Monday, July 29, 2019

Growing in Unity 2019 - Day 1

Hello and Happy Monday!  I'm so excited that today starts my Growing in Unity Week with Unity Stamp Co.  Unity was one of the first on line stamp companies that I found when I first began cardmaking about 15 years ago!  I have loved them ever since that very first day I discovered their fabulous website!!!  My love for them has cetainly grown as they continue to have some of the most beautiful designs and there are so many stamps to choose from!  My first stamps from Unity were from their Itty Bitty Stamp Collection.  Just so you know.. the Itty Bitty Stamps are NOT itty bitty at all.....they are honestly perfect for cardmaking!  This week I'll be using a wide variety of Unity Stamps.  Today's card features the Border Background Stamp Set called "Charm" and a Sentiment Stamp Set called "...so very grateful"!


One of the things I love so much about Unity stamps is the detail.  This background stamp is a perfect example of such beautiful detail in the image that it really requires very little coloring.  I stamped the image on Bristol Smooth Cardstock with Versafine Black Onyx Ink.  Once dried I used Zig Clean Color Markers to add just a little color and used an Aqua Painter to move the color around.  The fabulous thing about Bristol Smooth Cardstock is that it really allows the water to move the color.   I stamped the sentiment from the so very grateful sentiment set in Versafine Black Onyx Ink on another piece of Bristol Smooth.  I used some Circle Dies to cut out the sentiment and matted it with a piece of  bright Pink Cardstock.  I used rectangle dies to cut out the Charm Border Background Panel and then matted it in the same bright Pink Cardstock and then Black Cardstock before adhereing to an A2 Cardbase of Neenah Classic Solar White 110# Cardstock.  The matted sentiment circle was popped up with Dimensionals in the center of the card front.  Lastly I added 3 Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti Sequins to finish it off!

This card is going to a very special person.  My son recently was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome and it has really thrown my family into a tail spin.  My son, Wayne, is 32 years old, a former U.S. Marine and as healthy as could be until last Monday.  His fabulous girlfriend and now Fiance,  Kaitlin, has  been right by his side and helping with everything from the very first day.  After 8 days of being in the hospital and now in In-Patient Rehab, she continues to do everything she can to make his room as homey as possible to make things just a little more bearable for him.  I am so very grateful for her heart of gold!  I don't know how we would have made it through all of this without her!  His perfect idea of a proposal wasn't exactly in ICU but plans change and he didn't want to waste another second letting her know what she meant to him!


So Kaitlin, I hope you love your card as much as I loved making it!

Don't forget to comment on my Growing in Unity posts for a chance to win a Unity Prize Package!  I will be chosing two winners from this week's commenters!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

81 comments:

  1. Your card is just BEAUTIFUL....And send PRAYS and HUGS to your Son and all your Family xox

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  2. Great Card! What a story to tell in years to come. May your son grown stronger everyday. This is a long battle. Prayers and happy thoughts.

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  3. Love the card one of my favorites. Prayers to you and your son and family.

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  4. Beautiful card and an especially beautiful reason to give it!

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  5. Beautiful card and story. Prayers for all of you and your sons continued healing.

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  6. Love your card, Unity border stamps and love stories. May your son and fiancé live a long and blessed life. Prayers for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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  7. Such a beautiful card. Prayers for your son.

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  8. Beautiful card. Prayer sent up for your son.

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  9. Lovely card. congratulations to your son and fiance.

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  10. Such a beautiful card! Your son and family will continue to be in my prayers, Tina. Congratulations to them and I’m so happy that he’s getting better. So excited for your week!!

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  11. Awe! Praying for your son, and your momma’s heart, congrats to them both, and I’m sure your card will be a blessing indeed

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  12. The card is beautiful, for a beautiful person. My prayers to all of you, and Praiseto the the Lord who brought Kaitlin and Wayne to each other!

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  13. Gorgeous card with a beautiful sentiment and lovely flowers!
    Sending good thoughts for Wayne! I am a little familiar with GBS, as my father had it many years ago.

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    1. Thank you Denise! Wow.. I've not met many people that have even heard of it. Hopefully your father recovered fully.

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  14. I love your card and the beautiful color you chose. I am excited to see your creations each day. I will keep your son in my thoughts and prayers.

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  15. What a beautiful card! I'm looking forward to your GIU week, and I will be praying for your son.

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  16. So pretty with the color you used on the flowers. That is a nice stamp! Congratulations to Wayne and Kaitlin (beautiful ring!) and praying for his speedy recovery.

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  17. Congrats on your GIU week Beautiful card. I am sure Kaitlin will love it. Hope everything gets better with your son.

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  18. I love your card. Congratulations to Kaitlyn and Wayne, May they have many happy years together.

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  19. Beautiful card I also love this stamp it is so versatile. Prayers to your son and family for healing.

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  20. Your card is so pretty!! I am so glad that your son is doing better. Continued prayers for his recovery.

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  21. Your card is so beautiful. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your son

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  22. Beautiful card can’t wait to see your other creations

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  23. Beautiful card! And prayers to you and your family!

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  24. Wonderful card as I really like seeing the border stamps in action. May your son have a full and speedy recovery. Life certainly has a way of showing us that plans will not always be as we think they will be.

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  25. Such a beautiful card! Congratulations to your son and his new fiancé. She sounds wonderful. Sending prayers for your sons speedy recovery!

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    1. Thanks so much Michele! Kaitlin is wonderful and we are blessed to have her in our lives!

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  26. What a beautiful story along with a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing...

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  27. I ove this card and especialy after knowing the story behind it. I hope he recovers fully. By the way, where do you get your bristol smooth cardstock?

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    1. Thanks so much Robin. I purchase a pad of Bristol Smooth cardstock on Amazon.

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  28. Beautiful card, beautiful love story. Pray your son improves daily,

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  29. Beautiful card! I will be praying for you all.

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  30. Love the colors and sparkle on this card. Prayers for your sons recovery!

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  31. Such a wonderful card. It's just beautiful. Thoughts and prayers your son gets better. And such a lovely tribute to a wonderful women by his side. She'll love this card. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  32. Tina....wow!!! Love the card, thank you for sharing all that you did in this post. Bless your son and your Future DIL, thank you for sharing this story, made us understand just how perfect the card is to the situation.

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  33. I absolutely love the card and the story behind it makes it all that much more beautiful! Prayers for healing for your son and blessings to you all!

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  34. Congratulations on your son's engagement! I pray that he will go into remission so that he can fully enjoy this special time. <3 This card is a perfect celebration of this special young lady. <3

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  35. Gorgeous card, prayers to the family hope he gets better soon!

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  36. What an amazing reason for an amazing card. Prayers for you and your family. Congrats to a future Daughter in law.

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  37. Congratulations on the addition to your family (soon). How wonderful that you love her so much!!!! I am sorry that your son is sick. It is SO HARD when our kids have problems!!!!!!! I will pray for your son right when I am done commenting. I hope that your crafting helps you to deal with it---take your mind off of it, and helps you to think about it, or NOT think about it if that is what you need, when you craft. I will be thinking of you all--all week as I check out your blog.....praying for comfort for your family.

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  38. My husband has guill-barres too. Your son will pull through! Prayers. So sweet to read of his proposal. I Love reading blogs like this!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement! We have seen such improvement and are so grateful for all of the prayers!

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  39. This card is so beautiful! I love your colors and the sentiment in the center!
    Prayers for a speedy recovery for your son! And, how sweet to have a proposal and for you, and ner daughter (in-law)!!!

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  40. Beautiful card and story of your son and fiance.

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