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Friday, September 22, 2017

pastel smooching

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 
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

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, 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!

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, 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!

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, 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


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!