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April 2017

New Card Making Supplies from Stampin’ Up!

Posted in Let's Get Creative
on April 28, 2017
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Being a part of the Stampin’ Up! family is so exciting especially when new products are released. Wednesday I posted how Middle Eastern Art is such a beautiful trend right now. You can see that post HERE

Following this trend, Stampin’ Up! has put together the most amazing collection of stamps and designer paper that is sure to inspire you.  Now that Stampin’ Up! has started creating these coordinating suites, they have taken the guesswork out of trying to match paper, ink color, dies and embellishments, making your creative possibilities endless! I have been working on a few cards that I will share below, but before I do I want to tell you how you can get these products early and get a FREE GIFT with qualifying purchase!

Stampin’ Up! Early Release Announcement

Eastern Palace Bundles

The new Eastern Palace Suite with its brilliant jewel tone colors and creative shapes will be available for purchase in two exclusive bundles starting Monday, May 1, 2017.

The Starter Bundle

  • Eastern Beauty Photo polymer Stamp Set
  • Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
  • Lemon Lime Twist Ink Pad
  • Tranquil Tide Ink Pad
  • Fresh Fig Ink Pad
  • FREE GIFT Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes
  • $60.50 + tax and shipping

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle

  • Eastern Beauty Photo polymer Stamp Set
  • Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
  • Lemon Lime Twist Ink Pad
  • Tranquil Tide Ink Pad
  • Fresh Fig Ink Pad
  • Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack
  • Mini Tassels
  • Eastern Medallion Thinlits
  • FREE GIFT Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes
  • FREE GIFT Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock
  • $103.50 + tax and shipping

These first cards only use products from the Starters Bundle

Eastern Palace Notecard in Fresh Fig

Eastern Palace Notecard stamped background


These three cards are made using the Premier Bundle


Eastern Palace Card To Think of You is to Smile

Eastern Palace Card side view


Eastern Palace Card to think of you is to smile in Tranquil Tide

Eastern Palace Card to think of you is to smile in Tranquil Tide Side View

Eastern Palace Vertical Thank You Card in Fresh Fig

I think you are really going to love this new collection from Stampin’ Up!  Remember the FREE GIFTS are only included with these bundles during the month of May. Hurry! and come experience the bold imagery with detailed Eastern -inspired opulence of the new Eastern Palace Suite. The Sultan is waiting…


How Middle Eastern Art Has Influenced Our Lives

Posted in Let's Get Creative
on April 26, 2017
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Middle Eastern Art is so popular today. Here are a few of my favorite pinterest pictures I’ve pinned to my Eastern Palace Board to show you what I mean. Click HERE to see all of them.  Middle Eastern Influence is in our fashion, home decor, architect design, dinner ware and jewelry. I am seeing it everywhere! And why wouldn’t we be influenced? The bright purples, blues, pinks and yellow are radiantly beautiful. And I love the bold signature medallion that is popping up all over the place.

Beautiful Middle Eastern Colors in Fashion

Fashion runway flowing dresses in Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst

Flowing Azure Blue wrap skirt

Bold Medallion Design

These medallions are all over the home decor sections of the department stores. I see it in curtains, bedding and pillows.

Talavera Curtain from Target

Fresh Fig Medallion Rug

Yellow Medallion Pillow

Cassia Blue Medallion Pillow

Cassia Blue Medallion Pillow with tassels

Eastern Elephant with pompom fringe

Isn’t this fountain gorgeous!

Middle Eastern Blue and Yellow Tile Fountain

Medallion Design Partition

You can even find it in dinner ware patterns.

Mediterranean Azure Blue tile design dinner plate

Mediterranean Azure Blue tile design dinner plate

Medallion designed dinner plates in blue


This new trend in Middle Eastern art is wonderful.  It is so bright and cheerful. I even found some Lemon Lime Twist colored earrings when I was at the museum with mom the other day.

Lemon Lime Twist Medallion Earrings

Be looking for this very inspiring trend in this month’s card sample as I create with the new Eastern Palace Suite collection available May 1, 2017!

and remember always do more of what makes you happy.


Signature Kristina






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Paper Pumpkin April 2017 Alternative

Posted in Let's Get Creative
on April 24, 2017
three cards from the Paper Pumkin April 2017 kit

I always love when my monthly Paper Pumpkin arrives in the mail.  This month was even more exciting because  Sara Douglass our CEO had created the kit with a promise of a free gift. I was NOT disappointed!  Most of all, I love the bright new 2017-2019 In Colors with the black card base and free watercolor pencils gift.

Sara Douglass

After making the cards that the kit instructions described( see picture at top) I started to wonder how  I could change it up a bit.  You know, get a little creative!  I got to thinking that cutting out the stars would be fun and I ended up with 4.  Because the new Lemon Lime Twist color is prominent in this kit and it is also include in the Easter Palace Suite, I decide to use this Lemon Lime Twist designer series paper.

Finally, after moving things around a bit I came up with design.  The steps to make it are listed below.

Steps for creating this Paper Pumpkin Alternative

  1. color the star embossed watercolor paper in color of your choice and blend with water and paint brush.
  2. after the color has dried cut out 4 stars
  3. cut a strip of designer paper 1.75 inch by 4.25 inch and adhere to bottom of landscape card base.
  4. cut a flag from the same designer paper 1.25 inch by 2.5 inch and a flag 1.25 by 3.75 inches from a coordinating cardstock. I picked Berry Burst.
  5. adhere washi tape included in the kit to the end of a white flag also included in the kit.
  6. stamp sentiment on white flag
  7. adhere the 4 cut out stars along the edge of the designer paper and the layer the 3 flags
  8. glue green sequins in a scattered pattered all over the exposed black card base

Ta-da! a beautiful card to give to someone special in your life.

If you have not subscribed to Paper Pumpkin and would like to, just Click the Paper Pumpkin below to find out how you can have a kit come to your home each month that includes absolutely everything you need to create beautiful cards like these.

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Thanks for joining me! I hope you have enjoyed this project and are inspired to create some bright fun cards for yourself.

Remember, always do more of what makes you happy,






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Don’t Miss Out on These Retiring Products

Posted in Products
on April 21, 2017


It’s that time again: Stampin’ Up! is getting ready to retire products from both the annual and occasions catalogs. Don’t delay! You only have through May 31 to get your favorites. Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50%! Be sure to visit my online store before the sun sets on these items May 31.


Main Information:

Order Information:

  • All retiring items are available while supplies last and will be discontinued after May 31.
  • Discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
  • Discounts will be applied to select retiring items only.

This is What Happens When You Create Every Day

Posted in Tips & Tutorials
on April 19, 2017


As you scroll through hundreds of card ideas on Pinterest, you see a card with a clever way to use Santa’s beard as ocean waves and think I wish I was creative like that. Well, let me tell you, you can be! All it takes is time and being a little more mindful of your surroundings.

Creativity is something that is cultivated over time.

I was at the local art museum to see the Claude Monte exhibit some time back. And after walking through the entire show listening to the audio guide I came to one of his first paintings.  I was struck by how different it is from his most famous paintings he painted near the end of his life.  You see in the beginning Monte copied other artists to develop his skill. But as he grew older he began to find his own unique creative style that we all love today.

Creativity come from creating.

If you want to be more creative, then make a resolve to create every day. In the beginning copy your favorite artists. Over time your mind will start coming up with ideas how to change or improve what you are working on. Sometimes this comes from a need to solve a problem.  Say the card you are copying calls for a certain cut out shape but you don’t have it (Ocean waves) So you start thinking about what you have that looks like ocean waves (Santa’s beard) and use that instead. That is being creative.  After a while you won’t need other’s work to copy. You will start seeing things in your surroundings and think how you can incorporate them into your art.  For example, you might see a funny looking lamp shade but think that would make a great skirt design for the dress you want to make, or you walk into a room and love the color choice for the décor and think how you can use these colors in the next card you are making.

Inspiration is everywhere.  Start being more mindful of your surroundings and take note of things that inspire new ideas.  Also, it’s important to keep track of all these ideas. If you stumble upon something brilliant in the middle of the night, write it down! If you pass by something on a walk, take a picture. You’ll be kicking yourself if you forget that awesome idea.

You are creative. And creating every day cultivates that creativity and helps it grow. The more you create the more creative you become.

One reason I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator was to inspire others to cultivate their creativity. I hope this blog gives you ideas and inspires you to create more. Please use the ideas for your own personal use and please give credit where credit is due.

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