Saturday, March 5, 2022

~ Friends of Unity March 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!!
Before I share the cue or my cards, I want to say a big THANK YOU to one of our sweet friends who shared some of her duplicates for our Friends of Unity giveaways! You know who you are... I appreciate you! Now, onto our cue...


... a Kraft, Black & White color combo!! A fun neutral color combo!! I've been very excited for this one, but I was seriously stuck when it came time to create. I did a quick search on Pinterest which didn't actually have much but seeing a few random cards with mandalas inspired me for my first card.


My first card using the beautiful heart mandala and a sentiment from the January 2022 KOM called Found in the Heart.


Such a quick card with some simple stamping and a little acrylic paint splatter.


I added a few black enamel dots. A layer of white and black card stock to finish off the design. I wish I had stamped the sentiment a smidge higher - closer to the middle, but I still like how the card turned out.


My second card is a card that I made for my second oldest son who we just graduated from high school. We're so proud of him! The card is pretty simple with a black base layer and then I die cut a layer of Kraft card stock with the Falling Stars {background die}. I added some white acrylic paint splatter for a touch of white on the bottom layer.


I stamped the graduate from the You Did Good stamp kit with Gina K. Black Amalgam ink. I die cut the stamped image with the smallest stitched rectangle die from the Scallops & Rectangles {nesting die} and mat it on black card stock.


I used a white Prismacolor pencil to color around the image to give the image a bit of dimension and to add a bit more white to the card. I finished off the card by stamping the sentiment with Wow Clear Embossing ink and heat embossed some Alabaster white embossing powder. The sentiment is popped up with foam tape. I think it turned out nice. I hope my son likes it.


For my last card I've veered away from our cue to support #cardsforukraine. Sending prayers, love and support to the Ukrainian people.


I stamped the script stamp from the Spring Inspired {Layers of Life March 2014} kit and the stitching stamp from the Time to be Happy Again {Layers of Life January 2015} kit on the distress watercolor card stock with Wow Clear Embossing ink. I melted some Alabaster white embossing powder and then ink smooshed Mustard Seed and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks. 


I splattered some water and a bit of Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink on the panel. I stamped the stitching stamp with the Mustard Seed ink and the Blueprint Sketch ink. And then I stamped the flourish from the Time to be Happy Again {LOL January 2015} kit three times on the panel with the Blueprint Sketch ink.


I stamped the sunflower and sentiments from the Sunflower Wishes {September 2021 Sentiment Kit} and then I colored up the sunflower with Y06, Y35, and YR27 Copic markers. I fussy cut the sunflower and popped it up on the card with foam tape. I trimmed around the sentiments leaving a skinny white border and adhered it to the card at an angle similar to the script stamp. And finished off the card with a few black enamel dots. My heart breaks for the Ukrainian people. My mother's father, my grandfather, was from the Ukraine and I remember meeting some of our extended family when I was just a kid. Unfortunately, we have not stayed in touch but I hope and pray that they are all safe and well. 

Now before we get to the hopping, I chose a lucky winner from the comments on last month's hop to win a fun prize package and that lucky winner is...



... Linda Abel!! Congratulations, Linda!
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 this month's cue and how some are supporting the Ukrainian people with their creations this month! I will be 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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52 comments:

  1. Gorgeous cards, Crystal! But my favorite is the last one… peace, my friend!💙💛💙💛

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  2. Your cards are so beautiful. The mandala is so perfect for this cue with all the detail in the image. The graduation card is great with the stars die and I am going to try the white pencil outline technique too! Your son will love it! And then your card in support of Ukraine is gorgeous. I feel so much depth when I look at it. Amazing!

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  3. Love every single one of these! Saving for later inspiration! ❤

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  4. What beautiful cards! I love kraft with black & white and will copy thr graduation card for my grandson 😉. The last card is so gorgeous!

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  5. Your cards are always gorgeous - these are no exception. Like so many of us, I have felt really impacted by what's going on in the Ukraine. As I looked at the first card, I actually thought the mandala makes a beautiful sunflower surrounded with hearts. Then your last card...just wow! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. These are all fabulous cards as always Crystal! I'm sure you are very proud of your son! Congrats to him and you for schooling him!!

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  7. What a while of emotions for you..... firstly prayers for your family and ties with the Ukrainian people. Proud momma congrats to your son! I'm loving this theme, I love how using Kraft changes hiw everything feels and love me the splatters! Love love the last cards this n that background. Thanks for the chance.

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  8. love all your cards, especially that first one, and your card for Ukraine is gorgeous.

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  9. What a great color combo this is! That heart mandala is just beautiful & love the splattering. And the white color around the image on the 2nd card looks wonderful. And WOW, that sunflower is amazing and that card is my favorite! I love the 'mixed media' look of it.

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  10. Black, white and kraft is a classic colour combo.
    I love your designs especially the mandala one

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  11. Lovely cards and like
    the extras like the
    splatters.
    Carla from Arizona

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  12. Fantastic cards! The color combo is challenging, thanks for inspiring me to try it. Love the beautiful sunflower card.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie! It is a bit of a challenging color combo... but it was fun!

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  13. Beautiful cards! You never disappoint! I am very happy to see my name as a winner for the March hop. Thank you!

    Linda Abel

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    1. Awww... thank you, Linda! I hope you enjoy your prize!

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  14. That is such a great grad card for your son Crystal - you must be so proud! I love the white outline - it just POPS! Congrats to him!

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  15. Crystal I always love the detail you add to your cards, such as creating a white shadow around your image! And your Ukraine card is stunning!

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  16. Marisela Delgado said: Awesome cards. Marisela mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  17. Your mandala card is just gorgeous. I've said it before, but I love when you create with Kraft. Your mixed media sunflower card is so perfect. Please know, my thoughts and prayers are with your family in hopes they are safe.

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  18. Wonderful cards with this color combo. I like the white pen highlights. Pretty sunflower card too.

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  19. Black and white on kraft is such a great combo because it gets right to point and lets your design really take center stage. Love the highlights with white pen, and the mandala card is a real favorite.

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  20. Crystal, wow, what an amazing hop this month! I always look forward to your cards. They are always so beautiful. Your sunflower card is gorgeous!

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    1. Yes! It was an amazing hop! Thank you, sweet friend!

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  21. That mandala card is so striking and beautiful and I love what a difference the white pen accents make.

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  22. Love the mandala design, and the graduation card is awesome! Kraft, b & w make a great combo!
    Beautiful sunflower card also!

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  23. Amazing cards. I love that mandala stamp/card, it's just gorgeous. Love the grad card with the white outline, it really pops out. I'm sure your son will love it. And your sunflower card is gorgeous. I hope your family is safe and they are in my prayers. I love this cue. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  24. I like the theme chosen for this month. I really need to use this idea for some masculine cards. The sunflower card is absolutely stunning. The layers of colors and stamping are beautiful!

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