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Friday, September 22, 2017

pastel smooching

Hello!
I hope your day is going well.
The card I'm showing you today is one I made
to have on hand for when I need a birthday card.
I used this piece for the background from my stash.
I again used the smooching method to make this background.
I smooched Distress Inks onto a piece of acetate, added water 
then smooched it onto a piece of water color paper, 
to get a beautiful background.
I thought these flowers from 
from 
Stacy Stamps
were perfect to go with this background.
I stamped them with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
colored them with colored pencils and fussy cut them.
They are adhered to the card with different thicknesses 
of foam tape.  The Happy Birthday is from
Stamp On It



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I am in no way promoting any particular site.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Gift for Lennon

Hi!  Hope you're having a great day.
Today I'm showing you a gift I made for a little guy.
He turned 5 and absolutely loves dinosaurs.
This wasn't an easy and smooth process and I'll try to tell 
about my mistakes, so you don't also make them.
I started with a blank canvas, acrylic paints and Chap Stick.
Yes, I know that sounds strange, but I couldn't find my Microglaze and
thought I'd give the Chap Stick a try.
And I have to say it did work to a degree, but not as easily as
the Microglaze would have.
Here is a link to what I wanted to do with it.
I ended up not using it for the gift piece, but 
not because it wasn't working at all, I just didn't
have the time to play with it.
And of course guess what I found a couple days later?!?!
I know this might be hard to see, but it sure is hard to
photograph something that is clear.
I cut out a dinosaur design with Lennon's name on it
using my Silhouette Cameo and The Dinosaur Border Set
I used a piece of acetate to make the stencil and mask.
I ran the stencil and mask through my large Xyron machine
and stuck the mask down onto the canvas.
I started painting with the lightest color that I had, which
was a pink.  I was going for a sunset/universe look.
I continued to add colors, one by one, lightest to darkest.
I also added the red to his name.
Then came the darker colors, blues and purples.
And BOOM that's when things went awry. 
It all looked fine, until I took the mask off and the paint
had bled under the mask and made a total mess.
So I began again.
I used a little different strategy for the second attempt.
I used a bit less paint, less water on my brush when cleaning
it between colors and was more careful about how I applied the 
paint, trying to brush out from the mask at all times.
This time the dinosaurs came out much better, but there was
still some bleeding, but no where near as bad this time
Then I laid the stencil part of the acetate over the painted
canvas to see exactly where the dinosaurs were and painted his name in
more carefully.
Once that was done, I took the stencil off and began 
painting all the white parts with black paint.
After a couple coats of black and some more red....
it was almost finished.
For a finishing touch, I used some white paint,
added a little water and used my paint brush to flick
spatters onto the sky.  
I did lay the mask over the dinosaurs before
flicking the white paint.
I also gave the dinosaurs red eyes and I was done.
Then I was on to the card.
I decided to make a card to match the gift.
I cut the dinosaurs and the 
Happy Birthday! 
from black card stock.
I used a star stamp and stamped the card with 
VersaMark Ink and heat embossed them with silver
Here is a picture of the gift and card together.
The day of his party, I think Lennon was so overwhelmed
that he didn't really know all the gifts he got,
but his parents did and they both loved this gift.
I think it turned out pretty cool too.

Thanks for popping in to see what I've been creating.
Glad to have you here, come again soon.
Until next time,
have fun crafting!




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and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Card for Julie

Hello fans!
Recently I was invited to a birthday party for my
daughter's boyfriend's nephew.  It happened that his birthday
and his grandma's are on the same day, so I wanted to also
give something to Julie.
I wrapped up some of my handmade cards as a gift and
wanted to make a card for her.
This is the card that I made for her.
I started with a background stamp and stamped 
it onto white card stock with VersaMark Ink and 
heat embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder.
Once I trimmed it down I adhered it to a piece of
silver card stock, then onto a white card base.
I know this isn't a great picture, but I wanted to show
the shine on the embossing and the silver mat.
For the inside, I stamped and embossed this greeting, 
which was a stamp in my stash.
She loved the card as well as the ones I gave her as a gift.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you'll come again soon, next time
I'll be showing you what I made for Lennon,
the little guy the party was for.
Until then,
Happy Stamping!


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I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Smooched background

Hello crafting friends!
This past Saturday I decided to work on making some 
birthday cards.  I always seem to fall short when I need them
unexpectedly.  I also wanted to use some of the pieces that I had
in my stash.  This is one of the cards I made. 
I had this background in my stash from a couple months ago
when I was making some "smooched" background pieces.
I taped a piece of watercolor paper to a board,
then I smooched Distress Inks onto a piece of acetate,
sprayed it with a bit of water then laid it onto the 
paper and let it sit for just 15-20 seconds.
When I picked up the acetate, this was what I was left with.
And I LOVE how it turned out.
All I needed to do was adhere it to a piece of brown card stock,
then to a white card base and add a sentiment.
The Happy Birthday sentiment is from 
stamped with brown Color Box Chalk Ink onto
white card stock, trimmed out and adhered with 
foam tape.
Simple card, but I think it turned out great.

Thanks for stopping in today, I hope you'll 
come again soon.
Until then,
try something new!












Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cork

Hello crafty friends!
Today I have a card to show you that I mad for no
other reason than that I wanted to use this really cool
cork that I have.
My friend, Marie, saw a 12x12 stack of cork "paper" on
clearance and thought of me and picked it up for me.
How nice was that?!?!
I started by stamping
"Buck in the Forest"
onto a manilla tag with brown 
StazOn ink.
I then used water color crayons to add 
a little green to the leaves.
I used Distress ink and a blending tool to color the top of the 
tag and added the sentiment with the same brown ink.
The cork is self adhesive, so it was easy to adhere to 
a white card base.  A little twine, added the tag to the cork
front with ATG tape and called it done.
I like the way this card turned out and can't wait to
try more cards and maybe a layout with that cork.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you've been 
inspired to try some new supplies.  If you see something
different, especially on clearance, pick it up and give it a try.
You never know what new favorites you might discover.
Come again soon.
You never know what you'll find on 
Kristie Kreates!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Animals

Hi All!
Today I have a card to show you that I made just for fun.
My friend Marie, has this adorable stamp and let me borrow it.
I stamped the image onto white card stock with 
and colored it with my 
add the green for the grass and the blue for the sky
around the image.
I don't know who will receive this card, but I think
it's just adorable.
Thanks for popping over today,
I hope you'll come again soon.
Until then,
Happy Crafting!




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see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Anniversary cards

Hello blog fans!
Today I have a couple Anniversary cards to show you.
My friend Emma and her husband just celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary.
I was invited to a party for them, but I couldn't attend.
I couldn't let their party go by without making a card for them.
I made 2 cards and now have one in reserve for the next time
I need one.
This is the card I sent them.
I'm sorry it doesn't show up better, but it turned out 
really pretty.  For the hearts I cut out a heart shape from a piece 
of card stock, placed it onto white card stock and smooched
over it with VersaMark ink, covered it with silver embossing powder
and heated it with my heat gun until melted.  I made 2 hearts this way
and fussy cut them and adhered them to the background with foam tape.
The Happy Anniversary sentiment is from Eureka Stamps.
I stamped it onto silver vellum and heat embossed it with 
silver embossing powder.
After wrapping it around the background panel, I adhered the panel 
to a white card base.
Inside I wrote a personal note to Emma and Charles.
This is the other card that I made.
I ran a piece of white card stock through my Cuttlebug
in an embossing folder and embossed tiny hearts covering the 
panel.  I cut out a heart from a piece of card stock and used it as 
a stencil and "colored" the heart using Nuvo Mousse in gold.
To see this technique watch this video that my friend
Marleen made.
The sentiment strip was made the same way as the one above,
I added strips of silver vellum at the top and bottom of the
embossed panel and adhered it to the white card base with
foam tape.

Thanks for stopping in today, come again soon,
you never know what you'll find on 
Kristie Kreates!





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and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Little Gift for Mom

Hello blog friends!
Today I have a little something that I made for my Mom.
If you've been following me for a while, you know that
my Mom is 92 yrs old and lives in an assisted living home.
We have all given her plants over the last few years, but they 
never seem to live very long.
One of the problems is that they get too big for the pot and
once they get transplanted to another pot they don't do so well.
I think it's a general consensus that it's my black thumb that does
it.  All she has left right now is a sad African Violet that isn't going to
last much longer.  Someone keeps watering it and it's getting too much 
water.  Recently I bought a cute little "planter" of artificial succulents
and that's doing very well. LOL
I thought I'd make her up a little arrangement of silk flowers for 
the stand in front of her window.
Here's what I used.
I found some flowers when I was at the craft store for 
70% off, so I picked those up.
I had some styrofoam balls in my stash of craft supplies,
I cut one in half to hold the flowers.
I put some ATG tape on the flat bottom of one of the 
pieces and stuck it to the bottom of the "vase" that I 
was going to use.
I found this piece at Savers for a couple dollars.
It's the perfect size for what I wanted.
I really had no idea what I was doing, but I think 
this little arrangement turned out cute.
 
Here are a couple more pictures.
I think she's going to like this and it will brighten her room.
AND it won't die either!
Here's a view from the top to show what flowers 
there are.
So in the end, I spent about $3.00 to brighten Mom's 
room, I'd say that's a darn good deal.

Thanks for stopping in today!
I hope you'll come again soon.
Until then,
try something new,
like flower arranging.
Who knows you might be able to
brighten someones day too.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Family We Chose and Good Times

Hello Blog Fans!
Today I have a couple more layouts in a series 
that I've been working on.  They have all been pictures from my 
"nieces" family picnic in 2013.
These are the last 2 layouts in that series.
The title on this layout is Family That We Chose.
I don't know about you, but my family has a lot of what 
I like to call my "fake family"
My "niece" Tammy's Grandmother was one of my Mom's
friends since high school.  We always called her Aunt Lou.
Her daughter Nancy, in the picture above wearing black and white
I have always considered my cousin.  My children call her Aunt Nancy.
Her daughter, Tammy, holding the baby, calls me Aunt Kristie and is 
my niece.  I know it's a little convoluted, but it's how we are in my 
family.
In this page of the layout are 4 generations of our 
Family That We Chose!
This layout is of my family.
Dave, my husband, me, my kids, Kelsie and Jaryd,
and my wonderful Mom.
In that lower right hand corner is the whole group of us.
My family and the decendents of Aunt Lou.
Are my kids just too beautiful or what?
When I was making this layout, I said
"Gosh my kids are beautiful!"
My friend Emma started laughing and said
"You say that every time you do a layout of your kids."
I guess that's true, but I just can't help it!
They are just gorgeous!
Proud Mama here I guess.

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




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

HB2U

Hi All!
Today I have a birthday card to show you.
I love the Crazy Dogs stamp set from Tim Holtz!
One of my friends has the set and I stamped all the
different dogs onto watercolor paper to color
when I got to them.
I wanted to use one for a birthday card for my son
and I chose this cute little guy.
The stamp doesn't come with the spots, I added those
as I painted with my watercolor crayons.
I used the HB2U from the
Whole Shebang stamp set
from CAS-UAL Fridays Stamps
I added a bit of Glossy Accents to his nose 
and the tag hanging from his collar to give a little shine
and dimension.
The sentiment inside the card is from the
Whole Shebang stamp set also.
I think this card turned out adorable and Jaryd will 
love it.  He is a big dog and cat lover and I'm sure he'll
appreciate it.





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Friday, August 11, 2017

Not Just Cards Challenge #47

 Hello and welcome to my blog.
Today I'm posting for the
Not Just Cards Challenge #47 
This month our theme is children.
Our sponsor is
and I chose this adorable unicorn
to work with. Her name is Ursula.
I was also given the unicorn sentiment from
I have an adorable little Godchild who loves
unicorns, so I made this card to send to her.
I printed the digital image onto white card stock
then colored it with my Fantasia colored pencils then
fussy cut the image.
I did add a little Wink of Stella in gold
to the star on her head to make her even more 
fabulous.
I used some scraps from my stash to make the card
and found this cute polka dot paper scrap for the front
panel.  I used an Action Wobble on the back of the 
image and adhered it to the card.
You can see Ursula in action 
I printed the sentiment onto white card stock
and adhered it inside the card.
I think this card turned out adorable and I think
Andrea will love it too.
Thank you for stopping by today,
you can find more inspiration at the 
I hope you will play along with the challenge too.

Come again soon and see what I've been creating.
Until then, 
have fun crafting!



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see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Adorable Andrea

Hello blog followers!
Today I have another layout to share with you.
My last layouts were of Anthony and Andrea and today
I have another one from the same day that they were from.
This one is of Andrea.
As you can see from the title on the layout,
Andrea is our Godchild.
She is such a sweet little girl and we love her dearly,
how could we not?
 
I still remember the day Tammy called me and asked
if we would be her Godparents.
I burst into tears, I was so excited and touched
that they would ask us.
The title says adorable, but she is so much more.
Just love this little one, as well as her older brother!
The title was stamped with  wonderful 
alphabet stamp sets by Concord & 9th
The paper I used for the background is some I've
had in my stash for ages, but couldn't seem to use.
I was waiting for just the right layout and I guess
I found it, because I really love how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping in.
I have a couple more layouts from this same
picnic, of the rest of the family, so I hope you'll come back
and see how they turned out.
Until then,
enjoy the kids in your life,
because they grow up too fast.



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and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.



Friday, August 4, 2017

Catching Up On Some Scrapbooking

Good Day Blog Friends!
Recently I went on a scrapbooking weekend with my 
friend Mary. If you follow my blog you have seen the 2 bag books
I made that weekend.
Here are a couple layouts I also made.
My "niece" Tammy hosted a picnic and had a photographer friend 
come and take pictures.
These are some of the pictures he took that day.
There were so many good pictures of Anthony
that I had a difficult time narrowing them down.
Is he "The Man" or what?!?!?!
More of Anthony with little sister Andrea.
They are both just too cute!
I'm so far behind with my scrapping that these are
already a few years old.
 
Andrea is now going to be starting Kindergarten.
These are from 2013.
They both are so grown up now.

Thanks for stopping by today to see what I've been
 up to.  I hope you'll come back again soon.
You never know what you'll find on 
Kristie Kreates.








Monday, July 31, 2017

The other book

Hi all!
If you follow my posts, you know that I made a bag book 
for my daughter's boyfriend, Jason, for his birthday.
I mentioned in the post about it that I had made a book that 
just was not him at all.
Well this is that book.  I do like it, but 
it just isn't right for him.
A couple of the pages are okay, but the others just don't
work for him.
I'm sure I'll add a few more touches to this one and will
find a good use for it.
This is the front and the back covers.
I love the paper I used for it, it actually has a bit of
glitter on it.  That's probably why it just isn't "right" for this guy.
I like to put a title of some kind on the front also,
I'll decide that when I decide what to do with this book.
I love the subtle colors on this page.
Here are the tags.....
....and the other side of the tags.
I loved how this page turned out!
This one suits a man better I think, at least the one
I was making it for.


The key on the tag has "24-7-365" stamped into it,
I wish I had more of that key, I love it!
I stamped the words and sponged Distress Ink onto the
edges of the tag.

I decided to do a little stamping on some of the pages.
I used a couple border stamps along the edges of this one.
Stamping isn't just for cards.
And my last page.......
It's a little hard to see the pattern that I fussy cut around
on the tag in this picture, but it really does look very nice.
So that's my "failure" that wasn't a failure at all.
I think this book turned out great, just not for the person
I planned to give it to.

Thanks for coming by today.
I hope you have been inspired in some way.
Until next time,
don't give up when something isn't quite what you planned,
I'm sure it will work out in the end.