The Friends of Unity Blog Hop ~ September 2022

Fall is in the air! Hello to crisp mornings and leaves turning their brilliant, beautiful colors! Welcome to our blog hop and definitely a favorite theme for me! Not a day goes by without many cups of coffee…. and if there is chocolate in our home, I will be inhaling it! My favorite drink has recently become Matcha Lattes, so so good.

Card #1 ~ Miss You!

A hot drink on a cold autumn morning sounds wonderful! This stamp is so beautiful and it takes little time to watercolor. Following are steps to create this card. 1. stamp the image in Versamark Ink. 2. Watercolor the image. 3. Ink blend Oxide ink to resemble sky and lightly spritz with water. 4. Die cut the image with a border die. 5. Stamp the sentiment with black ink and heat emboss with clear powder. 6. Using an embossing ink pen, color over the cup. 7. Sprinkle Distress glaze over the cup and apply heat to emboss. 8. Stamp the heart in distress oxide ink. 9. Wrap 1mm burlap string around the card front and glue it down to a black card base at an angle.
Supplies I used and the stamp set featured is called “Take a Break” by Unity Stamp Company
A close-up view and I love the open heart in brown distress oxide ink.

Card #2 ~ Vintage Teacups

These teacups say vintage, elegant , fine detail, and light. Steps to create this card. 1. Stamp the image with a medium gray ink. If you only have black you could first stamp the image on a scrap and then without reinking, re-stamp again on card front for a lighter image. 2. Stamp the sentiment slightly overlapping the teacups. 3. Heat emboss the sentiment with clear powder. 4. Washi tape across the top and then again on the bottom leaving a torn area. 5. Sequins for interest. 6. Mount card front to a black border and then adhere to the grey card base.
The few supplies I used and “the little things” itty bitty stamp set by Unity Stamp Company
I love the fine detailed font

Card #3 ~ Coffee and a Cinnamon Stick

Fun with texture! This card was fun to add elements and mix patterns and elements. Here is how to create this card. 1. Stamp the coffee cup with Memento ink on pattern paper and fussy cut it out. 2. Stamp the image again on heavy card stock. and cut out. 3. Glue the two pieces together. 4. Emboss a light creme card front. 5. Color the coffee in the cup and the cinnamon stick. 6. Ink blend walnut stain distress ink around the edges of the coffee. 7. Add crystal laquer on the coffee for a shiny effect. 8. Stamp the heart and cut out and color. 9. Paint Pixie Dust on the heart and glue to card. 10. Die cut the shape and stamp the sentiment in brown ink. 11. Ink blend Purely Pomegranate on the sentiment and glue to card. 12. Adhere card front to a kraft base. 13. 2mm burlap string and a button in the lower left corner finishes the card.
Supplies I used and stamps are by Unity Stamp Company
Pixie Dust on the heart and Crystal Laquer on the coffee for a little extra fun
I love cinnamon in my coffee. Mixing it with a cinnamon stick is even better, isn’t it?

Card #4 ~ Coffee to Keep You Warm

This border stamp is a definite favorite! The many shapes of coffee cups are incredible. These are the steps to create this card. 1. Stamp the image with green ink and heat emboss with clear powder. 2. Watercolor images with various green and brown colors. 3. Using a crimping tool, run a strip of kraft through it and adhere to card front. This is to resemble corrugated hand protectors on coffee cups! 4. Die cut shape with heavyweight vellum. 5. Stamp the sentiment on pattern paper and die cut with the same shape as the vellum. Trim off the top and bottom. 6. Add a copper brad to the sentiment and glue down to the kraft strip. 7. Glue card front to a kraft card base.

Supplies I used and “Hot Mess” border background stamp by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
A few close-ups. The crimper was fun to dig out to simulate a hand protector on a coffee-to-go. Brads are great because there is no fear of it falling off the card… I sometimes worry about glue holding down embellishments.
Super fun to loosely paint this border stamp. Notice some of the cups actually have coffee in them!
The cards I made for the hop in an evening light. Don’t fall asleep now. (Yawn)

Thank you for joining in the hop. Please keep hopping to the next friend on the list below. Also please comment and I will randomly pick one person to win a “thank you” prize! The winner will be announced next month.





Bobbie Sue


Dawn B.




Dawn F.




And the winner from the August Hop is…. Stephanie Puccini! Congratulations Stephanie, thank you so much for your comment, we appreciate it! Please message me your mailing address and I will get your prize in the mail.

Have a wonderful September and take time to enjoy cardmaking as we welcome the new season!


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Blushing Bride” Hydrangea in my backyard

It’s not just about creativity, it is about the person you’re becoming while you’re creating” Charlie Peacock


21 thoughts on “The Friends of Unity Blog Hop ~ September 2022

  1. So many wonderful cards again this month, Rachel! I just love your CAS vintage card… so elegant! And the Hot Mess {border background} stamp is a fave… love your colors choices!


  2. So much fun going on in your cards, Rachel. I have the ‘the little things’ stamp set, but have never used it … as well as that embossing folder on the ‘yummy’ card! lol I always love seeing inspiration with things that I actually have. tfs!


  3. Fab range of styles on these sweet cards, many sets that are new to me and will make their way to my wish list. My fave is the third card, so much gorgeous dimension and I love the pinks and browns.


  4. These are so fun! I love the playing with textures… the touch of pink in the cup is really pretty. I’ve not used Tim H glaze, almost bought it this week, but decided to pass…. darn it…. sweet focal effect. .. but Miss you is so tender and those colors are just as sweet. Happy Fall.


  5. These are all beautiful, and so cozy and warm. I have that Little Things Itty Bitty and now I’m tempted to pull it up and get inky. Love the extra accent on your coffee mug in the first card, along with the twine and pretty background


  6. Another nice collection of cards from you this month. I love the texture of the “Life happens coffee helps” card. The way you made the background paper step up with the colored embossed paper is so effective. Very nice!


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