Saturday, September 3, 2022

~ Friends of Unity September 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!! Our cue this month is right up my alley and one of my favorite themes for cards. Any guesses?! Well, you can probably see the graphic below. LOL...  Before we get to the cue I want to wish my sweet friend, Dawn F. a very Happy Birthday! I hope that your day is filled with love, laughter and lots of yummy cake!! 
Now, let's get to the cue...

... Coffee, Tea & Cocoa!!! Yummy! I love all three but I tend to make coffee cards the most. I think my cards today could have any of the three yummy beverages in it.

My first card features a few stamps from the new  September 2022 Kit of the Month called Fa La La La La. I was very excited to see this month's new kit! The September kit is always one of my most favorites each year! Usually filled with seasonal favorites... and this kit did not disappoint! The trees and pumpkins are so beautiful and the new Angie girl... love love love!!!

I stamped the girl and the sentiment with Black Amalgam ink from Gina K. Design and colored the girl with my Copic Markers. I die cut the panel with the Loopy Rectangle dies from Gina Marie Designs. I had chosen the beautiful Autumn Dream {paper pad} but my die cut panel covered most of it up so I scored the corner of the panel and folded it over on itself letting some of the paper show. I found a pretty black button and laid it over the folded over corner. I punched a couple 1/8" holes where the button holes would go and then I threaded some {Ivory} May Arts Burlap String tying a pretty bow. The whole die cut panel is popped up with foam tape on the pattern paper and then adhered to a white A2 top fold card base.

Here's a list of the Copic Markers I used to color up this pretty girl:

Skin ~ E000, E00, E11, E04
Hair ~ E71, E74, E77, E79
Hat / Boots / Dress ~ YR0000, YR30, E81, R00, R11, R81, R85
Cup ~ C00, C2, BG10, BG23, BG72
Chair ~ BG10, BG23, BG72, E71, E74, E77, E79
Heart ~ R81, R85
Ground ~ E71, E74

I wanted to use one of the pumpkins from the kit and for a little extra fun I foiled it! I stamped the pumpkin with Deco Foil Transfer Gel and once dry I laid a piece of Pink Melon Deco Foil over top and ran it through my laminator. I fussy cut the pumpkin leaving a skinny white border around it and popped it up on the card.

My second card is a cute mini slimline card using some fun Fall papers and the beautiful Pumpkin Spice Please Itty Bitty stamp. It's been awhile since I've Copic colored on Kraft card stock... one of my favorite techniques! And it's also really lovely for Fall cards. 

I paired this pretty stamp with the Simple Vintage Autumn Splendor 6x8 paper pad from Simple Stories. It has such beautiful colors in these papers... perfect for this beautiful stamp! I trimmed the orange papers to 6-1/4 x 3-1/4" and the teal paper was die cut with the Scalloped Stitched Mini Slimline dies from Gina Marie Designs. I adhered those together and then adhered them to a 7 x 6-1/2" Kraft mini slimline card base scored at 3-1/2".

I stamped the sentiment and pumpkin image with Black Amalgam ink. I colored up the pumpkin image with some Copic Markers and then I die cut it with one of the dies from the Wonky Stitched Circle dies from Gina Marie Designs. I popped up the pumpkin image with foam tape and finished off the card with a few orange clear enamel dots from the Sunflower Clear with Color Enamel Dots from Gina Marie Designs. 

I love the muted look of Copic on Kraft! Here's a quick list of the Copic Markers I used:

Pumpkin ~ YR21, YR15, YR68, YR27, E53, E55, E57
Leaves ~ YG23, YG67, Y15, Y38, R14
Cup ~ BG10, BG23, BG72, BG75, W00, W2, W3
Ground ~ E53, E55

For my last card I wanted to make a CAS Halloween card and the A Real Witch stamp was perfect for this card. Ink smooshing is my go-to technique for a pretty CAS card and I went with just ink smooshing Villainous Potion and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks. I didn't want to waste the extra ink on my glass table so I actually ink smooshed two card fronts.

I hadn't intended to use both of them for this card, but when I die cut the one layer using the largest stitched rectangle die from the Scallops & Rectangles {nesting dies} and laid it on my white A2 top fold card base there was just too much white space. LOL... I know that's crazy when talking about a CAS card but I happened to put the die cut panel on top of the other ink smooshed card front just to see how it looked... wow, I just loved it!

I fussy cut the witch on the black line and colored the edge with a Memento Tuxedo black marker - a trick I like to do to clean up that fussy cut edge and make it all nice and tidy. I stamped the witch on the ink smooshed background as a guide for where to adhere the fussy cut witch. My last tip for this technique is to add the glue to 'guide' image rather than the fussy cut one. Sometimes the fussy cut images are small to handle so it's easier {and less messy} to handle it without all the messy glue. 
Here's a quick list of the Copic Markers I used to color up this brew-tiful witch:

Skin ~ E000, E00, E11
Hair ~ C00, C3, C5
Hat ~ N0, N3, N5, YG21, YG11, YG23, V000, V12, V15, V17
Mug ~ V000, V12, V15, V17
Dress ~ YG21, YG11, YG23

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...

... Vannessa Osbourn!! Congratulations, Vannessa!!
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'm so excited to see all the creations from our friends this month! I will be doing another fun giveaway this month!! Be sure to hop along and comment for a chance to win! {When you comment please leave your name just in case it posts as anonymous.} I'll announce the winner next month! 

Let's get to the hopping...

Crystal <--- you're here

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, all of your cards are just perfect. Your coloring is always on point!!! :)

  2. I love the details on the first one! The corner is perfect! I also love the double ink smooshed panels on the witchy card. I don't typically do halloween cards, but this one definitely caught my eye! Love!
    Jenni S.

  3. Oh Crystal your first card with the new Angie Girl from the KOM is absolutely spectacular! Your coloring and card designs always blows me away and inspires me!!

  4. Ooooh, that foiled pumpkin is so dreamy & yummy. Love all the layers, your coloring & the theme of each card. The inky goodness as a BG for the witch is really awesome!

  5. Fantastic cards, beautifully colored!

  6. Gorgeous cards, Crystal!
    I know , you know, the new girl is my favorite! Omgeee I can’t wait for you new KOM.
    The pumpkin 🎃 card is absolutely for!
    I need that paper pack now!
    You smooshing is always so inspiring to me. I need to do more of that! I love that witchy woman!

    1. Thanks so much, Robyn!! Girl... you gotta get ink smooshing! It's so fun!

  7. Lovely mix of papers and images on these gorgeous cards. I adore the layering on the first card so much, have to check out that paper pad for sure!

  8. Oh my, beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing so many cards!

    Linda Abel

  9. A lovely variety of cards Crystal, I love them all

  10. I love all of them Crystal but that last one is SO cool!!!!!!!

  11. These are amazing! I love the foiled pumpkin and wow your coloring is amazing!

  12. Such perfect coloring on your girl and Kraft cards. I keep forgetting to try Copics on Kraft. And those colors on your witch card!

  13. As always, all of your cards are wonderful! Your coloring is so perfect! I live that shiny pumpkin on #1 and the patterned paper background on the mini slimline. #3 inspired me to ink her up!

  14. Each card is gorgeous and stunning! I can't pick even begin to pick a favorite. The first card design is amazing with the border and the folded corner!!! The pumpkin pattern is so elegant and charming. The girl is incredible and your coloring goes right along with how beautiful she is. The slimline pumpkin card just sings to me. It is in perfect harmony and I am in awe. The witch card is super and the background splotches and splatters look like they were placed perfectly. The green robe on the witch just glows and an amazing focal point!

    1. Thank you so much for the sweetest compliments on my cards, Rachel!

  15. Fabulous cards and I
    Love the foiled pumpkin!
    Carla from Arizona

  16. Your cards are amazing!! Love the coloring on all of them!

    1. I have logged in now so I don't show as anonymous. Aurora Loaiza

  17. Great cards! Love the images you used and your beautiful coloring! I'm geared up to create some fall and Halloween cards! That witch is awesome!

  18. Wow Crystal, your cards are all so wonderful, and I'm impressed with the variety of coffee, tea and cocoa stamps that Unity has. Love the Copic coloring on kraft, and will have to give that a try soon. The Halloween card was a big surprise, and so FUN!

    1. Thanks so much, Karen! Oh, I do hope you'll try copic coloring on kraft... it's such a fun coloring technique. I just love it!

  19. Wonderful cards. I like the foiled pumpkin on the first one.

  20. Amber- Forever Amber's ArtSeptember 12, 2022 at 5:28 AM

    Crystal - I just love the idea of foiling the pumpkin on your 1st card! Its so pretty! All of your cards are great this month!

  21. These are all fabulous cards Crystal but I love the smooshed background on that fabulous witch!! Thanks for picking me to win last months prize! I'm very appreciative!!

    1. Yay! Thanks so much, Vannessa! The witch is my fave too!

  22. Oh my, Crystal! These cards are exquisite! The 2nd one grabbed my attention immediately. The colors, the layout, the coloring! Everything about is spoke to my creative eye. Well done!!

  23. All three cards are beautiful! I really admire your coloring. Well done!

  24. Your coloring technique is beyond amazing, wow!! I just love the colors and designs, and coffee always speaks to me, so there's that too.

  25. Amazing! Love them all! Love coloring on kraft, I need to do that more. And the witch is stunning!


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