Thursday, December 8, 2022

Advent Calendar Day 8 ~ December Challenge All About Backgrounds ~ Unity Stamp Co.

 Hello there crafty friend!
Today I'm sharing inspiration for the December challenge over in the Unity Show & Tell group. This month it's All About Backgrounds!! I'm also sharing inspiration for the 2022 Advent Calendar.


Today is Day 8 for the Advent Calendar and the stamp is an adorable reindeer. I've turned this cutie into Rudolph with a little masking on his nose. Rudolph is the star of this card while all his reindeer friends play in the background. His shiny red nose is getting ready for Christmas Day!


The background was created by first stamping the A Little Christmas Carol background stamp. I inked it up with the Vintage Photo Distress Ink, but I stamped it off once on a post it note to lighten it a bit. I then stamped the reindeer in a triangle pattern which draws the eye through the background and gives it balance. I used an impression plate to give the background some fun texture.


Next I distressed the edges of the background with some of the Vintage Photo distress ink. It shows some of the texture around the edges from the impression plate. I copic colored Rudolph very simply with E21, E23, and E27. Finally, I die cut Rudolph and a red mat using the two smallest circle dies from the Scallops & Circles {nesting dies}. Adhered the circles together and then I popped them up on the card. The sentiment is from the cute Magical Holiday Itty Bitty stamp. To finish off the card, I added a bit of glossy accents to Rudolph's nose.



Pull out those background stamps and play along! Mix it up with an embossing folder or just have some inky fun!! The possibilities are endless!! I can't wait to see what you create! Be sure to share your cards in the Unity Show & Tell group and also add them to the December challenge album in the group to be entered for a prize!! See you back here next Thursday for more inspiration for the All About Backgrounds challenge!


Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,
Crystal


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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Merry Christmas ~ Advent Calendar Day 7 ~ Unity Stamp Co.

Hello there crafty friend!
It's Day 7 of the Unity 2022 Advent Calendar! I've teamed up with Echo and Sandhya to do a little reveal and project on our YouTube channels using the fantastic Advent Calendar from Unity Stamp Co!! Please be sure to subscribe to our channels so you don't miss a day of this fun series!


Day 7 ~ adorable holly and berries!


I paired it up with the Christmas Linen {paper pack} one and Christmas Linen {paper pack} two, both from Unity. And colored it on kraft with the following Copic markers: R20, R14, R37, YG03, G24, G46


Here's a look at {BYSHC} Sketch 6 that inspired my card.


All of my paper layers are just cut with my trimmer, but I did use a corner rounder on the Kraft card stock for my sentiment. The sentiment is from the recently released dies called Greetings of the Season {die set}... sadly, it's currently out of stock.

Check out my process video here... Unity Advent Calendar Day 7.


I'll be back tomorrow with inspiration for the All About Backgrounds challenge in the Unity Show & Tell and I've used the adorable Day 8 stamp from the Advent Calendar! It's such a cute card... just saying! Hope you'll come back to see!



Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.


Inky Hugs,
Crystal


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Monday, December 5, 2022

Advent Calendar Day 5 ~ Warm & Cozy ~ Unity Stamp Co.

 Hello there crafty friend!
It's Day 5 of the Unity 2022 Advent Calendar! I've teamed up with Echo and Sandhya to do a little reveal and project on our YouTube channels using the fantastic Advent Calendar from Unity Stamp Co!! Please be sure to subscribe to our channels so you don't miss a day of this fun series!


Day 5 ~ a sweet mitten!


I paired it up with the White Winter {paper pack}, also from Unity. And colored it up with the following Copic markers: C00, C2, G00, G24, G46


Here's a look at Sketch 17 that inspired my card design.


I also used the Scallops & Circles {nesting dies} from Unity. 
The sentiment is from the Warm & Cozy Itty Bitty.

Check out my process video here... Unity Advent Calendar Day 5.


Echo will be sharing inspiration for Day 6 of the Advent Calendar over on her YouTube! Be sure to subscribe to her channel!



Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.


Inky Hugs,
Crystal


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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Advent Calendar Day 4 ~ Merry & Bright ~ Unity Stamp Co.

Hello there crafty friend!
It's Day 4 of the Unity 2022 Advent Calendar! I've teamed up with Echo and Sandhya to do a little reveal and project on our YouTube channels using the fantastic Advent Calendar from Unity Stamp Co!! Please be sure to subscribe to our channels so you don't miss a day of this fun series!


Day 4 ~ the cutest little Santa!


I paired it up with the Watercolor Winter {paper pack}, also from Unity (looks like it's currently out of stock though). And colored it up with the following Copic markers: E000, E00, E11, C00, C2, R20, R14, R27, N1, N4, N6, YG11, G24, G46


Here's a look at Sketch 7 that inspired my card.


I also used the Make a Tag {die set} and the Scallops & Circles {nesting dies}, also from Unity. 
The sentiment is from the May Your Days be Merry & Bright.

Check out my process video here...  Unity Advent Calendar Day 4.


I'll be back tomorrow with Day 5 of the Advent Calendar reveal and a really cute card!



Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.


Inky Hugs,
Crystal


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Saturday, December 3, 2022

~ Friends of Unity December 2022 Blog Hop ~

 Hello there crafty friend!
It's the first Saturday of December and you know what that means... it's time for our Friends of Unity Blog Hop!! But today is not just a regular monthly blog hop... it's our 5th Anniversary of hopping!! Can you believe that?! 5 years has gone by so fast!! We've shared so many wonderful cards and projects over the last 5 years and added so many new friends!! I'm so grateful to my friends that help make this hop amazing each month and I'm also very grateful to the friends that come and hop along with us. All your love and comments each month mean so much to us. We appreciate you all!! I'll try to keep my blog as short and sweet as possible but be sure to read to the end because there's an amazing giveaway you don't want to miss out on. First, let's get to the cue...


... Glitter & Glitz!! The perfect cue for a 5th anniversary celebration!! I had fun with this cue!


My first project is a cute tag using the Advent Calendar Day 3 stamp!! How sweet is this beautiful poinsettia! I just love it! Did you get the Advent Calendar? It's so fun opening each little door... I just love it! There's still some in stock... just saying!!!


I inked up the stamp with Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink, spritzed it with a bit of water and stamped it on a piece of Kraft card stock that I had die cut with the smallest tag die from the Make a Tag die set {looks like it's currently out of stock}. I did a mix of first and second generation stamping - which basically means that I inked up my stamp and stamped directly on the paper {first generation stamping} and without reinking the stamp, I stamped it again leaving a lighter impression of the stamp {second generation stamping}.


I used my heat tool to dry the tag. I added a bunch of white acrylic paint splatters. And then I went nuts with some Liquid Pixie Dust splatters. Just two drops on my palette with a spritz of water went a loooong way!! It's so gorgeous in person... I think you can see some of the shine on that center poinsettia. I had some of the Liquid Pixie Dust left over so I brushed some along the edge of the larger tag. I popped the smaller tag up on the larger tag with some foam tape, tied an organdy ribbon around it and cut fish tails on the ends. And then I stamped the sentiment from the Poinsettia Wishes Itty Bitty stamp... I masked it and only partially stamped the sentiment with Sugar Cube pigment ink and then heat embossed Alabaster White Embossing powder. I trimmed it and then popped it up on the tag, too. To finish off the tag, I punched a hole in the top with my Crop-a-Dile and added some twine. So pretty!


My second project is a card I made using a couple new releases from the Cyber Week Sale!! Have you guys been enjoying all the releases for Brown Thursday/Black Friday and Cyber Week?! OMG!! SO many new and amazing stamps! I want them ALL!! LOL Anywho, for this card I ink smooshed Kitsch Flamingo, Salvaged Patina and Villainous Potion Distress Oxide inks on Stampers Select White card stock from Papertrey Ink. I dried my background completely with a heat tool. I then stamped the gorgeous new snowflake clusters from the December 2022 Sentiment Kit called Shake Your Flakes with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink. And then I went nuts splattering it with some Liquid Pixie Dust. I love this stuff!!! 


I set the background aside to dry and stamped the beautiful new Angie Girl and sentiment from the Freaking Cold stamps with Black Amalgam ink from Gina K. Designs. I colored the girl up with the following Copic Markers:

Skin ~ E000, E00, E11, E04
Hair ~ E95, E97, E08, E09
Sweater ~ C00, C2, C3
Hat ~ BG0000, BG10, BG23, BG34, BG13, V000, V12, V17, C2, C3
Mug ~V000, V12, V15, V17, E21, E27
Rings / Nails ~ BG0000, BG23, BG34, C3


I fussy cut the girl leaving some of the dots and hearts around the outline. I trimmed up the sentiment so it would fit across the background. It measures about 7/8 x 4". I then adhered the bottom portion of the girl to the sentiment. I added lots of foam tape to the back of both and set them aside.


I trimmed the background to 4 x 5-1/4" and adhered it to a card front of Cool Caribbean card stock from Stampin' Up. I then adhered the panel to a white A2 top fold card base. I removed the backing from the foam tape and popped up the sentiment and girl on the card. And to finish it off I added five rhinestones to the centers of the snowflakes. I love using purples and blues for winter cards and I think it really works with this sentiment. Doesn't she look cold?! LOL

To celebrate 5 years of hopping with our friends we got to thinking that it would be fun to share our favorite card from the past five years... well, I couldn't pick just one. I had about a dozen saved. I was able to narrow it down to five which I thought was reasonable for a 5 year anniversary. So here are my five favorites in no particular order...











Do you have a favorite card that I've made over the past five years?! I would love to hear which one is your favorite. Be sure to share in the comments which card has been your favorite for a chance to win a fun giveaway. I'll choose one lucky winner for this giveaway and announce the winner next month. 


Now before we get to the hopping, I chose a lucky winner from the comments on last month's hop to win a fun prize package and that lucky winner is...



... Jenni S!! Congratulations, Jenni!!
Please email me at crystalominkler@gmail.com to claim your prize. 
Prize must be claimed within two weeks. 

That's it for my cards this month! AND in addition to the giveaway I mentioned above, I'm having another giveaway!!! Woohoo!! I will be announcing the winner for both my giveaways next month for our January 2023 blog hop!!

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our little hop for these 5 fantastic years!!! I really, truly do appreciate each and every one of your sweet comments! 

A few of my friends are having giveaways on their blogs too, so be sure to hop and comment on each of our blogs!! And now the amazing giveaway that I mentioned at the beginning of my blog post... Angela has generously offered (3) $25 Unity gift cards to giveaway for our 5 year anniversary celebration!!! How amazing is that?! If you'd like a chance to win one of these gift cards be sure to hop and comment on EACH of our blogs... three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments and they could be chosen from any of the blogs participating in the hop, not just mine!! So be sure to hop and comment by December 10th!! The winners for the (3) $25 Unity gift cards will be announced here on my blog and on the Unity Show & Tell Facebook group on December 11th. On a side note, as you hop along and comment, I wanted to recommend using Google Chrome as your browser. We've been having issues for awhile now with some hoppers only being able to comment as Anonymous and if you use Google Chrome you should be able to log in and comment as you hop. If you're still only able to comment as anonymous PLEASE add your name to the comment. I will only choose winners with a name included if not signed in with a google account. I hope this helps some of you. I know that it's been very frustrating!


Let's get to the hopping...


Crystal <--- you're here

up next ---> Eileen












Thanks so very much for supporting our little hop!
We appreciate you!!

See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,
Crystal


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Friday, December 2, 2022

Stay Cozy Fox ~ Kindness is Like Snow ~ Unity Stamp Co.

 Hello there crafty friend!
Today I'm sharing a CAS card featuring the new Kindness is Like Snow stamp that was just released for Unity's Cyber Week Sale. I've been wanting to play with a CAS card idea on black card stock and thought this beautiful fox stamp would be perfect with this design.


I used an oval shaped stencil from My Favorite Things called Oval Extraordinaire to mask my True Black card front and ink blended Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks over the oval opening. First I ink blended Tumbled Glass and then I went over that with the Chipped Sapphire. I then blended a bit of the Black Soot around the edges.


I kept the stencil and a post it note on my card front and splattered some white acrylic paint over the ink blended oval. Love the starry night sky this created! I stamped the beautiful fox and colored it with the following Copic Markers:

Fox ~ E95, E97, E09
Scarf ~ V000, V12, V15, V17


I fussy cut the fox and popped it up on the card using foam tape. I originally used the 'Kindness is like snow.." sentiment but then I realized that there's no snow on my card and it didn't make any sense to use that sentiment. So... I pulled it off of my card as carefully as I could. It wasn't pretty. To cover up the mess I die cut another card front of True Black card stock with a stitched hillside die. I pulled up the bottom of the fox and then I adhered the card front slightly under the fox. I stamped the 'stay cozy' sentiment, trimmed it and adhered it in the bottom right corner. Still pretty CAS but I did have to add that layer to cover up my boo boo. 


Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,
Crystal


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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Advent Calendar Day 1 ~ December Challenge All About Backgrounds ~ Unity Stamp Co.

Hello there crafty friend!
It's time for a new challenge for December over in the Unity Show & Tell group... it's All About Backgrounds this month!! I'm also sharing inspiration for Day 1 of the 2022 Advent Calendar!! I just love Unity's Advent Calendar! It gets more amazing each year.


The sweet and delicate ornament stamp is the first Advent Calendar stamp. I colored it very simply with just a few Copic Markers: C00, C2, R14 and G24. And then I die cut it with the smallest circle die from the Scallops & Circles {nesting dies}. Next I mat it with a red circle die cut from the next largest circle die from the set.


This month's challenge is all about the backgrounds though! I started this background with an ink smooshed card front that I had actually made last week during the video for my Mixed Media Background card. Ink smooshed with Twisted Citron and Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide inks. I stamped the beautiful Holly Days Background with Mowed Lawn and Pine Needles Distress Oxide inks.


What makes this background even more fun is the texture. After I stamped it with the Holly Days Background stamp I placed it in a woodgrain embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot. I then lightly rubbed the Mowed Lawn oxide ink over the embossed background. It gives the background a bit of dimension. I think you can see some of the texture in this photo. I finished off the card with a few white rhinestones and a sweet sentiment from the Christmas Wishin' stamps.

You can check out my video revealing the Advent Calendar Day 1 stamp and my process in making this card here... Advent Calendar Day 1 | December Challenge | All About Backgrounds | Unity Stamp Co. 



I am so excited about this month's challenge! To play along just make a fun background using inks, stamps, paints, embossing folders... really the list could go on and on. I can't wait to see what you create! Be sure to share your cards in the Unity Show & Tell group and also add them to the November challenge album in the group to be entered for a prize!! See you back here next Thursday for more inspiration for the All About Backgrounds challenge! Tomorrow Echo Noble will be sharing inspiration for Day 2 of the Unity 2022 Advent Calendar on her YouTube channel. You can check out her channel here... Stamp N Ground. And Sandhya Iyer will be sharing inspiration for Day 3 on her YouTube channel here... Sanju's Creations. And then I will be back here on Sunday for Day 4 of the Advent Calendar.


Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.
 
Inky Hugs,
Crystal


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