Friday, May 26, 2017

Misti and Unity Blog Hop

Hi stampers! 
Happy Friday and welcome to the My Sweet Petunia and Unity blog hop. And you are in for a treat. We have so many designers and some wonderful give aways (details towards the bottom of this post)

For my card today I used the new Happy Snail mail set and with the help of the MISTI I did some no line coloring. . I stamped the image on watercolor paper using my MISTI and Tea Dye distress ink,, next I watercolored the image and added some fun background. Stamped the sentiment on vellum with help of the MISTI and the creative corners, then embossed in white. Adhered it all together and adhered the panel onto black card base. 

Watch the video below on how this card came to be. 

If you are following the blog your next stop will be Echo Noble! Scroll down for more details and full blog hop list

Giveaway details:
Everyone who leaves a comment on all the blogs in the hop will go into a drawing for 3 prize packs from Unity and winner's choice of an Original or Mini MISTI. You need to comment by May 30th at noon Central to be eligible. Winners will be posted on both the Unity Blog and the My Sweet Petunia blogs on May 31st.
Blog hop list

Ilina Crouse -- that's Me

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Muse Studio Sneak Peek Day 3 - Life is better in flip flops

Hi Stampers!
Welcome back to Day 3 of A Muse studio sneak peeks. Today I am featuring the Hey Gull Friend set. This set comes with coordinating dies, too. For my card I decided to use the flip flops stamps and stamp repetatively on Sugar card stock panel. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored with Copic Markers. I stamped the sentiment on another piece of Sugar card stock, then cut using the pinking circles B dies, and trimmed off the bottom. Then assembled my card. 

Make sure you visit the A Muse studio blog ( I have another card up on the A Muse Blog), and the rest of the Design team blogs for more sneak peeks and GIVEAWAYS!

A|S blog - http://amusestudio.typepad.comEmily Fulfs  (
Melissa Chipperfield  (
Lisa Lahiff  (
Ilina Crouse ( - that's me

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Muse Studio Sneak Peek Day #2 - Gnarly Birthday

Hi stampers! 
Welcome back for day 2 of the A Muse Studio June release sneak peeks! Today I am featuring the Gnarly Birthday set. This set features this cute narwhal and a bunch of coordinating sentiments. As well comes with coordinating die set. 
I stamped the Narwhal onto Sugar card stock using Memento ink and colored with copics, then die cut it. I stamped the sentiment onto sugar card stock panel ( 3 3/4" x 5") adhered the image, added the twinkle stickers and adhered onto Sugar card base. And Voila ;) 

Make sure you visit the A Muse studio blog ( I have another card up on the A Muse Blog), and the rest of the Design team blogs for more sneak peeks and GIVEAWAYS!

A|S blog - http://amusestudio.typepad.comEmily Fulfs  (
Melissa Chipperfield  (
Lisa Lahiff  (
Ilina Crouse ( - that's me

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Muse Studio Sneak Peek Day 1 - Let's be Mermaids

Hi Stampers,
It's that time of the months, when the countdown to the new A Muse release starts. Today I am showing you a sneak peek of the new set and dies called "Let's be Mermaids". I LOVE, LOVE this set! (I love the ocean, ocean life and mermaids). 
I decided to make a window card and keep the front of the card white, because there is a lot going on in the background (inside of the card).
I stamped the images on some sugar card stock with Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. Then I die cut them. I cut a panel of sugar card stock and did some ink blending on it for the ocean (I used Navy, Ocean, Mermaid and Bermuda inks)- the A Muse pigment inks make the blending breeze as they are pigment and takes little bit for them to dry, so blending is so easy! 
For the window. I used a card base and a panel and die cut with the Landscape dies. (I layered the panel and the card front and cut at the same time. this allowed me to place a piece of crystal clear card stock in between and adhere it, so that way you can see adhesive on the inside of the card. (the clear card stock is sandwiched between the sugar card stock! 
For the hello sentiment, I die cut it 4 times from Bermuda card stock and adhered 3 of them together to create some dimension. And adhered on front of the card. Then on the inside I adhered the 4th die cut, again masking the adhesive. 
I stamped "friend" from Label maker set using Bermuda ink and cut it. Adhered to my card. I added some clear twinkle stickers to finish up my card ;) 

Make sure you visit the A Muse studio blog ( I have another card up on the A Muse Blog), and the rest of the Design team blogs for more sneak peeks! 

Melissa Chipperfield  (
Ilina Crouse ( - that's me

Friday, May 19, 2017

Be Strong - CAS-Fridays Challenge

Hi Stampers!
Happy Friday! It's time for another CAS-Fridays challenge! This weeks challenge is a sketch challenge.  For my card  I decided to use the BE stamp set and stamped the butterflies with help of my MISTI and used IO stamps ink pads: Seafoam, Aqua and teal. After I was done I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black, added some Nuvo Black drops and adhered pool folded note card. 

Hope you join us for this month's challenge! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

IO Stamps Challenge: Animal Friends

Hi stampers!
I am back today with another IO card. But today is time for another challenge. And the challenge is Animal Friends. So I used two new stamps to make my cards : Inspiration and Seaside Mouse. I just adore these little mice from the new release! 
The first one I stamped on Fabriano hot press watercolor paper and used my Zig Clean color markers to color. For the second one I used my Copic markers. 

Make sure you visit the blogs of the rest of the DT for more inspiration! And don't forget to play along for a chance to win IO Stamps gift certificate.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hero Arts Summer Catalog Blog Hop

Hi Stampers! 
Welcome to the Hero Arts 2017 Summer Catalog Blog hop! 
Again, this is a long post, so bear with me. I have videos for most of the cards here, I will be posting them later today. I spend couple hours dealing with my camera because it didn't want to read my SD card, so I wasn't able to photograph my pictures (nothing like waiting for the last minute) . So come back later for the video tutorials ;) 

So, if you are bored hop on over to Libby's blog to see her amazing creations! You can scroll down to the bottom of this post for the full hop list, along with the give aways details! 

You can see the entire summer collection HERE

So, let's get started. For my first card I used the color layering Parrot. I used several inks to stamp the parrot (I have all supplied linked at the bottom of this post) and 5 bold inks to sponge the background (summer sky, green apple, dandelion, tangerine and strawberry. I used the MISTI tool in order to achieve multi color stamping. will show you how to do this in the video coming later today. (so please come back) I used Chameleon Pencils to color in around the parrot and his face. 

FOr the next few cards I used the I love bold background and share handmade kindness die. I stamped in versamark on black card stock, and then embossed in white and clear. I used the oval infinity dies to cut the ovals from white card stock, and adhered the die cut sentiments. On the card that the background was embossed with clear embossing powder I didn't use the white oval, but directly adhered the sentiment. I used Stick it adhesive on the back of the sentiments before I die cut them. I applied versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder on the die cut sentiments. 

Next, are these cute shaped cards/invitations using the new Nesting Monsters fancy dies. I used the two largest. Masked circle (made with the circle infinity dies) and used the new deco pattern stencil to cover the belly that we masked. I stamped sentiment, embossed in white embossing powder, added the googly eyes, drew the mouth and added the noses.

Next, I made this clean and simple card using the Believe in Yourself Narwhal set , I stamped the images, colored, adhered to card base and added some sparkle pen and gems. 

Next ,is a card using the paper layering Shark and the Killer messages. I die cut the shark on watercolor paper, then watercolored with Daniel Smith watercolors, dried, then stamped the sentiment in black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. 

For this card I won't have a video, but it's pretty simple. I stamped the Scribble bold prints stamp on watercolor paper with versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. Next colored with Peerless watercolors. Stamped the sentiment on black card stock and embossed with white embossing powder. Die cut it and adhered to my card. 

Last, but not the least, is colored monster from one of the new stamp and cut sets. I AM in LOVE with all the monsters in this catalog. 


Hero will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Wednesday, 5/24 at 11:59pm PTand the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog   the following week.

Blog hop list:

The Hero Arts Blog 
Jennifer McGuire 
Laura Bassen 
Wanda Guess 
May Park 
Amy Tsuruta 
Cheiron Brandon 
Yana Smakula 
Lydia Fiedler 
Jessica Frost-Ballas 
Jenn Shurkus 
Clare Prezzia 
Tracie Pond 
Michelle Short 
Heather Ruwe 
Ilina Crouse - that's ME
Libby Hickson
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