Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Scrapping for Less ~ Heffy Doodle ~ Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Hello! I have a fun card for St. Paddy's Day! Do you make cards for St. Patrick's Day? I know it's not a huge holiday so not too many people do... but I do! I've always found St. Patrick's Day to be a fun day. And really, any excuse to make and send a card is great in my book!

Isn't this leprechaun from Heffy Doodle's Lucky Friends stamp set just the cutest?! I stamped him, the coins, and the cauldron using Memento tuxedo black ink and then colored them using copic markers {Skin - E50, E51; Beard - YR15, YR68; Shoes/Cauldron - N0, N3, N7, N10; Clothes - YG01, YG05, YG17; Coins - Y06, Y28}. I fussy cut those pieces and set them aside. 

I blended some Tumbled Glass distress ink on the center of a white card base. I die cut a piece of patterned paper and cut down another piece of patterned paper and set them aside. I created the rainbow by die cutting leftover papers from past card kits using the Paper Smooches Rainbow die from the February card kit. I stamped the sentiment and fussy cut a banner and then set that aside. All that was left was to adhere all the pieces on the card front. This was such a fun card to make! I hope that you like it and that your St. Paddy's Day is filled with fun... and not too much mischief! 

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Spring Tag ~ Unity Challenge ~ Beautiful Soul

Hello! I wanted to share this beautiful tag that I made for the Unity Spring Tag challenge over in the Unity Show & Tell Facebook group.

I started off by stamping the owl from Unity's Layers of Life kit called What You Really Love with Versamark ink and heat embossing an ultra fine white embossing powder. And then I got inky! I blended some Tattered Rose and Shaded Lilac distress oxide inks on a manila tag that I received with my Kit of the Month order from Unity. Once I was done blending those colors I stamped an image from another Layers of Life kit... this one is called Within Each of Us. I stamped the image a few times in Antique Linen distress oxide ink. It's hard to see in the picture but it gives a bit of dimension to the background.

Then I decided to add some texture, so I grabbed one of my Tim Holtz mini stencils (set 5) and Mother of Pearl Nuvo mousse. The mousse gives the piece texture and a beautiful shine. I stamped the owl image again on white card stock and blended some Worn Lipstick distress oxide ink over the flower. I fussy cut it out and set it aside. I added some gold thread to the tag adhering it to the back of the tag. I then applied some Multi Medium Matte to the back of the manila tag and adhered it to a Tim Holtz Etcetera Thickboard tag. I decided I wanted to lighten up the thickboard tag to keep it with the Spring theme and the light colors. I painted the edges of the tag with white acrylic paint and then I smooshed the paint brush around the edges to give it a bit of distressed look. Since I had the white acrylic paint out, I decided to also paint the reinforcer white.

I stamped the sentiment from the What You Really Love kit using Shaded Lilac distress oxide ink directly on the tag. I added some dew drops... I even added a couple to the owls eyes. I adhered the reinforcer to the top of the tag and added some ribbons. I also adhered the fussy cut flower. 

My final touch was a sentiment. This part took me the longest because this tag that started out as a piece to enter into a challenge turned into a gift for a friend that is facing some important medical tests this week. I wanted the sentiment to fit her and I knew when I saw the Floral Soul {textured feelings} kit that "beautiful SOUL" was THE sentiment. I stamped it on vellum card stock using Shaded Lilac distress oxide ink and heat embossed some clear embossing powder to make it shine. I trimmed around the sentiment and added adhesive behind the letters so it didn't show through the vellum card stock.

 I just love how this turned out! I hope that it brings joy and love to my friend. 

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Scrapping for Less Castles & Dreams ~ A Dream is a Wish

Hello! I have a really quick and cute card using some leftover pieces from the February Castles & Dreams card kit. 

I used papers from Collection Two and the other elements are from the Banana Split subscription. I stamped the sentiment from the Castles and Dreams Sentiment stamp set using VersaMark ink and heat embossed some fine black embossing powder. I die cut the piece using a wonky rectangle die. I adhered the two pieces of rainbow paper left over from the kit and then I added the two stickers leftover from the Doodlebug Designs Rainbow Doodlepop. I adhered the whole panel to a white card base and there you have it. I love how easily it came together and I think it's pretty cute!

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Saturday, March 3, 2018

~ Friends of Unity March Blog Hop ~

Hello! Wow! February zipped right on by, didn't it?! I can't believe it's already time for another Friends of Unity Blog Hop! We decided to go with a New Beginnings theme for this month. So naturally I started thinking about Spring. It's a time of new beginnings.

Spring is so close... soon the trees will turn to their gorgeous greens and the flowers will soon be in bloom. I, for one, cannot wait for some warmer weather. So with the theme New Beginnings on my mind, when I saw the February 2018 Kit of the Month {Being Who You Are}, I just knew I had to use it! 

I adore C.S. Lewis' books and when I saw this quote, I just had to use it on my card. And how sweet is this clock?! It was a must, too! I have to admit, I struggled deciding on what to do with the clock. 

I have my papers all picked out. I used a paper pack that I got last month at the Hobby Lobby. This one is called Kirby Teesdale Studio by The Paper Studio. I love the blues and greens in the paper and those fabulous flowers along the edge. I decided to keep the card pretty simple and let the paper shine! I added a few layers to bring the greens and blues to the eye, but I also wanted the sentiment to pop so I added a few layers of black. 

How sweet did this clock turn out?! I decided to paper piece it with papers from the same paper pad. I actually stamped it out three times. First on a piece of white card stock because the patterned papers are thin and I didn't want to accidentally tear it while I was fussy cutting. And then once on each of the papers. I cut out the face of the clock and adhered it to the pink patterned paper. I fussy cut the pink layer and adhered it to the white card stock and then I fussy cut the whole thing out. I'll admit it was a tad bit tedious, but I love how it turned out and that extra layer of paper really made it easier handle while I cut. My final touches on the clock were to add some black to the edge of the image to help it pop. For that, I used the Memento tuxedo black marker. I used a pink copic marker to add a touch of pink to the hearts on the face of the clock and I used a grey copic marker to add some grey to the hands on the clock. I went over the whole face of the clock with Fun Stampers Journey Journey Glaze. My first application was kind of bumpy so I did a second...and then a third application, letting each layer dry before adding to it. It's not perfect, but I think in person it looks really cool. ;) 

That's it for my card for this month's hop!

Now let's go see what the other hoppers have, shall we?! Oh, but before you hop away I have a fabulous giveaway up for grabs... what is it, you say? A grab bag!!! Yes! A fantastic grab bag of Unity stamps... and I'm thinking 25 stamps is a good number! LOL! So all you have to do to enter is leave me a comment below! It's that easy! :) Now, let's go check out the fabulous creations from the other gals in the hop!

~ Let's Hop ~

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

up next ---> Eileen Mathys

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Scrapping for Less ~ More Castles & Dreams Card Kit Fun

Hello! Today, I am sharing some more fun cards I made using the Castles & Dreams card kit! I chose a sketch that I thought I'd use for all the Collections in the kit, but I only managed to get three cards made. I ended up changing things up a bit with each collection to make the sketch fit the card. 

 My first card is using Collection Three. I stamped the image and colored it in using Prismacolor pencils. I die cut a stitched scallop circle and then die cut the middle to make a frame to fit around the image. I adhered all of the layers of pretty papers to a white card base and then popped up the image. I stamped the sentiment directly on the patterned paper with the words on it. I die cut it using a stitched flag die and then I added the brads. I then popped up the sentiment on the card using foam tape.

My second card is using Collection Four. I did absolutely no stamping for this one. I cut all the layers and adhered them to the white card base and then popped up the die cut stitched scalloped circle. I added the unicorn and the hearts. I cut the sentiment from the cut apart papers and adhered it to the card. I then added a few sequins and called this one done.

My third card is using Collection One. I paired a couple of the fun papers in this kit and also used the Nightshift Blue card stock for a layer. I layered the panel on a white card base. I stamped the little dragon using Memento tuxedo black ink and then colored him in with prismacolor pencils. I also colored in a bit of 'sky' for him to fly through. I stamped the sentiment and die cut it out with a stitched flag die. I adhered the sentiment to the layers on the card and I popped up the main image. I added a few sequins in a triangular pattern around the main image... keeping them in pairs. I think it's super cute with the polka dot pattern from the patterned paper.

 I hope my cards have inspired you with some ideas for your kits.

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

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