Saturday, September 5, 2020

Friends of Unity September Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity September Blog Hop. This month the theme is friendship. I wanted to share two cards this month. One being a card I always have on hand and ready to go. The sentiment fits lots of occasions and is easy to add a couple of lines and drop in the mail. 

The first card has a border made from a large background stamp. I die cut a frame from it to hopefully give the appearance of a picture frame. I blended some distress oxide colors in the background to give a blurred appearance of ground and sky. 


The second card is one that I tend to make in bulk using up paper scraps. I mass stamp the typewriter using my stamping platform, add splatters to compliment the patterned paper and the card is ready to go. I believe this is a CASE’d card from a fellow Unity member. Thank you for the inspiration whoever you were!
 

Hop along with the other Friends of Unity and see their creations... Comment to be entered into my giveaway. I will announce the winner on next month's FOU blog.

Crystal O. Minkler
Eileen Mathys (you’re here)
Bobbie Sue McConathy
Stamps:
Hope in Uncertainty KOM 4/2020 (Unity Stamp Company)
Paneling (Unity)
Type-Write (Unity)

Paper:
Classic Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Stampers Select White (Papertrey)

Ink:
VersaFine Clair Nocturne (Unity)
Frayed Burlap (Distress Oxide)
Antique Linen (Distress Oxide)
Stormy Sky (Distress Oxide)
Bundled Sage (Distress Oxide)
Crumb Cake (Stampin Up)

Accessories:
Sizzix Big Shot
Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die (Gina Marie)
Stitched Rectangle Frames (My Favorite Things)

Disclaimer:
We all on the Friends of Unity design team appreciate every single comment we get.
That's why we use our own stash every month for a giveaway.
We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. but, they do approve of our hop, and that make us all very happy.
We started this hop because we love Unity. That's it. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with our favorite stamps!!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Friends of Unity August Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity August Blog Hop. This month the theme is a sympathy.  These are cards I try to always have on hand. Death usually occurs with no notice. It’s helpful to have a few of these on hand, so the card can be sent out in a timely manner.

Sympathy cards can be difficult to make, especially if emotions are wrapped up in the need to make this type of card. This card was CASE’d from a Unity video I saw a short while ago. I made this card early in the morning only to get the devastating news later that day that a friend of mine had lost her son to a medical complication. Needless to say this card went into immediate use.

Each of the colors are stamped tone on tone. This card style/layout will easily fit any sentiment. Perfect card to make use of scraps and add the sentiment right before you send it out.


Hop along with the other Friends of Unity and see their creations...

Crystal O. Minkler


Stamps:
Insightful Meadows (Unity Stamp Company)
Feeling Sad, Feeling Sorry (Unity)

Paper:
Classic Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Lemon Tart (Papertrey)
Aqua Mist (Papertrey)
Antique Linen (Papertrey)
Vintage Cream (Papertrey)

Ink:
VersaFine Clair Nocturne (Unity)
Lemon Tart (Papertrey)
Aqua Mist (Papertrey)
Antique Linen (Papertrey)


Disclaimer:
We all on the Friends of Unity design team appreciate every single comment we get.
That's why we use our own stash every month for a giveaway.
We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. but, they do approve of our hop, and that make us all very happy.
We started this hop because we love Unity. That's it. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with our favorite stamps!!

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Christmas in July 2020 Hop


Welcome to Build Your Stash Holiday Hop! Let this holiday hop inspire your creativity and get you in the mood for some holiday cards. This is the time of year I try to create one or two a week as time allows to prepare myself before I am in the mad dash between Thanksgiving and Christmas.



All of the cards I make and send out will be hand made. Some of my friends are very special and dear to my heart and will get very special one of a kind creations. Other friends will get very punny cards, and other friends yet don't celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or even Kwanzaa. They celebrate Yule, more of a pagan holiday. Being respectful of that, I opted to create this card for those who don't celebrate the traditional winter holidays as we know it.


I am a big fan of my Copic markers, but chose to experiment with some inexpensive watercolor paints that I picked up from Michaels. While I have a lot to learn yet with them, I figured the wide open spaces on this stamp set would be very forgiving to my novice hand. I splattered white acrylic paint over the finished image to give the appearance of snow, which isn't clearly visible in the picture.

Stamps:
Warm and Cozy KOM 8/2019 (Unity Stamp Company)

Paper:
True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Stampers Select White (PTI)
Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz)

Ink:
VersaFine Clair Nocturne (Unity)
Accessories:
Watercolor Paint (Michaels)
White Acrylic Paint for splatter

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Friends of Unity July Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity July Blog Hop. This month the theme is a paper piecing challenge.  True to form, I had to think outside of the box. I grew up with paper dolls and Barbies, but didn't want to use an Angie girl. I opted for something to spark some creativity in others. 

This onesie is perfect for this months theme. I also had a friend who was expecting a baby when I made this card. If it was going to be a boy, I figured I would just need to make a second card in shades of blue. Lucky me she had a girl and this card was quickly whisked away to them to celebrate.

I utilized one of my favorite layouts to make this one. I didn't default to this design because I was stuck in a creative rut, but rather a lack of time with college classes and back to work taking up my precious free time. Happy to have finished what I decided on and a baby card to boot! That totally slipped my mind until she made the announcement. I guess lucky for me I picked pink. 

Hop along with the other Friends of Unity and see their creations...
The winner for my giveaway last month is Denise Bryant. Please message me your info so I can mail out your prize. 

Crystal O. Minkler
Kim Klinkovsky


Stamps:
New to the Crew (Unity Stamp Company)

Paper:
Lovely Lipstick (Stampin Up)
Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Flirty Flamingo (SU)
All My Love DSP (SU)

Ink:
VersaFine Clair Nocturne (Unity)
Accessories:
Sizzix Big Shot
Subtle Embossing Folder (SU)




Disclaimer:
We all on the Friends of Unity design team appreciate every single comment we get.
That's why we use our own stash every month for a giveaway.
We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. but, they do approve of our hop, and that make us all very happy.
We started this hop because we love Unity. That's it. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with our favorite stamps!!

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Friends of Unity June Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity June Blog Hop. This month the theme is wings. Once again I looked through my collection to find one that it sitting unused and decided to give it a little love. 

The Cuddlebug line from Tierra Jackson has to be one of my favorites. I think I have just about every one of them. They are cute and whimsical, but some of the animals would make great birthday or baby shower cards. Can't you just see it? Since I have no baby showers coming up, I opted for some bright fun colors to send to one of my friends.

I ink blended some complimentary distress oxide colors and die cut and oval out of the middle to have the ladybug peeking through the card. I fussy cut her out and opted to color her in an orange shade to highlight the carved pumpkin ink used in the center of the background.


Hop along with the other Friends of Unity and see their creations... Comment to be entered into my giveaway. I will announce the winner on next month's FOU blog.

Crystal O. Minkler
Eileen Mathys (you’re here)
Dawn Bryson
Kim Klinkovsky
Joyce Verdon 


Stamps:
Cuddlebug Ladybug (Unity Stamp Company)

Paper:
True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Stampers Select White (Papertrey)

Ink:
Tuxedo Black Memento
Squeezed Lemonade (Distress Oxide)
Carved Pumpkin (Distress Oxide)
Barn Door (Distress Oxide) 
Accessories:
Sizzix Big Shot
Gina Marie Designs Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die



Disclaimer:
We all on the Friends of Unity design team appreciate every single comment we get.
That's why we use our own stash every month for a giveaway.
We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. but, they do approve of our hop, and that make us all very happy.
We started this hop because we love Unity. That's it. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with our favorite stamps!!

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Friends of Unity May Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity May Blog Hop. This month the theme is our favorite Angie Girl or Guy. I narrowed it down to two. One because it has one of my favorite flowers, the other because it has my favorite beverage.

In my first card I opted to go for a colorless image. Sometimes we need to make a card quick, other times we feel intimidated by people who just seem to color better than we do. This card was made to show that sometimes you can make a fabulous looking card without coloring it at all! The sentiment is meant for our current time. I am really "missing out time together". 
In the second card, I used some Tim Holtz Distress Oxides over a stencil. I love creating my own background paper with stencils and ink. Oxides and blending brushes make it so easy. The image was colored in with Copic markers to compliment the overall color palate. 
Hop along with the other Friends of Unity and see their creations... The winner of my giveaway from the April blog hop is Wilma DeG. Please contact me to collect your goodies!

Crystal O. Minkler


Stamps:
Emerson Girl (Unity Stamp Company)
Hope in Uncertainty 4/2020 KOM (Unity)
Daisy Girl (Unity)

Paper:
True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Stampers Select White (Papertrey)
Blueberry Sky (Papertrey)
Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (Stampin Up)

Ink:
Versamark
Memento Tuxedo Black
VersaFine Clair Nocturne (Unity)
Stormy Sky (Distress Oxide)
Bundled Sage (Distress Oxide)
Antique Linen (Distress Oxide) 

Accessories:
Sizzix Big Shot
Slanted Sentiment Strips (My Favorite Things)
Stitched Mod Square STAX (MFT)
Drifting Stitches Borders (Simon Says Stamp)
Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn)
Alabaster Embossing Powder (Brutus Monroe)
Copic Markers

Disclaimer:
We all on the Friends of Unity design team appreciate every single comment we get.
That's why we use our own stash every month for a giveaway.
We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. but, they do approve of our hop, and that make us all very happy.
We started this hop because we love Unity. That's it. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with our favorite stamps!!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Friends of Unity April Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Friends of Unity April Blog Hop. This month the theme is a sketch challenge.  Crystal picked out an amazing sketch for us this month. I just needed to decide what I would make with it. I had a great idea in mind... just needed to find the perfect stamp to play along.

The March 2020 Kit of the Month has to "bee" one of my favorites. I am a friend to our pollinators, as well as a fan of all things spring! The beehive stamp and the punny sentiment combinations were just the right size to bring this sketch to life.


I stamped the beehive in an ink that after it was cut out, I realized wasn't Copic friendly. So I decided to watercolor it with my distress oxides instead. Easy peasy... I squeezed some of the ink on my Tim Holtz media mat and began to fill in the colors. The end design came out exactly as I anticipated. I fussy cut the bee and added some Wink of Stella to the wings for a little bit of shimmer.


Hop along with the other Friends of Unity and see their creations... Comment to be entered into my giveaway this month. I will announce the winner on next month's FOU blog.Good Luck!

Crystal O. Minkler


Stamps:
Spring & Things KOM 3/2020 (Unity Stamp Company)

Paper:
Weathervane (Papertrey Ink)
Stampers Select White (PTI)

Ink:
VersaFine Clair Nocturne (Unity)
Scattered Straw (Distress Oxide)
Fossilized Amber (Distress Oxide)
Brushed Corduroy (Distress Oxide)
Vintage Photo (Distress Oxide)
Peeled Paint (Distress Oxide)
Weathered Wood (Distress Oxide)

Accessories:
Bubble Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz)
Wink of Stella Clear


Disclaimer:
We all on the Friends of Unity design team appreciate every single comment we get.
That's why we use our own stash every month for a giveaway.
We are NOT sponsored by Unity Stamp Co. but, they do approve of our hop, and that make us all very happy.
We started this hop because we love Unity. That's it. This hop is our way of showcasing our cards made with our favorite stamps!!