Friday, December 14, 2018

Scrapping for Less ~ Sunny Studios ~ Have a Foxy Christmas!

Hello! Today, I'm sharing a few Foxy Christmas cards using the same sketch but changing it up with different papers and little foxes!! Oh my goodness, this Foxy Christmas set by Sunny Studios is so stinking cute! I just adore it! And it pairs up so well with the Sunny Studio Holiday Cheer papers!!

To start I chose my papers, pairing the patterned papers that I wanted for each card. I then trimmed each piece down and mat them on a pink card stock and then a green card stock. The strip of patterned paper in the center of the card is only mat on the pink card stock. I adhered all of my layers and then set them aside.

I decided to focus on just the images with a single fox. I chose the three foxes that looked festive with their cute reindeer headband, beanie, and Santa hat and then colored the images to coordinate with the patterned papers.

I stamped each of the foxes onto a piece of white card stock measuring 2 x 2-1/2" using Brutus Monroe Raven Detail Ink. I colored the images with the following Copic markers:

Foxes ~ E09, E18, YR16, YR21, YR27, W00, W1, W3, W8, W10, R20
Headband/Hats ~ YG11, YG13, YG17, E55, E57, N0, N1, R000, R14, R27, RV04, RV17, RV19
Chilly Sky Background ~ B0000, B00, B02

Copic markers are available in the shop for pre-order. 
Here's a link to check it out... Copic Marker Pre-order.

Once I had all these cuties colored, I added some Snowy Marker across the bottom of the card stock and heat set it to make it puffy and that completed my simple scene with a bit of snow.

I then mat each of the foxy focal images onto pink card stock measuring 2-1/8 x 2-5/8" and then mat those onto green card stock measuring 2-1/4 x 2-3/4". I popped these pieces up on the three card fronts and then set them aside.

I stamped the sentiment and holly onto three scraps of white card stock and trimmed them down and fussy cut a flag on one end. I colored the holly using the following Copic markers ~ R000, R14, R27, YG13, YG17. I adhered the sentiment flags to each card front. I then adhered each of the card fronts to a white card base completing the three cards. I just adore how these turned out! This sweet Foxy Christmas set is available in the shop ---> here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs!
~ Crystal

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Brutus Monroe ~ Snow Friends Watercolor

Hello! I'm sharing a pretty quick CAS card that I created for the CASology challenge Cue Card: North. When I saw the cue card for this challenge I just had to play along.

My design for this card was really simple. I stamped the snowman and the sentiment from Brutus Monroe's Snow Friends stamp set using Brutus Monroe Raven Detail Ink on Canson XL watercolor paper and heat set it with my heat tool so it was fully dry before I started watercoloring. I pulled out my neglected ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens to watercolor the image picking some fun colors. Once I had the image colored as I wanted, I added some Snow Marker around the bottom of the snowman and heat it up with my heat gun to make it all puffy.
I trimmed the watercolor paper down to 4-1/8 x 5-3/8" and adhered it to a white card base. Really simple... and I love it! I hope you do too!

There's still a few days to play along with the CASology challenge. If you have some time, I encourage you to get inky and play along.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs!
~ Crystal


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Fall / Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop ~ Rubbernecker Stamps ~ Happy Holidays!

Hello! I'm sharing another card for the Fall/Winter 2018 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop... I am having so much fun creating! I've shared a couple other cards for this hop on my Instagram... if you follow me on Instagram you've probably seen them. If you don't follow me there, I invite you to check out my Instagram here ---> link to Crystal's Instagram

During the last Coffee Lovers Blog Hop... the Spring/Summer hop, I bought the sweet owls from Rubbernecker Stamps that was shared so much by others. I just adore these line of stamps by Rubbernecker Stamps! Love them! I knew I had to create at least one card for this hop with one of these cuties. I chose to ink up Garfield... those eyes! I just love this owl! He was so fun to color too! I used the following Copic markers ~ BG70, BG72, BG75, E30, E35, E37, Y11, Y21, YR15, YR27, YR68, Colorless Blender.

Now for the card... I die cut the birch tree die from Simon Says Stamp from a piece of white card stock and then die cut it again with a stitched rectangle die measuring 3-3/4" x 5". I then blended some Vintage Photo distress ink onto a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Kraft card stock being sure to keep the middle portion clean so it would appear lighter. Once that was done, I decided I wanted to add a layer of  Lost Lagoon card stock to the mix so I found an oval die (it was actually a stitched die, but the correct size was more important) that was larger than the birch tree die so that the Lost Lagoon layer would not show through my kraft layer. Clear as mud, lol! I hope that made sense. If not just ask for clarification in the comments. :) I adhered the birch tree layer to the Lost Lagoon layer and then popped it up on the Kraft layer using stampin' dimensionals. I then adhered the entire panel onto a white card base. I die cut Mr. Garfield and adhered him to the card.

It was time to figure out a sentiment... I wanted something for the Holidays and something kind of punny. I was thrilled to find the Happy Hoolidays stamp set from A Jillian Vance Design in my stash! (Sadly, it appears this stamp set is no longer available.) This set was perfect! I stamped the sentiment and then trimmed it into a banner and adhered it to the card. And then I got to thinking something was missing... the card needed something. I happened to look at my pile of recent Black Friday purchases and saw the Rina Snowflake die from Simon Says Stamp... perfect! I die cut it four times and adhered two each together and then adhered them to the card being sure to just adhere the centers so I could lift the edges of the snowflake to give them some dimension. I just love how this card turned out! I sure hope you do too!

Here's a close up of Mr. Garfield! Isn't he sweet!

I encourage you to check out the hop, if you haven't already. I always have a great time participating! There's still time to play along! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs!
~ Crystal

Saturday, December 1, 2018

~ Friends of Unity December Blog Hop ~

Hello! It's the first of December AND it's the first Saturday of December... you know what that means!! It's time for another Friends of Unity blog hop... but this month's hop marks one whole year of Friends of Unity sharing our love of Unity Stamp Company with you! Wow! A whole year!! I can't believe it! Time sure does fly on by! Thank you all so much for commenting and supporting our little hop! We truly appreciate it! 

To show my appreciation for your support, I'm having a giveaway! Oh boy... do I have something up my sleeve... but you have to read down to the bottom of my post! No skipping either... lol... check out my card below and I've tried to keep the chatter to a minimum. :) So let's get to it!

 I know a lot of us cardmakers are still working on our Christmas projects. Some of us just started on them... Yikes! Some of the more disciplined of us, are done with our Christmas projects... Yay! So I thought it would be a great time to share a Thank You card with a wintry theme. Our cue for this month's hop is ~ Thank You! 

A lot of the focus this time of the year tends to be about giving and getting... I wish there was more thanking! We're all so thankful during Thanksgiving... it's the thing to do, right?! But it seems to go away when Christmas is coming near. I try to be thankful all year long... but it's easy to get caught in the tide of the seasons. This year, though, I thought it would be nice to make thank you cards for the friends and family that send us cards and gifts during the Christmas season. 

I wanted to keep my card simple for two reasons... I wanted it easy to duplicate so I had enough on hand to send out and I wanted it relatively flat so it wouldn't need the extra non-machinable postage to mail it. I did end up putting those wood elements on... I couldn't help myself! They work so well with the snowflakes in the stamp so this card will be hand delivered... BUT... I could easily change this up with some die cut snowflakes or punched out snowflakes... whatever works!

Now, to the details for my card... I stamped the Burst of Flakes {Border Backgrounds} using VersaMark watermark ink onto two 5-1/2 x 4-1/4" pieces of Kraft card stock. I then heat embossed some ultra fine white embossing powder on both pieces. I also stamped the sentiment from the Like a Snowflake sentiment kit on one of the pieces with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed the same white embossing powder. I trimmed the one piece without the sentiment down to 5-1/4 x 4" and adhered it to a Kraft card base. I then die cut the other piece with the sentiment using a stitched rectangle die that measures 4-7/8 x 3-5/8" and popped it up on the card.

I colored one side of the snowflake wood element using a white prismacolor pencil. It gives the wood a subtle white color that I think compliments the kraft and white on the card.

Here's one more look at the card as a whole. I just love how simple but beautiful this card turned out!
I hope I've inspired you to pull out some of your Christmas or Holiday stamps to make some thank you cards.

So... did you read through the post or did you just skip down here to check out my crazy giveaway?!
Are you ready?! 
Well, I was thinking ~ how do we celebrate one whole year of hopping with Unity Stamp Company's fabulous stamps?!?! The obvious answer is we give away Unity Stamps! But I really want to celebrate... so I'm giving away 2 prizes! 

The first prize is a Brand New Winter Beauty SMAK kit <--- click there to check out this kit! It's gorgeous!! And perfect for a Winter giveaway!

The second prize is a bundle of Brand New stamps... December Girl, Jolly Ol' Santa, and Stay Cozy!! You can click on each of those to check them out! Oh... I love these fabulous stamps! 

What do you think?! Crazy awesome prizes, right?! Now, all you have to do to enter is to check out our hop and comment on each of the blogs. I'll use to choose two lucky winners and share them with you next month for our January hop!! Thank you all again for your support and Happy Hopping!

~ Blog Hop List ~

Crystal <--- you're here

up next ---> Eileen

Thank you friends for checking out my blog post! 
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs!
~ Crystal

Friday, November 30, 2018

Fall / Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop ~ Fall Breeze and Pumpkin Spice

Hello! It's one of my favorite times of the year... it's time for the Fall / Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! I love this hop! It's always so much fun and so inspiring!!

I shared a card a few weeks ago using the Sketchy Pumpkin Spice digi set from Polka Dot Orchard. For my card I used the background stamp... well, while I was coloring the background for that card, I also colored another background with the idea for this card in mind. Here's a list of the Copic markers I used for this card:

Cup ~ R14, R27, R89
Pumpkin ~ E55, E57, E59, YR15, YR27, YR68, G94 G99
Pie ~ YR27, E95, E97
Pumpkin Roll ~ E95, E97
Shaker ~ E35, E95, Colorless Blender

I fussy cut the colored images and set them aside.

I die cut three of the Twig Wreaths from Cocoa Bean card stock, both from Papertrey Ink and adhered them together. I used a leaf punch from Stampin' Up to punch out several leaves from Ripe Avocado card stock and then I cut those into separate leaves. I sponged the edges of the leaves with Ripe Avocado ink to add some dimension.

I tied a double bow of natural twine and then started to build my card. I adhered a couple of strips of patterned paper from my stash to the bottom of a Vintage Cream card front measuring 4-1/4 x 5-1/2. I then ran that through my Big Shot with a stitched rectangle die. I popped up the panel on a Vintage Cream card base. I then adhered the wreath, twine, and all of the fun colored pieces. I trimmed the sentiment from a sheet of sentiments that I had printed off using another digi set called Coffee Pumpkin Flourish. I popped it up on the card and called this one done!

Here's a close up of some of the colored pieces. The cup is popped up on top of another cup to give it some more dimension. I really love how it pops off the card.

One more look at the card as a whole... I love when ideas for a card work out just how you imagined they would! I love how this one turned out! I hope you do too! Happy hopping!!

Thank you friends for checking out my blog post!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs!
~ Crystal

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Scrapping for Less November 2018 Blog Hop ~ Elegant & Sophisticated

 Sophisticated and Elegant? Well just what does that mean? 
To me it means I can dress up, be a girly girl, get all glammed up and go out on the town with my “Dapper Man”…of course, since I am a laid back at home kind of gal that doesn’t happen very often. So, take advantage of this elegance in this kit and make some very unique and different cards for those sophisticated, elegant friends that you have in your life! Join the Design Team and some wonderful guest designers as they share great inspiration for you. So join in and hop along with us! I know this unique kit won’t last long so head on over and grab a Flavor of the Month kit for yourself. Don’t forget the Rafflecopter over at the Scrapping for Less blog. Thanks for joining us today.

Hello crafty friends! I'm going to be honest, I was a little nervous when I saw that the kit this month is Sophisticated and Elegant... I'm a very casual jeans and a hoodie kind of gal. I think that laid back style is reflected in my card making... but once I saw the beautiful stamps and papers in the kit... wow! Was I excited to play!!

For my first card I used Sketch #4 with Collection One.
Isn't that stamp stunning! I just had to emboss her... she's gorgeous in silver embossing! The papers in this collection are also gorgeous! I layered the papers onto a Grout Grey card base. I then stamped the image from the What If I Fly stamp set by Scrapping for Less onto a scrap of Grout Grey card stock with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed a fine silver embossing powder. I trimmed the piece and mat it on the black glitter paper. My finishing touch for this card was the beautiful teal butterflies. I love them! I decided not to add a sentiment to the front of this card. I didn't want to take away from the beauty of the card.

Here's a close up of the beautifully stamped and embossed image! Such a stunning stamp!

For my second card I used Sketch #3 with Collection Two.
I trimmed down the beautiful wood paper from the Rustic Elegance papers by Scrapping for Less in collection two to measure 5-1/4 x 4" and mat it with the light pink paper from the same paper collection. I then adhered those layers to a Safety Orange card base. I trimmed another piece of the light pink patterned papers to measure 2-7/8 x 2-7/8" and mat it on a piece of Safety Orange card stock measuring 3 x 3". I adhered the square piece to the card and set it aside. I stamped the image from the Scrapping for Less stamp set called Bloom onto white card stock and then colored it with the following Copic markers: YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27, YR31, RV91, RV95, YG03, YG93, YG97, W00. I then die cut the image with a stitched oval die. I cut a 4-1/8 x 1" piece of Safety Orange card stock and adhered it over the layers on the card and then popped up the oval. I stamped the sentiment on white card stock then trimmed it into a flag and popped it up on the card. 

Here's a close up of the flowers! I love them! I used the White Pen by Reminisce {included in the Banana Split subscription} to add some highlights to the center of the flower.

For my third card I used Sketch #2 with Collection Three.
How adorable is this sweet little Sugar and Spice stamp by Santoro?! I just adore her! I just had to use the dress papers from the Fashionista papers by Echo Park included in Collection Three. I trimmed the dress paper to 5-1/4 x 4" and adhered it to a Black Licorice card front that I then adhered to a white card base. I then cut a 6 x 1/2" piece of the polka dot paper... I trimmed those into four pieces knowing that the main image would cover the space between the cut pieces. One little trick to saving some paper scraps! I set the strips aside and then stamped the Sugar and Spice girl on a piece of white card stock. I then colored her in using the following Copic markers: E23, E25, E29, E79, E000, E00, E51, R20, N0, N2, N3, N5, N7, BG11, BG32. I die cut the main image using a stitched tag die and then trimmed a Black Licorice mat for the tag. I then adhered the strip of polka dot paper to the card and then popped up the main image. I stamped the sentiment from the Puttin' on the Spritz stamp set by Scrapping for Less, that is included in the Banana Split subscription, using VersaMark watermark ink and then heat embossed a fine white embossing powder. I trimmed the sentiment down to a banner and then popped it up on the card overlapping it just slightly over the tag. I trimmed off the fringe of some of the pink bling pieces from the Pink Bling roll included in the collection and adhered them randomly all over the card. For a final touch, I used the White Pen by Reminisce to touch up the white dots on the dress.

For my last card I used Sketch #1 with Collection Four.
I just adore this collection! There are so many cool masculine stamps in the Dapper Man stamp set by Scrapping for Less. I had to ink up the hat though! Love it! So to start this card I cut all the layers of the Dapper Man patterned papers and adhered them to a Black Licorice card front that was then adhered to a white card base. I stamped the hat and the So Dapper! sentiment onto a piece of white card stock and then colored the hat with the following Copic markers: N2, N5, N7, N8, B91, B93, B95, B97. I then die cut the image and sentiment with a circle die. I popped it up on the card with foam tape and then adhered a bunch of the sequins from the collection. I just love this card!

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I hope that you've enjoyed my cards! I sure had a blast creating them to share with you! Let's get to hopping and see what the other members of the Design Team created!

Next up on the hop is Stacy!

After checking out the hop, make sure to join the Rafflecopter back on the SFL blog to have a chance to win an awesome prize!!

Thank you friends for checking out my blog post!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs!

~ Crystal

Friday, November 23, 2018

Coffee Loving Cardmakers ~ Graciellie Design ~ Christmas Cheer

Hello! Today is my last day guest designing for Coffee Loving Cardmakers and I wanted to share a card I made using a gorgeous digi stamp set from Graciellie Designs called Poinsettia Tea Cup. I love poinsettias during Christmas time. They are my favorite flower this time of year! I just had to combine this digi image with this sweet sentiment... it made for an easy card, for sure! I am loving using digi stamps!

 I was able to combine the image and the sentiment on a Microsoft Word document and print it off. I colored in the image with the following Copic markers:
Tea ~ E30, E34
Cup/Saucer ~ N2, N5
Poinsettia/Mistletoe ~ R14, R27, R37, R89, Colorless blender, G46

Once that was done, all I needed to do was trim the white card stock to fit on my A2 card base of Smokey Shadow card stock.

I adhered a strip of patterned paper from the Carta Bella Christmas collection that I had die cut with a stitched scallop die from My Favorite Things. I then adhered the panel to the card base. I added a few Nuvo gloss white drops to the flower and some ebony black drops to the card. For some reason the black ones didn't settle right, but I'm not going to let those take away from the overall pretty card. I do love how this turned out! I hope you've been inspired to try out those digi stamps!

Thank you friends for checking out my blog post!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs!
~ Crystal