Best Fishes Jar of Love

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Best Fishes, Jar of Love

I created this card for a workshop where participants got to make five pieces of “card candy” which is simply a creative element that can be put onto a card or scrapbook layout.  During the workshop, one of our projects was this  fish in a jar which was then layered on top of the squares.  Then I showed how it could easily be added to a card.  The ladies who attended the workshop loved the card candy idea because they got to play with lots of different stamps and accessories from the new annual catalog and they went home with ideas to finish their projects.

Now for some fun trivia regarding goldfish…

I was visiting my sister who lives on a cattle ranch and she told me that they put goldfish in the watering troughs to eat the mosquito larva.  Who knew?!

What would you put into your jar of love?

This stamp set includes several things that can be put inside the jar: flowers, fire flies, fish or gum balls.  Use a little imagination and you can come up with all kinds of things.  You could even leave the jar empty and use the sentiment “Life feels empty without you”.  How about making a shaker card, then filling the jar with heart confetti and including the sentiment “Bless your heart”.  The possibilities are endless!

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I hope you stamp today!

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Stampin’ Up! Flourishing Phrases

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases by Krista Thomas,

Stampin’ Up! Flourishing Phrases and the coordinating Flourishing Thinlits is destined to be one of my all-time favorites.  The thinlits can be used without the stamp set, and with amazing results, I might add.  But together with the stamps, it’s out of this world!!  As you can see on this creation, the background is stamped while the focal point is a flower made with the thinlits.

For this card I paired our new In Color, Peekaboo Peach, with Tangerine Tango, Old Olive and Soft Suede.  The Layering Squares Framelits are stacked as a background for the die cut flower.  The card is accented with gold baker’s twine (now retired) and gold sequins.

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Stampin’ Up! Best Birds Bundle

Stampin' Up! Best Birds Bundle by Krista Thomas,

This card features the new Stampin’ Up! Best Birds Bundle which includes two bird stamps and five bird framelits.  It’s a fun set with all kinds of possibilities and with a grandson on the way, I couldn’t resist making this baby shower/congratulations card.  The mom & dad birds were stamped on watercolor paper and then colored in with an aqua painter, Sweet Sugarplum & Dapper Denim ink.   The framelits for the birds and the branch make this a very quick and easy card with no fussy cutting whatsoever.

I used a retired set called Banner Banter for the “cute baby” banner at the top.

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Best Birds Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

Stampin' Up! Best Birds by Krista Thomas,

Featured stamp set, Best Birds bundle, Stampin’ Up!

Today was my first Stampin’ Up workshop with the new 2016-17 catalog  and I only had one day to prep for it since my new goodies only arrived Tuesday afternoon.   Fortunately the creative process went smoothly and I was able to showcase a number of new products that the ladies fell in love with. The Best Birds bundle was one of the featured sets and we made a small project with it which I’ll share in a later post.  I found that the best way to color these birds is with a sponge and a couple of ink pads.  For this robin I used Real Red, Soft Suede and Early Espresso.

The background stamp is kind of mesh-y but when I first used it, I called it the hashtag stamp and the name stuck. That’s just what it looks like…a bunch of hashtags!  The saying on the front is from the Jar of Love stamp set, while the inside saying is from Layering Love.

I’ll show you some more fun cards featuring new stamps over the next days, so check back often.  Until next time, have fun stamping!

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In Color Pop of Paradise

In Color Pop of Paradise by Krista Thomas,

Every year Stampin’ Up! introduces 5 new In Colors based on what is trending and they are available for two years.  As a demonstrator, I always get excited to see what our new colors will be and then I have the joy of creating with them!  Sometimes it takes time for me to warm up to the new In Colors, but this year I was immediately drawn to all of them.  Let me introduce you to them as they are shown on this card, starting at the top.  They are: Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo,  Sweet Sugarplum, Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim.

I used a stamp from Over the Rainbow to create the back drop for this flamingo, which is from Pop of Paradise.  The flamingo is fussy-cut with scissors and then popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The sentiment (hello) is from Watercolor Wishes which is only available with the All-Inclusive Watercolor Wishes card kit on pages 8 & 9 of the new Stampin’ Up! 2016-17 annual catalog.

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Swirly Scribbles & Garden in Bloom

Swirly Scribbles & Garden in Bloom, by Krista Thomas,

As a Creative Crew team member on SplitCoastStampers, we had to design a card for the June gallery using a favorite color combination from the new Stampin’ Up 2016-17 Annual Catalog.  I chose colors from the layout on pages 138-139, which features the Blooms & Bliss Suite.

As a fun backdrop for the Garden in Bloom flowers, I used a couple glittery swirls made with the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  I also used two of the new 2016-18 In Colors, Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum, as well as a 2015-17 In Color, Mint Macaron.  I used a splatter stamp from the Swirly Bird stamp set for the background.  We’ll be making this card in my June Creative Card Design classes.

After taking a few pictures of the card, I left it on my craft room table where it was later found and eaten by my grand-puppy.   I hope you like it as much as she did!!


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Birthday Blooms Easel Technique

Easel Technique with Birthday Blooms, by Krista Thomas,, Check out this quick tutorial on how to make your own easel card!

Here is a fun and simple folding technique which allows you to display your card perfectly. It’s the Easel Technique!

Everything I used on this card is current in the Stampin’ Up! catalog with the exception of the Designer Series Paper.  I wish I knew the name of it, as it is one of my all time favorites, but alas, I cannot.  If anyone knows and can share the name, please do and I’ll update this post!

I used my Prisma Colored Pencils to color the flowers.


Cut a piece of card stock 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side. Fold as shown.


Cut another piece of card stock 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and glue the bottom half to the scored panel, as shown in this picture.


On the inside of the card, glue a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel and add a raised element ( a label, border or decoration of some sort) approx. 1 1/2″ to 2″ from the bottom of the card.This raised element will give the front of the card a “stopping” point and allow the card to stand up.

Birthday Blooms Easel Technique and Tutorial, by Krista Thomas,, Stampin' Up! products

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Rose Garden for Brain Cancer Awareness Month

Brain Cancer Awareness, Rose Garden Thinlit, by Krista Thomas,, copyright Stampin' Up!

Since last month I have been prepping projects for SplitCoastStampers Creative Crew, and one of our challenges was to create a card for a little-known May “holiday”. And there were some weird ones, such as Scurvy Awareness Day and There’s a Hole in My Bucket Day. During the process I also discovered that May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month, and how ironic that my dear sister was diagnosed with brain cancer this month. The ribbon color for brain cancer is grey, so I went about making a couple of cards with my sister’s condition heavy on my heart.
For those of you who believe in the power of prayer, please pray for Janet. She is scheduled for a right frontal lobotomy on May 23 and we are praying for a successful surgery, healing and stamina throughout the process of radiation and possible chemo.  We serve a big God and all things are possible, nothing is too big and we believe He is able to do all that we ask and much more.

To make the background for this card, I used the Paper Towel Stamping Technique as I shared in the previous post on May 16.  That was done on a Smoky Slate panel measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Then I cut out the Rose Garden Thinlit from that same panel, keeping the negative image (or the “trash” part) for the card.  It was layered over a 4″ x 5 1/4″ Basic Gray panel.  Then I cut out a white rose, again with the Rose Garden Thinlit and glued that piece into the opening on the gray panels.  Even though it looks as though I puzzle-pieced the rose, I didn’t.  It’s just glued into the negative space on the card.  Pretty simple and I hope that makes sense!

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Paper Towel Stamping Technique

Paper Towel Stamping Technique, by Krista Thomas,, Stampin' Up!, Swirly Bird & Swirly Scribbles

Have you ever noticed the fun patterns on paper towels? (Please tell me I’m not the only one!)  During a class a couple weeks ago, I had an overly juicy pad, so I took several paper towels and folded them up in order to dob off some of the excess ink.  Once the paper towel was saturated, it dawned on me that it might make a cool stamp, so I grabbed a piece of white card stock, laid it on the inky paper towel and gave it a gentle rub.  The result was pretty cool and the Paper Towel Stamping Technique was born.  One of the ladies in class said she could see a future technique class coming and she was right 🙂  Thanks, Jen A., you know me so well!!

Here are the simple instructions so that you can try this in your own stamp room…



You will need some paper towels that have an embossed design on them. We will be using the Kirkland (Costco) brand for this card. Tear off 3 towels and fold them one on top of the other, then in half. You should have 6 layers.
Press a well-inked Soft Sky ink pad directly onto the paper towels several times, creating an area slightly larger than the card stock you will be stamping.


Lay your panel of card stock directly on the inked area of the paper towel and gently rub to transfer the ink. You could instead walk your fingers over the panel as though you were playing the piano. This will give you a mottled look, which will make a nice cloudy sky.

Now go get your paper towel roll, head to the craft room and make something beautiful!

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Swirly Bird Cinnamon Roll Card

Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird Cinnamon Roll Card by Krista Thomas,

Say hello to Swirly Bird, one of the new Stampin’ Up! sets that will be available June 1 when the new 2016-17 Annual Catalog begins. These flowers looked like cinnamon rolls to me, so I filled the whole card with them! You’re hungry now, aren’t you?
The bread tag, “Tasty Treats” is from a retiring set called Stake Your Claim and was cut out with the coordinating Handpicked Framelits. Don’t miss out on these fun elements…they’re only available while supplies last (framelits) or May 22nd (stamp set).
To make the cinnamon rolls, I first stamped the solid image with Soft Suede in 2nd generation (stamped off once). Then the large swirl with Soft Suede, 1st generation (or without stamping off). Finally, the detailed swirl was stamped with Early Espresso. I swirled some Dazzling Details on top to give it a little glimmer & shine.
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