Saturday, January 4, 2020

Friends of Unity January Blog Hop

Welcome to a brand new year of Friends of Unity Blog Hops. We have a different kind of theme this month called Favorite Unity Stamp of 2019. We each got to pick our fav... but, oh my, I have too many favs! Well, being the "off the beaten path" kind of person I am, I just couldn't limit myself to just one stamp or stamp set. I, instead, went with the style of stamps, yes, 2, that I love (couldn't even limit that)!

As usual, several members are doing giveaways this month. Be sure to comment on each blog for a chance to win a freebie! Now it’s time for me to announce my winner from last month...

Melinda Stearns!

Congratulations Melinda, PM me your address to claim your freebie! Be sure to contact me in the next 2 weeks! Congrats again!

I made 3 cards using the rose from the December 2019 Kit of the Month (love flower stamps), called I Feel Love, and the background stamp (love background stamps), a collaboration with Brutus Monroe called Love Quilt.

I started the first card by making the background for the rose using a TCW stencil called Love Frame. I took Bristol paper, taped the stencil over it and using my Picket Fence Blending Brush, applied Worn Lipstick oxide ink. I then stamped Love Quilt over that with Aged Mahogany oxide ink. Finally, I stamped little roses, from the kit, over the background in black ink. I stamped the rose onto another piece of Bristol paper using black ink and lightly applied both oxide inks and then fussy cut it out. I  backed the rose with scraps of torn black paper and very old matching mulberry paper. I used an Altenew Fine Frames die to create a black frame and created a black card base. I stamped and fussy cut a sentiment from the Kit. I then found a K&C patterned paper I could use to frame the background, added black ribbon and enamel dots and called this one done.  I think this one has a nice masculine feel to it.


For the next card, I stamped the rose a couple times on watercolor paper using Antique Linen Distress ink and very loosely painted it. I spattered the paper with the paints and then again with Dylusions white spray paint, using a brush. I wasn't enamored with my painted roses, so, I then decided to switch things up a lot by pulling out a WOW red/gold glitter and a Glue Embossing Pad. I stamped the background stamp over the roses, applied the glitter and used a curved Crafter's Companion die to create an edge. I applied the same die on matching colored paper. I then found matching patterned paper that I could use in the background. I glued the pieces together and die cut the set. I white embossed a sentiment from another Unity kit, added Prima enamel crystals and called this one done.




Went with a more tradition style for the last card! Watercolored the rose, using my Schmincke watercolors, stamped on Arches Cold Press watercolor paper. I spritzed the paper with paint and Perfect Pearls. I stamped the background stamp onto Kraft cardstock using a coordinating oxide ink. I die cut both pieces and stamped and gold embossed a sentiment from another kit onto Vellum. Found patterned paper to match and backed everything with more Kraft paper. I assembled the card, added enamel dots and this one was done!



Must admit I had fun coming up with 3 very different cards using the same set of stamps! Hope this inspires you to give it a try yourself!

Reminder, be sure to leave a comment before moving on for a chance at a giveaway! Again, we are not formally sponsored by Unity, but, we love the company and variety and quality of stamps they offer so much, we love showcasing them monthly. Member giveaways come from our own stash. now, onto the hop:

(You are here > Joyce)

43 comments:

  1. Great cards - the first one is my favorite! Love it Fun to see 3 so different cards with the same stamp

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  2. Girl! That last Rose card hit me in the feels. Wasn't this a great Kit of the Month?

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  3. your cards are always amazing. these are perfect!

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  4. I love your cards and the timeless beauty they send out. The rose image is amazing and the way you colored it is incredible!

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  5. Gorgeous cards❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  6. I love your style! The cards are gorgeous!

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  7. These are all gorgeous!!! Love that rose!!!

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  8. Joyce, your creations are always beautiful! I love, love, love the vintage look of the 3rd card!

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  9. The cards all look different! Such a versatile set

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  10. I love them all but the 3rd one was my favorite. Your blog is so informative, at times I had to stop and think about all the different techniques you used.

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  11. Oh my, they are all so gorgeous! Love that rose stamp!

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  12. Oh WOW!!! All three cards are absolutely beautiful, but I think my favorite is that last one!

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  13. All three of your rose cards are stunning! You continually amaze me with how you put all the different elements together for a harmonious whole!

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  14. Wow Joyce 😊 These there cards are so unique and each one gorgeous!!! Thanks for inspiring me 😊

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  15. I love how pretty and romantic all three cards are. They are all gorgeous!

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  16. Wow, gorgeous roses. Love these. Hugz

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  17. That mulberry paper you put behind the first rose just made it come alive! All three cards are fabulous! So glad you chose that rose as I liked in when we got the kit but for some reason it intimidated me on what to do with it. Thanks for the inspiration as it should make an awesome Valentine!

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  18. Wonderful ways to use
    the rose, such beautiful
    cards!
    Carla from Utah

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  19. Goodness, I love each and every one of your cards- and so love all of the step by step notes you add. Oh, I love flowers as well! While I love all three, that last card has stolen my heart!!!

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  20. Great cards, but your first one is my absolute favorite. Happy New Year!

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  21. Wow, 3 amazing takes with one pretty stamp. Great post, thank you Joyce!

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  22. Wow, these are all three so beautiful

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  23. I am in awe of your colouring skills, the roses look so lifelike

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  24. I love how you used one stamp and made three totally different cards. I have that kit and I have yet inked up that rose. I may use your first card as inspiration for my hubby’s Valentine’s Day card.

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  25. Your card are always so beautiful! I need to get started on my valentine cards.

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  26. Beautiful cards using your favorite type of stamps.

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  27. Oh WOWZER! Those deep shades are stunning.

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  28. Lovely!!! Great mixed media!!!

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  29. I have not inked up that rose yet. You have given me so many ideas on what I can do with it! Thanks! Beautiful cards!

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  30. Oh WOW!!! All three cards are absolutely beautiful <3 <3
    I think my favorite is the last one too

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  31. Wow, wow, and another wow!!! All three cards are so stunning! I love how you used the same stamp for all three cards and they are all so different! I just can't seem to pick a fave though... love them all!!

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  32. I am just loving the beautiful vintage look of your cards and can't believe that rose is actually stamped..wow!

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  33. Just gorgeous cards, my friend. I love seeing the same stamp sets used different ways, great idea! Always love your backgrounds, details, and coloring is amazing. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy New Year!

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  34. Beautiful cards! Love the way you layered your cards!

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  35. You showcased this rose so beautifully on all 3 cards!

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  36. I have to bookmark this post so I can read through all the steps you took to make these gorgeous cards. All the layered stamping and inking, and the exquisite coloring make these real stand outs.

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  37. Hi Joyce!
    Perfectly matched layers. So pretty.

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