Thursday, July 12, 2018

Pretty Pink Posh | Design Team

Hi there friends! Stopping by today to share the happy news that I will be continuing on with Pretty Pink Posh as a member of their design team. I am so honored to continue on with PPP. <3





For this occasion, I am commemorating with this card!








I created this a few weeks ago for a class down in Seattle. I loved it some much I thought I ought to share.

Don't you love the rainbow with the color sweater of the sweet girl?

Now, there is a $100 gift certificate up for grabs on the Pretty Pink Posh Blog! Click HERE to go and make a comment for a chance to win.


Thanks for your support and love,

Crystal


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Altenew Winner for July Stencil Release

Hi there! I have an announcement! The winner to my $30 gift card for commenting and following on my IG account is ....ohdolphinlady Aimee Phillips! 


Please contact winner@altenew.com by 7/20/2018 with the subject line Altenew July 2018 Stencil Release Blog Hop Winner from Crystal Thompsons Blog.


Thank you all so much for your support!

Hugs,

Crystal

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Altenew July 2018 Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway





Hi there! Welcome to my stop of the AMAZING Altenew Stencil Release Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Lydia Evans blog . You are almost done and I hope you been inspired so far <3

I created A TON of cards using the newest release. So be ready for a photo filled blog post today. Also at the end of the post, I have a super fun video showing you how I water colored with a stencil! So please stay tuned!

First up is the City Scene Stencil.







With this stencil I made two cards! First up is this awesome Distress Oxyde creation. I started at the top with that purple and moved my way down with different colors. I thought it looked very clean with the white cardstock and simple sentiments using the For You stamp and die set.






The second card using the City Scene Stencil was very much inspired by HBO's Sex and the City. (theme song to SITC goes here)

On a pink piece of card stock I sentecils the outlines of the city with Altenew Jet Black. The "you" die cut was from pink foam and black glitter paper.

To add some additional sparkle, I added Gold Metallic Jewels from Pretty Pink Posh and flickers of Gold Spray.




For this card, I am doing a selective ink blending on the center of my card panel. 


Using Altenew inks in Expresso and Sand Dunes I blended the darkest color on the center, and blended outward. 

Then using the same color scheme as above on the Just for You floral set. I flickered some gorgeous Forest Glades spray.



Then last but not least, I created this set of watercolor cards using the Flowing Drops Stencil





These set of cards was really fun to create! I'd tell ya how I did it, but as I mentioned earlier there is a video. 













VIDEO




GIVEAWAY

Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, July 12th for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/15/2018.


ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAY

I have a $30 Altenew Gift Certificate up for grabs! Just be a follower on my Instagram account. My handle is @crystal_thompson_design I will select a winner on July 11th from the IG post corresponding to my watercolor stencil cards! https://www.instagram.com/crystal_thompson_design/

Your next and final stop is Simon Says Stamp Blog


LINE UP





Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Unity Stamp Company | Color Combos with Crystal | Christmas in July | Episode 1

Happy Tuesday friends! Crystal here with my first installment of Christmas in July Series for my Color Combos with Crystal.  We will beat the Christmas card making rush by starting in July with some fresh and fun ideas! I am so excited to be sharing this card made with Mourning Dove and sentiment from Joyous Season.
If you have not seen either of these sets yet, you should definitely check it out; I absolutely love the idea of using a non-Christmas image for this!
On my project for this post, I started out with a white background base since I thought this would especially make those gorgeous watercolor washes really stand out.
Let me tell you how I made this:
  1. I trimmed a white piece of cardstock to be my card base. (I used Neenah 110lb)
  2.  I stamped the sentiment from a Joyous Season using India Ink which is watercolor friendly, (the GIna K Amalgam Ink works too!)
  3. With clean water, I brushed a wash of water to the cardstock directly.
  4. I dropped some red watercolor from my Gansai Tambi pallet.
  5. Repeated the same process from #4 with the green watercolor. Then allow to dry.
  6. On another piece of cardstock, I stamped that gorgeous dove from the Mourning Dove set with India Ink.
  7. Hand cut the dove and add a few brushes of severely water-downed brown watercolor. Focus on the upper part of the dove’s body.
  8.  Flicker gold spray or watercolor to the red and green water-colored cardstock
  9.  Adhere dove with foam adhesive
  10. Enjoy!
I of course made a video for this card! So please press play and let me know your thoughts!  I love seeing your creations on the Unity Show and Tell. Be sure to tag me so I can see it <3
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Thank you so much for joining me!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

June Color Combos | Rainbow Circles | Unity Stamp Company

Happy day friends! Crystal here with my final installment of June’s Rainbow series for my Color Combos with Crystal.  (Missed the first episode, click HERE  and the second one HERE and last weeks HERE )Nothing says summer quite like a rainbow!  I am so excited to be sharing this card made with  Obsessed with Florals Background stamp  and sentiment from With You I am Home Kit. 

If you have not seen either of these sets yet, you should definitely check it out; I absolutely adore the florals for heat embossing.


On my project for this post, I started out with a white background base since I thought this would especially make those rainbow circles really stand out.


Let me tell you how I made this:

  1. I trimmed a white piece of cardstock to be my card base.
  2. Trimmed watercolor cardstock a quarter of an inch smaller than the card base.
  3. Stamp and heat emboss the Obsessed with Florals Background stamp with white powder
  4. Trim a piece of black cardstock, heat emboss in white the sentiment from With You I am Home kit. 
  5. Using Gansai Tambi watercolor palette, create circles of color starting in the center. Changing color per circle. Let dry.
  6. Place sentiment with foam adhesive on the center of the panel. 
  7. Place the whole thing over the card base.
  8. Enjoy!
I of course made a video for this card! So please press play and let me know your thoughts!  I love seeing your creations on the Unity Show and Tell. Be sure to tag me so I can see it <3





Thank you so much for joining me!
Crystal

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rainbow Card Series | Watercolor Edges | Unity Stamp Co

Happy day friends! Crystal here with my third  installment of June’s Rainbow series for my Color Combos with Crystal.  (Missed the first episode, click HERE  and the second one HERE) Nothing says summer quite like a rainbow!  I am so excited to be sharing this card made with  Wild Florals kit and sentiment from Friends Like You.

If you have not seen either of these sets yet, you should definitely check it out; I absolutely adore the florals for heat embossing.



On my project for this post, I started out with a white background base since I thought this would especially make those rainbow edge really stand out.



Let me tell you how I made this:

  1. I trimmed a white piece of cardstock to be my cardbase.
  2. Trimmed watercolor paper to be the same height as the front of the cardbase
  3. Repeatedly stamped the florals from Wild Florals using embossing ink.
  4. Apply white embossing powder and heat set.
  5. Using watercolors, dab color onto the paper and keep layering.
  6. Hand cut around one side of the florals.
  7. Heat Emboss in black "Hello Friend" from Friends Like You 
  8. With foam adhesive place a strip on the edge of the card base, and place rainbow florals
  9. Embellish with Pretty Pink Posh Gold Metallic Jewels


I of course made a video for this card! So please press play and let me know your thoughts!  I love seeing your creations on the Unity Show and Tell. Be sure to tag me!



Thank you so much for joining me!

Crystal

Friday, June 15, 2018

Pretty Pink Posh | June Release Blog Hop


Happy day friends! Crystal here with a pretty card post and I am so excited to be sharing this card made with the Geraniums from Pretty Pink Posh. If you have not seen this set yet, you should definitely check it out; I absolutely adore this stamp set.

You should have arrived here from the awesome Jeanne Jachna . If you are lost on the hop, the line up is at the end of this post. 


When Paulina showed us this stamp set, I immediately ran outside to take close up photos of my geraniums, because I wanted to re-create God's amazing coloring! 

I don't know if I even got close, but I am pretty happy about it. 


To make this card I used a light gray cardstock, heat embossed the leaves in silver powder from Simon Says Stamp. 



Then is same heat embossing powder, I heat embossed Best Wishes from the Everyday Greetings Stamp Set 



Next, I splatted white paint. Now for the Geraniums, I stamped and heat embossed a bunch of them on white Neenah cardstock, die cut them with the matching Geraniums Coordinating Dies 


I then colored each one of them using my Copics, and placed them on the card with foam adhesive. As my finishing touch, I embellished with Metallic Silver Jewels 




BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY
There are 4 $25 gift certificates up for grabs (two winners each day). Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop. Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PDT on 6/19/2018. Winners will be announced on the PPP blog.




MY GIFT TO YOU
I am personally gifting you a Congrats Die and Geranium stamp set. To qualify to win, please go and follow my Instagram profile. Make a comment under today's Geranium project and let me know you are now following or have been a follower. I will select a winner next Friday!