Friday, December 30, 2011

Saturday Sketch Challenge 235

Good Evening Friends!

Tonight I have a VERY clean and simple card for you. It's following the new sketch challenge over on stamping 411 tonight.

I have been BUGGING to ink up this cute bunny set for Easter for weeks, and finally I just did it! I water colored the image with markers. For the bunny's dress, I started with the wisteria wonder (lighter color marker) then added some concord crush to the bottom and left hand side and slowly blended it upward. I also used an aqua painter and picked up some soft sky, and added some color behind the bunny and for the ground. I did color one of the eggs pink.. I can see that I'm going to be quickly addicted to this set and doing some more cards soon. I love the cute bunnies! I remember being really excited when I got this set Everybunny in July, but then didnt make any cards with it because Easter was over. Super cute!!

Base: wisteria 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored and folded in half at 4 1/4:
Layer 2: whisper white 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Layer 3: 5 1/4" x 4" wisteria wonder
layers 4 and 5 are both cut from the new framelet dies. I cut the same size in both the white and soft sky. then I cut the soft sky layer in half. Then I reattached it to the bottom of the white layer,pulling both halves apart to have an added layer without layering all the way around the image. :D

I used the 5/8" organza ribbon in whisper white. It's so springy and has a certain sheen to it that just makes me happy. The white button comes from the neutrals button collection, and I made the faux bow by tying the whole thing up with the new soft sky bakers twine.. So pretty!

Something new: I have been curling the end of my bakers twine with the back of my scissors and it adds a little curl.

The embossing folder is "framed tulips" which just sort of fits the sketch and the holiday I made the card for! :D Well, that's all for tonight. Happy New Year!

Rubbah hugs,
Selene Kempton
Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tea Shoppe Birthday Card for my Mom

Good Afternoon Friends!

I was over on split coast and was getting ready to play along with Roxie's awesome sketch challenge when I read a message that after 6 years of service and sketches, she's stepping back due to migraines. :( I love sketch challenges and love seeing what Rox has for us each week and will miss her terribly.

I also looked at the ways to use it page over there for Thursday challenge, and it was to use beads. I wanted to try using beads to make the steam for my tea cups.

Today I used this last sketch to make a card for my mom for her birthday next week. My mom is hysterical about her tea. She gets mad when we go into a restaurant and you can get a bottomless cup of coffee, but you have to pay for each hot tea. She says: "gheesh, what's a teabag costing them an extra .20 cents?" :D That's my mom! I know this card has a LOT of layers, but I suppose nothing is good enough for our moms, right?

I do prefer a more clean and simple look, but love a good challenge. This sketch has a BUNCH of layers, but I'm loving it! I also got a new external flash for Christmas. What do you think? does it make the photo's better? At work I used a different brand camera, so it will take some getting used to, but I really love the indirect light that an external flash can provide. So there's a bunch of new products in this card, here's what I used.

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Tea Shoppe and Curly Cute
Ink: blushing bride, baja blue, and pacific point
Paper: twitterpatted dsp from the new occasions mini catalog
Accessories: blushing bride ribbon, linen thread (which I curled with my scissors) white button (from the neutrals pack)

Base: 4 1/4" x 11, scored and folded in half at 5 1/2"
Layer 2: 5 x 3 3/4" blushing bride
layer 3, whisper white 4 7/8 x 3 5/8"
Layer 4: 2 x 4 1/4"
Layer 5: 3/4" scrap of riding hood red (note i attached layer 4 and 5 and ran them through the big shot at the same time)
Layer 6: 4 7/8" x 1 1/2" designer paper at the bottom
Layer 7: blushing bride matte 2 5/8" x 2
Layer 8 (tea cups stamped on it) 2 1/2" x 2
Layer 9: 3/4" strip of DSP, cut with a square punch to make the banner end straight
Layers 10.. is the button..

That's it for today. I'll be back tomorrow evening with a fun sketch from 411 for you to try out!

Rubbah hugs,
Selene Kempton
Friday, December 23, 2011

Saturday Sketch Challenge 235

Good Evening Friends!

Merry Christmas to you and yours, or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate. I've got plans to head to the bowling ally with my hubby and little one tonight.

This week's sketch is so fun! I decided to flip mine... This is showcasing the new "Sweet Cake" stamp set! Isn't it pretty?

I started with another pattern from the twitterpatted designer paper in the back. That square is cut to 3x3 and the square to matte it is 3 1/8" square. The happy birthday and main image was stamped in cherry cobbler. I cut the image out by hand. Then I cut two layers with the new framelet dies. I am just in love with these shapes! There is a piece of the new pleated ribbon going across the middle in blushing bride. Here's the rest of the measurements

Base: Blushing Bride: 11 x 4 1/4" scored and folded in half at 5 1/2"
Layer 2: Cherry Cobbler 5 x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: shimmer white, 4 7/8" x 3 5/8"

I finished this one with a button laced with cherry cobbler bakers twine and stuck it on with a glue dot. I hope during this holiday, you are surrounded by those you love.

Big hugs,
Selene Kempton
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Love you! Another sneak peek card

Good Evening Friends!

I finally picked my first swap card of the season... ~ The swapping season that is! Right when the preorders come out for demonstrators, I typically sign up for a few swaps.. This year I'm signed up for FIVE separate swaps! I must be out of my mind! :D I actually turned down a swap I usually participate in.. so funny!

I'm really diggin the new mini catalog. This card was made with images from the upcoming set "P.S. I love you" from Stampin' Up! I love the valentine images and the sentiment is to die for! I love the fun and pretty font.

This is one of the floral patterns from the twitterpatted designer paper, and the pleated ribbon that I'm already addicted to. This one is red riding hood. A color that I'm ready to renew my love affair with now that there's so many fun accessories to go with! :D I really love using designer paper this way. I cut a sheet of paper down to 3 3/4" x 5" then cut from corner to corner. 1 piece of Designer paper yields 12 of this fun pattern!

So Measurements:
Base 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: basic grey 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 3: baja breeze 5 x 3 3/4"
Layer 4: DSP cut to above measurements
Layer 5: ribbon
Layer 6: framelet cut shimmer white
Layer 7: heart of hearts embosslet (for the heart)
Layer 8: Shimmer white punched heart

That's it for today... Say~ my daughter really wants to bake Christmas cookies. Does anyone have a good recipe for sugar cookies they can share with me? I've never made them!
Also, how do you frost and decorate them? Do you have any traditions you'd like to share?

Rubbah hugs,
Selene Kempton
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sneak Peek! Baby Prints

Good Afternoon Friends!

I'm so excited to be able to share another card made with new goodies today. This one uses the Baby Prints stamp set, which will be available on January 4th!

I'm in FOUR swaps in the next few weeks and I'm stressing a bit.. I was thinking of doing this for one of them, but I'm still not sure.. Looks like I'll be going back to the drawing board this afternoon.

I always joke with my customers and say "when in doubt, add another layer of paper," Well in some respects layering your ink can do the same thing! I love the sentiment stamp on top of the footprints. Adding layers and colors to your ink can be AS effective as adding another layer of paper! Too fun! This one is a little over the top. I had fun with the new framelets... They allow you to stamp an image and cut it out, the way you would with a punch, but using your big shot! They are super fabulous! I added the little pink button, but it was getting lost on the white, so I put a small heart punch behind it.. I love all the polka dots and layered fun things going on with this card.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Rubbah hugs to you!
Selene Kempton
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mojo Monday (on Tuesday) ~ caught in Crystal

Good Morning Friends!

I finally got some of my goodies for the next catalog (coming out on January 4th). I am participating in 4 swaps over the next few weeks, and I thought I should start with a sketch. I love doing sketch challenges! I saw this gorgeous sketch from mojo monday and new I should start right there.

Here are a WHOLE bunch of the new goodies. The paper is from the twitterpatted designer paper, stamps are from the apothecary stamp set, and how about that GORGEOUS new pleated ribbon in pear pizazz? I used the new framelet dies for both of the upper layers.. oh I'm having fun!

The top flowers felt a little bit plain Jane for me, so I pulled out my bottle of crystal effects and painted them.. I sprinkled some dazzling diamonds on with my fingers so they wouldn't get cake~y. Oh this is so pretty in real life I'm not sure the photo does it justice.. Happy Tuesday folks, only a few more days till Christmas!

Rubbah hugs,
Selene Kempton
Sunday, December 18, 2011

November Workshop Cards and November online order Winners announcment

Good Morning Friends!

First, Heartfelt thanks to those of you placed online orders with me in the month of November. I have two winners of FREE products from the new drawing I'll be doing once monthly.

I just put the names in a bucket and pull one out from all orders placed with me monthly.

Congratulations to Amy A who won the noteworthy download CD using MDS
and Congratulations to Cheryl Patenaude who won the warmest of wishes stamp set (shown above).

I'll be in touch to get you your prizes ladies!

The prize for the December orders is a stamp set that's not even available yet (so I cant show a picture) called Gnome sweet Gnome (retail value 21.95). I'll do the drawing early in January and post it here.

I know you have choices in the marketplace and thank you for choosing me to be your Stampin' Up Demonstrator. If you do not have a demonstrator and would like to place an online order with me Click here to be transported to my online store! The clearance rack is packed with goodies right now!

Have you thought about having a workshop, but don't want to pressure your friends? Maybe you should book a "pick 3" with me! For this special type of card class/workshop, you and your friends will make 9 cards (3 of each of 3 designs) for $15 plus adhesive. Want to place an order? Great, I will have the catalogs with me, but this is an easy going girls night out. Where else can you get 9 cards for $15? Have more than 6 friends over, and get yours for free! :D

Sale-A-Bration is coming and I'm already booking for it! I cant wait to come and hang out with you and your friends.

Here are some of my November workshop cards. I LOVE the new stocking punch! The first two cards use the same supplies. Guests could make either one by flipping the paper over or omitting a layer.

This one I cased, and changed around a bit. The original idea came from my upline, Katherine Allen.
For this one I played around with my scoreboard. I just scored every half inch. flipped the paper then scored on the 1/2 inch mark skipping every other row.
I hope you found some inspiration in some of these projects. (((hugs)))
Selene Kempton
Friday, December 16, 2011

Saturday Sketch Challenge 234

Good Evening Friends!

Boy did I have fun playing with some of my new loot! Tonight is my last class of the year and boy, I cant wait to start playing!

When I saw this week's sketch, I was thinking, that's not CAS, but I'm really happy with the result. This gorgeous sketch from Gretchen made a wonderful card and I'm excited to be mailing two of these out to my downline.

Let's start with some measurements:

Base: real red, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded in half at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: shimmer white 5 x 3 3/4" stamped with hearts and sponged
Layer 3: shimmer white 5 1/2" x 1 3/4", then edged with the heart border punch
layer 4: red 5 1/2" x 1 1/2", embossed
Layer 5 and 6: well, we'll talk about those in a minute.

Now a recipe:
Stamps: Take it to Heart stamp set, and Loving Thoughts stamp set (occasions mini sneak peek)
Ink: Real red
Paper:Real red and shimmer white
Accessories: (here's where I had fun). Hearts collection framelit dies, Adorning Accents Embossing folders (now I cant show a picture of the product yet, but there are three. This one makes the strip of hearts going across the middle). Real Red Satin ribbon 5/8", tombo multipurpose adhesive, stampin sponges.

The NEW framelit dies are WONDERFUL to work with. You stamp your image, then put the frame on top and cut. They only do one at a time, but it's like a punch, you can see where you're going. They are AWESOME! There is no die for the banner, I cut that one by hand (smiles).

When I made this card I wanted to use some of my red satin ribbon, and I thought of a card I saw (mostly white) from my buddy and past operator Robin Merriman. She made a card with this image. When I sat down to play, I wanted to use this one too! It's so cool how we all inspire one another. If you'd like to try this sketch or see other cards made with this sketch, head on over to stamping411 where you can see other samples from my friends and perhaps play along if you have a minute or two!

Rubbah hugs,
Selene Kempton
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Seriously EASY card box for gift giving

Good Morning Friends!

This week, I was hoping to finally keep my promise to do a tutorial for this cute box that comes together in minutes. (Hi Michelle!) There are literally 4 score marks and 4 cuts, then you stick it together! Really, that's it!

I'll be whipping up a few more of these next week, as I'm planning to give those "card worthy" relatives a stack of cards for their pantries. This box is made from some new items, some existing items, and some sneak peeks, so put your spectacles on and take a peek at this!

Stamps: 123779 You are Loved Stamp set (will be going away forever on January 3rd)
Ink: Riding hood red, basic gray, blushing bride and pear pizazz (just a few of the colors in the new DSP coming out)
Paper: whisper white, riding hood red and Twitterpated Designer series paper (which will be out on January 4th).
Accessories: Tombo multipurpose adhesive, 3 dimensionals to pop up the heart, riding hood red pleated satin ribbon (gasp!), vintage brads, 1 1/6" circle punch, the NEW heart framelit die!, and (of course) the Simply Scored Scoring tool with place markers!

and away we go... First, I set up my score tool for marks at 1 1/4" 4 1/2" and 6 1/2"

Take a piece of 8 1/2" x 11", cardstock, on the 8 1/2" side, score at 1 1/4" (both sides)
Note** notice how I'm holding the stylus? I have my thumb on top and I'm pulling towards me. After scoring 170 wedding invitations for my cousin (in two places), I realized when I hold my stylus this way, it doesn't slip out of the groove on me.

Then flip your card stock 90 degrees and score at 4 1/2" and 6 1/2".
Now, using your paper snips, cut in 1 1/4" inches where you see black on the template below.Next, fold on all lines VERY well! If you like, you can use a bone folder to get a nice crisp edge.Apply some tombo multipurpose adhesive to one side of the flap that's folded up, and attach this side of the box. I like to do this on both sides, so that when I put the box together, my flaps match. Some notes about the tombo glue (I call it green glue because it comes in a green tube). The picture above shows a little too much. you can use sticky strip, but if you make a mistake you're either stuck, or using a heat gun to try and reposition. The idea of the green glue is to use a TINY amount. I use it for everything except ribbon and designer paper. If you try it, and have it all over your hands, you're probably using too much!

Some of my customers say that I scratch it on the paper or make a dotted line. Below is a better amount to use.

Now that we have one side stuck to the bottom flap (left and right), add a thin line of green glue down the spine of your box and seal up the other two sides.
Oh looky! I'm crooked! Well, the "green glue" lets you reposition for a second.. Love that!!

So here's the raw box. Now, I like to use ribbon for the handles (about 12"), you could cut a strip of paper 1" and use that, whatever works for you!

So, now I'd like to decorate my box. Pick out a coordinating designer Paper (i used twittpated).
Cut this to 4 1/2" x 3". if you're using 2 sheets of designer paper, you'll yield enough for 10 boxes, front and back!

I cut a sheet of whisper white down to 4 1/2" and cut two strips from the ribbon border punch. then I just take the punched piece and cut it in half.
Flip your dsp over, and add a thin line of green glue. Then lay the border on top. Try and use the design to get your sides even on each side.Attach these to the front of the box and decorate to taste! Here's the finished box, and the original box I did when the score tool came out!

Thanks for visiting today and for checking out the tutorial! If you'd like to make one and post it somewhere online, I added a linky so we can see what you did with this tutorial!

Rubbah hugs,
Selene Kempton
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Money Holder

Good Morning Friends!

I have to go to the dentist this morning! Uggghhh.. So I'm writing a blog post when I should be getting dressed! :D I did make another card and photograph it this morning.. but alas, my card reader has finally died.

So ~ I have just a quick share for you this morning. This past weekend we celebrated Christmas with my sister and her family. We did a small gift exchange. In addition to something small, I gave my Godson John, a little money so he can pick out what he likes.

Giving money seems so **funny** for me, so I decided to make him this money holder. I'm glad I got a picture of it because he ripped it to shreds! Ummm guess I should have told him that the belly band slides off? Well, there's always next year.
I hope you're having a wonderful holiday season! I'm looking forward to Christmas now that most of my shopping is done. I'm all for going back to the REAL reason for Christmas and gathering with our loved ones to celebrate the birth of Christ!

Oops~ How did that get in here? Well, this is a picture of my fashionista on the way out to meet up with the family! She's so cool.

Much love to you all!
Friday, December 9, 2011

Saturday Sketch Challenge 233

Another Christmas Card??

Well, yes! I'm starting to wind down a little now, but I got a late start on making my Christmas cards this year. This one is going to my big brother Paul in Florida.

I'll be "cranking" out some Christmas cards to send out this week with my daughter over the weekend. She's getting so big and actually made some clean and simple cards up for me last night! I'm so impressed that she's able to do it herself. She's growing up so fast.

So here is tonight's stamping 411 card. Another simple sketch really fits the bill for last minute cards at this time of year, don't cha' think? I really love this hand penned stamp set for the gorgeous words. It made this sketch card come together in a few minutes.

So, how about some measurements.
Base: Cherry cobbler 8 1/2 x 5 1/2", scored and folded in half at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Cherry cobbler 4 7/8" x 3 5/8"
Layer 3: Shimmer white 4 3/4 x 3 1/2"
Layer 4: is the banner going across. The white was cut from a 1 1/2" strip, then i added the scalloped dotted border punch, cut in half to make the scallops. I attached this layer to layer 2 and 3 then cut it across before attaching it to my card base.
Layer 5 is the gorgeous wreath, which I stamped on shimmer, cut out, then sponged for effect.
I painted the whole card with the dazzling details glitter glue that's out. I love how it adds some vintage gold effect.

I used vintage ribbon to finish it off. I'm loving this one! I hope this holiday season is finding you relaxed. I, for one, am trying to take a little time to enjoy my little one and pull the "stress" of the season out of the equation. Easier said than done in some cases, but we all need goals, right? :D

I hope that your holidays are stress free so you can just enjoy the season.
Rubbah hugs,
Monday, December 5, 2011

Mojo Morning Stretch

Boy, it's good to be back in the studio and just spending a little time creating.

There's nothing better than a good sketch challenge to get the creative juices flowing! When I saw this morning's sketch from Mojo Monday, I knew that I wanted to FINALLY put some ink on this set and see where it went!

I am sticking to a monochromatic color pattern for this one and oh how it's putting me in the Christmas mood! I grabbed a cup of eggnog flavored coffee and quickly got to work. (eggnog coffee sounds yucky, but it's surprisingly delicious!). Although there's a lot of layers to this one, it went together in a few minutes.

So first, some measurements:
Base: Whisper white 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Cherry cobbler 4 x 5 1/4", then embossed with the big shot
Layer 3: Cherry cobbler ribbon! (this is double sided so you can go polka dots or not)
Layer 4: whisper white 3 1/8" x 2 1/8"
Layer 5: Frostwood Lodge Designer series paper 3 x 2"
Layer 6: Cherry cobbler 2 1/8" x 3 1/4"
Layer 7: Whisper White 2 x 3 1/8"
Layer 8: Sentiment on Whisper white, punched with the XL oval punch.

All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Christmas Lodge w 123767 / c 123769
Grateful Greetings w 116511
cherry cobbler ink pad 119669
Cherry Cobbler 119685
Whisper White 100730
Frostwood Lodge DSP 124002
1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon, cherry cobbler 124138
Two way Glue pen 100425
Dazzling Diamonds glitter 102023

Thanks for visiting my blog today.
Rubbah hugs,
Selene Kempton
Friday, December 2, 2011

Saturday Sketch Challenge 232

Good Evening Friends!

I'm going to try a different format with my post tonight. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!! This quick and simple card goes together in minutes!

Stamp Sets:

Four the holidays
Any snowflake stamp (this one is from winter post)

Shimmer Paint

Card Stock:
Not Quite Navy
Whisper white

Base: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” scored and folded in half at 4 1/4”
Layer 2 and inside: 5 1/8” x 3 7/8”
Layer 3 5 x 3 3/4”


  1. Pour a small amount of shimmer paint on a plastic bag.
  2. Use a sponge dauber to pick up the paint ***note** you don’t need much
  3. Sponge the SURFACE ONLY of the stamp to apply paint to your stamp (do the sentiment first to make it easy on yourself).
  4. Repeat doing step 3 again with the snowflake and stamp 5 snowflakes on the right hand side.
  5. While you wait for the paint to dry, you can stick the inside layer in your card.
  6. Once your paint has dried, attach layers 3 and 2 together.
  7. Use about an inch of snail adhesive on either side of your ribbon and attach to the back of the blue cardstock.
  8. Attach this whole piece to your base and you are done!