The Friends of Unity Blog Hop ~February 2023

Hi everyone and welcome to February’s hop. This month the focus is on the sentiment, not the image. I took the challenge literally and you will see I have next to no images on my cards! The difficult part was weeding out stamps I would use for this theme. I have always loved quotes and sentiments. When my kids were teenagers, I posted sentiments on our refridgerator that I thought were either inspiring, humorous or thoughtful. I’m not sure if it was useful to them, but sometimes there is more meaning in a wonderful sentiment than a full conversation. Also, being that this month is home to Valentine’s Day, I included a “heart” on each creation! I am curious to get your feedback. Without images, I feel they are a little unfinished, yet I find them insightful and the sentiment gets the attention it deserves!

Card #1 ~ Love

This card was meant to have a rainbow of concentric hearts in the background. (The picture of the supplies I used portray this) While cards do not turn out the way it is envisioned in my mind, I love the unexpected outcomes!

Steps to create this card.
1. Die cut card stock with a fancy stitched square die.
2. Stamp sentiment on the square using Versamark ink and heat emboss with clear powder.
3. Watercolor a heart loosley over the center of the square.
4. Continue painting hearts within the first heart and so on.
5. Lightly mist with water.
6. Blend Festive Berries Distress Oxide ink over the heart.
7. Blend Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide ink around the border.
8. Lightly wipe away the ink off the sentiment and mist with water.
9. Mount card front on a white square card base.

A close-up and the supplies. “Loved with a Love” Itty bitty by Joslyn Nielson for Unity Stamp Company

This is such a beautiful quote by Edgar Allan Poe. The repetition of the word “Love” is powerful. Iridescent sparkles might complement this design handsomely.

Card #2 ~ You Got This, Love!

A little bit sassy, a little bit fun and yet a whole lot of encouragement! I imagine a close friend giving her friend a pep-talk in an effort to make a trying situation less serious and gloomy. Leave it to Elizabeth Taylor to say it in style! This is a very simple card. I added a diamond embellishment at the bottom right for a fancy accent.

Steps to create this card.
1. Stamp the sentiment in black Versafine Ink on white card stock.
2. Paint the images.
3. Border the image in black.
4. Emboss a red card front with a polka dot embossing folder.
5. Trim the card front just enough to allow a fine border to show on the grey card base.
6. Adhere a diamond embellishment on the lower right corner.

A close-up and supplies. “Put on your Lipstick” by Lisa Arana for Unity Stamp Company.

The sentiment is sharp in black and white. I used red to add energy and match the red lipstick. A great addition would be to add 3D Crystal Laquer to the wine glass and sparkles to the lipstick. In the past, I have washed a streak of grey over the sentiment.

Card #3 ~ Heartsong

A few years ago, I made this card using different colors. Immediately I thought of recreating it for this month’s theme. I was inspired by an old world feel.

Steps to create this card.
1. Lightly blend distress inks on a card front.
2. Stamp the sentiment in the center using Versafine ink.
3. Tape a fancy-shaped die over the card front and blend ink around the edges.
4. Mist with water if desired.
5. Dry emboss the card front using a Darice border folder.
6. Splatter pink and brown distress ink over the card.
7. Splatter brown and black ink over the corners for framing effects.
8. Trim the card front on the sides to create a quarter inch border.
9. Wrap embroidery thread around the card front and tie in a bow.
10. Mount on a black card base.

A close-up. Supplies I used, I received this stamp in a grab bag and I just love it!

I have a musical notes stencil that would have been a wonderful addition to this card. Also copper embellishments would enhance the old world feel.

Card #4 ~ Just Sayin!

How does one choose a single sentiment for a card?! I couldn’t. So I envisioned a few ways I might be able to pull this off. This card reminds me of graffiti or modern art resembling a poster-like quality. Let me know what you think about this design!

Steps to create this card.
1. Stamp the sentiments in black Versafine ink on a cream card base. Tip — For the most part I kept the sentiments spaced evenly.
2. Die cut or punch squares and rectangles out of card stock to create a stencil for applying ink.
3. Lay the stencil on the sentiment, blend ink over it and repeat. Tip — I placed colors next to one another that were contrasting to keep it balanced. Also I tried to keep the color blocks as straight as possible except for the one sentiment that is angled. Tip — On the upper right, I kept the blue color shorter than it’s sentiment to have more “white” space for asthetics.
4. Mount the card front to a black card base leaving a fine border on all sides.

Stamped sentiments before I added blocks of color. A fun picture of my craft table and the mess I created while making this card. All sentiments are from grab bags I have acquired over the years! On the top right, you can see the stencils I used. A close-up view.

I am excited to try this again using texture with embossing glazes and torn paper pieces. A more grungy take would be with borders, splatters, circle stencils and uneven lines!

I hope a few of these cards spark an idea for a card creation. Thank you so much for hopping and below you will find the next friend to visit on the hop. Please comment to enter to win a “thank you” prize. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on the March hop. And now for the winner from the January hop is…..betsgreene! Congratulations, please message me your mailing address and thanks again for your comment, I appreciate it!



Bobbie Sue


Rachel (me)


Dawn F.




Happy hearts to you this month. May your have a lovely day today and always. Until March, stay safe and wishing you lots of crafting time ’til your heart’s content!


Today’s a perfect day for a whole new start. Let go of fear and free your mind, It’s time to open your heart. Chris Butler

28 thoughts on “The Friends of Unity Blog Hop ~February 2023

  1. I absolutely love each one of your cards! I get so excited each month to see what you create and you never disappoint! You did a lovely job! I, too, am a quote lover and would put them in my son’s lunch and notebook’s all during his school years. I should start again while I pack his lunch for work


  2. Oh gosh… Rachel, your cards are all so wonderful! I love the hint of a heart in the background of your first card. It’s subtle but so wonderful! I also love the texture on your second card. You let the sentiment shine on that one. The texture and splatters on the third are perfect! I’m inspired to play and CASE that one. But your last card is Amazing!!! Oh my gosh… the mix of sentiments are awesome and I love the touches of color you added to them! All so amazing! Thanks for sharing your talent with us again!


  3. Oh my, love all of these cards. I especially absolutely adore the last card… so freakin’ inspiring…the the colors, design and overall feel! You should have it copied and reuse it…it’s that special! And I always love an old world feel vintage card, too!


  4. Oh my goodness, so many fabulous cards and sentiments. I love the mix of inspirational and sassy ones. I think my favorite is the one with all of the sentiments in different colors. Love the uniqueness of it.


  5. Oh wow, these are all amazing!!!! Love thelast one, with all the sentiments, great idea!! And the heartsong card, looks like a frame with beautiful colors. I just used this stamp recently.


  6. Card #4 grabbed my attention immediately. What a simple and fantastic idea! Unity has so many incredible sentiment stamps that sometimes I am challenged to only use one or two on a card. You have shown a fantastic idea on how to use several of them. Amazing!!!


  7. I am loving the quote by Poe…one of my favorites is Annabelle Lee: 💜💜💜
    And this maiden she lived with no other thought
    Than to love and be loved by me.
    Each card is wonderful, and I think you ROCKed this theme!


  8. Love all of your cards Rachel! The first with it’s deep red inky goodness draws you in. The next gives you a kick to get up! Your third was so pretty ! I thought the last one with your mix of uplifting sentiments was a great nod to your putting similar messages in your fridge! ❤️


  9. Wow! These are all amazing, yet so different! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think I would have to go with card #2. But I love them all!


  10. I am so attracted to the sentiment sheet. This would be fabulous for a graduate and I have a granddaughter graduating in May.

    All of the cards are special! Thanks for sharing.


  11. Man O man what a wowzer idea for sentiments! I think I have actually pulled out enough to make a “graffiti” sentiment card to choose one, wish I had your foresight to use them all. B.rilliant!! Can’t wait to do that!


  12. Gorgeous cards! OH MY Goodness! I love them all. Very creative and so beautiful. Thanks for SO many ideas and inspiration! Just wonderful!


  13. Beautiful card designs! Your designs really put the sentiments on front and center. The card with the inked embossed frame is a stunner. I also love the card with all the sentiments. So creative.


  14. First visit to your blog! Love your cards! I really love the colors on Heartsong, and Just Sayin is so cute!


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