Baby Bumble Bee Card Cuteness and the Weekly deals!

Happy Tuesday!

I am so excited today because I just found out I actually won a prize for the scrap page I entered in a challenge this past weekend! Woo-Hoo!  It was a random drawing so I just got lucky!

I wanted to be sure I posted a blog today so I would not be late in posting the weekly deals this time. But first, I want to share a card with you.  I have a baby shower coming up and needed a cute baby card. I am not sure of the baby’s sex so I am hoping this one is uni-sex enough. Let’s see what you think:

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The colors I used were Crsip Cantaloupe and Daffodil Delight so I think that could easily go for either sex, right?  I sure hope so. I tried something new when colored this little guy in too. I am going to add a close up picture so maybe you can see it:

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Can you see the little sparkles on the Bee?  I actually added in some embossing powder to my ink and water when I colored him in! I used a small paint brush and just a little bit of Daffodil Delight and water mixed together with a sprinkle of Iridescent Ice and it came out looking really cool. It is very hard to see how cute it looks here, but in person it is a cute little detail.  I used a stamp from the Celebrate Today stamp set to randomly stamp the stars and dots and added washi tape from the Sweet Dreams set for some extra detail.  I really like how it turned out. I do see I made a tiny coloring mistake, but ah well it is a handmade card after all!

I am entering this challenge over at Addicted to CAS because the current challenge is Cute and I really do think this one fits that criteria!

I can’t forget those weekly deals so here they are!

Weekly deals March 31 thru April 6 2015

 

I have to say that I use my Big Shot Magnetic Platform all the time so that one is for sure a deal not to miss out on!

I will be back later this week to share more fun stuff I created over the weekend. Hope your week goes smoothly!

~Kristal

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Scrap Your Stash Sketch Challenge #124

Hi Friends,

I have been lucky enough to get to spend the day in my craft room. I LOVE when I get to do that! I tend to save working on scrapbook pages for days like today. Since I had the time I decided to seek out inspiration and I found I loved the Sketch Challenge over at Scrap Our Stash. I am just barely making it to enter my page so I better get to it!

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Here is the sketch I had to follow:

scrap our stash sketch for March 2015

Pretty close, right? I have just started getting scrapbook kits from The Hip Kit Club so all my supplies are from the March 2015 kit. You can check it out here. I have to admit, it is really nice getting a kit filled with paper and embellishments that coordinate, but are necessarily matchy-matchy.

I was also able to work on some cards today so I will be sure to share those later this week.

Happy Crafting!

~Kristal

Fun Fold Easter Card

Hi Crafty Friends!

What a week! I am so glad my work week is over! Sitting at my craft desk after a tough week is my therapy. I got right to it tonight and decided to try the new challenge over at SU Only Challenges.  This week the challenge is Fun Folds.  It was nice to have that as a challenge so I could try something new! I decided to make one more Easter card so here it is:

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This card was actually quite simple to make! Once you decide on the dimensions of your card base you can cut a slightly smaller layer and then make squares that same width. The squares are then folded into triangles as you see here. This is kind of like when you do you first fold of making a paper airplane, remember that?  😉 Anyway, you have to leave a small tab on the end of the paper opposite to the triangle so you can slide it in between the base of the card and the layer. That allows you to have the fold for opening the card. I did add a sentiment right behind the center and here is what that looks like:

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I must give credit to Linda Heller at Stamping School because I made this card after watching one of her videos on how to do it! If you haven’t checked out Stamping School yet be sure to do so! There is something new to learn from Linda every week!

One thing I did add to my card that Linda did not do is the scallops along the borders of the triangles. I think it really goes well with the scallop circle with the chic on it. I used my Scallop punch to get an extra long piece and then adhered it to the paper. I then snipped off the excess to make it fit. For it to fit in the edge of the triangle you do have to cut the end of the scallops at an angle but it is very easy to figure out.

I hope you like the card! If you want to see more fun fold cards go over the SU Only Challenges and check out all the entries. Maybe you will be inspired to tray and make one!

One more thing…. I totally forgot to post the weekly deals earlier this week! ACK! Sorry about that! So, better late than never, here they are:

weekly deals March 24 thru march 30 2015

 

Happy Crafting!

~Kristal

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Stamp Resist Technique Wedding Card and a Sketch!

Happy Sunday!

It has been a bit of a gloomy day here the Chicago area and we have even had some snowflakes. UGH! We are seeing some spring-like days now though, so slowly but surely spring will get here.

With the arrival of spring there is love in the air. This includes weddings and celebrations! I have one of those coming up so I needed to make a beautiful wedding card. I have a few sets I can use for a wedding theme, but I really like the bold sentiments in the Big News stamp set. Here is my result:

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First, I will mention that I followed the Sketch over at Create with Connie and Mary to get me started. I just reversed it to the other side. Here is their sketch:Create with Connie and Mary sketch

I am entering my card for their challenge!

Now to go over this fun Stamp Resist Technique.  Have you heard of it?  I just recently learned about it and had to try it.  You can’t really tell it in the picture, but the background paper with the stripes is originally all white with the stripes being glossy white embossed. The embossed part has a coating on it so I was able to take my brayer and use my Silver Ink to run right over the whole piece of paper. Once I covered the whole thing with the silver ink I took a paper towel and wiped away the ink on the paper. The only ink that comes off is on the embossed stripes. The rest stays inked, pretty cool right?!! You can probably tell that my ink did not cover the stripes perfectly, but I actually really like it. It almost appears that the paper came with the variation in color. I highly recommend giving this technique a try. It will be like adding a whole new paper supply to your list! I should note that the paper I used is part of the Sale-A-Bration freebie paper you can get now through the end of the month with a 50 dollar purchase. So if you like it, get it while you still can!!

Now I am off to see what else I can create before I have to get back to the grind of work tomorrow. Have a creative week if you can!

~Kristal

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Birthday Card with Splatter and Sparkle!

Hi Friends!

I am back from my vacation! I had such a nice time visiting Texas and spending time with my In-laws. I will admit though, I am so addicted to crafting I actually missed it while I was gone! I made sure to remedy that by getting creative and I have a fun card to share with you. I also have lots of announcements about Stampin’ Up.  So without further delay, here is my card:

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I used lots of fun elements to make this card. First, I stamped paint splatter with Versamark on the base layer of Bermuda Bay cardstock.  Then I used Versamark again to stamp to large sentiment on black paper. I then heat embossed with white embossing powder. To give the sentiment extra pop  I stamped the word today in Bermuda Bay ink and cut it out to fit right over the word already there. To keep with the alternating Bermuda Bay/ White theme, I stamped the birthday cake stamp in Bermuda Bay and even heat embossed glitter over the cake ( you can’t really see it in the photo). Both stamps used  on the center of the card are from the Amazing Birthday Stamp set. The Splatter look is part of the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. The diagonal stripe paper is from the Birthday Bash Specialty paper and the Chevron paper is from the Stacked with Love DSP paper pack.   The sequins are from a paper pumpkin I got some time back. I believe this is another card that could be for a male or female and it was fun to pull together.

I am entering this card into two challenges! First, over at Sparkle and Shine they have a Sketch Challenge with the sentiment in the center so I entering this card for the sketch. Second, I am entering it at Just us Girls challenge as their current theme is Splatter!

In other news I have some updates regarding sale-a-bration.  Due to some quality issues, Stampin’ Up had decided to stop offering Blendabilities. This means it is no longer an option to get as your free item with a 50 dollar Sale-A-Bration purchase or to even purchase in the catalog. The good news is they have added more new items you can get in place of the Blendabilities. Check out the new options:

I think they picked some nice stuff to replace the Blendabilities!  These are while supplies last and Sale-A-Bration ends at the end of March so don’t miss out!

Here are the weekly deals that started yesterday:

Weekly deals March 17 through March 23 2015

Last but not least is a bit of sad news.  Stampin’ Up will no longer offer MDS or print services after May 31, 2015.  This is the digital scrapbooking software Stampin’ Up offered. I never did get around to learning about it but I was always hoping to do so.  I suppose the good news is I can just keep enjoying my physical scrapbooking even more!

Whew! That is all for today! I will try to keep you posted as I get any news from Stampin’ Up.  Hope you find time to be crafty this week!

~Kristal

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