Saturday, April 4, 2020

Friends of Unity April Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity April Blog Hop. This month the theme is a sketch challenge.  Crystal picked out an amazing sketch for us this month. I just needed to decide what I would make with it. I had a great idea in mind... just needed to find the perfect stamp to play along.

The March 2020 Kit of the Month has to "bee" one of my favorites. I am a friend to our pollinators, as well as a fan of all things spring! The beehive stamp and the punny sentiment combinations were just the right size to bring this sketch to life.


I stamped the beehive in an ink that after it was cut out, I realized wasn't Copic friendly. So I decided to watercolor it with my distress oxides instead. Easy peasy... I squeezed some of the ink on my Tim Holtz media mat and began to fill in the colors. The end design came out exactly as I anticipated. I fussy cut the bee and added some Wink of Stella to the wings for a little bit of shimmer.


Hop along with the other Friends of Unity and see their creations... Comment to be entered into my giveaway this month. I will announce the winner on next month's FOU blog.Good Luck!

Crystal O. Minkler


Stamps:
Spring & Things KOM 3/2020 (Unity Stamp Company)

Paper:
Weathervane (Papertrey Ink)
Stampers Select White (PTI)

Ink:
VersaFine Clair Nocturne (Unity)
Scattered Straw (Distress Oxide)
Fossilized Amber (Distress Oxide)
Brushed Corduroy (Distress Oxide)
Vintage Photo (Distress Oxide)
Peeled Paint (Distress Oxide)
Weathered Wood (Distress Oxide)

Accessories:
Bubble Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz)
Wink of Stella Clear


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!!

37 comments:

  1. Love love love!! I, too, am a friend and lover of bees and all pollinators. I need to use this stamp!

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  2. What a great card... I love it!

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  3. Your card is awesome! I like how you stenciled the background. I agree, the March KOTM is one of the best ones yet. It had so many wonderful images and sentiments. I have already used almost all of them!

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  4. Love this card. I am now inspired to pull out a bee themed set nd create a card today.

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  5. So cute! I love my March KOM too.

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  6. Love your card, Eileen! Such a soft lovely design!

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  7. Looks fabulous!
    Great save with
    the watercoloring.
    Carla from Utah

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  8. Eileen I love this card! My compensation for Not Yet rejoining the KOM after years of absence(therefore not having the stamps in my collection yet) is that I did join the Whit kit, so I do have some pretty bees headed my way! Thank you so much for sharing! Stay safe.

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  9. Love this Bee stamp! Beautiful card!!

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  10. A lovely result I am loving this design!

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  11. How I wish I could see that shimmer!!! Because I bet it is fabulous - this little happy card is wonderful!

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  12. This is such a cute card! Those dots behind the hive are so so cute!just perfect!

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  13. love your card, turned out so great.

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  14. Such a perfect image for the sketch! Love the bee's!

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  15. Love your card! Perfect stencil used behind the beehive. I love your coloring.

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  16. I love your card, Eileen! Great idea to use a stencil for the background!

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  17. I love the honeycomb background you created!

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  18. Haven't had time to ink that stamp yet...I love your card and design! Can't wait to give it a try!

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  19. The beehive image is adorable. I love the way you colored the image with the cool pattern background.

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  20. I love how your card turned out, so cute! This is a great design. I feel like I stalk the site waiting for the next blog hop to begin after stumbling across this several months ago.

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  21. Love how this turned out! The background and colors are perfect!

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  22. This is such a lovely composition with the
    stenciled BG and the awesome honeycomb and
    bee. Great sentiment, too!

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  23. What a beautiful bee hive! I LOVE the way you interpreted the sketch!

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  24. Great card. I love this stamp set!

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  25. Fabulous card!! WOW!!
    I love this one so much!! I'm adding it to my favorites by you! Perfect colors and coloring! The stenciled bg is, well, perfect! Just a gorgeous card!! I bet his little wings are pretty all glimmer y ;)
    Thanks for the inspiration! I will definitely be CASE'ing this one!!

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  26. Just darling! Love this bee hive, your color combo, and design is awesome! Just an awesome card! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  27. I love everything abut this card, it's perfect. Great job.

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  28. Love the card. The kit is one of the best! I wanted to join the membership because of this kit but timing isn’t right.

    Linda Abel

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  29. Great save using Distress inks to W/C- love this card and its a great take on this sketch!

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  30. That hexagon background to the beehive is a wonderful addition to your card and love that you were able to switch gears with the Copic to Distress ink!

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  31. Pretty card! Love the bee and hive!

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  32. Love this bee and bee hive, and great look with the water coloring!

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