You, My Friend, are Priceless!

Another “hidden gem” (no pun intended!)

Today I’d like to share another “hidden gem” in the 2016-17 Stampin’ Up annual catalog.  It’s the You’re Priceless stamp set which is all about gems, diamonds and everything bling.  What’s cool about this set, is that the diamond shape can be cut out with a die from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  There are two coordinating dies, the diamond outline and the faceted detail diamond.  On this card I only used the outline to cut out the stamped image, but I’ll soon be showing how beautiful the two work together (come back for my next post!).

The Naturally Eclectic designer series paper is what really pulls this card together, with it’s vibrant colors and gems of all shapes & sizes.

You, my friend, are priceless…

 

Priceless Eclectic Diamond by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Currently I am fighting a summer cold that seems to be going around.  My friend Vicki just stopped by with some essential oils for me to use, in hopes of kicking this cold to the curb.  She is always thinking of others and I am so blessed to have her as a friend.  So my dear friend, this card says it all…you’re priceless!

Please come back for my next post where I’ll show you how the two diamond dies work together.  You can sign up to receive my posts by email, then you’ll never miss another one.

All of the products used are listed below and can be ordered simply by clicking on the thumbnail picture below which will take you to my Stampin’ Up store.

I hope you stamp today!


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Open Me Already, Clean & Simple

Open Me Already, Balloon Adventures & Pop-Up Thinlits, Stampin' Up

If you’ve been following my blog lately, you already know that I am smitten with this Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit!  Since I discovered it late in the catalog cycle, I’m making up for lost time and using it a lot.  I just can’t get enough of it!

See the present on the front of the card?  It’s made with one of the little dies in the set.  It just cuts the bow and leaves the rest of the panel below it intact. So if you lay the die at the top of a 2″ wide strip, you get a gift that can be any length you desire.  Layer some designer paper on it and it looks like a present that anyone would love to tear into!

I kept this card pretty simple since it’s one of the projects we’ll be making in my Clean & Simple class.   The balloons are stamped directly on the white pop-up panel in Emerald Envy, Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point.

This fun bundle is only available while supplies last, up until May 31, 2017.  After that it’s gone for good…sniff, sniff…

Because the dies are 50% off (only $16.50) it’s cheaper to order them separately from the stamp set, NOT as a bundle.  Click on the product pictures below if you want to head over to my store and purchase them.  Don’t forget the Confetti Textured Embossing Folder which I used on the front of the card.  It’s also discounted to a cool $3.75, while supplies last.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Crushed Curry)
Pop-Up piece: 5 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ (Whisper White)
Front Panel: 5 1/4″ x 4 ” (Whisper White)
Gift Piece: 3 1/2″ x 2″ (Tangerine Tango) and then die-cut
Patterned piece: 1 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ (Party Animal DSP)
Banner: 1″ x 3 3/4″ (Emerald Envy) & punched with Banner Triple punch

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Birthday Fiesta Cactus Dude, A Clean & Simple Card

Birthday Fiesta Cactus Dude for Clean & Simple

I have seen some cute variations of this cute guitar-playing cactus and had to make one of my own.  By adding some plastic wiggle eyes, a hand cut guitar and a sombrero, this dude is ready to party!  The hand cut pieces are from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper which is retiring on May 31, 2017, along with the stamp set and framelits which are included in the Birthday Fiesta Bundle.

Here are the measurements to make this card:

Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Emerald Envy)
Mat: 5 1/4″ x 4″ (Festive Birthday DSP)
Scalloped Mat prior to punching the bottom edge: 4″ x 2 3/4″ (Melon Mambo)
White piece: 2″ x 2 3/4″
Banner: 1″ x 3 1/2″ (Pumpkin Pie)

I just love all of the bright colors on this card, don’t you?  They make me happy on these rainy Spring days we’ve been having in Oregon.

Until next time, keep stamping!


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Wiper Technique with Birthday Fiesta Llama

Goodbye & Farewell to Birthday Fiesta…

Sometimes we have to say goodbye to things we love…such is the case with this Birthday Fiesta Bundle, including the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper (DSP). On June 1, 2017 it will no longer be available and this favorite of mine will be a thing of the past.  I’m so glad that I’ve stocked up on the designer paper and you might want to as well.  That’s where the sombrero and maracas are cut from.  I’ve also cut out guitars and pinatas to use as accents, and it’s all from the DSP.

Wiper card technique with full instructions/tutorial featuring Birthday Fiesta and a pop up llama!

Amaze your Friends!

This might just be my favorite technique EVER and it’s so simple to make!  It features an interior panel that pops up when you pull the sides of the cards out.  You can pop-up balloons, a cake, presents or in this case, a llama!  Your imagination is all that’s required!

Let’s get started…

Wiper card instruction

Cut 2 pieces of card stock that each measure 4 1/4″ x 6 3/4″.

Score each one at 1″ and 1 3/4″ on the longest edge (6 3/4″).

Rotate one panel so that the score lines are on the right.

Fold each panel on the score lines so they look like this…

Wiper card instruction

 

Wiper card instruction

Cut a 2″ x 2 3/4″ panel which will become the wiper. Place it on your Stampin’ Trimmer so that it looks like this picture. Score and fold back and forth so that it bends easily.

If you don’t have a trimmer like this, measure in from both sides of a corner 5/8″ and mark it on each side. Connect the markings to make a triangle. Fold on that line.

Wiper card instruction

Flip over the panel from step 2 that has the score lines on the left. You will be looking at the back side of the front panel. The score lines should still be on the left.

Measure up 1 3/4″ from the bottom, along the 1″ score line and place the wiper panel (from step 3) to the right of that score line with the scored triangle at the top left. Glue ONLY the triangle to that spot.

Wiper card instruction

Flip the wiper panel back over, keeping the score lines at the left.

Attach it to the other panel (from step 1) as shown. The paperclips in this picture show where you’ll glue the card together. Basically, it’s the 1″ strip at each end that glues to the facing panel.

To make the wiper work, simply hold the card in both hands and pull outward in each direction. The wiper should pop up! Glue whatever image you like to the wiper and finish decorating your card!

Wiper card technique with full instructions/tutorial featuring Birthday Fiesta and a pop up llama!

I hope you find time to stamp today!


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Cupcakes and Carousels Mini Album

Cupcakes and Carousels Mini Album by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Every year I participate as a vendor during a scrapbooking and crafting retreat at Seven Feathers Casino and Convention Center in Canyonville, Oregon. It is a 2 day event where croppers buy table space and spend the weekend scrapbooking, socializing and shopping.  My Stampin’ Up team and I have a 30 foot booth with four Make & Take stations and all kinds of fun projects for attendees to sit down and make.  That event is happening yesterday and today, and I always have so much fun!  I’ll share some pictures of our booth in the next day or two.  Meanwhile, I want to share one of my Make & Take projects.

This Cupcakes and Carousels mini album features Stampin’ Up’s Carousel and Cupcakes Designer Series Paper and Up & Away Thinlits Dies, as well as some various other dies.  Finished album size is approximately 3 1/2″ x 6″.

I chose my colors based on the colors in the designer paper.  They are Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, So Saffron and Bermuda Bay.

The base for this album measures 6″ x 11 1/2″.

On the 11 1/2″ side it is scored at 3 1/2″, 4 1/4″, 5″, 5 3/4″, 6 1/2″, 7 1/4″ and 8″.

You will need five tags made with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.

You will accordion fold all of the score lines, pressing into place. It should look like a book now.

On the outside or spine of the book, you will glue together all of the accordion sections.

Cupcakes and Carousels Mini Album by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

On the inside you will have the front cover, three little flaps and the back cover.

Choose two tags and glue them to the back of the first flap. One at the top edge and the other at the bottom edge of the album.

Cupcakes and Carousels Mini Album by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Glue a third tag to the middle of the second flap, on the back side.

Cupcakes and Carousels Mini album by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Glue the remaining two tags to the third flap, one at the top and the other at the bottom (as on the first flap).

You will need four Designer Papers that measure 3″ x 5 3/4″. Glue these to the front & back covers on both the inside and the outside.

Cut four little strips of Designer Paper measuring 1/2″ x 1 3/4″. Glue these on the flaps between the tags.

Cut three 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ strips of cardstock which are to be glued to the flaps opposite of where the tags are glued. (see photos)

The rest is up to you. Embellish as desired.  Add some little pictures.  Journal.  Give it as a gift or keep it for yourself!

Cut a 24″ piece of ribbon to tie around the album. The other ribbons can be cut to approximately 3″ and stapled to the tag tops.
Have fun!!


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One of a Kind Beetles & Bugs

Iridescent Beetle by Krista Thomas, Stampin' Up! Occasions 2017, Beetles & Bugs, www.regalstamping.com

I’m not really sure why I love this stamp set, but I do.  Maybe it’s because I grew up in a neighborhood of boys and spent hours with them catching bugs, pollywogs, snakes and all things icky.  Perhaps it’s because I raised three boys of my own and now have three grandsons.  And boys love bugs and all things icky, right? So perhaps it rubbed off on me…I like icky things!  Whatever the reason, I’ve always loved those iridescent beetles, so I had to try my hand at stamping one.

First I stamped the outline of the beetle with Coastal Cabana on a Bermuda Bay panel.  Then I stamped the same image with Memento Tuxedo Black on a So Saffron piece and used a circle framelit from Stitched Shapes to cut it out.

I had to look through my stash of retired stamps to find the “No. 1” and “One of a kind” stamp.  They were in a set called Postage Collection, which was a hostess set in 2013-14.

I then stamped the solid “filler” beetle stamp with VersaMark and sprinkled an embossing powder called Iridescent Peacock onto it.  The colors change from blue to green to orange, depending on how long you heat set it.  It’s probably 25 years old and made by Embossing Arts, Co.  and has always been one of my favorites.

I hope you can appreciate my card, even if you don’t like icky things!  Have a happy new year and I’ll see you in 2017!


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Traditional Holly Berry Happiness

 

GDP#054, Holly Berry Happiness, Wrapped in Warmth, Stampin' Up Holiday 2016-17 Catalog, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

This card was designed for a recent Christmas workshop and it’s design is perfect for this week’s Global Design Project challenge #GDP054.  I chose to use This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper because of it’s traditional Christmas colors, making it a good choice to pair with the holly.  I stamped the holly in three steps.  First I used Early Espresso ink for the outline, then Garden Green for the leaves and finally Real Red for the berries.  The photopolymer stamps in Holly Berry Happiness are clear, making it easy to line up.  I chose a sentiment from Wrapped in Warmth and stamped it with Real Red ink.  Gold Glimmer Paper was used as an accent.

This week will be a quiet one for me as I don’t have any classes scheduled, and I will delve into my pile of new goodies from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday 2016-17 Catalog.  I am hoping to create some fun projects for my upcoming Christmas Stamp Camp but sometimes when I am not working under pressure, I simply cannot find my creative mojo.  Does anyone else have that problem?  I really hope that’s not the case this week, but if it is, then I guess I’ll switch gears and go work in the yard.  We’re suppose to have some beautiful weather in western Oregon and until the rain sets in, there’s much to be done outside.

I hope I’ll have some projects to share with you as the week progresses…


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Christmas Fa-la-la-la Friends

Christmas Llamas by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, all products by Stampin' Up! Fa-la-la-la Friends #142167, Birthday Fiesta Bundle #142268, Holly Berry Happiness Bundle #143505

Christmas Fa-la-la-la Friends

Today I created a fun and festive Christmas card using the llamas from Birthday Fiesta and Fa-la-la-la Friends.  The background paper, Warmth & Cheer, is a 6 x 6 pad of plaids, stripes and hand-stitched looking papers, and they’re just lovely and perfect for the holidays.  (These products are shown at the end of the post)

Decking the halls with Christmas llamas…

To begin, I stamped the Birthday Fiesta llama on Cherry Cobbler & Garden Green card stock with VersaMark ink and then sprinkled them with white embossing powder.  After tapping off the extra powder, I then cooked them with my heat tool.  Next, I stamped the llama from Fa-la-la-la Friends onto Whisper White card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored in the Christmas lights with Cherry Cobber & Garden Green markers.  All three llamas were then cut out with the coordinating framelit, which is part of the Birthday Fiesta Bundle shown at the end of this post.

The Crumb Cake oval behind the llamas is from a retired framelit set and gives the llamas a more neutral, less busy background.  Banners (from Birthday Fiesta) and a bow (from Holly Berry Happiness) top off this happy card!

I need your help…

With only one month left in the Stampin’ Up fiscal year, I am giving a final  push to the finish line in hopes of achieving the incentive trip to Thailand.  I am so close I can taste it, but I’m not there quite yet.  I need your help!  If you don’t already have a demonstrator, I would love to earn your business and will be here to help with your stamping needs.  If you would like to place an order for any of the products shown in this post, simply click on the product picture below which will take you to my store.  I would love to be your demonstrator!

Thank you for stopping by!


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Bendi Card Technique using Foxy Friends by Stampin’ Up!

Foxy Friends Bendi Card by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

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, www.regalstamping.com

Bendi card side view using Foxy Friends stamp set, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Bendi card technique using Foxy Friends by Stampin' Up! created by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Inside Bendi card by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

 


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Clean & Simple Ahoy There, PCC206

Seaside Shore for PCCC206 by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

One of my favorite places to be is on the beach and I am fortunate to live within an hour or so from the Pacific Ocean.  When we go camping, it is usually in that direction, and I can’t get enough of it.   I love the sound of the waves crashing, the smell of the salt air and the feel of the sand between my toes.  Being there just does something to my very soul.  It is a feeling that I cannot explain.  It restores, refreshes and revives my energy and creativity in a way that nothing else can!  Here is the view we had from our campsite…and I am longing to go back.

Our view of the Pacific from campsite

And now for the details

I created this card for my August “Clean & Simple” card classes as well as the Paper Craft Crew Challenge #206 which only required the use of patterned paper.  This card fits the bill with 3 strips of designer paper from “By the Shore”, a beautiful Stampin’ Up! product.  Each strip measures 1.25″ x 5.25″ and is spaced evenly across a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card made from Dapper Denim card stock.  I used 3 different sizes of circle punches (shown below) embossed with Seaside Textured Embossing Folder.  The 2 fish, seashell, banner and seaweed are all cut by hand with scissors.  I used the Confetti Heart Punch and some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the fish bubbles.

PCCC206

I think all of the ladies in class liked it and I hope you do to!  Thanks for visiting!

Seaside Shore for PCCC206 by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

and the inside…

Ahoy There by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

 


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