Monday, December 1, 2014

'Tis the Season blog hop

I've really gotten into some of the more simplistic cards. 
 You know the old sayings ..."too much of a good thing...
is too much"
or "less is more".
I think that's true sometimes.
I think so much can be conveyed by a tiny little accent.

Much like the tiny glitter heart I added coming out of the chimney....
and the tiny pearl that looks like a small snow ball that was left behind at the last snowball fight. 

Card Recipe:
Sahara Sand and whisper white card stock.
Baked brown sugar and Black staz-on ink pads.
Life's Adventures, Lovely as a Tree and Endless Wishes Stamp sets.
White Embossing powder.

Pretty basic stamping, a little fussy cutting and tearing of paper.
The real WOW factor for this card is the snow.

I used Lovely as a Tree to create the trees in the background then
I gave the card base a light dusting of white embossing powder.....
simply sprinkled it on using a pinch at a time.   
Yep,  you read it right ......I didn't apply anything to the card base to hold the powder before sprinkling it.
Now you ask, "how do you keep the heat gun from blowing all the powder away?"
Well, let me tell you....
You use the heat gun on the underside of the card stock until you see that it has adhered to the paper and then you can finish it up on the top side. 
Let it cool and add more here and there if you like.

Then finish putting it all together.

Don't forget to hop along to see all the loveliness that is in store 
by all the other wonderful creators!!!!!
Show 'em a little love too!!!!  
 They worked hard to come up with these great idea for your viewing pleasure. 

Click on the next button.

In case you get lost I have the whole line-up listed below.
Crystal - <-YOU ARE HERE

Until later, 'Season'ed hoppers..........Gotta split........TFL!!!!
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

ONLINE Extravaganza starts soon!!!!!

Every year Stampin’ Up! has a big sale over the week of Thanksgiving. There are TONS of products on sale.

There will be bundles available, but only until the supply runs out.  You'll want to order them quickly.
Make sure you use the bundle order number...if you use the products individual order numbers you won't get the bundle savings!!!!

 The sale starts Monday, but since I have the information on what’s on sale, I thought I would pass it along so that you can contemplate your choices over the weekend. Sounds so fun!!

 HERE IS THE OFFICIAL LIST. I’m surprised to see how many great things are on the list. A few that jumped out at me…
  • My favorite thing on sale is the Sizzix magnetic platform. It’s 40% off! Reg price $39.95, sale price $23.97. For those of you who visit my blog often, you know that my recent purchase of this platform has been life-changing. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but it’s been big!
  • If you’ve been thinking about Blendabilities, the bundle of ALL 12 ASSORTMENTS will be on sale for 30% off (reg price $143.40, sale price $100). This bundle is only available for sale on Monday while supplies last. Note: the link won’t work until Monday.
  • Several of the punches are 50% off, including the mosaic punch and the new hearts border punch, among others.
  • Gold and Silver glimmer paper is also 50% off. Great for holiday card-making.
  • The Stars Framelits are on sale for 20% off.
There’s more, so check out the list. Have fun shopping!
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Saturday, November 1, 2014

It's Fall Y'all .....let's have a blog hop!!!

We are having a fall hop.......
come and join us and see all the great ideas we all have to offer.

I created this beauty below. 
I was trying to make it look like mums....
I think its pretty close.

I used ink pads:  So Saffron, Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, 
& Chocolate Chip.
The clear stamp set called "Too Kind".
Retro Fresh washi tape.
Cardstock: Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, & Chocolate Chip.
Little Letters dies.

Looks like Autumn to me......
it also happens to be my fave time of year!!!
Its the start of so many celebrations and get-togethers for 
family and friends!!!

Just click below to fall in line with the hop.

If you get is the list to keep you from 'fall'ing behind.
Crystal – <-------You are HERE

Please don't 'leaf' without checking out everyone's blogs

Until later, 'fall'-owers.......Gotta split........TFL!!!!!
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hello Beautiful Fall

and hello to our fearless leader....Diana.

This blog hop is dedicated to Diana.  No matter the problems or any assistance we may need, she is only a phone call away. 

We took a post from her blog that we wanted to 
CASE (copy & share with everyone) 
to create for our post for the hop.


This is the one that I chose. 
Its from her post Nov. 7, 2012 titled Beautiful Fall.

This is my creation.

Fall is my fave time of year.
  I love the crisp air, the decorations, the holidays, everything!!!

Card deets:
Whisper white card stock
Truly Grateful clear stamp set
Ink pads: Baked brown sugar, Cajun craze and Smoky slate. 
Dimensionals & 2 candy dots (tangerine tango...they are close enough to the cajun craze color.)

Crystal  <-----You are here !!!

Don't forget to check out all the (re)creations that the fab ladies created.
Don't fall while you're hoppin'  HA!!!!

Until later, beauties.......Gotta split.....TFL!!!!!
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Embossing folder fun

Check out this great way to utilize all 
your embossing folders in a different way!!!

Hope you love this technique as much as I do....
I will be an embossing maniac.

Until later, crafties......Gotta split......TFL!!!!!
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I recently purchased the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and the matching die set.

I have seen sooooo many beautiful ideas for Christmas cards using it and my intention was to start making our Christmas cards this year. 

I was playing around in the studio the other day and thought 
why does it have to be the 
traditional know ...greens and reds.?.?.

Then I remembered I have a couple of baby cards to make and it hit me like a dirty diaper.....
I know, bad visual.....Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Why couldn't it be a welcoming wreath for a baby?

Some of the deets of the card. 

Wondrous Wreath set I spoke of on the top of the post. 
Cardstock - whisper white & Crisp Cantaloupe.
Crisp Cantaloupe ink pad (stamped 1st & 2nd generation on the wreath)
Retro Fresh washi tape
Little letters framelits (for the word 'BABY')
Self adhesive pearls

Until later, babes.......Gotta split.......TFL!!!!!
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Friday, September 12, 2014

God bless the USA !!!

I never got around to posting this yesterday.
I made this for 9-11.  
I shed a tear when I see soldiers, flags, anything that reminds me of what a great country we live in. 

I used all the following supplies:

Baked Brown Sugar card stock and ink pad
Always Artichoke card stock and ink pad
Whisper White card stock
Pistachio Pudding ink pad
Boys will be Boys clear stamp set
Gorgeous Grunge clear stamp set
Little letters thinlits dies
Big shot


Until later, fellow patriots........Gotta split.........TFL!!!!!
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog hop newness.....


  Newness from the NEW Holiday catalog. 

So much goodness to see in the catty......I just know you will want all of it. 
I DO!!!!  Bwahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Below is an example of some of the goodness that I just couldn't wait to play with. 

It's the new Four Feathers stamp set with coordinating dies. 


I used the colors of ink pads.....Cajun Craze, Coastal Cabana and Sahara Sand. 
Used the dies to cut out the feathers.
I wanted some additional I used a layer of Whisper White and punched the feathers and flipped the paper over so the curve of the feathers would go in the opposite direction.
Stamped a sentiment from Choose Happiness stamp set.
Used some Chevron ribbon and then added dimensionals on everything. 

Hope you enjoy the hop and check out the new catty for great ideas and goodies to buy!!!!


Later, newbies & oldies..........Gotta split..........TFL!!!!
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Friday, August 1, 2014

We're hoppin' with a BIG SHOT!!!

This Big Shot!!!!!

Yep, I use it just about every time I work in my studio.  It is sooooo versatile.
You can emboss, thinlits, framelits, big dies....just about anything.

  Don't forget to check out the August special from Stampin' Up!
featuring the Big Shot!!!

Click here to take you to purchase the bundle.

Through August 31, get an exclusive Framelits and Stamp Set Bundle for FREE when you purchase a Big Shot. Or, if you already own a Big Shot, get a 15 percent discount on these select bundles. 

Today's card shows a few teckies I saw online. 

The first teckie that I wanted to try was the bubble window.
There is a bubble thinlit set available through Stampin' Up! that I really need to purchase....
especially with the Big Shot special going on right now.
I used the large oval punch first and then used the star from the Circle card thinlit and my Big Shot with the magnetic plate to create the point for the large bubble window.

Then I Black embossed the robot from Boys will be boys clear stamp set. 
I colored the image with Coastal Cabana ink pad, Basic Gray ink pad and an Aqua Painter.
I created a frame using a Basic Gray marker and the random dots with the Basic Gray 
and Coastal cabana marker.
I placed the layer on top of the card base to see the area I need to add the sentiment and color the background.  Removed the layer and heat embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder then colored the area with Coastal Cabana over top of the sentiment.
Used dimensionals to place the layer onto front of the card base.

(Inside: black embossed)

Love how this turned out....great dimension.

Hop on over to see other Big shots creating great projects with their BIG SHOT!
Click on the next button below. 

In case you get a little lost on the ya go.

Crystal <-------You are here

Hope you enjoyed your visit here!!!!

Until later, Future Big shots ............Gotta split.........TFL!!!!!
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

U S A ...... celebrate today!!!

    Let's celebrate 'cause we are having a hop!!!!

  I tried to do the traditional red, white and blue colors......
but I just couldn't wrap my head around a design.

But I did stay with the USA theme.

The new poly stamp set called "Calling all Heroes" was callin' ME!!!!

I wanted it to look more spectacular than just a simple card sooooooo....

............. I made an easel card. 

Deets of some of the items on the card:

I used watercolor paper to create the sunset sky with Real Red and So Saffron using my water brush.
White embossed the stars on So Saffron card stock and fussy cut them out. Used a small piece of window sheet to help the stars stay in the sky. 
Stamped the skyline with Basic Gray and fussy cut it out. 
The "USA" stars were simply stamped and then fussy cut.  
Added some dimensionals to the stars create the "stop" for the easel. 
Added a sentiment from a hostess set....called "Life's Adventure"

Click on the "NEXT" button below to get back to the beginning where DIANA started it all.

In case you get blinded by all the spectacular creations you can get back on 
track with the list below. 


Until later, firecrackers............Gotta split..........TFL!!!!
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Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Blog Hop

Glad that you could join us for this months hop.

You will lots of new and exciting things.

I don't have any new products to show you, but I have a new technique that
I'm sure you will love to learn how to do. 

Can you guess from the pic what the technique is???

Well, can ya????


That isn't DSP you are looking at.  
I created it with a new tecky idea called Bandana stamping.
I {heart} this new tecky. 

Here are the deets:
I chose Coastal Cabana card stock.
Used Coastal Cabana classic ink and chose a line design stamp from 
Mosaic Madness and stamped randomly.
Then I chose a few more stamps from the same set and 
stamped them with Black Staz-On, again randomly.
Using a Signo white gel pen, I added some dots and lines....and 
waaa-laaaa I have a bandana.  

It would be hard to wear this bandana so I made a card instead.....Bwahahahahahahahaha!

I stamped the chair from The Great Outdoors using Baked Brown Sugar ink and then stamped the 
sentiment from Really Good Greetings with Coastal Cabana ink.
I made the bow with the 3/4" punch and the bird punch (trimmed a little).

Hope you liked this new tecky idea!!!! 
I know I will be using it again and again.!!!!

Here are the list of blogs for more great ideas!!!
(and in case you get lost along the way)

Crystal  <----(YOU ARE HERE)

But all you need to do is hit the button below to take you to the Mary's blog.....the next person on the list!!!

Until later, bandana wearers......Gotta split........TFL!!!!!!!
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Spring & hop......spring & hop!!!

I love spring time....everything is fresh and new.
Everything comes alive and blossoms.

Can you guess I made a springtime card? 
Yep, my Mama passed away in 1984 and she is missed dearly!!!!
I digress.....back to my card.

I wanted to use Gingham Garden DSP because it just screams SPRING to me.
You are seeing front and back of the same piece of that not delightful.

I also used So Saffron card stock for a layer and I distressed it.  
I stamped the coffee cup from Perfect Blend (The cup is two pieces....I stamped the lid section and flipped it upside down to create the inside of the cup with water in it), the flower from Happy Watercolors and 
the greeting from Really Good Greetings clear stamp set with Black Staz-on.
I colored all the images (very lightly) using the ink pads: Baked Brown Sugar and 
Strawberry Slush and my aqua painter.

I love how this turned reminds me of 
when my kids were little 
and they would bring me the first flower (or weed) they found outside and I
would always take it to work and put it on my desk in my office.  
Most of the time I didn't have a vase so I would just use a coffee cup. 
It was more gorgeous than even the most beautiful bouquets 
from a high end florist. 

Here is the list of beautiful flowers you need to see in this hop
in case you get lost.  I'm the caboose, but you may want 
to go back and see them again....right?

Crystal  You are HERE

Until later, blossoms........Gotta split.......TFL!!!!!!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Us, we, you & me.....

  No matter how you say.....we NEED each other!!!!

I LOVE people!!!!  I have the best time when I'm around others.
Isn't that what life is all about ....really?

I was playing in my studio just playing around the other day.
This is what I came up with. 

Here is a list of supplies:


Until later, all of YOU.......Gotta split.......TFL!!!!