Petal Palette Watercolor, PCC275


Up today is a card I made for the Paper Craft Crew  Sketch Challenge #275 (PCC275) and this is the sketch we were to use:

Paper Craft Crew challenge PCC275

I love the diagonal cut and I chose to emboss my diagonal piece with one of the new Petal Pair embossing folders.

Here’s my card featuring products from the Petal Passion Suite:

PCC275, Petal Palette, 2018 Stampin’ Up Occasions Catalog

I used the Petal Palette stamp set and watercolored the flowers after stamping them with black Staz On ink.  They are die cut with the coordinating framelit from Petals & More and then popped up on the card with dimensionals and a bit of gold thread looped in the background.  Below the yellow panel is a die cut, again from the Petals & More Framelits, using Old Olive card stock.

Did you notice the water drops on the white background?  Those are the new Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes and I love how they add just a subtle touch to the card.

If you like sketch challenges, here’s another one that I did previously.

Let me know what you think and thanks for stopping by today!

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We Must Celebrate SSC169



TGIS…(Thank God it’s….Saturday!) I hope you’ve all had a great week, the first one of 2018, and are happy that the weekend has arrived.

I decided to make a card that would fit the Sunday Stamps Challenge (SSC169) shown above and here’s what I came up with:, We Must Celebrate, Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions

I used a new set from the 2018 Occasions catalog, We Must Celebrate, and colored the animals in with my PrismaColor Pencils.  The ribbon is Tangerine Tango which to my eyes looked almost identical to Calypso Coral.

SSC169 We Must Celebrate

I used a glitter pen to color in some of the confetti on the blue background, and the swish under the critter’s feet is from Waterfront, another new stamp set shown here.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Bright Color Challenge with Eastern Medallions

Ready for a challenge!

This morning while I was having my coffee and browsing the web, I came across a color challenge that I just had to participate in.  I absolutely love bright colors!  This challenge comes from Fab Friday Challenge Blog and the trio of colors are shown below.  They are Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo and Flirty Flamingo.

After finishing my coffee I headed to the craft room and started playing.  I grabbed my Pattern Party Decorate Masks and some sponges and after several different attempts, here’s what I came up with.

FabFri118 Color Challenge, Pattern Party Decorate Masks, Eastern Medallions Thinlits

I used Lemon Lime Twist ink on Lemon Lime Twist card stock for a somewhat subtle background, sponging through the large medallion stencil.  Then I used some dies from Eastern Medallions Thinlits to create my centerpiece.  A large Clear Faceted Gem and a piece of Black Mini Sequins Trim finishes off the card with a touch of glam.

The little sentiment “You’re Amazing” comes from Tabs for Everything stamp set and is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Hello Dear Friend

Today I am sharing a card that I made with two different challenges in mind.  The first challenge is for Global Design Project, challenge #GDP075…which requires a winged creature(s) on the card.

The second challenge came from The Paper Players, Clean & Simple Challenge #332, having the sentiment as the focal point of the card.

To combine this card into two challenges, I started with some 1/2″ strips of Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy and Delightful Dijon card stock, gluing them diagonally across a 2″x 4″ piece of Very Vanilla.

Next, I used a die from the Timeless Tags Thinlits and cut out the tiny little butterflies which are glued to the striped background.  “Hello” was cut using the Hello You Thinlits and Gold Glimmer Paper.  The stamped sentiment is from Birthday Blooms stamp set.

The butterflies are small enough so as not to steal the show, leaving the sentiment “hello, dear friend” as the focal point of my card.  I hope you like it!

Timeless Tags for #GDP075 and #PP332, by Krista Thomas,

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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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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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Flourishing Hello for #GDP057

Flourish Thinlits Hello for #GDP057 by Krista Thomas,

I started my day off really early today, at 4:30 a.m., after tossing and turning for at least an hour.  I decided to get up, make a pot of coffee and work on the color challenge offered by Global Design Project.

I  made a similar card several months ago using the Flourish Thinlits and have never shared it online, so I remade it with the challenge colors and I like it better than the original.  The sentiment is from Watercolor Wishes which is sold as a bundle with a wonderful card kit that I just love.  If you need a quick but beautiful card, check into that bundle.  The product picture below will take you directly to my store where you can shop to your heart’s content.

There are so many great products available from Stampin’ Up! and because I’m a full-time demonstrator, I get to play with those products every day.  It just doesn’t get much better than that!!  Join my Stampin’ Up! team and you can have a fun job too!  I set my own hours, work at my own pace and hold classes with the most incredible people on earth- my wonderful customers whom I LOVE!!  I am blessed every single day because of a decision I made 15 years ago to become a demonstrator.

If you’d like to have that kind of job and would like to join my team, you can do so here, by clicking on “Join the fun” in the upper right corner.

I’m so glad you stopped by today!

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Garden in Bloom for #GDP055 and PCC212

#GDP055, PCC212, Garden in Bloom by Krista Thomas,

Garden in Bloom is a set that offers a great variety of 2 & 3 step stamping options.  If you’re not familiar with 2 or 3 step stamping, it just means that you layer stamps on top of each other.  For instance, on the large orange flowers I started with the outline stamp in 1st generation ink (full strength) in Tangerine Tango.  Then I stamped the petals with 2nd generation ink (stamping on a place mat before stamping onto the card), which results in a lighter shade of the same color.  The centers were stamped in Crushed Curry.  The small blue flowers and all of the leaves were stamped in the same fashion, using 1st and 2nd generations of ink.

The colors in this card are Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango and Emerald Envy, which qualifies it for Paper Craft Crew’s Challenge #212.

After completing my card, I realized that in the small print of the challenge box below, it says to use 3 of the 4 colors and I used all four.  So maybe I need to have my eyes checked!  Oh well, I still like how my card turned out and hopefully the Paper Craft Crew will accept my submission in spite of my oops!

*Update- I got sidetracked when my grandkids stopped by and I missed the submission time for PCC212.  I guess it wasn’t meant to be…

It also qualifies for the Global Design Project Challenge #055. That challenge is all about Random Acts of Kindness which are unexpected kindnesses to a friend or a stranger.

I was the recipient of a RAK during a trip through McDonald’s drive through window where the man ahead of me paid my bill. I paid it forward and picked up the tab for the person behind me. Our world can be a better place when strangers and friends alike take a moment to care for each other.

Garden in Bloom for #GDP055 and PCC212, by Krista Thomas,

I hope you like my card!  Please come back later in the week when I hope to have some holiday cards ready to share.

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Blended Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique

Taking the SIP #63 Challenge

This week’s challenge over at Stamps, Ink, Paper is all about wings.  I am submitting my Blended Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique card, which we did in one of my recent technique classes.  The colors are bright and playful, and you can make your own by following my tutorial below.  I hope you enjoy it!

Blended Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique by Krista Thomas, SIP #63 Challenge,



Definition of “Ombre”- Colors or tones that shade into each other.

We will be blending the following colors: Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point.

Card base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Tempting Turquoise)
Mat One: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (Pacific Point)
Mat Two: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (Whisper White)


Onto a Whisper White panel measuring 3 3/4″ x 5″, sponge a quarter of the panel with Daffodil Delight, then another quarter with Watermelon Wonder and so on with Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point. Use a different sponge for each color.

For a smoother look, use a circular motion, starting on the place mat & working your way onto the panel.


Lay your desired stencil over the panel. Begin sponging at the top with Daffodil Delight, rubbing up & down in the yellow section. It’s okay if you rub some yellow a little ways into the watermelon section.

Continue with Watermelon Wonder, then Tempting Turquoise and ending with Pacific Point.


Remove your stencil and you’ll see a brilliant ombre stenciled pattern!
Add your finished panel to a card and decorate as desired!

*Please note that the Happy Patterns Decorative Mask Stencils are no longer available, but take heart…there are some fabulous new stencils in the Holiday Catalog which starts on September 1.  They’re called Seasonal Decorative Masks and can be found on page 43 and would work perfectly for this technique.

Blended Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique by Krista Thomas, SIP #63 Challenge,

Products used on this card are shown below and can be purchased simply by clicking on the product picture.  I would be honored to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and would be happy to answer any stamping related questions you might have.

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Jolly Friends, Naughty or Nice? PCC208

When I saw this week’s Paper Craft Crew Challenge sketch # PCC208, I knew I needed to play along. With all of my new Christmas products needing some love, it should have been a hard choice which stamp to use. But I knew immediately that the moose from Jolly Friends was the right place to start.

Here’s the sketch…


And here’s my Jolly Friends, Naughty or Nice? PCC208 card, featuring the moose from Jolly Friends peering over the top of his sunglasses and asking his standard question, “naughty or nice?”.  The inside of the card says “…either way, you’re on my list!”.

I thought the holly would be a nice background accent and because the stamps are photopolymer, it was so easy to line up the images.  All of the leaves were stamped with Garden Green, in  1st, 2nd and 3rd generations.  If you’re not familiar with generation stamping, it simply means re-stamping an image without re-inking the stamp.  So if you ink up your image and stamp it, that would be 1st generation, stamping again without re-inking would be 2nd generation and so on.  The color gets lighter and lighter with each generation.


Jolly Friends and Holly Berry Happiness,, by Krista Thomas, Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2016-17

Behind the moose is a Garden Green panel which is embossed with the new Cable Knit Dynamics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#143537) which creates a deep impression.  The folder itself is very thick and only requires the use of one embossing pad when you run it through your Big Shot.

Jolly Friends and Holly Berry Happiness,, by Krista Thomas, Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2016-17

Thanks for visiting today.  Feel free to leave a little feedback by clicking on the word bubble at the top of this post.  Let me know if you’ve been naughty or nice and I’ll pass the info on to Santa!  I hope you stamp today!

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