Beautiful You in Watercolors

Beautiful You in Watercolors, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

I had so much fun making this card!  I started with a piece of watercolor paper and some Stampin’ Up watercolor pencils.  I chose four colors, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight, scribbling them lightly over the watercolor paper in a diagonal direction.  Then I took my aqua painter and went over the panel in the same diagonal direction as before, blending the colors beautifully.

I used my heat tool to quickly dry the panel and then stamped the lady from Beautiful You with Black Staz On ink.  Her dress & hat were then colored in with the Pacific Point watercolor pencil and then blended with the aqua painter.

I am thrilled with the quality of Stampin’ Up’s watercolor pencils and have enjoyed the results that I’ve gotten with them.  If you haven’t experienced them yet, you’re missing out on a great product.  And if you’d like to give them a try, just click on the product picture below and order some for yourself!  You deserve a set!!

The little black curly-cues were cut with a die from  Cheerful Tags and I thought they worked well as accents above and below the label shaped window.

 


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Everyday Hero Tag With Partial Embossing Technique

Are you looking for a cute way to present a bottle of wine to a friend or co-worker?  Then look no farther, because today I am sharing a cute tag that’s designed to hang from the neck of a bottle, whether that’s wine, soda or something else.

Everyday Hero Wine Tag, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

This Everyday Hero Tag with Partial Embossing Technique was made with the Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies, from the Stampin’ Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog and is now on the Carry-Over List, meaning that it’s still available for purchase at the time of this posting.  It is shown in Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point card stock.  The tag base has a hole in the top half which fits right over the bottle.  How cool is that?

The saying “Best. Guy. Ever.” is from Suite Sentiments and I used the Partial Embossing Technique as described in my previous post from February 24.  The ink colors are Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point, along with gold embossing.

For this project, I used the super hero character from Everyday Hero stamp set and colored him in with colored pencils.

See you next time!

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Fleece Navidad, PP323 Challenge

Barnyard Babies, Fleece Navidad for The Paper Players Sketch Challenge #323, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

I had so much fun making this card for The Paper Players sketch challenge #323.

I enjoy starting my creative process with a sketch and this one was perfect for the lamb from Barnyard Babies.  This stamp set was gathering dust on the shelf and needed some lovin’ and I’m so happy with the end result.  I used a new product, Stitched Shapes Framelits, which puts a stitch line around the circles, ovals and squares in the set.  It gives each shape a finished look, reducing the need for layering or sponging.  After stamping the lamb in black ink, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to properly place the Santa hat which is colored in with a red Prismacolor pencil.  I used a grey pencil to shade around the lamb.

I wanted the pine boughs to blend into the background for a subtle effect, so I used Garden Green card stock on top of the Garden Green decorative paper from This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper and then topped it with a red bow.

The fence was made with the Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies, which I purchased just for the fence!  I knew it would come in handy.


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Seasonal Bells are Ringing

Seasonal Bells on Mint Macaron, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Ring those Christmas Bells!

One of the sounds that we always hear at Christmas time are bells.  You know the season has begun when the Salvation Army bell ringers are braving the weather outside of the stores, ringing their bell and receiving donations.  I always try to drop some money in their buckets, even if it’s not much, because it goes to help those in need.  I am so blessed to have a roof over my head, food in the fridge and clean clothes to wear.  There are many who do not have those basic necessities and Christmas is a great time to share our abundance.

Another Christmas stamp camp project…

The above card was one of my Christmas stamp camp projects using Seasonal Bells and the coordinating punch.  The embossed background was done using Pine Bough Textured Embossing Folder, which happens to be on sale this week during Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza.  You can view the sale items here.

The sale includes Flash Sales on November 21 and 28, with on-going sales all week and some items are only available while supplies last.

Another color option that I made with the same design is shown below.  I am still not sure which one I like better, so maybe you can share your opinions with me!  The bows are made with framelits from the Home Sweet Home set.

 

Seasonal Bells and Pine Bough Textured Embossing Folder by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, all products by Stampin' Up!

White background or Mint?  Which one is your favorite?? You can leave a comment by clicking on the little word bubble on the right side of the title at the beginning of this post.

Seasonal Bells by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

I hope you enjoyed my cards today.  While you’re here, browse around and see if there’s anything else that inspires you.  If you would like to order any of the wonderful Stampin’ Up! products shown on my blog, simply click on one of the product pictures below each post and you’ll be taken to my store.  I would appreciate your business!


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Merry Christmoose to You!

Merry Christmoose by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, all products by Stampin' Up!

Another Christmas Stamp Camp project…

While Thanksgiving is less than a week away, stampers everywhere have been in Christmas mode for several months now.  It takes time to make a hand made card, starting with the design process.  Sometimes I have an idea in my head but I can’t seem to make it work on paper.  That was the case with this card featuring the moose from Jolly Friends stamp set.  I was stewing over my original finished project, not loving it, when my friend Jen G. stopped by.  Sometimes having fresh eyes on something really helps.  She jumped right in and starting suggesting things.  Many of them I vetoed, some we tried and then discarded and finally it all came together.  So this card was a joint effort and I love it!  Thanks for your help, Jen!

How to change a mouse into a moose…

One of my wishes for this card was the saying “Merry Christmoose”, but I didn’t want to use a time-consuming alphabet set to spell it out and I know my stamp camp attendees appreciated that!  I had one of those ah-ha moments when I realized that by using the “Merry Christmouse” stamp from Merry Mice, and changing the “u” to an “o” using a red marker, my problem was solved.  Quick and easy!

The wreath was cut with Wonderful Wreath framelits out of silver foil paper and then embossed with a retired embossing folder, Petals a Plenty.  With the exception of that folder, everything else I used is currently available and can be ordered by clicking on the product pictures below.  You will be taken to my store where you can shop for all of your stamping needs.  If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d love to be yours.  Let me know if I can answer any of your stamping questions.

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Holly Berry Happiness, SIP Challenge #74

 

Holly Berry Happiness Swag, www.regalstamping.com, by Krista Thomas

Christmas Holly Berry Swag

Today I am sharing another card from my Christmas Stamp Camp made with Holly Berry Happiness and it’s coordinating punch, Holly Berry Builder.  This stamp set features 2-step stamping, which means that you stamp one image over the top of another.  For example, the holly swag was first stamped with black ink onto Wild Wasabi card stock, then I used a solid leaf stamp with Wild Wasabi ink to “fill in” each leaf outline.  By doing this on the already green card stock, it creates depth and interest,  and because the stamps are photopolymer (see through) it’s easy to do!

And the challenge is…

This card qualifies for the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #74, which is a Clean & Simple Christmas theme. 

How to make a 3D bow…

Here’s what I did to make a 3D bow with the Holly Berry Builder punch.  Punch bow twice, then trim the tails off of one.  Glue the cut bow just in the center, bending the sides up (sort of like a butterfly in flight).  How was that for a quick and easy tutorial?

3D bow using Holly Berry Builder Punch, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Holly Berry Happiness Swag by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com
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Jars of Love for Christmas

Jars of Love for Christmas by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, all products by Stampin' Up!

My 2016 Christmas stamp camp is finally over, after 3 weekends and 65 participants total.  Whew!!  While is was loads of fun, I am ready to move on to something else and I’m also ready to share the projects with you, my blog readers.  Over the next 2 weeks, I will post all of the projects, starting with my favorite which was probably the most time-consuming card of the bunch.

Jars of Love for Christmas

I used Jars of Love stamp set, filling the jars using Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper.  I made a diagonal cut for the background out of Garden Green and Wild Wasabi using Festive Textured Impression Embossing Folder and a retired polka dot background stamp to dress up each triangle.

Camp participants stamped three jars, three lids and a banner (from Sweet Home stamp set). They used the coordinating framelits to cut them out and then pieced the card together.  The gingerbread man was cut from Candy Cane Lane DSP, available in the 2016 Holiday Catalog.

The tag at the top of the card was cut using a retired framelit set, Hearts a Flutter and a saying from Stitched with Cheer.

I hope you like my card and the festive Christmas colors represented on it.  Current products are listed below and can be ordered simply by clicking on the picture which will take you to my store.  If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I’d love to be yours and I would appreciate your business.  Please let me know if I can help with any stamping questions.

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Father Christmas in Purple

Father Christmas by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, all products by Stampin' Up!

I always love purple on a Christmas card.  It’s a color for royalty and in that sense is quite fitting for Christmas.  I am not usually a “Santa” lover and feel that Christ should be at the center of Christmas, but this Santa from Father Christmas spoke to my nostalgia and I couldn’t resist the stamp set.

When I was a little girl, we always went to church on Christmas Eve and then came home to discover that Santa had visited while we were gone.  My grandparents often made the trip from California to spend the holiday with us, and I knew that they had played the role of Santa while we were at church.  It was always magical even though I “knew”.

I used two retired colors on this card,  Blackberry Bliss and Lucky Limeade.  The card itself is a current In Color, Sweet Sugarplum. Santa was colored with PrismaColor Pencils, my very favorite coloring medium.


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Merry Mice on an Outdoor Adventure

Merry Mice and Outdoor Adventure Framelits, created by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

We have had some decent rain here in the northwest over the past couple days, with lots more forecast for this weekend.  It’s that kind of weather that makes me happy to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea.  But, alas, with my Christmas Stamp Camp quickly approaching, I have spent most of my recent days in the craft room getting ready.  Although the card I’m sharing today is not one that we’ll be doing at camp, we will be using the Merry Mice stamp set for a different card which I’ll share at a later date.

Merry Mice on an Outdoor Adventure

Merry Mice stamp set by Stampin’ Up! features some really cute little critters!  This trio of mice are set into a mountain scene, traveling to grandma’s house.  It brings to my mind “over the river and through the woods” which I would love to see incorporated into a stamp set.  The scenery was created with the Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies and I hand-printed the sign with a Micron pen.

The mice are colored with Prismacolor pencils.  Card stock colors are Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky, Whisper White and Sweet Sugarplum.

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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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