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Saturday, November 6, 2021

Friends of Unity November Blog Hop

 Well hello everyone. I am super excited for this months Friends of Unity Blog Hop. This month we are doing Not a Card. I hope we do this again in the future because I had so many ideas and not enough time to do them. You are going to be amazed by everyone's projects so be sure to scroll to the end and hop along with us.

I have to admit that my project I finally settled on was heavily influenced by the upcoming holiday season and this wonder new stamp set released this week for Unity Stamp Co's Brown Thursday sale. You have to check out all the deals and new releases.

I made Ghiradelli square candy holders. They are so quick and easy and will be so much fun to have on hand to pass out to guest and friends. I started with the Christmas Linen Two paper pack from Unity. You have to check out their papers. They are such a perfect weight and quality and I was able to use them without having to layer them up with card stock. 

Here's a close up of a couple of them. I used the brand new stamp set "Sweet Treat Christmas" to decorate them. This set has 6 great images and sentiments and is absolutely perfect for these. The images are cookies which makes them great for lots of cards, but I was able to fussy cut the inside part of the cookie for these holders so they would fit a bit better. 

The candy square just fits right inside and I held them in place with just a couple of glue dots. 

Unity Stamp Co's paper pads are 6"x6" so I started by cutting them into 2" wide strips. You get 3 per piece of paper. I did pick designs that didn't have an up or down so the back side wouldn't be upside down once I folded them up.

You will need to score them in two places. Score at 2 7/8" and at 3 1/8". This will give you a 1/4" bottom for the pocket. You can make these any size if you want, just find the center and score 1/8" on either side. Fold on the score lines so the patterned side of the paper is facing out.

I decided to use an old corner punch on all four of the corners before assembling. To make a hole to tie the ribbon through, just carefully match up the top edges. I chose to punch a single 1/4" hole and tie the ribbon over the top edges. You could also punch 2 holes side by side and tie the ribbon in a bow. Once the corners and hole were punched, I cut some scrap papers from the same back and layered them on top of the front side. I glued down the stamped and colored images I had already cut out. I put the Ghiradelli square inside, making sure to fold the long end flaps to the back side so it fit a bit better. I held them in place with a couple of glue dots. Tie a ribbon at the top and sit back and admire your treat holders.

Don't forget to hop along with everyone this month and leave them lots of love in the comments.

Alaine-you are here

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Friends of Unity October Blog Hop

 Hello everyone. Welcome to October. I'm a cool weather kind of girl so I am loving the cooler days and the rain. The first of October also means it's time for the Friends of Unity to hop and share some projects using stamps form our favorite stamp company, Unity Stamp Co.

This month our cue is Techniques. Hopefully you will find some inspiration in my project and I know you will love all the rest. Be sure to hop along with all of us. You can find the hop list down below.

I chose to give stamp kissing a try. I will tell you right now, I wouldn't have even tried this without my lovely Misti stamping tool.

I started with the wonderful set Say it Big and picked the birthday saying. I always need birthday cards. I placed the stamp in my Misti in the center of a 4"x5" piece of card stock. I placed this up from the bottom because I knew I was going to need the space for the kissing technique. I inked it up with Distress Oxide ink in salvaged patina. I stamped this twice to get good coverage. Now this is the important part.  Leave the paper and the stamp in the Misti in the exact same place. Do not pull them out.

I used the background stamp Distressed Dots for the next part. I placed that in my Misti so that it would cover the birthday stamp. I just laid it over the paper I had stamped on, you can see it peeking out at the top. I inked this up with Distress Oxide ink in peacock feathers and slowly closed the door to the Misti. 

Because these are both nice, thick red rubber stamps, the door doesn't close all the way. I just very carefully pushed down on the edge until both stamps were touching. I wanted to make sure to get good coverage so I inked the background stamp again and repeated that step before moving on.

You can see that I have just the dots on this stamp now. Remove the background stamp from the Misti without disturbing the paper below and stamp away. 

The results are a fabulous polka dot look on that great big birthday stamp. I fussy cut it out, but you can just cut it down to a small rectangle or use the cut file from Unity. And then I had to mat it black so I fussy cut that too. Don't look too close. 

I finished the card by stamping a background with the same Distressed Dots stamp. I inked it first in peacock feathers and stamped. Then I cleaned the stamp and inked it with salvaged patina so soften the color a bit. I cut the panel down and wrapped the black string around it and popped the birthday panel up with foam tape. I matted the card base in black and stamped the word Happy from the set to finish it all off.

Now don't forget to hop along and check out all the fabulous techniques from everyone else.

Alaine-you are here