Saturday, April 2, 2022

~ Friends of Unity April 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!!
I've been so excited for this month's cue and I can't wait to see all the amazing creations in our hop so I'm going to try my hardest to keep my chit chat short and sweet. So let's get to the cue...

... Pattern Paper!!! Yes!! I love pattern paper! It's such an essential product for us paper crafters and cardmakers! I have been hoarding it for years and years... I can't help buying more too! LOL! I'm sure some of you understand the struggle! Anyhow, let's get to the cards...

My first card features the adorable Destination Happiness itty bitty stamp and I paired it up with the beautiful Pink Lemonade papers from The Paper Studio. A few years ago I lived near a Hobby Lobby and oh boy, did I stock up on the pattern papers from there. I still have A LOT!!!

I went a little nuts here with all pattern papers for my layers. But it's a sure way to have coordinating colors AND it does help to use up some of those papers in the hoard so you don't feel so bad about buying more.

Some of you that follow along with my Christmas card posts may recognize this sketch... it's actually the very first {BYSHC} Sketch. Some sketches work better than others when it comes to using pattern papers... and this one did not disappoint!

I added a little bit of Glossy Accents to the windows for some fun shine. 
Here's a quick list of the Copic Markers I used for the RV on this card:

RV ~ B0000, B00
Door / Hearts ~ R20, R14, R27
Curtain ~ YG11, YG23
Windows ~ Y11, Y06
Tire ~ C00, C2, N0, N1, N3, N5
Door Handle ~ N0, N1, N5
Brake Light ~ R20, R14, R27

For my second card I didn't use any stamps... I used the awesome Say It With Love {Coordinating Die Set} with the beautiful Watercolor Succulents {paper pack} from the August 2020 Whit Kit.

I also die cut the Hello from True Black card stock from Papertrey Ink and adhered the layers together. I mat the layers on Winter Wisteria card stock and then adhered them to a True Black card front measuring 4-1/4 x 5-1/2". I adhered the card front to a white A2 top fold card base.

I couldn't resist using a little Adhesive Transfer sentiment from the new release. These Adhesive Transfers are so amazing!! And super easy peasy to use! The 'beautiful' sentiment is from the Deco Foil Adhesive Transfers by Unity {Sentiment 2} and I used Lilac Deco Foil... it's so pretty in person!! I finished off the card with a few Fall Foliage Clear with Color enamel dots from Gina Marie Designs.

My last card features the adorable ladybugs stamp from the new April 2022 Kit of the Month called True Colors. I just love this stamp!! I die cut the ladybugs with the Wonky Stitched Circle die from Gina Marie Designs.

I chose the Really Rainbow paper pack from Lawn Fawn for this card. I purposely cut the papers to only use the reds, oranges and yellows to coordinate with the colors in the ladybugs that I colored.

Here's the list of Copic Markers that I used to color up the ladybugs:

Pink Ladybugs ~ R20, R14
Red Ladybugs ~ R20, R14, R27, N0, N3, N5
Orange Ladybugs ~ Y11, Y06, YR15, R14, R27, N0, N3, N5
Yellow Ladybug ~ Y11, Y06, Y35, N0, N3, N5
Ladybug Outlines ~ C00, C2

I used all pattern papers from the same pack for my layers on this card, too. I adhered the trimmed and matted sentiment from the Love You Dearly {April 2022 Sentiment Kit} to the ladybug wonky circle and then popped them both up with foam tape. The card front is adhered to a white A2 top fold card base.

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...

... Laurie2cats!! Congratulations, Laurie!
Please email me at 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! 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 ---> Kim

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

See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,

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  1. I just love all of your cards. Your creations are always lovely!

  2. Fabulous ways to use
    the pattern papers.
    Love the camper card.
    Carla from Arizona

  3. Loving every single card! The camping one is super cute with the perfect paper. The glossy windows is a favorite embellishment, it looks so cool. The hello card is a great way to feature such a beautiful choice of pattern paper. And the ladybug card is just gorgeous. Your coloring is fantastic and the paper is made for this image!

  4. Love love the camper theme (but wondering if you probably should not park it on the fire pits, 🤣😅😃😂) ha. Super cute card! Happy Spring!

    1. Thank you, Carol! Your comment made me laugh out loud!! I didn't realize where I parked the camper... was just wanting to use the darker papers. HAHA!! But you're so right... probably not the best place to park! Happy Spring!

  5. I love using patterned paper on my cards, yours are so inspiring!

  6. Great cards, Crystal. This is a great way to use those smaller pieces of patterned paper left from scrapbooking!

    1. Thank you, Wilma! Yes! Those pesky scraps would be great with these card designs!

  7. Great array of cards, Crystal. I love how festive the first card is and how you used the lights in the BG and it doesn't read 'Christmas' at all. The 'Hello' card is really bold & I love that. The ladybug card is my fave - so cute & colored to perfection; love that you added a yellow ladybug.

    1. Thank you, Becca! I hadn't realized that the lights had a festive feel but you are so right! The ladybug card is my fave, too! :)

  8. I love all of your cards this month, Crystal - but the ladybug one is my fave!

  9. Cute cards using patterned paper. Love the camper.

  10. These are adorable cards! I especially love that fire paper with the trailer! What a perfect combo!

  11. Great cards! The ladybugs are especially cute!

  12. That little travel trailer couldn't be cuter and I love the papers you used. Great sentiment too!

  13. Wow, I love the camper card!! I have several paper collections that are themed, and I never quite know how to use them on a card. You took that paper and ran with it!

  14. Love them all!! So glad to see the ladybugs from the KOM! I was struggling with that one!!

  15. Fantastic cards! I love the black and purple card, and the ladybugs are adorable!

  16. Great cards! I love the cute camper and the ladybugs!

  17. Amazing cards! I love all the patterns you chose and your coloring just amazing me! I think the ladybugs are my favorite, but that camper is darling! Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Love your cards, especially those ladybugs!

  19. Crystal, I love the cool vibes of the camper card! I love the hello sentiment against the pattern paper and black card stock. The lady bug card is the sweetest. Love your coloring on it!

  20. Hiya, well I came across Unity on Facebook by mistake/error, I'm going to call it a happy accident, no I'm not, I'm going to call it a very very happy accident. Wow your cards really are amazing. I'm really looking forward to the hop and getting lots of inspiration. X X Btw I'm in the UK so can I still enter to win on these hops and the challenges? X X

    1. Thanks so much for the visit, Andrea! Very happy you found our hop! Yes, you are definitely able to enter to win our hops! Everyone is welcome! :)

  21. Wow! All 3 of your cards have so much color that pops! Your second card is a good reminder for me to remember to let the paper be the focal point. Thanks, Crystal!

  22. Beautiful cards with awesome patterned paper!!


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