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Saturday, September 4, 2021

Friends of Unity September Blog Hop

 Hello everyone. It's that time of month again where the Friends of Unity hop.


I am excited for this month. Our theme is a Color Challenge of Sage, White and Kraft. We would love for everyone to join in using their Unity Stamp co stamps.


I was able to make a couple of cards this month. My first one is pretty simple and I think would make a great masculine birthday card.


I started this card by blending Distress ink in Bundled Sage over an A2 panel. I splashed some water on to get those great oxide spots this ink is so perfect for. Once it was dry, I placed it in my Misti and stamped the new Topography background stamp in the same color. I stamped it a couple of times to get good impression and to build up the color just a bit for that tone on tone look. I blended the same in on a scrap of paper and stamped the gnome from Gnome-one Like You onto it. I then stamped it on Neenah Desert Storm and on white. I fussy cut the various pieces and reassembled it as a paper pieced image. I used the Happy Birthday dies from Chic Script Salutations die set also from Unity Stamp Co. I layered it all up with Neenah Desert Storm card stock.




I have to admit that I am totally in love with the background stamp I used on this card. You may see it many more times. I stamped the Tin Tile background stamp on Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I cut this down with a stitched rectangle die.  I then stamped the image and sentiment from Bloom from Within in the Distress Oxide Bundled Sage color. I used my Misti and stamped the color a couple of times. I left the image and panel in place and stamped again with Versamark ink and heat embossed it all with clear embossing powder. I popped this panel up with foam tape and placed the whole thing on a white card blank.

Be sure to hop along with the rest of the team. Also be sure to join in and share your cards made with this awesome color combo.

Alaine-you are here









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 alaine63@gmail.com 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