Sunday, November 27, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving... a couple days late!

I've been playing 'catch up' the last week so unfortunately this post didn't happen as planned.
But I'm thankful that I can share anytime!

These are a few of the Thanksgiving cards that I sent out this year. I had a great time coloring these. The little owl was colored using copics and I layered him with some Fun Stampers Journey Thanksgiving Prints patterned paper. The truck and girl card were colored using distress inks and my aqua painter brush. My inspiration for the truck card was found at our local grocery store. 

I just loved this display for the pumpkins!! 

I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

I can't remember all the colors that I used to color these cards so I can't list them for you, but I did use Unity stamps for these cards. I used Great Blessings, Bountiful Owl, and November Girl. The card stock used is: Kraft, White (Papertrey Ink); Coastal Cabana, Pumpkin Pie, Watercolor paper (SU!).

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Sunday, November 20, 2016

CYCI#141 Sketch Challenge Happy Birthday

As soon as I saw this sketch I knew I was going to flip it on the side! This was a fun sketch to play along with. There are so many different ways to play with it.

I originally planned to mask my card base and just do a super simple and clean card. Masking it didn't work the way I wanted it to so I decided to make the panel and then layer it on the card base. I stamped the image from a recent Stamp of the Week from Unity Stamp Company a few times in Versamark ink and then added black embossing powder and heat set it. Now for the fun part, I colored the flowers directly with the mini Distress Ink pads. Using the corner of the ink pad I did brush strokes painting the flowers. This was a scary way to color but once I got the hang of it, it was so much fun!! I blended a couple of other distress inks over the whole panel and then layered it on my card base. I was in need of a couple birthday cards so I decided to heat emboss the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Big Scripty Greetings set from Simon Says Stamp. To finish this card off I used some Robin's Nest dew drops that I've had in my stash forever!

Isn't this sketch just the best... so many possibilities!! Stop by the Can You Case It website and check out all the wonderful creations from the Design Team. I hope that you will play along and don't forget our challenges run for two weeks now, so you have plenty of time to play along!!!

Here are the products I used for this card:
Stamps: Life Touches (Unity), Big Scripty Greetings (SSS)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze (SU!)
Adhesives: Fast Fuse (SU!)
Tools: heat gun

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Unity Black & White Christmas challenge

I've been so busy lately that I haven't had time to post to the blog so I thought I'd take a minute (or two days!!) and share my entries for the Black & White Christmas challenge over at the 
Unity {Show & Tell} FB group. 

This is my first entry. I stamped & heat embossed the background using different snowflakes from the Snowflake Kisses set on True Black card stock from Papertrey Ink. I stamped & heat embossed the sentiment from the Joy Girl kit on vellum card stock. I tore the vellum and attached it to the card using adhesive behind the black snowflake panel. I wrapped some black twine around the panel a few times and made a bow and then popped up the whole thing with stampin' dimensionals and adhered it to a white card base.

My second entry was a bit more work... I started with the ornament stamp from the October Kit of the Month from Unity. I stamped it twice on white card stock using Memento tuxedo black ink. I colored in the ornament using a black Wink of Stella pen. Then I colored in the dots using Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White to give it some dimension and shine. But then the rest of the ornament wasn't shiny so I added some Journey glaze to the lines and the hanger. It was just the right touch. I fussy cut out the ornaments and got ready to adhere the black thread when I realized the ornaments aren't symmetrical when back to back... hmmm. I decided to still go with the plan and just trimmed the second ornament so it didn't stick out. Worked for me! 

After all that, I had to cut out the circle in the card base and the layer of vellum. Then I decided it needed something around the circle so I cut out some true black card stock using two dies to cut out the 'frame'. The front still seemed plain so I cut out the scalloped frame for the outer edge. The shine on the ornament naturally led me to add more shine to the whole card so I pulled out my clear Wink of Stella and colored the circle frame and the scalloped rectangle frame and gave them some glittery goodness! I attached the circle frame just using some liquid glue but the rectangle frame I popped up on the card using stampin' dimensionals. Now the sentiment was easy... I stamped it in Memento tuxedo black ink and added a little glitter to the heart with the clear Wink of Stella and then cut it all out using Everyday Sentiment Banners die from Lawn Fawn. I also cut out a strip of black card stock using the same die. I layered those pieces and popped them up using the stampin' dimensionals tucking the end under the rectangle frame. I had originally decided at this point that I was done, but when I took a picture of the card like this it was just too white behind the ornament. I went back to my stash of Wonderland Vellum and pulled out the piece with the trees... thought it worked with the branches on the top layer. I cut out that piece with a scalloped circle die and ran it through my Xyron sticker maker and adhered it to the inside of the card.

Here's another look at the card.

This was definitely a challenge not adding any color to these black and white Christmas cards, but I think they turned out pretty nice!

Here are the products I used for the snowflake card:
Stamps: Snowflake Kisses, Joy Girl (Unity)
Card Stock: White, True Black (PTI), Vellum (SU!)
Inks: Versamark (SU!)
Adhesives: Stampin' DimensionalsFast Fuse (SU!)
Tools: Heat tool

Here are the products I used for the ornament card:
Stamps: Holiday Hugs Oct.KOM, Owl Warmhearted (Unity)
Card Stock: WhiteTrue Black (PTI), Winter Wonderland Vellum (retired SU!)
Tools: Everyday Sentiment Banners (LF), Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Frame (GMD), Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles Large
Miscellaneous: Xyron sticker maker, white organdy ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Monday, November 7, 2016

PCC217 Owl Thanksgiving

A quick card to enter into the PCC217 Sketch Challenge.

I colored this cutie with copics. Used the square wonky die to cut him out and then I layered it on a square of Pumpkin Pie card stock. Added a few dots and some twine! Voila!

Here's a close-up of the coloring. I really like how the owl turned out. I need a bit more practice with the pumpkins though.

Here are the products I used for this card:
Stamps: Bountiful Owl (Unity)
Card Stock: WhiteKraft (PTI), Pumpkin Pie (SU!)
Adhesives: Stampin' DimensionalsFast Fuse (SU!)
Miscellaneous: natural twine (FSJ), Halloween Night Enamel Dots (SU!), washi (retired SU!)

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Sunday, November 6, 2016

CYCI140 We're Back with a Color Challenge...

We're Back! I am ecstatic!! The Can You Case It Design Team has a fun color challenge this week.

This started out as a watercolor panel but I decided to stamp the leaves with Kraft ink and die cut them out of the watercolor panel I created. Then I had to make a whole new background and decided to stamp and heat emboss the leaves in the background and I used distress inks to color it with vibrant orange and yellow. I love when a project goes a completely different path from your original plan!! That's not always the case, but this time I love it!

I hope that you will join us for this color challenge. Go check out the other amazing projects from the CYCI Design Team at!!

Here are the products I used for this card:
Card Stock: White, Kraft (PTI), watercolor paper (SU!)
Inks: Kraft (PTI), Versamark (SU!)

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal