Monday, October 8, 2018

Reverse Confetti FALL-IDAYS

Hi there crafty friend! Thank you so much for making the stop on my blog coming from the super talented Maria Sabina.

For today I have a project using some of my favorite Cotton and Thistle set. I grew up in Texas with fields upon fields of cotton, so this set reminds me of my childhood. 


I felt this image should be minimally colored, and allow the beauty of the cotton to show through.


To make this card, I matted a white piece of Neenah 110 lb cardstock over a kraft sheet cut 5.50 in by 4.25 in.

With blue watercolor, I layered a couple washes and set the cardstock aside to dry.  The vase and the stems were stamped, die cut then glued together. I then added clear Nuvo Drops to create a water effect.


The cotton was left white as the cardstock and added a pearl white Nuvo drops.
Then the whole thing was placed on the card panel with foam adhesive, and decorated with more clear Nuvo drops to make a waterdroppelet effect.

And that is it for this card, what are your thoughts on this Thanksgiving/Fall friendly card? Your next stop is Melissa Phillips

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Crystal 


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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Heffy Doodle and WOW Embossing Collaboration

Hi there! Thanks so much for stopping by, today we have a Heffy Doodle Collaboration with WOW Embossing. 
For this collab, I am using the Geology Rocks stamp set and two of WOW embossing powders. Metallic Platinum and White Twinkle. 

I could tell all about the way I made this card, however I made a video! 

Be sure to hop to my YouTube channel to see the full tutorial. 



There are some giveaways on Instagram too, so go on over and be sure to hop along.






Monday, October 1, 2018

Whimsy Stamps Guest Designer

Hello there! Crystal Thompson here as a special guest for Whimsy Stamps.

Today's very sweet post using the super cute stamp set called Teddy Best Friends from Whimsy Stamps.



The bears on this stamp set were just begging to be water colored, so with that in mind I decided to keep the card on a Clean and Simple vision with minimal embellishment.

To make this card, I heat embossed the bear image with gold embossing powder on regular 110lb white cardstock. 

 Once the image had dried up, I went ahead and hand cut around the image, and set aside.

 Now for my background , I have a piece of light kraft cardstock cut 4.25 in by 5.50in. Then I layered a white cardstock that is .25 in smaller than my base.


Once everything was layered, with a clean brush I drew a circle on the cardstock with clean water, then dropped some lilac water.  Once that dried, I water colored a blue circle, and splattered blue watercolor. Before it all dried, I did a few flickers of dark pink.

Once everything has dried, I heat embossed the sentiment in gold embossing powder Promise You Won't Forget Me. To add some sparkle with gold spray, I added flickers to the entire card.To finish up, I placed the bear with foam adhesive above the sentiment.

I love the way this card turned out, very soft and subtle yet clean. Now don't go anywhere yet, I have a second card with a different technique.

For this card, the background is using the ever popular ink smooching technique, however I did it with some different ink that made this look kinda like alcohol blends. Let me tell you how I did this. 

Since the background on this is a background was too busy, I thought the bear should be simple and colored with Copics.
 To make the background, I used Distress Oxydes. I thought the formula would work well to smooch and it would react different to a dye ink. On a piece of acetate I swirled Cracked Pistachio, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet and Broken China. Then I added a couple drops of water on the acetate. I did not blend blend the colors, just add the drops.

Then on the cardstock that is to be smooched, I added a wash of clean water with my large brush. Then I smooched the paper onto the colors and lifted. I had some white left on my cardstock, so I turned the page and smooched again. Then allow it to air dry for about 5 minutes.


Once it was dried up, I heat embossed the sentiment in gold embossing powder. Then added gold splatters.

To finish off the card, the little bear was added to the center of the card with foam adhesive. 

I really liked using both techniques on the backgrounds as it allows to work on one card, while the other dries up. 

Didn't I say this stamp set was the cutest?! 


Which one is your favorite?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Crystal 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Home for the Holidays | Stamp of Approval Release

Hi there friends! Crystal here as a guest designer for this AMAZING holiday packed Stamp of Approval collection. I had WAY too much fun creating with the Home for the Holiday stamps.


I want to begin by inviting you to hop on over to the my Youtube channel and watch how I made this card: (and a chance to win some SOA goodies) 


Ok, so back to today's release, I am using the same stamp set above to make a festive and bright card!


To make this card, I used the Christmas Cookies stamp set and the sentiment from the Holiday Mixed Sentiment Set.


First, I stamped the large and smaller snow flakes from Christmas Cookies on the teal cardstock. Then I layered the white cardstock over it, the sentiment is stamped in Rocking Red. The Christmas tree "cookie" was stamped with Lime Rickey over similar color cardstock. 


The tree and extra snowflake were placed with foam adhesive on the white cardstock and embellished with silver sequins and silver thread.

Now, it's your turn to make something with your SOA! 


Wait List Ordering Opens Wednesday, 9 am eastern – click here to add your name to the list.

If you're new to the SOA Collection concept: Stamp of Approval is our quarterly box of exclusive stamping supplies that is delivered right to your door.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Pretty Pink Posh Fall Release | Blog Hop Day 2


Hi friends! Welcome to my stop of the Pretty Pink Posh blog, you should have arrived here from Jeanne Jachna blog. If you are lost, I have the full line up available at the end of this post.  

For my project, I am using the GORGEOUS Small Stitched Foliage Dies  + Espresso Jewels Autumn Wreath Stamp Set 

I thought, it would be fun to have a pattern of die cuts from the Small Stitched Foliage cut, then use watercolors on a background sheet to add fall colors. 



The embellishment came from the Espresso Jewels. I have not seen any one make these in brown, and these really say "fall".



The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed in gold Autumn Wreath Stamp Set 


The white panel was then watercolored with teal, orange, purple and a bit of yellow. 



Once that was dried the die cut was placed above it with foam adhesive. This was a seriously easy card to make, yet it looks neat and complicated. 


Now, let me tell you about the blog hop! 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 9/18/2018. Winners will be announced on the PPP blog.

So be sure to hop on over to the amazing Mindy Eggen



Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Crystal 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Stamptember & Heffy Doodle

Hi there friends!! Crystal here for Heffy Doodle, celebrating Simon Says Stamp Stamptember. I a so excited to be celebrating this very special day as Heffy Doodle turned one back in July and now we get to be among some of the best and neatest stamp companies out there. I

Anyways, today I have a card using our collaboration with Simon Says Stamp.

To make this card, I stamped the smores, coffee cups , hearts and tea cups on a white panel. 

The stamped panel was placed over kraft cardstock , then a sentiment was heat embossed in pink.

The cute squirel was stamped, handcut, copic colored and placed in the circle cut out 

How fun was that?! I love this set designed by Leslie (owner of Heffy Doodle) because it has many sentiments. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Crystal 




Reverse Confetti September Release Blog Hop

Hi there! Welcome to my stop of the Reverse Confetti September Release Blog Hop. This is a very special release as it encompasses all 3 upcoming holidays in a neat little package!

You should have arrived here from Laurie Wilson's blog. Isn't that woman absolutely talented?!

For my stop of the blog, I decided to show you another Christmas card using one of the newest sets called Holiday Gnomes and the AMAZING Triangles Die.





I believe I don't do cute cards very well, but the little town in this set was super fun to work with. 

Using Distress Oxydes to create the skyline.

Stamped the little houses, die cut and colored with copics. I drew some bricks on them to make them different

Then the trees were colored, and Nuvo drops added as ornaments. 

Glitter Nuvo to be my twinkling stars

The triangles die at the bottom for snow and texture!
Make sure to visit the other talented crafters joining the hop -you'll find lots more inspiration!






Thanks so much for stopping by today, your next stop is Melissa Phillips!