Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Let's Flamingo

Hey Gang!  It's my turn over on the Dies R Us blog today and I've got something a bit on the tropical side to share.  Come on over and check it out HERE.


See you over there!
~Kristina

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Just for Dad

Father's Day is fast approaching.  Are you ready?  I'm over on the Dies R Us sharing a Father's Day card.  Come on over and check out the details HERE.


Hope to see you there!
~Kristina

Monday, June 10, 2019

America My Hero

Hey there my friends!  Today I wanted to share a card that I made using one of the brand new digital stamp sets from Polka Dot Orchard.  The set is called America My Hero and has 36 digital images.  You read that right, 36!!!  Seriously, this set is jam packed.  Perfect for 4th of July or military.  Or whatever you want!



I wanted to show that you don't have to spend a ton of time coloring to make a great looking card!  The only coloring I did was sponging along the edges.

The card is a standard A2 size made out of 110lb Neenah Solar white.  Then I cut a black panel about and 1/8" smaller on all the sides.  I printed the stars digital stamp from the America My Hero set three different times.  Once on red, once on white and once on navy.  Then I cut each piece down to 4" x 1 1/2".  I sponged around the red and blue rectangles with Unicorn White pigment ink.  The white rectangle I sponged with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink.  I then used Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue to adhere them to the black panel.

I combined two images together for the sentiment.  I used the Wendell Willkie quote with the sparkler image put behind it.  I faded the sparkler image out so it would be easier to read the quote.  I printed it out onto 80lb Neenah Solar white cardstock.  I then it cut it out with a stitched rectangle die from My Favorite Things.  I sponged around the edges with red ink that matched my cardstock.  Next I added foam tape to the back and added it to the card panel.



For the final step I added Icicle stickles to the "sparks" on the sparkler.  I tried to get a good picture of the sparkle but it just didn't work out.  There you have it!  I do hope you will check out the America My Hero digital stamp set from Polka Dot Orchard.  You can find all of the supplies listed below with a direct link to this stamp set!

Toodles,
~Kristina

Supplies used:

Neenah Solar White
Neenah Solar White
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
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Lawn Fawn Black Licorice Cardstock
Lawn Fawn Black Licorice Cardstock
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Mini Ink Blending Tool
Mini Ink Blending Tool
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Therm O Web Foam Tape
Therm O Web Foam Tape
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Distress Oxide-Faded Jeans
Distress Oxide-Faded Jeans
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Stickles - Icicle
Stickles - Icicle
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Unicorn White ink pad Hero Arts
Unicorn White ink pad Hero Arts
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America My Hero - Polka Dot Orchard digi stamp
America My Hero - Polka Dot Orchard digi stamp
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PDO
Stitched Rectangles stax 1 My Favorite Things
Stitched Rectangles stax 1 My Favorite Things
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EH

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Dream big

Hi there!  Life sure has been crazy as of late.  End of school year, stepson's graduation, daughter's graduation (Saturday!) and my son getting his wisdom teeth removed.  Whew.  I'm ready for things to settle down!  Anywho, I recently ran across an artist with a product that I was really excited to try and I finally got my hands on them.  She goes by Kristie Taylor Creations and she has created her own line of shimmering alcohol inks!  The regular colors are called Sprakle Spirits and the metallics are called Royal Spirits.   You guys, these are amazing!  The big point for me is that the metallics are not thick like the Ranger mixatives.  These move just like regular alcohol inks, no blending solution required to thin them out!

The day that I got them I had to sit down and play so take a peek at the photo below.  I did my best to try and capture all of that shimmer.  It's FABULOUS!


This is my leftover piece and was created with Eris Green and Yasmin Gold.  Now, let's take a look at the two cards I made.



Here are some of the places you can find Kristie.  She will be opening an online store soon but you can purchase them from her directly like I did.  As of right now, she has 24 colors available.  Check her out!


See you real soon!
~Kristina



Wednesday, May 22, 2019

For the Graduate

Hi guys! It's my day over on the Dies R Us blog today. I've got a graduation themed pop-up box to share. Come on over and check it out! Dies R Us blog


Hope to see you there! 
~Kristina 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Orange blossom

It's Tuesday and I've got a floral card to brighten your day!  I'm using digital stamps from Polka Dot Orchard.  You can find the links below to the sets I used.  They are Good Morning Spring and Flowers in Bloom.


I actually painted this flower awhile ago but finally found time to turn it into a card!  The orange flower is from the Good Morning Spring digital stamp set.  I lightened the lines to gray and printed it out onto watercolor cardstock.  Then I used several shades of orange and red from the Kuretake Gansai watercolor paint set on flower.  I added a bit of greens to the leaves and a few shades of browns for the center.  Once it was dry, I fussy cut it out with scissors.

The card itself is pretty simple.  The card base is Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I cut two pieces of patterened paper from Doodlebug's Sweet Summer paper pad.  I sponged around the edges of both pieces with a dark green ink.  I glued them down.  For the little orange strip I used a Stitched Scalloped border die from Lawn Fawn.  I glued it over the seam of the two pieces of paper.  

It's hard to see but I did add some splatters of copper paint and gold paint.  I used foam tape on the back of the orange flower and attached it to the card.  The sentiment comes from the Flowers in Bloom digital stamp set.  I printed it out onto white cardstock and trimmed it down.  I sponged around the edges with orange ink and glued it to the card.

For the final step I added Orange Soda glitter Nuvo drops.  That's all there is to it!



I hope to see you soon!
~Kristina

Supplies Used:

Neenah Solar White
Neenah Solar White
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
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SBC | EH
Zig 2-way glue pen
Zig 2-way glue pen
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Therm O Web Foam Tape
Therm O Web Foam Tape
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SBC | EH
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors
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SBC | EH
Orange Soda Glitter Nuvo drops
Orange Soda Glitter Nuvo drops
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Sweet Summer Doodlebug paper pad
Sweet Summer Doodlebug paper pad
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Good Morning Spring Polka Dot Orchard digi
Good Morning Spring Polka Dot Orchard digi
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PDO
Flowers in Bloom Polka Dot Orchard digi
Flowers in Bloom Polka Dot Orchard digi
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PDO

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Floral fun

Hi guys!  I just wanted to hop on with a short and sweet blog post.  I have to share something that I have simply gone ga-ga over.  Cut files/SVGs created by Effie over at The Ton Stamps!  She has just started creating them and let me tell you...they are STUNNING!  No, I'm not in anyway affiliated with The Ton Stamps.  I'm just a huge fan!  Effie has created some gorgeous cover plate files.  Seriously, you have got to check them out.

I finally got a little bit of time to create a quick project with one of the files.  This card uses the Floral Bud Layering Coverplate and the Bold Alpha (Upper Caps) cut files.  They are super affordable and easy to use.


This card was SO easy to put together!  I cut the floral layers and the letters out of 80lb cardstock.  I glued the two floral layers together and added a bit of detail with colored pencils.  For the Hi, I just added foam tape to the back to pop them up and some white dots from a gel pen.  Throw on a few sequins and ta-da!

You can check out all of The Ton Stamps digital files HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Kristina

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Cup of coffee

Hey there everyone!  I was able to sneak away to my craft room to come up with another coffee themed project for the Coffee Lovers blog hop.  I also got to use more gorgeous digital stamps from Polka Dot Orchard!

I love all things coffee and my entire kitchen is coffee themed so I wanted to create a mini home decor project.  There was a digi sentiment that caught my eye in the Flowers in Bloom set and I knew I wanted to use it in my project.  The coffee cup element I chose comes from the Way of Beauty set.
Let me show you what I came up with, then I'll walk you through my process.


I used Adobe Illustrator to create my project but I have seen lots of videos where you can do the same thing using Microsoft word...or any of your other favorite editing programs!

I created a rectangle outline in my program measuring 5" x 7".  This is the size of the picture frame I am using so this helps me get everything sized correctly.  Next I brought in the sentiment and then the coffee cup.  I just played around with the sizing of both of them until I was happy with the layout.  I did reduce the transparency of the cup image so it would fade a bit more into the background.  Then I printed it out onto Cryogen White cardstock.  This is a Copic friendly cardstock that has a faint metallic sparkle to it.  I will also mention that it is not a true white but I still love it.  

I went ahead and cut it down to the 5x7 rectangle so that I would have a smaller piece of paper to work with when coloring.  I picked some vibrant oranges so they would really stand out.  I colored the flowers with R08 (the deepest shade), Y16, Y14 and Y12.  The flower centers and stamen were colored with T9, T7 and T5.  I let it sit for just a few minutes to make sure the Copics were completely dry before I added some extra details.  

There are some tiny dots that print with the image.  I played these up by adding dots of the oranges and dots made with a white gel pen.  I also added gray dots and white dots to the centers.  Here is a close up of the details.


I popped it into an inexpensive frame from Wal-Mart and my home decor project was done.  I hope you like it.  It really was a quick and easy project to complete.  Can't wait to put it in my kitchen!


Just a reminder that you too can create a coffee/tea project and link up HERE to participate in the Coffee Lovers blog hop. Don't forget to use #springsummer2019clh


And you can purchase the great digital stamps I used from Polka Dot Orchards right HERE!

~Kristina



Monday, May 6, 2019

Tea Pot

I can hardly believe it but I have managed to make a fourth card for the Coffee Lovers blog hop!  This time I went with a tea theme.  I really LOVE coffee but I also enjoy tea so I wanted to show it some love.



First thing I did was to create the main card panel.  I cut a piece of natural ivory cardstock down to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  Then I used an embossing folder from Stampin Up! in the center of the card.  Next I lightly sponged Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink over the embossed area and around the top edge of the panel.

I picked out a piece of patterned paper from the Echo Park Coffee Collection paper pad.  I used one of the Hero Arts tea cup dies to cut the patterned paper.  I felt it needed some shading to give it more life.  I used Copic markers BG75, BG72 and BG70.  I just freehanded some lines and blended them out until I was happy.  I gave this a spritz with a gold glimmer spray and set it aside.

Now for those lovely flowers!  I used the Flower Silhouettes stamps and dies from My Favorite Things for all of them.  I pulled out my Altenew mini ink cubes to find inks that would coordinate with the patterned paper.  The colors I picked were Blush, Coral Bliss and Heart Beat for the pinks/reds.  Forest Glades and Evergreen for the greens.  I stamped out several of the flowers and leaves in various color combinations.  Then I cut them all out with the coordinating dies.  I started to play around with the layout on the card.  I would lay the tea pot over the flowers and moved the pieces around until I was happy with it.

I removed the tea pot carefully and used a piece of Glad Press n Seal to hold all of the flowers together.  I turned the whole thing over and used a combination of the Zig 2-way glue and Tombow mono multi glue to adhere them together.  Then I added glue to the whole piece and layed it down on the card.  I layed a stamp block on top and let it sit for just a few minutes.  While it was drying, I added foam tape to the back of the tea pot.  I peeled off the Press and Seal and splattered gold Finetec paint over the entire card panel BEFORE adhering the tea pot over the flowers.  Some of the flowers and part of the tea pot were hanging over the edge of the panel.  I simply cut them off with a pair of scissors.

The very last step was to add it to a card base made out of 110lb Neenah Solar white cardstock and this bad boy was done!





You can check out the details and the link for the Coffee Lovers blog hop HERE.  Don't forget to use #springsummer2019clh!


Bye for now!
~Kristina

Neenah Solar White
Neenah Solar White
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue
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Tonic Studios-Retractable Craft Pick
Tonic Studios-Retractable Craft Pick
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Zig 2-way glue pen
Zig 2-way glue pen
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Therm O Web Foam Tape
Therm O Web Foam Tape
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White Gelly Roll pen
White Gelly Roll pen
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Copic Marker BG75
Copic Marker BG75
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EH
Copic Marker BG72
Copic Marker BG72
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Copic Marker BG70
Copic Marker BG70
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Altenew Green Fields ink cubes
Altenew Green Fields ink cubes
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Altenew Tea Party ink cubes
Altenew Tea Party ink cubes
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Altenew Red Sunset ink cubes
Altenew Red Sunset ink cubes
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Flower Silhouettes stamps, My Favorite Things
Flower Silhouettes stamps, My Favorite Things
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EH
Flower Silhouettes dies, My Favorite Things
Flower Silhouettes dies, My Favorite Things
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EH
Echo Park Coffee Collection paper
Echo Park Coffee Collection paper
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Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink
Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink
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