Saturday, June 4, 2022

Friends of Unity June Blog Hop

 Welcome back to another blog hop by my crafty friends in the Friends of Unity group! This month our theme is:

As you may already know, individual members periodically give away Unity kits to folks who commented on their blogs. This month, I’m honoring 


 … for her contributions. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog last month. Be sure to PM me your address and I’ll be sending out a package to you shortly!

My first card was based on the Love You to Pieces Kit. This was a pretty simple card to make and I tried to keep colors muted to appear more masculine. I used glitter inks to give the pieces a little shine.

For the second card, I pulled out a couple of old SMAK kits, Radiate Joy (5/2020) for the sentiment and The Ocean is Calling (1/2018). I started this one by white embossing the lighthouse on brown cardstock. I then white embossed the fishnet pattern all over a greenish patterned paper for the background.

I added gold crayon and Posca pen markings for the lantern light rays and applied some circles and shading to the rocks and spray at the bottom. I then used yellow Stickles to add some glitter to both areas. I found a paper button and beads I thought would match for embellishments. I also added coordinating sequins. Using a Seth Apter powder, I embossed the sentiment on a strip of the same patterned paper I used for the base.

Hope these gave you some new ideas to try! Now onto the rest of the hop! You may have arrived here from:

Alaine’s blog

Next up is:

Robyn’s blog

Or, you may want to start from the beginning at:

Crystal’s blog

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Friends of Unity May Blog Hop

 Welcome back to another hop. There are so many stamp options for our theme this month…

 But I stuck with the beautiful Forest Butterfly kit for my cards. Finally got around to creating some cards the last few days, as, I must admit, it’s been a busy month again - my master bedroom and bathroom had major renovations! The only major thing left…painting will be done in June! And my husband finally retired from a long career, so I’ve been busy with him, enjoying our grandchild, decluttering the house, and gardening. So, crafting has taken a backseat as we settle into a new rhythm of life.

 This month, I, along with others, will be giving away a new stamp set from my stash. I will pick and announce a winner next month from the comments received on this post. So be sure to provide feedback on the cards or the kit before you leave my post!

For the first card, I matched colors on a paper from a Somerset Studio magazine to watercolor the butterflies from the kit. To add a sparkling effect, I used some Brea Reese Metallic inks over the top. I fussy cut them out and used some Tim Holtz papers for added trim. I white embossed the sentiment, added coordinating sequins and twine, and called this one done.

For the second card, I used Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide ink with a stencil to create a background for the butterfly. I then used a combo of blue and yellow inks to add colors to the butterfly. I then fussy cut the butterfly out. Finally, I used Chic Script Salutations with white and colored paper to create the sentiment on this one. I added large crystals and declared this one done. 

Hope these cards provide some simple ideas and inspiration for you to use on your cards! Till next time happy crafting!

Now on to the hop! To get to my blog, you may have come from:

Kim’s blog

Next up is:

Dawn’s blog

And to start from the beginning, check out:

Crystal’s blog

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Ballet Slippers Birthday Card

 My daughter-in-law’s birthday is today and to celebrate I created a card using Stamperia’s Passion paper and Collectibles, Deep Red’s Ballet Slippers and a Unity Die Cut set, Chic Script Salutations. I just love beautiful patterned paper and I always challenge myself to create a matching stamped image.

For this card I used die cut 2 papers to layer. I stamped and watercolored and th3n penciled over the ballet slipper image. I fussy cut it and added gold metallic pen. I also fussy cut some flowers and fussy cut a ballet outfit for inside and outside the card. I used 2 different ribbons and a white/gold twine on the card. And I added crystals and a gold metal embellishment.

I used a different patterned paper which happened to have gold trim on it to highlight the sentiment. I also used the Stamperia paper and another scrap paper to die cut the sentiment. To back the sentiment pieces, I also die cut the sentiment in gold paper.

Think this one turned out pretty and pays homage to her childhood love of ballet classes. Hope she enjoys it! That’s it for today…now onto a party! Take care and happy crafting!

Saturday, April 2, 2022

March ATC’s

 So, I’ve started back creating Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) with a much smaller group. I have always found this to be a fun diversion and opportunity to play. Plus I love receiving them in return. We’ve changed the rules to be anything goes… can use any stamp company or even no stamps. I like the freedom this gives me to explore other options. However, to get back in the groove of creating these, I’ve again turned to Unity.

The top set was created with March heralding women and women's history. In reducing my paper horde I came across a 12x12 black and white patterned sheet with 9 different patterns. I used several of these as the card base. I then stamped the woman from Unity’s (must be retired) Rebuild Herself Kit several times. I used a charcoal pencil for shading and cut them out. I added a white circle and red crystals. For the sentiment I fussy cut out REAL WOMEN from one of the sentiments and the other words from other kits. And, yes, real woman are extraordinary!

The second was in recognition of the horrific war being played out this month. I used Paper Artsy Lemoncillo Infusion powder for the background paper and some distress inks. I then stamped the vase from Hello Gorgeous and watercolored it loosely using blues and yellows and added pen outlines. I fussy cut those out, added blue Washi tape and sequins. For the sentiment from the No Apologies kit, I  embossed it on vellum and attached it to the card. My message for those struggling and the people of Ukraine!

Hope you enjoyed these! Thanks for stopping by!

Friends of Unity April Blog Hop

 Hello Spring … and fellow Unies! Welcome to our April Blog Hop. This month our focus is a favorite of mine… Patterned Paper! Enjoy the hop!

Before I start, I wanted to congratulate Becca Yarhling for winning a Unity stamp set for participating in last month’s blog hop! Please message me your address and I’ll get out your package in the next week or so! Thanks for hopping with us last month!

So, to start off, I just had to use a leftover piece of “That” famous beautiful patterned paper we all picked up over a year ago. I had picked it up and sent out small pieces of it to my old ATC group for fun. Well… I found a leftover piece I never used while cleaning out my supplies. For this card I paired it with Unity’s You Grow Girl kit. I stamped and watercolored one of the plants in similar tones and found som leftover striped papers that matched beautifully. To complete the card, I added string and sequins.

For the second card, I used a metallic gold patterned paper and combined it with Unity’s A Lovely Message kit. I embossed both the image and sentiment and then watercolored the image with similar colors. I also added metallic gold paint to the sign.  To complete this card, I added gold thread and and gold colored crystals. 

Hope you enjoyed this use of patterned paper and that it inspires you to pull yours out! Thanks for stopping by! Now on to the rest of the hop…

You may have come here from:

Bobbie Sue’s Blog

Next up is:

Robyn’s Blog

Or you may start at the beginning at:

Crystal’s Blog

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Unity Green Card

 Unity’s Show and Tell FB group is sponsoring a Make it Green Color Challenge. As I’m still organizing all my craft stuff in my new She-Shed place, I’m encountering tons of beautiful patterned paper pieces. I saw this challenge and couldn’t help myself from participating after happening upon this green beauty! And I sat and created this card at my craft table in my new space for the first time! Here’s some pics of my still messy but somewhat organized craft loft! (And yes, I created a little respite corner, that I can sit with my pups, watch TV and rest my back, too!)

For this card, I used Unity’s One of Those People stamp sets. I found a piece of light tan card stock and stamped the image using Shabby Shutters distress oxide ink. I decided to color the image using my Prismacolor pencils to match the image on the paper. I then fussy cut it out as I wanted the patterned paper to shine through. I used Kraft card stock as a base and to offset the image. I used a blue distressed patterned paper piece for the sentiment that coordinated with the butterfly in the paper. I stamped it in blue and backed it with black paper. Finally, I added crystals and twine to complete the card.

Was fun to get back into using my pencils. Hoping to get into more regular crafting now that my space is coming together. So, will see you again, soon! Happy crafting till then!

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Friends of Unity March Blog Hop

 Hello again… welcome back to another hop! This month our focus is: 

Since I am still in the process of renovations, I was limited in time to only creating one card for this hop. Also, world events have also distracted me - I had to release anger and anxiety with my last card posted earlier in the week. Here’s hoping for a peaceful solution.

I started this card by pulling out a beautiful new paper pack from Paper Rose called, Monochrome Garden. I found the perfect floral stamp complement to the paper in my stash and stamped the vase from Unity’s Olive Branch kit using a light gray archival ink. I then watercolored the vase using gray and brown tones to match the patterned paper and Kraft card stock. As I’ve been cleaning up and decluttering my craft supplies all week, I found a chipboard frame that I could also use on the card. How fun! 

I used Kraft card stock as the base and added black paper to offset the framed watercolor image. I stamped the sentiment and backed it with Kraft card stock, added crystals and called the card done. This card turned out perfect for my friend’s husband who is recovering from a triple bypass!

I, as well as others in the hop, will be doing another stamp set giveaway this month, so please be sure to leave a comment. I will post the winner in next month’s hop, so check back in April to see if you won!

Thanks for stopping by! Now, please check out all the talented crafters in the hop for theme based ideas! You should have arrived here from:

Kim’s blog

Next up is:

Dawn’s Blog

And, if you want to start from the beginning, check out:

Crystal’s Blog

Sunday, February 27, 2022

#cardsforukraine Had to make this!

 My heart is breaking. I just had to do something today to relieve stress and express myself… and so… this happened. Used the beautiful Unity stamp kit, Stories to Tell, to create this card… not a great card, but heartfelt.

Keep thoughts and prayers in mind for all. Stay safe!

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Special Birthday Card

 It was time to create a birthday card for a very close, sister, from another mother, friend. I knew I wanted to hand paint a portion of the card, but didn’t have anything in mind. Then, I found an old Petal Lane Bo Bunny printed vellum sheet that had this pretty green and pink design with gold hearts on it. I knew I needed to watercolor a flower and leaves piece that I could combine with it. And so… the rest is history! I watercolored the design shown on the card, inspired by the vellum print.

I die cut papers I had that complemented the watercolored flower and vellum print. I also used tiny hearts from Unity’s Heart Flutter kit with gold embossing powder to mimic the design on the vellum. I gold embossed the sentiment using Unity’s Wayward Florals kit.

To complete the card, I added a matching bow and gold heart crystals. Hope she likes this card and it cheers her up as the day before her birthday, her husband goes in for open heart surgery. My heart goes out to her and her husband and here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.

Well, enough for now, till next time… take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Friends of Unity February Blog Hop

 Welcome back to another Friends of Unity Blog Hop! Our theme this month - a card sketch, which I took a little license with! Hopefully… my cards pass the sketch test! 

Before I start, I wanted to congratulate Karen Ladd on winning some of my Unity goodies from last month’s post! Please PM me your address so I can forward out a small package in the next week or so! And thanks again for stopping by last month… I so appreciate the comments!

Remember to comment on each blog in the hop for a chance at winning goodies this month from others in the group!

I started the first card by stamping a background stamp from Unity’s Life is a Celebration KOM on watercolor paper with distressed inks. I then proceeded to add Pink Magical powder to the paper and spritzing it with water. I also sprayed the paper with a Tattered Angels fuchsia mist. After drying the paper, I white embossed the floral heart from Unity’s I Feel Love KOM in several places. I then added color to the flowers and accentuated the branches using a mixture of TCM powder watercolors, in Merlot and Purple, and a Brea Reese Red ink. I also enhanced the bands from the background stamp to make the background more interesting. Finally, I used the script stamp from the same kit and white embossed that all over. It’s a bit of a mess, but I still like it. I then cut the paper down, and inked the edges. I backed that with both white and patterned paper from my stash. I covered another strip of the same paper with mini Washi tapes to add the side edge. Finally, I embossed a sentiment from the Love is Grand sentiment kit. I mounted the card front on a violet colored card.

To create the second card, I pulled out the 2 hearts from the same I Feel Love kit. I first embossed the large hearts with the Kitsch Flamingo Oxide ink and embossing powder. I then used a pink Gina K ink with the smaller heart. To create the side band, I embossed the strip stamp from the same sentiment kit from above using the oxide ink and powder. I cut down the papers and added gray pen beaded lines attaching the hearts to the top and added a beaded line on the side strip. I backed all pieces with black paper and mounted then on patterned paper. I then attached the whole card front to a black card. Finally, clear embossed a gray stamped XOXO from Always Been You KOM and created a tag to attach to the card. I added clear hearts all over.

Must admit, now that my craft room is complete, I’m in the process of a huge destash prior to putting all my supplies away. This process has seriously impacted my crafting time…so I am getting rusty. Hopefully, though, I have provided some inspiration to spark your creativity! Thanks for stopping by!

Remember to leave a comment before you head on off to these creative friends’ posts — 

You may have gotten here from:

Kim’s Post

Next up is:

Amber’s Post

Or, if you prefer, start at the beginning of the hop with:

Crystal’s Post

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Friends of Unity Blog Hop

 Hello, crafty friends - I’m back again for another Friends of Unity (FOU) blog hop. This month’s FOU theme is one of the hardest card types for me, a CAS card (clean and simple card). However, because all of my craft supplies are jumbled together in a huge pile awaiting the completion of my new crafting space, I lucked out! I could create a few cards with minimal effort and few tools by pulling out odds and ends that happened to be on top of the pile! Yay!

Wanted to remind you that personal giveaways are always offered as part of our hops! This month, I’m offering one! Be sure to leave a comment… on the cards, the hop or even your challenge with CAS cards, for a chance at the giveaway. I’ll be posting the winner in February’s hop!

The first 2 cards were created with a recently purchased paper pad from Studio Light, titled, Lovely Moments. I used Unity’s donna downey flower from the Imperfection is Beauty kit and “paper pieced” it to create a couple of simple cards. The flowers contain both glued and raised petals to create an interesting texture to the flowers. I used several Unity background stamps and light pink and green distress inks and a Gina K Kraft ink to add texture behind the flowers. I then used paper from the pad for the sentiments and added both clear ribbons and enamel dots to complete the cards.


The third card was created using the flower from the Wishing You Joy kit and the sentiment from the Rosey Thoughts kit. I stamped the flower on both the plain white paper and a mixed media pad I found! I found my watercolors and painted the flower parts to match the blue paper I found. Before adding the fussy cut flower pieces, I added paint spatter in red and blue. I then used foam tape to add the flower parts and used Washi tapes to emphasize the sentiment, and enamel dots to complete the card.

Overall, given my lack of skills at CAS cards, and a little handicapped with lack of both my Big Shot and stamping platform, I think these turned out pretty okay. Thanks for stopping by… don’t forget to leave a comment and check out the rest of the hop!

Next stop:

Robyn’s Blog

Or check out the beginning post:

Crystal’s Blog

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Watercolored Peace & Joy Card

 Due to the overwhelming response to my first quick watercolored card and requests for how to, I created a second very quick card. Didn’t turn out quite as good as first… but I like the colors! The hardest part on the first card was creating a frame that would jazz up the card to make it Christmas card worthy! The hardest part on the second card was remembering how to video and then relearning how to splice the film into a watchable video. I give myself a B on the card, A- on the frame, a C on the video (obviously need to center the video correctly), and B+ on the video itself. (I’m an easy grader 😏😉).

I do apologize for the video imperfections… I quickly had set the camera up and thought I had it aligned. But hopefully you can see the steps. I also want to apologize for a little hand shaking… think I have a slight case of essential tremors.

Here’s my first card:

I created the frame by painting paper using the colors in the painting and then add paint spatters and some copper Nuvo flakes. I used a Stamperia sentiment on the bottom.

Here’s my second card:

This time I used cheap Holographic silver paper to frame the card and a sentiment from Unity’s December’s Sentiment Kit, Cherished Holly kit. I clear embossed the Gina K stamped sentiment onto shiny white paper and fussy cut it and a silver background to adhere it to.

So, some points on process, I used watercolor paper and my Schminke watercolors. I have a towel underneath I can use to wipe color off brushes, dry brushes off, catch splatter… learned this in a class. I always have 2 containers of water, 1 for clean water and the other to clean the brush off. I also always have paper towels on hand and a dryer or heat gun. A larger brush is useful for adding the wash of color over entire paper, and for dropping background colors into the wet “canvas”. Smaller brushes better for details. Always use duller, cooler colors in the background (check color wheel for cooler colors) and brighter colors for foreground. Also pick a good white opaque gouache, like Winsor & Newton, for highlights, snow and spatter. Remember to dry off the paper between each layer of color. And, yes, you can do repeated washes. I usually stick to 3-5 colors when painting… so in the case of the first card I used an orange, and orange red, a reddish brown and a brown. On the second card I used a blue, a deep green and a bit of gray. And I would liberally mix the colors together to get various shades between the colors. 

Finally, you need to keep a couple thoughts in mind, a focal point should be the crispest part and be strategically placed… that is, the most detailed, most contrasting colors (deepest, brightest, and lightest), and be located according to the Rule of Thirds. Although not entirely successful, in each case, I tried to make the largest tree the focus… Good things to consider, but don’t go nuts about it… it is just a card!

So, check out the video below. It will be on YouTube, so you can watch a bigger screen there, if you wish, by clicking on the word,”YouTube”.

Hope this was a helpful explanation. I will be making more of these as I can do them quickly, and my supplies are all over waiting for my craft room to be pulled together. I’ve been undergoing renovations throughout my entire house, so it’s been impossible to do much crafting. 

Thanks for stopping by - let me know if you have any questions! Thanks and happy crafting!

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Friends of Unity November Blog Hop

 Welcome back to another fun blog hop! And if you could pardon me for stepping you back in time a week, I was motivated to make these cute Halloween decorations to support this month’s theme …

I think the ideas used here could be utilized again to make upcoming holiday decorations as well! I did take advantage of a few non-Unity items in their creation, including, from Tim Holtz, a frame, regular and the new Mica stains, paper and various ephemera. I also used a bunch of other Halloween ephemera I had collected over the years, Glow in the Dark rocks from Brutus Monroe, a stone mixture, cotton, and a cute box I had received as a Unity freebie with one of the membership kits. I also used a variety of paints, pens and paint.

So, to begin, I first put this cute frame together matching paper with the graveyard scene from Unity’s Toil and Trouble Kit. I stamped and embossed the images and colored it with metallic and white pens. I then dripped paint down the front and cut it down. I then painted the frame with Seth Apter purple paint, and Mica stains to match. I rubbed over the frame ribbing with metallic pastes. 

I found more paper (a plaid and a sparkly star purple) to back the image and used sticky strips to frame it. I then cut all the papers down and attached them and the frame front to the frame back. Then I used tacky glue to add glow stones to both sides. Once dried, I then filled in with more glue and added free white  crafting stones in various sizes, ensuring I could add the skull and gravestone at the top of each pile. I also used pens to add lowlights and highlights and added a grungy gray paste to the top of the gravestone button and cut off the back hole fastener part. I glued both pieces on and used gray Distress stain to darken the stones.

I then found a cute Tim Holtz boy paper doll I could sit atop the skull pile. I stamped the hat from the kit,  colored and fussy cut it out and added it to the top of the boy’s head. Finally, I glued a cotton web and spider to the top corner and called this one done. So fun to create and although not perfect, I’ll be able to remember the fun I had creating it, when I bring it out each year!

For the gift box, I pulled out Hallow Eve’s TreeBoo-lieve and Spooky Girl, and combined with kit above.  I adore how this one turned out. Basically, I colored and fussy cut a couple of these out and stamped the other 2 sides right on patterned paper. I had a lot of fun again, using ephemera, Washi tape, glitter and various papers to decorate each side, ensuring a consistent color scheme. One of the papers, I even added glowing metallic cat eyes… lol! Again, I had a lot of fun decorating the box and will use it in as a small decorative item in a small niche area.

Hope you enjoyed these ideas and how you can transform common items into decorations using Unity stamps! Remember, to comment on each blog in the hop for a chance at some Unity goodness! Thanks for hopping!

Now, on to more fun ideas… you should have arrived here from:

Alaine’s blog

You are now at my blog, and next up is:

Robin’s blog

And if you want to start from the beginning, go to:

Crystal’s blog