Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Nature Love Valentine Card

Christmas is over and the New Year is almost here.  That means countdown to Valentine's Day.  It's my favorite holiday...I love the colors, I love making the cool treats for everyone, but most of all, it's my hubby's Birthday.  :)

Join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments #176 for a cute inspiration challenge....
Here is the photo....

Here is my take on the inspiration photo....

Close up of the double bow and the 5 hearts folded and glued together to make this super fun 3D heart.

I also used the Core-dinations paper with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  Fun, right?!

Happy Stamping,

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Colors in a Sketch

All sketched out this week!!  Join me and the FABULOUS design team at Hand Stamped Sentiments!!!

Here is my SIMPLE card for this sweet sketch...

Happy Stamping,

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Merry Little Christmas Sketch

It's mid-month inspiration time over at Stampin' Celebration.  Here is my take on the sketch....

Don't miss out on the other GORGEOUS creations by the design team.  Hop on over there...

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Merry Little Christmas

It's time for a color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  Join me this week and please visit the other Design Team members blogs...you will LOVE what they have to show you, too!!

This week it's another simple card.  Easy to duplicate over and over and over.  Great for those of you that make hundreds of cards to mail each year at Christmas.

After I made this card I realized I didn't use Baked Brown Sugar.  I'm a bad girl!!  But as my kids say in school..."you get what you get, don't throw a fit!"  Hahahaha!!  

It's been one of those weeks here....too busy with no time to breathe.  We have a BIG Birthday boy in our house.  Travis will be 3 on Thursday!  Time flies when you are having fun.  Check out this cutie pie....

Enjoy your week and Happy Stamping!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Merry Christmas Watercolor Winter

It's December!!  Where did 2013 go?  Seriously....this year flew by!  I love December because it's CHRISTmas and it's my third son's birth month.  He's such a sweetie and I know God blessed us with him for a reason....he's destined for great things!!  He's only going to be 3 this month, but he sure has such a big heart and a fantastic personality and he's super talented at sports. He amazes me everyday!!

Now, on to some stamping goodness!!  Be inspired this month over at Stampin' Celebration!  Here are the gorgeous photos to help you on your creative journey....

And now....here is my take.  You know me, sweet and simple.  

I got this set (Watercolor Winter) last year for FREE.....that's because Stampin' Up! asked me to be a guest designer in their monthly publication called "Stampin' Success Magazine".  What an honor to be asked, but boy there was some serious pressure I put on myself.

Now that I know this set really well from staring at it for months, I saw the above photos and knew this set was the one I needed to use for this challenge.  I know it's retired, bummer, but it was the one!!  I also used a retired ribbon.  The delicious Red Satin ribbon.  So shiny and so perfect for this challenge, too.

Now it's your turn.  Be inspired and stop by other blogs to check out the other GORGEOUS creations by the Stampin' Celebration Design Team.


Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Falling Leaves in a Sketch

It's sketch time over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This may be my last Thanksgiving/Fall card this year.  Is it really the fall?  Seriously....it's been like 80 degrees PLUS here, until just a few days ago.  Finally it's like 65* today!  YAY!!  Anyways, back to stamping!!

Here is my card this week.  Looking at it here in the photo, I'm wishing I would have used a different color for the background.  Oh well...I still like the colors as a whole.

I did the "rock and roll" technique on the leaves.  I used Midnight Madness, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and Soft Suede.  It looks okay if I say so myself.  :)

Here is your sketch....hop on over there and join us this week!!

Happy Stamping,

Friday, November 15, 2013

Simple Scrapbook Page

Join us this month at Stampin' Celebration!!  This is your mid-month inspiration.

I took this sketch literally...simple and bold colors.

Hop on over to the other DT's creations and be inspired.

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I Wish I Liked Coffee...

I love the smell of coffee and the idea of "going for coffee", but I simply don't like the taste.  Boo...I know!  I do like hot and iced tea, does that count?

It's all about color this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  They are very soft versatile colors.....use your imagination and join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments!!

Here are the colors.....so pretty!!  Now get stampin' and join us!! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fall Owl

Be inspired this month at Stampin' Celebration!!  This time it's some warm colors and beautiful textures.  Check out these photos and let your imagination and creativity flow!!

It's at times like these that I desperately miss More Mustard!!  It was replaced this year with Crushed Curry....BOO!!  Okay, suck it up and go with it....
Here is my card that was inspired by the photos from the collage at Stampin' Celebration!

Check out those leaves and the flower.  I made some cuts to give them some texture...like the bouquet in the inspiration photo. I also used the "core-dinations" cardstock, embossed it then sanded it for the distressed, softer look.  Also adds some nice color variations.

And, of course, the owl punch...he's still so cute to me.  It's tough on my hands punching out all those layers, but so worth it!!

Check out the other beautiful creations by the Stampin' Celebration Design Team!

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Holly Jolly Christmas

It's time for a new challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This week it's a sketch.  The possibilities are endless with this one for sure!! Have fun with it and join us this week!!

Here is my take.  I did 3 layers of ribbon, a rosette with a stamped/embossed image from the set Tags 4 You and topped it off with some "core-dinations" cardstock, embossed and sanded.

Be sure to stop by Hand Stamped Sentiments and check out the other Design Team's creations!!

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween Hello Part 2

It's mid-October...I know, where did the time go?  Anyways, it's time to get you inspired again over at Stampin' Celebration.  This time it's a sketch.

Here is my version....I used the Halloween Hello Stamp Set.  The colors I used are Gumball Green, Basic Black and Whisper White.  Creepy, right?!

Did you notice all of those fun elements?  I used a glitter brad, a white button, a mini Silver brad, the silver foil paper and a dahlia. 

Now follow along on the hop and don't miss out on the other cute ideas!!

Erica Cerwin - Pink Buckaroo Designs
Erin Gonzales -Hand Stamped Style
Cori Kozak - Creative Chat
Lauri Ingram - Paperville Crafts
Krista Jensen - Krista's Stamper Room
Anita Krul - My Paper Chronicles

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Halloween Hello

Here is my spooky version....a little treat carton with a flying witch.  She's in the moonlight.  I know the coloring is bad on this photo...but makes it even more spooky, right?! 

Hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and get stamping!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Is It Fall Yet?

It's a new month, that means a new challenge at Stampin' Celebration.  Supposedly it's fall across the U.S., but here not so much!  It's like 90 degrees everyday and only cools to about 60 at night.  I'm SO ready to wear my jeans!!!
ANYWAYS....here are the photos.....BE INSPIRED my friends!!

I was inspired by the beautiful warm colors and the softness of the flowers.   Here is what I came up with...

This close up shot shows the colors nicely.  I used a blender pen and ink pads and painted them on watercolor paper.  Then I stamped the leaf from the Gently Falling Stamp set.  
I used Crushed Curry, Crisp Cantelope, Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Primrose Petals and Pink Pirouette. Then the leaf is stamped in Crumb Cake.  Layered it up with some cardstock.  Viola!

Check out these other LOVELY designs by the DT members from Stampin' Celebration.  
Erica Cerwin - Pink Buckaroo Designs
Erin Gonzales -Hand Stamped Style
Cori Kozak - Creative Chat
Allison Ohran - Sweet Impressions
Lauri Ingram - Paperville Crafts
Krista Jensen - Krista's Stamper Room
Anita Krul - My Paper Chronicles

Happy Stamping,

Monday, September 23, 2013

It's My Special Day....I Mean Month!

Do you have a Birthday Buddy?  Well, I do, same day just one year apart...yes, I'm older!  And every year we try to do something fun.  This year we did our favorite thing....go to Disneyland.....in style!  We had matching T-shirts made and got our Birthday Buttons. Of course being one year older than my friend Nichole, she got "One Year Younger" on her button....mine said "One Year Cuter".  Hahahahaha!  We were both happy that way!  
First stop California Adventure, after getting our free Grand Slam at Denny's.

Next, the big roller coaster called California Screamin'.
We were being silly and the guy behind us....what a cheese!

The day before we celebrated with my parents and my fam!  DANG.....I forgot to get a pic with my mom and dad, AGAIN!!  Every year we say it and then get distracted.  Sorry mom and dad, but thanks for everything that day!!  XOXOXO

I got to have a date night with the hubby last week at Benihana, a fun Japanese restaurant.  Guess what???? Our Chef's name was "Benny"!! I asked if his last name was "HANA" and he just smiled at me.  Who knows???  LOL

Now on to the good, juicy stuff....the moment you've been waiting for....this week's challenge at 
Hand Stamped Sentiments!!  It's a sketch, an awesome one at that!

Here is what I came up with....

Happy Stamping Folks....now on to continue my Birthday Month!  LOL

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ch Ch Ch Chip and Dale

 Having boys is so much fun...especially when they are twins!!  They are built in best buddies, but as the story goes....they also encourage each other to be silly!!  We spent an afternoon at Disneyland not too long ago and we came upon this little statue of Chip and Dale.  They happened to be our favorite characters at the Disney Resort, Aulani, in Hawaii.  My boys liked that they were cool and funny brothers.
These are some fun photos of them pretending they are Chip and Dale...and also being silly with the statues, too.  Yes, these are my boys!  And, I'm sure I was encouraging all of this craziness, too, because that's how I roll! LOL

I made this whole, SUPER SIMPLE page with the My Digital Studio program!  It only took me a whopping 15 minutes for the whole page.  The hardest thing was deciding the colors and the photos I wanted to use.  The rest was easy because the program is so user friendly!!

The inspiration for this page came from the mid-month inspiration sketch over at Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge blog.  This is the Sketch:

Please make your way through all of the lovely creations by our FABULOUS Design Team.  
Here is the HOP:
Erica Cerwin - Pink Buckaroo Designs
Erin Gonzales -Hand Stamped Style
Cori Kozak - Creative Chat
Allison Ohran - Sweet Impressions
Lauri Ingram - Paperville Crafts
Krista Jensen - Krista's Stamper Room
Anita Krul - My Paper Chronicles

Happy Stamping,

Monday, September 9, 2013

Christmas Gift Card Holders

It's all about packaging, right?!  I love making gift card holders for the holidays and birthdays.  This year I am doing a few craft fairs and these sell like hot cakes.  Why not get started making them now?!

I used the colors for the challenge this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments. They are Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green and Baked Brown Sugar.  These colors scream Christmas...a very yummy Christmas!!

When Closed, these gift card holders measure 4-1/4" x 3-1/4".  The fun thing is that you can decorate these for any occasion with just about any stamp set...they are the perfect size!!

Here is a photo from the top of them.  I wrap and adhere the ribbon to the center that way it doesn't slide off it.  It also closes very nicely...easily fitting inside an envelope if you'd like.
Here's how to score it:
Take an 11" x 4-1/4" piece of cardstock.  
Score at 3-1/4", 5-1/2" and 7-3/4"
Crease into a "W" shape....

Here is a photo of where the gift card fits in. 
Using the Word Window punch, make 2 punches side by side at the center fold only cutting 1/2 of the window shape.  The center of the fold will still have to be cut.
You can use any shape.  I used the new Label Bracket Punch to punch out the center (between the 2 window punch cuts).

When you adhere the "W" shape...just make a thin line of glue around just the edges that need to be adhered so you can leave space for the gift card to slide into.
Fun stuff!!  A great way to present someone special with a gift card!!

Here is the challenge stampers....get on over there and join us at Hand Stamped Sentiments!!

Happy Stamping,
Krista Jensen

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Celebrate and Be Inspired!!

I have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT....I have been selected to be a Design Team Member for the next 6 months at Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge blog!!  WOOT!  The news came at the end of a crummy day and boy this made all the crumminess go away!  I am so excited to be creating alongside some pretty FABULOUS Stampers!!  So....that being said....you MUST join me this month at SCIC and be inspired!!

Here are the inspiration photos:

My FIRST project is a card.  I drew out the antique frame, the green wrought iron swirl 
and the roses and came up with this:

This is a close up of the roses.  Do you see the glittery centers of the roses?  I added some Dazzling Diamonds to make them pop.  Kinda looks like a little bit of dew?!  And yes, I know the swirl dies are retired, but I couldn't help myself.  LOL

But since there was so much to be inspired by this month I couldn't stop there.  I came up with this scrapbook page from the cake design.  See...it is okay to add a tiny bow to a boy page.  This is my son when he was just about 4 months old.  SO cute, right?! 

I first punched out 1-3/8" circles from Tangerine Tango cardstock then I punched the 1-3/4" circle around it to make it centered.  For the circles next to the photo, I used the negative space and then glued the 1-3/8" circle inside it.  Kind of a cool effect.  I embossed the word and arrow stamp with silver embossing powder and added the vanilla seam binding bow and there you have it.  Simple, clean but inspired!!

Card Ingredients:
Colors: Pool Party, Whisper White, Smoky Slate and Gumball Green
Stamps: Six Sided Sampler
Accessories: Tulip Border Embossing Folder, 1 3/4" and 1 3/8" Circle punches, 
Dazzling Details, Swirls Sizzlit, Stampin' Sponges

8x8" Page:
Colors: Calypso Coral and Very Vanilla
Stamps: Hello, Lovely
Accessories: Vanilla Seam Binding, Silver Embossing Powder, Silver Marker, 
1 3/4" and 1 3/8" Circle punches

Again, thank you to the DT for including me in this creative journey at Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge Blog....it's gonna be awesome.

Here are your next stops on this BLOG HOP (My very first "HOP"):

Erica Cerwin - Pink Buckaroo Designs
Erin Gonzales -Hand Stamped Style
Cori Kozak - Creative Chat
Allison Ohran - Sweet Impressions
Lauri Ingram - Paperville Crafts
Krista Jensen - Krista's Stamper Room
Anita Krul - My Paper Chronicles
Happy Stamping,