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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Birthday gift for hubby's friend

Hello crafty friends!
My hubby, Dave, travels a lot for art shows and 
has a whole family of friends out there in the art show world.
Next weekend he'll be staying with one of his artist friends
and it happens to be her birthday.
He has no idea what to get her, but wanted to give her a 
little something.
So I am surprising him with this bag book that I made for her.
Sure hope she likes it.
I know she will have pictures to put into it as she has
grand kids.
I found a paper pad in my stash that I thought would be
good for most anyone, young or not so young,
male or female and worked with that.
If she wants to she can put a picture on the front of the album.
Here you can see the openings where tags are slipped into 
the book.
Each page has space for pictures and a pull out mat
that is double sided.
Another page with tag insert.
The last page.  
All in all there are 18 spaces for pictures.
Not including the cover.
Here are the tags that pull out of the side pockets.
The tags are double sided, here are the other sides.

I'm really happy with how this album turned out,
I sure hope she likes it.
Dave hasn't even seen it yet and has no idea that I was 
going to make it for her.
I wasn't sure I'd have it done in time,
but when you have a coordinating paper pack, 
things can come together pretty quickly.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you have been inspired in some way.
Come again soon.
Until then, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Inky Fingers

Ever create an inky mess?
Oh I have more times than I'd like to admit.
Recently I posted about making backgrounds
with Dylusions Ink Sprays.
Check out my fingers in these pictures.
You can see a variety of colors on my fingers.
Oh and you really can't even see most of that ink.
There were many different colors.
I wish I had taken a couple pictures of just how inky
my hands had gotten, but I wasn't expecting to need
the pictures.
Why? you ask am I showing you pictures of inky fingers?
Well, I'll tell  you.  After we finished playing with the ink,
I cleaned up my fingers the best I could with some rubbing alcohol.
That didn't do much and my fingers were still a mess.
I went down to the kitchen to get a snack and washed my hands.
While washing my hands I saw the Dawn Dish Detergent and 
on a whim gave it a try for cleaning my hands.
Low and behold, didn't it take that ink right off my hands?!?!
I was so excited, I've always had to just let it wear off over
several shampoos.
Now I've found another reason to love Dawn.
I just wanted to pass this on to any of you who might
tend to get inky like I do.
At least it works to get Dylusions Inks off,
give it a try, maybe it will work for whatever kinds of
inks you are getting covered with.
Thanks for stopping in today,
now go get inky!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spray backgrounds

I don't know about y'all, but I do love getting messy
now and then.
While visiting my friend, Mary, I did just that.
Funny how when ever I visit her, we get into something
messy with inks or sprays of some kind.
Here's what I used
Dylusions Ink Sprays, a spray bottle of water, deli paper
and white card stock.
Mary has an old cookie sheet that she uses for projects like this,
I put a piece of deli paper on the cookie sheet and sprayed it
with the Dylusions spray.
After spraying 3 different colors on the deli paper,
I sprayed it with water.
For this one I used Pomegranate Seed, Postbox Red and
Pure Sunshine.
You can see how the water blends with the ink and beads up.
Next I placed a piece of white card stock onto the ink.
This is what I got when I picked up the paper.
The white areas are where there were folds in the 
deli paper.
I laid another piece of card stock down to pick up 
more of the ink and this is the result I got.
I ended up with this pretty mix on the deli sheet
once I was done soaking up the ink.
I can use this for more backgrounds.
Next I used After Midnight, Lemon Zest and Polished Jade.
I used the same technique.  Love these colors together!
After I soaked up most of the ink with some card stock,
I spritzed the inks again and folded a piece of card stock
into the deli paper.
This is the result I got.
I sprayed even more water and soaked up ink from 
all over where ever it was wet.
And I got a pretty pastelish (is that a word) background.
My last combination was After Midnight, Vibrant Turquoise
and Fresh Lime.
I played around with the deli paper after I made some
card stock backgrounds.
I laid another sheet of deli paper over the inks and picked
up what I could, this is the results.
I will use all these deli papers to create more backgrounds.
Below are the card stock pieces that I created.
They are going to make some beautiful cards.

I'm not sure what happened to that lower right corner piece,
I suspect that somehow I dripped some rubbing alcohol onto 
it when I was cleaning up.  Kind of an interesting splotch,
don't know how I can incorporate it, so I'll probably end up
covering it with something.
Never know what I'll end up doing with these,
but I do love how they turned out.

I'm glad you stopped by today,
I hope you are too.
Come again soon,
you never know what you'll find on
Kristie Kreates.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Inktense Pencils

Hello crafting friends!
Have you ever used Inktense Pencils?
I had only heard about them from a couple 
of my friends, but had never tried them.
When I was visiting my friend, Mary, a couple weeks ago, 
I had a chance to give them a try.
I have to say that I did like them, I found that
they blended out pretty easily.
I did find some colors seemed to blend easier than
others did.
Here are the images that I colored with the
Inktense Pencils.
This was the first image I colored.
I'm really not too crazy about how the bird
turned out, but I do like the flowers.
It was all an experiment in how to use them
as well as what the colors were like.
I had to keep that in mind.
I then colored this rose.
I liked the results I got on the rose, but
had some difficulty on the background.
I don't think they are really meant to cover
a large area, so I needed to fix that.
I ended up cutting a mask to cover the rose
then I used some Distress Inks on ink blending
tools to make the background a little more acceptable.
I'm still not crazy about that background, but I'll
be trimming it down anyway, so most of it won't
I then colored these roses, covered them with
masks and inked the background.
I'll have to see what I can come up with
to use these images.
As I said, it was an experimentation,
I had a lot of fun playing with these pencils.
Honestly, I won't be investing in any
Inktense Pencils, not because I didn't like
them, but because I really love 
water color crayons and I also
have a nice set of colored pencils and 
like to use them with Gamsol for blending.
I'm pretty sure I have some water color pencils around 
somewhere in my craft room too.
I just can't justify spending the money on them,
when I have other mediums that I can use.
Thanks for stopping by today,
come back again soon,
you never know when you might see
what I did with these images.
Until then, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cheer Coach

This afternoon I got a text from a friend asking
if she could possibly use
My Happy Place,
our crafting studio, for about an hour tonight.
It turned out that someone she works with 
needed some gifts for TOMORROW!
She gave my friend the vinyl and what she
thought was white vinyl, was in reality
transfer tape.
We did the wine glass using the Cricut.
This is how the wine glass turned out.
Not too bad, I'd say, considering the fact that 
we can't weld the letters and they had to be put on
We weren't crazy about the lower case 's' in the font we
had available, so I had to do a little 'surgery' on it,
can't even tell can you?
I should have just brought her to my home right away,
we could have gotten this done quicker and nicer
if we had used my Silhouette Cameo.
When I realized what had to be done for the other 2 
coffee cups, I realized that we needed the Silhouette.
These didn't turn out exactly like the one in the picture she sent,
but close enough.
I created the CHEER COACH circle in my 
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software
and cut them out in a flash.
It took us about 1 3/4 hrs to do that wine glass,
took about 30-45 minutes to create the file, cut and 
apply the vinyl on these 2 cups.
Oh I do love that machine!
We were pretty happy with the way they 
turned out, I hope her friend is too.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you'll stop in again soon.
Until then, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Recollections crayons

Hello crafty friends!
One of my favorite mediums is water color crayons.
I have a nice set from LYRA and some additional colors
that are Neo-Colors.  I use them often and really enjoy them.
Last week I was visiting a friend and she had a set of the new
water color crayons from Recollections (Michael's brand)
and I gave them a try.
They only come in this set of 12 colors, the price is
very reasonable at $14.99 (US) and with a coupon the 
price is even better.
I have to say that I absolutely loved playing with them.
They went on beautifully.
I like to use a water brush and pick up the color from the
crayon then put it to the paper.
I stamped this image with Archival black ink,
which is waterproof.
These aren't necessarily the colors I'd ever use for that image, 
but I wanted to use all the different colors and also see how they
The results was great, I loved working with them every step
of the way.
My only complaint is that they don't have a brown in the mix.
The difference with these water color crayons is that they have 
some shimmer to them.  If you have ever used Wink of Stella,
they have a comparable look.
This close up shows the shimmer a bit better.
Of course I had to get a set for myself and I was
lucky and got the last set in the store.
These will make a great addition to my water color crayon
I haven't tried them direct to paper yet, but I'll give that a try one
day soon and let y'all know how that works out.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you'll stop by again soon.
You never know what you'll find on 
Kristie Kreates!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Thinking of you

Hello all you craft lovers!
Today I have a card to show you that I made for a friend.
I wanted to let her know she is always in my thoughts and prayers.
I started with a piece of water color paper and an acrylic block.
Using a few water color crayons, I scribbled on the acrylic
block and spritzed it with a bit of water.
Then I laid the paper onto the block to soak up the color.
I have seen this technique done before and I've tried it
a number of times and I'm never very happy with the results,
but this time, I really did love it.
I stamped the Thinking of You sentiment onto the water 
color piece using my Misti tool.
I started out stamping it with yellow, hoping that it would show
up on the pink, but it didn't work and I ended up stamping over
it with a slate gray ink.
I adhered it to a bright yellow card base and added a white
piece of card stock inside.
On the inside the yellow worked much better.
I left room so I could write a message to my friend.
When I was at Ikea, I picked up this hook to send her.
She had gotten one when we had gone to Ikea a few weeks
ago when I was visiting and I know she wishes she had
picked up another, so I sent this along with the card.
I'm hoping it brings a smile to her face.
Now I'm wishing I would have picked up a couple for
my craft room.  Oh well, I'll just have to make another
trip to Ikea.  I just wish there was one close to me.
Another excuse to go visit I guess.

Thanks for stopping by today,
hope you'll stop by again soon.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!