Thursday, March 31, 2016

Chameleon Pens - The New 30 and Color Swatches

Hi Stampers!

I have 2 videos for you today, one is the introduction to the new 30 colors of the Chameleon Pens and the 2nd one is a little organizational tip. It's how I do my color swatches for my Chameleon Pens.
You can download the templates I created for my color swatches here:

The binder pages and rings I used are linked at the bottom of this post

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sending hugs

Hi Stampers!
I kind of dissapeared for few days. To be honest my creative mojo was gone, and I had no desire of blogging. I guess after the mojo overflowing from the shocking news that my mom passed away, everything settled down and it hit me and just like that the mojo was gone. I am trying to get used to the new reality, but it's hard. I keep thinking she is ok, she is back in Macedonia and will pop on Facebook or Skype any time. Easter was even harder, as I pulled the Easter Baskets she got for the girls last year, and thinking she's going to get one for Jason, too. 
But life goes on and hopefully one day I will be in peace with it. 

Today I have this card I did little while ago using an amazing Altenew set that I stamped with the Altenew crips inks and then added more detail with Faber Castell polychromos pencils. Then I added the sentiment in gold. 

I used my MISTI tool to stamp and mask all the images. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Guest Artist over the Hero Arts Blog

Hi Stampers!
Happy Wednesday!
I have a quick post for you today :) I was Guest Designer over the Hero Arts blog this past weekend using the My Monthly Hero kit and here are some sneak peeks of the cards I made.
Head over the Hero Arts blog to see the full cards and the instructions and supplies. 

As well don't forget that you can use the code "Ilina15" to get 15% off purchases of $25 or more in the A2Zscrapbooking store (they carry Hero Arts) 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

My Monthly Hero Meets Chameleon Pens

Hi Stampers!
 I am back today to share a video with you. I have gotten a lot of questions about how the Chameleon Pens work, so I decided to do a short video and show you the pens. I colored one of the images included in the March My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts.
 You can get the pens HERE

Monday, March 21, 2016

A2Zscrapbooking and Lasting Hearts blog hop

Hi Stampers!
Welcome to the Lasting Hearts Card Drive and A2ZScrapbooking blog hop. 
Lasting Hearts was created by a sweet person Kimberly, which I had the honor of meeting her while at CHA earlier this year. She is so sweet and always so happy and cheery.  Read below how Lasting Hearts was created/started and the purpose. 
For my cards I decided to use the Color Layering Orchid in a pot set from Hero Arts along with Mother of all Mothers set that was released by Hero Arts especially for this campaign. 
Using my MISTI tool I was able to make 10 cards in basically no time and have the images perfectly layered. 

Don't forget to use the code "Ilina15" at the Az2Scrapbooking store to get 15% off your orders of $25 or more (they have the Lasting Hearts campaign stamps in stock - and many other Hero Arts goodies)

Check out our blog hop participants and comment by March 25 at 11:59 pm EDT on all the blogs for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to a2z Scrapbooking.
llina Crouse --> ME

Lasting Hearts is here to help comfort mothers who have lost a piece of their heart. Losing a child, whether in pregnancy or older, can be one of the hardest pains a parent can endure. We would like to raise awareness and show other mothers that they are not alone, that they are stronger than they realize, and that there are people out there who care dearly. Hopefully, our story will move others to do just that.
Just 9 months after giving birth to our first child, we were surprised and overjoyed to be welcoming another one on the way. We did what all parents with a growing family would do: told our close friends and family, looked into buying a larger home, and started planning for another life-changing event. We were elated to be bringing our sweet daughter another brother or sister.
Our joy soon to turned to heartache. We found out at our first ultrasound that we were set to have twins, however one of our precious babies had passed early on in the pregnancy. With heavy hearts, we tried to stay positive and prayed for the surviving twin to be a healthy baby. In our second ultrasound we were relieved and comforted by our baby’s precious heartbeat and left the doctor’s office feeling hopeful. Sadly, our fears became reality in our third ultrasound. After examining the ultrasound, our tech turns to us and asks, “Did you say you heard your baby’s heartbeat”? Instantly, we lost a piece of our hearts. Our lives were forever changed after losing not one but two of our babies in the same pregnancy.
We sat in the examination room, completely devastated and broken, waiting for our doctor. She comes in and does her best to console us but nothing she says could ease the pain. Her clinical response of “25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage” or “there was nothing you could’ve done to prevent this” just fell on deaf ears. None of it satisfied the two questions that kept running through our heads – “How could this happen?” and “why did this happen?” As amazing of an OBGYN as she is, she just wasn’t equipped to comfort 2 people whose world had been turned upside down. The conversation continues to how best to proceed in removing the fetuses, a conversation that’s cold in stark contrast to how we imagined delivering our precious children. We were absolutely heartbroken.
We kept our loss private for some time, not knowing how to express our grief and slightly afraid of the stigma that comes with miscarriages. It was too painful to speak of and too agonizing to share. One of the first people I reached out to was my dear friend, Amy, who had lost her son towards the end of her pregnancy and who knew the heartache all too well. I looked to her for her strength and for guidance on how she’s been able to continue to be a great mom to her young daughter after losing her infant son. A couple of days later I received a book from Amy, “You are the Mother of all Mothers” by Angela Miller. After only reading a few pages, I finally let myself accept for the first time that what happened to us was not my fault and that I did have the strength to continue to be a better mom and wife. The book’s encouraging message is conveyed in a way that is thoughtful, uplifting, compassionate and relatable.
With a newfound strength, I brought this book to our OBGYN and asked her if she’d be open to distributing these to patients who had miscarried if we provided them. She agreed without any hesitation. The author, Angela Miller, has graciously agreed to offer 40% off the list price so that we may help those who are in the disheartening situation we were once in. I can’t help but think of the mothers who don’t have support, don’t know where to turn, or just need to know that “No one else could carry this unrelenting burden as courageously. It is the heaviest, most torturous burden there is”.
In summary, Kimberly is hoping to have copies of this helpful book along with handmade cards available for doctors to give to parents who lose their babies. What an amazing idea! And we can help.
So there are TWO ways you can help. You can do one or both – whatever you are comfortable with. You can donate money and/or cards.


If you are interested in donating moneyyou can head HERE. This money will 100% be used to purchase You are the Mother of all Mothers” books by Angela Miller to give to parents who have just experienced the loss of a child via miscarriage. The price of each book is $12 but any amount helps.


Kimberly also plans to include a handmade card from a caring stranger with each book. And I thought we could help!
If you are interesting in creating a card to be given to these parents when they get a book, here is the info. It is simple:
  • You can send as many cards as you would like.
  • Please use a sentiment such as: thinking of you, in my prayers, in my thoughts, sending hugs, sorry for your loss.
  • For the inside of the card, you can either leave it blank or hand-write a simple message. Not much – just simple and kind. The message can be something listed above, along with your first name and hometown. (Such as: “Sending lots of prayers from Ilina in Atlanta.”)
  • Please send cards in unsealed envelopes to:
          Lasting Hearts Card Drive
          2892 N Bellflower Blvd Ste 216
          Long Beach Ca 90815
  • Include a post-it note on the card(s) with your name and email address so you can be eligible for a prize!
  • If you would like to include a donation via mail, you are welcome to but not required to.
Creating cards is something we can do easily and a great way to share kindness.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

mini MISTI meets My Monthly Hero

Hi stampers!
I promised I was going to post this card and a video on Thursday, but things didn't work out. I found   out that my mom passed away earlier that morning, so I did nothing. For those of  you who don't know, my mom lost the battle with Stage IV lung cancer. She was diagnosed back in November. Things went downhill pretty quick. And in January I traveled with her to Macedonia to take her there (she lived in Florida) where she could be closer to our extended family and where she has much better health benefits. I hope you understand. 

Today I am playing with the Splitcoast Stampers Clean and Simple challenge and I am using the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit along with my mini MISTI and the Chameleon pens.

Scroll down for the video ;)

As well don't forget that you can use the code "Ilina15" to get 15% off purchases of $25 or more in theA2Zscrapbooking store (they carry Hero Arts) 

Friday, March 18, 2016

You're my cup of coffee - Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi stampers! 
Happy Friday! 

I am back again with another creation the Spring Coffee Lovers blog hop.  
Because A2ZScrapbooking is one of the sponsors of the blog hop, for my card I used some Hero Arts goodies. Stamped the image in Versamark ink and embossed with Antique gold embossing powder, then I colored the flowers with with my Chameleon Pens. I used some patterned paper for my background. I die cut the image using Lil Inkers designs stitched circle dies  and added some Stamin' Up! ribbon. I adhered my focal point and patterned panel onto Pool Hero Arts folded card.
Don’t forget to use the code “Ilina15” in the A2Z store in order to get 15% discount on your order of $25 or more

Funny Coffee - Coffee Lovers Spring Blog Hop

Hi stampers! 
Happy Friday! 

Today marks the first day of the Spring Coffee Lovers blog hop, so my creation reflects "Spring" 
Because Skipping Stones Designs is one of the sponsors of the blog hop, for my card I used the Funny Coffee stamp set from Skipping stones design. Stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo black and colored with my Chameleon Pens (Lagoon and Peony Pink - new colors) then I cut it out. I used some patterned paper I have hoarding for years to piece the middle of the cup as well for the background of my card. I stamped the coffee "Stain" and sentiment and then I popped the coffee cup with mounting tape and added some Hero Arts gems.

Visit the Skipping Stones Design blog  for the rest of the DT members coffee lovers blog hop creations.

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