Saturday, December 22, 2012

Tub of Flowers on a Drawer Box

Merry Christmas!
I'd like to share with you a gift I made for my "cousin" for Christmas.
For more information and a link to a tutorial on how to make this drawer box, please visit my blog, Kristie Kreates.
For the top of the box I used
"Tub of Flowers" (#82001) from
I stamped the image with Memento ink and colored it with FlexMarkers
I then used a Perfect Medium Pen and applied it over the tub, then brushed on some copper Mica Powder
Mica Powder is available through Eureka! Stamps and QKR Stampede, sister companies to Biblical Impressions.
I love how the tub turned out looking coppery.
I used my scoring board to make the score lines around the image and inked them with Antique Linen Distress Ink.
Here you can see the view of the front of the drawer.
And open with the cards inside.
I really enjoyed making this little box for the cards and I'm sure I'll be making more for gifts in the future.
Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season with your family and friends. I know I am!
Leave a comment if you will and come again soon.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Wonderful, Counselor

I have loved the Names of Jesus stamp, and done all sorts of things with it, but I've never embossed gold on gold. I think it worked well! The blessing text is found on this Christmas Words sheet, and is available as an individual stamp in a more basic font in the Christmas section.  The background of it and card are cream, not white as the camera thought!

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Ultimate Christmas Tree

This is Sarosa posting here today, hope everyone's Christmas planning is going smoothly!

This is a card I made years and years ago, when my cardmaking was extremely simple (not that it's amazing now, of coures, but my skills were about zero when I started cardmaking), and I was so delighted with it, I felt like I'd artistically arrived!  But ... it probably took me a full day, seriously, to do this.  I'm that slow to make decisions, to color, and to assemble.  So, I may never make it again, even though I have improved speed a little bit.  Anyway, the Names of Jesus Tree was embossed in gold on white vellum, then glued.  A gently applied glue stick that is not too dry works for me, but the vellum must be attached by brads or something else to keep from peeling.  I also weight it down under a pile of books for a day or two.  It works very well, and just possibly might make the brads unnecessary, but I still use them.  The Stained Glass Nativity was embossed on white cardstock, then trimmed and mounted to panels.  If you don't have some type of stamp-a-ma-jig, as I didn't when I made this, just use a bigger piece of vellum than you need, then place on the stained glass image, and mark where you need to trim.

I wanted to use the design again, but I did not want to do all the coloring.  So, this is what I came up with this time:
If I remake this, I would use mini brads (I do not have any), and perhaps do all four corners.  

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Autumn Corner

Kristie here from Kristie Kreates. 
Happy Autumn!
I have said before that I'm not much of an autumn fan,
but that's mostly because I don't like the cold weather.
I do love all the harvest type things,
the pumpkins, the colorful corn, the beautiful leaves.
And I love this image from Biblicl Impressions
"Autumn Corner" (#33506)
I colored the image with FlexMarkers
and used Distress Ink (Antique Linen & Vintage Photo)
to ink around the image.
I love how this card turned out, very simple, yet so beautiful.
Thanks for stopping for a visit.
Be sure to stop in again soon.
Leave a comment if you will.
Be sure to stop in to the Biblical Impressions store,
there are lots of wonderful images to choose from.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Christmas Ideas

I used to do a craft fair at a local Christian college, Houghton, and my first year I made what I called "Nobbies," decorated tags to which I added plastic bags with candy inside, looping the bag behind the tag with wire.  The idea was for the student to write a note on the back of the tag, and then wrap the wire around the door knob of a friend in their dorm.  All except the "Merry Christmas" are Biblical Impressions or Eureka images.  Most of these are long gone, so I could not rephotograph them for this post.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

In from the Cold

Hi blog fans!
Today I have a card I made with
"Shelf" (#33203) from Biblical Impressions
I colored the "Shelf" image with FlexMarkers and cut it with a Spellbinders die and the Cuttlebug.
I inked the edges with Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick)
For the card base, I cut 2 of the same size shapes
with the Spellbinders dies,
the back one I scored about 3/4" from the end.
I adhered the 2 white pieces together
at the top with ATG tape above the score line.
Folding back the card on the score line allows it to open clean and easy.

has lots of really lovely images
that come in unmounted red rubber.
Stop in and see what they have to offer.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Leave a comment if you will and come again soon.
I'd love it if you would stop by my blog
to see what other projects I've been working on.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Tile Fun!

Well, I had planned to post a few days ago for Biblical Impressions, but when I photographed the tiles, the pictures turned out awful. As I mentioned in my last post, I accidently sprayed these tiles, made this summer before college started up again, with glue instead of sealer. While the glue darkened and dulled the tiles, they still looked okay, but these two just didn't photograph well either. So, I decided to remake them this weekend after (hurrah!!) I finished my last assignments for this quarter.

First, I want to show you a tile before I stamped on them. As you can see, these are not smooth ceramic tiles, but are tumbled tiles. When you choose your tiles, be sure to be aware of the grooves and pits. On my sunflower tile, I did not notice that, and around the edges, it doesn't quite have the smooth look of the original.

I wanted to make a masculine looking tile, so this is it. I applied my green Stazon pad directly to the tile. I embossed the plaid stamps in copper. When I first photgraphed this second set of tiles, I though the white cracks (from the tile) made the tiles not look really nice, though it is a more natural look, so I inked in some more green on this, and yellow on the next tile.

Now, in case you were wondering if the glue really had made all that difference, here is the tile, same copper embossing, though maybe a different green:

I used the Sunflower Background for this stamp, after applying yellow to the tile. I edged the tile first in brown, then yellow as the brown was too far to the edge, then edged in once more with butterscotch. I liked the color, and decided to daub it on the sunflower centers as well.

Unlike the plaid tile, I covered all of the tile surface with ink.
Here is the tile before I altered it (note, photographing on wood vs. countertop yielded different appearance fo the yellow):

So, those are the tiles I recreated for this post. But as long as I finally had a chance to play with my stuff, I made a couple of Christmas tiles. These are your standard ceramic glazed tiles. I got a bunch for next to nothing at a place called "Why buy new" which has all sorts of fun used stuff. I've discovered, from a flawed tile that I had been using as a coaster just to determine this, that embossing handles use very well. So, I used embossing on both of these. First, however, I applied alcohol ink to each of them. For the tile with the Our Lord circle image, I decided to emboss the sides with gold. I probably won't do it often: embossing on tile (either kind) takes FOREVER, so I may try something else next time. For the sectioned tile (same size as the single tiles), I used Glory to God and holly from the discontinued line of BI stamps still available.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A tweet little card

I know, pretty corny.
I couldn't resist titling this
"A tweet little card"
I made this card with
"Full Nest" (#37313) from Biblical Impressions
The image is colored with FlexMarkers and the sky is inked with Distress inks.
Are these little birdies cute or what?
I thought this would make a very cute card for someone moving into a new house or apartment.
I just happen to know someone who will be moving into his first apartment soon, so maybe this will go with the little 'house warming' gift I have picked out for him. He won't have a "full nest" but that's okay, he will one day.
So glad you stopped by today and I hope you will stop again soon.
Leave a comment if you will, we always like to hear what y'all have to say.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mansion scene

Have you ever started a card, put it aside, and then forgotten just what you planned to do with it? 

I wasn't exactly sure what I would do with this card, in fact, I'm still not sure ... the we've moved text is attached with temporary bond - we're not moving! But my mind was a complete blank ... I can't remember what I had in mind when I ordered it this pretty mansion! I love stone and brick houses, and I don't own any other stamps with a home on it, so perhaps that was reason enough!  Oh, and the trees that come with the image could easily be used without the mansion.

The birds are not part of a stamp ... they're covering a blot of blue ink from when I was sponging on sky. I'm always nervous adding something like this, but fortunately, it turned out!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Season of Change

Hello and welcome!
Today I have a card that I made with
"Season of Change" (#35402) from Eureka! Stamps
"Maple Corner" (#34101) from Biblical Impressions
For the leaves I used glossy card stock and alcohol inks.
I used a felt piece on a blending tool and combined a few different colors of ink and copper mixative. Then applied them to the glossy card stock.
I then stamped the "Maple Corner" image with VersaMark ink and fussy cut the leaves. The leaves actually are a corner image, but I cut it apart to use it in a little different way.
The background was made with Distress inks applied with a foam blending tool.
You can just see a little bit of the shine that they copper mixative gives the ink that I used on the leaves. Sorry I couldn't get a better picture of it. It really does shine when you see it 'in real life'
Thanks for stopping by today.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Leaves, leaves, leaves!

Yesterday I posted leaf cards for Eureka, so today I am posting leaf cards for Biblical Impressions. I love how different techniques can create a completely different look for the same image!

This first card is just a nice, simple monochromatic card, a quick and easy card for a no-frills recipient.

For these leaves, I used gold leaf. I am happy with the look, though I think I could have gotten the same effect with metallic/mica powders; gold leaf is shown to best effect with stamps that have thicker lines/images.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Give Thanks

Hello! Welcome!
Kristie here,
today I have a card that I made with
"Pumpkin Vine" (#18802) from QKR Stampede and
"Give Thanks" (#34109) from Biblical Impressions
QKR Stampede and Biblical Impressions are sister companies and they both have tons of fabulous images. QKR Stampede offers their images in both unmounted red rubber as well as in digital format.
At this time Biblical Impressions does not offer digital format.
All my stamping has been done with rubber stamps.
I stamped Pumpkin Vine onto the gold card stock and colored it with FlexMarkers. I stamped the image again and colored the leaves and fussy cut 3 of them. I used foam tape to add them to the bottom of the card.
For the base card, I used white card stock and inked it with some distress inks. I also used some distress ink on the gold piece on the torn edge.
The Give thanks sentiment is only part of the sentiment.
The entire sentiment is "Give thanks to the Lord"
I masked off the "to the Lord" with a post it note, inked up the stamp, then removed the post it before stamping.
I do sometimes cut my sentiment stamps apart to use them like this, but this particular sentiment is simple to mask.
I hope you have enjoyed today's card and that you will come back soon.
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Microbead fun!

This card is actually "take two" of a card I made for my daughter who likes butteflies and ladybugs. Somehow, I managed to send her the card without photographing it. I borrowed it back from her to take a picture ... but somehow managed to lose it! So, I made this card, a different design, but with the same way of doing the ladybug, with microbeads. I had first tried stamping the ladybug image and putting black microbeads on the image, but the look was too messy. So I decided to just cover the entire ladybug, after trimming off the antenae and legs. By creating a "tail" on the cutout, I gave myself an easy way to cover the bug with versamark ink without having any uneven edges by doing it before cutting it out, and then giving myself something to hold on to while heating the sticky embossing powder. After I did that, I sprinkled some clear embossing powder over it and melted that to ensure a firm hold on the microbeads. I then stamped the image again, with black ink and powder to give texture to the antennae and legs, then glued the microbeaded ladybug on top. I couple of weeks ago I made something else with microbeads, and it suddenly occured to me that I could try gently pushing the microbeads that were just a bit over the edge, into the design for a neater look. If you do a close-up look at the bug, you can see a few clear beads overhanging the image. Now I know to just gently push in those strays for a much cleaner look!

I almost didn't post this card, because it really did not turn out as I had hoped. (I also didn't sponge my sky on dark enough to see in the photograph!) I realized in retrospect that hot, humid days are not good days for sticky embossing! But as I appreciate learning from people's mistake, I'm passing on what I learned with this! If you click on the picture for a larger image, you can see with the flower that a number of excess microbeads are layered, giving a messy look to the flower. The butteflies turned out much better, but I also had problems with them. Just too much moisture in the air! I embossed the grass and flower stem, and colored in the leaves with marker so that the stem would stand out from the grass.

All the images can be purchased seperately, or you can get the full sheets Flower Blocks and/or Dragonflies. I have made a number of cards with these adorable images!

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Yep! I'm getting a few Christmas cards done, but I'm thinking I'll probably end up in a crunch in November or December anyway. I've only gotten about 6 or 7 done so far and that's not much of a dent in the 50 or so that I need.
Anyway, here's my most recent one.
I used
"noel" from the "Friends" set of words (#46202)
"Snow Star" (#84204)
I colored the Snow Star image with FlexMarkers.
I love the set the 'noel' came from.
I love the script and the size, just love everything about them.
And is that snowman the cutest little guy ever?!?
He looks so happy with his string of stars!
I hope you stop in to the Biblical Impressions shop and see all the fabulous image they have to offer.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I"m posting for Biblical Impressions today. I love the faux batik techinique, even if I am not trying for that look, it's just a fun to invert stamping images. For this card, I stamped Biblical's sunflower background in dark yellow, than embossed the plaids over it. Then I sponged yellows and butterscotch over the panel, finishing by ironing off the clear embossing. I embossed the medium sunflower with yellow, restamped it with die ink, stamped "Hi" on it (oops, this is a Eureka stamp), and cut it out with decorative scissors.

As often happens when I experiment, even after several tries, I did not get the look I had envisioned, but I still was happy with how it looked in the end. I've included a picture of the first time I did it before adding the yellows and butterscotch, and then that panel and another that I also tried that I did not use. How would you have done it?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

It's about birthdays today.

Hello and welcome to the Biblical Impressions Blog!
Kristie here and
it's about birthday cards today!
I have 2 birthday cards that I want to show you.
The first one is made with
"Sm Basket Weave" (#90402)
"Happy Birthday" (#36314)
When I found this little brown 'bag' in my supplies, I decided that I wanted to make a card with it. I stamped it using VersaMark ink and the
"Sm Basket Weave" stamp.
I used a ruler and tore the edges of the kraft cardstock.
I adhered the red cardstock to the kraft and stamped the
"Happy Birthday" sentiment onto it with Color Box Fluid Chalk Ink.
The bag was adhered to the card with ATG tape.
The pull out tag is just the right size to hold a gift card, stamp a sentiment, or just sign your name.
This second card is made with the same "Happy Birthday" stamp as the first. I really love the font and the size of this stamp.
Perfect for a standard A2 card.
I cut coordinating pieces of patterned paper in varying sized strips and adhered them to some white cardstock. This is a great way to use up some of those scraps you've been saving.
I then ran this through the Cuttlebug in an embossing folder.
(sorry I don't have a clue what the name of that folder is.)
The fiber I tied around it is from my stash, as is the "screw top" brad.
I usually have a tough time with masculine cards, but I think these 2
turned out very nice. They were both quick and easy to make.

Thanks for stopping by today, leave comment if you will.
Come again soon.
I'd be glad to have you stop by my blog
and see what else I've been working on lately.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I (heart) U

Hello blog fans! Kristie sharing today.
Today's card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest.
Unfortunately, I don't know whose blog it came from,
so I can't give credit where credit is due.
If you recognize it, let me know and I will give credit.
Pop up cards are always fun and not nearly as hard to make as you'd think.
This one is a little tougher to figure out a template for, but it's really just a matter of cutting and folding.
On the front of the card I used
"I am Blessed" (#36313) and
"Swirl Heart" (#32402)
They are both stamped onto white cardstock, then I added some little self stick bling to the heart.
I used stones from a bling word that I found at one of the big box craft stores for a 50 cents. You know how they have them marked down sometimes, because they are names or words that no one buys?
I buy them and just use the individual pieces, they cut apart easily with a craft knife or scissors. So don't pass them up because your name isn't Yolanda, find the longest name or word you can find in the bin and pick them up cheap.
And here is the pop up inside of my card.
Isn't is cool?
Thanks for stopping by today, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my card.
I'd love for you to stop at my blog, Kristie Kreates, and see what else I've been working on.
Then why not stop in to the Biblical Impressions online store
and see what great stamps you can find to go with a cool pop up card of your own?!?!

Monday, July 16, 2012

I'm posting today from Biblical Impressions.  I love this verse from Jeremiah 29:11 ... but it often is considered outside of its original context ... read the entire chapter of the book to get a fresh understanding of the scripture!  (I also went into more explanation on my blog). This verse is also found as a bookmark image, and Eureka also carries Jeremiah 29:11 - in fact, when "mentally designing" this card a few days before I went to make it, I actually had the Eureka version in mind, only to realize I didn't actually own it, lol!