Friday, April 19, 2019

Scrapping for Less ~ Pink & Main ~

Hello crafty peeps!
Today, I'm sharing a lovely card using the Pretty Jars stamp and die bundle set by Pink & Main. Oh my goodness... I absolutely love this bundle!! The stamps are so beautiful and the dies make cutting out this intricate floral stamp super easy peasy!!


I still had the beautiful Echo Park Spring Fling papers on my desk so I decided to use them again for this card. I cut strips of a few different papers to create the pattern underneath the focal image. The background greenish/blue paper is also from the paper pad. 

I stamped the flowers twice because I wanted to fussy cut the flowers to pop them up on the focal image for a bit more dimension. Working with colors that coordinated with the papers, I colored both sets of the flowers. I used the following Copic markers ~ RV00, RV21, Y13, Y35, YG11, YG23.
I then die cut the flowers and fussy cut the one set... cutting it on the black line. I colored the outer edge of the fussy cut flowers with a Memento tuxedo black marker to clean up the edges and then I popped them up on the other flowers.


I then adhered the flowers to a white die cut stitched oval and popped the oval piece up on the card. I knew I wanted to use the 'sweet friend' sentiment from the set but I wanted to add a little somethin' somethin' so I pulled out the 'hello' die from Pink & Main that was included in a past card kit and die cut three times out of white card stock. I colored one of the die cut hellos with Copic markers in an ombre style and then adhered all the die cut layers. I stamped the 'sweet friends' sentiment on white card stock and then die cut it with a banner die and layered it on a strip of pink paper from the Spring Fling paper pad that I also die cut with the same banner die.

In retrospect, I kinda wish I had stamped the 'sweet friend' sentiment in a dark pink... but at the time, I was packing my studio and my supplies were limited. I am still very happy with how this card turned out! The design is definitely one that would work to use up some of those scraps of patterned paper that we all have laying around!!

You can find the Pretty Jars stamp & die bundle in the shop!

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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal

Friday, April 12, 2019

Scrapping for Less ~ Heffy Doodle ~ Gnome Matter What

Hello crafty peeps! 
Today, I'm sharing an adorable card using Heffy Doodle's Gnome Matter What stamp set


How cute are these gnomes!?! 
I just adore them! I inked them up along with a bunch of other images from this set using Memento tuxedo black ink and then colored them in using the following Copic markers: Y06, Y35, YG11, YG23, RV000, RV00, RV14, RV21, RV29, E000, E00, E11, N0, N1, N2, N5, N8, B000, B00, B02.

To build my scene I die cut a piece of white card stock using the Memory Box Wrapped Scalloped die and then I blended a little Tumbled Glass distress ink for my sky. I then cut a strip of patterned paper for my 'ground' from the Echo Park Spring Fling paper pad and also die cut the grass from the same paper pad. I adhered the grass to the back of the 'ground' paper and then adhered just the bottom portion of the combined papers to the scene so that I could be free to place things in amongst the grass, like the cute mushroom. I adhered all the images to create my scene and then popped up the focal panel on a white card base. To finish off the front of the card, I stamped my sentiment using my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. Now, just a little tip... I should have stamped the sentiment before I popped up the focal panel, but because I used the Stamp Platform I was able to stamp the sentiment a few times to get the crisp sentiment I wanted.


The sentiment on the front of the card just keeps you hanging so I just HAD to add to the inside of the card. I combined the patterned papers again to continue the design on the inside of the card. I added another gnome... I colored several since I was on a roll. LOL
And then I stamped the sentiment for the inside of the card. I decided to add the little clock to this gnome's hand to tie in the sentiment... so cute! Now, I got to thinking you could leave the card like this basically saying that the card is the recipient's birthday gift. Or...


You could slide a gift card in there for just a little something... a quick gift idea!


Here's a close up of the scene on the front of the card... I went a little crazy with the flowers, but couldn't help myself! So many cute images to color in this set!

You can find the Heffy Doodle Gnome Matter What stamp set available in the shop!


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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Scrapping for Less ~ Past Card Kit ~ April 2018 Colors of Spring

Hello crafty friends! Oh my goodness... am I ever glad to be back!! I took a bit of a hiatus from my regular posts with Scrapping for Less while my family has been moving across the country from cold New Jersey to warm and sunny California! What an adventure! 

We're still slowly getting settled and my studio is a bit of a disaster, but thankfully I was able to work on some projects before the move. Today, I have some inspiration for you using a past card kit called Colors of Spring from April 2018. Here's a link to the original reveal and hop for the kit April 2018 Colors of Spring card kit Reveal & Blog Hop.

And I have four cards to share today using the stamps and leftovers scraps entirely from the card kit! The only thing I supplemented was the white card bases for the cards. I used white card stock from my stash, but everything else is still from the kit. The value of these kits is amazing!!


Sadly, I don't have my ingredients sheets so I can't tell you all the products I used. All I wrote down on my little post it note is the Copic markers I used so, for this sweet card 
I used the following Copic markers:
Mouse ~ N0, N2, N4, R00, R20
Flower ~ R00, R20, R32, YG0000, YG93, YG95
Grass ~ YG05, YG17, YG95
Rain/Sky ~ BG000, BG01, B0000


I just adore this beautiful Stamping Bella stamp! So fun to color her up!
I used the following Copic markers:
Skin ~ E00, E000, R20
Hair ~ E41, E42
Dress/Hairband ~ V000, V06, V09
Background ~ B0000


Here's a close up. Isn't she the sweetest!?


Are you noticing a similarity in the cards?! I used the same sketch with all of them. I love to do that! It makes for an easy variety in cards with little thinking because the design is done.
For this card I changed things up by adding a second circle... I adore the wellies!! I need these in my life! I did have some fun paper piecing the umbrella for this card.
I used the following Copic markers for this card:
Frog ~ YG05, YG23, YG25
Raincoat ~ Y06, Y13, Y17, Y35
Grass ~YG17, YG67
Sky ~ B0000
Puddle ~ B0000, B000, B02
Umbrella Handle ~ R20, R32
Wellies ~ R000, R00, R20, R32, Y06, Y17, Y35


Here's a close up. I used the sentiment stickers in this collection for an easy sentiment... just adhered them to a strip of white card stock that I die cut with a banner die.


My last card uses the exclusive Brutus Monroe stamp called Bloom. 
I used the following Copic markers:
Flowers ~ YR0000, YR12, YR21, R00, R20, R32
Stems ~ YG63, YG67
Background ~ B0000

I didn't color the dandelion very much. I just added some touches of white Prismacolor pencil to lighten the black ink. I really love the way the daisy turned out! So pretty!

Well, that's it for me! I hope you enjoyed the cards I've shared today. Hopefully, if you have the kit I've given you some inspiration. And if you don't already own the kit, there are some in the shop available right here ---> April 2018 Colors of Spring card kit.

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

~ Friends of Unity April Blog Hop ~

Hello there! It's time for another hop with Friends of Unity and I can't wait to see all the fabulous inspiration for this month's hop. Why?! Well, because our cue for this month is Rainy Days and I absolutely love the rain!! So, my stamp pick for this hop was super easy... Rain or Shine
Perfect, right?!



I adore this stamp and I thought it would be so fun to create a scene using some paper that I've been trying to finish off  *GASP*… I know, I know! This paper hoarder is trying to finish off a paper pad, but really it's all thanks to my friend and fellow Friends of Unity hopper Bobbie Sue!! She put out a little challenge to use up those papers and I've been really trying to. I focused on just a couple paper pads to start and I'm doing pretty well. Anywho… enough about that, let's get back to the card I created. Shall we?


To create the background scene, I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders to create the hills. I then adhered the cloud paper and the hills to a piece of thin white card stock. I was then able to die cut the entire panel with a stitched rectangle die. I adhered the background scene to a pink piece of paper from the paper pad and then I adhered the entire panel to a white card base.


Now for the fun part! I stamped the cute image on white card stock and then stamped the different parts of the image (umbrella, dress, pants, etc) on the scraps of paper I had set aside to paper piece this image. I then fussy cut all the pieces and colored the edges of the cut pieces with my Memento tuxedo black marker so the edges would look nice and clean. I colored some parts of the image with the following Copic markers:

Guy's shirt ~ BG01, BG15
Ribs of Umbrella ~ G82
Girl's Legs ~ E000, E00
Guy's shoes ~ E55, E57, E59


And then I adhered all the paper pieced items to the image. I even colored directly on the patterned paper of the umbrella to add some dimension to the ribs of the umbrella. All that was left was fussy cutting the entire image out. I decided to leave a little bit of a white border around the image to help it pop off the card. I used a Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife to cut out the white pieces between the guy and the girl. Talk about scary! I was so worried my hand would jerk and I'd cut into the image. Phew! But, alas, nothing bad happened. 


Once it was all trimmed down I popped it up on the card and got to work on the sentiment. I went back and forth on where to place it and how... do I cut it into a banner? No. I just decided to go simple... I stamped it on white card stock and mat it with the same pink paper from the Echo Park Everyday Eclectic paper pad that I mat the scene with and then I adhered it to the card. I didn't even pop it up! I wanted the main focus to be on the sweet image of the couple. That's it! This card was a great way to use up some of those papers!

I sure hope that you've enjoyed my card!
There's a few giveaways throughout our hop, as usual, so be sure to hop along and comment on each blog for your chance to win some fabulous Unity Stamps!


On to the hopping... 

~ Blog Hop List ~

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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal





Friday, March 29, 2019

Unity Stamp Company ~ Soul Searching ~ Happy Birthday

Hello there! Today, I'm sharing a pretty happy birthday card that I created using Unity Stamp Company's Soul Searching stamp set from their Layers of Life membership.


I stamped the beautiful floral image on Canson XL watercolor paper using Ranger Archival jet black ink. I then heat set it with my heat tool and then pulled out my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush watercolor pens. So, you may notice that the consistency of the watercoloring is a little off... well, I started coloring and then walked away. I didn't get back to it until the next day. For some reason, I just wasn't able to color the remaining flowers in the same way. Does that ever happen to you?! I know this happens to me, so I tend to color an image in one sitting. Especially when it's something like this with all the same kind of flowers. If it was a mix of flowers, it would have been fine. I would have colored the 'roses' and saved the 'daisies' for next time. But that didn't work for this image. Oh well... I still love the gorgeous flowers!


I finished watercoloring the image and decided to die cut it out using the Pleated Lace Rectangle dies from Gina Marie Designs. I wanted to have some white space between the floral image and the sentiment... so I stamped the sentiment from the Abundant Blessings using VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed a fine black embossing powder. I adhered the watercolored panel to a black card base. A very simple design... but still a lovely birthday card! I hope the recipient likes it!


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

Inky Hugs!
Crystal

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Greeting Farm ~ Lovable Anya ~ HB2U

Hello there! Today, I'm sharing a card I made for my niece's birthday. The whole design and paper choices for this card are because of a challenge my friend, Bobbie Sue, shared and that was a challenge to use up those papers you have sitting around. Well, at first, I didn't like the idea! I am a paper hoarder! I love me some pretty papers! But after packing some of my papers for our move, I realized just how much paper I have and oh my goodness... it's time to let some go! So, I have been working this month, while I still have most of my craft space available, to use up papers in at least two different paper pads. It's really just a tiny bit in the whole scope of my paper hoard, but it's a start! So, I'm feeling pretty good about it!


With all that being said, the papers on my card base are from the Echo Park Everyday Eclectic paper pad. I also used the same cute papers to paper piece Lovable Anya from The Greeting Farm. Isn't she just too cute!?! She reminded me of my niece so I just had to ink her up! I had fun paper piecing all the cute papers to put her outfit together. For the focal image, I started by stamping Lovable Anya on a piece of white card stock and then masked her and stamped the HB2U sentiment from the HB2U Anya stamp set using Berry Sorbet ink from Papertrey Ink. I removed the mask and sadly discovered that the ink seeped through the mask... so plan B... I stamped Lovable Anya again on a scrap piece of white card stock and colored her (and the slice of cake) with the following Copic markers:
Skin ~ E000, E00, R20
Hair ~ E49, E57, E59
Cake ~ W00, W1, W2, R00, R05, R32
Cake Plate ~ G82, Colorless Blender


Once I had Lovable Anya colored and adhered all the paper pieces for her outfit, I fussy cut her out and adhered her to the background piece, along with the cake that I had also fussy cut. I wanted to frame the image so I die cut it twice. First, I had die cut the HB2U background piece before adhering Anya using the Pleated Lace Rectangle die by Gina Marie Designs. I then die cut another one from white card stock and die cut a rectangle out of the middle using a stitched rectangle die. Setting that piece aside for another future project. I adhered the framed piece onto the HB2U background piece using a liquid glue. I popped up the focal image onto the prepared card base. I was going to add an additional sentiment to the front of the card but decided against it since I didn't want to cover the focal image, so I left it as is. I love how this sweet card turned out! What do you think? Let me know below in the comments... I'd love to hear from you.

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


Friday, March 15, 2019

Unity Stamp Company ~ Crafty Supplies {Border Backgrounds} ~ Crafty Birthday!

Hello there! I have a quick birthday card to share today using Unity Stamp Company's Crafty Supplies {border backgrounds}


I used my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform for this card since I knew I was going to use different distress oxide inks to ink up the background. I started by inking up the stamp with Mustard Seed. I cleaned off the stamp and inked it up with Peacock Feathers. I cleaned it off again and inked it up with Worn Lipstick. While inking up each of these different colors, I tried to just ink up a little portion of the stamp so the colors didn't overlap too much. Once the background was inked up, I die cut it using My Favorite Things Blueprint #20 dies... I love the combination of the scalloped rectangle and the stitched rectangle dies in the set.


I dried my background with my heat tool since I knew I was going to heat emboss the sentiment with black embossing powder and I didn't want the embossing powder to stick to the background image. I did use the Ranger anti-static pouch, as well. Since I wanted this to be a birthday card for a crafty friend I added the Happy Birthday from the 3 Tiered Birthday stamp by masking the bottom portion of the stamp and inking it up with VersaMark watermark ink onto black card stock and then heat embossing a fine white embossing powder. I trimmed the sentiment and popped it up on the background. I adhered the background to a slightly larger mat of black card stock and then adhered those layers to the turquoise scalloped layer. I then adhered the entire thing onto a white card base. I love how easy this card was to make and I hope my crafty friends... yes, I made extras!... love it, too!


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

Inky Hugs!
Crystal