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Saturday, May 6, 2023

Friends of Unity May Blog Hop

 Hello everyone. It's time for another Friends of Unity Blog Hop. This months theme is so fun. I am super excited to share my take on the theme and see all the others on the hop.

This month is Inspired by and it is open to whatever inspired us.  I was totally inspired by Unity Design Team member Karen Maldonado. She made the most beautiful card and has agreed to let me share it here so you can see what inspired me.

Let me share some of the elements that caught my eye in her beautiful card. 
1. This amazing tan and blue color combo. Back in my scrapbook days, it was a combo I used a lot and had forgotten about.
2. The contrast of this crisp white panel with the colors and background mats. And I loved the delicate shading along the edge.
3. The wonderful detail of the stamping on the tan background adding so much visual interest.
4. The texture of the burlap string bow drawing your eye into the card.

Hopefully I had used this inspiration well.

1. I started by water coloring the flowers from Peony Hugs with a lovely blue watercolor from one of my Prima Arts set. I fussy cut them out and trimmed off a couple of leaves and moved them over to the other clusters. My sentiment is from Aging Gorgeously.
2. I opted to use a crisp white oval mat that is shaded the edges of with the same ink I used on the background panel.
3. I opted to use a stencil for the visual interest on my background panel. I inked the background with a tan ink and then placed a stencil over that and inked it again with the same ink.
4. I wrapped burlap string around my panel three times for my texture in the middle.

I hope you enjoyed this card. Be sure to hop along with all of my fellow Friends of Unity.

Alaine-you are here


  1. Lovely floral card. The inspiration shows through perfectly. Well done.

  2. Gorgeous inspiration and a wonderful card, Alaine! I love your beautiful watercoloring!

  3. Your card is beautiful Alaine!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Beautiful card, I love the colours

  5. I love this pretty color combo, too (or darker brown & blue esp for the guys!). Very pretty card.

  6. Beautiful use of
    colors and great
    inspirational card.
    Carla from Arizona

  7. colors are gorgeous!! Love your beautiful flowers!

  8. Gorgeous card! You inspired me to use this color combo.

  9. Your cards are pretty! Love the hot air balloon! I canceled my monthly kit before this one came! What was I thinking! 🤦🏻‍♀️

  10. Beautiful balloon and pretty flowers.

  11. Karen inspires me, too. Your card is gorgeous

  12. Lovely color combo! Such a pretty card Alaine!

  13. Your card is gorgeous! I love the way you used aspects of the beautiful inspiration card and made it your own.

  14. Just beautiful and spot on! I am inspired and in awe of your coloring. Thank you for inspiring me every day!