Lovely Fireworks

Today as we celebrate our freedom and the birth of our great nation,  let’s remember those who have kept it free…our veterans!  As you watch a parade, enjoy a picnic in the park or sit at a fireworks display, be sure to thank the vets who are around you.

 A veteran  – whether active duty, retired, or national guard or reserve – is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to and including THEIR LIFE.”

Happy 4th of July everyone!

The cards I’m sharing today were made with a stamp set called “Lovely Inside & Out” along with a few sentiments and accessory stamps from other sets.  The colors I used are Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point and Night of Navy.

Celebrate freedom…

Fireworks card with Lovely Inside & Out

Patriotic Inside & Out…

Lovely Inside & Out fireworks card for 4th of July

The silver swirls on top of the big fireworks were made with the negative (or throw-away) piece from the small swirl die in Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.  The small fireworks are from a current hostess set called In the City.

Lovely Inside & Out fireworks card

The words on the banner are from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Sunshine Sayings and Labeler Alphabet.

Lovely Inside & Out fireworks card by Krista Thomas,

Have a safe and happy 4th, everyone!


Day at the Beach U Fold Technique

My husband and I just spent a week camping on the Oregon coast which is one of my favorite places in the world.  The weather was in the 70’s and just beautiful, while our home town was experiencing a heat wave in the 3 digits.  So we enjoyed ourselves immensely, walked on the beach, sat around a campfire and got some much needed R & R.

Here’s a little beach scene I created using Day at the Beach stamp set and the U Fold Technique, which is really quite simple.


Day at the Beach U Fold Technique, by Krista Thomas

The palm trees were stamped with Avant Garden, a Sale-a-Bration set from earlier this year, and it’s actually a flower but worked perfectly as a palm tree!

Here are the instructions for making this Day at the Beach U Fold Technique:

U Fold Tutorial

You will need the following 3 card stock pieces to make this U Fold card:

Pool Party- 4 1/4″ x 7 1/2″

Crumb Cake- 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

Island Indigo- 2″ x 3 1/2″

U Fold Tutorial

Score the 4 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ panel (Pool Party) at 1 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 5″ and 6″

U Fold Technique

Score the 2″ x 3 1/2″ panel (Island Indigo) at 1/2″ and 3″.

Use a scallop edgelit across one long edge to mimic ocean waves. (The new Seasonal Layers Thinlits has a scallop edgelit, as well as the Adirondack chair used on this card)

U Fold Technique

Fold the Pool Party (4 1/4″ x 7 1/2″) panel on it’s score lines going across as: mountain, valley, valley, mountain.

Fold the Island Indigo (2″ x 3 1/2″) panel on it’s fold lines, both as mountain. Those end tabs will face the rear of the card.

U Fold Technique

Glue Island Indigo panel between the 2 1/2″ & 5″ score lines of the Pool Party panel.

U Fold Technique

Stamp and sponge the Crumb Cake (1 1 /2″ x 5 1/2″) panel and then glue it on the front flaps of the Pool Party panel.  The scallop-y top edge was done with a non-Stampin’ Up framelit.

Finish by stamping and cutting out the palm trees, dolphin, sun, star fish, drink and Adirondack chair. Glue these elements into place.

This card will fit into an A2 sized envelope by folding one end in and the other end flat.

I hope you enjoyed this little beach scene and I also hope you make one of your own….go get inky!

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Pastel Dragonflies

Sponged Detailed Dragonfly card by Krista Thomas,, 2017 Occasions Catalog

Time Flies

It’s been a while since my last post and I apologize for that.  Life threw us a curve ball, and we’ve been busy in the aftermath!  On the morning of January 20, my husband and I were watching t.v. and drinking our coffee when our smoke alarm went off.  Upon investigation, we discovered smoke coming out of the cold air return vent in our hallway ceiling.  My first thought was that our attic was on fire.  I quickly called 911 and we left the house.  The firetruck showed up, with two more waiting at the end of our street.  ( We live on a dead-end, with no place for big rigs to turn around.)  It turns out that the blower motor on our 5 year old furnace had burnt up.  Long story, but we’re back to normal after a week with no heat.  The motor was still under warranty and we’re so thankful we were home when it happened.  With four space heaters going, we were able to stay relatively comfortable.  Unfortunately though, I managed to catch a cold and have been recovering from that.  Life is slowly returning to normal and I’m looking forward to getting back out to the craft room!

Dragonfly Delights

I love it when my creative efforts are successful and I’m happy with the finished project.  I also love to discover that the left-over pieces from one card are suitable for another!  Such was the case when I made the Happy Birthday card on the right.  I had cut the dragonflies out of a panel that had been sponged with So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo ink pads.  I then used the negative piece to create the card on the left.  I glued that panel to black, then glued some gold foil dragonflies into the opening.

But wait, there’s more…

I hope you like these cards and will come back for my next post when I’ll be showing them in another color scheme.  All of the products used are shown below and can be purchased by clicking on the picture, which will take you to my Stampin’ Up store.

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Blended Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique

Taking the SIP #63 Challenge

This week’s challenge over at Stamps, Ink, Paper is all about wings.  I am submitting my Blended Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique card, which we did in one of my recent technique classes.  The colors are bright and playful, and you can make your own by following my tutorial below.  I hope you enjoy it!

Blended Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique by Krista Thomas, SIP #63 Challenge,



Definition of “Ombre”- Colors or tones that shade into each other.

We will be blending the following colors: Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point.

Card base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Tempting Turquoise)
Mat One: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (Pacific Point)
Mat Two: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (Whisper White)


Onto a Whisper White panel measuring 3 3/4″ x 5″, sponge a quarter of the panel with Daffodil Delight, then another quarter with Watermelon Wonder and so on with Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point. Use a different sponge for each color.

For a smoother look, use a circular motion, starting on the place mat & working your way onto the panel.


Lay your desired stencil over the panel. Begin sponging at the top with Daffodil Delight, rubbing up & down in the yellow section. It’s okay if you rub some yellow a little ways into the watermelon section.

Continue with Watermelon Wonder, then Tempting Turquoise and ending with Pacific Point.


Remove your stencil and you’ll see a brilliant ombre stenciled pattern!
Add your finished panel to a card and decorate as desired!

*Please note that the Happy Patterns Decorative Mask Stencils are no longer available, but take heart…there are some fabulous new stencils in the Holiday Catalog which starts on September 1.  They’re called Seasonal Decorative Masks and can be found on page 43 and would work perfectly for this technique.

Blended Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique by Krista Thomas, SIP #63 Challenge,

Products used on this card are shown below and can be purchased simply by clicking on the product picture.  I would be honored to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and would be happy to answer any stamping related questions you might have.

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