Thursday, June 18, 2015

Guest Post at Sugar Bee Crafts Today, Hawaiian Shave Ice

Hi, Rachelle here and I'm guest posting over at Sugar Bee Crafts today and you won't want to miss the delicious recipe I shared that is perfect for this 98 degree weather we're having today! This recipe is from my upcoming novel, Veils and Vengeance, Book #2 in the Wedding Planner Mystery Series. Adri is on the beautiful island of Kauai and she gets to try authentic Hawaiian Shave Ice. Yummy treats and yummy reading!
Check it out and let me know what you think!
Authentic Hawaiian Shave Ice with Homemade Strawberry Syrup here
Come visit and see the other great things in the Red, White, & Blue Series!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cover Reveal of Wedding Planner Mysteries Book #2, Veils and Vengeance

All of us at Mashed Potatoes and Crafts are so excited about book #2 in the Wedding Planner Mystery Series, Veils and Vengeance!
This book continues Adri's story, and you won't want to miss this page-turning mystery!

What's that? You haven't read book #1 yet? Never fear, check it out here Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things: A Wedding Planner Mystery (Wedding Planner Mysteries) !

And here's the cover!

Veils and Vengeance  
 Here's a blurb about the book. Be sure to enter the giveaway and the goodreads giveaway below!

Veils and Vengeance by Rachelle J. Christensen When wedding planner, Adrielle Pyper, goes to Hawaii to orchestrate a destination wedding, she isn't prepared for what she finds. After the trauma of her previous event, the beautiful isle of Kauai is the perfect place for Adri to unwind and do what she does best – plan. She even lets herself indulge in the attention of the groom’s handsome brother. But just when everything seems to be perfect, an afternoon snorkeling trip turns to murder when Adri discovers the body of a young woman. Shaken, but unable to let it go, Adri’s sleuthing leads her into more danger than she could imagine. When a number of “accidents” threaten her own life, it soon becomes apparent that someone will do anything to keep Adri from interfering with their vengeance.   add to goodreads Enter the Goodreads Giveaway here:     
Photo by Erin Summerill

Author Rachelle J. Christensen Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense and solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and, of course, reading. Rachelle is the award-winning author of six books, including Wrong Number, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, and What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know. Her novella, Silver Cascade Secrets, was included in the Rone Award-winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.
$25 Cover Reveal Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 6/15/15 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Stenciling a background

 It's time again for a craft tutorial from
Kristie from 
Today I'm showing how to do some stenciling 
to create an interesting background.
For this background I am using Distress Inks 
in Victorian Velvet and Worn Lipstick.
I used blending tools to apply the 2 colors of ink
to my white card stock.
I continued adding ink until I was happy with the
color and look of the background.
I used a stencil with different shapes, choosing the hearts.
Using an old gift card, I applied Embossing Paste
over the stencil.
Embossing Paste can be applied with a palette knife, 
an old gift card, like I did here, or even a piece of card stock.
Just apply it like you are frosting a cake.
You can apply it very thin or thicker, it's all a matter of taste.
I would recommend cleaning the stencil and any tools as
soon as possible as this paste dries very quickly 
and is very permanent, once it dries, it's almost impossible
to remove.
Here is how the background looks when it is done.
Another method is to use ink.
For this background I used Distress Inks
to make the background.
I then used white ink and applied it with a 
make up wedge sponge over the stencil.
Here is the card I made with this stenciled background.
Stencils can be home made also.
If you have a die cutter, such as a Silhouette or a Cricut,
you can cut any shape you have available.
You can do this with a light acrylic or even card stock.
If you don't have a die cutter, you can use a punch or cut 
shapes with a craft knife.
As you can see, my stencil doesn't cover the entire 
area that I wanted to stencil, so it doesn't have to be 
an entire sheet.  You can pick up the stencil and move it
around to where you want the shapes on your background.

There are many kinds of Embossing Paste available.
Some are thin, some are thick, some have sparkle, some have
color and some don't.
It's all a matter of taste and preference.
You can also color your embossing paste with 
ink, stains or paints,
just add the color to a small amount of paste and mix it together,
then apply to your project.

I hope this tutorial will inspire you to try some stenciling.
It's fun and a great way to add something a little
different to your project.

Thanks for stopping by,
I hope you'll stop by my blog
and see what else I've been creating.
Now go have some fun crafting!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Give it some dimension!

Kristie here from
Kristie Kreates
I love to add dimension to my cards.
Today I'm going to show you how to add dimension
by layering an image on your cards.
To start I stamped the same image 4 times.
Once on the card base and 3 times on another 
piece of card stock.
I colored the flowers using colored pencils and Gamsol.
You can see here where I will be cutting the flowers into sections.
I finished coloring the flower on the base card
and put a very light blue around the flower on the rest 
of the card base.
I then cut the other 3 flowers into the layers I would be using.
Below I colored the same flower pieces in different colors
to show how they are layered.
For the largest full flower
I used foam tape to adhere it to the card base.
I put it directly over the flower on the card base.
The second piece I put a small piece of foam tape
on the back.  I also used a bit of glue at the bottom of the
piece. The glue adheres it to the flower and the foam tape
gives it the dimension.

The last piece I used glue at the bottom and a piece of 
foam tape for the dimension.
I also used a bit of glue on the upper right and left
to hold down the edges of the petals.
Here is the flower all together, with the different colors
you can see where each piece goes.
Here is the card all put together.
I like the clean and simple look of it.
I could stamp a sentiment on the top half of the 
card when I'm ready to use it, for now, I'm leaving it
It's difficult to get a good picture showing the 
dimension on the card, but I've tried my best.
I hope you can see the dimension in the flower below.
Here's another picture showing the dimension.
This also shows another issue I'm going to deal with.
When you fussy cut a stamped image, the edges of the 
cut pieces are white.
You can see that in this picture.
The solution to this is to take a black marker and run it 
along the edges of the fussy cut pieces,
in essence, coloring the edges of the pieces.
This gives a cleaner, more professional look to the 
finished card.
Below you can see there are no white edges on the flower,
and I think it looks much nicer.

Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you'll think about giving your cards and 
projects a bit of dimension.

I hope you'll stop by my blog and see what else
I'm up to.
Until next time, have fun crafting!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Make your own "enamel dots"

Hello crafty people!
Kristie here from Kristie Kreates 
Have you seen the many types and colors of
enamel dots out there on the market?
There are a lot of companies that make them
in different colors.
If you search the internet, you will find varying prices,
but most of the ones I see cost about $3.99 for a few dozen
of one color or possibly a couple coordinating colors.
Today I'm going to show you how to make your own.
If you have children that do crafts you may know what Perler beads are.
They are those little beads that you arrange in a pattern,
then you iron over the top of them to melt them together.
They are very inexpensive and come in a lot of colors.
Here is what I bought at my local big box craft store.
I found them on clearance AND got a % off with a coupon.
Click on the picture and you can see on the label 
some pictures of the crafty things you can do with them.
But today, we'll be making some enamel dots.
First thing to do is line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
If you have a teflon oven sheet you can also use that.

Next put the beads onto the cookie sheet, with the 
holes up.  This is a little tedious, so I put on a crafting 
video or watch tv while I do it.
Now put them into a 300 degree oven.
I found that 30 - 32 minutes at this temp works great
with my oven.
You may have to change the length of time 
depending on your oven.
Perler beads are meant to melt and do not
put off fumes or smell at all.
Here is my first batch ready to come out of the oven.
This is how the striped beads turn out.
I think they should have stayed in the oven a little longer,
as they have a tiny "dimple" in the top of some of them.
Here is my next batch.
These were all plain colored beads.
They came out nice and smooth.
I have done a few batches and just love them.
Here is a picture showing some of the beads (top 3) before being melted
 and some after (bottom 3)
I'm sure you're wondering what I'll be doing with all these
enamel dots.
Some of them I'll keep for myself to use on scrapbook layouts
and cards that I make.
A lot of them will be used as part of some "goodie bags" that will
be given out at a scrapbooking event in a couple months.

I hope you'll give these a try.
Why don't you pop over to my blog
and see how I've used some of them.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out this month's
crafty tutorial.  Let me know if you try this out 
and how you like using them.
Until next time, have some fun crafting!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Creating a Watercolor Background

Hello crafters!
Kristie here today from 
Today I'm showing you an easy way to make a
watercolor background.
Here's what you need.
A couple colors of Distress Ink,
A small spray bottle filled with water.
A tag and/or watercolor paper
which I used but didn't show here.
On a craft mat or other non absorbent surface
(such as wax paper or glass)
Smooch (yes that is a very technical term) your ink onto 
the mat.
Give it a few spritzes of water.
Next put your paper onto the wet ink surface.
Here I'm using the watercolor paper.
If you have "uncolored" spaces,
blot up more of the color, until you are
happy with the look.

Here are the watercolor paper and the tag when they 
were finished drying.
You can use any number of color combinations.
I hope you'll try this technique and see what you can come up
with.  To see what I did with these "creations" 
hop over to my blog 
where I'll post what I made with them.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you'll stop by again soon.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Making Use Of After Christmas Clearance items

Hello everyone!
I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and are
having a wonderful 2015.
Kristie here from Kristie Kreates.
Do you do after Christmas bargain shopping?
I did a bit of that the other day and today I'd like to show
y'all how I'm using one of my bargain buys.
I found these foam shapes at 80% off at Michael's 
and I knew exactly what I would use them for.
First I stamped and colored an image and created a card base..
I measured the image and took off a little bit on each side.
You can see I noted the size I wanted at the side of the
foam shape.  I cute the center of the shape to that size.
I'll keep the pieces I cut off for another project.
I applied adhesive to the back of the foam.
and applied it to the back of the colored image.
Here you can see that it covers most of the back
and has just a little dimension.
I usually have used pieces of foam tape to give dimension 
to a card.  With the foam piece covering the 
back this way, you don't get any "sagging" in the center of the
card.  It is just a little more uniform.
And I'm using something I got at a bargain price.
Here's the card all done, ready for a 
sentiment to be stamped in side,
or a personal note to be written.

Did you get any after Christmas bargains that 
you'll be using for something other than their
intended purpose?

Thanks for stopping by today for my 
crafty tutorial.
Come again soon
and until next month when I'm back
with another tutorial,
have fun crafting.

For more inspirations be sure to stop
by my blog
and see what else I've been creating!