Friday, August 30, 2013

8/30 Stampin' Up! Vintage Santa's List

Good Morning Friends!

I have another simple Christmas card creation to share with you this morning! This BEAUTIFUL Santa from the Santa's List Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! makes some simple, yet STUNNING creations in just a few minutes like this beautiful card!   This Santa makes me SO HAPPY HAPPY!  He's very inexpensive too!  The stamp set is only $12.95!

Base: Crumb Cake Cardstock 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Espresso Cardstock 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 3: Crumb cake 5 x 3 3/4", stamped with the sentiment that comes in the set
Layer 4: Cherry Cobbler 3 1/4"  square
Layer 5 & 6: scraps of espresso and Season of Style Designer Series Paper 
cut into banners and stapled to the cherry cobbler layer
Layer 7: That center panel of crumb cake card stock is cut to 3" square.  I stamped Santa in espresso ink and then sponged him around the edges. 
Layer 8:  Two Espresso candy dots from the neutrals collection candy dots!  Such a small detail, but I love what they add to this card! 

That's today's bit of inspiration.  I hope you're inspired to go stamp something beautiful!

Selene Kempton

Thursday, August 29, 2013

8/29 Stampin Up! Color Me Christmas and More Merry Messages

Good Afternoon Friends!

Don't cha' just LOVE this cute little reindeer from the Color Me Christmas Stamp Set?? 

Ok, I know I've been showing this one a lot, I just can't get enough of this stamp set!!  So, I have one more sample coming up on my Simply Sunday post.  Make sure you come back and check it out!   It's got presents!!
I'm going to jump right into measurements! 

Base: Crumb Cake 8 1/2 x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: 5 x 3 3/4" cherry cobbler, embossed with the chevron embossing folder.
Layer 3: 4 1/4 x 1 3/4" Crumb Cake card stock
Layer 4: 4 1/4" x 1 1/2" Season of Style Designer Series Paper 
Layer 5: Early Espresso 2 5/8 x 2 7/8"
Layer 6:Whisper White 2 1/2 x 2 3/4"

He was completely colored with straight markers except for his head, which I used a blender pen to soften him up.  Leaving the middle on the whiter side.

That's my little bit of inspiration for you for today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Selene Kempton
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

8/28 Stampin' Up! Color Me Christmas & Greetings of the Season, Season of Style

Good Morning Friends!

I'm having more fun with the Color Me Christmas Stamp Set and the New Season of Style Designer Series Paper Packs!! 

Isn't this pretty?  The photo doesn't pick up the GORGEOUS level of sparkle that's coming off this Christmas Stocking!  Oh happy dance!

The cute little bow coming off the stocking was stuck there with just a tiny dot of the "green tube glue."  I seriously LOVE this stuff! 

I use it on everything and apply it to attach entire layers with 9 dots or so.  Smaller layers i do 5 dots.  Saves you a TON of money and your projects don't fall apart!  The only downfall to this glue is, if you use too
much, it will make your project bumpy warped... SO use less and SAVE a ton of $$ that you can use to buy more goodies!  Oh my goodness, enough about glue, but I can tell you that I LOVE this stuff! 

The little tiny banner layers above, stuck with one little glue dot sized portion of the liquid glue.  Gives you a minute to move it around and straighten up your layers because it's a liquid and once it's stuck, it's on there for good.  :)  HA!  There I go again!  {silly giggles}

So here's the BIG picture of the card!  Isn't it cute?? I love quick that is done well, and this one really fits the bill for that!

So, how about some measurements?
Base: Crumb Cake 8 1/2 x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: Cherry Cobbler 5 1/2" x 3 1/2", embossed with the chevron embossing folder.
Layer 3: Whisper white 3 1/2 x 2 1/4", rounded corners on the bottom.
Layers 4 and 5: Scraps of espresso cardstock and Season of Style Designer Series Paper Packs
Layer 6: 1" whisper white banner cut down to 4 1/4" then cut with a banner.

The Merry Christmas comes from the Greetings of the Season stamp set
The marker colors are espresso, cherry, olive and crumb cake.  

Don't forget to order envelopes if you need them!  You can easily stamp on ours and they are quite a value! 
So, that's my little bit of inspiration to share with you today!  Thanks for popping by today!  If you're loving all these posts, be sure to leave me a comment!  I'm always stamping but your comments encourage me to keep sharing! 

Selene Kempton
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

8/27 Color Me Christmas, Oh, Goodie and Season of Style

Good Afternoon Friends! 

When I was a kid, I wasn't big on coloring, but there's something about the little Santa from Color Me Christmas that could keep the 40 year old me happy as a clam for days on end! 

The measurements on this one are easy peasy!  You can make a WHOLE BUNCH using the new season of style Designer Series Paper Packs, because they are sized for making cards quickly!

Here's a peek at the 4 designs that come sized 4 1/2 x 6 1/2", perfect for cutting and layering.

Isn't he dreamy? 

Base: Cherry cobbler card stock, 11 x 4 1/4", scored and folded in half at 5 1/2"
Layer 2: Cherry Cobbler Striped DSP, (from the paper stack) 4 1/4 x 1"
Layer 3: Dot pattern from the same DSP pack, (from the paper stack) 4 1/4 x 3/4"
Layer 4:  Old olive card stock, 3 1/4" x 3" (popped up on dimensionals)
Layer 5: Whisper white card stock 3 x 2 3/4", stamped with the Color Me Christmas and Oh, Goodie Stamp sets!

I straight colored the images with cherry cobbler, blushing bride and basic black markers. Oh and my favorite part!!  Notice the candy dot SELF ADHESIVE buttons and the white button on his hat?  I used glitter on top of the white button, and the great new permanent white chalk marker on top of the candy dots to make the accent on his buttons!  {singing} Awwweeeesome, Right?

To finish it off, I just added a little 2-way glue and dazzling diamonds glitter to the trim of his suit.  Ho ho ho, merry!

Don't forget to order envelopes if you need them!  Ours are better and less expensive!  Just sayin'!

Thanks for popping by today!  I hope you feel inspired to go stamp something fun!

Selene Kempton
Monday, August 26, 2013

8/26 Last few days to Pick a Free Project Kit!

Good Afternoon Friends!

… the holidays are just around the corner! But if you’ve seen Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalog, you know that it’s not time to panic because we have the holidays all wrapped up. Whether you have gifts, wrapping, or d├ęcor with all of the trimmings on your list, you’ll find it all in the Holiday Catalog with festive inspiration. For example, there is the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit (#133463) - perfect for all of your fall gatherings and events. And when you bundle it with the Thankful stamp (#133341 - bundle), that’s a 15% savings for you!

Now is the perfect time to get started planning, so if you haven’t seen the Holiday Catalog yet, contact me to your own copy or come to one of my upcoming events. Don’t forget that when you shop with Stampin’ Up!, you receive rewards when your order reaches $150 - and that includes products from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog, the Holiday Catalog, the Clearance Rack, and My Digital Studio downloads. So get a head start on your holidays and have it delivered right to your front door.

Have you been trying to think of a way to make holidays more affordable this year? Well, have you ever considered doing what I do and becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator? Not only will you be able to get your holiday supplies at a discount, you can also earn additional income all while working around your family and holiday events. And just for signing up to become a Stampin’ Up! by the end of August, you’ll also get to choose a fabulous project kit to add to your Starter Kit at no additional cost. Just contact me today and we can get you started.

So start making your lists and your plans, and let Stampin’ Up! And your Holiday Catalog be your go-to resources this season.

Click here to join today!

Selene Kempton

8/26 Christmas Collectibles and Joy to the World in Midnight Muse, Stampin' Up! #ChristmasCardIdeas

Good Morning Friends!

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas with all these Christmas Cards I've been having fun making! 

The season has begun for Christmas Card making and I'm having so much fun doing private classes and helping people figure out teacher gifts, as well as get a jump on their holiday packaging  and card making.  So much Fun! 

This midnight muse card is a clean and simple stunner!  :)  It was pretty easy to put together, and it uses a few more supplies than yesterday's card, but I think it's worth it!

For starters, the gorgeous font of the Joy to the World Stamp Set!  This stamp set features 4 pretty large, take up lots of space, type of stamp set many of my stampers who don't like to write big long messages inside LOVE! Do you know anyone like that??  :)

Anyway!  This card also uses a REALLY cute new ornament set called Christmas Collectibles!  The clear mount stamp sets are both just $16.95 and the AWESOME new Christmas Ornament Punch is $15.95, but you guessed it!!  There's a bundle for that!  Woot!!

Get the Christmas Collectibles AND the Christmas Ornament Punch as a BUNDLE and save %15.
Here's a link for the clear mount bundle, (just $27.95 for the two items) or if you prefer, here's the wood mount link (at $32.95). 

Okay.. so how about some measurements??
Base: Whisper White Card Stock (CS) 11 x 4 1/4", scored and folded at 5 1/2"
Layer 2: midnight muse CS, 5 1/8 x 3 7/8"
Layer 3: Whisper White CS 5 x 3 3/4"
Layer 4: Midnight Muse 4 1/4" x 3 1/4"
Layer 5: Whisper White Card Stock (CS)4x3 (cut from a 12 x 12 for no waste!
Layer 6: whisper white scrap, stamped with Christmas Collectibles ornament and punched with the Christmas Ornament Punch
Ribbon: I used the GORGEOUS 5/8" organza from Stampin up! ( just 5.95 for 15 yards!)

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit today!  I hope you're leaving with a little inspiration today.

Selene Kempton
Sunday, August 25, 2013

8/25 Simple Sunday Christmas Messages, Season of Style, Cherry Cobbler Stitched Edge Grosgrain

Good Afternoon Friends!

Oh what fun indeed!  It's hard to believe we only have 4 months' till Christmas!!  Can you believe the kids will be going back to school (for us it's this week) and the nights are becoming cooler??  Pretty soon it will be apple picking and a few last crisp night campfires.

We are coming into my favorite time of year, fall.

Today, I have a "Simple Sunday" share.  This card only takes a short amount of supplies but packs a WOW!  I sent these as thank you's for orders from my private classes last week, and oh what fun we had!!

So Measurements:
Base: Whisper white 11 x 4 1/4", scored and folded in half at 5 1/2"
Layer 2: Cherry cobbler card stock, 4 1/4" x 3 1/4"
Layer 3: Cherry Cobbler Striped DSP, (from the paper stack) 4 x 3
Layer 4: Cherry Cobbler 1" Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon (tied around the inside)
Layer 5: Whisper white scrap, stamped with the Christmas Messages Stamp Set and punched with the large tag punch.
Don't forget to order envelopes if you need them!   Our envelopes are not only stampable, they are less expensive than the office supply stores I've shopped at! 

I used a small hole punch at the top and tied it around the cherry cobbler bow, then took a glue dot to attach it down so it wouldn't move when you pick the card up.

So ~ Tying the bow is the magic on this card, and really NO ONE ties a perfect bow one the first shot!  First I made sure that everything looked flat, then proceeded to "tie my shoes"  It doesn't matter if you do "loop, swoop, and pull" or "bunny ears"  the magic happens AFTER that.  You take your time.  Put your fingers inside the loops to shape as you pull, then pull the ends and mess with it until it's right.  This is really a quickie card!  Finally, I finished it off with a large Rhinestone from the inexpensive pack of rhinestones from stampin up  you get 150 rhinestones, in 3 sizes, plus 3 strips for $4.95!  Love em!! 

So, let's talk about the DSP stacks!  They are AMAZING!  You get 2 doublesided designs, 24 of each.  So if I were to cut only the striped paper for this card, I'd have enough for 48 cards, and a whole extra design to play with still it's a steal at $6.95!

Here's a peek at those 4 designs:
Thanks so much for stopping by to visit today!  I hope I inspired you to stamp a little something simple today!

Selene Kempton
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

8/21 Stampin' Up! Chevron Trick or treat!, Tags 4 You with Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper

Good Morning Friends!

I made a batch of these last week to send to my August and September hostesses.  I have been booking holiday private classes and one of my friends just ended up getting $80 in free product and 2 half price items!  I am so excited for her to get her package!!
So for this card I started with The Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!  I took one piece of 12 x 12, and cut it at 4" twice, then cut the 4 x 12" strips down to 4 x 3."  That gave me 12 pieces from one sheet.  Next. I cut a 1 x 4 inch strip off the bottom and flipped it over.  I put the darker of the two patterns on the bottom to add some visual weight to the bottom side.

I go back to this layout over and over again because it lends itself to minimal waste when you're making your cards.  The layer underneath the two pieces of dsp is 4 1/4" x 3 1/4".  So, I took a piece of 8 1/2" x 11 and cut it down the middle the long way.  This gives me two pieces that are 4 1/4" x 11.  I cut 6 pieces of the pumpkin pie layer from one sheet of 8 1/2" x 11.  So to make 12 cards you'd need one piece of DSP and 2 pieces of pumpkin pie so far.  I added some dimensionals to the back of this layer to make it pop up from the layer underneath, and added a very small piece of Pumpkin Pie 3/4" Chevron Ribbon with a few glue dots. 

On top of this layer I added a strip of the new, FABULOUS, coordinating Witches' Brew Washi tape and just stuck it around the back and tore it off.  It rips off very easily for me, and I don't need scissors.  On top of that layer, I added a single line of sticky strip.  I pulled the red backing off and poured on some of the new GORGEOUS black glitter from the holiday mini.   
Next, I took 3 pieces of Basic black cardstock and cut them to 5 x 3 3/4", giving me enough for 12 cards.  I ran that through Big Shot with the Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

I scored 6 sheets, of 8 1/2" x 11" vanilla down the middle at 4 1/4" and cut them in half at 5 1/2" to make the card bases.  I also cut out a shape from the apothecary accents framelits to frame my focal point!  I embossed this layer with the Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  also, and sponged it with basic gray ink.

Finally, I get to talk about the AWESOME focal point!!  Check out the black, sparkly glitter, against the pumpkin pie!  Doesn't it pop?  This effect I was able to get by using versamark ink, and heat and stick powder.  It's so easy!! Here are the steps!
  1. Just stamp your image using the versamark watermark.  
  2. Pour on the heat and stick powder.
  3. Heat on setting 1 with your heat gun, just until the powder turns clear.
  4. Sprinkle your black glitter on top.
  5. Heat again on setting 2 with your heat gun to get the powder to stick.
  6. Next, I used the Bracket Label Punch to Punch out the image!
Easy Peasy, lemon squeezy!

Well, I went a little crazy with the descriptions today.  Here's a quick shopping list if you need it.

Stamps: Tags For you Clear Mount stamp set $15.95
Punches: Bracket Label Punch $15.95
Or BUNDLE them to save 15%  Tags for you clear mount Bundle only $26.95

Ink: versamark ink
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie,  Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  heat and stick powder, black, sparkly glitter, Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder , Witches' Brew Washi tape,
Adhesives: Sticky strip, glue dots, dimensionals

Thanks so much for popping by today!  I hope you enjoyed today's little bit of inspiration.

Selene Kempton

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

8/20 Stampin' Up! Scrapbooking with Tablescapes, Thankful for & gold metallic paper

Good Morning Friends!

I got some really awesome feedback from my facebook page when I posted this cute page set for my class on Friday night.  Click here to register for the class.

Would you like to come and make these cute pages with me?    The class is this Friday and I'll run two sessions.  One at 9AM and then anytime after 5 so you can come and make your pages right from work. 

So this set of pages uses the tablescape kit for Thanksgiving from Stampin' Up!  One $19.95 kit, makes enough place settings, candle holders, name tags and such for 10 people.  I love the little pocket and thought how cool it would be to  make it into a class.  So the base layer of these pages are chocolate chip 12 x 12 to match the kit. 

The word "thankful" is our new thinlits die.  I like to use a piece of wax paper between the die and the words.  Then I flip it over, and poke the holes (there are holes on the back to get the thin scripty type out.  Once it's started on one end, I just use my paper piercing tool.  (the poker) to dig it out of the back of the die.  It only takes a minute but it is really fabulous.

If you want to save the negative of what you cut out.  remember to save all the pieces to put them back together.  I showed a bunch of cards made with this die over on facebook last week.  Here's the link to that album.  I believe the link will work even if you're not a facebook person. 

I'm so excited about my classes this week.  If you are local, you are welcome!  Many demonstrators have asked me if they can come to my classes.  I welcome everyone, just so you know!  :)

Oh, I almost forgot!  If you LOVE the tablescape kit idea.  There is seriously a TON of product in these kits to play with!!!  Here are the links

  • Want the cute wood mount "Thankful for" stamp??  There's a bundle for that!  All the same stuff with the cute stamp!! Can I get a woot woot?? :)  Table Scapes Kit Bundle $23.95 (save 15% off both)

I hope you are enjoying the little sprinkling of inspiration every day.  If you think of it, drop me a line so I know folks are watching!

Selene Kempton
Monday, August 19, 2013

8/19 Truly Grateful for you ~ New Thinlit Card Die

Good Morning Friends! 

I am totally in LOVE with the new Thinlit Card Dies!  I'll be making this beautiful card with my stamp camp classes this week. It features the Truly Grateful stamp set and just a few cranks of the big shot, we come out with this awesome card! 

Click here to register for class this week!

This card uses the fun new thinlit's card die. So simple to make great cards and have them together in just a few minutes!  Woot Woot!  I'm all about easy, that looks great and is done well! 

How would you like to see this product in action?  Take this video for a quick spin and you can see the possibilites! 

Selene Kempton
Sunday, August 18, 2013

8/18 Fall Sparkles with Magnificent Maple

Good Morning Friends!  

Here's another gorgeous card using the Magnificent Maple Single Stamp from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I know I'm going to get a TON of use out of this stamp.  It's a true beauty!  We will be making this card at my monthly stamp camp class this upcoming Tuesday and Thursday.   Click here to register.
This card features the "Thumping technique" and we used 3 colors for the thumping.  First ink your stamp with the lightest color then thump the other two colors on the stamp.  (kind of like you're playing a drum).  Do them one at a time, building on the colors from lightest to darkest.

So, I inked the up with the Crisp Cantaloupe marker, then thumped on some Baked Brown Sugar, and finished it with the Cajun Craze Marker.

It makes a really cool effect.  So, the colors on this photo are a little off, but I wanted you to see the bit of shimmer we added to the focal point.  It adds so much to the card...  and once again, the photo doesn't do this one justice!  It's AMAZING in person. 

Also, a really great addition to ANY fall project is the champagne colored glimmer paper.  It takes the muted fall colors and really makes them pop!  I love the two new in colors with Crisp Cantaloupe and Baked Brown Sugar, against the Cajun Craze as well.  The champagne glimmer paper is the perfect addition to that combination!

Supply List
131868 (wood only) Magnificent Maple
Ink: In color 2013-2015 markers and Cajun Craze Marker, Cajun Craze stamp pad for the sponging

Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Very Vanilla, champagne glimmer paper
Accessories: Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim,  Natural Buttons.

I hope you have your daily dose of inspiration here and feel inspired to give this fun new color combination a try!  Even better, you could come to class and give it a try for yourself!  I'll do all the cutting, just come and have some fun!  Click here to register.

Selene Kempton

Friday, August 16, 2013

8/16 Simply Grateful ~ Magnificent Maple & Harvest of Thanks

Well, hello there friends!

I know I've been a bit off the grid when it comes to blogging.  It's been a crazy, awesome, amazing, stamping filled 2 months!  I have accepted a position with Ronda Wade and the creating success training team and I've been a busy little bee with another extension of my stampin up business.  I am so happy to be working with Ronda.  She has become a very good friend in the process.  I certainly have been doing my share of stamping and then some.  I just let my blog lapse.  I promise to be more consistent with my posts.  My goal here is to give a little snippit of inspiration every day.  I hope you're willing to take the ride with me.

On a personal note, I turned 40 in July and decided that it's time to take care of me.  This is my first week.  I've been to the gym every single day this week (5 days) and plan to continue that as well!  If you want to catch up and see some of what I've been up to, please check out my business facebook page.  It's so quick to just upload a photo instead of sitting down to write.  But honestly, I miss you! 

I'm going to start off simple.  Clean and simple that is!  This super easy card came together in a few minutes this morning.  I cut out the gratitude with my framelits and the leaf with my paper snips.  :)  They ended up being leftover from a project I'm working on for my classes next week. 

When I layered the "gratitude" on top of the leaf.. well, I like it!

Base layer is cut to: 11 x 4 1/4" and is scored in half at 5 1/2"
Layer 2: 5 1/8 x 3 7/8"
Layer 3: 5 x 3 3/4"

Tie on some gorgeous organza ribbon, up in a bow and you're almost there.  I just glue dotted the top pieces on.  So simple, but simple done well is just fabulous.

131739 (clear) Harvest of Thanks and
131868 (wood only) Magnificent Maple

126953 Old Olive Ink Pad
126950 Rich Razzleberry ink Pad

100730 Whisper white
115316 Rich Razzleberry

114319 Whisper White Organza Ribbon, 103579 Paper Snips,  129267 Bitty Banners Framelits,

Selene Kempton