Saturday, October 7, 2023

~ Friends of Unity October 2023 Blog Hop ~

   Hello there crafty friend!
It's the first Saturday of October and that means it's time for our Friends of Unity Blog Hop!! 
This month's cue is so much fun! I had so many fun ideas for this one but time has not been on my side and I only got a couple cards done. I hope you'll hop along with us and enjoy some wonderful inspiration from our friends!

Build A Scene is our cue this month! 
So stinkin' fun! I can't wait to see what our friends made to share with us all!

My first card features a whole bunch of stamps but the star is the adorable new Winnie the Pooh: Sweet Notes from Pooh!! Love, love, love this adorable stamp! Pooh bear and the mailbox were stamped with Black Amalgam ink and I colored them up with the following Copic markers:

Pooh: Y11, Y06, Y15
Scarf: R20, R14, R46
Hat: C00, C1, YG11, G24, G46
Mailbox: E51, E55, E57, N0, N1, N3, N5, R20, R14, R46
Envelopes: C00, C1, R20, R14, R46

I fussy cut Pooh bear and the mailbox and then cleaned up the edges by coloring them with a Memento Tuxedo Black marker. 

I stamped the background first with A Little Christmas Carol. I inked up the top with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink and the bottom with Mowed Lawn. I did the colors separately and used a blending brush to soften the lines in between but they were covered up with the tree line. Next, I stamped the Blanket of Snow Background with Tumbled Glass... just on the top portion. And then I stamped the tree line from the Northwoods Peace with Forest Moss. I then stamped the little trees from Winnie the Pooh: Forever with You using Rustic Wilderness and then in the very front Pine Needles Distress Oxide inks.

I blended a bit of Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn oxides around the panel but then I decided to die cut it with the largest die from the Postage Stamp {nesting dies}. Next, I blended Ground Espresso Distress Oxide ink around the edges. I adhered the mailbox and Pooh bear to the panel and then I adhered the panel to a Kraft card base. In my rush to finish up my card, I didn't ground the mailbox or Pooh bear which I would do if I remade this card. I stamped the sentiment with Black Amalgam ink and colored 'Merry' with my R14 copic marker. I trimmed it up and adhered it to the card. I think it turned out pretty cute!

I totally cheated on my second card!! I didn't really build a scene because this beautiful stamp is a scene. It's the Scenic Route stamp. I stamped it with Black Amalgam ink and colored it up with the following Copic Markers:

Van ~ C00, C1, N0, N1, N3, R20, R14, R46
Snow ~ C00, C1
Sky ~ B95, B97, B99, B39

I die cut the background with the largest stitched rectangle die from the Scallops & Rectangles {nesting dies}. And then I did some white acrylic paint splatters all over the panel. I stamped the 'Merry Christmas' sentiment from the Vintage Poinsettia stamps using Black Amalgam ink and then I fussy cut it so it wouldn't cover up too much of the background.

I adhered the die cut panel to a white A2 top fold card base that I turned on the side. I had really hoped to make a fun Fall card but as I mentioned above I ran out of time. 

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 and the lucky winner is...

... Kelly Brillhart!! Congratulations Kelly!!
Please email me at to claim your prize. 
Please claim the prize before November 1st. 

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 hop and check out the scene cards that our friends created. 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

up next ---> Amber

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

See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,

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  1. I love your scenic cards! The collection of stamps you used on the Pooh card is so much fun and inspiring me to remember to bring out more stamps to create a card. Those trees are so great in the background. The snow scene is gorgeous the way you created the snow-filled night sky. I love the VW bus, it is super cool!

  2. Love both of your scenes Crystal, but especially the second one, the colours are so vibrant!

  3. Your scenes are DARLING! I LOVE Pooh soooo much! Great job!

  4. Pooh bear is getting some happy mail!! lol Both cards are just beautiful. Both cards are so beautiful.

  5. Wonderful cards! Love the cute Winnie the Pooh scene, and the Scenic Route design is awesome! Beautiful coloring!

  6. Cute scenes. Love the one with Pooh bear.

  7. Such great combo of stamps for your scenes! Love both cards!

  8. Both cards are awesome, Crystal! I was excited to see the tree line stamp used on the Pooh card is one I own!

    Linda Abel

  9. Love both of your beautiful scenes!!! They are Snowrriffic!!!😊❄️❤️

  10. Fab scenes shared, love the winter van!

  11. What a great idea!! Creating a scene with stamps! It would definitely be a challenge!!
    Jenni Shamblin

  12. Love the scenes you created. The Pooh scene is so very sweet!


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