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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Rolling Marble Technique & Pop of Paradise for Challenge

Marble Technique Flamingo, Pop of Paradise by Krista Thomas, For What Will You Stamp? challenge #74

I am playing along with a challenge from What Will You Stamp? which requires participants to use the stamp set, Pop of Paradise, by Stampin’ Up!


Rolling Marble Technique for Card Making

Sometimes I can’t believe how much fun I have in my craft room!  Can you believe that the background panel on this card was made with marbles and ink?  Would you like to see how it’s done?  I’d love to show you!

Marble Technique Flamingo, Pop of Paradise by Krista Thomas, What Will You Stamp challenge #74

I used Adirondack alcohol inks on the background in the following colors:  Raspberry, Watermelon and Sunset Orange plus the Alcohol Blending Solution and a dauber or cotton ball.  Allow the alcohol ink to dry.

Then  I placed that panel  into a clamshell box, temporarily glued to the lid.  I added 5 or 6 marbles and 7-8 drops of black ink.

Roll the marbles around so that they become covered in the black ink really well, then flip the box over and let those marbles roll all over your panel.

Flip the box back over and carefully open the clamshell to remove your marbled panel.  Allow ink to dry and then proceed to finish your card!

You can marble using multiple colors of ink, but you’ll need a separate clamshell (and marbles) for each color. Allow ink to dry between colors.

I hope you like my card!  Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment.  I love hearing from you!




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Watercolored Falling Flowers

Falling Flowers for Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #58, by Krista Thomas,

I was inspired to make this card when I saw the sketch challenge over at Stamp Ink Paper.

These watercolored Falling Flowers are bright and fun, making this a great card to send someone who needs cheering up.

It was simpler than you might think!  I used Stampin’ Up!’s Classic inks to stamp the various images from Falling Flowers and then used a blender pen to pull the stamped ink into the petals.  The ink colors which were stamped on Whisper White card stock are Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Pacific Point.  Be careful not to overwork the blender pen or your paper will start to get fuzzy.

Falling Flowers for Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #58, by Krista Thomas,

Once everything was water-colored, I then cut them out with their coordinating framelits, May Flowers, and then used Lots of Labels Framelits to create the white background label.

On the background of the card is a piece of Brights Designer Series Paper in Tempting Turquoise, cut in half so that I could use both sides of the paper.  For the sentiment, I used a saying from Best Birds and stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Finally the label is topped off with a white baker’s twine bow.

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you stamp today…



Paper Players Sketch Challenge, Follow Your Heart

Paper Players Challenge PP305, by Krista Thomas,, You're Sublime, Always an Adventure, all products by Stampin' Up!

Today I am sharing a card that I made for a challenge at The Paper Players.

It’s a pretty simple design and I wanted to give it a summertime theme.  Since we just came back from a camping trip, it was an easy decision to use the trailer from Stampin’ Up!’s You’re Sublime (#139309).  I added some mountains by using the Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies (#141480) in both Emerald Envy and Cucumber Crush.  The trailer was stamped with Black StazOn ink on watercolor paper and then colored with an aqua painter using Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, So Saffron, Smokey Slate and Flirty Flamingo.  It is all placed on a Pool Party background embossed with clouds.  The card base is Flirty Flamingo with a mat of Peekaboo Peach.

Paper Players Challenge PP305, by Krista Thomas,, You're Sublime, Always an Adventure, all products by Stampin' Up!

The trail sign is from Always an Adventure (#141547) and was cut with Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies (#141480).  I think I accomplished my summertime theme and it’s making me want to take off on another camping adventure!  Thanks for visiting and I hope you liked my card!







Flourish Thinlits in Brights

Flourish Thinlits in Brights by Krista Thomas,

Beautiful bright colors are what I love, so that’s what I used on this card which was made with the Flourish Thinlits.  The colors are Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive and Whisper White.  If you are a new stamper, or are just getting started with Stampin’ Up! products, you might be wondering…

Which color family should I start with?

That’s a question I am often asked when someone discovers the joy of creating with Stampin’ Up! products.  And my answer always comes in the form of a question.  Which colors are you most drawn to?  You can usually look at your wardrobe to figure that out.  We buy clothing in colors that we are comfortable in and that we look good in.  For me, the “Bright” colors are what I love the most.

What should my first Stampin’ Up! order consist of?

Start with an assortment of ink pads in the color family that you love, plus black, which is a staple color that you cannot do without.  The Stampin’ Up! color families are Brights, Regals, Subtles & Neutrals.  Purchase an ink pad family as an assortment and you save money, essentially getting one pad free.  Then add an assorted pack of card stock in the same color family, plus Whisper White, another staple item.  Finally, choose a stamp set that you love and assuming you already own scissors, glue and a paper trimmer, you’ll be set to go!

What are the differences between photopolymer, clear mount and wood mount stamps?

If you have the 2016-17 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, there is a good explanation on page 2, but if you don’t have a catalog handy, here’s an explanation.

Classic red rubber is available as:

  1. a clear mount option, meaning that you will need to mount the stamp onto a reusable clear block (sold separately).
  2. a wood-mount option which means your stamps will each have their own maple wood block.  Mount them once and they’re always ready to go!

Photopolymer is a clear, see-through option which you will need to mount onto a reusable clear block (sold separately).   They are generally the least expensive option.


I must admit that you’ll eventually want all of the Stampin’ Up! colors because they work beautifully together with hundreds of different combinations.  You can mix & match colors at SU Colorlabs, here.  Head on over there and see which combinations inspire you!

I hope you stamp today…

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Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up!

Festive Birthday Pinata card by Krista Thomas,

Fiesta time continues at Regal Stamping!

Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up! has a couple sheets that include images of sombrero’s, pinata’s, guitars and more which are easily cut out by hand.  This little donkey pinata is from that DSP and made for a very quick and easy card.  The diagonally cut background paper is also a part of that package.

What makes this card playful and happy?

It’s playful because of the randomly stacked card stock which mats the pinata, and the bright colors make it happy.  Every card I make with this product suite makes me smile over and over again!

What will you be stamping today?

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Stampin’ Up! Birthday Fiesta

Party llamas by Krista Thomas,, Birthday Fiesta all products by Stampin' Up!

It’s fiesta time at Regal Stamping!

What could possibly be better than one llama wishing you a happy birthday?  Three llamas wishing you a happy birthday!  Stampin’ Up! Birthday Fiesta was used and for this simple card, I stamped three llamas with VersaMark ink on black card stock and then embossed each one with a different color of embossing powder: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Crushed Curry.  I then used the coordinating framelit from Fiesta Time Framelits to cut each one out.  I used those same colors for the stamped and die cut banner.  The sentiment is from Build a Birthday and then on the inside I used a retired stamp that says “from all of us”.

Diagonal background instructions

The Festive Birthday DSP was cut diagonally to create the background.  I started with 2 panels measuring 5.25″ x 4″ and held them together as they were cut, ending up with 4 pieces.  Then I took the two pieces that I wanted to use and glued them to the card base.  I will be using the two remaining pieces on another card.

Bright festive colors and a party llama…

are what make this product suite one of my favorites.  Every time I look at this card I just smile, so I’m calling it my happy card for the week!  Which Stampin’ Up! product makes you smile and what will you be stamping today?


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Birthday Fiesta Banners


Birthday Fiesta llama card by Krista Thomas,, all products by Stampin' Up!

It’s time for a Birthday Fiesta, Stampin’ Up! style…

My family loves Mexican food, so when one of us has a birthday to celebrate we often wind up at one of our local Mexican restaurants.  This was the case last night when we celebrated my niece Alyssa’s 28th birthday and sixteen of us converged at Mariachi Loco, one of our local favorites.

When Stampin’ Up! released this Birthday Fiesta stamp set and all of it’s coordinating accessories I was beyond thrilled.  I knew that it would allow me to create birthday cards that would totally relate to our family’s many celebrations.

A workshop project

This particular Birthday Fiesta Banners card was the result of a workshop that I did earlier in the week where participants made four different “card candy” projects which are stamped elements that can be added to a card.  This card candy consisted of the llama on the half circle, the green starburst circle and then the six banners. (Everything but the backgound paper and card)  I love showing people how to create projects by starting with a small design, adding a few embellishments and then placing it on a card.  When my workshop attendees leave, they have four card beginnings and some homework to finish them up.  Feedback has been very favorable and I am thrilled that they like getting their hands on multiple products during each workshop that they attend.  What’s not to love?  Stampin’ Up! has the best products in the industry.  If you’d like to make some card candy, contact me today and we’ll set up a workshop!

I hope you stamp today!


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Falling Flowers by Stampin’ Up!

Falling Flowers and May Flowers Framelits by Stampin' Up! Created by Krista Thomas,

Introducing Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! has some fabulous new designer paper and the catalog doesn’t do it justice.  Because it is white paper with white embossing, there’s little to see until some magical sponging happens.  You can see a small piece of this paper matted on top of the Night of Navy scalloped square.  It was sponged with Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz and Bermuda Bay, making a beautiful background for the silver foil flower.  How does it work? When you sponge a water-based ink over the embossed areas of the paper, the embossing resists the ink, leaving a contrasting white image!  All of the Stampin’ Up! Classic ink pads are water-based, so you can create customized designer paper by simply rubbing an inked sponge over it.  How incredible is that?

April showers bring May Flowers…

At Stampin’ Up! you don’t need showers to get our May Flowers Framelits and the coordinating stamp set, Falling Flowers.  You can order yours today by clicking the product picture below which will take you to my Demonstrator Business Website store.  Each order of $50 USD (or $60 CAD) between July 7 and July 31 will get you a $5 USD (or $6 CAD)  Bonus Days coupon which will be redeemable for Stampin’ Up! merchandise between August 2 and 31.  Now is a great time to get some of those items that are on your wish list!  For more information on this promotion, see my previous post from July 7.

Looking for more inspiration?

Maybe the colors I used above are not your cup of tea.  That’s okay!  I made the same card with different color combinations so that you could see how versatile this card layout and the specialty paper really is.  Please let me know which one you like best.  I’d love your feedback even if you love all of them!

Falling Flowers, May Flowers Framelits, Irresistibly Floral DSP by Stampin' Up!  Created by Krista Thomas,

Colors used in the above picture: Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Whisper White, with the center flower in Silver Foil.  In the photo below, I used Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Island Indigo.  The center flower is Gold Foil paper.

Falling Flowers with May Flower Framelits and Irresistibly Floral DSP by Stampin' Up!  Created by Krista Thomas,

But wait!  There’s still a couple more…This next one is done in Smokey Slate, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White with a Dazzling Diamonds center flower.

Falling Flowers with May Flowers Framelits by Stampin' Up! Created by Krista Thomas,

And finally, lest you get bored, I changed this last one up a bit and used Birthday Fiesta in place of Falling Flowers.  The colors used are: Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper.

Birthday Fiesta with Fiesta Time Framelits by Stampin' Up! Created by Krista Thomas,

By now you should be able to see the versatility of this card layout as well as some fun color combinations using the Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper.  I’d love to hear some feedback…which one is your favorite or do you love them all?

I hope you stamp today!


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