Sunday, June 25, 2017

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

Who's ready for another Papertrey Blog Hop?!?! Me. Me!




Here's the inspiration for this month's challenge... 




Isn't it lovely!! I had so many ideas but was really limited with the few supplies that I have unpacked from our move. I used the Bloom & Grow kit that I had opened but really I had only used the stamps. I didn't even realize there were dies in the kit, for shame! I die cut the flower pot in white card stock. I used a blending tool to give an ombre look to the pot and also the card front. I stamped a few hearts as a background and adhered all the pieces. I think it turned out cute and I know just who I'm going to send it to. I hope it brings a smile to her face. :)




 Here are the products I used for this card:
Stamps: Bloom & Grow kit (PTI)
Card Stock: White (PTI)
Inks: Berry Sorbet, Spring Rain (PTI), VersaMark (SU!)


 If you have a minute, please leave a comment. I'd love to hear what you thought of my creation.
Thank you so much for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

CYCI162 - It's a Mermaid Birthday!

Hello! It's been awhile... our family has been in the process of moving so all my crafty stuff has been partially packed. I finally have my desk set up and some crafty supplies... so I'm back! We're celebrating our daughter's 5th birthday this weekend. I decided to use the CYCI sketch challenge for a quick birthday card. She loved it!




I had the die cut piece already in my stash. I added some blues and purples to it using distress inks and oxide inks with a blending tool. I stamped and heat embossed the images onto distress watercolor card stock. I used my ZIGs to color the images. I also added a touch of glitter to the mermaid using a Clear Wink of Stella pen. I fussy cut all the images and adhered them along with the die cut onto a white card base. I then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment directly on the card base. 




 I can't wait to see what you create using this fun sketch as your inspiration!! Be sure to join our Facebook group so that you can see the Design Team creations and enter the challenge... Can You Case It? Challenge Group


Here are the products I used for this card:
Stamps: Just Keep Swimming (LC), Number of Years (SU!)
Card Stock: White (PTI), Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor (SSS)
Adhesives: Tombow Mono Multipurpose (SSS)
Tools: Heat Tool (SU!), Striped Scallop die (retired SU!)


 Please leave a comment. I'd love to hear what you thought of my creation.
Thank you so much for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

 I just saw the posts for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and how could I possibly pass up a chance to play with my coffee themed stamps?!




I had stamped and watercolored this image from Unity's May Kit of the Month called Free Your Dreams a little while ago. I was just waiting for inspiration to make her into a card. I think the papers I added to the side are a nice summer touch to the card and it works well with the colors I used to watercolor the image. I'm really loving the look of white sentiments on black card stock so I thought I'd give that a try for this card, too.
Now it's time for more coffee...

Thank you so much for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal


Sunday, June 4, 2017

CYCI160 - Another Birthday Card!!

It's another lovely Sunday with another Birthday card!! I never seem to have enough on hand!

My card today was pretty quick... I know I've said that before, but this one was seriously quick! Outside of the drying time... I'd say 6 minutes TOPS! This is one of those quick ones that you can duplicate... which is what I'm doing. Haha! 




I still had the Floral Bliss stamp set on my desk so... I stamped the image of the flowers onto watercolor card stock in Archival jet black ink. I colored the panel by sprinkling some of the Color Burst pigment and then spraying it with my water bottle. I let the pigment do it's magic and soak into the paper for a few minutes. I then soaked up the excess water with a paper towel. I set it aside to dry and die cut the 'happy birthday' words in Brushed Silver card stock. Once the panel was dry, I adhered it to a piece of Brushed Silver card stock. I then adhered the strip of silver and the words. All that was left to do was adhere the entire piece to my white card base. Seriously quick card!




 I can't wait to see what you create using this color combination as your inspiration!! You have 2 weeks to enter this challenge... lots of time to be creative!! Be sure to join our Facebook group so that you can see the Design Team creations and enter the challenge... Can You Case It? Challenge Group


Here are the products I used for this card:
Stamps: Floral Bliss (SSS)
Card Stock: White (PTI), Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor (SSS), Brushed Silver (retired SU!)
Ken Oliver's Color Burst: Ultramarine Blue, Violet (Blitsy)
Adhesives: Tombow Mono Multipurpose (SSS)


 Please leave a comment. I'd love to hear what you thought of my creation.
Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Monday, May 29, 2017

~ Happy Birthday Watercolor ~

I was inspired by the CASology cue card: LOUD to make this very bright Happy Birthday card using ZIG markers. I had a lot of fun watercoloring this card.




I recently got my June card kit from Simon Says Stamp. It has this gorgeous floral stamp that I thought would be fun for a watercolor birthday card. I stamped it in Ranger Archival jet black ink. I colored the image using the ZIG markers direct on the watercolor paper. I think it's a very bright and loud floral birthday card (just wish it wasn't a cloudy day so I could have gotten a better picture). The sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Wet Paint set was stamped using distress inks.






Here are the products I used for this card:
Stamps: Floral Bliss (SSS), Wet Paint (PTI)
Card Stock: White (PTI), Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor (SSS)
Miscellaneous: ZIGS Clean Color Real Brush markers (Amazon)


Go check out the challenge over at CASology!!
Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.

~ Crystal

Sunday, May 28, 2017

CYCI159 - It's Your Birthday

Good Morning! This week I'm sharing a birthday card for the CYCI sketch challenge. I've been hoarding my packages of Inside the Lines designer paper from Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-Bration time earlier this year. I finally thought it was time to break open a package and do some coloring!




I decided to color with Copics... I was concerned at first that the colors weren't blending well, but I think it turned out nice. The paper is pretty thin so it did get very saturated and honestly felt wet, but it was fine when it dried. I had a blast coloring... it's always so calming and relaxing for me. Once I had the piece colored in, I used a stitched circle die to cut it and also cut out a piece of white card stock. I adhered the colored piece to a white card base. I then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from Unity's So Glad You Were Born kit onto the stitched circle I had cut out. I popped the sentiment circle up using stampin' dimensionals and there it is!




 I can't wait to see what you create using this sketch as your inspiration!! Be sure to join our Facebook group so that you can see the Design Team creations and enter the challenge... Can You Case It? Challenge Group


Here are the products I used for this card:
Stamps: So Glad You Were Born (Unity)
Card Stock: White (PTI)
Paper: Inside the Lines (retired SU!)
Inks: VersaMark (SU!)
Adhesives: Fast FuseStampin Dimensionals (SU!)
Tools: Stitched Circles (SSS)
Miscellaneous: Fine Black Embossing Powder (SSS)



 Please leave a comment. I'd love to hear what you thought of my creation.
Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Friday, May 26, 2017

A Pirate Birthday... Argh!

A quick post to share the card that I made for my youngest son's 8th birthday. He's really loving Pirates right now. We've watched all of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.




This was a fun card to make. I used a retired set from Stampin' Up!... Ahoy, Matey! I stamped the little pirate boy on white card stock and colored him in with Copic markers. I used some distress inks on kraft card stock to 'age' the paper a bit. I then stamped the other images with memento ink and colored those in with Copic markers too. I distressed the edges of the panel and adhered it to a kraft card base. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from Unity's So Glad You Were Born kit onto a scrap piece of kraft card stock and then distressed the edges. I adhered the sentiment to the card using stampin' dimensionals. I fussy cut the pirate out and adhered him to the card also using stampin' dimensionals. A fun card to make and my son loved it!!

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal