Monday, November 20, 2017

TIME'S A TICKIN'! - 24 hr. Stamp Sale Today Only!

The Annual Online Extravaganza is underway! 
We kicked off the week with this AMAZING 24 hour Stamp Sale!!

You can see all of the stamp sets on the SU Website

Sign in to your Stampin' Up! Account then select me as your demonstrator.
Kelly Henkins - Birch Tree MO 65438

If you'd like a PDF of the sale flyer, drop me a note on the contact form or leave your email in the comments section below. 

Because this sale ends tonight, I will be checking my email constantly as well as the comments.

I am offering a HOSTESS CODE:
When you place your order for a SPECIAL HOLIDAY GIFT FROM ME!

I am closing the orders out at 10 p.m. CST tonight so don't wait!!!

Give the kids something to do
Hand hubby the remote
Curl up with your favorite beverage and some SERIOUS SHOPPING!

And here's a tip:

In the next couple of weeks I will be featuring 


In a Special New Years Card
You'll also need the die's to coordinate for the project!

Large Numbers Framelits Dies

Price $27.90 (REDUCED PRICE!)

During this Stamp Sale, you may add other items from the:
 All Occasion Catalog
Holiday Sale Catalog
Clearance List
And other items available this week
(Items listed on the PDF)


Thursday, November 16, 2017

STAMPARATUS - Place your Preo-order Today!

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If you are OCD like me... or even a tenth of my distraction .. then you will LOVE the new Stamparatus!  Not only can you position your stamp to do multiple images in the exact same spot, creating image after image for multiple cards, BUT... and here are the two... yes I said TWO coolest things that make the STAMPARATUS different from any other similar product.

There are TWO plates... one to the side and one at the top. This allows you to position BOTH of your stamps for Two-Step stamping on their own plate without having to stamp all of your base stamp, remove that one from the plate then put your secondary stamp on and repeat. 

Simply put your mat in place, position both of your stamp steps onto the Stamparatus plates and stamp as many as you want... without removing one or the other stamp before you are finished!

Cool, right?

But I did say TWO cool things...

What if you could MOVE the plate in increments to allow you to stamp down the length of a tag or create a background without trying to re position the stamp or the paper AND have the image in the perfect position EVERY TIME YOU STAMP? 

See, I told you this was the coolest product.

NOTE:  I sent an email out to my customers this morning attaching a FAQ sheet regarding the Stamparatus as well as a Step By Step on how to place your order. If you did not receive this email, please use the Contact Form on my sidebar and let me know you'd like them.

Stamperatus will be available in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog ... But who wants to wait that long? Not me!

So here's the deal. To avoid back orders right off the bat when the new catalog releases, Stampin' Up! is offering PRE-ORDER!!!!

Beginning today at 2 p.m. MT through November 30th, you can pre-order your Stamparatus. Corporate will place their order based on pre-order numbers and will ship to customers around February 1st when they arrive in the warehouse. Your credit card will NOT be charged until they are in-house and ready to fill your order.

There will be 3 DIFFERENT pre-order windows so if you miss this one or aren't sure, you still have time... but trust me, you will love this product.


Once you've placed your order, email me so that I can slip you into a priority folder. Once your order has shipped, I will send you a Special FREE Gift from me as a Thank You for joining me on this super-fantabulous product launch! 

Creative Blessings!

Friday, November 10, 2017

TEMPORARY HIATUS - Lengthy but please read

Sadly, I am having to go on hiatus for a few more days. The day job calls.

Last week as the Asian Beetles froze or crawled back into the ground until next year and Bob got the camera thing figured out I got an email from my boss. All hands on deck to promote a movie that comes out TODAY! The movie people really put us behind the eight ball giving us less than eight days notice to put together promotion for the premiere of PAINTED WOMAN... the adaptation of a book by one of our key authors - Dusty Richards. Mustanger & the Lady is Dusty's 150th novel. Real Western, strong heroine, women's empowerment... it's all that and more. But eight days to promote a movie they shot thirteen months ago! Seriously?

As social media director for the publishing company, that's pretty much all I've had time for and will continue to have for another week. My best friend's first book comes out this week so I have her book launch to set up.

Add to the fact Bob has been home 24/7 and there just are not enough hours in the day for me to do everything. One of my customers once said she didn't know how I do it all. Well, in times like these, I don't. When I can work on my own schedule with virtually no interruptions save feeding the animals and myself, I can power through a mile high pile of my To Do list. 

But here's the thing - FAMILY ALWAYS COMES FIRST.
Bob's been great this week knowing how important this movie is to our company and to Dusty, whom I've known for twenty years. 
So when I have any time left, I spend that with Bob. You never know how much time you have with the ones you love. Don't get so caught up in life that you forget what is really important.

With that said, I hope you'll understand that I'm stepping back from big projects - at least until Bob goes back to work and my schedule is mine again. 

Speaking of movie premiere, I'm off to Poteau OK today for a big premiere party and birthday bash for Dusty Richards. Then I'm taking two days in lovely Eureka Springs Arkansas to work on a book I'm trying to get polished up and send to Hallmark. I've always wanted to write those cozy romantic stories they show on the Hallmark channel. They are looking for new seasonal stories and this is my chance to get my foot in the door. 

I'm looking forward to the spring catalog and all the news coming down from On Stage tomorrow. I'll share everything I can as soon as I can. I'll also try to get smaller projects up as I can fit them in. I love creating and am missing my play time. 

I leave you with the Official Trailer of PAINTED WOMAN:

Are you enticed? If so, call your local theater and ask them to carry this independent film in your area. Then let me know so I can promote the heck out of it!

Creative Blessings

Thursday, November 2, 2017

THANKFUL JOURNAL - Beetle invasion

Warm weather has created a major problem in my office. I am besieged by Asian Beetles. We had thought spraying the yard this spring would prevent their hatching this fall. But the warm weather has hatched them in droves. The ceiling, window frames and most every hard surface is covered with the Ladybug cousins.

If you're not familiar with Asian Beetles, they are nothing like a Lady Bug. They are fierce and they bite. If you kill them, or suck them into a vacuum cleaner, they set off a horrid smell.

Simply walking in the room has me bombarded with the flying little minions. I'm hoping that shutting the office up for a couple of days and turning on the AC will kill the off. We have warmer than normal temperatures and high humidity on our weather radar the next few days.

I'm going to attempt to get all of the project items put together and upload videos on Tuesday of next week.

Just when I have my studio in order I can't enjoy being in there.

I have an SU order due in tomorrow that will give me the re-supply of materials I need to complete the Thankful Journal. I also have the October Paper Pumpkin yet to post. I do not need to be in my studio to put those together. That's the cool thing about Paper Pumpkin. Everything I need comes in the box. I can work anywhere putting those together so we'll still have some content on the blog until the beetles die back.

Thank you for your patience
Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

STAMPIN' BLENDS - Travertine Tile

Many years ago, when I first started playing with Stampin' UP! products, I went to a shoebox swap. One of the boxes was stamping on 2x2 Travertine tiles. I stamped a bluebird and we colored them with Permanent Markers - which are an alcohol based marker. The evaporation of the alcohol as the ink dries is what makes them permanent.

So when the Stampin' Blends were released I knew I wanted to put them to tile.  I bought a brick of nine 4x4 Travertine tiles at Menards for $3.97.

Travertine tiles tend to be pock-marked and some more than others. I seem to have gotten a good batch in this brick. 

Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp Set

Because we'll be starting our Thankful Journal tomorrow and Colorful Seasons is one of the stamp sets we'll be working with, I wanted to use it for today's project. 

First I stamped the sentiment in the center then scattered leaves around the perimeter with Memento Tuxedo black. Rather than give it a few minutes to set, I used the heat tool then let the tile cool for a moment before starting to color.

I've also chosen the following colors from Stampin' Blends:

Color Lifter
Pumpkin Pie (both shades)
Old Olive (both shades)
Cherry Cobbler (both shades)
Daffodil Delight (light)

The darker shade in each color, as well as the Bronze, were used to outline the leaves. Then I went back with lighter shades. If something still seemed a bit too dark, I pulled some color away with the Color Lifter. Here's what I came up with:

Bob asked if I was going to seal the tile. I'd not thought about it. We didn't seal those 2x2's way back when but then they were made into a refrigerator magnet... mine still hangs on the fridge all these years ago. 

I do think the next time I color a tile, I want to sit. Standing seemed to be an issue with keeping the color inside the lines. However, I did take the color lifter to those spots and lightened them up so the edge wasn't as stark. 

What will you use your Stampin' Blends on?  I have more projects coming up in our Holiday Showcase later in the month. 

Creative Blessings!

Monday, October 30, 2017


They're HERE!!!

Well, Demonstrators have had them for a couple of weeks but beginning Wednesday November 1 these fabulous Markers can be yours!!!

Check out the Video below:

As you'll see from the video there are 26 color choices combining a Dark and Light shade of the colors.

I am having so much fun with these markers. I've been trying them on various surfaces and will have some samples for you in the coming days/ weeks. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

MERRY CAFE- Happy Birthday!

If you visit my original art blog - KellysCreativeDreams, then you will have already seen this card. I used it for my monthly Color Challenge. But since it uses items from the Holiday catalog, I wanted to make sure to bring it over here.

I made this card for my husband, Bob's, birthday - which was yesterday. He does enjoy his coffee in the morning - though that wasn't always the case. When I first met Bob, he did not drink coffee. The first morning we actually spoke, I offered him a cup of coffee. He accepted and he's been a coffee drinker ever since... to the point of buying an Espresso machine! LOL

I got the idea for Bob's birthday card from THIS video by Barb Stamps. The inspiration card comes at about the 7:42 mark. You'll see I did mine a bit different.

I put the sentiment on the cup on the outside then left the inside mostly blank. I'll be adding a Bass Pro gift card with removable glue dots to the inside. 

The sentiment on the cup as well as the small heart on the lid are stamped in Dapper Denim.
Inside, I stamped the sentiment in Tangerine Tango on Very Vanilla then die-cut with the heart from Sealed With Love. This was NOT a perfect match, but worked in a pinch. I raised the heart up on a mini-pop dot.

So... here's the details on the card:

Stamps - Merry Cafe (SU Holiday Catalog)/ Coffee Cafe (SU Annual Catalog)/ Sealed With Love 
Cardstock - Dapper Denim/ Early Espresso/ Very Vanilla
Paper - Painted Autumn (SU Holiday catalog)
Ink - Dapper Denim/ Tangerine Tango

From the Dapper Denim, cut a base 4-1/4 x 11 inches.
Turn the base horizontal long-ways and score at the 2" and 7-1/2" mark
Fold these up to meet one another and crease.

Top outside panel - cut 1-3/4" x 4"
Bottom outside panel - 3-1/4" x 4"

Cup panels -
Dapper Denim - 3-1/2" x 2-1/2"
Early Espresso - 2-1/4" x 3"

Knowing what I wanted to do, this card came together in just a few minutes this  morning. 
Creative Blessings!