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!




Dawn B.

Rachel (me)


Dawn F.


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!


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)

21 thoughts on “Friends of Unity Blog Hop! Summer Vacation~July 2021

  1. Awesome cards, Rachel! Loving your second card… I forgot about that girl! I just may have to ink her up! Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration!


  2. Wow, all three cards are just fabulous summer cards. I just bought those Gina Marie dies; so pretty! I love how you added the photo corners and of course, the beautiful dragonfly. The 3rd card is my favorite; I just love everything about it.


  3. These are all great cards. I love that camera one and use it a lot for birthdays, graduations, etc! Now I want to be on that donut floatie 🌊


  4. All three are so super summery! Love the photo corners on the one and how you put the girl in the photo frame. Such perfect touches! I also loved seeing the iris from your garden. I grow and love tall bearded iris!


  5. Your cards always impress me and are so beautifully colored. I love them all, but the girl lounging on the donut floatie is so adorable and fun. I also LOVE the one with the camera!


  6. The colors are vacation, fun and so so pretty. I like that you craft with your daughters paper creation, lovely lovely background! I didn’t see the dragonfly until you pointed it out, thought it was a bow on her hat, very pretty. Learning to color and love the flow and dimension you achieved. Going to try that dotting technique. Thanks.


  7. Awesome cards! I am totally in love with your third one – that Rustic Burlap makes for the coolest pool background!


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