Friday, December 30, 2011

With lots and lots of love

I've got a cute card set to share today for the last Friends with Flair of 2011.  Wow, what an amazing year it's been!  I'm kinda sad to see it come to an end (time flies and my babies are growing too fast) but am excited for all of the changes and growth of a new year to come (my babies will turn 1 and 3 this year and I plan to savor every second of this new year and make the most of every moment!).

The project I want to share today is a set of notecards I made as a gift.  I've given cards away as gift sets before but they've been like me (pretty eclectic and random).  This is the first set of cards that I've made to look like a set.  It was pretty easy to put together aside from the time it took to cut out the sentiment label.  I used Brilliance shimmer inks on white cardstock and the result brings a simple kind of elegance to the set.
The sentiments and decorative squares are from Unity's A Noteworthy Occasion.  Surprisingly out of ALL of my Unity I couldn't find a stamp similar to what I had in mind for the background so the background stamps are old ones I had from Fancy Pants. 

Here is a closer look at a couple of the cards.
 I had a hard time finding a cute way to package them but I was finally able to clean up some packaging from an old box of store bought cards and I kept it simple by wrapping a ribbon around it and letting the card show through and adding a pretty tag.  The sentiment is from Unity's Just Be You set and the label is from A Noteworthy Occasion.  I got the inspiration for this card set from a Papercrafts mag special issue.
I am entering this into the Gift Wrapping Challenge on the Unity Blog.

I've had a great time playing along with Unity's Friends with Flair this year and it's been so much fun getting into the whole blog world and connecting with some fellow crafters and Unity Addicts out there.  Wishing you all a wonderful end to the year and a very HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!  May all of your resolutions and endeavors be fruitful.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Let's Do Lunch

Happy Friday and Friends with Flair to all of my crafty friends and followers out there!  I can't believe that Christmas is in 2 days, where did the time go!?!  I actually didn't have time at all to craft this week between baking, cleaning and a 9 month old who still wakes up 3 times a night.  Life is pretty good though and I really just made this card a few weeks back as more of a joke card to send to a friend but then ended up sending it after a rough couple of days.  One of our beloved ferrets died suddenly a week and a half ago and I was the one to rush him in to the emergency vet and was with him during his last moments.  It's hit me really hard and I've been less than in the Christmas spirit.  I still have to wrap presents, YIKES!  Guess that's what is on the agenda after the kids go to bed tonight.  :)
I love this cute little stamp from the November Kit of the Month.  I paired it with Crate Paper's Random collection and added some buttons and twine.  Head on over to the Unity blog to check out all of the other talented Unity creations today!  Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and whatever else you might be celebrating this weekend!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Season's Greetings Unity Style

OMG, it's Friday and that means Friends with Flair!!!  I've been getting so little sleep lately that I'm losing track of my days.
Quick post today cause now that I've got both kids napping that's all I want to do as well.
I colored the lanterns in with Copics and used some gold stickles and a sparkle gel pen to accent them.  To play along with Friends with Flair head on over to Unity Stamp Co's blog every Friday.  There are chances to win by playing along as well as commenting on all of the lovely Unity creations.  I was super excited to be a winner last week and just got a grab bag of awesome Unity stamps in the mail yesterday!!!  Best stamp company EVER!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

And a partridge in a pear tree.

A few more relatively quick Christmas cards I made yesterday.  I tried a couple of different inks out here.  The one on the right was my first attempt and was done using a ivy colored Brilliance ink so it has a nice shimmer to it.  The card on the left I used two different shades of green brush marker.  I think I prefer the brighter colors of that one.  The tree stamp and embossing folder are a Hero Arts/Sizzix combination.  The sentiment is from an old Kit of the Month from Unity Stamp Co.  I used a Spellbinders die around the sentiment and popped it up.  Finished with twine and a sparkly red brad.
I'm going to enter this into Unity Stamp Co's Let it Snow monthly challenge.

We're all a little flaky snowman

A couple of quick Christmas cards, it's getting down to the wire now! 
I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder for the snowman and Broken China distress ink to color.  The stamp is from Unity Stamp Co's Jolly Good Fun.  I used a spellbinders die around it and inked the edges.  Going to enter it into Unity's Let it Snow monthly challenge.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Believe in Miracles and Let your Heart Sing

It's finally Friday!!!  I've got a couple of cards to share today for Friends With Flair.  Be sure to stop by the Unity Stamp Co blog to see all of the other talented ladies and their great projects this week.  The first is another Christmas card, still plugging away at those.  Hoping to get them all finished this weekend and sent out on Monday.  That's the goal anyway!
Simple and quick card using kraft cardstock, October Afternoon PP, Unity's Believe In Miracles and brush markers to color the stamp.

The second card I wanted to share today is a quick card I made last night just to play with my new stamps and take a break from the Christmas cards and refresh.
The music note embossing folder is Tim Holtz and I sponged some Broken China T.H. Distress ink over it to add a touch of color.  The birds are from Unity's new itty bitty Love Birds.  The sentiment is from the May 2011 Kit of the Month.  Both are colored in with Copics.Wishing you all a weekend of miracles and song!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Walking in a Winter Wonderland Snowman

I just love snowmen, building them, making cards with them, just love em!
I made this card a few weeks ago and forgot to post it.  Got the inspiration from the design from a Paper Crafts mag and found this snowman in my stash of stamps that I thought would be perfect for it.
I embossed the snowman on cardstock and colored him in with pearlescent watercolor paints and then cut him out.  I used watermark ink to stamp various snowflakes on the Kraft card, used a white gel pen to draw around the border and then attached the snowman.  Can't wait for some serious snow this year so I can get outside and make some snowmen of my own.  So far all we've had here is a little dusting but we didn't let it go to waste, we went out and made some miniature snowmen!  My daughter loved throwing snowballs and helping with the snowmen!
My little guy wasn't so interested, he just wanted to nap.

Crayon Resist

A couple of weeks ago while trying to keep my toddler entertained I had an idea to try crayon resist painting with her.  I also thought that I could make a card or two at the kitchen table while she was busy.  That didn't happen by the way but I got my cards done later and she had a lot of fun coloring with white crayon on the images I had stamped for her and then painting them and herself too!
Here she is very intently painting...
And having even more fun painting herself!

I made this pretty patterned paper by stamping leaves (Stampendous) over and over onto white cardstock, coloring around the leaves with white crayon and then using Tim Holtz distress inks to sponge over the paper.  I was going to cut it up into smaller squares to use on cards but then it was so pretty I didn't want to cut it, ever have that problem with a paper!?!

I did manage to actually make a few cards using this technique as well.
Distress inks used: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint and Fired Brick.  No clue who makes the pumpkin background stamp, it's a wood block stamp that I've had forever with no identifying marks on it.  The banner die is Spellbinders.  I really had fun with this technique but wow were my hands messy after sponging all of that ink on!

Oh, Christmas Tree

Tis the season for making Christmas cards and I've got one to share today for Friends with Flair.  Stop by the Unity blog to check out all of the crafty submissions and for a chance to win a prize!

The card I'm sharing today is a scene card that came together in my head much better than it did on paper.  I used A LOT of Unity stamps for this from lots of different sets.  First I stamped the bicycle (from One Precious Life) and masked it and stamped the snowflakes (Nov 2011 KOM) with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  I stamped the tree (Sept 2011 KOM) with 2 shades of green brush marker and cut out and wrapped some twine around and popped it up on the back of the bike.  The sentiment is from a Sept 08 KOM.  I used some funky glitter flakes to look like snow along the bikes path. 
I am entering this card in the Unity Let It Snow monthly challenge.  Wishing you all a happy and crafty weekend!  I know mine will be full of making LOTS more Christmas cards!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

And the winner is...

Sarah said...
Wow. Gorgeous!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Nov/Dec 2010 cards

Cosmo Cricket papers.
Cosmo Cricket PP, Martha Stewart border punch
Cricut Storybook cartridge
Cricut Winter Frolic cart, Tim Holtz distress inks
Cricut Winter Frolic cart
Unity sentiment stamp, rub-ons from Michaels
Tree stamp is Stampendous
Unity stamps
October Afternoon PP
October Afternoon PP, spellbinders die
Birthday card for my grandma using rub-ons and Spellbinders die
Birthday card for my husband using Jolee's football embellishments,

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Early 2011 cards

My attempt at putting all of my photographed creations in one location.  Before my blog I used to upload creations to a couple of different online craft galleries but since I haven't been on those in months I thought I'd simplify (which is turning out to be not simple at all) and put them all in one location and delete my online galleries. 
McGill Paper Blossom Punch, Hero Arts Doily stamp.
McGill Flower Punch.
Unity Stamps, Martha Stewart butterfly punches.
Tim Holtz sentiment and crackle paint, chunky glitter.
Bicycle stamp-Unity
For baby girl Rem
Embossed the letters with T.H. distress inks (broken china, faded jeans, peeled paint), Cosmo Cricket paper and tiny type.  For baby boy Rowdy.
Unity Stamps, Spellbinders scalloped die.
Sizzix embossing folder, Core'dinations cardstock, Darcie Stamps, black embossing powder, spellbinders die, gems.
Unity Stamps and Pink Paislee papers
Unity Stamp
Frame and trees are Unity Stamps colored with Copics
Stamps are Unity, papers are Basic Grey
Frog from Stamping Up, Spellbinders dies
Papers are Graphic 45, stamp is Unity, used Rock Candy crackle paint and chunky glitter on the butterflies.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday, FWF and blog candy!!!

Happy Friday and Friends With Flair!  It's been quite a week here and I'm happy to see the weekend on the horizon.  I've got a couple of projects to share with you today as well as some blog candy I'll be giving away!  I've had some double Unity Stamps laying around for a while and think it's about time to give those babies to someone who can ink them up and make them feel loved.  For a chance to win please follow my blog and leave a comment on this post.  A couple of days ago I really messed things up with my blog by changing the domain and I'm afraid that all of my current followers are no longer receiving any new post notifications and cannot locate my blog from their following list.  My apologies for that, I am computer illiterate to begin with and this weeks time change hasn't been going over well with the little ones and I am getting even less sleep than usual.

I just received an order from Unity's recent sale this past week and had to ink some of those babies up immediately!  The first project I want to share is a layout that I have been itching to make with our recent family photos.

Stamps used are all from Unity Stamp Company, Generations (always & forever), Roots and Wings (The Story, Est, and Like Branches on a tree...), Woodgrain background on the title and Distressed Dots on the orange strip of paper.  The paper is Little Yellow Bicycle.  Family title was cut with Cricut's Wall Decor and More.  Border punches are Martha Stewart (scallop), EK Success (notebook edge) and Fiskars (wave).  Brad is Basic Grey.  Tim Holtz distress inks: Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.  I popped up the title and small wallet size photos.

My second project today is a new baby card using Unity's itty bitty Twinkle Twinkle.  I am entering this into Mojo Monday sketch challenge #214.
Papers and chipboard star are My Mind's Eye.  Tim Holtz for paper distresser and inks (Walnut Stain and Antique Linen).  Copic BG15 to color stars in.  Button and Twine to finish.

Thanks for stopping by blog today and for hopefully becoming a new follower or a return follower!  I'll post the winner on Wednesday, I'm super excited to give away my first blog candy!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Wow, I think in the process of trying to switch my domain name I just proved to myself how computer illiterate I really am!  Apologies to my followers if you are getting some strange messages or anything.  Hopefully you can still locate my blog.  I truly don't know how this works.  What was Crystal's Creative Escape is now Crystal Amaris Creations with a new domain.  Work in progress...

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Dream as if you'll life forever...

I made this a few weeks ago when I was playing around trying to get some creative mojo flowing.  Forgot to post it so here it is.  I love this sentiment stamp from Technique Tuesday and the hot air balloon is from Amuse Studios. 
I don't love it.  I feel like it's missing something I just can't figure out what.