My creation follows after the video . . .

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In the summertime when the weather is hot
You can stretch right up and touch the sky

~Jerry Mungo

First, I like to say that this song was not easy to find! Kind of hard for your friends to identify when you present them with, "You know that song that goes . . . "

Chh chh-chh, uh Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh Chh chh-chh

In the summertime when {blank blank} is hot

My thanks to Jerry Mungo band for this fun song. It goes along perfectly with my card. So first I want you to click the video so you can enjoy the music as you read this blog entry. (Am I dating myself?) You can play it again to check out the band member's fab styles! Aw, ladies, you know you wanted a man with those kind of side burns!

On to my summer creation. We are having some summer fun at Paper Playtime. Our challenge for August is Cool Off With Water.  And you can play along too! (Look for Challenge #52.) I am also entering this card in the summer card contest at Scrappin' It.

I designed this fun creation and am pleased with how it turned out.  At the moment this is a free standing piece. So it could be a card or part of a scrapbook layout. I am really happy with the choice of background paper. It jumped out at me. It think it adds to the summer theme! Do you think the tree should have more leaves? A tree is hard for a non-artist. It was fun to use real twine. I used hot glue to adhere the twine in "just the right spots" on the tire and the glue became a natural tool to "pop" out the tire so it appears to be swinging! In fact, the tire is not actually adhered to the paper, so it does really swing! (My printer ran out of ink so I hand wrote the sentiment.) Personally, I have never swung on a tire swing--over or into water. I think it would be a blast! Going to have to hunt that down for my city kids! Do come over to Paper Playtimeand join us as we cool off with water!

My Work Is Featured
Thank You Design Team at Patches of Pink
My First Use of a Digi Stamp--the Stamp was Created by Jalisa at Patches of Pink
July 16, 2011

The winner of the challenge does receive a prize. Jalisa rewarded me with the Cricut Sweet Treats Cartridge. That is really nice. I just like to play along with Patches of Pink for the fun! I appreciate the recognition--especially being the first time I have used a digi stamp!!

My First Use of a Digi Stamp

Fairy Digi Stamp by Jalisa

My original post with card details is here.

Every now and then I play along with Jalisa at Patches of Pink. Jalisa is trying a new venture: She has created a digi stamp. She is giving the stamp away for free and asking us to create a project and submit it to her. I like Jalisa and her blog. She is fun and has creative ideas. I want to support her and help her get the word out about her fairy digi stamp that you can get here. In addition to simply playing along, Jalisa is giving away the Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge to one entrant!! So generous, Jalisa! Thanks for the opportunity.

Here is Jalisa's fairy digi stamp and you can get it free here.

Fairy Digi Stamp by Jalisa

I think that I am correct in saying that this is Jalisa's first digi stamp. This is MY first time using a dig stamp!! Just thought I'd give it a try. I colored the fairy stamp with colored pencils (nothing fancy). I am not sure if the rest of what I did is "allowed" or still considered digi stamping?

When I was a kid my mom would cut up Holly Hobby wall paper in various layers and "piece" the bits together for a layered/textured/3D look. (See I'm so new at this I do not even know what to call it all.) My mother would use some kind of goopy glue that would easily add dimension to the layers. I accomplished a similar look by coloring several copies of the fairy stamp, cutting out "pieces" and "layering" them. I layered them by adding a strip or two of card stock between layers because I felt that the adhesive foam dots were too thick. I also added glitter to the dress trim and shoes of the fairy. After all, fairies and glitter do go hand in hand (or in this case, foot)!

What I really like about Jalisa's fairy is that you can see that she is hand drawn--she is not perfect, but personable!! So be honest and tell me if I went outside the guidelines of digi stamping? I think I am used to doing the paper piecing that I felt compelled to add it to the stamping! The card is 5 by 5 inches. I hope you like my digi fairy.

My First Use of a Digi Stamp

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Well Hello Neighbors. Welcome to Krista's Paper Cafe.

If you live in the Hale, Page and Diamond Lake Neighborhood, then this post is specifically for you!

Find the Rabbit and Win Over $1500 in Prizes

The HPDL Business Association has placed a small rabbit somewhere in the neighborhood. Find it and Win Big!

I am a small business in your neighborhood. I make paper cards and paper crafts by hand.

For the treasure hunt I am donating a party set for 10 valued at $100-$125. Pictured below are sample ideas of the party set. I am open to a different design to match your theme (girl, boy, birthday, retirement, baby other). We can also discuss colors. (I welcome you to peruse my blog to see samples of my work and get ideas.)

In the mean time if you have any questions or other needs, please feel free to contact me through the comment form at the bottom of this post.
And while you are here, why not check out my online shop. If you do not find what you are looking for, let me know. I so love custom orders!

This is a party set for 10 and includes: invitations, thank you notes, hats, cupcake wrappers and toppers, a banner, treat boxes and a party game similar to pin the tail on the donkey. Below is a video presenting the party package. Following that are still shots for other themes.

Thanks for stopping in to Krista's Paper Cafe.

Cupcake Party Set

pin the cherry on the cupcake

Banner for Rock N Roll Theme Party

Rocket Theme (invite/thank you)

We are having some summer fun at Paper Playtime. Our challenge for July is SUMMER. We can make any paper creation with a SUMMER theme. And you can play along too! (Look for Challenge #50.)

We are also getting our style on at Getting Cricky with K Andrew and her Simply Sunday "Fashion-ista" Challenge.

One of my favorite designers of paper cut files is Miss Eleanor at SVG Shop. I have used her files in my blog posts previously. Miss Eleanor has created the cutest cut file for a 3D flip Flop! Wait! You say . . . Flip Flops? Paper Crafting? Huh?! I have several ideas I want to try, but here is the first. I used buttons to decorate my flop. I did not have any large fun buttons, so I had to get a little creative. I made my box at 7 1/2 inches long. Can you imagine smaller one as party favors? Or leaving one on your co-wrler's desk filled with candy to brighten their day?!

As I write this blog entry, Eleanor is offering the flip flop cut file for free. If you make one (or a pair) do comment on my blog with a link to your post/photo abum so I can see your creation!

It's a Flip Flop BOX!!

The Top Lifts Off

Close Up of Strap

The "made with love (and paper)" Design Team
made with love consists of a group of gals that love paper-crafting! Each month we challenge ourselves to complete projects with specific requirements. We are a new group to the craft world in internet land. This is our fifth assignment. Please stop by and do join us!! You are welcome to submit your creation to the challenge.

For July our theme is summer fun! We can make ant paper craft we choose, but need to include sunshine and use a die cut and use a minimum of 5 colors. I am betting that the scrap bookers are thinking about summer layouts. I am not a scrap booker. But hoping to start on it this fall. So, I am in no way suggesting how you should create a layout. In fact I wish all you pros were here to guide me. I decided to make a scrap book layout. This is only the 3rd or 4th layout I have ever made. It was tough. I am not good at picking colors and even though I use a color wheel, I often raise my eyebrow at it's suggestions. One thing that was nice is that one of the papers I used (for the background) had 6 swatches of complimentary colors on it. That is handy. The brand is Recollections. It's the paper on the right hand side of the layout.

I did know exactly which paper piecings I was going to use. I chose the "Let's Swim Boys" cut from Creative Kuts. Look at them! Aren't they darling?! I love their stylin' swim suits!! I know that the bear with the flippers tends to blend in to his background--but I am not going to re-do it. I ran his body parts of that bear through my embosser. I would really like your opinion on his fur. Not sure I like that. Perhaps a different texture plate.

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The other cuts on the layout were designed by me. I am new to creating titles. That is so fun!! You have seen my flip flops elsewhere. And the ball, bucket and umbrella were pretty easy to make. They are basic shapes. (Which is good b/c I cannot draw to save my life.)

Left Page

Right Page


I have two little boys and we are slowly discovering the beach this summer. They love to play in the water and build sand structures. I know I live in the Land of Lakes (Minnesota) but I am not keen on beaches. I perfer pools. Anyway, I will try to get some photos of the boys at the beach and I will tuck the layout away until I begin my scrap booking venture in the fall.

fun shot of the process

another fun shot!

Today's scallops are yummy--kind of.

Birthday Banner
The first creation is a Birthday Banner. I used a scallop for the base. I made this birthday party kit and carried the cupcake theme on to the banner as well. It goes along with birthday cake, so it's kind of a treat. You can dress it up as you like.

There are endless possibilities for using scallops to make card and scrapbook embellishments. I popped the strawberries with foam squares. Scrappers love these.

Let's take these embellishments to the next level. Add the embellishments to clothespins. Add magnets to the back.

Today's scallop project is made by my guest designer and good friend, Tanya. She is very talented with Paper Crafts and makes flowers for purchase. Tanya can make all things in to something beautiful. Tanya says "Its easy to find junk to create from!" Tanya is a SAHM of three and substitute teacher. Be sure to take a look at her blog, ScrappyScavenger.

Tanya has "grown" a very pretty Carnation from a few "scallop seeds."

I started with 5 scallop cuts at 2 1/2 inches. I inked them.

The I piled them up, punched a center hole and attached my brad as tightly and close as possible. It will be tugged on quite a bit, so you don't need the paper or cardstock sliding and tearing under the brad. Keep in mind this is the center of your flower, so you may want to use glitter or flocking on it. That is if you want it open enough to see the brad. I really like mine more closed, but you can make a couple different styles which makes it look as if you have more types of flowers in your bouquet. (That's one of my secrets! Completely open it looks like a poppy! Making this actually a tutorial of 2 flowers in one!)

Pull up the first layer to the center and squish and pinch it, paying close attention to make sure the bottom of the center is also squished tightly. Work around the circle.

Repeat with each layer until you achieve the cylinder shape. I like to press it tightly all around.

Then I like to press the tips of the petals in the ink at this point.

Now carefully open the outer layer first and work to the center untill you get your desired result. I like to make a lot and vary them.

Here is one of Tanya's carnations in green.

Come hop with us as we feature over 40 different home decor projects with instructions on how you can duplicate them! Make sure you visit the lineup each day because a lot of us gals will feature a new project for each of the three days! I have made a different item for each of the three days of the hop. I did make a different item for each of the three days. See my Easter Egg Boxes from Day 1.

You should have arrived here from Faithfule Creations. Faith is the first stop and our hostess this weekend. Be sure you follow her directions for a chance at winning extra blog candy. My candy is listed at the very end of this post.

Your next stop is Handmade by Angelica.

Deliciously Edible Decor!
Today's decoration is for the kitchen! I made some fun Popsicle Magnets. They were easy enough to design in my Pazzles software and cut. I made a back to them and sandwiched the popsicle stick in between. This gives a cleaner look. They are fun to embellish. You could use traditional colors that represent the popsicles that you find inside your fridge as well. I do have some of these and other cute summer treats available in my online Paper Cafe.

Blog Candy
The blog candy I am offering is somewhat related to home decor. I have this lovely 8 X 8 Cookbook Recipe Journal Kit. The theme is Bar-B-Que. It is fun and cute. It comes with a very nice hard cover, papers, stickers and recipe cards. I sure hope that some one who likes BBQ wins!! For your chance to win, become a follower and leave a comment. Not required, I do invite you to check my fan page on facebook. I often posts project there that I do not post on my blog.

This is a challenge for K Andrew's Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky The challenge: "All A Flutter!" is to create a project with a butterfly or winged thing theme. Kristal is letting us use any supplies we desire.

My mind continues to dwell on thoughts of spring. I made two similar cards for this challenge. I knew the idea right away. I had all the pieces "in stock" in my craft room. Colors. For me, it is always a challenge to find the right colors. I do not trust the color wheel. I more often rely on themed paper stacks. Tip: Keep the papers all together and you're bound for success. I really would appreciate your opinions on these cards. How could they be improved? I will be listing these spring cards in my online shop (give me a day or two).

The first, with a dragonfly, is for the challenge. I love the colors. Thanks color wheel! I hand punched the flowers--notice that these flowers are the ones we all started out with. Hand punched and layered. I added a gem to each and raised most of them with foam. (Today the flowers are so beautiful and realistic. Some of you gals have a touch of mother nature in you!!) I hand stamped the sentiment. Every thing on this card was "made" by me--except the flying friend.

card measures 5.5 inches round

dragonfly is made from glass beads

The other card I actually made first. We have to experiment, right?! Obviously I did not make the metal butterfly. Isn't it beautiful though? I cut the sentiment from a piece of scrap paper and the paper flowers were factory made.

card measures 5.5 inches round

butterfly is made of metal