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Monday, July 24, 2017

Jason's Birthday Gift

Hello blog friends!
Have you ever wanted to make a gift for someone,
especially a guy, and just didn't know what to do?
That was my struggle for my daughter's boyfriend.
I know he likes hand made gifts, but couldn't come up with
an idea.  Then one day I was talking to Kelsie, my daughter,
and she said he does take a lot of pictures, but they aren't printed
and put in a book or anything.
I decided to make him a bag book and she thought it was a
great idea for him.
I recently went on a 4 day scrabooking retreat, his gift was
the major thing I wanted to get done.
I chose a lot of papers that I thought would be good ones
and took way too much with me, as we all do for these kind of
weekends.  I started right in on the book and when I got it all 
put together, it just wasn't him.  It was a nice book, but just not
him at all.  You'll see that one in a future post.
I rethought the whole thing and picked out different papers
all together.  This time I liked it a lot more and felt like it was
really Jason.
Here is what the book ended up looking like.
This is the front cover.
I wanted that wooden J on it and that's where I started,
then cut out the words and phrases to fit around it.
I had this paper in my stash for quite a while and knew
it would come in handy one day.

I love how the tag with the key turned out.

Each page has a small tag, that you really can't see well in this
picture, and a larger tag that goes into the end of the page.
All the tags are double sided.

I tried to make all the tags look different.

Every page also has places that can hold pictures as
well as the tags.

He has 2 dogs, so I had to make a page for them.

I fussy cut all those little pieces going down the strip at
the right side of the page, I think they turned out very cute.

This is one of my favorite papers.
I've had this for a very long time and never could bring myself
to use it.  I think everyone has some papers like that.
But Jason is worth it!

I love how this page turned out.

And last but not least, this is the final page in 
the book.

I often add embellishments to the pages, but with
this book, I didn't think it was necessary.
Kelsie will be helping him to fill it with pictures,
so she can always add more embellishments if she wants
to.  She knows my craft room and supplies are open to her
whenever she needs things.

Here is the front and the back together.
I did put a little strip along the bottom of the back
that says "Made with love by Kristie"

I loved making this book for Jason, I know he appreciates
the time and effort I put into it and I hope he likes it as much as
I do. 
It can hold 32 photos, now for him to just pick out the pictures
for Kelsie to put into it.
I've already been thinking of Christmas gifts to make for him
and some of the other people in my life.
How about you?  Have you thought about making Christmas
gifts yet?  I know it's early, but getting things done early
helps make the season more enjoyable.
I may be making a couple bag books for Christmas gifts this year.

Thanks for stopping by to see what I've been up to.
I appreciate your visits, come again soon.
Until next time,
start thinking about creating some gifts.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Baby Boy and B-day love

Hello Everyone!
Today I have a few cards to share with you.
A few weeks ago I shared this card and this one
using the same style and techniques that I used for these cards.
I needed a baby shower card and thought this would be perfect 
for it.
So I made this Baby Boy card.
I was playing with the colors and blending them
and had made 2 more heart panels and made them into 
birthday cards.
These are not standard sized cards, so I used my
to make envelopes for them.
If you are interested in how I made this watercolor piece, 
you can see this video on Kristina Werner's Blog.
I get so much inspiration from her!

Thanks for stopping in today!
I've been away for a bit on a little vacation
and crafting weekend.
I'll be posting what I made on my weekend away
soon.
Until then, enjoy some creative time!



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Friday, July 14, 2017

Jason's Birthday Card

Hello everyone.
Do you struggle with masculine cards?
I know I do and I have decided that I'm going to overcome
this problem.  I needed a birthday card for my daughter's boyfriend
and I wanted to do something a little different.
I put my mind to it and this is the card I created.
I started out with a die cut circle in a piece of card stock and 
a few coordinating colors of Distress Inks.
After some trial and error, I finally decided on these 3 large 
 intersecting circles.
I simply moved the circle "stencil" around and inked it with 
the Distress Ink and an ink blending tool.
Once they were the color I liked, I fussy cut them leaving a small outline around
them.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is 
and I stamped it with Timber Brown Staz On Ink
using my MISTI stamping tool, to be sure I got a clear, crisp impression.
The tag behind the circles is a manila tag covered with a piece of 
deli paper that I used alcohol inks to create. 
I used ATG tape to adhere the tag to a brown piece of card stock,
then trimmed the extra from the sides.
The circles were adhered on top of that piece and it was all 
adhered to a white card base.
The sentiment is from the 
from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.
I stamped it with the same brown Staz On Ink as the sentiment on the front
of the card.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my blog today,
and that you'll come again soon.
Until next time,
Happy Crafting!



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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July Not Just Cards Blog Post

Hello everyone!
This is my post for the
This month our sponsor is 
The image I worked with is an 
Karmina is the name of this magical being.
At first I wasn't sure what I should do with this image,
so I just started coloring her with my 
to blend the colors.
Once I had her colored I decided that I wanted to go with 
a magical theme.
I found a quote that I loved and stamped it with 
Sophisticated Script stamp sets from 
Concord & 9th
I used both upper and lower case sets.

"Magic is believing in yourself.
If you can do that, you can make anything happen."

It takes a little time to stamp something like this
as each letter has to be stamped separately,
but I think it's worth the time and effort to get that
beautiful script.
I matted the image with a purple card stock and
mounted it to the 12 x 12 stamped card stock.
I added a few sequins and it was done.
I have made several 12 x 12 pieces for the walls at
"My Happy Place" 
which is the crafting studio where I do most of my creating.
All of the pieces have crafting or inspirational quotes on them and
I think this one will fit in perfectly.

Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you have been inspired to think outside the 
box and try something a little different.
I also hope you will join in the fun of this months challenge on the
Come again soon.
Until then,
create something beautiful!






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Thursday, July 6, 2017

You're How Old?

Good Day Blog Friends!
Today I have a card to show you that I just love.
I wanted to make a card using the 
I chose this one, because I love that surprised look on the 
little guys face.
I stamped it onto water color paper 
with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and colored him with
The black card stock had been crumpled,
 spritzed with water and had Perfect Pearls brushed onto it.
It's hard to see the shimmer in the picture, but in real life it has a lot 
of shimmer and shine.
I tore the card stock to mimic the shape of the dog, then 
adhered the dog to it.
The background panel was made using 
that I found in my stash, I adhered it to a piece of 
white card stock.
I stamped the sentiment using an alphabet set
that I have in my stamp collection.
I thought it went perfectly with the look on the dogs face.
The whole panel was then adhered to a black card base.
Inside I stamped the 
"happy birthday" with the
from Lawn Fawn
onto a color that coordinated with the 
front panel.

I'm glad you stopped by today and hope you'll come again soon.
Until then,
have fun crafting.







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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Card with Kit and Clowder Image

Hi blog friends!
Have you ever heard of Kit and Clowder?
I have heard a lot about their online classes on one of the blogs that I follow.
They have classes teaching all kinds of coloring techniques,
I know they have some free ones if you'd like to check them out.
I'm on their e-mail list, so I was sent an e-mail before Mother's Day
offering a free digital download.
This beautiful floral image was what they were giving free and I
loved it.  I had already made my Mother's Day cards, so decided to 
use it for some birthday cards.
For this card I colored the flowers with colored pencils,
then cut a circle with a die, stamped the sentiment
(Happy Birthday from Biblical Impressions)
and adhered it to the circle area of the image.
I added a few sequins and the card was done.
For this card, I colored the image, then cut the center out to
make it into a shaker card.
I adhered some clear acetate to the back of the panel,
put foam tape around the hole, added some sequins and micro beads
and covered the back with white card stock.
For the sentiment I heat embossed the "happy"
with white embossing powder onto a piece of vellum,
wrapped it around the front panel and adhered it to the 
back of the panel.
Inside I stamped "birthday"
The sentiment stamps are from the
"Big Scripty Words" set from Lawn Fawn.
I love that I can size this digital image to whatever size I want
it to be. I also love being able to alter the image and do something
a little different with it.

Thanks for stopping by to see what I've been up to,
I hope you've been inspired in some way.
Until next time,
go try something different to stretch your images.


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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Love you

Hi all!
My last post was a card where I used the same technique as I used for this card.
I said I'd be posting the other card with this technique and here it is.
This is a technique I learned from Kristina Werner in 
I made this card to give to my husband, Dave.
Back in February I made a big decision, I decided to have 
weight loss surgery.  If you are interested in my story of why and
how things have played out since then, there is a tab at the top of my 
home page for "My Weight Loss Journey"
feel free to read it if you care to.
From the moment I said to him that I wanted to do it,
he has been very supportive.  He has encouraged me all the way.
When I had the surgery on June 6th, he was right there by my side.
He has been a huge help and support in this journey and I wanted to just
let him know, even in just this little way.
He has been my rock through the entire process and I know he will continue
to be there for me.
I love how this card turned out and I hope he will love it
as much as I do.
Just a little way to say Thank You to the best husband ever!

I hope you will try something that is a little out of your comfort zone.
I know a lot of people are intimidated by water colors,
but just give it a try and you'll be amazed at how easy it can be.
Hop over and check out the video with Kristina Werner
and try something like this yourself.
Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you'll come again soon.









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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Shower card

Hello blog fans!
Today I have a little card that I made to use as a gift card with a
bridal shower gift.
It was inspired by Kristina Werner
on this video where she made a Father's Day card.
I loved the concept so I adapted it for my own card.
I used my Peerless water colors , but I couldn't guess at what
colors I used, I just kept adding colors until I liked the look I had.
Believe it or not, I actually wrote that "love"
I usually hate my own handwriting,
but I played around and practiced until I got something I liked,
wrote it with pencil and then went over it with a journalling pen.
I layered the water color piece onto a piece of coordinating card stock
and then adhered it to a white card base.
Here is a picture with the envelope I made for the card.
It's an odd size and I knew there wouldn't be an envelope to fit.
I love the fun pop of green on the inside of the envelope.
I absolutely LOVE how this card turned out and I hope
Liz will like it too.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you've been inspired in some way.
Come again soon and you'll see the other card I made with this technique.
Until then,
Be Creative and Have Fun with it!





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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Distress Crayon Background and Flowers

Hi blog friends!
Today I have a birthday card that I made for a friend.
I knew I wanted to use these flowers from 
I stamped them onto white card stock with 
colored them with my Fantasia Colored Pencils and
then fussy cut them.
I wanted something a little different for the background, so I went to 
my stash of backgrounds that I've made just for this purpose.
I found this one that I made with my 
I trimmed it down, adhered it to a coordinating piece of card stock
and adhered that to the front of a white card base.
Inside I stamped the sentiment using 
I love how this card turned out and hope my friend loves it too.

Thanks for stopping by today, come again soon.
Until then 
craft something fun!






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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tulle shaker card

Hello blog friends!
Today I have a card that was inspired by Jennifer McGuire.
Yes!  Her again, she is one of my biggest inspirations.
I never thought about using tulle on a card before, especially
not to make a shaker card.  But it really does work very well.
I started by stamping the flowers from
onto white card stock and colored them with my 
then fussy cut them.
Since I was using tulle in this way, I wanted to put the 
flowers on the inside of the card so the back of the ones on the front
wouldn't show.
I had to have a "mirrored" image of the flowers to do this.
I stamped the image onto a piece of acrylic with VersaFine ink.
I then carefully took the piece of acrylic and turned it over and 
laid it down onto the piece of white card stock, 
leaving a reversed image.
It didn't turn out as clear and crisp as the regular stamping did,
but it was good enough to work with.  I went over the outlines with 
black pen, once I had the image colored.
I fussy cut the parts I needed to cover the backs of the flowers,
I didn't do a perfect job, but I think for my first time trying this,
I did pretty well.
Here is the inside of the card.  
I found it very easy to make this type of shaker card using tulle.
Watch Jennifer McGuire's video and I'm sure you'll find it's pretty easy too.
Here is what I thought was the finished card, 
now looking at it, I thought it needed something more.
I added dash lines around the outer edge of the card with
a black pen and I think that makes a lot of difference.
Here is the final result.  I think it really needed that
bit of black around the edge.
What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by today,
I'm so glad you did.
Until next time,
try something new and outside the box!




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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Father's Day Gears

Hello!
Today is the last post in my
Father's Day Car series.
For these cards I used the
I used my MISTI stamping tool and positioned the stamps on the tool.
Using the MISTI makes it so easy to stamp more than one card and have 
them all positioned  and stamped perfectly.
I stamped with VersaMark ink then brushed on Perfect Pearls Powder
To give the shine to the images.

I layered the panel with the images onto card stock then onto
white card bases. The card on the left I used shiny silver card stock
for the mat, you can see the shine of the silver in this picture.
I stamped Happy Father's Day from the
Here is a picture that shows the shine from the Perfect Pearls.
Here are the other 2 cards I made with this design.
The sentiments are a variety of techniques,
plain stamping with VersaFine ink,
I enjoyed making these cards and making each one a little bit
different from the others.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have enjoyed
my Father's Day Card series and have been inspired in some way.
Father's day is going to be here soon, I hope you've made a card or two.
Until next time,
have fun making something!





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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Not Just Cards Challenge June

Hi all you friends from blogland!
Today I've got an announcement,
I have been accepted to a design team and I'm 
pretty excited.
It's the team for the
Each month on the 11th of the month, a new challenge is
posted along with inspiration from our design team.
Every month there is a sponsor as well as a theme
and sometimes there are some cool prizes.  
Be sure to check out the NJC blog and participate in the challenge.
This month our sponsor is 
I worked with
One of the nice things about digital stamps is that you download them
to your computer and you can size them to the size you want to use. 
I decided that I wanted to do a scrapbook layout with my images, so I made them
 fairly large, each of the girls measures about 5.5" tall.
I printed the images onto white card stock,
colored them with my Fantasia colored pencils
and fussy cut them.
I started my pages with white card stock.
I used a Stormy Sky and Broken China Distress Inks
too create the sky and water.
For the sand, I tore some light brown marbled card stock so there
would be a straight "shoreline" yet still have a little bit of a rough edge.
I used a Perfect Medium ink pad and swiped it in different
areas of the water and sand, then brushed Perfect Pearls Powder 
onto the water and sand.  That is what gives it the shine.
For the sun I cut a mask, applied it before I inked the sky,
then after I had the sky done, I removed the mask and used 
scrap card stock to ink the rays with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.
The little girls were adhered to the page with foam tape to give a little dimension
to the page.
The photo mats were made from some card stock that I had in my 
stash
The title was stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and
a set of alpha stamps that I have in my stash.
I have no idea what company they are from.

Since there were 3 little girls in the image and I only used 2 on the 
layout, I made a card with the 3rd one.
I used some coordinating paper from my stash
and added the little girl with some foam tape.
I used a little Glossy Accents to give the center of the
flower a little shine.
Inside I stamped a sentiment from the
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps
with Wilted Violet Distress Ink
onto white card stock, cut it down and
adhered it to a mat that matches the outside mat of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you'll pop over to the
Not Just Cards Challenge Blog
and see the inspiration from the other 
design team member and give the challenge a try.
I really enjoyed working with this 
check out  All Dressed Up too, they may have something
you need to have.
Until next time,
have fun creating.



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