Thursday, November 10, 2016

Brown Thursday HOP

I'm so excited for this HOP!  It's that "ALL OUT" time of year for Unity. TONS of new releases and a discount on almost every stamp in the store - just for YOU.  The big benefit is that it's happening right now - well before any of this Black Friday nonsense so you have plenty of time to check out all of the new stuff and move all that wish list stuff right into your cart!  Let's go!
 
I wish I'd had time to play with all of the new releases, but there are so many I only did a few.  This post is still full of photos and some friendly tips.
 
I'm a HUGE Phyllis Harris fan and this release is stunning.  This Magical as Snow kit is destined to become one of my favorites. It's colored with distress markers and the the edges are inked with more distress ink.  I rotated the circle frame snowflake die just so it appeared that one of the snowflakes was sitting in her hand.

 
Let's move on to a beautiful sentiment kit (Full of Merry) just in time for Christmas card and tag making.  This card is so easy to make! Take a rectangle of card stock smaller than your card front.  Die cut an ornament shape from the center (think of the other seasonal possibilities!).  Stamp your sentiment on some cardstock, add some simple coloring, and mount behind your frame with foam tape.  Adhere the whole thing to your card and add some sequins and a twine bow.


The new I Tolerate You kit from Lisa Arana is just the sweetest image.  Again, I used my go-to coloring tools - distress makers.  The bear is colored completely while for the bunny, I simply used a light color and went right inside the image line then took a wet paint brush over that to blend it out a bit.  This gives some depth to a white image :) I love the little strip of "sweater paper" I found at HL and then some die cut snowflakes to finish it off.


Now it's Joy to Go from Angie Blom.  She might be famous for her girls, but her talent extends to so many other images (psst!, like this one). It's easy to color a detailed image with distress markers (or any water-based marker).  For instance on the pine branches, lay done a fine line with your marker on the main stem and then use a paint brush or water brush to pull the color out to the ends of the needles.  It creates such a pretty watercolor effect.  As with all of my cards, I want the image to be the focal point.  I only added a piece of a doily and a little enameled heart dot for embellishments.


I saved my favorite for last.  Anyone that knows me knows that I love dogs.  OK, so Labradors are my absolute favorite, but I do love all dogs.  This little fellow from the Lucky Dog kit is just the cutest thing.  The coloring is so simple.  I kind of squiggled (my word-of-the-day) some distress marker close to the black parts of the image and then took a very wet pint brush and laid it on top of the color to let it flow a bit.  The result is a tri-color dog!  The sentiment is masked to break it into 2 parts (or if you prefer and I do! - just cut into 2 parts - no stamp harmed in doing this).  You can still stamp the parts into a straight line, or do what I did to get them to fit into the little tag die.  One sad note here...the paper I used is part a very old DCWV Pet Mat Stack.  To the best of my knowledge it is no longer available.  I guess this is why I have so much paper that I can't let go of!

 
So here's the big SCOOP you've all been waiting for.
 
 
And don't forget what happens every single HOP...there are prizes to be had just for leaving each design team member a little bit of love.
 
 
So follow all of the pretty faces you see below (and the Unity blog too!).  Remember our HOP motto
HOP, then SHOP!
 
 
 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

September HOP with Unity

Hello everyone and welcome to the Unity September HOP!  We have a fabulous lineup of talented design team members who have sooooo much inspiration for you tonight.

As we head into the holiday season, my first card features the new Warmhearted Owl Kit from Angie Blom.  Isn't this pair of owls sitting under one big Santa hat just the cutest???
 
 

My second card features one of the new mixed-media kits from Jolande and her friend Marleen...Better With Friends.  Oh, how versatile these are!
 
 

Now, you know! there's got to be sale to go along with our little HOP.  Here are the details.
 
 


 
Once again, you have a chance to win a fabulous Unity prize package.
 
 
Just click on the next pretty face you'll see at the bottom of each post and leave some love :)
The winners will be announced on the Unity blog on Monday evening.

You know the routine...HOP, then SHOP!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

August HOP with Unity

Good evening Unity friends.  Did you know that in addition to our monthly HOP, Unity is hosting it's first EVER live release party on Facebook?  What a good time is in store for you.  Not only with all of the inspiration here in the HOP, but with lots of extra peeks on Facebook.

Please bear with me because I have 4 cards for you tonight...just because I love all of the new releases so much!  I'm going to get right to it and if you follow all the way to the end, you'll discover what a HUGE sale Unity is having this weekend.  I hope you've been saving your allowance because its a really big deal!

This new kit is from Angie Blom and Lisa Arana...Mystical Mermaid (PSST! - she's my favorite)
 
 
Now another one of Angie's stunning creations...Other Side of Fear
 
 
Here's one from Lisa Arana...Bones About It
 
 
And lastly one more cutie from Lisa...One Little Latte
 
 
Now here are a few of this weeks sale banners
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Now whether you're a first time hopper or a veteran, I'll give you the scoop on how to be considered for a one of two Unity prize packages given away just for hopping!  Simply follow the array of design team members shown below and leave a sweet comment on each blog including the Unity blog.  Two commenters will be chosen on Monday and posted on the Unity blog at 6:00 PM CDT.
 
So get busy viewing all the pretty things we've made for you.  You know the drill...HOP, then SHOP!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

July HOP with Unity

WOW!  Can you believe that July is almost over?  Where has the summer gone?
 
Don't know about you, but I've been super-busy this summer and am certainly looking forward to stepping up my card-making time.
 
For this HOP, I thought I'd share some of my favorite cards made this month along with a couple of new ones.  Here's a look back on July.


SOTW-Truth Be Told


SOTW-Row of Poppies

Layers of Life-Be Yourself


Kit of the Month-Glittering Eyes


July Sentiment Kit-Let Your Wishes Fly


Don't forget that each time we HOP, we LOVE it when you leave each design team member some sweet encouragement.  Also, we pick 2 random commenters to receive a super Unity prize package.  They will be announced on Monday evening om the Unity blog.









Just follow the pretty faces below.

 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Unity June HOP

Hello all of you Unity fans.  It's the last Thursday in June and that means it's time for our monthly HOP.
 
I have a few cards for you today and hopefully they will inspire you to start/add to your Unity collection.
 
Here's one using a new release from the Woodland collection from a couple of weeks ago.  I think Angie Blom did an awesome job with her sets of four unique critters.  Here's mine using Woodland Deer.
 
 
Now for one of my very favorite (don't I always say that???) sentiment kits.  Living in Southern AZ, I ADORE these cacti and the sentiments say so much more than the usual hello, thank you, just for you, etc.  These will definitely round out your sentiment collection.  Here's a sample from Succulent Salutations.
 
 
Lastly I have probably the most CAS card I've ever made using the brand new edgy PMS Peggy kit.  Whether you've been through this or are anticipating it (yeah, right!) in the near or distant future, I can attest to the truth in the sentiments in this kit-LOL!
 
 
Just like every other week, there's a fantastic sale going on over the 4th of July{American} holiday weekend.  You have plenty of time to HOP and SHOP.  Remember, if you leave a comment on each blog (including the Unity blog) you have a great chance of winning a super-duper prize package.  Since Monday is a holiday, this blog hop's winners will be announced on Tuesday evening.


 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hoppin' into Summer




Hello everyone.  I know that technically summer isn't here for another month, but here in the States Memorial Day Weekend kind of marks the official start of summer.

I think you're going to LOVE all of the inspiration coming your way from the team today.  There are a ton of new releases this week and most of us have used several of them to {hopefully} make you want to shop your heart out!

First up I have the Jar of Hope designed by Angie Blom.



Now 2 cards from Keep Going Anyway by Joslyn Nielson.




Last, but certainly not least here's one from You Are a Classic by Lisa Arana.



Besides the new releases, there is so much more on sale.
 
 
 
 
 
 


In addition, shipping in the US is just $2!
 
So now's the time to follow our little HOP for your chance to be one of two winners of a fabulous Unity prize package.  Just click on each of the beautiful faces below and the Unity blog too :) and leave a little love for all of these fabulous girls.  Since Monday is a holiday in the US, winners will be announced on Tuesday night.
 
Don't forget!  Hop, then shop!
 
 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Unity

Good evening everyone.  It's the last Thursday of the month and time for the monthly HOP with the Unity Design Team.  AND time to say "HAPPY 8th BIRTHDAY" to Unity.
 
I'm super-excited for this week's release.  There are some stunning designs and some fun ones too!
 
First up I have a card using the April KOTM.  I know I've said it before, but these are just the BEST value around.  I've subscribed for about 4 years now and also purchased several from before I joined - just one of the huge perks of subscribing :)  You can get all details HERE.
 
 
Now I have one of this week's fun releases - I Like Donuts (by Angie Blom)
 
 
All of the new releases are on sale for an unbelievable price.  Just visit the WEB SITE for these deals and oh, so many more happening during the Unity birthday sale.
 


Don't forget another BIG deal if you check out all of the blogs in this HOP.


Visit each of the pretty faces below (and Unity too!) and leave some sweet comments for your chance to win.