.

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  34. Thank you for sharing a little of your Unity history with us. I am always amazed by your beautiful creations!

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  35. You are a true artist to be able to draw faces. And I LOVE the sentiment!

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  36. Chris, I'm happy that you are a GIU girl. Your art is great!

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  37. What a wonderful card and the face is beautiful. You are an artist is all terms of the word. I hope to catch you each day this week.

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  38. Love, love, LOVE your Aleah Girl.

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  39. When I first found Unity, I feel in LOVE with the faceless girls!! My senior year in high school... a few years ago ;) I did my self portrait faceless and received and A. HA! I have always had a thing for them. I do not have any yet but they are on my ever growing list of Unity stamps. Im really looking forward to following you the next few days and as always on Stamp Junkie! And I love her hair!!

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  40. Your colouring is absolutely stunnning! I love that the Angie girls are faceless, but your face is amazing!...........and yes, I heard Paul Harvey's voice in my head when reading your comment! Good Day!

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  41. Wow your colouring is amazing, I've never really gotten angora girls for that reason too maybe I should try thanks for the beautiful card

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  42. love the colour of the hair.....and would never attempt to "draw a face.....you are so talented...just discovered they sell stamp faces....now they are on order!!!

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  43. Your coloring and filling in the face are so great. I didn't care for the faceless so much, but as I use them, the more I don't mind it and even like it in some cases. Now to try your technique for the no-line coloring. I really like how yours looks.

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  44. Really cute. .love the pure hair....can't wait to more

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  45. I purchased this stamp originally because I saw one of your cards on Instagram. It was my first purchase from Unity. What was interesting is that my neighbor saw a card I'd made with the faceless Aleah stamp, and her immediate comment was, "that looks like me!" I later ordered 5 more of the Angie girls stamps as well as the face stamps.

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  46. She is so beautiful! I have never purchased from Unity, but may need to look into it. Love your card.

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  47. Incredible face, Chris. Love what you have done with Aleah.

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  48. I'm new to Unity myself. Hooked! Love the funky hair! Coloring and face is awesome too!

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  49. Awesome coloring. I love the purple hair. You did a great job on the face.

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  50. Great card! I really like your coloring style. The purple hair is really cool!

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  51. ❤️ Her hair, great job Chris!

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  52. So very proud to have created such an addiction. ❤️ you and Angie's girls!....shhh-h-h, love you best. Another stunning job!

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  53. You have transformed this amazing stamp into a living breathing woman!!! Absolutely AMAZING coloring!!! I would hardly recognize it as the same image. WOW. You are so very talented. Thank you for sharing the rest of the story. :) Looking fwd to seeing what you have to share with us the rest of the week!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  54. Congrats on being the GIU girl this week. I love your card! You do a great job of coloring! I look forward to seeing what is in store for me tomorrow :)

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  55. Your card is amazing! Love the purple hair color choice!

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  56. I'm such a fan on Instagram and now here! Gorgeous work.

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  57. I love your no line coloring. She turned out beautiful. I'm hooked on the KOMs too! looking forward to the rest of your week :)

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  58. Your coloring is amazing! I have gotten hooked recently on Unity but haven't jumped into the faceless Angie Girls yet either. Although I do have several on my wish list and recently learned that they have a face stamp that will work for many of them! Congrats on being a Unity girl! Can't wait to see your work all week!

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  59. Thanks for sharing your time and your talent. The struggle is real...and I agree with the others...I want to color like you when I grow up!

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  60. Great Card! I stumbled upon Unity in December and like you wasn't exactly hooked on the faceless girls until I used one for myself. I have since become obsessed and love the KOM and Stamp of the week. Is there a 12 step class for this yet? I may need one!

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  61. Beautiful card, love the colouring especially the hair. Looking forward to the rest of your week.

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  62. great card - love the purple hair. and because of you I got this set and have continued to amass my Unity collection. But it makes me happy so thank you.

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  63. Thanks for sharing your story. It's so interesting to me to find out how each unity addiction begins. LOL.

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  64. Love your coloring! And I agree with you about faceless girls. Guess I need to learn to draw one. Yours is beautiful!

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  65. Great job on the coloring! Looks very realistic!

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  66. I enjoyed reading your story! Thanks for sharing. You did a wonderful job coloring Aleah! :)

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  67. Your card is amazing, i love the coloring!!!

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  68. Your card is amazing, i love the coloring!!!

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  69. Stunning no line coloring on the girl!

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  70. Wow!! I LOVE THE PURPLE HAIR!! And I really like the face of the girl .I have not been able to accomplish the face yet....but I am going to keep trying...and I know this is something you did when you were learning just like me.....keep trying ,and do not give up,,find my own technique that I will be comfortable with... Thankyou so much for sharing your ideas with us!

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  71. Wow!! I LOVE THE PURPLE HAIR!! And I really like the face of the girl .I have not been able to accomplish the face yet....but I am going to keep trying...and I know this is something you did when you were learning just like me.....keep trying ,and do not give up,,find my own technique that I will be comfortable with... Thankyou so much for sharing your ideas with us!

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  72. I love how you drew her face in! Amazing!!

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  73. Really liked the way you used the large stamps in the Bold set. Thank you for the idea.

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