Fresh Fruit in a Basket of Wishes

Fresh Fruit, Basket of Wishes, Suite Sentiments

Hello stampers!  I’m glad you’re here today and want to wish you a happy spring and a blessed Easter.  I am sharing another card from my Mother/Daughter Easter & Spring class and while this one isn’t an Easter card, it definitely has a spring theme!

Fresh Fruit in a Basket of Wishes

One of the first signs of Spring is finding fresh, local strawberries at the supermarket, and we should be seeing them soon! There’s nothing better than a bowl full, with a dollop of whipped cream on top!

For the card I’m sharing today, I paired two stamp sets, Fresh Fruit and Basket of Wishes.   Fresh Fruit happens to be on the retiring list and will not be available for purchase after May 31, 2017.  Basket of Wishes was featured in the 2016 Holiday Catalog and will be in the new 2017-18 Annual Catalog.  It is currently on the carry-over list and is therefore available to order right now.

Here’s another look and a peek at the inside.  The inside sentiment is from Suite Sentiments and will be retiring at the end of May, 2017.  Get it while you can!

#FreshFruit #BasketOfWishes, card by Krista Thomas,

The card stock colors are Emerald Envy and Flirty Flamingo.  The strawberries at the bottom and on the inside are stamped with Real Red and Emerald Envy, and the basket of strawberries is stamped with black and colored with pencils.

Happy Easter everyone!

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Easter Egg Tree Card with Sheltering Tree, Stampin’ Up!

Sheltering Tree & Basket Bunch Bundle, Stampin' Up Easter card

An Easter card for you!

During my mother/daughter Easter card classes, we made this adorable Easter egg tree card using Sheltering Tree stamp set and the Basket Bunch Bundle.  Everyone loved coloring in the little eggs and “hanging” them in the Easter tree!

A tree for any season…

Sheltering Tree is easily made into seasonal trees simply by changing the color of the leaves (which are pink on this card).  The set includes a rake for autumn cards, a swing and bike for summer cards, flowers for springtime cards and snowflakes for winter.

The tree trunk and branches are stamped in Tip Top Taupe, with Pink Pirouette for the leaves.  The ground is stamped with Pear Pizzazz in both first and second generation ink, resulting in two tones of green.

If only Easter eggs grew on trees…(especially the chocolate variety!!).  Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?


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Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Acrylic Block Stamping, #HighTide, #regalstamping, #StampinUp, #LighthouseCard

I used an acrylic (clear) block to watercolor my background for this lighthouse card.  It’s easy and you’ll get a different look every time!

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

You will need the following supplies handy:
1.Stampin’ Spots in Garden Green, Island Indigo and Marina Mist.

2. Water spritzer

3. Watercolor paper (3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″)

4. Clear Block E

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Spritz your watercolor paper until it is well saturated and allow it to sit and absorb while you prep the clear block.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Place your clear block E so that it is in “portrait” position. Starting at the top of the block, rub your lightest ink color (Marina Mist in this case) over 1/3 of the block.  Stampin’ Spots are the perfect size for this technique and while they are not available except through a Paper Pumpkin subscription, you can make your own with un-inked spots (#141822) and an ink refill of your choice.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Rub Island Indigo over the next 1/3 of the block.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Finally, rub Garden Green over the bottom 1/3 of the block.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Press the block down over your wet watercolor paper. If the paper has curled, you’ll need to flatten it a bit first, using your fingers or a pair of tweezers.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Press hard over the entire block and then slowly lift it off. If there are runny edges, you can allow them to run back into the paper or just let them dry naturally.

Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Use a heat gun to speed up the drying process.  Once dry, stamp the lighthouse and scenery with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

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Happy Beerth Day Card using Mixed Drinks by Stampin’ Up!

This card is for beer lovers everywhere!

I got this idea for a “beerthday” card from my friend and customer Torry and she gave me permission to CASE her idea.  Thanks Torry!! This Happy Beerth Day Card using  Mixed Drinks by Stampin’ Up! is a fun card which any beer lover would be thrilled to receive.  I used this as a Make & Take at my craft fair booth last weekend.  It was St. Patrick’s Day, so that’s where my color inspiration came from.  I thought someone would want their beer inked in green, but nobody took me up on it!  May of the women who made this card had someone specific in mind and were wild over the cute sentiment.

Beerthday Card using Mixed Drinks by Stampin' Up!, Card by Krista Thomas,


The background was stamped with circles from the Playful Background stamp set, because I thought they looked like bubbles.  (And beer has bubbles!!)  The saying “Happy Beerth Day” was stamped with the Labeler Alphabet and Thoughtful Banners sets.

The colors for the card stock, ink and ribbon are Emerald Envy and Delightful Dijon.  The Ruched Ribbon is one of my all-time favorites and is available in five colors: Emerald Envy (Shown), Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum.  I love the texture and feel of it!

If you’re in need of some Stampin’ Up products and you don’t have a demonstrator already, I would be honored if you’d choose to order from me.  Just follow any of the links in this post, which will take you to my Stampin’ Up store.  Thank you so much!


Create Your Retreat Stamp Camp & Crop

Every year my Stampin’ Up team and I pack up our craft rooms and head to Create Your Retreat Stamp Camp & Crop in Canyonville Oregon where we set up a 30 foot long Stampin’ Up booth.  We have four rustic lemonade stands that are made from old barn wood and those become our Make & Take stations for the weekend.  We rotate demonstrators and projects every two hours at each station for 2 days, which amounts to 44 different projects!  Our booth was the busiest we’ve ever been because of the Make & Takes but also because of the beautiful photo op frame that we decorated with paper succulents and dragonflies.

The old wooden window frame that we used for the photo op had been leaning against a tree on Vicky K’s property for 44 years, so you can imagine the mossy rustic look of this frame.  We made big succulents out of card stock which Michelle then used to decorate the frame. We added some gold glittery dragonflies for a pop of bling and the frame was ready to go!  Here are a few pictures of my fabulous team, The Regal Stampers.

The Regal Stampers

From left to right:  Linda Soper, Diane Welch (behind), Vicky Kuester (front), Vicki Grout, Suzanne Merica, Michelle Matthews and Krista Thomas (that’s me!)  Sadly, Marie Green had to leave early and is not shown.

Now for some photo props which my lovely daughter-in-law, Makesha Thomas, helped me make.  Thanks Kesha!!

silly photo props, Create Your Retreat at 7 Feathers Casino & Resort 2017


And here is a close up of the succulents which were made with various retired Sizzix flower dies.

Stampin' Up, Sizzix flowers, succulents

My team and I had the best vendor booth there (if I do say so myself!!) and it was hopping with shoppers and picture takers all weekend long.  I am so blessed to call these wonderful ladies my friends and stampin’ sisters!

We had a fabulously fun weekend and I can’t wait to do it again next year.


Cupcakes and Carousels Mini Album

Cupcakes and Carousels Mini Album by Krista Thomas,

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,

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,

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

Cupcakes and Carousels Mini album by Krista Thomas,

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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Beautiful You in Watercolors

Beautiful You in Watercolors, by Krista Thomas,

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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Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial with Timeless Tags and Everyday Hero

Everyday Hero and Timeless Tags Thinlits

If you thought I was done showing off cards that feature Timeless Tags, well you were wrong!  I actually thought I was ready to move on, but then realized that I hadn’t shared this card with you yet.  We made this during my Technique Classes in February and I have instructions for you below.  But first, some of the details…

I stamped the super hero using Everyday Hero stamp set and colored him with PrismaColor Pencils.  After a quick fussy cut with scissors, I then placed him on a tag made with Timeless Tags.  I rather thought that the sunburst-y tag looked good with the little guy!  I didn’t have any Pacific Point ribbon, so I cut a very thin strip of card stock and tied that through the tag hole.  That’s my go-to trick for when I don’t’ have ribbon in the right color!!  Works every time.


Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial with Timeless Tags and Everyday Hero,

Here’s the tutorial…

This is a simple shadowing technique that creates an interesting background!  Let me show you how I did it…

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Lay a stencil over your card stock panel. In this case we’re using the stars stencil, (which is from the Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks set, shown below in the product section) over a Tip Top Taupe panel measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.

If you feel the need, you can secure both the card stock and the stencil with tape to prevent it from moving while you work.

Use a sponge dauber with Whisper White Pigment Ink and sponge through each of the stencil openings, transferring the ink to the Tip Top Taupe panel.

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Allow to dry or use a heat gun to speed up the process.

Clean the white ink off of the stencil.

Once the white ink has dried and you have cleaned off the stencil, realign stencil over panel.

Slightly off-set the stencil to the right or left of the previously sponged stars. You’ll see most of each white star, but you’ll have a “slice” of Tip Top Taupe showing through as well.

Secure stencil in place if desired.

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Use a different sponge dauber with Pacific Point ink and sponge through all of the stencil openings. You will be sponging over the white and the “slice” of Tip Top Taupe that is showing in each star.

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial

Remove mask and enjoy your Shadow Stenciled Background!

Shadow Stenciling Technique & Tutorial with Timeless Tags and Everyday Hero,

I hope you like it!  See you next time.

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That’s the Tag with Succulents

Today I have one more card to share with you that uses That’s the Tag stamp set and Timeless Tags Thinlits.

That's the Tag with Succulents, by Krista Thomas,

I made a multi-layered flower with the Succulent Framelits and a couple of leaves using the Flourish Thinlits. The colors are rich and warm with lots of texture everywhere you look.  The tag is popped up from the base of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

If you would like to make this card and need any of the supplies, they can be purchased by clicking on any of the products pictures below which will magically transport you to my Stampin’ Up store.

I hope you have enjoyed all of my recent posts which have featured this fabulous tag bundle!
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Timeless Tags for Graduation Card

Graduation Card using Timeless Tags and Suite Sentiments, by Krista Thomas,

Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies are turning out to be one of my 2017 Occasions Catalog favorites.  If you’ve been following along with my blog this past week, you’ve already seen several ideas for this fun little bundle!

Timeless Tags for Graduation Card

It’s soon going to be that time of year again, when our kids are graduating from schools all across the country, and I always like to have a few cards ready to go.  Today as I was playing in my craft room, I chose to make this star tag out of Night of Navy and Marina Mist using the Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies.  “Congratulations Graduate” is from Suite Sentiments, which has some really nice sayings in it.

For the curly ribbon on the tag, I used very thin strips of Night of Navy card stock and curled them around a little paint brush handle before taping them to the back of the tag.  It gives the whole card a playful, celebratory feel, don’t you think?

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