Saturday, December 1, 2018

Friends of Unity December Blog Hop

Holiday greetings everyone! Friends of Unity are back, with a Thank You blog hop. It seems a perfect time, between Thanksgiving and the December holidays, to recognize the generosity of friends and family! As usual, several members, including myself are offering giveaways. To WIN leave comments on EACH blog in the hop AND check back on next month’s hop for the WINNERS from this month’s giveaways. Thanks for playing along with us!

On the first card, I was still channeling autumn colors and went on a fabric tangent. I really wanted to use this fabric pattern from an autumn kit in paper piecing. I decided to use the girl from the 2/18 KOTM and a freebie grab bag stamp (perfect timing)! I stamped the girl onto ivory cardstock and the patterned paper. I colored her with pencils and fussy cut and attached her top. To create the background on the same type of paper, I used 3 Distress oxides and brushes to create 3 color lines. I dulled the colors by brushing the other colors over each. I then stamped the new Dance with Denim background stamp with Peeled Paint Oxide. I also spattered Picket Fence drops. I love the fabric like feel of the background. Using Colorbox brown, I then stamped twice the trees from the So This is Love kit. I added the girl and diecut it all and backed with brown paper. I mounted that on a burlap pattern paper. I then took a paper scrap and used a Sizzix embossing folder to add another fabric style. I inked over the texture, stamped the sentiment and added color and border with pens. To complete this one I added 2 fabric ribbons and enamel dots.


With the second card, I decided to create a simpler card and use one of the recent buy freebies (since I have 2, one will be part of my giveaway), the Shakin’ Things Up Kit. I think this kit makes a perfect holiday gift thank you note. I stamped the image with black ink onto white watercolor paper. I stamped one of the sentiment kits on the globe in red ink. I watercolored the image using distress inks and added yellow Brea Reese glitter ink around the edges and a clear Art C glitter ink on the snow. I stamped the thanks sentiment from the Thanks, Thanks and Thanks Kit. I then added the same colors to the banner. I stamped the Hit the Brick stamp on red paper using brown ink and heat embossed it to create a background paper and adhered it to Kraft cardstock. I die cut the image, added paper and washi behind the banner, mounted it and added a poinsettia embellishment, crystals and ribbon.


I think the adorable snowman on this last card was a freebie stamp from last year, Winter Frosty! Again, a perfect thank you note stamp! I also used the Thank You stamp from Abundant Blessings (at this point, I realized I needed more plain thank you stamps!). To create this card, I, again, stamped the snowman and sentiment onto white watercolor paper. I watercolored the background to create snow mounds and shadows using distress inks. I used pencils on the snowman. I added the clear glitter ink on the white parts of the snow, including the snowman. I found patterned paper I thought would be a good background, added ribbon and crystals and called this one done.



Hope these cards and the others shared on this blog hop serve to inspire your thank cards! Remember, if you wish to participate in the giveaways, be sure to comment on every blog entry in this Hop and check back next month. We, on the Friends of Unity design team, are always interested in your feedback! That’s why we use our own stash to offer giveaways.

We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co., but they approve our hop. We are huge fans of the company, their products, the owners and staff, and the Unity Show and Tell community, which is why this hop was started. If you enjoy my crafting style and learning journey, be sure to follow me or add your email address to get the latest blog entries!

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Jeanie Marie Hays

Thanks for stopping by! Till next time, happy crafting!

99 comments:

  1. Oh my, Joyce! Every single time I enlarge your photos to see all the amazing detail! The 1st and 3rd card especially blew me away!! The patterned paper on the girl, her hair, everything!! Just gorgeous! And then that snowman, the snowy hills!! Aahhhh and even the shadow under him!! Perfection, my friend!!!

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    1. Bobbie Sue, thank you so much! I had a lot of fun creating these cards!

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  2. Love your cards, so much talent.

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  3. Your cards are always so beautiful. I love the vintage feel of your first card!!

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  4. Oh my gosh these cards are amazing! I love the sweater of the girl on the first card, the brick wall on the 2nd and the perfect snow mounds on the third!

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    1. Jeanie, thank you! I was able to play with new to me stamps.

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  5. Your cards are sooooo amazing!!!

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  6. That reminds me!!! I have to make my Christmas Thank You cards!!! I like to have them on hand to write right away!!! Lovely card! I like that first one too with the background. It's nice to know how things are done!

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    1. Jen, thank you! Glad the Hop was beneficial as a reminder! Thanks for the feedback on the blog..always worried about TMI (too much info)!

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  7. All 3 cards are fantastic! I love, love, love the first one with the Angie Girl from the KOTM. Your coloring is amazing and the paper piecing of her top is awesome!!! Merry Christmas and thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Meg, thank you and merry Christmas to you too!

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  8. Joyce, your creations always blow me away! I love all of your cards! I love the color combination and the design of the first card. I love the sweet snow globe owl... such an adorable card! Your third card, though, just might be my favorite! I love the watercolored background that you created for that cute snowman! Such a simple but fabulous design! Love love love it!

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    1. Crystal, thank you! I think the little snowman card might be my favorite as well. Closest thing to CAS I can get!

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  9. All gorgeous cards as always Joyce! I can't even pick a favorite today! Thanks for sharing with us!

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    1. Vannessa, thank you! So glad you liked these cards! Had fun using all the new to me stamps!

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  10. Fabulous cards, thanks for sharing

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  11. Those are all so fabulous!! Love winter frosty!!
    Thanks for a year of inspiration!!

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    1. Sandra, thank you! Glad you enjoyed the cards!

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  12. I absolutely love everything your Autumn card! The background is amazing, your coloring is to die for, the paper for her outfit is perfect, and I love the layers!! Your snowman is adorable your snow scene is perfect!!

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    1. Sandee, thank you very much! Glad you liked my cards!

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  13. These cards are wonderful. I especially like the snowman with what appears to be candy cane striped paper in the background. The colors on that card are very appealing to me. Great job!

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    1. Eileen, thank you! I love how that card turned out!

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  14. That snowman is a favorite. And the colors of that first card are my palette!

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    1. Chris, thank you! Glad you enjoyed seeing these!

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  15. Just amazing cards, Joyce! I love all the texture and patterns you achieved on 1st card. It's just stunning! Your 2nd card is just darling. I love the owls and your coloring, sparkle, and the red border design is just wonderful. And your 3rd card is one of my favorites. Just a lovely card for our theme and your design is perfect. Just wonderful inspiration and I am thankful to you and all the FOU girls. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Kim, thank you, friend! Had a lot of fun this month with these cards. Happy holidays to you too!

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  16. I love all of your cards... they are just gorgeous. I'm especially partial to the snowman, because I just love snowmen!

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    1. Wilma, thank you! I love that snowman as well! Think it’s my favorite!

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  17. Oh my gosh the cards are great! So happy I found this hop no better way to spend a Saturday evening!

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    1. Michelle, thank you and so glad you enjoyed the hop! We just love Unity stamps!

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  18. All three cards are wonderful. You never cease to amaze me. As always, thank you for sharing your creations. ❤❤❤

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    1. Gina, thank you kind friend! Glad you liked the cards!

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  19. I forgot to add my email address as I would love to see all of your latest blog entries. Thank you 🙂 mompersonrocks@gmail.com

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    1. Gina, thank you, but I’m not sure how to add you! If you go to my blog on the right hand side there is a widget that says Follow Me by Email....enter your email address there. You will then get an email asking you to do one more step, and that is confirm you want to receive these. Just click on that and you will receive these.

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  20. There is always so much detail and amazing coloring on you cards. I would love to see step by step pictures someday. Beautiful as usual.

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    1. Alaine, thank you very much! I appreciate the feedback. Sometimes I do the inbetween pics, just was concerned it would be too much on the blog hop. I’m a fan of your artwork as well!

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  21. Fabulous cards! I love the first one with such a pretty scene and awesome color combo! Love the adorable snow globe and snowman images you used on your other cards too!

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    1. Denise, thank you! Had fun creating thank you cards this month!

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  22. Beautiful designs
    on all the cards.
    I love the Owl!
    Cause Owls rule
    you know.
    Carla from Utah

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    1. Carla, thank you! This owl is cute...I think I’ve become a fan of snow globes too!

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  23. Always inspired by you! Thanks for all your details. Truly amazing work!

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    1. Hey, Angie! Thanks for stopping by and your feedback!

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  24. Wonderful cards. I really like the autumn colors on the first one.

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  25. Joyce, amazing cards as usual! I always look forward to seeing your cards; they are always so inspiring. I am really loving the inked background on the first card along with her jacket. The owl card is adorable and the snow person is perfect for a thank you.

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    1. Dawn, thank you, my friend! I had fun with this theme!

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  26. Joyce, love all three of your cards! Your use of colors on the first card was amazing!

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    1. Pam, thank you! Autumn colors are my favorite!

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  27. Love the cards but the first is my favorite!

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  28. Wow, your cards are all beautiful and so perfectly colored but the first one really caught my eye. Your choice of colors and papers just combined in such a warm and cozy style.

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    1. Autumn colors are my favorite clothing colors! Had a lot of fun creating this card. Glad you enjoyed the cards and thanks for blog hopping with us!

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  29. I just love your cards! The first in particular with the colors and the way you create your backgrounds is just gorgeous! The snowman is so cute as well!

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  30. I really love the angie girl fabric card from the KOTM....when I see cards like this I always think wow...the recipient will love this...then I think...wow the creator needs to keep this!!!

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    1. Wilma, you are so funny! Thanks for blog hopping with us!

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  31. Love all of your cards. That snowman stamp is the best!

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  32. I cannot pick one fave out of these cards! I love them all!! Thanks for sharing them.

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  33. Joyce, your cards are always spectacular and these are no exception. I especially love your coloring on the girl's hair on the first card, and the knitted paper you used for her sweater. The last card is such a sweet little favorite stamp and the owl snow globe is adorable.

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    1. Jan, thank you so much! These were fun to create!

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  34. My comment disappeared I think! LOVE LOVE LOVE the girl! And the snow man is cute too! :)

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  35. Your cards are amazing! I am in love with all the Angie Girl stamps, the owl stamps and of course, snowmen. What's not to love?

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! I know...what’s not to love! Unity makes great stamps!

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  36. Love the cards Joyce, but I love all things snowmen so that is my favorite. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards with us.

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    1. Judy thank you and thanks for blog hopping with us!

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  37. Joyce! You are a true artist! Every single card I see from you is AHHHmazing!
    All 3 of these cards are over the top..even though you call it "simpler" there is nothing simple about it!

    Joyce, I have enjoyed getting to know you a bit better over the time we've been in FOU together!
    Thank you for inspiring me with your beautiful creations!!

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    1. Robyn, thank you very much! I am so enjoying being part of the FOU team. I’ve learned a lot and having a theme to create cards has inspired me to go in directions I haven’t thought of before! And it’s so fun to see our different approaches and styles! Thanks for welcoming me!

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  38. Beautiful cards, Joyce! Your attention to details and the depth you create always amaze me., well done. Now I just need to find a top like the one in your first card.

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    1. I know...I love that sweater coat, right? ;) Thanks for stopping by, Karen!

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  39. I love all 3 of your cards Joyce! My favorite is the first girl with the fall colors, it's so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your creations! Pam Foy

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    1. Pam, thank you! Glad you enjoyed the ideas here!

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  40. Joyce your cards always blow me away...and the thing I like about them is that you have so many different "styles" that I can't pin them down to just you each time. That first card is so vastly different from anything I have seen anywhere lately and I love THAT. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work with us. I've bought many Unity sets after seeing you use them...if I only "talent" came with that red rubber too, lol.

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    1. Stacy, thank you! I have to admit, I need constant change for inspiration! I’d probably have better cards if I stuck to something more than once. So, I appreciate that you like my learning journey very much! I’m so glad I inspire you! And you are talented as well! Post more!

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  41. All these are wonderful and I love the colors of the first card. That snowman is one of my favorites and your card is just so perfect with the snow and shadowing that it takes it beyond wonderful.

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    1. Denise, thank you very much! I love creating scenes and themes in my cards. I struggle with CAS cards! Glad you enjoy my style!

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  42. Wow! Great set of cards!!!
    I'm totally in love for the girl on the first card and for the wonderful colouring of her sweater and her beanie hat!!!

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    1. Arianna, thank you very much! Loved creating these cards!

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  43. Oh dear me- I love your art! I love the first card so much! Your background is amazing, love the pattern on her shirt and your coloring!.... Your second and third cards- are wonderful, beautifully watercolored.
    Happy Blog Hop Anniversary!

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    1. Shelly, thank you so much and for blog hopping with us!

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  44. Oh. My. Goodness! Your cards are out of this world, but also the description of the process makes me feel I could do it too. Thank you!

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    1. Dale, thank you for the feedback on my blogging style and my cards. Glad the blog is useful and cards inspire.

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  45. Your cards are so fantastic! I have to say you are an amazing artist!!

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  46. Gorgeous cards! Amazing layers, coloring and details - wow!

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  47. OK ~ so I'm hooked on your blog!! I just love your style of coloring and layering!! So much fun for me to enjoy with a cup of morning coffee!! Thanks for bringing beauty and camaraderie into my mornings <3

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