Saturday, January 7, 2023

Friends of Unity Blog Hop January 2023 ~ Birthdays

 Welcome to 2023, friends!! And welcome to our January Blog Hop!

My prayer for you this year is that you have peace with what you left in 2022 and embrace what is to come in 2023. 

Our cue this month is Birthdays! If you have a January Birthday please let me know in the comments below! 

Our very own Angela Magnuson has a monumental January Birthday that she is determined to embrace and make her best year yet!

My first card uses the amazing snow flocked trees from this months KOM. I am also loving this Happy Birthday sentiment from this kit. Such a beautiful design and font!

I painted several layers with my brush to achieve the looks in the sky, on the ground and in the trees.

I love how the snow on the trees make them look 3d! Such a great stamp design!

Curious if you can see the one spot in one of the trees I forgot to add color to! Of course, I have since fixed it, but didn't redo the photo. ;)

This next card uses butterflies from a set called Moments of Bliss by Graciellie Design. This isn't exactly what I had envisioned for this card, but I do love the result.

I did fussy cut the butterflies out and manipulated the wings just a bit for a 3d effect. So beautiful in person.

I have loved making these backgrounds using a black brushpen and liquid gold ink. I love pattern paper with rich lines, but have not purchased any lately. I may just continue to create my own with a variety of colors!

Would love for you to vote in the comments which of the cards above you think I should send Angela for her January 13 birthday!! So fun to see your votes!!

The two cards below were made mid last year and I turned them both into birthday cards when my supply was low. See the results in the photo following. They've since been mailed and recieved. I loved them so much!

I often add new sentiments to previously made cards (and sometimes add new ink) and turn them into new cards! Do you do this, as well??

I hope you’ll  join our cue and create some new Birthday cards! Please, TAG ME if you do. I would truly love to see them!

My hope is that you read through the entire blog. Makes my heart so happy thinking you do!

As always~

Thanks for spending time with me today!

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 and leave a little (or a lot of :) love along the way . I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique!  

There are some pretty awesome giveaways with each hop! Including (as promised from my November blog) two 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(s) from my November FOU blog is - 
Cat (Cathy) Valdez & Angela Anderson! 

Congratulations, friends!! Thank you so much for visiting my blog  and for leaving such wonderful comments regarding my discussion on watercoloring! Please claim BEFORE next months hop. Message me here please so I can get your winnings to you!

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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 the most awesome

You came to me from my dear friend

Next up is the super talented

There are 11 of us hopping this month! Be sure to go back to any you may have missed as we ask you to give love to each blog to be included in the giveaway. :)

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His face shine toward you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

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. Thank you, friends!


  1. Wow, Bobbie Sue, your first card is amazing! Those trees look so real and I can't for the life of my see where you missed coloring a part of the tree! LOL Thanks for sharing your talent with us each month, my friend! I love all of your cards!

  2. All cards are so beautiful!! Love your self made background, so pretty!!!
    As it is very snowy in MN, I would send Angela the first card :D

  3. I absolutely love all your birthday cards with your signature watercoloring style! The winter tree card is so gorgeous and have yet to find the missed spot. I think Angela would love any of your cards but thinking maybe the butterfly one simply because I remember she loves butterflies! I love how it extends off the page and is popped up to look so real! I also always love amazing yellow cards, so happy and uplifting.

  4. This is my first visit to your blog hop. What a great way to share your talents. I am definitely heading to the Watercolor one from November. I have recently dusted off my paint brushes and look forward to tips and inspiration. The tree card is amazing. I plan to play with the gold/black striped background too. Love the flower cards as well.

  5. Your cards are lovely, but my favourite is the butterfly one, it is so pretty

  6. Beautiful cards, Bobbie Sue! I love sunflowers!

    Linda Abel

  7. Absolutely love these! The striped/butterfly/flower card is my favorite!! I also absolutely change sentiments if I need a different card! Changed a “bee my little sister” card to “happy bee-day” when we couldn’t find a bee stuffed animal for the little!! LOL
    Jenni Shamblin

  8. Lovely work on all
    your cards. I like
    to use my Cricut
    to write inside my
    Carla from Arizona

  9. The dimension in the first card are amazing - so like you! I'm thinking your open spot is the right tree in the center under the 4th mound of snow. ;-) But with all the color and fullness wherever you goofed it couldn't be seen. Love that you place the butterfly off the card edge. It really kicks up the card a notch. As far as sending, I know she'd like both. I'm partial to butterflies myself. Beautiful work!

  10. Beautiful cards! I really love the snowy trees!

  11. WOW! These are amazing! I love the trees and sunflowers! JUST AWESOME!

  12. Your cards are always so beautiful. Love the water colored first card. I would send Angela the butterflies - she may be tired of all that beautiful snow. LOL

  13. I never get tired of looking at your cards my friend. They are always so unique, organic, and created with such love!

  14. Oh my goodness, these are all such beautiful cards. You work wonders with the colors, always.

  15. Both cards are so beautiful! I really love the snowy evergreen trees-so peaceful! I think the Angela would like those sweet butterflies.

  16. I always love your florals but those snowy trees are gorgeous and would be perfect for Angela in snowy Minnesota!

  17. I wouldnt have noticed, until .I stared, but yup there it was. It was funny how my eyes was drawn to that trunk at first, I thought nothing and viewed the rest without subconsciously noticing. When you asked where..... I looked there first. Yikes. Annnnd she should have butterflies, that's my vote. Hugs and remember you are beautifully made! (Yes I still remember.)

  18. Your cards are gorgeous! I adore the pine trees. The butterflies are so lovely, I really like your background so much. I am going to try that, too! My vote would be the butterflies. The colors in it make it delicate and special. Thanks so much for sharing. Oh, the sunflowers are stunning! One of my favorite flowers. Bets Greene💜

  19. Beautiful cards, I would send the snowy tree one!

  20. Oops, forgot to post my full name, Kathy Hering

  21. Gorgeous cards, beautifully colored!

  22. As always, all of your cards are beautifully made. How inventive you are with the striped background on the butterfly card?!? You are inspiring me to break out some paint brushes and see what I can create.

  23. Wow, these are all so beautiful and that winter pines card is my favorite!!

  24. Your cards are always so perfectly amazing!

  25. Stunning cards as always! I love how you refresh your cards to use them later. I should consider that as well. April Saran

  26. Love to get new ideas all the time. Keep creating!