Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Stone Coaster Gift Class

Thursday, October 21
6:30pm - 10:00pm
Cost - $20

Nothing says you care more than a handmade gift! From October through December, Technique Thursday is now Gift Giving Thursday! Each class will give you easily duplicable gifts that you can give to the special people in your life during this upcoming holiday season...or for any reason!

In October, we will be making Stone Coasters. These coasters were a huge hit in Kelli’s Korner last year and they’re sure to be even better this year! You will have multiple designs to choose from including holiday and everyday. Use a full range of Stampin’ Up! colors to create two sets of 4 coasters that the recipients will love! You will make a gift box and matching gift tag for each set of coasters and use our 1-1/4” Striped Grosgrain Ribbon to tie a beautiful bow, making these coasters ready give!

For your class fee, you will receive all of the materials you’ll need to make two sets of 4 stone coasters, 5 yards of 1-1/4” Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, materials to make two gift boxes plus a template to recreate the boxes with full directions on how to make your own Stone Coasters at home. You can make an extra gift set of coasters for just $7.50 if you order in advance.

RSVP for this class no later than October 13. This is an open class start time. You may come anytime after 6:30pm to start your tiles. Please allow 20 minutes per set of 4 tiles as curing time. Weather permitting, I will spray the tile with a coat of sealant to give them more waterproof durability.

As a class special, all class participants can purchase any of the Stampin’ Up! Craft Ink Spots at 20% off the regular retail price! All orders must be placed and paid for the night of the class.

Prepayment is required for this class. Visit the Special Class Registration page on my blog or contact me via email to send a check

Friday, September 24, 2010

Korner Challenge - Emboss Resisting

Happy Friday!!  Thank goodness, right?  It's been a really busy week in Kelli's Korner. We're having a yard sale at our house on Saturday.  I've dedicated my day and night today to getting ready for the sale.  It's a lot of work but I'm really hoping it will be well worth it.  I'm really looking forward to decluttering my life :)

Today's Korner Challenge is a technique called Emboss Resisting.  I think Emboss Resist is cool because it gets out your Craft inks (or Versamark), lets you get your fingers inky, and makes a beautiful card!  There is a great tutorial on Split Coast Stampers that you can visit for step by step instructions.  The one thing I did differently from the tutorial is that I used More Mustard Craft  ink instead of Versamark because I wanted more color in my design.

This card was another that we made for Korner Kards on Monday.  Since summer is officially over, I was really feeling some fall inspiration.  I love this color combination for fall.  I can't wait until the leaves start to change and really show such these wonderful pictures in nature.  So let's see what you can do with your Emboss Resisting.  Grab some embossing powder and get creative!  I can't wait to see what you create!

Card Recipe
Stamp Sets - Upsy Daisy
Card Stock - More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla
Ink - Bravo Burgundy Classic Ink, Cajun Craze Classic Ink, More Mustard Craft Ink
Accessories - Clear Stampin Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, SNAIL Adhesive

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fast & Fabulous

Last week I was lucky enough to share some fabulous cards by some of my fabulous customers and downline members that they've made by following the Korner Challenge.  Inspiration breeds inspiration!!  One of my Kathy's made a card similar to this one.  I took her card, changed around the colors, and presented this beauty as part of Monday night's Korner Kards class!

The background Designer Series Paper is from the Play Date package.  The pattern is subtle but elegant and honestly, I wouldn't have thought to look in that bright and bold package for a softer background.  So my tip for the day...don't forget to use the "back" of your Designer Series Papers!

Card Recipe
Stamps - Fast & Fabulous Hostess Level 2
Card Stock - So Saffron, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper - Play Date
Stampin Up Classic Ink - So Saffron, Early Espresso
Accessories - Gold Brads, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin Dimensionals

Friday, September 17, 2010

Korner Challenge - Very Cherry Delight

Welcome to the September 17 edition of Kelli's Korner Challenge!  Last week, I had a lot of great participation in my first color challenge.  A lot of you said you definitely prefer sketch challenges because a color challenge is just too hard.  Well, I think that means you need some more practice playing with color!! May be four colors was a little much for your first color challenge.  Sometimes I just get a little excited about these kinds of things :-)  For this week, I'm hoping the color challenge will inspire you without making you crazy...tee hee hee!
Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight anf Very Vanilla is your challenge for today.  I chose to steer away from a card today in preparation for some of my holiday gift classes.  Everybody can use a little gift bag now and again.  This bag, inspired by a project I made at a shoe box swap from my upline, is made with the Big Shot Box #2 die as the base then covered with Love Notes Designer Series Paper.  The little pocket in front holds another little gift, a special book mark adorned with a paper flower. 

Now go forth and conquer today's color challenge!  I can't wait to see what you've made!!

Project Recipe
Stamp Set - Smarty Pants
Classic Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper - Love Notes, Brights Patterns Designer Paper Stack
Accessories - Big Shot, Box #2 Bigz XL Die, Two Tags Bigz Die, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Corner Rounder, Regals Designer Buttons, SNAIL adhesive, Sticky Strip, Linen Thread, 3/8" Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sharing Samples from my Friends!

For some reason, it's been a really long week.  I'm glad we're finally past the hump but there are still a couple long days to go!  I haven't put a stamp to paper since Sunday :(  I feel like I'm really missing out on some serious stress therapy.  I'm definitely stamping tonight to get read for tomorrow's Korner Challenge.  Maybe I'll have to find a few minutes to take a break in my day and stamp a special card for a coworker or something.

Since I've been such a slacker stamper, I'm happy to say that I do have wonderful projects to share with you from my wonderful downline!  Kathy x2 have been playing along with the Korner Challenge and have been generally creative.  I love that they're taking time to play with my little ideas and are turning them into great cards of their own!  I love getting copies of cards that have been CASED or inspired by my work.  It's really one of the best forms of compliment a girl can get! 

Keep up the great work, ladies!!  Keep the inspiration coming!

P.S. - To Kathy x2, you guys have a special gift coming from me! Thanks for letting me share your work on my blog!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Elements of Inspiration

I get inspiration from all over.  One of the things I really appreciate, however, are my swap cards.  I thin it's one thing to see a photo on the internet but to see a card up close and personal really makes a big difference.

I received a swap card from Judy Carpenter of Decatur, IL while I was at the Stampin' Up! convention that I thought was absolutely beautiful.  My share for you today is a remake of that card with some of my own touches.  I think it's simply gorgeous.  Wouldn't that look beautiful in fall colors? Hummm....I may just have to go back to my Korner.

Card Recipe
Stamps - Elements of Style
Ink - Not Quite Navy, So Saffron, Certainly Celery Classic Stampin Pad, Versamark
Card Stock - Whisper White, Not Quite Navy
Accessories - Clear Embossing Powder, Stampin Sponge, Pearl Ahesive Accents, 1" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Stampin Dimensionals

Friday, September 10, 2010

Korner Challenge - Color Fun

Hello, Friday!!  It's a wonderful day here in Downers Grove.  The sun is shining, the birds are chirping (starting VERY early), and there is a crisp morning breeze.  It's going to be a beautiful day!!

Start your Friday off right by joining me in the Korner Challenge!!  Today we have a color adventure!  Working with Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Always Artichoke, and River Rock, I challenge you to create a card, scrapbook page or fun 3-D item.  If you play along, be sure to share a photo with me!

Today I made a new holiday card with this fun color combination.  One of the things my customers have told me time and time again is that they want to see more samples of cards that use just one stamp set to make a background as well as the primary image.  Fair enough!  I love those kinds of cards, too!  I think Snow Swirled is a great set to do just that.  The card background was stamped with one of the three snowflakes included in this set.  The sentiment is part of this great set as well. With the tree and a holiday verse, this stamp set will make a wonderful addition to your holiday collection!

I love to use ribbon on my cards.  I think it goes a long way in adding a touch of class, elegance, or just a little bit of something extra to make your card go from ok to fabulous!  I used three different layers of ribbon on this card today.  The first layer is our Early Espresso Satin Ribbon.  Next, is the 3/8" Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon.  Finally, the top layer is our beautiful Chantilly Crochet Trim  It really draws out the accent colors in the card.  As another fun accent, I added our adhesive pearls to the stars on the tree.  These are such simple and pretty accents to any card.

I hope you'll play along with today's Korner Challenge.  Have fun, be creative, and stamp the day away!!

Card Recipe
Card Stock - River Rock, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Classic Ink - River Rock, Early Espresso
Stampin Write Markers - Always Artichoke, Daffodil Delight
Accessories - 5/8" Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, 3/8" Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, 1/2" Chantilly Crochet Trim, Adhesive Pearls, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Creepy Crawly Stampin' Up! Punch Fun

Spiders are creepy...but not when they make googlie eyes at you!  We're getting punchy today with a bunch of punch loving friends!  You're sure to be treated to a whole cast of fun Halloween punch pals that will make you "ooh" and "aah" all the way to Trick-or-Treat!

This little spider isn't an original design.  This little guy has been around as long as the photo corner punch has been in the catalog but I couldn't pass up an opportunity to share him for this fun blog hop.  I was inspired to make him primarily because of the so cool new new Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the Big Shot that you'll find in the current Holiday Mini Catalog.  What goes better with a web than a smiling, googlie eyed spider?? 

All of the supplies used to create this card are from Stampin' Up! {Well, except the google eyes.} The spider was made with the Scallop Circle Punch (head), Photo Corner Punch (legs) and a little piece of the 1/2" Circle Punch (mouth).  The spider web was embossed on a piece of Basic Gray card stock then I went over the embossed parts of the web with some Frost White Shimmer Paint for a beautifully webby shimmer.  Basic Black Satin Ribbon, a Word Window/Modern Label sentiment with Basic Black brads finish off this cute little Halloween Treat.

Ready for some more punch inspiration?  Check out my punch loving cohorts below!!  If you're following along in order, you can go visit Jennifer's Northwest Stamper Blog here.  Happy {{Punching}}!!

Paper Punch Addiction
Blinkin' Thinkin' & Inkin'
It’s A Stamp Thing
Kelli’s Korner {You are HERE!}
Northwest Stamper
Ink Paper Stamps
Gwen’s Paper Expressions
Stamping My Life Away
Gettin’ Crafty
Krafty Kate’s Kupboard
Brenda’s Stamping Corner
Bonnie’s Creative Place
Craft Chaos
Stampin' With Heather

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Feel Better Soon - Tea Bag Holder

Happy Monday!  Oh wait, it's Tuesday, isn't it?  Holiday weekends always get my week all goofed up.  I'm sure it will all be back to normal by Friday!!  The weekend was really very creatively productive.  I got a lot of stamping and creating in as well as some unfun house "stuff".  The weather was gorgeous.  We got to have a fabulous barbeque at my parents house yesterday.  I LOVE my dad's ribs.  They're so tasty!  All in all, it was a nice weekend all the way around!

My share for you this morning is this little tea bag holder, template courtesy of the Stampin Addicts 3-D Challenge.  You can check out the challenge and project instructions here. I  know when I'm not feeling well, a cup of hot tea is often just what the doctor ordered.  I think this little card would make anyone smile, especially when they need a nice pick me up.

Now I'll be honest.  The sick dog from Wellness Wishes has never been one of my favorite stamps.  It's kinda creepy.  This is the second project I've stamped with him in as many days, however.  I might actually be falling for him!  I guess if you think about it, when was the last time you looked like a supermodel when you weren't feeling well? This poor little guy is ill and looking pretty pathetic, just like I know I do when I'm feeling less than perfect.  Ok, I know it's a stretch, but I'm going with it because it works great for this project! 

That's all for today, folks.  I'm off to make myself a nice cup of coffee and get going with my Tuesday that feels like Monday!  Happy Stamping!!

Project Recipe
Stamps - Wellness Wishes, Word Play
Ink - Black Stazon, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Sahara Sand
Card Stock - Sahara Sand, Pacific Point, Cajun Craze, Marina Mist, Naturals White
Accessories - Scalloped Lace Border Punch, Tag Corner Punch, Marina Mist 1/8" Ribbon, Cajun Craze Stampin Write Marker, Blender Pen, Big Shot, Texturez Plates, Sticky Strip, SNAIL Adhesive, Tea Bag

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Super Set Sunday - All Occasions Gift Set

It's time, once again, to plan for Super Set Sunday!  Held on the last Sunday of each month, Super Set Sunday is a fun afternoon of stamping!  On September 26 at Noon, I'm continuing on with the exploration of our color families, this time with the Regals collection.

This Super Set will get you ready for any card giving occasion. Happy Birthday, Thinking of You, Get Well, Thank You and blank all occasion cards fill this really cool "buckle box".  You will make 10 cards, two each of five different designs, all featuring the Regals colors. All participants will also receive written instructions for the buckle box so you can make them over and over. This set would also make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves to send handmade cards.

The cost for this class is $20 or with your merchandise order of $30, your class is FREE!  Korner Klub members take $5 off of the class fee or order minimum.  Make a full second set for just $12 or a $15 merchandise order.

Please RSVP for this class no later than September 19.  Happy Stamping!!

Simply Lovely

The weather is very fall like in these parts.  Yesterday I was out with my older son all day and I had to wear a sweater to keep from shivering.  Of course, once he got behind the wheel to get some driving practice in, I had to take my sweater off because I was sweating bullets!  No worse for the wear am I but on our ride, I definitely saw signs of things to come.  Leaves starting to change, a couple falling here and there.  Summer is definitely over, folks.  There are only 111 days left until Christmas!!

I have a special event coming up.  I don't want to spoil any surprises so I won't tell you exactly which event but it's one I host every 3 months and sounds like "dingo".  For my make-n-take, I wanted to showcase a fun project tha would make a lovely gift for a special neighbor, coworker or maybe a teacher.  We made a card folder similar to this at the preconvention events that I attended this year.   Really simple to make and, I think, a wonderful gift to receive.

I pulled out Lovely as a Tree.  I haven't stamped with that set in a while.  I honestly forgot how much I love it!  It's been sitting quietly in a drawer while I've been playing with all of my new sets.  I'm ever so glad I found it!  I think this set makes wonderful chalked images, which is exactly what I've done to all of the tree images.  Stamp in Versamark, daub with chalk.  I love the way the colors of a stamped image blend so nicely together.  For the card, I pulled out Define Your Life to show how wonderful "simple" cards can be.  On the others I made, I stamped a variety of sentiments from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

For all of you who are coming to that special event that sounds like "dingo", you'll get full instructions on how to make this cool folder and will make your own to take home.  Anyone who wants to come a little early to start their stamping is more than welcome to do so.

I'm off to create this month's Super Set Sunday class.  I've got about 10 hours before my pulled pork is ready for dinner and I think stamping away my day is a perfect way to pass the time.  Happy Stamping!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Korner Challenge - Fall Fun

Happy Friday, everybody!  I have had a pretty long and often challenging week.  I'm so glad I get to break away from my "real job" for three whole days and not worry about anything but family, fun, and stamping for the long weekend!!

I'm glad you've stopped by for my Friday Korner Challenge.  Today, we have another sketch challenge. I certainly hope you'll play along, especially all of my Korner Krazy Stampers and Kelli's Korner Kustomers! Don't sit on all of those wonderful supplies!  Use them!!

I issued a challenge to you in August to follow me with my sketches.  So many of you participated.  I was thrilled with the response to the fun sketch adventure!  As promised, I've drawn one winner from everyone who participated.  And the winner is...Kathy S.!! Congrats, Kathy!  You can thank the youngest child of mine later.  He pulled your number :)  You've won a stash grab.  Kathy participated in every sketch last month and got a total of 4 entries in the drawing.  Way to go lady!!

My card today uses the new Paisley Prints stamp set and matching wheel from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  Since we're looking a a high of 70 today, I was feeling a little fallish.  I love the Regals color collection.  It just screams Fall!  I couldn't quite decide which buttons I wanted to use so I made two cards.  One with the Garden Green buttons and one with the Cajun Craze buttons.  Do you have a favorite?  I can't decide which one I like best.

Go grab some supplies and start stamping!  I'd love to see what you've made so feel free to email me your creations and I'll happily share them on my blog!!  Happy Stamping!!

Card Recipe
Stamp Sets - Paisley Prints
Card Stock - Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Classic Ink - Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Always Artichoke
Accessories - Paisley Party Wheel, Regals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin Dimensionals

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Taking steps to Christmas

As of today, September 2, there are only 114 days until Christmas!!  It's hard to believe that Christmas will be here before I'm ready for it.  Time really has been flying by too fast!

This morning I wanted to start working on my Extreme Christmas Cards class.  I've been playing with the Side Stair Step card and thought a tree and matching ornaments would be a great way to showcase this extreme card.

The tree is from Snow Swirled, a favorite from the Idea Book & Catalog.  The ornaments are from the new Holiday Mini set, Tags Til Christmas.  I can't wait to "teach" this extreme card!!

Save the date!!  Extreme Christmas Cards is coming to Kelli's Korner on Monday, November 1 at 7:00pm!!

Card Recipe

Card Stock - Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Classic Ink - Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight
Stamp Sets - Snow Swirled, Tags Til Christmas, Many Merry Messages
Accessories - Adhesive Rhinestones, Ornament Punch

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Korner Kards will be Wicked Cool!

The third Monday of every month in Kelli's Korner is our awesome Korner Kards event!  Make 5 great sample cards that you can create over and over again in your personal card making.  This event is $8 or FREE with a purchase of $15.  September's event will feature some fun Halloween cards!  This one I'm showing you today is Wicked Cool, huh?

This card is an adaptation of a card shown at convention this year.  It really serves multiple purposes.  First and foremost, it's one of our Korner Kards!  But next, it helps answer a question that was posed to me by one of my customers.  How do you incorporate Designer Series Paper into your holiday cards without having to buy a pack of holiday DSP?  My answer...Patterns Designer Series Paper!  There is a stack for each color family.  You get four 12x12 sheets of each color for just $19.95. It's a great deal and this paper is truly very versatile.  You'll see on this card, I used a strip of Pumpkin Pie striped DSP on the belly band of the card to give a little extra flair to what would be a pretty simple card.  Grab yourself a pack of Patterns DSP and add a little quick flair to your or otherwise!

You'll see underneath the cute little belly band when you make this cute card during Korner Kards.  I don't want to spoil all the surprises!  Have yourself a Wicked Cool day!!

Card Recipe
Card Stock - Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Designer Paper - Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper
Classic Ink - Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Sahara Sand
Accessories - Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals, Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Old Olive Stampin Write Marker, Pumpkin Pie Stampin Write Marker