Saturday, September 7, 2019

~ Friends of Unity September Blog Hop ~

Hello there crafty friends!!
I adore all things Autumn!! This month's cue of Autumn Colors just makes my heart deliriously happy!! I love the rich colors of Autumn! 

But before we get to the cards and all that, I'm super excited to share some news... we have two new friends joining us this month for our hop!! 

Please give a big welcome to Alaine Tanner and Dawn Bryson!! 
I've admired the wonderful creations by both of these talented ladies and was so happy when they accepted our invitation to join our little hop! 


Now, onto the cards... I'm going to be brutally honest with you all. I'm not totally loving my first card. I like it... it's ok. But I'm not loving it. I think it's missing something. I don't know. In any case, here it is...


I used the new fabulous September 2019 Sentiment kit called Change Can Be Beautiful for this card. Have you seen this set? It's absolutely beautiful... filled with all kinds of Fall/Autumn goodies! I adore the leaves and pumpkins and that adorable acorn... don't get me started on that mushroom!! Who knew a mushroom could be so darn cute!? I also love the coffee elements in this kit... so I tried to go for a CAS fall card. I did some simple splatters of gold and espresso silks on the Kraft card stock. I wrapped it with some jute twine... it kind of peeks out from the sides. I just adhered the pieces directly to the sentiment that I trimmed and mat on Dark Chocolate card stock. And then I popped it up with foam tape. To finish it off I adhered it to a white card base and added a few gold sequins. I think I should have trimmed the kraft card stock background and then mat it on Dark Chocolate... and then adhere it to the white card base. I might try that... in any case, it's done for now.

I used the following Copic markers to color this card:
Leaves ~ Y000, Y06, Y15, Y17, YR01, YR15, YR21, YR68, E23, E27
Acorn ~ E21, E23, E25, E27
Pumpkin ~ BG93, BG96, E23, E27, G43, G94, YR15
Mushroom ~ R000, R11, R14, R27, E40, E41, E42, white gel pen
Coffee cup ~ R14, R27, YR15, YR68, G43, G99, Y06, Y17, E23, E27, E41



My second card gives me the warm fuzzies... lol. I'm all about a warm, fuzzy cowl during a cool Autumn night. I adore this gorgeous stamp from the new September 2019 Kit of the Month called All Kinds of Holiday Love... such a perfect name for this kit!! When I started coloring the cowl it was looking a little too rainbowy (is that a word? Spell check says no... but we're going to go with it) so I had to darken the colors and man, I want this cowl!! It looks so cozy and warm! 

I used the following Copic markers for this card:
Skin ~ E000, E0, E21, R00, R20, BV20, N0
Hair ~ E47, E57, E79
Cowl ~ Y06, Y35, YR15, YR21, YR68, R000, R14, R17, R89, YG93, YG95, YG97


Once I had the image colored just so, I die cut it with the Eyelet Elegance Rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs. I trimmed down the sentiment and mat it on Dark Chocolate card stock. I adhered it just under the image. I set that aside and started searching for just the right paper... well, that didn't take long! As soon as I saw the stitching in the Lawn Fawn Fall Knit Picky papers, I knew it was going to be perfect! I die cut it with a stitched rectangle die and then mat it on ... you guessed it, Dark Chocolate card stock. I can't help it, I love this color of card stock. I then adhered the panel to a Kraft card base. I popped up the focal image with foam tape and then added a few fun Echo Park's Celebrate Autumn enamel dots. Voila! 

That's it for my cards this month! I do have a couple of winners to announce...





... congratulations to AndreaH and pug1971!! Woohoo!!
Please email me at crystalominkler@gmail.com to claim your prize. 
Prize must be claimed within two weeks.

Thank 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












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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal






46 comments:

  1. I love both the cards, and I think the first one is perfect with the gold sequins..it's great. I may just have to get that set.

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  2. Love both of these adorable cards! But that sweater looks like it was created with the yarn that changes colors.... I LOVE IT!!! You can tell just from your lovely cards your love of this season!

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  3. Both of these cards are absolutely beautiful! I like your placement of all of the images and the coloring on the first one. I am waiting on my KOTM to arrive and have seen the scarfy woman posted a lot in the last week and I have to say the variety of colors on her scarf really speaks to my autumn soul.

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  4. Love the way your
    cowl turned out with
    the darker colors.
    Both cards are so
    pretty.
    Carla from Utah

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  5. I think both cards are lovely. I love the Fall colors!

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  6. I love how you did the different colors on the scarf...it made me say "ohhhhh!"

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  7. Both cards are great, but the first one is my favourite

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  8. The change can be beautiful looks like an awesome kit and I love the girl with the cowl. Great job!

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  9. The change can be beautiful looks like an awesome kit and I love the girl with the cowl. Great job!

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  10. It's funny you say that your first card isn't your favorite because it's mine! I love the kraft background with the splatters! It's perfect!

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  11. That scarf is colored so beautifully! The whole blog hop makes me want to drag out the fall decor for the house!

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  12. Crystal, I love rich fall colors too!They make me feel so warm and cozy. I think your first card is perfect as is. I love its simplicity. I want the cowl from your second card. It's gorgeous. The paper matches perfectly.

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  13. I love your cards! I agree with you that mushroom is just soooooooo precious!

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  14. I adore the scarf image! Beautiful coloring and I LOVE the first one too!

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  15. Oh my gosh, that knitted cowl looks so cozy and I love the colors you used!

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  16. I think your first card is a great CAS card. I also love the cozy scarf girl with her autumn colors! Beautiful!!!

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  17. Pretty cards! Love the fall colors and the images you used! The knit wrap looks so cozy!

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  18. Especially love the cozy feel of the beautiful neck wrap!! Your coloring just makes me feel like an amateur!

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  19. Your cards are fantastic! I love the girl with the warm and comfy cowl. I love how you colored it and I can feel how soft and warm it is when I look at the image!

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  20. Fall is a fantastic time for making cards. Your cards show that with the beautiful colors. One, is simply done, and the is is elegantly done. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. That warm and cozy cowl is adorable and coloring in it multi-colors gives it a fun feel!

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  22. Beautiful cards. Oooh, I love the girl in the cowl. The start of september has passed in a blurr and I hadn't even peeked at the KOTM but now I can't wait for it to arrive. Hugz

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  23. Wonderful creations Crysal! Loving the fall theme.

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  24. Beautiful cards! The first is my favorite. Sometimes simple is best. But your coloring on the cowl, it looks real. Like you can touch the card and feel the yarn. Great cards.

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  25. I love them both a d so appreciate your clean and simple style. It is so effective and yet I always feel like I have to keep adding more. Thanks for reminding me that I don't!

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  26. I love both of your cards! They are wonderful, as usual!

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  27. I really like the first background.

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  28. Love that sweater! So lovely and you really do hair well.

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  29. Beautiful, especially that gorgeous cowl neck. I’m with you...ready to be cozy.

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  30. Pretty cards. Love the colors on the cowl.

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  31. I love all the little details and colors on kraft cardstock on your first card. And I love your coloring and patterns on your second card. Just beautiful colors and wonderful cards!

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  32. Beautiful cards and your coloring is phenomenal!

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  33. Loved your cards, the second is my favorite and the colors on them are wonderful. Do love the fall colors!

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  34. Love your cards. The coloring of the hair and cowl though - wowzers!

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  35. I do like the colors on the wrap. It looks like you could just snuggle down in it.

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  36. Love the coloring of your cards! Very talented!

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  37. Fantastic coloring & lovely csrds!

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  38. Great Cards Crystal! IDK about mounting the first on darker brown, it would be beautiful, but I think I love the way you did it equally well <3 I love the way you color hair and how beautifully that paper goes with your coloring <3 <3 Have a great month!

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