Saturday, July 2, 2022

Friends of Unity July Blog Hop

 Welcome back summer and the Friends of Unity hoppers! Hope you are enjoying some nice weather! This month our focus is on stencils!

I used the opportunity, this month, to create an anniversary card for my husband as 2 days ago we celebrated our 38th year anniversary… a major achievement! And still very happy!

I started by embossing the image from Unity’s Thoughts From the Past using Seth Apter green powder on watercolor paper. I stamped the image from Get Your Happy On using a combo of distress yellow and green inks on another piece of watercolor paper. I watercolored the image using my Schmincke watercolors. I then used my Prismacolor pencils to deepen the shades. I fussy cut out the image and turned back to the background paper.

I then used a stencil with Altenew paste and added some X’s and O’s. I pulled out a few sprays in green and gold and a yellow stain and started added color to the background, using a water spritzer to move the color around. Once it was completely dried I lined up the stencil and added more paste.

I found a packet of gold sparkly windows, a scrap paper I had added watercolor to that matched, and some patterned paper. Bringing them all together, I added a sentiment from another Unity kit, a gold brad and some enamel dots and called it done! 

Thank you for stopping by, and now, on to the rest of the hop! You may have arrived here from

Dawn’s blog

Next up is

Alaine’s blog

Or you can start at the beginning with

Crystal’s blog


  1. Beautiful card, Joyce!! Happy Anniversary and congrats on 38 years! Wow! That's amazing! I love all the details in your card... wonderful!

  2. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! Your card is so beautiful, rich and elegant! Your husband must have loved it so much. Fussy-cutting out the flower must have taken awhile but wow, it is an amazing focal point. Love the glitter paper and the paste on the background!

  3. Happy anniversary!!!
    I LOVELOVE this card!! My goodness it's gorgeous!!

  4. Beautiful card Joyce! Happy Anniversary!

  5. Wow, what a stunning card this is!! Love the textures and the color combo is so unique & pretty.

  6. Beautiful work, Joyce! I love your card! Thanks for changes to your blog so I could respond.

    Linda Abel

  7. Happy Anniversary...looking forward to many more years of your beautiful Anniversary creations.

  8. Well Happy Anniversary
    and yourcard is lovely!
    Carla from Arizona

  9. Inspired card....I like colors all the extras on your card like the tag.
    stamping sue

  10. This card is so beautifully put together. The colors and layers work so well with each other.

  11. What a lovely card! Happy Anniversary to you both!

  12. Happy Anniversary!!! Gorgeous card!!! I love the background, all your layers, details, and that gorgeous floral. Just fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Happy Anniversary! Gorgeous card, beautifully colored and coordinated

  14. Happy Aniversary! Gorgeous card, that dimension is just beautiful especially with that image!