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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Inlaid Eclectic Flower

Beauty from ashes…

Sometimes I wander into my craft room without really knowing what I want to work on and I’ll pick up some remnant from a previous day.  You know, those scraps or die cut pieces that you didn’t end up using?  Well, that’s where this card originated from.  That blue flower was just laying on my table, lost and lonely, until I picked it up and turned it into a thing of beauty.  Surrounded by Berry Burst and backed by Night of Navy, this little blue flower just came to life and it’s happy and loved now as an Inlaid Eclectic Flower.  Sort of reminds me of all those misfit toys on an island that Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer discovers and then tells Santa about…

Inlaid Eclectic Flower by Krista Thomas,

Seriously though, didn’t it turn out lovely?  I like it and I like you (SMILE).

Take time today to rescue a lonely scrap in your craft room.  I hope you do!

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Dazzling Double Diamond

Now that’s some BLING!

In my last post I shared about the Eclectic Layers Thinlits and how the diamond dies coordinate with You’re Brilliant stamp set.

My card today features the two diamond dies.  First I cut out the solid diamond shape from Silver Glimmer Paper, then I cut the faceted detail die from Silver Foil paper.  Once the two are layered, you’ve got a dazzling double diamond.  Better put on your sunglasses!

Eclectic Layers Diamond by Krista Thomas,

I placed the diamond on a Night of Navy circle and then onto a split background of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.  Now I’ve got a card ready for the next wedding engagement that comes along.


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You, My Friend, are Priceless!

Another “hidden gem” (no pun intended!)

Today I’d like to share another “hidden gem” in the 2016-17 Stampin’ Up annual catalog.  It’s the You’re Priceless stamp set which is all about gems, diamonds and everything bling.  What’s cool about this set, is that the diamond shape can be cut out with a die from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  There are two coordinating dies, the diamond outline and the faceted detail diamond.  On this card I only used the outline to cut out the stamped image, but I’ll soon be showing how beautiful the two work together (come back for my next post!).

The Naturally Eclectic designer series paper is what really pulls this card together, with it’s vibrant colors and gems of all shapes & sizes.

You, my friend, are priceless…


Priceless Eclectic Diamond by Krista Thomas,

Currently I am fighting a summer cold that seems to be going around.  My friend Vicki just stopped by with some essential oils for me to use, in hopes of kicking this cold to the curb.  She is always thinking of others and I am so blessed to have her as a friend.  So my dear friend, this card says it all…you’re priceless!

Please come back for my next post where I’ll show you how the two diamond dies work together.  You can sign up to receive my posts by email, then you’ll never miss another one.

All of the products used are listed below and can be ordered simply by clicking on the thumbnail picture below which will take you to my Stampin’ Up store.

I hope you stamp today!

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Oh So Eclectic Background

Stampin’ Up is Brilliant!

When I first opened the Oh So Eclectic bundle of stamps and dies, I started oohing and aahing over the brilliant ingenuity of Stampin’ Up! I just love working for such a wonderful company!! Those little dies have been designed to nest within each other, giving us versatility galore.  You can cut just the outline, just the detail, or nest them and get both in one Big Shot pass!  To make this subtle but interesting floral background, I simply nested the two flower dies together and cut a bunch of them to cover the card.

An Oh So Eclectic background

When I showed this card at a recent workshop, the ladies all asked how I had embossed the background.  Not embossed, just die cut flowers glued down!  Pretty cool looking, huh?  And the easiest way to glue detailed pieces down is to lay them on a silicone mat and run a dotted tape runner over the back side.  Easy as pie!

Oh So Eclectic floral diecut background, by Krista Thomas,


The stamped images that fill in the outline are made to look uneven, in a watercolor sort of way.  Did you notice how the Fresh Fig flower is darker at the edges and center?  So are the Flirty Flamingo flowers…that’s exactly how they’re suppose to stamp.  So when you order your set and begin to stamp, just know that it’s made to look “splotchy”.  If you want to order yours now, simply click on the product picture below which will take you to my Stampin’ Up store.

Happy stamping, everyone!

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Birthday Delivery with Icing on the Cake

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Birthday Delivery: May All Your Wishes Come True


It feels like ages since my last post over a month ago.  My husband and I went camping in May and I thought I’d be able to do some blogging from our campground, but the wifi signal left much to be desired.  Once we got home, I guess I just lost my mojo for a bit, but I’m back now and ready to share some of the new products from the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Birthday Delivery includes a hidden gem!

There are several “hidden gems” in this new catalog, one of which is the  Birthday Delivery Bundle (#145294) which includes the stamp set, framelits and Designer Series Paper (DSP), “Birthday Friends”.  The framelits are designed to cut out some of the images in the DSP, as well as the stamped images. In the picture below, everything above the red line is cut from the DSP.  Below the red line are the stamped images which coordinate with the framelits.  I was thrilled to discover this hidden gem and will be ordering extra packages of the DSP so that I never run out!

Birthday Friends Designer Series Paper with  Framelits from Birthday Delivery

The rest of the images in the DSP are easy enough to fussy cut with scissors and should not be overlooked, because they’re adorable and can make some wonderful additions to your projects.  The card I’m showing you today features one of the poodles that was fussy cut, along with a kitten from the Pretty Kitty stamp set (#141864).

Birthday Friends & Pretty Kitty card by Krista Thomas,


Our black lab, Luke, loves to chase cats out of our yard, so he was my inspiration for this card.  All I have to do is tell him “You better check the perimeter” and he runs out the doggy door  and scans the yard for intruders.  I think the neighbor’s cat loves to taunt him by walking along the top of the fence where Luke can’t get him!  Unfortunately he doesn’t know the difference between kitties and skunks and has gotten sprayed several times.  Peee-yewwww!

The tree branch is from Seasonal Layers Thinlits (#143751) and the sentiment “may all your wishes come true” is from Bright Wishes (#143827).

I hope you enjoy this hidden gem from the new catalog!


Open Me Already, Clean & Simple

Open Me Already, Balloon Adventures & Pop-Up Thinlits, Stampin' Up

If you’ve been following my blog lately, you already know that I am smitten with this Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit!  Since I discovered it late in the catalog cycle, I’m making up for lost time and using it a lot.  I just can’t get enough of it!

See the present on the front of the card?  It’s made with one of the little dies in the set.  It just cuts the bow and leaves the rest of the panel below it intact. So if you lay the die at the top of a 2″ wide strip, you get a gift that can be any length you desire.  Layer some designer paper on it and it looks like a present that anyone would love to tear into!

I kept this card pretty simple since it’s one of the projects we’ll be making in my Clean & Simple class.   The balloons are stamped directly on the white pop-up panel in Emerald Envy, Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point.

This fun bundle is only available while supplies last, up until May 31, 2017.  After that it’s gone for good…sniff, sniff…

Because the dies are 50% off (only $16.50) it’s cheaper to order them separately from the stamp set, NOT as a bundle.  Click on the product pictures below if you want to head over to my store and purchase them.  Don’t forget the Confetti Textured Embossing Folder which I used on the front of the card.  It’s also discounted to a cool $3.75, while supplies last.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Crushed Curry)
Pop-Up piece: 5 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ (Whisper White)
Front Panel: 5 1/4″ x 4 ” (Whisper White)
Gift Piece: 3 1/2″ x 2″ (Tangerine Tango) and then die-cut
Patterned piece: 1 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ (Party Animal DSP)
Banner: 1″ x 3 3/4″ (Emerald Envy) & punched with Banner Triple punch

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Birthday Fiesta Cactus Dude, A Clean & Simple Card

Birthday Fiesta Cactus Dude for Clean & Simple

I have seen some cute variations of this cute guitar-playing cactus and had to make one of my own.  By adding some plastic wiggle eyes, a hand cut guitar and a sombrero, this dude is ready to party!  The hand cut pieces are from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper which is retiring on May 31, 2017, along with the stamp set and framelits which are included in the Birthday Fiesta Bundle.

Here are the measurements to make this card:

Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Emerald Envy)
Mat: 5 1/4″ x 4″ (Festive Birthday DSP)
Scalloped Mat prior to punching the bottom edge: 4″ x 2 3/4″ (Melon Mambo)
White piece: 2″ x 2 3/4″
Banner: 1″ x 3 1/2″ (Pumpkin Pie)

I just love all of the bright colors on this card, don’t you?  They make me happy on these rainy Spring days we’ve been having in Oregon.

Until next time, keep stamping!

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Wiper Technique with Birthday Fiesta Llama

Goodbye & Farewell to Birthday Fiesta…

Sometimes we have to say goodbye to things we love…such is the case with this Birthday Fiesta Bundle, including the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper (DSP). On June 1, 2017 it will no longer be available and this favorite of mine will be a thing of the past.  I’m so glad that I’ve stocked up on the designer paper and you might want to as well.  That’s where the sombrero and maracas are cut from.  I’ve also cut out guitars and pinatas to use as accents, and it’s all from the DSP.

Wiper card technique with full instructions/tutorial featuring Birthday Fiesta and a pop up llama!

Amaze your Friends!

This might just be my favorite technique EVER and it’s so simple to make!  It features an interior panel that pops up when you pull the sides of the cards out.  You can pop-up balloons, a cake, presents or in this case, a llama!  Your imagination is all that’s required!

Let’s get started…

Wiper card instruction

Cut 2 pieces of card stock that each measure 4 1/4″ x 6 3/4″.

Score each one at 1″ and 1 3/4″ on the longest edge (6 3/4″).

Rotate one panel so that the score lines are on the right.

Fold each panel on the score lines so they look like this…

Wiper card instruction


Wiper card instruction

Cut a 2″ x 2 3/4″ panel which will become the wiper. Place it on your Stampin’ Trimmer so that it looks like this picture. Score and fold back and forth so that it bends easily.

If you don’t have a trimmer like this, measure in from both sides of a corner 5/8″ and mark it on each side. Connect the markings to make a triangle. Fold on that line.

Wiper card instruction

Flip over the panel from step 2 that has the score lines on the left. You will be looking at the back side of the front panel. The score lines should still be on the left.

Measure up 1 3/4″ from the bottom, along the 1″ score line and place the wiper panel (from step 3) to the right of that score line with the scored triangle at the top left. Glue ONLY the triangle to that spot.

Wiper card instruction

Flip the wiper panel back over, keeping the score lines at the left.

Attach it to the other panel (from step 1) as shown. The paperclips in this picture show where you’ll glue the card together. Basically, it’s the 1″ strip at each end that glues to the facing panel.

To make the wiper work, simply hold the card in both hands and pull outward in each direction. The wiper should pop up! Glue whatever image you like to the wiper and finish decorating your card!

Wiper card technique with full instructions/tutorial featuring Birthday Fiesta and a pop up llama!

I hope you find time to stamp today!

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