Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop ~ Pumpkin Spice



I had so much fun yesterday making my first card for the Fall Coffee Lovers blog hop that I couldn't help but make another card!! I had originally planned on using this cup from Unity's Pumpkin Spice kit on the first card, but I couldn't find it in my stash. *gasp* I decided to reorganize my stamps and happened to find it... YAY! Of course, I had to celebrate and make a card!




For this card I decided to pick out the patterned paper before I started. I chose these Fun Stampers Journey papers that were in my stash and paired them with some Papertrey Ink card stock. I stamped the image using Memento tuxedo black ink and colored it in using copic markers. I fussy cut it out and set it aside. I die cut the patterned paper and adhered it to the card base. I then die cut some Vintage Cream card stock and stamped the sentiment. I tied some twine and popped up the image using dimensionals. I really love the non-traditional fall colors in this card!!

Check out the other hoppers ---> here.

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop ~ Thankful



I'm so excited to be able to hop along with the Fall Coffee Lovers blog hop!! I wasn't sure that I'd have time to make a card, but I did!! Yay!!




I just HAD to use these new stamps from Unity Stamp Company... Fall to Go!! Isn't it awesome! I love it!! I colored it in with copic markers and fussy cut the image. I added some patterned papers from my stash to a kraft card stock base. I then stamped the sentiment and popped up the fussy cut cup with dimensionals. Love how this turned out and how quickly it came together!

Check out the other hoppers ---> here.

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Neat & Tangled joins SFL




Time to grab your coffee, sit back again, and hop along with us! We are thrilled to be bringing this lovely brand to our Scrapping for Less website. Danielle from Neat and Tangled and Teresa chatted on the phone as well as emailed back and forth. Teresa asked her to give us some insight on her brand and her company… if you missed it, check out the Brand Focus interview here.
So, on to the hop…the Design Team chose a wide variety of Neat and Tangled stamps to use for their projects this month. Let’s see what they have to offer for us today! I just know you are going to be wowed!
And also don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win this month’s prize!



I love a great set of sentiments! Especially when it has fun fonts... and that's 
what I have to share with you today. This is the Kindness Matters set from Neat & Tangled.




My card is pretty simple. I blended some distress oxide inks on a piece of white card stock. Using the Tim Holtz Platform, I stamped three of the words at a bit of an angle for a background. The Platform made it easy for me to position the stamps once and then move my card stock to get a nice pattern. I chose another sentiment for my focal point that I stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with a fine black embossing powder. I used a die cut to cut out the focal piece and adhered it to an orange mat. I die cut the scalloped rectangle piece out of a piece of kraft card stock. I layered all of the pieces together and then adhered them to a white card base. I added just a few drops of gloss white Nuvo crystal drops. This card could easily be jazzed up with some ribbon or even more drops but I was wanting to keep this one simple.

Now keep on hopping to see even more wonderful ideas from the Design Team:



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

next up ---> Sandy Hentzel


Don’t forget to head on back to the Scrapping for Less Blog after you hop along to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a complete kit!

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal




Sunday, September 10, 2017

More Cards Featuring the August Flavor of the Month Card Kits from Scrapping for Less!!

Hello, again! I have another round of cards featuring the August Flavor of the Month card kits. I also revisited a couple of the sketches... and I have to say that Sketch #4 was my favorite!




This card was done with absolutely no stamping. I was able to put together different pieces from the third collection. I also added just a touch of twill. I think this would be a cute birthday card for a little boy... they are the definition of rough & tumble!!




For this card, I stuck with the same sketch and the same collection. I nearly put this one together without any stamping... but I found a little birthday stamp and couldn't help but add it! Jungle birthday... too cute! I'm thinking this would be another cute birthday card for a little boy (even with the sequins! Ha).




I think I mentioned last time that I love polka dot papers, I just had to use them for this card and my favorite little owl was a must, as well! He's just too cute! I traced the little cloud shaker shape onto a sturdy scrap of card stock and then used that as a sort of cloud stencil. I sponged around the edge (and a lot on my fingers!) to make a sky. In retrospect, I wish I hadn't added the gray paper behind the shaker. Attaching it to the 'sky' piece would have been really nice, but I changed my plans halfway through and couldn't go back. I'm sure you've been there too. :) I did a little masking magic to change up the sentiment for this one and used the My Favorite Things Speech Bubbles die to add the sentiment to the card. Too cute!




Now my last card is really a fun and quick way to use up all those scraps of paper that get left behind after making all these cute cards. This sentiment, that I hadn't used yet, was also perfect to finish this card off! 

Hope you enjoyed these cards and they give you inspiration for your own kits. If you haven't already signed up for the Flavor of the Month card kits, well... what are you waiting for?! 
Go have a look ---> here


Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal




Saturday, September 9, 2017

My 100th Blog Post!!!

Just a quick post to celebrate my 100th blog post!! Yay!




I decided to ink up my very first Unity Stamp Company stamp for this post. My love for Unity (and a crazy addiction to their stamps!) started with this lovely called Dream of Being

I stamped her in VersaMark and heat embossed her using a fine detail black embossing powder. I used my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush watercolor pens to color in the image. I added a bit of blue around the image and then die cut it out using a circle die. I've had this 'wood' paper stack in my stash for a while and I thought it would be a nice touch, but I also wanted a bit of color so I used some Soft Sky card stock to layer and mat the sentiment. I adhered this all to a white card base.

Thanks for stopping by for my 100th Blog Post!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Friday, September 1, 2017

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember

Hello!! I'm super excited to share some STAMPtember fun with you today! I was one of the many lucky people who received an exclusive product from Simon Says Stamp for their annual STAMPtember celebration!




This is the fantastic (wink wink) set that I received! Isn't it awesome (wink wink)?! I've had some fun playing with it for sure!!




Here is the first card that I made. I made my own rainbow-like paper using the little elements in the set. I had so much fun coloring in this image with a rainbow theme! Putting the card together was pretty quick and easy. I think it turned out Fantastic!!

Here are the products I used for this card:
Stamps: Amazing Messages (SSS)
Card Stock: White (PTI)


Go check out the STAMPtember celebration over at Simon Says Stamp!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

See ya next time.

~ Crystal

Monday, August 28, 2017

Scrapping for Less ~ Flavor of the Month ~ Hello

Hello again! I'm here with another look at the August Flavor of the Month card kit. I have a few cards to share with you and a fun tag!  




I thought that it would be fun to make a couple shaker cards using the Pink & Main Hello dies from the Banana Split subscription. I was able to use just two pieces of The Story of Us paper from the fourth collection by alternating the papers for each card. I finished up the package of Kennedy Grace sequins and my last flower for this collection. I used a couple of scrap pieces of acetate and some other shaker elements in my stash to complete the card. I think they turned out pretty cute!




The shaker cards left me with these outlined 'hello' cuts, so naturally I just had to make a card (or two) using them, as well. Can I share a secret with you? Do you see the back layer of my cards? The stripes on one and the floral on the other. Those aren't full card front sheets. I cut out the middle of those sheets for another use. Just another way to stretch out every piece of paper in your stash.
I wanted to keep these cards pretty simple so I added a few strips of washi tape and popped up the hello die cuts and adhered that onto a white card base (with our outline of patterned paper ;) and there you have two more cards.




The Banana Split subscription also includes a couple fun natural canvas tags. I just had to pull out some stencils and my distress spray stains and get inky! Seriously, I had blue fingers all day after spraying the Mermaid Lagoon stain! Haha! I don't mind though. Anywho, once I had the tag sprayed using a few stencils, I thought... why not make a stencil using the Pink & Main Hello die in the kit?! So I did, but I only made a partial stencil... I only cut out the letter 'h'. I hot glued the flowers that I had set aside for this tag and found some fun buttons in my stash. I cut a hole in the top of the tag and secured the jumbo eyelet using my good ole' crop-a-dile. I found some ribbon and twill in my stash that I tied off with some twine and the last little touch came from a gift I received from my husband this week that included this sweet little fresh pearl on the gift packaging. I just love how this came together!! Oh, and I used some clear Wink of Stella on the letter 'h'... it's so shimmery and fun!

Have you signed up yet for the next Flavor of the Month card kit?! 
Go check out the details ---> here.

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal