Saturday, July 6, 2019

~ Friends of Unity July Blog Hop ~

Hey there crafty peeps and fellow Unity addicts!!
Today is the day for the Friends of Unity July Blog Hop and I am excited to see all the creations my friends have come up with! Our cue this month is Vintage and let me tell you... vintage cards can be scary! If you've ever tried one, you might understand. 


It's really not my usual style... though I do enjoy to see them. Especially, when our very own friend, Joyce Verdon, makes one of her gorgeous vintage style cards... I'm so excited to have Joyce back and I can't wait to see what she has created to share with us all!! So let's get to it! 


My first card is a Vintage Christmas card... I know some of you may not be ready for Christmas, but I'm trying to make a serious effort to get ahead on my Christmas cards and I thought this cue would be perfect! I started by stamping the Yuletide {border backgrounds} stamp on white card stock with Gina K's Black Amalgam ink. I heat set it with my heat tool and colored the berries... oh my... so many berries! I went over each of those berries... 9 times I'm thinking with the copic markers. I was going a bit cross eyed, I swear!! Anywho, after the berries were done, I finished the rest of the pretty background. And it was really bright and beautiful... not vintage, at all! 

Copic's used for this card: R000, R14, R27, R89, G24, G94, G99



So... I pulled out the Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and got to work blending. I also used a touch of Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink... I think the edges got a little dark and the Antique Linen lightened it up a little bit. I fussy cut the middle of the background because I wanted my sentiment to be a separate layer to add dimension to the card. I die cut the background with a large stitched rectangle die and then I started on the sentiment layer. 


I stamped the sentiment from the Vintage Christmas Kit on white card stock using Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink and heat embossed a fine clear embossing powder. I then stamped the Worn Music background stamp using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and also heat embossed it using the same clear ep. The white background was not going to work so I blended the Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink over the piece. I trimmed it down and adhered it to a 4-1/8 x 5-3/8" piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock. I then popped up the Yuletide background using foam squares... lots and lots of foam squares. I probably should have used the foam tape... :)


I wrapped the panel several times with jute twine and added the cute Christmas charm (Tim Holtz) and red jingle bell (SU!). I tied off a bow and adhered the charm to the card using Multi Medium Matte so it would stay stationary. {I'm just noticing that my second twine tail has flown the coop! LOL... totally missed that, but I assure you there is one!} I adhered the panel to a Mossy Meadow card base and called this one done!!! What do you think? I'm really liking it!


On to card two... now, I was totally stuck on this card until I saw the lovely Lisa Arana's YouTube video Vintage & Easy Farm Animal Card Design and bam!! Inspiration!! Thank you so much, Lisa!!
I had already chosen the stamps I wanted to use for this one... Grandma's Needlepoint kit by Susan Weckesser. Such an adorable kit.... I love the little girl, but honestly it was the stitching stamps that got me on this one... love love love!!! So to start my card, I went searching through my many patterned papers and decided to use the beautiful Romance Novel papers by Prima.


I stamped the little girl, the stitching and the sentiment with Gina K's Black Amalgam ink and then I die cut each of the papers using the Blueprints 5 dies by My Favorite Things (sadly, it's retired... but you could achieve the same look by trimming down the papers and using a corner rounder on each corner). I chose another paper for my very bottom layer from Love Nicole called Distressed Neutrals that worked really well with the other papers. Score!! Using my corner rounder punch I punched the bottom two corners on the Distressed Neutrals layer and then I did the same with the bottom corners on my Vintage Cream card base. All I needed to do now was adhere the layers. I used Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue to adhere all of the layers except the last one... 


...my focal image was popped up on the card with foam squares. Yup, lots and lots of foam squares. But before I placed it on the card, I wrapped the card with Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon and tied a pretty bow.... awww, I just love how this turned out! What do you think? I sure hope you let me know in the comments.

Now, before we get to hopping... a little business. Drum roll please...
the two winners of my 25 stamp grab bag giveaway are... 





... Arianna Barbara and Dorothy Green!!! Woohoo!!!
Ladies, please email me at crystalominkler@gmail.com to claim your prize. 
Prize must be claimed within two weeks.

Thanks to you all so much for your continued support of our little hop... and for all of your lovely comments! I really, truly do appreciate each and every one of your sweet comments. A few of my friends are having giveaways on their blog so be sure to hop and comment on each of our blogs!!

Let's get to hopping... 

Crystal <--- you're here

up next ---> Kim








Thanks so much for checking out my blog post!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,
Crystal





40 comments:

  1. I am obsessed with the paper on card #2. And while I should be trying to get ahead for the holidays, I can't think about that yet. #teachersummersareforswimming

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    1. Thank you, Shannon! Isn't that paper gorgeous?! Love it!

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  2. Beautiful cards! I especially love vintage Christmas cards.

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  3. Ohhh... you are making me feel like i need to get started on Christmas! Loving the little girl too. Those stitches framing her are perfect!

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  4. Congrats to the winners!
    Fabulous work on both
    cards, look so pretty.
    Carla from Utah

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  5. I love the cards you made. The winter Christmas border is so beautiful on craft!

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  6. wow, these are gorgeous, love the first one with the Yuletide background!

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  7. I LOVE the second card so much! Exactly what I saw in my minds eye, but sadly, I don't have any of Unity's vintage ladies/girls/line.
    I love the zig zag stamp SO much!!
    Your first card is just amazing!! Great idea to make a few Christmas cards as we go :)

    CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of your grab bag giveaway!!
    Both Arianna & Dorothy are avid supporters of our little Hop!! Thanks ladies <3

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  8. Great job with the vintage cards. I like the vintage look but don't feel I am good at it.

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  9. Congratulations to the lucky winners. I love both of your cards today, vintage appeals to me very much!

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  10. Very pretty cards, Crystal. I don't do vintage very often, but I really love the look. Great job!

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  11. You really have the vintage look down pat. Great job!

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  12. Amazing, friend. I LOVE the vintage Christmas card...genius! It's just stunning! And I can't believe you colored those berries 9x (lol). And a darling little girl card too. Love the stitching and all those patterned papers. Love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. Love your vintage Christmas card. I'm trying to get ahead on Christmas cards too. I so wish Unity would come out with some Halloween and Christmas stamps now for us to be using.

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  14. Two awesome vintage cards, but that Christmas one is my absolute favorite!! It's perfect in every way!!!

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  15. I love the little girl! Vintage is not something I do much of, but you have definitely inspired me. Your Christmas card is beautiful too! Thank you for sharing the video. I plan on watching it.

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  16. Fabulous cards Crystal, love that Christmas background stamp.....thanks for sharing your beautiful creations!

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  17. Beautiful cards! I love the colors on both.

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  18. Crystal I love vintage inspiration here! The Christmas card is perfect, but the second card is Amazing! Love love love, going to check that stamp set out post haste.

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  19. Very pretty! Love the greenery and berries!

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  20. Thanks for sharing how to make the cards vintage. I plan to try! Your cards are lovely!

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  21. The Christmas one is my favorite. Very vintage. The edges have just the right amount of shading to let the middle peak. 😍 Thank you for sharing crystal!

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  22. Lovely! I really like the layers!

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  23. Love both of these!! I was wondering what music paper you used for your background in the first one, and then when I read you created it I was so inspired!! And that little girl card. Oh my so so sweet. 😍 I’m going to case the fantastic layout, too. 😉

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  24. Beautiful cards, hope a can get some to look half this good.

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  25. Oh my, Crystal! Thank you so much! I'm very very happy to be one of the lucky winners!!!
    Congrats to Dorothy too!
    I'm a big fan on vintage creations and both these cards are amazing!!! Love them!!!
    I'll send a mail immediately.

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  26. Are you sure vintage is not a regular style for you?! You do it so well!!! You know I love both cards!!!❤️

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  27. These are great cards and I love the vintage look. Distress Inks do seem to make it a little easier to get a vintage look. I have the Grandma's Needlepoint set because of the stitching border too, but have yet to use it. You are inspiring me.

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  28. I think you nailed it! Both cards are beautiful! I really love the papers on the second card.

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  29. Both of these cards are so beautiful and I love the vintage theme. The little charm on your Christmas card makes it even more special and I am just crazy about that little Unity girl

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  30. For not your style, you did a fabulous job!I liked Lisa's layouts too!

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  31. I adore your vintage Christmas card. The charm adds that little bit of extra flair. You totally rocked the challenge for it not being your style.

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