Thursday, February 27, 2014


Is it spring yet? groan. In Edmonton we are starting a cold snap ... again. We are in for a few days of really cold weather. The stores are bursting with new spring clothes, flips flops and colors. Just teasing us.

So today I snuggled up in my craft room with a warm latte, my favorite hoodie and all the "spring" colored card stock I could get my hands on! I had a wonderfully productive day. I can not wait to share all the projects with you!! If you are following me on Instagram or Facebook you will get sneak peeks ... just saying!

My blog card today is my February stamp club swap card. My fave feature of the card is the tag. Created with our latest punch, Angled Tag Topper Punch. It is just tag-a-licious! 

All you need to do is cut a strip of card stock to 2" wide. Feed the your card stock into the punch and voila! A tag! You can create tags of any length you desire!

I hope that you are staying warm ... or even better, that you are someplace warm! Thank-you for reading! Have a creative day!


Tag-a-licious card supplies:
paper: Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Sweet Sorbet *(133521)
ink:  Summer Starfruit, Sahara Sand, Crisp Cantaloupe, Soft Sky, Staz-on Black Ink (101406)
stamps: Gorgeous Grunge (wood 130514, clear 130517), Chalk Talk (wood 130630, clear 130634)
accessories: Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8" Ruffle Stretch trim (130021), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
tools: Angled Tag Topper Punch (133323), Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526), Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406), Stamping Sponges (101610)
* free with a 60$ product order

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Like totally 80's!!!!!

Trying a new style. Risky, right!? You paint a wall the wrong color, groan, you need to live with it or worse, repaint. You buy uncomfortable shoes and you have soar feet with blisters. You try new dance moves ... yikes! 

But sometimes it pays off! That new outfit or hair style looks amazing and everyone stops to tell you that you look great (who doesn't love that!). That home renovation leaves you warm and fuzzy every time you walk through the door! And those dance moves ... well, they can leave you looking like Jennifer Grey! (Dirty Dancing people!)

A trend right now in fashion, home decor and paper crafting is geometric's. Totally a new style for me. I was not sure how I felt about the trend. Instantly it reminded me of the 80's. Remember this?

I wanted to play with the Geometrical Stamp Set that I received from Stampin' Up! at Leadership 2014. Although I was unsure of this style, it was free ... so I had nothing to loose! Isn't that always the best way to try something new?  I was inspired by the colors used in the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper to create this card ... 

The irony? Now that I see the card next to the 80's photos above - it is like totally 80's! giggle! But I think that it was a success. I love the card! It is bright and fun. What do you think?

Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a creative day!


Like totally 80's cards supplies:
paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry
ink: Strawberry Slush, Crushed Curry, Staz-on Black Ink (101406)
stamps: Geometrical (wood 133158, clear 133161)
accessories: Whisper White Bakers Twine (124262), Basic Metal Buttons (133319), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)
tools: Hexagon Punch (130919), Chevron Border Punch (132154), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Decorative Dots Textured Impression Folder (133520)* free with a 60$ product order!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Banner Birthday Card

My February stamp clubs created this Banner Birthday Card. This stamp set is a new release in our Sale-a-bration product line. I love the saying "You don't look any older than you did last year". It is cheeky but totally true. It's funny how from day to day and month to month, over the course of the year, we generally do not change that much. It is always when we look back over a few years that we start to see changes. Of course children change at a record speed. Thankfully that aging process slows down as we become adults! 

Looking back over my years I can say that I do not feel as old as my drivers licence tells me that I am. Does that happen to you?? I am comfortable saying that I am 34. But I seriously forget that I am in my 30's. I feel I must be in my 20's!! I mean, really .... I look like I am in my 20's. Right?? (wink).

Anyway, enough about me and my stunning good looks ... Here is a peek at the Birthday Banner Card ...

It is cute, quick and easy!! 

Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a creative day!


DIY Birthday Banner Supply List
Sahara Sand
Basic Black
Whisper White
Pool Party
Silver Glimmer Paper   124005   $5.95 / 2 sheets
Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper*   133524   
StazOn jet black ink pad   101406   $10.50
Crisp Cantaloupe
Pistachio Pudding
Pool Party
Summer Starfruit
Banner Blast*
   Clear   133554
   Wood   133551
See Ya Later*
   Clear   133536
   Wood   133533
Banner Punch*   133519
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch   119275   $20.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine   113439   $122.95
Decorative Dots Embossing Folder*   133520  
Whisper White Baker's Twine   124262   $3.95

* Sale-a-bartion items are not for sale. You can earn these products free with each $60 product purchase.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

accordion album

I have been having a blah week. The weather has been chilly again and we got some more snow. I have not been motivated to stamp. I just wanted to curl up under my favorite Costco fuzzy blanket, watch the Olympics and each donuts. Today is Thursday and the kids are at the dayhome which means that I had no choice but to do a little stampin'. (I think Arturo would kick my butt if he found me sleeping all day with the kids at the dayhome!) So this afternoon I set out to design a mini album. I must say that it pumped me up and I am now on a great Stampin' high!

I am a sucker for a mini album. And even more so, one that is created with a flap or an interesting fold. I love that you can create a mini album in one sitting ... and you leave with a job accomplished! Of course, I love getting my pictures organized so that I can enjoy them as hard copy in a mini album. This is even more important now with my recent hard drive issues and loosing so many of my photos and home videos! 

Thankfully I had this class in the old noodle before my hard drive malfunction. I had uploaded them online to be printed and picked them up over the weekend. It made me so happy to touch and hold the pictures! I almost kissed them! (but that would be weird, right?!)

I was browsing around on the web looking for new ways to create a mini album and I found some created with an accordion fold. I gave it my own little twist and designed this new class ...

The album measures 6" x 12" and holds
24 - 3"x5" photographs

This class is a fantastic way to organize your 2013 photos and create a yearbook keepsake!
You can even print your Instagram or mobile phone photos to add to the yearbook.

Bring along your printed photographs to the class to add to the album.
All other materials, tools and instructions will be provided.

Registration closes March 10, 2014
Payment is required upon registration and is a final sale.
Class supplies can not be bundled to go you in your absence.

The interior pages are all flaps that cross each other. It is so cool! I chose to mount my photographs on the flaps with out embellishments. I printed my photographs with McBain Camera. They have the option to print at 3" x 5" and it worked perfectly. I think, looking back, it would have been very sharp if I had chosen to print all of the photographs in black and white. 

I wanted an album that was simple and quick to create. I am planning on adding a few dates and a wee bit of journaling, but I love the simplicity. You can always add to the interior pages if you desire. A quick trim to each of your photos with the Stampin' Trimmer would allow more space for stampin', designer paper or embellishments on each flap. 

Join me on March 24, 2014 for this class for all the dimensions and step by step "how to".

Thanks for reading friends! I hope you have a creative day!


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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Gold Sequin Medallion Card

This weekend is very exciting for our family! All of our kids are going to be in a wedding party today!! The girls are flower girls and our son is a ring man (or so he says). They have been counting down to this day for months! All the finishing touches are in place and we are ready for a beautiful day. Here is hoping that they cooperate to walk down the isle and take a few pictures with the bride and groom. Cross your fingers and toes for me! I will post pictures next week. They are just going to be too cute for words!!

A wedding this special needed a fabulous card! 

My inspiration started for this card with the Gold Sequin Trim ... I love it so much! I actually secretly wish that I had a shirt made out of it! I used a Jumbo Sticky Rounds to spiral the Gold Sequin Trim around. It made this to-die-for gold medallion!

technique focus
DIY Gold Sequin Medallion
Gold Sequin Trim   132983   $6.50
I centered one Jumbo Sticky Round on a piece of grid paper with the
red side down to the grid paper.
Remove the white backing from the Jumbo Sticky Round.
Tape the Jumbo Sticky Round to the grid paper with scotch tape.
Stick the Gold Sequin Trim to the center of the Jumbo Sticky Round.
Keep spiraling around and around. 
When you are done peel the Sequin medallion from the red backing.
Tuck the string from the Gold Sequin Trim around to the back of the Jumbo Sticky Round.
Next I punched a piece of Vanilla card stock with the 2 1/2" Circle Punch.
Simply stick the medallion to the punched circle and it is ready for use on your card.


Do you love the gold twine tucked behind the wee love banner? What is that you ask? I pulled the gold cord out of the Gold Baker's Twine!!! I did not invent this technique ... I know I saw it somewhere at Leadership in January. I wish I could remember who to pass the credit onto! 

Thank-you for visiting my blog! Have a creative day!


DIY medallion card supply list:
very vanilla
brushed gold 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock   102935   $9.95
fancy foil designer vellum   133363   $13.50
metallic encore pad - gold   132141   $12.95
banner blast *
watercolor wonder designer washi tape   133000   $6.50
gold sequin trim   132983   $6.50
baker's twine gold   132975   $3.95
gold stampin' embossing powder   109129   $5.95
very vintage designer buttons   129327   $7.95
very vanilla 1/2" seam binding ribbon   120999   $9.50
jumbo sticky rounds   127852   $6.95
heat tool   129053   $36.95
banner punch *

*these products are available as a free gift from Stampin' Up! during our Sale-a-bration promotion.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Love you to the Moon card

Sometimes you see a stamp set and you just can't live with out it! It could be because it is your favorite art or your favorite expression, or because it fits a project perfectly or even because it reminds you of someone. 

As long as I can remember my mom has said "I love you to the moon". When I was growing up she was a day-home provider. You can ask any of her "kids", her nieces and nephews or her grand-kids ... they all know that "I love you to the moon" ... means love from Aunty or Grandma. 

When I saw the stamp set Love you to the Moon in the occasions catalogue it was a stamp set that I just could just not live without ... 
Love you to the Moonclear   133143   $21.95
133140   $30.95

This week I created a Valentine for my Mom. I just wanted to tell her how much I love her and appreciate everything that she does for us. She is my lifeline and a huge support. She is the one I call anytime to vent, to catch up while I'm folding laundry and the one that will come over day or night to rescue me from a crisis. She has even sorted Stampin' Up! orders when things get really busy! She has so much wisdom. I am not sure I could raise my children with out her advice, encouragement and unconditional love.

I can not wait to see her on Valentines day to give her this card! I am sure she will love it as much as all those handmade crafts that I showered her with during my younger years! Somethings never change I guess! 

Happy Valentines Day to all of you! Have a creative heart filled day!


DIY Card Supply List:
Basic Grey
Melon Mambo
Whisper White
Daffodil Delight
Pumpkin Pie
Old Olive
Black StazOn Ink   101406   $10.50
Pumpkin Pie
Daffodil Delight
Going Grey
Love you to the Moon
   wood   133140   $30.95
   clear   133143   $21.95
Island Indigo Baker's Twine   125575   $3.95
Essential Hardware Clips   129964   $7.95
Rhinestone Basic Jewels   119246   $6.50
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch   119275   $20.95
Aqua Painter   103954   $20.95/ 2 pens
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine   113439   $122.95
Hearts Collection   125599   $32.95
Label Card Thinlits Die   133479   $40.95
Circle card thinlits die   133480   $40.95

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Banner Blast Love Card

Valentines is just around the corner and love is in the air! Do you celebrate Valentines day? It seams to be one of those occasions that people either love or hate. The haters say it is a fabricated Hallmark holiday. I personally love Valentines day. Really, lets be honest ... I love all holidays and any reason to decorate, craft, and bake. If only I had more hours in the day to actually create all the festive things that I dream up and see on Pinterest! 

We wrote out all the Valentines for the kids to take to school on Friday. If you have small children you know this is an exercise in patience. I did get smart last year though and ordered them all personalized stamps from Stampin' Up! so they can stamp their name. 

a bucket of Valentines for each kit to take to school and the dayhome.
I used the Stampin' Up! Monster Hug Valentines for the tags on our treat bags.
Quick, easy and inexpensive!
"S" wrote out each friends name with love and care.
She thought it was super cool to stamp her name.
The kids all wanted to exchange gifts so we all have bought valentines for everyone in our family. We still need to find some time to wrap those. Of course I volunteered to take cookies to the school Friday. Well, I can always bake on Thursday night when the kids go to bed, right?! (Or run to the bakery!!) I told you we needed more hours in the day! 

Thankfully my stamp clubs created a "love" card this month - this will be Arturo's valentine from me! (Sorry Honey if you are reading this!)

Technique Focus:
DIY Faux Chalkboard & Ink splatter

You will need:
~ Basic Black Card Stock
~ Whisper White Craft Stampin' Ink Pad & Refill
~ Stamping Sponges
~ 70% Rubbing Alcohol (from your local drug store)
~ An empty small container
~ A small paint brush (from the dollar store)

step by step:
~ Cut your Basic Black Card stock to your desired size
     (I used a 4" x 5 1/4" piece matted on my card)
~ Ink your Stampin' Sponge on your White Craft Ink Stamp Pad
     (Just a wee bit of ink - not too much!)
~ Gently rub over your card stock ... gentle is the key!
~ Allow to dry (or heat set with your heat tool, this ink is tacky to the touch and can smear or leave finger prints)
~ In your empty small container, add a small amount of Whisper White Craft Ink Refill
~ Poor in a small amount of Rubbing Alcohol to mix with the Craft Ink. You want just enough to thin the craft ink. If you over dilute it the white splatter marks will not show. You can always add more ink refill if you do.
~ Stir with your paint brush
~ Flick the paint brush loaded with the ink and alcohol mix on your page

The best part about this card is that you can get the banner stamp set and punch  FREE for shopping with me during Sale-a-bration.
There are 13 Sale-a-bration items available for you to earn as a free gift from Stampin' Up! For each $60 product purchase you make you can choose one Sale-a-bration item - Free! So for a $120 product purchase you can receive the Banner Punch and the coordinating Banner Blast Stamp Set - Free!!! This promotion ends March 31, 2014.

I am excited for what Friday will bring. I know it will be full of love and chocolate - how can you go wrong! I wish all of you a Happy Valentines Day! Even if you are a Valentines hater! Remember that it is also random acts of kindness week. So you could always just do a little something special for someone - just because!! 

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a creative day!


Banner Blast Love Card Supply List:
Pool Party
Basic Black
Whisper White
Crisp Cantaloupe
Silver Glimmer Paper   124005   $5.95/ 2sheets
Whisper White Craft Ink pad   101731   $9.25
Whisper White Craft Ink Refill   101780   $5.25
Pistachio Pudding
Crisp Cantaloupe
Summer Starfruit
Pool Party
Banner Blast*
Love You To The Moon   
  Wood   133140   $30.95
  Clear   133143   $21.95
Banner Punch*
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch   119275   $20.95
Whisper White Bakers Twine   124262   $3.95
Basic Metal Buttons   133319   $8.95/ 32 buttons

* these products are available only as a free gift from Stampin' Up! duriung sale-a-bration.

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Construction Theme Birthday Party


In October ... yes, October ... our son turned 3. I am finally getting the party on my blog! Where does time go, right? 

"A" is obsessed with construction and construction trucks. There was no hesitation when picking his party theme ... it had to be all about construction. In the fall Stampin' Up! released the Bday Under Construction download for MDS (My Digital Studio). If that is not meant to be I do not know what is! Here is a look at what the download included:

$19.95     133422

Can you believe that for $19.95 you get all of this digital content with this download? With the click of my mouse my party planning was nearly complete! I ordered the invites, decor printables and favor tags with Stampin' Up!'s print services. They came to my door in a couple of weeks. 

You can print MDS projects on your home computer but that would have taken a LOT of ink ... and those darn little ink cartridges can get costly. Take a peek at Stampin' Up! print pricing details here. 

When they arrived in the mail all I had to do was cut out the pieces and do a little embellishing. Here is a look at the party and how it came together!

the dessert table

an October construction party meant that all the Halloween candy fit the theme perfectly!

I went to Tim Horton's and ordered Halloween donuts for the display.
The seasonal sprinkles matched perfect!

The easiest birthday cake ever! I just made a three tier chocolate cake.
Ripped a chunk off the corner, dirty iced it with chocolate butter cream
and filled the excavation site with Oreo cookie crumbs.

Every construction truck we had in our collection was used for the decor.
I found these rock Jelly Beans at the candy store.

The center piece at the dinner table

Construction hats for all the kids from the Party Store.
Here is "A" with his best buddy.
This banner was created with the MDS printables. They came a few on a sheet.
I cut them out with my Stampin' trimmer and added Bakers twine on the back with a
hot glue gun. 

The drink station buckets had construction signage.
Again another MDS printable that I simply cut out and fastened to the buckets.
A birthday party is not complete with out a treat bag! The bag toppers came in the MDS kit.
The intent was to wrap them around a chocolate bar.
I simply cut them out and stapled them to a bag from the Party Store.

In the treat bag we had a tape measure and some goodies.
These are Bubble Gum by the Foot. (Thank-you Pinterest for the idea!)
I created the label with MDS. This was not in the kit. I did this one!
The skid steer was in the download and I used it on my design.
Added some text and printed them. 
It was a great day! "A" still talks about it all the time. I am so blessed to have three amazing children. I love to celebrate each year. It truly is a gift. They just grow too fast. 

Thanks for reading! If you love party planning I have another party blog coming soon! "J" turned 7 in October too ... you do not want miss her colorful fun decor ideas!

Have a creative day!

Krista Frattin

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Retro Fresh Scrapbook Layout

My January Scrapbooking clubs created Retro Fresh layouts. I was inspired by the Retro Fresh Suite that is in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue. I often get asked where I find my inspiration. Truthfully my biggest color inspiration comes right from Stampin' Up!

Did you know that in every Stampin' Up! Catalogue the Designer Series Paper has the colors used in that paper design listed below as a product description? 

So I started this layout with the Retro Fresh Desinger Series Paper and pulled all the card stock that matched. Here is the layout that was born:

Retro fresh layout page 1
Retro fresh layout page 2
I could not resist playing with new tools and accessories from the Occasions Catalogue. I think it came together perfectly! It was a fun layout that captured our family New Years Eve. 

Here is a closer look:

This Designer Series Paper is a great new color combo. One that I can say I have not put together before. The paper is a part of a suite, which means it has sister products that pair together perfectly for effortless projects. Check out some of the other items in the suite:

These are perfect if you feel you lack the creativity ... or motivation to do a layout from scratch. 

To see more of this Retro Fresh Suite, click here.

Thank-you for visiting today friends! Have a creative day!


Retro Fresh Scrapbook supply list:

very vanilla
coastal cabana
basic black
retro fresh designer series paper   132993   $13.50 / 12sheets
gold foil sheets   132622   $5.95 / 2sheets
perfect pennants 
   wood   133227   $36.95
   clear   133230   $26.95
tangerine tango
coastal cabana
big shot die cutting machine   113439   $22.95
on film framelits dies   132969   $36.95
chevron border punch   132154   $29.95
bakers twine, gold   132975   $3.95 / 25yards
retro fresh designer washi tape   133001   $6.50 / 3rolls, 5 yds each roll
gold sequin trim   132983   $6.50

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