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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Metal Tag and Alcohol Inks

Hello crafty friends!
Today I'm showing you something a little
different.  I was wandering around in Michael's one
day and happened to see some metal tags on clearance.
They were only $6.00 for a pack of 24, so I
picked up a pack and figured I'd think of something
to do with them.

This is what they look like right out of the package.
I decided that I should use some alcohol inks on
one and see what I got.

I used a few different colors of purple and just
pounced them on with a ink blending tool and a
felt applicator.  I thought it turned out pretty nice.
Now what to do with it?

My next step was to use some
Alcohol Lift Ink.
I found several different floral stamps and used them
to lift the alcohol ink off the tag.
I love how this turned out,
I'm not sure exactly what I will use it for,
but it sure was fun playing with the inks and
experimenting.
I think these could make nice bookmarks or little art
pieces to just hang somewhere.
Or even to just use as gift tags with the persons name
lifted from the surface.
At the price I got them for, how can I go wrong?

Thanks for spending time at my blog today,
I hope you've been inspired in some way
and maybe will give some alcohol ink
a try.
Until next time,
try something new and different.




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I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Kids Easter Cards

Hi all!
I know it's way past Easter, but I wanted to share these
2 cards that I made for a couple of my greats.
If you have been checking in, you know
that I had all my cards made and ready to go,
but they didn't get sent,
but these 2 did.  They arrived the day after Easter,
but the kids loved them anyway.

For Anthony, I made this card.
I cut out 2 rabbits that I had files for on my Silhouette, Cameo
and altered them for the card.
I received a message from my niece that Anthony
said it was the funniest card yet.
I was so pleased that he liked it.

For Andrea, who is my unicorn lover,
I made this "bunnycorn" as she called it.
I used my Silhouette to cut the pieces and
drew the face on with black marker.
The horn was made with gold glitter card stock.
She loved her bunycorn card.

Thanks for stopping in today, I hope you have enjoyed
your visit and will come again soon.
Until next time,
happy crafting.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Easter Cards, A Design For Any Occasion

Hello Blog friends!
You know how they  say, the best laid plans often go awry?
Well that's what happened with my Easter cards.
I had my cards made over a month in advance,
but then my Aunt Marilyn got pneumonia and I had to go
to North Carolina.  I ended up being there for 3 weeks and
then when I got back it was only a couple days before
Easter, so the cards never got sent.
I guess I can figure that I'm all ready for next year.

The cards all had the same design, stamps and embossing,
the panel that they were made with were each a little different.
All from the same paper, but different areas of it.
The leaf stamp is from
Dyan Reaveley Further Around The Edge 
Stamp Set
The Happy Easter is a stamp I borrowed from a friend.
I stamped with VersaMark Ink and
heat embossed with
Purple Zing Embossing Powder.
This design could easily be used for any
occasion, just change the sentiment and you'll be
all set.
Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you are having a wonderful spring
and will come again soon.



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Monday, May 6, 2019

Goodie Bags and Scratch Offs

As many of you know, I work with a
couple of friends and hold crafting crops.
We hold weekend crops a couple times a year.
In March we had a weekend crop and the theme
was baseball.

I made up these goodie bags for each cropper.
I printed out the Have a Ball image, cut them out
and glued them onto lunch bags.
Inside I put some Cracker Jacks, Tootsie Rolls, some Washi
tape and other little goodies.

I also included a scratch off ticket in each bag.
They were really simple to make.
I cut out the "baseball diamonds" and added the bases.
In the center I put the scratch off area.

These were really simple to make using
Silhouette Silver Scratch Off Sticker Sheets
Under the scratch off area, I had things like
$ off crops, a free drink, or not a winner, but you're
a winner in our eyes.

Our "Grand Prize" for the weekend was a
gift certificate toward the next weekend crop that
we hold.
I made this baseball diamond and the baseball
was the scratch off gift certificate.
We also added some scratch off lottery tickets on
each base to add a little something extra.
This was wrapped up with a few scrapbooking
supplies to make a nice prize.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you think I hit it out of the park
with these ideas.
Hope to see you again soon,
until then
hit a home run of your own.



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


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Baby Blanket and Bear Hats

I have exciting news!
I'm going to be a Grandma and the baby is due to arrive
right around my birthday in November.
I can't think of a better birthday gift than a grandchild.
I got to work right away making a few things for the
baby.
Since we don't know, yet, if it's a boy or a girl
I went with some beautiful green colors.

I made this blanket with
Yarnspirations Bernat Baby Blanket
yarn.  I love it, it's so soft!

I know it's hard to see the edges, but I created a
scalloped edge all the way around.
While I was sitting crocheting, my daughter in law
showed me an adorable little hat with bear ears.
I just happened that the pattern called for the same kind
of yarn that I was using.

This was the first one that I made, but it's so tiny that we
were afraid it would never fit the baby.
My son is know for the size of his head.  LOL
He even said "I don't think any baby of mine will ever have a
head that small."  Although it's exactly what the pattern called for
for a newborn hat.

For the next one, I switched the yarns and made this hat.
This one is for 3-6 months and seems more the size
for Jaryd's baby.
I'm sure I'll be showing you more things that I make along
the way, for this baby.
Sara, my daughter in law, and I have plenty of projects planned.
From onsies to wall decor for the nursery.
Can't wait to be a Grandma!

Thanks for stopping today.
I hope you have been inspired in some way.
Until next time, create something for
someone you love!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Challenge Swap

Hello crafting friends!
I have a group of friends that have a facebook group,
all of us are crafters that have mostly met online.
We decided to do a challenge swap and I'm loving it.
Our first theme was cats and/or dogs.
I made this bookmark for my friend Lisa.
I used backgrounds from my stash of handmades 
for the yellow base piece as well as the mat around 
the image of the cat.
The cat was stamped onto white card stock and colored
with colored pencils.
The glass lenses were first covered with 
Wink of Stella and then with 
No photo description available.
This is the little card I included with the bookmark when
I sent it.
This was stamped with Black Onyx VersaFine ink
and colored with colored pencils and Distress Inks.
Our next challenge theme is "Friendship"
I will post a picture of what I made for that swap,
after the recipient receives it.

Thanks for stopping by and spending time with me today.
I hope you've been inspired in some way.
Have you ever participated in a crafting challenge
and/or swap?
Until next time, challenge yourself in some way.




Saturday, April 20, 2019

Sorry I've Been MIA!

Hello blog fans!
I'm sorry I've been
away for a while.
On March 27th I got a call that my sweet Aunt Marilyn
was going to the hospital.
This meant that the next day I needed to drive
to Charlotte, North Carolina.
I live in the Buffalo, NY area so it's about
an 11 hr drive.
She was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia 
and stayed there for 5 days.
Once she was released she went to 
a rehab facility.
To make a long story short,
she will be staying at the facility for 
long term nursing care.
She is doing pretty well physically,
but mentally she has declined.
She has been slowing declining over the
last year or so, but now she is to the point
that it isn't safe for her to be alone.
It's pretty amazing that she is 95 and has lived on her
own in her apartment until now, but it's time
for her to be cared for.
Here is a picture of the 2 of us that I took
a couple days before I came home.
It's been a long, emotional, exhausting 3 weeks.
I cleaned out and packed up her whole apartment
and arranged with our friend there to take care of
finding people to take her furniture etc.
It's difficult being in a different city without your 
usual support systems with you, but 
sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.
I'm happy with where she is now, they are wonderful 
and it's a fabulous facility and I have a great deal of
confidence in them.
Hopefully, I'll be back on track with my blog posts soon.
Sorry I haven't been around for y'all.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter,
see you again soon!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Baby Shower Decorations

Hello!
Don't you love baby showers?
My daughter in law was helping give a shower
for her sister, who is having a baby girl.
Here are some of the decorations and favors that
she made.
She used pens that she bought for her Cricut
to make tags for the favors.
First the Cricut wrote out the wording
then cut them out.
Here are the finished tags.
Aren't they cute?!?!
And the favors.  Each tube was filled with
Violet seeds and some paper shread, which can be put 
right in the garden to grow.
The baby's name is Violette Rose,
so this is perfect for the favor and so
sweet.
I think this gift banner is adorable.
Each of the little onsies were embellished with
silver foil around the neck and for snaps. Soooo cute!
And how sweet is this 
Welcome baby Violette banner?
Here is one more banner, in progress.
I don't have a picture of this one finished,
but I'm sure it was adorable from seeing this
laid out like this.
I think she did a fabulous job for the shower.

I'm so glad I could share this with you today.
Have you ever decorated for a shower or party
 using your crafty skills?
Hope to see you again soon,
until then,
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Tags - Flowers

Welcome to Kristie Kreates!
Here are a couple more tags that I made
for my tag swap.
These were very simple to make.
I stamped a 2 layer image of the flowers
 onto white card stock,
with Distress Inks and fussy cut them.
As you can see, one of them I stamped polka dots,
I used a background stamp for this.
One of the flowers is adhered directly to the tag,
the other is adhered with foam tape to give a little
dimension to the tag.
Last I stamped the sentiment.
2 quick and easy tags, ready for use.

Thanks for stopping in today,
I hope you have been inspired in some way.
See you again soon!




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


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Party Decorations

Hi!
Have you ever thrown a surprise party?
My hubby turned 60 in February and I 
decided that I should have a party for him.
The kids helped me so much with all the prep,
it's hard to do the prep when you live in the
same house with the person you are 
having the party for.
My daughter in law, Sara and I 
got together several times to make decorations
and plans.
Here are some of the decorations we made,
she with her Cricut and me with my Silhouette Cameo.
I printed pictures to put up around the party space.
This is of Dave at Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.
Here are a couple of young Dave, in Elementary or Middle 
School on the right and his senior picture on the left.
Our wedding picture.
A recent selfie that he took.
Us together for a portrait,
probably around 1986 or 87.
With his Mom at our wedding.
One of his famous Halloween costumes.
Me with Sara and our Happy Birthday banner.
Cheers to 60 Years
Our #2 son, Jaryd's best friend Brian, turned the 
6 upside down during the party so it said
90 years. Such a joker!
Thanks for the laugh #2
Sara made some really nice cards to label the food.
Sorry you can't really see them, they were so cute!

I'm glad you came today so I could share the fun 
we had making and throwing the surprise party for 
Dave.  He was totally surprised and we had a great time
with about 30 family and friends.
Come again soon,
you never know what you'll find at 
Kristie Kreates.



Friday, March 22, 2019

Tags - Foliage

Hello blog friends.
Today I have another tag post for you.

These were made with an alcohol inked background.
I used "Further Around The Edge" stamp set from
 Dyan Reaveley to stamp the vine design
 and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.

For these 2 tags I used alcohol inks on silver card stock,
then stamped them with a variety of leaf stamps using
Alcohol Lift Ink.
The Alcohol Lift Ink does just what it say, it lifts the ink
off the card stock, leaving the design of the stamp.
Once it is lifted, you can take that stamp and stamp
the "lifted ink" onto another surface.
I would encourage you to watch some videos on this
product and technique and give it a try,
it's fun and gives a great look to projects.

Thanks for stopping in, come again soon.
Until then,
try something new.





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Monday, March 18, 2019

Kelsie's Card

Hi all!
Our family has a lot of birthdays and anniversaries
in February.  One of those is our daughter's birthday.
Kelsie loves purple, so I took a dive into my 
background stash and found this piece that I made
vellum.  It's hard to get a picture of how really 
beautiful this piece is, but I love it.
When the ink was still a little tacky in spots
I applied some pink metallic Deco-foil
Adhesives show through vellum, so I covered the 
entire back of it with wide score tape and adhered it to
a white card base. Covering the entire piece
gives it a uniform look and you can't see the adhesive.
I cut the Happy Birthday from some glitter card stock
and also cut 3 or 4 from plain white card stock.
I then layered them to give the sentiment some dimension.
You can see the shiny pink Deco-foil a little better
in this picture.
On the inside of the card, I wrote a personal note 
to Kelsie.

Thanks for coming by today,
I hope you'll stop again soon.
Until then,
make someone smile.




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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Tags - Plaid

 Hi!
Today is tag series day.
I really enjoyed making these tags.
I have a stamp set that I got used, I don't even remember
where or when.  It has different styles of stripes, so I decided
to try my hand at making some plaids and these are what
I came up with.

I used different combinations of the stripes and
colors to create different looks
and I love how they turned out.
I wanted to make some tags that were a little more
masculine and I think these fit the bill.
I used Distress Inks and my
MISTI Stamping tool as each of
those stripes is stamped separately.
They didn't really take long with the
help of the MISTI.
These were all stamped on manila tags
 and I use a bit of jute twine for the tie.

Thanks for stopping by today to
see what I'm up to,
I hope you'll stop by again soon.
Until then stretch yourself and
think outside the box.






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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Daisy Card

Hello blog fans!
Recently I saw this video on Jennifer McGuire's
blog and had to give this technique a try.
Mine didn't turn out nearly as beautiful as hers did,
but it was my first try and think it turned out nice.

The idea is to stamp, color and cut up a piece and
add it to the front of a card.  There are several ways
she shows in her video that I linked to above
and they all are beautiful.
I just wanted to try the simplest one,
so I cut my stamped piece and added
the pieces to a card base with foam tape.
I used the Daisy Thanks stamp set from
Stampendous.
For the sentiment I used
Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words

I'm glad you stopped by today and I hope
you'll go check out Jennifer's video on this technique
and give it a try.
Until next time,
Happy Stamping!




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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Tags, Leaves

Hello, I hope you're having a lovely day.
Today is tag day and I have 2 similar,
but different tags to show you.

I used a polka dot background stamp
and Distress ink on white card stock,
then cut them to size.
The leaves were then stamped with
the same ink, but double stamped to
give a darker image.
Last the sentiment was stamped
with VersaFine Onyx Black ink,
which gives a nice crisp image.

This tag was done with the same technique,
I stamped the leaves, then used the same ink to
stamp the veins of the leaves.
I used a little dot cluster stamp to create the bunch of
berries in the center, I think this gives the tag
a nice little pop.

I'm glad you stopped in to spend a little time
with me today, I hope you are too.
I hope you'll come again soon.
Until next time,
happy crafting!






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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Abstract Card

Hello!
Something a little different today.
This is a birthday card that I made for my hubby.
I was looking through my stash of backgrounds for
something to use on his card and came across this piece.
I loved it so much that I couldn't stand to cut it into
pieces, so I used the whole thing.
I made it using alcohol inks on a glossy card stock 
along with some blending solution.
When the ink was mostly dry, I applied some gold
Deco-foil, which stuck to the areas that were still a little
wet and a little bit sticky.

I simply adhered the piece to a white card base,
wrote a message inside and called it done.

Here you can see some of the shiny gold areas where
the Deco-foil stuck.  It's really quite beautiful.

I chose to use the piece for a horizontal
card, but it could be used as a vertical also.
My hubby loved it and I told him I understand
that he doesn't know what to do with the cards
I make for him and I'll take this one off his hands
to hang in my craft room.
I may just have him frame it for me.

Thanks for popping in today.
I hope you'll come again soon and
that you have been inspired in some way today.
Until next time,
give something different a try!




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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tags - Stars

Hi All.
It's tag series day.

These tags were made with white card stock
cut to size then stamped with
stars from a Dyan Reaveley stamp set.
(I can't find this set to link online, but
any set would do.)
I used VersaFine Crimsom Red Ink to stamp the stars
on the tag. I stamped and heat embossed the small
stars with silver embossing powder, then fussy cut them.

I used red metallic thread to make a little
nest of thread, glued it to the tag and topped it
with the silver star using foam tape.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit with me
and were inspired in some way.
Come again soon,
until then
bring a smile to someone's face



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and you may find better prices elsewhere,
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Friday, February 22, 2019

Lego Valentine

Hello blog friends.
A little bit ago, I posted a Lego card that I made
for a birthday and my nephew just loved it.
For Valentine's Day I wanted to make something special
for him.  The other cards I made just didn't
look like something a young boy would like,
so I decided to make him another Lego card.
I found a picture of a Lego heart online
and recreated it with some background pieces
made with alcohol inks from my stash.
I designed it and
 cut all the Lego pieces with my Silhouette,
then pieced them together onto
white card stock.
Each of the little circles are on tiny
foam dot adhesive pieces.
It was a bit fussy, but well worth
the time, as I love how it turned out.
I hope Anthony loves it as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you've been inspired in some way and
will come again soon.
Until then
think outside the box and try something
new!




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