Saturday, February 1, 2020

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, February 2020, Monochromatic

Welcome to this month's hop! Is it just me, or did the month of January fly by? I swear Christmas was yesterday. Well hello February! And hello to a new challenge. Oowee, this challenge was hard. I have never made a monochromatic card before. It was a challenge not adding more colors. I so wanted to add yellow to the mix.

Here is the inspiration:

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And here is my card:

Two different kits were used in this creation. The image is from tangled leaf background and the sentiment is from the November 2019 Kit of the Month, wonder. Tangled leaf background is one of my favorite Unity stamps. I have used it before for sympathy cards. I used an Art Anthology paint on the tangled leaf background. It has a nice shimmer to it. You can kind of see the shimmer in the third photo. This card was completed with twine and an acrylic leaf embellishment.

There are two giveaways this month, so be sure to comment on all our blogs. We love to read all your encouraging words.

Here is the line up:


Thanks for stopping by! See you again next month!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, January 2020, Favorite Unity Stamp of 2019

Hey all! Happy New Year! I am so excited to share with you this card to kick off 2020! It's a little different for me; not my style at all. I wanted to try something different; I needed to. I really love how it turned out. Tell me what you think! But first, check out our cue:

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And my favorite stamp of 2019 was, Make it Happen Girl. I love her; what a wonderful image. I have other favorites from 2019, but she just speaks to me.

Well, what do you think about my psychedelic chick? I paired her with spilled paint, a background stamp, from Brutus Monroe & Unity. I picked up spilled paint in the swap at a very good price. I told myself that I will probably never use it and then I see this image from Make It Happen, Girl. Great combination of kits, don't you think? Here is how I created this card: I stamped spilled paint on white, heavy weight card stock. I painted the swirls with Prima metallic and opal magic paints. If you look closely at picture number three, you can see the opal magic. It's pretty cool, because when it hits the black you get this cool purple shimmer. On white it's a green shimmer. I then flicked paint splatters after the other paint had dried. I had this plain, boring chipboard frame lying around. I decided to add some paint splatters to it. For the girl, I paper pieced her shirt from Prima pattern paper and colored her skin with a Prima water color pencil. I also colored her hair with a Prima water color. So I layered the frame on spilled paint. I used foam adhesive on the girl. I stamped the sentiment, cut it out, and placed it on her bottom half. Finally I added a gold chipboard circle to the upper left of the frame.

Well, I am the last stop in the hop! Thanks for checking out my psychedelic chick. Just in case you want to hop again, here is the hop order:

See you again next month!


Saturday, December 7, 2019

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, December 2019, All Is Calm

Hey friends! We are celebrating our two year anniversary! Woot! Woot! We are so excited and we appreciate each and everyone of you. Thanks for all the love  and  support over these past couple years. We couldn't have done it without you and of course UNITY! Guess what? We have several guest designers joining us for our very special hop. Welcome Donna, Shannon, and Jessica! So glad they can join us. I love all of their ART! Also, we are letting you in on our celebration BIG TIME. You are so going to want to leave a comment on all of our blogs for a chance to win one of two enormous prize packs from our favorite stamp company. Check out these lovelies right here:

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Now for prize pack #2:

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Here is our cue:
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For this card I used two kits, A Christmas Hello, and the October 2019 SMAK kit, all bundled up.

I am so in love with this cabin. I want to be a guest. Who's with me? Well before I go I want to share a wacky crafting story. First of all, my plan was to make two cards for this hop and then this happened. I am preparing my metal hardware to be attached to a khaki die cut circle when whoa, it goes flying. I have no idea where my little metal piece went. It was perfect too. I searched and searched and never found it. Thus I went with what you see here. It's not the 'perfect' one, but it's growing on me. I plan on adding a second card later, so be sure to come back.

Here is the hop list again. Take care and embrace your crafting journey.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, November 2019, Giving Thanks

Hello there! I can't believe Thanksgiving is in a few weeks! As I get older, the years go by so much faster. Do you agree? I am thrilled you are here hopping with us. I am so excited to see the new Ang. Mag. Uniquely Unity membership stamps. Who's with me? By the time you read this, they will have been revealed. I'm sure they are AMAZING!

Here is our cue for the month of November:

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For both of my cards I really went for the sparkle and shine. I mean, what's fall without some sparkle, right?  Here is my first card:

Two kits were used in the creation of this card, barn wall (Brutus Monroe) and Autumn Dream (Graciellie Design). First I stamped barn wall onto kraft cardstock. I then stamped the flower images. The sentiment was stamped last. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to water color the flowers. I don't believe I've ever water colored on kraft before. I definitely like the muted look of it. And for the finishing touch, paint splatters with Unicorn Hair by Prima Marketing Inc.

Here is the second card:

So for this card I stamped the tree on water color paper and cut it out with a wonky line die by Gina Marie. I used a brush to add the various Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I then added paint splatters with more Prima paints, Fairy Wings and Unicorn Hair. I stamped the sentiment and cut it out using a stitched die by Gina Marie. I placed this over a fall sticker using dimensional tape. The tree is from the September 2018 KOM called Blessed Fall. The sentiment is from Autumn Dream (Graciellie Design).

Next up in the hop is the lovely Robyn Jordan. She is the last stop.

Here is the hop order in case you missed it.

I apologize for how dark the pictures are. I took these pictures at night, so I did not have the best lighting. I will post better pictures on Facebook. Thanks for joining us once again for our monthly blog hop. We really do appreciate your support. Make sure you come back the first Saturday in December. Huge prizes! You are going to flip!

Until next time,

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, October 2019, Change

If you visited my blog last month, then you know my birthday was September 3. In celebration of my birthday I had decided to give away two prize packs. Drum roll please!! The winner of my first prize pack which includes three Itty Bitty sets and several random stamps I received in grab bags is Debbie R. The winner of my second prize pack, the Coffee Lovers Paper pack is Anna. Please contact me through Facebook or email me at Congratulations to you both and I hope to hear from you real soon!

Now for the current challenge. This month our cue is change. Check out this amazing graphic:

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A few ladies are giving away prizes this month, so remember to comment on all our blogs for a chance to win some crafty goodness.

Here is my card for this month's challenge:

I bought this gorgeous lady four years ago and this is my first time using her! I'm sure many of you can relate. I shop so much faster than I create. Ha! Ha! This was also my first time using my gelli plate I purchased in April 2019, so that's not so bad, right? I must use this gelli plate more. I love the results. Such vibrant, rich color. In keeping with the fall season and its splendid colors, I decided to go with fall colors. In the creation of this card, I added two colors to my gelli plate. I then grabbed my Misplaced Chevron Stamp and laid it on the plate. I removed it and then placed my paper on to the plate and voila, my background for this pretty lady was created. She comes from a set called, the strength she needs, and the sentiment comes from that's life.

Here is the hop order to continue hopping or if you need to go back and revisit:

Well, thanks for hopping with us! We truly appreciate each and every one of you!

Until next time,


Saturday, September 7, 2019

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, September 2019, Autumn Colors

One of my favorite seasons...fall! Time for cozy layers, colorful sweaters, hot apple cider, Halloween, leaves changing colors, leaves falling, and of course fall crafting. I love the beautiful colors of autumn; pumpkin spice, cinnamon, burnt red, red, golden hues of orange, brown, and yellow, and moss green. What colors would you add to this list? I hope my cards give the beautiful colors of fall the justice they deserve. Here is our cue:

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Before I forget, several of us ladies are having giveaways, including myself. My birthday is September 3, so I want not just one person, but two people to share in my celebration. Before we get to the pictures of the prizes, let me share my cards.

First up:

Did I mention that I absolutely love making fall cards? Especially with the beautiful stamps created by Unity! To create this card I stamped the leaf on water color paper and colored it with Prima oil pastels. I fussy cut the leaf and set it aside. I then stamped the background stamp from the May 2017 SMAK onto the white card base. The chipboard hexagon piece was painted and sprayed and added over the background stamp. Then I added a journaling card. I then layered part of a kraft doily onto pattern paper which was cut with a circle cutter and then cut in half. Both the sentiment and leaf stamps are from the August 2019 KOM, warm and cozy. I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with a die. I added it at an angle for interest. And lastly, I applied the beautiful leaf with foam adhesive.

Next up:

I was inspired by Karen Maldonado in the creation of this card. Something about this verse speaks to me. I'm hoping that the recipient is inspired as well. For this card I used a kraft card base. I found some pattern paper from my stash with autumn colors. The smaller piece was cut with a die. I stamped the heart with flower on water color paper and colored with Prima water colors. I fussy cut it and set it aside. I stamped the sentiment on pattern paper and layered it with pattern paper. I used foam adhesive on the sentiment. I then added a metal clip for a finishing touch. I then added the heart with foam adhesive. The heart stamp is from Here's to Love & Friends and the sentiment is from He Will Sustain You; both Graciellie Designs. I love Gracie Chavez. Her designs are always so beautifully amazing. If you have not checked out her stamp line, make sure you do. You will not be disappointed.

Whew! Are you still with me? Ha Ha! Here is the hop order:

Now for the prizes. To be eligible all you have to do is comment on all of our blogs. We love to hear what you think about our creations. Remember, I have two prize packs, which means two separate winners. The first prize consists of several Itty Bitties and some random stamps I received in grab bags. Here is a photo:

The second prize is a Coffee Lovers Paper Pack. I can't wait to create with these beauties. And since, it's my birthday month, I purchased a second one to share.

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Sorry for the long post. I'm thrilled you stopped by. See you again real soon. Have fun hopping!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, August 2019, Furry Friends

Hey there friends! I have been waiting impatiently for this hop. I am so excited for this hop. I love my furry friend so much. Her name is Charlee. She is a border collie/lab mix and recently turned 9 years old. She is my best friend, my buddy. I am so grateful she came into my life. I don't know what I would do without her. And I'm pretty sure she feels the same about least she better. Haha! Here is our cue:
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I created two cards for this hop. Here is the first.

 I want her outfit. She has a serious Bohemian vibe going on. I really need to paper piece more. This technique gives your stamps a whole new twist. It's like playing paper dolls. And I have so much paper, so I really need to utilize this technique more. The girl and her dog along with the sentiment come from the Unity stamp set called, Shari Girl. I love this set. It's a must have if you love dogs. The background was created using a stencil from A Colorful Life Designs. It measures 6" x 9". Card is A2 size. Blue circle and her bib overalls were cut from Photoplay paper. I believe her t-shirt was cut from paper from Crate Paper. Prima water color pencils were used for her skin and hair. I used Crayola pencils on the sweet doggie.

Here is card #2. Brace yourself! HaHa!

I tried to warn you! Isn't he the cutest? These glasses just make me chuckle. I like the layout of this card but I feel it needs something else. My oldest son says the same. What do you think? I may add something, I just don't know what. I am stumped. But he still has some serious cute swag going on. This sweet dog and sentiment come from the Unity stamp set called lucky dog. The heart border stamp comes from their April 2019 Sentiment Kit called ...don't give up. The wood eyeglasses are Bo Bunny from many years ago. The paper circle was cut from paper from Studio Calico. I don't remember who made the mini paper bag. I really tried not to use this mini bag, but somehow it just works. Who would've thunked it? I certainly didn't until I added it to the layout. This mini bag is large enough to hold a gift card.

I apologize if I was long winded, but like I said, I'm so excited about this blog hop. There is a prize or two this month, so make sure you comment on all our blogs.

Here is the blog hop order:
Well that's a wrap! I don't know why my words are being underlined. Thanks for visiting.

Keep crafting in love & peace,