Friends of Unity Blog Hop - Happy Birthday!

 

Happy New Year, everyone! 

We have had almost a week to ease in to 2023, and I hope you found time over the holidays to relax and recharge after the hustle of Christmas - I love the season, but admittedly my favorite part about it is getting some much needed days off, to be at home in my space doing my thing! I am lucky enough to get time off between Christmas and New Year, and I always spend a little of it in my crafty space (when the weather turns awful it's an even bigger reason to hide in there and get inky!) 

It gives me a chance to work ahead and make a bunch of cards for friends and family - and for our Unity Blog Hops! This year, the holiday break gave me a chance to work on so many fun things. I can't wait to see all the new stamps coming our way from Unity - but I gave my current stuff a little love (and went back into the vault for a few of my old faves!) 


Our first Blog Hop  of 2023 with the Friends of Unity is celebrating Birthdays! I have alot of family and friends who have birthdays right at the beginning of the year and this cue was just what I needed to inspire me! 

Crystal kicked everything off this month with our Blog Hop and I do hope you check out what she designed  (need to go back? Crystal's Blog post can be found here.

I have a few things to show you this month! Here's my 1st birthday card! 


This lovely lil lady is a favorite of mine! This Unity set called Demand a Recount is spunky and has a little hint of sass (I would be lying if I said I didn't want to be her when I grow up) ;)

I only inked up a bit of the image and colored her with Copics (RV11, R20 and Spectrum Noir FS9 and FS7, IG2, IG4 and AB1) 

I had some fun streamer dies from SU! that I added to the panel. I have a sassy friend this card will be perfect for. :) 


Next up, I used a fabulous sentiment kit from Unity, called Extended Celebration - it s the quintessential set for all things birthday. I spotted some inspiration from Unity DT member Heather Hoffman from a vintage card she made years ago and simply stamped the gift image and shadowed it with white craft ink! there is just a layer of vellum behind it. Easy peasy! 

I stamped the sentiment and used another SU die (taylor made tags) and popped it up adding that sweet button and linen thread. I really like the subtle white craft and I have another card in mind using this idea. (I think I will save it for another upcoming Blog Hop!) 


This last card was a breeze to put together - clean and simple is my mantra! I had a panel I had ink blended from another project I hadn't finished (I call it a PhD - Projects Half Done) and it worked better with this card idea anyway!  I still had Extended Celebration sentiment kit out on my desk so I inked up the balloons and fussy cut them. Tricky business - but I did it!  A simple vellum cloud from an SU punch was added and the sentiment is from another Unity winner, called Hugs, Kisses and Birthday Wishes. 

A super simple birthday card for another friend - she likes to head out of town and "skip" her birthday (because if you do that, you don't get older, riiiight?) LOL 

When she finally returns I will be sending her this card I created. 

Thanks for stopping by my little corner and letting me share with you a few designs I was inspired to make with this month's cue! 

Next up is Bobbie-Sue! You can head over to see what she created for you here! 


Peace Love n Ink


Amber 

Comments

  1. Love your cards, Amber! So inspiring... and funny!! I'm definitely going to case the second one. I think I could crank out a bunch and really build my stash! Thanks for sharing your talent!!

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  2. Beautiful cards!! Love the balloon one!!

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  3. Some great ideas here Amber, thanks for sharing

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  4. Love love love!! These are all so festive and fun! Digging through my oldies and creating some soon!!
    Jenni Shamblin

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  5. Your cards are super! The adorable lady is so creative how you stamped her off the page.The banner embellishments add so much character too. The pattern paper, washi tape and butterfly just take it over the top! Love love love this card! the second card is so beautiful and has a natural quality that feels so calming. The last card is so airy and I love the balloons floating to the top. The sentiment is a fun one I am going to look for!

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  6. Such fun cards!
    Love the second one.
    Carla from Arizona

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  7. Great cards! The first one, I love how you used the washi tape under the butterfly. Way to kick it up a notch. The second - your tiny string bows all loopy. Love love it. and the third tickled me! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Darling cards! The little lady is one of my favorites! Great CAS cards.

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  9. Great cards. I have a full box of PhD myself. I think I will adopt your label.

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  10. I LOVE that old lady and your balloon one!

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  11. HAHA I love a great snarky card!! The last one's sentiment made me laugh out loud!! Love the little details, too, like the twine w/button and the butterfly.

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  12. These are all SO pretty Amber!!! Especially that 2nd one!

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  13. These are such awesome birthday cards. And, the papers that you used accent perfectly. Happy New Year!

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  14. These are such fun cards! The senior lady image is too cute! I love the sentiment on the balloon card!

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  15. Such sweet cards Amber! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Oh my those sentiments are terrific. Yuppers I am her. Tee hee.
    Happy New Year!

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  17. I love that lil old lady...I AM that lil old lady!!! She is so adorable, as am I...๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜˜. The sentiments need to be in my stash! Each card is great! Thanks for sharing the love...BetsGreene๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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  18. Great cards! I love all 3 :)

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  19. I love that sweet, older lady. I like to pair her with the Itty Bitty "Damn - you're OLD" birthday cake stamp. Nice cards!

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  20. Love that fun card with the senior lady, and that vellum cloud is such a great addition to your sky design!

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  21. Fun cards! I love the stamps you chose, designs, and patterns. Love that sassy lady, reminds me I haven't used her yet, maybe next month. Thanks for the inspiration!

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