Sunday, September 8, 2019

Brutus Monroe Guest DT Sept String Of Lights Happy Birthday

Hello to my crafty friends! Jeanie Hays here, guest designing this month! Thank you for taking a look at my latest creation using one of my new favorite stamp sets; String Of Lights. Take a look at the Brutus Monroe set online. It comes with 3 different strings of lights and sentiments! You'll get to see more with this set next week.

I wanted to create a background that would allow these lights to stand out. A stripy stencil, some watercolor pencils and watercolor paper did the trick. Taping the stencil down is a must in order create some order. But you could probably get a pretty background without a stencil too. I didn’t intend on scribbling but that is what happened and I kinda like the results. Not adding too much water allowed for some of the pencil marks to remain. Shifting the stencil up, re-taping it, scribbling some yellow pencil and washing quickly over it with water made for a super quick background.

The String Of Lights are stamped twice in Archival ink using a Misti. There is a tiny hint of green in the background so I added some green flat backed pearls to pull that color out. I also added some blue pearls. Don’t they make the most adorable 3d lights?

The black twine is meant to be a continuation of the Sting Of Lights but softened with a bow. I need a birthday card today for a fellow crafter! I grabbed the Happy Birthday Sentiment from the FeatheredFriends kit. The stripes gave it a natural underline creating a perfect place for it to rest until read.

Thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment and I will randomly draw a name from my 3 Brutus Monroe Blog Post comments to win a surprise past stamp of the month stamp just in time for Thanksgiving. Winner announced Oct. 1st.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Friends Of Unity Sept Autumn Colors

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Autumn Colors

There is so much to love about fall; especially the colors. My favorite thing about fall though is.... just watching the leaves drop from the trees. They have a way of floating through the air perfectly; in such a way as to float, swirl and catch your attention for just a moment.

I was lucky enough to get this Sept 2016 KOTM from participating in Unity's Growing In Unity guest designer program.

Prisma colored pencils were perfect for laying color on top of the dirt (kraft paper). I used a blender pent to melt the colors of the leaves together. It also helps put the pigment into the  micro valleys of the paper. The sentiment is from a grab bag.

This same Kit of the Month has some amazing stamps in it. These pumpkins are just adorable and were perfect to continue on with the fall theme. I used the same Prismas as the above card. I also used the same SU sweater embossing folder for both cards. I think it just wraps the card in some more fall.

Happy Fall Y'all!

Dawn B
Dawn F
Jeanie (you're here)
Bobbie Sue

I will be giving away a random Itty Bitty this month. Comment for a chance to win. Look for other giveaways in the hop as well!

Disclaimer: Friends of Unity appreciates every single comment we get. So much so that we use our own stash every month for a giveaway. We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. But, they DO approve of our hop by lovingly enabling us. We started this hop because we love Unity. That is all. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with Unity Stamp; our favorite stamp company.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Friends of Unity August Furry Friends

Friends Of Unity
Furry Friends-August

I was that little girl playing with My Little Ponies, that little girl with her faced pressed against the car window just to get a glimpse of a horse in the field, that little girl who locked herself in her bedroom for hours just to sketch horses, that little girl who had white glossy glass unicorns on her dresser and that little girl who made her sister crawl around the floor on all fours and whinny like a horse (I would then smack her to make her go. I was an awful sister.). Yeah... the horse fever was that bad. It was something I was born with and will never get out of my blood. 

Remember long ago when The Black Stallion movie came out? It was then that my little girl mind became determined that I was going to one day own a black Arabian. God must have heard every prayer that dirty blonde tangly haired girl prayed because in my early twenties that prayer became REAL. Imagine that! 

I won't go into all of the details about Chukka; the drop dead gorgeous black Egyptian Arabian that God put into my life. I will tell you that he would take me into a world that was so full of peace and contentment; a world that only God could create. The timing of Chukka in my life was perfect and his departure perfectly timed as well. God gives and God takes away. Chukka is now running with a herd of horses in the clouds.  I truly believe that God gives us animals to remind us that our time here on earth is sort. One day I will be drawn up into the clouds as well. I hope that the Lord puts me on my black horse's back once again, maybe next to Him riding his white one. 

(A blessed time in my life.)

Card Recipe:
Unity Stamp- easier with YOU by my side by Phyllis Harris
Canson XL Watercolor paper
Arteza brush pens
SU Archival Ink
Tim Holtz stitched die

Kelly Parker is my winner from last month's blog! Please email me with you mailing address at

Show some love to all the furry friends to have a chance to win some Unity. Trot on over to Joyce's blog!

Jeanie (you are here)
Disclaimer: Friends of Unity appreciates every single comment we get. So much so that we use our own stash every month for a giveaway. We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. But, they DO approve of our hop by lovingly enabling us. We started this hop because we love Unity. That is all. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with Unity Stamp; our favorite stamp company.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Petals for the Pittmans Friends of Polka Dot Orchard

We are here to help one of our own. Larissa Collins Pittman is a cherished part of our crafty family. Her bio is inspiring when you look and see how many amazing companies she has worked with, sharing her time, energy, and love of this incredible crafty journey. And whether you realize it or not you have been enjoying her work for years, seeing her projects for so many of the companies we all love! She needs our help and as one of the most caring communities we know, we are reaching out to all of you to help us help her. 
Larissa has been facing her own health issues. Gary, her husband, has been a police officer for over twenty years. He was in the process of trying to find work closer to home so that he could take care of her, when his own medical needs began to surface. He has had many hospital stays, lots of ups and downs, astronomical medical bills, and is still battling, every day, to just be able to be at home and try to regain his health. They are out of money, yet the medical bills continue to mount. Please help us to help them!
(tag made out of my origional artwork)

Hello friends, today I have a very special card to share with you. It's created with one of the images available in a unique floral digital stamp set being sold by Polka Dot Orchard. This lovely set is part of a fundraiser to help the Pittmans during their difficult medical ordeal. (Larissa Pittman is one of our crafty friends who blogs at Muffins and Lace.)
(featuring PDO ribbon)

You can read more about Larissa and her husband Gary here: Pittman’s Go Fund Me
Polka Dot Orchard has collaborated with several different artists and companies to put this digital stamp set together. It only will be available for a limited time, so stop by their Etsy shop today and purchase yours!  ALL PROCEEDS from this special set will go to directly to the Pittman's. There is also a crafty link up with sponsored prizes on the can find all the details by visiting  Polka Dot Orchard

(the Trumpet flower as it is in it's natural state as I saw it and sketched it; on it's side)

Even if you can't purchase a digi set to support the Pittmans I ask that you please pray for them. Pray for God's healing hand to touch both of them and for His love to surround them during this difficult time.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Friends of Unity July Hop Vintage

I am just a vintage SOUL

Old, distressed, worn, rustic, well loved and maybe even a little dirty. Those are the words I think of when I think of vintage. So..yeah... I'm getting kinda old, kinda distressed, worn out, rustic, my clothing often looks well loved and maybe even a little dirty. LOL! ha! So this blog post could totally be about me! Thank the Lord it's not. Thank the Lord it's just about paper and ink.

Ring Ring!

Vintage telephones are a cool thing. I remember plugging my little child finger into the circular number hole and swirling it all the way around. It was fun to me, like my finger was on a merry-go-round...until you had to start all over again. And who remembers touch lamps?..not that this is one but I played with those when I was younger until I drove my mom cray-cray! I think there are still a few of those things around.

Unity Stamps: Call Me... I'll laugh at You by Angie Blom and Life Brighter by Joslyn Nielson
Paper: Tim Holtz & The Paper Studio
Embossing Powder: Recollections
Ink: Tim Holtz distress
Other stamps: SU
Dies: Tim Holtz

A horse of the past
If ya'll know me, ya know my love for horses. Here is a Vintage postcard re-purposed into some eye-candy. This guy kinda reminds me of my old horse Chukka.

Unity Stamps: Rose from a grab bag, lace- Sept 2018 SMAK
Ink: Tim Holtz distress and SU white craft
Paper: The Paper Studio
Lace: SU
Frame: Hobby Lobby (just incase you like rustic things too)
Photo: source unknown

A card saved from my card front discard stack that lingers on my desk. I attempted no line coloring on kraft, didn't like it, set it aside and forgot about it. Went through the stack recently and "saved" these flowers. I think it could work as a wedding card? Idk... worth saving though. You should totally save something too.

Unity Stamps: Girl Truly, June 2017 SMAK
lace: SU
Prisms colored pencils
Pen: Gelly Roll white
Ink: SU crumb cake & white craft

The Wild Card-Inspired by Bobbie Sue

I just love Bobbie Sue's style and I wanted to try to use this classy lady in a simple way so that I can make sets of them as gifts to my snarky sisters. I used one of her examples to set the scene for this card. This one is a totally different take on vintage as far as the colors and feel. I am kinda diggin it.

Unity Stamp:  Gossip, hot-flashes & crazy by Joslyn Nielson
Ink: SU black archival
Paper: something cheap because there are dingleberries
Dot Embellishments: Nicole Love

Hop back through time with us, leave a comment on each blog to have a chance to win some Unity. I am giving away some random grab bag sentiments and images! Tell me which vintage card is you fav!

Jeanie Hays (that's me! you are here!)

Disclaimer: Friends of Unity appreciates every single comment we get. So much so that we use our own stash every month for a giveaway. We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. But, they DO approve of our hop by lovingly enabling us. We started this hop because we love Unity. That is all. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with Unity Stamp; our favorite stamp company.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Growing In Unity Group Hop

A dear friend of mine recently had a baby. Monday evening we are going to celebrate both her and baby Meadow. I wanted to make something; this is what I came up with.

I took an old frame that I had found at the Goodwill for like $1 and painted it with white chalk paint leaving it looking kind of distressed and rough. I love love love re-purposing things. Why buy new when you can keep something from a landfill right?!

I felt like I needed some sort of direction with color so I chose a rainbow. I used SU real red and the rest of the ink is Tim Holtz distress inks on watercolor paper. This came together fairly quickly and easy. Besides sweating over a smudge that "might" occur on all that white background, it was a breeze.

I used some letter dies that Robyn Jordon so graciously sent me. They fit perfectly into the frame with the # of letters needed. My only concern was that the M had to double as a W. Do you think it looks ok?

Wink of Stella added some sparkle and smoothed out some of the color on the flower tops.

My biggest challenge when creating this was getting the old picture out of the frame to put the new in. Thought I was going to break the glass several times. lol. Check out the backs of frames before you buy.

Make sure that you visit and comment on all of the Growing In Unity blogs for a chance to win!!! how fun is that?!

Lee Ann Barrett
Shannon Pavlovic Edwards
Brianna Jackson
Jeanie M. Hays (you are here)
Bobbie Sue McConathy
DeAnn O'Neill

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Friends Of Unity June Blog Hop Weddings

Friends Of Unity

"Don't do it!" That is what my husband yelled when I said, "help me figure out what to write about weddings for my blog." Then we both busted out laughing. I guess that's what you get after almost thirteen years of marriage. seriously just going to jump into telling you about my "Don't do it!" card. LOL

Margaret Girl must have NOT listened to my husband and instead met her fairy Godmother! She transformed into a beautiful bride in white! Guessing her balloons (I cut them off) were turned into a fabulous carriage or something.

Felt like I was playing with paper dolls when I was fussy cutting out her glittery dress. I used some fast fuse to attach some translucent purple ribbon under her dress. Now what to do with her? To me, she looked like she belonged sitting in a garden so that is where I set her. Her shoes even sparkle! 

"Forever" is a long time so I figured it needed to be repeated in the background. ha! From Wild Florals by Holly Hoffman.

I cut out some tiny flowers from the same Paper Studio-stack to give her a bouquet, added some tiny pearls around her and bibbidi-bobbidi-boo! Looks like she found her prince and lived happily over after. 
"Don't do it" "pffft whatever!"

My winner of a surprise itty-bitty from last month's hop is....majic wand swish... Michelle MichelleMay 6, 2019 at 5:21 PM
What a beautiful sentiment about a GREAT family business, and scene you created as really does look like a relaxing camping setting ♥️

Make sure to email me at with your mailing address to claim your prize.

Hop and leave a comment using your first and last name on each blog to be eligible to win some Unity.

Bobbie Sue
Jeanie (You're here)

Disclaimer: Friends of Unity appreciates every single comment we get. So much so that we use our own stash every month for a giveaway. We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. But, they DO approve of our hop by lovingly enabling us. We started this hop because we love Unity. That is all. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with Unity Stamp; our favorite stamp company.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Friends Of Unity May Blog Hop Fruitful

Friends of Unity

Matthew 7:16-20 King James Version (KJV)

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Digging through my Unity stamps I stopped when I came to this one of Angela Magnuson.

I was reminded of her sweet spirit and loving nature. What a perfect example of a fruitful person and a fruitful business. Unity is a small hard working family owned company that God has truly blessed. Angela is generous with so much including donating to needy families at Christmas through customer nominations. Yes I love love love Unity sales but that isn't what pulls us all to the company. It's all about who they are.

They are real people who make themselves tangible. I never feel like I am doing business with a brick wall but real live human beings. I always feel appreciated when I make even the smallest purchase, love how much they give away when they do a new release ( Angela knows how to make it super fun), loving and encouraging all of us on all of our creations on the fb Show & Tell page. Customer service is spectacular too. Any problem will be resolved because each person matters. It all adds up and it all means a lot to 1 (or thousands)itty bitty stamper(s) (pun intended). lol.

So I dressed Angela in fruity sweatshirt to make her look fruitful! Does it work? lol Hope and Peace trees with Tim Holtz distress inks with a blue sky behind reminds me of a peaceful mountain trip or camping. I made the clouds by using water drops to lift the ink. Just a super simple card that radiates a peaceful sense of fruitfulness.

Stamp set used: Whatever Comes Next, Northwoods Peace, Emerson girl (sentiment)
Inks: Tim Holtz distress and Arteza watercolor brush pens, and SU Archival Ink
Jane Davenport makeup

I will be giving away a surprise Itty-Bitty! Check the other blogs for giveaways too! So be sure to leave a comment on each Friends of Unity blog to qualify.

And just because this amazing lady is holding a coffee cup I get to enter her into the Coffee Spring/Summer blog hop! Woot!

Jeanie H. (You are right here)

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Friends of Unity April Rainy Days

Friends Of Unity
Rainy Days

I am in a season of life that I hate rainy days. Rain means I'm stuck in the house with 3 kids who have way too much energy for one tired mama to handle.  So... Anyways... It's raining right now and I've got two arguing downstairs over who knows what and my 4 year old just stole my star punch and is making a mess of stars on the floor. So I'll let her do that so I can type this blog for you. And later we'll just imagine that the floor is the night sky. 😵🌜🌌

Heart Times

I has been wanting this set for a while and found it on the Unity Swap group page. Yay! The umbrella is so darn cute.

#1 I used Tim Holtz distress inks framed out by masking with Washi tape. Lifting ink with water splatters make some decent looking rain I think.

#2 Some older Stampin' Up paper came in handy here. Nothing fancy; the paper does all the work.

#3 I wanted to try something new to me; to watercolor on vellum. The umbrella was embossed first and then I used Jane Davenport watercolors letting the water run and carry the color down the vellum.

I decided to lay it on top of some pretty floral paper by Nicole Love because ya come after the rain. Some Unity Cinderella sequins added some sparkle.

I hope you have enjoyed this rainy day blog. The winner from last month is DanaM.  Please email me at to claim your prize. 

Won't you hop and splash in all the blog puddles...

Jeanie (you are here)
Bobbie Sue

Friday, March 8, 2019

Growing in Unity Day#5 Black Thumb Green Thumb

Growing In Unity Day#5

Black Thumb Green Thumb

Everblooming & I Hope This Grows!

 "I Hope This Grows" is a fitting name for these veggie stamps because that's what I'd be saying if I were gardening. Actually I'd prob be praying over it daily, "please God let them live!" because... I kill plants. I have such a hard time keeping things alive. I either over do it or not do enough. Can't seem to find the right balance of anything. But...that doesn't change the fact that I love flowers and love to eat fresh veggies...or stamp them. lol. Didn't make these garden sticks for myself though; made them for a friend of mine who has a GREEN thumb. 

These sticks were super easy to make. A quick white wash with chalk paint did the trick leaving it looking kinda rustic. Them I stamped the veggies and words with Gina K Amalgam ink (Unity sells this awesome ink). Arteza brush pens made watercoloring them super quick. Sealing the sticks would be a good idea for outdoor use. My spray seal was MIA when I needed it though. 

It was my friends birthday so I had to make a shaker card. This Everblooming card was the perfect addition to the garden sticks. A few weeks back I decided to get rid of last years planner. It had tons of pretty printed pages in it. I pulled out the pages and threw them in my paper bin. It is hard to see in the picture because the colors are soft but the seed packet, the pink printed piece and what the flower is stamped on are all the old planner paper. The green striped paper is from Hobby Lobby. Does it make me a hoarder that i pulled paper out of that planner?!! lol I'm just gonna call myself thrifty.

Twine wrapped several times around the stacked sticks then tied in a bow seemed to fit the rustic yet soft feel of the set.

I think my green-thumb-gardening friend liked her birthday gift. I have plans to make more. So easy and fun. I enjoyed stamping on something other than paper for a change.

So tell me... What color is your thumb? Leave a comment and you will be entered for a chance to win 1 of 2 Unity surprise grab bags.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Growing In Unity Day#4 Rollin With My Lunch Buddies

Growing In Unity Day #4

Rollin With My Lunch Buddies

How's It Rollin?

The 80's totally inspired this last month's ATC's for me. I'm always looking for inspiration for creating these little
buggers. My mom used to use the rink as a babysitter. She'd drop my sister and I off and pick us back up when it closed. We loved every minute of it. I can still remember the rows of dirty skates on the racks, the dico ball,

the funky colors, the music, the good times. Can I just go back to being a kid please? lol Now I take my kids skating but stay with them. That's their feet above.

This is one of the things I love about Unity. They have such fun and funky stamps; stamps that we fall in love with. These skates were created right out of my memory.

Who remembers the big orange wheels? Pom Poms anyone? The background is from an 80's coloring book that I found at AC Moore in the clearance bin for like 80 cents. Little details make these skates fun. Did you see the lace hanging out?

Let's do Lunch!

Another Unity stamp that I fell in love with was this cute lunchbox. Did you have metal or plastic? I remember I actually had a pink plastic Barbie one. Got sick of it and covered it with stickers. The school I went to was so small we didn't even have a cafeteria and we had to eat in our classrooms at our desks. We didn't have any lunchroom drama to deal with; at least not until high school. lol

This pink lunchbox above is the lunchbox I remember. I incorporated pink and had to color the stamp with bright colors to get that 80's feel.

I like things interactive so I figured out a way to make this lunchbox open up. It took some fussy cutting and gluing to add a hinge on the bottom but so simple to do. The cupake is from Sweet, Warm &Whipped. The backgroumd paper is Nicole Love Comic Strip. I asked each Uni sister in my ATC group to, "sit my me!"

I hope you've enjoyed skating and lunchtime at The Washi Horse. Leave a comment answering any of the questions above or just leave some love and you'll be entered to win 1 of 2 Unity grab bag prizes.