Saturday, February 2, 2019

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, February 2019, Friendship

Welcome friends! So glad you can join us for our monthly hop. Here is this month's cue:

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For this cue, I knew immediately which stamp image I was going to use. I can't believe I have had this image since 2009 and am just now inking it up. I really have to stop collecting stamps. LOL.
Here is my card:

Even though I knew right away the stamp I was going to use for this card, I had the hardest time coming up with a design. I thought the image would look nice framed, so I went through some chipboard frames and decided on this scalloped one. I also thought this image needed some funky papers so I went through my massive collection of pattern paper and decided on these. 

The image stamp is from an oldie but goodie Kit of the Month, November 2009, simply magical.  The sentiment is from a much newer kit called sweetness. I think I also struggled with this card because lately I have really been missing my best friend, my roomie, who passed away a little over a year ago.  I truly miss you girl.

There are some giveaways this month. In fact, I am having one. Here is a picture of what I have up for grabs.
This is the December 2014 Sentiment Kit.  All you have to do to be eligible for one of three prizes is leave a comment on each and every one of my lovely friends in this hop.  Here is the hop list:


Thank you for stopping by and your continued support. We appreciate all of you.

Until next time,


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, January 2019, New Year

Happy New Year! I hope you had a merry holiday season. I am so glad you can join us for another hop.  We are looking forward to another great year of sharing our love for Unity. Here is the cue :No photo description available.

And here is my card:

For this card I used a technique I don't use a lot, masking, and I used a medium I have not used in awhile, markers (Copics and a Sharpie).  I love how vibrant the colors are.  All three stamps come from the same Kit of the Month, March 2015, Always Begin Again. I've used the floral stamp before, but this was my first time using the beautiful girl and quote. She was an absolute joy to color. I thought the quote was fitting since our theme is new year.  The new year brings hope of better choices, better decisions, which leads to a better life.  Don't let the past dictate your future.  Use the past as a tool for not making the same mistakes twice. Use the past as a compass for how far you have come, for how much you have grown into the person you want to be.  And if 2019 is not starting the way you want it to, do not despair. You have time to begin again.

Several of my friends are having giveaways. So be sure to comment on each of our blogs to be eligible to win a prize. I am the last one in our hop, but here is the list again if you decide you want to take another look.

Until next time,
Keep crafting in love & peace,

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, December 2018, Thank You

Welcome to our last hop of 2018!  It is also our one year anniversary! So exciting, right? So glad you can join us!  We appreciate all of your support.  Happy Holidays to all!  Here is our cue:

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Here is my card:

The name of the stamp set is so grateful. I love this set; so many possibilities. Wow! I wish you could see all the shimmer in her outfit! She looks like she's ready for a party!  I colored the stamped image with Art Anthology paints, Prima water colors, Prima water color pencils, and a Stampin' Up water color crayon. And those shimmery pebbles...those are melange art pebbles by Prima.

A few of us are having giveaways this month, so make sure you comment on each blog. Good luck!

Here is the line up:

Thanks for all the love and support over the past year!  Can't wait to see what 2019 brings!


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, November 2018, Strength

Hello everyone!  I am super excited about this month's blog hop because yours truly suggested it.  I thought it would be cool to challenge each of us to somehow portray strength in our creations.  As women, I feel we are strong in so many ways: we give birth, we work and take care of our families, we are leaders in our communities, we are protectors, we are caregivers, and we inspire and are inspired. I can go on forever here, but I think you get the picture.  Let's get to the cue:

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Let's just say I have had a challenging week which required strength in so many ways.  I couldn't wait to unleash in my journal; so today I am sharing a bit of myself via my art journal.  I hope you like it.

All stamps on this page are Unity. Their names are in parentheses. To create this page, I first stamped the face (she pauses). I colored her face and neck with acrylic paint. I then created the background using Gelatos, water, and a brush.  I then used a Prima stencil with white paint.  I then stamped the oh Lord sentiment (gardenia floral border).  I then stamped the flowers (blow your mind).  I then randomly stamped the netting (blow your mind). I then stamped the sentiment on the right side (Determined to rise) and then I stamped the strength sentiment in the lower left hand corner (as I see it).  I then added sequins I received free from Unity in a Kit of the Month.  I also added washi.  I am really pleased with the completed project.  It was so therapeutic to create this page.  I so needed this.

I still have to announce the winner from last month's hop to receive a brand new Unity stamp set from me.  This past week just really got away from me.  I will announce the winner within the week.  Stay tuned!


This month, a couple of ladies are having a giveaway.  Please continue to hop, so you don't miss out on your chance to win some Unity goodness. (me)

Until next time my friends, keep crafting in love and peace,

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, October 2018, Leaves

Welcome to our monthly hop!  So excited you have stopped by.  Check out our cue for the month:

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I absolutely love fall!  I don't know if it's my favorite season (I love summer as well), but there is just so much to be enjoyed this time of year. For instance, leaves changing colors, pumpkin spice foods and drinks, cozy sweaters, cool strolls, pumpkin and apple picking, and spending time with loved ones.  As you can see, I can go on and on here.  LOL

Here is my card:

All stamps used come from the gorgeous, obsessively grateful, stamp set.  I love this set.  It is now one of my favorites to use for fall crafts.

Now check out this stamp set!  It's brand new! And It could be yours!  All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our posts.  We love reading your comments!  And I'm not the only one doing a giveaway!  DENISE W. BEARD, YOU ARE THE WINNER OF MY BLOG GIVEAWAY. WOOHOO! CONGRATS MY FRIEND! PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA THE UNITY SHOW AND TELL FACEBOOK PAGE OR YOU CAN MESSAGE ME.

Here is the hop list...have fun hopping with us:

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, September 2018, Wings

Welcome back friends! I am so thrilled that you have returned to visit and if it's your first time visiting, I hope you come back again.  This month our theme is Wings.  Here is the cue:

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And here is my card:

This hop is extra special because we have a couple new faces.  Please welcome Kim and Bobbie Sue by showing them extra love.  I am so excited that they have joined our group.  I can't wait to see their creations for this hop!

A few of us are having giveaways.  All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs for a
chance to win.  Easy peasy, right?  So get to hopping, ok?

For this card I used several Unity sets.  The sentiment is from Layers of Life, follow your dreams, November 2016.  Butterfly is from the September 2017 SMAK Kit, truest life.  Brick background is from the April 2016 SMAK Kit, be different.  I wish you could see the sparkle and shine on the butterfly.  It is so pretty!

Make sure you return the first Saturday of each month to see what we're up to!  
And don't forget to comment on each of our blogs for a chance to win some Unity goodness.

Keep crafting in love and peace,

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, August 2018, Coffee/Tea

Hey there my coffee and tea loving friends!  We have a blog hop this month just for you!  I have to be honest once again; I am not really a coffee or tea drinker.  I do love the smell of coffee, but that's about it.  I may have an occasional cup of tea, like once a year, but again, that's about it.  I guess I'm kinda weird, huh?  But I do enjoy a good cup of hot cocoa or hot apple cider.  These are my go to's when it starts to get chilly.  Here is the inspirational cue for us this month:

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Check out my card right here:

I really, really love how this card turned out.  I used an Itty Bitty Stamp Set, Our Talks.  Paired it with some Pink Paislee paper, twine, half of a canvas doily I inked up, inked die cut leaves, and a metal spoon I got at the Great Lakes Scrapbook Mega Meet a year ago.

Here is the hop order:…/friends-of-unity-au… are here!

A couple ladies are having giveaways this month.  Make sure you leave a comment on each blog so you won't be left out of possibly winning.

Thanks for visiting!  Until next time...
Keep crafting in love & peace,