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,

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

These Inspired Challenges-Beach Day

I love the beach! I mean, looooovvvee it! The beach is my happy place.Give me a good book, some magazines, and I can lie on the beach all day. I love to hear the waves crashing in; such a soothing, relaxing sound to me. I love to capture these feelings in my beach theme crafts. When I saw that These Inspired Challenges was having a beach day challenge, I knew I wanted in.
Check out my card:

This is now one of my favorite stamps. I want to be her, relaxing in the sun, with a slight breeze, and of course the waves. The stamp image and sentiment are both Unity. They come from the June 2019 Kit of the Month, summer celebration. I used Prima water colors, an Art Anthology spray, and added a metal charm with the word, paradise, on it.
Until next time my lovelies,

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, July 2019, Vintage

Hello friends! I love all things vintage and I especially love creating vintagy projects. Is that even a word? I don't know, but I am rolling with it. Lol! Check out the cue:

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Initially I was going to make a card or two, then I decided to do a decorative piece. I started with a plain, no frills, galvanized box. I added vintage style pattern paper by Prima to the outside and the inside of the box.

Here is my creation:

The stamped vintage woman is from the Unity March 2019 SMAK Kit, just want to be me. This is a large stamp. I water colored her with various water colors from Prima and Stampin' Up. I cut her out using a stitched circle die by Gina Marie Designs. I also used two journaling cards from Prima, metal floral spray by Tim Holtz, metal boot by Prima, tickets by Prima, Prima butterflies and flowers, and a Prima resin embellishment. I think later I will add some note cards and/or tags to create a gift.  I wish you could see all the sparkle and shine on the stamped image. It is really pretty. You're just gonna have to trust me.

There are a few giveaways this month. Please make sure you leave your first and last names when commenting and remember to comment on all our blogs to qualify for an amazing prize.

Here is the hop order:

Thanks for visiting all of our blogs and leaving us love! We appreciate all of your support!

Until next time,

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, June 2019, Weddings

I absolutely love weddings. To see two people come together to promise lifetimes of love, commitment, friendship and support. Love is a wonderful thing. Everlasting love is possible, but both people have to be willing to work at it. Let's get to the cue, shall we?

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Here is my card:

The bird stamp is from the July 2010 Kit of the Month, Happily Ever After. Sentiment stamp is from, from this day forward. In addition to the stamps I used Prima pattern paper, Prima decorative tape, twine, canvas doily, and a wood heart. I used one of my brand new Gina K. dies to cut out the bird stamp. I also used Prima water color pencils.

There are some giveaways this month. All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs. Additionally, we ask that you please provide both your first and last names. That's it! We like to keep it simple!

As always, thanks for hopping with us!

Keep crafting in peace & love,

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, May 2019, Fruitful

Can you believe it is already May? I can't! It seems like we just celebrated New Year's! I swear, as I get older time is really flying by. Well, by the time you read this post, my oldest son will be getting ready to walk that stage. He is graduating from Ohio University this morning! I am so proud of this kid. He has worked so very hard. His major is journalism. Ever since the ripe young age of 12, he knew he wanted to cover basketball. While a student at OU, he has covered football, track and field, and women's basketball.  Thanks for allowing me to praise him. Now on to why you are really here...LOL  Here is this month's cue:Image may contain: fruit

Here is my take:

I decided to try a new to me technique, watercolor resist stamping. I was inspired by Crystal Thompson's April 30th blog post on the Unity website. I decided it's time to step up my stamping game. LOL. If you have not seen her post, make sure you check it out. Her card is beautiful and this technique is super easy.  Perfect for these amazing pears! I also did some layered stamping. The first stamped image is Vintage Ledger. Then I stamped the circle image from Loving Today three times on top of the ledger. I then stamped a script background. This stamp is by Prima.  I then used foam adhesive to adhere the pears and sentiment which are both from the April 2018 Kit of the Month, Eyes of the Beholder. I finished the card with a few flower sequins I received as a gift from Unity.

Well, thanks for taking time to hop with us. Be sure to comment on all of our blogs for a chance to win some Unity goodness.

Until next time, keep crafting in peace and love,

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, April 2019, Rain

Hello Spring! That means Hello Rain!  Lol. I love rain, especially when I need a good night rest. The sound is so soothing. Check out this amazing graphic:
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And here is my card:

Two Unity sets were used in the creation of this card: an Itty Bitty called whatever the weather rain boots and the February 2012 Kit of the Month called lucky to have you. I received this Itty Bitty in a prize pack from Unity and knew right away I would use it for this hop. I love these rain boots, don't you? They remind me of a pair I used to have. I used to call them my 'fun boots' because they were so colorful and always made me smile when I wore them.  Sometimes it really is the little things that make you happy.

A couple of my friends are having giveaways, so make sure you comment on all of our blogs for your chance to win some crafty goodness. Here is the hop order:

Again, I would like to thank you for hopping with us and supporting us. All of us truly appreciate your support.

Until next time,
Keep crafting in love & peace,

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Inspired by Challenge...Inspired by Windows

I haven't played in a challenge in awhile and decided it was time to carve out some time to do so. When I saw this cue at, I knew I had to play. Luckily for me, I was on spring break from work, so no excuses. Check out the cue:

This cue reminds me a lot of the stamp I used for this challenge.  The stamp I used is called, at the window, by Carabelle stamps.  This stamp is huge, approx. 5" x 7.5". The sentiment stamp is Unity from hello new life. Card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". 

Thanks for looking! Have a fabulous week.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, March 2019, Creativity

Welcome to this month's blog hop! So glad you can join us. I am so very excited about this cue...creativity. Check it out:

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Here is my interpretation:

Initially I wanted to try a new to me technique. I have never created a galaxy background before and I thought I would give that a go. Then I remembered I had these galvanized tin planters waiting to be loved. I love taking plain surfaces and making them pretty. Well things did not turn out like I hoped here. I'm pleased with how the first two turned out, but the third one, the one with the terracotta colored container is a hot mess. Talk about smudging. Epic fail, but I still wanted to paint it and share it with you all. My post would not be complete without it.

Here are the steps in altering these planters. First, each surface was prepped with two coats of heavy white gesso. Then I stamped the succulent from Succulent Greetings. This stamp is gorgeous. So glad I bought it. I simply placed the stamp directly on the planter and rubbed several times to get a good impression. I then used Folk Art paints, Prima paints, and Art Anthology paints for color. I'm glad I tried this, but next time, this stamp is going on some cards. Lol

I did have a giveaway last month. The winner will be announced by the end of this week.

I am the last stop in the hop, but here is the list again, just in case you wanna take another peek.

Well until next time,

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,