Saturday, September 3, 2022


 Good morning, crafty friends!

A quick heads up - after tomorrow's post I'm going to take a couple of weeks off to try and finish the studio and spend time with family before Holiday activities are upon us. 

I have a non-scrapbooking project that was inspired by THIS December Daily project from Jan Hobbins that I linked you to on Wednesday.

This was supposed to be for a Graphic 45 challenge but as I went to upload pictures yesterday I realized this was supposed to be an ALBUM. While mine is inspired by Jan's December Daily 'album' this didn't qualify. However, in the end I have something I love and am proud of. That's what's truly important, right?

Here's my finished box:

Close-ups of a couple of the contents:

File Tab

File Tab with file folder

front & back of file folder

I'm not going to leave a product list or dimensions. Everything is in the video below:

Tomorrow, I'll be back with a HUGE Hobby Lobby haul. You won't believe how much I SAVED!

Creative Blessings

~ Kelly

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

WOYWW #691

 Good morning, friends.

Before I forget (because I have short term memory as I age, apparently) Someone was dong a flip book last week and I promised to post a link to a YouTube video by Natasha at Treasure Books. This is her tutorial I've followed:

I had also said I'd post something for someone else but didn't write it down so if that was you, please remind me and I'll get it put in next week, I promise. I'll write it down this time lol.

The desk is a bit of a mess this morning... well two desks actually. They're both part of the same work table, just different sections.

The first (main) part of the worktable you're used to seeing:

I've set the bee journals aside til tomorrow. Today is all about working on the G45 challenge. I spent some time last night unpacking a laundry basket full of stuff I've ordered from SpectrumArtCreations over the past few months. Part of which was this family album and the Stamperia molds there in the center.  I also unearthed a clam shell box of my black bling just in case I need that for the G45 project.

I was inspired by THIS post from Tim Holtz maker Jan Hobbins. She made a December Daily vignette box tray. I want to do one for a Spell A Day vignette. 


This is the ironing board platform on the end of my worktable. The photo box and the pile in front of it is what I might use in the G45 project... all Halloween related and various dies to go with their CHARMED collection.

Everything to the left on the actual platform and behind the box is the rest of what I unpacked out of the basket. Mostly paper pad collections and ephemera bits. I'll file those papers away today before I get started.

That's it for my desk (and story) 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, August 30, 2022

HAUL TIME - Tim Holtz + G45 Project

 Good morning, everyone!

I'm deep in cleaning mode today and finishing the bee journals - finally! Will have them to show on Friday.

In the mean time, here's my latest haul video. All about Timmy! I usually order his new Halloween stuff and this year is no exception. The only difference is instead of ordering through Simon Says, I caught an excellent 40% off Sale at JoAnn's plus $2.99 flat rate shipping! Whooo Hooo! JoAnn stores are the only brick n mortar to carry his line this year.

I have more coming as I've put in an order through Spectrum Art Creations during a LIVE sale. They'll have more on Saturday - yay!!! There's still a couple of things I'm missing.  PLUS I think I'll find some at the 75% off sale at Hobby Lobby this week. I have a good idea from one of the managers when to expect the mark down. Their truck just got there yesterday and they are short staffed. So there will be a second Timmy haul video in the future.

In the mean time, here's where I'm at so far:

I also have a Graphic 45 challenge that I want to enter. I'm pushing for end of day on Thursday. I got the idea from Jan Hobbins' December Daily box. She is one of Tim's makers and I just love the idea of a vignette box with the file tabs for each day.  You can see her game plan HERE.  I want to do one using the Graphic 45 CHARMED collection. 

I'll be back on Friday to show off the bee journal as well as what will be going into my shop then I'm taking a couple of weeks off. We have company coming plus I'm thinking of a short get away before Bob goes back to work. 

Creative Blessings


Monday, August 29, 2022

MAKE IT MAIL IT MONDAY - August Paper Pumpkin

Good morning, everyone!

I finally made time to pop open a current paper pumpkin and so glad I did. Aside from the florals and bee theme, they included free honeycomb foil laser cuts I can add to the bee journals!  Journals, which I intend to finish this week!

Here's a shot of the instruction sheet:

This kit will make nine cards and the envelopes are GORGEOUS! Everything has the 'look' of having been created on watercolor paper. If you missed out on this kit, I'm so sorry for you. If the items come up on a kit in the future, I'll be sure to let you know because I'll probably be buying a refill for myself.

I made one of each of the three cards. 

For the first one, the flowers to the left as well as the sunflower and the sentiment strip are all raised on dimensionals. So are the bees. They gave us the sunflower base as a die cut. All I had to do was use the stamp set to stamp the sunflower, the center and the sentiment:

Card number two was the simplest of the three. The only stamping required was for the sentiment. Everything was just die cut and layered with dimensionals and glue dots!

I loved this. The honeycomb and the florals are all one piece. just adhere with four glue dots to the card base. The bees and the sentiment mat were attached with dimensionals. I just had to stamp on the sentiment mat then adhere.

Seriously, if you want quick cards or projects, Paper Pumpkin is the way to go! With the exception of the stamps and inks (included) you don't have any leftovers unless you want to go out on your own journey and do your own thing.  So you are not adding a lot of bulk to your already bulging craft supplies.

The stamp sets are created exclusively for Paper Pumpkin.

I think the September kit will have something to do with Halloween Treat containers of some sort. Remember, you must subscribe before September 10th to get in on the mailing.
Demonstrators don't even know what the kit will actually contain. We are surprised when we get our box just like you are! Once you subscribe, the kit usually arrives around the 21st of the month.  Please use the link below to subscribe and join the fun with me!

I have my Make It Mail It video up. You can watch in real time how I put the three cards together:

I'll be back tomorrow with a short Tim Holtz haul video and talk about the next project I'll be working on - that is due FRIDAY!

Creative Blessings!
~ Kelly


Wednesday, August 24, 2022

WOYWW #690

 Good morning, friends!

Where was everyone last week? Just busy, I hope. Let's get back to crafting!

Can you believe that we've been together (well, not everyone every week, but still...) for over 13 years!!!

My goodness, that's a lot of blogs, a lot of friends and a whoppin' amount of inspiration and creativity!

So what's on my desk this morning....

I'm getting closer to completing the bee journals. I finally got the new sewing machine out yesterday, figured out how easy it is to thread and the needle went through the two layers of manilla envelope, two layers of fabric easily.   That's my signature to the right of the cover. The cover is surrounded my this and that and elements of construction - except for the playing cards. They're left over from the mixed media ATC class. I just haven't gotten down on my kneeling bench to put them away. 

This week on the organization front, I'm talking about GLUE. I've had several questions about not only the glues that I use on a regular basis but how some of them work compared to others. I hope there's information in the video that helps you. Also, please share your favorite glue in the comments below.

Here's another tidbit for you before I go.
If you haven't already, I hope you'll subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Friday at 11 a.m. EST I'll be having my weekly premiere - but this one is SPECIAL!
I'll be unveiling the FIVE give away packs in honor of my 500 subscribers. I'm working on something now that I might even be able to offer something to NATIONAL Subscribers. Cross your fingers I can make that happen. 

In the mean time...

That's it for my desk (and story) 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, August 23, 2022


 Good morning, friends!

I'm actually on time with this month's Card Chicks envelope. 

First, the contents:

Terry was our hostess for this month. As you can see, she sent a unique item. Something I'd never seen before - 'tin pin' embellishments. They are basically known as 'flair' in the scrapbooking world. You'll find them on Darcie's website by clicking HERE. Terry also included papers from the Darcie line. If you go to the main Honey Bee page  then scroll down, you'll see individual items I used listed.

Terry suggested if we were going to use the Tin Pins to color the entire image first, then place the flair in place to prevent white edges showing from beneath. I think this close up will show you what she means.

As you'll see in the cards below, some flair cover better than others so having that stamped image colored before adding the flair is important for a clean look.

Technically we aren't to use any other materials except what's in the kit and our card bases. I did bring in more of the basic black and Bumble Bee to let the images pop off the pattern a bit more.

Card #1 -

I used the smallest dual hexagon from Stampin' Up! Beautiful Shapes dies to punch from the patterned paper. I glued those to Basic Black cardstock then trimmed 1/8" around all sides to create the mat.

I used the second - largest hexagon in the set to cut out the image then did the same as the small ones but matting with Bumble Bee cardstock.

Card #2 - 

I used the layering circles dies from Stampin' Up! to cut out the bee image and mat. The sentiment was cut out using the postage stamp style die from Stampin' Up! Rectangle Stitched Framelits then matted with a die from the Stampin' UP! Stitched So Sweetly set.

Card #3 - 

I didn't place the flair in place on this one before I took the picture so you could see what the image looks like underneath before placing the tin pin in place.

I used the largest hexagon fie in the Beautiful Shapes set to cut out the image and my Fiskars hexagon punch for the sentiment. 

All of the images were colored with Stampin' Blends in varying shades. Daffodil Delight, Pale Papaya, Basic Black (Lt & Dk) as well as Stampin' Write marker Real Red. I used a gold Recollections metallic pen for the crown and added bling from the kit in the center of the crowns.  Wings were colored with Wink of Stella.

I'll be back tomorrow with WOYWW. Hopefully, there will be a change in the worktable. Cross your fingers. LOL

Creative Blessings!


Monday, August 22, 2022


 Good morning, everyone!

I took time to play last night so this post AND the coordinating video would go up on time. 

As I sat thinking about what card to make for today I realized I wanted a card to go with each of the bee journal packages going in the mail later this week. 

As I was pulled items I knew I wanted to use for the card, this sketch was in the front of my sketch file box. I could almost hear it say 'pick me - pick me!'  So I did. LOL

I don't know where the sketch originated. Please ignore the grid lines in the back. LOL That was from the sketch.

Here is the card:

I used Basic Black for the card base and cut the woodgrain mat from a piece of the Heart & Home Designer Series Paper I've been using for the journal.

The mat is cut to 4" x 5-1/4"

I used the Layering Circles die set from Stampin' Up! The larger circle was cut from Bumble Bee cardstock using the 2" circle. The other 4 circles were cut from scraps of the Heart & Home DSP using the 1-1/4" circle

I used the Message Dies (Retired SU) to cut the sentiment. You can see how that was done in the video. Easy enough to modify if you don't have that die. 

You can use any small sentiment. I used the 'hello' from the August Paper Pumpkin kit, It's what I had handy. 

The brad is from the Eyelet Outlet (available) but I purchased mine from Spectrum Art Creations. (out of stock)

Stay tuned because I'll be using this same layout for Halloween & for Christmas in the coming weeks.

Here's the video:

Creative Blessings