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!

Just click on a product picture below and you’ll be transported to my Stampin’ Up! store where you can get your favorites, from stamp sets and dies, to punches, ink pads and card stock (plus a whole lot MORE!!).  If you don’t already have a demonstrator, I’d love to have the honor.  Please let me help you with your stamping needs.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today!

tams# 9156

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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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Jolly Friends, Naughty or Nice? PCC208

When I saw this week’s Paper Craft Crew Challenge sketch # PCC208, I knew I needed to play along. With all of my new Christmas products needing some love, it should have been a hard choice which stamp to use. But I knew immediately that the moose from Jolly Friends was the right place to start.

Here’s the sketch…


And here’s my Jolly Friends, Naughty or Nice? PCC208 card, featuring the moose from Jolly Friends peering over the top of his sunglasses and asking his standard question, “naughty or nice?”.  The inside of the card says “…either way, you’re on my list!”.

I thought the holly would be a nice background accent and because the stamps are photopolymer, it was so easy to line up the images.  All of the leaves were stamped with Garden Green, in  1st, 2nd and 3rd generations.  If you’re not familiar with generation stamping, it simply means re-stamping an image without re-inking the stamp.  So if you ink up your image and stamp it, that would be 1st generation, stamping again without re-inking would be 2nd generation and so on.  The color gets lighter and lighter with each generation.


Jolly Friends and Holly Berry Happiness,, by Krista Thomas, Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2016-17

Behind the moose is a Garden Green panel which is embossed with the new Cable Knit Dynamics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#143537) which creates a deep impression.  The folder itself is very thick and only requires the use of one embossing pad when you run it through your Big Shot.

Jolly Friends and Holly Berry Happiness,, by Krista Thomas, Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2016-17

Thanks for visiting today.  Feel free to leave a little feedback by clicking on the word bubble at the top of this post.  Let me know if you’ve been naughty or nice and I’ll pass the info on to Santa!  I hope you stamp today!

tams# 8802

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Bendi Card Technique using Foxy Friends by Stampin’ Up!

Foxy Friends Bendi Card by Krista Thomas,

Welcoming Owen…

This card is for our newest grandson, Owen Michael, born August 23, six weeks early and creating quite a stir as he entered the world!  Mommy developed Hellp Syndrome and was transported by ambulance to a bigger hospital than our little town offers and Owen came via C-Section a few hours later.  He weighed in at 5 lb. 6 oz. and is doing very well in NICU.  We are very proud grandparents!

Owen Michael 1

 Bendi card technique using Foxy Friends by Stampin’ Up!

Bendi cards are the newest rage and are fairly quick to make with some simple cutting.  You can find directions for the them here.  I modified the directions because I wanted to have an inside for writing a sentiment, so I used a 4.25″ x 11″ piece of card stock folded in half at 5.5″.  This card was originally designed for the SplitCoastStampers Creative Crew Design Team as a July submission.

The new Foxy Friends set from Stampin’ Up! is a versatile group of stamps that you can use to create many different animals, including a skunk, deer, kitty, fox and raccoon.  The tree stamps coordinate with the Perfect Pines framelits, making for a quick cut.  I used the Weather Together Bundle to stamp and cut out the clouds.

As we wait for Owen’s arrival home, I will be starting his first scrapbook and dreaming of lots of cuddle time!

At the end of this post are the products that were used for this card and they can be ordered by clicking on the picture which will take you to my store.  If you have any questions, just give me a holler.  I hope you stamp today!

Here are a few more views…

Bendi card side view, Foxy Friends stamp set, Stampin' Up! by Krista Thomas,

Bendi card side view using Foxy Friends stamp set, by Krista Thomas,

Bendi card technique using Foxy Friends by Stampin' Up! created by Krista Thomas,

Inside Bendi card by Krista Thomas,


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One Wild Ride, Z Fold Technique

Instructions for Z Fold Technique by Krista Thomas, One Wild Ride,

What a fun time I’ve had with this technique and it’s so easy!  We made this card in my technique classes this week and many of the participants asked if we could do it again with a Christmas theme when I hold my annual Christmas Stamp Camp.  I think it’s a great idea!

Simple instructions for the Z Fold Card

Cut black card stock (card base) 4.25″ x 11″.
Cut 2 gray mats: 4″ x 5 .25″ and 4″ x 2.5″  (I embossed with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder)
Cut orange strip: 1.25″ x 11″

Score black card base at: 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″

Score orange strip at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″

Z Fold Technique Instructions, One Wild Ride by Krista Thomas,

Fold on all scored lines creating a “Z” with each panel. See the picture for more clarification, but basically the black Z and the orange Z are backwards from each other.   Don’t forget to glue your gray panels down before securing the orange Z.

Stamping details…

Notice the texture that we stamped on the gray panels.  That was done after we embossed the panels with the Brick Wall Texture Embossing Folder, and using a stamp from Timeless Textures with Basic Gray ink.  I love how it looks and it adds just the right touch of grunge.

The rest of the stamping was done with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  When the card is closed, the sentiments on the inside are hidden.  Here’s what it looks like…

Born to Ride Z Fold Card by Krista Thomas,

I hope this card and the Z Fold technique inspires you to stamp today!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next time.


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Clean & Simple Ahoy There, PCC206

Seaside Shore for PCCC206 by Krista Thomas,

One of my favorite places to be is on the beach and I am fortunate to live within an hour or so from the Pacific Ocean.  When we go camping, it is usually in that direction, and I can’t get enough of it.   I love the sound of the waves crashing, the smell of the salt air and the feel of the sand between my toes.  Being there just does something to my very soul.  It is a feeling that I cannot explain.  It restores, refreshes and revives my energy and creativity in a way that nothing else can!  Here is the view we had from our campsite…and I am longing to go back.

Our view of the Pacific from campsite

And now for the details

I created this card for my August “Clean & Simple” card classes as well as the Paper Craft Crew Challenge #206 which only required the use of patterned paper.  This card fits the bill with 3 strips of designer paper from “By the Shore”, a beautiful Stampin’ Up! product.  Each strip measures 1.25″ x 5.25″ and is spaced evenly across a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card made from Dapper Denim card stock.  I used 3 different sizes of circle punches (shown below) embossed with Seaside Textured Embossing Folder.  The 2 fish, seashell, banner and seaweed are all cut by hand with scissors.  I used the Confetti Heart Punch and some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the fish bubbles.


I think all of the ladies in class liked it and I hope you do to!  Thanks for visiting!

Seaside Shore for PCCC206 by Krista Thomas,

and the inside…

Ahoy There by Krista Thomas,


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