Monday, March 31, 2014

Sweet Sorbet Sister Card


We have only hours left for Sale-a-bration! Do you have all of your favorite free items of 2014? 12 of the 14 products will be gone for every at 11:59pm tonight (yes I am counting down!)!!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday I had the joy of meeting my new nephew! (well, technically, second cousin, but I am Aunty to him!) I got all my baby snuggles in and loved it! He laid on my chest snoring for the longest time!

He is the third babe to this family and has two proud big sisters. When we went to visit we had to take the girls a little gift and of course make a wee little card for them! 



On Wednesday night last week I had a group of girls over to watch the Stampin' Up! LIVE broadcast event! It was a first-of-its-kind event and we had so much fun! (you can view the event on YoutTube!) The show started at 11:00pm and we sat on the edge of our seats watching Donna Griffith stamp! After she was done we created some beautiful make and take boxes and treat bags. I think I got to sleep by 2:00am!!! Yes, we are die hard Stampin' fans!

The flowers on these sister cards are a technique that Donna showed us. She cut the flowers from the Sale-a-bration Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper! I loved the idea and had to do it on this card!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's blog and I will show you my amazing baby boy card using the Hello, Sailor Stamp Set!!

Remember that today is the last day to get a FREE sale-a-bration item with each $60 product purchase! You can email me your order by 7:00pm and I will combine it with my party tonight. Or, as always, shop online!

Have a creative day!

Krista
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Final Day to Sale-a-brate!!

Tomorrow (March 31) is the FINAL DAY for 
Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-bration 
promotion!

Spend $60 on Stampin' Up! products and choose one of 
13 limited time products ... FREE!!!

My top sellers this year have been:
Banner Punch and the matching Stamp Set Banner Blast
Do you have them yet??


 This card also uses the free Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper in the Sale-a-bration promotion. You can never have enough paper when you are a paper crafter ... especially when it is free!


There are so many more items to choose from! Click Here to view the Sale-a-bration brochure.
For cards in a pinch or for a great gift, use the Good As Gold Card Kit. Comes with all the supplies needed to create 8 cards!


If you spend $120 you will receive 2 free sale-a-bration items.
Spend $180 and you receive 3 free items! 
Orders of $200 qualify for hostess benefits! Receive an additional $35 free product!

Shopping online is quick and convenient. Ships right to your door in about 8 days!

If you are in the Edmonton area, I am having a free Sale-a-bration last chance event on March 31, 2014 at 7:00pm. Come create some cards and check out your favorite products. After March 31, 2014 they will be gone forever!

Thanks for visiting! Have a creative day!

Krista

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Masculine Watercolor Card


My quick and easy March swap card! Our theme this month was Masculine. A theme that I always struggle with. It could be largely to do with the fact that I do not own many "Manly" stamps! Just when you thought I owned the entire catalgoue, right?! Well I am here to report that, sadly, I do not!

I did a watercolor background technique and it has a great impact, with out having to add extra layers to the card. Can you believe I created a card using only two layers of card stock?!

To get this watercolor background:
1.  Squeeze your Classic Stamp Pad together before opening.
(This will transfer the ink to the underside of the lid).

2.  Add water to your to your Aqua Painter. Squeeze a wee bit and dip into the underside of the Classic Stamp Pad lid to pick up color.

3.  Color one face of a Clear Block (I used "D" block).
The trick is the right amount water. It wants to be pretty wet, but not dripping over the edges. Play with it and have fun!

4.  "Stamp" onto your Card Stock.

5.  Dry with your Heat Tool and Stamp a greeting or image over top.


I did add a little bit of stitching to the card to "Step it up". But I think it would be just as cute with out. I am convinced I am going to learn this sewing on card stock thing! I just need to keep practicing!


My March stamp clubs also did this technique on their make and takes. Watch for a blog post with pics coming soon!

Thanks for visiting! Have a creative day!

Krista

Masculine Watercolor Card Supplies:
Cardstock
Island Indigo, Whisper White, Soho Subway Designer Series Paper (130140)
Ink
StazOn Black, Gumball Green, Soft Sky
Stamps
Oh Hello (Wood 131931 / Clear 130733), See Ya Later* (133536)
Accessories
Epic Day This and That Washi Tape (131269), Basic Metal Buttons (133319)
Tools
Clear Block D (118485), Aqua Painters (103954), Banner Punch* (133519), Heat Tool (129053)

* Items are available during Sale-a-bration and will not be available after March 31, 2014. Place a $60 product purchase before that date and you can earn this item free!


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

2014 spring retreat is open for registration!


Phew! what a month is has been ... you may have noticed that my blog posts have been few and far between! I have a great explanation!!

I have been crafting my fingers off ... literally! My left thumb and right pointer finger are cracked, bleeding and not happy with my crafty self! What have I been up to, you ask? Creating projects for my 2014 Spring Retreat! 

I know many of you have been teased by posts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. So without further adieu, here are the six projects that will be available for my event April 26, 2014:








I have created a tab above with more information about this day long event. Or Click Here to learn more! You just have to join us for all the fun! Space is limited so please register early to avoid disappointment. 

To register simply drop me an email at kristafrattin@yahoo.com.

For my online friends ... If you want a take home kit, all projects are available bundled with instructions. Additional shipping charges will apply if you do not live in the Edmonton area.

Let me know what you think of this years projects. I would love to hear your comments!

Have a creative day!

Krista
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Easy Peasy Banner Kit


This banner was created in the blink of an eye with the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration Heartfelt Banner Kit. I wish I could take credit for the super cute creativity. But Stampin' Up! took care of all that ... plus the prep work! Even better is that this kit is available FREE with a $60 product purchase until March 31, 2014!!




I have it hanging on my bookshelf and just love how cute it is. Can you believe that this is only about half of the banner kit! Here is what I did with the other half ...


My downline created these at our February meeting. We added all of our important demonstrator charts and info inside for safe keeping and a quick reference. 






Sale-a-bration is in the final weeks ... After March 31, 2014 this banner kit will no longer be available. Shop my online store and place a $60 product order and this kit is yours - FREE!!


I hope you are enjoying the change of season! Have a creative day!

Krista

Banner Supply List:
Heartfelt Banner Kit* (133514),  Whisper White Card Stock (100730),  Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon (130018)

You are Fabulous Mini Album/ Journal:
Cardstock:
Whisper White (100730,  Brown packaging cardboard from specialty designer series paper,  Epic Day This and That designer series paper (130814),  Pool Party (122924),  Pear Pizzazz (131201)
Ink:
Pool Party (126982)
Stamp Sets:
Million & One (Clear 126377, Wood 126375)
Accessories:
Vintage Faceed Designer Buttons (127555),  Linen Thread (104199),  Baked Brown Sugar 3/8" ruffle stretch trim (130022),  Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon (130018),  Tea Lace Paper Doillies (129399),  
Tools:
Label Bracket Punch (132153)

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Chalkboard inspired scrapbook pages

I love the chalkboard technique on these layouts. When I was sharing this with my stamp clubs in February I had a realization .... my children do not know what a real chalk board is. Schools are now generally equip with high tech smart boards.  I think they believe chalk is primarily used to write on the sidewalk on a warm sunny day! 

Chalkboarding is a huge trend right now, so it is not completely foreign. DIY'ers are using black chalkboard paint on everything! You can also buy chunks of chalkboard type vinyl. I love Upper Case Living for this! I have added chalkboard vinyl labels to jars in my pantry. Today on Pinterest I saw this post ... cute, right?!
http://www.thegoodstuffguide.com/back-to-school-lunchboxes/

Chalk pens have made chalkboarding neat and clean. Not to mention more durable. Chalk pens do not erase easily like traditional chalk. Often you need to purchase a chalkboard cleaner to clear your surface (Totally worth it though!). Stampin' Up! has a medium tip Chalk Marker available:
Stampin' Chalk Marker   132133 $4.50

Chalkboard fonts are also divine! Quick, easy projects can be created using My Digital Studio. I created this project in just a few moments. Once printed I am going to slip it in a frame and display it in my home.
chalk-hand-lettering-shaded font


You can't help but get nostalgic with chalkboarding. It is one of those things that are a vivid memory of your childhood. In my day we had green chalk boards on all four walls of the classroom. Teachers had cool metal chalk holders to keep their hands clean. If you were lucky you had white chalk, yellow chalk, pink chalk and on the rare occasion blue chalk (Although this was difficult to read off the board). Do you remember the chalk rake? It had multiple fingers that you placed chalk into. It was used to draw straight lines across the board for printing & handwriting lessons? Least we forget the chalkboard brush ... and detention time spent cleaning those brushes!? (I was no stranger to detention time ... I always talked too much in class!).

The chalkboard technique on my scrapbook layout is really very simple. I used a Stamping Sponge to gently smear white craft ink over basic black card stock. The trick is really to be gentle. Less is more. You can always add more if you desire.





Do you like the chalkboard trend? Have you tried it? What have you created?

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

Krista

Chalkboard scrapbook layout supply list
paper Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, Pool Party, Silver Glimmer Paper (124005), Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper* (133521),
ink Whisper White Craft Stampin' Ink Pad (101731), Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding
stamps Banner Blast* (133551 wood, 133554 clear)
accessories White Bakers Twine (124262),Coastal Cabana 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim (130024), Basic Metal Buttons (133319), Tea Lace Paper Doilies (129399)
tools Stamping Sponges (101610), Banner Punch* (133519), Full Heart Punch (119883), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Hearts Collection Framelits (125599), Decorative Dots Embossing Folder* (133520)

* these products are available free during our Sale-a-bration promotion


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