Saturday, December 1, 2018

~ Friends of Unity December Blog Hop ~

Hello! It's the first of December AND it's the first Saturday of December... you know what that means!! It's time for another Friends of Unity blog hop... but this month's hop marks one whole year of Friends of Unity sharing our love of Unity Stamp Company with you! Wow! A whole year!! I can't believe it! Time sure does fly on by! Thank you all so much for commenting and supporting our little hop! We truly appreciate it! 

To show my appreciation for your support, I'm having a giveaway! Oh boy... do I have something up my sleeve... but you have to read down to the bottom of my post! No skipping either... lol... check out my card below and I've tried to keep the chatter to a minimum. :) So let's get to it!

 I know a lot of us cardmakers are still working on our Christmas projects. Some of us just started on them... Yikes! Some of the more disciplined of us, are done with our Christmas projects... Yay! So I thought it would be a great time to share a Thank You card with a wintry theme. Our cue for this month's hop is ~ Thank You! 


A lot of the focus this time of the year tends to be about giving and getting... I wish there was more thanking! We're all so thankful during Thanksgiving... it's the thing to do, right?! But it seems to go away when Christmas is coming near. I try to be thankful all year long... but it's easy to get caught in the tide of the seasons. This year, though, I thought it would be nice to make thank you cards for the friends and family that send us cards and gifts during the Christmas season. 


I wanted to keep my card simple for two reasons... I wanted it easy to duplicate so I had enough on hand to send out and I wanted it relatively flat so it wouldn't need the extra non-machinable postage to mail it. I did end up putting those wood elements on... I couldn't help myself! They work so well with the snowflakes in the stamp so this card will be hand delivered... BUT... I could easily change this up with some die cut snowflakes or punched out snowflakes... whatever works!


Now, to the details for my card... I stamped the Burst of Flakes {Border Backgrounds} using VersaMark watermark ink onto two 5-1/2 x 4-1/4" pieces of Kraft card stock. I then heat embossed some ultra fine white embossing powder on both pieces. I also stamped the sentiment from the Like a Snowflake sentiment kit on one of the pieces with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed the same white embossing powder. I trimmed the one piece without the sentiment down to 5-1/4 x 4" and adhered it to a Kraft card base. I then die cut the other piece with the sentiment using a stitched rectangle die that measures 4-7/8 x 3-5/8" and popped it up on the card.


I colored one side of the snowflake wood element using a white prismacolor pencil. It gives the wood a subtle white color that I think compliments the kraft and white on the card.


Here's one more look at the card as a whole. I just love how simple but beautiful this card turned out!
I hope I've inspired you to pull out some of your Christmas or Holiday stamps to make some thank you cards.

So... did you read through the post or did you just skip down here to check out my crazy giveaway?!
Are you ready?! 
Well, I was thinking ~ how do we celebrate one whole year of hopping with Unity Stamp Company's fabulous stamps?!?! The obvious answer is we give away Unity Stamps! But I really want to celebrate... so I'm giving away 2 prizes! 

The first prize is a Brand New Winter Beauty SMAK kit <--- click there to check out this kit! It's gorgeous!! And perfect for a Winter giveaway!

The second prize is a bundle of Brand New stamps... December Girl, Jolly Ol' Santa, and Stay Cozy!! You can click on each of those to check them out! Oh... I love these fabulous stamps! 

What do you think?! Crazy awesome prizes, right?! Now, all you have to do to enter is to check out our hop and comment on each of the blogs. I'll use Random.org to choose two lucky winners and share them with you next month for our January hop!! Thank you all again for your support and Happy Hopping!


~ Blog Hop List ~

Crystal <--- you're here

up next ---> Eileen









Thank you friends for checking out my blog post! 
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs!
~ Crystal



100 comments:

  1. Wow wow wow. First of all I had no idea we had A blizzard of thanks” and you used it so beautifully!! The recipients of this card are going to be in awe of its beauty, Crystal!! Secondly, I looove the wooden embellishments!! 🤗

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  2. Oh my gosh, so very elegant but simple to create! Love the use of Kraft here and the wood embellishments! Perfect sentiment pairing, too!

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  3. I'm also always concerned about mailing, so like to keep it light and simple..... this is very nice! Also, unusual colors to choose (so many use blue for snow cards) but I like it!!!

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  4. I love your card. Kraft and white and snowflakes!! YES to all.

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  5. So very elegant! Love Kraft. I really should have bought this stamp...it’s haunting me lol

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  6. Love this white on kraft. Those snowflakes really pop! Super card!

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  7. What a beautiful card!!! I love it!!

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  8. I do make thank you notes for Christmas gifts we receive, but haven't made them yet for this year. I love this card you made! The simplicity and the beauty of it are awesome. I may use it as inspiration for mine!

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  9. This is so stunning! I have to admit, white on kraft is one of my most favorite color combos. I think it is so elegant! And especially when it turns out this pretty!! I had all my Christmas cards done early this year, but still make them for next year. I like to give to a couple of campaigns so I just let them pile up all year! lol

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    1. Thank you, Becca! This was the first year that I had made so many Christmas cards throughout the year that I wasn't panicked to get them done at the last minute! I plan to do that next year, as well. :)

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  10. Gorgeous card!! I have this stamp and haven't inked it up yet! Love the sentiment! Thanks, for sharing!

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  11. Wow, this is a very pretty card, well done!

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  12. I love this so much , the white on craft is perfect!!
    Thanks for a year of inspiration, time flies!!
    And wow, awesome give away!!

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  13. Love this card! Another one I think I need to CASE!

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  14. WOW! Just an amazing card, Crystal!!! I LOVE the white on kraft. I love the layering. And now I LOVE that stamp set and have to have it! All of your giveaways are very thoughtful. Just wonderful inspiration and I am thankful to you and all the FOU girls. Happy Holidays!

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  15. Love!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  16. Oh my goodness!! Your card is just gorgeous!! I love the white in kraft. I think I need this stamp!

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  17. Wow the card is fantastic! The gifts amazing!! And I cannot believe I have not seen this group or your hopping before now!!

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  18. Gorgeous card! I really love those beautiful, detailed snowflakes!

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  19. Your card looks great
    with the white on Kraft.
    Love the snowflakes. Thank
    you for the giveaways and
    Merry Christmas!
    Carla from Utah

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  20. What a pretty card! Loving the craft and those snowflakes!

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  21. This card is simply beautiful! I love how the white looks on kraft; perfect seasonal thanks. xo

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  22. Love all the snowflakes on your thank you card. Your giveaway is crazy awesome!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  23. So pretty! And those prizes, though? Wow! Awesome prizes!

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  24. Love the snowflakes! So pretty!

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  25. Oooh, I love the look of the white snowflakes on kraft card stock and Unity is always a favorite!

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  26. Love your card! Every time I see this stamp used it makes me want it more & more! Going to have to add it to my wishlist!!

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  27. Love the white on kraft - I've ordered that stamp and can't wait for it to arrive!

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  28. wow...beautiful card...and fyi...you just added 2 stamp sets to my wishlist!!!

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  29. Love the snowflake background stamp!

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  30. I love this card and stamp set. Love the white on kraft. So simple but is beautiful.

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  31. Love white on Kraft! I don't know if I have this set, but I will use what I have to recreate your beautiful card! Wow!

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  32. A full year of hopping! It has been such a blast!
    Thank you so much Crystal for holding down the fort all by yourself! It has NOT gone unnoticed ... you ROCK!
    I love your card so much that I am off to buy every stamp needed to CASE this card! You inspire me daily and YOU make me a nicer person! Love you my friend, and I am VERY thankful for you and your friendship!

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  33. Wow! Your card is gorgeous! I still haven't tried white ink on Kraft paper. Pam Foy

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  34. I love the white on kraft paper and how you popped the middle up. Great card and great giveaway.

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  35. Congratulations on your one year Anniversary. It is all of us that should thank you for continuing to inspire us...month after month with Unity goodness. I love that sentiment...going on my wishlist too! Here's to many more years of Unity love.

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  36. So pretty, love the white & kraft together!

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  37. What a beautiful card! I always love white on Kraft - it looks so simple & serene.

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  38. What a wonderful idea of doing thank you cards for the holiday season. The white on Kraft was a great idea. Gives a country like vibe. Thank you for sharing it with us. 😊❤

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  39. Wow! Your card is really amazing! Love it!
    Thanks for this chance to win one of these beautiful sets!!!

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  40. I love the white on the Kraft, and really love your tip of using a white Prismacolor pencil on wood- so pretty!!! Love the stamps you used. I also really think the idea of Wintery Thanks cards is a marvelous idea!

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  41. Simply stunning as always. Thank you for inspiring.

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  42. How lovely - there is just something about white on kraft that really appeals to me

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  43. Gorgeous card! I love the white on the Kraft cardstock and the wood elements are the perfect compliment. Such beautiful snowflake images.

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