Saturday, August 1, 2020

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, August 2020, Sympathy

Welcome back! As always, I am so happy you're here! Sympathy cards...we all struggle in creating these. I hope our  hop gives you some ideas you may want to try. And of course, we love  to see what you  come up with.

Isn't this a beautiful graphic?



I made two cards for our hop. The first is shabby and chic. The second is more clean and simple. Here is the first card:





I really love how this card turned out. I hope it brings comfort to the recipient. The heart stamp is from the November 2014 SMAK, Trust your soul. I love this stamp. I use it quite a bit. The paw prints and sentiment are from Fur Baby Love. There are some really cute images in this set. I really love the look of stamped images on pattern paper. It gives your stamped images more depth.

Second card:





I really love how this card turned out too!  I hope it brings comfort and peace to the recipient. The beautiful sentiment comes from the February 2019 Sentiment Kit, My Sympathies. Image is from No Time for Guilt. I used my new Zig markers on her.

Remember to comment on all our blogs for a chance to win a prize. Here is the hop list:

Crystal

Eileen

Amber

me

Dawn B

Kim

Bobbie Sue

Robyn

Alaine

Jeanie

Thanks for hopping with us! See you next time!
Dawn

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Growing in Unity Blog Hop July 26, 2020

Hello Unies! I am so excited to be a part of this Growing in Unity Blog Hop. And I can't believe I'm first, which is a first for me. Lol. There are 6 more stops, so please make sure to visit all of our blogs.



As this graphic says, there are two prize packs up for grabs, so make sure you leave a comment on all of our blogs. Today I am sharing two cards with several stamps I have never used before.

For my first card, I used Jaz. I guess I have had her for six years because I purchased her when she first arrived at Unity. This is my first time inking her up. She is absolutely gorgeous. I used my brand new Zigs for her headwrap and water color pencils for her skin, and other water colors for her make up. I love these Zigs! They are amazing! I think I'm going try using my Zigs for coloring skin next time. Why did I take so long to purchase? Probably the price, lol. I just so happened to find a great deal on Amazon for the 60 pack. I cannot tell you which set the sentiment comes from because it was in the grab bag I received a few days ago. Sorry. I channeled my inner Tenia Nelson for the first card. I just love her style.




For my second card I used Nia Girl. I've only had her for about six weeks. The image and sentiment are from the same set. The flower is from, from this day forward. I really wanted to paper piece her pants, too, but I was struggling with the fussy cutting. I think I need stronger readers, or I may need prescribed glasses at this point. It was really hard for me to see the lines on the paper I wanted to use for her pants. So I decided to forgo paper piecing and coloring her pants. It's always nice to change things up. I really like that I did not touch her pants.




Since I'm new to  Zig Land, I did watch a couple of videos by Jennifer McGuire. She made a very good point. Zigs work best on water color paper. As you can see in the above pictures, the purple was pretty heavy on the one flower. I did not use water color paper for my second card. With my Zig blender, I was able to pick up color from this one flower to color the rest of the flowers. Talk about potency! Lol. Now go check out these lovelies.


Angela https://stampingbowd.blogspot.com/2020/07/growing-in-unity-blog-hop.html?fbclid=IwAR0nu-D48kom6-aRwvEG40hl2tqE0aRM-PCf9kRP0jzfsQFWC680hwIrucc

Marcia https://marciacreations.wordpress.com/?fbclid=IwAR3RWEE1Lo45sUJZWHHSoMTIKJzZR7dEc92BPPCyexFxCz0WoyESUE4j0Tc

Doreen https://whereisyourhappyplace.blogspot.com/?fbclid=IwAR0nQ7dc_HN6yCo61gG5FF_STgycaXnjZQ2d0_RMtJN0wOhajOcVVB1U9I8

Trude https://parentesfantom1.blogspot.com/?fbclid=IwAR0JwdI48cZSQHY-yXpU--aWHcOb7F3bTYzmOWz0nlF-QWVgTlfCEa0N2E0

Trudi  https://thetrudiostudio.blogspot.com/?fbclid=IwAR3nsnaj4x9MY5e231SIa7mOKT2Bn4qy8m-wiJX-yMI8eYA9_P_y4UBiJwY

Alaine  https://www.lainiebugdesigns.com/?fbclid=IwAR2HianHb7uJBbZh-M2Uc9hBeTKYGORwaAOLKloYF1yvFHMm3wZjHXvT_Rk2.

And don't forget  to comment for a chance to win some Unity Goodness.
Until next time my friends,
Dawn

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, July 2020, Paper Piecing

Oh my goodness friends! I am so excited for this month's cue...paper piecing. I LOVE paper piecing. What about  you?  If  you  have  not tried this  technique,  I  hope our hop inspires you to do so. I look forward to seeing your creations.  Here is our graphic for this month:


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I created two cards for this hop. Here is the first one:



I have always loved this image from the January 2019 Kit of the Month, beautiful forever & ever. This is my first time using her on a card. When I first received this kit, I immediately stamped her and knew she would look amazing on a card once I decided to use her. As you can see, I paper pieced her window seat. I love window seats. I've always wanted one. I had paper pieced her gown, too, originally, but decided there were too many prints. I decided to use Prima water soluble pastels on her gown and for the rest of the image. The sentiment is from the April 2020 Kit of the Month, hope in uncertainty. This kit has been getting a lot of use...one of my faves. The card base is grey card stock. I added a panel of the striped pattern paper I used on her window seat. I wrapped bluish gray wax cord around the left side of the stitched scalloped die cut. I then added two sparklies. I wish I hadn't. I thought the card needed something else, but I guess not these.

Here is my second card:





This image is so me! I want to see the world. Well, just a few places outside of the United States. I have visited  northern Italy. I so want to go back and see southern Italy. I also want to travel to Egypt, Morocco, Ireland, and Greece, particularly the Greek Isles. And I also want to visit Canada. A friend of mine has shared beautiful pictures of lakes and parks in Canada I would love to see. This is the first time I have used this lovely. She is from the November 2019 Kit of the Month, wonder. I had considered paper piecing her luggage, but I thought an outfit would look better. I still may paper piece the luggage one day. I used water color pencils and colored pencils on her. I have used this sentiment before. It's from the July 2017 SMAK, Wanderlust. I just received this scalloped edge die. I couldn't wait to use it. Now, I have to use the other edge dies in this set from Pink Fresh Studios. I created a kraft card stock base for this card. I added a panel of polka dot paper. I then added a strip of washi with a map design. I then layered a top of a tag onto the washi. I also added a piece of washi at the top of the card.

Make sure you visit my friends. Here are there links:

Crystal

Kim

Eileen

Robyn

me

Jeanie

Alaine

Joyce

Thanks for joining us! Hope to see you again next month...our hop begins the first Saturday of each month.
Take care my friends! STAY SAFE!

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers, June 2020, Wings

Hello friends! Welcome back to our monthly hop! I am so excited for this hop because the cue involves wings. If anyone knows me well, they know I love butterfly stamps. I think I have enough to last a lifetime. I also love feather stamps. Anywhoo, check out this amazing cue:

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So cool, right?

Here is my card:














 I fell in love with this mixed media journal page I discovered on Pinterest. I thought something  similar would also look amazing on a card. To create this card, I first stamped the hollyhocks from the Donna Downey/Unity Hollyhocks set. I  then stamped a portion of She Script right on top of the flowers. This She Script stamp is from Christy Tomlinson and Unity. I could not find it on the Unity website, so I'm guessing it has been retired or discontinued. Using my finger, I then rubbed silver metallic ink randomly over the stamped image. I then took a brush and added a blue dimensional  paint by Art Anthology. I then applied crackle paste in a couple of spots. I applied a thin layer, but you can still see the crackling somewhat in my pictures. The butterfly is from the Unity April 2017 Kit of the Month, be my bird. I stamped and then cut it out. Again using my finger, I rubbed silver and gold metallic ink on different parts of the butterfly. I then applied blue dimensional paints with a brush. I then used my finger again to add gold metallic ink randomly on the card. After everything dried I used pop dots on the butterfly and placed it over some Prima wax cord.

I really love how this card came out. I think I will use this design on a future journal page. I will share once I have it finished.

Well, that's all I have today. Please keep moving through the hop and check out all the amazing inspiration from my lovely friends. And remember, we love reading all of your comments on all of our posts.

Crystal

Eileen

Dawn

Kim

Robyn

me

Amber

Joyce

Until next time my friends,
Dawn

Friday, June 5, 2020

Growing in Unity Week, Day 5

Welcome back my friends! This post is going up later than expected. My entire sleep pattern has been off since this pandemic began. I'm sure a lot of you can relate. I can't believe today is my final day of Growing in Unity. Thanks Unity for this amazing opportunity and thanks friends for visiting, and leaving comments filled with love and encouraging words. I appreciate each and every one of you. Today I am sharing a card. If you remember from my bio, I love going to the beach. It is definitely my happy place. I thought it would be fitting to share one of my favorite beach theme stamps from Unity. I fell in love with this Phyllis Harris stamp when it first came out and I'm embarrassed to say that this is my first time using it. I only used two stamp sets for this creation, The beach scene is from the Phyllis Harris & Unity set realize and the sentiment is from the Unity January 2018 SMAK Kit called the ocean is calling.






I used acrylic paint, ink spray, water colors, and water soluble oil pastels to color the beach scene. I finished the card off with ephemera, twine, and a metal charm. Be sure to leave a comment for your last chance to be eligible for free stamps from Unity. I can't wait to see who the winners are. Have a wonderful weekend. I hope to see all of you again soon! The ocean is calling and I must go for now.

Peace & Love everyone,
Dawn

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Growing in Unity Week, Day 4

Good afternoon! I am so glad to have you here. Today I am sharing something extra special...a home decor piece with a vintage flair. I have had this 7Gypsies Receipt Holder for some time. I always knew I was going to create something inspirational with it, but like a lot of my projects, it was put on the back burner. Well, now that it's summer, I'm hoping to create more home decor pieces, so please stay tuned. But for today, I have this:






I have the hardest time photographing hanging things, so please excuse the photography. I used several kits for this piece. The first vintage lady comes from the Unity December 2016 SMAK Kit, living each day. The sentiment comes from the same kit. The second lady comes from the Unity November 2018 SMAK Kit, open your eyes. The sentiment comes from the Unity May 2014 Kit of the Month, Hey Girl. The third girl comes from the Unity set Damn Girl. And last but not least, this lovely lady comes from the Unity April 2017 SMAK Kit, sparkle every day. The sentiment comes from the Unity August 2015 SMAK  Kit, A little bit more. This project was completed with pretty pattern paper, washi, and metal accents. Here are a few more pics:









I can't believe I only have one more day. Thanks for all the love and support. It is greatly appreciated. And remember, don't leave without commenting. I want you to be eligible to win some free stamps from Unity. Enjoy your day and stay safe!

Peace & Love,
Dawn

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Growing in Unity Week, Day 3

Good  morning! I hope everyone is  well! I can't believe I am halfway through my GIU week. I am having the best time. I hope I have been inspiring you in some kind of way. Be it, trying something new or looking at a particular stamp or stamps in a different way and deciding that you need them in your collection. I'm all about enabling. Today I am sharing another card with a coordinating envelope and a card that was awaiting a sentiment. I believe this is my first time using a Planner Gal by Angie Blom. Here  she is:




She  is from the Planner Girl Kit: In the Garden. I colored her with Prima water color pencils. I cut her out with a Gina Marie die. If you look at the top of the card I stamped two flowers with an overlaying sentiment. The two flowers are from Unity June 2015 Kit of the Month, She found joy. I used the same ink  on the second flower,  I just stamped it on a scrap piece of paper and stamped again on my card. The sentiment is  from the March 2020 Uniquely Unity Kit, Obsessed with your potential. I  also used the jars with botanicals from the same set on the envelope. You can see it here:



And as you can see, I used the Please Deliver To stamp again. Some of you will remember seeing this card on the Unity Show &  Tell  page. It wasn't complete. It needed a sentiment. I added a simple sentiment. I think this card will be a perfect retirement card. The vintage van comes from the Unity  February 2020 Kit of the Month, timeless. The sentiment comes from the February 2020 Whit Kit, Let your soul wander. This is a beautiful kit. Who am I kidding? All of Unity's kits are beautiful. I don't think anyone would argue with me on this.




See you again tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment to be eligible for free stamps from Unity.
Peace & Love,
Dawn