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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Friends of Unity September Blog Hop

Hello everyone. I am so very excited to be joining the Friends of Unity Blog hop. I have enjoyed them for so long and am beyond happy that I was asked to hop with them.

This months theme is Autumn Colors.

I love the colors of Autumn. I grew up in the hills of West Virginia and the fall colors were spectacular. It's one of the things I miss the most about my home state.

I had a few card ideas but I have had this project I have wanted to do for a long time so I decided to use this as an opportunity to step a bit out of my comfort zone and use my Unity stamps in a new way.

I had these flat 3" canvases that I have been wanting to turn into fridge magnets for a very long time. I used some cheap Artist Loft acrylic paint tubes that I picked up from Michael's and painted each one a different color. Then I dry brushed Raw Umber over these. While I had my brush full of Raw Umber, I brushed it over some white card stock so I could stamp sentiments on it later.

I grabbed my Copic swatch book and tried to match up some colors to the paints. I love this flower. It is from Unity's set Be Unstoppable by Graciellie Designs.  I fussy cut them out, popped them up on foam tape and placed some neutral colored twine between them and the canvases. I used 3 different Unity sets for the sentiments I added. 




I used this image from Pinterest for my color combos on the magnets and the card below.





I wanted to be sure to make a card as well. The first thing I thought about was blending Distress Oxides so that is what I did.


I started with a piece of white card stock that was bigger than an A2 size card so I could trim it down and have the edges not have the ink built up on them.  I ripped a piece of the wider purple tape in half and placed them slightly apart on the card stock. I blended the green first and then moved the tape so one piece covered the green and the other piece left a similar space and then I blended the yellow. I just kept moving the tape until I had done the orange, red and then the brown. I pulled the tape off used a much lighter yellow on the rest of the card.

I took the lovely Graciellie Designs set from Unity Stamp Co called Obsessively Grateful. I quickly ran a heat tool over the blended oxides because I wanted to use embossing power on the rest of the stamping. Make sure to use a powder tool also. I stamped the middle leaf and the word Fall and heat embossed them in black. I added the other to leaves and did the same. The word Beautiful came from a set of wood pieces Unity sold a while ago. I dabbed the red oxide on it and then Versamark ink and clear embossing powder to make it shiny. I punched a leaf 4 times and glued them together and blended the red and green on it and then embossed it with clear powder as well.

Be sure to check out the rest of the hop. There are some awesome giveaways with this hop, including one from me to celebrate my first month hopping with the Friends of Unity Blog Hop. Be sure to comment on each blog to have your name entered in the drawing. The winners will be announced during next months blog hop.

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Supplies use:
Magnets:
Free Your Dreams (May2017 kit of the month)-Hello sentiment
Hug-smile sentiment
Owl I do Say-Enjoy the Day sentiment
Copic Combos-red R29, R39, R89
Orange-YR27, E07, E08, E09
Yellow-Y23, YR23, YR24
Leaves-YG63, YG67
Artist Loft Acrylic paints in Crimson Red, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre

Card:
Obsessively Grateful-leaves and fall
Distress Oxides in fired brick, brushed corduroy, scattered straw, forest moss, fossilized amber, carved pumpkin.
Black and Clear embossing powder


73 comments:

  1. I did not know you were from WV, I grew up just out side there in south western PA, just south of pittsburgh, up over the mountain was WV. I love your projects today. They are amazing. well done!

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    1. how fun is that. I spent a lot of time going to Pittsburg and surrounding area in my teen years.

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  2. OMG, I just love those magnets! How cute are they? And the card is beautiful too! Great jo on these... so happy you joined the Friends group!

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    1. Thank you. I was so excited and happy to be asked. I was trying to channel a little bit of you when I did the magnets. Your layers and colors always are amazing.

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  3. Congrats on joining this wonderful blog hopping group! Your magnets are beautiful! The colors are so vibrant. Thank you for the step by step directions on how you created them. Great idea to create a fall rainbow of colors on your card.

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  4. Congrats on the invitation!! Gorgeous creations!!

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  5. Welcome to the team
    and beautiful work
    on the canvases and
    card. Great colors.
    Carla from Utah

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  6. Sure do love those canvases done with that gorgeous flower!

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    1. Thank you. That flower has become a favorite of mine.

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  7. The magnets are lovey and can be such a perfect
    gift for anyone! I love Fall colors, too, tho we
    don't get them here in So. FL. Love that beautiful
    leaf image!! Welcome to the team. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much. We don't get full on fall color here in the Pacific Northwest either. Too many evergreens.

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  8. So glad you were invited to join the Friends of Unity blog hop group! Your work is always inspirational. Love your magnets and adore the card! I got some great tips from your instructions too!

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    1. Thank you so much Vanessa. Your clipboards actually convinced me that I needed to use my stamps on more than cards.

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  9. I thought those canvases were real stained wood at first! Amazing work!

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    1. Oh thank you. It's been so long since I tried the dry brush technique. I am glad I could make it work.

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  10. I just love those canvases!! How beautiful!!

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  11. Great canvas's and I love your card too

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  12. Magnets are such a great idea!

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    1. Thank you. I've been thinking about trying it for so long. I finally just did it.

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  13. What a lovely card, and those magnets are gorgeous! I love the warm colors you used on them!

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    1. Thank you. I had such fun picking the colors for the magnets.

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  14. Alaine, I am thrilled you accepted our invitation! Welcome, once again! Wow! These canvases turned magnets are gorgeous! What a creative idea! I love these...would make a great gift. Lovely card too. This is one of my favorite stamp sets.

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    1. Thank you so much Dawn. I feel so blessed that I was asked to join the hops.

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  15. Your magnets are so cute! I really love your idea! And your card is beautiful too!

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  16. Your Magnets are beautiful as is the card.
    Cindy F

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  17. Congrats! I love your cards! Great colors! Those flowers are fab!!!

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  18. Thank you for joining the hop and sharing your beautiful projects. Those little refrigerator canvas magnets are gorgeous!

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  19. They picked the right gal! I have always admired your creations and especially love these magnets!

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  20. The trio of fridge magnets are beautiful! I love the autumn rainbow wave you created to highlight the word fall on your card! Lovely!

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  21. Love your pretty canvases and card! The flower image you used is beautiful! Great colors! Pretty leaf design and colors on your card also!

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  22. I love your magnets and the colors are so vivid and bright. Your card with the torn paper is such a great idea and will have to try this technique. I love the large words too!

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    1. Thank you Rachel. I've been wanting to make the maganets forever.

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  23. The magnets are a great idea to decorate the kitchen for fall. Your colors are so true to nature. And now for the card.....OMG can't even describe how I feel, except I want to sit right done and try to make it. Perfect!!

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    1. Thank you. I was so happy with the card and how it went together.

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  24. These magnets would pretty up any fridge with their gorgeous colors and that big, bold flower!

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  25. Magnets are cute and card has beautiful warm colors great job.

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  26. I’m so excited you accepted our invitation to join our little hop!! Yay!! Your canvas magnets are amazing!! I have to give those a try!! Your card is beautiful! Such a fun technique! Love it!

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    1. Thank you Crystal. For the invitation and the kind words.

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  27. Those magnets say..Fall. What a great idea. The card, now that is so unique. Love that idea. Think I'm going to be using it.

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  28. Great card and I really love those little canvases!!

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  29. Love the fridge magnets and the way you did the background of your card is really fun. Hugz

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  30. Creative card background. I'll have to try that!

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  31. Very pretty. One of my favorite color palettes as well.

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  32. Beautiful magnets and I like how you made the background on the card.

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  33. Welcome to the team!!! We're so glad you joined us. These magnets are amazing and I'm so stealing that idea for xmas gifts!!! Your card is lovely with all those leaves and colors. Both projects colors and stamps work awesome with our theme. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  34. Awesome card...but those magnets - amazing! Gorgeous coloring, gorgeous backgrounds, I don't know if I could give them away!

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  35. My mother and grandparents were from West Virginia and I spent a lot of time going there when I was growing up. They are all gone now, so I don't get there as often, but Fall is certainly gorgeous in the mountains. Your magnets are fun and I really like the background of your card.

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  36. Congratulations on Hopping with Friends of Unity!! So fun; It's like celebrity status!! I love the stripes idea you have on your leaf card, and Oh the colors in those magnets!!! <3

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  37. Welcome to the Friends of Unity blog hop! I love your magnets, card and all of your creations! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  38. Love the magnets but the card is great too!

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