Saturday, September 5, 2020

Friends of Unity September Blog Hop ~ Friendship


Hello, friends! Welcome to our Friends of Unity September Blog Hop!

This months cue is about Friendship. 

Friendship is described as a mutual affection between people. 

Many of us know a lot of people, but often have a very small circle of close friends. I've read that there are  those we consider good friends, close friends and true friends. I have all and consider myself so incredibly blessed. Like many of you, I have formed many wonderful friendships through the crafting community that fill a void of friendship I didn't know I needed. For that, I say thank you.



   This first card is for my best friend of 38 years. We now live states apart, but our friendship has remained close over the years. I miss her terribly. 


This beautiful and bold flower cluster is from the Friendship Blooms set. This set comes with 3 beautiful quotes, however, I chose to use the miss you sentiment from the "Sunflower Miss you, friend" itty bitty. The background paper is one of my absolute favorites to use. It is from the Unity paper pack by Graciellie Designs called "Coffee Lovers". 



I am loving this next card. I didn't create it with anyone particular in mind. I knew with such a powerful statement it could really fit any of us! I'm thinking I should make up several cards with different images and include this statement. So many I could send a card like this to. 


I so love this beautiful Angie Girl. Violet Girl. She has a sheek boho style that is so soft and engaging! You. Need. Her. The sentiment I used is from a Tierra Jackson winter set called "Unique". This sentiment is a favorite of mine that I have used so many times over the years. 


I'd love to know which card is your favorite!

As always~
Thanks for spending time with me today!

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue

I hope you have a chance to visit each blog. I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique!  If you've not, please see the blog hop list at the bottom of this post and prepare to be inspired!

There are some pretty awesome giveaways with this hop! Including one from myself! Be sure you comment on EACH blog post to be entered in the drawing.

This months winners will be announced during next months blog hop!
(I have a feeling you will comment anyway as a way of support and admiration to the artists.) Speaking of winners! The winner from my August FOU blog is ! Doreen (scrappydee) thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a kind comment! Message me here please so I can get your winnings to you!

Friends, please know that our hops are not sponsored. (Although, I know Unity Stamp Co. lovingly approves) Because your support is so valuable and so appreciated, prizes are given from the creators own private stash of Unity stamps.

The hop started with
Crystal 

Eileen 

You are here with me

Kim

Amber T




Be sure to start at the top for any you may have missed!


Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress overlooked errors.







Monday, August 3, 2020

"He Restores My Soul"

Hello, friends!

It has been too long since I have created using a digital stamp from Polka Dot Orchard. If you are unfamiliar with them, I encourage you to follow the link above and browse through the abundant and incredible line of digital stamps!

Speaking of incredible digital stamp sets! Take a look at this amazing PDO set called "Make Time For Yourself" created by Jeanie Hays from Washi Horse Designs. I am in love! Obsessed! 

There is an incredible sale going on right now, friends! I encourage you to take advantage of the huge discounts PDO is offering!


This set was an absolute dream to create with and I truly love how this card turned out. So many different and incredible ways to create with this set!

I can't explain to you how I felt making this card. The ability to express through a card, not only myself creatively, but of Gods amazing mercy and grace is truly an honor and privilege.  

Imagine yourself on this swing. Reading your bible and rejoicing in the fact that He truly does restore...


Two of the main reasons I love creating with digital stamps is the ability to manipulate sizes and layer images. This makes the possibilities to create nearly endless! If you are new to digital stamps, or have never used them, I would love to share with you what I have learned. Feel free to reach out to me on social media. (links shared below)


Again, I encourage you to visit Polka Dot Orchard and purchase this amazing set. Be sure to peruse the entire line as I am certain you will find many sets you will want to add to your collection!

And hey...make time for yourself today.

You can see these cards, as well as, many others on my Instagram and/or Facebook!

As always~
Thanks for spending time with me today!

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue


Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within. I appreciate you, friends! 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Friends of Unity August Blog Hop ~ Sympathy

Hello, friends! Welcome to my blog and welcome to August! 

This months theme is Sympathy. Some sympathy cards can be so hard to create, but oh what a tender message it sends the receiver. To me, sympathy cards do not always have to be about loss.


Both of my cards this month were fairly easy to create, and I absolutely love how they turned out.

This first card is going to a dear friend of mine who is in the hospital battling heart issues. Her faith is incredibly strong and trusts God is in control, but I know she is still frightened and alone during this time of distancing.

This was my first time using the flower and butterfly cluster from the Feb 2020 Sentiment Kit called "hope is a beautiful thing". How gorgeous is it in b&w splattered with copper! I see myself using this cluster on many cards with this very same style. So many amazing details to this image.

The Praying for you sentiment is from March 2018 Sentiment Kit called "mourning dove". There are so many beautiful and touching sentiments in this set. 

Did you know that Unity sells the line of Clair inks? (as the one I've used here below) They are my go to inks for stamping my and sentiments! 



This next card is for a dear family friend of ours who has fought brain tumors for many a year. They just discovered two more. He is one of the strongest and most humble of men I know. I am eager to get this card to him to let him know we are praying for him and encouraging him to battle on as he has done for many years! 

I do not create very many masculine cards, but I knew immediately I wanted to use "A Faithful Letter" for this one. This stamp is an amazing collaboration of verses that offer hope and strength in God's promises for our future. Verses that bring peace no matter the situation at hand. This stamp is truly a new favorite of mine. 

I purposely lightly stamped Faithful Letter in various areas using the distress ink called Hickory Smoke.

There's just something I love about the look of the "hugs and prayers" sentiment stamp I used from the February 2015 Sentiment Kit called "beautiful life, blessed memories". The words express exactly what I want to extend Bro Jimmy and I thought the font was perfect for a masculine card.



As always~
Thanks for spending time with me today!

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue

I hope you have a chance to visit each blog. I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique!  If you've not, please see the blog hop list at the bottom of this post and prepare to be inspired!

There are some pretty awesome giveaways with this hop! Including one from myself! Be sure you comment on EACH blog post to be entered in the drawing.

This months winners will be announced during next months blog hop!
(I have a feeling you will comment anyway as a way of support and admiration to the artists.) Speaking of winners! (I did not participate in the June or July hop) The winner from my May FOU blog is Carol Wortman! Carol, thank you so much for visiting my blog and your ever so sweet comments! Message me here please so I can get your winnings to you!

Friends, please know that our hops are not sponsored. (Although, I know Unity Stamp Co. lovingly approves) Because your support is so valuable and so appreciated, prizes are given from the creators own private stash of Unity stamps.

The hop started with
Crystal 




Be sure to start at the top for any you may have missed!


Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within. I appreciate you, friends! 

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Friends of Unity May Blog Hop ~ Favorite Angie Girl/Guy

Hello, friends! Welcome to our May Friends of Unity Blog Hop!

Our cue this month is sure to be everyone's favorite as we all absolutely love the Angie Girls and Angie Guys line of stamps with Unity Stamp Co.


I have so many favorites, but decided I had to narrow it down. So I chose a favorite Angie Girl and a favorite Angie Guy.

Sawyer Guy is by far my favorite Angie Guy. Of course he is made in the image of and named after Angela's very own son Sawyer! Sorry Brian Guy, you are a close 2nd favorite now! ;)

This card is a requested recreation to a card I had made in February. I love it. You can see the original Sawyer card here. The two cards are very similar yet different. I would love to know which is your favorite of the two!




 This next card is  Beatrix Girl and she is very special to me in two ways. A year ago yesterday, Angela invited me to become a member of her Unity Design Team and Beatrix Girl was my the first card I made using my new DT watermark. Also, I emulate her entirely when I am in my natural element at our farmhouse in Arkansas. I love everything about this image!


You can see the first card I did using Beatrix Girl here on my Instagram. I just realize I colored her almost exactly the same. Love it!! I sure have gotten better at grounding my images since I first created with her!

I would love to know who your favorite Angie Girl/Guy is!

This weekend Unity Stamp Co is celebrating 12 years! In honor of Unity's birthday celebration, there is a fantastic flash sale and the most incredible new releases with an introduction to a new stamp designer. I encourage you to visit Unity for the new releases. Also, help me in congratulating my friend Sandhya for her absolutely beautiful new releases. In both rubber and digital stamps!

 As always~
Thanks for spending time with me today!

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue

I hope you have a chance to visit each blog. I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique!  If you've not, please see the blog hop list at the bottom of this post and prepare to be inspired!

There are some pretty awesome giveaways with this hop! Including one from myself! Be sure you comment on EACH blog post to be entered in the drawing.

This months winners will be announced during next months blog hop!
(I have a feeling you will comment anyway as a way of support and admiration to the artists.) Speaking of winners! The winner from my April FOU blog is JoAnne Victoria! JoAnne, thank you so much for visiting my blog and commenting sweet sentiments towards my creations! Message me here please so I can get your winnings to you!

Friends, please know that our hops are not sponsored. (Although, I know Unity Stamp Co. lovingly approves) Because your support is so valuable and so appreciated, prizes are given from the creators own private stash of Unity stamps.

The hop started with
Crystal 

Eileen 

Amber T

You are here with me

Kim

Dawn F.

Joyce

Dawn B.

Robyn

Jeanie

Alaine

Be sure to start at the top for any you may have missed!


Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within. I appreciate you, friends! 


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Friends of Unity April Blog Hop ~ Sketch Challenge

Hi, friends!

Welcome to our April Friends of Unity Blog Hop!

This months cue is a sketch challenge! I love sketch challenges, but rarely do them. How fun these were to create from a sketch idea!

Below you can find a photo of the sketch if you would like to play along with our challenge this month. And I hope that you do! As a matter of fact, for those of you who do play along using any Unity Stamp Co stamp and tag me in their post, I have a separate give away for one of you!


This first card is completely inspired by those serving us on the front lines as we combat this current season of life we are in. My prayer is that it will bring encouragement and offer gratitude.

I love this heart with the intertwined branches and beautiful foliage from a Graciellie Design set called "Here's to love and friends". The sentiment is from the May 2016 Sentiment Kit called "you can and you will".

Forgive the dullness of the photos. I had little light to work with.





I had fun just being free to allow the background to flow and create on it's own! Can't you tell! Hahaha!! After I was done with the messy background I splattered white paint on both the panel and the bg letting if fall where it pleased. ;)

I try to purchase nearly every sentiment kit. There are so many sentiments (and a few images) included in every single set that can be used for so many occasions.

The flower stem, (I have even used them as leaves), and sentiment I used in this next card are from the October 2018 Sentiment Kit called "I am with you" designed by Graciellie. This kit is absolutely beautiful. One I encourage you to have in your collection. 





I love smooshed backgrounds and images like these look fantastic popped up on top. I use a sandwich baggie with distress inks for this smoosed background. And of course I love adding a bit of paint splatter!

My hope and prayer is this verse from Exodus will replace fear with hope and faith. I will be sending this card to offer a glimmer of hope to someone struggling to see past what our world is facing. 

It is hard to know what to say in this present hour. If I can offer any amount of encouragement it is that my own hope and faith still lie in the one I draw my strength from daily. My Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ. He never promised their wouldn't be trouble, He promised He would always be our strength in times of trouble. 

As always~
Thanks for spending time with me today!

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue

I hope you have a chance to visit each blog. I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique!  If you've not, please see the blog hop list at the bottom of this post and prepare to be inspired!

There are some pretty awesome giveaways with this hop! Including one from myself! Be sure you comment on EACH blog post to be entered in the drawing.

This months winners will be announced during next months blog hop!
(I have a feeling you will comment anyway as a way of support and admiration to the artists.)

Friends, please know that our hops are not sponsored. (Although, I know Unity Stamp Co. lovingly approves) Because your support is so valuable and so appreciated, prizes are given from the creators own private stash of Unity stamps.

The hop started with
Crystal 
Dawn F.
Robyn
Jeanie
Alaine
At last you are here with me!
Be sure to start at the top for any you may have missed!

Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within. I appreciate you, friends! 


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Friends of Unity February Blog Hop~ Monochromatic


Welcome to February, friends!
And welcome to our Friends of Unity February Blog Hop where we are seeing everything in monochromatic style!

I've always loved the look of monochromatic in crafting, but I rarely create with this concept. I am not sure why because the results are always beautiful! As a matter of fact, I loved creating this first card so very much that I can't wait until I make another.


I love ALL Unity Stamps, but I must admit the Angie Girls will always be my favorite. I know many of you share my sentiment towards this line!

This beautiful lady is Journee Girl , and she was a dream to color in monochromatic style! 
I absolutely love the coloring on every part of her! She was pretty quick to watercolor now that I have been using Zig brush pens for a few years. I did include a link to the brush pens I used incase you are unfamiliar, but is not an affiliate link. ;)


The top panel is from a die I purchased at Gina Marie Designs called Rectangle Pierced Die. I do believe it is sold out, but hopefully will be back! I buy all of my Enamel Dots from her!


This card is going to a young lady in our bible study group who is facing a new beginning of her own. I am certain this sentiment will encourage, and even perhaps, empower her!







I have been wanting to use this Sweet Sprinkled Donut set by Graciellie Designs. And this months cue was the perfect time! I am loving the outcome of this purple mono style! The donut and sentiments are all stamped in VersaFine Clair ink in Monarch. I stamp all of my images in Versafine Clair. And you can get them from Unity!



You can't tell in the photo, but I traced the squiggle lines on the donut and filled the heart hole with these beautiful Nuvo Jewel Drops in Pale Periwinkle. Oh how I wish you could see and touch the amazing effect it gave! Did you know can get these drops and more at Unity!


I stamped and watercolored the donut first, loosely watercolored around it and then stamped my sentiments. :)


I would love to see your take on the monochromatic design! 


As always~
Thanks for spending time with me today!

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue

I hope you have a chance to visit each blog. I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique!  If you've not, please see the blog hop list at the bottom of this post and prepare to be inspired!

There are some pretty awesome giveaways with this hop! Including one from myself! Congratulations to Connie Johnson. I so appreciate your comment and support of my blog and our FOU monthly blog hop! Contact me. I have a special package to send you!

Friends, be sure you comment on EACH blog post to be entered in the drawing.

This months winners will be announced during next months blog hop!
(I have a feeling you will comment anyway as a way of support and admiration to the artists.)

Friends, please know that our hops are not sponsored. (Although, I know Unity Stamp Co. lovingly approves) Because your support is so valuable and so appreciated, prizes are given from the creators own private stash of Unity stamps.

The hop started with
Crystal 
Dawn B.
Dawn F.
Joyce
You are here with me!
Next is the wonderful
Jeanie


Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within. I appreciate you, friends! 


Saturday, January 4, 2020

Friends of Unity~ Favorite Unity stamp of 2019

Hello friends!

Welcome to 2020 and welcome to our January Friends of Unity Blog Hop!

This months cue is Favorite Unity stamp of 2019. Talk about difficult! I have soooo many favorites! I was able to narrow it down to two.

This card uses the absolutely beautiful woman from Angie Blom's My Heart Trusts and a sentiment from Graciellie Designs set called My Soul Finds Rest. Saved by love is only part of a sentiment from this set. I love that I can just stamp a portion of a sentiment to best fit what the image is saying.

I watercolored her hair and shirt with Zig Keuretake markers. On her skin I used a classics color palette from Prima. I'm loving this stencil from Tailored Expressions. I wasn't sure I would like the color of the Distress Oxide as a background to the image, but I truly love it. I did test the color on a scrap piece of watercolor paper and was surprised by how yellow it is. It is a really beautiful color.



I see myself when I look at this image. I have indeed been saved by love. I have love that has captured both my heart and my soul. The soft expression on her face and the placement of her hands over her heart echo my sentiments when I think of the sacrifice on the cross.


My hope and prayer is that this year brings you a peace we all search for. And a reminder that you, too, have been saved by love.

Please, share with me your favorite 2019 stamp(s) from Unity. I challenge you to create a new make with your favorite(s) and would love a tag so that I may see it!

As always~
Thanks for spending time with me today!

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue

I hope you have a chance to visit each blog. I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique!  If you've not, please see the blog hop list at the bottom of this post and prepare to be inspired!

There are some pretty awesome giveaways with this hop! Including one from myself! Be sure you comment on EACH blog post to be entered in the drawing.

This months winners will be announced during next months blog hop!
(I have a feeling you will comment anyway as a way of support and admiration to the artists.)

Friends, please know that our hops are not sponsored. (Although, I know Unity Stamp Co. lovingly approves) Because your support is so valuable and so appreciated, prizes are given from the creators own private stash of Unity stamps.

The hop started with

Eileen 
You are here with me!
Next is
Dawn B.
Amber T
Joyce
Alaine
Robyn
Dawn F.




Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within. I appreciate you, friends! 

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Gnome sweet Gnome

Hello, friends!
I am so so excited to share some new digital stamps at PolkaDot Orchard just released today! I don't know about you, but I have caught the gnome bug. And I love it!! These  are quickly becoming my favorites.
Can you even handle the cuteness!!!


This first one was created by such an incredible artist new to PDO. Help us warmly welcome Malaine with Hope and Dimples Studio.
 
I am so loving the carolers singing Gnoel Gnoel! So fun to create with. Below you see each of the fabulous digis that come with this set.


You gotta put this in your cart! This set is called Caroling Gnomes. So many possible combinations to create so many projects!


I am so smitten with this guy below! Gaaahhhhh he's fantastic!!! My dear friend,Crystal, at Tawney Owl Paperie created this gem of a gnome.

I could not wait to show you this set called From our Gnome to Yours!


Look at this set! Are you as excited as I was/am to begin using it?!?


I would love to know what you think of these new adorable sets and my cards! Commenting below would make me oh so happy. ;)


I am so excited to see what you create with both of these darling sets! I'd love for you tag me as Two38 Creations so that I am sure to see your project.

Thanks for spending time with me today!

If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue