Birthday Blooms Easel Technique

Easel Technique with Birthday Blooms, by Krista Thomas,, Check out this quick tutorial on how to make your own easel card!

Here is a fun and simple folding technique which allows you to display your card perfectly. It’s the Easel Technique!

Everything I used on this card is current in the Stampin’ Up! catalog with the exception of the Designer Series Paper.  I wish I knew the name of it, as it is one of my all time favorites, but alas, I cannot.  If anyone knows and can share the name, please do and I’ll update this post!

I used my Prisma Colored Pencils to color the flowers.


Cut a piece of card stock 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side. Fold as shown.


Cut another piece of card stock 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and glue the bottom half to the scored panel, as shown in this picture.


On the inside of the card, glue a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel and add a raised element ( a label, border or decoration of some sort) approx. 1 1/2″ to 2″ from the bottom of the card.This raised element will give the front of the card a “stopping” point and allow the card to stand up.

Birthday Blooms Easel Technique and Tutorial, by Krista Thomas,, Stampin' Up! products

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Rose Garden for Brain Cancer Awareness Month

Brain Cancer Awareness, Rose Garden Thinlit, by Krista Thomas,, copyright Stampin' Up!

Since last month I have been prepping projects for SplitCoastStampers Creative Crew, and one of our challenges was to create a card for a little-known May “holiday”. And there were some weird ones, such as Scurvy Awareness Day and There’s a Hole in My Bucket Day. During the process I also discovered that May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month, and how ironic that my dear sister was diagnosed with brain cancer this month. The ribbon color for brain cancer is grey, so I went about making a couple of cards with my sister’s condition heavy on my heart.
For those of you who believe in the power of prayer, please pray for Janet. She is scheduled for a right frontal lobotomy on May 23 and we are praying for a successful surgery, healing and stamina throughout the process of radiation and possible chemo.  We serve a big God and all things are possible, nothing is too big and we believe He is able to do all that we ask and much more.

To make the background for this card, I used the Paper Towel Stamping Technique as I shared in the previous post on May 16.  That was done on a Smoky Slate panel measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Then I cut out the Rose Garden Thinlit from that same panel, keeping the negative image (or the “trash” part) for the card.  It was layered over a 4″ x 5 1/4″ Basic Gray panel.  Then I cut out a white rose, again with the Rose Garden Thinlit and glued that piece into the opening on the gray panels.  Even though it looks as though I puzzle-pieced the rose, I didn’t.  It’s just glued into the negative space on the card.  Pretty simple and I hope that makes sense!

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Paper Towel Stamping Technique

Paper Towel Stamping Technique, by Krista Thomas,, Stampin' Up!, Swirly Bird & Swirly Scribbles

Have you ever noticed the fun patterns on paper towels? (Please tell me I’m not the only one!)  During a class a couple weeks ago, I had an overly juicy pad, so I took several paper towels and folded them up in order to dob off some of the excess ink.  Once the paper towel was saturated, it dawned on me that it might make a cool stamp, so I grabbed a piece of white card stock, laid it on the inky paper towel and gave it a gentle rub.  The result was pretty cool and the Paper Towel Stamping Technique was born.  One of the ladies in class said she could see a future technique class coming and she was right 🙂  Thanks, Jen A., you know me so well!!

Here are the simple instructions so that you can try this in your own stamp room…



You will need some paper towels that have an embossed design on them. We will be using the Kirkland (Costco) brand for this card. Tear off 3 towels and fold them one on top of the other, then in half. You should have 6 layers.
Press a well-inked Soft Sky ink pad directly onto the paper towels several times, creating an area slightly larger than the card stock you will be stamping.


Lay your panel of card stock directly on the inked area of the paper towel and gently rub to transfer the ink. You could instead walk your fingers over the panel as though you were playing the piano. This will give you a mottled look, which will make a nice cloudy sky.

Now go get your paper towel roll, head to the craft room and make something beautiful!

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Swirly Bird Cinnamon Roll Card

Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird Cinnamon Roll Card by Krista Thomas,

Say hello to Swirly Bird, one of the new Stampin’ Up! sets that will be available June 1 when the new 2016-17 Annual Catalog begins. These flowers looked like cinnamon rolls to me, so I filled the whole card with them! You’re hungry now, aren’t you?
The bread tag, “Tasty Treats” is from a retiring set called Stake Your Claim and was cut out with the coordinating Handpicked Framelits. Don’t miss out on these fun elements…they’re only available while supplies last (framelits) or May 22nd (stamp set).
To make the cinnamon rolls, I first stamped the solid image with Soft Suede in 2nd generation (stamped off once). Then the large swirl with Soft Suede, 1st generation (or without stamping off). Finally, the detailed swirl was stamped with Early Espresso. I swirled some Dazzling Details on top to give it a little glimmer & shine.
If you’d like the excitement of being able to pre-order new Stampin’ Up! products before everyone else, become a demonstrator today! Sign up with me and become a part of my Regal Stamper’s Team!  Here’s a link where you can sign up and choose $125 in products for only $99 (includes free shipping!). Once you get your starter kit, you can place a pre-order from select 2016-17 items and be the first to enjoy them!

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Helping Me Grow with Chalkboard Technique


Helping Me Grow Chalkboard Technique, by Krista Thomas,


Here’s a really fun and easy technique that anyone can do and it’s so impressive.  It’s called the Chalkboard Technique and all you need is a color-book style stamp, ink, a dark card stock and colored pencils.  Here are the instructions:

1) Stamp your flower image on Crumb Cake card stock using VersaMark ink. I used Helping Me Grow stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

2) Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat set.

3) Use colored pencils to color the flowers. Test your colors on the back-side of your card stock if needed.  My favorite brand are Prismacolor Pencils, but even cheap brands will work.

5)Splatter with Gorgeous Grunge stamp using Crumb Cake ink.

6)Stamp a butterfly with VersaMark,  cover with white embossing powder, heat set & punch out.

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Salted Background Technique & Tutorial


I was recently invited to be on the Creative Crew Design Team for SplitCoastStampers and I happily accepted the invitation.  Each month, design team members are given four challenges and one month to create and post our creations.  This card was for a technique/favorite color combo challenge where I chose to use Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz as a background for some birthday balloons.  You can view the Creative Crew gallery here

Salted Background Tutorial:


On a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of watercolor paper, sponge background colors, starting with the lightest and working to the darkest. (So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral and Night of Navy)
Each color covers 1/4 of the panel.


Spritz your entire panel with water.


Lift the top of the panel up for a few seconds and allow some of the water to run downwards. Lay panel back down. It will want to curl up, so use a bone folder or tweezers to hold it down gently.


Sprinkle with salt. Table salt, kosher salt, rock salt. They all work. And for a little different look, try rice instead of salt. Set aside and allow to dry.
You can speed up the drying process by using a heat gun. When panel is completely dry, assemble card as desired.

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Heat & Stick Stenciling Technique

Heat & Stick Stenciling Technique & Tutorial by Krista Thomas,

I love Stampin’ Up’s Heat & Stick powder and need to use it more often.  After all, glitter adds some major bling to any project, right?  You can make any stamped or sponged image glittery simply by following my Heat & Stick Stenciling technique tutorial  below.  And Heat & Stick makes the glitter STAY PUT.  It’s awesome stuff.


Use temporary adhesive to secure a 4″x 5 1/4″ Smoky Slate panel to your place mat.Lay the diamond pattern from “Happy Pattern Masks” over your card stock and secure it at top & bottom with Scotch tape.
Press VersaMark pad directly onto stencil until all of the diamond openings are coated with ink.


Remove stencil and sprinkle Heat & Stick powder (by Stampin’ Up!) covering all of the inked areas.
They will appear white. Use a heat tool ONLY until the white powder becomes grey. DO NOT OVER-COOK!


Sprinkle cooked Heat & Stick with silver embossing powder. Once again, use the heat tool, this time to “set” the glitter. Go over the panel very systematically so that all of the glitter is cooked.


Finally, use a large make-up brush or paintbrush to sweep off any loose glitter.
Finish card as desired.

Here are two more examples using the same technique and layout…

Heat & Stick Stenciling Technique and Tutorial by Krista Thomas,, Stampin' Up products

Crushed Curry is used for the flowers on this cards and “WOW!” is from Bravo stamp set.

And this next one did not photograph well, but I’ll share it anyway.  I used black glitter on a black background.  The large flower is Calypso Coral with Real Red and Daffodil Delight in the center.  Leaves and card are Garden Green.

Heat & Stick stenciling technique & tutorial by Krista Thomas,


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