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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Friends of Unity January Hop

 Hello everyone. It's time for the Friends of Unity January Blog Hop. I knew I would like this month's theme but I am so in love the the simple elegance this combo has. 


This month we are doing Black & White themes and I couldn't stop making cards.



My first card uses the Buffalo Plaid background stamp that was die cut with a stitched die and mounted on a black card base. I stamped the image from Funny Farm on white card stock cut with a smaller stitched die and matted that in black card stock. The sentiment is from the same kit. I wrapped May Art black string around the image panel and then popped it up with foam tape. The sentiment also was popped up with foam tape, make sure to put a double layer on the end that hangs off the image panel.  

My biggest tip for these cards is to use a high quality, juicy black stamp pad. I stamped everything with my Versafine Clair Nocturne ink because it always comes out crisp and black. 


This card was inspired by some leftovers I had laying around on my desk. The flower and sentiment were rejected from another project and I was so happy to finally use them. The flower is from Magnolia Flowers, a really beautiful kit. This image was embossed with black embossing powder. The sentiment is from You Matter and was embossed with white embossing powder on the black card stock. I grabbed my new, absolute favorite background stamp, Polka Dance background. I cheated on the black & white theme a little and stamped this with Versafine Clair Midnight ink which is a dark gray. I grabbed a doily I had laying around and used that to anchor the flower and sentiment strip. The whole thing was matted with black card stock.

My next card used a technique I learned from another very talented Unie gal, Melinda aka itsacardknocklife on Instagram. I encourage you to go follow her if you haven't yet. She calls it a tattoo style and she is definitely better at it than I am.

I stamped the compass from the November 2019 kit of the Month, Wonder. Then I used 2 sizes of oval dies for my "templates" and traced them with Staedtler Pigment liner pens. I have a set of 6 different tip sizes and use used various sizes for the lines and extra dots. I added the lines coming off the ovals and lots of dots in random places. This panel was matted with black card stock also. I had wrote the Hello because I wanted a simple block style and couldn't find a stamp in my stash. The dies are new from Waffle Flower house and I can't rave enough about the sizes in the 2 sets of nesting ovals. I have wanted nested dies that make smaller borders on the layers forever. I plan on buying the circles also.

Be sure to hop along and comment on all the blogs this month.

Alaine-you are here











Saturday, December 5, 2020

Friends of Unity December Hop-My Favorite Things

Hello everyone. Friends of Unity are hopping again. This month is all about our favorite things. 


I thought I would do two of my favorite things. The first is to stamp and color Unity Stamp Co flower stamps. And the second is to pretend I know how to watercolor. I stamped two of my favorite stamps and colored one of the images with my Copic markers and the other one with watercolors.

I stamped My Condolences for my cards. I love this flower image. For the sample above I used Prima Marketing Vintage Pastel watercolors. Below is the card I colored with my Copic markers.
For all four of the cards I used sentiments from Aging Gorgeously.

For the second set of cards I used Everything Joyful & Beautiful. This is a big, lovely image to color. The above card used the same Prima Marketing Vintage Pastel watercolors. The sample below was done with my Copic markers.

Be sure to follow along the blog hop and comment and show the love along the way. Thank you for stopping by.

Alaine-you are here