Saturday, February 1, 2020

Friends of Unity Feb 2020

Friends Of Unity
Feb Hop

Even if you are not a Harry Potter fan, you can still appreciate these keys from the kit Magic Inside all of Us. There is something magical about them. I'm pretty sure it's the wings added to an object, an object that can hold so many meanings. All Harry had to do was catch one!

Here you can see how the Tim Holtz transparent wings pop up off of the ATC. I used TH Vintage Photo ink to distress the edges and to also stamp the background keys. A splash is clear glitter paint added a little sparkle to "all that brownness."

Now this next project is not monochromatic at all. It was supposed to be but the background was screaming to be a sky. This, my fellow Uni's is a snitch. First I drew it in pencil and then I water-colored it using Jane Davenport watercolors. After adding the Sentiment, I added some detail on the wings with an ink pen. So for Christmas I got an Amazon gift card. I happened to run across a Harry Potter wax seal set. Gold wax, round seal = a perfect snitch shape if you ask me....well not really but this is art right? lol

Here is the one from the movie that Harry had to seek in order to win the quidditch match;
     A team sport played while straddling broomsticks, in which goals are scored by throwing a ball through any of                                                        three hoops fixed at either end of the field.

I had these envelopes that seemed perfect to send to my ATC pals. But they needed something. TH vintage photo added some age and then I stamped "Hedwig",Owl See You in white craft ink. I added an outline to him and then put him in his hand drawn cage.

  All students are required to take one of three animals to Hogwarts; A cat, toad, or owl. Below you can see what the real Hedwid looks like.

I added Harry's footsteps to the back of the envelope just like the marauder's map.. Something Magical kit has many Harry Potter stamps like the glasses seen above, a tiny owl, a lightening bolt etc. 

My last winner is Busy Faith who said "very cool cards". Please email me at to claim you prize.

I'm the last stop on the hop! I hope you had fun this month.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

Friends of Unity Blog Hop Celebrating 2 Years December

All is Calm

Winner winner turkey dinner! Janeen who said, "how cute to have a removable turkey." is my winner for commenting last month. Message me with your mailing address and I will get your prize out asap. Read on to see how you can win next month!

Thank you so much for hopping and helping us celebrate 2 years! Unity Stamp Company is giving away 2 huge prize packages and there are additional giveaways along the way too. To be eligible to win any of them, all you have to do is hop and comment on ALL of the FOU blogs.

The que this month is All is Calm but for some reason All is Cozy kept creeping into my head. So.. Coziness was my inspiration for my cards. Being able to cozy up is pretty much what gets me through winter.. well... besides crafting.

For my 1st card I used A "Bowl" Lotta Love and filled them with coffee by paper piecing it all together. Background/grounding stamp is Ikat Love. Sentiment is from Snowman To Go. I could argue that coffee makes me calm? Maybe.. well it does make me sane anyways. lol. Tenia Nelson was an inspiration to me for the creation of this card. Love love her style. My favorite part of this card is the glitter added to the spoon to look like sugar.

Kit of the Month by Angie Blom, Oct 2018 paired with Brutus Monroe's Barn Wall. My idea here was to create a rustic feel. I wanted the image to look like it was painted right onto the wood. Tim Holtz distress ink in Walnut Stain make the edges look more rustic and defined. Prisma colored pencils were great to use on the kraft paper. The vision is almost what I had in my head...almost. I'm ok with it. Sometimes you just gotta try. Sometimes you just stay calm and go with it. 

My last card does really bring a sense of peace and calmness. Here we go again with the kraft paper. It just feels so warm to me I can't help but use it. Distress ink is all over the place here. This Simply Lovely Birdie is totally an overlooked stamp! It is an amazing work of art by Tierra Jackson. The die used is Gina Marie. Again I colored with Prisma pencils.

Have you ever wondered why people set up bird feeders and love to just watch them? When I was younger I thought...that stuff is for old people. yeah... I just said that. Well,... I guess I'm old now because I have a bird feeder set up and I love to watch chickadee's, cardinals and other birds visit. They only stop for a moment and then in a flash they are gone. I'm left with a feeling of gratitude after one of these lovelies pays me a visit. So tell me... do you have a feeder set up?

I hope you enjoyed viewing my simple Calm Cozy cards! Keep hopping and I wish you much luck with winning. Merry Christmas! God Bless you!

you arrived here from Amber
You are here- Jeanie
next up- Dawn F

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Friends Of Unity November 2019 Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks
Friends Of Unity
November 2019

On a thankful note... I used this giant sentiment "Grateful" from Unity's September 2018 Kit of The Month. It just says it all! I picked some random fall colors from my mini Tim Holtz distress ink stash and smooched them in a row onto my glass media mat. You can seriously do this with any ink! A quick spritz with some water made for a watercolor look when I picked up the ink with the stamp. There was enough ink on the glass mat to stamp this sentiment over and over again until the watercolor paper was filled. A little ink goes a long way!

Faber Castell texture gems, with a few drops of water added, gold splatters added sparkle! This was a quick and easy card.

On a not so serious note... What's cookin!? Or should I say, "What's shakin?" It's a turkey from Build A Turkey! Looks like his feather's have been plucked and he is already in the pot! Brutus Monroe Inspiration Box papers were the perfect colors for his feather's. The sequins in the shaker are from Brutus Monroe too. I got the pot from a Unity grab bag.

Oh no! He's not happy with being in the pot and is trying to get away! ...yeah, can't blame him. I'd be running too. LOL! Now that he is out, you can see his featherless body is colored with prisma colored pencils.

So I guess I should finish this blogpost off with saying something I'm grateful for right?! Well... I'd have to say,..."YOU!" Totally grateful for you and the continued love you show FOU. You make blogging fun and worthwhile! 

Leave a comment below telling me which card is your favorite and what you are grateful for and you'll be entered into a random drawing to win a grab bag of sentiments from me. ( shipping to u.s. residents only please)

Alaine (You should have arrived here from)
Jeanie (You are here)
Dawn B. (Up next)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Brutus Monroe Guest DT String Of Lights Shine On

Hello again Brutus friends! Today I will be sharing a colorful card with you. I just knew I wanted to use this cool paper that matched up perfectly to the String Lights stamp set. I knew that I wanted to use bright colors for the lights. Layers of lights is what ended up happening.

I adhered my Paper Studio lights paper to a white card base. The String Lights are stamped in archival ink and illuminated by using some distress ink blotted on with a stencil brush. Wink of Stella added some sparkle and some glossy accents finished off the bulbs to create a glassy effect. Next I used some foam tape to pop up the stamped image. It still seemed like it needed something so I pressed some distress ink onto my glass media mat and sprayed a tiny bit of water on it to make some matching watercolor. I used a brush to pick that up and specifically flicked it onto the upper left and lower right of the card to create more balance and get rid of void space.

I hope you have enjoyed my card as a DT guest. Happy stamping and crafting friends! 

I'm going to be 

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 during my time as a Guest designer for a chance to win a brutus monroe stamp.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Friends Of Unity Sept Autumn Colors

Friends of Unity
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