Growing in Unity Blog Hop

Hello everyone! I’m excited to be part of the Growing in Unity Blog hop today! Life for us is really busy with family visiting from out of town, so I wanted to make a quick project for you all today. This didn’t take much time but adds so much to my door.

I started with a chalk board I purchased from JoAnn Fabrics. I had wanted to hang it up where I can change messages on it as I want. But I thought it needed something on it, so I went looking through my Unity Stamps to find something that would make my sign pop. I tried a few different options but then came across this “Border of Magnolias” stamp.

I originally thought about putting a border on each side but decided I liked it on one side better. I stamped it on a white then colored with a pink and green colored pencil. I then used Gamsol to blend out the colored pencil. I love using this as I can quickly color and not worry about lines then blend everything together.

I then cut out the flowers. I have a love/hate relationship with fussy cutting. I love how it looks and when I start, but with the stems so thin I was hating it by time I finished it – lol. I then glued it onto the board and I was done. I used a erasable chalk marker to write on the sign.

Be sure to leave a comment on each blog for a change to win a Unity prize.

1. Dawn…
2. Angela…/growing-in-unity…
3. Marica (You’re here)
4. Doreen…
5. Trude…
6. Trudi…
7. Alaine….

Thanks for stopping by!


Hi everyone. I’m back with another tumbler today. This is a fun one I made for my daughter.

When my daughter was younger she loved tinkerbell. She has somewhat outgrown that as the years have gone by. I had taken this tumbler, prepped it, painted it white, and covered in this beautiful green glitter. I couldn’t decide what to put on it until I saw this image on Pinterest. I knew she would love the drinkerbell – and she did. If you are interested in ordering one for yourself, please message me.

Rustic Flag Welcome

Hi everybody! I needed a quick summer sign for our front door. I had this board painted white, so I made it into a flag.

I started with a dollar tree Easter sign. Painted it white, then added Blue square and red strips. I then used the end of a small paintbrush (not the brush side the solid side) and dabbed on some white spots for stars. I cut the Welcome out of 651 Oracle vinyl and placed on the board. I though it was to clean so I added some grey paint to make it look worn.

Baseball bat cup

One of the crafts I have enjoyed doing lately is making tumblers. I have made several for my family since fall and have been working on learning the process. Here is a gift I made for my brother-in-law, as he loves the Cubs and enjoys going to games.

I started with a stainless steel tumbler, that I prepped and spry painted white. Over that I used alcohol ink and a brush to create the wood grain look. I did a lighter color underneath and a darker color on top, unfortunately I didn’t write down what colors I grabbed. There are many Youtube videos showing this process. I then took a Cubs image off the internet and cut it out on my Cricut. I finished with a layer of epoxy. If you are interested in ordering a cup like this, please message me.

Growing in Unity Day 5

Welcome back everyone! Today is my last day of sharing for the Growing in Unity facebook Page. I’ve had so much fun getting back into writing and sharing about my projects. I truly enjoyed pushing myself to use different techniques and ideas for this weeks projects. For today’s project, I tried something I have never done before. I used Gamsol to blend out colored pencils. I absolutely love how this card turned out and will definitely use this technique more in the future.

I wanted to use a flower to try this with but soon realized I did not have any Unity flower sets. So I bought the digital samp In This Together. I printed the image out on white card stock and colored with colored pencils. I then blended the colors together with gamsol.

I then fussy cut around the image. After that I took a black sharpie and went around the image to make sure there was no white still showing after it was cut out. The image was then layered on black cardstock and placed it on a yellow card base. I added the thinking of you from the Basically Said stamp set. I wanted some sparkles so I used crystal stickles to add a little simmer to the center and around the leaves. So ahead a drop me a comment below for a chance to win some Unity stamps!

Growing in Unity Day 4

Welcome back everyone! Today I am sharing with you a few tags I have made. Tags are so versatile to have on hand as they are can be added to a gift, used as a bookmark, or added to a card base to make a quick card. If you like these, be sure to leave me a comment to be entered to win some Unity stamps.

The first stamp I used a kraft tag and added the Unity Paneling background stamp in chocolate brown to give the tag a wood look. I then stamped the Unity Struggle and Strength stamp on white paper and colored using markers. I used the sign from the Unity Special Deliver Mouse set to add the special delivery tag. I then added some ribbon and raffia to the top and tied a bow.

The next tag I have for you is a sweet little girl hugging her dog. I used the Unity stamp set …full of happy hugs. I colored the image with markers, then layered it on a blue background to match her shirt. I added the sentiment, but it was to long. I inked half of the stamp and stamped it, then inked the other half and stamped it underneath. I did accidently get part of the “a” in the second line so I punched out a heart and placed it over the smudged a. Sometimes the accidents lead to really cute alternatives that you didn’t originally plan. I also added a fun patterned ribbon to the top.

The final tag for today made to use as a bookmark. I love to read books, and thought i would make a cute bookmark tag to use. I used the Unity stamp set Part of the Story. I stampe the girl on white card stock and colored her with markers I then layered her on navy card stock, did the stamp with the sentiment and added them both to a manila tag. I sprayed some silver shimmer spray to the edges of the tag. I finished it off with a simple black ribbon.

Growing In Unity Day 3

Welcome back everyone! Today, I have a fun little project for you. I am one who absolutely love the beach. There is just something so relaxing about sitting with your toes in the sand and feeling the cool breeze off the water. I have started to add pictures and signs to my craft room that remind me of the beach. So I decided to make a picture using Unity stamps and a shadow box picture fame to add to my wall. This is what I came up with.

I used the Unity stamp set …lift up your eyes and combined it with the sand castle and sun from Beach Days and Sun Rays stamp set. I put them together on watercolor paper then colored them with my watercolor pencils. I find doing watercolor projects is so relaxing. I used a thin sharpie to continue the grass and waves across the entire picture. I then added the picture to a shadow box, added some shells to the frame, then hung it on my wall by a sign I had.

Be sure to leave me a comment on this post to be entered to win some Unity stamps!

Growing in Unity Day 2

Welcome back everyone! I have a fun graduation card for you today. My daughter graduated from college this year. She attended Olivet College graduating Magna Cum Laude in Biology – Pre Med. She did this in 3 years taking full loads each semester and while playing college volleyball. With everything going on in the world, she did not have a normal graduation ceremony. So I did not want to do a normal graduation card for her. This is what I came up with and she absolutely loved it. Reminder, leave a comment on this blog post to be entered in a drawing to win Unity stamps!

I started with the Morgan Girl stamp set from Unity and colored her in the school colors of red, grey, white, and black. I have a variety of markers brands I use to color with and combine them to get the colors I need. I wanted to put something on the pennant and came up with the idea to just write Alumni on it. I love it for a graduation card!

I started with a white card base, layered a black cardstock, then patterned paper, then another black layer then the image. I then added Congratulation from the Basically Said stamp set across the front. The Congratulations is raised by using the foam squares.

Growing in Unity Day 1

Hello everyone! Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are all able to relax and spend some time with family today. I am so excited to be able to share my creations this week on the Growing in Unity Facebook page. I have a variety of projects that I have been working on for this week and my hope is to inspire you to create your own fabulous projects. I don’t know about you, but for me I can spend so much time scrolling through Pinterest or Facebook seeing everyones beautiful work and think wow they are so good. Let me tell you, we all are good, we all do beautiful work, we all have our own unique style, don’t be afraid to share your work. My hope through using different techniques this week is to inspire you to create your own fabulous projects. Be sure to leave a comment on this blog post to be entered to win some unity stamps!

I wanted to start the week off with a fun patriotic project that gets us in the mood for summer fun! I struggled with finding the right combination of items to create this until I found a book of summer papers. Looking through the papers sparked an idea and I think it turned out so cute!

I started with a simple wooden block from dollar tree. I have been picking up dollar tree items for the last few months and repainting them to use as home decor. This block started with some St. Patty’s Day decor. I took the block, pulled off the paper and sanded the block. I then painted it grey.

I then found this fun summer paper with stars that I cut and adhered to the block.

I printed the girl from the digital stamp from Unity Time to be Grateful. She is colored with markers. I then added her to the block with foam squares. I went to use the sentiment from the kit but it was to small. This is what I love about digital stamps – you can print them any size you want. I enlarged the sentiment and printed it out. Layered it on navy card stock then added it to the block. I wanted some other things on the block and found this paper with summer words all over it. I cut some out and added them to the block. Such a fun summer sign! Have a great rest of your day and be sure to stop back each day this week for new projects!

Pharmacy Tech Shirt

Hello everyone,

My husband, who happens to be a pharmacy tech at a hospital, came home one day and showed me a shirt and said can you make this. Of course I told him I could. He decided he wanted to make them for all of the techs, which there are 8. He got me the sizes and I order shirts and vinyl to do them. I adjusted the design slightly from what he showed me, because I thought instead of the masks on the zeros like we see everywhere I would do a prescription bottle. He loved it.

I made the design and cut the HTV vinyl with my Cricut. I designed it with black dots, then removed them and replaced with colored dots prior to pressing. The process took all afternoon as I am not that fast as I don’t do a lot of shirts and there were 8 of them. I enjoyed this project and can’t wait for him to give them to his co-workers. I might need to make me a essential worker shirt too.

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