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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Card Drive #6

I'm almost done with my cards for the 
Caring Hearts Card Drive.
Of course, by the time this is posted, all the cards
will have been sent and they will be getting organized
to be sent out to those who deliver them.
I'm lucky enough to be one of those people.
Last year I delivered to 4 different homes in my area,
I'm hoping to be able to deliver to 6 this year.
As you can see, I've made most of these in the same design.
Cards don't have to be complicated or take a lot of time to
bring a smile to someone and be appreciated.
The insides have a verse and will be signed by me
and I hope this will give someone a happy 
holiday feeling.




Thanks for checking in to see what I've been creating.
I hope you'll come again soon.
Until then,
make someone smile!

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!



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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, 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.



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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.


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.


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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, 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.