Saturday, August 3, 2019

~ Friends of Unity August Blog Hop ~

Hello there crafty friends!!
Our hop this month is all about friends... of the furry variety!! Lol! Such a fun cue and Unity Stamp Company has a huge variety of animal stamps! So many to choose from!


One of my favorite lines of stamps available at Unity are the adorable Cuddlebug stamps designed by the wonderful Tierra Jackson. And it just so happened that I was needing a baby card so I grabbed the adorable Cuddlebug Fox and some Canson XL watercolor paper and got to watercoloring!


I had already picked out my papers ahead of time... the Little Adventurer paper pad by Pink Paislee. I just love that little fox in the paper (can you see him peeking from the right side?) so I decided to go with the Cuddlebug Fox though there are so many different Cuddlebugs to chose from that would have been just as cute... a bunny, a raccoon, a teddy bear, and an elephant.


It had been awhile since I had done any watercoloring. I need to do more... I'm rusty! I usually heat emboss my image to keep the watercoloring contained and I forgot my own tip and the little fox got a little messy, but he's still pretty cute! Once he was dry, I die cut him with a die from the My Favorite Things Blueprints 24 and then I mat it with Spring Rain card stock and then fussy cut around it. I trimmed my patterned papers and adhered them to a Spring Rain card base. I then stamped the sentiment from Bundle Congrats that says "Congratulation on your new little bundle"... isn't that the cutest!?! Perfect for my card! To finish off the card I added a Spring Rain button with some white baker's twine. A cute card for an adorable new baby boy!!!


Now onto my second card... yup... I'm still working on Christmas cards! Why not?! It's been so hot the last week I've been dreaming of cooler temps and this cute Winter Bunny Cuddlebug was the perfect stamp to get me thinking about cooler days ahead. For this card I started by coloring the sweet bunny with Copic markers and then I was lucky enough to match it with the gorgeous Plaid Patterns Merry & Bright paper pad by My Favorite Things! And then it was fun finding the right card stock to coordinate but thank goodness for my hoarding tendencies because Cool Caribbean was the perfect blue!! Anyone else hoard that retired Stampin' Up! color?! Lol! I also chose Lavender Moon (PTI) which looks a bit more purple in the pictures here but in person it's perfect! The card needed a little something to give it that wintry feel and some die cut snowflakes were the perfect touch. I used Simon Says Stamp Rina Snowflake... such a cute snowflake! I adhered all my layers to a white card base and the popped up my winter bunny and the sentiment. Done!

Here's a list of the Supplies I used that weren't mentioned above:
Copics ~ W00, W1, W3, R000, R20 (bunny), C00, C1, R81, R85 (clothes), 
BG11, BG23, V06 (gift)
Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners
Taylored Expression Stitched Oval Stacklets
Sakura Clear Gelly Roll pen (sparkle on the snow)


Here's a close up photo of the sweet bunny! I just adore this stamp!
I'm linking up my Winter Bunny Cuddlebug card to the fabulous Mojo Monday Sketch challenge that inspired my card design! Love a fabulous sketch challenge and Julee Tilman has some of the best sketches!!



Now, I heard a rumor that there's some giveaways along our hop... just kidding! There's always giveaways!! In fact, I have two duplicates that I've discovered this week so I'll be picking two lucky winners and I'll announce them during next month's hop! Be sure to check out all the fabulous creations along the hop and comment on each blog for a chance to win!! As always, I'm super thankful for your support of our little hop!

Let's get to the hopping...

Crystal <--- you're here

up next ---> Eileen









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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal





68 comments:

  1. Your coloring is just amazing. The Fox is perfectly watercolored!!! I adore your cards, my friend!!

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  2. Love water coloring! In fact, my Christmas cards this year are water color pastels (yes, for Christmas!). Very cute with the little fox!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jen! I love water coloring too... I really do need to do it more often. I love the idea of using pastel colors for Christmas cards!

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  3. Such fun and
    darling cards!
    Love the water
    coloring.
    Carla from Utah

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  4. These are both adorable. The fox is not messy at all! You did a wonderdul job watercoloring!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jeanie! Well... I may have covered some of the messy with the sentiment... just saying!! lol

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  5. These are absolutely adorable Crystal! Perfect for a new baby! My favorite is your Christmas card... jaw dropping gorgeous! Love the colors and patterns and your coloring!

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  6. Two cute cards -- I especially like that winter bunny and the non-traditional colors you used!

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  7. I love how you colored that adorable fox! And the bunny card is really fabulous & sweet as can be. Love the pretty plaid paper you used & its color scheme.

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  8. Both of your cards are so cute, I love the idea of using sketches - so helpful

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    1. Thank you so much, Glennis! Sketches really are super helpful... especially when you get stuck on a design!

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  9. The fox and bunny are DARLING! Great coloring and I love the sketch you used!

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  10. Love the bunny. Cuddlebugs rock. Hugz

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  11. Just precious my friend! Your coloring is amazing. Love Love Love all your pretty patterned papers. Just darling for our theme this month. Thanks for the inspiration and the friendship!

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  12. Well if you think your rusty I cant imagine what youd think of mine lol. Both cards are beautifully done and coloured superbly. Thankyou for sharing your 'obviously great' talent with us and for the inspiration xx

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  13. Both of these are so cute. Love the cuddle bug stamps

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  14. Super cute cards, Crystal!
    I love the second card's color combo/paper!

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  15. Sweet cards! Adorable fox and bunny, and awesome coloring!

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  16. Thank you Crystal, beautifully colored! 😁

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  17. Your fox cuddlebug card is so awesome the way you colored it and the patterned paper goes perfect too. I also love the button. It is such a great design.

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  18. Crystal, I love both cards! Awesome color schemes, coloring, and designs.

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  19. Oh my, these Cuddlebug cards are adorable! And fabulously colored!

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  20. Your cards are so sweet and beautifully colored! I am also hoarding the Cool Caribbean color with 2 1/2 packs left in my stash.

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    1. Thank you so much, Karen! Yay... another Cool Caribbean color hoarder... I love that color!

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  21. Cute cards! I love the bright colors!

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  22. The Christmas card is my favorite. Still learning this coloring stuff.

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  23. What beautiful cards, and I love the papers you used!

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  24. These cards are beautiful! Your ideas have me want to add both of those Cuddlebugs to my collection.

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  25. Love the little cuddle bunny. 😍😍

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  26. Oh my gosh, these are the cutest cards and I love how you colored these sweet little critters. The bunny is a favorite, because of her outfit!

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  27. That bunny and those colors! Wow! I like both of your cards, but this one speaks to my soul!

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  28. These are such sweetiest and I love the bunny's sweater and hat! I haven't even seen these Unity stamps so this is a fun hop!

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad we shared new stamps with you! Thanks so much for hopping with us!

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  29. Love. These. Cuddlebugs. Soooooo stinkin' cute!!! 100% pure sweetness!!!

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  30. I always admire your coloring so much and the cuddlebugs are so cute. I love the layout on the bunny card.

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