Saturday, October 1, 2022

October 2022 friends of Unity Blog Hop Anything but a card!

Happy World Card Making Day!

Happy October or like I say Spooky season

Happy Friends of Unity blog hop day!

Today the Friends of Unity blog hoppers have a Anything but a card theme.   I had to make an ATC, this is a quick blog post but I wanted to share something.

I have been overwhelmingly busy with life, so I apologize for my short and sweet post.

For this ATC, I used Keep holding on by Phyllis Harris.  I did super simple watercolor added stickles to the winds and did a little texture place with yellow distress ink added in for the stars.   I like quick and easy when I need to make and am limited on time.  

If your new to ATC, you can visit my youtube for a beginner tutorial.  

If your looking for more fun, check out Unity stamp co this weekend for a few live cardmaking events.  I have it on good authority there will be prizes.  wink wink.

Unity is also having a pretty big sale so go check that out!

Please Hop along.....Next on the list is ROBYN you can visit her HERE!

Saturday, September 3, 2022

September 2022 Friends of Unity bog hop!


Welcome September, I love every season, but Theres something special about the next few months .   I am so ready for fall makes so I went in that direction for this months prompt.   Sometimes, you gotta jump out of the box and have some fun right!

I used a few different things for this one.   I knew I wanted a Halloween theme, but couldn't figure out how to do that with the stamps I owned then this idea just jumped into my brain.
I used two unity stamp sets this month.  I used Coffee Components for the background with a little walnut stain ink.  I used the background stamp Smell My Feet for the band.  I colored that with villainous potion distress ink.   The ghost is from honey bee, and the hey boo! is from Simon says stamp.   I used pinecone versafine Clair ink and embossed that in clear.   That's pretty much it, didn't take me long once I knew what I wanted to do.  

If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop go visit Crystal HERE!

Next on the hop is the absolutely amazing Gaylynn! you can visit her HERE!

Thank you for following along on our hop, if your here please say HI!

Happy Stamping,

Dawn Bryson

Saturday, July 2, 2022

July 2022 Friends of Unity Blog Hop Stencils


I love stencils, they can dress up a card so much, and with inks, gels, and all sorts of yummy stuff you can do as much or as little as you want.

Today I just have one pretty simple card for you, Life proves it self to be busy as always and summers here at the Jersey Shore are always insane.

I used a stencil from my stash and added a bright green paste to the background.  I then used Playful Daisy and stamped the color with distress ink and distress oxide a light spritz with water to give some texture.  Popped up a sentiment and done.  Hello how easy is that.  quick and easy can be cute and fun.   I seem to always need to pop things out quick so cards like this pack a punch with little effort.  Hope you get out all those fun supplies we hoard and play along!

Thank you for hopping along, if you would like to start at the beginning please visit Crystal HERE!

next up is Robyn and you can visit her lovely blog HERE!

Hope you enjoyed the hop, and find lots of ideas you'll put to use on your next crafty session.


Saturday, June 4, 2022

June 2022 Friends of Unity Blog Hop!

 Happy June, I hope your finally seeing sunny warmer days.   This month we are hopping with a .  Masculine theme.   A lot of us are challenged by masculine cards.  I hope this hop  brings you lots of inspiration

When making masculine cards, think simple.   Most men (I am a mom of three grown boys) that I know that I have sent cards to, don't really care about all the fluff, so really keep it simple.  I tend to do more vintage looking stuff for masculine cards, like cars etc.  But, using a silly image like this dad looking bear is perfect way to keep things simple.   I paired it with darker colors and used a silly little hello sentiments.  Pretty easy if you ask me!  The image is a bit older but this bear has been a fav of mine, and I think he's perfect for guy/dad cards.  It's called Patience & Hugs.  It's a great little set to have.


I left a lot of space to the left of the image, I really wanted some of the paper to be seen here, Using this type of paper with rulers, maps etc...can be a great way to add color but keep the image "masculine"  Keeping the sentiment and everything together pulls your eye over to the image.  
I hope you all enjoy the hop, and I also hope that it gets your mojo flowing so that your all set to make those cards for dads day!

If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop Please visit my friend, Crystal!

To continue on your merry little way go visit the very talented Rachel!

Thanks for stopping by, if your here please leave a comment so we know your visiting.  Also, if you don't mind if you visit us on other social media platforms like Instagram or facebook give a like and follow.  We want to  follow you as well So, please say Hi  If you make a card and want us to see, you can Hashtag friendsofunitybloghoppers or tag us so we can spread the love as well.  Unity show n tell is also a great place for us to see your projects, feel free to tag any of us there as well.

Happy Stamping,

Dawn Bryson

PS. sorry about the wonky text I can't seem to fix it ;)

Saturday, May 7, 2022

May 2022 Friends of Unity Blog Hop!

  I was so happy when Crystal, posted that May would be a Winged themed month.  I had a plan.....Then Unity had a birthday sale and this sweet adorable image came out and my plan went out the window.   I just had to make another card with this adorable image.   It's brand new and on sale.   You can find it HERE!  It's called One Kind Word.

  this card took no effort, I colored the image in yellow and green like a paraquet (kinda lol).  Used Unity dies to create the matt, added a little blue distress to the sky popped a cloud and added enamel dots.   Cute, easy and fast.   Sometimes, that is all we have time for and you know what that is okay.

On a side note, to all the women out there who have mothered (fur, human or other) Happy Mothers day, your amazing, your beautiful and you deserve a day just for you!

I also wanted to add, that It's Unity's Birthday and they are having a site wide sale, if you have been eyeing something you have seen on the hop, now is your time to get it!  Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

To start at the beginning of the hop, go visit the amazing Crystal Here!

last but not least is Robyns blog you can visit her HERE!

Have a great day,

Dawn Bryson

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Friends of Unity 2022 blog hop PATTERN PAPER!

Okay, you know we all have tons and tons of pattern paper, I feel like with all the stencils and ink blending they kinda take a back seat.  We'll we the friends of Unity are here to inspire you to break out the hoarded I mean pack of pattern paper and USE it up.   We buy it because it's pretty or we have a specific card or scrapbook in mind.  Let me encourage you to use it, it's doing no good sitting in a pile.  I hope this post inspires you to play along, and if you do please share on social media and tag us.  I am the chatty stamper on facebook and Instagram.  Now, lets get to it!

So, one good tip about pattern paper is it is a great way to make a super quick card with little effort.  If you have a pattern that you really like and is busy you can do what I did hear on the first card but doing nothing much but adding a die cut.   I used unity say it big dies and a Tim holtz sentiment.  Takes no time at all focus' on the pretty paper.    This is a great way to utilize paper you don't want to cover with an image.    This is also a great way to make a card when your not really feeling creative.   

Now, this second card I really loved this paper but wasn't really sure what to do with it.  I added the huge hollyhock image and embossed added words from Tim's sticker pack..  This is another super quick card.  I've not had a lot of mojo lately and using these techniques makes it easy for anyone to make a very nice and fast card.   

Hope you all get a chance to play with some pattern paper soon.   IF you do break out some pretty paper be sure to share on the Unity show and tell page or hashtag us on Instagram #friendsofunitybloghoppers

To start the hop from the beginning go visit Crystal HERE!

next on the hop is the beautiful April visit her HERE!

Be sure to comment as it motivates the team!

Happy Crafting,


Saturday, March 5, 2022

March 2022 Friends of Unity blog hop

Hello, welcome to my blog.   Today we are hopping along with a color theme.   As you can see my cards are just a tad bit off of the color scheme.  I hope you don't mind me being a  bit off the mark.    

  I have written and deleted this blog post about a dozen times.   I want this to be a happy place for you all to visit, but I can't ignore the fact war rages at this time.    I will simply say, that I felt strongly to add the colors of the Ukraine flag today.   My heart is so heavy, and I had a hard time creating.   My prayers are with the people of Ukraine.   Thank you for understand!

On my cards today I used Tims, heavy stock kraft paper.  If you have not used this paper I highly recommend it.  Oxides work wonderfully on it. and it takes water well. I colored the sunflowers with copic markers, added sentiments and enamel dots.  These cards took no time at all.  

One more stop on this wonderful hop, go visit my friend Alaine HERE  and please leave some love to the other bloggers.

I hope you have a beautiful day,  Dawn

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