Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly Dreams Watercolor Fun!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Though my time for stamping is low these days, I try to fit it in every now and then.  I see so many beautiful things in the Stampin’ Up! catalog I want to buy it all! Since time is a factor, I try to pick my very favorite items.  This stamp set is one of them.  The minute I saw the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp set and matching Thinlits, I knew it had to be mine.  I have seen so many beautiful cards with this stamp set, I hope you find my card is one of them!

Dragonfly card


To make this card I used Mint Macaron as my card base.  I used the watercolor paper for the second layer.  This card shows how beautifully our new Watercolor Pencils turn your card into a little art masterpiece! To make that background I taped the watercolor paper down to my desk with washi tape on all four sides to mask that part of the paper. Then I started lightly scribbling lines across the paper in equal sections with the following colors (in order from the top): Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight.  Once I had the colors on the paper I used my aqua painter and added water to each section in a downward motion, slowly.  Do not go back upwards or the colors will mix! Once I had the look I liked I set it aside to dry.

To make the dragonfly I cut out an intricate dragonfly for the top part with Mint Macaron cardstock. There is also a layer of vellum underneath that I cut with the open dragon fly.  These were both cut using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. Before I put them together, I used my sponge daubers to sponge in Rich Razzleberry on the top wings and Wisteria Wonder on the bottom wings.  I finished that off with Wink of Stella in clear.   I could not believe how much it looked like real wings when I did this! I carefully glued the pieces together.

When I knew the watercolor paper was completely dry, I used Versamark to stamp the adorable dots that come in the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. I then covered them with gold embossing powder. I heat set that and also added a Happy Birthday sentiment from the Butterfly Basics stamp too.  I added some gold thread little more sparkle.

This card sounds much more difficult than it is to make.  If you don’t have the Watercolor pencils or this stamp set, I highly recommend you add them to your supplies!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I can post again sometime soon!


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Halloween card with the new Tee Hee Hee set from Stampin’ Up!

Hi There!

I am so thrilled that the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is available! I had been providing sneak peeks, but now  you can enjoy shopping any of the products I share!

As I have mentioned before, I am a bit of a Halloween nut! I love decorating my home for Halloween, Dressing up, attending parties, and even making Halloween goodies to eat. My family has known for years it is my favorite holiday so they would be shocked if they didn’t get a Halloween card from me! That means I have lots of them to make. Usually between 15-20. Not as many as Christmas but still quite a few!  I try to make every single card different so they all get something new.  So of course I needed all the Halloween sets Stampin’ Up offered in the new catalog so I can have a good variety of cards.

Today I decided to use the new set called Tee Hee Hee.  It is a fun set filled with puny sentiments and witchy themed stamps.  I had an idea right away when I saw the set so here it is:

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Purple, Green and Black – the perfect mix of witchy Halloween colors! I liked the witches night out sentiment and decided to make it appear that the witch hung up her hat for the evening to head out for a night on the town! Even though she is “off duty” her potions are boiling away in the cauldron.  🙂  There was some fussy cutting in making this card. To make the oozing potion I stamped the cauldron and then cut it out to use as a template to then make an Old Olive overlay that appears to be dripping potion.  I think it really adds to the appearance.  I hope you enjoy this card. I think one of my special friends will get to receive it!

Update:  I just found a Halloween card challenge blog -woohoo! Now I can make them all the time if I want to! Anyhoo, I think I will enter this card over at Left of Center. It doesn’t follow their current theme, but they said Halloween cards are allowed anytime so what the heck!

~ Kristal

Supplies Used:

  • Ink: Basic Black and Versamark
  • Paper: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Whisper White and Sweet Taffy DSP
  • Stamps” Tee Hee Hee and Gorgeous Grunge
  • Tools: Starburst Framelit dies, Circle Dies, Curly Label punch ( to make the edges of the sentiment) and Polka Dot Embossing folder
  • Embellishments: Candy dots in Old Olive

Stampin’ Up! 2014 Holiday catalog Sneak Peek # 3

Happy Wednesday!

I am still playing with all my new goodies and trying to come up with fun ideas and ways to use the soon to be revealed Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog goodies.   As I mentioned before, I love me some Halloween! I usually send at least 15 Halloween cards out to family members and friends.  I think it is possible that if all my nieces and nephews didn’t get one, they would think I am sick! So I am still trying to come up with different creations so each person can get their own unique card.  Here is this weeks creation:


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What a fun mix of colors and textures. There are many layers to this card but I believe they all pulled together well.  This was made using the same set I used in my previous Halloween card – Fall Fest. I decided to draw in my own little face on the ghost because I wanted him to appear to be saying Booooo just the like the sentiment says! Overall this was a very easy card to make, just lots of layers and embellishments to add in.

Hope you are a having a fantastic week and find some time to create today!

~ Kristal

Supplies used:

  • Inks:  Stampin’ Up Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Garden Green
  • Stamp sets: Fall Fest (available August 28) and Googly Ghouls for the sentiment
  • Paper: Stampin’ Up Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Smokey Slate, Whisper White and Basic Black. Patterned paper is non-Stampin’ up and manufacture is unknown.
  • Tools:  Star Framelits, Fun Fall Framelits, Decorative Dots embossing folder, Chevron Embossing folder, paper trimmer and paper snips
  • Embellishments: Stampin’  Up! Basic Metal Buttons, and Smokey Slate 3/4 inch chevron ribbon. Black and orange twine is not from Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek # 2 – Christmas Trees

Happy Saturday!

I am back with another sneak pick from the Stampin’  Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog! Once again, you can purchase items from this catalog as of August 28th.  I decided to make a little Christmas card with some of my new goodies and here is what I came up with:


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I truly love so many of the new goodies in the catalog! For this card I used the new Tree Punch available in the Holiday Catalog. It has a matching stamp set but since I didn’t have that yet I decided to just punch some of the new DSP!  The paper for the trees is this fantastic, thick kraft cardstock with beautiful designs in coordinating Red and Greens. The paper is called Under the Tree Specialty DSP. Be sure not to miss this paper and it is truly beautiful.  The other item used on this card from the new Catalog is The Be Merry Stamp. It is from a new set called Holiday Invitation which would be a great one to choose if you are planning to have any holiday parties. This set includes invite wording for Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and one stamp that could be for any party occasion.

The remaining items on the card are all available now with the exception of the Chevron Paper. Unfortunately that one is last years holiday DSP and I just loved the way it looked so I used it.

I hope you like this card and if you need the new catalog coming out on August 28, just let me know!

I have also decided it would be fun to enter this card into a new challenge blog I found over at Christmas Card Challenge Blog.  The current challenge #36 is to use an embellishment so my cute little button and linen thread should fit!

Happy Crafting everyone!

~ Kristal

Supplies used ( All Stampin’ Up Products)

  • Inks: Cherry Cobbler
  • Paper: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Kraft, Under the Tree Specialty DSP (available August 28) and Season of Style DSP paper stack (no longer available)
  • Stamps:  Holiday Invitation (available August 28)
  • Embellishments:  Basic Metal Buttons and Linen Thread
  • Tools: Tree Punch (available August 28)and my Paper trimmer

Sunday Challenges

Hello friends and followers,

I am very excited to be posting something today because I am less then one week post op from having back surgery. The fact that I feel well enough to actually sit in a chair for a while gets me excited!! I am not out of the woods yet and still need to change positions often but I was able to make one card and I was thrilled about it. Lets hope I continue to improve and eventually will be pain free! Now, on to the challenges!

I found so many great ones out there I could make up my mind and decided I would make a card that fit multiple challenges.  So this card is going to be submitted for: Freshly Made Sketches challenge #147, Colour Me Creative Challenge # 31 and The Paper Players Theme Challenge # 2107 – Buttons!
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What a fun and easy card to make! I needed to make a birthday card for my Sister-n-law and I wanted something a bit more modern and simple. I think this card is both. For the Colour Me challenge I was required to use So Saffron, Hello Honey and Strawberry Slush.  I went digging in my papers to see what pretty Designer Series paper I might have and found I had some nice options for Hello Honey and Strawberry Slush, but I could not find anything in So Saffron. So I decided to make my own Designer paper! I just stamped some white paper with the Dotty Angles Stamp using So Saffron ink and voila, a pattern was made! I like the way it turned out.  I am also finding I really like that  Happy Hooray stamp set. I have already used it 3 times and I have only had a it a few weeks.  Don’t you love it when a set you aren’t sure about turns out to be one you love? 🙂

Now that I have had some time to create, it is time for me to rest. I can’t sit for too long so my back heals properly.

Happy crafting!


Supplies used ( All Stampin’ up! products):

  • Inks: So Saffron, Hello Honey and Strawberry Slush
  • Paper: Strawberry Slush, So Saffron, Hello Honey, Smokey Slate Whisper White, Moonlight DSP pack, and Confetti Celebration DSP.
  • Stamp Sets: A Happy Hooray and Dotty Angles
  • Embellishments: Whisper White Baker’s Twine and Basic Metal Buttons
  • Tools: Paper Trimmer and Paper Snips

Just Us Girls Challenge #248 – Birds

Looking for more inspiration this week I headed over to Just Us Girls challenge blog and found the current challenge is Birds.  I needed to make a get well card so I decided a bird theme is a good idea for that type of card and here is what I came up with:


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I got to use many different punches and embellishments on this card which really made it fun. On the inside I added a get well sentiment so I hope the recipient feels better when they receive it.

Have a great Wednesday!!


Supplies used:

  • Ink: Stampin’ Up Daffodil Delight and Smoky Slate
  • Paper: Stampin’ Up Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla and some patterned scrap paper I had available.
  • Stamp sets: Stampin’ Up Petite Petals and Embellished Events sentiment
  • Embellishments: Stampin’ Up  7/8 Inch Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread, Vintage Faceted Designer Button and Pearl Jewels
  • Tools: Stampin’ Up Petite Petals Punch, 2 3/8 inch Scallop circle punch, Bird Builder Punch, Starburst Circle Framlit Die and Woodgrain embossing folder.

Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge 232, sort of….

Hey there crafters!

I took a week-long crafting hiatus to enjoy fun times with my family. As soon as I got back to my house I was itching to be at my craft desk.  I decided to seek inspiration from the Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge posted on Sunday.  I typically follow the sketch pretty spot on, but this time I decided to make it a little more unique.  The basic idea is the same, but I tweaked the look a little.

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Here is the sketch to have followed:

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This card has lots of fun Stampin’ Up favorites of mine including the On Film Polariod Framelit die, The Stars from Pictogram Punches and Be the Star as well as the Big News Stamp set.  As you can see I followed the sketch but tilted the Polaroid Die and set the three stars in the corner rather than along the side.  I hope some awesome soldier out there will enjoy sending this card to someone he loves for their birthday!

Happy Tuesday!


Supplies Used (All Stampin’ Up!)

  • Inks:  Basic Gray, Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey
  • Stamp Sets: Be the Star, Pictogram Punches, and Big News
  • Paper: Basic Gray, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White and Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Embellishments: Hello Honey 3/8 Stiched Satin Ribbon
  • Tools: Decorative Dots embossing folder, On Film Framelit Die, Paper Cutter and Paper snips to fussy cut the Woohoo’s.