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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving 4

Happy Fall Y'all!
Fall isn't my favorite season, but I do love 
Thanksgiving! Today I have the last of my 
Thanksgiving cards to show you.
I used Pumpkin Vine Stamp from QKR Stampede
sold through Stamp On It.
Colored with Fantasia Colored Pencils 
The background panel is cork paper from a 
pad a friend gave me.
This image is 
Tree Losing Leaves from Eureka Stamps.
Colored with colored pencils.
This background panel is from a burlap pad,
I have in my stash.
I used the Harvest Basket stamp from 
Eureka Stamps sold though 
Stamp On It, stamped it onto white card stock
and colored it with colored pencils.
The sentiment is
Give thanks, from Biblical Impressions.
This last card was made using 
Also from Eureka Stamps.
Colored with colored pencils.

Thanks for stopping in today.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my 
Thanksgiving card series and will come 
back again soon.
Until then, I hope you have a wonderful
Thanksgiving!



Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
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, November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving 3

Hello blog friends.
Are you almost ready for Thanksgiving?
At least my cards are, but I'm not sure about everything else.
Today I have post #3 in my Thanksgiving card series.
This cute guy is 
Eureka Stamps, sold though Stamp On It.
I stamped this image with 
and colored it with my 
This image is Large Cornucopia from Biblical Impressions
sold through Stamp On It
Stamped with Fluid Chalk Ink and colored with
colored pencils.
Inside this card I used
Leaf Stamp from QKR Stampede,
sold through Stamp On It.  I used the rubber stamp, but
apparently they only sell digital of this now.
I did second generations stamping of these leaves.
I inked up the stamp, stamped onto scrap paper
then stamped onto the card. This gives a much more
subtle impression.
For this card I used
from Eureka Stamps,
sold through Stamp On It.
I colored the image with 
Fantasia Colored Pencils
and the sky and ground with 
The Happy Thanksgiving is a sticker that I 
found in my stash.



Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
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.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Cards for Card Drive 5

Hi!
Here are a few more Christmas cards that I made for the
These 2 were both stamped with VersaMark ink
and embossed with silver embossing powder.
The card on the right was done on black card stock,
the one on the left was done on white card stock that
I used Distress Inks to color.
I like the one with the Distress Inks better,
I think it's a little more natural looking with the
different shades and colors I used, rather than 
a totally black sky. I also liked that the bottom of the
scene looks like snow.
For this card, I has some scraps of paper
that had the trees on it, I fussy cut them and 
adhered them in different layers to give dimensions
to the card.

Thanks for coming to check in and see what I've been up to.
Come again soon, you never know what you'll find on 
Kristie Kreates.


Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
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, November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving 1

Thanksgiving will be here soon, so I got busy and 
made some Thanksgiving cards to send out.
Here are the first 2 that I'm going to show you.
For both of them I used 
Large Skeleton Leaf from Biblical Impressions,
sold through Stamp On It
I stamped them with 
to color them.
The "Happy Thanksgiving"
is a stamp I borrowed from a friend.
I left the inside blank to write a personal note
to those I send them to.
So glad you stopped by today.
I hope you're having a wonderful day.
What are you thankful for?




Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
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.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fall Garden

I can't believe I never posted about our garden this summer!
I just went to write up a post about the fall garden and found
that I never posted about the beginning of our garden.
I guess I posted about it on facebook and never did it here.
So here it is and when you get to the end of the post you'll 
see why I was posting about the garden in the fall.
The garden in the front of our house has been awful for 
quite some time and we finally decided that something
needed to be done with it.
Last summer Dave, shaped the garden, but we never got 
anything more done with it.
this year we were determined to get it finished.
He worked hard on breaking up the soil.
We went to the nursery and got some plants and he 
put them in.
And he did a great job!
Right behind him it looks like there is a little bush
or tree there.  What is actually in the picture are some 
branches that had been cut off a tree. 
I had put them there just to get an idea of what it would
look like with another plant there.
We weren't sure what to put there, 
then Dave came up with an idea.
Our daughter had moved from her apartment and
was getting rid of this bookshelf.  I decided that I wanted
to give it a make over of some kind and we had it stored in
the garage.  Dave thought it might be great for that spot in the
front garden.  So that's what we did.
We had some pieces of hand painted china that were
our Aunt Bea's and that's where we started, then I added a planter
that had been my Mom's, we went to Saver's and picked up a few
other pieces, including a clock that was so ugly that it 
was cute and we had to have it.
I took all the pieces and my hot glue gun and went to 
work.  I glued everything down to the shelves.
Then I staked it into the ground and we had a cute
addition to our garden.
Something a little different and fun.
I think it looks great.
Unfortunately the plants in the planter didn't do well,
so I took them out and put in some silk flowers,
they did much better.
We added this little watering can,
and this bunny that was Mom's.
Here are some of the carpet roses, they 
grew beautifully and as of this writing there were
still flowers on the bushes.
The hydrangeas were beautiful too.
Not the kind we are used to, but pretty none the less.
As it got later in the season, they changed color
to pink and then an even darker pink.
The portulaca grew beautifully and had 
gorgeous bright colored flowers.
I wish I had a picture when they were at their
peek, the plants were loaded with flowers of 
almost neon color.
Now it is fall and the border of portulaca are
done and it was time to do some fall decorating.
I took everything off the shelves, it was a little worse
for wear, but still sturdy.
The glue wasn't hard to get off at all, I'm sure, due
to the hot and cool weather, but everything was in 
good shape to keep for the spring or summer.
I had picked some things up in thrift stores and craft stores,
so I got to work arranging and gluing again.
Now we are set for the fall.  
I'm not sure if we'll keep the shelf out for the winter, 
or put it away in the garage until spring.
We do get some pretty awful weather in the
front of our house, so it might be best to take it in.

Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you'll come again soon and see
what's happening on 
Kristie Kreates.



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Birthdays

Hello!
I hope you are having a good day.
Today I'm showing you a few birthday cards that I made.
These 2 were made with one of my favorite stamps.
I used 3101AA POPPIES from Stacy Stamps.
Stamped them onto white card stock with 
Onyx Black Versa Fine Ink and colored them
The sentiment is 
(43844) Happy Birthday Unmounted Stamp
from Biblical Impressions, sold through
This is a Stampendous stamp, but I can't find
anywhere to link it.
I stamped it onto white card stock with 
 and colored it with my 
colored pencils.

I hope the people I send them to
enjoy them as much as I enjoyed 
making them.

Thanks for stopping by today,
Come again soon,
until then
create something beautiful!



Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
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.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cards for Card Drive 4

Hello everyone
Here are a few more of the cards I created for the 
You can see that I made a few with this beautiful paper
that I had in my stash.
Sometimes simple is just perfect.
My favorite saying is
"There are no mistakes in crafting,
only opportunities to be more creative"
and that's what I did with this card.
When I was scoring the card base, I 
accidentally scored in the wrong place, so I 
took that opportunity to make it a tri-fold card.
The area that says "Merry Christmas" is a flap that 
folds down.
When you open it, the inside is stamped
with a little scene and greeting.
The flap at the bottom leaves plenty of room to 
sign my name.
See, just got more creative and used the accident
to make something a little different.

So glad you came by today,
I hope you'll take time to be more creative
next time you have a little accident when you are crafting.
See you again soon,
until then,
Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Thanksgiving 2

Hi friends!
This is the second post of the Thanksgiving cards
I made.
I used a leaf stamp from QKR Stampede sold through
Stamp On It.  Apparently they don't sell this in unmounted
red rubber any longer, but they do have it in digital.
I stamped it onto white card stock and colored it with 
then fussy cut them.
I stamped the Happy Thanksgiving and used a die to
cut it, and adhered it with foam tape to the front of the card.
For this card I used the same stamps and 
stamped the leaf at different angles around the card.
I then colored them with my Fantasia Colored Pencils.

Thanks for stopping in today,
what are you planning for Thanksgiving?
I'll be having family over and cooking
a turkey.
Hope to see you again soon.
Until them,
Happy Stamping.





Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
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.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sara's Birthday

Hello!
Today I'm showing you a card I made for a special young
lady, my son's fiance, Sara.
She just celebrated her birthday at the first of the month
and I made this card for her.
I knew I wanted to use that kitty stamp for her card,
as she is a cat lover and I knew she'd love it.
I stamped "Crazy Kitty Set" sold through
Stamp On It onto white card stock with 
I then used washi tape to make stripes on the card stock,
and inked the card stock with Distress Ink, carefully removed the
washi tape and had a striped background,
Purple is Sara's favorite color, so this was perfect for her.
The "Peeking in to say" was stamped with a 
"Happy Birthday" is also from 
Stamp On It.

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


Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
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.



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cards for Card Drive 3

Hi crafty people!
Today I have more of the cards I made for the



Thanks for checking in and I hope you are enjoying
seeing these Christmas cards.
They are all pretty simply done and I hope you will 
think about how to make some simple cards of your own.
Whether it's for yourself or for the card drive.
Until next time,
Happy Creating!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Halloween Goodies

Hi all!
I hope you had a fun Halloween.
I didn't have a single trick or treater,
which is usual for us.
I did have a fun time making up some
little goodies for my kids.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures.
But Kelsie's was still here, so I got one of that
and she was nice enough to send me a picture of
the one I made for her boyfriend.
Jaryd and Sara's were pretty much the same
as Kelsie's but different in size.

This is the little bag I made for Jason.
He loves the new 
So does my daughter, so that's what I gave them both.
Kelsie's box was a little bigger and had some 
Frankenstein Peeps and some socks in it with the
Reeses.
Jaryd and Sara got some Halloween decorations
along with some Peeps and that
tea light holder that I made for them, 
which you can see here.

Thanks for stopping in today,
if you are interested in learning how to make
little boxes and bags, here is a link to my favorite
blog for these kinds of projects
Pootles
is amazing, the projects that Sam makes are
wonderful and she always puts up great videos
with all the information you need right at your fingertips.
I hope you'll stop over and see what she has on her blog.
Until next time,
check out something new!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Welcome Sweet Baby

Hello and Welcome!
Today I'm showing you a new baby card that I made.
The baby that is was sent to is very special, as 
the parents when through a lot to be able to have her.
And she is absolutely beautiful and so very loved.
both sold through Stamp On It
I stamped them with Onyx Black VersaFine Ink
and colored them with my 
then fussy cut them and adhered them to the card.
The "Welcome sweet baby" was stamped with 
individual alpha stamps, but I don't know who they were 
made by.  I then colored them in.
The Baby Animals were adhered to the card with an

Thanks for stopping in today.
I hope you are having a wonderful day.
Until next time,
create something fun!


Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
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.




Saturday, November 4, 2017

More Pepper Stuff

G'day everyone!
I've finally used up all the peppers my friend
gave me.  
I did a bit of research on the internet and
talked to my son about infusing oil with the peppers.
I tried out 2 different methods.
This is the first one.
It's the cold infusion method.
I simply put some of the dried peppers into a jar
and filled it with oil.
Now I will let it sit for a couple weeks before I give it
a try.
I put the Pablanos into my little food chopper and chopped
them up.  I don't think this was the best way to do it.
I got some bigger chunks and some of it was totally
pulverized into powder. 
I did use some of this in my oil for the 2nd method,
the hot infusion method.
And these are what I had left of the dried peppers.
I put them into a pot with oil, heated it for a bit and let
them steep.
I put some of the peppers into each bottle and 
filled them with the oil.
Most of the sites said I could strain all the pepper out
of the oil, or leave it in.  I decided to add a pepper or two 
to each bottle with the oil.
I'm not sure about the oil yet,
I tasted it and it didn't seem to have much heat to it,
I'll see when I use it to cook.
I'm afraid that I scorched the peppers, so don't
know what this will taste like when I go to use it.
We shall see.
Don't know if I'll be giving this to anyone as gifts,
but I will be giving some of that 
This is what I got from all those peppers,
as well as some chopped and frozen.
I really enjoyed trying something new and different.
Now I've got the bug and want to find something else 
to can.

Thanks for checking in today.
I hope you'll come again soon,
until then,
try something new,
look it up on the internet,
ask your friends and family,
and plunge in!