Tuesday, February 28, 2017


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


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


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.

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


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!

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!

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.