Nov 28, 2014

Sweet Stamp Shop, AWDML and Love to you!

Hey there everyone! I wanted to stop in real quick to let you know that today I am over at Sweet Stamp Shop sharing a little tutorial with some subway art inspiration!

You can take a little peek here:

ALSO! I am over at A Walk Down Memory Lane sharing a fun technique for pattern paper and embossing paste:


And this is IMPORTANT! Guess what I found floating around in my junk email files? All these sweet comments from each of you! I don't know what happened, but I was cleaning things out and I found all these sweet comments that EACH OF YOU had sent to me in the last few weeks and I must say, my heart burst!! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me and share your thoughts and kind words. I am SO sorry if you did not get a reply from me! I try so hard to reply to each of you and I feel bad I left so many of you hanging!
Please know I LOVE each and every one of your comments! Thank you for your faithful visit and kind words! I LOVE YOU!

ok... onto your regularly scheduled programs ;)

Nov 26, 2014

The Card Concept: #24 Tag

Hey Howdy, Hey! It's time for The Card Concept's new challenge which is snowmen! And, this week we are joining with Tracey McNeely for her 25 days of Christmas Tags.  Which means, you have a snowman and a tag? What can be better than that?! Well, I'll tell you what's better, Tracy is having a giveaway! So be sure to check it out and leave some comment love on here and on her blog for your chance to win. There are some great companies giving things away! Let's get started.

Here is my tag:

I chose to use Carta Bella All Bundled Up paper pad and sticker sheet for my tag. Ok, in full disclosure, I wanted to work on my tag early in the month, but my snowman stamps hadn't come yet, so I traipsed across Singapore to my not-so-local scrapbook store and searched for anything I could find! And there was a lot of santa stuff, but not snowmen. Hmmmm, I wonder why!? I went to a second location and found this cute paper available and am SO glad I got it! It was just what I was looking for.

I also used a snowflake die cut from Simon Says Stamp and some snowflake wood veneers from Lawn Fawn. Ooh, I love them! I finished off my tag with my hoarded hand-dyed silk ribbon. (I'm almost out *sniff sniff*)

And there ya have it! This is going on Grandma's christmas package. Now I just need to know what is going IN that package. Sheesh! Christmas is coming waaaaay too fast!

Thanks for joining me today. Be sure to stop by The Card Concept to see what the design team has for you and for the next two weeks you can check in through FB page to continue the inspiration as you create your own tag-masterpiece!


Nov 23, 2014

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Watercolor Emboss Resist

Hey there crafty folks! Today I'm over at A Walk Down Memory Lane sharing a little water-colour tutorial.
You can check it all out HERE on their blog.

Thanks for stopping in today! Hope you have a great weekend!

Nov 14, 2014

A Walk Down Memory Lane first post!!

Hey there!! Just checking in to let you know I am over at A Walk Down Memory Lane blog today sharing my very first post that's all about Twine Twine Twine!  Be sure to jump on over and check it out and see if there's anything in the store you *need* because I am sure they can accommodate!!

Here's a little peek... But there are 2 full cards to be seen so head on over!

Thanks for stopping in. Have a smashing day!!

Advent Calendar

Today I am over at blog for my Holiday Countdown 2014 project.

Here's a little peek to get you started and then go ahead and click over to take a gander....

Have a great day!!

Nov 12, 2014

The Card Concept: # 23

Hey there, and welcome! The end of the year is fast approaching and today's challenge over at The Card Concept is here to celebrate just that. Here it is for ya: Krafty Christmas.

 And here is my card:

Now, I am going to be totally frank with you. I LOVE kraft card stock. I ADORE it. I want to marry it! However, since getting my groove on with things like ink blending, embossing paste and white on white designing, my kraft card stock has been sorely ignored. And believe you me, I have noticed, so I am sure it has too. Sorry Krafty! I was delighted for the challenge this week and got to crafting, pretty krafty quick.

I used the new Tinsel & Tags Make It Market Kit. at Papertrey Ink. And let me tell you, that set makes it pretty darn easy to create something stunning. I *love* product like that. It easy to use and gives you rock star results.  

I enjoyed myself so much that I actually made two cards. I couldn't help it. Krafty begged me. Here is a little tut for the second card:

I started with some snowflakes ( and organised them on my block. I masked off my card base in segments and stamped different designs in each section. It kind of gave it a nice Scandinavian Christmas Pattern. Nice and subtle with the white ink.

I got a little splotchy in places. This white ink doesn't do you any favours. It just wants to go EVERYWHERE. And I am way to impatient to wait for it to dry. So it is smear-city.  To cover up the smudges I pulled out my Uniball Gel Pen ( and drew in some horizontal lines where I changed patterns and where I goobed up my paper.

I stamped and trimmed out the wreath from this Avery Elle stamp set that's been in my "to use" bin. It was happy to see ink for the first time. I think its such a lovely set! I added some hexagon enamel dots, the sentiment and this cute bow out of some Pow Glitter Paper from I LOVE this paper. I have used it all up and have been hoarding the last scraps. The small bits are pretty pathetic until it comes in handy like on this card. I had *just* enough. SO glad I didn't throw it out! I used a die cut from Studio Calico. Love it.

And that's it! Second Krafty Christmas card done and it's not even Thanksgiving yet. That's a record for me, to be sure!

Thanks for stopping in today. And thanks for taking the time to comment! I know it takes time and I do appreciate it. :) Be sure to jump over to The Card Concept and join in the challenge. You have 2 weeks! Just enough time to get it done before the holiday crazy starts.

Have a great week everyone! Love to you and yours.

Products used in this project:


Nov 11, 2014

Sweet Stamp Shop Pandas!

Hello there! Today I'm sharing with you some cards from the latest release over at Sweet Stamp Shop. This little guy was on the blog during the release and I kinda forgot to post it! So he's going first, just to say hello, and Happy Birthday. So lets get down to it. I ran my card base through one of my favourite embossing plates by Lifestyle Crafts. Those diagonal lines just get to me. I love it. ( You will see I used it on both of my cards for today.) 

I picked some pattern paper to make my grass but originally the paper is green with white chevrons which was a little bright so I coloured over it with a green Copic marker. You just have to make things work for you, right? I adhered it onto my card at a slant. I stamped, coloured (Copics) and fussy cut my balloons and adhered them to the base before attaching my string. One tip: When you tie balloons, make a loop in your string and then slide it onto the bottom of your balloon. It makes for much faster tying. I covered my balloons with Glossy Accents. Seriously, how did I ever craft without this amazing stuff!? I was not living until I finally purchased that glorious bottle with the pink label. I adore it so. My sentiment is heat embossed onto vellum.

Next up is: Miss You Pho Sho! Featuring again my fav. embossing plate and my favourite banner die cut. I ate Pho noodles just the other day and smiled the whole time I battled with my chop sticks. I am horrible at them! How is it possible, living in Asia, you ask? I have no idea.... I'm just crap at it.

I punched a few circles out of some pattern paper and added some enamel dots (I love those things!), a sequin and some twine. Pretty simple really. And just like with all my pandas, I used Copics to add some grey to his fur and some pink for the cheeks, and then went over it with my Colorless Blender to mute it down a bit.

Ok.. that's all she wrote folks. I gotta go. BUT I love visiting here like this. We should do it again, and soon!

Thanks for taking the time out to say hello! You can find all the links for Sweet Stamp Shop here:

Click on any or ALL and join in the fun that is always Sweet!

Nov 7, 2014

Paper Wings Productions Blog Hop!

Hello there! It's time for the Paper Wings November Blog Hop! Thanks for stopping in today. I'm glad you are here! You should be coming from the Paper Wings Blog as this is your first hopping stop.

Our theme for the month of Nobember is "Sepia". We have all made projects using this challenge and we hope you have fun hopping around to see what we created! Don't forget leave a comment for each designer and once you have finished the hop head back to the Paper Wings Productions BLOG and enter a comment for your chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the online store.

For a chance to win all you need to do is:

To increase your chances of winning you can LIKE our Facebook page and/or invite your friends to the hop. Be sure to leave a SEPARATE comment for each of your additional entries. The winner will be announced on Tues. Nov. 11 2014 on the Paper Wings BLOG.

Ok... so now that those details are done, lets get onto the project! I first wanted to get some sepia inspiration. I didn't have to look far or for long.  Check these babies out:

 {Source: Pinterest}
I wanted something similar but SIMPLE. This is what I came up with:

Yes, I know! I told you these manila tags would come in handy! These are so simple, fun to make but look nice, don't ya think? I heat embossed my image onto the tag and then using a water brush painted some Distress Ink: Scattered Straw. Easy.

Yes... and that. is. it. Add some black and white twine and your ready for a package or gift bag!

Ooh La La!

Thats all for today. Thanks for stopping in! I hope you like the hop and find a lot of inspiration for your crafty soul. Give a try yourself. I think you will love it!

Now you are off to ASHLEYS blog and if you get lost along the way, you can use this list here:

Kristie {that's me!}

Paper Wings Productions blog: THE AVIARY

Until next time...

Items Used in this Project:

Nov 6, 2014

Sweet Stamp Shop Snuggle Pandas

Hello there! Today it's my turn to share a little Sweet Stamp Shop love with you all. I get to do this a few times a month, and I do love it!

Today I wanted to talk a bit about something out there in the design world called, "White on White" 
Or at least that's what I call it ;)  It's kind of a big thing right now, I feel like. So many paper crafters are using it and it is simply stunning. I wanted to try a bit of it myself. Just to see how it feels. 

Here's what happened:

I die cut a ton of snowflakes from white and adhered them and some glitter to my card base. Its a simple thing. But kind of fun! If you are used to using a lot of coloured card stock it might feel a bit bare to you, but when you add some intricate white pieces over top it can do amazing things. You can see a ton of lovely inspiration HERE. Go ahead, hop over and scroll through. I'll wait.....
{time lapsing for you to get there and back, already!}

Lovely right!? I know, I know! It's so gorgeous its worth a try and who knows, you may just find yourself a new little something you like. I know I did!

These cute pandas are now released over at Sweet Stamp Shop. And they are stinkin' cute. I used some T1 Copic on their fur and some R22 on the cheeks. Once I coloured it I went over it with the Colorless Blender to fade the colour out a bit. I also added some Wink Of Stella to my heart in the background and fussy cut my sentiment.

That's all for today! I'll be back this weekend for the Paperwings Productions Blog Hop! So be sure to check that out tomorrow. And next week I will be back with some love at The Card Concept as well as another Sweet post, so there is a lot coming! Hope to see you again soon.

Until then, thanks for dropping in! I love to hear from you, so if you have a moment, feel free to say "howdy-do!" Have a great weekend!


Sweet items used in this project:

Chance to Win $$

Hey there! Just a quick hello and a reminder to hop over to A Walk Down Memory Lane to meet and greet all the new design team. (My post is up HERE.) They are introducing a new designer each day and if you leave a comment (on each post) you will be entered to win a $10 gift card to their online store. There are only a few days left, so hop on over and leave a comment for each designer. OR you can leave a comment on their FB page HERE.

Thanks for checking in... I hope you win!!!

Nov 4, 2014

Sweet Stamp Shop November Release!

Hey there Sweet-y Peeps! Today kicks off the official release for November at The Sweet Stamp Shop! Welcome Welcome!! Maybe you have come from their BLOG or maybe you're just stopping in? If so, you can click over and see all that the design team has in store for you after you take a look.

If you haven't already, you have to see these sweet pandas. They are really adorable!

I made a long shaker card with my pandas. I have these manilla tags that are just so fun to use. I inked mine up using some Distress Ink and then punched three squares using my 3/4" square punch.
I covered the windows with some acetate and then made a little frame of foam adhesive to hold in my sparkles! (I remember traveling to Washington D.C. when I was 7 years old and we visited the zoo. My first ever panda experience! I loved it so much I bought myself some postcards featuring the panda and I still have them! I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the animal (and the colours white and black ;) And now I have them in my stamp arsenal. These are bound to make anyone smile. So use them up!

Ok, next I have a scalloped circle card. I used the chopsticks to make a 'circle' in the background. And then coloured my little panda and his pho noodles and popped them up in front. Yo! Hands off the Chops!! (That cute face could never be mad at you....)

I coloured everything with Copics. With the cheeks I used the R20 and then ran over it with my colourless blender to help mellow it out a bit. I think it worked pretty well. I also used this same technique to add some grey highlights to the tummy and face.

Here is a little closeup of the opening of the card.

And just another one because I think its so cute.... Man I'm like a grandma with a brag book! I can't stop showing you my cute little grandkid! (and his bowl)

Cutie little face....Go on, admit that I am right.

Alright, that's it for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to click HERE for a look at the entire November release. There are a lot of planner stamps also being released and I know how you guys love the planners! Lots of good sets in there. So be sure to stop by! Also, you can LIKE their FB page to be sure you get all up to date info on releases and even freebies that Nicole generously gives away every month. You don't want to miss it! And if you are in the mood for some nice inspiration you can hit Pinterest. And don't forget they have a page just for YOU! Head on over to the Flickr group and upload your creations so you can inspire others. There are some amazing things in there! And also, because that's what we are all here for!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and THANK YOU to you all for your sweet comments on my big news this week. You are all so kind to me! Thank you for taking time out to share your love. I do really appreciate it! Without you this wouldn't be as fun ;)

Take care this week and until next time.... keep on stamping


Nov 3, 2014

Have you heard?

Hey there! I have a few things to run by you today... First off some giveaways and some releases and then at the bottom of this post, just a little tooting of the 'ol horn here.... I am SO very excited to share my new news....

First off...

Don't forget Paper Wings Productions has two chances to win a gift certificate to their store this month. Be sure to scroll down for the monthly challenge and check back in a few days for the monthly blog hop!

Sweet Stamp Shop is having their new stamp release already... Can you believe it? Just check in tomorrow on their blog for lots of cute stamps (my favourite animal--Panda!) And be sure to order those amazing planner stamps that have been flying off the shelves. This is the third time Nicole has restocked in the last month and I don't think they are going to stick around for long. She has a lot of new ones on the docket too, so you can be sure there are more amazing ones to come! You can read all about it on their FaceBook Page.

And last, check in Wednesday over at for a post from yours truly. I have a scrappy paper quilted card to share with you for the upcoming holiday! Be sure to hop over there RIGHT NOW because they are having a smashing giveaway of $50! Check it out HERE!!

I hope you can get in on all the challenges, giveaways and releases that are going on right now!

And lastly a few bits of news from me~

I was chosen as a winner for Paper Crafts Magazine World Card Making Day contest! (In the birthday card category) I was totally squealing when I got the email and my 4 year old asked what was wrong with me. It was really cute and I just kept squealing as he stared at me with his cute face... I am still so very very excited! Thanks Paper Crafts Mag!

Next, you will be seeing me real soon with the online store: A Walk Down Memory Lane. I have been chosen to be apart of their design team for the next year! Woot! I get a chance to share with you every week, which will be a lot of fun and keep me crafting into the wee hours, which is something I love to do! If you haven't already, check out their STORE and see what they have for you. Everything from stamps, to paper, ink embellishments and different art mediums. The sky is the limit!

And lastly I have also been chosen to be on the new Canvas Corp Brand Creative Crew (for handmade cards and paper)!!  This will be starting in December so keep your eyes peeled for lots of fun coming your way!
Head on over to their STORE too. They have lots of goods to keep you happy. In fact I bet you have some in your craft stash right now, don't you! (They crossover three major brands: Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies and of course Canvas Home Basics)

I am so very excited for these new opportunities. I am grateful that people (and companies) are willing to take a chance on me. I feel a bit overwhelmed by the amazing designers I get to keep company with and I hope I can live up to the challenges!

I'm looking forward to next year and sharing with you all.

Love to you and yours

Paper Wings Productions Nov. Challenge!

Hello there! Happy November!! Today is the first Paper Wings Productions post for the month! This month's challenge is Anything Goes!

I love this challenge. Sometimes is nice to just free-range-it in the craft room, am I right??

Well here is my challenge project for the month of Nov. Let's see if you can spot what I did:

One of my favourite things to do is  repeat stamping. Sometimes it can just make one stamp look completely different. I found these big manila tags at my local art store. They were pretty cheap for a big bag so I scooped them up knowing I could (and should) use them for any number of projects. And sure enough, it only took 2 days until I found a use for them!

I chose the Sacred Geometry set and used this one circle stamp to cover my tag.

I then took 4 Copic markers and my Uniball white gel pen that I got from and coloured them up. You can see the steps here:

The white gel pen really added a nice dimension to it. Then it was just a matter of making these tags up to be gift ready. I think they are pretty general so you could use them for any occasion. I love the funky colours and design.

And that's it! Thanks for joining me today. Be sure to hop on over to Paper Wings Productions blog: The Aviary, for your chance to win some Paper Wings gift certificate love!!

Thanks for stopping by today! I love when you visit me. I have some news up my sleeve so be sure to check back tomorrow! There will be lots of fun things coming to enjoy!

Until next time...

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