Saturday, January 19, 2019

Scrapping for Less ~ Pink & Main ~ Perfect Blend

Hello there! Crystal here with a couple of cards using the wonderfully whimsical Perfect Blend set from Pink & Main. Oh my goodness... the stamps in this set are just so sweet! I had a hard time choosing which stamps to use so I ended up making two cards.

I just couldn't help but pull out the Echo Park Coffee papers again! I love these papers! I chose my color palette from the colors in the papers. I then layered a few of the papers and die cut the stamped and colored images. For the bunny card I used the following Copic markers ~ N0, N2, R05, R12, R20, BG000, BG01, BG70, BG72, Colorless Blender.

I added a few coordinating enamel dots to each of the cards and called them both done!
For the mouse card I used the following Copic markers ~ C0, C1, C2, R00, R01, R11, R21, BG000, BG01, Colorless Blender.

Be sure to check out my Instagram today to see if you are the lucky winner 
of my Scrapping for Less Giveaway!

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

Inky Hugs,

Friday, January 11, 2019

Scrapping for Less ~ Echo Park ~ Coffee Time

Hello there! Today I'm sharing a couple of cards featuring the fabulous Echo Park Coffee Time stamp set! This stamp set is just the cutest! I love the mix of coffee and flowers in the set!

My first card uses just one of the sentiments available in the set... "Coffee makes everything possible." Oh, yeah! I love it!

 I paired the sentiment up with some of the fun Echo Park Coffee papers and a cool Paper House 3D Coffee Talk Sticker. A pretty simple card with fun layers!

My second card uses more of the stamps... I stamped the flowers a few times along the edge and then filled in some of the space with the cute mugs and the heart. I used the following Copic markers to color in the flowers ~ YG93, YG95, YG97, R00, R01, R05, R11, R12, R21, BV000, BV04.

I stamped the sentiment using Versamark watermark ink and then heat embossed a fine white embossing powder. I trimmed it down to a banner and popped it up on the card. I love the simplicity of this card. The copics bled through just a tiny bit since I didn't do a lot of blending so I'll just cover the inside of the card with a slightly smaller layer of white card stock, but this step isn't totally necessary. I think it comes down to preference and maybe who the recipient is going to be.

Have you been loving all the coffee inspiration this month?! I am having a ball checking out all the fantastic posts from the design team this month! It's no secret that I love my coffee! Keep checking in to see more coffee inspiration!

Before you leave though... I am having a little giveaway!

I have this brand new stamp set to giveaway plus some other goodies from my stash that I've thrown in. All you have to do to enter is to comment on my blog. AND for a bonus entry, I'm also sharing this giveaway on my Instagram. You can head over there, like my post, and follow me and you'll have another chance to win!! AND for another bonus entry, follow the Scrapping for Less InstagramYou have until 1/17/2019 midnight EST to enter. Unfortunately, open to US residents only. I will announce the winner on my Instagram on 1/19/2019!! 

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

Inky Hugs,

Saturday, January 5, 2019

~ Friends of Unity January Blog Hop ~

Hello there! Happy New Year to you all! I hope that 2019 brings you many blessings of health and happiness but also creativity and lots of glittery goodness! 

Today, we are hopping with a New Year theme... for me the theme wasn't just to make New Year's cards... instead, I found myself thinking about my goals and dreams for 2019. The beginning of a New Year creates, for me, a feeling of excitement, awe, and wonder about what the year will bring and what part I can have in seeing my hopes and dreams come about. So I think the cards I'll be sharing today reflect some of my thought process... and I hope they inspire you to get creative and make some fabulous projects for 2019!

My first card started with an alcohol ink background that I had made a while back that was still sitting on my desk. I love the combination of purples and blues and the almost bokeh-like background that the drops of alcohol ink created. I didn't write down the alcohol inks I used, but I'm pretty sure it was Wild Plum, Raspberry, and Turquoise. 
I also used Rubbing Alcohol and the Tim Holtz Alcohol Blending Solution.

Since I loved the background so much, I decided I didn't want to cover it up with the sentiment so I inked up the sentiment from the New Year New Dreams stamp set with Clear Embossing Ink on Vellum card stock and heat embossed Alabaster white embossing powder. I then die cut the sentiment with a stitched oval die. I trimmed the background piece and mat it on a Winter Wisteria card base. I then got to thinking the card needed a little something else.

I searched and searched through my stash for something to add to the background and I didn't have anything with the right colors so I had a fun idea to add a bit of glitter along some of the more defined lines in the background. I have mixed feelings about the end result. I like it... but I think it still needs something. I ended up just adhering the sentiment and moving on to the next project. 
I might just go back to this one and see if I can get it right.

Now my second card came together like a dream... the layout, the papers, the stamps... everything! I love it! The inspiration for this one came from a paper pad that I recently got in a mystery box I ordered. The soft romantic palette of the papers just spoke to me. I just had to use several of the papers from the pad. I started by coloring and paper piecing the girl from the November 2018 Kit of the Month called Whole Love of Lovely. I used the following Copic markers:
Hair ~ E09, E15, E97
Shoes ~ N0, N3, N5, N8
Jewelry/Nails ~ R000, R14, R27
Skin ~ E0000, E000, E51

I trimmed and die cut my layers and adhered them to a Vintage Cream card base. I fussy cut the girl image and popped her up on the card. I stamped the sentiment (masking a portion of it with a post-it note) from the Beauty, Wine-Cheers! stamp set with Memento tuxedo black ink on to Vintage Cream card stock and then die cut it with a banner die that I trimmed. I popped it up on the card.

I love the subtle touches of red I added in her jewelry and nails. I will add that I meant to stamp the image onto the type background paper so that the bubbles and the bracelet that I cut off in fussy cutting the image would be visible in the background, but in my excitement of creating this card... I forgot, and them remembered too late. LOL 
I still love how it turned out! 

My third and final card for this hop turned out just as I had hoped. I struggled with this one... this was my second attempt at the background. I had read that the Color of the Year 2019 is Coral... I wanted to focus on that color but my favorite color will always be turquoise (or some variation of that color) and it didn't want to be left out so I decided to blend Abandoned Coral and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks on a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor card stock. Once I had the colors blended how I wanted them, I splattered some water and white acrylic paint on the background. After drying the background with my heat tool, I rubbed an anti-static pouch over the background and then stamped the mixed media coffee image from the Layers of Life set called Revive with VersaMark watermark ink and heat set a fine black embossing powder.

I got to thinking that I wanted to add a third color to my palette so I went searching for color combos and found that grey is a lovely color to accompany teal and coral. So I die cut the stitched frame from Weathervane card stock and then stamped the sentiment in VersaMark on the same grey card stock and heat embossed white embossing powder. I trimmed the sentiment and mat each piece on True Black card stock. I then adhered all of my layers to a Weathervane card base.

Here's a look at the inside of the card. I used the sentiment from the Cuppa Comfort sentiment set and added an extra cup that I watercolored using the Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink and fussy cut out. I think it finishes off the card very nicely.

Now for some fun... I got to thinking that I love this color combo and wouldn't it be fun to put a little challenge out there to see what you all could create using these colors. So, I found this picture on google and thought it would work for a Color Challenge. It has a couple shades of turquoise or teal, but you get the idea. So to enter your card or project to the challenge all you need to do is add the hashtag #friendsofunitycolorchallenge to your post. You can post to your blog, Instagram, Facebook, or even the Unity Show & Tell Facebook group. You will have until January 31st to play along and I'll pick a winner to send a little prize to. Sound like fun?! I hope so... I can't wait to see your creations using these colors.

Now for a little bit of business... I had a couple giveaways last month to celebrate our 1 year of Friends of Unity blog hopping and I need to share my winners. Drumroll please.... 

The winner of a Brand New Winter Beauty SMAK kit is Glennis!! Please email me at with your full name and email address to claim your prize. Prize must be claimed within two weeks.

The winner of the Brand New bundle of stamps including December Girl, Jolly Ol' Santa, and Stay Cozy is Meg Crawford!! Please email me at with your full name and email address to claim your prize. Prize must be claimed within two weeks.

Thank you to all those that have hopped along with us for a whole year! I can't wait to see what the next year of hopping brings! Speaking of... let's get to it.

~ Blog Hop List ~

Crystal <--- you are here

up next ---> Kim

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

Inky Hugs,

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Brutus Monroe ~ Botanical Banners ~ Happy Birthday

Hello! I'm here with another guest spot featuring the gorgeous Botanical Banners stamp set... Oh My Goodness! These gorgeous flowers were a dream to watercolor! Let's get right to it, shall we?

I stamped the Botanical Banners floral set onto Canson XL watercolor paper (140lb) with Brutus Monroe Clear Embossing Ink and heat set a fine black embossing powder. This is my favorite technique for watercoloring because the raised edges of the heat embossed image keep the watercolors pretty well contained. I then watercolored the image by putting a couple drops of the Aqua Pigment on my acrylic blocks, one color per block so there wasn't any chance of mixing.

 I used my watercolor pen to pick up the colors, cleaning off my pen with paper towel between colors. I have to admit when I used the Pearl Aqua Pigment to blend with the Fuschia on the petals of the flowers... I was blown away! It was just so gorgeous and the shimmer! Love it!

All the shiny on the card made it a little difficult to get a picture. In this picture though, I think you can see the shimmer from the Pearl Aqua Pigment watercolors on the petals but also around the flower with the Blue Green Pigment watercolors.... I just couldn't resist using the Pearl again after seeing how beautiful it was on the petals.

Here's one last shot at the shimmery layers on the card. I just can't get enough of it!

Once my watercolored panel was dry, I die cut it with a stitched rectangle die and set it aside. I have just been itching to give this Milky Way embossing powder a try every since it arrived and I have to tell you it is so cool! I thought I'd give it a try on a colored piece of card stock but didn't want to do your typical black or maybe dark blue... so I grabbed this Lavender card stock from my stash. I laid the Down Pour stencil over the Lavender card stock and dabbed the Clear Embossing Ink all over the stencil making sure not to push too hard because the ink pad is really juicy, but I did make sure to get good coverage through the stencil. I removed the stencil, added the Milky Way embossing powder and then heat it up and Oh. My. Goodness. Wow! I love this stuff! It has such an awesome look to it! Love love love! Anywho, I trimmed my background piece and adhered it to a card base of Alabaster card stock. I then popped up the watercolor panel with some foam tape. My last touch for the card was the sentiment... I stamped the happy birthday banner from the Botanical Banners stamp set with Raven Detail Ink and then just fussy cut it by hand. I adhered it to the card and called this one Done!

I have had so much fun sharing my creations with you this month. I hope you've enjoyed them!

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

Inky Hugs,
~ Crystal


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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Scrapping for Less ~ December 2018 Blog Hop ~ Animals in the Arctic

December’s kit is all about Arctic Animals…Now if you are anything like me, you hate the cold weather, snow, and anything that would mean being cold. However, snow and these cute little critters in this kit are all about fun! So grab your warm beverage, sit back, and hop along with us to see these adorable critters and all the inspiration our designers have to share. Check out the Flavor of the Month page to place your order if you haven’t subscribed. Also, don’t forget to check the A La Carte items (items that are leftover - full packs and such - from putting the kits together, and other items that we have on the website that may coordinate with this kit). Make sure you also put your name in for that Rafflecopter prize!

Hey there! I am loving the theme of this month's kit... Animals in the Arctic! The critters in the stamp sets are all so cute! Let's not waste anymore time and get straight to the cards!

For my first card I used Sketch #2 with Collection One.
I did a mix of layers using the Winter Skies patterned paper by Scrapping for Less along with some Sno Cone card stock. I adhered all of the layers on a white card base. I added a few sequins to the main image and on the card base.

Here's a close up of the watercolored bear. In real life the watercolors coordinate a whole lot better with the colors in the background. You can also see the touches of purple organza ribbon on either side of the bear.

For my second card I used Sketch #4 with Collection Two.
I say I used sketch #4 for this one but it's a loose interpretation... what I mean is, I went rogue! LOL! I kinda sorta used some of the elements of the sketch, but it really had a mind of it's own. ;)  Now you may notice that this card looks kind of similar to my sneak peak card... and that's because I made them at the same time. I just loved this color palette that I pulled from these Alexandra Renke papers included in Collection One so I had to use it for this card too. I trimmed my layers of patterned paper and adhered them to a kraft card stock base. I stamped the adorable penguin with memento tuxedo black ink and colored him in with the following Copic markers:
Penguin ~ C0, C2, C4, C8, R20, YR15, YR27, YR68
Hat/Scarf ~ BG10, BG11, N0, N1, Colorless Blender
Mug ~ B0000, B000, B39, B99, N1

I added some sparkle to the hat and marshmallows using stickles from my stash. I then die cut the image using a wonky square die. I popped it up on the card base and adhered a few die cut snowflakes using the snowflake die from Collection Three. The sentiment was simply stamped, trimmed, and then popped up, as well.

For my third card I used Sketch #1 with Collection Three.
I adhered my layer of grey snowflake patterned paper to a piece of Grape Jelly card stock. I stamped a few snowflakes on the white card base using Wilted Violet and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide inks. I adhered my grey/purple panel to the card base and then stamped the 'Snow Much Fun' sentiment using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink.

I trimmed a small piece of white card stock for my focal scene and stamped the mountains and chunk of ice using Memento Tuxedo black ink. I then stamped the owl and penguin on a scrap piece of white card stock and got to coloring using the following Copic markers:
Mountains ~BV20, BV23, N1
Sky ~ B60
Water/Ice ~ B000, B02, BG0000
Penguin ~ N0, N1, N5, YR15, YR68, V17
Owl ~ C1, YR15, YR68, B02, BG0000
I fussy cut the penguin and owl and adhered them to the scene. I added a few banners cut from the Frosty patterned paper by Pink and Main in the collection. And my last touch was a few sequins here and there.

For my last card I used Sketch #3 with Collection Four.
Now for this card, I flipped the sketch because I wanted to use the Winter Tree Stencil from the Banana Split subscription in my focal panel. I blended Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose, and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide inks over the stencil and then set it aside to dry while I stamped and colored the owl and moose. The owl is part of the stamp set included in Collection Four, but the moose is from the Arctic Sentiments set by Scrapping for Less that is in the Banana Split subscription. I colored the images using the following Copic markers:
Owl ~ BV04, BV20, BV31, YR27, YR68
Moose ~ E00, E01, E02, R01, RV95, W5

I fussy cut the images and adhered them to the focal panel that I had mat on Bubblegum card stock. I adhered a few banners on the back of the focal panel and then popped up the panel on the card base. I adhered some snowflakes and sequins all over the card and then realized I didn't have a sentiment yet... so I stamped out the 'Snow Much Fun' sentiment again, trimmed it, and adhered it to the card.
Such a fun kit to play with!! I had a blast creating these cards. I sure hope you've enjoyed them as much as I have.

Here's a look at the Double Dip Subscription.

Here's a look at the Banana Split Subscription.

Next up on the hop is Luci!

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!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Power Poppy ~ Just One More Christmas Card

Hello! I'm sharing just one more Christmas card today for the CASology challenge - Cue Card: Holly.
I recently got my hands on some Power Poppy stamps and this holly from the Holly Golightly stamp set just had to get inked up!

I wanted to keep the card very CAS so I simply stamped the holly branch and sentiment in the upper center portion of the card front using Memento tuxedo black ink.

I then colored the holly branch using the following Copic markers:
R000, R14, R29, G24, G29, G46, YG63, YG67

I die cut the card front using a Nested Rounded Corner Rectangle Small Stitch die from Rubbernecker Stamps and adhered it to a white card base.

There's still a few days to play along with the CASology challenge. I encourage you to check it out!

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

Inky Hugs!

Scrapping for Less ~ Sneak Peek ~ December 2018 Flavor of the Month Card Kit

Hello! Today I'm sharing a Sneak Peek of the December 2018 Flavor of the Month card kit!! Eeep! This kit is so stinking cute! You are going to need it!!

This fabulous shaker card is part of one of the collections and I just HAD to use it to create this sweet card... isn't that little penguin adorable! I just love him with his cup of cocoa! Here's a quick run down of the Copic markers I used:

Penguin ~ C0, C2, C4, C8, R20, YR15, YR27, YR68

Hat/Scarf ~ BG10, BG11, N0, N1, Colorless Blender

Mug ~ B0000, B000, B39, B99, N0, N1

I hope you've enjoyed the week of sneak peeks by the design team! Be sure to join us
 at midnight tonight for the blog hop and full reveal of the Flavor of the Month card kit.

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

Inky Hugs,