Saturday, December 1, 2018

One Die | Three Ways Diecember Simon Says Stamp

Hi! Today I have a new video up on my Youtube channel using one die in three different cards with minimal basic supplies.

I would give you the full how- to but I did make a nice detailed video!

The video can be seen here:

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Unity + Misti Collaboration Blog Hop & Giveaway | New Release

Hi there! Thanks so much for stopping by today! We are celebrating a My Sweet Petunia and Unity blog hop and Instagram Hop.  I've gotta warn you that this is a heavy photo post!

I have a sweet card to share with you using the O Blessed Night Stamp set that releases TODAY. 

I would tell you how I made this sweet card, however I made a quick video instead!

Now let me tell you about the GIVEAWAY 

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to give away PLUS a $60 gift certificate to My Sweet Petunia. Leave a comment on EACH design team member’s blog in the hop for your chance to win. You have until Monday, November 12th to leave a comment. Winners will be picked and announced Tuesday, November 13th on the Unity Stamp Company and My Sweet Petunia blogs.

This hop is a bit different, the lineup is on the Unity and My Sweet Petunia blog, I suggest holding the CTRL button down and click each person's name. Then their page will load on an individual tab! (my favorite way of doing it)

There is also an Instagram hop. My handle is @crystal_thompson_design.

Thanks so much!


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Unity and Beth Duff Designs Release Blog Hop

Hi there! Welcome to my stop of this Unity Hop featuring the newest stamp sets from Beth Duff. I am seriously crushing on her designs as they are fun and elegant! 

Today's project is made with the Peppermint Mocha stamp set along with Watercolors and the ever gorgeous Nuvo Drops. 

I am not going to tell you how I made this project because I filmed the entire thing,and have the fun video up on my Youtube channel. So click play below and check it out.

Of course there is a giveaway! Unity is very generous and has TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to give away. Leave a comment on EACH design team member’s blog in the hop for your chance to win. {We will announce the winners on the Unity blog TUESDAY night.}

I have a personal giveaway too! Be sure to subscribe to my YT channel. If you already do, leave a comment on this video and you will be entered to win a prize pack full of new crafty goodies!

Your next stop is Donna , and below is the full line up if you get lost!

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,


Reverse Confetti Blog

Amy Kolling

Audrey Tokach

Kathy Schweinfurth

Tricia Barber

Amy Tsuruta

Deanne Kuntz

Amy Rohl

Maria Sabina

Crystal Thompson

Melissa Phillips

Jeanne Jachna

Olga Moss

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!


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.