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

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Friends of Unity August Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity August Blog Hop. This month the theme is Furry Friends. While I won’t sit here and bore you to death talking about my cat... I will say that I am an animal lover of almost every kind. Our four legged fur baby has been with us for 8 years this fall, and life has never been better. I now can fully understand the concept of “pets are like family”.

I was inspired for the layout of this card by a similar card made by the talented Dawn Bryson. I liked the use of the cloud stencil background and decided to create a scene using dies and stencils to achieve a similar look. The cat and butterfly were fussy cut out and colored in with my Copic markers.



Hop along with the other Friends of Unity and see their creations. I am hosting a giveaway too... Make sure to comment for a chance to win!

Crystal O. Minkler
Eileen Mathys (you’re here)
Kim Klinkovsky

Stamps:
Kitten Encouragement  (Unity Stamp Company)

Paper:
Blueberry Sky (Papertrey Ink)
Stampers Select White (PTI)
Garden Green (Stampin Up)

Ink:
Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Spring Rain (PTI)

Accessories:
Clouds for Days Stencil (Simon Says Stamp)
Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips (My Favorite Things)
Grassy Border (Lawn Fawn)
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, July 6, 2019

Friends of Unity July Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity July Blog Hop. This month the theme is vintage. While I don't have any stamps that portray the image of vintage, I knew I could create a vintage appearance on my cards using different techniques. Since both of my cards worked out, I will share them both with tutorial links as well.

The first card I created is probably the only true vintage stamp in my collection. I opted to make this a grainy ‘black and white’ picture, one that I could have seen in one of my grandmothers photo albums. I remember these pictures were always backed on black paper and when removed from the album, a rough trimmed black boarder always remained. The black ice technique was used to achieve this cards vintage look.



The second card I made is an old milk jug filled with flowers set against a patina background. Patina is a green or brown film on the surface of bronze produced by oxidation over a long period of time. That would make this one card vintage for sure! The patina technique was fun... especially watching it unfold as the layers of color were added.



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

Crystal O. Minkler
Kim Klinkovsky
Eileen Mathys (you’re here)
Joyce Verdon
Jeanie Hays
Robyn Jordan

Stamps:
Better with Age KOM 11/17 (Unity Stamp Company)
Hello Gorgeous (Unity)

Paper:
Basic Gray (Stampin Up)
Smokey Slate (SU)
True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Silver Foil Paper (SU)
Classic Kraft (PTI)
Costal Cabana (SU)
Vintage Cream (PTI)

Ink:
Stazon Black
Versamark
Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Costal Cabana (SU)
Crumb Cake (SU)
Early Espresso (SU)
Costal Cabana (SU)
Garden Green (SU)

Accessories:
Clear Embossing Powder (Unity) 
Subtle Embossing Folder (SU)
Tin Tile Embossing Folder (SU)
Penny Embossing Powder (Brutus Monroe)
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, June 1, 2019

Friends of Unity June Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity June Blog Hop. The theme for this month is wedding. I don’t have anybody getting married anytime soon... but luckily a stamp set I recently bought for some anniversary cards had a sentiment that fit right in for this months project!

When I started to design this card, I was hoping for some patterned paper to fit this theme, but when I found nothing suitable I decided to grab a stencil and blend some ink and make my own background paper. I tend to always gravitate toward the same colors... so this time I opted for a different color scheme. I don’t find the pink hues too feminine, as I could have simply matched the colors found from the wedding invitation. The joy of handmade cards... you can make your card customized for the occasion.



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

Crystal O. Minkler
Eileen Mathys (you’re here)
Bobbie Sue McConathy
Dawn Fields
Jeanie Hayes
Robyn Jordan
Kim Klinkovsky
Stamps:
Love is a Magical Thing (Unity Stamp Company)

Paper:
Autumn Rose (Papertrey Ink)
Stampers Select White (PTI)
True Black (PTI)

Ink:
Autumn Rose (PTI)
Sweet Blush (PTI)
Gina K Amalgam Ink Jet Black (Unity)
Versamark

Accessories:
Sizzix Big Shot
Subtle Embossing Folder (Stampin Up)
Window Frames Framelits (SU)
Gina K Water Droplets Stencil (SSS)
Sterling 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, May 25, 2019

Layered Butterflies ~ Lawn Fawn

I made this quick and easy butterfly card while teaching a card class to a group of ladies earlier this month. With work and life... I am just getting around to post about it! It was the favorite of the night. 

This is another one of my favorite styles when I am trying to make a quick card and use up some of my endless supply of fancy paper. Sometimes it seems that patterned paper multiplies when I am not looking.  The great thing about this card is that it requires little stamping and the assembly is quick! I usually leave the occasion blank and fill it in right before I send the card. 



Stamps:

Banner Style (Papertrey Ink)

Paper:

Mint Julep (PTI)
Stampers Select White (PTI)

Ink:

Mint Julep (PTI)

Accessories:

Sizzix Big Shot
Banner Style Die (PTI)
Layered Butterflies (Lawn Fawn)
Stitched Windy Backdrop (LF)

Monday, May 6, 2019

Warm Wishes ~ Neat and Tangled

I promised myself at the conclusion of last year, I would get a head start on Christmas cards this year. My intentions were to start in March, but I guess May is better than starting in the fall. Christmas stamps are totally my addiction. So I knew when I was going to start making Christmas cards, I should start with my uninked stamps. I would’ve have liked to have used this stamp last year, but it was sold out. This card was quick and easy, so I am glad to now have it in my collection. 

I love the large sentiment on this stamp, and wanted it to remain the focus of the card. I used a blended oxide combo on the die cut that used a coffee colored hue, with some wintery blue shades mixed in.  I watered down the oxide colors used to make a splatter background to tie it all together. 




Stamps:

Warm Wishes (Neat &Tangled)

Paper:

Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Blueberry Sky (PTI)
Dark Chocolate (PTI)

Ink:

Versamark 
Ground Espresso Distress Oxide
Faded Jeans Distress Oxide
Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide

Accessories:

Alabaster Embossing Powder (Brutus Monroe)
Sizzix Big Shot
Nesting Basics: Circle Dies (PTI)