One of a Kind Beetles & Bugs

Iridescent Beetle by Krista Thomas, Stampin' Up! Occasions 2017, Beetles & Bugs,

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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Bleaching Beetles & Bugs, FMS268


Bleach Technique with Beetles & Bugs, 2017 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, by Krista Thomas,

I did not intend to wait so long in sharing this next Beetles & Bugs card, but life has been busy at the Thomas home!  We enjoyed spending Christmas with our family and then had a couple sleep-overs with our grandsons as well.  With new toys to play with, it was easy to keep them occupied and happy.

Bleaching Technique explained…

When I made this card, I first stamped the bug outlines with VersaMark, sprinkled them with black embossing powder and then used my heat gun to “cook” them.  I then stamped the solid stamps with bleach over the black-embossed bugs to get this cool look and the embossed outlines were not affected by the bleach.   The bleached areas on the Crumb Cake panel closely resembled So Saffron, so that’s what I used for the background and card color.

If you’ve never used bleach for stamping, it’s quite fun to do.  I use a Kotex panty liner as my stamp pad, placing it against the open bleach bottle and tipping the bleach onto it a few times to create an ink pad.  It works great and then you can toss it away!  Just remember to clean your stamps immediately afterwards.  I have never seen it ruin a stamp, so go get some bleach and give it a try.

It’s a challenge…

I am including this card in the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #268 as seen here:


Count down to the 2017 Occasions Catalog!

Beetles & Bugs will be available for purchase in just four more days when the new Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog begins on January4.  With pages and pages of new stamp sets, framelits and accessories, your wish list is sure to be long.  I know mine is.  Happy New Year everyone and I’ll see you next year!


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Bug hugs & prayers card with Jar of Love

Beetles & Bugs with Jar of Love by Krista Thomas, for PCC224

I chose to make this bug hugs & prayers card with Jar of Love and the new Beetles & Bugs stamp set for the Paper Craft Crew challenge, PCC224 Black Tie Gala Theme.  The challenge required the use of black & white with a pop of color, and I chose to use Bermuda Bay.  For the saying, I used Labeler Alphabet to spell out “heard you caught a bug”.

The background shows off the new Hexagon Dynamics Embossing Folder which makes a lovely design on both sides, creating texture and shadows for a visually interesting piece.  Stampin’ Up’s 2017 Occasions Catalog begins on January 4, just a couple of weeks away, so you’ll be able to get your favorite new crafting products soon!

If you are interested in any of these products, just click on one of the product pictures below to be taken to my store.  If you do not already have a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I would be honored if you chose me!

I will be sharing another Beetles & Bugs project soon, so please come back and visit me again, and thanks for stopping by today!

Beetles & Bugs with Jar of Love for PCC224 by Krista Thomas,

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