Beautiful Detailed Dragonfly with Puzzle-pieced Background

Detailed Dragonfly by Krista Thomas using Window Box Thinlit,

Puzzle-pieced background explained…

One of my favorite colors is purple, so for this card I combined Elegant Eggplant and Sweet Sugarplum. I layered two 3.75″x 5″ panels together and then cut them at the same time, then used two of each color to create this puzzle-pieced background.  To make the background, number each corner on the backside of each panel before cutting (1 through 4), which makes it easier to piece together after they’re cut.  They are then glued onto a 4″x 5.25″ white panel and then placed onto the white card base.

The silver foil dragonfly is positioned on a hexagon that is made with the new Window Box Thinlit.

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If you love dragonflies, then the new Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits are sure to make you smile.  The dies can stand alone or be combined with the coordinating stamp set, Dragonfly Dreams.  These items are shown below and can be purchased by clicking on the product picture which will take you to my store.  Take advantage of Sale-a-Bration, which runs until March 31, 2017, and get a FREE product for each $50 you spend.  It’s a great time to stock up on all of your stamping supplies!

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One of a Kind Beetles & Bugs

Iridescent Beetle by Krista Thomas, Stampin' Up! Occasions 2017, Beetles & Bugs,

I’m not really sure why I love this stamp set, but I do.  Maybe it’s because I grew up in a neighborhood of boys and spent hours with them catching bugs, pollywogs, snakes and all things icky.  Perhaps it’s because I raised three boys of my own and now have three grandsons.  And boys love bugs and all things icky, right? So perhaps it rubbed off on me…I like icky things!  Whatever the reason, I’ve always loved those iridescent beetles, so I had to try my hand at stamping one.

First I stamped the outline of the beetle with Coastal Cabana on a Bermuda Bay panel.  Then I stamped the same image with Memento Tuxedo Black on a So Saffron piece and used a circle framelit from Stitched Shapes to cut it out.

I had to look through my stash of retired stamps to find the “No. 1” and “One of a kind” stamp.  They were in a set called Postage Collection, which was a hostess set in 2013-14.

I then stamped the solid “filler” beetle stamp with VersaMark and sprinkled an embossing powder called Iridescent Peacock onto it.  The colors change from blue to green to orange, depending on how long you heat set it.  It’s probably 25 years old and made by Embossing Arts, Co.  and has always been one of my favorites.

I hope you can appreciate my card, even if you don’t like icky things!  Have a happy new year and I’ll see you in 2017!

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Bleaching Beetles & Bugs, FMS268


Bleach Technique with Beetles & Bugs, 2017 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, by Krista Thomas,

I did not intend to wait so long in sharing this next Beetles & Bugs card, but life has been busy at the Thomas home!  We enjoyed spending Christmas with our family and then had a couple sleep-overs with our grandsons as well.  With new toys to play with, it was easy to keep them occupied and happy.

Bleaching Technique explained…

When I made this card, I first stamped the bug outlines with VersaMark, sprinkled them with black embossing powder and then used my heat gun to “cook” them.  I then stamped the solid stamps with bleach over the black-embossed bugs to get this cool look and the embossed outlines were not affected by the bleach.   The bleached areas on the Crumb Cake panel closely resembled So Saffron, so that’s what I used for the background and card color.

If you’ve never used bleach for stamping, it’s quite fun to do.  I use a Kotex panty liner as my stamp pad, placing it against the open bleach bottle and tipping the bleach onto it a few times to create an ink pad.  It works great and then you can toss it away!  Just remember to clean your stamps immediately afterwards.  I have never seen it ruin a stamp, so go get some bleach and give it a try.

It’s a challenge…

I am including this card in the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #268 as seen here:


Count down to the 2017 Occasions Catalog!

Beetles & Bugs will be available for purchase in just four more days when the new Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog begins on January4.  With pages and pages of new stamp sets, framelits and accessories, your wish list is sure to be long.  I know mine is.  Happy New Year everyone and I’ll see you next year!


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Bug hugs & prayers card with Jar of Love

Beetles & Bugs with Jar of Love by Krista Thomas, for PCC224

I chose to make this bug hugs & prayers card with Jar of Love and the new Beetles & Bugs stamp set for the Paper Craft Crew challenge, PCC224 Black Tie Gala Theme.  The challenge required the use of black & white with a pop of color, and I chose to use Bermuda Bay.  For the saying, I used Labeler Alphabet to spell out “heard you caught a bug”.

The background shows off the new Hexagon Dynamics Embossing Folder which makes a lovely design on both sides, creating texture and shadows for a visually interesting piece.  Stampin’ Up’s 2017 Occasions Catalog begins on January 4, just a couple of weeks away, so you’ll be able to get your favorite new crafting products soon!

If you are interested in any of these products, just click on one of the product pictures below to be taken to my store.  If you do not already have a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I would be honored if you chose me!

I will be sharing another Beetles & Bugs project soon, so please come back and visit me again, and thanks for stopping by today!

Beetles & Bugs with Jar of Love for PCC224 by Krista Thomas,

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Detailed Dragonfly in Stitched Shapes

Detailed Dragonfly in Stitched Shapes, by Krista Thomas,

I have another card for you today, again featuring Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and the wonderful new Stitched Shapes Framelits.  In the background you can see a Chocolate Chip panel embossed with the new Hexagons Dynamics Embossing Folder.  And I must confess that I have a problem with that folder.  After embossing with it, I have a hard time choosing which side of the panel to use!  Both sides have different features and shadows and I love them both. On this card I used the “back side” where the hexagons are inverted and although my photo doesn’t do it justice, you can see the shadowing that it creates.  This wonderful embossing folder and Dragonfly Dreams bundle will be available to you when the new 2017 Occasions Catalog goes live on January 4, 2017.

I hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by during this busy time of year.  Merry Christmas!

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Oh So Succulent for #GDP066 Challenge

Oh So Succulent by Krista Thomas,, for Global Design Project #GDP066

I decided to play along with the Global Design Project Challenge #GDP066 and I knew immediately which stamp set I would use.  I chose Oh So Succulent from the upcoming 2017 Occasions catalog, a stamp set that I didn’t really think I needed, but ordered on a whim and I’m so glad I did!  While it could be considered “just another flower set”, it just has a different feel to me and I think it’s going to have lots of possibilities.

The Global Design Project #GDP066 is a sketch challenge, which is my favorite type of challenge because it allows more free reign with colors, stamps & accessories.  Here’s the sketch:

I have been sticking to a particular color scheme for my last couple of posts because I’m working on some display items, so this card included some of those colors: Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Copper Foil.  I kept this card really clean and simple, which is usually not my style, but I think it turned out pretty good!

I hope you like it!

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Dragonfly Dreams meets Oh So Succulent

Dragonfly Dreams with Oh So Succulent and Window Box Thinlit Die, by Krista Thomas,

If you liked my last Dragonfly Dreams post, then you’ll probably like this one as well!  I used the same color scheme but added some more new products, including the Window Box Thinlit Die (to make the circle behind the dragonfly) and the Oh So Succulent bundle (for the flowers at bottom left).

These products will be available in January 2017 when the new Occasions Catalog goes live on the 4th.  That’s also when Sale-a-Bration starts, meaning FREE products for every $50 that you spend.  If you’re on my mailing list, be watching for your new catalogs to arrive sometime before Christmas.  For those who do not have a demonstrator and would like copies of the new catalogs, drop me a comment with your mailing address and I’ll get them out to you as soon as my shipment arrives.

Don’t know what to get that crafty special person for Christmas?  How about a Stampin’ Up shopping spree, direct from my store!  Click one of the product pictures below which will take you to my store and then shop, shop, shop!

Merry Christmas everyone!


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Dragonfly Dreams with Tutorial for Stitched Shapes Framelits

Copper Dragonfly Dreams with Tutorial by Krista Thomas,, Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog

The weather outside is frightful, but my Stampin’ Up room’s delightful….Oh I want to have time to craft, let me stamp, let me stamp, let me stamp!

With Christmas on it’s way and a box of new stamping supplies waiting, I finally carved out some crafting time and made a few cards, one of which I’ll share with you today!  I love how the copper foil is complimented by the rich colors, Island Indigo, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Peekaboo Peach and Chocolate Chip.  I hope you enjoy this card and will come back in the following days to see the rest of my Dragonfly Dreams creations!

The stitched rectangle and square were made with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits which have been so popular that they’re currently sold out and on backorder until January 2017. Boo hoo!!  While the set does not include rectangles, you can easily elongate the squares.  I’ll show you how below:

How to make a rectangle using a square framelit. Six Step Tutorial by Krista Thomas,

Want to make a rectangle with a square framelit? Follow my tutorial at

Framelit Tutorial by Krista Thomas,

Framelit Tutorial by Krista Thomas,

Framelit Tutorial by Krista Thomas,

Framelit Tutorial by Krista Thomas,

I hope you’ll come back for my next post where I’ll share another dragonfly card combined with the new Oh So Succulent bundle.

If you’d like to order any of the products listed below (with the exception of the backordered Stitched Shapes, until January 2017 ), simply click on the product picture which will take you to my Stampin’ Up! store.  And I thank you for your business!

Dragonfly Dreams by Krista Thomas,, Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog

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Fleece Navidad, PP323 Challenge

Barnyard Babies, Fleece Navidad for The Paper Players Sketch Challenge #323, by Krista Thomas,

I had so much fun making this card for The Paper Players sketch challenge #323.

I enjoy starting my creative process with a sketch and this one was perfect for the lamb from Barnyard Babies.  This stamp set was gathering dust on the shelf and needed some lovin’ and I’m so happy with the end result.  I used a new product, Stitched Shapes Framelits, which puts a stitch line around the circles, ovals and squares in the set.  It gives each shape a finished look, reducing the need for layering or sponging.  After stamping the lamb in black ink, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to properly place the Santa hat which is colored in with a red Prismacolor pencil.  I used a grey pencil to shade around the lamb.

I wanted the pine boughs to blend into the background for a subtle effect, so I used Garden Green card stock on top of the Garden Green decorative paper from This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper and then topped it with a red bow.

The fence was made with the Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies, which I purchased just for the fence!  I knew it would come in handy.

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Seasonal Bells are Ringing

Seasonal Bells on Mint Macaron, by Krista Thomas,

Ring those Christmas Bells!

One of the sounds that we always hear at Christmas time are bells.  You know the season has begun when the Salvation Army bell ringers are braving the weather outside of the stores, ringing their bell and receiving donations.  I always try to drop some money in their buckets, even if it’s not much, because it goes to help those in need.  I am so blessed to have a roof over my head, food in the fridge and clean clothes to wear.  There are many who do not have those basic necessities and Christmas is a great time to share our abundance.

Another Christmas stamp camp project…

The above card was one of my Christmas stamp camp projects using Seasonal Bells and the coordinating punch.  The embossed background was done using Pine Bough Textured Embossing Folder, which happens to be on sale this week during Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza.  You can view the sale items here.

The sale includes Flash Sales on November 21 and 28, with on-going sales all week and some items are only available while supplies last.

Another color option that I made with the same design is shown below.  I am still not sure which one I like better, so maybe you can share your opinions with me!  The bows are made with framelits from the Home Sweet Home set.


Seasonal Bells and Pine Bough Textured Embossing Folder by Krista Thomas,, all products by Stampin' Up!

White background or Mint?  Which one is your favorite?? You can leave a comment by clicking on the little word bubble on the right side of the title at the beginning of this post.

Seasonal Bells by Krista Thomas,

I hope you enjoyed my cards today.  While you’re here, browse around and see if there’s anything else that inspires you.  If you would like to order any of the wonderful Stampin’ Up! products shown on my blog, simply click on one of the product pictures below each post and you’ll be taken to my store.  I would appreciate your business!

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