Friday, July 27, 2018

Scrapping for Less ~ July Flavor of the Month ~ Birthday Wishes

Have you ever had a wish you wanted so bad? 
The Flavor of the Month Card Kit and the Scrapping for Less website is the best birthday wish dream come true that I could have ever asked for. We are bringing you another fabulous kit with great papers, cool embellishments, and even cooler exclusively designed stamps for Scrapping for Less that you will be unable to obtain anywhere else. And you want to know something else? 
This card kit rocks! You get such a great selection of products with this kit and lots of value for your money! So hurry, walk, don’t run and go grab yourself a kit right now! Supplies are limited! Hop on through the blog hop to see great inspiration from our Design Team.

Here's a look at the Double Dip Sundae Subscription.

Here's a look at the Banana Split Sundae Subscription.

I have five cards to share with you today. I made 4 cards using the Double Dip Sundae Subscription (with the exception of my sentiment on card #3 - I used the die from the Banana Split Sundae subscription) along with the sketches for this month and I made 1 extra card using items only available in the Banana Split Sundae Subscription along with the stamps from Collection 2.

For my first card I used Sketch #4 with Collection One.
I stamped the fox and colored him in and then decided he needed some confetti falling so I added those and colored them in. I used similar colors to the papers in the collection so everything would coordinate. I then stamped the cake, presents and other cute little stamps on a scrap piece of white card stock and colored them in. I trimmed this piece and mat it on the same Orange Fizz card stock as the main card front. I mat the fox image on a piece of patterned paper from the Happy Birthday Boy by Echo Park papers in the collection. I stamped the little party horn on a scrap piece of white card stock, colored it in, and fussy cut it out. I adhered all of my pieces to the card front that I had adhered to a white card base. I then trimmed the sentiment strip from the patterned paper and cut it to use as my sentiment. My last touch for the front of the card was a few sequins.
I used the following copic markers for this card ~ YR01, YR15, YR16, R17, E30, E31, E40, B0000, B00, B97, B99,Y000, Y06, Y11.

Here's a photo of the inside of the card.
I just had to color the other little fox in the stamp set and add him to the inside of the card. I also stamped the sentiment and adhered a strip of patterned paper.

For my second card I used Sketch #3 with Collection Two.
I paper pieced and colored the cake. I trimmed the piece and mat it on a piece of patterned paper. I also stamped the little slice of cake, colored it in with copic markers and die cut it. I mat it on a die cut circle cut from another piece of patterned paper. I cut the flags from the patterned papers and also cut apart the sentiment from another piece of patterned paper. I mat the first portion of the sentiment on white card stock and set aside the other pieces for the inside of the card. All that was left was to assemble the card. I adhered all of the layers, but popped up the slice of cake and the sentiment. I added a few sequins and then started on the inside of the card.
I used the following copic markers for this card ~ RV10, RV11, RV14, C00, C1, BG0000, BG11, Y000, Y06.

Here's a photo of the inside of the card.
I adhered a strip of patterned paper to the bottom that tied in with the sentiment that starts on the front of the card and finished off in the inside of the card.

For my third card I used Sketch #2 with Collection Three.
I started this card by cutting out my layers and matting them on the Whipped Cream card stock in the kit. I also used the Whipped Cream card stock for the card base. I stamped the pineapple with a light tan ink and basically colored it in using the No Line technique. I die cut the pineapple using the die included in the collection. I decided to use the wonky die to cut out my oval and adhered the pineapple. I popped up the oval on the card and added a few sequins. I used the die from the Banana Split Sundae subscription to add a sentiment to the card.
I used the following copic markers for this card ~ E57, Y06, Y17, RV0000, RV11, 
RV13, BG01, BG13.

Here's a photo of the inside of the card.
To continue the theme of the card I adhered a strip of the same patterned paper from the front of the card and did some Second Generation stamping with a light pink ink. Second Generation stamping (also known as Repetition Stamping or Stamping Off) means I inked up my stamp and first stamped it on a scrap piece of paper before stamping it on my card... it gives a lighter image. I did that so it was visible but could easily be written over by the sender. Funny though, it's so light that it's hardly visible in the picture. I took several pictures and this was the best I could do. :)

For my fourth card I used Sketch #1 with Collection Four.
I used Collection Four for my Sneak Peek post... if you missed that you can check it out here.
For this card I decided to focus on the sentiment and the music notes. I did all of my stamping on the Grout Grey card stock, trimmed and mat my pieces on the Jelly Bean Green card stock. I layered all of the pieces on a white card base and then added a few strips of patterned paper for my flags. My final touch was a few sequins. I just love that the sequins in this collection are the discs... they're so cute for a music themed collection! Love it!
I used Memento tuxedo black ink and Mowed Lawn distress ink for this card.

Here's a photo of the inside of the card.
Just like the previous cards, I adhered a strip of patterned paper and stamped the cute radio from the Create a Smile Rock On stamp set using Peeled Paint distress ink again using the Second Generation stamping technique. 

Now for my final card for this hop... I used the Sunny Studio Make a Wish set from Collection Two. I stamped the images all over a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch piece of Neenah 110lb smooth white solar crest card stock. I colored the images in using the following copic markers ~ RV0000, RV10, RV21, B0000, B00, BG0000, BG11, BG32, C00, C1, Y000, Y02. I added some sparkle to the edges of the cake using the Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter drops included in the Banana Split Sundae subscription. Once that was dry, I then die cut the panel using a large scalloped rectangle die and then I decided to emboss the panel using the Wishes die included in the Banana Split Sundae subscription. To emboss with a die using the Big Shot you use the following sandwich (bottom to top) ~ Extended Multipurpose Platform (Tab 1) - Cutting Pad - Die - Card stock - Silicone Rubber - Impression Pad or another Cutting Pad. I embossed the Wishes die five times on the panel and then die cut it 3 times from the Neenah card stock.

I adhered all of the die cut Wishes together and then adhered them to the scalloped panel that I had adhered to a white card base. You can see the embossed wishes and some of the sparkle in the picture above. I didn't do any stamping or anything on the inside of this card... at least, not yet. ;)

I hope you enjoyed the cards I shared today. I had so much fun creating them to share with you all.
Let's get to hopping and see what the other members of the design team created!

Crystal <--- you're here

up next ---> Courtney

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Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Scrapping for Less ~ July FOTM Sneak Peek ~ Birthday Wishes!

Hello! Today I'm sharing a sneak peek of the July 2018 Flavor of the Month card kit ~ Birthday Wishes. I hope that you've been following along as the Design Team has been sharing their sneak peeks this week and you've probably noticed the theme. I do love making and sending birthday cards so this kit has been so much fun to play with!!

I used a couple of the patterned papers to split up my card design and then added my focal image using a circle die that I trimmed on the corner and popped up on the card. I colored the radio with the following copic markers ~ E0000, E000, E47, E55, E57. I wrapped the ribbon around the card front to cover where the patterned papers meet. I stamped the sentiment and then fussy cut it following the bend of the words and popped it up on the card. I added a few music stickers around the radio. I adhered the card front onto a white card base and called this cute little sneak peek done. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Jolly Ol' Santa ~ Holly Jolly Christmas!

Hello there! Today I thought I'd share a bit more of Christmas in July with this sweet Santa card. A couple of weeks ago I hopped with Friends of Unity sharing some Christmas cards... you can check those out here... I got a bit carried away and created this card too. 

I adore this Santa stamp! He's so cute! I thought I'd also use up some of my Christmas patterned paper from last year. I decided to use the Tim Holtz Christmas Paper Stash paper pad that I had to have last year, but never actually cut into. The layers on my card are both cut from the same pad of paper, but so is my sentiment. I cut each word out and layered it on white card stock and then popped each of the words up along with my Santa. How cute is that?!

Santa was colored using the following Copic Markers ~ R20, E000, E00, E21, E23, E25, R14, R29, R39, R89, G05, G14, C00, C1, C3, N4, N7. I also used some clear wink of stella on the white of his hat, mustache and beard. There's also just a bit of Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust gel pen on his hat and shirt buttons. I die cut the Santa image using the Papertrey Ink Shape Shifters: Oval 2 die. I popped the oval piece up on the card and then trimmed the edge.

I had so much fun making this card! I think I'll make a few more of this one using different papers.
What do you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Scrapping for Less ~ MFT Springtime Critters

Hello! Today I'm sharing some cute critter cards that I made using the My Favorite Things Springtime Critters stamp set and leftover patterned paper and card stock from the June 2018 At the Beach card kit. If you are a member of the Scrapping for Less Show & Share group on Facebook, you'll notice that my first card is a variation of the sketch challenge going on in the group this month.

I love the flexibility in a fun sketch and this one is no different! I'm a bit of a rebel when it comes to sketches and I like to flip them... just to change things up a bit. :) 
Sometimes it works... sometimes it doesn't. In this case, I think it turned out pretty cute. I die cut the layers for each of my cards and adhered them to my white card bases.

I stamped the critters out twice each using memento tuxedo black ink and colored all of the images. Coloring all of them gave me the opportunity to pick the ones I like better as far as the color blending went... but it also gave me an opportunity to cut pieces and pop them up. 

You can see some of the dimension that popping up the bunny's head gave to this card.

The white oval piece behind the critters has a bit of Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn distress ink that I blended lightly with the new Tim Holtz blending brush. You can see it just slightly in the photos. My final touch was the sentiments. I decided to do strips for the frog and bunny card... I like the way it breaks up the front panel. For the turtle card, I decided to do a banner with the side cut off so it didn't take up too much room and take away from the little turtle.

Here's a look at the MFT Springtime Critters stamp set.

You can find it in the shop here ---> Springtime Critters.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Possibilities Await ~ Capture Your Story!

Hello! I'm sharing a CAS card I made for the CASology Challenge #307 - Cue Card: Zoom.
When I was younger I used to take pictures ALL the time! Photography was a huge part of my life. So when I saw the cue was Zoom... I just had to use this image from Unity Stamp Company's Moments Between Moments Kit of the Month.
I love this gal with the camera!

I wanted to continue working with my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens so I stamped the image with VersaMark Watermark ink and heat embossed a fine black embossing powder and colored the image in. I also stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the Possibilities Await set on a scrap of the same watercolor paper.

I die cut the image with a scalloped rectangle die and added a couple bits of washi before adhering it to the card base. I popped up the sentiment and then adhered the little wooden camera that I watercolored with the ZIGs as well. That's it for this card!

Be sure to check out the challenge... since it's summer time this challenge is going for 2 whole weeks, so there's still time to play along. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Saturday, July 7, 2018

~ Friends of Unity July Blog Hop ~ Christmas in July ~

Hello! It's the first Saturday of July!! That means it's time for another Friends of Unity Blog Hop!

Before I get started on my cards for this month's hop, I'm super excited to share that we have a new friend hopping with us... Joyce Verdon! I was really excited when Joyce started her blog the beginning of this year. She's an amazingly talented artist and I've been loving on her cards for quite some time. I was even more excited when Joyce said she'd love to join our Friends of Unity Blog Hop! So please give Joyce a big welcome to the hop!! 

Now let's get back to it... this month our theme is Christmas in July. I absolutely love making Christmas cards so when Jeanie suggested it, I thought it was a perfect idea!

For my first card, I wanted to go with a non-traditional color scheme. I was thinking light, pastel colors with a lot of white and some sparkle. I also thought I'd ink the little snowmen from the Snow Way set that I hadn't inked up yet. They looked like they wanted to have some fun!

To start, I made my background... I smooshed some Distress Oxide inks on my craft mat adding a bit of water. I like to work with one color at a time... I think it gives me more control on where the colors go. I start from the lightest color to darkest too, but I often go back and smoosh again with each color. So for my background I used Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, and Wilted Violet. I also like to create two backgrounds when I do this technique... it's amazing how different they will turn out and then you can pick and chose which one you want to use and save the other for another project.

Once I was happy with my background and I had it completely dry, I added some white acrylic paint splatters. For this I just add a drop of paint to my palette, spritzed it with a little water, mixed it up with a cheap paint brush from my kids watercolor set, and splattered away. I also used my Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust gel pen to add a bit of sparkly snow by simply making random dots.

Next was my scene... I die cut a few of the Tim Holtz Tree Line dies out of white card stock. I added some clear wink of stella all over the trees and then I added a touch of the stardust gel pen to the edges of the trees... not all over the edge but where I wanted some sparkly snow to be on the trees. I then layered the trees using pop dots just on the bottom portion of the tree line so the front layer of trees would give some dimension to the card. I die cut my Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Frame die from Gina Marie Designs from white card stock. I did that twice and layered them together to give the frame some support because I was going to pop it up on the card. 

My final touch for this card was, of course, these sweet little snowmen! I stamped them with the new Gina K. Designs Amalgam ink and then colored them with the following Copic markers ~ BG0000, BG11, B000, B01, V0000, V01, V04, R00, R20, R81, RV21, Y000, Y06. This was my first time using the Amalgam ink with Copics and it worked beautifully! I fussy cut each of them out and adhered them to the card. Now at this point, I decided to add the sentiment which wasn't the best idea because my white craft ink wouldn't show enough and when I heat embossed it and it still didn't show very well... so it's kind of like a hidden message in the sky. LOL :)

Since my sentiment on the front of the card didn't quite work out... I decided to ink up the inside of the card. I stamped a few snowflakes and this great sentiment from the Like a Snowflake sentiment kit using the same Distress Oxide inks from the background. I think they tie in really well with the front of the card.

Now, I got on a bit of a roll thinking up Christmas card ideas so when I saw this technique in an email I just had to give it a try. And it was a great excuse to ink up this sweet Unity set called Happy Holidays. This set was designed by Jolande & Marleen last year and I just had to have it, but I didn't get a chance to ink it up so I was really excited to get to play with it for this card.

I've gotten a bit ahead of myself though... to create the background, I blended Broken China distress ink over the top two-thirds of the distress watercolor card stock and then blended some Mermaid Lagoon at the top of the card stock. I wet my wide watercolor brush (not dripping wet, but a bit more then damp) and painted from top to bottom letting the brush create some streaks. I cleaned off my brush after every other stroke so the inks didn't get too dark and it kept a nice ombre look. I stamped the branches from the Winter Blessings set around the edge using Mermaid Lagoon distress ink at the top, Broken China in the middle, and then Tumbled Glass at the bottom.

I then stamped the ornament from the Happy Holidays set using Versamark watermark ink and heat embossed ultra fine white embossing powder. Using my water pen I saturated the middle of the ornaments with clean water and dabbed them with a paper towel to lighten the background colors to make the ornaments pop a bit more. Once that was dry, I used my clear wink of stella to add some pretty glitter and also a touch of the stardust gel pen to add some dimension. The sentiment was inked up with Versamark watermark ink on Pacific Point card stock and embossed just like the ornaments with white embossing powder. Those are my cards for this month's hop! So much fun to create and I hope you got some inspiration from them!

I have some business to take care of now, before we move on to the hopping. Last month I had a giveaway and I need to share who the lucky winner of the brand new Kendra Girl stamp set is...  drum roll please... the lucky winner is...

LISA BUSCH!!!! Woohoo! 
Lisa please email me at with your mailing address to claim your prize. Prize must be claimed within two weeks.
Thank you to all those that hopped with us last month and, of course, this month!

Now since I had such a blast making these Christmas cards, I thought I'd do another giveaway... this time the winner will receive a brand new Jolly Ol' Santa set! I was playing around with this sweet new set this week and thought he'd make a great giveaway... so be sure to hop and comment on each of our blogs so you'll be entered into this giveaway. We sure appreciate and love all of your fun comments! The winner will be announced during our next hop! There may even be another giveaway... you never know unless you hop. ;)

Now let's get hopping!

Crystal <--- you're here

up next ---> Robyn

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Scrapping for Less ~ Heffy Doodle & Sunny Studio ~ Happy B-day!

Hi there! Today, I have a fun bunch of cards using Heffy Doodle's Big Bold Words with Sunny Studio's Oceans of Joy

I started by blending some Distress Oxide inks on white card stock - one color per card. I used Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, and Abandoned Coral.

Now, you'll notice this first card is different from the others. I rubbed an embossing buddy over the blended backgrounds but for some reason the Seedless Preserves background still had the clear embossing powder stick to the Distress Oxide ink. So, my octopus just got embossed into the background. My plan B - I stamped the octopus again carefully over the already stamped images with Versamark watermark ink and heat embossed white embossing powder. It kind of gave the octopus a ghostly look... but it's much cuter in person. I also stamped the same sea creatures on a white card base and set them aside.

For each of the background pieces, I also splattered water and white acrylic paint. It was fun to see how the splatter looked on each of the different colors. I die cut the backgrounds with a stitched rectangle die and set them aside. I stamped the sentiment on Vellum card stock using the coordinating colors for each card. I had a bit of trouble with my clear embossing powder sticking to the vellum... for this card with the Salty Ocean ink it looks like water so I thought it was kind of cool. I think it may be time for a new embossing buddy though.

I die cut the vellum card stock pieces with a slightly smaller stitched rectangle die and ran them all through my sticker maker so they'd be easy to adhere to the background piece and I wouldn't have to worry about the adhesive showing. My favorite trick for adhering vellum to cards!

The last step was to pop up all the background pieces onto the card bases. Even though these cards gave me a bit of trouble, I think they turned out pretty cute. This last crab one is my favorite though... and coincidentally it's also the only one that didn't give me trouble! LOL

Here's a look at the stamp sets I used for these cards.

That's it for me today! Have a fun & safe 4th of July everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Inspired By Challenge ~ Home is Where They Love You!

Hello! I'm sharing a fun CAS card with a bit of watercoloring today.
The Inspired By Challenge featured a sweet little camper and I just had to play along.

Isn't that just the sweetest inspirational picture?! I knew I had one or two camper stamps from Unity Stamp Company that would be perfect for this card. So I decided to use the Love at Home Itty Bitty stamp set because it had the trees.

I've been having some fun making CAS {Clean & Simple} cards for the challenge in the Unity Show & Tell facebook group so I thought I'd have a go at making a CAS watercolor card. It was kind of hard to keep the watercolor in that one part of the card to keep the rest of the card 'clean', but I think it turned out ok. But back to my initial inspiration... I pulled the yellows and blue/turquoise color from the inspiration to use on the camper. Since the scene included the moon and stars, I just had to make a night sky which challenged me to work on my lighting. I tend to just keep my light source to the right in all of my coloring so it was interesting to work with the light source being the moon/stars and also the lights from inside the camper. A challenge but also a fun learning experience... can't get much better than that! 

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal