Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hero Arts: Gold embossed Christmas Post

Hi Stampers! 
I am back today with a quick and easy Christmas card using Hero Arts Vintage Christmas Post set and dies. I did a lot of gold embossing, so I kept my card simple and white (besides the gold embossing).
I stamped my images in versamark, embossed and die cut them. Then assembled my card.
I will be back soon with more eye candy! 

A Muse December Release - Sneak Peek Day #3

 Hi everyone! 
Happy Thursday and welcome to Day 3 of A Muse studio Sneak peeks of the December release. Today I have a card showing you the"Possibility of Miracles" set. There will be coordinating dies available, too. For my card today  I stamped the trees in Cocoa ink on Sugar card stock, then I stamped the birds and leaves using apple and Evergreen ink pads. Then stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink and adhered to Apple card base. To finish off my card I added little pearls. 

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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Hero Arts: Thanks to Wine

 Hi Stampers!
Happy Wednesday! I have a little Hero ARts goodnesss for you combining few sets and making this funny card. Life has been nuts in the Crouse household, as hubby has been in NYC for a while, so being along with 3 little terrorists has been tough. Did I say terrorists? I mean kids.
Anyway, I have a video in the works for this card, that I will be posting soon on how to do masking and get the wine glass on the table.
Scroll down for supplies.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A Muse December Release - sneak peek Day #1

Hi everyone! 
Happy Tuesday and welcome to Day 1 of A Muse studio Sneak peeks of the December release. Today I have a card showing you the new set called "You are the coolest" and the coordinating dies. For my card today  I stamped the penguin on Sugar card stock and colored with Chameleon pens. After that I die cut it and set it aside. I stamped sentiment on sugar strip of card stock and set that aside too. I created the background using the Snowflake trio dies and sugar card stock, adhered to Bermuda note card and assembled my card. To finish off my card I added Bermuda pearl stickers. 

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

Crafty Sales - updated often

**this post will remain pinned on top and I will be adding sales as they are announced or go live, scroll down for crafty creations and videos ***
Hi stampers!

I am starting a post about this weeks crafty sales and will keep it up top, as I will be updating it often as sales go live.

Simon Says Stamp  - 15% off store wide on 11/24 only use code SWDE524 or TAKEFIVE for $5 off your order on 11/25 Shop HERE

Simon Says Stamp Crafty Parcel , while supplies last $69 for over $200 of product 

First, My Sweet Petunia (MISTI) has 20% off the entire store for whole week!!! No code needed, discount will reflect at checkout!!! Shop HERE

Chameleon Pens, as well has a week long sale. 15% off of the ENTIRE store and they even have the new Kidz Blendy Pens in stock!!! No code needed, discount will show at checkout. As well as they have FREE shipping. Shop HERE

Tim Holtz DIstress Oxides Bundle 2  for $48 (not sure how long this deal will last). Shop HERE

Altenew 24 Hours Only! Save up to 50% on Black Friday Sale Collection of 195 items including stamps, dies, inks, stencils, ink sprays, bundles, and more! Valid 11/24 12/05 am until 11/24 11:59PM . Shop HERE

WHEN: Black Friday11/24 starting at 9am MT through Cyber Monday, 11/27 at 9pm MT
WHAT:A sale offering 20% off our entire shop, except NEW items! Our BUNDLE prices will be an extra 10% off their everyday 10% off pricing and LAST CHANCE items are discounted even further!

  • 11/24/17 get 30% off with code “BLACKFRIDAY” when shopping HERE.
  • 11/25/17 get 20% off with code “SMALLSATURDAY” when shopping HERE.
  • 11/26/17 get 10% off with code “NTSUNDAY” when shopping HERE.
  • 11/27/17 get free shopping with code “MONFREESHIP” when shopping HERE.
Hallmark Scrapbook and Crafts  20% MISTI, up to 70% Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens, 30% off select Altenew sets, 30% of Prima magnetic stackable ink pads ..... 

HoneyBee Stamps 30% off 11/22 and 11/23 coupon code EARLY30 11/24-11/27 25% off coupon code THANKFUL25 

Prismacolor pencils, pack of 132 for $56 - not sure how long this deal will last
Organize More Sale – Black Friday Sale . Storewide sale and everything will be 10% off with this coupon code: OMBF17 All orders over $150.00 will also receive free shipping. 

Amazon Deals- lighting deals every day and more 

Catherine Pooler Designs 10-50% off sale. Sale starts November 24th and goes until November 27th. NO code needed 

Gina K Designs - 25% off entire order. Sale dates: Friday 11/24 through Monday 11/27

Sunny Studio Stamps - Free shipping on orders over $25, All orders will receive "Color" word die. And 15% from ALL sales will be donated to Convoy of Hope for Hurricane relief. November 22nd - November 27th 

DaySrping - 30% storewide using the code FRIDAY17 and many other deals 

Impression Obsession Stamps. 25% off everything in the store. Sale starts November 24th and runs until November 27th. Use CODE: THANKS! 

A Muse Studio - Thanksgiving Clearance. Use code : THANKS75 for 75% selected items 

Reverse Confetti - 25% off your entire purchase, use code BLACK25 whole week sale 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Celebrate Your Unique Talent blog hop

 Hi Stampers!
Happy Friday! I hope you had wonderful time with family and friends celebrating Thanksgiving (if you are in the US), if not I hope you had wonderful Thursday.
Besides being Black Friday, today is National Celebrate Your Unique Talent day. And who else to celebrate, if not the one and only Iliana Myska, the inventor of the MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented). If you haven't met her in person, she is the most generous, kind, funny and overall amazing! And besides all that, she is genius. Her invention of the MISTI tool changed my stamping forever and for good. And I haven't used acrylic block in forever now. lol. And I have less wasted paper, can mass produce quicker, and can stamp quicker because I can perfectly line up my stamps and get crisp stamped images, and even if needed to be overstamped!

Scroll down for the blog hop list(your next stop will be Ceal) and Giveaway details!!!!

So, since I made my card last night at midnight, I had no time to edit my video. So I will be posting it soon!!! 
And before I go into details of my card I wanted to mention that My Sweet Petunia, Concord and 9th and Catherine Pooler Designs all have sales today!!!! 

For my card today I used Blooms Fill in bundle from Concord and 9th , along with the All About you dies. I stamped the background in my MISTI using Versamark ink and embossed with Hero Arts Gold Embossing powder. Next I stamped the fill in images using the new Spa Collection inks from Catherine Pooler Designs (Green Tea, Eucalyptus, Juniper Mist, Day Dream, Sauna and Royal Treatment) along with Aquatini from the Party Collection. When I was done I trimmed my panel down to 4" x 5 1/4" and set it aside while I die cut the label from vellum and the sentiment from shimmery navy and gold foil card stock. 
I adhered those on my panel and adhered the panel onto shimmery navy card base using some fun foam and Tombow Xtreme adhesive. 

Blog hop list: 

Ilina - that's ME! 

Giveaway details: ONE winner will be picked from the comments on all blogs and they'll receive choice of Mini MISTI or Original MISTI. To be eligible to win you need to comment by Monday at noon CT. Winners will be announced on Tuesday over at My Sweet Petunia Blog.! 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hero Arts: Christmas Poster and Santa Faces

Hi Stampers! 

Quick post today! I forgot to post this on Monday, but I was up on the Hero Arts blog with these 3 cards and a video how to make them. Head over there for details and to watch the video. 
See the full post HERE

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Have a Joyful Thanksgiving and a VIDEO

Hi stampers!
Tuesday over at My Sweet Petunia blog here means that one of the My Sweet Petunia Design team members is taking over the blog and sharing their creations. So, today it my turn.

However before I go into my eye candy I have over there , I wanted to let you know that My Sweet Petunia is having a store wide sale this week. 20% off everything in the store. No code is necessary and the discount will be applied at checkout! So, if you have been on the verge of getting your first MISTI, or the 2nd or your 10th, now it's the time! You can visit the store HERE

And, now it's time to move to the eye candy. I have two cards for you today and a video! Since Thanksgiving is in couple days (in the US) I decided to go with Fall/Thanksgiving theme and used the Concord and 9th Dahlia turnabout stamp set and dies, the Hero Arts Have a Joyful thanksgiving wood mount stamp and the new Catherine Pooler Spa Collection inks! 
The Concord and 9th turnabout stamps are designed to be used with the MISTI. So I stamped the dahlia three times with Sauna, Daydream and Green tea inks, then for the 4th I stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with Hero Arts Copper Embossing powder. Then using 2 sets of Creative corners I created little positioning tool for wood mount stamps and the MISTI and magnets on the corners helped keep it in place in the MISTI, so stamping was a breeze. Watch the video below on how I did that. For my 2 card I did almost the same process, except for the last step of the dahlia instead of stamping, I die cut it, using the coordinating dies. 
I kept my cards simple because I wanted the focus to be on the Dahlia and the sentiment. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Play Date Monday with Chameleon Pens and Concord and 9th and a VIDEO

Hi Stampers!
Happy Monday!
It's playdate Monday with Chameleon Pens and Concord and 9th and I have an extra project and a video besides the one on the Chameleon Pens blog (at the bottom is a peek of it, but you will need to head out over to the Chameleon Pens for pdf instructions and a video for that one).

But before I head onto my project I wanted to let you know that Chameleon Pens has 15% off their entire store, no code is needed and discount will show at checkout! You can shop HERE

The Turnabout stamps from Concord and 9th are made to be used with the MISTI, and My Sweet Petunia has 20% off entire store this week! So head on over there to take advantage of this great sale! You can visit the My Sweet Petunia store by clicking HERE

For my card below I used the Christmas Cheer turnabout stamp and stamped it 4 times on white card stock panel. Then colored with my Chameleon Pens and Color tops. I stamped the sentiment from the same set onto Ribbon banner die cut and embossed with white embossing powder. I assembled the card and voila.
Watch the video below to see how this card came to be! And don't forget to visit:
Chameleon Pens Blog and
Concord and 9th blog 
for more inspiration!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hero Arts: Color Layering Koala

Hi Stampers! Happy weekend! 

I have a quick post for you today to share a card I made using the Hero Arts color layering Koala and the Bamboo bold prints. I stamped the koalas using the gray shade inks onto snow layering paper and die cut them. As well as I die cut a circle from vellum. 
I stamped the background onto foliage layering papers with Versamark and embossed with Ultra Fine embossing powder. 
Next I took a strip of black card stock and stamped the sentiment and embossed in ultra fine clear embossing powder. Next I assembled the card and finished with green sequins.

Enjoy and hope you are inspired to create today

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Impression Obsession: 'Tis the Season

Hi stampers! 
Welcome to another Impression Obsession challenge. This week the challenge is "Tis the Season".  I decided to use the Merry Penguin set along with the Penguins skating stamp set (sentiment only) and do some embossing. I stamped the images using Black, Cherry and Orange ink pads, then over stamped using the MISTI with Versamark and embossed with Ultra Fine clear embossing powder. I die cut the images, stamped sentiment on my panel and adhered the elements using foam adhesive. Then assembled my card. 

Make sure you visit the blogs of the rest of the DT for more inspiration! 

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