Detailed Dragonfly with Puzzle-Pieced Background Technique

Detailed Dragonfly with Window Box and Puzzle-pieced Background Technique, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Detailed Dragonfly with Puzzle-Pieced Background Technique

I cut this large detailed dragonfly from a panel that had been sponged with So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo. I then cut out a black dragonfly, snipped off the wings and glued the black body to the sponged dragonfly.  All of this was accomplished with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits from the Stampin’ Up 2017 Occasions Catalog.

The puzzle-pieced background technique…

The multi-colored background was made by layering three different panels (all 4″X  5.25″) together and cutting them at the same time.  To do this puzzle technique, you’ll want to number the corners 1,2,3 & 4 on the backside of each panel before cutting them. Layer them with the numbers in the same positions before cutting. When you end up with 4 pieces of each color, it gets mighty confusing to piece them back together. To do so, you’ll use one corner labeled #1, one of #2, and so on.  I hope that makes sense!

I glued my puzzle panels onto a black panel 4″ x 5.25″ before embossing them with the Hexagon Dynamics embossing folder.

The olive hexagon was made using the Window Box Thinlit and is layered over a piece of  black glimmer paper.  “For you” was cut with a die from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit set.  I added a little sparkle to the dragonfly with my Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

All of the products are listed below and can be ordered (with the exception of the Black Glimmer Paper which is no longer available) by visiting my Stampin’ Up store here.

I hope you like my card!


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Mediterranean Moments from Stampin’ Up!

Mediterranean Moments from Stampin’ Up!

Mediterranean Moments from Stampin' Up!, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, Occasions 2017 Catalog

Coloring made simple

Mediterranean Moments is a wonderful new stamp set featured in the Stampin’ Up 2017 Occasions Catalog.  The images are very detailed, which are beautiful when colored in, but can also be intimidating if coloring is not your cup of tea.

I wanted my image to have a soft and dreamy feel to it, so instead of traditional coloring, I used sponge daubers.  With just a touch of Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede, this Mediterranean scene beckons for a visit.  To finish off the card, I pulled out some retired background stamps (French Script & Filigree) and used them on the banners.

Finishing touches…

I made a bow from some ivory organdy ribbon, but it was just too plain.  To remedy that, I used my heat tool to melt the 100% Nylon ribbon, which gave the bow the vintage look I was hoping for.  After adding a couple pearls to the pink banner, I gave this card two thumbs up.  I hope you like it!

 


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Up & Away on Valentine’s Day!

Up & Away on Valentine’s Day!Up & Away Valentine Card by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, Stampin' Up! Occasions 2017 Catalog, Lift me Up bundle

From trash to treasure

When I am preparing for a class, I cut a lot of card stock and end up with strips of “trash” that I simply refuse to throw away. My stash of strips is growing and I had to find a way to use them.  I used three colors of strips to create this background for today’s Valentine card.

How I did it…

First I glued the 1/2″ strips to a 4″ x 5.25″ panel and then embossed the completed panel with Falling Petals Embossing Folder. The strip colors are Real Red, Watermelon Wonder and Flirty Flamingo. I cut the Up & Away Thinlit hot air balloon out of Pink Pirouette and embellished it with some left-over Paper Pumpkin enamel circles.

I hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with sweetness and love!

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Dreamy Dragonfly Wedding Card

 

Detailed Dragonfly Wedding Card by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, Stampin' Up! Occasions 2017 Catalog

Dreamy Dragonfly Wedding Card

Today I have a very simple but elegant wedding card to share with you.  The sentiment is from Flourishing Phrases and was embossed in silver and the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit was used with white card stock and is accented with silver foil paper.  I used Pretty Paisleys Textured Embossing Folder as the border.

Product details…

Stampin’ Up’s Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits are available from the 2017 Occasions Catalog and can be purchased from my store. The thinlits are available separately or as a bundle with the coordinating stamp set, Dragonfly Dreams, and can be purchased at a 10% discount here.

If you do not already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be honored and delighted if you would choose me. Thanks for stopping by today!

Beautiful,Oh So Succulent

Oh So Succulent card by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, all products by Stampin' Up!

I have been stamping for 23 years, 15 of them as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator.  In all of those years, I have accumulated hundreds of flower stamps, but never a succulent.  Because of my flower stamp stash, I tend to overlook new flower stamps unless it’s something new and different.  When I opened the 2017 Occasions Catalog and saw the beautiful Oh So Succulent set, I knew I had to get it.  It has so many different stamps and framelits that the possibilities are endless and I have had so much fun creating with them.  Succulents seem to be popping up all over the place these days, so it’s definitely trendy and I am enjoying them!  I even went so far as to decorate my guest bathroom with them!

Beautiful, Oh So Succulent

This card was one that I made for my Creative Card Design classes in January and I used the same color scheme that was featured in the Occasions Catalog.  I added a dark green panel in Always Artichoke as the background, so that the succulent colors would really pop.  The sentiment was embossed in white on the Rich Razzleberry panel.  The iridescent sequins were leftovers from a Paper Pumpkin kit.

Speaking of Paper Pumpkin…

If you’re not familiar with Paper Pumpkin, it is a paper crafting kit that arrives as a monthly surprise in your mailbox.  It always includes a stamp set, ink spot(s), adhesives and all of the components for that months project.  Every month it’s something different and always comes as a surprise.  For more information or to sign up, visit this page. Give it a try and experience the fun!


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Window Box Candle Card

Window Box Candle Card by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Seize the cake and blow out those candles!

I used black card stock and a candle die from the Window Box Thinlits to make this candle card, placing pieces of colored paper behind the openings.  The die has a row of five candles, so it took three passes through the Big Shot to complete the strip.

When Stampin’ Up comes out with new die sets, I always like to consider how I might use some of the smaller dies in the set, which are sometimes easy to overlook.  They often include things like little words, bows, tags, edgings, or, in this case, candles!

I chose bright colors which make this a very festive birthday card.  Don’t you agree?


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In Style with Beautiful You

In Style with Beautiful You, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

I was so thrilled to see the Beautiful You stamp set in the new Occasions Catalog, because I had sent Stampin’ Up a request to create something similar to the retired “Summer by the Sea” and “Seaside Wishes”.  Those were sets from many years ago and were always a favorite of mine.  Whether this new set came into being because of my request, I’ll never know.  But it’s nice to think that maybe it did.

Beautiful You pairs well with So Detailed Thinlits, which was used for the lacy black background.  I chose red, black and white as my colors simply because I’ve always thought they were so elegant and rich together.  In fact, 33 years ago when my husband and I were planning our wedding, those were the colors I wanted to use.  My husband didn’t like that idea, so we thought it would be fun to get “Dear Abby’s” advice.  We made an agreement that whatever her answer was on those colors, we would go with.  Problem solved!  So we wrote her a letter and asked what she thought about a wedding in red, black & white.  (Red dresses on the bridesmaids, black tuxedos on the groomsmen and the bride & groom in white).  I still have her return letter with the answer tucked away in a scrapbook.  She said those colors would be considered “tacky” and in poor taste for a wedding.  To this day I disagree!  But, I’d made a deal, so we changed our colors to pink, grey & white.  What a story, right?  For this card, I did it my way!!


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Detailed Dragonfly, 2 for 1

Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, 2 for 1 by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, products by Stampin' Up! in the 2017 Occasions Catalog

Detailed Dragonfly, 2 cards from 1

In my last post I shared two dragonfly cards that were made from one sponged panel.  Today, I’m happy to share two more cards made in the same way, but with a different color scheme.  Both cards feature the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies by Stampin’ Up! and are available from my store.  You can see and order the dies here. If you’d like the coordinating stamp set to go with the dies, you can order the bundle and save 10% here.

How I did it…

You can see the sponged panel on the left-side card which was sponged with Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry.  The detailed dragonflies were die cut from that panel and then added to the card on the right. I then used the left-over sponged panel, placing it on a black background and inserting the silver foil dragonflies to finish the card on the left.

Get the dies today!

This is such a fun way to create two beautiful cards.  If you like these cards, and want to make your own, you can order your own set of Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits right now!  Don’t miss out on a FREE Sale-a-Bration selection when you spend $50 between before March 31, 2017.  Here is the Sale-a-Bration Catalog so you can pick your FREE item.

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Pastel Dragonflies

Sponged Detailed Dragonfly card by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, 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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One of a Kind Beetles & Bugs

Iridescent Beetle by Krista Thomas, Stampin' Up! Occasions 2017, Beetles & Bugs, www.regalstamping.com

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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