Friday, November 16, 2018

Scrapping for Less ~ My Favorite Things ~ Have a Magical Christmas

Hello crafty friends! Have you ever been inspired to make a card that turns out to be rather involved?! You're not sure how to make the idea work? As you begin, you are thinking to yourself... 
"What have I gotten myself into?!" Well, I thought all of those things as I started this card project, but I persevered and Oh My Goodness! It turned out wonderfully...

What do you think? 

In my mind, I imagined the sweet little Birdie Brown reading my favorite Christmas poem... "T'was the Night Before Christmas"... only instead of the father being woken by St. Nicholas, it was sweet Birdie Brown and St. Nick wasn't going to let her see him so he hides behind the tree. Awww... I still love this poem to this day! 

Anywho, so I decided to pair the Our Story stamp set with the Secret Santa stamp set!!

Now putting this card together, I knew I needed a larger card base so I chose to make one that would fit the larger #10 envelope. So the card base for this card measures 8 x 9-1/4", scored at 4"... so a 4 x 9-1/4" card base. Since I wanted the scene on the top of the card to be Birdie Brown imagining herself in the poem, I needed both the bottom and top scenes to match as best I could. I trimmed the striped paper from the Sunny Studio's Holiday Cheer paper pad to fit both scenes and used a scrap piece of wood patterned paper for the flooring. Now the fun part, I stamped all of the images (some of them two times) on white card stock with Memento tuxedo black ink. I did a combination of paper piecing and Copic coloring for the images being sure to keep everything that would be in both scenes similar in their coloring or paper piecing.

Here's a list of the Copic markers I used:
Tree/Santa ~ G24, G29, G46, YG0000, YG23, R14, R27, R37, R89, B000, B02, RV21, RV34, E000, E51, R20, N0, N1, N3, N5
Cookies/Plate ~ RV21, RV34, E27, E35
Presents ~ RV21, RV34, B000, B02, YG0000, YG23, R14, R27
Dog ~ W00, W1, W3, W5
Birdie Brown ~ E000, E51, R14, R27, R37, E09, E15, E97 
Furniture ~ E55, E57, E59
Book ~ E34, E37, E39

For the top portion of the card, I adhered the patterned papers on a separate piece of white card stock so that I would be able to pop this portion up on the card base. Giving it dimension adds to the scene of the card. I fussy cut the edge of the top portion to give it that bubble imagination look. I also adhered a strip of white card stock underneath to help separate the scenes. I fussy cut each of the pieces out by hand because I didn't want any extra space around the images... that would take up extra space from the card. I also ran my Memento tuxedo black marker around the edges to help keep the edges of the images neat and clean. That's a trick I also do with paper piecing... it helps the paper pieces look neater on the stamped images.

All that remained was adhering all of the pieces that I had fussy cut to build my scenes. I used a liquid glue for that.. I think it gives you a little freedom in adjusting the images if needed since it doesn't dry as quickly. I used two small circle punches to make the little thought bubbles. I then stamped the sentiment but found it was too long to adhere to the card so I trimmed the words up and mounted them on some of the scrap patterned paper. I adhered those on the card and my final touch was some Sprinkled Sugar Stickles that I added to the ornaments on the trees.
I just adore how this card turned out! It sure was a crafty adventure and I hope you enjoyed it!

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

Inky Hugs!
~ Crystal

Coffee Loving Cardmakers ~ I Just Need Coffee!

Hello! Today, I'm sharing some truth... I just need coffee!! Haha... but really, I'm sharing a fun card for another fabulous guest spot at Coffee Loving Cardmakers
I created an alcohol ink background and also used Alcohol Lift Ink and of course, one of my favorite owl stamps from Rubbernecker Stamps.

Trying to get a photo of this card was a challenge because of the shine on the Yupo cardstock. With that being said, that white behind the owl (to the right) is glare. 
I was having fun the other day creating a bunch of backgrounds using alcohol inks and I thought it would be fun to use some coffee colors. I don't have a lot of alcohol inks so I ended up using Butterscotch, Espresso, and Turquoise (of course!) with a bit of Gold Mixative. Once my background was how I liked, I blended Alcohol Lift Ink over the Tim Holtz Mini Stencil Set 3 - the one with the coffee ring and splatter. I dabbed the background with a paper towel until it wasn't as saturated and then I rubbed the background to remove the rest of the Alcohol Lift Ink. Doing that basically lifts away the alcohol ink that was on the background. Such a fun technique!

I set aside the background piece and stamped Preston ~ isn't he the cutest! ~ onto Canson XL watercolor paper using VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed a fine black embossing powder. I watercolored Preston with my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens and then die cut him out with the coordinating Preston Die Cut.

I set Preston aside and went back to work with the background... I needed a sentiment, but Preston doesn't come with one so I searched through my Rubbernecker Stamps and found the perfect sentiment, ironically, in the Coffee Set. Preston looks like he NEEDS coffee! Don't we all?!
I stamped the sentiment using Versamark watermark ink and heat embossed a fine black embossing powder. Since I was heat embossing on Yupo card stock which is a plastic card stock, I was careful to not heat it too long... just enough to melt the powder. 

I then mat the background piece with Taken with Teal card stock from my stash. I popped the background up on a Vintage Cream card base and then adhered Preston with Multi Medium Matte. I just adore this card! I sure hope you like it too!

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

Inky Hugs!
~ Crystal

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Polka Dot Orchard ~ You Are Everything

Hello! I'm so excited to share this fabulous card using the brand new You Are Everything digi stamp from Polka Dot Orchard. I was blown away when I saw the gorgeous images in this digi stamp set. I have dived head first into this art of digi stamps and I have to admit... I'm loving the endless possibilities with these images!!

For this card I combined two digi images in a Microsoft Word document placing the larger flower in front of the mug image just overlapping it a tad on the left side. I then added the sentiment to the image and was able to print this off easy peasy! Since I planned to keep the design of this card simple I decided to put two of these combined images on one full sheet of card stock. That way I could cut the sheet in half and make two cards from the images. 

I colored the images using the following Copic markers ~ YR01, YR02, B34, B39, B52, T1, E30, E34, G24, G94, N0, N1, N2, Colorless Blender.
My color palette for this card was inspired by the new Echo Park Coffee papers... such beautiful papers!! I couldn't wait to cut into them, but I am a paper hoarder so I didn't cut off too much. Haha! I adhered a strip of the patterned paper to the left side of the white card stock before I ran it through my Big Shot with a large rectangle stitch die. I then adhered the piece to a Dark Indigo card base. I popped on a few of the coordinating Coffee Enamel Dots and I really have to say I love this card! It was relatively easy to create and those images are just so fun to color!

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

Inky Hugs!
~ Crystal

Friday, November 9, 2018

Scrapping for Less ~ Stamping Bella ~ All is Calm

Hello! Today I'm sharing a sweet card using an adorable stamp set from Stamping Bella called The Penguin on a Reindeer on a Polar Bear.

I paired the Stamping Bella set with the bright and beautiful Holiday Cheer papers from Sunny Studio. Oh my goodness... these papers have such beautiful colors! They totally inspired my color palette for this card. I stamped the image and the sentiment on a 5-1/4 x 4" piece of white card stock.

 I then colored using my Copic markers:
Penguin ~ YR15, YR68, N0, N1, N3, N5, Colorless Blender, R14, R27
Deer ~ E23, E25, E31, E34, E51, E53, W4
Polar Bear ~ W00, W1, W3, W5, R00, R21, Colorless Blender
Tree ~ R14, R27, R37, RV21, RV34, B000, B02, Y06, Y17, G24, G29, G46

I trimmed down my panel to 3-5/8 x 5-1/4" and adhered a piece of the striped patterned paper from the Holiday Cheer papers to the back of the panel, now making the panel measure 4 x 5-1/4". I die cut two banners from the papers, trimmed them to my desired length, and then adhered them to the panel. I popped up the panel on a white card base.

My final touch for this card was some Sprinkled Sugar Stickles on the fluffy hats of the penguin and polar bear. It really gives a glittery shine to the little guys hats! Adorable! This wonderful design was inspired by the fun sketch that Katie posted in the Scrapping for Less: Show & Share facebook group. If you're not already a member of the group, you can join here... SFL: Show & Share.

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

Inky Hugs!
~ Crystal

Coffee Loving Cardmakers ~ Happiest of Birthdays with Coffee!

Hello! Today I'm so excited to share a few variations of a Birthday card that I created with a Fall theme for my second guest spot with Coffee Loving Cardmakers. I am a huge fan of Unity Stamp Company and the original Dream of Being stamp set is THE set that got me hooked to their line of stamps. Well... they recently released a second Dream of Being set called Dream of Being {So Loved}  I was blown away! She's just as beautiful as the original and all dressed up for my favorite season ~ Fall!

So naturally, I had to ink her up for some much needed Fall birthday cards. I stamped the image and the sentiment onto several 5-1/2 x 4-1/4" pieces of white card stock and then adhered a couple of strips of patterned paper from Echo Park's Fall is in the Air paper pack. I then die cut them with a Pleated Lace Rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs.

Once that was done, I colored each of the images using the same Copic markers but changing up the colors of the clothes. Here's a list of the colors I used:
Hair ~ E55, E57, E74, E77, E79
Skin Tone ~ E000, E51, R20, RV21
Clothes ~ YR27, R56, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG91, YG93
Cup ~ Y35, W00, W1, N1

Once all of the images were colored, I wrapped the panels with twine and tied a bow. I then popped it up on a 5-1/4 x 4" piece of Summer Sunshine card stock.

 I then mat that panel on a 5-3/8 x 4-1/8" piece of Americana card stock and adhered the entire piece to a Kraft card base.

I love how simple these cards were to make and I think they turned out really nice!

Here's a close up of my favorite card of the bunch. I added some flecks of orange in the hat on this one and I really love how it turned out! It reminds me of a hat that I have! 
 I hope you've enjoyed my cards today and have found some inspiration!

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

Inky Hugs!
~ Crystal

Monday, November 5, 2018

Polka Dot Orchard ~ Coffee Pumpkin Flourish ~ Warm Pumpkin Wishes

Hello! Today I'm sharing a Fall themed card that I made using Polka Dot Orchard's Coffee Pumpkin Flourish digi stamps. I started this card with an entirely different idea in mind, but I really love the way that it turned out!

My design started with this beautiful cup and pumpkin, once I had it resized how I liked... a perk of using digi stamps!!... I instantly thought it would be beautiful with the Mix & Mat Plaid die from Papertrey Ink. I die cut the layers for the Mix & Mat Plaid die and adhered them together. I then adhered the die cut to the Dark Chocolate card base that I had added a layer of fall patterned paper. Using the paper pad as my color palette, I colored in the coffee cup and pumpkin with the following Copic markers...
Coffee Cup ~ E95, E97, R14, R27, R89
Pumpkin ~ YR15, YR27, YR68, G99, E55, E57, E59
I print off my sentiment and mat it on coordinating card stock and then adhered it to the card.

Here's a close up of the beautiful coffee cup and pumpkin. This digi is part of a great set!! You have to go check it out... here!!

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

Inky Hugs!
~ Crystal

Saturday, November 3, 2018

~ Friends of Unity November Blog Hop ~

Hello! It's one of my favorite times of the month... it's time for another Friends of Unity blog hop!! This month Dawn had a fabulous suggestion for November cue ~ Strength... in particular the Strength of women. We kept the cue simple but I have to say this one was a challenge. 

Unity Stamp Company has over 100 Angie Girls to work with and several of them have empowering words and even different variations of the word Strength... but I still struggled. What finally 'clicked' for me was thinking of the Strong women in my life. I've had many strong, inspirational women to look up to and so many of them were the strongest women I'm proud to have known that have inspired me to be the woman I am becoming. Some are no longer with us, but they have left an impression of Strength that will be with me for the rest of my life. So enough of my chit chatter...  let's have a look at the cards I created.

Along with keeping our cue simple, I decided to keep my cards simple and let the image and sentiment be the focus. Last month I made two cards using the same Hoppy Fall  set but using Copic markers to color one and ZIG watercolor pens for the other. So, I thought... let's see how coloring on kraft with Prismacolor pencils looks compared to Copic markers.

 For my first card I stamped Stronger than Anyone ~ Jessica Girl and the sentiment with Amalgam black ink and then colored in the image. I absolutely love the sentiment in this kit! Every time I read it, I instantly think of one person and I think I'm going to send this to her to let her know that I think she's an amazing, strong woman that I am honored to know! 
I added some patterned paper from Carta Bella... called Christmas {yup, Christmas paper and it's not even a Christmas card! Ha!} I loved the black plaid to compliment the red plaid on her shirt. I die cut the edge of the patterned paper with a scalloped edge die from My Favorite Things. I adhered that to the kraft card stock. I die cut the piece with a stitched rectangle die and then I mat the kraft piece on black card stock and wrapped it a few times with white baker's twine tying a small bow. I popped up the panel onto a kraft card base and there you have card number one.

Here's a close up of the coloring on her jeans and purse. When I'm coloring with Prismacolor pencils, once I've blended the colors using a colorless blender pencil, I sometimes like to use my Prismacolor Scholar eraser to clean up the lines of the ink where the pencil has gone over the black lines. With this card though, I also rubbed the eraser on the jeans to give it a bit of worn texture. I really love the way that it roughed up the jeans a bit. I also used the silver Prismacolor pencil to add some touches on this image... her watch face, jean's button, and some accents on her purse. I love the bit of shine that it gives to the card, even though it's subtle.

Now, my second card... I considered stamping and coloring the same image for a more accurate comparison, but... I really wanted to ink up Dream Girl. I'm embarrassed to admit that Dream Girl was a stamp that I purchased for my first order with Unity Stamp Company {along with my absolute favorite ~ Dream of Being} and this is the very first time I've inked her up! It's been almost 3 years!! Can you believe that?! Shameful!! Well, anywho... I inked up Dream Girl using Memento tuxedo black ink. {I could have used the Amalgam black ink again, I just grabbed the Memento... really no rhyme or reason.} Dream Girl reminds me of my beautiful niece and so I just had to try to color her hair similar to my niece's hair. This turned out lighter, which was hard to gauge until it actually dried because while the Copic alcohol ink was wet on the kraft it was darker. I used E09, E15, E97, R89 for the hair and E0000, E000, E00, E01, E04, E51 for the face, neck, and shoulder. Just like the first card, I added a strip of patterned paper and then die cut the piece with a stitched rectangle die. I mat it on a coordinating piece of card stock and wrapped it with a natural twine. I then popped the whole panel up on the kraft card base.

Here's a close up of the Copic coloring on Dream Girl. I really love how she turned out!
As far as a comparison, I think these turned out really nice, but the medium is definitely different. The texture with the Prismacolor pencils is very different from the softness of the blended Copic markers. I love them both really... couldn't choose a favorite, but it sure was fun to play and compare them. I sure hope you enjoyed my cards today!

There are a few giveaways this month so be sure to check out each of the blog posts and comment! We absolutely love all of your comments!
Now I think it's time to get hopping!

Crystal <--- you're here

up next ---> Kim

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

Inky Hugs!
~ Crystal