Monday, October 31, 2016

NEW! Stitched From the Heart! and Special Sale on Favorites!

This set of 12 dies is perfect for adding that little extra touch to set your cards apart from the rest. Here is an opportunity to order them before their OFFICIAL LAUNCH in the 2017-2018 catalog.

Here's a video with all the details:


I ordered mine today so watch for project ideas coming soon! I'm already thinking ahead to Valentine's Day and Easter!

While we're talking special items, some of our favorites from both the Main Catalog and the Holiday Catalog are on sale at 25% off from today (November 1) through November 30th!

Use the contact form on my sidebar and I'll drop a copy of the flyer in an email to you with a complete list of the sets on sale, complete with order number and price.

Creative Blessings!
Kelly



Thursday, October 27, 2016

PAPER PUMPKIN - October - Twist It!


On Tuesday, I promised to show you something cool to do with the scraps. I got the tip from Danica Ferrante  aka Beautyscraps on YouTube. Neither of us like to waste anything and I love how she created a 4-pane window from the negative the colored squares were punched out of. They were a strip of 8 for each color. 

We cut them in have so we had a 4-square pane and a 2-square pane with 'legs'. I cut the legs off, giving me a 2-square grid. I wound up cutting those apart to where I was only left with 1 solid square. You'll see that one in a bit as well. In the mean time, here's Danica's 'twist' video. You'll find the window page idea at about 6:52.



And here are my cards in variations:


For this one, I followed Danica's color tones using the Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. The only thing I incorporated was using the green thread from the October kit and wrapping around a strip of the Burlap ribbon from the August Kit. I really love the Burlap Ribbon.


I love the jack - o - lanterns in the window! I used the 2-step stamp from the September kit as well as the sentiment. The flowers in the upper left window are from the August kit. For a bit of filler, I ran a piece of washi tape from the July kit. The colors pair well from all three third-quarter kits.


For my last window-pane card, I chose to stamp over the textured leaves with the crackle finish stamp to give them a dried leaf look. The sentiment is from the August kit.

Remember when I mentioned those three loose squares from the trimmings. Here they are:


And lastly, I used their leaf punch-out negative and placed one of each color of the squares, stamped with the crackle finish in Chocolate Chip, behind. That is matted on Pumpkin Pie then on the Crumb Cake base. The sentiment is from the September kit:


Here's a complete list of the colors used:
    Ink
        Crumb Cake - Item # 126975
        Cajun Craze - Item # 126965
        Chocolate Chip - Item # 126979
        Old Olive - I # 126953
        Delightful Dijon - Item # 138327
        Pumpkin Pie - Item # 126945

    Cardstock
        Very Vanilla - Item # 101650
         Crumb Cake (bases included in kit)
         Chocolate Chip - Item # 102128
         Pumpkin Pie - Item # 105117

If you are not a Pumpkin Pie subscriber, I suggest you give yourself a treat! A surprise box comes to your door every month for $19.95 + tax. There are usually enough pieces in the box to make at least EIGHT projects. Then there are leftovers you can include with other items you have on hand to create your own projects. 

If I can be of any assistance, please fill out the contact form on my sidebar. I'm here to help.
Creative Blessings!
Kelly


    





Tuesday, October 25, 2016

PAPER PUMPKIN - October - As Is




Since Autumn is my favorite time of the year, the October Paper Pumpkin really spoke to me. I loved the colors, the leaves, the sequins. Check out this cable-stitch pattern in Pumpkin Pie lining the envelope is fabulous!


Here's the kit all lain out. See those colored squares? They (as well as the banners, labels and leaves) were all punch outs. On Thursday, I'll show you something I did with the negative leftovers.



And here's a close-up of the stamp set:


Here's the SU Paper Pumpkin video to ignite your creativity:



And here are the cards I made:




I followed the instructions for cards one & two. The third one I plaid with.

I used the Crumb Cake base included in the kit and did a 2-step stamping of the background.


I randomly stamped the acorn image first in Crumb Cake. Then I inked up just the 'cap' of the acorn in chocolate chip and stamped over top of each image. I'd like to make this background again but maybe emboss the caps to give them a bit more pop.

Thursday, I'll show you several different twists on incorporating past Paper Pumpkin items into this one for some super cute cards.

Here's a complete list of the colors used:
    Ink
        Crumb Cake - Item # 126975
        Cajun Craze - Item # 126965
        Chocolate Chip - Item # 126979
        Old Olive - I # 126953
        Delightful Dijon - Item # 138327
        Pumpkin Pie - Item # 126945

    Cardstock
        Very Vanilla - Item # 101650
         Crumb Cake (bases included in kit)
         Chocolate Chip - Item # 102128
         Pumpkin Pie - Item # 105117

If you are not a Pumpkin Pie subscriber, I suggest you give yourself a treat! A surprise box comes to your door every month for $19.95 + tax. There are usually enough pieces in the box to make at least EIGHT projects. Then there are leftovers you can include with other items you have on hand to create your own projects. 

If I can be of any assistance, please fill out the contact form on my sidebar. I'm here to help.
Creative Blessings!
Kelly




Tuesday, October 18, 2016

SPECIAL PURCHASE OPPORTUNITY!


Hello, Everyone!

UPDATE! I failed to mention these sets are 50% OFF the price shown on the flyer!!!!

Wow! I go away for a few days and all kinds of good things happen. What do you think of these photopolymer sets? Pretty cool, huh? I know I'm going to have to purchase some this month.

You'll need to click on the volume button on the video screen to kick the music in. For some reason, Kizoa always sets the volume to 'mute'. Weird. These stamp sets are a great way to step into using Photopolymer stamps. Now, I know most of us already do. But... is there someone you know just starting out? These would make great Christmas gifts. Add some Whisper White cardstock and a Basic Black ink pad to get them started.

Also.. I mentioned something cool coming up and I've not forgotten. I've just been handed a book deadline with a new publisher so my customer QUARTERLY promotion will begin January 1st. I just know you're going to love it... especially if you get new folks started with Stampin' Up!  Details coming soon.

I know the pictures in the video are not really clear so if there are any that catch your attention, drop me a note in the contact form or in an email (some of you have that direct link to me) and I'll send you a copy of the flyers for the ones you are interested in. As you can see, there are several and I do not want to clog up your email folder ;-)  Unless, you ask hehe.

I just got my October Paper Pumpkin in the mail today so those posts will be coming to you next week.

Creative Blessings!
Kelly 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

ONE SHEET WONDER - Candy Cane Lane


Nice selection of papers.

Are you familiar with One Sheet Wonder? If not, you are missing out on a fabulous way to make a lot of cards from one basic piece of DSP plus your cardstock bits and pieces. 

The concept is to see how many 'useable' pieces you can cut from one sheet of DSP. There are boards on pinterest for 12x12, 6x6, 8.5x11 and even a few 8x8. Use any of the patterns you'll find or design your own. (Links are given to my boards where you will find trails galore to great ideas!) Or you can just type in One Sheet Wonder on Pinterst and have more links to follow then you'll have time. :-D

You can also take a solid piece of Cardstock and create your own all-over background DSP. The sky is really the limit with this process.

I chose THIS pattern. The peach tones just spoke to me... then I went and did Christmas! The Visit button took me to Bobbi's Treasures blogpost. There you will find her link to the template by someone who inspired her.

Is this beginning to sound like a 70's shampoo commercial?



Okay... now that we have the nostalgia out of the way... let's make a batch of Christmas cards!
I chose

Candy Cane Lane DSP (Holiday pg. 5 - #141981)
Card Bases & scraps from the following cardstocks:
   Whisper White (pg. 170 - #100730)
   Real Red (pg. 171 - #102482)
   Crumb Cake (pg 170 - #120953)
   Baked Brown Sugar (retired) 
Chocolate Chip Classic Stamp Pad (pg. 170 - #126979)
Framelit Dies
   Swirly Scribbles (pg. 194 - #141497)
   Project Life Cards & Labels (pg 192 - #135707)
   Merry Tags (Holiday pg. 21 - #141835
Punches
   Flower Medallion (pg. 187 - #137417)
   Decorative Label (pg. 186 - #120907)
   Cookie Cutter Christmas (Holiday pg. 6 - #140396)
Cookie Cutter Christmas SStamp set (Holiday pg. 6 - #142043)

BUNDLE ALERT!
Cookie Cutter Christmas can be purchased as a bundle and save 15%!!
Pg. 6 - Item # 143493



Here are the cards I came up with:








This last one needs a sentiment on the bottom strip. Still thinking about that one. 

Do you have all of your Christmas cards made? If not, One Sheet Wonders will have you stocking up in plenty of time to mail. 

Creative Christmas Blessings!
Kelly 



   

Monday, October 10, 2016

KISS - Keep It Super Simple - Christmas

... and nothing gets more simple than to take Project Life cards and build from there with what you have in your stash.


These are the left over bits and bobs from last month's Project Life Christmas card project. ..  well all the red/ green ones. I'm still playing with the craft tones.

I used:
Cardstock
   Real Red (pg. 171 - #102482)
   Emerald Envy (pg. 169- #141415)
   Whisper White (pg. 170 - #100730)
Stampin' Classic Ink Pads:
   Real Red (pg. 171 - #126949)
   Emerald Envy (pg. 169 - #141396)
Hello December Project Life (Holiday pg. 31 - #142004)
Merry Tags Framelit Dies (Holiday pg. 21 - #141835)
Father Christmas Stamp set (Holiday pg. 22 - #142122(rubber) #142125 (polymer)
Wondrous Wreath Stamp set (pg. 32 - #135047)  
Wonderful Wreath Framelits Die (pg. 192 -#135851) 
    Remember, this is sold as a Bundle on pg. 192 for a 15% savings!

For the first two cards, I did two each in Real Red and Emerald Envy. I used the Christmas Tree from the Merry Tags set for the center.

I stamped the base of the Wondrous Wreath in Emerald Envy and cut out with the coordinating Die. Then I cut the wreath in half so I had the trim piece below the mat. 




I did the same color variation for the next set of cards. I used the wreath medalion from the Merry Tags to create the center focal point. I also cut a second one out in Whisper White, then cut in half to form the top and bottom decorative arches. The Sentiment in the center is from Father Christmas



Quick, Easy and KISS for sure!
Creative Blessings!
Kelly 


Saturday, October 8, 2016

PINTEREST CAS


I have tons of card ideas on my Pinterest boards. Some are listed by stamp set, some just in my Paper Playhouse and others on theme boards. I'm sure many of you have the same addiction. LOL My goal is to actually create some of them. 

I found THIS CARD by Stampin' Up demonstrator, Sandy Dixon

While the card is lovely, and I may have to make one in that color tone, my Petals and Paisley paper pack was on the work table with bits and pieces just waiting to be made into something. I liked the idea of using squares. I'm not sure what Sandy used but mine are 1" squares. This will make nice Happy Mail for someone.

I used:
So Saffron card base (pg 171 - #105118)
Petals& Paisley DSP ( Holiday pg. 47 - #142017)
Pansy Punch (pg. 187 - #130698
Merry Tags Framelit Dies (Holiday pg. 21 - #141835)
Gift of Love stamp set (pg. 201 #141796 - HOSTESS ITEM!)
scrap of Whisper White

This format is great for using up scraps while bringing a smile to someone. 
Creative Blessings!
Kelly 

Friday, October 7, 2016

FESTIVE FRIDAY - Wonderous Wreath


When I saw my up-line, Brandy Cox, make this card I knew I had to duplicate it. I love the texture of a torn edge and this set is just so versatile to work with.

For this card you'll need:
Whisper White cardstock (pg. 170- #100730)
    You'll need a half sheet to make your card base plus piece to make your top mat and a second scrap to stamp your wreath on.
Cherry Cobbler cardstock (pg 170 - #119685)
Old Olive (pg 171 #100702) Note: I used Mossy Meadow (retired)
Wondrous Wreath Stamp set (pg 32 - #135047
Wonderful Wreath Framelit Die set (pg. 192 - #135851
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stamp Pad (pg. 170 - #126966)

You may choose to stamp the bow from the stamp set as Brandy did. I die cut one from:
Red Glimmer Paper (pg. 175 - #121790)

Here's Brandy's step by step video:


Creative Blessings!
Kelly

Thursday, October 6, 2016

PAPER PUMPKIN - September - Twist!

Welcome back!
Here's a quick reminder of what is in the September 2016 Paper Pumpkin. 


I love Autumn and Halloween is my favorite holiday - or maybe runs a very close first to Christmas. But there is something about fall that just gets me going. I 'fall' clean and the 'nesting' harmone comes to a boil as I prepare for winter. 

First off, I have to warn you. This is NOT a total Twist. Though I did use other items besides what was in the kit.



Next, I went with the sunflower and made a card. I use cards when I send bank deposits to my bank out of state. I try to send happy mail whenever possible. I will say, I went off-grid with ink on this card. Sunflowers stamped in Old Olive just didn't seem 'natural'.

I used a 4.25x5.5 card base in Crushed Curry with an Early Espresso mat. I used the sunflower stamp from the kit and crushed curry to create a background.  I used Early Espresso for the centers and for stamping the sentiment on one of the tags from the kit.  The banner strips are from the kit. The one on the left is matted with Elegant Eggplant to bring in that third pop of color I try to add in each design. The one on the right is matted with Crushed Curry.  I added the Halloween Night Enamel Dots for texture.  The band under the tag is cut from Early Espresso. Once the card was put together, I brushed Wink of Stella over the flower centers.

Products Used
     Paper Pumpkin - September 2016

    Cardstock:
         Crushed Curry - #131199
         Early Espresso - 119686
         Elegant Eggplant - 105126
         Whisper White - 100730

     Ink:
         Crushed Curry - 131173
         Early Espresso - 126974
         Wink of Stella Pen - 141897 (Clear)

    Embellishments:
        Halloween Nights Enamel Dots - 142025 (Holiday Mini)
        Yellow Thread - Paper Pumpkin May 201

Is Autumn your favorite season? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
Creative Blessings! ~Kelly
        






Tuesday, October 4, 2016

PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ - Christmas Ornaments


At least once a month I'll feature a Puttin' On the Ritz themed project. With Christmas less than three months away, whether we want to or not, it is time to start thinking about mailing Christmas cards. These little ornaments are perfect to slip into a card.

I used:
Merry Tags Framelit dies (Holiday catty pg. 21 - #141835)
Dazzling Diamonds glitter cardstock (pg. 175 - #135315
Night of Navy cardstock (pg. 170 - #100867)

The silver chord is a past SU product. A current choice might be
Night of Navy Bakers Twine (pg. 179 - #141684)

TIP:
When tying the bow at the top of the ornament, here's what I did:


I measured off a lenght of chord for the ornament and threaded it through the top of the die then tied the ends together. Two things came to mind.
1- I didn't want the thread moving around
2 - Just needed a little something at the top. 


To remedy both issues, I taped the ornament to the table with painter's tape then ran a length of chord about 3-4" is plenty under the hanger chord at the top of the framelit and tied a bow. I could not have managed this step without either an extra pair of hands or my trusty painter's tape. 

I look forward to making up a few more of these to include in my Christmas cards. I'd love to see what you come up with. Tag me on Instagram (kellyscountry) or in the comments below so I can be inspired by you!

Creative Blessings!
Kelly

PAPER PUMPKIN - September - As Is



I love the September Paper Pumpkin Kit. The stamp set allows both Halloween and Autumn themes. I apologize for not having these up sooner but I got inspired to do that Designer Series Paper organization and was determined to finish that project before clearing the desk for another task.

The food-grade treat tubes are the cutest addition to any of the Paper Pumpkin kits so far. The first thing I thought of was to create Halloween gifts and cards for my granddaughters, Adrian and Abi. I'm going to fill them with their favorite candy - M & Ms.  I'll do the minis so they'll get more :-D

Please excuse the nail file in the photo. I was using that to keep the tubes from rolling away. LOL

The second weekend in October I will be attending a writers conference in Eureka Springs Arkansas. We are celebrating our 50th Anniversary of the conference. I've been going to the Ozark Creative Writers conference for over twenty years. Each year, I surprise my roommates with a little something. These treat tubes are just perfect!


Most of the ladies drink coffee, so I've tucked a single serve packet of instant coffee into the tube. The other tube has hot cocoa mix. I will tuck these little treats into their gift bag along with other little travel essentials.

I also knew I wanted to make cards with this kit. While the Treat Tubes are fun, cards are the happy mail in everyone's box. 

I love to share my love for the season with my friends and customers. So these cards went in the mail last week. I'm hoping they get them before this post goes live. LOL


Everything on this card came in the September Paper Pumpkin kit with the exception of ths Halloween Nights enamel dots. You will find those in the Holiday catalog (page 51), Item # 142025.

I used Pumpkin Pie cardstock for the base and Old Olive and Whisper White for the mats. 

The pumpkin in the kit is designed for 2-step stamping. Stamp the base of the pumpkin, then using the same color, stamp the 'shadow' image over top. The photo polymer stamps make lining the images up super easy. 

TIP:
   To give the pumpkins the appearance of being behind one another, stamp your first pumpkin in the center, then stamp the same image on a piece of post-it note. The post it note image creates a mask. Here's a video from MonkeeSee to show you how easy this technique is:





I worked my way out from the center pumpkin in either direction. So, mask the center pumpkin, then stamp the next one to the left. Move the mask to that pumpkin and stamp the next one to the left. 

Then I put the mask back on the center pumpkin and repeated the process going to the right. 
You need to use your mask when you stamp the base pumpkin AND when overstamping the shadow.

I glued the white mat to a piece of Old Olive cut 1/4" wider (but the same length) as the mat.

Using the floss included in the kit, I wrapped this around the matted strip, securing the ends on the back with a glue dot or bit of adhesive. Then I took another piece of the floss, about 3", and slipped it under the threads on the front left of the strings and tied a knot.

I stamped a nother pumpkin image (both base and shadow) on a piece of Whisper White, then added the jack o lantern face. I cut this one out and adhered him over the center pumpkin with dimensionals to pop him up.

Then I glued this entire strip to the front of the Pumpkin Pie card base.
I used bit of Old Olive with one of the banner strips from the kit in the upper left corner. Using one of the images from the stamp set, I stamped on one of the man pumpkin tags. 

Enamel Dots gave this card some added texture and pop of color. 

What are you doing with your Paper Pumpkin?
If you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, why not? This is the perfect opportunity for you to get Happy Mail of fresh inspiration every month. It's like your birthday comes EVERY MONTH!

You can become one of my subscribers by clicking the button on my sidebar. And if you join before October 10th, you get your first two months for the price of one! How cool is that?

To Sweeten The Deal - When you join Paper Pumpkin and are a customer for 3 Months - I'll send you a Bonus Card Kit for each of the three months. You'll already have the stamp sets, I'll give you bonus items to extend their use beyond your creative imagination!

When you join Paper Pumpkin. leave me a comment letting me know you've joined so I can be watching for you.

Creative Blessings!
Kelly


Monday, October 3, 2016

MONTHLY FEATURE - October




Autmn has finally arrived in the Ozarks. The dogs are eating more, spiders are building webs everywhere throughout the yard and the garden is showing signs of calling it a season. Leaves are just beginning to change and fall. 

With those in mind, I fell in love with this DSP from the Petals & Paisley's pack (Holiday Mini pg 47 - #142017)  

I also knew I wanted to feature the Sprinkles of Life stampset (Catalog pg 106 - #139971)

I couldn't decide which color combo I liked best... so I made two:


For the leaves, I used Rich Razzleberry, Delightful Dijon and Cherry Cobbler. The basket is stamped in Delightful Dijon.

So what does this card have to do with my promotion for October. Well, because I used this DSP paper pack and matching cardstock as my promo for September, I can't very well offer them up again! LOL But those papers do lend themselves to Autumn and several stamp sets.  

While image sets are great for many occasions, having the perfect stamp to say Thank You is important, especially as we approach the holiday season.

So I'm giving you the option of picking which one of the sets you choose to order. 

Main Catalog:
     Thankful Thoughts (pg 39 - #141519 WM, #141522 UM
     Sheltering Tree (page 96 - #137163)

     Sprinkles of Life (page 106 - #139971)

      
Holiday Catalog:
      Basket of Wishes (page 49 - #142200)

When you purchase any one of the above, I will send you the following gift pack... perfect for those Autumn cards:


2 Sheets Each:
Soft Suede
Pumpkin Pie
Mossy Meadow
Crushed Curry
Cajun Craze
Chocolate Chip

PLUS - 1 Yard Each:
Burlap Ribbon
Very Vanilla Lace Trim

$6.76 FREE product - basically 25% of your purchase price back to you in FREE product!

I'm busy thinking ahead to the November Special. I can tell you, I'm thinking Christmas so be prepared to GIFT yourself.

Creative Blessings! Kelly



Saturday, October 1, 2016

PINTEREST CASE - Happy Halloween!

NOTE: Sometimes the PINTEREST CASE will be strictly SU, other times, they will be all SU products but inspired by one of the many SKETCHES I have on my board.

Okay, I know we're a bit early for the ghosts and goblins, but with my grandgirls 2000 miles away, I need to make sure their 'boo' arrives in time.

I was inspired by THIS sketch from Studio Calico.

Card sketch @studio_calico:

TIP:
What if you do not have the Layering Circles Framelits? (Catty page 193 Item #141705)
I do not have them (Yet) so I improvised by using the Merry Tags Framelits Dies (Holiday mini page 21 - Item #141835)

I did 2 cards, 1 using Elegant Eggplant and the other using Old Olive. Here is how I cut the circles from the framelits set:


Notice the top of the ornament circle hangs off the edge of the cardstock, giving me a perfect circle. If there was any remnant of the ornament cap left after dicutting, the little bit trimmed off easily with a pair of scissors.

Once the circles were cut from each of the two colors, here are the cards I came up with:




For both cards, I used Designer Series Paper from the Halloween Nights DSP (Holiday Mini page 51 Item #142022) and the Spooky Fun stamp set (Holiday Mini page 52 Item #142236

Once I determined the placement of the circles, I measured down from the top and made a little tic mark. Then, using a black PermaPen and a ruler, I drew a line down from the top. The tick mark is then hidden by the circle.  

From Left to Right - measure down:
1-1/2", 2-1/2", 1"

The sentiment strip is cut from Pumpkin Pie cardstock (Item #105117) 3 -1/4" x 3/4"

The two smaller bats are stamped from the medium bat image in Spooky Fun. The larger bat was more of an experiement. On the first card, I tried stamping the image, but the larger bat is simply an outline and I didn't want a white bat, so I colored him in with black perma marker.  When, I made the second card, I went straight to black cardstock (Item #121045) and didn't stamp him at all. For both, I used the die template that matches the larger bat stamp then raised him up with dimensionals.

I can't wait to pop these in the mail to my 'cupcake' and 'tootsie pop' along with something from the September Paper Pumpkin I'll be showing you on Tuesday!

Creative Blessings! ~Kelly