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Monday, December 27, 2010

Wishing You Peace and JOY

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This was my holiday card this year!  I always like to incorporate my boys
picture in our card.  So I designed a flip card to hold a wallet sized pic.
I did this by creating a 3 way slit with a mountain fold in which my picture
side view of mountain fold
rear view of "easel"
could be showcased.  The dimensions of the card are "my normal"(I never err too far!) 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I uses whisper white ,old olive and night of navy as my color palette.  The easel or flip part is a piece of 3 3/4"x 5"  night of navy,spritzed with SU's vanilla shimmer smooch spritz.,and impressed with our Northern Flurry Impressions embossing folder.  To make the flip part,cut a slit from the1" mark to the 4" mark on the 5"side.  Do this 1/2" from the bottom.  From there turn to your 3 3/4"and cut from the 1/2"mark to 3". Do this to both sides.  This will create a "flap",and will be scored at the top(the 3" window part).  Only score within the window =).  You will also need to create an easel in this window.  To do this score 1" and 2"(and the 3",if you did not already do this;)) from the edge of the 5'side. Make sure you only score within the window area.  Hope this picture below helps=).

  I then created a tag to open and close the easel part.  My tag was 3 1/2"H x3 1/4"W. I used a circle as a topper and the ticket punch on the corners.  Attach this to the back of the easel on the bottom score ONLY.

Attach your artwork or photo to the front(only) of your mountain fold. 
Attach your easel part to the card base.  Make sure not to tape to close to your window, to make sure your window slides.  Hope you understand all my babbling...LOL.  The boys are home from school and already I feel a little babbly...
Wishing you and yours a JOYful holiday season!
Until Next Thought,

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Vintage-style Winter Post

Vintage-Swing Card

 I wanted to make a "swing" card using my movers and shakers die and the ornament from  the Holiday Windows Magnetic Movers and Shapers. I first saw this technique done by a SU! demonstrator Deb Valder.  Click HERE for video. I had to mess around a wee bit to get it just right, because the scallop circle is more forgiving then my ornament;), but I absolutely LOVE my finished project.  I stamped my image of the skaters from the Winter Post Stamp Set with black staz-on ink on very vanilla cs. I lightly used my blender pen and some ink pads to add a little color to their outfits. (Hint* do not color too dark as color bleeds a little with the embossing technique).I then punched out the skaters with the xl ornament punch.  I used the crackle emboss technique over the entire ornament.  If you need to know how to do this technique-contact me;).  After taking image from freezer and cracking, I use my sponge with some of SU!s espresso ink and sponged over ornament, making sure ink got into those crevices,giving it the vintage look. As in this picture- 

I added some elements from the Tiny Tags stamp set,Victoria Crochet Trim,a safety pin from our Vintage Trinkets,some "faux"ribbon with the scallop edge and dotted scallop ribbon punches, and embossing with the big shot and Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder!

Here is a little side view, to show how the "swing" works.

Hope you enjoy!! And,as always, any questions, contact me=))

Until Next Thought,

Friday, December 10, 2010

Gift Giving Cookie Box

Cookie Box

Stamp Sets: Days of Gratitude,Tags til Christmas
Colors: Crumb cake and garden green
Supplies and Accessories: Bone Folder,corner round punch, scallop square punch, acetate sheet, ribbon, linen thread

This is such a great gift!  Everyone loves to share those Christmas cookies, right? This was a great tutorial I found on our Stampin' Up Demonstrator Connection.  The credit goes to Natasha Zandbergen  (if you click on Natasha's name it will link you to the tutorial=)).

This is sooooo simple to make and is great for a dozen cookies or whatever you would like to put in it;).  It uses one 12x12 sheet of card stock! How awesome is that!
And of course you can use any stamp set you like, I chose to use Days of Gratitude.  I used the extra paper that I cut for the window as my punch,so it still has the great pattern that is stamped.
I stamped the sentiment in Garden Green on very vanilla card stock, and punched out as well, with the coordinating scallop square punch.  I wrapped my box in the 1-1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon and attached my punched sentiments with linen thread.
Hope you try this one!!

Until Next Thought~

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Last Years Christmas Card revisited!

My Heart

This was our family card of last year.  I used a simple step card so that a picture of my boys could be seen at all times;).  Take note* it says "we have been good!" on the photo(this is subject to opinion!)  I kept my color palette simple on this using very vanilla and soft suede.  I used the Tree Trimming and Heard From the Heart stamp sets,the lots of tags sizzlits die cut,wide oval punch, gold string,round tab punch(folded in half,held together with a gold brad -holds the picture in place)and the perfect details texturz plate for the swirls behind my ornament.  Hope you enjoy!!
Until Next Thought~

Friday, December 3, 2010

I hear the sleigh bells jinglin....

Time to start working on those Christmas cards!!

Well I do have several posts to add,but I am trying to work on all the things that I have to do in December-AGHHH!
Anyway, I will try to get some projects posted for you to enjoy=).
This little reindeer is a little"Vixen".  She is made with the wide oval punch(kraft CS),the scallop circle(cut with the wide oval punched in early espresso CS,so none of her gorgeous hairs are out of place;)! )  I have seen punch art reindeer done a lot of ways, and this is my version.  I used the itty bitty punch pack for the poppy parade flower in her hair, and of course she needs a lil bling so I added a rhinestone from SU!'s rhinestone pack. Most reindeer seem to use the snowflake for antlers (and girls really don't have antlers,do they? oops! so they must be awful big ears?) I used a "question mark" from a diecut.  You could also use the "Y" that would be much more masculine;) LOL, or the snowflake punch. Her nose is a 1/2" real red circle spritzed with shimmer mist spray(not really visible in pic,but in person she is quite a sparkly gal;)).  The eyes are a circle punched from the itty bitty punch and the black is a regular size whole punch, a little white gel pen adds a little twinkle to her eyes!  I used DSP paper from the greenhouse gala series as a background and layered it on poppy parade card stock.  The "do not open" (stamped in espresso ink) is from the tags til Christmas bundle found in the Holiday Mini and it is punched with the XLdecorative label punch in poppy parade paper.
Until Next Thought~

Monday, November 22, 2010

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pillow Boxes

Santa and Snowman Pillow Boxes

These are so cute and soooooo easy to make!
For Santa I used real red card stock and ran through my Big Shot and the pillow box die to create my pillow box.  For Santas beard and brim I used the large scallop square die cut in whisper white cs,folded over at 10 scallops.  I sponged a little bashful blue around the edges to give him a little depth=)  His face is punched from the wide oval punch in very vanilla,as is his nose,which is the 1/2" small circle punch.  I sponged both of these with pretty in pink. Santa's stache is 2 petals from the 5petal flower punch.  Add wiggle eyes and pompom! 

For Snowman I used whisper white and the pillow box die,also;).  His hat is in basic black,I believe I used a 2' square(not sure off the top of my head;) For his brim I used 2 modern label punches.  I cut 1 in half and layered behind the other.  I used the small oval for the leaf and punched edges with my circle punch to give the effect of a holly leaf.  I used real red to make the berries,punching them out of my circle from the trio pack punches.  The heart smile is hand drawn with the small heart punch. Basic black coal eyes are also a 1/2" circle punch and the carrot nose is from the five petal flower punch(*Hint: if you are making multiple of these punch a 3/4" circle on your pumpkin pie card stock,leave enough room to punch your five petal flower around.  Using your five petal flower,line up in the center of your circle and punch-5instant carrot noses!

Enjoy these cute little pillow boxes-they are the perfect size for a little something;)

Until Next Thought~

Monday, November 15, 2010

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From November 15-30 (2010 ;))
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I would love to share what I love with you!

Until Next Thought~Kris

Thursday, October 28, 2010

lil pumpkin' box

This is a little box I made for my son's harvest party:)
It is only 1 1/2" tall.
Just the right size box for your treats!

Happy Fall Y'all~
Until Next Thought~Kris

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Handmade Holiday Bundle Sale

Click on the above link for a PDF of Stampin' up! 's Bundle sale that will be available October 19,2010 until December 16,2010. If you would like to order anything please contact me=)all my contact information can be found on: my Stampin' Up web site

Until Next Thought~

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hoo Hoo Hoo Merry Christmas!

Hoo Hoo Hoo Merry Christmas!!!

Stamp Sets: Many Merry Messages and Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors: Whisper white, Cherry Cobbler,Old Olive,sahara sand,naturals white
Accessories: Big Shot,Petals a plenty Embossing Folder,Perfect Details Texturz Plate, white frost shimmer Paint(mixed with rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle),basic black 5/8" satin ribbon,ornament,heart, dotted scallop ribbon border and owl punches, love letters DSP, white gel pen,Stamp-a-ma-jig

This card is a spin off of one of my earliest Santa suits.  I used a basic card size(4-1/4x5-1/2) of cherry cobbler and textured using my big shot,spritzed my cs with shimmer mixture(see above) and the petals a plenty EF.  I love the de-bossed side for Santas suit but you may choose whichever you like;).  I punched out several hearts(6whole)and used my edges to punch out partial hearts-they make up Santas mustache.  Love using every bit of my card stock.  It is a fetish-I just have to find a use for it;).  I punched the owl in sahara sand and his belly is the DSP from love letters. White and black eyes with a fleck of white gel pen-makes them come alive;). I punched an ornament in white and used old olive from the inside of Santas belt to punch out the top of the ornament.  Oh by the way did I tell you what a pain it was to make that belt buckle? -I really do need smaller nesting square punches!  I stamped "merry Christmas" from teeny tiny wishes in cherry cobbler and and the "Ho" 3times from 'Ho'liday in the merry many messages set. I went back using the stamp-a-ma-jig and added my extra 'O' (O for what a pain that was! LOL-I should have just wrote it in but wanted it to be more 'demo-quality' looking;)  I used cherry cobbler marker to add dots on my ornament. oooh what am I forgetting? Belt is a strip of black satin ribbon and trim on suit is a piece of white punched from dotted scallop ribbon punch.  Layer your hearts, I started from the center bottom to give his beard a more fluffy effect and added my owl at the end(just didn't go too crazy with the adhesive on that side of his beard;).  Adhere all other pieces..and hoo hoo you got yourself an owl and santa card;)
This guy was pretty popular in Baltimore-wish I had made like 100 to share with all my fellow demos;)!
Hope I got all my thoughts down?and

Until Next Thought~Kris

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats Card

Stamp Sets: Make a Monster, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors:  Basic black,Concord Crush,Real Red,Old Olive,Peach parfait
Accessories: Spider Web impressions folder, brayer, circle punches,itty bitty punch pack,small oval punch, concord crush 1/2in poly stitched ribbon,crop-a-dile,white gel pen,curvy label punch

This is a card I created for swaps at our Stampin" Up regionals'  in Baltimore,MD.  To start with I brayered basic black ink on my impressions pad(the flat slide).  I cut a piece of Concord Crush card stock(4 1/4x5 1/2),placed it in my foder and ran through my big shot.  What an awesome effect!  I love how the concord pops out from the black.  Pretty cool,huh? Allow time to dry.  In the mean time, I made a punch art spider and bug. For the bug, I first stamped the face from the 'make a monster' set on peach parfait cs. I used my white gel pen to color his eyeballs and teeth.  I then used my 1/2in circle punch,centering over face,and punched out.  I punched a small oval in peach parfait for the bugs body.  I wrapped the bug in concord crush ribbon to resemble a bug caught in the webbing.  For my spider, I stamped the fangs from the make a monster set on black CS and used the crop-a-dile to punch out two eyeballs.  I placed a real red circle under the black3/4in circle to give the appearance of red eyes. I made black circles in the eyes and a small white highlight,also.  For his body, I punched out the 'x-shaped' bitty punch,and also placed a 1in circle behind.  I know black widows have an hour glass design but thought this punch looked cute:)  For his(or her) legs,  I used the curvy label punch and just slid it a small bit each time,cutting out 4 times(to give the appearance of legs).  I stamped the "sweet treats" saying from teeny tiny wishes set on peach parfait and cut out with the word window punch.  I layered the saying on black,concord and olive cs punched with the modern label punch. I adhered all my elements onto the now dry spider web:D  I just thought this would be such a cute idea and I think it came together well.

And using the same technique for the web,  I also created this "Dark and Dreary"card.

Such a cool effect and a "Sweet Treat"!!!

Until Next Thought~Kris

Monday, October 4, 2010

Swaps for the Regionals in Baltimore!

 These are the swap cards I created for the Baltimore Stampin' Up regional.  I will post on each one and give you the details in my posts,so,be sure to check back if you want some details;)
Until Next Thought~Kris

Friday, September 24, 2010

Back to School Gift Idea

This is a little set I made using the "First Day" stamp set which was available in the summer mini, but you could use any set for this!! Imagine the possibilities!  First we have a great easel post-it note holder
which you can use a white gel pen or stamp letters to personalize your gift!

Next we have a corner bookmark, with this adorable bookworm!

of course he is bookmarking one of my many favorite pages in my Stampin' Up catty ;))

And lastly, who doesn't need one of these??? A tissue holder!

Isn't this just too cute?? Imagine these as a great wedding favor??

Well Until Next Thought~Kris

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fifth Avenue Floral Watercolor

Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral
Colors: whisper white,regal rose,daffodil delight
Accessories:  Victoria ribbon, re-inkers, white embossing powder,versamark,heat gun, glossy white CS ,aqua painters and spritz bottle of water
I still cannot get away from this stamp set!  I have to say it is probably one of my all time favorites!  This technique I used was found on you-tube.  It was a little while ago,and I never marked the page(sorry to the creator!)  Using glossy card stock, stamp image in versa mark.  Sprinkle with embossing powder and heat set.  spray your card stock with water bottle, water will pool into areas and that is great-the wetter the easier!  Using your aqua painter, pick up a drop of ink(darker color 1st) from your re-inkers.(i used rose and daffodil) and touch area to be painted.  The water will spread the color for you!-such a cool and beautiful effect!  Apply color until you get desired look.. You can do as light or dark as you like,as well as blend the colors!  Allow paper to dry-this takes a little while!  I used the new Victoria ribbon behind my flower-so beautiful!!!

Until Next Thought~Kris

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tropical Vacation

We did indeed have a tropical summer here in southern New Jersey!  I am sad:( that it is over but I plan on sneaking in a few more beach days;)  This is a card I created for a show last month(before the summer mini was over) so, it features some retired items.  The palm trees are from the tropical party set and the sand is from the sweet scoop set,as well as the also retired DSP from Island Oasis.  I loved all these sets-I will miss them!!  I used masking and the brayer to create the different parts of the landscape,horizon and sun.

Anyway, short post,so I can move on to catching up with more postings!

Until Next Thought~Kris

I'm Back!

I am back!  I plan on posting regularly now that I have a camera again!!!  My camera had gone on the fritz(OH NO!)and my darling husband insisted it was just the battery.  After a month long search(I swear!!!) I found the new battery! YEAH! Only to find out, it was not the battery >:(   My camera (present at Christmas-from said hubby)had a warranty on it.  So, I was not to do anything but return it!  Well, needless to say, I held my hand on my backside in anticipation of hubby finding the warranty...AHEM...still waiting...anyway, I just went out and got a $60 camera to hold me over!  So hopefully, these pictures of my cards and projects will be acceptable until (and if) he ever gets my good camera fixed!So, I will share with you some projects that I did indeed work on over the summer!

This card was made with the scallop#2 die and a freehand dress. It also uses some of our Stampin Up! great punches-can you see them all? and the adorable new itty bitty punches,too.  Unfortunately, the DSP is now retired(by the time of my posting!)but there are so many cool other DSP's now available!  Use your thinker=D  I CASED it from Gretchen Barron(a fellow SU! demonstrator) and just added a few of my own elements=D.  I think it is too cute!  What do ya think?

Until Next Thought~

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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Still working on my camera! Maybe I should just go and get a new one?
Until Next Thought~Kris

Sunday, July 4, 2010

On Hiatus?

Not really! No camera=no posts:(((  Sorry to all but apparently my camera is on the fritz-maybe beach sand?? So hopefully I will get it back soon and be back to posting soon=)

Until Next Thought~Kris

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Gazing Ball

Stamp Sets:Define Your Life,Tropical Party and Sweet Scoops
Colors: Compliments of Just Add Ink
Tempting turquoise,rich razzleberry,kiwi kiss and white
Accessories: Bird punch,1-1/4"circle,ittybitty punch(flower),scallop-edge punch,white gel pen,shaving cream,polka dot impressions folder,scallop oval punch

I have had this thought(gazing ball) in my head for awhile now...hmmm along with so many others;)).  I love PPA and all their inspiring ideas.  This challenge was SUMMER! Nothing screams summer to me like sun,birds and flowers!
 For the gazing ball, I used the shaving cream technique,with turquoise and razzleberry re-inkers. I also outlined my bird with turquoise pen on the ball(after drying) so that the bird was looking at its reflection.

For the pedestal I used my cone from sweet scoops tuned upside down.  I used my fronds from tropical party to make grass and added some little wildflowers in razzleberry from the itty bitty punch. I used my white gel pen to highlight the flowers as well as parts of my turquoise punched bird.  The birds wing is embossed with the polka dot folder. I used the edge of scallop oval punch as a mask for my clouds. I used my markers to color in my definition and attached that to a scalloped-edge piece of razzleberry cs. All are on a whisper white card.

Until Next Thought~Kris

Monday, June 14, 2010

Remember Me Card

Stamp Set: In A Word


Srapmaster's Paradise Color Challenge

Accessories: Lg Oval Punch, 3/4"circle punch, Cog Punch, white gel pen, Island Oasis DSP

Wow! Remember Me? I have been absent from my posting world for two weeks!  I am hoping now that my son(s) baseball seasons are over, that I will be back on track! That is unless the beach calls me too often ;))  Fittingly, I have titled my card for my absence and hopeful that I will not have too much of a gap in posting ever again >:| Although with summer at the end of the week and the beach at the end of the road-who knows?? =D  I saw the sketch challenge over at Just Add Ink and thought to go with it! I was wanting to try a flower that I saw on our SU! showcase(sorry I tried to go back and find the specific creator but there are absolutely toooo many awesome ideas on there to find it:( specifically ).So, I'm hoping that my version is ok:) I think that the original creator used cs and rounded the flower to give it a more 3-d appearance,but I just loved this dotted DSP- so fun!
Anyway 8) , The base of my card is only orange-Yikes I only have 2pieces left :s.  I punched 5 circles on my sheet of DSP and then punched the ovals over them-giving me the open petal look.  Of course,you need to save every little circle scrap-there is always a use for them! I punched a cog with my new cog punch:))))))in mambo-again save your center circle! I cut a piece of the same DSP,using the opposite side,and a piece of choc chip and mambo.  I used my white gel pen and made a line of dots on the (2)mambo, around the rim of card and on the cog circle. I attached the DSP and choc chip, then created my flower by using the opposite side of my 3/4 DSP circle(scrap:)and cut my cog in half and to make the flower center. I tucked the petals under the cog ends-centering them.

I added the piece of melon mambo on top of choc chip.  Then on to my thought...I stamped "remember" in choc chip on a piece of white cs.  I colored in the me part only with my choc marker and stamped on one of the circle scraps the "me'.  I attached layers as shown


Until Next Thought~

Kris =D