Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Scrapping for Less ~ Spring Color Challenge ~ A Farmhouse Spring Card Kit

Hello there crafty friend!
It's time for the new April 2020 challenge for the Scrapping for Less: Show & Share Facebook group!! This month's challenge is a beautiful Spring Color Challenge using the following color palette...

{photo credit: Jennifer Rizzo from jenniferrizzo.com}

...White, Grey, Mint and Peach!! Gorgeous!!

Before I share my card using this beautiful palette of colors, I'd like to invite you to join the Scrapping for Less: Show & Share Facebook group. It is key in playing along with our challenge because entries need to be added to the challenge album in the group. You do not need to have a blog to play along since you'll be adding a photo of your creation directly in the challenge album.You are, however, able to include a link to your blog post in the description of your creation if you'd like. And if you do play along, please use the following hashtag in your social media posts... #sflcolorchallenge4.


Here's is my card using the Bloom Wildly collection of the A Farmhouse Spring card kit. I have been loving this simple sketch lately and couldn't help but use it again with these beautiful papers.


I used Tattered Rose Distress Oxide ink to stamp the sentiment and butterfly... it's the perfect color to compliment the peach color in the papers! Love it! To finish off the card, I added a few of the sequins that are included in the Banana Split subscription of this card kit. If you're not familiar with this card kit, I'd love for you to check it out on the SFL website ---> A Farmhouse Spring card kit! It's a beautiful card kit jam packed with Spring goodies!!

And I'd like to invite you, again, to come play along with this challenge over in the Scrapping for Less: Show & Share Facebook Group! We'd love to see what you create using these beautiful colors!

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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal




Saturday, March 28, 2020

Scrapping for Less ~ March 2020 Flavor of the Month Card Kit ~ A Farmhouse Spring


 Hello Spring! I hope it is spring where you are or it is loading! We have some fabulous florals and farmhouse images for you this month. So come on and hop with us and check out all the awesome spring inspiration the guest designers and design team have for you today. Stay tuned for a special announcement also! Make sure you head to the Subscriptions page to purchase your "Farmhouse Spring" card kit or even better yet why not subscribe! You save $5 each month and we only ask for a 3 month commitment. Also make sure to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a great prize! 
~ Teresa {SFL Owner}


If you are just starting hopping, we're so glad to have you join us! 
The hop starts on the Scrapping for Less blog or you can start hopping right here.

Here's a quick look at the March 2020 A Farmhouse Spring card kit...





I don't know about you but I am ready for some Spring...  flowers, butterflies and sweet little bunnies! This kit is filled with so many sweet Spring goodies... a must have kit! Let's get to the cards!



Collection One: Hello Spring
For my first card, I set aside the adorable bunny stamp set and played with the sweet ephemera pieces included in the kit. I used another ephemera piece for my Sneak Peek card... you can check that out here if you missed it ---> A Farmhouse Spring card kit! Back to this sweet bunny card... I blended a bit of Old Paper Distress Oxide ink in the area behind the curious bunny... it helps to make the bunny pop on the card and it just so happens to be an A La Carte item this month. I combined three of these ephemera pieces to make my scene and adhered them over a bit of patterned paper from the kit... I think it creates a sweet scene! To finish off this card, I stamped the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Supplies used (not found in the kit):
Memento Tuxedo Black ink


Collection Two: Farmhouse Floral
How gorgeous is that paper?!?! OMGeeee!! I love it so much! I trimmed the pretty papers and adhered them to a Whipped Cream card front measuring 4-1/4 x 5-1/2". I trimmed a strip of Whipped Cream card stock and adhered that over the patterned papers. I then stamped the beautiful floral image in Weathervane ink on vellum paper and quickly added some clear embossing powder before the ink dried. I then heat set the embossing powder being very careful to move my heat tool around so I didn't warp the vellum paper. I decided to just color the flowers in the image to help them pop on the card. I did this by coloring the flowers on the backside of the vellum paper. I die cut the vellum paper and a piece of Whipped Cream card stock with the same circle die. I adhered the vellum to the Whipped Cream circle using vellum tape.


 I then stamped the banner with Weathervane ink and stamped the sentiment coloring the stamp with the Distress markers so it would match the flowers. I fussy cut the banner and adhered it to the circle piece. I then popped up the circle piece on the card and adhered a pretty bow that I had made with the White Organza ribbon in the collection. To finish this card, I added two enamel dots. I love how this one turned out!

Supplies used (not found in the kit):
Papertrey Ink Weathervane ink
Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear embossing powder
Worn Lipstick & Dried Marigold Distress Markers
Spellbinders Standard Circles Small dies
PLUS Vellum Glue tape


Collection Three: Bloom Wildly
My third card came together pretty quickly. I adhered the beautiful paper to a card front of Spearmint card stock. I then trimmed a piece of the green patterned paper and mat it with a slightly larger strip of Spearmint card stock. I adhered the layers together and then adhered them to a white card base from my stash. I stamped the beautiful sentiment with Tattered Rose Distress Oxide ink in my Stamp Platform so I would get a nice crisp image. I then die cut it with a standard circle die and adhered it to a scalloped circle that I had die cut from Grout Grey card stock. I popped up the scalloped circle on the card with foam squares and added a couple buttons and tied a sweet little bow with the twine included in the collection.


And then I decided to add a delicate little butterfly. I stamped the butterfly on vellum paper with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink and heat embossed a fine clear embossing powder being careful not to warp the paper. I then flipped over the butterfly and colored it with Tumbled Glass and Tattered Rose Distress markers. I wish that I had just gone with Tumbled Glass so the butterfly would pop a bit more on the card, but it was already adhered to the card with some vellum tape. I still love how the card turned out though. 

Supplies used (not found in the kit):
Tattered Rose Distress Oxide ink
Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear embossing powder
Tumbled Glass & Tattered Rose Distress Markers
Spellbinders Standard Circles Small dies
Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles Small dies
PLUS Vellum Glue tape


Collection Four: Daisy Garden
One of my most favorite flowers is daisies!! I especially love white daisies so I honestly said "Ahhh" when I saw this sweet collection but the papers... OMG!! Seriously amazing and gorgeous!! I can't wait to play more with them and share more inspiration with you all this month! Back to the card... so our sketches this month included a tall and skinny sketch from Mojo Monday that is meant to fit in an A2 envelope but I decided to go bigger. My card measures 4 x 9-1/8" and will fit very nicely in a No. 10 envelope, also known as a business envelope. I cut a card front (4 x 9-1/8") from Grout Grey card stock and adhered it to a white card base from my stash measuring 8 x 9-1/8" that I scored and folded in half.


I trimmed the daisy paper to 3-7/8 x 5-7/8" and then cut it lengthwise giving me two pieces - 3-7/8 x 1-7/8" and 3-7/8 x 4". I then cut the kraft wood grain paper with hearts to 3-7/8 x 3-1/8". I adhered those papers to the card with liquid glue so I'd have a chance to move them to make sure they were lined up and straight. I then cut out two stitched flags from the other pretty kraft wood grain papers. I adhered those together and then adhered them to the card. I received the cool zig zag die in my Banana Split goodies and thought it would be a fun accent to use across the card. I die cut it three times from a scrap of the Grout Grey card stock and adhered them across the card.


I set the card aside and got to stamping. I'm not sure if you've noticed but I've used my very neglected Distress markers on most of my cards today. I thought it would be fun to use them one more time and color up the daisies and the sentiment for this card. I did this using a Stamp Platform so I could stamp the images a few time to get a nice stamped image using the markers to ink up the stamps. I love the way the flowers turned out with lighter and darker parts... gives it texture and dimension. I die cut the flowers and sentiment with a circle die and then mat it on a slightly larger die cut circle from Grout Grey card stock. I popped up the circle piece on the card with foam squares and then finished off this card by adhering a couple paper daisies. 

Supplies used (not found in the kit):
Mustard Seed & Shabby Shutters Distress Markers
Spellbinders Standard Circles Small dies
MFT Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX dies


I know this was a little long... I sure hope that if you've stuck around to the end that it was informative and helpful reading the steps that I took to make these cards. I enjoyed making them to share with you today. I mentioned that I used some A La Carte items, I sure hope you'll go check out all the wonderful A La Carte items when you subscribe to the card kit... so many additional items and even consumable items from that card kit so you can restock!! 

Your next stop on the hop is... Luci

Be sure to head back over to the Scrapping for Less blog to enter the Rafflecopter once you've finished hopping!



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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal


Friday, March 27, 2020

Scrapping for Less ~ March 2020 Flavor of the Month Card Kit ~ Sneak Peek

Hello there crafty friend!
Today, I am here with the last sneak peek of the wonderful A Farmhouse Spring card kit from Scrapping for Less before the reveal tonight! This card kit is jam packed with fabulous Spring images and the papers are sooo beautiful!! Definitely a must have kit!!


I am loving the ephemera pieces included in this month's kit so I just had to use this darling one for the focus on my card. I trimmed my patterned papers and adhered them to a Whipped Cream card front that was adhered to a white card base. I trimmed another piece of Whipped Cream card stock and stamped the 'spring greetings' stamp with Memento Tuxedo black ink. 


I adhered the piece of card stock with the sentiment to the card and then popped up the ephemera piece with foam squares. To finish off the card, I added a few of the enamel dots from the collection. Such a sweet card and pretty quick since I used that adorable ephemera piece! You definitely do not want to miss out on this card kit go subscribe now ---> A Farmhouse Spring card kit!

Be sure to come back tonight at midnight EST to check out the reveal of the card kit and to hop with us as the design team shares all kinds of wonderful inspiration!!

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

Inky hugs,
Crystal

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Scrapping for Less ~ Flavor of the Month Card Kit ~ Glass Slippers Collection!

Hello there crafty friend! Crystal here from Tawny Owl Paperie with more inspiration using the Glass Slippers Collection from the It's All About the Girls card kit from Scrapping for Less! This is just one of the four fabulous collections included in this card kit and there are just a handful of card kits left so be sure to snatch yours up before they are gone!! I had so much fun with the pretty papers and the beautiful ephemera in this collection! Let's get to the cards, shall we?!


My first card uses a cut-a-part from the Glass Slippers patterned papers in the collection for the sentiment with a fun quote from Walt Disney. I thought it paired beautifully with the castle papers and the castle ephemera. I die cut a square window from the yellow leaf papers and also die cut the square scalloped window from the green paper. I trimmed down a piece of the castle paper just big enough to fit the scalloped window and adhered it to a 4-1/8 x 5-3/8" piece of Nightshift Blue card stock. I then adhered the patterned papers to the panel and tied some pretty white organdy ribbon from my stash around the panel and tied it off cutting the ends like a faux bow. I then adhered my panel to a white card base. I popped up the cut-a-part piece and the ephemera castle with foam squares. I really love the dimension that the window gives the card!


My second card was a very quick way to finish off those scraps of pretty patterned paper. I pretty much finished off the Banana Split card stock with this one, too. I used the yellow card stock for my card front that I adhered to a white card base. I adhered a 4-1/8 x 5-3/8" piece of Nightshift Blue card stock to the card and then mat my patterned papers to some of the Banana Split card stock. I adhered those to the card and cut my flag (or banner) piece. I adhered the flag piece and realized I had forgotten to stamp the sentiment after popping up the flower ephemera piece with foam squares so I decided to stamp the sentiment onto a scrap of white card stock, trimmed it and adhered it on the flag. To finish off the card, I added a few of the clear enamel dots. I really love the beautiful floral papers on this dark background... makes for a very striking card!


I have to admit I dug into my stash for this card... I had run out of Nightshift Blue card stock with that bottom strip across the card. I had a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" piece of the Nightshift Blue card stock left over from a previous card kit so I used it. Again, I love the striking contrast with the dark background and the pretty blues, yellow and gold! So beautiful! I used another cut-a-part piece for my sentiment and the matching ephemera piece. These beautiful princess ephemera pieces are so gorgeous... I just love them!! And I was super excited to see that they are offered in the A La Carte section of the SFL shop ---> Glass Slipper Ephemera!!


I just love how my last card turned out!! For this card I used product exclusive to the Banana Split subscription... I love the extra goodies included in this month's kit!! I used the beautiful Flourish stencil to create my background. Since I wanted more of a dreamy background... kinda magical... I just used purple tape to secure the Flourish stencil over the Distress Watercolor card stock from my stash, rather than using Pixie Spray to secure it down which would have given clean crisp lines to the background. I sprayed the card stock lightly with water and then watercolor washed some Picked Raspberry Distress ink over the top left corner and the bottom right corner. I dabbed up the excess water and watercolor washed some Scattered Straw Distress ink (from my stash) that I watered down to get a lighter yellow color. I pulled up the stencil and dried the background with my heat tool.


I trimmed the background down to 4 x 5-1/4" and adhered it to a white card base. I popped up the princess ephemera piece with foam squares and adhered a few sequins from the collection around the card. I then die cut the Beautiful Word die {exclusive to the Banana Split subscription of the card kit} several times from my last scrap of Banana Split card stock. I adhered three layers of the Beautiful Word die together and then adhered three more layers of the Beautiful Word die together. I decided I'd adhere the Beautiful Word die across the bottom of the princesses dress so I cut one of the layers of die cuts just after the letter 'e' giving me three layers of the word 'be'. I adhered those layers to the bottom of my other die cut of the Beautiful Word die and then adhered the entire die cut piece to the card. The extra layers under the 'be' portion of the die cut were perfect to keep the whole piece level with the height given to the princess ephemera piece from the foam squares. Love it!!

So, I've pretty much finished up this collection in my stash but I saw that the consumable products in the collections are available to purchase in the A La Carte section of the shop... the card stock, the pretty patterned papers, the ephemera, and the enamel dots!! I can restock my stash and make more pretty cards! Woohoo!

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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal

Friday, March 20, 2020

Scrapping for Less ~ Tea Party Collection ~ More Tea-rrific Inspiration!

Hello there crafty friend!
Today I have more tea-rrific inspiration using the sweet Tea Party Collection from the It's All About the Girls card kit! This collection is especially endearing for me because my Mom was a tea drinker and her favorite color was purple. So while I created with this collection she was in the forefront of my mind.


With that said, it's no surprise that a couple of the cards I made are cards that could be for Mother's Day. I know it's a couple months away but it sure doesn't hurt to have those in your stash, right?!


I used up almost every last scrap of the patterned papers on these four cards. I had a lot of fun mix matching the patterned papers for each of the cards. I even paper pieced for this first card. Isn't that tea pot just the cutest with those pink polka dots! Love it! And it works well with all the polka dots in the patterned papers and even the enamel dots play into that design!


I had a couple more of the wood icons left over in my collection so I stamped the cup and saucer with Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored it with the following copic markers ~ R81, R83, R85, E51. I kept the tea a light milky color because my Mom liked her tea with a lot of milk. I then fussy cut the cup/saucer and cleaned up the edges of the image with my Memento Tuxedo black marker. I adhered the cup/saucer to the wood icon with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I then adhered the wood icon piece to a Grape Jelly die cut scalloped circle.


My third card is really very simple in the design... I adhered all of the layers on a card front measuring 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" of Pink Lemonade card stock and then adhered it to a white card base from my stash. I just adhered the sweet little wood icon tea pot to this card, along with the sentiment and was done. Very simple but sweet... I like it!


My last card is my favorite... I love the cute papers and the white embossed sentiment on the Plum Punch card stock. I colored this cup with the same copics as the other cup, but made it a bit darker. I also used BV0000, BV000, BV01 for the saucer. I used N0 and N2 to add some steam and for the ground. A similar design to the first two cards but I really love the way this one turned out!

I sure hope you've enjoyed more inspiration for the It's All About the Girls card kit!! I'll be back tomorrow with even more inspiration using the gorgeous Glass Slippers Collection!!

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

Inky hugs,
Crystal

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Unity Stamp Company ~ March 2020 Wildflower Wonders Whit Kit ~ Shaker Cards!

Hello there crafty friend!
Today I'm sharing two versions of shakers cards using the March 2020 Whit Kit called Wildflower Wonders from Unity!! This monthly membership is designed by Whitney Magnuson of Unity Stamp Company and she has really put together some amazing kits. I really love the vintage feel of this month's kit with the delicate textures of the papers and the gorgeous sentiment stamps!


My first shaker card is a traditional shaker card that is a full A2 card size measuring 5-1/2 x 4-1/4". I adhered a 5-3/8 x 4-1/8" piece of clear card stock to the back of a large stitched scalloped frame that I had die cut from one of the papers in the Vintage Textiles paper included in the kit. I trimmed down another patterned paper and adhered it to a white card base from my stash. I then sprinkled some of the Pearl Confetti Sequins onto the card and popped up the frame with a thin foam tape. 


I stamped the sentiment with Kraft ink from Gina K. Designs on a scrap of the same patterned paper I used on the card base. I couldn't find quite the right size of a stitched rectangle die so I used a little crafty trick and thought I would take a few pictures and share them with you.


First you'll want to line up the die for your first cut... I usually do this on the top since it's easier for me to line it up just so.


And this is what you have after running it through your die cutting machine.


Now you want to line up the bottom portion of the image or sentiment and then gently move the die in your hands back and forth a tiny bit to make sure that it's in the grooves that are already cut.


And this is how it'll look after running it through your die cutting machine... there are a couple extra stitches at the top and bottom but those don't bother me.


I adhered the sentiment to the card with a liquid glue and then wrapped some of the beautiful jute string around the front of the card a few times and tied a little bow leaving extra long tails. A pretty simple but lovely shaker card!


My second card is actually a Faux Shaker card. It has the appearance of a shaker card but the pretty sequins don't actually move. I used three different papers from the Vintage Textiles paper pack for this card. I used the burlap for my bottom layer that is adhered to a white card base from my stash. I then die cut the center from the white burlap paper that I had trimmed down to about 4 x 5-1/4". I trimmed the floral paper to 3-3/4 x 5" and adhered it to the center of the card.


I stamped the Hello sentiment onto a scrap of vellum card stock from my stash with VersaMark watermark ink and heat embossed an ultra fine white embossing powder. I then stamped the beauty sentiment and did the same steps. I trimmed down the vellum card stock and adhered it to the card. I popped up the white burlap paper that I had set aside earlier using foam tape.... giving the card an appearance of being a shaker card. I then adhered a bunch of the sequins around the bottom portion of the cut out... even tucking some in under the scallops. I adhered a few more around the sentiment and was done. I love making faux shaker cards!! This one turned out so lovely!

You can check out all the details for this amazing card kit here ---> March 2020 Wildflower Wonders card kit!


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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal

Friday, March 13, 2020

Scrapping for Less ~ More Inspiration with the Be-You-tiful Collection!

Hello there crafty friend!
I'm here with more inspiration from Collection One of the It's All About the Girls card kit... I can't get enough of this kit and Collection One has been one of my most favorite collections! I have three cards to share today... I was able to use up most of my patterned paper and a few more of the awesome Sentiment Stickers included in the collection.



For my first card, I die cut the polka dot paper with the Loopy Rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs and then I stamped the cluster of stars included in the Be-You-tiful stamp set multiple times on the polka dot paper with Ranger Archival Jet black ink. I used my heat tool to dry the ink and popped it up on pink patterned paper with foam squares. I then adhered the entire panel to a white card base. I added the sentiment sticker and finished off the card with a few of the enamel dots included in the collection. I love how simple but beautiful this card is!


Another pretty simple card using up the patterned papers in the collection along with some ribbon from my stash and another fabulous sentiment sticker. It's not often that I make a card without some kind of stamping but this card came together so fast... I love it!


My last card for the Be-You-tiful collection just may be my favorite of all the cards I created using this collection. I wanted to use the Life sentiment sticker and thought it would be fun to incorporate the heart shape of the sentiment by die cutting the stamped face image with a stitched heart die. I happened to have a few more pieces of patterned paper that worked perfectly with the heart theme of the card, but they didn't quite fit a card base. So I adhered them together and then adhered them to the center of a white card base. I popped up the stitched heart die cut and adhered the Life sentiment, along with the last of my enamel dots in the collection. It felt really good to finish off some of my enamel dot collection.. lol! I just love this card! 

That's it for me! I hope you've been inspired by my cards today using the Be-You-tiful collection from the It's All About the Girls card kit. And if you haven't purchased this fabulous kit, there are still some in the shop!! Check it out here ---> It's All About the Girls card kit!


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

Inky hugs,
Crystal


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Polka Dot Orchard ~ Tag it Tuesday ~ Cotton Candy Birthday Tag

Hello there crafty friend!
Today, I'm sharing a cute little birthday tag for Tag It Tuesday with Polka Dot Orchard!! I'm using the adorable Fine and Dandy Cotton Candy digi set from Polka Dot Orchard!


I combined and resized the cotton candy digi and the Happy Birthday sentiment... but I also cropped the sentiment. It actually says Happy Birthday Sugar so I cropped off the Sugar part. I didn't want the sentiment to be too big and take over the tag.


I colored the cute little cotton candy with the following copic markers ~ BV0000, BV000, BV01, BV11, R00, R20, C00, C1, C3. I fussy cut the cotton candy and set it aside. I colored the Happy Birthday sentiment with BV0000, BV000, R00, R20 and trimmed it down to fit on the tag.


I trimmed some pretty spring colored patterned papers from the Simply Spring paper pad from Doodlebug Designs and adhered them to a manila tag. I punched a hole through the papers and added a bit of white wide organdy ribbon. I tied a little bow with some white and purple baker's twine. I die cut the Stitched Ric Rac Die-namics from My Favorite Things from white card stock and cut it in half and adhered the pieces together. I adhered the ric rac piece to the tag and then popped up the cotton candy and sentiment.


 To finish off the tag, I added a few white enamel dots. I forgot to take a picture of the back of the tag... oops! I added some more patterned paper from the same pad to the back of the tag. I had laid the tag down on the paper and traced around the tag and the hole and just trimmed it and adhered it to the back of the tag. Such a cute birthday tag! I love how it turned out!

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

Inky hugs,
Crystal

Saturday, March 7, 2020

~ Friends of Unity March 2020 Blog Hop ~

Hello there crafty friend!!
It's my favorite time of the month... the first Saturday which means it's time to hop with a few of my friends who share an obsession of Unity Stamps!! Woohoo!


This month's cue is Designer's Choice which was so freeing... lol... but then hard to decide what to play with so... I got to thinking we have Easter coming up and Unity just released the latest Sentiment Kit featuring a beautiful Easter Lily!! It was a natural choice!!


So I die cut the stamped image from the Easter Lily Blessings Sentiment Kit with a pretty die called Eyelet Elegance Square from Gina Marie Designs. I then colored the image with the following copic markers:

Lilies ~ C00, C1, C3, Y06, Y15, YG11, YG23
Background ~ V0000, V06

I wanted the lilies to be white so I just used some cool grays to add depth to the already fabulous shading in the stamped image. A touch of yellow to the center of the flower and a bit of bright green for the buds and the leaves. I chose a lovely purple for my background to help make the flowers pop on the card.  


I then found a coordinating piece of purple card stock. I ran it through my big shot with the Wrought Iron Impression Plate from Papertrey Ink. I trimmed it down to 4-1/8 x 5-3/8" and tied a wide organdy ribbon around it with a pretty bow. I adhered it to a white card base and then popped up the main image with foam squares. I trimmed down the sentiment and cut the ends for a banner and adhered it to the card with some liquid glue. I think this turned out lovely.


Once my Easter card was done, I realized that another fun day was soon approaching and it has always been one of my favorite days to make cards for... St. Patrick's Day!! Do you make cards to send for St. Patrick's Day? I know not many people do.


I thought it would be fun to pair some of the brand new Deco Foil Card Fronts by Unity with a couple of fun stamps for some St. Paddy's Day cards!! And how perfect is this adorable owl from the Owl I Do Say Sentiment Kit... he's so cute with his little hat and bow tie!! He paired up so nicely with the Circles A Plenty card fronts!!


And I tied it all together with the cute Happy St. Patty's Button... I stamped this cute stamp four times using Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink first and then Pine Needle Distress Oxide ink second... but I dabbed away some of the Pine Needle ink before stamping to let some of the Cracked Pistachio pop through. I die cut those with a circle die and set them aside.


So back to the foiling... I was able to make four cards using two of the Circles A Plenty card fronts. I ran them through my Royal Sovereign laminator with the beautiful Emerald Watercolor foil. I then blended some Cracked Pistachio and Pine Needle Distress Oxide inks over the foiled card fronts with a blending brush. The ink dulled the foil just a tad but I was able to wipe it off with a cloth and the foil was back to super shiny and beautiful!


Once my foiled card fronts were done, I cut them in half... so I ended up with two pieces measuring 2-1/8 x 5-1/2" and two pieces measuring 4-1/4 x 2-3/4". Fun little accents to add to my cards!!


Now it was time to color up all the adorable owls... I tried not to do them all the same. I wanted each of them to be unique, but I did use similar colors for the hat and bow tie just in different ways.


Here's a run-down of all the copic markers I used for the owl cards:

Owl 1 ~ N0, N1, N2, N5, Y06, Y21, YR15
Owl 2 ~ W00, W1, W3, W5, Y06, Y21, YR15
Owl 3 ~ C00, C1, C3, Y06, Y21, YR15
Owl 4 ~ E000, E00, E21, E23, E25, Y06, Y21, YR15
Hat / Bow Tie ~ Y06, Y15, Y21, Y28, YR15, YG11, G16, G19, N0, N1, N2, N5, N7


Once they were all colored, I die cut them with a stitched rectangle die and set them aside. I thought about using a pretty patterned paper for my backgrounds but I couldn't find one I liked that would work with the Circles A Plenty card fronts so... I decided to do some ink smooshing and splattering!! I used the same two greens I'd used to blend on the card fronts and for the sentiment... Cracked Pistachio and Pine Needle. I ink smooshed by dabbing the Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor card stock into the watered down inks on my Mixed Media Glass Mat. I love that I did this four times for each card and absolutely none of them look the same!! So fun!


I splattered the same two inks onto the card fronts in my splatter box... which is just an old shipping box that I layered a few paper towels in the bottom of the box. I trimmed down the card fronts to 4-1/8 x 5-3/8" and adhered them to a white card base. I then adhered the foiled card front pieces and the main images. And to finish off the cards, I popped up the Happy St. Patrick's Day sentiments with foam squares.


Here's a look at all four of the Owl St. Paddy's Day cards!! Love how they turned out!

Phew! I know that was a lot of photos and info, but I sure hope you've enjoyed my cards and that I've inspired you to get inky!

Before we get to the hop list, I'm having another giveaway this month... I have a sweet and adorable Phyllis Harris stamp called No Bunny Compares to share with one lucky winner!! I'll announce the winner during next month's hop. A few of my friends are also having giveaways so be sure to check out all the fabulous creations along the hop and comment on each blog for a chance to win!! 

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our little hop... and for all of your lovely comments! I really, truly do appreciate each and every one of your sweet comments. 

Let's get to the hopping...

Crystal <--- you are here

up next ---> Eileen











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

Inky Hugs,
Crystal