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!!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

Be Creative, Kristin

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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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Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker

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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Masking Technique

Did you know that Post-It notes can be a great tool for stamping?!  I know they are great for taking little notes and marking pages, but I have a stack of them sitting on my stamping table at all times!  Today’s technique demonstrates how to use these handy Post-It’s to create a layered image that adds depth to your cards and projects.  

maskingfinalThe first step is to find a stamp set that will work with this look.  I decided to use my new favorite set, Flower Patch.  Choose several colors that will go well together.  I grabbed 5 different colors from the subtle family to use on my card.  I will post my supplies list below. 

Always start by stamping the image that you want to appear in the foreground of the card (on the top of the other images).  In this case I used the largest flower image from this stamp set.  

masking1After stamping your first image, ink it up and stamp it again on a Post-It note.  Make sure to get part of the image on the sticky part of the Post-It.  Then cut this image out as close to the edge as you can get.  This becomes your mask.  I created a second mask for the pink flower on this card as well.  

masking2Using your mask to cover up your main image, stamp the images that will appear behind it. You can remove your mask and continue using it several times.  Once you are satisfied, remove and admire your work!  

masking3It really is that easy!!  With a few basic supplies you can be making beautiful layered cards like this! I hope you take a second look at those Post-It notes sitting on your desk and give this technique a try today!  

Be Creative, Kristin

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Big Shot Promotion

WOW!  There is an awesome promotion going on right now!  If you have been eyeing a Big Shot this is the time to get it!  There are two ways to take advantage of this deal: 

1.  Buy a Big Shot and get a FREE bundle (any of the ones listed below):

2.  If you already own a Big Shot you can get 15% off any bundle:

This really is a great deal!  You can use any of the links above to go right to my online store or send me an email if you want to take advantage of this offer.  

Be Creative, Kristin


Tonight is card class night at my house!  I look forward to card class every month!  I know all of my customers look forward to stamping, but I look forward to seeing and visiting with all of them!  I thought I’d share one of the cards that I created for card class tonight.  This one uses a single stamp called Snapshot.  

If you live in the area and want to come to card class, I’d love to have you!  Send me a message and I will get the dates and information to you!  

Be Creative, Kristin

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Personalized Kraft Journals

One of things I love about Stampin’ Up! Convention (there are really too many to list) is the generosity of other demonstrators.  I can’t tell you how many little gifts I received while I was there!  Mostly chocolate, which was great in those emergency moments where you realize that you haven’t eaten much in a while!  But of course the chocolate came in adorable packaging! 

image (64)I also made a special roommate gift to give to my roommate at Convention.  I decided to use some of the new Kraft Journals.  I am in love with these journals!  It is so quick and easy to these into awesome gifts for just about anyone!  I’ll add the supply list below so you can see what I used to create this.  

Be Creative, Kristin

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Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

There are few products that I have run across that truly simplify my life.  Project Life is one of those!  Throw all your original ideas out the window!  Project Life by Stampin’ Up! is truly revolutionary!  

What is it?  It is simple memory keeping.  No more guilt about all of those pictures you’ve taken and meant to get into a book.  I’m guilty of it too!  I have stacks (or in some cases they are all still in my photo program) of photos that I’ve been meaning to document. These memories are important to me.  With three growing boys I want to be able to keep those memories, but I need something easy, affordable, fast, and stylish.  In comes Project Life by Stampin’ Up!  


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Join me for an afternoon all about Project Life. Make-n-take and instructions included. You will leave with a completed 12 x 12, 2 page spread using your own Project Life Kit! 

Cost for this class is $30.00 
Class includes: 2 Journaling Pens, 1 Project Life Card Collection of your choice, and 12 Pocket Pages

****Please email me at kristin(at) if you already own a Project Life by Stampin’ Up! card collection for special pricing. 

Please RSVP by Saturday July 26th with your choice of Card Collection