Saturday, December 18, 2010

Have a holly jolly Christmas

My craft room has been packed up since May & that means I have gone 8 months without crafting. So until the craft room is painted, I have been working on some of my digital scrap booking to pass the time and somewhat refresh my skills on using Adobe.

Here is a Christmas page of the newest addition to the condo, Diamond.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Year of 2010!

Since I have been on a 6 month sabbatical, I thought I should update you on all that has happened in this past year. For 1. The joy of looking for a home. 2. Purchasing my very first home & 3. Packing up my life and moving it all into my first home.

So what have I been doing the past 3 months, to start off I unpacked the main areas pretty much within the first two weeks. Then I started (but still have not finished) painting the kitchen, ahh the joys of painting by yourself. Enjoying the peace and quiet of having insulated walls, after apartment living for the last 12 years its very hard to de-sense yourself from hearing your neighbors do absolutely everything. I went all out for my house warming and was overwelmed by the appearance of so many guests that were able to make it for my little come and go.

To now which brings us too November. This past weekend I decided to put up the Christmas tree a couple weeks earlier than usually but hell why not. It's my 1st Christmas in my very first home and who cares anyways I don't get much for company and it's going to be me who looks at it every day now until December 25th anyways.

Unfortunately because my craft room has been boxed up since May I have not been able to make or do any crafts whatsoever related to my card making. So that means, no craft sale at all this year and your going to have to buy your Christmas cards from somewhere else this year. All in all I'm sure I'll be gearing to go to jump into the sales for 2011.

Thanks for stopping by,
I would like to wish everyone a healthy & joyous Holiday Season and all the best for the New Year!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thank You

An interesting color combination on Splitcoaststampers this week, CC271 . I've been trying to incorporate in my cards lately more designer papers. As I buy them because they are pretty, but like many other paper crafters they are too pretty to use and get tucked away into our paper collections.

I have been enjoying the weekly Mojo Monday (139) Sketches. Here is another great one created by Julee Tilman.

SU! Best Blossoms
PAPER: Chatterbox; Sunny Flowers. SU! Dusty Durango, Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron
INK: Versafine; Onyx Black. Versamark
EMBELLISHMENTS: Prima Flowers, Glitter Brads
RIBBON: Purple Satin
TOOLS: Cuttlebug
SUPPLIES: SU! Top Note Die Cut, Provocraft; Victoria EF

Monday, May 17, 2010

Rose Wedding Invitations

The Paper Company's Metallic Crimson Red, Black Glitter & Bazzill's Glass Slipper were the colors of choice for these elegant wedding invitations that I was asked to make for my cousin who will be getting married in September 2010. I used StampinUp! Manhattan Flower embossing folder to create the embossed rose on the front. The verse was the bride and groom's personal choice.

This is a view of the inside;
The announcement and additional information were printed on linen paper to look more elegant then your typical copy paper. I learned using linen paper that it really absorbs ink and there is a slight shadow but there is no way bypassing it other then going into a commercial printer.

In total 165 invitations were made! I took pictures of some of the steps it took to complete the process.
These are the card bases, each one was individually cut from a piece of 12x12 card stock, scored and a pocket scored to be folded. Every invitation also received my custom stamped logo on the back.

Here are half of the invitation fronts. First the verse needed to be printed on the card stock then each one needed to be cut out. Then one by one all were cranked through the Cuttlebug machine using the SU! Manhattan Flower embossing folder.

Now onto my work area, one 6 foot table = 1 square foot workable area. {LOL} Shhh... I know there are others like me out there too you just won't admit it!
Thank God for Twilight & New Moon movies, I really do not know how many times I watched these movies while working on the invitations. I can not wait for Eclipse to be release now...LOL

The repetitiveness just about killed me, but all in all I am a perfectionist. They look awesome and I think they turned out great.

Three months later, and all the invitations are complete to the day of deadline.

Now would I consider doing this again... perhaps hopefully on a smaller scale, but I learned a lot on my first job at wedding invitations. Maybe the next attempt will be my own... (Rofl) ya right! Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always welcomed please post them below :) Krysta

Saturday, May 15, 2010

First Wedding of the Year...

Adrienne & Kent

After searching for a while through some other blogs I think I finally got the hand of how everyone is making this pretty ribbon ruffle on there cards lately. {What do you think of my take at it?}
I made this card for a girlfriend that is getting married today who I worked with 10 years ago and it has probably been the same amount of time since we last saw each other.

This is the first time I have finished the inside of the card. Usually I don't like the looks of this done to cards but for this card I thought it would be appropriate to complete it as the little envelope contains my gift to the happy couple.

The Greeting Farm; Cake Topper
PAPER: SU! Basic Black, Basic Gray. Deja View; Sweet Romance. Bazzill; Baby Blue
INK: Versafine; Onyxblack
EMBELLISHMENTS: Recollections; Gemstone Brads. Stickles; Turquoise
RIBBON: Black Satin
TOOLS: Cuttlebug
SUPPLIES: Spellbinders; Square & Square Scallop. SU! Bigz Scallop Envelope, Copics , Pop Dots, Clear EP

Friday, May 7, 2010

Birthday Surprise

I am glad to be back to creating greeting cards, I had taking a small sabbatical from greeting cards to take on the tasks of wedding invitations.
Now that I am finished that project I can get back to some of my favorite weekly challenges and I dove into this weeks Mojo Monday, Mojo137.

I have been invited to a dear friends surprise birthday party, Sharon will love this card as I know she will as anything she has every seen of mine she just falls in love with and always envy's my creations. It was fun and quick to make.

STAMPS: SU! Wings of Friendship, SU! Sincere Salutations
PAPER: SU! Black, SU! Whisper White, SEI Black Orchid Stack
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
EMBELLISHMENTS: Clear Rhinestone
RIBBON: 3/8" Satin Aqua
TOOLS: Cuttlebug, Square Spellbinders, SU! Oval & Oval Scallop Punch

Friday, March 26, 2010

My Peeps

This chick character bag was a complete inspiration from Dream, Create, and Share Blog Tammy comes up with some fabulous tutorials. I really don't know how she does it but I love each and every one of them she designs.

This is my version, a little bit different than the original. I wanted mine to look more like a girlie peep, so I gave her regal rose cheeks and I had to get some lime green in there so I added a mini double looped bow. She is filled up with green Easter grass shred and Lindor chocolate eggs. Mmmm! Now the big decision is, "Who do I give it too?"

PAPER: SU Whisper White, Basic Black, So Saffron, Barely Banana
INK: SU Chocolate Chip & Regal Rose
RIBBON: 1/8" Lime Green
TOOLS: SU Full Heart, 1/8" 3/4" 1" Circle, Top Note Die Cut
SUPPLIES: Wire, Scor Tape, Glue Pen, Sponge

Friday, January 22, 2010

Thinking of You

I thought I would try the Trigger Tuesday over at Moxie Fab World this week for my project of the week. And how could I not resist as it has my ultimate favorite color in it 'turquoise'! The picture is your inspiration and the colors to be used are Turquoise, White & Soft Suede.

I went over and grabbed the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge for Jan 18th.


STAMPS: Inkadinkado; Garden Flower
PAPER: SU!; Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla. Bazzill; Turquoise Mist. Cosmo Cricket; Girl Friday & Everafter
INK: Colorbox; Glacier Ice. Versafine; Vintage Sepia
RIBBON: Basic Narrows; Turquoise
TOOLS: Cuttlebug, SU! Corner Ticket Punch, Bow-Easy
SUPPLIES: Spellbinders; Circle & Scallop Circle. CB EF Combo Damask Frame, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, EP Detail Clear

Thursday, January 14, 2010

How Ewe doin?

Another great sketch for Mojo Monday designed by Julee Tilman. Once again I went into my collection of hoarded designer papers and this time I grabbed two sheets from my 'blue' container.

This was a free digital image from Whimsie Doodles; How Ewe doin? I've been getting pretty good at coloring with my Copics. On this card I watched a couple tutorials on coloring a fence with your copics. I'm finding I'm getting more of an idea as to what shades everyone is using to color different objects with than following them step-by-step.


STAMPS: Digi Image from WhimsieDoodles; How Ewe Doin
PAPER: SU! Chocolate Chip, Old Olive. American Crafts; A la Carte Romaine & Pumpern
INK: Copics
RIBBON: Grossgrain; Red
TOOLS: Cuttlebug, SU! Scallop Edge. Spellbinders; Rectangle, Circle & Circle Scallop
SUPPLIES: Pop Dots, Glue Dots

Monday, January 11, 2010


Today is Monday, January 11, 2010! I am happy to say I have over 3500+ hits on the blog counter and 16 followers after only 1 year that is pretty darn good.

Yes, I do have some goodies to give away!!
All you have to do is.......
1) Become a Follower
2) Leave a Comment
3) Tell a Friend :)
Lets see how many people will visit my site today

A limited Free Digi Stamp Image over at Pixie Dust Studio, Pixie Pie is catching hearts! She was was too cute not to use. As I am on a pink kick at the moment and I am in the mood to make cards, I'm crunching them out...

This sketch is from Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 262 for January 6th.

I have been getting very good at coloring with my copic markers. I have been watching a lot of video tutorials and lessons posted on others blogs that I follow.


STAMPS: Pixie Dust Studio-Free Digi Image; Pixie Pie is catching Hearts
PAPER: SU! Posie Pink, Whisper White. Bazzill; Apple Red. Dollaramma; MOD DP
INK: Versafine; Onxy Black. Copics
RIBBON: Grossgrain; Pink
TOOLS: Cuttlebug
SUPPLIES: Glitter Pens; Red, Silver. Spellbinders; Scallop Rectangle & Oval, Classic Rectangle & Oval, Pop Dots

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Cute Cupid

Saturday, January 9th Sketch Challenge over at The Sweet Stop, SSS38. This card didn't turn out how I had envisioned it so I may just have another take on it later on this week. I love this lil' Cupid guy, he is new from Michael's $1.50 brand Craft Smart Valentine's stamps.

Head on over to The Sweet Stop Blog, and give a try at this sketch


STAMPS: Michaels $1.50; Cupid, Sentiment
PAPER: K+Co; BW Sweet Talk Specialty Paper Pad. SU!; Almost Amethyst
INK: Versafine; Black. Copics
EMBELLISHMENTS: K+Co; BW Sweet Talk Die-Cut Acetate. Darcie; Pearl Heart Stickers
RIBBON: Grossgrain; Pink
TOOLS: Cuttlebug, Bow-Easy
SUPPLIES: Spellbinders; Rectangle & Rectangle Scallop. Clear EP, Glitter, Pop Dots, Glue Dots

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Live, Laugh, Love

It's the first Monday of the new year 2010 and that mean's MOJO Monday. A very cool sketch designed by Teresa Kline a very talented paper crafter who's blog I just love to follow.

I pulled out some paper from pads that I have been hoarding. And as part of my 'Friendship Contract' goal for this year is... ~ too use what I already have~.

I have been in Valentine's mode for the last couple of weeks. I love seeing it, the cheesiness behind it & just plainly love it itself. Not that it is any help that I have been working in Christmas for that last 5+ months. Hence the joy of working in a craft store!!! But never the less it's time to move onto the next season :)


STAMPS: TPC Studio; Playful Expressions
PAPER: BW Sweet Talk Die-Cut, SU! Pixie Pink. Bazzill; Rose
INK: Colorbox; Cranberry. Mat Pad. SU! Pretty In Pink
EMBELLISHMENTS: Prima; Iced Got Flowers- Rosy Red & Prima Peltal Palette Mix #7. MM; Brads
RIBBON: Grossgrain; Red
TOOLS: Cuttlebug
SUPPLIES: Spellbinders; Circle, Circle Scallop. EB; Detail Clear. CB; Floral Fantasy EF, Pop Dots

Monday, January 4, 2010

Winter Tree

Happy New Year 2010! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and welcomed in the New Year with great friends and family...

The new year brings us new goals and challenges and hopefully we can fulfill each and every one of them. And once again where I live we are in a deep freeze of -23C. with a windchill of -45C. A blizzard warning is in effect, what a stark way to start the new year!!!

A quick card using the SU! TopNote Die cut, I CASE'd this card from Gone INKognito. My version is a birthday card for a birthday in January. I love the colors that are in the SEI, Winter Song paper stack. You can never have enough turquoise! I have the feeling these are going to be big wedding colors for this year.

SU! Seasons of Friendship. Versafine Sepia
PAPER: SU! Close to Cocoa. SEI Winter Song
INK: SU! Close to Cocoa, Baja Breeze
RIBBON: AC Brown Gingham
TOOLS: Cuttlebug, SU! Scallop Oval Punch, Slot Punch
SUPPLIES: SU! Topnote Die Cut, Pop Dots

Friday, January 1, 2010

Foil'd Ornaments

This was our last card we made in stamp club for 2009! I gave my card to my Grandpa for Christmas. I give all credit of the design of this card to my SU! Demonstrator, Shirley D.

The instructions for the technique for this card can be found on SplitCoastStampers website.

SU! Bashfull Blue, Ruby Red, Whisper White
INK: Versamark. SU! Markers
Red Grossgrain
Cuttlebug, Ornament Punch
Aluminum Foil, Glitter, Heat & Stick Powder, Pop Dots