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Monday, October 22, 2018

Happy Anniversary!

Hello crafty people!
A couple weekends ago a couple friends
and I organized a 4 day crop and celebrated 10 yrs
of cropping and crafting together.
One of the gals made cupcakes and I made these little
 decorations for the top of them.
I used a banner die and cut from all different colors of 
scrap card stock.  I then stamped the Happy Anniversary
sentiment onto them and embossed it with 
silver embossing powder.
I used glue dots to stick the banners onto 
toothpicks.  Simple, quick and easy and they 
looked cute on the cupcakes.
Unfortunately, this was the only thing I got any
pictures of from our crop.
Guess I was worn out from the wedding the week
before and I didn't think of taking pictures of any of
the other prep or fun.
In fact I took these pictures after the event.
Sometimes we just get bogged down and forget
things.  LOL
The good thing is that the event was a big success.
Now on to planning our next one for the spring.

I'm glad you stopped in today and hope you'll come
again to spend a little time with me.
Until next time,
try something simple and easy.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Etched Wine glasses



Hello crafty people!
For Jaryd and Sara's wedding, there were
a bunch of crafty things that I helped with.
One of those things were some glasses that were
given to people at the rehearsal.
Sara's Mom was doing the etching,
but needed the stencils cut and I could do that.
So they told me what they needed and I created
and cut them with my Silhouette from vinyl.
Most of the wedding party got 
Buffalo Bills glasses.
This is what the stencil was like.
Yvonne would put the stencil on the glass,
then use etching cream to etch the image.
Once it was etched, she could rinse off the
etching cream and remove the vinyl stencil.
Here is one of the Bills glasses done.
Sara's sister is a chef, so she received 
this one with "skull chef" and the other was
for her boyfriend  In this case they left 
some of the vinyl on as a design element.
This is the design for my husband's glass.
He is a huge Trekkie.
And mine was this Scrap Queen glass.
There were a few others, but they were all done 
the day before the rehearsal, 
so I didn't see them before and
I didn't get pictures of them.
Sorry these last 2 pictures aren't very good,
but at least you can get the idea. 
Sara sent me the pictures of the others
and I think she did a beautiful job.

Thanks for coming by and spending time
at Kristie Kreates today.
I hope you'll come again soon.
I'll be posting more wedding fun and
scrapbook pages for their book soon.
Until then,
maybe you can give etching a try.







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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.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Jam

Hi everyone!  
Today I'm going to share with you the favors
that were at my son's wedding.
Everyone received a jar of home made jam with 
a label on the top that says
"Spread the Love
Sara & Jaryd
September 29, 2018"
Sara's Mom made most of the jam and I made the
labels and put them on the jars.
Here's what the labels were like.
I put a little graphic at the top of each label, 
showing what the flavor was.
There was peach, strawberry, strawberry banana,
strawberry peach and blueberry.
Each jar had a little spoon with it.
Here they all are, labeled and waiting in my dining room
to go to the wedding.
Everyone seemed to love receiving the jam.
In fact one of my great nephews ate his whole jar on
crackers at the wedding.
Instead of cheese and crackers, he ate jam and crackers.
I think I'd like to learn to make some 
pepper jelly one of these days.
I love pepper jelly and cream cheese on crackers,
and it would be so fun to make my own.
Have you ever made jam or jelly?

Thanks for stopping by today.
Let me know if you've ever made jam or jelly
and what kind is your favorite.
Hope to see you again soon.
Until then,
happy crafting!


Thursday, October 11, 2018

I've been a busy gal!



Hello!
Just popping in to say sorry for not posting for a bit.
My son got married on the 29th and leading up to the wedding
I was so busy, I couldn't even think about blog posts.
I had some scheduled, but apparently not enough.
After the wedding I've been trying to recover and I also
had a weekend crop that I was putting on with a couple other gals.
I'm finally starting to get back on track,
so hopefully, I'll have some new posts up soon.
For now, I'll just leave this picture of my son and daughter in law here.
Thanks for stopping in, come again soon and I'll try to have something
new up very soon.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Bacon Wrapped Carrots

Have you ever seen something on Facebook 
and just knew you had to give it a try?
I saw a video with a recipe for bacon wrapped carrots
and I knew I had to make them.
The funny thing is, that I hate cooked carrots.
Honestly, I never eat them, but something about these
grabbed me and I had to give them a try.
I was having family over and decided to make them
as an appetizer, they were really easy.
I'm a bit of a rebel when I make something like this.
You see, I have a habit of not following the recipe.
So I ended up making my own version,
a little different, but basically the same idea.
I peeled the carrots, wrapped them in thin sliced bacon
and laid them out on a cookie sheet covered with parchment
paper.
I then mixed syrup (I didn't have maple syrup, so I substituted
the cheap stuff, plain old pancake syrup) a bit of
"Hot Mama's Hot Hot Sauce" ( they called for Sriracha)
and some fresh ground black pepper, all into a bowl 
and mixed well with a whisk.
I then brushed the bacon wrapped carrots on both sides
with the syrup mixture.
Then they went into the over at 400*
After about 25 minutes, I flipped them and brushed
on more of the mixture, then cooked them for another
25 minutes.  When they came out of the oven, I brushed them
one more time.
This is how they looked and I have to say they were
fabulous.
Like I said, I hate cooked carrots, but there was a little piece
that broke off one of them and I had to give it a try.
It was soooooo stinkin' good!
I even ate a whole one when my family was here.
My sister in law was so surprised, she'd never seen me 
eat a cooked carrot before!
I really did like these carrots though and so did 
everyone else.
I'll definitely be making them again.
I do have to say that the pan I cooked them on
was quite a mess.  Between the bacon grease and the
sugar in the syrup,the parchment paper and the high temp,
there was a big cooked on mess.
After a little soaking and scrubbing,
it all came off so all is good.
If you ever try making these, be sure you use
a pan with sides.  I did, thank goodness, or 
it would have been a bigger mess. 

I'm so glad you stopped in today,
Please come again soon,
you never know what you'll find on 
Kristie Kreates!



Thursday, September 27, 2018

Scotch Eggs

Hello blog friends!
Welcome back to my blog.
Today I'm going to show you something that
I made for our Labor Day picnic.
When we moved into this house, we had a 
big party and invited some of the neighbors.
The family that lived behind us at the time were 
very "into" their Scottish heritage and they brought
some Scotch eggs.  They went pretty quickly and I never
did get a chance to try one.
I've always wanted to try making them and finally
decide that I'd just do it.
So here we go.......
Here are the ingredients,
hard boiled eggs, flour, sausage, beaten eggs and bread crumbs.
They really are pretty simple to make.
First roll the hard boiled egg in flour, then cover it with
sausage.  I found it easiest to form a patty of sausage in the 
palm of my hand, place the egg in the center and work the sausage
up around the egg.
Dip it into the beaten egg then cover with bread crumbs.
Put them into a pan with hot oil and cook until the 
sausage is browned and cooked through.
Here is what it looks like once they are cooked and sliced open.
Here are my Scotch Eggs all ready for company.
Mine aren't as pretty as the ones our friends brought to the 
party all those years ago, but next time they'll look better.
After all, practice makes perfect.
As you can see, I did have a little trouble with a couple of them.
The sausage split open during the cooking process.
I'm not exactly sure why this happened, but I suspect that I didn't 
have to sausage pressed together well enough in a few spots.
My family really enjoyed having them and I found them 
quite tasty.
The one thing that I learned is that they are almost like a meal.
Unfortunately, you can't cut the eggs down in size before you 
cook them, they are quite large, between the whole egg and all the
sausage.  I felt that they were a bit much for appetizers, unless
people share them, which some of my family did.
But, all in all, I'd say they were a success.
I think they could also make a nice breakfast food.

Thanks for popping in today and spending some time
here.  I hope you've been inspired in some way
and maybe you'll give these a try.
Or maybe you'll try something else that
you've been wanting to try.
Until next time,
try something new and different!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Tree and Hearts

Hi and welcome back to my blog.
Sara's bridal shower is over with now and
I'd like to show you this project I made for the shower.
Here's how it came about,
I used to work in a couple paint your own pottery studios
and loved the idea of the plates we used to make for people to
sign.  There are special markers that you use on ceramics
that are permanent once they are baked in an oven.
I have made them before and wanted one for the shower.
I went to the studio and designed and painted the plate.
Two days before the shower, when I was supposed to pick it up,
I got a call from the owner, my plate had cracked in the kiln.
I know this happens sometimes, but have never had it happen
to me before.  So now I needed a new idea.
I went to the craft store and found a shadow box frame and
little wooden hearts.
I found a tree that I liked in my Silhouette library and cut that
with silver vinyl and the wording with purple vinyl.
I put the vinyl pieces onto purple card stock and into 
the frame.
I used purple and gray paint for the little hearts, 
as those are their wedding colors.
I chose some coordinating colored fine line markers.
At the shower everyone signed a heart to add to the
tree.
I glued all the hearts around the tree.
I'm very happy with how this turned out.
Especially since I had to come up with the idea
and make it in such a short period of time.
I think Sara will love how it turned out too.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you'll come back soon.
Until then,
happy crafting!


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

First painting

Hi!  How's everyone doing?
Welcome to my blog.
I have always been a little in love with watercolors,
in fact when my kids were little, I took a class in 
watercolors through adult ed in our town.  
I didn't really have time to dedicate to it and after
the course was done, I didn't pursue it anymore.
Recently, I have had a resurgence of that interest and 
decided that I want to do more watercoloring.
I have been doing it in combination with stamping,
but not creating anything on my own.
Unfortunately, there isn't a course available to me right now,
but the internet is.  I've watched a lot of videos showing different
techniques.
(Let me apologize for the poor color in my pictures today.
The paper is not as yellow as it looks, it's actually much
whiter than it shows in these pictures.)
One day I was playing around with some watercolor paints,
thinking I'd make a background for some cards. 
When I looked at this, I could see hydrangeas, 
so I put it aside with the intention of figuring out how
to make it into just that.
I watched a video showing how to draw a hydrangea
and got the basic idea.
I practiced a little bit with some pencil and with great
trepidation, I picked up my Micron pen and put it to 
paper.  Once I got going on it, it wasn't so scary anymore.
It did take quite a while to put all those little flowers and leaves
on there, but it was worth it.
I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out, since
it was my first attempt at something like this.
Of course I have my criticisms of it and yes, I know
I'm really hard on myself,
but the leaves should have been bigger and the
shape a little different, fatter I think.
I would have liked to see the individual
"bunches" more defined and I could have been 
more consistent with the size of the flowers within each bunch.
Like I said, I'm pretty critical of myself, but 
that's how we learn, right?
Over all, I do like it and I'll be trying something
like this again.  But I do want to try some other
things too.
Any of you into watercolor?
Have you taken classes?
Learned from vidoes?
Just played around and learned that way?

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





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 15, 2018

Savosaurus

Hi all!
Remember this card from a few posts ago?
Today I'm going to show you what I made that 
little guy for his birthday.
I decided to make him a bank, so I went to the store
and got a glass block made for crafting.
I found a free coloring page and use that to trace 
this dinosaur and all it's parts with my
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software.
I then cut it out with my Silhouette using a couple different colors of 
vinyl.  I used black and silver and layered them.
I cut a slit in the plug and the bank was ready to go.
Oh, except that it needed a bit of money inside.
I added some coins, then my kids added some
too.  It was a nice little start for his savings.
He loved the bank when he opened it and 
any cash that he received he put right into the bank.
Maybe I should have gotten the bigger glass block.
By the time he was finished with his gifts, the bank was full
of random cash!
I love making something a little different for 
gifts and I think a bank is a great idea 
for any kid.

I'm so glad you stopped by today.
Thanks, I hope you have been inspired in some
way and will come again soon.
Until next time,
have fun creating!



Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Pinata

Hey everybody!
How are things going in your world?
I've been keeping busy with wedding things,
as well as a bunch of other activities.
One of the things I was busy for a while
with was a pinata.
Jaryd and Sara thought it would be fun
to have a pinata at their wedding and asked if I 
would make one for them.
Then Sara came to me and asked if I would
make it for Jaryd's stag party instead.
Of course I agreed.
I have only made one other pinata and that
was for Jaryd's 5th birthday, I made it so strong
that even the fathers couldn't break it open.
They wanted this one just as strong.
I started out by getting a 24" balloon and
blowing it up.
I then mixed flour and water together to make
a "paste"  I dipped torn news paper strips into
the paste and put them onto the balloon.
Jaryd helped me tie some twine around the whole
thing, so it would be able to hang.
I made sure to cover all parts of the balloon.
We hung it from a nail on our deck to dry, 
which worked, except it cracked and I needed to do
a bit of repair work.
I applied a couple more layers and added more twine.
I wanted to be sure this baby didn't just fall.
After a couple more layers applied and dried,
it was time to remove the balloon, 
so I pulled it out a bit and cut a hole into it.
Then I cut a hole in the pinata so I could take the
balloon out and put the
prizes inside.
Here's the poor balloon that was inside.
Here are the prizes that I loaded into the pinata.
When I went shopping for them, I just wandered around
a couple bargain stores and picked up some fun 
prizes.
I also included a few "special" prizes. 
These had this note on them.
These were also for special prizes.
Yep, that's a picture of me! LOL
That pinata was pretty full.
I put the cut out piece back onto the pinata and
covered it with another couple layers of paper
and paste.
Now it was time to paint it.
I took it outside and gave it a couple good coats
of spray paint.
We live in the Buffalo, NY area and we
are big Buffalo Bills fans, so they wanted the 
pinata to be made to look like
Tom Brady so they could
Bash Brady.
This is what it looked like with his picture on it.
It took a bit of figuring, but I finally
printed the picture in 4 parts, pieced them 
together into one big picture and used
Mod Podge to adhere it to the pinata.
I also printed and cut out a deflated football
and Mod Podged it to the other side.
They loved how the pinata turned out.
The plan was to charge a buck to bash Brady 
at the stag.  
This was prize #1 for whoever picked up those
Carefree panty liners.
This was prize #2
It's a bottle opener that has a magnetic
bottom to catch the bottle caps and a 
six pack of Labatts beer.
Prize #3 was a tee shirt, a Buffalo magnet, a Buffalo
coaster and hot sauces.
Everyone loved the pinata,
but it didn't raise as much money as we hoped.
Brian, the best man, had a wiffle bat to hit it with,
but had brought a real bat along too.
He knew how strong the one I made for Jaryd's
birthday was, because he was there and still remembers
it.  He figured if they couldn't break it with the wiffle bat,
they would break it with the real bat.
Unfortunately, the first one to hit the pinata, saw the real
bat, put down the wiffle bat and used the real
bat on it right away.  Needless to say, it didn't last long,
with a bunch of guys hitting it with a real bat.
But they did have fun with it and that's what 
counts.

Thanks for stopping by today,
Have you ever made a pinata?
It's easy and fun, give it a try.
Come again soon,
you never know what you'll find on
Kristie Kreates.



Friday, September 7, 2018

Beauty and Plattsburg

Hello and welcome back.
Today I have a couple more layouts for the 
wedding scrapbook.
Sara's Mom is a photographer, so they went to visit her and she took
some engagement pictures of them.  They invited our daughter
along and pictures were taken of  brother and sister.
This layout is some of my favorite pictures from that shoot.
You can't see it in the picture, but those kind of smudged 
areas are there for a reason.  The entire sheet of card stock
is embossed with words about family.
I inked over the ones that I wanted to stand out.
At the bottom is says
"Family is Forever"
and through out the page brother and sister are highlighted.
Jaryd is Kelsie's little brother, but he is hardly that.  She calls
 him her big little brother and she is his little big sister.
This certainly fits since he is almost a foot taller than she is.
I just love these pictures of them together.
This layout is a title page, of sorts, about that trip.
Plattsburgh is where her Mom lives and 
the pictures are from Places......
......Pumpkins, People and more.
There will be more layouts with pictures from that
trip and the fun they had together.

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

Monday, September 3, 2018

Dino-mite!

Hi Everyone!
Today I have a card to show you.
I made this for a little guy who absolutely
LOVES dinosaurs.

The background is one from my stash.
I made it with alcohol inks and glossy card stock.
I seldom use any kind of sticker, but when I found
some dinosaur stickers in my stash, I knew I
had to use this one for Lennon.
The "Happy Birthday" was stamped with
Staz-On black ink.

Inside I used some of my alphabet stamps to
stamp this sentiment.
I think he'll love this card.

Thanks for stopping by today,
come again soon.
Until then
be creative!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Flower Making

What happens when a guy grows up with a 
crafty Mom and gets engaged to a crafty girlfriend?
He ends up doing crafty things for their wedding!
This is a little peak at what we are working on for 
Jaryd and Sara's wedding.
I'm not going to go into detail about what is being done
with these flowers, but I wanted to give you a little
teaser and a peak at some of our fun.
These flowers are made from a product called
It's been around for quite a while, I remembered
 using it when I was a teen and looked it up on the internet.
I found one place in the US that carries this product,
so I ordered a can to see how it would work.
It worked great, so we ordered more.
Clay Alley has been fabulous and quick with our orders.
Each flower has to be formed with wire, then dipped into the 
film, pulled out, then sprinkled glitter and set to dry.  
They dry fairly quickly.  The glitter doesn't totally
adhere to the film, so once they are dry, 
Jaryd takes them outside and sprays them with 
hairspray. This does the trick.
Here are some of the flowers he made.
Here is Sara, working on another part of the
project.
Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope I've made you curious about what
we'll be making with those flowers.
I also hope you'll stop by 
and see what they have to offer.
We're loving the Dip It Fantasy Film,
but they have a lot of other products 
to check out.
Until next time,
enjoy crafting something fun!