Saturday, February 24, 2018

Scrapping for Less Presents: Castles and Dreams ~ Feb 2018 FOTM Blog Hop



We are sooooo excited to bring you this kit for the month of February. This kit is packed with wonderful fantasy goodies. Some exclusives are included with this kit: Stamping Bella and La La Land Crafts partnered with us to have some exclusive stamps in this kit as well as Teresa's first ever sentiment stamp (there will be more of these to come) for the Banana Split level. So, don't delay! There are limited kits available this month. Let your knight in shining armor deliver a kit to your door! Head over to the Flavor of the Month page to get your kit now! Enjoy all the wonderful creations our team and guest designer has for you today. So, sit back and join along in our fantasy world this morning. 

I am so thrilled to share my cards for the kit this month! We're just going to get right to it!




My first card is for Collection One and I used Sketch #1. I shared the sweet Stamping Bella dragon that's included in this collection for my sneak peek card... if you missed that you can check it out here. So for this card, I decided to use the icon stickers that are included. How cute are these little dragons?! I kept this card pretty simple and pretty much stayed with the sketch. But... 




I did add some more icon stickers to the inside! How fun! I have a sweet little nephew turning 2 very soon and I made this card with him in mind.




My second card is for Collection Two and I used Sketch #3. I had A LOT of fun with the papers for this card! It took me a bit of time to figure out what to use where but it just kind of came together on it's own. Does that ever happen to you? The card just speaks to you?! LOL... well, maybe I'm just a paper whisperer. LOL! I'm cracking myself up. Anywho, I did color this sweet unicorn with copics {RV06, RV10, RV11, N0, N1, Y06, Y35} and I added some white gel pen and then decided to also go over it with a glitter gel pen. Every unicorn needs some glitter!! I ended up moving my sentiment for this sketch but Oh My Goodness... this sentiment is from Teresa's new kit that is included in the Banana Split level and it's amazing! I love the fabulous sentiments in this stamp set! My last touch on this card was a couple of stickers... the rainbow/star is from this collection and the cloud is from the Doodlebug Designs Rainbow Doodlepop that is included in the Banana Split level.




My third card is for Collection Three and I used Sketch #2. Oh My Goodness! How adorable is this image?! I just love it! It was so much fun to color... like I was a part of a fairy tale! Well, I started by picking the papers for the card and I pulled the colors for the images from the papers. I loved the peach colors for the little princesses dress and hat... and even her shoes! She looks so sweet! I also decided to go an unconventional route here with the knight in shining 'teal' armor... oh, but I think it works! I used the following copics for this image {Skin - E000, E21, E50, E51, E53, RV10; Hair - E55, E57, YR20, YR23, YR31; Dress/hat/shoes - YR0000, YR01, YR15; Armor/helmet/flower - BG000, BG15, BG18, R81, R85, R89; Knight's shoes - N3, N4, N7}.
I kept to the sketch on this one, except I flipped it on the side. The sentiment is another fun one from the exclusive Scrapping for Less Castles and Dreams sentiment stamp set... love it!




I didn't do anything fancy on the inside of this one. I just stamped the sentiment from the Stamping Bella Knight/Princess set. I was thinking this may be a fun anniversary card!




And my fourth for today is from Collection Four and I used Sketch #4. When I received my kit for this month, my daughter was with me and she just Oohhed and Aahhed when we opened everything up. She really loved this princess though and since her favorite color is purple (most days... it seems to change daily!), I thought I'd make this card for her. I used the Echo Park Once Upon a Time Princess papers from the collection to make the layers. I colored the image using copic markers {Skin - E000, E21, E51, RV10; Hair - YR20, YR23, YR31; Dress - 0, V01, V04} and then I trimmed the card stock down and mat it on a piece of the Grape Jelly card stock in the kit. I popped the main image up using foam tape. I added a cute little enamel heart and a few of the pearl enamels. So cute! 

I had so much fun playing with this awesome kit! I hope you've enjoyed the cards I shared! Now it's time to check out all the other fabulous creations from the Design Team.


~ Blog Hop Line Up ~




Crystal O. Minkler <--- you're here

 up next --->  Katie Williams






Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal




Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February FOTM Sneak Peek ~ Happy Birthday Dragon!

Hello! Today, I have a sneak peek of the February 2018 Flavor of the Month card kit... are you ready for the cutest, most darling card kit yet?! Oh. My. Cuteness!! You're going to love it!




Without revealing too much... I created the background using Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide inks. I adhered some fun papers to the bottom of the watercolor paper and then ran the whole piece through my big shot with a rectangle wonky die.




I adhered a few clouds from a die set in my stash. I then popped up a quick sentiment from the same cute papers. I colored this adorable little gal using copic markers {RV10, RV13, V01, V04, V05, V09} and fussy cut her out.




Every girl dragon needs some glitter!! I added some using a clear wink of stella pen. To finish off the card I popped the little dragon up using foam tape. So cute! Don't forget to come by this Saturday for the reveal and blog hop for this month's fabulous kit!


Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal



Sunday, February 18, 2018

Papertrey Ink Stripes Challenge ~ Christmas lives in the Heart

Hello! Today I'm sharing my last entry for the Papertrey Ink 11th Anniversary Celebration Challenges. This one is for the Stripes Challenge. I decided to use up some of the beautiful stripe Christmas paper that I bought last year during the huge sale.




Once I designed my card, I thought... why not make a few? So, I ended up making half a dozen. I really love the way they turned out. I started by cutting all of my card stock from card bases to layers. I don't usually do this but I thought it would make sense since I planned on doing multiples.




I then stamped the angels by using two ink pads, Aqua Mist and Ripe Avocado. I masked the angel and stamped the wings with Aqua Mist. I stamped the stars using Harvest Gold... and then decided to stamp over that with Lemon Tart and it brightened the yellow a bit. I stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo black ink. I was going to doodle some strings for the stars hanging down, but I decided to add some gold twine. I punched some 1/8" holes at the top of the stars. I pulled through some gold twine and taped them to the back of the circle. I then tied a bunch of little bows and adhered them using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.




I adhered all my layers on each of the cards. I did pop up the circle pieces and the little hearts. I had a lot of fun making these and I think they turned out pretty cute!

Here are the products I used for this card:
Stamps: Love Lives Here: Holiday
Inks: Aqua Mist, Ripe Avocado, Harvest Gold, Lemon Tart, Pure Poppy, Memento Tuxedo black
Card Stock: Aqua Mist, Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, White, Candy Cane Prints paper
Tools: Mini Misti, Spellbinders Circle & Scallop dies, 1/8" circle punch
Miscellaneous: gold twine


Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Papertrey Ink Color Challenge ~ You Warm My Heart

Hello again! Today, I have my entry for the Papertrey Ink Color Challenge... another challenge for the 11th Anniversary Celebration over at Papertrey Ink. Woohoo! I've had so much fun playing along with these challenges!




For the color challenge, we were able to choose a color combo from the inspiration shared by the design team so I chose Stephanie Gold's color recipe of Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, Lemon Tart, and Soft Stone.




I started my card with a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" piece of Soft Stone card stock that I inked up first with the Background Basics Birch (say that 3 times fast - ha!) stamp using Soft Stone ink. I then stamped a bunch of images from the Drips & Dribbles stamp set using first and second generation stamping with the Smokey Shadow ink. I cut that piece down to 3-5/8 x 5-1/2" and mat it on a piece of Lemon Tart card stock and added two strips of Smokey Shadow card stock approximately 1/8" wide on either side of my background. I adhered the entire piece to a Soft Stone card base and set it aside. I die cut and inked up two coffee cups from the Warm Happiness and Warm Happiness Too stamp sets using Aqua Mist,  Spring Moss, and Smokey Shadow inks. I die cut two banners from Lemon Tart and Smokey Shadow card stock and trimmed them on one end. I stamped the sentiment on the Smokey Shadow banner using VersaMark ink and heat embossed some ultra fine white embossing powder. I adhered the banners to the card and added the coffee cups. I also added a few drops of Nuvo Crystal gloss Ebony Black drops. That's it for my Color Challenge card!

Here are the products I used for this card:
Stamps: Background Basics Birch, Drips & Dribbles, Warm Happiness, Warm Happiness Too
Inks: Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, VersaMark
Card Stock: Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, White, Lemon Tart
Tools: Warm Happiness dies, Mini Misti
Miscellaneous: Nuvo Crystal Drops gloss Ebony Black, Ranger Ultra Fine White embossing powder


Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Papertrey Ink Use Only Dies - No Stamps Challenge ~ Love

Hello! I'm back again with another entry for yet another challenge over at Papertrey Ink. This challenge was interesting to say the least... Use Only Dies - No Stamps Challenge.




I decided to play with my new Mix & Mat: Hearts die which made for an easy background. I wanted to do something a little out of the box so I grabbed some of my Papertrey Ink papers from last years big sale. I decided this beautiful textured grey paper would be fun. I die cut that and a piece of Pure Poppy card stock. I adhered the grey piece to a piece of True Black card stock. I went searching through my Papertrey Ink dies thinking I would surely have one to go with these pretty hearts, but I didn't. Eeek! So I had to use my Happy Greetings dies from My Favorite Things. I cut the Love sentiment out of both layers and set them aside. I adhered the whole piece to a white card base and then started adding the red hearts and letters. I added a few drops of Nuvo Crystal gloss Autumn Red drops.. sadly, the only red drops I have... and then added some white and red twine. Another card for the PTI challenges! Woohoo!

Here are the products I used for this card:
Card Stock: White, True Black, Pure Poppy, Floral Sketches paper
Tools: Mix & Mat: Hearts die, Happy Greetings (MFT)
Miscellaneous: Nuvo Crystal Drops gloss Autumn Red, Red & White twine


Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Sending You Lots of Love with a New Distress Oxide Technique!

Happy Valentine's Day!! I have a cute card to share with you today that I made using a new technique that I just recently saw from a Creativation video.


I just adore this new little stamp set from My Favorite Things called Blowing Kisses. Isn't she adorable! I wanted to try out this fun technique I saw Tim Holtz demonstrate using the Distress Oxide inks and Alcohol Ink Cardstock so I pulled out Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, and Wilted Violet oxide inks.


I smooshed them on my craft mat and dabbed the card stock in the ink here and there. I dried each layer and did more dabbing. This was a bunch of inky fun! I loved it! You notice at this point the colors are soft and muted but look what happens when you blend some distress glaze over the card stock... 


All of the layers pop and shine!! Oh my goodness!! I loved how this background turned out!


I die cut the large heart and adhered it to a white stitched layer on the white card base. I also die cut a few little hearts and adhered them to the card here and there. The stamped image was fun to play with, too. I inked her up and colored her in using copic markers, I even changed up my usual color combo for the skin {Skin - E000, E21, E50; Hair - E31, E55, E57; Tights - N0, 0; Shoes - RV10, RV11}. I paper pieced her dress from the scrap papers left from my Coffee Craft Repeat card kit. Still having fun with that kit! I popped up the sweet little girl on the card and then stamped the sentiment on a scrap of black card stock using VersaMark ink and heat embossed a fine white embossing powder. I just love how this turned out! Hope you like it too! I also hope that you'll give this new technique a try... it was so much fun! And if you do, be sure to share in the Scrapping for Less: Show & Share Facebook group.


Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Papertrey Ink Retirement Challenge ~ Thank you!

Hello! I am on a roll... woohoo!! Here's my entry for the Papertrey Ink Retirement Challenge. The stamp set I used for this is the Paper Clippings: Thank You set. I hate to admit it, but this is the first time I inked up this set. Wow, is it big!




As you can see it takes up almost the entire A2 card that I made. It's a really cute set. I inked up the sentiment using VersaMark and Royal Velvet ink and then I heat embossed it with a clear embossing powder. For some reason the embossing didn't heat up smooth... it's kind of bumpy. I don't know why. If you know why it did this, please let me know in the comments. I hope I don't have defective embossing powder. Anywho, I stamped a few flowers and the little birds using Plum Pudding, Blueberry Sky, Winter Wisteria, Lilac Grace, and Lavender Moon inks. I die cut the piece using a large rectangular stitched die. I adhered it to a piece of Blueberry Sky patterned paper and then popped up the whole panel using dimensionals onto a white card base. I added a few drops of Sweet Lilac gloss Nuvo drops. A pretty quick thank you card and another one for the Papertrey Ink challenges! Yay!!

Here are the products I used for this card:
Stamps: Paper Clippings: Thank You
Card Stock: White, Blueberry Sky patterned paper
Ink: Royal Velvet, Winter Wisteria, Lavender Moon, Lilac Grace, Blueberry Sky, Plum Pudding
Tools: Stitched Rectangle Stacklets (Taylored Expressions)
Miscellaneous: Nuvo Crystal Drops gloss Sweet Lilac


Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal