Saturday, January 8, 2022

~ Friends of Unity January 2022 Blog Hop ~

 Hello there crafty friend!
It's one of my favorite times of the month... time for the Friends of Unity Blog Hop!! We changed things up and moved our hop to the second Saturday since last Saturday was New Year's Day. I definitely needed the extra time to get inky for this month's hop! December and the holidays were SO busy but they were also wonderful. No complaining here. Well, enough of my babbling! Let's have a peek at our cue this month...


...CAS Cards! If you're not familiar with CAS, it means Clean & Simple.
One of my favorite kinds of cards to make are CAS cards. I was so excited to get inky for this hop and I'm even more excited to hop along and see the inspiration being shared by all our friends!


My first card features a beautiful CAS pattern paper and sentiment from the December 2021 Whit Kit called Trust in its Wings. The papers and stamp kit are now available separately and are also called Trust in its Wings. 


I cut the pattern paper to a card front measuring 4-1/4 x 5-1/2". I stamped the sentiment directly on the pattern paper with Gina K. Black Amalgam ink


I die cut the pattern paper with the largest stitched scallop dies from the new Scallops & Rectangles {nesting dies} and adhered it to a white A2 top fold card base. Super quick and CAS!!


My second card also features papers and a stamp from the Trust in its Wings {paper pack} and stamp kit. My first card was so fast I couldn't help but make another with the same kit.


The background on this paper is perfect for a CAS card. The image is colored up very simply with the following Copic Markers:

Branch ~ YG03, YG63, YG97, E25
Berries ~ R02, R56, R59
Bird ~ C00, C1, C3, C5, YR24, E37


I used the coordinating die to die cut the image. The sentiment is stamped on True Black card stock with Wow Clear embossing ink and then I heat embossed some Alabaster White embossing powder from Brutus Monroe. I trimmed the sentiment and then I adhered the birds tail and the end of the branch onto the front of the sentiment strip and the tips of the leaves to the back of the sentiment strip. I like how this grounds the bird but also gives it a bit of dimension.


My last card is a new release called Lollipop Love... I love this cute lollipop! *wink*wink* I kept this one CAS by adding just a bit of ink blending over the Heart Confetti stencil with Villainous Potion Distress Oxide ink. I just used a piece of purple tape on top of the stencil over the heart lollipop to mask it. I was too lazy to do a regular mask and the tape covered most of the image well enough.


I colored the heart lollipop with the following Copic Markers:

Heart ~ RV10, RV14, RV21, RV29
Ribbon ~ BV0000, V20, V22, V25
Stick ~ C00, C2


Similar to my first card, I finished this one off by die cutting the panel with the new Scallops & Rectangles {nesting dies} and adhered it to a white A2 top fold card base. Three CAS cards done!
I sure hope you're inspired to use those CAS pattern papers or maybe a stencil from your stash along with your Unity stamps to make some fun CAS cards! 

In celebration of our 4th Anniversary last month, I chose a lucky winner to win a fun prize package and that lucky winner is...



...Carla Hundley!! Congratulations, Carla!
Please email me at crystalominkler@gmail.com to claim your prize. 
Prize must be claimed within two weeks. 

Well, that's it for me this time! Please hop along and enjoy some more inspiration from the Friends of Unity... I can't wait to see how our friends were inspired by the cue! I'm doing another fun giveaway this month!! Be sure to hop along and comment for a chance to win! I'll announce the winner next month! 


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,
Crystal


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42 comments:

  1. I love your cards and the beautiful pattern paper is gorgeous with the bird image. I am inspired to try a wash of gray for a card backdrop! The lollipop card is so much fun and the stenciled hearts are it are a wonderful accent!

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  2. All three of these are perfection!

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  3. Love love love!!! Im not sure which is my favorite! Luckily I don't have to choose! LOL. The heart stencil is brilliant!

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  4. Love all of the products you've used, and these beautiful cards! That paper is in my basket over at Unity right now. <3

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  5. What a beautiful lesson on how beautiful simplicity can be! Gorgeous! Yuppers, last Saturday I got my cuppa, sat down, cuddled up and wuh wah.... hubby reminded me...holiday. Hope yours was blessed! Happy NewcYear!

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    1. Thank you, Carol! I almost made mention of it in Unity Show & Tell and then I forgot... so sorry, but I'm glad you stopped by again!!

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  6. All three of your cards are lovely, Crystal, the bird is very elegant

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  7. These are all so very pretty, but being a bird nerd, I sure love that birdie card best! haha The stenciled hearts are also lovely - purple is my favorite color!

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  8. Your CAS cards are all gorgeous but oooh, I am loving the first two with the monochromatic look and subtle pops of color. They capture the feel of winter so perfectly.

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    1. Thank you, Karen!! It's the Trust in its Wings papers!! So beautiful!

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  9. Absolutely beautiful cards! I really love the heart lollipop card!

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  10. Oh so happy to be your
    winner! Love the second
    card with the sweet bird.
    Carla from Arizona

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    1. Yay!! I'm so happy for you! And thanks so much for always hopping with us and leaving your sweet comments!

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  11. Gorgeous cards all! I especially love the first one. I do have that kit so I need to case your cas! TFS.

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    1. Thank you, Beatricemi! I'm so happy you're inspired! I hope you share in the Unity Show & Tell group!

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  12. Love the cards do you have a cue for February I worked on the 8 th so i missed it this month

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    1. Thank you! The team hops each month with a new cue... it would be so awesome if you're inspired by our creations and share in the Unity Show & Tell Facebook group!!

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  13. Great cards. The card with the bird is my favorite.

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  14. love your cards. I love black gray type backgrounds.

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  15. I have that Whit Kit and now you have inspired me to go simple with it! Keeping cards simple is always a challenge for me, but your cards have me thinking it's possible. Thank you!

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    1. That's awesome!! I hope you share what you create in the Unity Show & Tell Facebook group! Thanks so much for hopping with us, Meg!

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  16. Fabulous CAS cards. My fave is the one with the bird.

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  17. Oh my, Crystal. Your first two cards are just beautiful. That paper pack is on my list to buy now! So beautifully done, my friend.

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  18. Crystal, the first two cards are so gorgeous! That paper is eveything! I love your sweet lollipop card, too!

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  19. Beautiful cards Crystal! I've added that paper pack to my wish list!

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  20. 3 Gorgeous cards. I Love the images.

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