Hi September, I’m back!

The Friends of Unity Blog Hop is underway! The color challenge is sage, kraft and white.

I know I said I was not going to color this card but I couldn’t resist! I stayed with brown and sage inks and left white space. I love the depth, warmth and realistic feel it gained.
This was the original card.
A close-up
All in all, I am glad I colored this card.

Thanks for taking a look. Let me know your thoughts on these two variations! Have a wonderful day!

Rachel

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Welcome to the Friends of Unity September 2021 Blog Hop!

This month’s cue is ~ A Color Challenge

Sage, white and kraft are so beautiful together. I had tons of fun making cards with these three colors while being challenged at the same time. I searched around my craft area for anything that fit this color scheme and got to work, happy work that is!

To all Unies here, there will be a Color Challenge album in the Unity Show & Tell Facebook group. I hope you play along! It will run from September 4th-30th. Share your card and be sure to add it to the album. There will be a lucky prize winner who will receive a $25 gift card.

When I saw this image, I was immediately drawn to it’s beauty and the open book idea. First I stamped the book on kraft cardstock with Memento ink and colored it with Berol Prismacolor pencils. I die cut the image with a scalloped edge by Gina Marie designs and trimmed off the edges. Next I die cut the wood frame and blended distress ink on it. I embossed the sentiment with Brutus Monroe alabaster powder. I also added a sheer bow in the top corner and a small piece at the bottom to create balance. Finally I splattered white acrylic paint over the top.
White pencil on kraft cardstock comes alive! It shows up brighter and more vibrant than one would imagine!
Originally I stamped the sentiment in brown ink but I didn’t think it showed up enough. The white embossed sentiment looked much better and I adhered it directly over the existing one, giving it dimension.
Your Life Is Your Story” by Graciellie Design for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
Paint splatters help illuminate the flowers without distracting. I was careful to keep the splatters fine and not too bold.

Card #2. A beautiful statement

This poppy is so large and majestic! Stamping the poppy and sentiment with Versamark ink, I heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe alabaster powder. Next I added embossing glitter over the top of the sentiment to set it apart from the flower image. Using a Copic marker, I added a touch of color in areas where I thought it needed definition and dimension. Then I die cut the top layer with a stitched border die by Gina Marie designs and framed it on kraft. Burlap twine was wrapped around the first two layers before gluing down to the white base. Finally I lightly splattered white acrylic paint on top.
I love this massive “hi.” stamp so much!
Floral and Buds” by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
This is one of those images that is just as amazing with or without coloring for so many occasions!

Card #3. Art is life

A mixed layering vibe! These girls are unique and artsy. I always have a great time filling a card up with wild abandonment! First I stamped the girls and face on white cardstock. Next, using distress inks, I painted and blended the clothes, hair, eye and surrounding areas. Moving on, I die cut the two opposing corners and blended oxide ink on the cardstock underneath. Roughing up the edges was next in order with a scissor blade to give it a grungy feel. Then I stamped the sentiment, die cut it out and ink blended the edges. Finally burlap twine tied on the left for the finish. Oh, I also added Stickles for the outfits and 3D Crystal Laquer on the martini glass and eye! Whew all good – it’s alot going on but fun to look at I hope.
A little Stickles adds an extra sparkle and bling on the outfits.
What is the meaning behind this face? I don’t necessarily have a story to tell, I just thought it looked cool. I would love to hear your interpretation of what this face means to you!
Supplies I used
“Windows to the Soul – Large” by Donna Downey and “Party Girls (fashionista)” by Tracy Malnofski for Unity Stamp Company
This sentiment is truly amazing. It brings so much depth and meaning to the card.

Card #4. A happy thought

This bird has the sweetest expression on it’s face, I can’t even… I stamped the image on a curvy shaped die from watercolor paper. I was careful not to ink up the tree limb edges too dark. I wanted the edges to blend into the background as much as possible. Next I painted the bird which is so quick and fun to paint. I placed a small piece of washi tape to cover the lower part of the trunk and then wrapped burlap string around the bottom. I die cut the sentiment in kraft and added a bit of darker distress ink. A sequin embellishment added for balance.
Another view of the adorable little bird.
Supplies I used
“You’re You” Uniquely Unity kit for Unity Stamp Company
Loving this sentiment die by Unity Stamp Company.

Card #5. We got this!

I used four kits to create this card. When I started I told myself I was going to make a card that didn’t involve coloring. I love it, but it has taken every ounce of restraint to keep from coloring these images. (I still might) I stamped directly on the card base. I picked out some Angie girls I thought would be interesting and fit in with the shapes of the empty space I imagined. Also I knew I wanted to use this sentiment so I planned ahead where it was going to go. I stamped the sentiment and framed it with a thin edge of kraft and sage. Finally 1mm burlap twine and a clear jewel embellishment for the finish. Maybe the recipient can color it if I don’t!
Another angle
Supplies I used
“Catherine, Cecilia, Anna and Selfie girls” by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company

“Together anything is possible” Yes this is so true!

Card #6. Take a moment

When I think of kraft cardstock, coffee is what comes to mind. The corrugated sleeves to keep our hands from getting too hot from the freshly brewed coffee! Excited to create a coffee scene, I stamped these images with rich cocoa Memento ink. I masked off the girl and then stamped the cafe. Next I colored the girl with Copic markers and ink. I lightly washed over the cafe blurring the lines to soften the background. I used coffee stain stamps, placing one around the sentiment. I also added 3D Crystal Laquer on her eyeglasses. This scene is trimmed with a Gina Marie border die and adhered to kraft. Finally I added washi tape on the fold and wrapped it around to the other side. I added swatches of color on the edges of the card to tie it all in.
Glasses shiny and realistic looking with the 3D Crystal Laquer.
A fun sentiment that is actually quite true for myself. I go to bed every night looking foward to my coffee in the morning!
“Coffee Helps” by Jessica Pickeral and “Cafe Delights” by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
One more view before I go and get a coffee!

The cards I made for this hop all in one! Which one is your favorite?

Hope you enjoyed this stop! Please hop to the next Unity friend below.

Crystal

Eileen

April

Dawn F.

Rachel (me)

Bobbie Sue

Joyce

Dawn B.

Alaine

Robyn

Don’t forget to comment, I will randomly choose one person to win a prize. The winner will be announced during next month’s blog hop! The winner for last month (August) is……. Robin Stanton!!!……. Congratulations Robin! Thank you so much for your comments, we appreciate you! Please message me your mailing address information so I can send out your prize!

September is here and as much as I love summer, I am going to try to welcome autumn with open arms! A good way to look at this change of seasons is the beautiful fall leaves that will surround and the more time for staying home and cardmaking! I like that!

I hope you found some fresh ideas and new styles to try. I am looking forward to seeing your cards this month for the color challenge! The album will be on the Unity (show and tell) Facebook page. Please let me know if you have any questions about my cards. I will post coordinating videos on instagram for every card you see here in the hop!

Take care, stay safe and healthy!

Rachel

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“Creativity is inventing. experimenting. growing. taking risks. breaking rules. making mistakes. and having fun.” Mary Lou Cook

Let’s Go For A Ride! The Friends of Unity Blog Hop August 2021

This is our cue for August!

Here is my first card. Sometimes a ride is relaxing and frees the mind!

This card was fun to make. I stenciled in the sun rays and die cut the border. Next I stamped the image and sentiment directly over the rays. I used Copic markers to color the motorcycle and the bits of rays showing through the image add interest. Then I mounted the front onto a thin yellow border and adhered it to a white card base. Finally I added 3D Crystal Laquer to the headlight giving it a glossy finish.
A close-up
Supplies I used

Ride it out by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
I love this motorcyle image because it has a unique viewpoint.

Card #2. What better way to celebrate than going off road?!

Yes, we are having a blast! Using Versafine black ink, I stamped the jeep on white cardstock with a die cut border and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I colored the jeep with salty ocean and blueprint sketch distress inks by Tim Holtz. Next I stamped the jeep a few more times using the 2nd generation technique. This technique is when a stamp is inked up and stamped on a separate piece of paper. Then without reinking, the image is stamped on the card to make it lighter and less precise. I heat embossed this with Ranger silver embossing powder. Last I created 3 sentiments and adhered them to the card at various angles.
Close-up of the sentiments
Close-up of the jeep
Supplies I used
Stamps I used
I love how bold this image is….so full of adventure and action!

Card #3. The first snowy ride of the season with beautiful huge snowflakes coming down!

So many cards are being posted with a holiday theme. I am not quite ready for this trend but I did create a snowy, wintery birthday card. I began with a stitched square die cut from watercolor paper. I stamped the image and painted the truck and sky with distress inks. Next I splattered white acrylic paint all over the truck. Then I chose a printed piece of patterned photo paper and embossed the sentiment on it using white alabaster embossing powder by Brutus Monroe. Finally I added two photo corners and red twine with a button.
Do you see the glitter in the snow?
A close-up
Supplies I used
Slowly Turning Classic by Tierra Jackson for Unity Stamp Company
This snowy card is getting me ready for the holidays!

Card #4. Happiness is a vintage truck and a load of cut flowers!

One of my favorite cards to make is that with a vintage feel. I love this truck paired with a bed full of beautiful flowers! First I stamped the sentiment and image with brown Memento ink. Next I colored the image with Copic markers. Then I die cut out the card front with a Gina Marie die. Finally I added a pretty organza ribbon and three copper flowers. I created the wire flowers by wrapping the wire around my finger or a small end of a paintbrush etc. depending on what size you want. I pressed the wire flat and fanned it out gently to create a flower shape.
I used fine copper wire to make these flower-like embellishments.
I added tons of Stickles glitter to the flowers!
Supplies I used
Truckload of Blooms by Tierra Jackson for Unity Stamp Company
I love an old vintage truck paired with beautiful sparkly blossoms!
Cards I made for the hop. Did you notice each card kind of represents a season?! I didn’t plan this but thought it would be fun to mention it!

Here are the Friends of Unity to continue along the hop.

Crystal

April

Eileen

Bobbie Sue

Rachel(me)

Dawn F.

Colleen

Robyn

Please don’t forget to leave a comment. I will randomly pick one person to win a surprise! I will announce the winner on the next Friends of Unity Blog Hop. The winner for July is…..allibamabell…..Congratulations! Please message me your mailing address and I will send you your prize!

Thanks for hopping along with us. Please let me know if you have any questions. Until next time, have a wonderful month full of sunshine, good health and vitamin D!

Rachel

You can also find me on instagram @cardartbyrachel and tik tok @cardartbyrachel. I will post short videos on how I made these cards.

“Sometimes the best therapy is a long car ride and music.” Shannon J.

Growing In Unity Blog Hop – May/June 2021

Hi and thank you for hopping with us! What a fun time to connect with the Growing In Unity friends!

I can’t get enough Summer vibes that I am feeling after one of our longest winters.

Just a peaceful, relaxing day at the beach. I love this kit and I thought it would be fun to make a light and airy card that isn’t complicated but still delightful. I stamped the image on a scalloped die cut. I blended distress oxide inks over the image to create a hint of sun peaking through. Next I stamped the sentiment on a smaller die and also blended inks around the edge to mimic the larger piece. I used pattern paper for the background and again blended ink on the edges. Then I adhered the sentiment and the patterned paper to white for a bit of contrast and crispness. Finally coral twine wrapped around the white layer completes the card.
This sentiment is carefree and beautiful
Live in the Sunshine – Whit Kit June 2020
Supplies I used

The card on the right I previously posted for The Friends of Unity Blog Hop last month. I love showing the warm vs. cool color schemes. Choosing colors can really change the mood of the card!

I’m feeling refreshed and content with the breeze blowing in my hair
I’m feeling the warmth of the sun and the hot sand on my toes
One more look

Thanks again for stopping by. Don’t forget to visit each of these awesome cardmaking friends!

Jenny

Holly

Brandon

Rachel(me)

Michelle

Tammy

Wishing you all the brightest days ahead! Enjoy the early morning sunrises and the hot summer nights!

Rachel

Please visit me on Tik Tok and Instagram @cardartbyrachel.

“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

Friends of Unity Blog Hop! Summer Vacation~July 2021

There is no question that Summer is here and it’s time to take those vacations! Whether it’s on the other side of the world, a car ride away or a hideaway place in your own backyard, it’s going to be fantastic!

This is a most fitting cue for July!
A summer vacation is not complete without a camera!
I heat embossed the camera with clear embossing powder. Next I stamped the photo frame twice. I cut out the first and stamped the girl image on the other. Then painting the image with distress inks and strands of purple hair, I cut out the image and adhered it to the photo frame, I think she turned out great! I painted the camera with distress inks. I glued these pieces on beautiful paper one of my daughters made with pearlescent watercolors. Finally I stamped the sentiments on the base and added Stickles over the heart on the camera.
The camera is popped up to give it interest.
Take Another Shot by Graciellie Design and Today I am Happy by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
A vacation is rest and relaxation on a beach. I stamped the image on a Gina Marie die. Next I watercolored it with distress inks and adhered it to a kraft backing. I added photo corners for interest and a vacation feel.

Do you see the dragonfly? I added it because I am covering up a mistake but nobody has to know that!
Supplies I used
Kit of the Month
This is a new release and when I saw her I thought she just looked like she was living the life of what a summer vacation should be! I stamped the burlap background with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I blended salty ocean distress ink in uneven amounts. I heat embossed the girl with clear embossing powder and colored her with Copic markers. I loosely blended the colors and dotted in the areas where the two shades meet. I like this technique as it is not exact and gives the image a free flowing feel. I dabbed on Stickles on the top of the donut floatie.
A fun balloon animal embellishment finishes off the card. The sentiment is also hiding a rough edge where my scissors were not cooperating!
Vintage burlap by Brutus Monroe and Float Away by Sandhya Iyer for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used

Hope you felt you enjoyed a little getaway looking at my cards! Please visit the next friend on the hop to see more summer vacation ideas!

Crystal

Colleen

Eileen

Dawn B.

Rachel (me)

Alaine

Dawn F.

Robyn

Thanks for stopping by. Please don’t forget to comment. One person will be randomly picked to win a prize!

The winner from last month is…. Marisela Delgado! Congratulations! Please message me your mailing address and I will drop your surprise in the mail!

It was fun to share these cards with you. I hope you found a few ideas and techniques to try out. Wishing you a safe and wonderful 4th of July. See you in August!

Rachel

You can find me on Instagram and Tik Tok @cardartbyrachel

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou (Japanese iris from my garden)

Day 5 ~ Growing In Unity

As the weekend approaches I hope you get to enjoy rest and relaxation with friends and family. Get-togethers this summer take on a special meaning for many as it might be the first time in a long time seeing one another.

This border stamp says it all. I have visions of a nighttime campfire with laughter and warm conversation, roasting marshmallows and creating the most delicious s’mores. Look at the marshmallows, they are roasted just right as the ends are a medium toasty color!

I stamped the border with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Ranger silver embossing powder. I painted the images using metallic watercolors.
I heat embossed the sentiment and framed it on silver cardstock.
Supplies I used
“S’mores” border background stamp by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company.
Not planning to make this a 4th of July card, I realize this is a 4th of July card! How awesome is that?! Sometimes things work out perfectly!

As this week comes to a close, I want to thank you all for joining me. I have had an absolute blast! Your encouraging words and kind comments have been so appreciated.

Please comment one more time and two names will be randomly chosen to win $20 gift cards to Unity!

Thank you to Unity Stamp Company for giving me a chance to share my cards! Your company is so generous. I love the sense of community you provide and the many beautiful images you release. There is something here for everyone.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Rachel

You can find me on Instagram and Tik Tok @cardartbyrachel

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” Dieter Uchtdorf (photo from my garden)

Day 4 ~ Growing In Unity

A camera is an essential for me as I go about my day. I love to capture a new bloom or critter while walking in my garden. Have you seen this stamp? It is just awesome and fun to color. I love how the branch is wrapped around the camera strap.

Today I am back to bright colors and all that is exciting, alive and refreshing! I stamped the image on lime green cardstock with a stitched die-cut border.
One of my favorite embellishments is 3D-Crystal Lacquer. It adds a 3 dimensional gloss and is great to enhance any image. This is perfect for eyeglasses, vases, water, windows and mirrors.
Using distress inks, I watercolored the image. I tried to keep the colors as bold as possible specifically for the flower as this is my focal point.
Focus on the Things” by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
To finish the card I blended distress ink around the border with a Tim Holtz bubble stencil and a mosaic stencil for the background of the sentiment. I heat embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder. Finally washi tape, sheer ribbon, a copper element and sequins complete the card.

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to visit. Please don’t forget to comment. At the end of the week I will randomly pick two recipients of $20 gift certificates to Unity Stamp Company!

Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you tomorrow.

Rachel

You can also find me on Instagram and Tik Tok @cardartbyrachel

Flowers from my garden

Growing In Unity ~ Day 3

This is my card for today. It is all about the heatwave we are going through here in the Pacific Northwest minus the palm tree!

I created this card with a postcard feel in mind. I stamped the palm tree slightly off the page. I stamped the smaller images on die-cuts with scalloped edges. I loosely colored them with Copic Markers not concerned with staying in the lines.
I created the background by blending distress oxide inks together inside a taped rectangular die. This created a nice white border. I sprayed water on the card for texture.
I stamped this fun sentiment on the card masking the stamp so I could separate each line of words. I tied a double burlap twine bow to adhere at the top to fill empty space.
I chose three embellishments to balance out the design. Also the palm tree has the most fine detail, I love it!
Live in the Sunshine -Whit Kit
Supplies I used
I stayed with three main colors for continuity. I wanted to convey a warm summer day. This hot day wouldn’t seem so hot if it were spent relaxing at the beach!

With the record breaking high temperatures, I hope 109 degrees is the highest for this summer. I know it can be challenging cardmaking in the extreme heat. Just do little things at your leisure! Thanks for stopping by.

Rachel

You can also find me on Instagram and tik tok @cardartbyrachel

From my backyard

Growing In Unity ~ Day 2!

As much as I love bright colors, I also adore pale and muted ones too! It is my own curiosity that encourages me to try as many styles and ideas that I see. My second card depicts a beautiful scene of two children with a toy sailboat.

I stamped this image using Ink On 3’s fadeout ink. Using only a few colors of distress ink, I lightly wash in the images. The soft, undefined lines give the scene a dreamy feel as if it were a memory from the past.
Next I die-cut the focal point and popped it up for dimension. Often I cut out two or more layers of the shape and glue it under the image to give it a balanced height. Dimensionals such as pop-up dots can be used as well.
Then I added my favorite embellishment, burlap twine, and I framed the sentiment with charcoal gray cardstock. I was careful to leave only a thin amount of gray showing to keep with the delicate lines.

Far to the right, I added a mahogany heart button with string threaded through. Buttons give that extra bit of vintage, nostalgic and timeless beauty.
Supplies I used
…best day includes you” by Phyllis Harris for Unity Stamp Company
Finally I decided I needed a swoosh of color at the top of the card to ground the burlap twine. It is very subtle, but accomplishes what I was hoping it would. Yay!

Please comment on this post and your name will be added into the drawing for 2 – $20 gift cards at Unity Stamp Company!

Thank you for stopping by. Please let me know if you have any questions or ideas, I love feedback! Have an awesome day, see you tomorrow.

Rachel

You can also find me on instagram and Tik Tok @cardartbyrachel

A beautiful rose from my garden

Growing In Unity 2021

Hi my name is Rachel, I am the GIU person this week. I’ve been a stamp “collector” since 1999, and I really got into the cardmaking craze in the past 5 years. You can find me in my craft room daily because stamping for me is relaxing, therapeutic and it allows me a path into the world of art and creativity. I think of cards as little pieces of art that can be shared with someone to brighten their day.

Unity Stamp Company refreshed and energized my love of stamping when I discovered their wide range of unique stamps and the quality of the deeply etched images. I also fell in love with the community of talented cardmakers surrounding this company.

I have three kids ages 17, 19 and 21 and two dogs. While my husband and kids are not yet stampers, they support my habit and each are super artistic in their own way. Beside stamping, I love to garden and each Spring my goal is to create the most beautiful outdoor living space in our backyard!

I hope you enjoy this week and may something I share ignite a bit of creativity and excitement in you that I find in this wonderful world of cardmaking!

I’m starting the week out with bright, rainbow colors to celebrate Pride month and the great achievements made by the LGBTQ community.

I heat embossed the image with clear powder on a double stitched die. Using distress inks, I painted the colors of the rainbow beginning with red on the beautiful gown and moving the colors out.
I painted the girl’s sun hat and dress. I enjoyed creating my own print for the hat and the skirt I dabbed various spots of the same color yet varying the intensity. I added music notes with a Tim Holtz stencil in picked raspberry distress inks.

These are the supplies I used.
Beach Girl by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment and ink blended the edges. I added Scrapper’s Floss and a gem.

Thank you for taking the time to visit! Please leave a comment. At the end of the week, two names will be randomly chosen to win $20 gift cards to spend at Unity Stamp Company.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Have a wonderful day!

You can also find me on these platforms – Instagram @cardartbyrachel. Tik Tok @cardartbyrachel.

Rachel

“Life is a great big canvas. Throw all the paint you can on it.” Danny Kaye