Waterfront Birthday

Birthday Wit stamp set has some fun sayings and I thought this word bubble worked great on this card.

Waterfront, Birthday Wit, 2018 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog,

The nature scene was stamped with Waterfront and the bird in the sky is from Wherever You Go.

I think a fun saying for the inside of this card would be something like this- “Just kidding, I didn’t forget…Congratulations on turning another year older”…or it could simply say “happy belated birthday”.

Either way, I’m having fun creating different scenes and it’s easy to do with the Waterfront set.  Here’s another card that I made with it.  If you’d like to order your own set, just click on the product picture below and you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up store, and thank you in advance!

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Gated Garden with This Little Piggy

Gated Garden with This Little Pig, www.regalstamping.com

My UPS driver just delivered this beautiful Detailed Gate Thinlit Die from the Stampin’ Up 2017 Holiday Catalog and I couldn’t wait to play with it.  It is featured in the Halloween section of the catalog and has a spooky graveyard stamp set that coordinates with it, but as you can see here, it’s perfect for everyday uses!

I did find that it’s a bit fussy to cut out because it’s so intricate, so here’s what I did to get good results…run the die and card stock through the Big Shot two times and then rotate the die & card stock 45 degrees and run it through another two times.  Use the die brush to push out all the loose pieces and then your gate is ready for use.

My favorite trick for cutting with intricate dies…

Another trick for getting a good cut is to lay the cardstock and die on 4 to 6 layers of new dryer sheets (I use Unscented Bounce).  Run all of that through your Big Shot.  When you peel the card stock off of the dryer sheets, the negative pieces will stay on the dryer sheet.  The only “bad” part of using this method, is that the dryer sheets leave a film on the back side of the paper.  Not a problem if you’re gluing it down, but in this case, it’s not glued down.  I use this dryer sheet trick quite often for intricate framelits.  I’m not sure who to credit with this idea, but whoever it was, “thank you!!”.

The finished gate can be cut in half so that it opens in the middle, but for this card I kept it whole and just scored and folded the left side at 1/4″ to create a flap.  That flap then glues behind the front panel which measures 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.  The right side of the gate was trimmed off to be flush with the right edge of the card.

Gated Garden with Bright Wishes and This Little Piggy, www.regalstamping.com

I pulled stamps from several different sets to create this beautiful garden scene which is stamped on a white panel measuring 4” x 5 1/4”.  After masking in the background trees and coloring in the wishing well, I just couldn’t resist adding this cute little pig.  So all in all, four stamp sets were used and they’re shown below in the product list.

The greeting says “This little piggy…says, may all your wishes come true.”

Gated Garden with Bright Wishes and This Little Piggy

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my card!  If you’d like to order any of the products that were used, simply click on a product picture below and you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up store.

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Happy Birthday Deer from Card Front Builder Dies

Happy Birthday Deer with Card Front Builder Framelits, by Krista Thomas

I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, in western Oregon,  and right now much of my state is on fire.  We have luscious forests here, but after a hot dry summer, all it takes is a lightening strike, a careless person with a cigarette or a thoughtless teenager with some fireworks, and it all goes up in flames.

My card today reflects my love for Oregon and the beauty that surrounds all who live here.  Please pray for our brave and tireless firefighters and praise God for the rain that has recently started falling!

The new Card Front Builder Framelits, from the 2017 Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog, were used to make the trees and the deer.  I love it when a Christmas themed set of dies are useful year round.  Masculine cards are always needed, atleast in my family, where the guys definitely out-number the girls, so I’m sure I’ll be making a few more with this versatile set!

If you’d like to order any of the products used on this card, simply click on a thumbnail below and you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up store.

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Delightful Pocket of Daisies

When I was a little girl, my sister and I would play outside and pick the flowers growing in the yard and then give them to our mom who would proudly place them in a vase.  I’m pretty sure there were times when those flowers got tucked into our jacket pockets while we continued playing, only to be found later when they were thrown into the wash.  We learned early on that mom didn’t like finding things in our pockets and that we were to check them before throwing the clothing in the laundry.

We lived in a small town that I would consider to be country living, (or pretty darn close to it!), so  I wanted this card to have a country feel to it.

Bandana Daisy Delight, Stampin' Up!

I used the Paisleys & Posies stamp set with Cherry Cobbler ink on Real Red card stock to create a bandana-looking background. The Soft Sky pocket was cut out with a die from the Pocket Framelit Dies, complete with side flaps that are glued down so that you really end up with a pocket to tuck things into!

I stamped the daisies (from Daisy Delight) on Daffodil Delight card stock with Night of Navy ink and then punched them out the the Daisy punch. Did you know that this punch is Stampin’ Up’s most popular punch in 5 years? It’s so popular that they haven’t been able to keep it in stock for any length of time since the new 2017-18 catalog started!  More are coming into the warehouse soon, so you’ll be able to get one….if you don’t blink!

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Mediterranean Moments from Stampin’ Up!

Mediterranean Moments from Stampin’ Up!

Mediterranean Moments from Stampin' Up!, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, Occasions 2017 Catalog

Coloring made simple

Mediterranean Moments is a wonderful new stamp set featured in the Stampin’ Up 2017 Occasions Catalog.  The images are very detailed, which are beautiful when colored in, but can also be intimidating if coloring is not your cup of tea.

I wanted my image to have a soft and dreamy feel to it, so instead of traditional coloring, I used sponge daubers.  With just a touch of Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede, this Mediterranean scene beckons for a visit.  To finish off the card, I pulled out some retired background stamps (French Script & Filigree) and used them on the banners.

Finishing touches…

I made a bow from some ivory organdy ribbon, but it was just too plain.  To remedy that, I used my heat tool to melt the 100% Nylon ribbon, which gave the bow the vintage look I was hoping for.  After adding a couple pearls to the pink banner, I gave this card two thumbs up.  I hope you like it!


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Up & Away on Valentine’s Day!

Up & Away on Valentine’s Day!Up & Away Valentine Card by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, Stampin' Up! Occasions 2017 Catalog, Lift me Up bundle

From trash to treasure

When I am preparing for a class, I cut a lot of card stock and end up with strips of “trash” that I simply refuse to throw away. My stash of strips is growing and I had to find a way to use them.  I used three colors of strips to create this background for today’s Valentine card.

How I did it…

First I glued the 1/2″ strips to a 4″ x 5.25″ panel and then embossed the completed panel with Falling Petals Embossing Folder. The strip colors are Real Red, Watermelon Wonder and Flirty Flamingo. I cut the Up & Away Thinlit hot air balloon out of Pink Pirouette and embellished it with some left-over Paper Pumpkin enamel circles.

I hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with sweetness and love!

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Beautiful,Oh So Succulent

Oh So Succulent card by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, all products by Stampin' Up!

I have been stamping for 23 years, 15 of them as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator.  In all of those years, I have accumulated hundreds of flower stamps, but never a succulent.  Because of my flower stamp stash, I tend to overlook new flower stamps unless it’s something new and different.  When I opened the 2017 Occasions Catalog and saw the beautiful Oh So Succulent set, I knew I had to get it.  It has so many different stamps and framelits that the possibilities are endless and I have had so much fun creating with them.  Succulents seem to be popping up all over the place these days, so it’s definitely trendy and I am enjoying them!  I even went so far as to decorate my guest bathroom with them!

Beautiful, Oh So Succulent

This card was one that I made for my Creative Card Design classes in January and I used the same color scheme that was featured in the Occasions Catalog.  I added a dark green panel in Always Artichoke as the background, so that the succulent colors would really pop.  The sentiment was embossed in white on the Rich Razzleberry panel.  The iridescent sequins were leftovers from a Paper Pumpkin kit.

Speaking of Paper Pumpkin…

If you’re not familiar with Paper Pumpkin, it is a paper crafting kit that arrives as a monthly surprise in your mailbox.  It always includes a stamp set, ink spot(s), adhesives and all of the components for that months project.  Every month it’s something different and always comes as a surprise.  For more information or to sign up, visit this page. Give it a try and experience the fun!

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Watercolored Falling Flowers

Falling Flowers for Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #58, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

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, www.regalstamping.com

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.

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I hope you stamp today…



Paper Players Sketch Challenge, Follow Your Heart

Paper Players Challenge PP305, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, 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, www.regalstamping.com, 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!







Falling Flowers by Stampin’ Up!

Falling Flowers and May Flowers Framelits by Stampin' Up! Created by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

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,www.regalstamping.com

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, www.regalstamping.com

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, www.regalstamping.com

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, www.regalstamping.com

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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