Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Frugal February

It’s amazing how time flies, isn’t it…or maybe how it seems to stand still?  I guess you really don’t know which it’s doing until it’s already done.  I really think the only reason I realized it was the last day of the month is because I had a calendar reminder go off this morning telling me it was time to send in my time report at work.  New Year’s Day and my mama’s black eyed peas seem like they made their last appearance eons ago but my baby, who will turn 14 in less than two weeks, was just born yesterday.  The passing of time shall remain a constant mystery in my mind until, well, probably the end of my time.
Interesting but rather irrelevant, Kel.  I know, I know.  Get to the point.  The reason time is on my mind is that it IS the end of the month making tomorrow the first day of Frugal February. {{I can already hear my children in my mind…The first day of WHAT??}}  As I’ve been going through my financial data preparing to file my taxes, I’ve come to realize just how much “waste” is going on in my budget.  So, in an effort to help myself, my family, and my savings account, I’m putting myself on a Frugal February plan. 
So what is this Frugal February plan?  First of all, this whole plan is what is “frugal” for me.  Frugal for someone else may be entirely different.  For instance, one of my commitments is that I will only order food from an outside establishment 4 times during the month.  Yes, I understand there are people in the world who wish they could eat out even once a month. I get that. The point, however, is to learn to live with a little less convenience that we’re used to, not replacing time with money. Eat the leftovers and don’t waste the broccoli stalks.  Use “scraps” for the scrapbooks.  Start thinking about that rainy day before getting lost in the middle of a thunder storm without an umbrella.  If you can read this and say, “Well, duh.  That’s easy and I’ve lived that way my whole life.”  Good for you.  Personally, I think this is going to be a challenge not just for me, but for everyone in my household. 
Coming out of this big adventure, I want to do a little more than just save some cash.  I want to develop better time management skills.  I want to build more pages in my cookbook by getting back into my kitchen.  I want to declutter and get rid of things I don’t need, don’t use, or that don’t add value to my life.  I want to teach my kids something that will stick with them into adulthood, whether we make it successfully through this whole plan or not.  I hope to be a little bit of a different person on February 29.  They say you can do anything for a month.  I can do this…I’m making up my own rules, for heaven’s sake!  I will succeed.  I will learn a bit of personal frugality {{is that even a word?}} and I might even redefine what that means at the end of the month.  But no matter what happens, I need to get started to hit the end goal.  I need to finish my commitment list first and foremost.  I probably won’t share it all but I’ll share little by little as the month goes by.  It’s a personal journey but I’m happy to drag you along for my ride.  Maybe I won’t even have to go it alone.  If the urge to buy a new pair of shoes I don’t need hits me so hard I start to shake or my lack of preparation plops a frozen piece of chicken onto the dinner plate, you’ll hear about it. It’s time to make this happen.  Ready? Set? GO!!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

It's amazing what a little ink can do

Today was a great day.  I spent all day with some great stampin friends at our Punch Me Out, Valentine class. It was really a great time and well worth the time it took to punch ALL those little pieces, right girls?? I just love punch art and best of all...we're all ready for Valentines' Day now!  YEAH

I didn't really have an opportunity to make any fun punch creatures during the class. So this evening, while I was hanging out with my puppies relaxing to some Food Network, I decided to whip up a few little froggies.  After I finished the sample, it occurred to me that I should share the before and after because WOW...what a big difference a little bit of ink makes!

So first of all, this frog is super simple.  The punches I used were the wide oval (body), large oval (legs, head, belly), 3/4"circle (eye), 1/2" circle (eye), Punch Pack circle (eye), and one of the flowers from Boho Blossoms (feet).  The colors I used are Lucky Limeaid and Always Artichoke for the belly but I really think this little fella would look cute in just about any color.

But really check out the difference between the sample and the final product.  Holy wow!  What made all the difference with the finished product was a little bit of ink.  I used a sponge to add color around the edges of all the punches.  This really makes the individual pieces stand out.  Add a little smile and a sparkle to his eyes and voila!  Done.  You can hardly tell this is the same frog!

I know I often find myself pressed for time and I don't always take the time to add simple details.  But here, you can really see the difference some inked edges make.  So go ahead, add a little ink to your edges!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I {{Heart}} You

I just wrapped up another fun Korner Klub meeting.  I really look forward to these days.  I love stamping with friends, new and old.  It just seems to wash all the cares of my crazy day away when I spend a couple hours with some of my favorite stampin' friends :)

Aside from getting a selection of fabulous Stampin' Up! merchandise, one of the benefits of coming to Korner Klub is that we make two quick and easy projects that are easy to duplicate and fun to create.  Tonight, we used the new Hearts Framelets Dies in the Occasions mini catalog along with some Twitterpatted Designer Fabric to create a sweet little magnet.

Project tip - when working with Designer Frabric on a paper crafted project, I've personally found that backing the fabric with a piece of cardstock allows me to treat the fabric piece a lot like a really thick sheet of DSP.  Our Big Shot Multi Purpose Adhesive sheets work GREAT for this.  Simply cover a piece of cardstock with the adhesive sheet first then place it on the back side of the fabric.  Trim off the excess and go to town.  You can run it through your Big Shot dies without any worry.

Materials used for this project - Unless otherwise noted, all materials are Stampin' Up!

Cardstock - Ridinghood Red, Confetti White, Whisper White
Fabric - Twitterpatted Designer Fabric
Accessories - Big Shot Heart Framelet Dies, Fun Flowers Bigz Large Die, Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, Stampin Dimensionals, Flower Designer Brads, Magnet (not SU)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sale-A-Bration starts today!!

My favorite time of the year is here!  Sale-A-Bration starts today!!

As customer, earn a free Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 you spend.  Shop Now.

As a hostess, earn an awesome tote for a $150 workshop and a whole bundle of goodies when your workshop reaches $400.  Email Me to schedule your personal workshop or private class.

As a new demonstrator, get the starter kit (regular or digital) for just $125 and a free pack of Designer Series Paper or digital download every month for the rest of the year!  Join the fun now!

It really doesn't get any better than this!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Scramp Klub 2012

Scramp Klub 2012
We’re stamping in our scrapbooks
Beginning February 2012

Love to stamp and create gorgeous cards?  Are you a scrapbooker wanting to expand your collection? New to scrapbooking but ready to learn? No matter where you are in your card making or memory keeping journey, you’ll love this new Kelli’s Korner Klub!  “Scramping” is the art of stamping in a scrapbook, converting card layouts to scrapbook layouts, creating your own stamped backgrounds, and bringing a new element to your stamping hobby!

Each month, we will use a themed stamp set to create a gorgeous card that we will convert to two 12” x 12” page layouts. We will follow up with an optional crop so you can add your own photos or work on additional layouts using the stamp set of the month and my collection of stamps, inks and punches.

The cost of this klub is $35 each month.  Each month you will receive the stamp set of the month (clear mount) and a kit to make the monthly layout (minimum merchandise value of $25).  If you sign up for a 6 month subscription, you will receive an additional $25 in Stampin’ Up! merchandise of your choice during your 6 month subscription.  **Note - If you already own the stamp set of the month, you may choose an alternative stamp set of the same price but you must bring your stamp set of the month to the klub meeting.

This klub will meet alternately between the third Friday (6:00pm) or third Sunday (1:00pm) of each month. (i.e. Friday 2/17, Sunday 3/18, Friday 4/20, Sunday 5/20, etc.)

Registrations for Scramp Klub are due 2 weeks prior to the scheduled meeting.  You can join month by month or register for a 6 month subscription at any time.

Current registrations are for February 16 and are due no later than February 2.  The Stamp Set of the Month is Flower Fest .

Monthly Registration - http://www.meetup.com/kellistamps4u
6 Month Subscription - http://kellistamps.blogspot.com/p/scramp-klub-2012.html

This is a BYOA (Bring Your Own Adhesive).  It is also recommended you bring your clear mount blocks.  If you plan to stay for the optional crop, be sure to bring your photographs and paper supplies for any other layouts you care to put together.

I'm looking forward to adding this awesome crop day to our list of Kelli's Korner Klasses and Klubs!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A new wall hangin

Would you look at this thing??  You have no clue how completely in love I am with my recent burst of creativity.  I've been working on updating some of the decor in my living room.  I've put up some of Stampin' Up!'s fabulous Decor Elements in a couple strategic places but until today, I haven't had a single handmade item up as part of my decor...until today!

I can't say this is a 100% original idea.  I've seen similar projects in magazines and all over the internet.  What I did was use my favorite Stampin' Up! supplies to create my very own decorative handmade masterpiece.

So here's the scoop on how I did it.  First, I punched a whole bunch of Small Hearts out of the First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper and just one out of some Cherry Cobbler Prints Designer Series Paper.  I layed a piece of vellum paper over top of a grid sheet and strategically placed the hearts onto the vellum using a half of a Stampin' Dimensional behind each one to give it some pop and character.  Before inserting the vellum sheet into the frame, I added a sheet of card stock behind the vellum.  I wanted a little more pop of color.  The vellum over top of the card stock really did the trick.

And I liked it so much, I whipped up one whith a bit more color.  This one will hang in either my stamp room or my office.  If I can't decide, I may just make another one :)

Get creative!  Make something special that you can display everyday.  It doesn't have to be super fancy, just super special to you!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Fresh Vintage Joy

Ever have one of those days where you get that random creative inspiration but then...nothing.  I sat in my craft room tonight for well over 3 hours stamp stamp stamping, paste paste pasting, rip rip ripping apart.  I was struggling to get "it" out on paper today.  I wasn't feeling the colors, I wasn't feeling the stamps. I just wasn't feeling a whole lot of anything.  And then...

I went up to the Cloud and pulled down some Adele.  Man, that woman has some serious pipes!  Just so soulful, emotional, and apparently rather inspirational.  I grabbed an upcoming Sale-A-Bration set called Fresh Vintage and went to town on a Joy Fold card.  The colors in this card are Lucky Limeaide, Pool Party and Soft Suede.  Soothing, no?  Finally, a card that makes me happy.  Took long enough! Sheesh!

So ultimately, this is a bit of a sneak peek of Saturday's Thank You Uniquely class. Not only is it a Joy Fold, it's also a bit of a One Sheet Wonder. Oh, I also was able to incorporate Stampin' Up!'s new Large Pearls that made their debut in the 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog. So take that Lack-of-Inspiration Gremlin!  I have tunes :-)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Let it snow already!!

It was 60 degrees in Chicago yesterday on the 6th of January.  Seriously? Don't get me wrong.  If this is the worst of the winter, I'm all for it.  But being that I've lived here most of my life, I know darn good and well, we're going to get smacked...hard.  I just really just wish Mother Nature would just get on with it.  So in the meantime, I use Stampin' Up! to help will on the snow and real winter weather.

Shaker Frames (124155) were introduced in the 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog.  I love them.  I think they're pretty nifty.  They are double sided foam adheisve circles that allow you to make neat little shakers like the one pictured on the right.  Cover with a window sheet and fill with your favorite shakey stuff - glittler, beads, buttons.  The sky is the limit!  I wonder if I just sit here and shake this little snow globe enough the sky might actually open up and blanket my yard with a layer of white??

Stamps - Sweet Snowglobe (120868)
Card Stock - Whisper White, Marina Mist
Ink - Versa Mark, Marina Mist Classic Ink
Accessories - Shaker Frames, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, Window Sheet, Mica Flakes (Retired), Big Shot, Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Roses are Red...

I am in love with the paper roses I've been making for quite some time out of the Stampin' Up! ornament punch.  I've updated my original tutorial published on my old blog and wanted to share it again here.  These flowers are so quick and easy.  I enjoy making these while watching a little TV.  It's three dimensional punch art.  I totally love it!!

Go ahead and click on the link below to download the instructions.  When you make your paper roses, send me a photo to share on my blog.  You might also get a little surprise from me :)

Ornament Punch Rose

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Valentine Punch Art Anybody?

Anyone who has stamped with me for any length of time knows there are two holidays I just don't stamp for...Halloween and Valentines' Day.  I have nothing against Halloween. It's one of my favorites, actually. I think my issue is that by the time October rolls around, I'm so entrenched in Christmas there's just not time for ghosts and pumpkins.  Valentines' Day is another issue entirely.  I'm a lot like Cupid's Scrooge.  "Bah Humbug," I say to hearts and love and all that nonsense.  Shouldn't we be celebrating the people we love all through the year instead of on one miserable day when you can't find a seat in the movies and the only restaurant with an available seat is the run down little neighborhood shack with questionable sanitation practices?  Come on, folks! You can find heart shaped boxes of chocolate and roses by the dozen in April, August, and November, too!  However...

It's the New Year and I've decided to branch out and try something new...conformity!  Yes, it's happening.  I'm stamping for Valentines' Day this year!!  Full disclosure, I'm stamping for V-Day with an ulterior motive.  In several of my classes and clubs lately, we've talked about getting a new punch art class on the calendar.  So, I combine conformity and customer interest to give you Punch Me Out, Valentine!

Punch Me Out, Valentine will teach you how to make 6 adorable punch art "creatures" all from current Stampin' Up! punches, dies and colors.  Each punch creation will be used to create a unique project with a Valentines' Day theme.  No, the world hasn't stopped spinning. It's really happening!

Sunday, January 29
Starting promptly at Noon
Plan to spend 4 hours in this class
Cost - $20 for Korner Klub Members (hostess or fully paid technique klubs), $24 for all others
Please bring - Liquid glue (Tombo Mono Multi Adhesive recommended), Paper Snips, and rested hands!
RSVP no later than January 24
Register on my Meetup page here --> http://www.meetup.com/kellistamps4u/events/46538762/
  or by sending me an email

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year Faux Tile

Happy New Year, folks!  I hope everyone had a safe and festive ringing in of 2012.  I spent the evening with some great friends and had a truly remarkable time.  As the first day of 2012 winds to a close, I wanted to share a remarkable card that I'll be demonstrating tomorrow during my Technique Notebook 3 class.  This card is made using a technique called Faux Tile.  It's a great techniqe that I've used often to create some fabulous cards.

My Technique Notebook classes run in three month groups.  We learn 4 new techniques each month and at the end of the session, we've got a fabulous notebook we can use as reference for the 12 great techniques we've learned.  We are currently right in the middle of the third technique notebook. Tomorrow is our next class and we'll be learning 4 awesome background techniques, Faux Tile being one of them. Technique Notebook 4 starts in March.

Off to bed with me.  Enjoy a little inspiration today and always.  New year.  New learnings. New adventures!