Saturday, November 30, 2019

Scrapping for Less ~ November 2019 Flavor of the Month Card Kit ~ A Vintage Christmas



 It’s all about “A Vintage Christmas” this month. 
I love the look and colors of vintage Christmas decorations. I hope you are inspired by the sweet little postal girl, the indented glass ornament stamp, and all of the other papers and baubles that we have added to the kit this month to give it that vintage feel. 

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Here's a quick look at the November 2019 A Vintage Christmas card kit...






Another fabulous Christmas card kit and I, for one, am ecstatic!! I still need so many Christmas cards... my stash is not quite where I need it and this kit is perfect!! I love the beautiful stamps, papers and the embellishments this month are all so lovely!!



Collection One: Holly Berries
I love to mix pinks and greens during Christmas... such a fun non-traditional color combo! I thought it would be perfect for this sweet house. And it worked perfectly along with these gorgeous papers in this collection. I added some dimension to the house by stamping it twice and fussy cutting the center piece. I traced around the fussy cut piece twice onto some scrap card stock and trimmed it within the traced line. I then adhered the two scrap piece together and adhered them to the back of the center piece of the house. I love the dimension it gives to the house! For another sample using this collection, you can check out my Sneak Peek post here ---> A Vintage Christmas Sneak Peek.

Supplies used (not found in the kit):
Copics: House ~ R81, R85; Trim/Door ~ G43; Roof/Steps ~ N0, N1, N2; Windows/Lights ~ Y11, Y13; Snow ~ C1; Bows/Wreath ~ G000, G24, G46, RV14
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Circle STAX



Collection Two: A Vintage Christmas
I adore this collection!! It's my absolute favorite of them all!! The Christmas Post stamp set by LDRS Creative is absolutely beautiful AND the colors in this collection are seriously my favorite combination of turquoise and red... and then there's the kraft card stock in the kit!! I love it!! So naturally I had to play with the kraft card stock and I thought it would be fun to just do a little bit of coloring so a spotlight card was perfect!!

Supplies used (not found in the kit):
Copics: Skin ~ E00, E11, R20; Hair ~ E21, E23, E27; Clothes ~ R000, R14, R29; Gift ~ BG01, BG70, BG72, Y11, Y15, 35; Mailbox/Letters ~ C00, C1, C3, C5, N0, N1; Tree Limb ~ E27; 
Bird ~ B02; Leaf ~ G24
Sakura White Gelly Roll pen
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tool



Collection Three: Santa
How sweet is this Santa?! He makes me smile! And those cheeky Santa's in the pattern paper are too cute! I kept the whole design of this card simple using one of the sketches available to download. You can find the November 2019 FOTM Sketch Sheet <--- there. A great sketch always gets my mojo going and the sketches this month did not let me down!!

Supplies used (not found in the kit):
Copics: Skin ~ E000, E00, E21, R20; Hair ~ N0, N1, N2; Hat ~ C00, C1, R000, R00, R14, R27; Holly ~ R000, R14, R27, YG03, YG11, YG17
Sakura White Gelly Roll pen
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors
Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners dies



Collection Four: An Ornamental Christmas
The vintage ornament in this collection is absolutely beautiful and so much fun to color! It reminded me of the ornaments that my grandparents had on their Christmas tree.... fond memories, for sure! I kind of used one of the sketches from the download for this one, but changed it up a bit. 

Supplies used (not found in the kit):
Copics: YG03, YG11, YG17, Y02, Y11, Y13, Y28, R00, R14, R39, R85
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX dies
Waffle Flower A2 Layers dies
Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners dies

I sure hope you've enjoyed my cards today!
Your next stop on the hop is... Christine


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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal


Friday, November 29, 2019

Scrapping for Less ~ November 2019 Flavor of the Month Card Kit ~ Sneak Peek!!

Hello there crafty friends!!
Today I'm sharing one last sneak peek for the November 2019 Flavor of the Month card kit called 
A Vintage Christmas.


I had such a hard time deciding which stamp to feature for my sneak peek... they are all so beautiful!! Typically vintage isn't the style I would gravitate towards, but there's something about vintage styles when it comes to Christmas cards. I think it brings back memories of childhood and thoughts of family that are no longer with us. At least it does for me. I have always loved the look of cobblestone on houses... I'm not sure that it's vintage but I think the feel of it is.


I made my cobblestones on the house by basically making dots of different warm grays and highlighting some of them. I think it turned out pretty cute. Definitely a technique that I'd like to try again. I used the following Copic markers on this card:

Cobblestone ~ W00, W1, W2, W3, W4, W5
Windows ~ Y000, Y06, Y15
House ~ C00, C1, C2, YG03, YG11, YG63, YG91
Roof / Door / Front Steps ~ N0, N1, N3, N5, N7
Christmas Lights ~ Y000, Y06, Y15, G000, G24, B00, B02, R000, R14, R29
Bows / Wreath ~ R000, R14, R29, G000, G24, G46
Snow / Outline ~ C00, C1, C2, B0000

If you looked through the list above, you may be wondering why I used Cool Gray (C00, C1, C2) on the house when you can't see it. I tried to make paneling on the house with the cool grays and it didn't work out as I had hoped. The paneling actually looked nice, but the cool gray and the warm grays of the cobblestones did not look nice together. So, I decided to try some yellow greens over it to see what would happen and for awhile the lines of the 'paneling' showed through and I thought it looked nice, but once the ink dried they were pretty much covered. It might have something to do with the 4 yellow green markers I used to find just the right green... lol... anywho, you don't know unless you try, right?!

I'm playing along with the fun sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #349... such a fun design!




I hope that you've enjoyed my sneak peek card! Be sure to check back for the reveal of the gorgeous November 2019 A Vintage Christmas card kit tonight at midnight Eastern time. The design team is hopping with so much lovely inspiration... we hope you'll come back to have a look!

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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal


Friday, November 22, 2019

Scrapping for Less ~ My Favorite Things ~ Frosty Friends

Hello there crafty friends!
Today I'm sharing a super cute and fun Tri-Fold Window card using the sweet Frosty Friends set by My Favorite Things!! I love when an idea for a fun card turns out!


I started by cutting a 8-1/2 x 11" piece of white card stock in half so that I had two A2 size cards measuring 5-1/2 x 4-1/4" (these are side folds not top fold card bases). I knew that I wanted to use a die to create the windows on the card and decided to use the Stitched Arch STAX die from My Favorite Things. I didn't have to use a stitched die, it's just what I had in my stash that would create the window I wanted. I set aside the die cuts for another project since I didn't need them for this card. 


Once my first window was cut, I placed the two card bases together and lined up the next die to create my second window. I ran the second card base through my big shot and then set it aside. I searched through my Christmas papers and decided to use the Santa's Workshop papers by Carta Bella again... I just love the snowy background papers in this paper pack!! Oh, and this paper is on sale in the shop, along with a bunch of other Christmas items... including the Frosty Friends stamp set that I'm using for my card today!! Be sure to check it out.... lots of great deals on sale until Dec. 2nd!!! I love a great sale!

Back to the card, once I had the papers picked out... I trimmed them down to 3-1/4 x 5-1/2". I lined the papers up for the window layers and used the same arch die to die cut the windows out. It was easy to line up because the bottom portion of the cut out in the card base was visible under the patterned paper. Once the papers were die cut, I adhered them to the card bases. The last Christmas tree paper I just adhered inside the card in tact since it was the inside of the card with no die cuts. Once I had these papers adhered and any excess trimmed off the edges, I adhered the two card base together creating my Tri-Fold card base.


Now I needed my snowy banks for the snowmen to chill out on! I used the Stitched Hillside Borders  dies by Lawn Fawn. I tried to keep the height of the hills similar for each layer so there was continuity throughout the card.


 I then die cut little strips of the glittered silver paper using the same Stitched Hillside Borders dies. I used the same border die to keep the strips nice and even rather than fussy cutting them and it worked out really well (I hope the picture gives you a better visual of what I'm meaning).


I adhered the snowy banks to each layer of the card and then stamped and colored the Frosty Friends snowmen. I used the following Copic markers to color the snowmen:
Snowmen ~ C00, C1, Y06, YR15, YR24
Scarf/Mittens ~ G000, G14
Ear Muffs/Lights ~ B00, B02, R14, R29, Y06, Y15, G000, G14
Stocking ~ R14, R29, G000, G14, Y000, Y06, Y15

I fussy cut the snowmen and traced their outlines on light weight card stock. I fussy cut those out going inside the line a bit... I did this to add an extra layer to the snowmen. That way they were able to lay flat over the extra layer of glitter paper rather than be bumpy in the middle. To finish off the card, I stamped the sentiments using my Stamp Platform. For the last sentiment inside the card, I used the Bitty Holiday Wishes stamp set by My Favorite Things. You'll notice in the video below that the sentiment was a little messy on the front of the card (I pressed a little too hard and the 'Us' was a bit messy). To fix it I just used my white gel pen to clean up the letters, but I forgot to do it before I made the video and then decided that it was okay to show that and share how I fixed it.





Here's the video showing the Tri-Fold Window card in action.
I sure hope that you've enjoyed my card and that I've inspired you to try something new!

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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Scrapping for Less ~ November 2019 Flavor of the Month Card Kit ~ Special Incentive and a Sneak Peek!!

Hello there crafty friends!!
I'm so excited to share a beautiful project made using the fabulous incentive offered by Scrapping for Less if you sign up for a new Flavor of the Month subscription in November!! And let me tell you... the November 2019 card kit is fabulous!!!


Here's a look at the sweet incentive package you'll receive!


I made a beautiful gift card pouch to share with you today using the products in the incentive package, as well as a couple of items from the November 2019 A Vintage Christmas Card Kit!!! 
A little early sneak peek... woohoo!!!


I won't go into detail though on what exactly is in the card kit... but this month's kit is absolutely gorgeous!! You are going to love it!! And why not sign up now and get this beautiful incentive package with all these wonderful goodies for free!?!?


And because I love to enable and share sneak peeks whenever I can {and Teresa says it's ok, lol}... here's a sneak peek of the gorgeous Christmas papers in the kit this month! Gorgeous!!

You can sign up for your subscription here---> Flavor of the Month subscription! You are not going to want to miss out on this kit!!


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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal


Monday, November 18, 2019

Polka Dot Orchard ~ Woodland Cuties {Winter Fox}

Hello there crafty friends!
I have a sweet card to share with you today using one of my new releases over at Polka Dot Orchard called Woodland Cuties {Winter Fox}!! I have been so excited to share this sweet little fox with you all and now I finally can! 


I made a simple card... combining and resizing the Winter Fox digi with the sentiment digi in a Word Document. I colored the image with the following copic markers:
Fox ~ E0000, E000, E37, E95, E97, E99, R20
Hat/Scarf ~ G03, G14, G20, G21, C00, C1, R000, R14, R29
Snow/Ground ~ C00, C1, B0000

I die cut the colored panel with a large stitched rectangle die and used Tombow mono multipurpose adhesive to glue it directly to the 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" piece of the adorable Snow Day Remix papers from Lawn Fawn. To finish off the card, I went a little crazy adding Vanilla Sugar Snowflake Sprinkles from Trinity Stamps!! I love these little snowflakes!! 


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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal
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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Polka Dot Orchard ~ Let's Get Basted!!

Hey there crafty friends!
Today I have a cute interactive card using a new release from Polka Dot Orchard called Let's Get Basted... lol! That name cracks me up... I love puns! And I'm loving this adorable turkey with his little pilgrim hat! Oh my cuteness!


I combined and resized my digi stamps in a Word document and then decided to print off another one because I wanted to make this cute guy wobble!!
I colored this cutie with the following copic markers:
Turkey ~ Y06, Y11, YR15, YR21, R14, R24, E23, E25, E27
Hat ~ N1, N3, N5, N7, E23, E25, E27, Y06, YR15
Baster ~ N1, N3, N5, E55, E57

Once I had him all colored in, I fussy cut him out and cleaned up the edges with my Memento tuxedo black marker. I die cut the other turkey and sentiment with a large stitched rectangle die and adhered that to a die cut scalloped rectangle of pretty paper called Sweater Weather by LDRS Creative. I cut another piece of paper to adhere to a white card base. I then adhered the scalloped layer to the card. To finish off the card, I added the wobbler mechanism to the turkey and then adhered it to the card. Such a cute and fun card! I love how it turned out!



Here's a super quick little video showing the wobble this sweet turkey does!! Love it!

Polka Dot Orchard is having a fun 13 Days of Thanks Instagram Challenge. To enter you just need to post a new creation to Instagram using the hashtag #GiveThanksPDO1119 and say something you are thankful for in your write up. Easy Peasy! I hope you'll play along!!

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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal

Friday, November 15, 2019

Unity Stamp Company ~ No Limit To Love ~ Pop-Up Shadow Box Card

Hello there crafty friends!
I'm back with a fun interactive Pop-Up Shadow Box Card using a gorgeous new release from Unity Stamp Company called No Limit to Love by the fabulous Phyllis Harris!! I am loving this kit so much and as soon as I saw it I knew I HAD to make a shadow box card!


Isn't it just the sweetest!?! I love the magic of Christmas and this combination of stamps just oozes that wonderful feeling!!


 I used the sweet Santa and reindeer silhouette from the September 2019 Kit of the Month called All Kinds of Holiday Love for the inside of the card.


I blended a bunch of distress oxide inks for the inside background... Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge for the moon; and Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint Sketch, and Broken China for the sky. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture after stamping Santa and his reindeer and all the fun splatter. I stamped Santa with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed a fine black embossing powder. I then splattered the background with water, dabbed it dry with a paper towel, and then splattered white acrylic paint that I had watered down slightly. I like to water it down a bit so the splatter will make smaller dots and specks.


In this picture you can see some of the snow I created with the white paint splatter and a bit of  the reindeer in front of the moon.


And there's a peek at Santa on his sleigh! 


I colored the little girl with the following copic markers:
Skin ~ E000, E00, E21, R00, R20
Hair ~ E23, E37, E47
Clothes/Earring/Hair Tie ~ R000, R14, R29


This is the view from the other side.


The shading around the window and the circle was colored with C00 and C1 copic markers. I wanted the focus of the circle to be on the window so I left the rest of the space white, but added the shading around the edges to give it a feeling of reminiscence... dreaming of those days as a child waiting for Santa. A magical time! I used the Fiskars Fingertip Control Craft Knife to cut out the window panes. I did extend the window panes on the left to show more of the background. To finish off the card, I added the patterned paper with the die cut circle cut out and mat with a red card stock. The paper is from the My Favorite Christmas collection by Echo Park.



Here's a little video showing the card in action. There's a bit of a loud noise from my phone at the beginning of the video so please adjust your volume before clicking play.

Now, if you're interested in how to make this style of card, check out this fabulous post by Jennifer McGuire. I used the very same measurements, just adjusted my design to fit my needs.
Be sure to check out the new releases over at Unity Stamp Co.!!! So many wonderful new stamps!!


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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal

Scrapping for Less ~ Kaisercraft Silver Bells Tags ~ Gift Card Holder Using Tags

Hello there crafty friends!
 Today I'm sharing a fun idea for prepackaged tags... a Gift Card Holder Tag Card...? Well, I'll need to work on the name... lol...but basically I made a couple of super cute and fun interactive cards using the beautiful Kaisercraft Silver Bells Tags and they are holding a gift card!! Let's have a look... 


Aren't these just beautiful?! I love how they turned out! I found that the Simple Stories Country Christmas papers paired up well with the Silver Bells Tags... similar colors and styles, even though one is vintage and the other is country... lol. We're mixing it up!


First, I cut my layers of patterned paper and adhered them to a red card front measuring 4-1/4 x 5-1/2". I then adhered the card front to a white card base. I trimmed the red mat piece for the tag to 2-1/4 x 3-1/2" and punched a hole using my ancient Crop-a-Dile allowing me to use the included string... so the recipient could pull the tag using the string. I was just going to adhere the gift card directly to that piece but then I got to thinking that it would be fun to have a piece of card stock across the card and then have the tag tuck in behind it. So, I cut another piece of the red card stock the same size and adhered it to the back of the tag being careful to only adhere the top portion so I had an opening on the bottom to tuck. I cut the red card stock to go across the card and die cut it with a scalloped stitched border die. I adhered it to the card using a strong scor-tape being careful to only add the tape to either side of the card stock so I'd have an opening to tuck the gift card behind.


And then I stamped and heat embossed a surprise sentiment behind the tag!! So fun! I used the My Favorite Things Bitty Holiday Wishes for the sentiment. I stamped it with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed a fine white embossing powder.


Here you can see the other side of the tag where I've adhered the gift card using glue dots.


Here's the second card that I made using all the same steps as the first card only with the other style of tag and different patterned papers from the same Simple Stories Country Christmas paper pad. I also changed up the card stock to coordinate with the aqua colors in this tag.


I forgot to mention above that I tied some white baker's twine around the string of the tags. I thought it was a fun way to add a bit of white to the tag.


I tried to coordinate my gift cards to the colors of the cards... lol. I couldn't believe I still have my Amazon gift card from last Christmas! Guess who's going shopping!?!


This picture shows the opening between the card stock layers that makes it possible to tuck the tag on the card. I know sometimes that a visual can help so I wanted to share this too.


I sure hope that you've enjoyed the cards I shared today and that they've inspired you to get creative with your designs!!


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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal

Friday, November 8, 2019

Unity Stamp Company ~ Pure and Simple



Hello there crafty friends!
I have one more card for the Fall | Winter 2019 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop using the beautiful Pure and Simple kit just released by Unity Stamp Company along with the gorgeous snowflake background from the November 2019 SMAK kit called Beauty of Life!! And the name is so perfect for this kit!!


Isn't this fabulous snowflake background just amazing!! I thought it would be fun paired with this new girl by Angie Blom. And, of course, it's an image with coffee involved so I just had to enter it in the Fall | Winter 2019 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!! 


I used the following copic markers to color this card:
Skin ~ E000, E00, E21
Hair ~ E21, E27, E35, E37
Clothes ~ N0, N1, N2, N3, N5, B91, B95, B97, B99, BV000, BV00, BV02
Mug ~ BG000, BG23, E23, E51
Outline ~ B0000
Snowflake Background ~ V000, V04, V12, B0000, B00, B02, BV000, BV00, BV02


I just HAD to add some glitter... you can see a tiny bit in this picture.
 In person there's so much more glittery goodness!!


I even added some of the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer to the scarf... you can see a couple specks here.


A pretty simple design but I sure do love how it turned out!

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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal

Scrapping for Less ~ Waffle Flower ~ Winter Wishes

Hello there crafty friends! 
I'm back with a super cute card using the adorable Winter Wishes stamp set by Waffle Flower!!! 
Oh my goodness... I love this adorable set!!


If you check out the link for this set above, you'll notice that I omitted one of the kids. I knew that I had just enough room for two kids in my card design so... sadly one of them had to be omitted. But since I colored this stamp in steps with my Stampin' Up markers, it was really easy to just color the two kids. This is an easy 2-layer builder stamp set... meaning you stamp one portion and then easily line up the next portion to stamp. I started with the hats and colored them to match the beautiful colors in the Santa's Workshop papers by Carta Bella. I used Green Galore and Cucumber Crush for the little boys hat and Watermelon Wonder and Real Red for the girls hat. The eyes and mouth are also part of this first stamp. I used Chocolate Chip for the eyes and Blushing Bride for the mouth.


Once I had the hats done, I removed the first stamp and lined up the second stamp. It was so easy to line these up! I wanted to add some blue into the card to play off of the background paper I chose so I used the Soft Sky marker. The cheeks and nose are also part of the second stamp... I used the Blushing Bride marker again. Now at this point, I had a little bit of dimension in the hat with the different colored markers I used, but the mittens and pom poms needed a little something so I pulled out my copic markers. I'll be honest, I don't know if coloring on dye ink with copics is totally safe, but I haven't had an issue with my markers. I used BG000 and BG01 on the pom poms, mittens, and bow. Then I got to thinking the faces needed to be colored in... they were just white at this point. So I pulled out my got to skin copic markers ~ E000, E00, and E21. I was careful to color around the cheeks, mouth, nose, and eyes because I really wasn't sure what would happen... Lol! Coloring in the faces really gives this adorable stamp that extra cute touch!!


I stamped the sentiment with the same markers... Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, and Soft Sky. The dot in the 'i' for the word Winter connected to the letter since I had to ink it up a few times to get nice coverage, so I made a new dot! To finish off my card, I thought a little hot cocoa cup would be a fun addition. I just happened to have the Cup of Cocoa stamp set by Newton's Nook Designs on my desk so I inked up the stamp with the Real Red and Soft Sky markers. I then colored it in with the following copic markers ~ B0000, B00, R00, R14. I stamped the snowflake with the Cucumber Crush marker but it was too dark so I went over it with a white gel pen. It's not quite white... LOL! But the nice tinge of blue works perfectly with the blues I have in the card. I sure love how this card turned out!!

This fun card is another take on the sketch that I created for the November Sketch Challenge in the Scrapping for Less Show & Share Facebook group... we'd love to have you join us and play along!!  You don't need a blog to enter the challenge as you're adding a photo of your creation directly in the Challenge album in the group. You are welcome to include a link to your blog in the description of your creation.



Here's one more look at the card... I'm so happy that I could add the hot cocoa element so that I can enter my card in the Fall | Winter 2019 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!




Today is the last day to play along with this hop! I sure hope you get a chance to play!


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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal