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Saturday, April 2, 2022

Friends of Unity April Blog Hop

Hello everyone. How are you doing? I am looking forward to spring weather that isn't rain to show up here in the Pacific Northwest. We have a fun theme this month using our patterned paper. When you think of Unity Stamp Co. you instantly think of their yummy red rubber stamps. But they have a lovely line of patterned paper also. I decided to grab one of those paper packs for my cards today. Be sure to scroll through to the bottom and follow along with the hop. I am always in awe of how talented my fellow Friends of Unity team members are.

My first card uses a sheet of the paper straight from the Coffee Lovers paper pack

I cut the bottom of the sheet I picked with all the mugs to 6" x 3 1/4" and mounted it on brown card stock. I then grabbed a sentiment from the stamp set Coffee Lovers and placed that over some brown string. I put this all on a mini slimline card base and I had a quick and easy card that would be awesome to send to a friend.

Now I had a nice big piece off the top of these sheet that had tons of fun words on it so I grabbed it to make another card. 

I used the same Coffee Lovers stamp set and this time I stamped the mug on the leftover patterned paper and on some white card stock. I used my Zig markers to color the mug on the patterned paper and the whipped cream of the white card stock. I cut just the mug out from the patterned paper and the whole coffee cup from the white card stock and paper pieced them together. 

Now I decided I needed some patterned paper to put these on so I made my own. I love using my stamps to make coordinating background paper. I grabbed and A2 size piece of water color paper and smooshed a bunch of Distress Oxide inks on it until I liked the color and drops. Then I grabbed the Coffee Components stamp set and stamped all over that piece with all the different coffee rings and splats. You can see everything I used in the picture below. I used a few more pieces of the original patterned paper sheet to make some elements to anchor the mug and the sentiment from the Coffee Lovers stamp set.

Follow along and leave comments along the way. I will be giving a prize away this month to one of the commenters.

Alaine-you are here

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Friends of Unity March Hop

 Hello everyone. I hope all is well with all of you. The Friends of Unity are hopping again. We have a color cue for you this month. Kraft, black and white. I've done lots of kraft and black cards but for a minute, I had a hard time figuring out how to incorporate white. I had a great time making this card once I had an idea going.

I pulled out some new and some old favorites of my Unity stamps for this card. And one of their great die sets.

I use Neenah desert storm for my kraft card stock. I cut a piece to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and used Lotsa Blots background stamp to start. I stamped it with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white. Then I trimmed it down 1/4" on the top and side and mounted it on black card stock.  I used Gina Marie Designs Peekaboo Rectangle Scallop frame to cut another piece of card stock. I turned this into a shaker with some acetate and foam tape.  I filled it with Black and White Polka dot sequin mix from Unity.

I cut the Hello using the Chic Script Salutations dies in black and the shadow layer in kraft. Then I pulled out a fun, older sentiment kit for the flower. This kit is from 2015 and the fact that it's still available from Unity Stamp co is one of the reasons I love this stamp company. They are never out of stock and never retire a set. It is called Smile, It's Your Day. I used the smaller flower and stamped the solid piece in black. Make sure this ink is very, very dry and then stamp the outline layer with Versamark Ink and emboss with white embossing powder. Do the same with one of the leaves and then stamp a second leaf outline and emboss it also. And just like that, you have a fun shaker card.

Make sure you follow along the hop and leave lots of comments.

Alaine-you are here