Friday, January 19, 2018

Our Story ~ A Cute Bookmark

Hello! Today, I am sharing another fun project using the My Favorite Things Our Story stamp set and some Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter paper. 


I had some extra images already stamped and I still had my Christmas papers out on my desk so naturally, I had to make another project with this cute little image. This time I decided to make a bookmark. I cut the papers to fit on a white piece of card stock that I could run through my Big Shot with a bookmark die. I set that aside and started looking through my stash of papers and found the cute polka dot papers that worked perfectly with the grays and blues in the plaid paper.


 I stamped the image on the polka dot paper and fussy cut it out. I paper pieced it to the image that I had colored in with copic markers {Skin ~ E50, E51, E53; Hair ~ E07, E08, E09; Book ~ E34, E37, E39; Chair legs ~ E57; Pajamas ~ BG10, BG32} and set it aside. 

I then colored in the lamp {YR23,YR24, Y00, Y06, E55, E57}, the stack of books {YG61, YG63, BG10, BG32, YR23, Y000, Y06, E55, E57} and the kitty {0, N0, N2, RV11}. I fussy cut the images out and adhered them all to the bookmark. I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink and heat embossed ultra fine black embossing powder. I added a couple different ribbons that I tied off with some natural twine. I just adore this sweet little image! I hope you like it too!

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Our Story ~ Framed Art for my Daughter

Hello! Today, I have another project using up some of those Christmas papers. I don't know about you, but I seriously went overboard with all the Christmas papers. I have quite an abundance still leftover so I thought it would be great to use some of the papers up doing projects not necessarily for Christmas.



I had started out making this as a card front, but at some point I decided it would be super cute if I framed it and put it up in my daughters room. It looks just like her cuddled up with a few books reading by the fireplace... maybe with hot cocoa instead of coffee though. 



I started out by making my walls using some scraps from the Doodlebug Milk & Cookies papers. The floor was made using some scraps I had in my stash... I'm not sure what brand it's from. I adhered these pieces on a 6 x 4" piece of white card stock. I have a bunch of die cut pieces leftover in my Doodlebug Odds & Ends Milk & Cookies and the fireplace came from that... only I didn't use the whole piece because it was just too big and it had stockings hanging from the mantel so I cut out the inner part of the fireplace and adhered it to my 'brick' wall. Now came the fun part, stamping all the images from the My Favorite Things Our Story stamp set. I stamped them all on white card stock using Memento Tuxedo black ink because I knew I would be coloring them with my copic markers. I also stamped a bunch of images onto leftover papers from the Milk & Cookies paper pack so that I could paper piece some of the furniture. I used the colors from the the papers to color the books and the little girls pajamas and cup. I decided to fussy cut all the images because I didn't want the white edge around the images, but I think this would still be cute if you used the coordinating dies and cut the images out that way. I adhered all the images onto the scene and once it was dry I added it to this simple black frame. I think it turned out so cute! I hope my daughter likes it too.

The Copic Markers I used: Skin ~ E50, E51, E53; Hair/End Table/Chair Legs/Shelf ~ E55, E57; Book ~ E34, E37, E39; Pajamas ~ RV0000, RV11, RV21; Dog ~ N0, N1, N7; Cat ~ YR0000, YR15, YR24, YR27, YR68; Plant ~ YR0000, YR15, YG61, YG63; Cup ~ BG10, BG32; Book Stack/Books on Shelf ~ variation of all the colors listed above.


Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal




Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sealed With a Kiss Valentine

Hello! Today I'm sharing a cute Valentine's card idea using up some of my leftover Christmas papers. 


I just had to use these cute stitchy heart papers from the October Flavor of the Month kit that I still have in my stash and there just happens to still be one Single Scoop October FOM kit available... here. Don't fret, if you missed out on that kit or if you'd just rather get the Lawn Fawn Knit Picky papers, they are also available... here.


I paired up those cute papers with the Lawn Fawn Sealed With a Kiss stamp set {also available in the store... here} for a quick and simple Valentine's card that I think turned out pretty cute. To start, I cut the papers and had a pretty good idea of where they would fit on the card so I went ahead and stamped the little seals and the sentiment on the card with Memento Tuxedo black ink. I colored in the seals using copic markers {N0, N1, N2, N3, N4, RV11} and then I colored the ground also using copic markers {B0000 and B00}. I adhered the papers to the top of the white card front and then die cut it out using the Large Cross-Stitched Rectangle Stackables die. I then popped up the card front with foam tape adhering it to a white card base. I added the twine as an afterthought so I was thinking I would share how I did that.


I had this strip of watercolor paper left over from a project so I punched a little hole in one end to turn it into a paper needle of sorts.  


The watercolor paper is a heavier weight so it stays pretty straight while running it under the layer of card stock.


It's just long enough to reach the end of my A2 card so I can grab it and pull it through.


Now all that's left is making a little bow.


And there you have a little tutorial on adding twine, thread, or ribbons after you've added a layer. I also have another 'needle' that I made using left over acetate that has a point on one end. I use that one for tighter areas that may be a bit more tricky to get through. I sure hope that this little tutorial was a help. I'd love to hear if you have a similar 'tool' in your crafty space or maybe you have an even better little 'tool'... let me know in the comments.

 Anywho, I think this card mixing a little Christmas with Valentine's turned out pretty cute!


Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal




Saturday, January 6, 2018

~ Friends of Unity January Blog Hop ~

Woohoo! It's time for another Friends of Unity Blog Hop! Our theme for this month is Winter... no Christmas. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a break from the Christmas cards. I do have some ideas still for cards, but those will have to wait. In the meantime, though, I do love Winter and I thought it would be fun to do a light - mostly white card.




My sweet husband gave me this beautiful coffee mug for my birthday and inspiration for my card hit instantly. In fact, it completely replaced my original plan... so I'll be tucking that idea in my inspiration cap for another time. 




I started with a 5-1/2 x 4-1/4" piece of white card stock that I stamped the Woodland Owl with Memento tuxedo black ink - making sure to keep him to the left side. I stamped him again on a post it note and fussy cut him out for a mask to protect my image. Once the mask was on, I used a few different stamps from a few different kits ~ I Am Who I Am, Never, Hug, and Flower of the Fall. I stamped them using Tumbled Glass, Tea Dye, and Pumice Stone. I really liked the coffee ring-like image to the right of the owl on the mug but I didn't have a stamp that was big enough so... I smooshed some Pumice Stone distress ink on an acrylic block, spritzed it a bit with water, and inked up the bottom of my new owl mug! It was perfect!! I removed the mask and colored the owl using a blender pen. I smooshed the same colors I used for the background, plus Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, and Vintage Photo, onto a large acrylic block and I dabbed the blender pen into the different colors coloring the image until I was happy with the result. I was careful not to go over the areas too much since I didn't use watercolor paper.




 I added a few touches of white gel pen to the dots around the owl. I inked up the sentiment from Winter Blessings using Black Soot distress oxide ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Ultra Fine clear embossing powder. 




I die cut the entire panel using My Favorite Things Blueprints 31 and then ran it through my Big Shot with the Papertrey Ink Linen Impression plate. The impression plate gave the panel a bit of texture that you feel on the mug. The picture above shows a bit of the texture from the impression plate. I popped up the panel using dimensionals and just adhered it to a white card base.



I also liked the other wintry sentiment in the Winter Blessings kit, so I inked that up with Black Soot distress oxide ink and heat embossed it also with ultra fine clear embossing powder. I've always loved the idea of finishing a card by stamping the inside. Most of the time, I don't because of time constraints or whatnot, but this time I wanted to be sure to bring the wintry feel to the inside of the card. I stamped the Woodland Owl using Tumbled Glass distress ink... I did stamp off the image once on scrap paper so the image would be lighter. 

I showed my husband this card and he said, "That looks like the mug I got you." I told him I loved it so much it inspired my card. I think he got a kick out of that.

~ Let's Hop ~

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

up next ---> Amber Trubiak







Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Hope to see you next month for our third hop!
~ Crystal


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

More Fun with the December Flavor of the Month: Winter and Love kit!

Happy New Year! Today, I'm sharing a few more fun ideas for the December 2017 Flavor of the Month card kit. I thought it would be fun to cut up one of the sheets of patterned paper from Collection Two and make Valentines for my kids. 





I cut up the nine rectangles on the patterned paper and layered four of them on some card stock.  They fit perfectly in a little envelope I made using the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Envelope. Once I adhered the layers, I stamped ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ from the Crate Paper Main Squeeze set included in the Banana Split subscription on the back of the little card. The heart stamp on the front is also from the Main Squeeze set using Worn Lipstick distress ink. I used the little lips stickers to seal the little envelopes and there you have it... I hope the kids like them!

I made another Valentine's card using the Main Squeeze set and the Lawn Fawn Hearts die.


I started by stamping the sentiment with Pink Shimmer Delicata ink. I die cut the hearts around the sentiment and then I adhered some patterned paper behind the white card stock. I die cut the white and pink card stock and adhered them to the white card base, popping up the white heart layer.


I thought the card needed a little something but I still wanted it to be clean and simple so I added some glossy accents to each of the hearts. I captured some of the glossy shimmer in this picture. I just love all the possibilities using this kit!!


Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal





Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Snowy Hill Background with Distress Oxide

Hello! I wanted to share a Christmas card that I made and hadn't had a chance to share yet. I made a similar card for a challenge in the Unity Show & Tell facebook group, but I had made this one first.


I die cut a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock from Stampin' Up! so that I could use it for a stencil, of sorts, to make my hills using the negative side (side without the stitches) of the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border die. It's a thinner card stock so it was perfect to use as my stencil. I then grabbed a Stampers Select White card stock card base and blended distress oxide inks alternating between Worn LipstickBroken China, and Wilted Violet. I didn't mask anything... I was just super careful to leave some white between the layers. I started from the top of the card and worked my way down. Once I got my inks blended to my liking, I splattered some water onto the card and let the distress oxide ink do its magic. I dabbed it a bit with some paper towel. 


I then put it in my little splatter box... what's that? It's a little cardboard box that I have with some paper towels in the bottom. I use it to do my splattering and it really keeps the mess contained. Anywho, I dropped my card in the splatter box and grabbed my white acrylic paint. I put a tiny drop on my palette and spritzed it with some water to make it a bit runny. I grabbed my little paint brush and splattered away. I set it aside to dry and started die cutting snowflakes. These snowflakes are from the My Favorite Things Snowflake Splendor card kit... I just adore them!!! There are so many different combinations that you can do with these. I had a blast making mine!! 
I added some glittery goodness to some of my snowflakes using Fun Stampers Journey Sparkle Silk. I layered a bunch of different snowflakes but decided just to use one on this card. I die cut the Joy from a Wplus9 die set called Seasonal Sentiments die. I used the tiny circle die from the Layered Snowflakes Die-namics set to cut out the center of the 'O' on the Joy. Once I had those cut, I set them all aside and decided to splatter the card some more with the Sparkle silk. 


 OMG! It's so sparkly and pretty! I wish it showed up better on the picture. I adhered my Joy die cut and snowflake to the card. My final touch was a Pretty Pink Posh sequin in Ballerina Pink. In the picture, the sequin looks like a light blue color, but it's a pink sequin. Crazy, right?! Love it!


This is the other card that I made using the same background technique. I stamped the {Planner Gal} Cold Outside image directly on my white card base and then I stamped her again on a post it note and fussy cut her out. I masked the image and blended my hills using the same technique I mentioned above. I pulled off my mask and colored in the image using copic markers. I stamped the sentiment on white card stock and die cut it out using the dies from the MFT Snowflake Splendor card kit. I sponged a bit of the Wilted Violet distress oxide ink around the edges of the snowflake and then adhered it to the card. My final touch was a few sequins here and there.

This is such a fun technique and I bet you could use it for other occasions by just changing up the color combos. I may just have to try that myself!


Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Last Flavor of the Month for 2017: Winter and Love



As many of the country is surrounded by winter weather what better way to celebrate by having a winter/love themed card kit? Valentine’s Day is by far a super popular holiday and who can resist sendin
g a card to a loved one? This card kit will head your way in plenty of time for you to create some sweet winter love themed cards for all those people in your life that need a sweet little card! 

Our Design Team has brought lots of wonderful inspiration, process videos for you to enjoy! I hope you know we have been listening to your suggestions and we are very thankful that you feel comfortable enough to share them with us! 

Make sure to enter the Rafflecopter over on the Scrapping for Less blog for a chance to win one of the 4 collections for this month! 

Head here to sign up for a subscripition: Banana Split or Double Dip levels. Or to purchase a kit of either Banana Split, Deluxe, Double Dip, or Single Scoop for the month of December.

Also please know that we have several November kits and October kits available just in case you missed out!


Are you ready to see the fabulous and fun cards I made for this Flavor of the Month blog hop?!!?




You may remember these sweet owls from my sneak peek card. I just adore them! For this card using Collection One items and Sketch #1, I started off by stamping the owls using VersaFine onyx black ink on a piece of watercolor paper I had on my desk. I then die cut them out using a circle die that's roughly 3-1/4" in diameter. I watercolored the image using ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers. I set that aside to dry and then layered my papers onto a white card base. I started by cutting a 2" x 4-1/4" strip of pink card stock. I adhered that to the bottom of the card and then picked this cut X's and O's paper. I die cut a stitched border at the bottom and then adhered this paper to the top portion of the card. I cut a banner for the blue arrow paper and trimmed one side off to add to the top of the card. I stamped part of the sentiment onto white card stock and trimmed it to fit on the other portion of the blue arrow banner. I popped those up on the card and then adhered a few sequins to the bottom of the card.




For my second card using Collection Two and Sketch #2, I started by stamping this cute image from Santoro's Friendly Hedgehog using Memento tuxedo black ink. I stamped the image a second time on a post it note that I fussy cut out and masked my main image. I decided to go for a winter night time scene so I blended Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves, and Black Soot distress inks. I splattered some white acrylic paint and some Sparkle Silk from my supplies. I removed the mask and colored the image using Copic markers {E50, E51, E53, E55, E57, E70, E77, E79, RV0000, RV11, RV21, BG11, BG32, 0}. I set that aside and started to assemble my card. I cut a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" piece of pink card stock and adhered that to a white card base. I cut the different strips of patterned paper from the Main Squeeze paper pack and adhered those to the pink card. I cut a 3-1/2 x 2-3/4" piece of the aqua card stock and adhered my main image to it. I then adhered the matted image to the card. I stamped the sentiment from the Main Squeeze stamp set that comes in the Banana Split level in black ink and then trimmed it down to a banner. I colored the edges of the sentiment banner using the RV11 copic marker and then I used the Colorless blender to lighten it a bit around the inside edge. I then adhered the sentiment to the card. 



 I thought this cute image needed just a bit more sparkle so I added some Stardust gelly roll to the edge of the ground and then some clear wink of stella to the rest of the ground. It's all kinds of sparkly fun! I hope you can see some of the sparkle in this close up picture.




I had a lot of fun picking out the layers of patterned paper for my third card. For Collection Three, I used Sketch #3... I think at this point, I was on a roll with keeping to the same collection and sketch numbers... I started by cutting all my layers of paper. I cut a 5-1/2 x 4-1/4" piece of aqua card stock that I adhered to a white card base. I then adhered my other layers and set the card aside. I stamped this sweet fox and sentiment in Memento tuxedo black ink and colored in the fox using Copic markers {BG11, BG32, RV11, N0, N1, N3, E51, E55, E57, BG0000, 0}. I adhered the main image to an aqua mat and adhered that to the card. I added a teal rosette to the side and there you have card #3.




So if it's not pretty obvious at this point... I like the aqua blue colors. Ha! To start off this card, I have to admit I was inspired by another Design Team member, Katie. She had mentioned using dies for embossing and the idea to add a little interest to the grey and white plaid paper by embossing the snowflake included in Collection 4 just came to me. Thanks, Katie!! I embossed the snowflake on either end of the paper and then adhered it to a white card base. I trimmed the blue plaid paper and adhered that to the card. I grabbed another piece of watercolor paper and stamped this adorable image from My Favorite Things called Ice Skater using VersaFine onyx black ink. Using the ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers again, I colored this image and then set her aside to dry. I cut a mat for the main image and once it was dry I die cut it too and then adhered it all together. I added a few snowflake brads to the card. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment and then die cut it using a stitched banner die. I popped up the sentiment with some foam tape and there you have it!

I had such a blast playing with this 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 ~

Scrapping For Less

Jessica Wilson

Stacy Tiedemann

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

---> up next Teresa Russell

Katie Williams

Tanya Hahn

Tina Smith


Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal