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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cards for the Card Drive #7

Hello! 
 I hope you've got all your Christmas cards
done and mailed or ready to go soon.
This is the last post in the
Caring Hearts Card Drive
series.
Today I'm showing you the last card style
I made for the drive.
A few years ago I found a great deal on this
patterned card stock and I love it.
I got it at Tuesday Morning,
25 sheets for something like $2.99.
I love it so much, but I don't use it a lot,
I guess I just don't want to run out of it.
I pulled it out and created this simple card.
I used a couple different colors of mats as well
as card bases.
I thought it needed a little extra pop so I heat embossed
the sentiment with clear embossing powder over the
to give it some shine.
If you haven't made your cards yet and want to,
this is a very simple design to make.
I did them in assembly line style,
cutting all the pieces at once, then stamping and
assembling all the sentiment pieces.
Having everything cut, stamped and ready make it go
very quickly and easily.
You can see I made quite a few of these style.
I ended up with 107 cards.
I had an extra panel and needed to use it, then I 
had an extra card base and had to use that, then there was
an extra mat and on and on.
So my 100 cards turned into 107,
but that's okay, I know they will bring smiles to someone's
face this Christmas season.
And here is what 107 cards all in envelopes looks like.
All packed up and ready to be sent out.
I can't wait to get the cards that I will deliver to 
"my homes"
Vera Yates
heads up this card drive every year.
If you want to be involved, be sure to 
keep an eye here next October for info
or follow Vera's blog
She usually posts the info in October and cards
can be mailed in during the month of November.
This is a huge undertaking,
last year these ladies collected and sent out
over 22,000 cards for delivery to nursing homes.
This year we are all hoping to top that,
they are collected and distributed in 
The USA,Canada, Australia and this year
they added the UK.

Thanks for stopping in to see my cards.
I truly enjoyed making each and every one of them.
Come again soon,
you never know what you might find on 
Kristie Kreates.


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see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cards for Card Drive #6

Hi friends!
Can you believe it's December and Christmas
is right around the corner?
Here are a few more cards for the 
Caring Hearts Card Drive.
I've said it before and I'll say it again,
I love heat embossing.
When I apply the heat to that powder and it melts
and turns all shiny and pretty, I just have to smile.
If you've never heat embossed you really should
try it, it's kind of like magic to watch.
I love this image from 
and it works perfectly with heat embossing.
I heat embossed with silver powder and then matted with a 
shiny silver mat.
I got the silver card stock at 
It's located in Ohio, near Cleveland and
if you can get there, it's worth the trip.
If you're a papercrafter, it's like
Heaven being there.
I used several different colors of card bases for these
cards and I love how they turned out, very simple
and elegant.
I uses an embossing folder to emboss the bottom of this
card, then added the top in black with the silver heat 
embossed sentiment.
I used gold Stickles to put some stars in the sky.
This is the sentiment that I used in all of my cards
for the card drive.
I think it's simple and beautiful.

Thanks for stopping in,
come again soon.
Hopefully, you've gotten some inspiration
from one of my cards in this series.


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see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cards for the Card Drive #5

Hello!
I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and
weekend.
Here are a few more cards that I made for the
card drive.
I wanted to use some of my Christmas scraps
and this was the perfect way to do it.
I love this twine from May Arts,
it worked perfect for this card.
These are the only 3 cards I made this style.
I love the style, but it was a bit more time consuming
and when I planned to make 100 cards,
there wasn't enough time for too many of these.
I do love how they turned out though.

Thanks for stopping in,
see you again soon.

Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cards for the Card Drive #4

Hi all you bloggy friends.
Today I have cards that I used a wreath embossing folder
to make.
I started out by testing out the embossing folder to 
see how it fit on the front of a card.
Thus I had this white embossed piece,
so I decided to color it.
I just got this Merry Christmas die
from Impression Obsession,
in the mail, so decided to use that for the 
sentiment.
Most of the cards I used this lovely shimmery
green card stock for the front panel of the card.
I used some Stickles on the berries.
This is one that I made with a regular green
card stock.
As you can see, I made a 'few' of these.
Love how they turned out.

Thanks for stopping in.
Hope you are enjoying my cards and maybe
getting a little inspired by something here.


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see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Cards for the Card Drive #3

Hello!
More cards for the card drive today
You can see that I love heat embossing.
I heat embossed several ornament images with
silver embossing powder and went from there.
I created several different cards with these 
embossed images.
The center one above was fussy cute and adhered
to an embossed card base with foam tape.
The others were matted with card stock and adhered
to embossed silver card stock.
This one has Washi tape on the sides and 
although it doesn't show very well, there are
dots of red Stickles around the ornament.
For these I used silver thread and embroidery floss
to add bows.

I like the long skinny ornament at the side of these cards.
A little Washi tape adds a pop of color.
The ornament images are from 

Thanks for popping in.
More cards in a few days.

Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Cards for Card Drive #2

Today I have more cards that I made for the
Caring Hearts Card Drive.
I loved using that snowflake embossing folder
so I made a few different styles using it.
Above the sentiment is stamped with 
This is my favorite ink as it gives a nice crisp impression.
The red and white stripes are some Washi tape I had
in my stash.
Same technique used for this card, but the 
sentiment was heat embossed in silver.
And a red ribbon was added.

I used a few different sentiments for these cards.

Thanks for stopping in to see my cards,
hope you'll come again soon.

Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Cards for the Card Drive #1

Hello all!
is near and dear to my heart.
I have been participating for a few years
and this will be the 3rd year that I have the honor of
delivering cards to 
Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home and Rehab Center
as well as Sacred Heart Adult Care Home,
where my Mom lives.
I posted some of the cards that I made in 
earlier posts and the next several posts will be the
rest of the cards I made.
I set a goal to make 100 cards this year and I ended up 
with over 100.
I made several different styles of cards, 
I really didn't want to make them all the same
and I also wanted to use supplies that I already had.
Here is the first "installment" of  
"Cards for the Card Drive"
For these cards I used silver embossing powder to
heat emboss the ornament and sentiments.
The background panel was embossed with a snowflake
embossing folder.  I then applied Ranger Alcohol Inks to color
the silver card stock.  I believe I used watermelon and cranberry.
For these two cards I embossed the silver card stock,
but didn't apply any alcohol inks.
I heat embossed the sentiment and snowflakes
with silver embossing powder.
I love how they all turned out.
I made several of each style
and I hope the recipients like them.

Thanks for stopping by, come again soon,
to see more of the cards I made for the 
card drive.


Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.