Unity Hop!

Hello! Welcome to MY very first blog hop ever. Of course, I've hopped before as a reader, but never as a blogger. Unity hops are so inspiring and fun. They also give away prizes to commenters! Make sure you visit each blog and leave comments so you can be counted in the prize drawings.

Today, I am showing a couple of seasonal items. First, Merry Christmas in July! My husband and I are crazy for Christmas. We love those sappy movies on Hallmark, and count down the days to be able to put up the twinkling lights and the tree. (Shhhhh! I still have my little tree up here in the Art Room ;) ) We acknowledge the feeling of Christmas monthly by celebrating Twenty-Fifthmas. :~D Christmas music, a movie or even a Christmas style meal. Sure, we are crazy. But whatever! It's FUN! Since we are so close to the 25th and it's July, why not start with Christmas cards!
Despite all my love of the holiday, I am never prepared. This year I will, at the very least, have my cards DONE!

My first one is really different for me. I've always admired the striking cards and wrappings featuring black as the dominate color. I never felt confident enough to pull it off myself until last year, when I made a Christmas card using the flower from Jolande's & Marleen's Blow Your Mind kit.  There was something about that Magnolia looking flower that lead me to see a Poinsettia, so I played with it and fell in love! I made some in other traditional colors but the Black and White one is still my favorite. The tag is stamped with the Far Better Things Ahead sentiment kit.  

But, That was last year!
This year, I'm playing with Reindeer and loving the outcome.
My first card features All Santas Reindeer, if you look closely, you can see their names are all cleverly outlining the antlers. It paired perfectly with the Wonderful Time of Year sentiment




My second card features the Magical Holiday deer. We all know who that silhouette belongs to! ;)
My daughter gifted me a vintage style Christmas paper stack featuring a lot of black so I used a few patterns and they really helped capture the 50's vintage vibe I was going for with these fantastic Unity Reindeer.
Finally, Because it is summer, and I love my birth month of July, I have to share a summery card too.
When I saw Speedy I could not wait to pair him with Fishy Philosophy.  Aren't they great together? This card was so much fun to create! I used Jolande's & Marleen's Bubbles from the You Can Do It kit, as well as the long twisty flower stem from the I Am Who I Am kit for some sweet seaweed effects.



Whew! I hope you're feeling the inspiration spirit & enjoyed your visit to my blog today! Be sure to follow the links to visit all the hopping Growing In Unity girls this week. Don't forget to comment! You could win some yummy Unity stamps. 
Thanks for spending time with me today! XO
Shannon



Anna Natalia
Shannon Horch
Suzanne Shaft
Heather Bolli 
Linda Pekrul
Lynda Lindley
Lee Ann Barrett 
Belinda Beshirs
Suzi Baker McKenzie
Monica Edwards
Alyson Kerr Esposito








Comments

  1. Wow, Shannon your cards are Amazing!! I esp love the black and white Christmas card but really all of them are so Gorgeous. Great job!!

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  2. Fabulous cards! I love your creations with that gorgeous flower! Love your sweet underwater scene too! Beautiful colors!

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  3. wow, these are all fabulous!!! Love the black and white cards!!

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  4. Love the black and white, stunning!!

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  5. Wow, so many gorgeous cards. Love the black and white and the speedy card. Congrats on your first hop. You rock. Hugz

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  6. Love all your cards but especially the reindeer card with the big red flower. Beautiful!


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  7. Whew--you have been busy--thanks for sharing!

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  8. I love your cards! That black and white is so stunning! I do like the one you created in colors too! What a neat idea to celebrate something Christmas on the 25th of each month! I love Christmas too and watch the Hallmark movies. Good for you to be ready with your cards. I've not started yet. It is hard for me to be motivated when it's 100 degrees! I love your summery card too! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  9. Thanks for sharing your time and talent--beautiful cards!

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  10. I love the vintage Christmas card. So cute!


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  11. Your cards are awesome! I love the black and white ones. Beautiful work.

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  12. Wow these are all so creative and beautiful.

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  13. Wow, awesome cards! I love Christmas, too, and the Hallmark movies.
    The Poinsettia is one of my favorite flowers. I've never seen it done in B&W before, it's gorgeous.
    The last card is my favorite! I just love the whole design and coloring of it. So cute.

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  14. Love your cards! They are so creative and beautiful!

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  15. These cards went straight to my heart! The poinsettia cards are elegant and beautiful and, like you, I sure do like reindeer, especially the Rudolph card. But ... my favorite is the undersea scene with the little turtle and fish. Your work is very inspiring and made me smile!

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  16. Awesome creations! I especially love the lovely pink flower with Holiday Greetings!

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  17. I have an affinity for Christmas as well! I collected Santa figurines for years! Last year the family convinced me to leave out the collection all year. It lasted thought May, then they didn't feel "special" anymore so I put all of them away but one and he still is on my mantle. You cards are just adorable. Thanks for sharing! -Annie S.

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  18. Love all your gorgeous cards today. There are so many Christmasy ideas that I want to try out now lol!!

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  19. Christmas is my favorite season, too. I have little christmas boy and girl "bells" that i leave out year round and my mom's mercury glass balls. Thank you for sharing your cards. They are beautiful.

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  20. Oh, you are making me want to get busy for Christmas! Just once I'd like to have all of my cards done by November! Beautiful, creative cards!

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  21. Beautiful projects! That black and white card was STUNNING!
    Kim Marie

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  22. I loved my trip through Christmas in July with you and the one sweet summer card with the turtle and fish! Great cards!!!😊

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  23. Wow, just wow! I love your cards, especially the one with the sea critters. Beautiful job. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Using that flower as a poinsettia is just inspiring. I love the sea critter one and have all the stamps except the bubbles (but it is on its way), so I will C.A.S.E. that one for sure.

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  25. Love the black , white and red. I have to start on my Christmas cards now, great ideas.

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  26. Love your Christmas in July! Beautiful cards!

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  27. Lots of great inspiration, love the poinsettia card.

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  28. Love how you were able to change up the flower and make it a poinsettia. I'd love to see things in that way. Gives me hope. Great job!

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  29. Your cards are amazing but my favorite is the b&w flower!! Wow!! It's beautiful!!

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  30. I could stare at the reindeer card all day. So pretty. They are all pretty awesome.

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  31. I love your Christmas tree, If I had my way, our tree would stay up year round (it's a white tree with blue lights, SO beautiful!
    I love all the cards you made, the one with the small deer is adorable but I have to say the turtle and the fish is my FAVORITE!!! Keep up the good work! Thank you for sharing. :)

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