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Friday, March 23, 2018

Sara's Goodie Bag

Hello everyone!
Welcome back.
Today I'm showing you the goodie bag I made
for my future daughter in law, Sara.
In my last post I showed you the ones we made 
for the girls in the wedding party.
I decided that Sara should have one too,
so I snuck some of the vinyl into hiding
and once she left my house after making the others
I made one for her.
When she wasn't looking I stuck it in with the others
at the bridal salon.  At first she couldn't figure it out.
What was this one with a monogram that she didn't
Suddenly she realized that it was for her!
Her last initial would be M once she was married
to Jaryd.  She was very surprised and thrilled with it.
We hung hers outside the dressing rooms.
Here are the things I put into her bag.
I made this travel mug with 
some of their engagement 

Here are the rest of the things that were
in her bag.
I decided to make tags for each thing.

I didn't have a peanut stamp, so I drew them on the tag.
She loves Disney and had put a princess on each 
hanger that she made for the girls, she is also a scrapbooker
and can use these stickers for her scrapbook.
Had to put something funny into the mix.
I thought this was good advice.
Another Disney themed goodie.
Hand sanitizer always comes in handy when
 you are out and about shopping for wedding things.
A compact purse brush and mirror is always helpful.
And who doesn't get 'hangry' now and then?

Thanks for stopping in today.
I hope you enjoyed your visit with me
and got inspired in some way.
Hope to see you again soon,
until then
happy crafting!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Wedding Party Goodie Bags

Hello and welcome!
Today I'm showing you a project that I did with my 
future daughter in law.
Sara, the girls in the wedding party and I were
going to try on dresses for the wedding and she wanted
to give them each a little goodie bag.
She told me what she wanted and we decided on this design.
They are having a nautical theme to the wedding, thus the

I designed them with my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.
I found a picture of an anchor, traced it and split the image.
Then tried several different fonts until we found one that
looked good and that she liked.
She's pretty easy to please, so it wasn't a tough job.
The anchors were done in gray heat transfer vinyl
and the monograms were done with purple
glitter heat transfer vinyl.
The font I used is
Monogram kk sc
Once I had the sizing right,
I was good to go.
We both love how the bags turned out.
When we got to the bridal salon,
Sara hung the bags on the hooks in
the dressing rooms.
The girl that took us to the rooms was excited
to see what we had made.
She said she loves when DIY brides come in.
The wedding party was very excited to find the bags
when they came in.
Below are some of the things that were in the bags.
Sara put their names and what their part in the 
wedding party is on the hangers.
In the center is a princess on each hanger also.
This is my daughters hanger, she will be Best Lady 
for her brother.
They received these little compact mirrors,
Sara put the I do Crew on each one with 
She found these adorable candles.
Here are some of the other goodies she put
in the bags.
Check out those cute lolly pops,
they are actually hair bands.
This was in her maid of honor's bag.
It is filled with life savers and Ariel is
her favorite princess.

Thanks for stopping by today,
come again soon and you'll see the bag
I made for Sara and the goodies I put into it.
See you soon!
Until then, have fun crafting!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Save the Dates

Hi everyone!
If you've been following me for a bit, you know
that my son, Jaryd, is getting married in September.
His fiance, Sara, is another crafty person,
so we are doing a lot of projects.
Some we're doing together, some we are
doing separatly. 
Today I'm showing you one that we did together.
 "Save the Dates" 
were not even in existence when I got married 30 yrs ago,
but everyone sends them out now.
Jaryd and Sara wanted something different and I think
what we came up with was perfect.
The basic ideas were mostly Sara's and I did the work
on the computer and my Silhouette to make them happen.

In the fall, Jaryd and Sara had engagement pictures
taken by her Mom, Yvonne, who is a photographer.
She had wallet sized prints made for us to work with for
the Save the Dates. The kids chose 3 pictures to use.
Once we got everything just right, we printed
and cut all the pieces.  All the different pieces were
printed on shades of purple card stock, cut and organized
for assembly.
We designed a little calendar to go onto 
everyone's fridge.  I have a wide Xyron machine,
so I ordered a couple cartridges that laminated
one side and put magnet on the other.
As Sara assembled the other parts,
I trimmed the calendars.
The outside of the card was plain and simple.
We wanted to show 2 things on these,
one was the nautical theme they are working with,
the other is her Irish heritage.
I found a little celtic knot and added that simple
design to the front flap.
Here is what people see when they open their card.
As they open it, the twine pulls tighter making a knot.
The calendar magnet is in the little pocket with their picture
temporarily adhered to the top.
The magnet and the picture come out and the date
and location are behind the magnet.
Here is the calendar magnet that 
will be on the fridge in many a home for the
next several months.
I love the little heart around the date.
These are the 3 pictures with the calendar.
Since I'm Mom, I got one of each.
They are all on my fridge.
On the back of each card we stamped
this.  Sara had received this stamp in her
Christmas stocking and knew she wanted to
include it on the Save the Dates.
We were all so happy with how they turned out,
and they really didn't take as long as you'd think.
Once we got everything going, the assembly 
didn't take long at all.
Now, on to other projects!
Goodies for the wedding party,
invitations, decorations, flowers 
and so much more.

Thanks for stopping in today,
I hope you have enjoyed this post and have
been inspired in some way.
Come visit again soon.
You never know what you'll find on
Kristie Kreates.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Party Poopers Card

Hi everyone!
I need a card for my great nephew's birthday,
since he loves animals, I thought this would be the
perfect card for him.  He'll be 3 yrs old on the 17th.
I stamped 
from Stamp On It
onto watercolor paper and colored it with my
I stamped the golden dog and the black and white one
again onto scrap pieces and colored them the same as
the original.
I fussy cut the extra images.
The black and white dog is adhered over the original with
foam tape.  The golden one is adhered with a 
The background was also colored with water color crayons.
I hope this video works for you, sometimes it does
and sometimes it doesn't, but I can't figure out why or
how to fix that.
Inside I stamped this Happy Birthday sentiment
with a stamp that I took off a wood block, so 
I don't know what company it is from.
I colored it with colored pencils.
I think Emmett will love this card, especially since it
has the movement of the action wobbler.

Thanks for stopping by today, 
I hope you'll come again soon.
Until then,
try making something a little interactive.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Over The Shoulder Blanket

Hello crafty friends!
Do you ever get cold sitting watching tv, while
reading or when
you are on the computer?
I do, I sit to watch tv with my feet up on the 
hassock, covered with a blanket.
But my arms get cold.
Pulling the blanket up doesn't help a lot,
it just doesn't work, especially when I need to 
use my hands to hold a book or type on the computer.
My friend Jenn showed me how to make this 
"over the shoulder blanket"
Today I'm going to share that with you.
I chose 2 designs of fleece and purchased 1.5 yards of each.
I laid the pieces of fleece out evenly on top of each other.
And laid a yard stick down about 4" from one side.
You can also use masking tape or blue painters tape for this.
I cut a square out of the corner measuring about 4"x4"
Leaving the yard stick in place, I cut strips about 1" wide
up to the 4" mark.
Find the center of the fabric, I chose the 1.5 yard side.
Cut up to the center of the fabric.
This is where the space for your neck will form.
Cut this just as you did the other edges.
Now you will need to decide how you want to do 
your edges.  You can simply tie them in knots.
you can make a small slit through both layers on each strip
of fleece,
then bring the ends of the fleece through the slit in the fabric.
Hopefully you can see in this picture what I mean.
Here is a picture showing how it looks with,
on the left the strip going down through the slit,
and on the right, the strip going up through the slit.
It doesn't matter which way you do it, it's all a matter of
Here is shows from the other side.
Here is the finished blanket with all the strips done.
I decided to do them with the slit method for this blanket.
Here I am with my finished blanket.
I love it!
I can keep my arms, shoulders and neck warm
and also have my hands free.

Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you've been inspired in some way
and will come again soon.
Until next time,
do something creative.