Saturday, April 6, 2019

~ Friends of Unity April Blog Hop ~

Hello there! It's time for another hop with Friends of Unity and I can't wait to see all the fabulous inspiration for this month's hop. Why?! Well, because our cue for this month is Rainy Days and I absolutely love the rain!! So, my stamp pick for this hop was super easy... Rain or Shine
Perfect, right?!



I adore this stamp and I thought it would be so fun to create a scene using some paper that I've been trying to finish off  *GASP*… I know, I know! This paper hoarder is trying to finish off a paper pad, but really it's all thanks to my friend and fellow Friends of Unity hopper Bobbie Sue!! She put out a little challenge to use up those papers and I've been really trying to. I focused on just a couple paper pads to start and I'm doing pretty well. Anywho… enough about that, let's get back to the card I created. Shall we?


To create the background scene, I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders to create the hills. I then adhered the cloud paper and the hills to a piece of thin white card stock. I was then able to die cut the entire panel with a stitched rectangle die. I adhered the background scene to a pink piece of paper from the paper pad and then I adhered the entire panel to a white card base.


Now for the fun part! I stamped the cute image on white card stock and then stamped the different parts of the image (umbrella, dress, pants, etc) on the scraps of paper I had set aside to paper piece this image. I then fussy cut all the pieces and colored the edges of the cut pieces with my Memento tuxedo black marker so the edges would look nice and clean. I colored some parts of the image with the following Copic markers:

Guy's shirt ~ BG01, BG15
Ribs of Umbrella ~ G82
Girl's Legs ~ E000, E00
Guy's shoes ~ E55, E57, E59


And then I adhered all the paper pieced items to the image. I even colored directly on the patterned paper of the umbrella to add some dimension to the ribs of the umbrella. All that was left was fussy cutting the entire image out. I decided to leave a little bit of a white border around the image to help it pop off the card. I used a Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife to cut out the white pieces between the guy and the girl. Talk about scary! I was so worried my hand would jerk and I'd cut into the image. Phew! But, alas, nothing bad happened. 


Once it was all trimmed down I popped it up on the card and got to work on the sentiment. I went back and forth on where to place it and how... do I cut it into a banner? No. I just decided to go simple... I stamped it on white card stock and mat it with the same pink paper from the Echo Park Everyday Eclectic paper pad that I mat the scene with and then I adhered it to the card. I didn't even pop it up! I wanted the main focus to be on the sweet image of the couple. That's it! This card was a great way to use up some of those papers!

I sure hope that you've enjoyed my card!
There's a few giveaways throughout our hop, as usual, so be sure to hop along and comment on each blog for your chance to win some fabulous Unity Stamps!


On to the hopping... 

~ Blog Hop List ~

Crystal <--- you're here










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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal





90 comments:

  1. So clever to put the background papers together and then die cut the whole thing! I honestly have never thought to do that. Such a fun card too! Well done!

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  2. The paper pieced couple is my favorite part. Nice card, thank you for sharing your art with us

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  3. Great card! Love how all of the elements perfectly compliment the background paper.Thank you for sharing your work. 😊

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  4. Love it and the paper pad you used is perfect! So clean and simple yet perfect!

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  5. Adorable card. Those clouds are so perfect for this!

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  6. This card is so cute and happy! I love the paper pieces you used and the background patterned paper. The die cuts are great and really adds to the card.

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  7. Fantastic scene you created! Yay for using your paper, fellow paper hoarder. ;) I love this card and I love that kissie couple!

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    1. Thank you, Bobbie Sue! It was all thanks to your encouragement to use those papers!! 😉🤗

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  8. Yeah for using your DP up, I so need to work on that as well!!! Perfect DP for your scene and card! And your added coloring is wonderful!

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  9. Beautiful card, love your paper piecing. Great share.

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  10. Super cute! As a fellow DP hoarder I commend you! I have packs of Basic Grey(!) and gorgeous SU! Unopened! I’ve watched a few YT series called Love It Chop it... she cuts it allllll up and makes sort of One Sheet Wonders with them. I’m not fully sold yet though. LOL!

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    1. Thank you! Lol... I have Basic Grey paper pads too!! I don’t think I could use those... they are too beautiful and precious.

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  11. Fabulous card!!
    Perfect papers!! The cloud paper is awesome!
    I love the color scheme, and this sweet stamp!!

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  12. Fantastic card! Wonderfully sweet scene and I love the color combo. Congrats on your move and best wishes on settling in.

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  13. Such a cute card, you paperpiecing and cutting is beautiful!!

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  14. Awesome paper piecing; pretty papers used. This is such a darling scene with them behind the umbrella. The rain always calms me so I really love the theme this month.

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  15. Fabulous paper piecing! I love the result

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  16. It is all so cute. Love it!

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  17. Just a darling scene you created Crystal. I love all the patterns and colors. And that stamp is one of my favs, but for some reason I don't own it. Hmmmm...itty bitty sale anyone? (lol). You did amazing cutting and it turned out great. Thanks for the inspiration and the courage to maybe fussy cut.

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  18. This is so sweet! Love the paper piecing.

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  19. Great way to use your patterned paper up! The paper piecing is nicely done. You must of finished a corner of your new craft room! Yay!

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    1. Thank you, Vannessa! Sadly, no I hadn't... I was able to work ahead and got this card done before our move. :)

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  20. Oh how darling!
    Love the paper
    piercing and
    popped up figures.
    Carla from Utah

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  21. Sweet card! Love the fun paper piecing!

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  22. Oh my gosh, I just love this adorable card and the paper piecing adds such a sweet touch

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  23. I also adore this stamp!! Love what you did with the elements! Fab!

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  24. Love your paper piecing! Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  25. Oh wow! What a lovely and romantic card!!! All the details are pretty amazing!!!

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  26. Very nice card for April!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  27. This came together perfectly. I love the cloud background paper.

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  28. Absolutely DARING! I love that background paper! It's perfect!

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  29. What a great card! I love all the colors!

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  30. Delightful! Such beautiful colors!

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  31. What a fun card! I love the rolling grass look. Nothin' like smooching behind an umbrella! 😍

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  32. Adorable. The papers are perfect.

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  33. This card is so cute. Perfect background paper!

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  34. This is perfect - I love it!

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  35. so cute. great paper for the image. that's a thought...grab a pack of paper and use it up completly. hmmm.

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    1. Thank you, Janeen! That's my goal... I still have a bit left!

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  36. This card is adorable! Love the patterned paper you selected. This stamp is perfect with it!

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  37. Such a cute card. I am a total paper hoarder and recognize this as one I have (and have actually used some from), lol. Good Luck on finishing a pad.

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    1. Thank you so much, Denise! I'm still trying to use it all up... lol!

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  38. Such a sweet card! I love the color palette and your pattern paper choices!

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  39. Absolutely adorable! I love everything about it!

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  40. Such a great card! Love the paper piecing...

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  41. Super sweet card Crystal! Love the scene you created!

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  42. Interesting take on paper piecing. Cute card.

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