The Friends of Unity Blog Hop ~ May 2022!

Hello friends! Happy Spring! Even though the birds start chirping very early in the morning, I love the sound of it. Mornings are my favorite time of day. The theme this month reminds me of nature and all the flowers blooming and beautiful winged creatures surrounding my garden.

Card #1 ~ The expression on this sweet bird’s face is too adorable to pass up! These are the steps I took to create this card. 1. First I stamped the bird on watercolor paper. 2. Next I painted the image using distress inks. 3. Then I cut out the paper with a Gina Marie scalloped border die and adhered it to the light turquoise base. 4. I embossed the sentiment with winter white powder on brown cardstock. 5. Finally I glued iridescent sequins to finish the card!
A close-up
Beginning Today” by Tierra Jackson for Unity Stamp Co
Supplies I used
Another view!
Card #2 ~ I have only made a few shaker cards ever. I love how this turned out! Following are the steps to create this card. 1. I stamped the image on white cardstock and colored the musical birds with copic markers. 2. I die cut a wonky stitched patterned around the image. 3. Next I filled a plastic sleeve with sequins and cut it down to size, taping the open side closed. 4. Then I die cut a yellow textured cardfront with a larger oval wonky stitched die. 5. I repeated step 4 with a scrap piece of cardstock to add more depth and space for the sequins to move. 6. Using double sided tape, I adhered the card front. 7. Burlap string and a sentiment framed in red with roughed up edges, finishes the card.
Peek-a-boo, I see you! The sequins are almost as big as the chicks!
“Note this Birdie” by Tierra Jackson for Unity
Supplies I used
A shaker card adds a bit of fun and motion for the recipient!
Card #3 ~ An owl graduation! Here are the steps to create this card. 1. I stamped the owl with Gina K. Amalgam ink and colored it with Copic markers. 2. Next I dry embossed a pattern on cream cardstock and die cut it with a curved edge. 3. Then I blended ink on the curved edge for depth and interest. 5. I stamped two sentiments and framed them in navy and white cardstock. 6. Charcoal grey string to finish the card.
A close-up!
“Owl Graduate” by Lisa Arana for Unity Stamp Co
Supplies I used
Whoo is ready to celebrate?!
Card #4 ~ I absolutely love this butterfly! It is so beautiful with flowers on one side and wings on the other. Following are the steps to create this card. 1. I stamped the image with Versamark ink. This created a watermark look. 2. Next I colored the butterfly with Prismacolor pencils. I used greens, teals, blues and purples. A colorless blender is a must have to blend layers of color over one another. 3. Then I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with a pretty die. 4. I blended Unicorn ink over the edges of the sentiment and the card for interest and also to soften the appearance. 6. Clear, iridescent sequins to finish the card!
A close-up
“Falling into Place” by Sandhya Iyer for Unity
Supplies I used
Colored pencils on a darker cardstock have a beautiful effect! White really shows up and adds so much depth.

Thank you for hopping with the Friends of Unity! There is alot more feathered fun ahead. Don’t forget to comment for your chance to win a “thank you” prize. I will randomly draw one person’s name and announce the winner on next month’s blog!




Dawn F.



Bobbie Sue




Dawn B.


And now the winner for last month’s hop is…….Wilma DeGraffenreid! Congratulations Wilma! Please message me your mailing address and I will send your prize in the mail. Thank you so much for commenting!

The four cards I created for the month of May! Which one is your favorite?

I had a wonderful time choosing images with wings! I hope you get a chance to create a winged card too! I think the reason I’m fascinated with birds is that they can fly and see a whole different perspective than from where I stand. What an awesome power to soar and dive in the open sky! Until June, I hope you stay safe and healthy as we enjoy Spring showers and May flowers!


Please visit me on Instagram and TikTok @cardartbyrachel for posts and short videos of how I made these cards and many more.

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer –

it sings because it has a song.”

– Chinese proverb


20 thoughts on “The Friends of Unity Blog Hop ~ May 2022!

  1. WOW!! You were a busy girl!!!
    Your water coloring is so beautiful!!
    I do love the little face on the first card!!! He’s adorable!!!
    Those little singing chicks are so cute!
    I love the owl card, and I love how you used it!!
    The 4th card!! WOW! I have never seen this stamp, and now I want it!!
    Beautiful work, Rachel, as always 🙂


  2. Ohhh… so much cuteness, Rachel! It’s impossible to pick a favorite but I do adore that chubby bird on your first card! LOL! Your coloring on the butterfly card is amazing!!


  3. Wow Rachel. These are all beautiful but my favorite is the first one. You did such a beautiful job on the way you colored him. I also like the graduation card with the little pice of embossed paper that you distressed.


  4. I just love your cards! Your coloring is so beautiful. I am a bird nerd so I’m really loving the theme this month. And shakers are my fave type of card to make! Yours is just darling. And that butterfly card is really special.


  5. All of your cards are wonderful… but that first one is definitely my favorite. I love that little bird!


  6. You never fail to amaze me with your beautiful creations. These cards are all beautiful but that little bird in your first one is so appealing and sweet that it drew me in immediately.


  7. Gorgeous cards! I love them all. Each unique. I think the butterfly is my favorite, it’s so soft and beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration!


  8. What a beautiful collection of things with wings you made for us! You did a great job with coming up with 4 unique designs.


  9. You always make so many wonderful cards. I absolutely love your watercoloring on the first card with that precious bird. I , too, love his facial expression…


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