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,

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,