Lovely Amazing You

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! releases a new photopolymer stamp set the second Tuesday of every month?  The Lovely Amazing You stamp set was released in February and I knew as soon as I saw it that I had to order it!  

IMG_20150313_135803105This stamp set has 5 fabulous sayings and I especially love the handwriting font!  Along with the feather image there is also a little heart and an envelope image.  You can see the full stamp set images here.  

IMG_20150313_142335I was looking for a soft color palette when I designed this card so I grabbed a piece of the designer series paper from the Lullaby Designer Series Paper Collection.  The soft colors worked perfectly.  I also love that this paper can be used for SO much more than just baby cards!  It just so happened that I used several of the 2013-2015 In-Colors, which sadly will be retiring this year.  Make sure you grab them before they are gone! 

Card Dimensions: 
Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock: 4 1/4″ by 11″
Lullaby Designer Series Paper: 2 1/2″ by 4 1/4″
Whisper White Banner cut using the Banner Framelits

Tips for Creating this card:

  • Fold your cardstock base in half.
  • Adhere the piece of Lullaby Designer Series Paper at the top of your card base. 
  • Add a bow by tying a long piece of Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Bakers Twine around the front of your card.  
  • Stamp your feather image on the banner using Pistachio Pudding Classic Ink.  
  • Next stamp the greeting of your choice on the tag using the Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink.
  • Randomly stamp the heart image on your tag using the Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Ink.  
  • Adhere three sequins using glue dots from the 2013-2015 In-Color Sequin Assortment Pack. 
  • Finish off your card and add the banner to the front of your card base using Stampin’ Dimensions.
Be Creative, Kristin 

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Painted Petals Thank You

It’s been SO cold here in the midwest that I’ve been creating spring cards in hopes to bring some sunshine and warmth our way!  

I started out creating this card using the FabFriday challenge layout.  Isn’t this a fun and versatile layout?!  It really got my creative juices flowing!  
Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 2.38.14 PMI also added the Stampin’ Royalty Color Challenge #268 which screamed spring to me! 

image_(2)Aren’t these colors beautiful together?!  Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzaz, and Always Artichoke!  

image_(1)And here is the finished card!  Now to add a message and get this little bit of spring out in the mail to someone!  

Be Creative, Kristin 
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Hello Love

I have been busy making valentine’s this week!  This valentine is fun to make and uses a technique that I call a watercolor wash.  See below for instructions on how to make this card! 

IMG_20150209_173105Card Dimensions:  
Coastal Cabana cardstock:  4 1/4″ by 11″
Shimmery White cardstock:  3″ by 3″
Basic Black cardstock:  3 1/4″ by 3 1/4″
Strip of Designer Series Paper: 4 1/4″ by 3/4″

Tips for creating this card: 
  • Start by embossing the front of your card using the Decorative Dots embossing folder.
  • Next grab your Coastal Cabana classic ink pad and squeeze it together to get ink to pool in the top of the ink pad.  
  • Using your aqua painter, filled with water, you want to pick up some of the Coastal Cabana ink and do a wash over your Shimmery White cardstock.  You will have to pick up ink and do this several times to cover the front of the cardstock.  The Simmery White cardstock or Watercolor paper works best for watercoloring.
  • Let this piece dry fully before stamping your image.
  • Using your Memento Ink pad stamp the cloud image from the hostess stamp set Hello Love. 
  • Color in the open hearts with your Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker.
  • Fill in the same hearts with your Dazziling Details and let dry. 
  • Layer your stamped piece onto your Basic Black cardstock and add this to the front of your card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Add your Real Red Cotton Ribbon to your piece of Love Stack Designer Series Paper Stack and adhere to your card front. 
  • Admire your creation and send it off to your loved one!  

Be Creative, Kristin

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A Sweet Valentine

So let’s be honest, sometimes you just don’t have a lot of time to craft.  I know because I have been experiencing the crafting doldrums lately!  I finally sat down Friday night with my newest Paper Pumpkin box and some new supplies from the Occasions Catalog and did some crafting!  This sweet valentine was created using an exclusive stamp set from January’s Paper Pumpkin box.  Let me tell you how thankful I am to have that little red box delivered to my door once a month!  Especially when I don’t have a lot of time to be creative on my own!  If you don’t have the little red box in your mailbox every month you are missing out! Right now during Sale-A-Bration you can order the pre-paid 3 month subscription for the sale price of $54.85 and when you order it you will receive Sale-A-Bration benefits!  

Be Creative, Kristin 

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Give Thanks

Today’s card features the Seasonally Scattered stamp set.  I used one of my favorite techniques called the Rock N’ Roll technique with the ‘thanks’ saying on the front of this card.  
 Card Dimensions:
Old Olive (card base): 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″
Whisper White card stock:  5″ by 3 1/2″ 
Tangerine Tango card stock: 5″ by 1″

Tips for creating this card: 

  • Start by embossing the front of your card base (Old Olive) using the Woodgrain Textured Embossing Folder.  This folder really adds to the fall feeling of the card.
  • Ink the “thanks” stamp from the Seasonally Scattered stamp set in Hello Honey Ink and then roll only the edges of the inked stamp in the Tangerine Tango ink.  This is called the Rock N’ Roll Technique.  Stamp this image onto your Whisper White card stock.  You may want to practice this a few times to get the hang of it.  Just make sure to clean your stamp well in between stamping.  
  • You can add stamps around your focal image if desired.  I added some leaves in Hello Honey and the word ‘give’.  
  • Punch the strip of Tangerine Tango card stock using your Scallop Edge Border Punch and attach this to the bottom of your Whisper White card stock.
  • Tear off a piece of Washi Tape from the Season of Style Washi Tape pack and adhere it to the lower right hand corner of your Whisper White card stock.  
  • Attach a piece of skinny ribbon (I used a retired ribbon here) using your handheld stapler. 
  • Add the main image to the front of your card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  

Be Creative, Kristin 
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For The Birds – Merry Christmas

I’m here!!  I know it’s been awhile.  I had a great time last weekend stamping with the ladies that attended my annual Holiday Jingle event!  I’ve been asked to share the cards that we created and I’m starting with this cute little bird.  Isn’t he sweet?!


Card Dimensions:  
Old Olive (card base): 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″
Sahara Sand: 4″ by 5 1/4″ 
Season Of Style Designer Series Paper:  3 3/4″ by 1 1/2″ 

Tips for creating this card:

  • Start by stamping your bird image from the For The Birds Stamp Set on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Punch your image out using your 2 1/2″ circle punch.
  • Using your Stampin’ Write Markers color your bird image.
  • Sponge the edges of the circle using your sponge and the Chocolate Chip Classic Ink. 
  • Take your piece of Sahara Sand card stock and using the Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder run it through your Big Shot.  Adhere this to your Old Olive card stock card base.
  • Cut a flag end on your piece of Season of Style Designer Series Paper using paper snips.  Adhere this on top of your Sahara Sand card stock.
  • Using Stampin’ Dimensionals add your focal image to the front of your card. You’re done!  

Be Creative, Kristin
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My Top 5 Holiday Catalog Must Haves!

The Holiday Catalog has been out for a little over a week now and I am still drooling over all of the awesome products!  Today I’m sharing with you my Top 5 Favorite products found in this year’s Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!  Of course, I could never limit myself to buying only 5 things…but IF I had to this is what I would get.

Be Creative, Kristin

My Top 5 Holiday Catalog Must Haves!!

1. Endless Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set
133455s This stamp set sold out in it’s debut last year!! It’s a beautiful stamp set that can be used for all of your holiday cards!
2. Frightul Wreath Simply Created Kit
135866s Impress your friends and family with this wreath! This kit includes everything you need to make the wreath for your front door or as decoration inside!
3. Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Card Collection
135830s 100 Holiday-themed cards to document those holiday memories! This is a must have to make your holiday memory keeping easy!
4. All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape
135844s I love washi and this collection features 5 coordinating designs! Perfect for adding just a little pizzaz to your cards or projects!
5. Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon
135841s Ribbon is a must have for creating holiday cards and I love the elegant look and feel of this taffeta ribbon!

Project Life Easter Page

Have you been playing with your Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products yet?!  I’m having so much fun with them!  I held a Project Life introductory class a week ago and I wanted to share one of the pages that I created for our class.  

PLSUEasterThis page features the Playground Project Life Collection.  What I love about this collection is the color pallet!  This collection actually has some bold colors in it, but for this Easter page I decided to just use a few of the more subtle colors.  Do you see that little book in the bottom pocket?!  I had several pictures that I couldn’t fit on the page so I created this little book to hold those extra pictures.  I’m working on a little tutorial for you so you can create one too! I will add the supplies list and links to purchase below.

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Happy New Home

I’m off to help my sister and her family move into their new home!  Of course I couldn’t show up empty handed so I created a card using the new Holiday Home Photopolymer stamp set!  

happynewhomeCard Dimensions: 
Old Olive (card base):  8 1/2″ by 11″ 
Moonlight Designer Series Paper:  4″ by 2 1/2″ 
Daffodil Delight:  3 1/4″ by 2 3/4″
Whisper White:  3″ by 2 1/2″ 

Tips for creating this card: 

  • Stamp your house image using the Tuxedo Black Momento Ink on a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock.  Color the house in using your Old Olive Blendabilities for the house and Daffodil Delight for the windows.  
  • Use your Homemade Holiday Framelits to cut out the house from your scrap paper. 
  • Place your colored house on your piece of 3″ by 2 1/2″ Whisper White card stock using two Dimensionals.  Stamp the remaining house and lamps using the Tuxedo Black Momento Ink.  
  • Punch the heart out using the heart shape punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack from your Blackberry Bliss card stock scrap. 
  • Adhere the Moonlight Designer Series Paper to your card front.  
  • Add your Blackberry Bliss ribbon by cutting it slightly larger than your designer series paper.  Adhere the ends to the back of the paper and tie a bow on the front. 
  • Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to add your main focal image to the front of the card. 

Be Creative, Kristin
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Feathers! PPA216

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 9.22.58 AMToday’s card was inspired by this weeks Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge (PPA216).  I love this clean and simple sketch and knew instantly that the Four Feathers stamp set (available in the Holiday Catalog August 28) would be perfect for this card. 


Card Dimensions:  
Lost Lagoon:  8 1/2″ x 11″ card base
Sahara Sand:  3 3/4″ x 5″ 
Whisper White:  2 1/2″
Moonlight Designer Series Paper: 2 1/2″

Tips for creating this card: 
  • Stamp your feathers in Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, and Sahara Sand.  Use the matching Feathers Framelits to cut them out.  No more fussy cutting!  Put a little SNAIL adhesive on them to hold them together. 
  • Tie a bow using your Whisper White Twine and adhere it with a glue dot to the top of your feathers. 
  • Assemble your card layers.  The white layer and designer paper are cut to overlap slightly on your card.  
  • Before adhering them to your card base add your ribbon.  Cut your Lost Lagoon ribbon slightly larger (about 4 1/4″) and wrap it around to the back and adhere with SNAIL adhesive.  
  • Add your feathers to the front of your card using a Stampin’ Dimensional to give a little height.
  • Stamp your greeting in Hello Honey.
Be Creative, Kristin

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