Bendi Card Technique using Foxy Friends by Stampin’ Up!

Foxy Friends Bendi Card by Krista Thomas,

Welcoming Owen…

This card is for our newest grandson, Owen Michael, born August 23, six weeks early and creating quite a stir as he entered the world!  Mommy developed Hellp Syndrome and was transported by ambulance to a bigger hospital than our little town offers and Owen came via C-Section a few hours later.  He weighed in at 5 lb. 6 oz. and is doing very well in NICU.  We are very proud grandparents!

Owen Michael 1

 Bendi card technique using Foxy Friends by Stampin’ Up!

Bendi cards are the newest rage and are fairly quick to make with some simple cutting.  You can find directions for the them here.  I modified the directions because I wanted to have an inside for writing a sentiment, so I used a 4.25″ x 11″ piece of card stock folded in half at 5.5″.  This card was originally designed for the SplitCoastStampers Creative Crew Design Team as a July submission.

The new Foxy Friends set from Stampin’ Up! is a versatile group of stamps that you can use to create many different animals, including a skunk, deer, kitty, fox and raccoon.  The tree stamps coordinate with the Perfect Pines framelits, making for a quick cut.  I used the Weather Together Bundle to stamp and cut out the clouds.

As we wait for Owen’s arrival home, I will be starting his first scrapbook and dreaming of lots of cuddle time!

At the end of this post are the products that were used for this card and they can be ordered by clicking on the picture which will take you to my store.  If you have any questions, just give me a holler.  I hope you stamp today!

Here are a few more views…

Bendi card side view, Foxy Friends stamp set, Stampin' Up! by Krista Thomas,

Bendi card side view using Foxy Friends stamp set, by Krista Thomas,

Bendi card technique using Foxy Friends by Stampin' Up! created by Krista Thomas,

Inside Bendi card by Krista Thomas,


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Christmas in July, Continued…

Getting an early start…

Joyful Nativity Gate Fold Technique by Krista Thomas, all products copyright Stampin' Up!

I promised in my last post that I would be sharing some more Christmas projects, so here’s another.  This one is a Gate Fold card that was made using This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper and Joyful Nativity stamp set. If you have a long holiday card list, you’ll really appreciate this pack of DSP because there are four of each design, making it easy to duplicate a card many times.

The Gate Fold technique is easy enough to do.  Simply start with an 8.5″ x 5.5″ piece of card stock.  In this case, I used Cherry Cobbler.  On the 8.5″ side, score at 2 1/8″ then rotate 90 degrees (or flip the card end to end) and score at 2 1/8″ again.  Fold the ends towards each other and you have a Gate Fold.  For my card, I added the nativity scene which is glued to the left side, and then the sentiment which is glued to the right.

To finish the inside of the card, I cut a Very Vanilla panel to 5.25″ x 4″ and stamped JOY.  Inside of the “O” I stamped “Wishing You” which is from Holly Jolly Greetings.  You can see all of the details in the pictures below.

Gate Fold shown in detail…


Joyful Nativity Gate Fold card, by Krista Thomas,

Inside view of card…

Joyful Nativity inside view, by Krista Thomas
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Thanks for visiting and I hope you stamp today!

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Christmas in July

Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate is used as a background for this Christmas card.  By Krista Thomas for SplitCoastStampers Creative Crew.  All products by Stampin' Up!

Christmas in July

Are you ready for Christmas?  It’s a long ways away, but crafters need time to get projects finished, so July and August are good months to get started.  Stampin’ Up! will release it’s Holiday Catalog in two short months and I’m positive it’s going to be full of fabulous products.  But if you’re one of those Christmas early bird crafters and you don’t want to wait until September to get started, then fear not.  The 2016-17 Annual Catalog has a Christmas section where you’re sure to find inspiration!  If you look beyond the designated Christmas section, and think outside the box a bit, you’ll find other stamps, such as this dove from Strength & Prayers, that are perfect for Christmas projects!

The challenge is on!

As a designer for the Creative Crew team on Split Coast Stampers, I was given the challenge of creating four Christmas projects for the July 2016 gallery found here.

Challenge #1: Create a card using the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate found on page 175 of the 2016-17 Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.  This wonderful product has a gold design on one side and then silver on the reverse. The dove is from Strength & Prayers (#141856) and although it isn’t a Christmas set, I love how it turned out!

Relax and stamp…

I started creating my challenge projects while we were camping in beautiful Charleston, Oregon, just steps from the Pacific Ocean. I could hear the waves and smell the salt air and I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed crafting more!  I’ll be sharing the rest of my Christmas challenges in the coming days, so stay tuned and thanks for visiting!

I hope you stamp today!

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Swirly Scribbles & Garden in Bloom

Swirly Scribbles & Garden in Bloom, by Krista Thomas,

As a Creative Crew team member on SplitCoastStampers, we had to design a card for the June gallery using a favorite color combination from the new Stampin’ Up 2016-17 Annual Catalog.  I chose colors from the layout on pages 138-139, which features the Blooms & Bliss Suite.

As a fun backdrop for the Garden in Bloom flowers, I used a couple glittery swirls made with the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  I also used two of the new 2016-18 In Colors, Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum, as well as a 2015-17 In Color, Mint Macaron.  I used a splatter stamp from the Swirly Bird stamp set for the background.  We’ll be making this card in my June Creative Card Design classes.

After taking a few pictures of the card, I left it on my craft room table where it was later found and eaten by my grand-puppy.   I hope you like it as much as she did!!


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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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