Saturday, August 19, 2017

~~~ Happy Blogiversary Winner! ~~~

Hello! Just a quick post today to say Thank You to all those that followed along with my Blogiversary Celebration! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the tutorials and I plan to do more in the future so be sure to click on the Follow button over there --->
so you don't miss out! :)

I also wanted to announce the winner of my Happy Blogiversary Prize...




Congratulations, Judy Kelly!! Please send an email to me at crystalominkler@gmail.com with your full name and address so I can send you your prize.

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Friday, August 18, 2017

It's a Blogiversary Celebration ~ Day 3 of Technique Tutorials

Hello, again! It's our third day of technique tutorials and today I'm going to show you how to make a Galaxy Background. I'm sure you've seen these beautiful backgrounds!! I love them! Let's get started!




First, I pulled out four distress inks for this technique - Black Soot, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, and Picked Raspberry. I also grabbed two blending tools and a piece of white card stock from Papertrey Ink. You are also going to want to work on a surface that you can wipe clean or one that you can replace like my grid paper pictured.




I started with the lightest color, the Picked Raspberry. I got my blending tool nice and inky, but to avoid an obvious circle when I start blending I dab the sponge off once. Now with a circular motion I lightly blended some ink in the center of the card stock. 




Now onto the next color, Seedless Preserves... I got the blending tool nice and inky, and then with the same circular motion I blended this color around the first color. At this point in the blending it's okay that the color is lighter because we'll be adding more and we don't want it too dark.





Now we'll be basically repeating the last step again with the Dusty Concord ink. This time we'll blend ink all the way around to the outer edge.




Now, onto the Black Soot ink... with the same circular motion, I just blended the black ink around the outer edges. 




Now I did the same things again... I blended a bit of the pink in the middle and then added some of the lighter purple blending it a bit more with the pink. I went back over with the darker purple blending it into the lighter purple and into the outer black edges. I also did a little bit more blending with the black on the edges but it really didn't need much.




For some reason, this is my favorite part... haha!.. the water splatter!! I sprayed just a little bit of water in my hand and then clapped my hands over the paper. I let it set for just a few seconds and then laid the paper towel on the card stock to soak up any excess. Since I'm not using watercolor paper, I've found that it's important to use the paper towel to soak up that excess water. Otherwise, the card stock could warp and that would just be terrible after all that work blending the inks. 




Now, I grabbed my palette... it's well loved, but clean. Haha! I added just one little drop of white acrylic paint. That's it, just one tiny drop!




I then sprayed that little tiny drop of paint with a little bit of water. Not too much, just enough to make it easy to splatter.




For this technique I just use a cheap paint brush. One that my kids would use for their watercoloring. Nothing fancy at all... I used the brush to mix the paint with the water.




I love to splatter so I have a box just for this purpose. I keep a paper towel in the bottom of my splatter box to catch the extra wet stuff. It may be time to change out this paper towel. :) I placed my card stock in the box and grabbed the palette.




Now, the fun part... splatter!! I dipped my paint brush in the mixture and flicked it. You'll see that some of the splatter is bigger and some is teeny tiny... that all depends on how wet your paint brush is and/or how hard you flick the paint brush. You may want to practice this step on some scrap pieces before trying it on your background.




After doing the paint splatter, I set it aside and let it dry. I think in this picture you can see that after the paint dried, the white splatter is a bit brighter.




Now for the card I created using the Galaxy Background... I love it!! I die cut the background using the Blueprints 31 dies from My Favorite Things. I adhered that to a True Black card base and set it aside. I have just been itching to ink up this new owl stamp from Unity called Everyday Wonderful Owls. Isn't it the cutest!! I colored it in using Copic markers {0, N0, N1, N3, N4, E95, E99, V05, V06, V09, Y06, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y35} and then I fussy cut it out. I then stamped the sentiment from Unity's February 2017 Kit of the Month called Unexpected Places in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it in white. I die cut that piece using the Blueprints 14 die that just happens to be a part of my giveaway mentioned on my Happy Blogiversary post. I adhered the sentiment and the owls to the card and then decided to add a few drops of Violet Galaxy Nuvo Crystal Drops

And there you have the final technique tutorial for my Blogiversary Celebration!! Thank you so much for joining me for these tutorials. I've had a lot of fun doing them for you and I do intend on doing more in the future!


Please leave a comment letting me know what you thought and if you haven't already, click on the Follow button on the right hand side so you won't miss my next post... it just may be another technique tutorial!! 

 Did you comment on my Happy Blogiversary post for your chance to win a prize?!  Check out the details ---> here! Today is the last day to enter!!

If you missed the first technique tutorial, you can find that ---> here.
And the second technique tutorial can be found ---> here.

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Thursday, August 17, 2017

It's a Blogiversary Celebration ~ Day 2 of Technique Tutorials!!

Hello, again! It's our second day of technique tutorials and I was thinking we'd give a new technique a try.... Stencil Painting with Color Burst!! I recently saw a video of Ken Oliver demonstrating this technique and I thought it would be so much fun to give it a try. Let's get started.



First, you'll need a stencil and watercolor paper. I'm using Canson XL watercolor paper... it's 140 lb weight paper. I cut mine down to fit the stencils that are 6x6 inches. Then place your stencils over the paper as shown above.




Now, you'll need your color burst. I grabbed a bunch of different colors... for the leaf stencil, I chose Orange, Sepia, Yellow Ochre, and Alizarin Crimson. Sprinkle the pigment powder in the open spots of your stencil.




For this big floral stencil, I chose Merlot, Fuchsia, Lemon Yellow, and Violet. I think I also sprinkled a bit of Orange in the center of the flower.




For this fun wintery swirls stencil, I chose just one color... Violet. I had wanted to go with a monochromatic theme for this one, but you'll see later that I changed my mind and a oopsie changed the whole project... ohhh, suspense! Ha!




Now, for the fun... it's time to mist the papers. Now it's important that you just mist the papers. The pigment will react and 'burst'... the intensity of the 'burst' depends on the intensity of the water being sprayed. I think my leaf stencil got spritzed rather than misted because some of the color leaked under the stencil. You can see in the picture above where the Sepia color went under the leaves.




Now, carefully lift the stencils up and see what you've created! How fun is this?! I love the intensity of the colors on the flower and in parts of the swirls! 




Here's a closer look at the violet swirls. The stencil for this one is actually by Echo Park and it's called Flurries.




Here's a closer look at the fall leaves. The stencil for this one is actually by The Crafters Workshop and it's called Mini Climbing Vine.




And, lastly, a close up of the beautiful flower. I love the mix of colors on this one! The stencil for this one is actually by The Crafters Workshop and it's called Mini Zen Flower.




I mentioned above that my plans for the wintery swirl didn't go as I had originally planned. A mishap with a die cutting wonky will change plans, for sure! I improvised and found a tag die that would salvage a big enough piece to work with. I added a bit of blue to the watercolor piece and smoothed out some of the lines with my water pen. I put that aside and stamped this adorable snowman from Unity Stamp Company's kit called Rolly Polly Winter Joy in VersaMark and heat embossed him in white on some vellum card stock. 




I colored him in with my Prismacolor pencils and then fussy cut him out and set him aside. I then stamped the sentiment using VersaMark and heat embossed it in white on a piece of vellum card stock that I cut out with the same tag die. I ran the vellum tag through my Xyron sticker maker and adhered it to the stencil painted tag so I wouldn't have an issue with adhesive showing through the vellum. I then adhered the snowman to the tag. I punched a hole in the top center and added a bit of sweater trim ribbon from my stash. Not my original plan, but I like how it turned out!




This stencil painted panel really made me start thinking of Thanksgiving and being grateful for so much. But why wait for Thanksgiving... start each day with a grateful heart... I love that! The sentiment is a sticker from the Tim Holtz Small Talk pack that I stuck onto a piece of kraft card stock and fussy cut out. I really wanted to showcase the stencil painting so I cut it out using a large die. I put it on a kraft mat die cut from the same set of dies - Blueprints 14, which by chance are also part of my giveaway pack mentioned on my Happy Blogiversary post. Aren't they awesome!?! I adhered the whole panel onto a 5x5 inch kraft card base. I added a few drops of gloss white Nuvo crystal drops and popped up the sentiment. I love how this one turned out!




Now, out of all three stencil painted pieces... this one is my most favorite! I did go over the flower a bit to wash some of the paint and cover the white space. I also painted some blue around the outside of the flower. I really love it! I definitely struggled with cutting this one down but I pulled out my trusty Blueprints 20 dies from My Favorite Things and cut out my stencil painted panel. I adhered that panel to a mat of Royal Velvet card stock and then I adhered that piece to a Hibiscus Burst scalloped rectangle from the same die set. The entire panel was then adhered to a white card base. The sentiment was another sticker from the Tim Holtz Small Talk pack that I stuck on a strip of Royal Velvet and fussy cut a banner end. Isn't it pretty?!




Here's a picture of all three together. I think if I did the snowman tag again I would emboss him in black. Sadly, he gets lost in the background. But overall, I love how they all turned out! I hope you do, too!! I had so much fun doing this stencil painting with color burst technique that I am definitely going to do it again!

That's the second technique tutorial for my Blogiversary celebration! 
Please leave a comment letting me know what you thought and if you haven't already, click on the Follow button on the right hand side so you won't miss the next technique tutorial!!

 Did you comment on my Happy Blogiversary post for your chance to win a prize?!  Check out the details ---> here!

And if you missed the first technique tutorial, you can find that ---> here.

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It's a Blogiversary Celebration ~ Day 1 of Technique Tutorials!!

Hello!! It's our first day of technique tutorials and I thought I'd start with a technique that is simple, but fun... the Baby Wipe Technique!! Have you tried this one? I like this one because you can mix up the colors to your liking. Let's get started!




First, we need a baby wipe. I folded one up and put it on a plate to keep my surface from getting damp. 




Next, you'll need 3 or 4 ink refills... for mine I chose Papertrey Ink's Aqua Mist, Limeade Ice, and Summer Sunrise. I love this color combo! I like to work with 3's... 3 ink colors and I added 3 drops of each color. You can adjust this to your liking by adding more color or less. I'm wanting a soft background for my card so I spread out the ink a bit too.




Next, we stamp! I'm using the beautiful distressed flower... or maybe it's a medallion... anyways, it's from the July Kit of the Month from Unity Stamp Company called It's Going To Be Beautiful. Press your stamp into the baby wipe as if it's your ink pad. You'll want to press a few times but try to keep the stamp in the same general area so you don't mix the inks and make it all muddy. I stamped mine on a scrap piece of paper to see if the coverage was right.




I stamped several times around the edge of the card stock until I liked the background. You can see the baby wipe is all inky now, but it's not muddy. The key is to always 'ink' your stamp in the same direction on the baby wipe.




Here's my finished card! I stamped a sentiment from Unity's So Glad You Were Born sentiment kit in the center. I then stamped the same background stamp in two corners with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it in white. I die cut the whole piece using my new favorite Blueprints 20 dies from My Favorite Things. It has the stitched rectangle and the scalloped rectangle in the die set. I love them! I added a bit of lime colored ribbon from my stash and adhered all the layers onto a white card base.




Here's a close up view of the background and the white heat embossed corner. So soft and pretty!




And addicting... ha! I was having so much fun I decided to try a few other color combos. For these cards I did Papertrey Ink's Aqua Mist, Winter Wisteria, and Summer Sunrise.




And I did another one with the original color combo, only I layered it with Aqua Mist card stock.




Here's the collection together... I actually made 10 cards all together. I couldn't help myself. It was so fun and easy! 


That's the first technique tutorial for my Blogiversary celebration! 
Please leave a comment letting me know what you thought and if you haven't already, click on the Follow button on the right hand side so you won't miss the next technique tutorial!!

 Did you comment on my Happy Blogiversary post for your chance to win a prize?!  Check out the details ---> here!

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Monday, August 14, 2017

~~ Happy Blogiversary!!! ~~

I am so excited!! Today is my One Year Blogiversary!! Yay!




Thank you to those that have checked out my blog!! I appreciate it so much!

Now, the best part... presents!! And here's the even better part... the presents are for you!! You read that right! All you have to do is leave a comment below and you're automatically entered to win these goodies...



{My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 14, Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide, and a Picket Fence Distress Crayon}


You have until 11:59pm EST, August 18 to leave your comment and be eligible to win. Only one comment per person please. One randomly selected winner will be announced on August 19 before noon EST. How exciting?!!?!?


Now before you leave, here's some more info... I'll be posting fun technique tutorials a few times throughout the week. Yay!! I'm so excited! I hope you are, too! You won't want to miss my posts so be sure to follow my blog if you haven't already. The Follow button is right over there --->


Now, I'm not going to leave you today without some crafty goodness to look at... but I thought we'd reminisce just a bit...




My very first blog post featuring this card for my son's birthday. Simple and quick... perfect for a teenage boy! Which reminds me... he has another birthday coming soon! I better get to work!




My first post as a new Can You Case It Design Team Member. I loved the background on this card!




This one is a favorite of mine. I made it for a CASology challenge. So CAS and coffee themed!! How could I not love it!




And this last one is my absolute favorite! I was stuck on the design until I decided to do a galaxy background and then the wheels started turning and I really love the way this one turned out!!

That's it for today, but remember to follow my blog so you don't miss my first technique tutorial!

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Scrapping For Less ~ Another Look at the Thanks Card die

Hello again! Today I have for you another fun card using the Thanks Card die from Concord and 9th. The design of this die makes it very versatile... just with a couple of snips here and there, you can use the die cut Thanks as a focal point in a whole other way.




I started my card with a piece of watercolor paper. I thought it would be fun to do some watercoloring with the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse so I dabbed a little bit on my palette and sprayed it down with water. I sprayed my watercolor paper just a bit so that the color would flow and then using my water pen I added some color to the paper.




 Here's a close up view of the mousse - it gives such a beautiful shimmer. I love it! I set that aside and started to cut strips of card stock in blue greens or is it green blues?! Ha! I adhered those on a scrap of white card stock and used the dies to cut out the word Thanks. The shimmer on the watercolor paper made the letter look too plain so I decided to give them some glittery fun with some sparkle silk. I then wanted the letters to pop just a bit more so I die cut the Thanks one more time with white card stock and off set that layer underneath the ombre strips. I really love how it makes the letter pop! At this point I knew I needed just something else... so I walked away and thought about it. Isn't it funny how walking away from a project just for a little bit gives you a different perspective when you come back to it?! Well, I came back and just knew this card needed this fun flourish accent and a few sequins to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

~ I Miss You Every Day ~

I was encouraged... or maybe nudged by a couple of fellow inky gals to play along with this fun CAS(E) this Sketch challenge... how could I possibly resist!?!?!




Any excuse to play with some of my favorite Unity stamps works for me!! The background was made with a little masking magic, some oxide inks, and, of course, some water splatter. I stamped the flowers and the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo black ink. I stamped the flower again on a scrap piece of white card stock and then colored it in with some copics. I basically paper pieced the flower onto the card base. I added a little tuft of 'grass' and called it done.




Here are the products I used for this card:
Card Stock: White (PTI)


Go check out the challenge over at CAS(E) this Sketch!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

See ya next time.

~ Crystal

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Thanks... For Always Being My Rock!

I made this card for the CASology challenge - Safari. I wasn't sure that I had a stamp that was going to work, but then I remembered this cute one from Unity Stamp Company called My Rock.




I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored it in with several copic markers. My plan was to die cut the image and then layer it on an A2 card, but it just didn't look right. So I adhered the die cut image to a 4-1/8 x 4-1/8 card. I still think there's plenty of white space for this to be considered CAS. It sure was a fun image to color!!





Here are the products I used for this card:
Stamps: My Rock (Unity)
Card Stock: White (PTI)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (SSS)


Go check out the challenge over at CASology!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

See ya next time.

~ Crystal