Party Panda Scrapbook Layout, 12 x 12

Party Panda Scrapbook Layout by Krista Thomas

These party pandas make me smile every time I use them because they’re just so stinkin’ cute!  They’re one of the free selections in the 2018 Sale-a-Bration brochure and have been a top selection with my customers.

I used several retired products to complete this scrapbook layout, including the Banner Duet punch and a couple different alphabet sets.  The smallest banners are punched from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and were just the right touch of bling for this festive party layout, while the pandas were fussy cut with scissors.

I hope this layout inspires you to scrapbook today! 

Sure Do Love You Valentine

Happy Valentines Day everyone!  I hope you get to spend time with your sweetheart today.  I get to see my 17 month old grandson for a few hours and then enjoy dinner out with my husband of 34 years, making a perfectly wonderful day of love!

My card today was designed around the Sure Do Love You stamp set and framelits and I used non-traditional Valentine colors in blues & greens.

Sure Do Love You Valentine,

I used the sunburst stamp from Kinda Eclectic (retired) in the background behind the banner which is popped up with dimensionals.

It’s easy to transition this card into a birthday card just by switching out some of the stamps.  Here’s a birthday card where I used stamps from Party Hat Birthday.

Party Hat Birthday,

Enjoy this day of love and thanks for stopping by!

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Brusho Crystal Colours with Graceful Garden Rose

I have had a box of Brusho Crystal Colours since before Stampin’ Up began carrying them in the current 2018 Occasions Catalog, but I had not really experimented them much until recently.  I am so happy that I finally did!  The cards I’m sharing today feature the rose stamp from Graceful Garden and I used gold embossing powder to give them a rich, timeless look.

Once they were heat embossed, I used an Aqua Painter and got just the rose petals really wet. The water was literally puddled and the embossed lines create a “fence”, keeping the water where you put it.  Then came the fun!  I sprinkled Brusho Crystals over the wet rose.  For the first rose, I used Scarlet Red, Orange & Yellow, keeping the darker colors more towards the center.  Then I walked away and let the water do it’s thing, allowing it to mix & mingle and finally to dry.  Then I wet the leaves and stem and sprinkled Leaf Green & Emerald Green Brusho and then allowed for more time to dry.  If the rose isn’t quite dry when you sprinkle the green crystals, you may end up with some green color in the rose petals, as I did, but I still love how it turned out.  It’s just so hard to be patient sometimes!!

Brusho Elegant Rose by Krista Thomas,

The card base is Peekaboo Peach with a Tangerine Tango mat embossed with the Layered Leaves embossing folder.

Next up is my blue rose done in the same fashion but using Ultramarine Brusho.  The background panel is Concord Crush embossed with Trellis embossing folder.

Brusho Rose in Ultramarine by Krista Thomas,

And finally I made a yellow rose which is backed by a Daffodil Delight panel on an Emerald Envy card base.  I accented the rose and background with a few Glitter & Epoxy Shapes and wrapped the panel with some Emerald Envy ruched ribbon.

Yellow Brusho rose by Krista Thomas,

The thing I love about Brusho Crystals, is that each color contains many colors which when completely wet, create the desired color.  For example, if you look at the blue rose, you’ll see areas that appear turquoise but are just part of the blue crystals.  I love the color combinations within each bottle and the surprising drama unveiled when they’re mixed with water.  I hope you’ll try some Brusho fun today!

I would love to know which card & rose color is your favorite.  Here are all three shown side by side.

Brusho Elegant Roses side by side,, which one is your favorite?

Please leave a comment and tell me which one you like best and I’ll see you next time!

Barn Door Party Panda Card and Tutorial

Barn Door Party Panda Card and Tutorial

This party panda is havin’ some birthday fun out in the barn and in January, my workshop attendees got to make this cute card.  Here’s a picture when the door is on the other side.

Barn Door and Party Panda Card with tutorial by Krista Thomas,

There’s a small learning curve to assemble the sliding door and I promised to make a quick tutorial for those who bought the bundle.  I finally have it ready to share and I hope it makes the process look as easy as it really is.  The one thing you really have to have, are the mini dimensionals offered by Stampin’ Up.

Say good-bye to washers!

Stampin’ Up’s suggestion for building the sliding door is to use metal washers…the kind from the hardware store.  You’d need 8 of them which makes for a heavy card, plus I found that the dimensionals didn’t want to stick to them very well.  If you’d like to see an cheap alternative, keep reading.  Here’s the tutorial from the beginning:

Barn Door, Sliding Door, 2018 Occasions Catalog, Tutorial by Krista Thomas

The framelit (above) makes the sliding channels and you’ll want to position it evenly from left to right, and closer to the bottom than the top.  When cut it will look like this:

Barn Door Tutorial by Krista Thomas,

At this point you’ll want to stamp your desired images on a panel measuring 2 1/2” x 3 7/8”.  Glue it between the channels created with the framelit.  I skipped this step, but by doing it now, you won’t have to slide it under the door after it’s all assembled.

Here’s my alternative to the washers…

Use the largest flower in the Sliding Door Framelits and cut 8.  I used black cardstock for contrast, but you can use white or whatever color suits you.  They won’t show on your finished card.

Barn Door, Sliding Door Framelits tutorial,

Another alternative would be the largest circles from the Owl Builder punch or a 3/8” circle punch.  The shape doesn’t have to be round because they don’t roll, they slide, so technically any small shape should work as long as they don’t show after adding the door. I cut two of these flowers out at a time and it took less than a minute.

Next, you’ll need those mini dimensionals that I mentioned before (and you can order them from me here).  Place one dimensional on four of the flowers, as shown:

Barn Door Tutorial, Sliding Door Framelits, 2018 Occasions Catalog,

Next you’ll place the dimensional flowers behind the channels in the yellow panel.  Two in the top channel and two in the bottom, as shown.

Barn Door Tutorial, Sliding Door Framelits, 2018 Occasions Catalog,

Now you’ll place the remaining four flowers over the dimensional flowers (be sure to remove the backing from the dimensionals first!!)

Barn Door Tutorial, Sliding Door Framelits,

Slide the four sets of flowers out to the far ends of the channels, as shown below, and add another mini dimensional on top of each one.

Barn Door Tutorial by Krista Thomas,

Remove the paper backing from the dimensionals.  You’re now ready for the barn door.  I stamped mine with black ink on a Real Red panel and used a framelit from the Sliding Door set to cut it out.

Place the door over the dimensionals at one end of the panel, it doesn’t matter which end you start with.  Just make sure it’s straight 🙂

Barn Door Tutorial,

And finally, slide the door to the opposite set of dimensionals until the door is just over them, press to adhere and your door is ready to go!  The final step is the “hardware” which is created with framelits.  Attach these to the door and glue the “rod” above the door so that it looks like the hardware is running on it.  It is just an illusion, they are not really connected!  Like this:

Barn Door, Sliding Door Tutorial,

To attach this panel to your card base, you’ll need more dimensionals or some Foam Adhesive Strips.  Place them along both sides of each channel, on the sides, and through the center, like this:

Barn Door & Sliding Door Bundle and tutorial by Krista Thomas,
Attach to your card base and here’s the finished card!
Barn Door & Party Panda Card,
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and my card.  If you’d like to order any of these products from me, just click on a picture below in the product list and you’ll be taken to my store.  When you spend $50 you’ll get the Party Pandas free (during Sale-a-Bration which ends March 31, 2018).  And thank you in advance!
See you next time.

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Bubble Over and We Must Celebrate!

Bubble Over and We Must Celebrate by Krista Thomas, 2018 Occasions Catalog, Stampin’ Up!

I love the bright colors in this fun birthday card, which were inspired by the free Sale-a-bration paper, “Bubbles & Fizz”.  It coordinates with Bubble Over stamp set & bundle, and I found that this cute bear from the We Must Celebrate set, can hold these cute soda bottles as though it was meant to be!

The little soda bottles were cut with scissors from the Bubbles & Fizz designer series paper and the little fizzies above them are dots made with a Bermuda Bay marker.

Here’s the inside of the card which I love as much as the front!  The bottle caps are die cut from silver foil paper, but they’re reflecting the card color and didn’t photograph very well.

Bubble Over with Birthday Wit by Krista Thomas, 2018 Occasions catalog, Stampin’ Up!


The sentiment is from Birthday Wit and I crossed out “sugar free” since this particular soda is full of sugar, I’m sure of it!  I hope you like it and thanks for stopping by today.

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Petal Palette Watercolor, PCC275


Up today is a card I made for the Paper Craft Crew  Sketch Challenge #275 (PCC275) and this is the sketch we were to use:

Paper Craft Crew challenge PCC275

I love the diagonal cut and I chose to emboss my diagonal piece with one of the new Petal Pair embossing folders.

Here’s my card featuring products from the Petal Passion Suite:

PCC275, Petal Palette, 2018 Stampin’ Up Occasions Catalog

I used the Petal Palette stamp set and watercolored the flowers after stamping them with black Staz On ink.  They are die cut with the coordinating framelit from Petals & More and then popped up on the card with dimensionals and a bit of gold thread looped in the background.  Below the yellow panel is a die cut, again from the Petals & More Framelits, using Old Olive card stock.

Did you notice the water drops on the white background?  Those are the new Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes and I love how they add just a subtle touch to the card.

If you like sketch challenges, here’s another one that I did previously.

Let me know what you think and thanks for stopping by today!

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Waterfront Birthday

Birthday Wit stamp set has some fun sayings and I thought this word bubble worked great on this card.

Waterfront, Birthday Wit, 2018 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog,

The nature scene was stamped with Waterfront and the bird in the sky is from Wherever You Go.

I think a fun saying for the inside of this card would be something like this- “Just kidding, I didn’t forget…Congratulations on turning another year older”…or it could simply say “happy belated birthday”.

Either way, I’m having fun creating different scenes and it’s easy to do with the Waterfront set.  Here’s another card that I made with it.  If you’d like to order your own set, just click on the product picture below and you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up store, and thank you in advance!

Thanks for stopping by today….

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Two Barn Doors are Better Than One

Two Barn Doors card, 2018 Stampin’ Up Occasions by Krista Thomas

If one barn door is good, then two is better, right?  I thought it would be fun to create a larger opening using this new bundle, found in Stampin’ Up’s 2018 Occasions catalog, and I still wanted the doors to slide open.

Here’s what’s behind the sliding doors:

Barn Door Bundle & Hedgehugs, Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions

It’s that cute Hedgehug stamp set again!  This time I used both hedgehogs, one in Powder Pink, the other in Soft Sky and both with Early Espresso ink.  They are fussy cut (with scissors) and glued onto a Crumb Cake panel that is 3 7/8” x 2 1/2”.
Even though I wanted a bigger opening and thought that having two doors would make it so, it didn’t turn out that way because the runners behind the doors prevented it.
Next time I’ll try adding the hardware on the outer edges and make the barn doors swing open.  Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
Since I wrote this post, I found this card by Debbie Henderson, so I guess great minds think alike!
You can see my first Barn Door card here.

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We Must Celebrate SSC169



TGIS…(Thank God it’s….Saturday!) I hope you’ve all had a great week, the first one of 2018, and are happy that the weekend has arrived.

I decided to make a card that would fit the Sunday Stamps Challenge (SSC169) shown above and here’s what I came up with:, We Must Celebrate, Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions

I used a new set from the 2018 Occasions catalog, We Must Celebrate, and colored the animals in with my PrismaColor Pencils.  The ribbon is Tangerine Tango which to my eyes looked almost identical to Calypso Coral.

SSC169 We Must Celebrate

I used a glitter pen to color in some of the confetti on the blue background, and the swish under the critter’s feet is from Waterfront, another new stamp set shown here.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Barn Door Surprise, 2018 Occasions Stampin’ Up!

When I was in grade school, I had a friend who lived on a dairy ranch and of course they had a big barn.  It was always full of cows and we really weren’t suppose to play in or around it, but one day we decided to climb the fence and take a peek.  Lo and behold, we discovered a big bull staring right at us and we frantically ran back to the fence to escape what we were sure would be sudden death if he decided to charge.  Thankfully we survived (LOL) but we had a wonderful story of bravery to tell at school the following week and of course it was greatly embellished! HA!

When I saw this Barn Door stamp set in the new Occasions Catalog, I couldn’t resist it as I began thinking of all the fun things that could be hiding behind it.  For this card, I decided to use a cute hedgehog from the new Hedgehugs stamp set. (Because who wants to see a scary bull?!!)

The barn door slides on it’s runners to reveal the cute hedgehog as shown below.

Barn Door & Hedgehugs, Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions

The panel behind the hedgehog was stamped using the Waterfront set to create sky, sun and grass and I think it’s a set is going to be very popular.  You can see this beauty a bit better in my previous post, here.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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