Thursday, July 26, 2018

Unity Christmas-in-July Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to our "Christmas in July" blog hop.  There are lots of cute new releases and tons of Christmas-themed items on sale at Unity.
 
First I have Special Winter Friends from Angie Blom.  This is colored with distress ink/markers.  I just grabbed some paper from my stash and added that cute little American Crafts 3D sticker.


The second one is Christmas Magic from Tierra Jackson.  It too is colored with distress markers/ink.  I added some Christmas Red Stickles to the lights on the wreath, a gold star sequin to the tree top, and another of those 3D stickers.  The paper is from the new Plaid Tidings stack available now at Hobby Lobby.


I hope I've provided a bit of Christmas inspiration and just wait until you see all of the design team creations for this release.  You (and me) might not be ready for the actual holiday, but this hop just might put you in the mood to create.
 
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Here's the list of today's "hoppers".  You should have come from Kary's blog and Mandi is next.
  

 
Don't forget to hop, then shop!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Unity Blog Hop - NEW Graciellie Designs

Hello everyone.  Not only is summer heating up, but there is a HOT new release at Unity Stamp Company featuring the fabulous artwork of Gracie Chavez.
 
I have created a couple of samples for you and it was really hard to choose just two.
 
First up, we have "Hey Friend".  I colored this with Sakura watercolors. I diecut the top of the panel with a pretty little scalloped edge die and added some of the fabulous Aurora sequins available at Unity.
 
 
 
My other sample is "Tea Cup Floret".  Again it is colored with Sakura watercolors and fussy-cut.  I diecut a frame to put my image on and added some clear sequins.
 
 
This hop is extra special because some of Gracie's design team is joining us and their creations are nothing short of amazing.
 
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Here is the full list of the talented girls.
 
 
I hope I've inspired you just a bit to take the time to look at all of the past and new Graciellie Designs stamps at Unity.

Now remember...HOP, then SHOP!
 


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Unity Birthday Blog Hop

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This is one very special occasion today!  It's Unity's 10th birthday celebration. I've seen most of what the design team has created for you and I think you're going to be blown away by all of the samples - each and every one a masterpiece from Angie Blom.

  This first one is the Feel the Freedom kit. I took just the word free and scattered a few of them around after stamped the feather.  I smooshed on some distress inks then die-cut the image with a stitched rectangle die.  I added a piece of washi tape and mounted the sentiment with foam tape on top of that.  Lastly I added some Nuvo crystal drops to the heart at the top of the feather.
 
 

My second one is the Obsessed With Floral background stamp.  I stamped it and die-cut it with a stitched scalloped rectangle die.  I then smooshed some distress ink on the panel. I added a die-cut sentiment, that cute little bee, and some black Nuvo drops for the flower centers.  I could make so many of these quickly...vary the color, change the die-cut sentiment (or stamp one on another diecut), and use a different embellishment.



 

I've switched gears a bit for the next two,  This is the Focus on the Things kit.  The image and sentiment are on kraft cardstock and colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I added some Nuvo Crystal drops to the camera lens for shine and dimension and a few star sequins ('cause you gotta have an embellishment or two!).
 
 
Last is my favorite image from the birthday release.  This is the You Are Forever Beautiful kit.  Again, the image and sentiment are on kraft cardstock.  I VERY CAREFULLY "painted" the image with distress oxide ink using a teeny little paint brush. Then I added some accents with a white Prismacolor pencil and some tiny coordinating sequins.
 


I hope you've enjoyed my little bit of inspiration and now it's time to journey on and leave all the design team members participating today a little bit of love and encouragement.
 
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Here's the list of the design team members hopping tonight.  You should have come from Kary's blog and now you're on to Lisa.


 
Don't forget our motto...hop then shop!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Unity Blog Hop April 12-2018

WOW! April already!  I've been gone for about 3 weeks and haven't made a thing for over a month.  I was so excited to get home last week and see the new releases coordinating with this hop.
 
I've had a bit of time to play and have some inspiration for YOU.

I've made up two of the new Cuddlebugs from artist Tierra Jackson.
 
This first one is the Platypus.  I colored this image with distress markers and added a little cardstock paper clip from Michael's.  I mounted the image with foam tape on my patterned paper background.
 
 

 
My second one is the Sea Horse.  I punched the right edge of the bottom piece with a Fiskar's border punch and smooshed a bunch of green and blue distress ink on it.  The image is colored with Gelatos using water and a paint brush.  I assembled the card and added 3 copper sequins.




  
I hope you've enjoyed my little bit of inspiration and now it's time to journey on and leave all the design team members participating today a little bit of love and encouragement.
 
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Here's the list:
  

 
 
You should have arrived here from Kary's blog and now it's time to move on to Lisa.
 
Just don't forget what we always say...HOP, then SHOP!
 
Have a fabulous week.
 
 
 
 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

February Blog Hop

WOO! HOO! It's February and time for the monthly Unity blog hop.  The artists have been busy creating fabulous new images and sentiments and FIVE of them are releasing today!
 
I've had a bit of time to play and have some inspiration for YOU.
 
First up is a punny new set from Angie Blom called Wish You Were Beer.  Isn't that clever?  I colored this image with distress markers and used a lot of 3 different colors of Ranger Stickles for the foam.  Added a couple of pieces of washi tape and that's it!  You know me...it's all about easy!
 
 
Secondly I have an sadly adorable owl from Tierra Jackson - Owl So Sad which is just perfect for those sympathy cards (that sadly, we're owl-ways needing!).  I used my new Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray and a MFT starry night stencil to get the stars in the background, over which I used distress oxide ink and viola! the starts appeared.  Cool effect, huh?  I sat the sad little owl on a die-cut branch and highlighted the sentiment beneath him.
 
 
Lastly, but honestly my favorite image of this release (come on, we all have favorites, right?)  - Promise Always {again} from Tierra Jackson.  I HAD to make this a very senior couple as they reminded me of my dearly-departed Mom and Dad.  This one is done with Prismacolor pencils on kraft cardstock.  I only used 5 colors on this as I'd rather build up layers of one color to create depth, shadows, and highlights.
 
 
 
I hope you've enjoyed my little bit of inspiration and now it's time to journey on and leave all the design team members participating today a little bit of love and encouragement.
 
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Here's the list:
 
 
You should have arrived here from Kary's blog and now it's time to move on to Lisa.
 
Just don't forget what we always say...HOP, then SHOP!
 
Have a fabulous week.
 
 
 
 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Unity Hop for Angela's Birthday

Hello everyone.  It's Thursday and we're already through 1/3 of January-WOW!  This hop is kind of special because Angela's birthday is just 2 days away and we have lots of new releases to share with you.
 
I've had company since the beginning of the month, so I haven't had any time to create.  I have just one card to share.  I HAD to make something using the new release (cover your eyes if you're sensitive-lol) from Joslyn Nielson - Damn Girl.  I just love it when she comes up with her snarky/sarcastic sentiments and a lovely lady that puts it all in perspective.
 
I colored my card with Prismacolor pencils on kraft cardstock.  It was quite simple as I only colored her face and hat and added a small halo of white around her upper body.  She is die-cut with a Sizzix oval die and the I die-cut a portion of that out using a Tim Holtz die just to give it some added interest.

 
Here is the entire kit showing all of the awesome sentiments.
 
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You can see all of the new releases HERE.
 
Now as with every hop. there are prizes to be had just for grabbing your favorite beverage and leaving a bit of love on each blog in this hop.   Those winners will be announced on the Unity blog on Monday evening.
 
You should have arrived here from Kary's blog and now you may move on to Lisa's blog.  Here is a full list of everyone who is hopping.
 
Remember to hop and then shop!
 

 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

LET'S HOP!

WOO HOO!  It's November and the first Brown Thursday reveal!
 
You know that this month is very special for Unity customers.  There are lots of new releases this month and the design team will be bringing you tons of inspiration. And or course the sales...oh yes, the SALES!
 
Let's start with another set of Tierra Jackson's Cuddlebugs!  Remember the first four that were released a couple of month's ago?  Well, their playmates have arrived...Dog, Cat, Pig, and Bunny.  I've done up three of them for you.  They are all paper-pieced and accented with Prismacolor pencils.
 
 
Here's the Bunny.  I added a little patch because this is exactly the kind of animal my Grandma Betty would have sewn for her Grandkids and mended as many times as necessary.  There is also a bit of distress marker for the background and a MFT stitched die frame.
 
 
Here's the Pig...SQUEEEEE!  For his background I used a Honey Bee cloud die and distress ink.
 
 
And my favorite just because I love dogs so much!  Again, some distress markers for the background and I cut a little rug for him to sit on.
 
 
We've also got some new Phyllis Harris for you and here's one I made up last night.  It is stamped on kraft cardstock and colored with Prismacolor pencils.
 
 
Now I know you're going to miss all of those beautiful faces we've been using for the HOP links, but with the new web site came a new blog and we're going old school for this HOP.  You should have arrived here from the Unity blog Unity Stamp Company and now you should check out Shemaine's blog Shemaine
 
There are still 2 fabulous prize packages up for grabs.  All you have to do is leave a lovely comment on each blog in this HOP including the Unity blog.  We'll post the winners on the Unity blog on Monday evening.
 
Here is the complete list in case you get lost along the way.
 

 
Have fun hopping and then shopping.