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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Friends of Unity July 2021 Blog Hop

Hello everyone. It's that time again for the Friends of Unity Blog hop. There will be lots of amazing inspiration for this months theme so be sure to read to the end and follow the hop.

First though, I loved all the comments I received for the June Hop and I hadn't planned on doing a prize but I decided to pick someone anyway. Celeste Goff, please email me at and I will get a fun, little prize out to you.

This month's fun theme is Summer Vacation. I had to say I just had my first summer vacation in about 6 years and it was wonderful. We drove down the Oregon coast for 5 days and had a blast.

I used the same stamp set for both my cards. I pulled out the July 2020 Kit of the Month from Unity Stamp Co called Life is Better in Flip Flops. You need to check out the Kit of the Month membership if you haven't. You get a full sheet of stamps and they are amazing.

I chose to use the flip flops from this kit. My first card I'm sharing was actually my second card I started. I got one card mostly done, made a bad color choice and "ruined it". So off to the side it went and I started on this card I'm sharing first.

I pulled out what looked like a summery 6"x6" pad of paper that has been in my stash forever and proceeded to stamp the flip flops 4 times. I cut out the pieces and glued them together. Then I added some rhinestones from Gina Marie Designs. I ripped up one of the papers that reminded me of grass and inked the edges with Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide ink. I stamped the sentiment from the same kit and glued it all together. Fun and super easy to do.

This is the card I almost threw away. I had stamped the flip flops and doodled the border around it and watercolored them and the background inside the border. Then I stamped the sentiment along the bottom and washed a blue color all around it. But I picked one that was too dark and to similar to the flip flops and it was bad. So I operate on a "never through it away until you have slept on it" philosophy. 
The next day, I decided to cut the doodled box out and just laid it on a card blank. It seemed usable to I grabbed the star fish stamp from the same kit and some antique linen Distress Oxide ink and made a background for it. I stamped the sentiment again and doodled around it and filled it with the same color around the flip flops. To make sure the cardstock matched the tiny bit of blue you could still see in the border, I washed a piece of card stock to mat the stamped background on. And I LOVE how it turned out. So save those less than perfect attempts and give them a go another day.

Now be sure to hop along with the rest of the of the team for some wonderful inspiration and possible prizes.

Alaine-you are here



Saturday, June 5, 2021

Friends of Unity June 2021 Blog Hop

 Hello everyone. It's time for the monthly Friends of Unity hop. I'm excited for this hop because I am sure my fellow hoppers are going to give me lots of inspiration for this month's theme of Masculine cards. I do seem to struggle with those. Give me a pretty flower and girly colors any day.

Lets just jump right into my first card. This old truck stamp is one of my favorites and my husband will even tell you the make and year.

There are lots of stamps used for this card. The truck comes from Slowly Turning Classic. I water colored it with Distress Oxide inks. I used Chipped Sapphire & Hickory Smoke for the body and grill. Then I mixed a bit of Barn Red and Vintage Photo for the "rust".  The background is another Unity stamp called Wonky Stripe background. I inked it in Distress Oxide Speckled Egg and the misted it with water before stamping. The strip under the twine uses the same color and the tread stamp from You are Worth It. Last but not least is the sentiment which is from the itty bitty stamp set All About Dad. The string is May Arts Black Burlap String that I also got from Unity Stamp Co. PS this Mary Arts string is my absolute favorite and I know it seems like a lot of money but you will use this stuff all the time once you have it.

My second card came about from wanting to use a background I had created with some new supplies.

This background was created with Distress Spray Stain in Wild Honey and Twisted Citron. I just misted water color paper with water, then sprayed the 2 colors until I was happy. When I decided to make this card, I grabbed the Vintage Burlap background stamp to stamp over it. I used Distress ink in Mowed Lawn for the stamping. If you don't have this background stamp, run and put it on your wish list now. It makes the most wonderful textures and I've used it on several masculine cards since I got it. The birthday word is of course from the new dies Unity has., Say It Big coordinating dies are awesome. I cut this one 3 times out of black and layered them together. The outline die was cut out of tracing paper because I seem to have lost all my velum. I stamped the word Happy from the Say It Big stamp set and heat embossed it in white. This is a super quick and easy card.

As always, make sure you check out all the other blogs on the hop. You won't be disappointed, there is always so much inspiration.

Alaine-you are here

If you like the cards I share, I would love for you to check out my Instagram account. I put so many more cards there. @alaine_tanner