Nov 23, 2014

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Watercolor Emboss Resist

Hey there crafty folks! Today I'm over at A Walk Down Memory Lane sharing a little water-colour tutorial.
You can check it all out HERE on their blog.

Thanks for stopping in today! Hope you have a great weekend!

Nov 14, 2014

A Walk Down Memory Lane first post!!

Hey there!! Just checking in to let you know I am over at A Walk Down Memory Lane blog today sharing my very first post that's all about Twine Twine Twine!  Be sure to jump on over and check it out and see if there's anything in the store you *need* because I am sure they can accommodate!!

Here's a little peek... But there are 2 full cards to be seen so head on over!

Thanks for stopping in. Have a smashing day!!

Advent Calendar

Today I am over at blog for my Holiday Countdown 2014 project.

Here's a little peek to get you started and then go ahead and click over to take a gander....

Have a great day!!

Nov 12, 2014

The Card Concept: # 23

Hey there, and welcome! The end of the year is fast approaching and today's challenge over at The Card Concept is here to celebrate just that. Here it is for ya: Krafty Christmas.

 And here is my card:

Now, I am going to be totally frank with you. I LOVE kraft card stock. I ADORE it. I want to marry it! However, since getting my groove on with things like ink blending, embossing paste and white on white designing, my kraft card stock has been sorely ignored. And believe you me, I have noticed, so I am sure it has too. Sorry Krafty! I was delighted for the challenge this week and got to crafting, pretty krafty quick.

I used the new Tinsel & Tags Make It Market Kit. at Papertrey Ink. And let me tell you, that set makes it pretty darn easy to create something stunning. I *love* product like that. It easy to use and gives you rock star results.  

I enjoyed myself so much that I actually made two cards. I couldn't help it. Krafty begged me. Here is a little tut for the second card:

I started with some snowflakes ( and organised them on my block. I masked off my card base in segments and stamped different designs in each section. It kind of gave it a nice Scandinavian Christmas Pattern. Nice and subtle with the white ink.

I got a little splotchy in places. This white ink doesn't do you any favours. It just wants to go EVERYWHERE. And I am way to impatient to wait for it to dry. So it is smear-city.  To cover up the smudges I pulled out my Uniball Gel Pen ( and drew in some horizontal lines where I changed patterns and where I goobed up my paper.

I stamped and trimmed out the wreath from this Avery Elle stamp set that's been in my "to use" bin. It was happy to see ink for the first time. I think its such a lovely set! I added some hexagon enamel dots, the sentiment and this cute bow out of some Pow Glitter Paper from I LOVE this paper. I have used it all up and have been hoarding the last scraps. The small bits are pretty pathetic until it comes in handy like on this card. I had *just* enough. SO glad I didn't throw it out! I used a die cut from Studio Calico. Love it.

And that's it! Second Krafty Christmas card done and it's not even Thanksgiving yet. That's a record for me, to be sure!

Thanks for stopping in today. And thanks for taking the time to comment! I know it takes time and I do appreciate it. :) Be sure to jump over to The Card Concept and join in the challenge. You have 2 weeks! Just enough time to get it done before the holiday crazy starts.

Have a great week everyone! Love to you and yours.

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Nov 11, 2014

Sweet Stamp Shop Pandas!

Hello there! Today I'm sharing with you some cards from the latest release over at Sweet Stamp Shop. This little guy was on the blog during the release and I kinda forgot to post it! So he's going first, just to say hello, and Happy Birthday. So lets get down to it. I ran my card base through one of my favourite embossing plates by Lifestyle Crafts. Those diagonal lines just get to me. I love it. ( You will see I used it on both of my cards for today.) 

I picked some pattern paper to make my grass but originally the paper is green with white chevrons which was a little bright so I coloured over it with a green Copic marker. You just have to make things work for you, right? I adhered it onto my card at a slant. I stamped, coloured (Copics) and fussy cut my balloons and adhered them to the base before attaching my string. One tip: When you tie balloons, make a loop in your string and then slide it onto the bottom of your balloon. It makes for much faster tying. I covered my balloons with Glossy Accents. Seriously, how did I ever craft without this amazing stuff!? I was not living until I finally purchased that glorious bottle with the pink label. I adore it so. My sentiment is heat embossed onto vellum.

Next up is: Miss You Pho Sho! Featuring again my fav. embossing plate and my favourite banner die cut. I ate Pho noodles just the other day and smiled the whole time I battled with my chop sticks. I am horrible at them! How is it possible, living in Asia, you ask? I have no idea.... I'm just crap at it.

I punched a few circles out of some pattern paper and added some enamel dots (I love those things!), a sequin and some twine. Pretty simple really. And just like with all my pandas, I used Copics to add some grey to his fur and some pink for the cheeks, and then went over it with my Colorless Blender to mute it down a bit.

Ok.. that's all she wrote folks. I gotta go. BUT I love visiting here like this. We should do it again, and soon!

Thanks for taking the time out to say hello! You can find all the links for Sweet Stamp Shop here:

Click on any or ALL and join in the fun that is always Sweet!

Nov 7, 2014

Paper Wings Productions Blog Hop!

Hello there! It's time for the Paper Wings November Blog Hop! Thanks for stopping in today. I'm glad you are here! You should be coming from the Paper Wings Blog as this is your first hopping stop.

Our theme for the month of Nobember is "Sepia". We have all made projects using this challenge and we hope you have fun hopping around to see what we created! Don't forget leave a comment for each designer and once you have finished the hop head back to the Paper Wings Productions BLOG and enter a comment for your chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the online store.

For a chance to win all you need to do is:

To increase your chances of winning you can LIKE our Facebook page and/or invite your friends to the hop. Be sure to leave a SEPARATE comment for each of your additional entries. The winner will be announced on Tues. Nov. 11 2014 on the Paper Wings BLOG.

Ok... so now that those details are done, lets get onto the project! I first wanted to get some sepia inspiration. I didn't have to look far or for long.  Check these babies out:

 {Source: Pinterest}
I wanted something similar but SIMPLE. This is what I came up with:

Yes, I know! I told you these manila tags would come in handy! These are so simple, fun to make but look nice, don't ya think? I heat embossed my image onto the tag and then using a water brush painted some Distress Ink: Scattered Straw. Easy.

Yes... and that. is. it. Add some black and white twine and your ready for a package or gift bag!

Ooh La La!

Thats all for today. Thanks for stopping in! I hope you like the hop and find a lot of inspiration for your crafty soul. Give a try yourself. I think you will love it!

Now you are off to ASHLEYS blog and if you get lost along the way, you can use this list here:

Kristie {that's me!}

Paper Wings Productions blog: THE AVIARY

Until next time...

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Nov 6, 2014

Sweet Stamp Shop Snuggle Pandas

Hello there! Today it's my turn to share a little Sweet Stamp Shop love with you all. I get to do this a few times a month, and I do love it!

Today I wanted to talk a bit about something out there in the design world called, "White on White" 
Or at least that's what I call it ;)  It's kind of a big thing right now, I feel like. So many paper crafters are using it and it is simply stunning. I wanted to try a bit of it myself. Just to see how it feels. 

Here's what happened:

I die cut a ton of snowflakes from white and adhered them and some glitter to my card base. Its a simple thing. But kind of fun! If you are used to using a lot of coloured card stock it might feel a bit bare to you, but when you add some intricate white pieces over top it can do amazing things. You can see a ton of lovely inspiration HERE. Go ahead, hop over and scroll through. I'll wait.....
{time lapsing for you to get there and back, already!}

Lovely right!? I know, I know! It's so gorgeous its worth a try and who knows, you may just find yourself a new little something you like. I know I did!

These cute pandas are now released over at Sweet Stamp Shop. And they are stinkin' cute. I used some T1 Copic on their fur and some R22 on the cheeks. Once I coloured it I went over it with the Colorless Blender to fade the colour out a bit. I also added some Wink Of Stella to my heart in the background and fussy cut my sentiment.

That's all for today! I'll be back this weekend for the Paperwings Productions Blog Hop! So be sure to check that out tomorrow. And next week I will be back with some love at The Card Concept as well as another Sweet post, so there is a lot coming! Hope to see you again soon.

Until then, thanks for dropping in! I love to hear from you, so if you have a moment, feel free to say "howdy-do!" Have a great weekend!


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