The Friends of Unity Blog Hop~ December 2021

The cue this month is Retro/Vintage! There is something to be said about timeless treasures and memories from the past. A feeling of nostalgia and sentimentality is mostly heartwarming and beautiful.

Card #1~Remaining brave and confident

This image is thought provoking and inspirational. The bold contrast of the light hitting the image symbolizes hope through the shadowy darkness.
I stamped the image in Versafine black ink on white cardstock, die cut out with a wonky stitched die. I heat embossed with clear powder to make it permanent as I wasn’t sure what my plans were for this card. Next I brushed distress ink on her face and the dress but left the areas where the light first meets her face. Then I brushed on ink around the edges and darkest areas on the left side of her face where it was the most shaded. I stamped the sentiment in black and then applied versamark ink on the lower half of the sentiment. I embossed this part with silver powder. Finally I used a dot stencil around the edges and a paintbrush dipped in water to add light specks around the image. I framed the image on a fine white border and distressed it with a scissor’s blade.
A contrast of light and dark
“You Will” by Jake Wangen & Joselyn Nielson for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
Ranger liquid pearls could be added to the necklace and a few embellishments in the lower left hand corner such as a paper flower or a crystal.

Card #2~A letterpress inspired creation

I recently went to a letterpress class. I created this card to remind me of the simplicity and the little color used on a letterpress machine. Changing ink color requires cleaning rollers with a solvent and quite a bit of time.
I stamped this awesome image of ornaments hanging on a tree with black Versafine ink. Next I stamped the sentiment on heavy cardstock and cut it out with a stitched square die. I framed it with a thin black border. Finally I adhered the image to a white card base. I could add an embellishment in the lower right corner but in keeping with the letterpress vision, I love it just the way it is!
“Holiday Things”
I love the simplicity!
Supplies I used

Card #3~Let there be laughter and beautiful memories

I’m always looking to try something different. I thought a scene might be creative with a close-up image inside a wall papered room. A window view looks outside to a lighted Christmas tree.
I die cut the mini slimline with a Gina Marie die from patterned paper. I stamped the image right over the top. Next I used an Arts Impressions window die. I used distress ink to darken the window panes. On the cardstock I stamped the tree and star being careful to keep the colors separate. I blended distress ink in the background. Using brown and black distress ink I also blended ink around the edges of the card base, the patterned paper and eventually the sentiment strip. Finally I added Stickles to the tree and star and burlap string to complete the card. I didn’t plan for the flower in the woman’s hair but it was a nice surprise!
“Lawd have mercy” by Joselyn Nielson for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
Loving the cheerful anticipation of the holiday festivities!

Card #4~A warm, homemade hello

Memories of fresh baked Holiday cookies made by my mom every Christmas is what I think of when I see this image.
I die cut the kraft cardstock with a scalloped Gina Marie die. I stamped it with Versamark ink and embossed with Ranger gold powder. I colored the gingerbread with Prismacolor pencils and embellished it with Ranger liquid pearls for the buttons, Stickles for the bow tie and glitter glue for the eyes. I wasn’t able to color this in to my liking because the pencil was hard to get in the crevices of the embossed areas. I stamped the sentiment in brown Momento ink and embossed it with clear powder. Organza red ribbon adds the final touch!
Organza ribbon, sheer and beautiful!
“Christmas Cookies” by Lisa Arana for Unity Stamp Co
Supplies I used
A homemade cookie does wonders for the heart, not just the tummy! For some reason I love gingerbread cookie images, I can’t seem to get enough of them!

Hope you find a little bit of inspiration in my vintage cards. Please visit my friends on the hop for so much more creativity and retro ideas! Don’t forget to comment on each friend to be entered to win a prize! Alaine is your next stop!

Crystal

Eileen

Amber

April

Dawn F.

Colleen

Rachel(me)

Alaine

Robyn

And now for the winner of November’s blog hop is Sunshine Honey bee-Melissa!!!…….Congratulations!!! Please message me with you mailing address and I will get your “thank you” prize in the mail!

Friends of Unity Blog Hop ~ December 2021

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to see my creations. It is always a pleasure to share a bit of what I love to do. May you find joy and peace during the holiday season as I know it evokes a range of emotions in all of us. See you next month, stay safe and healthy!

Rachel

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“whatever is beautiful. whatever is meaningful. whatever brings you happiness. may it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year.”

One of my favorite ornaments

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!

Crystal

Eileen

April

Rachel (me)

Dawn F.

Colleen

Kim

Alaine

Joyce

Robyn

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

See you next month!

Rachel

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

The Friends of Unity Blog Hop • October 2021!

The cue this month is Technique! Do you have a favorite cardmaking technique? I can’t choose, I think I love them all! So I created four cards and I highlighted a technique for each one.

Card #1 – Heat Embossing

Heat embossing is an easy technique with magical results! An image is stamped with glue-like ink. Powder is sprinkled on the ink and then heated until it melts into a raised surface. If you give someone an embossed card, they’ll usually ask “How did you do that?!”
For this card, I stamped the image with Versamark ink and sprinkled Brutus Monroe alabaster embossing powder over the image. Next I used distress inks to color the mittens and cocoa. I covered the stamped area and splattered white acrylic paint over the card. Keeping it clean and simple, I decided against adding embellishments!

This image gives me a crisp, cool, happy, wintery feel. The hot drink keeps the hands warm and the heart cookie fills the tummy with love!
Supplies I used
Mittens, Cocoa and Heartsby Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
This image in warm earth tones, would make a great Fall card. It would also be perfect for Valentine’s Day in reds.

Card #2 – Stenciling

Relatively new to the cardmaking scene is stenciling! Originally one layer images, now there are stencil kits with multiple layers and coordinating stamps.
To create this card, I blended distress oxide inks over tulips and poppy layering stencil sets. This is a quick, easy and fun technique producing awesome results. I used only one layer for the leaves, achieving a subtle fade into the background. This highlights the flowers. The tulip on the top right, I changed the colors to give it a new look and maybe trick the viewer into thinking it’s another type of flower! Finally, a Gina Marie border die and a popped up sentiment stamped in festive berries oxide ink.
I love this sentiment and the two fonts together go perfectly with this floral card. It’s those little moments that we remember, isn’t it?!
Supplies I used
Tulip and Poppy stencils by Unity Stamp Company
A floral card is beautiful all year long and for any occasion.

Card #3 – No line coloring

No-line coloring gives an image a life-like effect. The idea is to color so that the outside lines disappear. Most mediums work with this technique.
I began by stamping the image with Ink On 3’s, Fadeout ink. (Any light colored ink will work.) Before taking the image out of the Misti stamping platform, I colored the eyes and nostrils on the stamp with a dark marker and stamped it over the light ink. I did this because I wanted to get all the crisp detail for the eyes. As I began painting, it works best to start from the edges. Pull paint from the edge and move the paint towards the middle with water to allow the gradient you desire. One important tip is to define the lines with as much color as possible. If you are trying this technique out for the first time, choose a simple image with large areas to color and little detail. I am practicing no-line coloring, it’s a challenge but I love the way it looks when completed.
This moose is so sweet, I love his long eyelashes. Did I tell you I have an adorable 10 lb. dog named Moose?! He doesn’t know how small he is and he thinks he is human.
Supplies I used
Cuddlebug Moose by Tierra Jackson for Unity Stamp Company
Add a few leaves for Fall, white snowflakes for Winter, flowers for Spring and blue skies and sun for Summer. This moose is a year round event!

Card #4 – Ink blending background (reacting with water)

Creating backgrounds by ink blending is one of my favorite techniques. No two backgrounds will be the same, the variations are endless.
To create this card, I stamped the girl on watercolor paper. Choosing Fall colors, I blended ink onto the paper and spritzed it with water. The reaction of distress ink and water is mesmerizing. I repeated this step a few times and watercolored the girl using like colors. I stamped the sentiment and framed it with a Gina Marie die. Burlap twine wrapped twice around and a bow directly under the sentiment, finishes the card.
Autumn colors surround, as this girl gets lost in a book not thinking of anything else. The green top and green strand of hair, the mustard pants and red sneakers mimic the background. This reminds me of my daughters. One daughter has streaks of green in her hair and my other daughter has red streaks. They both love to read!
Start Something New” by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
Ink blending opens the doors for creating all kinds of colorful backgrounds. I used distress inks for this card. If you haven’t tried distress oxide inks, this is a must! The oxides have a chalky appearance. When they are spritzed with water, the color reacts and layers of underlying color appears.
A card for every season, which one is your favorite?

Hope you enjoyed this stop of the hop. As much as I would like you to stay, please visit the next friend. Don’t forget to comment on each blog for a chance to win a prize!

Crystal

Eileen

April

Dawn B.

Rachel(me)

Colleen B.

Dawn F.

Joyce

Alaine

Robyn

And now for the winner of last month’s hop….Kelsey Thomas! Congratulations Kelsey!!! Please message me your information and I will send out your prize!

Thank you all so much for joining in the fun. Did you see a new technique you would like try? I hope you did and are excited to get crafting! There are so many techniques being invented and shared in the crafting community. I am invigorated and always looking forward to the next trend.

Stay safe and healthy. See you next month!

Rachel

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“In the midst of chaos lies creativity.”

Hi September, I’m back!

The Friends of Unity Blog Hop is underway! The color challenge is sage, kraft and white.

I know I said I was not going to color this card but I couldn’t resist! I stayed with brown and sage inks and left white space. I love the depth, warmth and realistic feel it gained.
This was the original card.
A close-up
All in all, I am glad I colored this card.

Thanks for taking a look. Let me know your thoughts on these two variations! Have a wonderful day!

Rachel

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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.

Crystal

Eileen

April

Dawn F.

Rachel (me)

Bobbie Sue

Joyce

Dawn B.

Alaine

Robyn

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!

Rachel

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

Let’s Go For A Ride! The Friends of Unity Blog Hop August 2021

This is our cue for August!

Here is my first card. Sometimes a ride is relaxing and frees the mind!

This card was fun to make. I stenciled in the sun rays and die cut the border. Next I stamped the image and sentiment directly over the rays. I used Copic markers to color the motorcycle and the bits of rays showing through the image add interest. Then I mounted the front onto a thin yellow border and adhered it to a white card base. Finally I added 3D Crystal Laquer to the headlight giving it a glossy finish.
A close-up
Supplies I used

Ride it out by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
I love this motorcyle image because it has a unique viewpoint.

Card #2. What better way to celebrate than going off road?!

Yes, we are having a blast! Using Versafine black ink, I stamped the jeep on white cardstock with a die cut border and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I colored the jeep with salty ocean and blueprint sketch distress inks by Tim Holtz. Next I stamped the jeep a few more times using the 2nd generation technique. This technique is when a stamp is inked up and stamped on a separate piece of paper. Then without reinking, the image is stamped on the card to make it lighter and less precise. I heat embossed this with Ranger silver embossing powder. Last I created 3 sentiments and adhered them to the card at various angles.
Close-up of the sentiments
Close-up of the jeep
Supplies I used
Stamps I used
I love how bold this image is….so full of adventure and action!

Card #3. The first snowy ride of the season with beautiful huge snowflakes coming down!

So many cards are being posted with a holiday theme. I am not quite ready for this trend but I did create a snowy, wintery birthday card. I began with a stitched square die cut from watercolor paper. I stamped the image and painted the truck and sky with distress inks. Next I splattered white acrylic paint all over the truck. Then I chose a printed piece of patterned photo paper and embossed the sentiment on it using white alabaster embossing powder by Brutus Monroe. Finally I added two photo corners and red twine with a button.
Do you see the glitter in the snow?
A close-up
Supplies I used
Slowly Turning Classic by Tierra Jackson for Unity Stamp Company
This snowy card is getting me ready for the holidays!

Card #4. Happiness is a vintage truck and a load of cut flowers!

One of my favorite cards to make is that with a vintage feel. I love this truck paired with a bed full of beautiful flowers! First I stamped the sentiment and image with brown Memento ink. Next I colored the image with Copic markers. Then I die cut out the card front with a Gina Marie die. Finally I added a pretty organza ribbon and three copper flowers. I created the wire flowers by wrapping the wire around my finger or a small end of a paintbrush etc. depending on what size you want. I pressed the wire flat and fanned it out gently to create a flower shape.
I used fine copper wire to make these flower-like embellishments.
I added tons of Stickles glitter to the flowers!
Supplies I used
Truckload of Blooms by Tierra Jackson for Unity Stamp Company
I love an old vintage truck paired with beautiful sparkly blossoms!
Cards I made for the hop. Did you notice each card kind of represents a season?! I didn’t plan this but thought it would be fun to mention it!

Here are the Friends of Unity to continue along the hop.

Crystal

April

Eileen

Bobbie Sue

Rachel(me)

Dawn F.

Colleen

Robyn

Please don’t forget to leave a comment. I will randomly pick one person to win a surprise! I will announce the winner on the next Friends of Unity Blog Hop. The winner for July is…..allibamabell…..Congratulations! Please message me your mailing address and I will send you your prize!

Thanks for hopping along with us. Please let me know if you have any questions. Until next time, have a wonderful month full of sunshine, good health and vitamin D!

Rachel

You can also find me on instagram @cardartbyrachel and tik tok @cardartbyrachel. I will post short videos on how I made these cards.

“Sometimes the best therapy is a long car ride and music.” Shannon J.

Growing In Unity Blog Hop – May/June 2021

Hi and thank you for hopping with us! What a fun time to connect with the Growing In Unity friends!

I can’t get enough Summer vibes that I am feeling after one of our longest winters.

Just a peaceful, relaxing day at the beach. I love this kit and I thought it would be fun to make a light and airy card that isn’t complicated but still delightful. I stamped the image on a scalloped die cut. I blended distress oxide inks over the image to create a hint of sun peaking through. Next I stamped the sentiment on a smaller die and also blended inks around the edge to mimic the larger piece. I used pattern paper for the background and again blended ink on the edges. Then I adhered the sentiment and the patterned paper to white for a bit of contrast and crispness. Finally coral twine wrapped around the white layer completes the card.
This sentiment is carefree and beautiful
Live in the Sunshine – Whit Kit June 2020
Supplies I used

The card on the right I previously posted for The Friends of Unity Blog Hop last month. I love showing the warm vs. cool color schemes. Choosing colors can really change the mood of the card!

I’m feeling refreshed and content with the breeze blowing in my hair
I’m feeling the warmth of the sun and the hot sand on my toes
One more look

Thanks again for stopping by. Don’t forget to visit each of these awesome cardmaking friends!

Jenny

Holly

Brandon

Rachel(me)

Michelle

Tammy

Wishing you all the brightest days ahead! Enjoy the early morning sunrises and the hot summer nights!

Rachel

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“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

Friends of Unity Blog Hop! Summer Vacation~July 2021

There is no question that Summer is here and it’s time to take those vacations! Whether it’s on the other side of the world, a car ride away or a hideaway place in your own backyard, it’s going to be fantastic!

This is a most fitting cue for July!
A summer vacation is not complete without a camera!
I heat embossed the camera with clear embossing powder. Next I stamped the photo frame twice. I cut out the first and stamped the girl image on the other. Then painting the image with distress inks and strands of purple hair, I cut out the image and adhered it to the photo frame, I think she turned out great! I painted the camera with distress inks. I glued these pieces on beautiful paper one of my daughters made with pearlescent watercolors. Finally I stamped the sentiments on the base and added Stickles over the heart on the camera.
The camera is popped up to give it interest.
Take Another Shot by Graciellie Design and Today I am Happy by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
A vacation is rest and relaxation on a beach. I stamped the image on a Gina Marie die. Next I watercolored it with distress inks and adhered it to a kraft backing. I added photo corners for interest and a vacation feel.

Do you see the dragonfly? I added it because I am covering up a mistake but nobody has to know that!
Supplies I used
Kit of the Month
This is a new release and when I saw her I thought she just looked like she was living the life of what a summer vacation should be! I stamped the burlap background with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I blended salty ocean distress ink in uneven amounts. I heat embossed the girl with clear embossing powder and colored her with Copic markers. I loosely blended the colors and dotted in the areas where the two shades meet. I like this technique as it is not exact and gives the image a free flowing feel. I dabbed on Stickles on the top of the donut floatie.
A fun balloon animal embellishment finishes off the card. The sentiment is also hiding a rough edge where my scissors were not cooperating!
Vintage burlap by Brutus Monroe and Float Away by Sandhya Iyer for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used

Hope you felt you enjoyed a little getaway looking at my cards! Please visit the next friend on the hop to see more summer vacation ideas!

Crystal

Colleen

Eileen

Dawn B.

Rachel (me)

Alaine

Dawn F.

Robyn

Thanks for stopping by. Please don’t forget to comment. One person will be randomly picked to win a prize!

The winner from last month is…. Marisela Delgado! Congratulations! Please message me your mailing address and I will drop your surprise in the mail!

It was fun to share these cards with you. I hope you found a few ideas and techniques to try out. Wishing you a safe and wonderful 4th of July. See you in August!

Rachel

You can find me on Instagram and Tik Tok @cardartbyrachel

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou (Japanese iris from my garden)

Day 5 ~ Growing In Unity

As the weekend approaches I hope you get to enjoy rest and relaxation with friends and family. Get-togethers this summer take on a special meaning for many as it might be the first time in a long time seeing one another.

This border stamp says it all. I have visions of a nighttime campfire with laughter and warm conversation, roasting marshmallows and creating the most delicious s’mores. Look at the marshmallows, they are roasted just right as the ends are a medium toasty color!

I stamped the border with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Ranger silver embossing powder. I painted the images using metallic watercolors.
I heat embossed the sentiment and framed it on silver cardstock.
Supplies I used
“S’mores” border background stamp by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company.
Not planning to make this a 4th of July card, I realize this is a 4th of July card! How awesome is that?! Sometimes things work out perfectly!

As this week comes to a close, I want to thank you all for joining me. I have had an absolute blast! Your encouraging words and kind comments have been so appreciated.

Please comment one more time and two names will be randomly chosen to win $20 gift cards to Unity!

Thank you to Unity Stamp Company for giving me a chance to share my cards! Your company is so generous. I love the sense of community you provide and the many beautiful images you release. There is something here for everyone.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Rachel

You can find me on Instagram and Tik Tok @cardartbyrachel

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” Dieter Uchtdorf (photo from my garden)

Day 4 ~ Growing In Unity

A camera is an essential for me as I go about my day. I love to capture a new bloom or critter while walking in my garden. Have you seen this stamp? It is just awesome and fun to color. I love how the branch is wrapped around the camera strap.

Today I am back to bright colors and all that is exciting, alive and refreshing! I stamped the image on lime green cardstock with a stitched die-cut border.
One of my favorite embellishments is 3D-Crystal Lacquer. It adds a 3 dimensional gloss and is great to enhance any image. This is perfect for eyeglasses, vases, water, windows and mirrors.
Using distress inks, I watercolored the image. I tried to keep the colors as bold as possible specifically for the flower as this is my focal point.
Focus on the Things” by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
To finish the card I blended distress ink around the border with a Tim Holtz bubble stencil and a mosaic stencil for the background of the sentiment. I heat embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder. Finally washi tape, sheer ribbon, a copper element and sequins complete the card.

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to visit. Please don’t forget to comment. At the end of the week I will randomly pick two recipients of $20 gift certificates to Unity Stamp Company!

Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you tomorrow.

Rachel

You can also find me on Instagram and Tik Tok @cardartbyrachel

Flowers from my garden