Friday, October 25, 2019

Scrapping for Less ~ October 2019 Flavor of the Month Card Kit ~ Christmas Around the World

I was an elementary school teacher for many years. During Christmas time for Social Studies we studied Christmas traditions around the world. This was my absolute favorite time of the year with my students. So, for our Christmas Around the World card kit I have chosen my most favorite countries we studied to feature.

Mexico: Great food and wonderful traditions centered around Papa Noel.
Sweden: St. Lucia was my favorite tradition in Sweden we studied.
Australia: My students got the biggest kick out of the fact that it was hot and summer there during Christmas.
Germany: Of course what would a study be without studying the origin of the Christmas tree.

Please sit back and enjoy the elements we put together for our Christmas Around the World Flavor of the Month Card Kit. Make sure you leave our designers some love on their blog and hop back to the SFL blog to enter the Rafflecopter. You can purchase the kit on Scrapping for Less on the Subscription page. ~ Teresa, SFL Co-Owner

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Here's a quick look at the October 2019 Christmas Around the World card kit...

I just adore all the fun Christmas elements in this month's kit! Teresa has done another amazing job with the papers and stamps this month!! Love them all!! I had such a blast... I made four cards, plus a gift card holder AND an ornament!! Let's check them out!!

Collection One: Holiday Flowers
I love this sweet image and it was so much fun to color! I used the Paper Play Sketch #07 from the October 2019 FOTM Sketch Sheet for my design. I just love the gorgeous paper with the poinsettias... I had to use them for my card. I did veer from the sketch a tad by adding the ribbon but I think it adds to the overall design of the card.

Supplies used (not found in the kit):
Copics: Hair ~ C00, C1; Skin ~ E000, E00, E11, E21, R20, R81; Clothes ~ R000, R14, R27, Y000, Y06, Y15, G24, G46, E55, E57, N0, N1, N3, N5, N7; Stick/Bow ~ E55, E57, E59, Y000, Y06, Y15; Pinata Star ~ G24, G46, R000, R14, R27
Memento Tuxedo black ink

Collection Two: Australian Christmas
This is such a fun collection... I love the nautical touch with the anchors and all the pretty Christmas colors! I used the Mojo Monday #187 sketch for this one, only I changed out the bow and tag for the sentiment on the banner. Santa was so fun to color, along with the scene. I did mask Santa and stamp the palm trees using Cucumber Crush and Close to Cocoa markers to ink the stamp. Santa's surf board was stamped on a scrap, colored and then fussy cut.

Supplies used (not found in the kit):
Copics: Hair ~ C00, C1; Skin ~ E000, E00, E21, R20; Clothes ~ R000, R14, R27; Surf Board ~ YG11, YG23, Y06, Y15; Sky ~ B0000; Sand ~ E33, E35; Water ~ B000, B00, B02
SU! Real Red ink
SU! Cucumber Crush, Close to Cocoa markers
Memento Tuxedo black ink

Collection Three: Nordic Winter
I was completely honored and touched when Teresa and Kim asked me to illustrate the little girl in the Saint Lucia costume. My first ever physical stamp and it's in the kits that I love so much!! A huge thank you to both of you ladies!!

 There's a lot of little details in this beautiful stamp and I wanted to share a tip while inking this up. I tried a few different inks and I was most successful using VersaFine Onyx Black ink with my Stamp Platform and a light touch. What I mean by a light touch, is not actually pushing down on the platform, but rubbing the palm of your hand over it instead. I was also able to get a nice crisp image with my Memento tuxedo black ink, again with the Stamp Platform and a light touch. I think with the detailed images, a light touch in stamping is the key. And it really helps to use a Stamp Platform, Misti, or any of the other ones out there... a true game changer!

Back to the card... it had been a long time since I've colored with the Prismacolor Pencils so I pulled those out and got to coloring. Since the costume is mostly white, I only added a little black pencil that I blended out with the white pencil... giving me a little gray shadow. A light red for the sash so it coordinated with the poinsettias in the paper. I love learning new words... even if they're in another language so I just had to stamp two of the sentiments from the collection. God Jul means Merry Christmas in English... I went with the Happy Holidays because it was smaller and fit with my design. Oh, and I love this sketch... it's the Sweet Sunday #61 sketch... such a classic sketch!!

Supplies used (not found in the kit):
VersaFine Onyx Black ink
Prismacolor Pencils
Prismacolor Colorless Blender

Collection Four: A Warm and Cozy Christmas
I love this gorgeous tree!! I used this tree for my sneak peek, you can check that out ---> here! I wanted a pretty green tree this time so I inked up the tree with a few different green ink cubes. I like the dimension the different greens give to the tree. I also used ink cubes to color the star and the trunk/ground... I like to use this technique with my Stamp Platform, wiping the stamp clean in between colors. I also used my old Stampin' Up! Blender pen to help blend some of the colors. I made the ornaments on the tree by just coloring circles with a red marker and I went over those with the Diamond Stickles, included in the Banana Split Subscription (the stickles are random colors in the kit). I again used the fun sentiment in the collection... this one is Merry Christmas in German. So fun!

Supplies used (not found in the kit):
Gina K. Designs ink cubes ~ Applemint, Jelly Bean Green, Grass Green, 
Dark Chocolate, Wild Dandelion
Memento Tuxedo black ink
SU! Real Red marker

So something that's super fun and included in this month's kit is a little foil mate and some foil by Gina K. Designs and Thermoweb!! I have not actually taken the plunge into the whole foiling trend... so this was a fun little nudge to get me to try it and I love it!! And it was so easy!

I placed the little tag with the foil on top (gold facing up) in the parchment paper included and ran it through my laminator... BAM! It was like magic! I burnished it with my bone folder while still in the parchment paper to make sure it was good and stuck. It was beautiful and flawless... and then I scratched it but it's still beautiful!! I decided I had to make a gift card holder.

I used some of the pretty papers in Collection Four called A Warm and Cozy Christmas, along with the Nightshift Navy card stock included in the kit. A little extra ribbon and twine from my stash and now I have a gift already to go for Christmas! I'll probably try to find a gift card with colors that coordinate a bit better, but I love how this turned out!

Supplies used (not found in the kit):
Papertrey Ink Folded Pocket Tag die
SU! Gold Wide Organdy ribbon
Papertrey Ink jute twine

This sweet ornament is made with only products from the kit (aside from the adhesive) and it was so much fun and easy!! I used the pretty little chipboard pieces by Ruby Rock It, included in Collection Four. I adhered them to the little Wood Slice Ornament that's included in the Banana Split Subscription

I added a little Multi Medium Matte around the edges of the wood slice and dusted it with the Sugar Dust from Collection Three. Not all of the kits will receive Sugar Dust, some will get White Sequins, so if you don't receive the Sugar Dust I'd suggest using some white flower soft or just glitter. I also added it to the center of the chipboard pieces.

I couldn't just leave the back plain... so I die cut a circle of the gorgeous Holiday Flowers paper from Collection One. I punched a hole through the paper and then adhered it to the wood slice. Such a cute little ornament! I love it!

Supplies used (not found in the kit):

I sure hope you've enjoyed my cards today!
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See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,

Scrapping for Less ~ October 2019 Flavor of the Month card kit ~ Sneak Peek!!

Hello there crafty friends!
Today, I'm sharing a sneak peek of the fabulous new October 2019 Flavor of the Month card kit called Christmas Around the World!! Oh my goodness... I am so excited about this month's kit! I love making Christmas cards and the products that fill this kit are amazing!!

My sneak peek is actually a sneak into a couple of the collections included in the kit because I fell in love with these gorgeous papers and just HAD to pair them up with the beautiful tree from another wonderful collection. 

How fun is this blue Christmas tree?! As strange as it may sound, it reminds me of a Christmas decoration my Mom had of this styrofoam angel that was yellow and blue. We would hang it each year on the wall and I just loved it! I know, you're probably thinking... styrofoam...? Yeah, it was one of my favorite decorations and brings me joy to think of it.

And that memory from my childhood, along with these gorgeous papers, inspired my colors for this beautiful Christmas tree! I just love it! I used Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo, and Scattered Straw distress ink cubes to color the stamp... I was pretty careful but still ended up with a little brown ink on the bottom of the tree. In person, it's covered up pretty well with the fun Sugar Dust so you can't see it but, of course, the camera picked it up. 

Here's a close up of the Sugar Dust... so beautiful! I love the texture it adds!

And here's one more look at the card... I'm entering this beauty in the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #mojosketch525 over at Poetic Artistry!! I love to use circles in my cards and fell in love with this sketch when I saw it so it was a MUST to use this sketch for today's sneak peek! 

You are not going to want to miss out on this card kit... go subscribe ---> Scrapping for Less!!

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

Inky Hugs,

Monday, October 21, 2019

Polka Dot Orchard ~ Best Witches ~ Happy Halloween

Hi there crafty friends!
Today, I'm sharing a Halloween card using a digi image that I designed with a crafty friend in mind. I had designed the Santa boots for the Magic of Christmas digi set and when I shared the Santa boots digi with her, my crafty friend mentioned her love of witches boots... well, I was inspired to draw these immediately!! I love how they turned out and I hope that you do too!

So, here's my card using the beautiful witches boots from the Best Witches digi set available at Polka Dot Orchard. I just love these boots!! Eeek! 

I would love to have these, but I'm sure my feet and back would argue with me if I wore them. LOL! Anywho, I colored the boots with Copic markers, but unfortunately I didn't write them down. I believe I used my go to 'black' colors which are N0, N1, N3, N5, and N7. I've tried to figure out the purples from the photo but I'm not sure. I fussy cut the boots and set them aside.

I paired them up with the lovely Halloween Paper Stash papers by Tim Holtz. I love the elegance of these papers and they really worked perfectly with the boots. A bit of black wide organdy ribbon across the card front and a big beautiful bow... love it! I trimmed the sentiment and adhered it to a slightly larger strip of black card stock. To finish off the card, I added a few Copper Rose Jewels by Little Things From Lucy's Cards. Don't let the name fool you, the shine on the particular jewels I chose is purple and compliments the card just perfectly!!

This beauty is probably my most favorite Halloween card this year. Did you make Halloween cards? Or maybe you're just starting to make a few for your friends or family? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,

Friday, October 18, 2019

Unity Stamp Company ~ Santa & the Mrs ~ Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Hello there crafty friends!
I'm here with a quick post today. I've had several questions about the adorable Santa & Mrs. Claus card that I posted the other day, so I thought I'd do a quick write up with all the goodies I used for this card. If you haven't heard, Unity is having a awesome sale this weekend with some adorable new stamps and lots of amazing papers!! Check it out here ---> Unity Stamp Co.

Now, for my card... I actually started by coloring this adorable image with the sentiment, both from the same kit called Santa & the Mrs. I used the following Copic markers:

Skin ~ E000, E00, E21, R00, R20
Beard ~ C00, C1, C2
Mrs. Claus' Hair ~ N0, N1, R000, R14, R29, YG03, G46
Clothes/Hat ~ R000 R14, R29, R39, N0, N1, YG03, G46
Boots/Belt/Gloves ~ N0, N1, N2, N5, N7, Y13, Y17
Gingerbread ~ E27, E35, E37
Santa's List ~ W00, W1, W4
Snow ~ C0, C1
Outline of Santa & the Mrs. ~ B0000

I die cut the image and sentiment with a stitched rectangle die. I then mat it with the beautiful red plaid papers from the Holiday Intrigue papers designed by Angie Blom... available at Unity!! I then trimmed a piece of beautiful poinsettia papers from the Rustic Winter Wishes papers by Graciellie Design... also available at Unity... down to 4 x 5-1/4". I mat that with an A2 card front measuring 4-1/4 x 5-1/2". I wrapped it with Pure Poppy Luxe Satin Ribbon from Papertrey Ink and tied it with a beautiful bow. I then popped up the focal piece with foam tape and added a couple green enamel dots (they are a nice pine green color, not black as they appear in the photo) from the Santa's Workshop collection by Carta Bella.

Here's another look at the card. I sure do love how this one turned out!
Go check out the sale over at Unity!!! Lots of fab goodies on sale... get them before the sale ends!!

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

Inky Hugs,

Scrapping for Less ~ Prima Marketing ~ Happy Holidays

Hey there crafty friends!
Today, I have a couple more Christmas card ideas using some fun wood foiled icons by Prima Marketing that are available at Scrapping for Less. The beautiful wood foiled icon set that I used is called A Victorian Christmas and it's on sale!!

The set has three different designs included, but for my post today I'm just featuring the one with the sentiment. I think it's a wonderful focal piece for this card design. I die cut a bunch of pine sprigs from the Pine Needle Sprig die set by Gina Marie Designs. I positioned them just the way I wanted and then adhered each piece individually working my way from the branch on top to the branch on the bottom. This way I was able to flip the wood piece over and trim any excess from the die pieces so that it didn't get too bulky underneath and I was also able to keep the die pieces in approximately the same positions. 

I found some pretty papers from my stash that I think look very nice with these wood foiled icons. They're the 6 x 6" Winterberry papers by My Mind's Eye. I die cut two of the pretty patterned papers with a large stitched rectangle die.

I then adhered a strip of the red with white polka dots paper on the side of a pine green card front measuring 4-1/4 x 5-1/2". I adhered the stitched rectangle backgrounds directly to the card front and then using Multi Medium Matte by Ranger I adhered the focal pieces. I just love how these turned out! I sure hope you've enjoyed them too.

Thanks for stopping by!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Unity Stamp Company ~ Holly Jolly Critters Ornament

Hello there crafty friends!
I'm sharing an adorable ornament today that I created using the newly release Holly Jolly Critters from Unity Stamp Company! This is such an adorable set... you have to check it out ---> Holly Jolly Critters!! I've just been itching to make some ornaments for the holiday season coming up and these little critters were absolutely perfect!

I die cut the sentiment directly with the Papertrey Ink Center Style: Feminine Die and also die cut the beautiful Holiday Intrigue papers... also from Unity!! I die cut the top piece four times with a coordinating red card stock. I adhered all of my pieces together with some liquid glue and then set the base of the ornament aside. I then colored up this cute penguin... love his little knit scarf!

I used the following Copic markers:
Penguin ~ C00, C1, Y06, YR15
Scarf ~ R000, R14, R27

I fussy cut him out and popped him up on the ornament. I added a few red enamel dots! Bam!

Here's a look at the back with the beautiful Holiday Intrigue papers... loving these gorgeous papers designed by the fabulous Angie Blom for Unity!! To finish off the ornament I added some sheer white organza ribbon. Now, I made this to be an ornament, but this could easily be a Christmas tag with just a little white piece of card stock on this back side and a quick To/From stamp. Easy peasy!

Be sure to check out the Unity website for a bunch of fun new releases 
including papers and stamps!!

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

Inky Hugs,

Friday, October 11, 2019

Scrapping for Less ~ Pinkfresh Studio ~ Great Joy!

Hello there crafty friend! 
Today, I'm sharing a couple of Christmas cards using the wonderful Great Joy stamp set by Pinkfresh Studio. I love a beautiful wreath stamp and this one is just too cute! 

I knew that I wanted to use Kraft card stock with white embossing, but I couldn't decide if I should color the images in the wreath or not. So, I made two cards!! Let me know in the comments which one you like better. I like both... there's something about that clean pop of white and then there's also something about those sweet colored images. I really can't pick!

I stamped the wreath on the Kraft card stock using my Stamp Platform so that I could easily make two cards. I stamped them with VersaMark watermark ink and then heat embossed them with a fine white embossing powder. I then stamped the bow using a red ink and then I stamped it again with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed a fine clear embossing powder. That gives it that pretty shine, but also gives it that touch of color that I wanted. I colored a few of the images in one of the wreaths with a few Prismacolor Pencils. I fussy cut the wreaths and blended on some Forest Moss Distress Oxide inks around the inner and outer edges. I set the wreaths aside to start on the card bases.

 I chose the beautiful Christmas Wishes papers by Amy Design to pair up with these cards. I die cut two pieces of the pretty plaid paper with a large stitched rectangle die and adhered them to kraft card bases. I then trimmed two pieces of kraft card stock down to 4-1/4 x 2". I stamped the sentiments using the Stamp Platform again so that I could stamp with the red ink and then the VersaMark watermark ink. I heat embossed the fine clear embossing powder again to make the sentiments shine.

I then adhered the wide sentiment strips to the card and popped up the wreaths with foam tape. To finish off the cards, I added a few red enamel dots. I just love the touches of red with kraft and white! So... which card do you like better? Leave a comment with your thoughts... I'd love to hear!

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

Inky Hugs,

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Scrapping for Less ~ September 2019 FOTM Card Kit Fall is Coming ~ More Inspiration!!

Hello there crafty friends!
I'm back with more fabulous inspiration using the September 2019 Flavor of the Month Card Kit called Fall is Coming!! I'm so excited to share the cards that I created! I had so much fun with this card kit! Once I started creating, I just couldn't stop!! Lol! 

I have 8 cards to share with you all today! I'm going to warn you now, this post is a tad bit long, but I hope you'll stick around and check out all my cards! Let's get to it!

If you've followed my card making journey you'll know that I adore making Halloween cards, so it's no surprise I made a couple extras with the fabulous Frightful Cuties Collection!!! Love it!! I almost used up all the gorgeous papers in the kit... too cute!

My first card is from Collection Two: Cozy Fall
This collection is so beautiful! The papers are absolutely stunning! If I get a chance, I do have plans to make another card or two with this collection... but for today's card, I kept the design kind of simple. I instantly fell in love with the gorgeous rose papers... the colors are amazing so I HAD to use it for my card and I also wanted to use the mug... well, because I love my coffee!! I used the following Copic markers to color the mug and flowers:

Mug ~ R000, R20, R39, R85
Flowers/leaves ~ YG0000, YG01, YG03, YR15, YR21

I fussy cut the mug and went around the edges with my Memento tuxedo black marker to clean it up a bit. I then set it aside and started die cutting the Autumn Blessings die from the Banana Split subscription. I die cut it three times and then adhered the die cuts together. A little tip for this intricate die... it's not one piece, it cuts into four separate sections. I used Press n' Seal wrap to hold my die cut pieces in place. I then added the liquid glue and placed the die cut layers on each other. It was a little time consuming but so worth it!! I love this fabulous font of this sentiment! It's perfect paired up with these gorgeous papers! To finish off the card, I adhered the fussy cut mug just above the sentiment and added a few enamel dots included in the Banana Split subscription.

My second card is from Collection Three: Fall Foliage.
Another fabulous set of papers in this collection and they honestly made this card super quick!!
I cut the gorgeous flourish paper at 4-1/4 x 4-1/2" and popped it up on a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" piece of the yellow paper. I adhered those to a white card base and set them aside. I stamped the beautiful sunflower from the Thankful Floral stamp set by Trinity Stamps... such a gorgeous flower! I colored it in with the following Copic markers:

Flower ~ Y11, YR14, YR15, YR21, YR24, E25, E27
Leaves ~ YG01, YG03, YG63

I stamped the Thankful sentiment on a scrap of white card stock and trimmed it into a strip. I adhered it to the card and then adhered the sunflower using liquid glue on the top portion and some foam tape on the bottom since that flourish paper was popped up. To finish off the card, I added a few of the rich yellow enamel dots to the card and one sweet ladybug! Love it!!

My third card is from Collection Four: Woodland Critters.
For this card, I used one of the fun sketches from the September 2019 FOTM Sketch Sheet. I cut all my pretty papers and adhered them to the Chocolate Brown card base. I die cut a medium sized circle of white card stock and blended a little Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide inks for my background. I popped up the circle die cut on the card using foam tape. I then set that aside and stamped the moose and snail images on a piece of white card stock. I colored those in with the following Copic markers:

Moose ~ E21, E23, E25, E27, W00, W2, W4, W5, N4
Snail ~ YG0000, YG01, YG03, YR15, YR21, YR24

I fussy cut these adorable Woodland Critters and adhered them to the little scene I created. I originally planned to make two cards with these critters but when I saw them together I just knew they would be the best of friends so I kept them together and stamped the Friends Forever sentiment on a scrap of white card stock. I trimmed it down to a banner and adhered it to the card using liquid glue and foam tape. To finish off this card, I wrapped the twine around the card and tied a bow.

My next five cards are from Collection One: Frightful Cuties.
Now, this collection is absolutely my favorite of the whole kit... that's kind of why I left it for last and also didn't share the collections in order. The papers in this collection are too cute and the colors are awesome for Halloween! Love them! My first card features the adorable Scaredy Cat stamp by Sunny Studio Stamps that's included in Collection One. I stamped the little kitty in the pumpkin along with the moon and stars using my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. I knew I was going to die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die so I laid that on the white card stock to help guide me in positioning the stamps. I then colored in the images, as well as the background, with the following Copic markers:

Kitty ~ N0, N1, N2, N3, N5, R000, R20
Pumpkin ~ YR15, YR21, YR68, N0, N3, N5
Moon/Stars ~ Y06, Y11, Y35
Sky ~ BV000, BV00, BV20, BV23, BV25
Grass ~ YG03, YG17, YG23, YG67

Once I was done coloring, I die cut the panel and stamped the sentiment with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed it with a fine white embossing powder. I adhered all of my layers to a Black Licorice card front measuring 5-1/2 x 4-1/4" and then adhered that to a white card base from my stash. I punched out a piece of the spider web paper using a 1-1/2" circle punch. I die cut the banner from the purple spider web paper. I adhered those two pieces together and then popped them up on the card using foam tape. To finish off this card, I added the fun stickers to the circle and one near the moon. So cute!

The next four cards were so quick and easy to make!! I used the adorable Kiddie Ephemera by Simple Stories that are included in Collection One... these little kids are just TOO cute!!
I blended some Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink on a Stitched Arch STAX die cut piece cut from white card stock and adhered this adorable kid directly on it. I popped up the die cut on the card using foam tape. I added a few of the fun green enamel dots to finish up this card.

I used more of the fabulous papers from the kit with this little vampire!! I added foam tape to the little vampire, as well as the sentiment, and popped those up on the card.

I used more of those fabulous stickers on this card... it was absolutely perfect with this little witch. I blended a bit of Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink on the white die cut circle to make it look like she's conjuring up some Halloween magic fun!! I then popped her up on the card to give her some dimension. Such a great way to add interest to a card!

My last card just might be my favorite! I had fun creating a little background with some purple skies and grey/black road... just like Halloween night! Or close to it anyway! I used a cloud stencil along with Wilted Violet, Hickory Smoke, and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks to create my background. I set that aside and adhered some more pretty papers to a Black Licorice card front measuring 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" that I adhered to a white card base from my stash. I then die cut my background piece with a small stitched rectangle die and mat it with some Black Licorice card stock. By the way, I was actually out of Black Licorice card stock so that mat piece is actually from the card front piece that's adhered to the card base... a neat little trick I sometimes use when my card stock becomes limited in supply. The 'stolen' piece of card stock is hidden by a layer of patterned papers so no one knows... well, unless you tell them! Lol! Back to the card... I adhered the background  panel to the card and then popped up the little Trick or Treater with some foam squares. I then stamped the sentiment from the Scaredy Cat stamp set, trimmed it and mat it on literally my last little scrap of Black Licorice card stock... I definitely like the black card stock for Halloween cards this year!

Here's a little look at all the Halloween cards together! So much fun!! I love this kit so much... I believe there are still a few kits remaining!! 
Don't miss out on this one! Get it here ---> September 2019 Fall is Coming Card Kit

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

Inky Hugs,

Saturday, October 5, 2019

~ Friends of Unity October Blog Hop ~

Hello there crafty friends!
It's my favorite time of the month... time to hop with Friends of Unity!! And it just so happens to also be World Card Making Day!! The perfect time for a little Unity inspiration!! I sure hope you have the opportunity today or this weekend to get inky!

Back to our hop and this month our cue was a big challenge...

Not an easy cue, for sure!! But not impossible with the fantastic stamps available at Unity Stamp Company! I had a rough idea of which stamps I wanted to use for this hop so I took them along with me on vacation and had a blast relaxing and coloring!!

I die cut this beautiful image from the No Time for Guilt kit with a stitched rectangle die. I colored it with the following Copic markers:

Skin ~ E000, E00, E21, R00, R14, R20
Hair ~ E23, E47, E55
Sweater ~ BV000, BV00, BV23
Background ~ B0000

A very simple card design! I die cut a piece of the brand new Rustic Wood paper pack with a slightly larger stitched rectangle die. Isn't that paper just gorgeous!! My favorite color!! I adhered that layer directly to a white card base. I added a couple pieces of random washi tape to my main panel and then popped up the panel with foam tape. To finish off the card, I added a sweet little heart. 

I know several people in my life that have had an opportunity to start over in their lives and such a change in someone's life should not bring them guilt. So, that was my thinking on my first card... and how I used it for a Change cue! Now onto my second card...

My second card uses the fabulous A Walk in the Woods kit by Angie Blom! 
I didn't actually have a sentiment picked out for this card, but I knew that I had to color this image with the sun making it's appearance on a new day. A bit of a challenge working on shadow and such with the copics but... I truly enjoyed it!! I hope that you like it too!

Here's a list of the Copic markers I used for this card:

Trees ~ W00, W1, W3, W6, Y06, Y17
Grass/Flowers/Path ~ YG03, YG63, BV11, E35, E37
Mushrooms ~ R000, R14, R39, W3
Sky ~ YG93, YR0000, YR21, YR31, Y06, Y11, B0000, B14, B41

Now... isn't that sentiment just perfect!! It's from the fabulous Bravely Change kit!
It was seriously meant to be with this card!! I love when that happens!

Before we get to the hop list, I will be having another giveaway since my last two prizes weren't claimed and I still have these two duplicates in my stash...

 I'll be picking two lucky winners and I'll announce them during next month's hop! So be sure to check out all the fabulous creations along the hop and comment on each blog for a chance to win!! As always, I'm super thankful for your support of our little hop!

Let's get to the hopping...

Crystal <--- you're here

up next ---> Kim

Thanks so much for checking out my blog post!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,