The Friends of Unity Blog Hop – November 2021

The cue for this month is “anything but a card” and being that 99% of my stamping ends up as a card, I was excited and ready for the challenge! There are so many projects I think about trying and this really pushed me to explore new territories.

Project #1 – Travertine coaster

Super easy and fun to create, I love how they turned out! 1. I purchased travertine tiles from local home improvement store 2. Next I stamped the image with StazOn ink. It is permanent so once it is stamped it will not come off. A little scary but if it doesn’t come out there are always ways to work around it! 3. Then I painted the image with colored ink and stamped on splatters for extra interest. 4. Finally I “scrubbed” on a tiny thin layer of varnish with a stiff bristle brush. It is so thin you can’t see any brush strokes.
Ink might stain the stamps. StazOn ink cleaner is available, but it is not meant for clear stamps.
.A beautiful floral image with purple StazOn ink. This is how it appears without the varnish. It has a matte look and I am experimenting to see how the ink holds up over time.
Die cut foam circles glued to the back to prevent scratching surfaces. Cork or felt pads are great too.
Stazon ink and a bit of blue distress ink. I also painted with orange but it disappeared when I applied the varnish.
Supplies I used

Project #2 – Decorative notebook

This is another super fast project. I kept it one layered, clean and simple! 1. I cut a thick piece of patterned paper to fit the notebook. 2. Next I stamped the girl with brown and red ink, the grass I used green. 3. Then I chose two sentiments and stamped one vertically down the left side and the other across the top. 4. Finally I glued the paper onto the notebook.
Supplies I used
“…substance of things” by Phyllis Harris for Unity Stamp Company
I love how this turned out. It can definitely be embellished but sometimes it’s nice to keep things simple. I imagine taking it in and out of a tote bag, one layer makes it easy without anything falling off.

Project #3 – Memorydex file

I discovered the Memorydex about a year ago and love the possibilities it brings! I decided mine is going to be a fun file of sentiments, occasions, holidays, favorite stamp images and on and on! 1. I die cut the shape of file I wanted to use. (There are 4 shapes to choose from) 2. Next I stamped the turkey and the piece of paper image on the file. I colored them with Copic markers. 3. Then on a separate paper, I stamped the turkey, colored, cut out, and popped up the main body to give the file dimension. 4. Finally I stamped the sentiment on a patterned paper die cut and glued it on.
The Memorydex
3D turkey
Supplies I used
“Turns out better” by Lisa Glanz for Unity Stamp Company and a piece of paper stamp
Wouldn’t it be fun to trade Memorydex cards?! I see people trading ATC cards all the time. With file cards, they already have a home on the Memorydex holder!

Project #4 – Rolodex file

The Rolodex has been around for a very long time but for some reason I have always kept an address book. Now I am thrilled to change it up. 1. Keeping it simple because the area is so tiny, I chose a few stamps that will form a border. I chose an outdoorsy feel. 2. Next I blended distress ink around the perimeter as a base color. 3. Then I stamped the pine needles and the pinecone. 4. Finally I used my splatter stamp adding bits of color for interest.
The Rolodex file is for addresses. It comes with very thin files. I would love to find a punch or die so I could make my own. The most important tip I have is to leave enough blank space in the middle to fit the contact information. Also you can use the front and back, I had to be careful so that the ink doesn’t show on the other side.
Supplies I used
“Winter Blessings” by Graciellie Designs, KOTM, and “Barn Wall” by Brutus Monroe for Unity Stamp Company

Project #5 – Gift Tag

A holiday gift tag is useful and a special touch attached to a present.
1. First I die cut the tags with thick white cardstock. I die cut an additional tag out of patterned paper for the top of the larger tag. 2. Next I ink blended the background with distress inks. 3. I stamped the tree and the images directly over the background. 4. I loosely watercolored them not worrying about the background showing through. 5.After that, I heat embossed a sparkly copper sentiment.
6. Then I embellished the ornament, the hat and the bird with Stickles glitter glue. 7. Finally I added a bakers twine bow to the front of the small tag and thread burlap string through both tags for the finish. I left the small die unglued so it would have movement.
Another angle to show the sparkles
“Woodland Festivities” by Lisa Glanz for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
A gift tag can also be used to adorn a bottle of wine for a dinner engagement

Project #5 – Gift Tag (part 2)

Another gift tag with a vintage feel. 1. I die cut the two tags. 2. Next I watercolored a wash of red in the area I was planning to stamp the truck. 3. I stamped the image over the paint. 4. Then I embossed the sentiment in silver on a strip of black cardstock. 5. I glued the sentiment on the small tag and wrapped copper wire around it for interest. 6. Finally I popped up the sentiment and attached charcoal string to complete the tag.
Another angle
Supplies I used
“Good Tidings” by Tierra Jackson for Unity Stamp Company
A handmade tag is a great conversation piece!
My projects for “anything but a card” was a great change of pace. I can’t wait to make more and even think of other non-card projects! Which one is your favorite and which project might you choose to make?

Thanks so much for hopping, please visit the next friend on the list for so many fun project ideas. Don’t forget to comment and you will be entered to win a prize! And now for the winner of last month’s hop is…. Mary Moisan! Congratulations Mary! Please PM me your mailing address and I will get your prize sent to you! Yay!




Rachel (me)

Dawn F.






As we enter the holiday season, may you all be safe and healthy. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

See you next month!


Please visit me on Instagram @cardartbyrachel and TikTok @cardartbyrachel for videos of how I made these projects!

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way, things I had no words for.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

19 thoughts on “The Friends of Unity Blog Hop – November 2021

  1. Wow, Rachel!!! You always blow me away with all your projects… this month you’ve gone over the top! I love them all!! The notebook is a fave cause I just love {and collect} notebooks! Yours is so pretty! I also adore the Memory Dex cards!! I love making them and I love the ones that you shared!


  2. I found the Memorydex a couple years ago and just love it! But I have been looking for an original Rolodex with no luck. I haven’t made a dex card in awhile so thanks for the reminder to do so. I love the turkey, so cute! All of your non-card projects are fabulous, tfs!


  3. Thank you and happy to you too! Such a creative gorgeous group! I just covered 250 memo books for our church auction table favors so that one speaks to me the loudest, but I really love the travertine coasters, wow… gorgeous every single thing!


  4. I always look forward to your gorgeous projects. I really love the tile idea and they would make beautiful gifts! Thank you for sharing so many different ways to use our stamps!


  5. Wonderful non card projects. I have made most of these except for the memory dex and rolodex. I have the supplies and just need to start. Thanks for the ideas.


  6. Wonderful non card projects. I have made most of these except for the memory dex and rolodex. I have the supplies and just need to start. Thanks for the ideas.


  7. Wow! I am always amazed at the number of projects you create for our hops. They are all so wonderful! I love altering notebooks, too!


  8. Oh Rachel I love the memorydex and roladex ideas! I’ve wanted to start a memorydex for years just for me but never seem to make the time to get started! So many amazing projects! Thanks for inspiring me!!


  9. OMGoodness, Rachel. Your projects are amazing! I’ve always wanted to try stamping on tiles, great ideas and wonderful use for stamps. Just stunning projects. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Holidays!


  10. You are always so creative, and your projects are gorgeous. The notebook would make great stocking stuffers, and the coasters are a beautiful gift idea. Thanks for so much inspiration.


  11. Wonderful variety of non-card items. Not heard of those tiles. I crochet coasters using cotton yarn. The memory & rolodex are creative. We still have a rollodex for phone numbers & business cards.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”


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