Saturday, September 1, 2018

Friends of Unity September Blog Hop ~ Wings

Hello friends! Welcome to September &
Welcome to my blog!

I am so excited to share that I have been invited to join the Friends of Unity Blog Hoppers. I considered it an absolute honor to be asked to join such a talented group. Many of my very best crafty friends are a part of this blog hop, and I have been following their hop for quite awhile! 
 
This months theme is Wings. Such a beautiful theme!
 
 
I was stumped having realized I had very few stamps with wings. So grateful for Crystal helping expand my thinking to feathers. I had not used this set "Beautiful is Never Perfect" yet, and thought it perfect for this challenge. Unity Stamp Co. has a wide variety of the most beautiful feather stamps. They really do! Check them out here! You can think me later. 😏

I was eager to use the new Altenew watercolor set!  I purchased it a couple weeks ago and have only used it a few times. The colors are so rich and vibrant. I love the detail of this stamp. The flow of the design allows you to use many different colors. I stamped the image with Gina K black amalgam ink onto Canson watercolor paper.
 
  
I let the colored image sit overnight as I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to create. I decided it would make a great gift for my beautiful daughter Samantha, so I turned it into a tag. She keeps all the ones I have sent her tacked to a board in her bedroom, as a reminder of my love for her.  I love encouraging her with cards & tags. She always looks so forward to receiving my mail knowing I put my heart into each piece. A creation meant just for her.
 
 
I absolutely love the how it turned out! I searched through my collection of dies looking for the perfect frame to cut the image out with. I was disappointed when I just couldn't find the right one. Rather than making a rash design decision, I decided to just set it aside for a bit. As I was cleaning up a part of my desk that I'd let sit cluttered, there and behold was the perfect die just waiting to be used! I hadn't yet put it back in its packaging so it wasn't filed with the others. I just love it. The shape is beautiful and fit around the image of the stamp perfectly.
(Sorry friends, I can't recall the name of the die, but it is by Sizzix.)
 
Another happy accident were the scraps of ribbon I came across in a random drawer! They were the perfect color, and I knew immediately they were meant for this tag!
Green and purple are such a beautiful combination!
 
The sentiment is part of this same stamp set. I embossed the sentiment in black onto a cut off from the same watercolor paper I had stamped the image on. I loved the splatters that were on the cut off piece and thought the sentiment would look great stamped over them.
 
I die cut a second tag to put underneath. I love the layers and the colors peak out just enough to
add to the beautiful look of the tag. I was so happy when I came across the dragonfly charm. It added a perfect element to the "Wings" theme. I also love the affect it has on the tag itself.
I was skeptical about using the wooden heart, but absolutely love how it looks. Here's a funny for you. I accidently ripped the edge of the sentiment. I was so pleased with how it turned out that I did not want to discard of it. So, that sweet little heart is covering up my mishap.
I'd say that is a happy accident, as well! 😉
 
 
Oh, what a joy it has been to be a part of this blog hop. My first blog hop ever! Thank you for sharing in my excitement! I hope you have had a chance to visit each blog. I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique!  Please see the blog hop list at the bottom of this post and be prepared to be inspired!
 
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. --->
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!
 
As always~
 
Thanks for spending time with me today!
 
Until next time~
 
Be blessed, friends!
 
Bobbie Sue
 
There are some pretty awesome giveaways with this hop! Be sure you comment on each blog post to be entered in the drawing. Winners announced during next months blog hop!
(I have a feeling you will comment anyway as a way of support and admiration to the artists.)
 
I encourage you to go back and visit any of these you may have missed during your hopping excitement!
 
 
       The hop started with
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 You are here
Me! 
Be sure you've visited all of the above!😉
 
 
 
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.

81 comments:

  1. Beautiful tag!! I love how colorfulit is and the pretty ribbon was a great finishing touch
    Knowing these are more beautiful in person, your daughter will squeal with joy!!
    Ironically, I had reached 2 creative blocks with my cards this month too, and cleaning up helped me as well..isn't that crazy!! I love what we find under all that mess of creativity!!

    Welcome to the team, Bobbie Sue!!

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    1. Thank you so very much, my friend! For the warm welcome as well as the sweet comments on my tag!

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  2. Yay for your patience and finding the right die! This tag is fantastic! The colors are just amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much, J!! Patience is indeed a lovely virtue. Muah.

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  3. Love this tag!! I never thought to use anything but the basic shape, but this cut really embraces the stamp so well! And I love the offset underneath! Beautiful job!

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    1. Thank you so much! I love cutting my tags out in various shapes. But this one perfectly fit the stamped image!

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  4. Wow! This is gorgeous! Love that image and you've really shown it off ... the beautiful colors... love your splatters and I do think you picked just the right die to cut it out! And those ribbons! They were perfect! Love how you saved the sentiment... I think we might be crafty soul sisters, because it seems we create alike...lol! And thanks so much for stopping by my place and leaving such nice words! Happy Weekend!

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    1. Such a happy happy surprise seeing your comment! Thank you so much for such uplifting words, Lisa! Crafty soul sisters~ I love that!! Have a great weekend!

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  5. Oh, this is just glorious! Love how colorful it is. Happy accidents always seem to be the best ones, IMO. lol And I love that your daughter keeps all the tags you've given her. My mom recently passed and in going through her things, I found every single card I had ever made for her ... in the matching envelope. We're talking about 20 years worth of cards for every occasion! lol

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    1. Thank you so very much, Becca!! What a sweet sweet memory. Bless your heart.

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  6. WOW! Welcome to our group! I love your coloring and you're right, that paint is very vibrant. Love the design and even knowing you made a mistake, as we all do, and telling us how you "covered" it up. And reminding us that just giving a project some patience will bring insight. Great tips. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Oh my thank you, Kim! So so kind!! It's awesome when a simple mistake can be turned into a thing of beauty! Oh patience... how I've come to appreciate it as I've gotten older.

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  7. Gotta love happy accidents! Welcome to our group! So thrilled you said Yes! Your tag is stunning...absolutely gorgeous! The colors are brilliant! Love the addition of the metal charm!

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    1. Thank you, Dawn! Yes, I was so happy to have saved it! Thank you for the sweet welcome!

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  8. Such a fabulous result - well done!

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  9. Beautifully done! Love your coloring!

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  10. Such a beautiful tag! I love your story of how you covered up your mistake on the sentiment - something I often have to do. The end result was a beautiful masterpiece that your daughter will love!

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    1. Thank you, Crystal! Isn't it wonderfully when mistakes become beautiful! I am so excited to mail it to her!

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  11. This is so stunning, love you watercoloring, it is perfect!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sandra! I'm still learning watercoloring techniques, and oh how I'm enjoying it!

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  12. Love this tag! I’m sure your daughter will feel so loved by it. I am going to start sending my daughter tags inspired by you she is in Alaska right now and loves cards I send but I know she would put tags on her board too. Thank you for sharing

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    1. Oh Sharon! This makes my heart so happy!! I’m so glad you were inspired! There’s just something about a tag that I love even more than a card. Thank you for such sweet comments!

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  13. Fabulous work on this
    tag, love the colors
    and design.
    Carla from Utah

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  14. Wow! I can’t believe you watercolored this stunning tag!!! Just amazingly beautiful

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    1. Thank you, Meghan! So so generous in your exclamation! I do love how it turned out!

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  15. Love that beautiful feather design! Pretty coloring!

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    1. Thank you, Denise! It is an amazing design and I’m so in awe of the artist! It was a joy to watercolor!

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  16. Bobbie Sue, This tag is such an amazing creation! I love how you pulled so many things together for this wonderful gift to your daughter. I appreciate reading the process you went through to get this result. It seems we approach creativity in a similar fashion by beginning with a thought and having it blossom as we go along. Thanks for sharing this. I must hop now!

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    1. Meg, you are so dear to me! Always so uplifting and edifying! I appreciate you. Thank you so much for seeing the heart in what I create.

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    2. I too, love what we share. Let's keep doing this thing that we do.

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  17. Beautiful work as always Bobbie! Hope you are well ,I tried to follow your blog but can’t seem to connect :(. Have a blessed day

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    1. Thank you, friend! I do hope you figure out how to follow my blog! I’d just love it if you could. I’ve been thinking about you! Pray you’re well!

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  18. Yay... another tag idea! It is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  19. Gorgeous tag.. love your colouring ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much, Angie. I just have the utmost respect and admiration towards you and your craft!

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  20. Bobbie Sue! Not only am I ecstatic that you accepted our invitation to join our little hop, but I'm over the moon that you were able to create such a lovely tag in such a short amount of time. I am sure that your daughter will love the sweet tag. Thank you so much for the inspiration! <3

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    1. This is so so encouraging and uplifting, Crystal!! Thank you so much! I am still so excited to be a part of this group of ladies!

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  21. Beautiful tag and love the coloring!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! I do love how it turned out. I’m so excited to mail it to my daughter!

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  22. AWW what a pretty tag! I love your little dragonfly on the top! And your coloring is just so gorgeous too!

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! That little charm was the perfect addition! Thank you so much!

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  23. Beautiful tag and that charm is the perfect addition!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie! I agree the charm looked perfect!

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  24. What a wonderful tag. Another way to use all the dies I’ve bought. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lydia! I love coming up with new ways to use my dies. I have so many!

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  25. Beautiful tag and coloring! I often put projects aside to think on them too.

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  26. Thank tag is amazing and you did such a lovely job with he watercoloring.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Jessica
    Polka Dot Orchard

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  27. That tag is simply gorgeous. I need to break out my watercolors... you make them look so elegant and easy!

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    1. Thank you so much, Eileen! I have absolutely fallen in love with water coloring!

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  28. Beautiful coloring! Beautiful tag! Beautiful gift! Your daughter will love it!

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    1. Thank you, Kim! I can’t wait until she receives it!

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  30. There are so many great ideas on this tag. It is wonderful and she will love it.

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    1. Thank you, Denise! I so appreciate your comment! I love when others get ideas from what someone else creates!

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  31. Very nice! Love how you did it for your daughter! A keepsake for sure!

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  32. Awesome colors. I’m so thankful you shared your story as well as the paint set you used. I’m going to look for it because of the vibrant colors.

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    1. Thank you so much, Connie! I appreciate your comment and I hope that you were able to get this set of watercolors!

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  33. Love the colors and the tag. Such a nice way to show love. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much, Judy! Tags have become my most favorite paper crafting gift!

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  34. Wonderful tag- your watercoloring is fabulous, love the look the pretty ribbons add!!! So nice that your daughter saves all of your cards/tags!

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    1. Thank you so much, Shelley! I have absolutely fallen in love with water coloring! And yes, it touches my heart that she is so sentimental over everything I send her.

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  35. Gorgeous. And I'm glad you shared the story of how it came to be

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  36. I love how you put thought into each part. I do that a lot myself. The watercolors did the stamp justice. One of my favorite stamps from unity.

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    1. Thank you, Karen! It seems if I don’t put special thought into my project I’m just not happy with the outcome. It is a beautiful stamp.

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  37. Such a gorgeous tag! Amazing details - the ribbons, the charm, wood heart and the patterned paper. Beautiful watercoloring.

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    1. Oh my goodness, Dana. Thank you so much! I love all the little details, as well.

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  38. Oh my !! What a wonderful tag you made !! Thanks for sharing your talent. Love, Marjorie
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  39. Beautiful tag. Love your watercoloring.

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