Wednesday, June 19, 2019

WOYWW #524

Good morning, everyone!

No time to play for a few more weeks. Too many things to do with the grandgirls.   This is my post for Stamping Ground this week.

I did want to take a moment and thank Angela aka Felix the Crafty Cat for her ATCs and little extras:

Scans of some of her matboards plus the ATC
Her matboards always inspire me and we share a love for Tim Holtz.


Then yesterday I received this lovely surprise from Sandra de in Australia:

Sandra knows I've long admired her paintings and am blessed to have received this beautiful rose.

I also have an ATC from CARO but that seems to have vanished off the dining room table. As soon as I unearth it amongst the girls crafting supplies I'll show it off! 

that's it for me this week. Thank you for stopping by. I'll be back in full force August 1. In the mean time, I am trying to keep up my SU blog a couple of days a week so feel free to drop by there Tuesdays and Fridays. 

Creative Blessings!

Monday, June 17, 2019

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - Art Bar Journal Prompts

Hi everyone!

Having a blast with the girls. We spent 4 days in Springfield last week. One entire day (yep- 6 hours) of touring the amazing Wonders of Wildlife Museum at Bass Pro. Some seem to think the prices are a bit high but not in the least... not for all you get to see AND DO. A lot of things are very interactive and Johnny Morris has done an amazing job of offering up a spectacular attraction. I'm considering a season pass for myself just so I can go whenever I want when I'm in Springfield. some of the exhibits in the Wildlife portion will change periodically. Then there's the whole petting the stingrays thing. I could live at that tank. LOL

Okay... Mixed Media.  A few months ago, I was invited to join a FB group called The Art Bar. Denina is very active in the group and in LEADING the group. Every time I turn around, she has another LIVE on YouTube... she just turns on the live and plays all day, interacting with folks as they come and go.

Saturday, I finally got to play. She drew 6 cards from her Art Journal card deck... something I intend to make in the future. 
We had:

Something Shiny
Repetitive Pattern
Privacy Envelope
Postage Stamp
Paint Chip

I pulled out a fresh 6x8 spiral art journal and decided to designate just for Art Bar. This way I'll have one ready to go any time I can sit and play with the group.

Here was my 2 page layout:

I started by swiping School Bus yellow paint all over the page then came back with Yellow Citron. My paints are old and clunky. They don't mix up well so after spreading them as best I could across the page, I swiped them with a baby wipe. Then I wiped the baby wipes off on other pages in the journal to start new base pages.

I pulled out those new Tim Holtz stamps from my haul to stamp the butterfly and the swirl from Urban Chic in Gorgeous Grape. I stamped between the butterflies with a stylish swirl from Mini Ornates

I tore a section of the privacy envelope off.. keeping just the part with the window. Then swiped Pumpkin Pie paint on both sides. 

The butterfly is a  napkin transfer on a paint chip that is folded so that part of it tucks into the top of the envelope. I covered the back of the paint chip with more of the same napkin.

When you flip the envelope open, you see this:

The sentiment on the envelope is from the Urban Chic collection.

live in the
and make it
so beautiful
that it 
will be worth

I have items for the new Just Do It June Junk Journal Challenge. I will post mini challenge # 1 & #2 next week... maybe even #3. As of writing this on Saturday afternoon, Julie still hadn't posted the new challenge.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

WOYWW #521

First off, I apologize for signing Stacy's # to my visits last week. I posted my link, hit refresh and I was #35.  Imagine my surprise after signing several posts yesterday when I realized I'd been bumped to #33 and Stacy was #35 LOL. Maybe I'll just skip adding a number. Y'all know where to find me. LOL

Well last week was a whirlwind of festivities here at WOYWW as we celebrated a blog hop that has gone on continuously for 10 years! The girls across the pond will gather on Saturday for a Crop & Chat.. though I think there will be more chatting (and eating) than cropping. Just as it should be.

My desk is a flurry of activity this morning as I put the May Mystery Mayhem Journal together. The journal needs to be done by the 31st and I go after the girls on the 31st. LOL Not only finish the journal but get the flip - through video recorded as well as the final installment of the Everything Is Rosy Suite Sweet Journal project for SU.

Just to the far left, you'll see the corner of a stamp set I discovered while reorganizing last week. It's a retired set from Stampin' Up! called Expressive Flexible Phrases - a 56 word stamp set. the words are about 1/4" wide and 1" long.

Everything else is part of the current journal challenge. Hadn't opened the laptop yet as we had light storms roll through early this morning. Skies are clear now, sun is shining and I have work to do.

ATCs are ready for the mail. Posting them on Friday so if you've not sent me your address, please do so to KellyH (at) artlover (dot) com.

Not sure how many desks I'll get to this week as prepping for the girls is a whirlwind of activity. They arrive on Sunday.

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground  for all the details. Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list. 

Creative Blessings!

Monday, May 27, 2019

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY Meets Paper Pumpkin


I will try to keep the blog up from this point on but no promises. I'm trying to finish up house stuff before the grandgirls arrive. From there, I may not do much the first week. We will see. Just know that I am here and my brain is creating but I have a standing rule - FAMILY FIRST. Nothing else is important. 

I say that as we prepare for the new catalog launch next week! So I will do my best.

Now.. on with today's project!

I've been playing in junk journals for several months. That's what inspired the Suite Sweet journals we've been doing here.

Last week, as I cleared off the remnants of the Paper Pumpkin, I was inspired to use some of the elements in the current May Mystery Mayhem Junk Journal Challenge I've been playing in. For full details, check out  my creative blog post HERE. 

I pulled the following Media Sticks (also in that linked post)  and went to work:

Here's a group shot of the elements I made:

Quick explanation of individuals:

'Belly Band' and also my 'Collage' elementI also incorporated the paper flowers
Once placed across the page, I actually have 2 places to tuck tags:
Behind the main kraft belly and behind the leaf patterned DSP

The back of the 'flat paperclip'
The front of the paper clip has the 'metal' bird

Homemade Washi Tape using double-backed adhesive and a strip of the DSP

One of the tags behind the DSP with 'paper flowers'

'Top Tuck' and 'Paper Ruffle'

The flap on the envelope glues to the top of the page, then the envelope flips up from the 
'top tuck' to reveal a second tuck spot with a tag.

Sometimes we need to think outside the box and realize our kits and the leftover elements can be used in so many other creative ways. as fellow dem, Carol Tinson says - 'Just have a play!' You'll find her on YouTube as Sew Carol.


Good morning, friends.

As you read this, I'm busy making final passes through the house in prep for the grandgirls arrival. I have so many creative things planned for us. They love to create so they got the right grandma!

So today, I'm showing you Mini Challenge #2 in the May Mystery Mayhem Junk Journal Challenge. I've finally started on the actual journal and look forward to showing that off in a couple of weeks.

For now, here were the parameters for the challenge:

Fussy Cut Image
Handmade Washi
Messy Thread
Receipt or Ticket
Paper Flower

I used a time card for my base that I inked up with Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip (retired but still one of my favorite colors!) The papers are ones I had on the desk where I've been working on the ABC journal, including the fussy cut flower. While that could apply as my 'paper flower', I've aded a layered flower from my stash to the ticket. My handmade washi is the word strip on the left hand side.

Making your own Washi Tape is super simple but the absolute easiest way is to just cut a strip of paper the same width as your double sided adhesive. Mesh the two together and you have instant washi to match any project!

I know the blog is slim these days but the summer is about to get even busier. Next week I'll be showing you Mini Challenge #3 then the final journal after that. By then we'll be in to June and a new challenge will have begun!

The ABC journal is nearly finished. I'll be showing that flip-through video on a Friday Freebie soon. Stay tuned!

How will you be creative on these Lazy Hazy Days of Summer?

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

WOYWW #520

Good morning, friends.

WOW! I can't believe some of you have been doing this for 520 weeks! I feel so  blessed to have been welcomed into this circle. Thank you each and every one who take time to comment. You are loved!

Bit of a cool morning lingering after storms yesterday. Weather forecast says we'll heat up today and get sticky sticky - ahead of yet another round of storms. I have the windows open enjoying the fresh air while I can before I have to turn on the AC.

My desk isn't very exciting. I've had to pack electronics up and tuck them into my hidey hole in the basement ahead of severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings the past couple of nights.

The new Paper Pumpkin from Stampin' Up! waiting for some play time. That's first on my list this morning. At the top right you'll see a single red rose. Plucked that from my garden yesterday before the storms blew in. Just below that is my daily sheet from my workhorse planner, my pink personal that I'm now using again for Stampin' Up! as we don't have a new one in the catalog this time 'round. I'm okay with that. I bought this little Recollections when I started with SU two years ago just for this purpose. Like reuniting with a former co-worker. Bottom right corner you'll see a card I made on Monday from the Stampin' Up! Everything is Rosy medley. Man, that medley has some gorgeous play toys. If you've not seen this special edition, you'll find lots of pictures on my SU blog as well as our current journal project on my KellysCreativeStamping YouTube channel. 

Also, I'm still playing in Junk Journal challenges. If you want to see those pics, check out my Monday posts. Mixed Media Monday

A couple quick pictures.

Spirit decided to keep me company during some video time the other day. He can be such a snob most days and as a 7th generation panther, he does have his mean side but he's still my sweet boy regardless his mood.


This is one of three Clematis I planted last year. This lavender hue is called Little Duckling. That is only about 1/3 of the blooms that have opened so far. 

Only ten days left before the grandgirls will be here. So much to do, including finishing up my ATCs for the swap. A design finally clicked with me so that's on my list for tomorrow. Must finish putting the new SU stuff in place first. I have 4 left so if you'd like to swap please let me know in the comments so I may add you to my list... as soon as I remember where I put it :-)

 That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground  for all the details. Miss Julia has a long list of other studios you can peek into. No standing on an up-turned milk pail to look in the window. We open the doors wide and welcome you.  Please leave your number and you'll be among the first on my list. 

Creative Blessings!

Monday, May 20, 2019


Good morning!

I haven't actually started on the journal yet. I'm hoping for some play time this week. I've been busy getting the studio re-organized and prepping for the 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Catalog launch... just two weeks away!

Then there's the arrival of the grandgirls on June 1. So yeah, it's been a little crazy here. I have kept up with the mini challenges. We've done two so far. I'm going to show you #1 this week, #2 next week then the final challenge will run the first day the girls are here. That way I can schedule these posts and keep rolling here.

For each of the mini challenges so far, Julie has drawn five items from our list. Here's the selected items for the first mini challenge:

Guest Check
1/2" strip of paper
Junk Mail image

I like being given parameters to work with. Though, you'll see by the picture I added a couple of things. Just thought a couple of elements were missing from my composition. Please leave a comment below telling me what I added that was not on the list.

Creative Blessings!