Saturday, March 6, 2021

~ Friends of Unity March 2021 Blog Hop ~

 Hello there crafty friend!

Welcome to our March 2021 Friends of Unity Blog Hop! Last year's Friends of Unity Sketch was such a big hit that we were excited to do it again this year and I've been so excited to share!! This is such a fun sketch and I've had fun creating a few different cards to share with you all today! But first, let's take a look at the sketch...

Fun, right?! So many possibilities with this one! I hope you'll join us in the fun and share a card or two in the Unity Show & Tell Facebook group... we'd love to see your creations!!

My first card features the new March 2021 Uniquely Unity membership kit... My Smiles Begin... I adore this new beautiful stamp! I've always loved cameras and even aspired to be a professional photographer at one point in my life.

I decided to flip the sketch for this card... no particular reason... it just seemed to work for this image. I used a mix of papers from the Mint Berry paper pack by The Paper Studio. I love the mix of pinks and mint in these papers... they just seemed perfect for this image! And to finish off the card, I added a little camera clip. So fun!

I used the following Copic markers for this stamp:

Skin ~ E000, E00, E11, R00, R20
Hair ~ E30, E35, E47
Clothes ~ R11, R32, R43, RV10
Camera ~ BG10, BG23, G000, G12, T0, T2, T4
Outline ~ BG0000, BG11

My second card features the beautiful girl in the Graduation Wishes set... I found myself in need of a graduation card and was struggling to decide on the design when it hit me that this could work along with the Friends of Unity Sketch! It's a different take on the sketch since I already had the image die cut using the Geometric Double Frame dies from Gina Marie Designs but I think it still totally works!

This was one of those times where I colored the image before finding the papers... and I was lucky enough to find the beautiful Early Bird Collection papers by BoBunny in my collection of papers! I think they work wonderfully with this pretty grad!

I used the following Copic markers for this stamp:

Skin ~ E0000, E00, E11, R00
Hair ~ E51, E55, E57, E77
Clothes ~ BG0000, BG01, BG10, B39, B45, Y08, Y38, 100

My last card features the beautiful tulips from the March 2021 Kit of the Month... Hope to Be... such an amazing KOM this month!! Loving all the Spring images! I decided to change things up for this one by doing a little Spotlight Technique and rather than using a patterned paper for my background to have it CAS. Fun twist on the sketch, right?!

I wanted the Spotlight Technique to really shine for this one so I kept the other colors neutral with just black and white. That also meant that I had to dig through my paper stash to find one that would work and I decided on the Coffee papers by Echo Park. To finish this one off, I add a couple enamel dots from two different collections... unfortunately, they were also loose in my stash so I'm not sure which collections they came from. What do you think? Probably not the typical Easter card, but I really love how it turned out. 

Here's the list of Copic markers for this one:

Tulips ~ Y96, Y11, YR07, YR15
Leaves / Stems ~ YG11, YG17, G14
Pitcher ~ BG05, BG15, BG57
Outline ~ BG0000, BG01

I tried to keep the chit chat to a minimum... I hope you've stuck around to the end! Before we move on to the hop though, I need to announce the winner from last month's hop.
Drum roll, please....

Congratulations Doenene!!!! Please email me at to claim your prize. 
Prize must be claimed within two weeks. 

I believe a few of my friends are having giveaways so be sure to check out all the fabulous creations along the hop and comment on each blog for a chance to win!!

Let's get to the hopping...

Crystal <--- you're here

up next ---> Eileen

Thanks so very much for supporting our little hop!
We appreciate you!!

See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,

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  1. Oh my word!! Your cards are just fabulous!!
    Love this months UU and your pretty card!! It's my fav!
    I love the grad girl card, too
    I've never made a spot light card, but I want to! This card really has inspired me to try!!

    1. Thanks so much, Robyn! You should definitely try a spotlight card!!

  2. They are all amazing but I LOVE how you did the tulip card.

  3. your cards are stunning that tulip card is absolutely fantastic

  4. Wow your cards are so awesome! I love how they all are so vibrant and have so much contrast. The color palette on the first one is so pretty and your coloring is incredible. I love your spotlight card, it is great and I can't wait to create using this technique.

  5. Fabulous work on
    the cards. Great
    sketch design too.
    Love the spotlight
    Carla from Utah/Az

  6. You are a sketch wizard, of course. Absolutely love your gorgeous cards! That first card is just stunning with pink and mint!

  7. Crystal I can't choose a favorite here! Each one is more glorious than the next and your coloring is amazing!!!

  8. Crystal, you captured this sketch challenge perfectly with your 3 completely different takes on this layout. Wow! Can't say that I have a favorite as all 3 are amazing!

  9. Three lovely cards and great takes on the sketch

  10. Loving all 3 of your cards, Crystal. Especially My Smile Begins! I need to use her! I always love to see your take on sketches.

  11. What a great sketch this is! And you've outdone yourself with it. All three cards are so pretty and quite fabulous. Love all the pattern papers you used, especially the text. Love the graduation card and the butterfly banner; just the right touch!

  12. Great cards! I love the first one with pretty paper and that cute camera clip! Everything ties in so well with the image and I love the colors!

  13. Crystal these are great cards and I love how you mixed things up but still, the sketch! I can't wait for my UU and KOM to get here! 3rd card Totally works for Easter:)

  14. Wow!! Everyone of them. Especially love the "spotlight" card. Nice job!

  15. Lovely cards! Love the mini camera clip with the image. Adorable

  16. Hi
    Love how you did the spotlight technique, do you have a video of how you did it?

    1. Thank you! No, I do not have a video, but I'll keep that in mind for a future video!

  17. Wonderful cards using this sketch.

  18. I love this so much! The spotlight technique is gorgeous!

  19. While I love them all I think the spotlight tulips are my favorite!

  20. Awesome cards but I would of never known to modify your sketch like you did the grad card! LOL

  21. All your cards are fabulous, but my favorite is the tulips... So many ideas using this sketch!

  22. Your cards are all fantastic, but I especially love the spotlight coloring on the 3rd one! ❤

  23. I am awed by your gorgeous cards and all the ways you interpreted that sketch. My favorite is the the photographer with her fun turquoise camera. Love these!

  24. Wow! Your cards are stunning. Your coloring is amazing! Great colors and patterns. And I forget about spotlighting, I'll have to try that one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Crystal,
    I have always admired your works of art. You are a great colorist. I am in love with the tulip card, amazing. Your first card too is beautiful, I used to be the girl with the camera.

  26. These are all so beautiful Crystal!

  27. Fabulous sketch! I'll have to give it a try sometime when I'm staring at my stamps wondering what to do with them! :) I love all of your cards, but I think the last one is my favorite!

  28. I really love the spotlight card. The lazy flowers are so realistic! I need to remember that selective coloring! Beautiful beautiful cards! Your photography aspiration is beautifully apparent in your lovely creations!


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