Monday, April 24, 2017

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY RETURNS! - Playing with Scraps


The above picture is a shot of what's left from all the cardmaking I've been doing the past couple of weeks. I don't throw anything away if I can get at least one more use out of it.

I saw the negative space in the punch remains and thought how great they'd look scattered around an art journal layout as stencils.

So here's what I came up with this week:



You'll see hints of color coming through the Sunflower Yellow base. That is where I test-sprayed the Light Blue.

Here's the layout:


I took another picture after I sprayed the Light Blue but the picture wasn't on my memory card. (the camera has been doing that a lot lately)

Far from finished. I want to work with the Pitt Pens or something a bit, but I have a base to work from. So next week I'll show progress, including having the negatives removed and a bit of pen work.

What do you think?  Do you use other things for stencils? Please leave a link in the comments so I can see what you're working on.

Creative Blessings!
Kelly

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WOYWW #411



Here's my spot this morning, just as I left it from the last two projects. The card you see peeking out from beneath the magazine is in the previous post HERE. I'll need to give it a clear after breakfast so I can get cards done for tomorrow's blog posts.

I apologize for not getting to many of you last week. We have been so busy trying to get outdoor projects done between rain drops. We have a concrete pour coming this morning. Bob has worked hard the past two days getting forms made in 5 different places around the yard. A new grill/ patio table pad, dog run, patio slab in front of the green house, a sidewalk chalk surface for the girls and we will finally have the gazebo done. The metal gazebo frame has sat in the back yard for three years, unused as I waited for us to get to this point.

While visiting blogs last night from last week, Dorlene from Crafts In the Command Center talked about finding a way to 'stack' her two cricuts for better function. I told her I'd post a pic of mine this morning.


I found this three-shelf cart at Menards home improvement center just before Christmas. Bob put the wheels on it for me so I can slide it up against the end of the work island when I'm not using it, or pull it out for easy access. The cart was $8.  The shelves are press board and the poles are plastic. Light weight, easy to move around. 


That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where 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.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TEAPOT TUESDAY - Fairy Celebration!


A Little Fairy Magic

Feels good to be playing in the Teapotters club house again this week. I finally figured out the reason I stopped playing was because I wasn't getting the notices in my email on Friday's any longer. We used to get the reminders on Friday/ Saturday so we had the weekend to work on our card and have it ready to post on Tuesday. I guess I just need to get in the habit of checking the Destination Station.

This week we are showering one of our own. Elizabeth was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is recovering from her second surgery. She tires to keep her mind occupied by crafting but could use a little pick me up.

I received my April issue of Quick Cards Made Easy from the UK yesterday and saw the perfect tutorial for the accordion fold 3D card to send cheerful wishes and fairy dust Elizabeth's way.

I chose the Carried Away DSP and the coordinating colors of Peek A Boo Peach, Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder from Stampin' UP!

Fairy Celebration seemed right at home with those papers and colors.


The Cover


Inside Panel


Center Sentiment Panel


Inside Back Panel


The full tutorial can be seen HERE on my Stampin' UP! blog.
How would you change this layout up? I'd love to hear your ideas. If you make one, link in the comment so I can come take see. 

Tomorrow is What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday and mine is sure to be a disaster but I'd love for you to stop by.

Creative Blessings!
~Kelly




Monday, April 17, 2017

COLOR CHALLENGE #4

Photo Courtesy of: Design Seeds

The colors for this week's challenge said feminine. Since Mother's Day falls prior to our May Color Challenge, I thought I'd get you all thinking about cards for the women in your life. 

When I looked at this I saw:
Smokey Slate
Tip Top Taupe
Chocolate Chip
Blushing Bride
Flirty Flamingo

I chose Flirty Flamingo, Tip Top Taupe and Chocolate chip. I brought in Very Vanilla for my 'basics color'.


Flirty Flamingo for the base with a Very Vanilla mat. Falling in Love designer series paper and the So In Love Stamp set. Both the paper and the stamp/ die set are from Stampin' Up! and on our retired list. If you like these pieces, grab them now. After May 31, 2017, they will no longer be available. Here's a link to my SU blog where you'll find a link to my on-line store.

The die is cut from Tip Top Taupe then I stamped the image in Chocolate Chip.

RULES:
There aren't any rules. You may use any company product you like. My only request is if you use a stamp or something special, link to the company so we may add to our stash, too :-D

Remember... you can add a neutral light color to any of the color challenges. You also don't have to use all the colors from the Inspiration Photo. Pick a minimum of THREE and have some fun. Link to your post (Please use a direct link to THE POST - not to your general blog link. Need assistance, just email me and I'll help)

Show us your COLORS!

KEYWORD: KCC4




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WOYWW #410


My desk this week is a bit uninspiring. The usual tools are in their place and my iPad mini handy for watching videos.

However, I do have a couple other things to show you. The uninspired surface is a result of clearing my mess up after making these two cards for my granddaughters. I had to clean up so I could photograph them:


I made the shaker card for my oldest granddaughter, Adrian. She is 9. I call her my 'tootsie pop'. Have no clue why... she's just always been that. I used recollections cardstock, Pawsitively DSP from SU. The flower border die is from Lawn Fawn. The bunny, eggs and flower are from SU - Basket Bunch. I also used the cloud stamp on the background from Sprinkles of Life (SU)


This one is for Abigail aka Abby. I call Abby 'cupcake' but she is quick to tell me she is NOT cupcake, she's 'Abigail' LOL She is 5. I got the idea for this card from a YouTube video fromSimon Says Stamps last year and bought the flower border tie. The die came in too late to use it so here it is making an appearance a year later. The clouds are punched from Sprinkles of Life and the Bunny/ eggs from Basket Bunch (SU)

Finally, this week. my next project:


This revamped Entertainment Center has served me well for ten years. The fiber board got some moisture issues when I was using it in the basement and now the mildew smell persists. Also, the drawers do not serve a purpose anymore as the stamps have gone to cases and stored in the photo boxes. As you can see from the floor, I'm out of room for photo boxes.

I'm taking everything off, stripping out the cabinet and Bob is going to build something similar to a cube cabinet but they will be 15x15 to accommodate my paper envelopes. Right now the paper is all on a lower shelf across from this and it's dark. I have to get down low (making it even darker) to find the papers I want. So paper on the new cabinet, track lighting. Then the stamp cases will go where the paper is right now. 

I'll show pictures soon. Right now, time to start clearing stuff.
That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where 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.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

WOYWW #409


I just had to share! As soon as I saw what number we were this week, the song popped into my head.

Okay..
First off, I apologize for not commenting the past couple of weeks. The sinus gunk just overtook me and I barely had the energy to get the work done I had to do. Happy to say I think the sinus stuff is gone and while I still have tons of work to do/ catch up on, I also am getting some play time in.

Here's my desk this morning as I'm in the middle of projects for the Stampin' Up blog:


Last Saturday, in prep for serious Virtual Stamp Night FUN at Splitcoaststampers, I did a major clearing of the work table then put stuff back in a more orderly fashion. On the desk this morning are the 3.5" square mats of various papers for making mini treat baskets using the Basket Bunch from Stampin' UP! for my Friday blog post - Fab Five Friday. I take one stamp set and use it five different ways. Need to run some errands with Bob this afternoon then I'm back to work the rest of the evening.

That blue bordered piece? I adhered my silicone mat to a piece of heavy-weight chip board using that pretty blue patterned duct tape I found at $ Tree last year. You'll also notice the numbers are wearing off my trimmer. Might be time for a new one. 

I managed 6 cards so far from the Virtual Stamp Night (VSN) challenges last weekend. Here's one of them. I actually made 6 of this card to add to my Christmas stash.


That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where 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.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WOYWW - #407


Here's my desk as I left it yesterday. I had to get the Paper Pumpkin post up on the Stampin' Up blog.
You can see the full details of those cute little bunny bags HERE  Tomorrow, on the SU blog, I'll be showing how to use the stamp set that came with the March Paper Pumpkin to make Christmas cards.

If you missed this month's color challenge, you can see that HERE  I haven't put my card together for the challenge yet. This stupid cold has stalled my creativity.  However, I seem much better today so hopefully tomorrow. 

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where 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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

COLOR CHALLENGE #3

I apologize for this post not going up yesterday. So much for my promise to have the March card up on time. I have been absolutely miserable with this second round of head cold and working really hard to keep it away from my chest. Lots of chair time and Nyquil/ Dayquil. Sadly, the cold is bad enough that even the Dayquil makes me sleepy.

I've not done a card for this one. I'm counting on you to inspire me and I'll try to add one before the April color challenge.  So here we go!


My color chose for this challenge is a nod to the first day of Spring. Bright colors reminiscent of the first flowers of the season.

I will post my card with the coordinating SU colors as soon as possible. In the mean time, link up with your card and let us see what you come up with!

Please share the blog post link on your blog. (I hope to also have a blog button in place by February) so others can play.

RULES:
There aren't any rules. You may use any company product you like. My only request is if you use a stamp or something special, link to the company so we may add to our stash, too :-D

KEYWORD: KellysColorChallenge3




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WOYWW #405


Good morning, travelers!
Week #405 with Miss Julia and the What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday blog hop.
We are off to a beautiful start here in the Ozarks. A lovely 33*F but the sun is shining and the day holds promise.

My desk is a bit of a mess 'for me' this week. Pardon the glare. Front and center are 2 stamped images of pumpkins on a magnet sheet. Soon as they dry, I'll cut them out and use them on my Stampin' Up Blog planning board for Paper Pumpkin posts. to the right is a Sams Club business card holder I found while searching for something else last night. I'm curious to see how many of those stamping/ scrapbook businesses are still in operation. Below that is my lush dusty mauve planner from Recollections. I decided I wanted a planner specifically for Stampin Up business and I'm in love with it. To the right of that, remnants of a birthday card I made for my SIL in OK. We surprised her with a birthday party last weekend. other than that, there are packages of star brads. Of all the brads I have, how did I NOT have gold stars? And because I am planning 4th of July posts already, I added a package of Red/ White/ Blue star brads as well.

That's it for my desk this week. Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where 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.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WOYWW #404


Exciting stuff, eh? (I really need to learn how to mark my pictures the way Marit does. I like that)
Anyhooo... My laptop where I set it with full ceremony of exhaustion last night. After having purchased a training class back in Dec... thinking I'd put the contents to work, I promptly forgot about the course as I worked hard on the studio. Then Bob came home and the laptop wasn't a priority. Class videos are to expire today and I'd not watched a single one - over 30!!! So yeah, that was my day yesterday. Lots of viewing, note taking and screen grabbing. I was so tired last night I closed down without saving a document. Thankfully, my computer prompted me to save this morning when I booted up. I'd not even shut down so the battery was completely dead.

Other stuff, An SU set from our Holiday catalog and some paper straws I'm going to be showcasing 4th of July Sparkler table decorations with. The campbell soup box contains my card bases/ mats from both In Color collections. I have printed binder spine labels stuck in the front of the file holder. I have the courses for those to print out today. Everything else you've seen.

One last thing - there's still time to join in on the February Color Challenge. Remember, this posts the 3rd Monday of every month, giving you plenty of time to play and build up your color station. The link to the February Challenge is HERE  As I get players, I'll begin picking winners, offering I Won buttons and maybe candy periodically. But you have to play to win ;-)

Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where 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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

TEAPOT TUESDAY - Tickle


Our Teapot Tickle for this month was to include a lighthouse as a 'Light of Hope'. This is an InkaDinkaDo set. The 'Hello' is from a 2016 Paper Pumpkin set.  I used Stampin' Up! Marina Mist and ghost stamped part of the sea gulls in flight.


The inspiration for this card was the ATC I made for a swap several years ago. I adhered a pocket in the top half of the card to include one of them. I used the note section of the card to create a beach scene using other stamps from the Inka set as well as blasting sand for the base.

This set is a perfect example of my restraint in purchasing Stampin' UP!. I love the set we have in the Occasions 2017 catalog with the lighthouse (High Tide pg 25) but this set does everything I need, though I do like the sentiments in the SU set. 

If anyone is interested in swapping ATCs, I do have a few of these left. I always make my ATCs in sets of 20. I keep #1 then the rest are up for grabs. 

Creative Blessings!


Monday, February 27, 2017

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - Haul

Since I'm away from home this week, I don't have both photos of my Tim Holtz haul. So I thought I'd share the rest of my thrift store haul instead. I should have the promised TH haul next Monday.


Earlier this month while Bob and I were in the city, we stopped at our favorite thrift store - Red Racks. Their prices are unbelievable and the proceeds go to disabled veterans. You saw the rolodex I picked up but here are a few more treasures.

The stack of blank notebook paper/ alphabet stickers and divider tabs were all sealed together. I had altered work in mind for the ledger pad but have wound up using it for doing my tax spreadsheet as I went through the tax files a couple of weeks ago. So that now has a permanent place in the file drawer.  My favorite item that day is the box of Barbie greeting cards. There are four cards each of four different designs. The firs tthing I thought of was a Barbie mini album.





I can't wait to play with these ladies. 

Do you thrift? What's been your favorite find?




Monday, February 20, 2017

COLOR CHALLENGE #2

Happy Monday, everyone!
Welcome to KellysColorChallenge #2

You'll notice I've added something new this week. Beginning this week you can upload a thumbnail of your card and that becomes part of your link. I've seen this particular 'Mister Linky' used on Tim Holt's site and a couple of others. Since our focus is the card or project, I thought this would be more enticing to click around to everyone. Please email me if you have issues and I'll do my best to fix.

So here we go....

This month's color combo is:


Whether you've been experiencing snow on the East Coast or the Spring-like weather I'm having now (Feb. 11 and we hit 80*!) I thought the softer colors would inspire you wherever you are and whatever your weather.


I apologize for my card being late. This stupid headcold that went into a sinus infection just kept me off balance the past two days. I promise to have March card up in time. 

And here's my card: 

The closest colors I could come up with in SU were:
Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Marina Mist and Soft Sky

I showcased three of the new stamp sets from Stampin' UP!:
Delicate Details - FREE in Sale A Bration 
Make A Medallion - FREE in Sale A Bration - available for purchase Wednesday Feb. 22nd
Suite Sentiments

Marina Mist card base
Whisper White base to stamp three of the lace stamps from Delicate Details in a repeating pattern using Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette.

To do the Medallion, I stamped just the outside border of the stamp set, then cut it out using the #2 (from the outside) of Stitched Framelits then again with the #2 to remove the center, creating a wreath. I used the #2 cut out to stamp FRIEND from Make A Medallion in Memento Black followed by the touch of Old Olive above and below the word.

Using a glue dot, I adhered the sentiment circle directly to the card mat. Then I used dimensional strips cut into small sections (about 1.5" lengths) to raise up the outer Medallion. 

On the inside I stamped, 'Hoping Your Day Is Perfect' from Suite Sentiments in Marina Mist.


RULES:
There aren't any rules. You may use any company product you like. My only request is if you use a stamp or something special, link to the company so we may add to our stash, too :-D

When linking up anywhere else, use KEYWORD: KellysColorChallenge2 and please link back to this page.Thanks~

Creative Blessings!









Thursday, February 16, 2017

NEEDLE & THREAD THURSDAY - Autumn Rug



I've had this pattern book for years. I'm using the pattern for the rug on the corner. Very simple pattern. Chain the # of stitches to reach the length you want ending in a #2 - Mine is 92 stitches. Then you Slipstitch in 2nd chain from hook, single crochet in the next chain and repeat the pattern Slip/ Sc for the length of the rug using 3 strands at a time and a 'N' hook. When you get to the end of the row, finish off, leaving about 6" for the fringe. Then start over with the next row. ALMOST mindless. I've found you can't get lost in a tv show and forget did you just do a slip stitch or a single crochet. LOL

Here's the trio of colors I'm using:

Hot Orange, Terra Firma and Lime Stripe

The colors don't show up well for the Terra Firma so here's a close up:

And here's the first row and a half:


I'm not sure how many balls this is going to take. I have 3 combined balls this size. I also found that while the balls were each the same size/ weight, they did not have the same amount. I had a lot left of the Hot Orange, about 12" of the Lime Stripe and the Terra Firma came out the shortest.But that's okay. The birds will be looking for nesting material soon so the pieces will provide both warmth and color. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

WOYWW #402 & Christmas Card Throwdown #3


Part of my messy desk this week is the aftermath of making my card for the Christmas Throwdown Challenge - with a head cold. Bob was kind enough to share. Front left corner is a pile of designer series paper I need to identify and some self-inflating Valentine's I want to put into the mail. The paper keeper in the center is full of the Cherry Cobbler cardstock scrap used for the card you can just see next to it... and the close up below.



As you can see, the challenge this week was to showcase 'drinks' on our Christmas card. Here's the one I came up with.


Cherry Cobbler card and mat bases
Cable Knit embossing folder from SU
EB folder used on Pink Pirouette card stock.
The cup is from Echo Park die set - Tea Time
Image stamped on the cup is SU Oh What Fun
Curly Label Punch
Cherry Cobbler Enamel Dots
Eye lash yarn
I don't know the company for the stamp image. I got it in an image swap several years ago.

I hope you'll join us over at Christmas Card Throwdown. This is a great challenge to start knocking your cards out early. 

Also, I have started a color challenge here. The Color Challenge is posted the third Monday of each month. Feel free to grab the button from my sidebar and place on your blog. 

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Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where 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.

Monday, February 13, 2017

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - Altered Rolodex

I first saw these on Pinterest (I know, surprise, right? LOL)  So I started adding them to my ATC BOARD  The concept is basically the same, just a different vehicle.

The first thing that came to mind was I had a Rolodex that Bob bought at the thrift store then decided not to use. Well, after I moved it to various points in my office a gazillion times, I gave it to my sister who'd been wanting a rolodex for work.

Side note- when she took it to work, none of her co-workers knew what a rolodex was. Ahhh, the generation gap rears it's head again.

Okay, back to topic.  Rolodex has taken on an all new persona thanks to the ever-creative Heidi Swapp. She calls it the Memory Dex. You can read about it HERE. I think, initially she planned for the MemoryDex to be a office version of Project Life. But we all know, everyone sees a product differently. Someone in the artist community thought ATC or short pieces of art that could be easily displayed. And they've taken off from there. They've become mini art journals. To see some amazing pieces, check out CraftyPaws, do a Pinterest search for Rolodex art or check out my ATC board linked above. Incidentally, when I did a google search for Rolodex art or mixed media, CraftyPaws came up more frequently. Shade Tree Art has some great examples,, too.

While we were in Springfield a couple of weeks ago, I found a brand knew Rolodex, still in the box for less than $5.


The box came with about 15 cards behind each letter of the alphabet. I'm thinking of using the Alphabet Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers as a jumping off point and create each card to correspond with the letter. I've been away from the board for awhile so I'll need some catch-up time there. So for this week, I'm starting with the letter R and my word for the year, which is RESET. Here's my first MemoryDex journaling card:


I'm hitting the reset button on various aspects of my life this year. One is to take more time for me and the other is to make more time for Creativity and my Spiritual practice. I have become a serious workaholic. 

I used:
Recollections Red Cardstock
Circle Stitched Framelit (Stampin' Up)
Gelatos - Red
Stamps from InkaDinkaDo (Special Thoughts set)
Studio G Alpha Set.
Memento Black ink
Perma Pen Black ink

I've become a fan of grid paper. I used a piece today to help center the word RESET on the stitched circle:


Thanks for your patience today. While you create, I'm off to baby a head cold. 
Creative Blessings!
Kelly


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WOYWW #401



Happy WOYWW, and welcome to Miss Julia's World Wide Travel. Here's my desk this week. I have items laid out from the January Paper Pumpkin kit (Stampin' Up) to make treat bags for my daughter and son-in-law this morning before their box goes in the mail.

The next row back are remnants from yesterday's project as well as the Valentine activity books and self-inflating balloons for my granddaughters. Behind that is my latest organization idea.

I do not have paper keepers for the 6x6 pads like I do for the 8.5x11 and 12x12. So when I'm working from the smaller pad, all the small pieces wind up scattered all over my table in my way. This also makes it easy for pieces I've just die cut to get lost among the mess. While at my favorite thrift store in the city last week, I came across these file folder holders - brand new! and an idea hit.


I cut down manilla file folders to 6x6 and have started using my tab file die to cut the edges. Now when I can keep the full sheets as well as the trimmings up out of my way but easily accessible when I need them.When I'm done, the file folder will easily transfer to the box where I keep my 6x6 pads.

Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where 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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

WOYWW - #400


Hard to believe we have been traveling the globe with Julia for 400 posts! I've not been here the entire time. I thank ShazSilverwolf for bringing me on board. 

I took this picture on Monday morning before we left for three days in the city. I knew I would be late linking up so wanted the post up and running when I got home today.

This is the aftermath of my flurry to finish my 14 Days of Love Valentines for my KellysCreativeStamping Stampin' UP! blog. I MUST get this cleaned up ASAP as I want other projects up on this blog as well as the next series for the Stampin' Up blog

But there you  have it. Real Chaos.

Miss Julia, you asked about my articles so I'm putting a link in the post for you.  I am Marketing Director of a cowboy/ western glossy magazine called Saddlebag Dispatches. I am also a feature writer. My first article, Rex Allen - The Arizona Cowboy is in the current issue - Winter 2016. You can read the magazine on line for Free or subscribe to the beautiful glossy print magazine.


My first article has been nominated for the prestigious SPUR award - excellence in western writing. I won't know until October or November if I'm a finalist or not.

The two articles I was working on (turning in this week) are Travels of The Journey (the story of an 1880 stagecoach used on the Butterfield-Overland mail line in AZ and is still in use today at Silver Dollar City - Branson MO

The other article will be the cover of the Spring 2017 issue - Rex Allen, Jr (still working on a title) I've known Rex for many years and he is retiring from the tour circuit this year with his Sunrise to Sunset tour.  Rex Allen, Jr was the first entertainer to sing on the Great Wall of China.

Entertainment Writing is my day job, Stampin' Up is my side-hustle and everything else is for pure enjoyment. 

Who's Miss Julia and why am I here?  That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where 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.

Friday, January 27, 2017

FRIDAY FREEBIE - Organization


Every time I've needed to organize something in the studio, I've turned to the recycle bin. I initially saved four of these boxes to use in the Project Life organization. I've not started that project yet, not since turning the purchased cart for Project Life into the dog food storage in the kitchen. LOL 

While making cards yesterday, I needed some of my SU enamel dots. I've purchased at least two packages of each color as well as four packages of the ones from Halloween Night (Holiday catalog 2016). The packaging they come in is a bit bulky and I had multiple packages of each color. 

Being the 'flipper' that I am, I decided having them in a file system would work better for me, I could keep them on the work table at the ready and know when I was getting low on a color family so that I could make a note to add them to my next order. 

I do keep most all of my bling/ embellishments in my ScrapRack but my Stampin' Up products are kept separate - mostly on my cart (WM version of a Rascog) or in a 2-drawer open metal drawer system I got at Office Depot. 

This is what I came up with: 


I opened the box completely and laid it flat on a piece of Designer Series Paper and traced around it. Then I cut the shape out, glued the paper to the box then glued the box back together. The tabs were cut from misc. thin chipboard packaging from my stash using the tabs framelit dies (retired SU). I used the labels from the enamel dot packaging to identify each category (and yes, they are in alphabetical order - darned OCD!)

Next I used little price squares from the office supply and coded each acetate sheet of dots.


This was one of the first ones I did. All the subsequent stickers are marked with the first letter of the color family THEN the color name... and they are filed in order they are listed in the catalog (darned OCD again!) This way I don't have to remember the color name. Some of them are very close in tone. 

So there's my organization piece for this week.

How do you store your enamel dots.
Creative Blessings!
~Kelly


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

WOYWW - 399 - MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Christmas Card Throwdown - CCTO2

After tracking the challenges at Christmas Card Throwdown for over two years, I'm finally playing this week.
This week was a Color Challenge. We were to use:
Cream, Aqua, Brown

Well, as you can see, I used white so I'll be remaking this card before I link up at CCT.  (I've retaken the photo and although it still looks white, I did use Recollections Cream) LOL
But I like the way the card came out.
I used Stampin' UP! -  Flurry of Wishes and Big On Christmas (retired)
This particular card used SU- Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise and Chocolate Chip
Using the Triple Stamping Method, I stamped the two white mats then layered with the Tempting Turquoise. Instead of using the snowman face, I masked the image off, leaving a blank space between the N and W. Then popped up a snowflake. I then stamped just the hat from the snowman image and added it to the snowflake with a mini glue dot. 

And This is the aftermath for WOYWW


I use the grid paper pad from SU a lot. I block off A2 card blocks and use those to track matt dimensions, colors, stamps used. The two photo boxes hold stamps.. one is current sets I'm using and the other box holds just the sets from the 2017 Occasions and Sale A Bration catalogs.
A bit of a mess this week but I need to focus on two articles due this weekend.

That's my desk? What's on yours? When you are done visiting me in the Ozarks, please hop on over to Stamping Ground where 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.