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Monday, November 30, 2009

Another Necklace

This is another set I made over the holidays!  Found the cool bird pendant and had to do something cool.  I found some fun stones at Michaels to use.  They really have a much better selection of beads than they used to have.  I also love the aged gold.  I had to make a little pair of earrings to match just for fun.  I am really hoping to get an online store set up soon.  I would love some feedback on that idea.  I would have jewlery, cards, altered art and maybe some misc. supplies that are kinda hard to find.  Hope everyone had a great Monday.  Mine was long but productive!  Going to take my shower and catch some ZZZZZZZs.  Need to be ready to do it all again in the a.m. 

Sunday, November 29, 2009


We had a great time over Thanksgiving!  Got to see a lot of family and some of us did some creating together.  We did beading and it was so fun.  Went to a great store in Rolla calle Missouri Mineral & Beads.  I found some great focal beads such as this.  I am finally going to keep one that I have made!  Back to slowing down on  what I eat...need to make sure I don't gain back what I have lost! LOL   Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving as well and enjoy a wonderful Christmas season.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone is having a blessed Thanksgiving!  I am thankful for my family and dear friends, pretty good health and my love for creating!  I have been making necklaces while visiting family and have made some great pieces.  Will post photos when I get home.  If anyone is interested in purchasing one let me know!  Enjoy your day!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Journal Fun

I have always loved to journal.  I discovered that it is much less expensive to get a composition notebook and alter it! 
So I started with some fabric paper and then added some fun touches.  I started with the stamped image of the tiger several times and popped up areas.  I colored it in with Primary Elements. I added a little glitter and bling for the eye.  I had a chipboard plaquered and also colored it with Primary Elements then stamped the word in Staz-On Black.  I added some tiger brads and attached the whole thing to the cover.  I then stamped and embossed in gold the cool triangle image on three different colors of cardstock, cut them out and attached right up to the edge of the binding of the book.  I added the final touch on the front with fiber and beads.  This is one of my favorites of all time.  I finished the inside with cardstock and other stamped images just to give it a finished look.  I am getting ready to do some writing....I have some thoughts for a book!  You never know!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Polymer Clay

Ok, I blame my love of polymer clay on Lisa Pavelka! I did not want to get into yet ANOTHER thing and then I took one little class and got hooked! I made the pendant part of this necklace using techniques learned in this class. I added some micro beads and the little charm just for fun. I then had to go bead shopping (another area I was NOT going to get into....thanks a lot Mary!) to get the right beads to match. You will notice this is the piece I am wearing in my photo for my blog. I really loved using the waterslide transfers that Lisa sells along with the a bunch of other REALLY cool stuff.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Oh Baby!!!

I love this card! (not to blow my own horn) I love the stamps and it is great to have baby stamps that are good for a boy or a girl! I added the little carriages which are on Shrink Plastic and stamped with Brilliance ink. Anything baby looks cute with a button! Yes, again I have used Prickley Pear stamps. They are so fun! I am getting ready to do a lot more designing and just got a new batch of rubber from them so some new Christmas will be posted. I will be using some other companies as well. I just love these stamps. Makes me wish I had someone to send this to! Maybe a few months from now! Hope you all have a great day and enjoy it! At least the sun is out in my neck of the woods!
Happy Creating!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


So this is the project I was talking about yesterday when I was very frustrated with the Internet! I had a box and it was a nice box. I had a fun stamp by Paula Best that I wanted to use along with my Primary Elements by Luminarte'. I also used the shrink plastic and some fun tiles purchased from The Stencil Collection. Round it out with tape by La Dore' and gold leafing and you have a box. This is now in my home and used as a game box for one of the marble games my husband purchased that requires WAY too much thinking but at least the marbles are not loose and rolling around! This, as many of my projects start with a stamp I want to focus on and grows. I rarely plan I just start to create. Sometimes it ends as trash but most times treasure...at least to me. Have a wonderful and creative day!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Well, for now the computer is working and I have changed my mind! I decided to post a Thanksgiving card for inspiration! I love cards that have a lot of layers. I think it makes them more interesting and gives them a rich look. This card I started with a rust base card, layered the brown then added the ochre. For interest I added the stamped flourish on the right side of the ochre panel and embossed it with Egyptian gold embossing powder (Judikins). I stamped the cornucopia in sepia ink on off white card stock and stamped the saying centered above the image. I made sure the image was dry and colored it with watercolor pencils. I layered the image on the same color as the base card to finish. You could add fibers or edging if you desired just for fun! Of course I love making cards this time of year. Love the fall colors! All of the images used in this card are by Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps! I love the classic/whimsy mix! Happy Creating! Kristi

Computers....AHHHHHHHHH - - - NOT

I am bummed out! I had a cool box that I altered some time ago that I just love that II was going to post. But NOOOOOOOOOO. My Internet is so not working at home. I am not sure if it was my son trying to "fix" the computers or something with the router...who knows! Any way, I have borrowed a computer for a moment to say I will update as soon as possible with the photo. I hope everyone is gearing up for a great Thanksgiving. I am thankful for friends who let me use their computers!
Happy Creating!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

You might be a redneck if...

This is a great email I got from my good friend Dennis and was worth sharing!

We have enjoyed Redneck Jokes for years. It is time to take a reflective look at some of the core beliefs of a culture that values home, family, country and God. If I had to stand in front of a dozen terrorists who threaten my life, I'd choose half a dozen or so rednecks to back me up! Tire irons, squirrel gun and grit - - that is what rednecks are made of. I hope I am one of those! If you are one...and ya'll know who ya'll are...tell them about this!

You might be a redneck if: It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, 'One nation under God!'

You might be a redneck if: You've never protested seeing the 10 Commandments posted in a public place.

You might be a redneck if: You still say Christmas instead of Winter Festival.

You might be a redneck if: You still bow your head when someone says a prayer.

You might be a redneck if: You stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem.

You might be a redneck if: You treat our armed forces veterans with respect and gratitude and always have!

You might be a redneck if: You've never burned an American Flag, nor intend to.

You might be a redneck if: You know what you believe and will say so, no matter who is listening!

You might be a redneck if: You respect your elders and have raised your children to do the same.

You might be a redneck if: You'd give your last dollar to a friend!

God Bless America and America needs to Bless God! Be proud my redneck friends!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Coronado Island

It was another beautiful in Springfield! I love to go to the park and just enjoy the weather and at times get motivated. I did come home somewhat motivated today. So, I came home and looked at the mess in my house and just lost it. So, I am posting a little older card but I just love it! This stamp is by Coronado Island. I stamped the horses on cork and tore it out. I added the cork in the corner just to bring the card together a little. I also used a scrap of fabric paper I had left from another project. I also liked the saying used. I don't mind seeing nice clean edges but I LOVE the tearing affect. Coronado Island is a company that makes a lot of animal stamps. I think they do such a great job. They are not just the animals, they also have other designs but they are best known for the GREAT animals. It is very difficult to capture the spirit of the animal in a stamp but what great images. I am hoping to get started on several projects this coming week . My brain is getting all fired up with several ideas. I will fill you in as I get things worked out. I also want to take a moment to give props to Pam Carriker! Congratulations on the book deal! So glad that I was even a little speck of help in your endeavors! You are such a talented artist and I am pleased that I can call you friend. Hope everyone has a great Friday! Be safe over the weekend and don't forget to email any questions you may have for the Ask Kristi column in Scrap & Stamp. I am needing to get another column to them soon so send me your questions at ask.kristi@att.net. Thank you all!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ever have one of those nights?

So here I sit at 4:30am. Can't sleep even with the meds to shut the brain off it is still racing! I was looking at some cards I had done and still come back to this one. I love this tree for many reasons. First, I love the fall colors. Not that I have enjoyed the fall as much as usual this year, but it is still fabulous. And this stencil by Dreamweaver is classic! Second, this tree has character. It is not the perfectly formed tree. It has gone through time and has been formed by nature...wind, sun and time. Thirdly, it would provide shade for a warm day of sun. You could sit under this tree for a picnic with your family, a solitary moment to reflect or to escape into a book and travel far from where you are. I tried to remember what I was thinking of when I created this card. I don't remember exactly but now viewing this simple tree, I think of all the changes in the seasons of my life. The color of life in the bright moments and the more subdued tones of loss. I love to create! I enjoy an outlet that enables me to express so much. It may just be a card to some, but to me, it reminds me to live each day to the fullest because it is ever changing!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Did I mention I love Pears!!!

I am not sure why, but I love designing using pears! All stamps used on this card are once again by Prickley Pear! I used the pear stamp to create the background on the yellow base card. I embossed the floral background in pewter embossing powder. I stamped the pear 3 times and embossed in the same powder. I cut out the pears and layered them on the card front. I also stamped the words in the same. I backed the words with black card stock and used deckle edge scissors to trim it. Both black layers were edged with a Krylon Pale Gold pen.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Snowflakes & Butterflies

This is one of the cards I taught in my Christmas In October class.
I used Glimmer Mist and it was so pretty. Then there is the bling by Basic Grey. Love glitter paper but ADORE the stamp "a Snowflake is winters Butterfly" (www.prickleypear.com) I had more requests for that stamp and just did not have them available. I also just got a bunch of stamps from Prickley Pear so you will be seeing a lot of cards/pages using these stamps in the near future! I am also looking into offering more weekend classes in the Springfield, MO area! I will post information on here as I know details. So I would love some feedback as to what kind of classes you would enjoy. I am looking forward to hearing from you. You can leave comments here or email me at ask.kristi@att.net.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

This was the last Make & Take card I taught in Topeka! I thank my bestest bud Linda for letting me borrow her Medallion stamp so I would have two! It sure does make it a lot easier when you have multiples of a stamp or any supply when teaching. We used Butterscotch ink on the entire stamp then went around the edges only with Cranberry ink. Add a little ribbon, some bling & a saying and you have a very easy 10min or less card that looks beautiful! I am sure anyone would love to get a handmade card! You could actually even omit the words and just make this a note card. It is great to be able to make a set of cards for a gift or to send with only one stamp! This stamp I did purchase from Linda, a Stampin Up demonstrator! If you do not have a Stampin Up person I know she would be happy to help you. This stamp was one I "HAD" to have! I hope you enjoy the other projects I am sharing with you tonight! I love to create and enjoy all my creative friends!

For more info or to order this or other stamps.
OK, this one I will have to get back to my friend Lucy one of these days! She loves pears as much as I do. This was the very first altered art tray that I made. I have made a ton since then but this is still my personal fav! I used layers and layers of Easy Cast to give added deminsion to this very cool tray. The lining is of dominos that were coated with alcohol inks and then stamped with Staz-On ink. I added other stamped and colored images along with fibers and other embellishments to create this one of a kind decorative and yet usable serving tray. I have been told by some of you that I should submit this to Somerset, but I just have enjoyed having it around. I suppose that Lucy will have me give it back soon now that I have posted it! Oh well, she has been kind to let me keep it for display purposes. Going to find one more item to post for the night.

My Fall Purse!

Well, my friend Vicki taught me how to make the fun paper purse and I found some really cool paper and such to make a fun purse for fall. I of course had to add the bling! My favorite part is the 3D embellishment with the leaf on it and fibers! This is a wonderful resign design that came off of all things, my shower curtain! One of the hooks that holds the curtain fell apart after 6 years!!! They just don't make things like they used to. It was the perfect colors and the perfect accent for my fun fall bag. I used two types of ribbon/fiber to lace the purse and had some cool brown grommets to secure the ribbon handles. It is amazing what you can do with 3 pieces of paper, some bling & ribbon! Sorry for the glare on the photo, still working on learning to take better photos of my art work. And yes, it does actually work as a purse! I carried it all weekend and plan to use it for a couple of more weeks. Happy Fall Y'All!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New At This Blog Stuff!

I am still trying to figure everything out with this blog stuff! I want to post more photos but don't like the huge gaps! I will get it...all will be good! Well I am going to post a couple more photos on here and of course you can view my entire album on Face Book. LOL (Kristi Parker Van Doren) I just love being able to share here and there! The first picture is of Sheri Beersman finally sitting for a moment! What a joy she was at the Expo (even if she would not let me win the prizes! LOL) Great job with the mic! The next pic is the actual crop area. This was close to the end of the crop so it was a little empty but these folks here are the hard core scrappers! The final picture posted is of the great group of ladies that took my scrapbook layout class. What a wonderful and patient group of ladies. Had to share between tables and most things I just had one of so we tried to keep everyone busy. The group at the very last table were the best and just waited. A huge thanks to each person in this class! I don't know about them, but I am still recovering! Again, if you could not be there, you missed out! There is always next year the first weekend in October! Off to create, Have to get ready for a craft bizarre!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

We are not in Kansas anymore!

Back home in good ole' MO! I am about to fall over I am so tired, but what a good reason to be tired. There were so many cool things to see and it never ceases to amaze me how generous crafters are in general. Several of the speakers, myself included, acutioned off our time for one on one q/a to the highest bidder. Thank you Janis for bidding and buying me! LOL Never thought I would would ever say those words! There were also many other items put up for auction and you have not seen a real auction until you see crafters bidding on almost EVERYTHING Provo Craft manufactures in the way of machines! Thanks to all who bid and for the winner! I even got into the swing of things and paid way too much for a couple of items.

I was blessed on this trip to have my mother travel with me. She just sat back and shook her head. This was her first real venture into an event in MY world. She thought everyone was very nice and I think is still scratching her head! I thank her from the bottom of my heart for driving and helping to take care of me. No small task.

For those of you who left before the very end you missed the last two door prizes. The gals that stayed got a great demo along with a Make & Take card. they also got entered in the drawing and one got a new photo album and the other an altered art signed by the three speakers still in the building. Maggie & Megan...you girls ROCK!!! It was fun having you sit and play for a minute.

I am adding some pictures and it was just too fun. Mark your calendars folks...2010 will rock!

Oct 1/2