A Crabby Birthday with You’re Sublime by Stampin’ Up!

You're Sublime, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Last weekend was a busy one for my Stampin’ Up! team, the Regal Stampers, as we had our annual Create-Your-Retreat weekend,  previously known as Scrapbook FunFest.  This retreat takes place each Spring at 7 Feather’s Casino in Canyonville, Oregon. Cropping attendance is 200+ and then there are “walk & shoppers” who just come for a few hours to shop, take a class or do a few make & takes offered at many of the vendor booths.  Croppers purchase table space and then bring their supplies to craft the weekend away…until midnight on Friday and 10 p.m. on Saturday! The convention center is huge and the room is lined with vendors, including our 30’x10′ booth. We have 3 make & take stations going around the clock with projects and demonstrators changing every 2 hours. It is a ton of work to prep for and I will admit to dreading it just a wee bit every year. BUT…once we get set up and the doors open, magic happens! The energy at the event is incredible and I’m always happy that I’m there, visiting, crafting and having a girls weekend with my team! I’m also amazed at how much stuff the croppers pack in.  There are some serious crafters out there! During sleeping hours there are security guards that protect our precious possessions.


So what does that have to do with this card, you ask?  Good question!  I used some left-over class supplies to make some cards that I’ll have for sale in our booth and this is one of them.  It uses the Joy Fold technique which you can find at SplitCoastStampers. 

The crab is cut out by hand and then I added some wiggle eyes.  I used some retired DSP, Maritime, along with Night of Navy card stock.  Here are some more pictures…

Joy Fold card by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Inside of Joy Fold card, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

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Easter Lamb at the Cross

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up! by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

This lamb is so stinkin’ adorable and makes the cutest new baby cards, as well as Easter cards.  The stamp is sold separately in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2016 catalog and includes the sentiment “Happy Easter”, which can be cut off and mounted by itself.

All of the card stock pieces are either stamped or embossed which gives the whole card a lot of visual interest.  I used the Banner Triple Punch to make the Blushing Bride and Pool Party banners, which I then stamped with Timeless Textures.  The So Saffron panel is stamped with the sun from Kinda Eclectic.   Finally, by placing the background pieces the way I did, it mimics the cross that Christ died on, while the sun rays bring us to Easter morning when the tomb was empty!  The Lamb of God is alive!!


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Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial with A Nice Cuppa

Drywall Spackling Technique & Tutorial with A Nice Cuppa, Stampin' Up! by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

It has been cold here the last couple of days and I’ve been drinking lots of hot tea to keep warm. I’ve been seeing some inspiring cards using the new Cups & Kettle Framelits and coordinating stamps, A Nice Cuppa, and decided I had better pull mine out and use them. I chose some bright colors because I’m longing to see the Spring flowers burst into bloom and push the dreary gray skies away. I chose Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry for my palette.

Are you wondering how I did the background? Take a peek at my Drywall Spackling Technique instructions below and then go try it! We made this during my February technique classes.

You’ll find another version of the same card at the end of this post.

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Here’s what you’ll need for the Drywall Spackling & Stencil Technique

*Dap Lightweight Spackling
*Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint
*Palette knife
*Paper Plate

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Lay your desired stencil over a piece of Very Vanilla card stock cut to 5.25″ x 2″. I like to use a little temporary Tombow adhesive on the back of my card stock to keep it from moving. You can also put a couple strips of tape on the edges of the stencil to hold it steady.

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

On a paper plate, mix approx. 1 TBSP of drywall spackling with approx. 1/2 tsp of metallic gold acrylic paint. You’ll need a palette knife or something similar.

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Mix it up…

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

…until it looks like this:

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Scrape the mixture over your stencil.  If you don’t have a palette knife, a credit card works really well.

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Scrape off the excess…

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Remove the stencil

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial, www.regalstamping.com

Sprinkle some gold glitter over the paste. Allow to dry for about 30 minutes or you can use your heat gun, holding it 8-10″ away, and blowing from the front and the back.
Be sure to wash the spackling off of your stencil before it dries.

Now take a peek at my other color scheme…

Drywall Spackling Technique & Tutorial  by Krista Thomas, A Nice Cuppa and Cups & Kettle Framelits, Stampin' Up! Directions on www.regalstamping.com

I used So Saffron, Soft Suede and Early Espresso on this version.  Which one do you like best?

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