Merry Mice on an Outdoor Adventure

Merry Mice and Outdoor Adventure Framelits, created by Krista Thomas,

We have had some decent rain here in the northwest over the past couple days, with lots more forecast for this weekend.  It’s that kind of weather that makes me happy to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea.  But, alas, with my Christmas Stamp Camp quickly approaching, I have spent most of my recent days in the craft room getting ready.  Although the card I’m sharing today is not one that we’ll be doing at camp, we will be using the Merry Mice stamp set for a different card which I’ll share at a later date.

Merry Mice on an Outdoor Adventure

Merry Mice stamp set by Stampin’ Up! features some really cute little critters!  This trio of mice are set into a mountain scene, traveling to grandma’s house.  It brings to my mind “over the river and through the woods” which I would love to see incorporated into a stamp set.  The scenery was created with the Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies and I hand-printed the sign with a Micron pen.

The mice are colored with Prismacolor pencils.  Card stock colors are Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky, Whisper White and Sweet Sugarplum.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Flourishing Hello for #GDP057

Flourish Thinlits Hello for #GDP057 by Krista Thomas,

I started my day off really early today, at 4:30 a.m., after tossing and turning for at least an hour.  I decided to get up, make a pot of coffee and work on the color challenge offered by Global Design Project.

I  made a similar card several months ago using the Flourish Thinlits and have never shared it online, so I remade it with the challenge colors and I like it better than the original.  The sentiment is from Watercolor Wishes which is sold as a bundle with a wonderful card kit that I just love.  If you need a quick but beautiful card, check into that bundle.  The product picture below will take you directly to my store where you can shop to your heart’s content.

There are so many great products available from Stampin’ Up! and because I’m a full-time demonstrator, I get to play with those products every day.  It just doesn’t get much better than that!!  Join my Stampin’ Up! team and you can have a fun job too!  I set my own hours, work at my own pace and hold classes with the most incredible people on earth- my wonderful customers whom I LOVE!!  I am blessed every single day because of a decision I made 15 years ago to become a demonstrator.

If you’d like to have that kind of job and would like to join my team, you can do so here, by clicking on “Join the fun” in the upper right corner.

I’m so glad you stopped by today!

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Stencil in Stencil Technique

Stencil in Stencil Technique and Tutorial by Krista Thomas,

While browsing on the internet, I stumbled onto a video on YouTube and instantly I knew we had to do this technique in my September classes.  I have quite a stash of stencils, so the hunt began as I thought about what theme I wanted to use.  With summer behind us, I decided to make a fall card.

My inspiration came from this video by Sandy Allnock, here.

I chose to use the maple leaf from Stampin’ Up’s Leaflet Framelits, filling in the center with honeycombs from a stencil I made on my e-cutter.


Tools you’ll need:
Leaflets Framelits (#138283)
Micron Pen (.05 tip)


Trace the inside edge of the framelit diagonally on the vanilla panel (3 1/2″ square).


Lay the honeycomb stencil over the traced leaf.  Using the Micron Pen, trace only the honeycombs that are within the borders of the leaf. You’ll have lots of partial honeycombs along the edges.


Color the honeycombs with colored pencils. I used the following 3 Prismacolors:
PC 1005 Limepeel
PC 1032 Pumpkin Orange
PC 1034 Goldenrod

As a border around the leaf, I chose a stamp from one of last year’s Sale-a-Bration sets, Hello (now retired).  Turns out that it was the exact size that was needed and I liked how it looked.  Perfect!

The background panel is Crumb Cake card stock and is stamped with the Woodgrain background stamp (now retired) in Crumb Cake ink.  The sentiment is from Me=Grateful stamp set and is stamped with Early Espresso ink.

Stencil in Stencil Technique & Tutorial by Krista Thomas,

All of the current products used are listed below.  To order any of them, simply click on the product picture which will take you to my Stampin’ Up! store.  Once there, you’ll be able to see all of Stampin’ Up’s awesome products and can purchase the ones you like.  I would love to be your demonstrator!

I hope you’ll pull out your stencils and dies and see what you can mix up and match to do this technique!  Thanks for stopping by today.

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Garden in Bloom for #GDP055 and PCC212

#GDP055, PCC212, Garden in Bloom by Krista Thomas,

Garden in Bloom is a set that offers a great variety of 2 & 3 step stamping options.  If you’re not familiar with 2 or 3 step stamping, it just means that you layer stamps on top of each other.  For instance, on the large orange flowers I started with the outline stamp in 1st generation ink (full strength) in Tangerine Tango.  Then I stamped the petals with 2nd generation ink (stamping on a place mat before stamping onto the card), which results in a lighter shade of the same color.  The centers were stamped in Crushed Curry.  The small blue flowers and all of the leaves were stamped in the same fashion, using 1st and 2nd generations of ink.

The colors in this card are Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango and Emerald Envy, which qualifies it for Paper Craft Crew’s Challenge #212.

After completing my card, I realized that in the small print of the challenge box below, it says to use 3 of the 4 colors and I used all four.  So maybe I need to have my eyes checked!  Oh well, I still like how my card turned out and hopefully the Paper Craft Crew will accept my submission in spite of my oops!

*Update- I got sidetracked when my grandkids stopped by and I missed the submission time for PCC212.  I guess it wasn’t meant to be…

It also qualifies for the Global Design Project Challenge #055. That challenge is all about Random Acts of Kindness which are unexpected kindnesses to a friend or a stranger.

I was the recipient of a RAK during a trip through McDonald’s drive through window where the man ahead of me paid my bill. I paid it forward and picked up the tab for the person behind me. Our world can be a better place when strangers and friends alike take a moment to care for each other.

Garden in Bloom for #GDP055 and PCC212, by Krista Thomas,

I hope you like my card!  Please come back later in the week when I hope to have some holiday cards ready to share.

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Traditional Holly Berry Happiness


GDP#054, Holly Berry Happiness, Wrapped in Warmth, Stampin' Up Holiday 2016-17 Catalog, by Krista Thomas,

This card was designed for a recent Christmas workshop and it’s design is perfect for this week’s Global Design Project challenge #GDP054.  I chose to use This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper because of it’s traditional Christmas colors, making it a good choice to pair with the holly.  I stamped the holly in three steps.  First I used Early Espresso ink for the outline, then Garden Green for the leaves and finally Real Red for the berries.  The photopolymer stamps in Holly Berry Happiness are clear, making it easy to line up.  I chose a sentiment from Wrapped in Warmth and stamped it with Real Red ink.  Gold Glimmer Paper was used as an accent.

This week will be a quiet one for me as I don’t have any classes scheduled, and I will delve into my pile of new goodies from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday 2016-17 Catalog.  I am hoping to create some fun projects for my upcoming Christmas Stamp Camp but sometimes when I am not working under pressure, I simply cannot find my creative mojo.  Does anyone else have that problem?  I really hope that’s not the case this week, but if it is, then I guess I’ll switch gears and go work in the yard.  We’re suppose to have some beautiful weather in western Oregon and until the rain sets in, there’s much to be done outside.

I hope I’ll have some projects to share with you as the week progresses…

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Fresh Fruit Box Card with Tutorial


I had a surprise visitor while I was working in my craft room last week.  My grandson Conner, who recently started kindergarten, stopped by with his mom, little brother and a box of candy bars to sell for a school fundraiser.  One week into kindergarten and they’ve already got these little kids out selling stuff.  (Seems a bit premature in my way of thinking.)

Anyway, he had only 3 bars left.  One was melted into soft goo, another was broken in half and the third was in perfect condition.  I could see that mom was tired and ready to be done, so I told Conner that I wanted to buy all three candy bars.  “How much money do I owe you Conner?” His answer was “$3.00 because they’re $2 a piece.”  Okay, so the math wasn’t adding up, but it gave mom and grandma a chance to teach some finger-counting math and he finally arrived at $6, which I then paid.  After which he grabbed the perfect, unbroken candy bar and asked if he could eat it.  Of course I said yes, but with the stipulation that he share it with his brother.

I never did find out what they were raising money for, but I am envisioning a future of candy bars, jerky sticks and cookie dough.  And to think that I just recently finished using all of the take & bake pizza coupons I bought when our own kids were fundraising!

Here is what I was working on when Conner stopped by…

Tutorial for Box Card using Fresh Fruit stamp set, Fruit Stand DSP, all Stampin' Up products, created by Krista Thomas,

Fresh Fruit Box Card with tutorial

Today’s card is a fun folding technique which creates a box that folds flat. You could use it to send small gifts like jewelry, a candy bar or money.  It lays flat for mailing and is A2 in size (4.25 x 5.50).

I fell in love with the vibrant colors in the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper and had fun creating a variety of box cards with it, as shown in this next photo.

Tutorial for Box Card using Fresh Fruit stamp set, Fruit Stand DSP, all Stampin' Up products, created by Krista Thomas,

I used Tangerine Tango card stock for the box with the peaches (top left), Watermelon Wonder for the box with strawberries (top right) and Real Red with the floral/strawberry box (bottom front).  Ink colors I used are as follows:

Peaches- Peek-a-boo Peach with Tangerine Tango as the outline

Strawberries- Watermelon Wonder with Real Red as the outline

Leaves & stems- Pear Pizzazz with Garden Green as the outline

Let me show you how easy they are to make….

Follow along with my step by step tutorial below and you’ll be creating your own box cards, lickety split!

Place a piece of card stock measuring 8 1/2″ x 10″ on your scoring board with the 10″ side across the top.
Score at 2″, 3 1/2″, 6 1/2″ and 8″.


Rotate your card stock so that the 8 1/2″ side is at the top of the scoring board.
Score at 1 1/2″ and 7″.


Place your diagonal score board onto your “regular” scoring board. Place your card stock back onto it, with the 10″ side again at the top. Score from the 5″ mark down to the 6 1/2″ score line. (I marked this with a red line so you can see it better.)
Flip the panel over to the back side and repeat, creating a “V”.
Do the same thing on the other 10″ side.


Cut all 4 corners out on the score lines.


Cut on the score lines as shown by the red lines. (from the 2″ score line to the 3 1/2″ line & from the 8″ line to the 6 1/2″ line.) Do this on both sides to create 4 tabs.


You created 4 tabs in step 5. Now trim those tabs in a diagonal fashion as shown. This will help everything lay better when you glue the box together in step 8.


Fold on all score lines as shown.


Glue the 4 tabs to the inside of the box.


Press your box flat.

Box card tutorial, step by step with Krista Thomas, Stampin' Up! demonstrator

Cut 2 panels of decorate paper for the front of the box. These will measure 1 3/4″ x 5 1/4″.

Cut 1 panel for the inside of the box, measuring 2 3/4″ x 5 1/4″. If you wish to stamp anything on the inside panel, be sure to do so before adhering it. (Ask me how I know!!)

Use a 1″ x 8 1/2″ strip to create a belly band. Loosely wrap the strip around the flattened box, gluing the over-lapping edges together at the back. Be careful not to glue it “to” the box!

I used 3 layered ovals glued together and then glued to the belly band.

You have finished your box card!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!


Tutorial for Box Card using Fresh Fruit stamp set, Fruit Stand DSP, all Stampin' Up products, created by Krista Thomas,


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Wrapped in Warmth with Cable Knit Dynamics

Holly Berry Happiness, Wrapped in Warmth, Cable Knit Dynamics by Krista Thomas,

Snuggle up…

Cold weather will be here before we know it, and with Stampin’ Up’s Cable Knit Dynamics Textured Embossing Folder (#143537), you can dress up your cards in warmth and style.  This new folder works a little differently than it’s predecessors, because it is made with thicker plastic, creating a deeper impression.  To use it, you simply eliminate one of the cutting plates for your Big Shot.   Place your card stock in the folder, lay it on the white base platform and cover it with one clear cutting plate.  Crank it through your Big Shot and prepare to be amazed!

When I first got my Cable Knit Dynamics Folder, I ran a bunch of different colored panels through it and then filed them away for future use.  When I get going on a card, I simply pull out the desired color and it’s already embossed and ready to use!

What a pair…

Two stamp sets that really seem to work well together, are Holly Berry Happiness (#142061) and Wrapped in Warmth (#142054).  The sayings in Wrapped in Warmth have a rustic look to them which pairs well with the holly leaves and berries.  The Holly Berry Builder Punch (#141843) works like a breeze, making quick work with no fussy cutting.  It is offered in a bundle with the stamp set for a 10% discount over ordering them separately.

Order yours today!

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Thank you for taking the time to stop by today!

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Cookie Cutter Christmas

Stamp Camp surprises

I was recently asked if the Christmas cards that I’m posting on my blog will be the cards we make in my Christmas Stamp Camp…and the answer is “no”.  The stamp camp cards are under lock and key until the big day(s) because I know my customers love to be surprised and I sure don’t want to disappoint!  Stamp camp dates are as follows:  October 28, 29 and November 4, 5, & 12.  We’ll be making 8 cards plus a bonus project (or 2) and as always, we’ll have loads of fun with door prizes, lunch, dessert and great fellowship! So now that you know I’m not spoiling any surprises, how about checking out this Cookie Cutter Christmas card.


Cookie Cutter Christmas by Krista Thomas,

One punch for multiple stamping options…

Stampin’ Up has done it again!  They’ve created an awesome punch in the shape of a gingerbread man and have given us lots of designs that coordinate with it.  Cookie Cutter Christmas is a set with 5 different winter options…an eskimo, gingerbread man, reindeer, Santa and teddy bear.  Then there’s Cookie Cutter Halloween with 4 fall options: a scarecrow, mummy, skeleton and vampire.  I can’t wait to see if they come out with some spring images for this punch as well.  Wouldn’t that just be awesome??

For the reindeer on this card, you simply use the punch upside-down.  How clever is that?  The background stamp is Merry Medley which I stamped with Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake card stock.  The candy accents on the bottom corner are from Candy Cane Christmas.

Get the products…

If you’d like any of the products used for this card, simply click on the product picture below this post which will take you to my store.  If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I’d love to have the honor!  I work my Stampin’ Up business full-time and will be here to help you with your stamping needs.  Let me know if you have any questions and if you’re just getting started, give me a chance to help you pick the right products for your new crafting adventure.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Christmas Fa-la-la-la Friends

Christmas Llamas by Krista Thomas,, all products by Stampin' Up! Fa-la-la-la Friends #142167, Birthday Fiesta Bundle #142268, Holly Berry Happiness Bundle #143505

Christmas Fa-la-la-la Friends

Today I created a fun and festive Christmas card using the llamas from Birthday Fiesta and Fa-la-la-la Friends.  The background paper, Warmth & Cheer, is a 6 x 6 pad of plaids, stripes and hand-stitched looking papers, and they’re just lovely and perfect for the holidays.  (These products are shown at the end of the post)

Decking the halls with Christmas llamas…

To begin, I stamped the Birthday Fiesta llama on Cherry Cobbler & Garden Green card stock with VersaMark ink and then sprinkled them with white embossing powder.  After tapping off the extra powder, I then cooked them with my heat tool.  Next, I stamped the llama from Fa-la-la-la Friends onto Whisper White card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored in the Christmas lights with Cherry Cobber & Garden Green markers.  All three llamas were then cut out with the coordinating framelit, which is part of the Birthday Fiesta Bundle shown at the end of this post.

The Crumb Cake oval behind the llamas is from a retired framelit set and gives the llamas a more neutral, less busy background.  Banners (from Birthday Fiesta) and a bow (from Holly Berry Happiness) top off this happy card!

I need your help…

With only one month left in the Stampin’ Up fiscal year, I am giving a final  push to the finish line in hopes of achieving the incentive trip to Thailand.  I am so close I can taste it, but I’m not there quite yet.  I need your help!  If you don’t already have a demonstrator, I would love to earn your business and will be here to help with your stamping needs.  If you would like to place an order for any of the products shown in this post, simply click on the product picture below which will take you to my store.  I would love to be your demonstrator!

Thank you for stopping by!

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Blended Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique

Taking the SIP #63 Challenge

This week’s challenge over at Stamps, Ink, Paper is all about wings.  I am submitting my Blended Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique card, which we did in one of my recent technique classes.  The colors are bright and playful, and you can make your own by following my tutorial below.  I hope you enjoy it!

Blended Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique by Krista Thomas, SIP #63 Challenge,



Definition of “Ombre”- Colors or tones that shade into each other.

We will be blending the following colors: Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point.

Card base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Tempting Turquoise)
Mat One: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (Pacific Point)
Mat Two: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (Whisper White)


Onto a Whisper White panel measuring 3 3/4″ x 5″, sponge a quarter of the panel with Daffodil Delight, then another quarter with Watermelon Wonder and so on with Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point. Use a different sponge for each color.

For a smoother look, use a circular motion, starting on the place mat & working your way onto the panel.


Lay your desired stencil over the panel. Begin sponging at the top with Daffodil Delight, rubbing up & down in the yellow section. It’s okay if you rub some yellow a little ways into the watermelon section.

Continue with Watermelon Wonder, then Tempting Turquoise and ending with Pacific Point.


Remove your stencil and you’ll see a brilliant ombre stenciled pattern!
Add your finished panel to a card and decorate as desired!

*Please note that the Happy Patterns Decorative Mask Stencils are no longer available, but take heart…there are some fabulous new stencils in the Holiday Catalog which starts on September 1.  They’re called Seasonal Decorative Masks and can be found on page 43 and would work perfectly for this technique.

Blended Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique by Krista Thomas, SIP #63 Challenge,

Products used on this card are shown below and can be purchased simply by clicking on the product picture.  I would be honored to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and would be happy to answer any stamping related questions you might have.

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