Thursday, March 23, 2017


I can't wait to show you what I've done with the components of the March Paper Pumpkin. Let's Get Started!

I began by pulling one of each of the gift cards and cutting each one apart on the fold. This gave me two mats to work with. You can see that here in the first card:

For the first one, I chose the multi- color mat, a Sweet Sugar Plum base and a Dapper Denim mat. To me, the colors brought the Lift Me Up Bundle to Mind

Lift Me Up Clear-Mount Bundle

I stamped the larger of the 2 balloons in the center of the mat, then ghost stamped the same image at the edges.

I used the Peek a Boo Peach floss from the Paper Pumpkin kit to accent below the Sentiment mat. I punched the base mat for the sentiment from the other half of the note card with the Curly Label punch. The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White.  Both the image and sentiment mats are popped up with dimensionals. I think this one is going across the pond to a fellow stamper I've not sent something to in a very long time.

Next, I went the direction of Easter.

I used the Peek A Boo Peach base and the solid basket dies from Basket Bundle.

Basket Bunch Photopolymer Bundle

In case the washi wanted to stick to the paper (as it sometimes does when running through the die cutting system), I cut from the back.

I used a Mint Macaron base. After drawing a light pencil line just below where the top of the basket would come on the mat, I cut the Easter egg trio apart then stamped them in various colors across the line. I stamped one on scrap cardstock and used it as a mask so that I could layer the eggs. Then I popped the basket base and handle up with our Foam Adhesive Strips. I used Mint Macaron to stamp the Happy Spring sentiment onto one of the small banner strips from the kit.

To fill the lower part of the card, I used three of the inner ear pieces that matched and laid them end to end. Then I used the small flower from Basket Bundle - punching them out of the larger ear liner pieces from the kit. I die cut the flowers then stamped the matching image.  I used Emerald Envy to stamp the grass from Basket Bundle across the bottom.

Finally, I have a Christmas card for you - using the whiskers and eye stamps from the Paper Pumpkin kit.  I got the idea from Steph VanDorp on YouTube. For her twist, she used the whiskers to create an Easter Wreath. Very clever!

I used Emerald Envy for the base as well as the image mat and sentiment strip. I topped them all with Whisper White. 

I used Merriest Wishes from our Holiday catalog for the image as well as to designate the center of the wreath. I used the die that would cut out the center of the wreath to create a mat to stamp my whiskers around. I centered the circle in the center of my 2-3/4 white mat.

Notice at the top left, the base of the whispers is butted right up against edge of the mat. This helped with spacing so that they center of the wreath would still look rounded and center when I removed the mask.

I stamped the whiskers first in Mint Macaron, spaced about 1/8" apart around the circle then filled in the spaces with Emerald Envy, making sure to over-stamp the left whisker over top of the previous Mint Macaron whisker.

I stamped the bow from Basket Bundle in Real Red then colored it in. I think for future cards, I will die-cut the bow from Real Red or even the Red Glitter cardstock.  Note, when stamping the holly berries (using the eyes stamp from the kit), I didn't notice til I was done that the red had been smearing. So I made another one. I wanted to show you that everyone - even me - makes mistakes. LOL

Here's the finished card:

I also used the sentiment from Merriest Wishes. 

I'm not sure something will post tomorrow but I should have something up on Friday. I'm finally getting over this cold and can get back to playing! Yay!!!

I've shown you mine - please show me yours!
Creative Blessings
~ Kelly 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


I was in love as soon as I saw this kit:  What is cuter than BUNNIES? Okay, maybe kittens and puppies. LOL But this month's kit has so many possibilities.


I made the card first. 

This is a 3x3 card. Great for attaching to an Easter Basket or using as a mat on a card front/ gate fold card addition.

Then I went to the bags. I made one each for my granddaughters, plus their mom and dad.

Easter chocolate bars

I used markers to add their name to one of the provided tags, then stamped Happy Easter from the stamp set to match. I punched a hole on one end of each with an 1/8" hole punch then attached them to the bags with the embroidery floss that came in the kit.

And a close up:

The only thing this close-up doesn't show is what I did to the girls' bags. I used a different version of the bunny nose/ mouth that made the nose look like a heart. So I used a marker to make the heart-shaped nose pink. 

And if you think these are adorable... wait til you see what I do on Thursday with the Twist... I think I hear Christmas carols!

Creative Blessings!

Monday, March 20, 2017


Just a quick pop in to let you know I am still battling this horrible cold. Instead of time in the studio yesterday, creating, I spent most of the day in the recliner writing blog posts.  No studio time at all.

However, I am going to share with you the Paper Pumpkin video. This month's kit is just too adorable for words!  I know I say this about almost every kit but this one just makes me smile. Tomorrow I'll have my Paper Pumpkin post and the Twist on Thursday!

In the mean time, enjoy the show!

Monday, March 13, 2017


Hi everyone!

Popping in with an apology for lack of creativity going on in the studio the past few days. I've been bogged down with health items with the hubby and preparing for and attending a writers conference in AR. And wouldn't you know it, this would be the weekend we get our first snow of the season!

After my dentist appointment in the morning I will know how soon I will get back home. I have an SU order due for delivery on Tuesday so lots of stuff to show off. I'm also adding Five Card Friday - hopefully this week. 1 stamp or stamp/ die set with FIVE different card sketches or techniques. I can't wait to show you!

In the mean time, check out this video from Stampin Up showcasing one of the new Sale A Bration items.

Remember, there's only TWO WEEKS LEFT to take advantage of Sale A Bration. Occasions catalog items are good until May 31 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! If there are still items you want.. don't wait til the last minute.

Creative Blessings!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

PAPER PUMPKIN - With a Twist!

I deconstructed the card bases from the Paper Pumpkin to create two cards. This first one is a simple Thank You.

I used a Flirty Flamingo Card Base with a Night of Navy mat. I cut the largest open area of the Paper Pumpkin card base, trimmed it to size then used my bone folder to rub out the score line from the back. 

The glittery candle flame lent itself to a decorative element - pointing to the sentiment. I used the Thank You from the One Big Meaning.  Some may consider what a did a sin, but I cut the stamp in half - separating the sentiment from the Thank You part of the stamp. I stamped the lead line in Night of Navy on the white strip that was already a part of the Paper Pumpkin card base design then used the same color to stamp the Thank You on the inside.

One Big Meaning (138788 - $27 <WM>)  (139420 - $19 <CM>)

The other card is a simple HELLO. I like to keep these on hand when I mail deposits from the account that I use in MO to my bank in IL.

I chose Night of Navy card base, matted with Flirty Flamingo. I cut a 1.5" strip from one of the Paper Pumpkin cards as the accent. The circles are cut from the two smallest circles in the Stitched Framelits... the larger from Night of Navy then the smaller from Whisper White. Then I stamped HELLO using ANY OCCASIONS from the Sale A Bration catalog (#143348) I used So Saffron Enamel dots to accent the top corner. 

I have scraps left to make more Twist cards so I may be popping those in over the coming weeks.

Remember the special with PAPER PUMPKIN going on during Sale A Bration. Signing up for a 3-month Subscription will get you 1 Sale A Bration item!

Come CELEBRATE with me every month!

Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


I always get excited when I get the email from Paper Pumpkin that says "I'm on my way!"  Opening up a Paper Pumpkin Box is like opening a birthday or Christmas present every month. Talk about stretching out the holiday!

This month's kit is all about celebrating! Whether it's a Birthday, Congratulations or whatever... Just CELEBRATE!

Here is the kit:

There are enough precut/ pre-folded pieces to make nine invitations. They are made to look like a birthday candle, with a slide-out from the bottom to display the message in the window. How cute!
Our colors this month were Island Indigo and Flirty Flamingo. I got the Flirty Flamingo but I preferred Night of Navy. there are also smaller cards to include that have Date/ Time/ Place info if you want to use these as an actual invitation.

I made six invitations as these will be perfect to send to my customers in April when I CELEBRATE my one year anniversary as an Stampin' UP! demonstrator. If you'd like to be a part of my On-line Party and maybe win an AWESOME prize, please use the contact form on my side-bar to be included. Anyone having placed an order with me in my first year will get an invitation!

I put these six cards together in about 30 minutes.

To see how the cards go together, here's the video from Paper Pumpkin
FYI - I'm slowly getting things situated so I can start doing my own videos soon. 

I have to meet with my tax man tomorrow so there won't be a project. But please come back on Thursday to see what kind of a TWIST I put on the February Paper Pumpkin!

Creative Blessings!

Monday, February 20, 2017

SALE - A - BRATION Spotlight!

Thank you all for your patience last week. Bob was kind enough to share his head cold and as mine went away, I dealt with a sinus infection that just did not making working possible. I think we're both healthy now. 

Today's card showcases not one, not two, but THREE stamp sets from the Occasions and Sale A Bration catalogs.  To see all the items, visit the on-line store and type me in as your demonstrator or email me using the contact form on my sidebar and I'll get catalogs in the mail to you ASAP.

Today's card actually was inspired by the Color Challenge over at my craft blog, KellysCreativeDreams

Marina Mist

The COLORS to work with were:
Marina Mist
Soft Sky
Pink Pirouette
Old Olive

Suite Sentiments
Make A Medallion (NEW SAB ADDITION!)
Delicate Details

Whisper White base to stamp three of the lace stamps from Delicate Details in a repeating pattern using Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette.

To do the Medallion, I stamped just the outside border of the stamp set, then cut it out using the #2 (from the outside) of Stitched Framelits then again with the #2 to remove the center, creating a wreath. I used the #2 cut out to stamp FRIEND from Make A Medallion in Memento Black followed by the touch of Old Olive above and below the word.

Using a glue dot, I adhered the sentiment circle directly to the card mat. Then I used dimensional strips cut into small sections (about 1.5" lengths) to raise up the outer Medallion. 

On the inside I stamped, 'Hoping Your Day Is Perfect' from Suite Sentiments in Marina Mist.

Remember for every $50 in product purchased (before tax/ shipping) you can choose 1 FREE item from the SALE -A - BRATION flyer. Beginning Wednesday, February 22nd, you have three NEW items to choose! See flyer on my side bar. If you'd like a hard copy of the flyer, please contact me and I'll drop one in the mail to you ASAP. Current Customers, yours are on their way!

SALE A BRATION items are availble only until March 31st. Occasion items are available through May 31st. 

Creative Blessings!