Saturday, January 5, 2019

Friends of Unity January Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Year’s Friends of Unity Blog Hop! I expect this blog hop to be interesting again as we all provide our take on the theme, New Year! In keeping with prior years, my New Year resolutions all relate to crafting goals! So, I thought this key Unity stamp kit, Enjoy, Explore and Believe, says it all and reflects my wish for all of you! I just love this stamp! I have combined and used it in a variety of ways, so let me know your favorite! I also happened to obsess over and use new patterned Kraft paper, recent Unity SMAK kits and gold Perfect Pearls throughout.

This blog hop, as usual, offers giveaway goodies. Several of us, including myself are offering up giveaways this month. To be eligible, please leave a comment on each blog in the hop. Winners are randomly selected and posted on or by the next month’s blog hop. At this point, I’d like to congratulate, JAN VINT, for being my winner on last month’s hop! Congratulations, Jan! Please PM me providing your address within the next 2 weeks and I’ll gladly send out my giveaway!

For this first card, I chose a fairly standard card design. I decided to frame the sentiment with the frame from the 11/18 SMAK kit. I seem to be in a peach-like mood lately, so I first selected a patterned paper to use with the striped Kraft paper on the bottom. I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment on watercolor paper. I then stamped and embossed the frame using my new Wow Metallic Gold Rich Ultra High powder, which left a very thick beautiful layer. I then fussy cut the frame out and watercolored the insides, adding Perfect Pearls iridescence in spots and spatters. I pulled this card together with gold/white twine and a silver/gold metallic mesh underneath the frame.

The second card was developed with a mixed media bent. I again used watercolor paper and began by  spraying the paper with a green stain, brown stain and water. I mixed some Primary Elements together with a liquid medium and water and sprayed that as well. After drying, I then stamped the script/paper stamp from the 12/18 SMAK kit all over the paper. I then stamped the mushrooms from the same kit, this time using Faber Castelle gelatos, an orange and a metallic gold. I then also put a layer of Bo Bunny glaze over the tops, giving them a shiny sparkly raised look. I took white and brown pens to delineate the details. I stamped, cut up and added color to the sentiment strips. I then took a cream Bo Bunny glaze and an Altenew stencil and added paste where the sentiment pieces would go. Finally, I used pastel sticks and pens to enhance the mushrooms and areas surrounding them. I embossed the Barn Wall stamp on the Bo Bunny background paper and added the vines from the 11/18 kit to add some greenery in the background. Card was finished with sequins and twine.

The last card, was actually the first card I did, to start the new year off with crafty inspiration. I used a variety of products here: Star brads, Prima Paintables paper (built in with resist patterns which I stamped and added watercolor to...look closely and you’ll see the pattern), Tim Holtz dies (smudge spot and circle), Washi tape, gold and gold tinsel string, clear embossing powder, wood chip butterfly,  sticker numbers, crystal dots and patterned papers. I know this one will be the least liked, but I love the power behind the woman with wings and that beautiful sentiment. I wanted not only to surround them by all the crafty craziness, but also make a statement piece, with an exclamation mark!

Hope you enjoy these cards and my friends’ cards on this hop. Be sure to leave comments on each hop for your chance to win a giveaway. Just to remind everyone, we are not sponsored by Unity Stamp Co., but they do approve of this hop. I and my fellow crafters on this hop are keen users of their products and enjoy focusing our attention on monthly themes where we can showcase their products. We use our own stash as giveaways to share our inspiration with others. Hope you enjoy these efforts as much as we enjoy doing them! Happy New Year everyone and happy crafting! Now on to the hop:

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74 comments:

  1. Awesome cards, Joyce! Fantastic designs and great colors! You amaze me every month, my friend! Love them!!

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  2. I really like those mushrooms and the winged lady! So fun! Great vintage vibe!

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  3. I love the sentiment you chose for your cards. It is definitely going right on my wish list. I love all the cards and my favorite is the first. I really want to try framing sentiment and making that the focal point. I love the colors you used.

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  4. Oh my goodness! Your cards are just fantastic, as usual!

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  5. They are all fabulous cards Joyce!!! That sentiment is a good one, very inspiring!!! Happy New Year and thanks for sharing your creations; I so admire your talent!!😊

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  6. Fabulous cards, I absolutely love your first card, it’s stunning with the gold embossing around the sentiment!!

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    1. Thank you Shell! It really needed to be showcased!

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  7. Love the mixed media feel of your cards!

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  8. LOVE the texture on your beautiful cards. All the sentiments are just awesome. I'm a huge fan of mixed media and you are really good at it!!

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    1. Becca, thank you! I’m getting better...good enough, not yet!

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  9. Wow, fantastic cards! Amazing textures and layers of element - simply fabulous!

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  10. Love all of the cards - my favorite is the one with the mushrooms - just deliciously colored and embellished. I always look forward to your artistry!

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  11. Beautiful projects!! Love the second one, love the mixed media with it!!

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  12. Fabulous cards, I love the colours

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  13. Your cards have
    such neat texture
    and love the look.
    Carla from Utah

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  14. Joyce, I always love your cards. They have so many wonderful layers and gorgeous color combinations. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

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  15. Awesome cards! Love the gold frame around the sentiment on your first card!

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  16. OH! Joyce these are amazing cards! I love the colors, patterns, textures, stamps and sentiments of all your cards. I love the mushrooms and barn wall is one of my favs, love the vines on it too. They are just beautiful, including your last card. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy New Year!

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  17. I love the first card- so pretty- beautiful colors! Love your creativity on card #2, but have to say, I absolutely LOVE # 3!!! Wonderful work! Happy New Year!

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  18. I love the sentiment in the first card and I am fascinated with your mixed media color schemes, very relaxing yet invigorating at the same time, well done dear.

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  19. Great cards!!! How I would love to attend a workshop! I'm a tactile learner.... I have the gelatos, for example, but cannot get the results that I'm hoping for.

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    1. Same here as far as learning style! But sometimes you just need to try something new! Gelatos are new to me and I need more practice! Thanks!

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  20. Always fabulous Joyce! I always love your vintage and mixed media vibe. I always pick up something new from you to try. Thank you

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    1. So happy to hear I inspire someone! Thanks a lot, Debbie!

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  21. Fabulous cards!!Love all of your creations! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  22. Wow! You really know how to layer and texture your cards well! All of them have so much to catch the eye. The sentiment on the first one is one of my favorites in my Unity collection. Happy New Year!

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  23. So beautiful. Love the colors, texture and mixed media in your style ♥️

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  24. These are gorgeous as usual Joyce. I do believe that I have those same papers, they are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your cards with us.

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    1. Hey Judy! They make a nice background, don’t they? Thank you!

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  25. There is ALWAYS so much amazing detail to every. single. thing. you create!!! I love them all, but your first card is absolutely stunning. Well done, my dear friend!!

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  26. Very pretty color scheme and I agree with all of the above posts.

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  27. Oh, I love all the texture on your cards! I am a layering kind of girl, and all your layers are so yummy!! Fabulous group of cards this month!! You are SO talented!!

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  28. These cards are all so beautiful and I love how you used the same stamp on each project, with a variety of techniques.

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  29. Happy New Year to everyone!!!
    Amazing set of cards!!! They're so cool!!!

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  30. These cards are beautiful. Gosh, I don't have a favorite because I love them all!

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  31. Really love your work, all your cards are just so amazing,That are all Beautiful

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  32. Beautiful cards Joyce! Love the rose gold on the first one! And all I can say is wow with regards to your last card. I love this one so much...love all the colors and combination of stamps. Absolutely fabulous!

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  33. So beautiful and creative!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  34. Your cards never cease to amaze me! I adore mixed media cards which is one of the reasons your cards always catch my eye. Well done, Joyce!

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    1. Karen, thank you very much! Glad you enjoy my efforts!

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  35. They are all fabulous cards Joyce! Thank you for your lovely entry at Mix It Up Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!
    Ann DT

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