Saturday, December 1, 2018

Friends of Unity December Blog Hop~ Thank you

Hello Friends! Welcome to December!

And welcome to our Friends of Unity December Blog hop. This weekend calls for a special celebration as it is our One Year Anniversary! Cue the band and balloon drop! ;)  In celebration of this day we chose the cue "Thank you" in appreciation for Unity Stamp Co. It is because of the incredible stamps from Unity that two of my friends created this wonderful group. We are also celebrating our appreciation for YOU! Those of you that follow along, play along and support us along the way; we thank you!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for details on winning some Unity stamps! ;)

I love the month of December for so many reasons. I love the spirit that seems to fill the air just a bit more joyfully this time of year. The cooler temperatures here in Texas. Most importantly, the celebration that surrounds our Saviors birth. 

And it's also my birthday month! I have an incredible year coming up as I journey through the last year of my 40's and slide ever so smoothly in to 50. I will be blogging my journey and invite you to follow along. :)

I am loving this first card I have to share with you! I made this card for my sister, Tina. She has supported me through all my ups and downs as I journeyed in this life lost for many years. I was once truly lost in this world, and she ALWAYS saw the good in me. Even when I couldn't see it in myself. She and my daughter have been my number one cheerleaders. Rooting for me as I finally made my way to a life filled with peace, consistency, security, and above all else, love. I treasure her friendship as well as her sisterhood. 

I love Angies "Shine Bright Girls". They were so fun to color. My sister loves gray & pink, and I love green & brown. I was thinking of altering mine to wear a skirt, but didn't have time to mask & line up a skirt from another image. I am eager to play around with manipulating some of the stamps so that I can put skirts on the ones that portray me. For no other reason than it personifies who I truly am. :)

I colored both cards with my Arteza watercolor half pan size pallet. I have not had this set for very long and do love the way it blends. (It is in my top 3 favorite watercolor sets. Along with Altenew and Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi.)

Here are some details of this card.  I stamped the girls and the senti with Unity's VersaFine Clair in Pincone. It has become my favorite. It's not quite as dark as black, but is a very rich dark brown. I just love it. The border die is from an MFT die-namics set that I use quite often. The sentiment is from the July '18 KOM. I believe the die that cut out the sentiment is from a Lori Whitlock set from Sizzix. I usually pop up the colored images with foam tape, but since I needed my sentiment to pop up I made the image flush with the background paper. That beautiful piece of red snowflake paper is from a very nice premium 4.5 x 6.5 cardstock set by The Paper Studio called "Pine St. Square".  I also have it in 12x12, but find myself really drawn to the smaller cardstock sizes lately. I love the little mittens charm I got off of Amazon. You know I love my metal and wooden charms! ;)

Do you see the faux snow on our heads and around our feet? I just love the dimension and look it adds to the card! It is an embellishing Snow Marker from Uchida I bought off Amazon. (You can click on the picture to enlarge for a better view:)

This next card did not turn out quite as I had envisioned. I still find it pretty, and decided to go ahead and add it because I love this flower set. I didn't realize how large and beautifully designed the Poppy Background stamp from Donna Downey is. It is just gorgeous! If you know this stamp at all you may notice I altered it a bit. I cut the leaf separate from the flower stamp so that I could stamp it on any of the stems I choose.
Oh how I wish you could see the photos as clear on the blog as you can on FB and/or IG. Feel free to visit my social media pages to see them more clear. (Links are under my blog heading)

I made this card in appreciation for the first lady of our church. Our Pastor's wife. She is a true model of the Proverbs 31 woman and just a lovely woman of God. We will be honoring her soon at our ladies Christmas luncheon, and this card will go in her gift basket.

Here are the details of this card.  I blended a dark red and brown to get the beautiful maroon color for the flower on the right.  I really love it. (I used this same blend on the image that portrays me on the girls card above)  I scissor trimmed around the left side of the flowers and popped them up with foam tape. I am loving the music themed paper peaking from underneath. It is also a 4.5 x 6.5 cardstock set by The Paper Studio called "Josephines Miscellany". The sentiment is from an Angie Blom set called "Remembering you Blooms". I die cut the senti with a stitched pennant from Verve Stamps. I am sorry to say that they are no longer in business. I own many stamps and a few dies from this lovely (now retired) company. 

Would love to hear your thoughts on these cards!

For those of you who fully read my blog, I thank you so very much. I love being able to express myself through creating and writing, and I love sharing both with you. 

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!
(Unfortunately, you won't have access to the follow button from your phone.)

As always~

Thanks for spending time with me today!

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 giveaways!! Congratulations to Shelly Schmidt for being my winner from last months FOU blog hop! Please message me your contact information.

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.

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