Monday, July 15, 2019

Growing In Unity ~ Day 1 of My 5 Favorite Things

Hello there crafty friends!
I'm super excited about this week... it's my turn to be the Growing in Unity gal and I am over the moon excited!! I am a Unity addict through and through and being able to share my love of Unity for a whole 5 days... it's just an amazing opportunity!! 

I have been so excited, in fact, that I had so many ideas and then all of sudden my mind went blank on what to share. And then I got to thinking... I could share some of my favorite things about Unity, as well as my favorite products, techniques, or crafty tips... channeling the wonderful Oprah Winfrey, you may say! Lol... so I'm going to share My 5 Favorite Things!

One of my first favorite things about Unity is the gorgeous floral stamps!! There are hundreds of absolutely stunning stamps with all kinds of flowers... literally, if you do a search on the website, over 300 stamp kits come up! Something for everyone!!


One of my absolute favorite flowers is the lovely daisy and this beautiful daisy from Graciellie Design's Be Unstoppable kit is perfect! I thought it would be fun to color it blue but let the color fade out at the tips of the petals... love how it turned out. Sadly, I didn't write down the copic markers I used for this but if I had to take a guess I would say it was B0000 and B24, along with YG11 and YG23 for the leaves. For the center of the flower, I think I used Y11, Y35, and E55.


I die cut the daisy using a Pleated Lace Circle die and popped it up on my already prepared card base of Pacific Point card stock with a beautiful layer of brown patterned paper by Bo Bunny called Penelope Collection that I had adhered a wide Pacific Point ribbon from my stash (can't remember the name of it). To finish off the card I die cut the sentiment with a banner die and mat it on a die cut piece of Pacific Point card stock. I think it turned out pretty.


Now, another favorite thing of mine is to use an easy sketch when making my cards. You'll notice that my two cards today aren't identical, but they use a similar sketch or design with the patterned paper on the card base and the main image die cut with some ribbon accent. 
A great design for a quick and beautiful card!


For this card, I colored the gorgeous tulip from the same Be Unstoppable kit with BG000, BG11, BG23, YG11, G24, and G28. I then die cut it with the Pleated Lace Rectangle die and adhered it directly to a stitched rectangle die cut piece of Stampin' Up Wood Textures patterned paper. I wrapped some White Sheer Organza ribbon around the panel tying just a knot... like a faux bow... and adhered the panel to an Aqua Mist card base. And this time I just popped up the sentiment on the main panel. 

Two lovely cards using one basic design that look very different from each other. 
Love how they turned out! I hope you like them too!

Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win one of two fabulous grab bags of 25 stamps from Unity Stamp Company!!! Love me some deeply etched red rubber stamps! Oh yeah!!

Come back tomorrow for Day 2 of My 5 Favorite Things!

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

Inky Hugs
~ Crystal

115 comments:

  1. Unity’s Florals are pretty amazing. Great cards. These are simple and elegant at the same time.

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous cards. Love the colors.
    Thanks for sharing...

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  3. Great cards, the coloring is beautiful as always!

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  4. So pretty. Love their flowers too.

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  5. Beautiful cards. Have a great week and can’t wait to see the rest of your creations.

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  6. These cards are simply beautiful!!! Keep them coming!!!

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  7. Beautiful cards Crystal. I love Graciellie/Unity stamps. Her florals are gorgeous.

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  8. Beautiful cards!! Your coloring is gorgeous. Hope you have a great week!! Can't wait to see what else you create!!

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  9. How appropriate for you to select Be Unstoppable Crystal. Watching you SOAR this last year, and now having your own designs for sale ~ YOU ARE Unstoppable!

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    1. Awww.. Pamela, you are just too sweet! Thank you!

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  10. Unity is pretty amazing. Both your cards are awesome, congrats on being this week's GIU gal!

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  11. Whoohoo, I really like your cards😊excited to see what this week has in stored

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  12. Gracielles florals have been so amazing lately!!! I'm obsessed with them, and your cards. 😁

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    1. YES! Gracie has seriously knocked the florals out of the park!! Love them all! Thanks for checking out my blog, Shannon!

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  13. Oh I love your cards. You have made me make up my mind I need that daisy. Dasies are my favorite flower and I did not think I needed another one, wrong I need that one too. I love how you colored it and I love coloring daisies all colors. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards with us

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    1. Thank you so much, Pat! Yay!! I am so excited for you... this daisy stamp is gorgeous!!

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  14. Crystal these are beautiful and would brighten anyone's day. Thank you for being our GIU girl, this will be a great week!

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  15. Your cards are very elegant. Any sentiment could be put with your arrangement but I like what you’ve done. Yes! The Unity flowers are amazing, you can never have too many. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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  16. You do such beautiful work! I love your cards. Enjoy your GIU week!

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  17. I agree, Unity has so many beautiful floral designs! Gorgeous cards!

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  18. Absolutely love both cards!! Florals get me every time!!

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  19. Beautiful! Unity does have many beautiful flower designs to choose from. Thank you for sharing.

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  20. Your cards are always lovely... the tulip is my favorite today. (I love Gracielle's designs!) I am so looking forward to your GIU week!

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  21. Beautiful!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  22. Both are just gorgeous! Lovely flower images - and from one set! That's a win-win for sure. Love the delicate pleated dies you used - they really show off the flowers well.

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  23. Lovely cards Crystal!!! Love the die frames you used and your beautiful coloring!!

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  24. It is going to be a wonderful week for you. I don't know that I could stop at just 5 favorite things, lol. I love how you show using the same basic layout, but changing it up.

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    1. Thank you so much, Denise! Really there's more than 5 of my favorite things... but I only have 5 days! lol

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  25. Love.Love.Love both these cards are so beautiful

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  26. Both caeds are beautiful. But my favourite is the tulips

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  27. Absolutely beautiful cards. The die cuts are so perfect with them. The colors are great too. I need to use my copics more so thanks for the inspiration.

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  28. I like how you shaded the flower and leaves. Nice

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  29. Just beautiful coloring and great designs. Just fabulous cards. Love them both!!!

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  30. I like your cards. The background shape on the first card reminds me of a snow globe!

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    1. Thank you, Loretta! Yes, it does look like a snow globe... I was thinking the same thing!

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  31. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful cards. I am new to stamping and found Unity last week. I love it.

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    1. Thank you so much, Debbie! Yay! I just know that you'll love Unity... the stamps and the people are amazing... very addicting!

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  32. These are beautiful cards! I love how you colored each one. Those dies are amazing! Can you list the name of them? Thanks.

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    1. Thank you so much, Debra! I think I mentioned them above in my post... but they are the Pleated Lace dies from Gina Marie Designs.

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  33. I like the backgrounds and framing of these pretty flowers. I like how the color fades out on the daisy.

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  34. Unity florals are amazing! The only flower they are missing is the tall bearded iris! I wish they'd do one!

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    1. Thank you so much, Vannessa!! Ohhh... I'm not familiar with that iris... I'll have to check it out!

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  35. Lovely flowers and
    like how the designs
    are similar but different.
    Carla from Utah

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  36. OMG that Tulip is stunning! Simple yet wow. What a great start to the week

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  37. Love your cards!! Unity florals are amazing. Looking forward to tomorrow’s creation!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Michele! Unity floral stamps really are amazing!!

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  38. Love the cards....I love all flower art work.

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  39. Your copic coloring always blows me away! Great sketch to follow. I always love your GIU week! Have an absolutely fantastic week, my dear dear friend!

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  40. Your floral cards are beautiful. I love the colors you chose and the way you colored the flowers. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s card!

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  41. I love these stamps, but never really thought tho use the colors you have used here for them. Love how they turned out. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  42. The tulip color is stunning! Love it all!

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  43. I never cared for flowers stamps until Unity. They still aren’t my go to group, but I always love to see how beautiful someone else can make them. Your coloring is fantastic! Love the simple sketch idea. Sometimes simplicity can be overlooked.

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  44. The florals are beautifully illustrated and the cards are lovely. Sketches are a great asset, thanks for sharing this inspiration.

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  45. Your coloring is amazing! I also like a simple sketch layout but sometimes feel pressured to make it more complicated when I see the others' complex cards!! Thanks for reminding me that sometimes less is more!

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    1. Thank you so much, Robin! Yes, sometimes less is more!!

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  46. So very pretty! I can't pick a favorite!

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  47. Beautiful colors on both these. I love how you showcased the tulip.

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  48. Holy cannoli! One of my favorite peeps is a GIU gal! Love these cards... so sophisticated, as usual!

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    1. Ahhh... yum! I wish I had a cannoli! Awww... you're too sweet my friend! Thank you!

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  49. Gorgeous cards! Love Unity's florals...but I have neither of these sets...and I even have a dog named Daisy! The tulip card is stunning...looks like I have a couple more sets to add to my wish list!

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  50. I love floral stamps and Unity has some great ones. I am in love with the colors on your tulip card, just beautiful. Thanks for sharing. 😍😍

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    1. Yes, they do have some great floral stamps! Thanks so much, Judy!

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  51. I love the blue card with the tulip. The background looks like the handkerchief's that I used to use as a little girl.

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    1. Awww... that's so sweet... thank you for checking out my blog today!

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  52. This is a favorite set of mine! The stamps have such amazing lines, you really made them shine! I love the flower in blue, so pretty!

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