Saturday, February 1, 2020

Friends of Unity February Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity February Blog Hop. This month the theme is “Monochromatic”. When deciding which color I would work with, I decided that since Valentines Day was coming up, I would choose red/pink and have my cards be love themed.

With my first card I created an ombre background with blended distress oxide inks over a white embossed background. The "life changing blending brushes" made quick work of this card and a quick wipe over the embossed image cleaned up my background ready to add my sentiment.


The second card I created the same ombre background, this time using cardstock. I cut my strips longer than needed and trimmed down instead of trying to trim to an exact fit. I centered and stamped my daisy image over the squared cardstock before matting onto a slightly larger black background.


Hop along with the other Friends of Unity and see their creations...
Crystal O. Minkler

Stamps:
Floral Tapestry (Unity Stamp Company)
Be Unstoppable (Unity)
3 Little Butterflies (Unity)

Paper:
Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Scarlet Jewel (Papertrey)
Autumn Rose (Papertrey)
Pale Peony (Papertrey)
Sweet Blush (Papertrey)
True Black (Papertrey)

Ink:
Versamark
VersaFine Clair Nocturne (Unity)  
Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide
Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide
Milled Lavender Distress Oxide

Accessories:
Alabaster Embossing Powder (Brutus Monroe) 
Sizzix Big Shot
Slanted Sentiments Die (My Favorite Things)
Sunshine Wishes Die (Stampin Up)
Subtle Embossing Folder (SU)

Disclaimer:
We all on the Friends of Unity design team appreciate every single comment we get.
That's why we use our own stash every month for a giveaway.
We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. but, they do approve of our hop, and that make us all very happy.
We started this hop because we love Unity. That's it. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with our favorite stamps!!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Friends of Unity January Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity January Blog Hop. This month the theme is our favorite Unity stamp of 2019. Initially I was overwhelmed by this thought... I had so many favorites! Then I started to think about my favorite things and the stamp sets I always buy when they come out. One of them stood right out to me, sunflowers. They are my favorite flower. Granted, I will never likely get them in a bouquet, but to drive by a field of sunflowers just makes me smile and my heart happy.

I went to my stash and gathered all my sunflower stamps. Trying to figure out what I would do with it became the next challenge. Christmas was coming and I knew that if I didn't start before Santa's big day, I would be in an epic rush the last few days before New Year's. In the mail comes the prettiest card from fellow Friend of Unity Member Jeanie Hays. The card was gold and black and I decided I would use that color scheme to make my card. Unity stamps are so nicely detailed that I knew my embossing powder would pick up the details and let this card dazzle without needing to be colored.



Hop along with the other Friends of Unity and see their creations...
The winner of my giveaway last month is Linda Abel! Please contact me with with your mailing information so I get your prize package out to you ASAP. 


Stamps:
All Kinds of Holiday Love 9/19 KOM (Unity Stamp Company)
Distressed Dots (Unity)

Paper:
Classic Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
True Black (Papertrey)

Ink:
Versamark

Accessories:
Gilded Embossing Powder (Brutus Monroe)


Disclaimer:
We all on the Friends of Unity design team appreciate every single comment we get.
That's why we use our own stash every month for a giveaway.
We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. but, they do approve of our hop, and that make us all very happy.
We started this hop because we love Unity. That's it. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with our favorite stamps!!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Friends of Unity December Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity December Blog Hop. This month the theme is “All is Calm”. With that theme, I opted to find winter images that evoked feelings of peacefulness and serenity. On any given winter day, you can find that just looking out the window. Snow as far as the eye can see... in my world, when I’m not working I call that reading weather. This month we are also celebrating two years of crafty goodness with Unity. I am already looking forward to 2020 and what the new year will bring.

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With my first card I created a galaxy background to represent the night sky. I stamped some tree images over the background to create an outdoor ambiance perfect for stargazing or watching the snowfall. Our young lady is enjoying her cocoa or coffee to keep warm.

The second card uses the beautiful snowflake from the November 2019 SMAK kit. I stamped the image with versamark than lightly dusted the image and cardstock with perfect pearls to give it all a light shimmer. I dipped the Joy sentiment in versamark and heat set a glitter embossing powder to give the card some extra sparkle.

Here is what we have planned... our usual giveaways PLUS we have 2 HUGE prize packages that Angela Magnuson put together just for this celebration. Comment on my blog to be entered in my giveaway, plus there are lots of other personal giveaways this month to celebrate our two year anniversary in addition to the two grand prizes. 


Stamps:
Winter Wild SMAK 10/17 (Unity Stamp Company) Card 1
Dream of Being So Loved (Unity) Card 1
Beauty of Life SMAK 11/19 (Unity) Card 2

Paper:
True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Stampers Select White (Papertrey)
Cold Press Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz)
Dark Indigo (Papertrey)
Silver Shimmer (Papertrey)

Ink:
Tuxedo Black (Memento)
VersaMark
Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide
Wild Honey Distress Oxide
Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide
Salty Ocean Distress Oxide
Black Soot Distress Oxide

Accessories:
Sizzix Big Shot
Slanted Sentiment Strips (My Favorite Things)
Bold Borders: Flurries Die (Papertrey)
Perfect Pearls (SimonSaysStamp)
Holographic Embossing Powder (Simon)
Copic Sketch Markers

Disclaimer:
We all on the Friends of Unity design team appreciate every single comment we get.
That's why we use our own stash every month for a giveaway.
We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. but, they do approve of our hop, and that make us all very happy.
We started this hop because we love Unity. That's it. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with our favorite stamps!!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Friends of Unity November Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity November Blog Hop. This month the theme is “Give Thanks”. Thanksgiving was the first thought that came to my mind, followed by some fancy thank you cards, or even cards of appreciation or admiration. But since I’m a outside of the box thinker, I opted for a different occasion that rightfully fits this topic... Veterans Day.


My family is rich with military service... my husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, siblings, even my in-laws. They have served in every branch of the armed forces, some even seeing combat for many years. I have a great deal of respect for the military and our flag. We spent this past weekend in Washington DC, and I was reminded of just how much we have to be grateful for. This is a picture of one of my two favorite memorials.


Hop along with the other Friends of Unity and see their creations...Pssst! There is a giveaway too!

Stamps:
Ragged Ol’ Flag (Unity Stamp Company)
Flourish Wonder (Unity)
Stars & Stripes Forever (Unity)

Paper:
Classic Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Stampers Select White (Papertrey)
Pure Poppy Bitty Big (Papertrey)
Pacific Point (Stampin Up)

Ink:
Real Red (Stampin Up)
Pacific Point (Stampin Up)
Crumb Cake (Stampin Up)

Accessories:
Sizzix Big Shot
Lucky Stars Embossing Folder (Stampin Up)
Washi Label Punch (Stampin Up)

Disclaimer:
We all on the Friends of Unity design team appreciate every single comment we get.
That's why we use our own stash every month for a giveaway.
We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. but, they do approve of our hop, and that make us all very happy.
We started this hop because we love Unity. That's it. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with our favorite stamps!!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Friends of Unity October Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity October Blog Hop. This month the theme is change. With summer turning to autumn and all the beautiful colors changing around me, I easily could have easily found my inspiration right outside my window. Instead, I went in a uniquely different direction with the theme.

My inspiration for this card was sending a note to a far away friend or maybe the sender had recently moved away and was mailing a letter back to someone in their hometown. I then realized that after a friend recently switched jobs, this could also make a great retirement card, or even a little pick me up for a college student who is away from home at school.


Hop along with the other Friends of Unity and see their creations...Pssst! There is a giveaway too!
Joyce Verdon
Dawn Fields

Stamps:
Stay in Touch (Unity Stamp Company)

Paper:
Flirty Flamingo (Stampin Up)
Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Just Be You (Echo Park)

Ink:
Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Accessories:
Copic Sketch Markers
Sizzix Big Shot
To the Point Edgers Die (Papertrey Ink)

Disclaimer:
We all on the Friends of Unity design team appreciate every single comment we get.
That's why we use our own stash every month for a giveaway.
We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. but, they do approve of our hop, and that make us all very happy.
We started this hop because we love Unity. That's it. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with our favorite stamps!!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Friends of Unity September Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity September Blog Hop. This month the theme is fall colors. Summer is my favorite season, but my husband loves the fall. I will admit the colors and flavors of the fall are some of my absolute favorite. The changing of the leaves, pumpkin flavors as far as the eye can see, and let’s not forget candy corn! I only dislike fall because it is the season right before winter.

For this months theme, I opted not to use just fall colors, but to select some seasonal cues that summer is drawing to a close. With my first card I chose the butterfly border stamp “Migration of Beauty” and opted to spotlight one butterfly. Working in a library we have milkweed plants that grow near our entrance way. We have many families that use the large leaves for caterpillar feedings, teaching their young children about chrysalis formation. I love to hear the many stories about butterfly hatchings under their care.


With my second card I selected the July 2019 Kit “Shimmer & Shine” which features beautiful sunflowers. I dusted off an old technique and made a triple layer card. This is a kit that I have been itching to ink up since I purchased it. When brainstorming for this blog hop, this was the first stamp I grabbed. Sunflowers stamps are some of my favorites.


Hop along with the other Friends of Unity and see their creations...Pssst! There is are giveaways too!
Speaking of giveaways... congratulations to Amy Williams you won the giveaway from my August blog. Message me your address and I will get your goodies in the mail ASAP!
Joyce Verdon
Jeanie Hayes
Bobbie Sue McConathy

Stamps:
Migration of Beauty (Unity Stamp Company)
Shimmer & Shine (Unity)

Paper:
True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Stampers Select White (PTI)
Crushed Curry (Stampin Up)

Ink:
Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Accessories:
Copic Sketch Markers

Disclaimer:
We all on the Friends of Unity design team appreciate every single comment we get.
That's why we use our own stash every month for a giveaway.
We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. but, they do approve of our hop, and that make us all very happy.
We started this hop because we love Unity. That's it. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with our favorite stamps!!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Unity~ Be A Lot KOM

The following creations were made as part of the August 2019 challenge titled “one kit three ways”. While work has been busy, I had two free days to attempt to complete this in hopes that it would not detract from other crafting that I originally had planned for this short stretch of free time.

Card one was selected using a layout design that I had saved from Pinterest. The original used a larger floral spray that was cut diagonally. I used the layout idea, but reversed the flower to the opposite corner. The image is embossed in white and sponged lightly with white craft ink. The center sentiment was cut out several times to give it height and dimension and placed on a vellum layer. 

Card two might be a little trickier to explain. Start by stamping your image with Stazon on a window sheet and than color the reverse side with alcohol markers. Use mini glue dots to adhere the image to a silver glitter sheet and fussy cut it out, trimming close to the edge. For best results don’t over color your image and don’t try to blend. 

Card three was a simple spotlight technique. Lining up this card was tricky, but after a few attempts I learned to start with the sentiment first.

Stamps:
Be A Lot 7/19 KOM (Unity Stamp Company)

Paper:
Classic Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Stampers Select White (PTI)
True Black (PTI)
Vellum
Silver Glitter Card Stock

Ink:
Tuxedo Black (Memento)
VersaMark
White Craft
Stazon

Accessories:
Alabaster Embossing Powder  (Brutus Monroe)
Marvy Heat Tool
Sizzix Big Shot
All About You Dies (Concord & 9th)
Copic Sketch Markers