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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Recollections crayons

Hello crafty friends!
One of my favorite mediums is water color crayons.
I have a nice set from LYRA and some additional colors
that are Neo-Colors.  I use them often and really enjoy them.
Last week I was visiting a friend and she had a set of the new
water color crayons from Recollections (Michael's brand)
and I gave them a try.
They only come in this set of 12 colors, the price is
very reasonable at $14.99 (US) and with a coupon the 
price is even better.
I have to say that I absolutely loved playing with them.
They went on beautifully.
I like to use a water brush and pick up the color from the
crayon then put it to the paper.
I stamped this image with Archival black ink,
which is waterproof.
These aren't necessarily the colors I'd ever use for that image, 
but I wanted to use all the different colors and also see how they
blended.
The results was great, I loved working with them every step
of the way.
My only complaint is that they don't have a brown in the mix.
The difference with these water color crayons is that they have 
some shimmer to them.  If you have ever used Wink of Stella,
they have a comparable look.
This close up shows the shimmer a bit better.
Of course I had to get a set for myself and I was
lucky and got the last set in the store.
These will make a great addition to my water color crayon
collection.
I haven't tried them direct to paper yet, but I'll give that a try one
day soon and let y'all know how that works out.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you'll stop by again soon.
You never know what you'll find on 
Kristie Kreates!


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Thinking of you

Hello all you craft lovers!
Today I have a card to show you that I made for a friend.
I wanted to let her know she is always in my thoughts and prayers.
I started with a piece of water color paper and an acrylic block.
Using a few water color crayons, I scribbled on the acrylic
block and spritzed it with a bit of water.
Then I laid the paper onto the block to soak up the color.
I have seen this technique done before and I've tried it
a number of times and I'm never very happy with the results,
but this time, I really did love it.
I stamped the Thinking of You sentiment onto the water 
color piece using my Misti tool.
I started out stamping it with yellow, hoping that it would show
up on the pink, but it didn't work and I ended up stamping over
it with a slate gray ink.
I adhered it to a bright yellow card base and added a white
piece of card stock inside.
On the inside the yellow worked much better.
I left room so I could write a message to my friend.
When I was at Ikea, I picked up this hook to send her.
She had gotten one when we had gone to Ikea a few weeks
ago when I was visiting and I know she wishes she had
picked up another, so I sent this along with the card.
I'm hoping it brings a smile to her face.
Now I'm wishing I would have picked up a couple for
my craft room.  Oh well, I'll just have to make another
trip to Ikea.  I just wish there was one close to me.
Another excuse to go visit I guess.

Thanks for stopping by today,
hope you'll stop by again soon.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!


Friday, April 8, 2016

MHP mason jars

Hello crafty people.
Today I'm showing you the gift everyone at our weekend 
crop is receiving.
These are for the 3rd annual spring weekend crop
that is hosted by my friends Jen, Danielle and me.
The studio we run is called
"My Happy Place"
I was fortunate to find these mason jar mugs at a 
reasonable price, so I picked them up to use for
our weekend crop.
I cut the vinyl on my 
Silhouette Cameo and
applied it to the jars.
I thought they needed a little pop,
so I decided to add the red hearts.
Just the right touch.
I think they turned out great.
We are going to fill them with some chocolates,
a few little goodies and add a little ribbon around the top.
They will be on the tables at each space when
our ladies arrive at the crop.
I'm sure they will love them,
I know I do.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Come again soon,
you never know what you'll find on 
Kristie Kreates.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Goin' with the flow.

Hi all!
I don't know about where you live,
but here in my area we are experiencing some
awfully cold weather.
This past weekend we had quite a bit of snow,
and even for the Buffalo, NY area, that's not quite 
normal for the beginning of April.
And frankly, I don't like it at all.
I'm hoping it won't be long before we are 
seeing some beautiful roses in our area.
Well maybe a couple months, but it sure will 
be wonderful to have them blooming.
This card didn't turn out at all like I had it pictured 
in my head.  I was thinking more pastelish (is that even a word?)
I used my Peerless watercolors to paint this card.
I started off using the wrong color for the background, but 
figured what the heck, may as well keep going.
Then I intended to heat emboss the image with white 
embossing powder, but used black ink instead.
Again I figured what the heck and moved on.
I'm still getting used to the Peerless watercolors
and the vibrancy they have.
Needless to say, they didn't come out as I wanted,
but heck nothing about this card was as I had planned.
So I just kept on with it till it was painted,
trimmed it down and adhered it to a white card base.
You know like the weather, sometimes cards just don't work 
out like you hoped.  So just go with the flow and see what 
comes to life.

Thanks for stopping today,
I hope you are having a wonderfully creative day.
See you again soon.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Window Panel Cards #2 and Distress Crayons

Hi all!
Today I have a few cards to show you.
I love this window panel style of card.
This time I made a couple of them using some 
card stock that I had used 
Distress Crayons to create.
I first covered the card stock with Gesso,
then used the Distress Crayons to color sections
of the card stock, then 'smooshed' the color around 
with my fingers.
The colors are pretty creamy and blend best when 
there is a base coat, this is why I used the Gesso
from Eureka Stamps for the inside of the card.
I wanted something that fit nicely behind the clear
panel window and this was perfect.
I think it went well with the look of the overall card.
I stamped it with Chestnut Roan Color Box Ink.
This card can be used as a vertical or a horizontal card.
For this card I used another piece that I created with
Distress Crayons.  This one was made using the 
Distress Crayons directly to card stock, using no base 
coat of Gesso.  The crayons did blend, but not nearly as 
easily.  I used the same colors for both cards, you can
see the difference in the color, as without the Gesso,
the crayon kind of "soaked" into the paper.
I like how both turned out, but found the one with
the Gesso easier to work with.
I made this striped card stock panel with 
from Winnie and Walter
Biblical Impressions.
I stamped the image with Versa Fine Ink
and colored it with 
colored pencils.
The acetate I used for all these window 
panel cards, is simply packaging that I had kept
in my stash, knowing that I'd find a use for it.
I had a lot of fun making these cards
and I'm sure I'll be making more of this style card
in the future.
Thanks for coming by today,
I hope you have enjoyed my cards.
Have you tried the new Distress Crayons yet?
I love them and I'm sure you'll be seeing more
projects on my blog where I use them.
I hope you'll come again soon.
Now go make something fun.



Sunday, March 27, 2016

Somebunny Loves You

Happy Easter!
I wanted to make a cute card for my Mom
for Easter and here is what I came up with.
I used some of my deli paper and alcohol ink
background paper for the base panel.
I stamped and colored 
and
with colored pencils, 
fussy cut them and adhered the 
bunny directly to the background panel
with ATG tape.
I added the tulips with 
foam tape.
The sentiment is 
and is stamped with
Onyx Black Versa Fine Ink.
I'm sure my Mom loves her card.
I hope you have a beautiful and blessed
Easter.
Thanks for stopping by today,
see you again soon.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

New post on MP&C

Hi all!
Just a quick post to let y'all know that
I have a new post up over on
Mashed Potatoes and Crafts
Here's a sneak peak
Why don't you hop on over and see what 
I did with that background and how the 
final project turned out.
Thanks for stopping by,
I hope you'll take a little time to 
check out my other projects here.
See you again soon!