Friday, January 24, 2020

FRIDAY FREEBIE & News

I'm slowly getting back in the flow. I made two cards  yesterday.
I really wanted to make a card a day... well, we see how that went. Mostly because all I've done is work on the studio. Yes, still. But I'm making progress.

Today, I'm showcasing the cards I made form our January Card Chicks kit at SplitcoastStampers.\

Roxy Weaver was our hostess this month and sent a fabulous collection of goodies to play with. Aside from an SU snowflake charm in the bits, she included two snowflake dies! Incredibly generous. She also said if we didn't have a die cutting machine, we were welcome to gift the dies.
I have a Tim Holtz sidekick and Vagabond but I gave my sister a sidekick for her birthday. Her dies are very limited so I shared them with her.

You'll note something missing in one of the cards. Please tell me in the comments if you spot my 'forgot'.

Here are the two cards:



The images are from Deep Red Stamps. I'd not heard of that company before but I've provided a link. Just click on their name.

Since I'd gifted my snowflake dies, I used one from SU Colorful Seasons. The paper is SU - Let It Snow. They suggest Coastal Cabana for the blue but I wanted to color the sweater in the same color but didn't have CCin Stampin' Blends. I switched to Pool Party and I think the colors match very well.

Tomorrow is the 25th. On the 25th of the month, regardless of the day it falls on, I will be showcasing something Christmas - called Reindeer Club. There will be a project I'm working on as well as a coordinating video.  Come on back for hot cocoa and all things Christmas!

Creative Blessings
~Kelly


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

WOYWW #555



Good morning, friends!


After challenges this morning, I look forward to your smiling faces :-)

Slightly different perspective. I've cleaned off most of the work table and have moved the laptop over here. This height is much easier on my back for long hours at the computer. I'm still doing most of my crafting at the filming table I showed you last week.

I spent all day yesterday cataloging embossing folders I've acquired over the pasts two years. Only 1 duplicate!!! Yeah, I'm amazed, too LOL

today I have to color code the catalog samples then that task will be done.
To the left of the laptop you'll see my mini trash can. Behind that DVD cases in their book stand. Each one holds embellishments from SU. I'm going to put the embellishment sheets in A5 page protectors in a small binder to keep over at the crafting table. 1 binder will take up much less room. I think that holder is going to be repurposed to keep my planners at the ready here by the laptop.

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!
~Kelly

Monday, January 20, 2020

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - What's inside my #JJJC2 kit?

Good morning, friends!

Wow... I've missed you guys.
I've been doing a serious deep cleaning/ reorganizing of the studio. I know, seems to be a never-ending process but for good reason this time.

Since I've made the decisioin to revert back to a Hobby Dem with Stampin' Up! I don't need 'current' supplies at hand. My main purpose in the decision was for me to get back to playing with ALL of my toys without worrying about whether or not they were currently available or new.

My main goal is to get everything off of the big work table so that I have that surface available for big projects. Things like my granddaughters' quilts, constructing junk journals or packing Etsy orders.

I've nearly cleared the surface. I have a few more small things to integrate into the general populace today and possibly tomorrow then the work table is DONE!

Okay.. what about today's post?
Well, this post kicks off my second year as a member of Dearjuliejulie's junk journal challenges. I began watching her last January but didn't begin playing until February. That creative woman opened up the Pandora's Box of junk journaling for me. I've always wanted to do junk journals just didn't know how to start. Now I don't know if I can stop! LOL

Today's video shows you some of the items in my kit for the #JJJC2.

A quick note - my YouTube channel isn't just about junk journals. I'm covering a wide scope of all the things I like to dip my fingers in to. I think there will be something for just about every creative avenue you may be living on.
Please go to my YouTube channel and subscribe. I'm almost to my first 100 subscribers!

Thanks for watching! Creative Blessings



Wednesday, January 15, 2020

WOYWW # 554


Good morning, deskers!  I've missed you all so much but I really needed time to put my studio to rights. While the studio still isn't organized, there have been a few changes. I'll be sharing those at a later time.
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For now... this is my new desk/ work location. My filming table has become my work space. I do everything from here. The usual desk items including my new carousel utility bag and my new craft planner to the far right. I'll be doing a video on that soon so if you want to see the inside, let me know. I will tell you the planner is made from an altered book.

I'm taking the rest of this week to dive in more now that my distraction has gone back out on the boat until Feb. 12th.  Next week I'm back to work full-time with a whole new line up for this blog as well as getting my Etsy shop ready for opening on Feb. 1st. Stay tuned!

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!
~Kelly

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

TICKLE A TEAPOTTER!

Happy Fall y'all!

Whenever we have a fifth Tuesday in a month, we swap cards amongst the teapotter group. One of us hosts the challenge and then we sign up to get a swap partner.

This month is my turn to host.  I signed up for October because, well, it's October! LOL

Here is the challenge I posted:

Hello, Teapotters!

I love FALL.
Some of my favorite memories are from my twenties through late forties when we lived in central Illinois. No autumn was complete without a trip to Tanner’s Orchard. The family owned business has grown over the generations from a simple apple orchard to a thriving Fall Festival destination. Tanners is a staple on any elementary school child’s first field trip of the season.

Aside from their apple cider donuts still warm from the fryer, I loved their pumpkin scarecrow characters. These larger-than-life play on real life people greet visitors and passers-bye at the front entrance.

While Autumn has officially arrived here in southcentral Missouri for some folks, I miss my annual pilgrimage to Tanner’s Orchard.

Check out their webpage – www.tannersorchard.com and be sure to watch the video for a long-distance experience.  Then show us your best jack-o-lanterns, scarecrows or any favorite fall memory you want to share.

Keyword:

Here are a couple of teapots to inspire you:

Happy Fall y’ all!

Here are the tea pots I sent with the post:



Here is my card:


I used a Mossy Meadow card base then added a 1-1/2" strip of Balmy Blue for the sky. The straw bales are cut from Crushed Curry with the baling twine drawn on with Cajun Craze.
The pumpkins and the sun are stamped from the 9/16 Paper Pumpkin. The clouds are from the 7/17 Paper Pumpkin.

The scarecrow is a digital image from pixabay that I sized down. This is what he looked like originally:


After fussy cutting him out, I trimmed the hands/ shoes away then added tiny pieces of Raffia Ribbon behind the cuffs of his sleeves/ pants then reattached the hands/ shoes.

The sign is stamped in and mounted on Early Espresso

For his head, I added Raffia Ribbon to the bottom of his chin then attached one of the jack - o- lanterns from the 9/16 Paper Pumpkin. The straw hat is trimmed away from the image of a farm guy I found on Pixabay.

I'm pretty sure this is going to the bank in IL with my deposit this month... let them know I how much I miss them and Tanner's Orchard.




Monday, October 28, 2019

CHANGE Can Be A Good Thing!

At least that's what I'm telling myself these days.


I guess what I really mean is Change is A Good Thing.. if I'm in control.

Hi. My name is Kelly and I'm a control freak. LOL

This change I do have control over.
Effective immediately, I am a Stampin' Up! Hobby Demonstrator. I am closing the SU blog the end of the week.

I want to devote my time to writing the three books I plan to release next year and opening my Etsy shop, specializing in items I make that someone else may enjoy or use in their art work.

I figure that's enough to keep me out of trouble.

The big thing is that to build an on-line business with SU, I have to be on every day, at least 60% of my day. I can't do that. FAMILY FIRST.

Bob has a real schedule, finally! He will be out 21 days and home 21 days.
With his schedule in mind, I can plan the things I need to do so that I'm only working (4) 5-hour days a week at the most. The rest of the time is all about our time together.

The other thing is with the holidays coming up, I am NOT going to work through the holidays in hopes someone wants to order stamps. If I let that go over the holidays, then I'm starting from scratch in January. That just  isn't how I functioin.

So .. a lot more regularity here from me! Slim posts through the holidays as I get stuff settled into place and enjoy  my holidays.

In the words of Dorothy


I'm hosting the Tickle A Teapotter this week so I'll be back tomorrow with a card!
Creative Blessings!
~Kelly

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

WOYWW #540

Good morning, friends

No desk to show you today as I'm headed out to a writer's conference. Bob is holding down the fort and babying HoneyB, who still hasn't had his surgery. I'm stopping at the vet's office on my way out.

Kind of lost the creative mojo yesterday after receiving word of my oldest sisters passing. All the blood work and everything she's had done in the past couple of years, no one picked up on the fact she had Lukemia!


This is Country Bob. He is a musical bear, though for the life of me I can not remember what it is he sings. I call him Country Bob because he does sing a classic country tune and Bob bought him for me. He enables my bear collection (over 250 at last count).

I'm off. I may be back in here next week, no promises. I'll try to get 'round to blogs to see who else brought their bears to work.

In the mean time,
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!
~Kelly