C&CC May Tags Challenge -Hey Diddle Diddle

The month is quickly finishing up. I can’t believe how fast May went by! I did not want to let the month go by without participating in the last challenge at Catherine & Cathy Create! ¬†The tags challenge is to use music as the theme. I just recently got the cutest set from Paper Smooches and it was perfect for this challenge…. check it out:


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Okay, so with the exception of the backwards quarter note, I like how this turned out. ūüôā I didn’t notice that note was backwards till after I put it on the paper. Oh well, I am sure there are some people who would not notice…. I hope!! The Paper Smooches stamp set came with the record stamp but I added the needle arm by cutting a skinny strip of silver paper and a tiny bit of black. I used tiny circle punches to make knobs. I sprayed the white parts of the card with glitter silver to give it the rocker feel. ūüėČ Hope you like it! Why not give this challenge a try?


Supplies used:

  • Stamps: Paper Smooches Be Boppin’ stamp set
  • Inks: Staz On Black ink and Mister Huey’s silver color mist
  • Paper: Card base is the May paper pumpkin card base, Blue strip was also part of the May paper pumpkin, Tag is part of the April paper pumpkin kit and Whisper white was also used.
  • Embellishments: Stampin up Silver ribbon and one Black candy dot
  • Tools: Two small sizes of hole punches

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop 2014


Operation Write Home is having a Memorial weekend blog hop and I thought I would take part in the hop! The challenge was to make a Red White and Blue card with any of their preferred themes:

  • Love cards
  • Missing you cards
  • Thank you cards
  • Birthday cards
  • AnyHero cards with notes inside written TO them!

I chose to make a Love You card with some phrase die cuts I recently purchased:

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Yet another fun card to make.  I went back and forth about adding the sequin, but I decided it did work. Even though it has sequins, I think maybe this could be masculine of feminine, what do you think?

I hope you like the card and please be sure to check out all the other fun contributions for the blog hop by clicking here

Have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend!!

~ Kristal

Supplies Used:

  • Stamps: Stampin’ Up six sided sampler set, Stampin Up gold embossing powder and Versamark
  • Ink: Stampin’ Up Night of Navy
  • Paper: Stampin’ Up Night of Navy, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler and gold foil
  • Tools: Stampin’ Up Hexagon Punch, Stampin’ Up Hexagon Embossing folder, Stampin’ Up thinlit Die and Little B Handwritten phrases die
  • Embellishments: Sequins

OWH Sketch Challenge #225 and Just Us Girls Color Challenge #241

Happy Monday!

I was too busy to post yesterday, but I did get in some crafting with two fun challenges. I started back to work today on a part time basis. ¬†With my recent back injury I had not been working for about 5 weeks. ¬†I wanted to get in some crafting one more time as I may not have the ability to do it so much with being back at work. I have a herniated disk and sitting is the absolute worst position for that. Of course, I sit for many hours in my job so this may prove to be a challenge. I will work¬†part time for a few weeks and if I can’t even handle that,¬†then surgery is like going to happen. Fingers crossed that won’t be needed!

Okay on to the crafting!  Here is the card:

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Such a fun layout for the sketch challenge this week at OWH! Here is the actual sketch I used:
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I kept my card pretty close to the sketch, just added more layers. I tend to really like my layers!

Over at Just Us Girls, the color challenge was to use Kraft, Orchid, and White. Pretty colors! I originally wanted to make this a love card because that is something OWH often needs, but I could not find a stamp that fit properly in the square layers. So even though there is a heart theme, it is still a birthday card. I believe it still works, what do you think?  I love the little wood veneer hearts. I really hope it will be okay for OWH because thickness can be a concern. I did try to spread them out on the card so that the thickness is equal because this is the suggestion when using raised layers or embellishments for OWH cards.

Hope you have a wonderful Monday and find some time to create this week!


Supplies used:

  • Paper: ¬†Stampin’ Up colors: ¬†Wisteria Wonder, Crumb Cake and Whisper White. ¬†Patterned paper is Cut and Paste Amy Tangerine line by American Crafts
  • Ink: Stampin’ Up Wisteria Wonder
  • Tools: ¬†Stampin’ Up Artisan Label Punch, Starburst framelit dies and circle dies. I also used some smaller circle punches in 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch sizes. Stampin’ Up Corner rounder punch
  • Embellishments: We R Memory keepers Sew easy purple floss, ¬†Stampin’ Up essentials wooden elements and Elle’s Studio wood veneers


Throw back to the 80’s for the Scrap Our Stash challenge

Happy Friday Peeps!

Over at Scrap our Stash there is a new challenge to create a background using cardstock, a stencil and some form of medium from my stash. I have been strictly working on my wedding album for nearly two years now. Although I have only a few pages left to finish, I have been itching to work on something new. ¬†So I decided I was going to dig through my OLD photos and do something fun. My high school days!! ¬†Some of my favorite memories are from the 80’s. I can not stop listening to music the from that time. In fact, if you need a great online radio station for really varied 80’s music, check out ¬†www.flashbackradio.com. I listen to them all the time. Anyway, I decided to see if I could really make my page look like it was made in the 80’s as best I can. ¬†Here is the result:


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Isn’t this page Totally Awesome?! ūüėČ To make this layout I used the Blocks 5×8 stencil from Dylusions. I stamped the stencil with Colorbox pigment ink that came in a three pack called Cat’s Eye. I also used Dylusions Spray inks in Polished¬†Jade and Lemon Zest. The Cardstock is American Crafts paper, but I do not know the color names. The Black and White checked background paper is from Any Tangerine Plus One line. The Remember wood veneer was inked in the Cat’s Eye ink (the three pack had Pink, Purple and Silver) and is from Elle’s Studio. The chipboard¬†numbers are American Crafts Thickers. I used my Stampin’ up On Film framelit die to make polariod frames around my pictures and then stamped paint splatters with the Stampin’ Up Gorgeous Grunge set. The embellishments are various wood veneers and sequins I had around. Last are the fun circle cut outs. It is not easy to find embellishments that are 80’s themed these days so, I just did an internet search for things I could download and printed them on cardstock and cut them out with my circle dies.

I hope you like this page and it inspires to remember to scrap those old photos once in a while too!!


OWH Midweek Throwdown, Freshly Made Sketches and Fusion Card challenges

Whew, I made a card that fits three challenges! I have never done that before! It sure was fun though! I always like to try to participate in the OWH challenges whenever I can because then I know I am consistently adding to my stash for the soldiers. This week it is to make a missing you card. After recently finding Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog, I am really enjoying the inspiration it gives me to change up the appearance of my cards.  Lastly, I just found a new challenge site and when I saw their current challenge I knew I needed to try it. This is because I had not ever made a card with the colors in the current challenge. This new one is Fusion Card Challenge.  They have three options: use their color inspiration photo, or their sketch or both!  Since I wanted to use the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, I decided to just use their color inspiration. So check it out!

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Here is the sketch posted at Freshly Made Sketches:

And here is the Fusion Card Challenge inspiration:


I love these bold colors! I don’t know why I don’t think to do more bold colors in my cards. Maybe this will spark a change in me! I am also trying to use different techniques whenever I can so I remember to use all the goodies I have in my craft room! This time I used my paper piercing set. I have very rarely used it and I really like that little extra something it adds to the card. Hope you like it too and if you haven’t tried paper piercing, give it a try. You could really make all kinds of designs with it! As you can probably tell I turned my sketch ¬†a different direction. I kept trying to put together exactly as shown and it just did not look right to me. When I made it all go long ways it just seemed to fit. ¬†Sometimes that is how it goes!!

Happy Crafting everyone!


Supplies used:

  • Paper: Stampin’ Up Crushed Curry, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock, Teresa Collins Summer Stories Pattered Paper.
  • Ink: Stampin’ Up Crushed Curry
  • Embellishments: We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy black floss, Stampin’ Up Whisper White Candy Dots, Unknown Brand Washi tape – yellow pattered and black and white dots
  • Tools: Stampin’ Up Window Framelit Dies and Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. 1/2 inch circle punch by McGill Creavitivity