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.




Dawn F.

Rachel (me)

Bobbie Sue


Dawn B.



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!



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


23 thoughts on “Welcome to the Friends of Unity September 2021 Blog Hop!

  1. Wow… just wow! What a beautiful stack of cards. My absolute favorite is your Art is Life card! The stamp layering, use of embossing folder, dies, coloring… just so very interesting! Super job!


  2. These are all just WOW!! I really love the pencil coloring on kraft on the 1st card. Sooo pretty! And I am a bird nerd, so I really adore that card. I can’t choose which one is my fave, tho … too hard! lol


  3. Wow – I’m almost speechless (okay, not really). So many beautiful things – too many to mention all of them, but here’s a few…Love the way you trimmed down the scalloped die on your first card – it changes the look completely. That little bird slays me, especially the way you’ve coloured it. I have adorable little finches flying around my yard all of the time, and it reminds me of them. Love the way a little bit of colour adds so much dimension to that beautiful floral image. The Windows to the Soul girl – isn’t she just like all of us, reflecting on the fun and more social times she’s had with friends? You’ve clearly been inspired by this challenge – thanks so much for sharing all of your projects.


  4. Love, love, love all of your cards! Especially the mixed media one…that one really speaks to me. And the one with the bird is fabulous. It may be my favorite but they are all wonderful.


  5. Oh Rachel, such amazing creations you’ve done here! Wow. Your chapter awaits card is my absolute favorite. I love the rich kraft color you chose and your coloring of the open book is spectacular. It truly makes it pop from the page as if I could grab hold of it. The lovely face in the back ground of your one card is perfectly described by your “a story to tell” comment regarding it. I truly love how you used it. Well well done, my friend. I also love how you put your thoughts under a small snap shot of each card. So awesome.


  6. Wowzers those are awesome! I love each one for different reasons as they are each uniquely you. I love your designs, the stamps you chose, and just a touch of coloring is perfect. Or no coloring on your last card is stunning! Love all the Angiegirls together. Just gorgeous cards.


  7. Whoa!!! You had so much fun with this months cue!!!
    I cannot love every single card you made enough!!
    I love the coffee themed one the best, since your having us choose…but wow!!
    Thanks for inspiring me and others!!!


  8. Rachel, stunning collection I love them all. Favorites are probably the Birthday Bird, and New Chapter Awaits…. and as I do own practically all the stamps in this post, let me advise you….I really want to grab that warm coco ink, and get stamping right now!


  9. Wowzers! Six gorgeous cards! I love all of them but particularly Card #1 and Card #4. Thanks for sharing so many awesome cards!


  10. Wow, makes me wish I had that instant grams thing. I cannot choose, they are all stunning. I love these colors and the designs are amazing. Beautiful cards that make you sit and enjoy each and every inch! Lucky recipients!


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