Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ORGANIZATION - Do I Have That Paper?

How many times have you seen a project you wanted to make and wondered, 'Do I have that paper?'

I spend a couple hours each morning snuggled in the recliner with a cup of cocoa, my laptop and at least one cat.  A couple of weeks ago I came across THIS video by Angie Kennedy Juda, a Stampin' Up demonstrator with her blog, mychicnscratch

Angie creates a Designer Series Paper chart so that she has a representation of each design at her fingertips.  What a cool idea! However, I had to switch things up a bit. So for my birthday on the 26th, I spent all day in my studio creating my own Tickler Binder.  I cataloged all 26 packets of DSP (both past and present papers) that I have.

This is one of the many Christmas DSP packs that I have. I used Baseball Card page protectors. Each contains nine pockets. I cut white cards stock 2.5x3.5 to fit each pocket. This allowed me to put samples on both sides of the pockets. 

The top left pocket is an ID card. I used my P-Touch labeler to print out the name of the DSP pack. I then wrote in which catalog the slab came from. This allows me to look back at Stampin' Up's suggestions for using the papers. 

I cut a 2.25x3.25 sample of each sheet. Then I cut the sample at the horizontal 1-5/8 mark. flipped one 1/2 over and adhered them together - this shows the front and the back of each sheet. 

One thing to keep in mind. Some papers have a definitive directional pattern such as the Christmas trees in the picture above. Pay attention to the pattern and if you want something to be vertical, cut that at the 2.25 FIRST, then flip and cut off your 3.25 length.

In current catalogs, Stampin' Up often offers coordinating card stock packs as an add-on purchase. In past catalogs, they simply printed a list of the cardstock colors that matched. So I went through every one and cut color samples in 1" x 2.5". Then I layered them with  adhesive, allowing just enough of the color to show... labeling each strip with its color name.

When I'd finished all 26 packs, I decided this was also a great place to keep samples of all the current CS colors, too.

Whether you are just starting out or have been collecting for years, this is a great way to put inspiration at your finger tips!
Creative Blessings! ~Kelly

Friday, September 16, 2016

WEEKLY SPECIALS - September 15-21

I apologize for not keeping up with these. My husband, Bob is only only 12 days at a time and he is the most important part of my life. I try to avoid the computer as much of the time he is home and just be with him. In doing so this time, I failed to keep up with notifying you of the September Weekly Specials. This is the final week.

141706 Layering Ovals Framelits Dies $35.00 $26.25

141666 Good Vibes Project Life Card Collection $16.00 $12.00

142684 Good Vibes Project Life Accessory Pack $18.00 $13.50

142686 Ondes positives Project Life Accessory Pack (French) $18.00 $13.50

141668 Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection $16.00 $12.00

142687 Hello Lovely Project Life Accessory Pack $18.00 $13.50

142689 Hello Lovely Project Life Accessory Pack (French) $18.00 $13.50

142690 All Year Long Project Life Accessory Pack $18.00 $13.50

142692 Toute l'année Project Life Accessory Pack (French) $18.00 $13.50

140564 Oh Happy Day Card Kit (French) $35.00 $26.25

If you do Project Life, this is a great time to stock up on Hello Lovely items. Combine these with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and you have the basic starters for Welcome Baby or Baby's First Birthday cards.

Here is a link to Julie Kettlewell's blog. She's made a lovely collection of cards using the PL kit.

If I can assist you in any way, please use the contact form and I promise to get right back with you.

Creative Blessings

Monday, September 12, 2016


Today, I'm thanking my customers who have helped launch my stamping up business over the past six months. Wow, does not seem like that long!

I've had to wait a week to post this, because I did not want to spoil the surprise. They should have their envelopes now.

For being great first customers, I sent them samples from the new Holiday catalog. I started with two 6x6 sheets of each of the Designer Series Paper from Halloween Night (Page 51 - #142022) and Candy Cane Lane (Page 5 - #141981). I included coordinating cardstock for Halloween Night (Page 51 - #142023), a charm from Christmas Trinkets (Page 27 -#141997) and ribbon.

Then I saw THIS YouTube video from fellow SU demonstrator, Janet Wakeland. This gift pouch is perfect size for the coordinating Halloween Night (Page 51 - #142025) enamel dots.  I used Pumpkin Pie cardstock and a sheet of the Halloween Night DSP. The images are from Spooky Fun (Page 52 - #142236) I used the masking technique to stack the words Trick or Treat rather than stamp horizontally.

As you can see from today's post and last Monday's post, I treat my customers well. With so many SU demonstrators out there, I am honored they have chosen me.  If I can assist you with anything, please use the contact form on my sidebar and I'm happy to help.

Creative Blessings!

Friday, September 9, 2016

FESTIVE FRIDAY - Project Life - Christmas Cards - Part 1

Hello December 2016 Project Life
Holiday Catalog  Pg 31 (142004)

I've had several projects on my blog planning schedule for awhile. I've put Bob to occupy himself for a bit so I can get a few things done. 

Don't let me scare you but there are approximately 100 days left until Christmas. If you take into mailing time into consideration, that's roughly only 8 weeks until you want to have your cards in the mail for a timely arrival.

Between family, friends, business contacts, I mail about 100 cards every year. So far, I have am about 75 cards shy. Hmmm  So if you're behind the line as I am, today's project will help get the ball rolling.. in a BIG way.

I first saw the idea of using Project Life cards on YouTube (do you think I can find the video now? Grr)  My first thought was, 'what a fast way to put cards together!' So I ordered the Hello December 2016 Project Life kit specifically for this post.

Other items you will need
Cardstock (2016-2017 Catalog) in these colors:
(This is a great way to use up partial sheets of your 8.5x11)
     Real Red ( #102482) (also available 12x12 -Holiday Catalog Pg. 5 - #141982)
     Emerald Envy (#141415)
     Whisper White (#100730) (also available in 12x12 - #124302)

Pear Basic Jewels (2016-2017 Catalog Pg 177 - #119247)

VersaMark (2016-2017 Catalog Pg 180 - #102283)
Memento Black (2016-2017 Catalog Pg 180 - #132708)
Glitter Stampin' Emboss Powder
Holiday Catalog pg 7
Real Red (142635)

Holly Berry Builder Punch
Holiday Catalog Pg 27 (141843)

Stamp Set:
Christmas Magic (Holiday Catalog Pg. 22 - #142116 wood mount/ #142119  unmounted)

Swirly Scribbles Thinlits (2016-2017 Catalog Pg. 194 - #141497)

From the Project Life pack, there were possibilities for cards. Here is a sample I made from 2 of the card mats:

These are the same card - Front and Back. I made three cards from each one.

The card on the left includes DECEMBER printed on the card.  Here's the finished card:

I used the Project Life mat on the right for this card:

I stamped the bell with Versa Mark then embossed with the Red Embossing Glitter then raised it with a dimensional dot. I needed something to fill the space and thought of the Swirly Scribbles. I punched one each in Real Read and Whisper White.

Next Friday, I'll share the rest of the cards from the Project Life kit.

Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

FESTIVE FRIDAY - Project Life - Christmas Cards Part 2

Candy Cane Lane Bakers Twine
Holiday Catalog Pg. 5 (141983)

3/8" Silky Tafetta Ribbon 
Holiday Catalog Pg 20 (141989)
(I only used the Emerald Envy)

Basic Black (#121045) (also available in 12x12 - #124267)
 Crumb Cake (#120953)
     Soft Suede (115318)

TECHNIQUE - Plaid Backgrounds and Pop Up

One of the things I'm striving for now that I have my studio almost done, is to try new techniques. This week I had the perfect opportunity to try Beverly Stewart's Plaid Background technique. You can see the full tutorial on Splitcoast HERE  This is my attempt at reproducing the Faulkner tartan (plaid)

I used the following colors:
Brilliant Blue
Crumb Cake
Real Red
Summer Fun
Blushing Bride
Daffodil Delight (mat)

The sentiment is from Heartfelt Sympathy.

This card is going to my bestie from High School. Karen was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She's had the mass removed but will still undergo chemo and probably radiation. She is not dealing well at all. I ache for what she is going through. She needs lots of encouragement. To this week, she is the featured recipient on our Teapot Tuesday group at Splitcoast Stampers. (See How It Works) If you love making cards and want someplace to send them, I hope you'll become a teapotter. We really do have lots of fun bringing smiles and encouragement to others all over the country.  

One of the things Karen and I enjoyed most was music... specifically,  the Fab Five from Edinburgh - The Bay City Rollers. Her fav member was Eric Faulkner so I did my best to reproduce the Faulkner tartan on the front of the card.  

And since I can't be there for Karen in person right now, I sent our Fab Five in my place - in the form of a Pop Up (another technique I'd not tried).

I hope Karen receives lots of cards and can work through this difficult time in her life - with a little help from her friends. 

Monday, September 5, 2016

MONTHLY FEATURE - September Bundle Special

Happy September!

Each month I will offer a special to all of my customers. I will spotlight a stamp set or bundle (stamp/ die set). When you purchase the Monthly Feature, I will send you coordinating items so you can begin playing right away.

So what's our first Monthly Feature?

Holiday Catalog Pg.46 or view on-line
Item # 143515 - $45.00

There are tons of samples on Pinterest to use this set.
Those of you who know me, know I only order stamp sets I will use more than once.
I am not a paisley person but I know some of you love this print.
That said, after seeing some of the ideas on Pinterest, I just may be ordering this set myself!

However, I have purchased some of the components that work with Paisleys & Posies.

Speaking of Pinterest, I will be setting up Pinterest boards in the next few days, collecting some of my favorite pins using SU Products. In the mean time, I already have a Holiday Mini 2016 Board

When you purchase the Monthly Feature between now and September 30th, you will receive the following items from me - FREE!

1-  6x6 sheet of each of the 12 sheets of Designer Series Paper

2-  6x6 sheet of each of the 3 coordinating Cardstock Colors:
Rich Razzleberry
Very Vanilla
Delightful Dijon

1 6x6 sheets Copper Paper!

3 yards each:
Rich Razzleberry
Mint Macaron
Delightful Dijon

That's over $13 in FREE Product

When I receive confirmation from corporate that your order has processed, your Freebies will go in the mail right away. These components are already in an envelope waiting for you! 

If you have any questions, please use the contact form in my sidebar and I will do  my best to assist.
In the mean time...

Creative Blessings!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

PAPER PUMPKIN - August - Twist!

I have to admit. I loved this kit so much that I did not twist much. 

Remember what I had to work with:

Three Cards:

For this one, I not only used one of the banners in full, but also cut one in half and topped a piece of the mat strip. Why not put the gift card right on the front? I thought so!

For this one, I took one of the brush stroked mats and placed it on a Very Vanilla card base. I used the Thank You from the June PP. I stamped in Early Espresso on a piece from the kit then matted on Pistachio Pudding. Because the mat was much smaller than the card base, I added a mat strip from the kit to set it off at the top.

This watercolor mat is one of my favorites. I went very simple. The Hello sentiment and circle border are from the June PP. 

Remember, while Stampin Up gives great ideas for how to use the kit, feel free to cut and manipulate wherever your creativity takes you. Paper Pumpkin is simply a jumping off point. Dive in and have fun!

Creative Blessings!