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Saturday, January 7, 2023

Friends of Unity January Blog Hop

 Hello everyone. I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are settling into the new year. 

It's time for the Friends of Unity blog hop again and this time we are doing a theme that everyone needs. So scroll on down and then be sure to follow along with the hop. It's going to be fun!

Yep, I don't know about you but I am always needing birthday cards. This last go round, I discovered I was woefully short one masculine cards so both of my cards this month can be used for the guys in my life.

This first card uses some Simon Says Ink in Cadette and Fairway to set the tone. I used the itty bitty stamp called Candles, Stars & Birthday Wishes for my image. I just watercolored the candles with the same two inks. Then I took the lovely background stamp called Infinite Birthday Wishes and inked the top in the Fairway ink. I wiped that off and inked the bottom with the Cadette ink, making sure to overlap just a bit. I popped the image up with foam tape and added some die cut starts around it. Some are adhered straight to the background and some got popped up with the foam tape too.

This lovely card was super easy to do and you could make several in no time at all. I stamped the panel with the Balloon Party Background stamp. Then I pulled out my new Karin markers and watercolored them up. I just used a gray marker to fill in around them so the balloons would really pop. I die cut the sentiment in white and then used the same markers to color along the words. Super quick and fun.

Be sure to hop along with all the rest of the group. There is bound to be lots of amazing inspiration.

Alaine-you are here


Saturday, December 3, 2022

Friends of Unity December Blog Hop

 Hello friends. November just flew by. I can't believe it is almost Christmas. 

So along with the hop Friends of Unity (FOU) are celebrating 5 years of blog hopping with the Unity Stamp Company family and friends! To celebrate, Unity Stamp Co. is giving away three $25 gift certificates. Winners will be randomly chosen on December 10th from those who comment on every blog in the hop! Winners will be announced December 11th on Crystal’s blog and in the Unity Show and Tell Facebook site. 

The Friends of Unity are hopping today with a fun theme of Glitter and Glitz.

I have to confess that I'm not into glitter and have few items in that medium. However, I do like shiny mediums. 

I used this beautiful new image called Greetings this Season. I used soft Copic colors to color this image. Then I pulled out my Gansai Tambi Starry colors and splattered everything with one of the gold colors. I pulled out my Scallops and Rectangles to cut down the panel. I pulled out some beautiful gold card stock from Simon Says Stamp and used the large scallop to cut a panel. I assembled all this on a black card face and attached to a card base. The gold sequins are from This Calls for Confetti.

Here is a little closer view of all the sparkle.

So my next card was an add on. I didn't think I would have time to make a second card but I had to try this idea and I had some snow day time. I am super excited about how it turned out and I wish you could see it in person. It is just so pretty the way it catches the light.

I used the June Rose stamp for the image and the sentiment. I stamped them in embossing ink and embossed them with fine white embossing powder. Then I used my red Deco Foil and my laminator to foil them. I followed Jennifer McGuire's technique in this video. I found that with my Amazon Basic brand laminator I had to change from the 5mil setting to the 3mil setting to keep it from squashing the embossing powder too much and distorting the image. There is a close up of the sentiment both ways below so you can see what I mean.

Can you see the shine here? It's just so pretty in person.

You can see with the 3mil setting the sentiment has much more definition.

Be sure to follow along with my fellow hoppers for lots of shiny inspiration.

Alaine-you are here