Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Scrapping for Less ~ MFT Springtime Critters

Hello! Today I'm sharing some cute critter cards that I made using the My Favorite Things Springtime Critters stamp set and leftover patterned paper and card stock from the June 2018 At the Beach card kit. If you are a member of the Scrapping for Less Show & Share group on Facebook, you'll notice that my first card is a variation of the sketch challenge going on in the group this month.


I love the flexibility in a fun sketch and this one is no different! I'm a bit of a rebel when it comes to sketches and I like to flip them... just to change things up a bit. :) 
Sometimes it works... sometimes it doesn't. In this case, I think it turned out pretty cute. I die cut the layers for each of my cards and adhered them to my white card bases.


I stamped the critters out twice each using memento tuxedo black ink and colored all of the images. Coloring all of them gave me the opportunity to pick the ones I like better as far as the color blending went... but it also gave me an opportunity to cut pieces and pop them up. 


You can see some of the dimension that popping up the bunny's head gave to this card.


The white oval piece behind the critters has a bit of Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn distress ink that I blended lightly with the new Tim Holtz blending brush. You can see it just slightly in the photos. My final touch was the sentiments. I decided to do strips for the frog and bunny card... I like the way it breaks up the front panel. For the turtle card, I decided to do a banner with the side cut off so it didn't take up too much room and take away from the little turtle.

Here's a look at the MFT Springtime Critters stamp set.


You can find it in the shop here ---> Springtime Critters.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal




Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Possibilities Await ~ Capture Your Story!

Hello! I'm sharing a CAS card I made for the CASology Challenge #307 - Cue Card: Zoom.
When I was younger I used to take pictures ALL the time! Photography was a huge part of my life. So when I saw the cue was Zoom... I just had to use this image from Unity Stamp Company's Moments Between Moments Kit of the Month.
I love this gal with the camera!


I wanted to continue working with my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens so I stamped the image with VersaMark Watermark ink and heat embossed a fine black embossing powder and colored the image in. I also stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the Possibilities Await set on a scrap of the same watercolor paper.


I die cut the image with a scalloped rectangle die and added a couple bits of washi before adhering it to the card base. I popped up the sentiment and then adhered the little wooden camera that I watercolored with the ZIGs as well. That's it for this card!




Be sure to check out the challenge... since it's summer time this challenge is going for 2 whole weeks, so there's still time to play along. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal



Saturday, July 7, 2018

~ Friends of Unity July Blog Hop ~ Christmas in July ~

Hello! It's the first Saturday of July!! That means it's time for another Friends of Unity Blog Hop!

Before I get started on my cards for this month's hop, I'm super excited to share that we have a new friend hopping with us... Joyce Verdon! I was really excited when Joyce started her blog the beginning of this year. She's an amazingly talented artist and I've been loving on her cards for quite some time. I was even more excited when Joyce said she'd love to join our Friends of Unity Blog Hop! So please give Joyce a big welcome to the hop!! 

Now let's get back to it... this month our theme is Christmas in July. I absolutely love making Christmas cards so when Jeanie suggested it, I thought it was a perfect idea!


For my first card, I wanted to go with a non-traditional color scheme. I was thinking light, pastel colors with a lot of white and some sparkle. I also thought I'd ink the little snowmen from the Snow Way set that I hadn't inked up yet. They looked like they wanted to have some fun!


To start, I made my background... I smooshed some Distress Oxide inks on my craft mat adding a bit of water. I like to work with one color at a time... I think it gives me more control on where the colors go. I start from the lightest color to darkest too, but I often go back and smoosh again with each color. So for my background I used Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, and Wilted Violet. I also like to create two backgrounds when I do this technique... it's amazing how different they will turn out and then you can pick and chose which one you want to use and save the other for another project.


Once I was happy with my background and I had it completely dry, I added some white acrylic paint splatters. For this I just add a drop of paint to my palette, spritzed it with a little water, mixed it up with a cheap paint brush from my kids watercolor set, and splattered away. I also used my Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust gel pen to add a bit of sparkly snow by simply making random dots.

Next was my scene... I die cut a few of the Tim Holtz Tree Line dies out of white card stock. I added some clear wink of stella all over the trees and then I added a touch of the stardust gel pen to the edges of the trees... not all over the edge but where I wanted some sparkly snow to be on the trees. I then layered the trees using pop dots just on the bottom portion of the tree line so the front layer of trees would give some dimension to the card. I die cut my Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Frame die from Gina Marie Designs from white card stock. I did that twice and layered them together to give the frame some support because I was going to pop it up on the card. 


My final touch for this card was, of course, these sweet little snowmen! I stamped them with the new Gina K. Designs Amalgam ink and then colored them with the following Copic markers ~ BG0000, BG11, B000, B01, V0000, V01, V04, R00, R20, R81, RV21, Y000, Y06. This was my first time using the Amalgam ink with Copics and it worked beautifully! I fussy cut each of them out and adhered them to the card. Now at this point, I decided to add the sentiment which wasn't the best idea because my white craft ink wouldn't show enough and when I heat embossed it and it still didn't show very well... so it's kind of like a hidden message in the sky. LOL :)


Since my sentiment on the front of the card didn't quite work out... I decided to ink up the inside of the card. I stamped a few snowflakes and this great sentiment from the Like a Snowflake sentiment kit using the same Distress Oxide inks from the background. I think they tie in really well with the front of the card.

Now, I got on a bit of a roll thinking up Christmas card ideas so when I saw this technique in an email I just had to give it a try. And it was a great excuse to ink up this sweet Unity set called Happy Holidays. This set was designed by Jolande & Marleen last year and I just had to have it, but I didn't get a chance to ink it up so I was really excited to get to play with it for this card.


I've gotten a bit ahead of myself though... to create the background, I blended Broken China distress ink over the top two-thirds of the distress watercolor card stock and then blended some Mermaid Lagoon at the top of the card stock. I wet my wide watercolor brush (not dripping wet, but a bit more then damp) and painted from top to bottom letting the brush create some streaks. I cleaned off my brush after every other stroke so the inks didn't get too dark and it kept a nice ombre look. I stamped the branches from the Winter Blessings set around the edge using Mermaid Lagoon distress ink at the top, Broken China in the middle, and then Tumbled Glass at the bottom.


I then stamped the ornament from the Happy Holidays set using Versamark watermark ink and heat embossed ultra fine white embossing powder. Using my water pen I saturated the middle of the ornaments with clean water and dabbed them with a paper towel to lighten the background colors to make the ornaments pop a bit more. Once that was dry, I used my clear wink of stella to add some pretty glitter and also a touch of the stardust gel pen to add some dimension. The sentiment was inked up with Versamark watermark ink on Pacific Point card stock and embossed just like the ornaments with white embossing powder. Those are my cards for this month's hop! So much fun to create and I hope you got some inspiration from them!

I have some business to take care of now, before we move on to the hopping. Last month I had a giveaway and I need to share who the lucky winner of the brand new Kendra Girl stamp set is...  drum roll please... the lucky winner is...





LISA BUSCH!!!! Woohoo! 
Lisa please email me at crystalominkler@gmail.com with your mailing address to claim your prize. Prize must be claimed within two weeks.
Thank you to all those that hopped with us last month and, of course, this month!

Now since I had such a blast making these Christmas cards, I thought I'd do another giveaway... this time the winner will receive a brand new Jolly Ol' Santa set! I was playing around with this sweet new set this week and thought he'd make a great giveaway... so be sure to hop and comment on each of our blogs so you'll be entered into this giveaway. We sure appreciate and love all of your fun comments! The winner will be announced during our next hop! There may even be another giveaway... you never know unless you hop. ;)


Now let's get hopping!


Crystal <--- you're here

up next ---> Robyn






Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal




Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Scrapping for Less ~ Heffy Doodle & Sunny Studio ~ Happy B-day!

Hi there! Today, I have a fun bunch of cards using Heffy Doodle's Big Bold Words with Sunny Studio's Oceans of Joy

I started by blending some Distress Oxide inks on white card stock - one color per card. I used Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, and Abandoned Coral.


Now, you'll notice this first card is different from the others. I rubbed an embossing buddy over the blended backgrounds but for some reason the Seedless Preserves background still had the clear embossing powder stick to the Distress Oxide ink. So, my octopus just got embossed into the background. My plan B - I stamped the octopus again carefully over the already stamped images with Versamark watermark ink and heat embossed white embossing powder. It kind of gave the octopus a ghostly look... but it's much cuter in person. I also stamped the same sea creatures on a white card base and set them aside.


For each of the background pieces, I also splattered water and white acrylic paint. It was fun to see how the splatter looked on each of the different colors. I die cut the backgrounds with a stitched rectangle die and set them aside. I stamped the sentiment on Vellum card stock using the coordinating colors for each card. I had a bit of trouble with my clear embossing powder sticking to the vellum... for this card with the Salty Ocean ink it looks like water so I thought it was kind of cool. I think it may be time for a new embossing buddy though.


I die cut the vellum card stock pieces with a slightly smaller stitched rectangle die and ran them all through my sticker maker so they'd be easy to adhere to the background piece and I wouldn't have to worry about the adhesive showing. My favorite trick for adhering vellum to cards!


The last step was to pop up all the background pieces onto the card bases. Even though these cards gave me a bit of trouble, I think they turned out pretty cute. This last crab one is my favorite though... and coincidentally it's also the only one that didn't give me trouble! LOL

Here's a look at the stamp sets I used for these cards.






That's it for me today! Have a fun & safe 4th of July everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal




Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Inspired By Challenge ~ Home is Where They Love You!

Hello! I'm sharing a fun CAS card with a bit of watercoloring today.
The Inspired By Challenge featured a sweet little camper and I just had to play along.


Isn't that just the sweetest inspirational picture?! I knew I had one or two camper stamps from Unity Stamp Company that would be perfect for this card. So I decided to use the Love at Home Itty Bitty stamp set because it had the trees.


I've been having some fun making CAS {Clean & Simple} cards for the challenge in the Unity Show & Tell facebook group so I thought I'd have a go at making a CAS watercolor card. It was kind of hard to keep the watercolor in that one part of the card to keep the rest of the card 'clean', but I think it turned out ok. But back to my initial inspiration... I pulled the yellows and blue/turquoise color from the inspiration to use on the camper. Since the scene included the moon and stars, I just had to make a night sky which challenged me to work on my lighting. I tend to just keep my light source to the right in all of my coloring so it was interesting to work with the light source being the moon/stars and also the lights from inside the camper. A challenge but also a fun learning experience... can't get much better than that! 

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal


Saturday, June 30, 2018

Scrapping for Less ~ At the Beach Card Kit ~ Bonus Cards!

Hello again! I'm back with a couple of bonus cards using the At the Beach card kit and an A La Carte item... Sunny Studio Ocean of Joy.


My first card uses the rainbow stripe paper from Collection Three that I paired with this sweet turtle and some balloons in a rainbow of colors. The sweet sentiment is also in the Ocean of Joy stamp set. A simple but colorful card that was quick and fun to make!
I used the following copic markers for this card ~ BG000, BG10, BG15, BG18, YG0000, YG01, V05, V06, B02, B05, YR15, YR68, Y06, Y11.


My second card is a faux shaker card... it looks like a fun shaker but the elements of the card don't move. I used a stitched scalloped rectangle frame die from Gina Marie Designs to frame out my 'faux shaker'. I stamped out a bunch of fish to add as part of the sequin 'faux shaker' element and also the turtle and dolphin... all using memento tuxedo black ink so I could color them in using copic markers. The background is another piece of patterned paper from Collection Three and the sequins are also from Collection Three. I popped up a couple of fish, the dolphin, and the turtle to give them some dimension on the card. 
I used the following copic markers for this card ~ YR15, YR68, Y06, Y11, B02, B05, C1, C3, C5, C7, YG03, YG91, YG93, YG95.

Here's a look at the whole adorable stamp set.


It's available here ---> Oceans of Joy.

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal



Scrapping for Less ~ June Flavor of the Month ~ At the Beach!


Ahhhhh! My most favorite place in the entire world to be! 
Salt air in my hair, sand in my toes and the sound of crashing waves, what more can a girl ask for to be totally relaxed? Well, the next best thing to me is to grab some summer-themed products and make beach themed cards! And do we ever have that on the agenda for today! So grab yourselves an island cocktail (not coffee this time) and lay back in your lounge chair and browse through the wonderful creations the design team and guest designers have to offer you today. Our fabulous “At the Beach” card kit is available now, but don’t fall asleep in that chair or you just might miss out!

Here's a look at the Banana Split subscription for this month's kit.



I was super excited when I saw the Beach theme for this months card kit! Let's get to the cards!



For my first card I used Sketch #4 with Collection One. 
As soon as I saw the shark in this set, I knew I had to use him for my focal image. He's such a happy shark... look at that grin! I followed the sketch pretty closely with this one, adding the strips of patterned paper and banner directly to the Nightshift Blue card base. I stamped the sentiment from the At the Beach Sentiment set by Scrapping for Less and die cut it with a stitched banner die.
I used the following copic markers on this card ~ Y06, Y35, C00, C1, C3, C7.


For my second card I used Sketch #1 with Collection Two.
I wanted to give the fish some room to swim so for this card I flipped the sketch so the focal image could be wider. I used the Vitamin Sea patterned paper for my layers in the background. I colored the background by blending a few distress inks. I stamped the fish, crab, and coral on scrap pieces of white card stock and fussy cut them out. I stamped the school of fish a few times on the background and then ran the background through my big shot with the Lawn Fawn Ocean Wave die from the Banana Split subscription. I adhered all the pieces to create my scene and then popped it up on the card. I stamped the sentiment on Nightshift Blue card stock using Versamark watermark ink and heat embossed ultra fine white embossing powder. I trimmed it into a banner and popped it up on the card.
I used the following Distress Inks on this card ~ Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade.


For my third card I used Sketch #3 with Collection Three.
I had a blast creating the scene for this card... it's so wonderful when your idea for a card actually works out! Once I had my layout figured out with the patterned papers I stamped the castle with Tea Dye distress ink and the sun with Wild Honey distress ink. I masked the castle and blended the background using Tea Dye, Tumbled Glass, and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks. I added some dimension to the castle with copic markers and also colored in the seal, bucket and shovel that I had stamped on a scrap piece of white card stock. I fussy cut those pieces and set them a side. I die cut the chair from Blu Raspberry card stock using the Adirondack Chair die in the collection. I adhered the patterned papers to the panel and then die cut the whole piece with a stitched rectangle die and then adhered it to a Blue Raspberry card base. I layered my partial circle with the same size circle that I die cut from Blu Raspberry card stock. I adhered that piece to the card and created my little scene with the seal. I had planned to stamp the sentiment but I thought it would be fun to use the puffy sticker included in the collection and naturally, the little crab just had to play along too. These puffy stickers have a glossy finish to them that made it difficult to photograph the card, unfortunately, but I do think they add a bit of fun to the card.


And since I used the puffy sticker for the sentiment on the front of the card, I decided to do a little bit of stamping on the inside.
I used the following Distress Inks for this card ~ Tea Dye, Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey. I also used the following copic markers for this card ~ C00, C1, C3, YR02, YR15, YR68, BG000, BG15, E30, E35.


For my fourth card I used Sketch #2 with Collection Four.
I had some fun using the patterned papers to create the layer on the card base. I used another bit of patterned paper (the brown layer) which is hard to see in the photo but it has palm trees all over it. I created the focal scene using distress inks and a bunch of masking. I stamped the palm tree on a scrap piece of white card stock and colored it in with copic markers. I fussy cut it out and adhered it to the scene. I stamped the sentiment on the 'sun' with Memento tuxedo black ink. I adhered the scene to the brown layer and popped it up on the card base. I added three gem stickers and called this card done.
I used the following Distress Inks for this card ~ Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass, Tea Dye, Antique Linen.
I used the following copic markers for this card ~ G03, G14, E55, E57.

I hope you enjoyed the cards I shared today. I had so much fun creating them to share with you all.
Let's get to hopping and see what the other members of the design team created!


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