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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