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! 


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Heffy Doodle Turns ONE | Celebration Blog Hop

Hi there guys! Crystal here AGAIN! Thanks for stopping by my blog for this awesome celebration of Heffy Doodle's first birthday. You should have arrived here from the AMAZING Laura Sterckx . Her project was absolutely stunning, huh?!




A few weeks ago, Lesley and I were planning out the summer calendars, in our conversation I had to ask, "hey, when was official launch date?" So, after much going back and forth June 13th it was. I know Lesley spent MONTHS planning Heffy Doodle's 1st release because she showed it to me at Creativation January of 2017. 6 months prior to the launch! At that time we spoke about my role to help out with the design team coordination and voila I got the coolest role on the planet. So my friend, here we are ONE year later, a couple releases under our belts, with retailers all over the planet. It has been truly an inspiring year. I am truly grateful to be here, celebrating the first of many more (I hope) .

Now onto my project!

For my card, I used a couple sets from the newest June 2018 release.


To make this I :
1. Created a wash of color using Taylored Expressions Liquid watercolors in Blue Corn, and Apple Green.
2. Heat Embossed in white the Hello You from HD Big Bold Words. 
3. Heat embossed in silver the I miss our chats from Wingman stamp set
4. Die cut clouds from Swirly Cloud dies
5. Heat embossed partial letters from the Hello You in silver and adhered over the white Hello You with foam adhesive
6. Colored, die cut and adhered the birdies from Wingman.
7. Splatted TE Blue Corn water color over all of it.



 This card was quite simple to make, and I certainly enjoyed coloring those birds from the Wingman stamp set.


Now time to tell you about a few thing regarding this hop!

GIVEAWAY!

Two lucky winners will receive a £50 voucher to the Heffy Doodle store. Leave a comment on each stop to qualify. Comment eligibility will close on 6/23/2018 at 12pm PDT

Winners will be announced on June 24th on the Heffy Doodle Blog

COUPON!
Receive 20% off your order by using code : HeffyBirthday2u
Coupon is only available on from June 13th -June 17th. This is a great time to get your new release stuff!

Your next stop is Nina-Marie Trapani

If you get lost along the hop, please follow the line up. Everyone has worked super hard working on projects to celebrate Heffy Doodle's first birthday. Happy hopping friends!

Cheers!

Crystal


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June Rainbow Series | Color Combo with Crystal | Episode 2

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

If you have not seen this set yet, you should definitely check it out; I absolutely adore this stamp set. it's a smaller set, but quite fun to color!



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



Let me tell you how I made this!

  1. Trim a white piece of cardstock to fit over cardbase.
  2. Using Distress Oxydes I blended from the top of the cardstock to the bottom in the following color order. Candied Apple, Pickled Raspberry, Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Wilted Violet.
  3. With Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Edges die, I trimmed sections of of the blended cardstock.
  4. Using foam adhesive on rainbow panel cloud-like shapes, these were placed over the card base. Leave enough space for sentiment placement.
  5. Stamp sentiment from Look Up to You Birdie.
  6. Place colored and hand cut  birdies in between the rainbow panel with foam adhesive.


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!

https://youtu.be/fcWUEpOhwck

Thank you so much for joining me!

Crystal

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Rainbow Card Series | Episode 1 | Unity Stamp Company

Happy day friends! Crystal here with my first installment of June's Rainbow series for my Color Combos with Crystal. Nothing says summer quite like a rainbow!  I am so excited to be sharing this card made with the gorgeous florals from You Are Forever Beautiful kit and sentiment from the same set.

If you have not seen this set yet, you should definitely check it out; I absolutely adore this stamp set.



On my project for this post, I started out with a white background base since I thought this would especially make those rainbow paint strokes pop.



Let me tell you how I made this!

  1. Trim a white piece of cardstock to fit over card base.
  2. Heat Emboss the flower from You Are Forever Beautiful using white embossing powder
  3. Heat emboss the sentiment in black powder
  4. Using a large watercolor brush, create a store moving from the outer edge of the card towards the center.
  5. Repeat step 4 with each color
  6. Allow a couple minutes drying time and add a second layer of color. Feather the ends by lifting the brush.
  7. Add splatters of white pigment ink or white water color
  8. Add Pretty Pink Posh jewels or embellishment of choice such as sequins.
  9. Mail it!




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!





Thanks so much for spending some time with me. Come by next Tuesday for the 2nd episode of this month's Rainbow cards series.



Crystal 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Heffy Doodle 2018 June Release


Hi there! Welcome to my stop of the Heffy Doodle June Release Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Sindu Jay Blog. I am so excited to share this project made with this release. I feel that Lesley has knocked it out of the park with this set of stamps and images. 

For my card I am using the super popular Oceans of Love


This set has super fun sentiments and those ocean critters are adorbs! Ok, now on to my card:

For my card, I stamped the critters on to the teal card stock using a matching ink. 



The sentiment was stamped on an MFT die and surrounded by the ocean animals adhered with foam adhesive. 



To finish, I added Pretty Pink Posh Clear droplets.

Now, for the Giveaway! 

One lucky winner will receive a £50 voucher to the Heffy Doodle store. Leave a comment on each hop to qualify.
Winner will be announced on Friday, June 8th on the Heffy Doodle Blog.

The entire release is available now for purchase at the Heffy Doodle store. 

I hope you continue to hop along, your next stop is Heather Hoffman

If you get lost, here is the line up for the blog hop.  

Thanks so much for hopping along with me, until next time

Crystal 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Pretty Pink Posh Class at Impress Rubber Stamps in Tukwila, WA

Hi guys! Just wanted to pop in and invite you to join me for two classes I am teaching on June 10th, 2018...




Join us for two classes at Impress Rubber Stamps in Tukwila, WA. Featuring Pretty Pink Posh newest May and June release. Sign up for one or both. 

From 11:30-1:30 we will have Pretty Pink Posh Floral Showcase:
Designer Crystal Thompson will be teaching techniques to create an array of cards featuring fresh florals used in various techniques for every occasion. 




Then from 2:30pm- 4:30pm, we continue on with Gorgeous Backgrounds class. Learn ways to stretch your stamps, play on background patterns and more! We are making 4 coordinating cards. 

Bring your favorite coloring medium (ie. markers, pencils), liquid adhesive, foam adhesive, tape adhesive and scissors. All other materials will be provided. There will be a gift courtesy of Pretty Pink Posh for every student.

Call the store to sign up 206-901-9101, $38 per class.

Let me know if you signed up! I can't wait to see you! 

Crystal 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Studio Katia 2nd Birthday Celebration Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hi there guys! Welcome to my stop of the Studio Katia second birthday celebration! You should have arrived from Amy Kolling's blog.

I am super excited to be here celebrating Katia's 2nd birthday, I was so excited I made two cards with the new release!

First up is this floral beauty



I wanted to use the newest Chunky Confetti Glitter, and I thought the outer layer of this card would be awesome to add. 



I used tombow adhesive on the card base, added my chunky glitter just on the edge. 



Then I stamped the center cardstock with the Lovely Blooms stamp in light pink. Then heat embossed the sentiment from the same set. 


  
On a separate cardstock, I stamped, colored and hand cut the Lovely Blooms image and placed that over the white panel. To finish up, I added a bit of glitter Nuvo drops to the center of the florals. 



For my second card, I wanted to make a square card!


To make this I used the Brush Stroke Wave stencil, with gray and pink ink, blending those into each other.  For the Seashell Shaker, I die cut it out of pink cardstock. The inner part I used clear Nuvo Drops and for the outer part for the shell I used glitter Nuvo. Once those were dried up, I place those on the center of the card.


The mer-people were colored with Copics. I thought the tails needed to be super special, so I used the Dots Chunky Glitter.



The sentiment was then heat embossed with silver powder



The outer edge of my card panel was decorated with Copic dots that matched the tails of my mermaids.



 I am specially fond of these guys, they are super cute! 



Now onto the giveaway!

Studio Katia is giving away TWO $100 CAD gift certificates on each day of the Hop, winners will be chosen from the comments left on all blogs of the Hop!

****I am personally purchasing a $25 gift card to give ONE of you for leaving a comment below and becoming a follower on my Instagram. Simply click HERE to take you to my feed and press Follow! My handle is crystal_thompson_design ( I will check here for comment and follow so please be sure to say you became a follower) I will select a winner next Saturday for my personal giveaway! *****

Dana Gong is your next stop. If you get lost you can find the full hop list below or visit Studio Katia Blog!

Friday, May 25, 2018

ClearSnap and Pink & Main Collaboration blog hop

Hi there! Welcome to my stop of the ClearSnap and Pink & Main collaboration blog hop! 


For today's project I have me two very bright cards using the Aloha Pineapple stamp set. 
To make this card I:
1. Trimmed the white cardbase
2. Stamped the solid backgrounds in ColorBox® Premium Dye Ink in Dandellion and Blush
3. The crown was stamped in ColorBox® Premium Dye Ink in Olive for the yellow pineapples and ColorBox® INK Premium Dye Mini Inkpads for the pink pineapples.
4. The top layer of the pineapple skin was stamped in ColorBox® Premium Dye Inkpads in Raspberry and Wheat for the traditional pineapple.
5. The "aloha" was stamped in ColorBox® Premium Dye Inkpad in Blush, and the "friend" in Raspberry.

I really like the one layer card, and how easy it can be to mail out. 

Fro my second card, I wanted to create a background with the pineapple shell and the hello from Hello Friend stamp set.

To make this card:

1. Stamped the square skin shell from Aloha Friend using ColorBox® Premium Dye Inkpad in Dandelion over a lighter yellow shade of card stock.

2. On a separate piece of cardstock, I stamped the pineapple in  ColorBox® Premium Dye Inkpad in Dandellion and Otter, the crown was stamped in Olive .

3. Using the outer corner of the pineapple crown I did a rock n' roll technique with Dandelion then over stamp with Olive to get both colors on the ink pad. Then I stamped the crown on the edges of the white cardstock.

4. Using my stamp positioner, I stamped the "hello" in  ColorBox® Premium Dye Inkpad in Leather over the pineapple and the white cardstock.

5. With foam adhesive I added the pineapple matching up where the letters met.

6. To finish off, I added some silver glossy dots.


Isn't this a happy card? 


GIVEAWAY:

There are prizes available for this hop! Pink and main will be giving a $25 gift code to their website, and Clear Snap will be giving away a prize pack valued at $25. All you have to do to win a prize is hop along the blogs and follow and leave comments on their posts. We will choose 2 random winners from the comments posted. We will post the winners on June 1st.

Here is the lineup for the hop… enjoy!

Thank you so much for joining me on this post celebrating ClearSnap and Pink & Main Collaboration. Your next stop is Kate! 

Hugs,

Crystal