Thursday, December 31, 2015

Occasions ans Sale-a-bration Blog Hop


If you haven't already,  you really want to check out what's in the new cattys. 
Some cutesy pootsie stuff that you won't want to miss out on getting. 

Remember if you spend $50.00 (in product - before taxes and S&H) in either the Regular catty or the Occasions catty or a combination of items from both.  You get to choose one item 
from the Sale-a-bration catty for FREE.  
Yep,  FREE.  
Here's the real kicker, 
for every $50 (in product only-before taxes and S&H) you purchase.....
you get to pick one item from the SAB catty.
$50 - 1 item
$100 - 2 items
$150 - 3 items and so on and so on. 

Here a the result of a few of the freebies from the 
SAB catty I used for the 
making of this card. 

I used an aqua painter and many different inks to 
create the watercolor look after I embossed the 
sentiment using VersaMark and Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder 
and heat setting it. 

Botanicals for you stamp set  (in SAB catty) #141234
Honeycomb Happiness stamp set  (in SAB catty) #141291
Balloon Bouquet punch  (in Occasions mini catty) #140609
Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder  #109130
Watercolor paper  #122959
Aqua painter  #103954
Various inks & cardstock

Click on the NEXT button below and it will take you to the wonderfulness 
that Mary has to offer today.  If the link doesn't work...below that is a list 
of the gals that create some greatness.  

Don't forget to leave them a little love (comment).
We work hard to bring you the best of the best.

Crystal <-----you are here

Until later,  hoppers...............Gotta split.............TFL!!!!!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas is almost upon us!!!

Join us in getting ready for the holidays and maybe get some ideas for your 
Christmas cards.

Below you will find that mine is pretty simple.  Well,  
simple for me as I tend to go
 wayyyy overboard sometimes.....LOL

First,  I taped off the Whisper white piece with washi tape to create a 
wide band.....kinda off center. 
Then I blended the two colors to resemble the sky and ground.
Then, I gently peeled the tape off and stamped the trees from 
"Lovely as a Tree
(One of the oldest available stamp set that Stampin' Up! still carries).

Then, I cut the word "NOEL" (using a thinlit and a Bigshot) out 3 times
 and glued them
 one on top of the other to give it some dimension. 
Layered it all together and its "LOVELY" 

Don't forget to stroll on through all the others and I'm sure they will make 
your "Holidays Bright"

Crystal <--- You are here

Once you get all your ideas for your cards.......
get off this wonderful sleigh ride which was cleverly disguised as a 
Blog hop 
and get to creating.

Nothing says holidays like a homemade gift. 
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fall & Thanksgiving Blog Hop

Welcome to our monthly blog hop.
This month's theme is pretty obvious....right?
....and what a great theme it is too. 
Fall is my fave time of year. 

What better way to celebrate the holidays is with PIE!!!!
If there was a table full of desserts of every kind imaginable.....
I would choose PIE, any kind of PIE!!!

So,  I just had to make a PIE themed card. 
This would make a great card to add to a gift of a real pie. 

Created the pie with punch and strips. 

Used the circle card thinlit to create the card base. 

If you want to see more creative stuff.....just click on the link below. 

If you get lost on the way......

Crystal <----You are here

Until later, fellow pie lovers........ Gotta split........TFL!!!!!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Halloween Blog Hop

Happy that you decided to join us in this blog hop.
I'm sure you will see loads of spooky (but CUTE) stuff!!!

I hope you like the 'SMART' looking card I made.....
it took a lot of 'BRAIN' cells to come up with this cutie!!!


Wondering how I made the brains? 
There are lots of tricks (& treats) with this card.

List of the items I used:
Whisper white card stock
Basic black card stock
Real red card stock
Elegant Eggplant card stock
Real red ink pad
Smoky Slate ink pad
Window sheet
Silver Embossing powder
Sprinkle of life stamp set
Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
By the Tide stamp set
Tree builder punch
Little Letters thinlits
White Stampin' Chalk marker
Sparkly Seasons Bundle

I felt a little like Dr. Frankenstein with all the stuff I used to create this one in
the Craftology Lab!!!!

I do have a vinyl decal on my craft room door that says "Craftology Lab"

Click the button directly below to take you to the NEXT
Doctor creator.

If you get lost on the way or the button is wonky....
Here is the full list below:


Until later, Victims........Gotta split..........TFL!!!!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fall & Back to School hop

OOooooWeeeee I'm glad school is back in session.  
Only two more years and I'll be done sending my 'caboose' off to school.
She's a Junior now and its should be interesting. 
This is her on her first day of school this year.

She loves her cosmic bag and skirt.  
She wants to be a make-up artist when she finishes all her schooling.
I know she will do a great job.

She's also on the school information staff.
They have student TV correspondents every day
and she does all the make-up and some reporting of various stories. 

Ok, now to my project. 
I had to create something fitting for a cool teenager sooooo...

I created this cool sneaker.  
I found this paper pattern in an older paper crafting book I have and it turned out really cute. 
I used Whisper white, Basic Black and Melon Mambo card stock.

So grab your sneakers and join in the hoppin' fun.  

Crystal <----You are here

Until later, teachers and students.................Gotta split run................TFL!!!!!
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Summertime Blog Hop

Sometimes life is just SUNSHINE.
You wake up in the morning and every thing just feels perfect....
don't you love that feeling. 

Just like the Chicago band song.

I created this one to look like a field of flowers against a 
colorful dawn or dusk sky. 
You choose which.
It just feels like Summer to me!!!

Don't forget to cruise with the top down and visit the other Summertime gals.
Don't forget to leave them some sunshine (comments).

The list below will help you in case the sun blinds you a little on the way. 

Crystal <----You are here

Hope you enjoyed having a little sunshine in your life today. 

Until later, Sunrays.........Gotta split..........TFL!!!!!
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015


I think the biggest celebration of all should be 

Yes, there are a lot of people born on the same day....
but your birthday is ...YOUR BIRTHDAY!!!!

We have a joke at our house about holidays being RED on the calendar. 
The hubs says "if it ain't red on the calendar then it ain't a 

So now I go over MY birthday date with a red sharpie........bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Hope everyone has a great birthday this year!!!!
This is my virtual card for you!!!!

I love the look of a topiary.

I used my fave stamp set in the new catty........

Don't forget to check out all the celebrations going on during this blog hop.
Give everyone a gift of a comment.

Crystal         <-- You are here

Until later, party-goers........Gotta par-tay split..........TFL!!!!
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Father's Day blog hop

Nothing is more special when you see the smiles on the faces of the dads and the kids 
when they presents are being presented.  The kids get just as much kick out of it as the dads do. 

I know a lot of card makers have a hard time creating masculine cards.  
I don't......I love creating them.  
It doesn't hurt to throw in a little feminine touch though. 

I love this one.  The muted colors and the wood grain look on the banners.....

Check out the new catty startng June 2nd. 
Lots of cuteness happenin'


Until later, Daddy's kids.............Gotta split.........TFL!!!!
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy Mother's Day Blog Hop

What a beautiful holiday to celebrate....after all, NONE of us would be here 
if it hadn't been for our Mama's.....Right!?!?!

I will be sending this cutie to my mother-in-love. 
 My Mama passed away many many years ago.

 Isn't this window kinda spectacular???  
I just recently purchased the Scallop lines thinlit and was playing around with it and 
I cut out two Strawberry Slush pieces and layered them on top of each other, but I flipped one to 
create this fab piece. 
I had to cut out a window in the card base to really highlight it. 

 Close up
I used Sahara Sand ink foladr the stamped images. 
Strawberry Slush for the sentiment.

Now for the line-up of the most gorgeous projects from even more 
gorgeous ladies!!!  If you got here from Kathya, then click on the NEXT button below
to continue on your way.
Don't forget to show some love by leaving comments.

Crystal <---You are here

Until later, MAMAS.........Gotta split.........TFL!!!!!!
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April showers bring May Flowers blog hop

Art imitates life.....or should it be 
Life imitates ART!!!

I found this growing in our yard the other day.
Beautiful.....isn't it??

We didn't plant it....we purchased our home less than 2 yrs. ago. and there are some flower beds  
that we haven't changed yet. This one happens to be in the flower bed of irises. 
I noticed that the leaves were much more broad than the irises...
so I was curious as to what it was going to be.  


So I wanted to see if I could mimic this beauty.

I used quite a few different things and techniques on this one.  I kept putting it down and then I would notice something else I thought would look great if I added it. 
So,  I did!!!!
I used the Love is Kindness stamp and its vertical.  But I think it looks better laying down.  Like I just brought the tulips in from the yard and laid them on the table waiting to be put in a vase. 
I colored it using the Aqua painter and ink pads. 
Fussy cut the bottom part to hang over the label die and then layered it several times.
Then I threw on some pearls.
Then I added some Crystal Effects on top of the tulips.

I hope I didn't forget anything. 

I hope don't get too wet while hopping through the April showers.....
but there is beauty at every turn.

Click below......I'm sure CONNIE is going to wow you!!!

Here's a list of the beauties in case the showers turn torrential.

Crystal<----you are here

Until later,  Sweet blossoms.........Gotta color split.........TFL!!!!!!
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