Open Me Already, Clean & Simple

Open Me Already, Balloon Adventures & Pop-Up Thinlits, Stampin' Up

If you’ve been following my blog lately, you already know that I am smitten with this Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit!  Since I discovered it late in the catalog cycle, I’m making up for lost time and using it a lot.  I just can’t get enough of it!

See the present on the front of the card?  It’s made with one of the little dies in the set.  It just cuts the bow and leaves the rest of the panel below it intact. So if you lay the die at the top of a 2″ wide strip, you get a gift that can be any length you desire.  Layer some designer paper on it and it looks like a present that anyone would love to tear into!

I kept this card pretty simple since it’s one of the projects we’ll be making in my Clean & Simple class.   The balloons are stamped directly on the white pop-up panel in Emerald Envy, Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point.

This fun bundle is only available while supplies last, up until May 31, 2017.  After that it’s gone for good…sniff, sniff…

Because the dies are 50% off (only $16.50) it’s cheaper to order them separately from the stamp set, NOT as a bundle.  Click on the product pictures below if you want to head over to my store and purchase them.  Don’t forget the Confetti Textured Embossing Folder which I used on the front of the card.  It’s also discounted to a cool $3.75, while supplies last.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Crushed Curry)
Pop-Up piece: 5 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ (Whisper White)
Front Panel: 5 1/4″ x 4 ” (Whisper White)
Gift Piece: 3 1/2″ x 2″ (Tangerine Tango) and then die-cut
Patterned piece: 1 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ (Party Animal DSP)
Banner: 1″ x 3 3/4″ (Emerald Envy) & punched with Banner Triple punch

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Birthday Fiesta Cactus Dude, A Clean & Simple Card

Birthday Fiesta Cactus Dude for Clean & Simple

I have seen some cute variations of this cute guitar-playing cactus and had to make one of my own.  By adding some plastic wiggle eyes, a hand cut guitar and a sombrero, this dude is ready to party!  The hand cut pieces are from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper which is retiring on May 31, 2017, along with the stamp set and framelits which are included in the Birthday Fiesta Bundle.

Here are the measurements to make this card:

Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Emerald Envy)
Mat: 5 1/4″ x 4″ (Festive Birthday DSP)
Scalloped Mat prior to punching the bottom edge: 4″ x 2 3/4″ (Melon Mambo)
White piece: 2″ x 2 3/4″
Banner: 1″ x 3 1/2″ (Pumpkin Pie)

I just love all of the bright colors on this card, don’t you?  They make me happy on these rainy Spring days we’ve been having in Oregon.

Until next time, keep stamping!


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Wiper Technique with Birthday Fiesta Llama

Goodbye & Farewell to Birthday Fiesta…

Sometimes we have to say goodbye to things we love…such is the case with this Birthday Fiesta Bundle, including the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper (DSP). On June 1, 2017 it will no longer be available and this favorite of mine will be a thing of the past.  I’m so glad that I’ve stocked up on the designer paper and you might want to as well.  That’s where the sombrero and maracas are cut from.  I’ve also cut out guitars and pinatas to use as accents, and it’s all from the DSP.

Wiper card technique with full instructions/tutorial featuring Birthday Fiesta and a pop up llama!

Amaze your Friends!

This might just be my favorite technique EVER and it’s so simple to make!  It features an interior panel that pops up when you pull the sides of the cards out.  You can pop-up balloons, a cake, presents or in this case, a llama!  Your imagination is all that’s required!

Let’s get started…

Wiper card instruction

Cut 2 pieces of card stock that each measure 4 1/4″ x 6 3/4″.

Score each one at 1″ and 1 3/4″ on the longest edge (6 3/4″).

Rotate one panel so that the score lines are on the right.

Fold each panel on the score lines so they look like this…

Wiper card instruction

 

Wiper card instruction

Cut a 2″ x 2 3/4″ panel which will become the wiper. Place it on your Stampin’ Trimmer so that it looks like this picture. Score and fold back and forth so that it bends easily.

If you don’t have a trimmer like this, measure in from both sides of a corner 5/8″ and mark it on each side. Connect the markings to make a triangle. Fold on that line.

Wiper card instruction

Flip over the panel from step 2 that has the score lines on the left. You will be looking at the back side of the front panel. The score lines should still be on the left.

Measure up 1 3/4″ from the bottom, along the 1″ score line and place the wiper panel (from step 3) to the right of that score line with the scored triangle at the top left. Glue ONLY the triangle to that spot.

Wiper card instruction

Flip the wiper panel back over, keeping the score lines at the left.

Attach it to the other panel (from step 1) as shown. The paperclips in this picture show where you’ll glue the card together. Basically, it’s the 1″ strip at each end that glues to the facing panel.

To make the wiper work, simply hold the card in both hands and pull outward in each direction. The wiper should pop up! Glue whatever image you like to the wiper and finish decorating your card!

Wiper card technique with full instructions/tutorial featuring Birthday Fiesta and a pop up llama!

I hope you find time to stamp today!


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Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Card with Instructions

Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Dies and Balloon Adventures stamp set in Oregon Duck colors!

Balloon Card in Oregon Duck colors!

On my last post from April 30, I showed you a Shadow Box Technique using this same Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit and I promised to show you what the die is actually made for.  So here we are today and I’m going to show you how fun and easy this is to do AND the die is currently 50% off while supplies last!  After viewing this, be sure to head to my store and purchase your own!  You can order them by clicking on these links: Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit and Balloon Adventures stamp set.

So let me show you how this thing works!  First you’ll need a piece of card stock that measures 8 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ and you’ll fold it in half (or score at 4 1/8″).  I have highlighted the fold in red so that you can see it better, but you would not do this on your real card.  Good lighting over your Big Shot is a must for seeing the fold while lining it up!

Next you will line up the die with the red line.  The blue arrows show where to line things up.  The die should hang off the top and bottom of the card equally.

How to use the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit by Stampin' Up

Run this through your Big Shot…

This is what you’ll get after it’s cut…you can see where the red line is and that becomes a “mountain” fold (up) while the score lines created by the dies edges become “valley” folds (down).

If you want to do any stamping, do it now, before you glue the pop-up panel to your card.  Balloon Adventures stamp set is made to coordinate with this, as is the Balloon Bouquet punch. When you’ve finished stamping, you’ll adhere the two side panels to a card measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ which has been folded in half.

Wasn’t that easy?  Here’s the finished card again…

Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Dies and Balloon Adventure stamp set in Oregon Duck colors!

And here’s a look at the front…

Balloon Pop-Up Card by Krista Thomas

I used the Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder as a frame around the balloon.  It’s currently on sale for $3.75 while supplies last.

I hope you make time to stamp today!

 


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Shadow Box Technique with Balloon Adventures Bundle

Balloon Adventures Shadow Box Card, Stampin' Up, 3D card

This is a very easy and fun technique which enables us to use dies in new ways and that’s ALWAYS a good thing!  I was inspired by a card made by Dawn Griffith here.  She’s so talented and I always like her ideas.

Shadow Box Card, step 1

For your card base, cut a 5 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ panel.

Score on the 10 1/2″ side at 1/2″, 4″, 4 1/2″ & 8″.

Shadow Box step 2

Place your Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit between the 1/2″ & 4″ score lines. The thinlit is taller than the card stock, so just even it up with equal parts hanging off the top and bottom.

Run through your Big Shot.

Shadow Box step 3

Fold inwards on all score lines. See picture.

Glue the 1/2″ strip to the facing panel as shown.

Shadow Box step 4

This is now what your card will look like.

Adhere a panel measuring 4″ x 5 1/2″ to the partial front of the card.

Shadow Box step 5

Once that front panel is glued into place, this is how your card will look from the inside.

To clean up the appearance and give yourself a place to write a sentiment, glue a 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ panel to the inside, left.  Here’s another look at how I finished the inside on my balloon card…and I stamped some confetti to dress it up and make it fun!

Pictured at left: front of card                                                  Pictured at right: inside of card

Balloon Adventures Shadow Box Technique card, Stampin' Up, Occasions 2017

If you want your own Balloon Adventures bundle, get them before they’re gone.  They’re available while supplies last until May 31, 2017 and then they’re gone for good.  Right now, the framelits are 50% off, making them only $16.50, so it’s actually cheaper to NOT buy the bundle.  The Balloon Adventures stamps are regular price, $26 (#142823) and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits are $16.50 (#142753), for a total of $42.50.  That’s a savings of $10.50.  Not bad at all!  And don’t forget the awesome Party Animal Designer Series Paper (#142738), it’s on sale for $6.60 while supplies last!

Come back for my next post and I’ll show you what the Balloon Pop-Up die is actually intended to do…it’s pretty cool!


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Playful Pals Party Elephant

Playful Pals Party Elephant with Balloon Adventures, Stampin' Up! and Pyramid Pals Framelits

I love this fun set of stamps and dies and was very sad to see it on the retiring list.  It will only be available for purchase while supplies last, up until May 31, 2017.  After that, it’s gone for good.  There are so many animals that can be designed with Playful Pals and this cute elephant is one of them!

I was inspired by a card on Pinterest that was made by Julie Kettlewell here.  She did a little jungle scene on her card, but I decided to make this one a party scene, complete with balloons.

Check out the inside of the card and then I’ll share how I made the tri-fold card base.  And yes, I accidentally smeared some yellow ink on the back of one ear.

Playful Pals & Pyramid Pals, Stampin' Up! Party Elephant by Krista Thomas

And another view…

Playful Pals, Pyramid Pals Party Elephant, Stampin' Up!

Doesn’t he have just the cutest little tush?!

If you’re wondering how I made the tri-fold card base, here are the details.  The window panel is Soft Suede and measures 4 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ with a score at 1/4″, parallel to the 5 1/4″ side.   I cut the window using a square framelit and then stamped both sides with the Hardwood background stamp inked with Early Espresso.   The little 1/4″ fold goes behind the left side of a  Wild Wasabi panel measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.  The Wild Wasabi panel is then glued to the left inside of a Garden Green base cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and folded in half.

Don’t miss out on owning Playful Pals (the stamps) & Pyramid Pals (the framelits).  You can order your own just by clicking on the pictures below, which will take you to my Stampin’ Up store.  If you have kids, they’ll love creating their own little creatures!  And if you want it for yourself, that’s okay too.  I’m enabling you!

 


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Fresh Fruit in a Basket of Wishes

Fresh Fruit, Basket of Wishes, Suite Sentiments

Hello stampers!  I’m glad you’re here today and want to wish you a happy spring and a blessed Easter.  I am sharing another card from my Mother/Daughter Easter & Spring class and while this one isn’t an Easter card, it definitely has a spring theme!

Fresh Fruit in a Basket of Wishes

One of the first signs of Spring is finding fresh, local strawberries at the supermarket, and we should be seeing them soon! There’s nothing better than a bowl full, with a dollop of whipped cream on top!

For the card I’m sharing today, I paired two stamp sets, Fresh Fruit and Basket of Wishes.   Fresh Fruit happens to be on the retiring list and will not be available for purchase after May 31, 2017.  Basket of Wishes was featured in the 2016 Holiday Catalog and will be in the new 2017-18 Annual Catalog.  It is currently on the carry-over list and is therefore available to order right now.

Here’s another look and a peek at the inside.  The inside sentiment is from Suite Sentiments and will be retiring at the end of May, 2017.  Get it while you can!

#FreshFruit #BasketOfWishes, card by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

The card stock colors are Emerald Envy and Flirty Flamingo.  The strawberries at the bottom and on the inside are stamped with Real Red and Emerald Envy, and the basket of strawberries is stamped with black and colored with pencils.

Happy Easter everyone!


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Easter Egg Tree Card with Sheltering Tree, Stampin’ Up!

Sheltering Tree & Basket Bunch Bundle, Stampin' Up Easter card

An Easter card for you!

During my mother/daughter Easter card classes, we made this adorable Easter egg tree card using Sheltering Tree stamp set and the Basket Bunch Bundle.  Everyone loved coloring in the little eggs and “hanging” them in the Easter tree!

A tree for any season…

Sheltering Tree is easily made into seasonal trees simply by changing the color of the leaves (which are pink on this card).  The set includes a rake for autumn cards, a swing and bike for summer cards, flowers for springtime cards and snowflakes for winter.

The tree trunk and branches are stamped in Tip Top Taupe, with Pink Pirouette for the leaves.  The ground is stamped with Pear Pizzazz in both first and second generation ink, resulting in two tones of green.

If only Easter eggs grew on trees…(especially the chocolate variety!!).  Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

 


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Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Acrylic Block Stamping, #HighTide, #regalstamping, #StampinUp, #LighthouseCard

I used an acrylic (clear) block to watercolor my background for this lighthouse card.  It’s easy and you’ll get a different look every time!

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

You will need the following supplies handy:
1.Stampin’ Spots in Garden Green, Island Indigo and Marina Mist.

2. Water spritzer

3. Watercolor paper (3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″)

4. Clear Block E

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Spritz your watercolor paper until it is well saturated and allow it to sit and absorb while you prep the clear block.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Place your clear block E so that it is in “portrait” position. Starting at the top of the block, rub your lightest ink color (Marina Mist in this case) over 1/3 of the block.  Stampin’ Spots are the perfect size for this technique and while they are not available except through a Paper Pumpkin subscription, you can make your own with un-inked spots (#141822) and an ink refill of your choice.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Rub Island Indigo over the next 1/3 of the block.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Finally, rub Garden Green over the bottom 1/3 of the block.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Press the block down over your wet watercolor paper. If the paper has curled, you’ll need to flatten it a bit first, using your fingers or a pair of tweezers.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Press hard over the entire block and then slowly lift it off. If there are runny edges, you can allow them to run back into the paper or just let them dry naturally.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Use a heat gun to speed up the drying process.  Once dry, stamp the lighthouse and scenery with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.


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Happy Beerth Day Card using Mixed Drinks by Stampin’ Up!

This card is for beer lovers everywhere!

I got this idea for a “beerthday” card from my friend and customer Torry and she gave me permission to CASE her idea.  Thanks Torry!! This Happy Beerth Day Card using  Mixed Drinks by Stampin’ Up! is a fun card which any beer lover would be thrilled to receive.  I used this as a Make & Take at my craft fair booth last weekend.  It was St. Patrick’s Day, so that’s where my color inspiration came from.  I thought someone would want their beer inked in green, but nobody took me up on it!  May of the women who made this card had someone specific in mind and were wild over the cute sentiment.

Beerthday Card using Mixed Drinks by Stampin' Up!, Card by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

 

The background was stamped with circles from the Playful Background stamp set, because I thought they looked like bubbles.  (And beer has bubbles!!)  The saying “Happy Beerth Day” was stamped with the Labeler Alphabet and Thoughtful Banners sets.

The colors for the card stock, ink and ribbon are Emerald Envy and Delightful Dijon.  The Ruched Ribbon is one of my all-time favorites and is available in five colors: Emerald Envy (Shown), Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum.  I love the texture and feel of it!

If you’re in need of some Stampin’ Up products and you don’t have a demonstrator already, I would be honored if you’d choose to order from me.  Just follow any of the links in this post, which will take you to my Stampin’ Up store.  Thank you so much!