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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Hand Made Journals

Hello everyone!
I hope you're having a lovely day and
that you are happy and healthy.
Today I'm showing you a couple journals
that I made recently. 
Mike Deakin is one of the artist/crafters
that I follow on YouTube and he posted
this video showing how to make these 
journals.  As soon as I watched his video,
I knew I had to make some of these journals.
For this cover I used a piece that I had drawn
and colored with colored pencils.
I also learned how to draw these
stylized poppies from another of
This one I used some eco-print background
pieces that I recently made.
These prints were made using some leaves
from a Japanese Maple tree.
I put these eco-prints on both the front and
back of the journal.
One of the things I really love about these journals
is that they open flat, there is, of course, a crease in the
center of the page, but it opens nicely and lies flat.
Making a layout or painting or whatever across the 
2 pages is no problem at all, it isn't interrupted by the binding.
The reason that they open so nice and flat is because
the binding is fabric.  I had some fabric in my stash that
was the right color and that's what I used. 
I love the look of the fabric binding on my journals.

Thanks for stopping by today, if you are interested
in making a journal, I encourage you to watch the
video linked above, it's really pretty simple, you 
can make then any size you want and
they turn out great.
I hope you've been inspired in some way today and
will be returning soon to see what
will be next for
Kristie Kreates.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Stenciled Flower Card

Good day to y'all!
Today I have a card that I made just for the
heck of it.  I wanted to play around in my 
craft room so made this card.
This is made with one of my favorite stencils.
I'm sorry I can't tell you anything about it,
except that I picked it up at 
Tuesday morning quite a while ago
and I love it.
I used some metallic paint from Art C,
which I can't find a link to anywhere,
I got it on clearance a while ago at 
one of the craft stores.
I matted the print with some gold card stock,
then a piece of heavy mulberry paper, then
adhered it to a card base.
I think it's a lovely card that can be used for
any occasion.
I'm glad you stopped by today and I hope
you were inspired in some way.
Come again soon,
until then: 
craft for the fun of it!

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Doodling Card

 I hope you're having a great day.
Today I'm sharing a card I made.
Lately I've gotten more into doodling,
one day I was going through my background
stash and found this piece that I had made
with watercolors and decided to do some
doodling on it.
I know I need to practice more and get better
at it, but the important thing is that I
enjoyed making it.  
I let this piece sit for quite a while,
not really sure that I was happy with it.
Then one day I picked it up and decided that
even if it wasn't unbelievably gorgeous or anything
close to it, it should be made into a card.
I trimmed it down and adhered it to a card 
base and I think whoever gets it will
love it even though it's not a 
I had fun, like I said, that's the important thing.
Thanks for visiting today,
come again soon.
Until then:
have fun with your crafting!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Bird and Eco-prints

Hello blog friends!
Today I have a couple cards to share with you.
My friend Becky's birthday was coming up and
I wanted to make a card for her.  She loves birds, so 
I pulled out my bird stencil to make a card.
I used some metallic paint from Art C to paint over
the stencil and was pleased with how it turned out.
I love the contrast against the black card stock.
I pulled out some of my eco prints that I had in my
stash and tore around a couple leaf prints.
I loved the way these worked with the nature feel of
the card.
This is the other card that I made.
The prints along the edges are more
eco-prints, they are left over pieces from
another project.  You'll see the project they
were left from in a upcoming post.
All in all, I'm pleased with how these cards turned
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed
your visit and were inspired in some way.
Come again soon,
you never know what you'll find on
Kristie Kreates!

Split Image Cards

Hello crafty friends!
Today I have 2 cards to show you.
I made these cards using a technique that saw
from Jennifer McGuire
I stamped and colored 3 flower images,
then adhered them to a piece of card stock,
right along the middle of the sheet.
I then cut the sheet down the middle, creating
2 panels for the fronts of the cards.
I matted the panels with gold card stock and 
adhered them to white card bases.
I decided to leave them blank otherwise,
so I can use them for whatever occasion
I want.  The sentiments will be added when 
I use them.  I may also add some sequins or 
other embellishments when I use them, but for
now, they will remain clean and simple.

Thanks for stopping in today,
I hope you are having a happy crafty day.
Come again soon.
Until then:
make something beautiful!

Friday, July 17, 2020

Dress for Father's Day

Happy Day to y'all!
For Mother's Day one of the gifts my kids gave me was
yarn and a pattern to crochet a dress for my granddaughter.
Unfortunately, I didn't get it right on Mother's Day.
With the pandemic, we weren't seeing the kids much, but 
finally I got the yarn and pattern.
I worked up this dress in just one evening.  It's a pretty easy
pattern and I gave it to Jaryd for Father's Day.
This is my fabulous granddaughter, Marie, in her
new dress and head band.  The pattern calls for a 
sort of waist band, but I thought it would be a bit
bulky and warm, so I chose to make the flower and 
add that to the front instead.
Here's the funny thing, the kids surely didn't know much
about crocheting and how much yarn would be needed.
They bought me 4 skeins of yarn to make this dress.
The dress took exactly one skein.
Guess I'll be making something else for our little one.
I'm thinking a little cardigan to match might be nice
for cooler nights.

Thanks for stopping in today and spending time
seeing what I've been up to.
Come again soon,
until then:
Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 13, 2020

DIY Vellum

Hello blog friends!
A while back I saw 
from Nina Ribena, showing how to make
your own vellum using wax and an iron.
I used what was left of a burnt down 
taper and my little craft iron.
Below you'll see
the results of my experimenting.
I decided to try different kinds of paper,
some plain, some patterned.
Here is a patterned paper with some printing on it.
Below you can see that it is now somewhat translucent.

This pattern didn't become as translucent, but 
as you can see below, you can see the pattern on
the card underneath it.

This plain paper worked very nicely.

I think this one turned out pretty nice too.

I also tried with just a plain piece of 
white printer paper and this worked very well.
And my last one was done with a red candle.
One thing I noticed is, that the red candle was
actually red on the outside and white in the middle, 
consequently, I had to keep turning the candle to
get the red areas.  So be warned, if you are using a
colored candle, be sure it's colored all the way through.
The other thing that is different about this one is that I worked
on a paper towel, where the others were done on a 
sheet of deli paper.
If you do this on a paper towel, you get some 
of the pattern of the towel on the "vellum"
You can see, especially at the bottom of the sheet,
that it isn't a smooth, clear look, but has
a pattern to it.
I like how this turned out, but if you want a nice clean
finish, use something without a design on it.
Also be warned that the wax does seep through
the paper and get onto what you are working on,
so be careful.

Thanks for spending some time with me today,
I hope you have been inspired in some way and
will come again soon.
Until then;
Happy Crafting!