Lighthearted Leaves Whimsical Christmas

Lighthearted Leaves Whimsical Christmas, Stampin' Up! Holiday 2015 Catalog, by Krista Thomas,

I found some time to play during a small evening class last night and while the ladies were coloring their project, I worked on this card.  In my last post, I promised to show some more Christmas ideas for the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set, so here’s one more.

I colored the tree with my Prisma Colored Pencils and then sponged the edges with Mossy Meadow, which is also what I stamped the leaf with.  The background is Bermuda Bay and the banner is Pool Party.  I cut one of the larger silver doilies in half (just to be frugal) and placed it behind the tag.  I love things that are whimsical, and this tree definitely fits the bill.  I still have a few more Christmas ideas for this set, so stay tuned and come back soon.  In the meantime, feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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Lighthearted Leaves becoming Christmas Trees

Lighthearted Leaves becoming Christmas Trees, Stampin' Up! Holiday 2015, by Krista Thomas,

When I first saw the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday 2015 Catalog, I thought that most of the stamps could also function as trees.  At the time, I wasn’t thinking of Christmas trees, but while I was playing with my Perfect Pines Framelits, it happened.  You know, that “Ah-Ha” moment that sometimes happens in the craft room??  Well here’s the results.  I have some more ideas for this, but haven’t had the time to implement them yet.  So stay tuned, there will be more!

I trimmed the bottom of the middle tree to match the flow of the boughs.

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Hearth and Home Winter Scene, Stampin’ Up!

Hearth & Home Winter Scene, Stampin' Up! by Krista Thomas,

I would love to look out my window and see this peaceful scene which I created using the Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies and the Happy Scenes stamp set, all by Stampin’ Up!  The little fox is from the Jingle all the Way stamp set.

One of the things I love doing with the window frame is to cut it out in two colors (in this case, red & vanilla) and then trim the outside edges away on the vanilla piece.  It’s easy to do, because the framelit impresses a detailed line all the way around, making an easy cutting line. Then I just glue the two pieces together.

I used Home for Christmas DSP (Designer Series Paper) for the background and Wondrous Wreath for the wreath which is cut in half to create a swag.  One of my favorite non-Stampin’ Up! tools that I frequently use is the Jelly Roll Clear Star glitter pen and I used that to trace the edges of the wreath.  It just adds a nice touch.  I have heard that Stampin’ Up! will be offering the Wink of Stella glitter pen in the upcoming Spring “Occasions” catalog and I am jumping for joy!

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Flurry of Wishes Snowflakes Card

Flurry of Wishes by Stampin' Up!, card by Krista Thomas,

With silver embossing powder and some cool winter colors, I created this Flurry of Wishes card.  Notice the decorative edge on the Soft Sky mat…that was done with the Tiny Wave Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Blade by Stampin’ Up!  (How’s that for a LONG name?!?)  When you purchase the Stampin’ Trimmer, and then add the Rotary Addition (an extra “arm”), you have the option of cutting straight, perforated, Tiny Wave or Small Scallop and it is so easy to use!

The tag was made with the Washi Label Punch.  I have listed all of the products used, below:

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Watercolor Wings, Pleated Ruffle Technique as shown in Card Maker magazine, made by Krista Thomas,

Pleated Ruffle Technique with Watercolor Wings by Stampin’ Up!

Watercolor Wings Pleated Ruffle Card

This folding technique is shown in the Autumn 2015 issue of Card Maker magazine, & since it is currently on the newsstand, I don’t feel comfortable telling how it’s done.  If you like it, go pick up your copy!  The magazine did not have a name for the technique, so I named it the Pleated Ruffle.  My friend & customer, Phyllis Lynch, helped me figure out a good name!

We made this card in my Technique Class in September and I used some retired In Colors (Strawberry Slush & Crisp Cantaloupe). The butterfly was stamped 4 times…the solid base color was Crisp Cantaloupe, then accents with Strawberry Slush & Blackberry Bliss.  Finally we stamped again with the solid base image using VersaMark and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  In real life it is VERY sparkly!

I like this technique as a way to use up 2-sided designer paper, but small patterns work best especially for the back side since you see very little of it amongst the ruffles.

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Boutique Borders Photopolymer Stamp Set

Strawberry Slush 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim

Strawberry Slush Classic Stampin’ Pad

Strawberry Slush 8-1/2″ X 11″ Card Stock

Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Pad

Crisp Cantaloupe 8-1/2″ X 11″ Card Stock

2013-2015 In Color Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack

Joy Fold Sleigh Ride


When I had time to play last week, I made a few extra cards to share during the hustle and bustle of my stamp camp week.  Here is one of them and  I was inspired to make this card when I saw this one made by Susie Nelson. My colors are similar but I think mine ended up looking completely different.  It is a Joy Fold Technique Card and the front panel tucks under the Christmas tree on the left.  You can see a Joy Fold Tutorial here.

I have just a few days until Christmas Stamp Camp starts and I’m itching to get out in the craft room and play, but it’ll have to wait.  There’s lots of little prep work still to do, such as cleaning up some clutter (boring job) and cleaning the house (not my cup of tea).  But Friday will arrive quickly and I’m excited to get camp underway!

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Joy at Christmas

Joy at Christmas by Krista Thomas,

I spent today in my craft room and  was determined to make a card that used the reindeer clips that I bought.  I don’t know why, but I’ve had a mental block on how to use them, so today I think I finally conquered that and this is what I came up with.  It uses Designer Series Paper from two different packs: Home for Christmas & Season of Cheer.  Both are from the Stampin’ Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog. I have 56 people coming to my Christmas Stamp Camp later this month and into November (3 weekends!!) and this is one of the cards we’ll be making.  I do love how it turned out, but I’d love some feedback…what do you think?

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September 2015 Paper Pumpkin -Alternative Projects


I hold a Paper Pumpkin Play Day each month for my customers who have chosen to subscribe and receive Paper Pumpkin.  Currently there is no extra charge to attend Play Day.

What is Paper Pumpkin??  It is a surprise in your mailbox every month and it comes in a bright pumpkin-colored box!  It always contains a stamp set and ink spot, plus enough paper/stickers/embellishments for multiple projects.  Past projects have included cards, tags, bags, boxes, and more.  We never know what’s coming, but it’s always a lot of fun!

What is the monthly cost?  Only $19.95 for a box full of fun!

How do I sign up?  Follow this link to get signed up.  Kits ship on or around the 10th of the month, so to get October’s kit, you must sign up before the 10th.  (And since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Paper Pumpkin will arrive in a PINK box and $1 will be donated for breast cancer research.)

I try to come up with some alternate uses for the kits just to show that you don’t always have to follow the included directions.  Here are a few that I came up with for the September 2015 Paper Pumpkin.

The card stock colors I chose to use are Delightful Dijon, Perfect Plum and Cajun Craze.  Ink colors were Delightful Dijon, Blackberry Bliss and Cajun Craze (all from previous or current Paper Pumpkin kit).  The raven stamp is from another past kit.  The embossing folder in the photo below is from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday 2015 catalog, “Woodland” on page 39.  The leaves are hand cut.




Below is a picture of the kit put together the way it was intended, (back, right side) and then a couple other ideas from a Facebook group I belong to.  There are so many great ways to use this kit!

Be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber and join my Play Day in October.  You’ll be glad you did!


From Land to Sea with Pearl Ex Pigments


I just got a stamp set, “From Land to Sea” and decided to pull out some a product I hadn’t used in years, specifically Pearl Ex Pigments.  Once Stampin’ Up! discontinued these pigments a number of years ago, I just put them away and forgot about them.  What a shame!  I had forgotten how much fun they are to use!

To make this background I took a panel of Pacific Point card stock and pressed a VersaMark pad all over it.  Then I sprinkled four different colors of Pearl Ex powder (gold, lilac, blue & green) over the panel and brushed them off with a large make-up brush.  The sailfish is stamped on an acetate panel with Staz On black ink.  I attached the two panels with gold brads.

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Peaceful Pines, Stampin' Up! Holiday 2015 Catalog, by Krista Thomas,

Peaceful Pines from Scraps

As I was cleaning up my crafting space and sorting scraps from trash, I picked up these two pieces of Lost Lagoon & Mint Macaron and started playing with my Peaceful Pines stamp set.  I tend to get side-tracked easily, therefore my cleaning session came to a halt and this card was the result.  It’s not high on my list of favorites, but I do think that for a couple of scraps, it turned out pretty okay!

The tools I used are listed below, with the exception of “Endless Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set” which was used for the background snowflakes and is now a retired set.

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