Rose Garden for Brain Cancer Awareness Month

Brain Cancer Awareness, Rose Garden Thinlit, by Krista Thomas,, copyright Stampin' Up!

Since last month I have been prepping projects for SplitCoastStampers Creative Crew, and one of our challenges was to create a card for a little-known May “holiday”. And there were some weird ones, such as Scurvy Awareness Day and There’s a Hole in My Bucket Day. During the process I also discovered that May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month, and how ironic that my dear sister was diagnosed with brain cancer this month. The ribbon color for brain cancer is grey, so I went about making a couple of cards with my sister’s condition heavy on my heart.
For those of you who believe in the power of prayer, please pray for Janet. She is scheduled for a right frontal lobotomy on May 23 and we are praying for a successful surgery, healing and stamina throughout the process of radiation and possible chemo.  We serve a big God and all things are possible, nothing is too big and we believe He is able to do all that we ask and much more.

To make the background for this card, I used the Paper Towel Stamping Technique as I shared in the previous post on May 16.  That was done on a Smoky Slate panel measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Then I cut out the Rose Garden Thinlit from that same panel, keeping the negative image (or the “trash” part) for the card.  It was layered over a 4″ x 5 1/4″ Basic Gray panel.  Then I cut out a white rose, again with the Rose Garden Thinlit and glued that piece into the opening on the gray panels.  Even though it looks as though I puzzle-pieced the rose, I didn’t.  It’s just glued into the negative space on the card.  Pretty simple and I hope that makes sense!

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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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Easter Lamb at the Cross

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up! by Krista Thomas,

This lamb is so stinkin’ adorable and makes the cutest new baby cards, as well as Easter cards.  The stamp is sold separately in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2016 catalog and includes the sentiment “Happy Easter”, which can be cut off and mounted by itself.

All of the card stock pieces are either stamped or embossed which gives the whole card a lot of visual interest.  I used the Banner Triple Punch to make the Blushing Bride and Pool Party banners, which I then stamped with Timeless Textures.  The So Saffron panel is stamped with the sun from Kinda Eclectic.   Finally, by placing the background pieces the way I did, it mimics the cross that Christ died on, while the sun rays bring us to Easter morning when the tomb was empty!  The Lamb of God is alive!!


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Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial with A Nice Cuppa

Drywall Spackling Technique & Tutorial with A Nice Cuppa, Stampin' Up! by Krista Thomas,

It has been cold here the last couple of days and I’ve been drinking lots of hot tea to keep warm. I’ve been seeing some inspiring cards using the new Cups & Kettle Framelits and coordinating stamps, A Nice Cuppa, and decided I had better pull mine out and use them. I chose some bright colors because I’m longing to see the Spring flowers burst into bloom and push the dreary gray skies away. I chose Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry for my palette.

Are you wondering how I did the background? Take a peek at my Drywall Spackling Technique instructions below and then go try it! We made this during my February technique classes.

You’ll find another version of the same card at the end of this post.

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial,

Here’s what you’ll need for the Drywall Spackling & Stencil Technique

*Dap Lightweight Spackling
*Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint
*Palette knife
*Paper Plate

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial,

Lay your desired stencil over a piece of Very Vanilla card stock cut to 5.25″ x 2″. I like to use a little temporary Tombow adhesive on the back of my card stock to keep it from moving. You can also put a couple strips of tape on the edges of the stencil to hold it steady.

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial,

On a paper plate, mix approx. 1 TBSP of drywall spackling with approx. 1/2 tsp of metallic gold acrylic paint. You’ll need a palette knife or something similar.

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial,

Mix it up…

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial,

…until it looks like this:

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial,

Scrape the mixture over your stencil.  If you don’t have a palette knife, a credit card works really well.

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial,

Scrape off the excess…

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial,

Remove the stencil

Drywall Spackling Technique and Tutorial,

Sprinkle some gold glitter over the paste. Allow to dry for about 30 minutes or you can use your heat gun, holding it 8-10″ away, and blowing from the front and the back.
Be sure to wash the spackling off of your stencil before it dries.

Now take a peek at my other color scheme…

Drywall Spackling Technique & Tutorial  by Krista Thomas, A Nice Cuppa and Cups & Kettle Framelits, Stampin' Up! Directions on

I used So Saffron, Soft Suede and Early Espresso on this version.  Which one do you like best?

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Fishing Bear, Stampin’ Up! Bear Hugs

Bear Hugs, Stampin' Up! Occasions 2016, by Krista Thomas,

Bear Hugs is a fun stamp set featuring two sizes of bears, both with arms outstretched just waiting to hold a string of fish, a banner of hearts or any other number of things.  I envisioned this bear at the edge of Squaw Lake in Southern Oregon, having his fill of fish for dinner.  Doesn’t he look proud of his catch?

I used my Aqua Painter to color this card using the following ink pad colors:
Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum, Rose Red & Soft Sky.  Framelits were used to cut out the bear and fish.  Card stock colors are Soft Sky with a mat of Pale Plum and watercolor paper.  I stamped the bear with VersaMark ink on Crumb Cake card stock and then heat embossed with Early Espresso embossing powder.  I then watercolored him with Soft Suede ink.

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Yee Haw Valentine, You’ve Got my Bloomin’ Heart!

Yee-Haw Valentine, Bloomin' Heart Thinlit, Stampin' Up! by Krista Thomas,

As I was stamping up a storm in my craft room a few weeks ago, there was a piece of Typeset DSP on the table and I had this instant inspiration to make a grungy western-themed valentine.  I used a stamp from Timeless Textures which is in the Occasions 2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog, to grunge up the edges of the newsprint.  Then I added an elegant red heart that I made with the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit.  Finally I used the Yee-Haw stamp set, recently retired, to finish off the card.  The words, arrow and cowboy hat are popped up with dimensionals to create some depth.  I like the simplicity of it!  What do you think?


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Lost Without You, Going Global Stamp Set

Going Global Stampin' Up! Occasions 2016 Catalog, Sunburst Thinlit, by Krista Thomas,

In my previous post from February 1, I said that I would show you what I did with the remaining sunburst panel.  After cutting out the 5.25″ x 4″ Sunburst in Daffodil Delight, I glued it to a Pumpkin Pie panel of the same size.  Then I trimmed off 2″ for the Beautiful Ride card (see Feb. 1 post) and that left 3.25″ x 4″ to use on this card.  It is glued to a Coastal Cabana card base which is one of our retired In Colors that I miss so much.

I love the banner that is from the Large Number Framelit set and will admit that I bought the entire set just to have that little banner.  Crazy, I know, but I have used it so much already!  The waves on the lower portion of the card are from the Cups & Kettle Framelit set.

I have always loved maps, something I credit my dad with.  My mom has never liked reading a map, so when we would go on a trip, my dad would hand the map to my brother, sister & I and we would figure out what he needed to know.  So when I saw the Going Global stamp set and the coordinating World Map embossing folder, it just spoke to me.  It will work together nicely with the World Map background stamp too, and will make some nice masculine cards.  Give me an atlas full of maps and I’m a happy girl 🙂

Would you like to see another version of this card using the You’re Sublime stamp set?  Here it is:

You're Sublime, Sunburst Thinlit, Stampin' Up! ,by Krista Thomas,

The submarine was water colored and then cut out and adhered with dimensionals.

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Beautiful Ride, Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2016 Catalog

Beautiful Ride, Stampin' Up! Occasions 2016 Catalog, by Krista Thomas,

When I was a little girl, my parents had a red Volkswagen Beetle (aka “bug”) and it was the only car that they had. I had two siblings, so the five of us went everywhere in that VW. Vacations, camping, grocery shopping, you name it, that car took us. My sister & I used to fight over who would sit in the “back-back” as we called it. In those days nobody wore seat belts, so the back-back, which is basically the trunk on a VW bug, was fair game. We didn’t own a full-sized car until I was in 6th grade and that little car was getting mighty tight!

When I saw Stampin’ Up!’s new set, Beautiful Ride, I knew that I had to get it. And while the car in this picture isn’t red, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be making a red one soon.

I added the sunset which was made with the new Sunburst Thinlit.  It measures 2″ x 4″, but it started out as a 5.25″ x 4″ panel.  I’ll show you in a few days what I did with the rest it.  I used my aqua painter to color the car and people and popped both up with dimensionals.  The trees were made with the Ronald McDonald stamp set “Sprinkles of Life” and the coordinating punch, Tree Builder.  When you purchase this stamp set, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald Foundation, which gives families a home away from home when their child is in the hospital.  I love that Stampin’ Up! supports such a worthy cause.

Last year my parents bought another VW and while it’s not a bug, I’ll bet you can guess what color it is!  Red, indeed!

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A Nice Cuppa, Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2016 Catalog


A Nice Cuppa by Phyllis L Stampin' Up Occasions 2016 Catalog

Here’s a lovely card made by a customer & friend, Phyllis Lynch. She’s one talented lady and we always look forward to seeing what she’s been working on. Sometimes it a quilt or some sewing project, other times it’s a stamping project such as this one. Thanks for sharing with us Phyllis!

She used a retired DSP, Watercolor Wonder, for the background.  Everything else is from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2016 Catalog as listed below.

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Rose Garden Bandana Technique


One of my technique class projects this week was this “country elegant” birthday card featuring the Rose Garden  “Bandana Technique”.  It’s really simple to do, but it helps to keep the panels small if you’re short on time or patience.

You will need a white gel pen, preferably one that actually works, like the Signo Uni-Ball brand that Stampin’ Up! sells.  Honestly, I have seen more cheap (or maybe not so cheap) white gel pens that don’t work at all.  Save yourself the hassle & frustration and just order one from Stampin’ Up!  Seriously, you can thank me later!

Choose a stamp such as the simple leaf branch from the Rose Wonder set, and stamp with black ink on red paper. Use your white gel pen to dot around the edges of your stamped design.  It’s really that easy!  And keep in mind that bandanas do come in other colors…so try it on turquoise, pink or light blue, and just have FUN!

Thanks for stopping by, but don’t leave before you check out some of my other projects below 🙂


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