Wednesday, January 10, 2018

7 Kids Guest post

Hi there!  I'm really pumped to have been given a guest spot this month for the 7 Kids Craft store design team!  If you have never been there, I suggest you head on over and check out the goodies they have.  Head here to take a peek.  Kelly is having a large clearance sale right now so be quick!

I decided to try something totally out of my comfort zone.  No line coloring with my Copics in a monochromatic color scheme.  Yikes!!  So here is the end result.



I started with a large piece of X-Press Blending cardstock.  I stamped the Mama Elephant Botanic Thanks in a Copic safe light tan ink onto the X-press It cardstock.  I then pulled out my selection of Copic markers.  For all of the flowers I used markers in the E5 series.  All of them from E50 to E59.  I just varied which ones I used on a particular flower and how much I used.  I was worried the leaves would get lost so I used W markers to color all the large leaves.  

I must say that I am extremely pleased with the results!  It did take me a little longer to color than anticipated but I think that was due to determining where flowers and leaves began/ended.  Now, what to do with this lovely??  I wanted to keep it simple so the flowers would take the centerpiece.  I used a new edge die from Lawn Fawn.  Oh so pretty yet simple!  I backed the white piece with foam tape and mounted it on to the brown patterned paper and then on to a brown card base.  The finished dimensions of the card are 6" by 4 5/8".  Here is a side view.  I was hoping to show the sparkle!



For a few final finishing touches I colored over all of the gray leaves with some Wink of Stella.  I also added some Nuvo drops in Copper Penny and Dark Walnut.  Don't forget to check out the 7 Kids Craft store!

I hope you have enjoyed my project today! 
~Kristina

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Glorious in Green

Good evening my crafty peeps!  I am hopping on really quick to share the card I put together for the latest Monthly Mood Board challenge with Craftin Desert Divas.  I had a little extra time while being off for the holidays and I was excited to get a chance to play along.


All of the colored papers I used are from Stampin Up.  Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron and Sahara Sand.  All of the dies I used (frame, pinecone and greenery) are all from Craftin Desert Divas.  The frame is the Window Pane die and the pinecone/greenery is from the Winter Wonderland dies.

I stamped the two bears on Bristol paper and colored them with a waterbrush and dye inks.  The bear with the snowflake is from the Artic Pals set and the single bear is from the Chilly Set.  I do not have the matching dies for the bears so I fussy cut them out.    

The card base is Sahara Sand.  The lighter green is Mint Macaron.  Before I glued it to the card base, I randomly stamped the three largest snowflakes from the Chilly Set in the same color ink.  I glued the window pane in place using lots of foam tape for added dimension.  I then carefully arranged the greenery pices in two of the windows and some behind the bear on the top right.  Both bears were attached with foam tape.  

I stamped the sentiment from Happy Celebrations onto a piece of heavy vellum and embossed it in white.  I also cut a fishtail end to the right side.  I was afraid the vellum would get a little lost so I cut another piece of the dark green cardstock to put behind the vellum.  I then attached across the window.  Oh...I also used some Wink of Stella on both of the pinecones.  And that's a wrap!

If you get a chance to participate in the Craftin Desert Diva's challenge (#cddmonthly) it is going on all month.  Check their group out on Facebook here.  You kind find their online store here.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Kristina

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Winter Coffee Lover's blog hop-part 3

Well, it's almost the very end of the day but I managed to get one more card made for the Winter Coffee Lover's blog hop!

It has been a lot of fun as always and I will look forward to the next hop.  One of these days I'll be more on the ball and get all the cards made I had planned for!



This lovely image is a digital stamp from Le Petite Market.  You can find here on Etsy here.  I'm not going to lie.  I own almost all of her digital stamps.  Yep.  I have a slight addiction to their cuteness.  I encourage you to go check out her store!

My card is pretty simple this evening as I let the image take center stage.  I printed it out on Bristol smooth paper and colored it with Zig Clean Color real brush markers and a water brush.  I added Wink of Stella to her cheeks and the mitten cuffs.  I added the sentiment and cut out the image with my favorite die from Craftin Desert Divas.  I mounted it with foam tape on to some more super cute paper from Bo Bunny.  I think this is the Fa La La collection.

Both layers were glued onto a card base.  It is one of my last few sheets of Stampin Up! Creamy Carmel cardstock.  I had a little crafing incident on my desk shortly after completing this card.  I was working on another card when I bumped this one.  It fell, face first, into an open dark green ink pad.  Yep, that was not fun at all.  When I picked it up I saw only a few major boo boos.  See those sequins??  They cover up the worst of it.  I also used my Signo white gel pen.  I think I managed to hide it pretty well!

Thanks for stopping in!
~Kristina

Monday, December 11, 2017

Winter Coffee Lover's blog hop part 2

Good evening everyone!  I'm back with my second card for the Winter Coffee Lover's blog hop!  I sure hope I will have time to get at least one more made.  It's sitting on my desk just waiting for me to finda little time to work on it.  Crossing my fingers!  So here is this evening's card.



I'm so in love with this color scheme!  It doesn't hurt that purple is my favorite color!   The snowflake paper is from a Bo Bunny 6x6 pad that I have been hoarding.  I finally let myself use some of it.  It makes my heart pitter patter.  The paper paired perfectly for with the Comfort to Go stamp set from Unity stamps.  I stamped the cup using Rich Razzleberry ink from Stampin' Up.

I stamped the sentiment from the same set onto Narwahl cardstock from Lawn Fawn.  I then heat embossed it with Liquid Platinum powder.  I cut the sentiment out with a banner die and added foam adhesived before attaching it to the white piece with the coffee cup.  As an added touch, I used a bit of Wink of Stella on the coffee lid and the white snowflakes on the cup.  The white piece was layered onto the purple paper (also from Bo Bunny) and then onto the snowflake paper.  The whole thing was then adhered to a Narwhal cardstock base. #winter2017clh

Hope you like it!
~Kristina

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Winter Coffee Lovers Blog hop

I had grand plans to make lots of cards for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog hop but life kind of got in the way!  I did get a chance to make two cards (so far) so I'm going to share one of them with you today.  I actually needed a birthday card for my sister who loves coffee so this was the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone!



This bear is just the cutest thing.  He is from Darcie's Yeti to Party Stamp set that I picked up in one of my recent shopping sprees from Butterfly Reflections Ink. I colored the bear with Prismacolor colored pencils and used the plaid paper to direct my color choices.  I felt the reddish paper needed a little something so I stamped an assortment of coffee cups from the Lawn Fawn Love You a Latte set.  I just had to add the little smiley faces too!  I misplaced my notes so I don't recall which one of my many coffee sets the sentiment came from.

The stitched rectangle dies are from MFT Stamps and the banner die is from Craftin Desert  Divas. #winter2017clh

I hope you all have a great day!
~Kristina

Saturday, November 25, 2017

On the mend

Popping on to share another get well card I made but this time it is for my husband's grandfather!  I always struggle with masculine cards no matter the occasion.  I figured I would share what I came up with just in case it helps someone else out with an idea!

The main image on this card is a clipart piece I found on the internet.  Long ago, my husband's grandfather owned and operated an electronics repair shop.  My husband thought his grandfather would be tickled if I used an image of a vacuum tube.  I must say this is definitely a first for me!


I printed the clipart onto a piece of Xpress it cardstock.  I used the the cool gray family of Copics to color the "silver" portions of the image.  I also added Wink of Stella to make it sparkle.  The black and plaid paper are from an old Basic Grey paper pad called Bowties.  The green cardstock is Gumball Green (retired) from Stampin Up.  I used a background stamp from MFT Stamps to add a little more detail to the green paper.

I glued all the pieces down onto a white card base.  The vacuum tube is adhered flat on the green paper.  The sentiment (also from MFT Stamps) was stamped in Gumball Green ink and cut into a banner shape.  The black piece underneath also came from the Bowties paper pad.  This was adhered using foam tape for added dimension.  That's it.  One very simple and masculine get well card.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Toodles
Kristina

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Feel better flower

I unexpectedly found myself in need of a Get Well card only to find I didn't have a single one in my stash!  What a sad state of affairs.  Apparently I need to go on a binge crafting session so I have some set aside for future need.  I've got lots of birthday cards though!

Anywho, I needed something I could throw together pretty quickly but I also wanted it to be a little bit elegant.  This is for my husband's great grandmother and I always try to send her something a bit snazzier.

I scrounged around in my stacks of sentiments and florals looking for just the right ones.  I really, REALLY need to get my organization done.  Maybe I'll have a time at Christmas to make a dent.  Ok, back on track.  Let me just go ahead and show you my finished card!


I didn't really have a plan when I sat down but that isn't unusual for me.  I heat embossed the main flower from Concord & 9th's You Are Enough stamp set in gold onto Bristol paper.  I then used the Deep Red Zig Clean Color Real Brush marker and a water brush to spread out the color.  After it was dry, I went back with one of the warmer gray Zig Clean Color markers and went all around the image.  I used the water brush to spread the color all the way out to the edges.  I used a circle die from MFT stamps to cut out the flower layer.

I used a Spellbinders scalloped circle die to cut out the gold glitter layers.  The patterned paper is from Basic Grey and was cut with one of my favorite dies from Craftin Desert Divas.  I then cut the pink layer from Stampin up Rose Romance cardstock using a scalloped die from Mama Elephant.  The sentiment comes from a MFT Stamps set and I embossed it in the same gold powder I used for the flower.  I then cut it out with a banner die from Craftin Desert Divas.  I cut a slightly longer banner with the same die from bristol paper.  I adhered all the layers to a white card base.

I do hope my husband's great grandmother likes it and brings her a little cheer!

~Toodles!

Kristina