Hi there! – May 2021 Friends of Unity Blog Hop is here

The cue this month is Flora and Fauna. What a great way to start the month thinking of nature and all that inhabits our earth!

I immediately thought of these stamps when I heard the cue! It is actually a holiday set but the deer can be used for anything. The expressions on their faces are so sweet. I have been seeing many clean, simple cards with little color being posted. I love them so much, I thought why not make one?! I resisted adding anything but the twine and the jewel. I stamped one deer off the edge for interest.
A close-up

Holiday deer by Lisa Glanz for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies are used
This floral image caught my eye when it first came out. It reminds me of my garden and some of the tightly packed flower blossoms I have growing. Double azaleas, roses and peonies... A sympathy card is not a card any of us like to make but I am hoping this floral image brings warm memories. It is wonderful for all occasions.
A close-up
Supplies I used
My Condolences by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
A beautiful gold embossed butterfly on dark gray with metallic paints. This is my first time using the paints and they are magical! The photo is taken from this angle to capture the beauty with the light hitting it in just the right spot.
A close-up
Allow Yourself by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
I never get tired of seeing butterflies
Highland cattle are one of my absolute favorite animals besides dogs of course! I love everything about them and their long bangs are so carefree and happy. The sentiment is awesome too. I used distress oxide for the leaves. If you haven’t tried these inks, they are amazing on dark cardstock. I fussy-cut the cow to add depth. It boldly stands out!
Supplies I used
Take No Bull by Tierra Jackson for Unity Stamp Company
One more card. I used Versafine ink for the leaves. I used winter white embossing powder for the sentiment.
And another card, I created the leaves by inking them up and spritzing with water before stamping on paper. I used pearl embossing powder and probably heated it too much so it lost the detail. I still love it so I wanted to share it. I have to say it kind of reminds me of a wooly mammoth!
Here are my three Highland cow cards. Just for fun, which one do you like the most?!

Please hop along to each Friends of Unity Blog Hop member and take a look at their Flora and Fauna creations!

Crystal

Dawn B.

Eileen

Dawn F.

Bobbie Sue

Kim

Colleen

Rachel (me)

Joyce

Amber

Robyn

Alaine

The winner for last month’s hop is Linda Vigil! Congratulations Linda! Please message me your mailing address and I will send you your prize!

Thank you for taking the time to hop. Please let me know if you have any questions. I love talking about stamping and cardmaking! One person who comments will be randomly picked to receive a prize and announced next month.

Have a wonderful May and see you in June, stay safe and healthy!

Rachel

You can find me on Instagram and Tik Tok @cardartbyrachel

“Do everything with a good heart and expect nothing in return and you will never be disappointed”

Hello Spring! – April 2021 Friends of Unity Blog Hop

The cue this month is birds and bees. Just perfect as we transition from cooler weather to bright shiny days ahead. I loved the first morning I woke up and heard the birds chirping, for I knew Spring had sprung!

Here is my first card

A bird with glasses makes me smile.

I love this birdie with glasses and such a cute expression on it’s face. I colored the image with Copic markers using a dot style technique. I used a very pale greenish-blue over the glasses and added 3D Crystal Lacquer to give it that extra finish. The background is a Tim Holtz stencil. Stencils contribute so much to a card with empty space. I added washi tape and burlap twine. The washi tape I centered over the top of the card so it can be seen from the back. I repeated the washi tape at the bottom with a heart button for balance. I used my favorite sequins for more interest and a few fine paint splatters. A short sweet sentiment stamped with oxide ink to complete the card.

I tried to capture the 3D Crystal Lacquer I added to the glasses!
Supplies I used for the bird with glasses card
Lil’ Smartie Pants by Lisa Arana for Unity Stamp Company
Another close-up look at this adorable image

A nest of blue eggs for an Easter greeting

I wanted to create a pale, soft celebration card with a hint of joy and elation. I stamped the image and splattered paint in the blue and brown tones. The same colors I used for the eggs and nest. I heat embossed Ranger’s gold powder and added blue Stickles to the eggs. I heat embossed the sentiment with clear powder over the dark brown Memento and Versamark ink. I added Scrapper’s floss and a scalloped border by Gina Marie. The most time-consuming part of this card was taking the picture. It was a bit difficult to capture the embossed gold specks!

Supplies I used for the bird’s nest card. The stamps are from two membership kits.
Another angle to capture the sparkle and shine
Signs of Spring and a new life to be.
A bold image paired with a strong sentiment

This kit is intriguing to me. I feel the owl is staring right into my soul and the sentiment is equally moving. To create this card, I ink blended three distress oxide inks. Next I spritzed the ink with water and dried it using a heat gun. Then I die cut the paper and stamped the owl. I stamped the sentiment using three inks. I chose colors that would stand out against the blended background. Finally I stamped the flower on a separate paper, fussy cut it out, and loaded it up with Stickles and a bead in the center.

I made this flower the focal point and the only 3D piece on the card
Sentiment stamped in coordinating inks

Supplies I used to create the owl card.
Layers of Life stamp kit
This kit is mesmerizing and dramatic and captivating… I love this sentiment, it is moody and the message is clear yet so beautifully written
These chicks are all kinds of happy!

I love this kit because every stamp is used and I can move the chicks around to create many scenes. I stayed with one palette of yellow, using hints of orange and red. Do you see a speck of green on the leaves?! The first step was to ink up a grid stamp with two yellow distress inks. I spritzed the stamp with water and then pressed the paper on the stamp. Next I stamped the chicks and loosely painted them. I was happy to have white spots on the lower birds to create light effects. Then I die cut the scene with a Gina Marie die. Finally I stamped the long stem flower around the border of the card base. I added the sentiment with a black thin border and orange Scrapper’s floss to finish the card. A dot of Stickles on the flower center is barely visible.

Scrapper’s Floss wrapped and adhered under the sentiment
The border I created with the flower that comes in the kit
Notice a hint of green on the leaves and a speck of glitter on the flower!
Supplies I used for the happy chicks card
Happy Places by Lisa Glanz for Unity Stamp Company
These chicks have so much character
The four cards I created for the hop at a glance.

Here are the Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers. Please click on the next person and enjoy the many wonderful cards to see!

Crystal

Eileen

Alaine

Dawn B.

Colleen

Dawn F.

Rachel(me)

Joyce

Robyn

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. Please stop by each person listed above. Lots of wonderful inspirations, ideas and techniques to try out. Let me know if you have any questions. I love talking about stamping and cardmaking any and all the time. Don’t forget to comment to be entered to win a prize. One person will be randomly chosen and announced at the next Friends of Unity blog hop.

The winner of last month’s hop is….Amy Williams!!!

Congratulations Amy! Please message me with your mailing address and I will send your prize!

Until May, thanks again I appreciate you. Stay safe and healthy. Enjoy all the beginnings of what Spring has to offer!

Rachel Duong

Please follow me on Instagram @cardartbyrachel – I post often and if you tap on my profile picture I have coordinating videos on my story

I am also on TikTok @cardartbyrachel – I have coordinating videos showing how I created some of these cards!

“Keep shining beautiful one, the world needs your light.” author unknown

Welcome to the March 2021- Friends of Unity Blog Hop!

The cue for March is the sketch pictured below. This was a new, creative experience for me. I love how it took the layout design decision out of the equation and I spent more attention on choosing colors, stamps and embellishments. How great is that?! Please try using this sketch for your next card and be sure to share your creations in the Unity (Show and Tell) Facebook page!

Here is my first card.

This sweet girl is so happy and content. She is lost in the moment!

I decided on a red card because playing at the beach makes me think of the hot sand on my feet and the warm sun. I die cut two circles and stamped the image on the white one. As I colored this girl using Copic markers, I kept with reds, browns and orange tones. I glued her onto a larger red circle. I chose three washi tapes and had a time deciding which one would go where. I mounted the washi tape on white cardstock for contrast against the red. The sentiments were embossed with clear and Brutus Monroe alabaster powders.

Supplies I used
Stamp set by Phyllis Harris for Unity Stamp Company. Just adorable!

Building sandcastles is the best time ever!
Butterflies are beautiful and free! I stamped the main butterfly on paper, colored it and fussy cut it out. I added dimension to give it height as if it just landed on the card! I stamped the same image under the first one so that the antennae was visible. Before I glued the circle down, I blended ink around it. I took a larger circle mask and blended more ink to create a faint ring hoping to give the viewer a sense of movement.
A close-up of the butterfly and the Stickles I used for sparkle!
Supplies I used
Butterfly set by Graciellie Design for Unity Stamp Company. So unique and pretty! The sentiment is from another Unity set.

There is something so peaceful about butterflies. My dream is that they visit me often in my garden!
Light washes of watercolor. I love the background florals in grey. Subtle but yet striking. I was really pleased with how the washi tape coordinated with the card and the animal print added that bit of style. I added burlap twine for keeping with the natural feel of the card.
Stickles I used for the adornment in the bride’s hair. A wonderful finishing touch.
Supplies I used
Main image came from a KOTM. I used the floral image and sentiment from this set by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company.
Another photo in a different light and backdrop. I am loving her pink hair!
We have so many snails and slugs where I live. When my daughter was a little girl, she kept a dried slug in her pocket. Then one day I found it on her dresser for safe keeping. I guess she thought it was cute, it was her pet slug! I stamped the snail with a combination of Ink On 3 fadeout ink and Memento brown ink. I colored the snail using the no-line technique but needed stronger lines for the eyes. I used a Tim Holtz stencil for the tree background. He is a pretty handsome creature if you ask me!

This sentiment comes in handy a little too often!
Supplies I used
Stamp set by Lisa Glanz for Unity Stamp Company. It is great for love, laughs, forgetfulness, thanks and encouragement!

Photograph with a warm glow in true snail fashion!

Friends of Unity: Please hop to the next person on the list after you finish here!

Crystal

Eileen

Dawn B.

Colleen

Bobbie Sue

Kim

Dawn F.

Rachel(me)

Joyce

Alaine

Robyn

That’s it for this month. I hope you found some awesome, new ideas and inspiration. Don’t forget to comment below. One person will be randomly chosen to win a prize! The winner will be announced in the April Friends of Unity Blog Hop.

I almost forgot… the winner from last month’s blog hop is Neeter N. – Congratulations and thank you for participating in our hop! Please message me with your address and I will mail you your prize!

Have a wonderful March and looking forward to seeing you next month. Stay safe and healthy!

Rachel

Please visit me on Instagram and Tik Tok @cardartbyrachel

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”

Welcome to our February 2021 Friends of Unity Blog Hop!

I am thrilled to join the Friends of Unity group! I love Unity stamps and I hope to create cards every month that inspire and spark creativity.

The theme for this month is paper piecing. What a fun technique! When I heard this was our cue, I immediately took out my scissors and was ready to go!

This is my first card. I just love this lady so much.

It was an absolute blast making this card. I paper pieced the dress with a happy floral print. Next I colored her hair with silver and violet metallic colored pencils. I used Copic markers for the skin and purse. I added Ranger Liquid Pearls to her jewelry and 3D Crystal laquer to her eye glasses. Then I used Tim Holtz Distress oxide ink with a Tim Holtz music notes stencil for background interest. Last for embellishments, I rolled out the washi tape and Scrapper’s Floss to tie on the sentiment tag. I chose a button to finish it off…cute as a button!
Supplies I used for this card.
Unity has more stamps with this lovely lady. There is also a gentleman image too.
I had such a fun time making the first card, I made another. This time I chose a darker, moodier pattern for paper piecing the dress. I used Copic markers to color the rest of the image, 3D Crystal laquer for the glasses and Ranger liquid pearls for her jewelry. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe alabaster embossing powder.
Paper piecing isn’t complete without a sofa and pillows! I like how it turned out but there are definitely things I could have done more carefully. I cut out each pillow and blanket and blended Tim Holtz distress ink on them to enhance their color. I used markers to color the drapes. The sentiment, I embossed with clear powder to give it dimension. I added Stickles on the hearts at the corners. A Gina Marie die cut frame completes the card. It was fun picking out colors and patterns while pretending I am an interior designer!

Supplies I used for the sofa card.

The sofa image is from this Kit of the Month.

One more paper pieced card. I used a fine patterned pink paper for the girl’s shirt.
and another… hat, gloves and mittens with blue polka dot patterned paper.

Friends of Unity :

Crystal

Eileen

Colleen

Kim

Rachel(Me)

Amber

Dawn B.

Dawn F.

Joyce

Robyn

Thanks for stopping by, I enjoyed sharing my paper piecing projects. Please let me know if you like this technique and what images you have paper pieced. I have a prize for one of you who comments below! The winner will be announced next month.

Have a wonderful day. Until next time, stay safe and healthy!

Rachel

You can also find me on Instagram at cardartbyrachel.

“There is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” Amanda Gorman

Hi and Hello!

It’s been a little while since I’ve been here. I hope you are doing well. I am stamping/cardmaking vigorously and obsessively! Spending time at home learning new ways of interacting on social media with card makers all over the world. It has been a pleasure.

This card is made with one of my favorite Unity stamps. It is beautiful and easy to color and has so many possibilities.

I stamped the image with Versamark ink and embossed it in gold. I used a sentiment from another Unity set. I loosely painted the image with metallic watercolors. To add interest I smooshed Nuvo drops in random places and sprinkled glitter over the drops while still drying. Red string to complete my card.

Have a beautiful day and enjoy every moment!

“And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.” Amanda Gorman

I am on Instagram. Please visit me at cardartbyrachel.

Welcome to our…

This is my first blog hop ever and I am excited!  Hope you find our creations inspiring and full of new ideas.

Kim Marie Monson Leach http://www.frogoffaith.blogspot.com

Rachel Duong https://findingpeacestamper.home.blog

Heidi Cope https://heidicopecreations.com

Shelly McGovern Schmidt https://shellymc2.blogspot.com

Sue Wisniewski https://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com

Pamela J. Duncan https://pamspearls4u.blogspot.com

Cara Malmrose https://creativechaosbycara.blogspot.com

Ashley Johnson https://marklandandmain.blogspot.com

 

“Wild Heart” by Angie Blom is whimsical, dreamy and flowing.    

I chose this kit because lately I have been enjoying painting loose watercolor backgrounds and I thought “Wild Heart” would go well with one of them.  I decided to use lighter, pastel colors to give this card an airy feel.  I can imagine it for many occasions and can even picture it for a baby.

I stamped this sentiment with Versafine ink and used Zots to adhere the sentiment. I wanted the sentiment raised but not too high. Zots are very sticky and great for just a little dimension. The embroidery thread looks like a butterfly. I looped the thread four times and tied another piece around it.
I love embellishments! Opalescent sequins surround the image. Pink stickles fill in the hearts and Ranger liquid pearls fill in the circles. I loosely colored the feathers with water soluble markers.
These are some of the supplies I used to create this card.

If you love feathers and are a free spirit, you need this kit! Depending on the color scheme you choose, it can be used in so many ways.

Thank you for visiting my blog and don’t forget to visit all the blogs and comment to win!

Have a fantastical day!

Rachel

“Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.” Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Day 5 – Growing in Unity

Hello! This is the last day of my GIU week. It’s been a great ride! Thank you for allowing me to share my creations with you these past few days. I appreciate all the kind words and wonderful comments. I am ending my week with a stamp kit by Phyllis Harris “…happy mind happy life.” This girl is pure joy! I love how her hair is blowing in her face, the effortless smile and her bare feet.

She reminds me of how much I still love to swing. I sure do!I began by stamping the image with Memento black ink and colored her with Copic markers. Next I loosely masked the image and stenciled the sunshine with a Tim Holtz stencil called “Rays”. Then I used Stickles to add sparkle to the cloud. Stickles are my favorite embellishment. They are tiny bits of glitter glue that last forever and can be applied in small amounts. Stickles enhance a card when it needs a little umph! Sunny paper with a die cut edge complements the image. The sentiment is roughly shaded and bordered with dark teal. Finally I added holographic sequins loosely around the card to add impact and shine.Here are some of the supplies I used.I adore this stamp kit by Phyllis Harris ” …happy mind happy life”. It is packed full of positive energy, peace, joy and all that is good.

Thank you again for spending this week with me. I hope you enjoyed this time as much as I have.

Thank you to Unity Stamp Company for allowing stampers like me to have a place to share our creations.

Please leave a comment and you will be entered to win Unity stamps.

Hope you have a day spent doing what you love!

Rachel

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”  Eleonora Duse

Day 4 – Growing in Unity

Today I am just going to relax and stay at home!

Talk about soft, light and airy with tons of pattern and texture, I feel this room sings happy and light heartedness. I can’t wait to plop down and enjoy a cup of coffee with a hint of sweetened condensed milk.

This kit is “Warmth of Home” by Beth Duff.  At its release, I immediately imagined all the paper piecing opportunities it brought. I will decorate this room for every holiday, the four seasons, a cabin retreat, a beach house getaway, a college apartment…

I chose Memento Rose Bud ink to stamp everything on this card.  I use black and brown ink 99% of the time, so I challenged myself to try another color.

The floor is “Barn Wall” by Brutus Monroe. The rug, placed under the sofa at an angle, is to add interest and thus no fear of it being crooked or off-centered.

I used one embellishment, the blue floss bow. It is self restraint when I use just one embellishment.  And it’s not even sparkly or shiny! I added a few specks to the sentiment, it looked a little too bright for the rest of the card. Here are the supplies I used.  They look a little lonely.  I added paper scraps for company.“Barn Wall” by Brutus Monroe is timeless and I love the contrast of the dark and light boards.“Warmth of Home” by Beth Duff. Notice the pillows have a deer and a tree on them! I paper pieced over the images for my card today but will definitely use them when I make a cabin themed card or Christmas card. Also the stamp I used for the rug makes a great wall hanging over the sofa.

Thank you again for spending time with me and please don’t forget to comment to win Unity stamps.

Enjoy your day today!

Rachel

“Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose.”

Day 3 – Growing in Unity

It’s the middle of the week and a good day to dive a little deeper.

I am using a stamp called “Windows to the Soul” by Donna Downey Studios to create this card. It is a single stamp of a face and comes in two sizes, this is the large one. She/he is absolutely mesmerizing. Take a minute to hear all that is going on in her/his soul.

I began by using Tim Holtz Distress Inks to create a watercolor background.

After stamping the face, I embossed it with clear powder to give it a shine.  I used a small amount of chalk on the eyes and mouth… just enough to give these features depth.

I stamped mixed sentiments with the distress inks used for the background.

Then I placed a tear shaped jewel under the eye, a pewter heart brad under the nose and silver Nuvo drops around the card.  If you’re like me and find it hard to wait for drops to dry, try squeezing them on acrylic sheets ahead of time. When a drop is needed, just take one off the sheet, it is ready to go!

Do you see the teal staples? I am glad to finally put them to use.

Here I am going for a natural organic-style looking tie. Not sure what it is but I like it. Do you see the fine gold wire? I must admit it’s been predominately used to unplug glue tips. Wire should make a comeback… It’s really a great embellishment that has been ignored for too long, and so much fun to twist and bend in all kinds of shapes. Two more things, I distressed the card’s edges with scissors and up in the top left, I used a photo corner for added interest.

Here are some of the supplies I used.

And the stamp…It is so amazing. There are limitless possibilities for this image. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Thank you for taking the time to see my card. Please leave a comment to win Unity stamps!

Until tomorrow, have a wonderful day!

Rachel

“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.                                                                                                                           The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.”     Albert Einstein

Day 2 – Growing in Unity

Today I would like to share a card about friends. This kit is “Impossible to Forget” by Angie Blom and Joselyn Nielson. For some reason I am drawn to the back view of people images. Maybe it’s because I get to imagine who these people are when they turn to face me. As I look at this trio, I see three lifelong girlfriends together on a summer day enjoying each others company in the country.

I watercolored the girls with Tim Holtz distress inks. I love watercolor painting because it is not precise. I am learning that leaving empty spaces at the top of images can give it an interesting light source. I used Spellbinders Frameabilities Classic Frame with metallic bronze paper.

I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Black Onyx ink. I used a curve punch to round the edges to mimic the curved edges on the frame. The embroidery thread is a favorite because it has just the right amount of shimmer.

I think these pieces have a bit of a vintage country feel.

I love this kit because it reminds me of my friends from home. I come from a tiny country town with one stoplight. I wouldn’t have chosen anywhere else to grow up.

Thank you for traveling back in time with me. I hope this post brings you fond memories of time well spent with friends. Please don’t forget to comment to win Unity stamps. Have an awesome day!

Rachel

“In the midst of winter, I have found in me, an invincible summer.” Albert Camus