Welcome to the March 2021- Friends of Unity Blog Hop!

The cue for March is the sketch pictured below. This was a new, creative experience for me. I love how it took the layout design decision out of the equation and I spent more attention on choosing colors, stamps and embellishments. How great is that?! Please try using this sketch for your next card and be sure to share your creations in the Unity (Show and Tell) Facebook page!

Here is my first card.

I decided on a red card because playing at the beach makes me think of the hot sand on my feet and the warm sun. I die cut two circles and stamped the image on the white one. As I colored this girl using Copic markers, I kept with reds, browns and orange tones. I glued her onto a larger red circle. I chose three washi tapes and had a time deciding where which one would go. I mounted the washi tape on white cardstock for contrast against the red. The sentiments were embossed with clear and Brutus Monroe alabaster powders.

Supplies I used
Stamp set by Phyllis Harris for Unity Stamp Company. Just adorable!

Building sandcastles is the best time ever!

Butterflies are beautiful and free! I stamped the main butterfly on paper, colored it and fussy cut it out. I added dimension to give it height as if it just landed on the card! I stamped the same image under the first one so that the antennae was visible. Before I glued the circle down, I blended ink around it. I took a larger circle mask and blended more ink to create a faint ring hoping to give the viewer a sense of movement.

A close-up of the butterfly and the Stickles I used for sparkle!
Supplies I used
Butterfly set by Graciellie Design for Unity Stamp Company. So unique and pretty! The sentiment is from another Unity set.

There is something so peaceful about butterflies. My dream is that they visit me often in my garden!
Light washes of watercolor. I love the background florals in grey. Subtle but yet striking. I was really pleased with how the washi tape coordinated with the card and the animal print added that bit of style. I added burlap twine for keeping with the natural feel of the card.
Stickles I used for the adornment in the bride’s hair. A wonderful finishing touch.
Main image came from a KOTM. I used the floral image and sentiment from this set by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company.
Another photo in a different light and backdrop. I am loving her pink hair!
We have so many snails and slugs where I live. When my daughter was a little girl, she kept a dried slug in her pocket. Then one day I found it on her dresser for safe keeping. I guess she thought it was cute, it was her pet slug! I stamped the snail with a combination of Ink On 3 fadeout ink and Memento brown ink. I colored the snail using the no-line technique but needed stronger lines for the eyes. I used a Tim Holtz stencil for the tree background. He is a pretty handsome creature if you ask me!

This sentiment comes in handy a little too often!
Supplies I used
Stamp set by Lisa Glanz for Unity Stamp Company. It is great for love, laughs, forgetfulness, thanks and encouragement!

Photograph with a warm glow in true snail fashion!

Friends of Unity: Please hop to the next person on the list after you finish here!



Dawn B.


Bobbie Sue


Dawn F.





That’s it for this month. I hope you found some awesome, new ideas and inspiration. Don’t forget to comment below. One person will be randomly chosen to win a prize! The winner will be announced in the April Friends of Unity Blog Hop.

I almost forgot… the winner from last month’s blog hop is Neeter N. – Congratulations and thank you for participating in our hop! Please message me with your address and I will mail you your prize!

Have a wonderful March and looking forward to seeing you next month. Stay safe and healthy!


Please visit me on Instagram and Tik Tok @cardartbyrachel

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”


41 thoughts on “Welcome to the March 2021- Friends of Unity Blog Hop!

  1. Wow, Rachel!! Your cards are all fabulous!! I have to say that butterfly card is my favorite… so soft and the colors are gorgeous! Love it!


  2. WOW!! Amazing cards!
    I absolutely love each card!!!
    The butterfly card blew me away!! Then to scroll down and see the others! Such eye candy!!
    You have inspired me!!!


  3. OMG…you did a fantastic job on all of these cards. And so many techniques…no line watercoloring, stencils, circle outlines, google eyes! The butterfly card is so ethereal looking. Just gorgeous!


  4. Oh my goodness!! All of your cards are so very different in color, subjects and techniques, but still using the same sketch as inspiration. Wow! You did an excellent job in showcasing how one sketch can inspire in so many different directions. Well done!


  5. Wow, awesome and beautiful (as well as some fun thrown in!) cards. LOVE that stunning butterfly and the artsy design of that card. That snail is pretty cute, too. Love his eyes!


  6. So many beautiful creations, Rachel!! The red on your first card is amazing. Love how you used the twine as part of the sketch challenge, too!!


  7. Wow wow wow! These are beautiful. So different and each so lovely from the same sketch. Thanks for sharing these and the lovely personal background (pocket slug! Lol! ) I am feeling inspired!!!


  8. love them all, but i think the purple butterfly card is my favorite! Im not sure why I never thought to use washi tape on cardstock as accent pieces!! Definitely learned something new today that will ultimately go into my card making!


  9. Wow! Your cards are all fantastic! I love this sketch and how each card you created using it is so different. ❤


  10. Wow, you really outdid yourself with all these cards. It’s hard to pick a favorite but the little girl at the beach reminds me of my granddaughters, and that snail one just made me laugh.


  11. Gorgeous cards. I love the red on red. Those butterflies are amazing. I love the tones and softness on the wedding couple. And that snail is just darling. Just amazing cards. Thanks for the inspiration!


  12. I love all your beautiful cards. The first card is absolutely darling, but the butterfly card is WOW! So gorgeous! I love the colors and the sparkles.


  13. Wowzers! You made so many gorgeous cards with that sketch! I printed it to try to use sometime myself. I usually can pick a clear favorite card…but not with your gorgeous collection. They are all fabulous!


  14. I could look at your cards all day! I enjoy the way you combine shapes and designs within your patterned papers to match the image. Very very well done!


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