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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Friends of Unity April Blog Hop

 Happy Spring everyone. I am so looking forward to warmer weather. Today, the Friends of Unity are hopping and we would love for you to come along. Our theme this months is Birds and Bees. Perfect for spring weather.


My first card is of course a bird card. Chickens to be exact. I loved this set when I first saw it and I can't believe this is the first chance I have had to use it.

I used What's Up set for this card. I water colored the chickens with my Art Philosophy Pastel Dream palette. The background is Distress Oxide in Speckled Egg smooshed all over. I stamped the Chicken Wire background three times to cover the slimline size card.  The slimline die is from Gina Marie Designs and the circle dies are from Waffle Flower. I love their nested and additional nested dies in all the shapes. 


My second card is of course bees. I am super excited because I think this is my first "successful on the first try" shaker card.

I used the beehive and bees from the March 2020 KOM, Spring & Things. I water colored them with Distress Oxide inks. The background is two Distress Oxides smooshed in layers and then I used Honey Mustard to stamp the Honeycomb background over it. The sentiment is from Spring Unity. The die I cut the background with is from Gina Marie Designs. I just filled the shaker with some random white and yellow sequins and some yellow seed beads I had on hand. 


Be sure to follow along with the hop and comment as you go. I am offering a prize this month. Check back on next months hop to find out if you are the winner.

Alaine-you are here











Saturday, March 6, 2021

Friends of Unity March Hop

 Hello everyone. It's time for another Friends of Unity Blog hop. This month we are using a fun sketch as our inspiration. I had a lot of fun putting my own spin on it.

My first card is my favorite.
I started with a pretty piece of green patterned paper matted with a dark green card stock. I cut a strip of the same card stock for the side piece and placed a beautiful die cut over top. The die is Sizzix Crochet. I got new nested dies from Waffle Flower. Their nesting dies are amazing. I have always wanted dies that I could have a more slender mat and these are perfect. The image I picked from Unity Stamp go for this card is Possible, Not Easy. This has been a favorite set of images since they released it. I stamped it and the sentiment with Versafine Clair Nocturn ink. A few enamel dots in the top right complete the inspiration from the sketch.

While my first card was my favorite, this next one is a very close tie with how much I like how it turned out. It might be because that cute gnome is hard to resist.

I started by cutting a white panel of Canson Bristol Smooth paper down just a bit so I could mat it on black. I used two different heart Washi tapes down the left side. I stamped the gnome and the sentiment from Gnome-one Like You onto the white panel. I colored it with Zig Clean Color Brush markers. I used the Waffle Flower dies to be a template for the circles and drew them on with a .5 multiliner pen and just added random dots. I used the same pen for the sketch detail in the top right corner. I added some hearts from a Stamping Up background die and it was done. Super quick and easy.

Please be sure to follow along with the hop and leave some love and comments along the way. Have some fun with us and use the sketch to make your own card and share on the Unity Show and Tell Facebook page.

Alaine-you are here













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