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Monday, June 27, 2011

Same stamp different looks

Hello! 
Tonight I was straightening my craft room and found these 3 cards on my table and realized I'd never shared them with y'all.

All 3 are made with the same stamp, but colored differently and made into different layouts. They are made with the "Butterfly and Sunflower" stamp (#20801)  from Eureka! Stamps.

I stamped them all onto watercolor paper and colored them with watercolor crayons.

My favorite crafting motto is "There are no mistakes, just opportunities to be creative."  This card is a perfect example of that motto.  I had the front of the card all done, had put some "Liquid Pearls" on the lower corner and put it aside to dry.  If you have ever worked with them, you know that Liquid Pearls take a while to dry.  I set them aside and went on to work on something else.  About 15 minutes later, I realized that I had put something right on top of that card.  What a mess, so I cut the bottom of the front off. 
Now I had a card front that was short.  My solution?  I punched out the swirls and flowers with an edge punch and added them to the bottom of the inside.  I like how it turned out.  Sometimes 'goofs' are a good thing.

I have been wanting to make some cards with lace on them and I was pleased with the way this one turned out.  I love the look of lace and think this is going to be used a bit more from now on.

This third card doesn't show in the picture as well as I would like it to, that blue layer is actually glitter card stock.  I got some wonderful colors of glitter card stock when I visited my friend, Mary and we went to Crafts 2000 in Michigan.  I haven't used much of that glitter card stock, but it's another supply I think I will be using more.

I hope you have enjoyed my cards today.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of them, become a follower if you like.

And be sure to stop in to the Eureka! Stamps shop and see all the fabulous images they have to offer. 

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wedding pages

Hi everybody! 
 I just realized that I haven't been posting any pictures from the Wedding Scrapbook, so I thought I'd put up a few.
First let me apologize for the poor quality of the photos, I was having a very tough time with reflections and lighting.  I didn't want to remove all the pages from the protective covers, so sorry, you'll have to suffer with the reflections.  LOL!
These first 3 layouts are of the bachlorette party.  Unfortunately, I wasn't there, but Renee had plenty of pictures posted on her facebook page the I could lift.
In the first LO in the upper left is the invitation to the bachlorette, Renee ask me to make the invitations for here and I loved doing it.  I thought I had posted them at the time, but I don't see the post anywhere.

This layout shows the "older generations"  Pictures with Renee's Mom and Aunt and my Mom and Sister in Law, Joel's Mom, and a group picture.

I lifted all these pictures from her facebook of Renee with her friends.

Now on to the wedding.  This page is the beginning of the wedding section of the book.
This has an invitation, directions to the location and a recipe request card that was sent with the invites.  (I designed and printed the recipe cards for her too)
They used peacock feathers in the wedding, so I tried to get them into the book too.  The peacock feathers on the right side are stamped with a stamp from Eureka! Stamps.
Below you can see a close up of the stamped feather.

I hope you have enjoyed these pages of the Wedding Scrapbook.  I'll post more soon, well that is if I don't forget again.
There are a lot more to see!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this post, leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Until next time, Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Beautiful Butterfly card

Hello all you beautiful people!

It wasn't hard for me to decide that I wanted this beautiful
"Butterfly Background" (#58501) from Eureka! Stamps.

I knew I would love using it and once I had stamped it onto watercolor paper and started to color it with my watercolor crayons, I loved it even more.
Inside I used:
"Happiness Like a Butterfly" (#40403) also from Eureka! Stamps
I love this beautiful sentiment.
Eureka! has many wonderful sentiments, if you are like me, and are short on sentiment stamps, Eureka! is the place to go!

To add the butterfly at the bottom of the inside, I stamped it with VersaFine Black Onyx ink onto white paper and fussy cut it.  Then adhered it with Tombow Mono Multi Glue.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoy my Beautiful Butterfly card as much as I enjoyed making it.

I'd love to hear what you think, so leave me a comment.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!



Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summer Celebration with the QKR Design Team

Welcome to the Kristie Kreates post for the
Summer Celebration with the QKR Stampede Design Team!

If you have just happened upon my blog and didn't start at the beginning of this summer celebration hop, you probably want to start at the beginning.  You won't want to miss any of the great inspiration and projects any of the design team ladies have posted.

If you have arrived here from Kristine's blog you are on the right track.  I'm sure you were inspired by her project!  Isn't she talented?!?!

For my project today, I have a card to share with you.  I used "Sneakers" (#12706) from QKR Stampede along with one of the 3-D images from Eureka! Stamps called "Butterfly Pattern" (#29401) Eureka! is a sister company of QKR Stampede.

Nothing says 'summer' to me more than walking barefoot in the grass and that is what inspired this card. 
I love the "Sneakers" image and thought it was perfect for a summer card.  It reminds me of being out of school for the summer and running through sprinklers to stay cool in the summer sun.
I stamped the image onto Kraft card stock and fussy cut it. 
For the grass I cut strips of green card stock from my scrap stash and then cut LOTS of little blades of grass, then layered the 'grass' onto the card.
The sneakers nestled into the grass and adhered with foam tape.
The butterfly is a wonderful 3-D image and I will post more with this image at another time. 
Be sure to stop by the stores and take a look at the many wonderful summer images they have at QKR Stampede and Eureka! Stamps.
Thanks for stopping by, now you will want to go to
and see what creative project she has to show you.

Feel free to leave me a comment and become a follower!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


Summer Fun....

Hello crafty friends!
Today I'm showing you a card made with the "Upset Golfer" image (#16507) from QKR Stampede.

My older brothers are big into golf and now my son is also.  Personally, I have never golfed and I'm sure I never will.  I think if I did, you could put my face on this image and it would be appropriate.  LOL!


I used watercolor pencils to color this image and printed off the "Summer Fun..." from my computer.

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check back tomorrow (Friday, June 17) to see what I have to post for the QKR Stampede Design Team Blog Hop.  We will be featuring summer and 4th of July images and project. 

Feel free to leave a comment and become a follower. 
I love to hear what you think.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

First ever Eureka! Stamps Blog Hop

Welcome one and all to the first ever
Eureka! Stamps Design Team Blog Hop!

If you have arrived from Jessica's blog, you are on the right track.  If you have just happened upon the hop by stopping by my blog, you will want to start at the beginning at our Eureka! blog.  There is sure to be some wonderful inspiration all along the hop.  If a link doesn't work along the way, just go back to the Eureka! blog where there will be a "master" list.

I'm so excited to be on this new design team. 
I love the stamps at Eureka! Stamps
Today our theme is 4th of July and summer. 

I have chosen to show you a couple cards that I have made to send to some of our servicemen/women.  I think they deserve a huge thank you for all they do to keep our freedom.  Without them, past and present, we wouldn't be celebrating the 4th of July!
This first card was made using Large Patriotic Star (#11603)
I used VersaMark ink to stamp the star randomly onto the kraft card stock.
I then stamped it onto white card stock with blue ink and fussy cut it,
and adhered it over one of the VersaMark stars with foam tape.

This second card, I used the same Large Patriotic Star image.  This time I stamped them onto red card stock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with white puffy embossing powder.
I fussy cut them, adhered them to blue card stock and fussy cut them again.  They are adhered to the card with foam tape.

I'm sorry this doesn't show up better in the picture, but I used VersaMark again to stamp a star at the bottom of the inside panel.

I will be adding a personal note of thanks and then sending these cards off to a cyber-friend who will be sending them to her husbands unit in Afghanistan.

If you are interested in sending some cards to thank our servicemen & women, send me an e-mail (there is a link in my right side bar) and I will get more information out to you.

Thank you for stopping by!  I'd love it if you would leave a comment and then you need to hop on over to Monika's blog where I know you are going to find some more wonderful inspiration!

And be sure to stop in to the Eureka! Stamps Store and see what fabulous stamps you can find!  They really are quite wonderful!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Just a note... 2 cards

Hello Blogland friends!

Today I have 2 simple cards for you. Very similar using a different border stamp on each.

This first one is using
"Filagree Border" (#57703) and "Just a note" (#6505) from Eureka! Stamps
I like the clean and simple look of this card.


This second card is using
"Heart Chain Border" (#35902) and "Just a note" (#6505)

I adhered the green to some kraft card stock that I stamped with
Baroque Background" (#57701) using VersaMark ink to give it a bit of texture.

All these stamps are from Eureka! Stamps.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you like these simple cards.
Be sure to stop in at the Eureka! Stamps Store and see what other wonderful stamps they have to offer!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Did someone say...

Hey all you blog fans!
I love tennis!  Did y'all know that?  Maybe not, I haven't played for several years.  This year, I'm hoping to be able to play at least a little bit of tennis.
I had a total hip replacement almost a year ago and the doctor says I can play if I'd like to.  So maybe soon!

Anyway, my love of tennis is what prompted me to order this image.
 This is "Tennis Bear"  (#16113) from QKR Stampede
I don't look near as good as this little gal in a tennis outfit, LOL!  I think she is pretty cute. 
I stamped her onto watercolor paper and colored her with watercolor crayons.
I think she looks a little clueless, so I printed off the sentiment from my computer and added the 'Love' tag with a brad.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy the humor in my card.

I'd love it you would leave me a comment letting me know if you 'get' my humor.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What's on you desk?

That's the question that Christina posed on her blog.

Creations with Christina is one of my favorite blogs.  If you are not familiar with it, you should check it out.  Christina is very down to earth and shows some wonderful projects, some in pictures and some in videos.  I just love seeing what she creates.

Today she is encouraging others to take a picture of their desk, or crafting area and post a link to the pictures on her blog. 

So, here ya go!  You asked for it!  I know it's an unholy mess, but it's the way I work.
This first picture shows the entire table from one end of it.  I have a pile of things that need going through there on the end.  Seems I'm always cleaning things up and putting things away, yet it's always a mess.

Here is my actual work area right now.  You can see that I didn't put things away when I was done making the last card.  I was running late and had just finished stamping a couple gift bags for a couple of my 'greats' and I just ran out the door once they were finished. 
Tonight I'll probably be getting in some crafting time and will get these things put away, so I can make another mess.  LOL!
There you go Christina!  I've bared my mess to the world!

Thanks for stopping by today, no new project tonight, just a mess!
If you stopped by to check out my mess, I'd love it if you took a look around my blog and let me know what you think!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Life is Good and an announcement.

Hello all!
Today I have a card to show you, but I also have an announcement to make.
Y'all know I'm on the QKR Stampede Design Team, and QKR has two sister companies, Eureka! Stamps and Biblical Impressions.
I'm proud to announce that I am now on the first ever Eureka! Stamps Design Team as well as the QKR team.
Eureka!  has so many beautiful and versatile stamps that I have a huge wish list!  I'm sure you will love their stamps as much as I do.  Stop into the Eureka! store and check them out.

Now onto my card for today.

I made this card using the
"Hybiscus & Bee"(#21001) from Eureka! Stamps and "Life is Good" (#16307)from QKR Stampede. 
I love flowers, so it only seems appropriate to put this beautiful Hybiscus with the "Life is Good" sentiment.

I stamped with VersaFine ink onto watercolor paper and colored with watercolor crayons.
I extended the outline around the card with a black pen.

Thank you for stopping by today, come back again soon.  Now that I am on 2 design teams that means twice the fun.  More posts and more blog hops.

Be sure to stop in at all three sister shops and see what wonderful images you might want to try out.  Many of them come in rubber stamps as well as digital. 

And be sure to stop at our blog, where we now have 3 pages besides the home page, one for each company.  The design teams will be posting some wonderful inspiration on a regular basis on all pages.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this beautiful image!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!