Friday, January 15, 2021

{BYSHC} Sketch Challenge #6 ~ Dreamerland Crafts ~ Together for the Holidays

Hello there crafty friend!
I'm back with another sweet holiday card for the {BYSHC} Sketch Challenge that is going on in the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers Facebook group for the entire month of January. I've been inking up some of those must have holiday stamps to keep on track with my goal of one holiday card a week for the year. This is card number three and I just couldn't wait any longer to ink up this adorable stamp from Dreamerland Crafts called Together for the Holidays!!  


Isn't it just the sweetest stamp?! I adore it! I inked it up with VersaFine Onyx black ink on Canson XL 140lb watercolor paper and then heat embossed some Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear embossing powder. I love to heat emboss detailed images when watercoloring so that the watercolors stay where I've put them. I used a handful of ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers to watercolor this sweet stamped image. I then stamped a couple of the snowflakes from the same set with Wow Clear embossing ink and heat embossed some Alabaster White embossing powder from Brutus Monroe. I also used a VersaMark marker and added dots of snow around the image by heat embossing them with more white ep. I love how it turned out!


Once the watercolored image was completely dry, I die cut it with a Stitched Square Stacklets die from Taylored Expressions and mat it on a 3-3/8" squared piece of Kraft card stock from Papertrey Ink. I then adhered it to a scrap piece of watercolor paper that I die cut with the Eyelet Elegance Square die from Gina Marie Design. I cut a 2" flag from Kraft card stock and adhered it to the back of the focal piece. I then popped up the whole focal piece with foam tape. The card base is a 10 x 5" piece of Kraft card stock scored in the middle to make a 5" square card. I cut some cute papers from Polkadoodles called Ho Ho Gnome... the blue snow paper is 4-7/8" square and the striped paper is 3 x 4-7/8". I adhered those together and then adhered them to the card base. The sentiment is from the Christmas Magic stamp set from Unity Stamp Co... it's stamped with the Wow Clear embossing ink and then I heat embossed some white ep. To finish off the card, I adhered a wood snowflake using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. So sweet... I love it!


Here's another look at the sketch I used. I adjusted the sketch slightly to work with a square card and the stamp that I wanted to use. I hope this card inspires you to pull out those holiday stamps and get ahead in creating your holiday cards! I'll be back next week with another fun holiday card!

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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal

Friday, January 8, 2021

{BYSHC} Sketch Challenge #6 ~ Full of Merry ~ Unity Stamp Co.

Hello there crafty friend!
Today I'm popping in with a couple cards I've created for the {BYSHC} Sketch Challenge #6 over in the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers Facebook group. I used the beautiful Farmhouse Christmas papers and Full of Merry stamp set, both from Unity Stamp Co. These papers were perfect paired up with this fun sentiment!


I flipped the sketch for this one. I also added a Cherry Red mat to help the reds in the paper and the sentiment to pop a bit more in the card. I stamped the sentiment with Cherry Red ink from Gina K. Designs.


I fussy cut the stack of gifts from the papers and mat them on white card stock so they would pop a bit more on the card. I also popped up the stack of gifts with foam tape. The sentiment is die cut with a cute stitched die included in the Small Stitched Envelope dies by Lawn Fawn. I then die cut a piece of kraft card stock, cut it in half and then adhered the two pieces to both ends of the sentiment. I also used a corner punch from Stampin' Up! on the Farmhouse Christmas papers... but I think it's retired.


Here's a look at the current {BYSHC} Sketch. So many possibilities with this sketch!
And I actually have plans for another card to share next week!



I shared this card when the challenge started on the 1st. This card follows the sketch  more closely. I used the Farmhouse Christmas papers and the Full of Merry sentiment on this card as well. The little flag is a piece of Dark Chocolate card stock from Papertrey Ink. I fussy cut the pine cones and needles from the Farmhouse Christmas papers leaving a tiny border around the image. I think it adds a sweet touch to the card!

I hope you'll come join us in the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers Facebook group and play along with our challenge. I have a personal goal to create one Christmas card a week this year so I'll have a nice jump start on my holiday cards when it comes time for them later this year.

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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal

Saturday, January 2, 2021

~ Friends of Unity January 2021 Blog Hop ~

 Hello there crafty friend!

Happy New Year to you!!! Welcome to our January 2021 Blog Hop!! 

Our cue this month is a fun one it's... 



Black & White!!

This fabulous cue was so fun to play with! 

I had several ideas but only enough time to make two cards.



I absolutely love the Bohemian Backgrounds stamp set and I've just been itching to use it! I started with a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" True Black card front. I used my anti static pouch to prepare the card front for heat embossing. I then stamped the bohemian doodle stamp five times on the card front with Wow Clear Embossing ink. I dusted the card front with Alabaster White embossing powder from Brutus Monroe and then melted the embossing powder with my Wagner mini heat gun. 


I then splattered the card front with white acrylic paint that I spritzed with just a tiny bit of water to thin it out. I set that aside and stamped the beautiful sentiment with the same embossing ink and melted the same white embossing powder. I trimmed the card front to 4-1/8 x 5-3/8" and adhered it to a white A2 top-fold card base. I trimmed the sentiment into a strip and popped it up on the card with foam tape.
I love how the clean sentiment strip pops on the card! So pretty!


My next card uses the same gorgeous stamp from the Bohemian Backgrounds stamp set. This time I stamped the bohemian doodle three times with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink. I used the 'birthday wishes' sentiment from the July 2020 Sentiment kit called Aging Gorgeously. I splattered a little black acrylic paint that I thinned out with a spritz of water.


Once it was dry, I die cut it with a stitched rectangle die from the Blueprints 22 dies from My Favorite Things. I adhered it to a white A2 top-fold card base. Done! Very quick and I think it turned out really pretty in black and white!


Here's a look at both cards together.
I sure love how both of these turned out! I don't think I could pick a favorite... how about you? Do you prefer one over the other?

Well... in celebration of our 3 year anniversary of hopping I did a giveaway last month and the winner chosen by random.org is...




It's a Card Knock Life... aka Melinda Stearns!!!
Congratulations Melinda!! Please email me at crystalominkler@gmail.com to claim your prize. Prize must be claimed within two weeks.


I believe a few of my friends are having giveaways so be sure to check out all the fabulous creations along the hop and comment on each blog for a chance to win!!


Let's get to the hopping...

Crystal <--- you're here

up next ---> Kim









Thanks so much for supporting our little hop!
We appreciate you so very much!

See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,
Crystal


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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Peekaboo Snow Globe Card ~ Dec. 2020 Whit Kit Winter Shake Up ~ Unity Stamp Co.

 Hello there crafty friend!

I'm back to share one last card using the fantastic December 2020 Whit Kit called Winter Shake Up! I think I've saved the best for last... well, at least this is my favorite of the three cards that I've shared. When I saw the fun stamps in the Winter Shake Up stamp set, I instantly thought of this card design. I just love making peekaboo cards and how fun to create with a snow globe as the peekaboo element!! I just love how it turned out!


I left the front very CAS on purpose... I think it makes the peekaboo element more fun!
I'll be honest, this card was a little bit of work... but overall it's a pretty easy card to make.


Here you can see the lights reflect off of the acetate sheet I used for a faux shaker element.


And the inside!!! How stinkin' cute is that! Eeep! I love it!
The sentiment inside the card is from the Christmas Wishes set... a Graciellie Design stamp available at Unity Stamp Co. Love love love the sentiments in this set!


Here's a quick run down of the Copic Markers that I used for this card:

Snow Globe Base ~ G21, G46
Snow Globe Glass ~ B0000, B00
Tree ~ G21, G46, E55, E59
Car ~ R000, R14, R27, C00, C2, N0, N1, N2, N3, N5
Grounding ~ N0, N1

I invite you to please check out my video sharing how I created this card. You can check it out here... Peekaboo Snow Globe Card | DEC 2020 Whit Kit | Unity Stamp Co. or you can click on the video below.





One more look at this cute card... I think this just may be my last Christmas card for 2020.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing some inspiration using the December 2020 Whit Kit... I sure have had fun creating these cards to share with you!

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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Slimline Glittery Snow Scene Card ~ Dec. 2020 Whit Kit Winter Shake Up ~ Unity Stamp Co.

 Hello there crafty friend!

I'm excited to share a fun slimline card today! I had so much fun creating another card using the fantastic December 2020 Whit Kit called Winter Shake Up! And it's hard not to make a slimline when the ideas for this style of card are really endless!


I stamped the top portion of the white slimline card front with the snow stamp included in the Winter Shake Up stamp set several times with Sea Glass ink from Gina K. Designs. I also used a Nuvo glue pen to add some of the chunky glitter included in the card kit. I die cut a piece of the Silver Glitterstock and trimmed it so the A2 sized sheet of glitter paper would fit on the slimline card base. You can kind of see the line in between the silver glitter hills, but in real life it's hard to see with all the shine.


I used my Stamp Platform to ink up the car stamp because I wanted to use different inks for the tree and the car. I used Grass Green ink and Charcoal Brown ink, both from Gina K. Designs, for the tree, trunk and stand, and then Memento Tuxedo black ink for the car. I colored up the cute car stamp with the following Copic markers ~ R000, R14, R27, N0, N3, N5, B0000, E55, G46.

You can check out my process video here... Slimline Glittery Snow Scene | DEC 2020 Whit Kit | Unity Stamp Co. or you can click the video below.






I just can't get enough of this adorable car!! It just may be a new favorite! I have one more card to share using this fantastic card kit... I hope you'll come back tomorrow and check it out!

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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal

Monday, December 28, 2020

CAS Snowman Card ~ Dec. 2020 Whit Kit Winter Shake Up ~ Unity Stamp Co.

 Hello there crafty friend!

I'm popping in today with a quick and fun CAS card using the fantastic December 2020 Whit Kit called Winter Shake Up! I am loving this fabulous kit!! I can't get enough of the adorable images in the stamp set included in the kit... also called Winter Shake Up! Now this kit is definitely geared towards making shaker cards... but I'm sharing some fun alternatives to shaker cards over the next few days!


My card for today features this adorable snowman! I've created a very CAS scene for him using a piece of the White Winter papers and then I've mat it on another piece of patterned paper from the pack.


I colored up the cute snowman with the following Copic markers:

Snowman ~ BG0000, BG01, YR21, YR68, E55, E57
Hat/Scarf ~ G21, G46, N0, N1, N4

You can check out my process video here... CAS Snowman Card | DEC 2020 Whit Kit | Unity Stamp Co. or click on the video below.






I love how this sweet card turned out! I hope you do too! Come by tomorrow to check out a fun slimline card I created with products from the December 2020 Whit Kit!

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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal

Monday, December 21, 2020

{BYSHC} Sketch Challenge #5 ~ Warm Wishes ~ The Greeting Farm

 Hello there crafty friend!
I'm back again today to share a little last minute Christmas card inspiration using the {BYSHC} Sketch Challenge #5 sketch!! This sketch can make such a quick card just by utilizing all of those pretty Christmas patterned papers that we all have in our stash!!


I just had to use this cute little bear from The Greeting Farm... he's in the Warm Wishes stamp set. Isn't he just THE cutest?! I love him! I also stamped the cute little mug from the Cozy With You stamp set, also from The Greeting Farm. Anywho, since I already had him picked out for my card I had to find a cute patterned paper to compliment him. I chose the adorable I Love Winter papers from Echo Park.


I stamped the little bear with Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored him up with the 
following Copic markers:

Bear ~ W00, W2, R00, R20, N1, N7
Hat/Scarf/Mug ~ B0000, B41, N0, N2, N3
Sweater ~ R000, R14, R27



Here's a quick look at the sketch... you can check it out in the Build Your Stash Holiday


I'm also entering my card for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers National Cocoa Day Guest Designer search... I'm such a huge fan of the Coffee Loving Papercrafters group and of a yummy mug of cocoa.






I stamped the sentiment with Powder Blue ink from Gina K. Designs but then decided to go darker since the background paper is a dark blue. So I stamped right over the Powder Blue ink with In the Navy ink also from Gina K. Designs. I fussy cut the bear and mug and then I trimmed down the sentiment cutting a flag at the end. I adhered them all together and then popped them up with stampin' dimensionals. Such a cute card and it didn't take long at all! I hope I've given you a little inspiration for those last minute Christmas cards!


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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal