Feb 28, 2015

Background Stamping with AWDML and a little Trip

 Hello there friends!!! It's been awhile for us to meet together again.  I have had family in town for the last month and we took a little side trip just recently. Can you guess where? Here is a photo of my favorite part of our trip. A little place out of the way of the city. It was stunning! This is the first time I have ever understood someone naming a color 'sea foam'.  It really IS a color! So gorgeous!

Here is a little picture of my darling husband teaching 3 of the 4 kids how to fake "falling off a cliff." Yes, I know... being married with 4 boys is NOT for the faint of heart! (because actually hubby WAS on the edge of the cliff. Had to be so the other wouldn't fall!)

And, TADA!! Here is where I was. Do you recognise it?? It was a lovely trip! We returned to a full week of fun activities in Singapore before my guests departed just two days ago, and just between you and me, all I have been able to do since they left, is sit on my couch. Just can't bring myself to do one thing.  It was a whirlwind adventure to have them here. They have definitely made my year! We did everything under the Singapore sun, and anyone who knows how hot that can be will understand why I can't move now!

But a new week is coming so I thought I would stop in and say "Howdy!" and share with you my project for this week over at A Walk Down Memory Lane. You can jump over to the blog for a quick tutorial on background stamping with small images. I threw in some water-colour for good measure 
; )

Thanks for stopping in today and not giving up on me even though I have been missing for so long! Even when it's quiet here, I will always be back at least once a week, so hang on for Fridays!

I hope all is well with you and yours. Thanks for the love!

Feb 15, 2015

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Happy Valentine's Day my love!

Hey there! Join me over at A Walk Down Memory Lane blog for some cards that showcase a new line of background stamps they have at the store. They are gorgeous!! Here is a little peek of my LOVE card just for your.

Things have been a bit quiet here, I know. I have had family in town since November so I don't get to blog as much as I used to. But just a few more weeks and we will be back to our regularly scheduled program, yes? Hope all is well with you and yours...

Feb 5, 2015

Canvas Corp Brands Valentine Post!

Hello hello!! Yay! It's time to post some thing I have been working on behind the scenes. Today I can share my Valentine's day card I made for Canvas Corp!
Be sure to check out all the inspiration over at Canvas Corp Brands and PIN your favourites for your chance to win!

What do you win, you ask??? Well, nothing but a $50 gift card!! That's a pretty good chunk o' change, if I do say so myself. The challenge is to create a valentine card and send it to someone as a surprise of love for them! I'm sending mine to my husbands office so he can get a little bit of lovin' from me in the middle of his hectic day.  We usually don't do much for Valentine's, so this will be a fun surprise!

Here she is:

I used a variety of papers and die cuts to create my card. Let me show you what I did:

I created a frame with various papers and also die cut my bullseye out of the paper too so I could inlay it all together.
 I then cut the bullseye out of some chipboard three times so I would have enough pieces to create different depths.

I fussy cut a heart and also die cut some circles from different patterns and then glued them all together at different heights and inlaid them all onto my card base.

You can see a bit of the layering here. I added a double LOVE die cut to create a shadow and a gold arrow with some enamel dots to finish it off.

I fussy cut two hearts. The bottom one I left a bit of a paper edge around it and the front one was cut clean to the heart (um... not great for valentines ;) This way there was a bit of a shadow added with the dimension.

And that's it! There are so many talented ladies over at Canvas Corp Brand. I definitely have my work cut out for me! But I am excited to be apart of it all. They have so many wonderful products and lots of challenges and inspiration to be apart of. So be sure to check it all out HERE!

Thanks for joining me today!

Jan 29, 2015

CutCardStock.com Post

Hey there! Long time no blog, eh?
So, you know here at thekristiesessions we have some action in the family department. (NO! not another baby!) But my mother is coming today and my son is having a birthday tomorrow and then being baptised the next day, so its been a little crazy crazy around here.

But I wanted to stop in to let you know that I will be over at CutCardStock.com sharing a little one layer die cut in-lay birthday card with you. So head on over!

here's a little sneak peek:

Actually this photo was all my 4 year olds design. He so wanted his teddy to hold the card. So I thought I would post it for you!

And be sure to check out the specials going on in THE STORE. They always have something great!

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope to be back next week a little more relaxed!

Jan 19, 2015


Happy new week to you! Just wanted to stop in and say Howdy-do!

It's a new week over here at thekristiesessions and I wanted to stop in and share a few things.

First, last friday I was over at A Walk Down Memory Lane with a little post with the embossing resist technique using distress inks. I love that technique so much. It's fun and easy! Do you have distress inks? I had some a loooong while back but didn't appreciate them much and got rid of them. (also in hindsight, I didn't have very fun colors!) Now with these {not so} new mini ink pads and circle applicators, I have a whole new love for them all! I love that you can buy a set of 4 colours. Ink can get expensive so it's nice to get to try out different colours for a reasonable price. And I love that you can use them for so many techniques! Anyway, check out the post HERE if you are curious.

And here is a little HELLO card to share with you today.

This little guy was made using some white heat embossing and then colouring in spaces using Copic markers. It's a really simple treatment, but I do love the results!

As soon as I saw this Papertrey Ink set, I knew I wanted it. It took me a long time to actually get it, but I do not regret it! This card would be lovely using multiple colours for the flowers, but I love the blue and white combo too. The sentiment is a few die cuts stacked on each other. The bottom layers being white and the top blue layer off set just a bit to the side.

And that's all for me today! Thanks for taking the time to visit. I hope you have a great great week!
Join me over at A Walk Down Memory Lane blog for my friday post and I'll be back with some CutCardstock.Com love the beginning of next week too!


Jan 15, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Welp, tis no surprise that I missed the challenge AGAIN! Man, the week just goes by so fast for me! BUT I am happy to say that I did make a card. Which really is the first hurdle. It was just the posting of it that threw me. So without further ado, here is my Simon Says Stamp wednesday challenge card:

The challenge was to use Simon Says Stamp exclusive products. I chose this cute stamp set and die cuts that came out late last year. I'm embarrassed to say this is the FIRST time they have seen ink! I also used the waves stencil with embossing paste and distress inks for my bowl water. I popped everything up using dimensionals and added some Wink of Stella over the water for some added shimmer.

Here is a little close up peek.

Thanks for checking in today. It's been kind of a hectic week. One of those where you say, "How is it ONLY Wednesday?" Cause you feel like you have already lived three weeks in one. I guess I could pretend it is Wednesday three weeks from now?!! That may just work ;)

Thanks for stopping in. I love's you!

Jan 13, 2015

Graphic Stamps and Pigment Ink

Hey there! Just checking in with you all.  Things have slowed down here a bit and its been kinda quiet in kristiesessions-land due to some of my DT contracts ending. And I'm just takin' 'er easy for a bit. Sometimes its nice to slow down, you know? I've been hanging out with my kids more and enjoying some ME time when they go off to school during the day.  And I dare say, it's nice!

But I wanted to come say HI to you! So I thought I would share a very simple one layer card that has some boldness in it. Say hello:

I really am a sucker for quick stamping. Don't get me wrong I LOVE complicated stuff and man, there is some AMAZING things out there that people do and when I see it I am inspired to pull out all the punches and make a lean mean artsy-fartsy card, but sometimes you just need a quick one. You know?

I have found that I rarely have birthday cards on hand to give away and especially for boys. So if the occasion comes up, I need to get down and dirty and stamp one out in 15 minutes before I run out the door to a party. This is how this card was born. How did I have time for a picture you ask? Well actually this stamped up SO fast I made two, in 15 min... yup, that's how you rock a birthday party.

I took ONE stamp from an Avery Elle set and my favorite pigment inks and set to it. And Voila! A quick card for a quick birthday.

Ok. so that's it! Easy! Be sure to stop by later this week over at A Walk Down Memory Lane where I will be sharing my weekly card and next week I will be over at CutCardStock.com!  I am also starting up over at Canvas Corp but it will still be a bit yet since I am waiting on shipments. Meanwhile I am making up a slew of easy, fast birthday tags as a gift for my mother-in-law. That's what I have been working on tonight and now I need to go to bed (It's past midnight here in Singapore!)

So without further ado, I will bid you ado! (So while I have been crafting I have also been binge watching old episodes from The Office, and I am turning into Michael Scott!-- Great Scott!)

Ok. I love you all. Have to sleeeeeeep. Have a great day no matter where on the earth you live!

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