Saturday, December 17, 2016

Snow Day! How about a sketch challenge? Basic Cutting for Card Making and Stampin' Up One Wild Ride Stamp Set

Hello Friends!

Are you stuck home in the snow today?  It's snowing like crazy here in Massachusetts today!

Has it been a really long time since you sat down to stamped?

I'm taking it WAY back and releasing a "how to cut your cardstock" series.  This will start today and go for 4 weeks, and you can play along if you like by posting your card somewhere online and linking back below, OR, you can post it to my interactive group on Facebook if you don't really have a spot to post your creations.
  1. First, we will talk about decoding basic measuring for card making.
  2. Then, we will sit down and make card templates together for future use for the next 4 weeks.
  3. Finally, I will share with you a card I made using the templates in about 5 minutes and issue this weeks's sketch.  
Ready to have some fun?  So here's a peek at the quick card first.

First, do you struggle when it comes to knowing how to measure a measurement like 2 5/8".
Here is document you save to your computer, then print out and put in your craft room to decode those funky measurements. (Please save the file first, choose "save as" to do that from your file menu.  Some browsers have trouble printing PDF files.)

Next, there are two videos.  This first one teaches you how to cut for basic card making and how to make a template, so you're not left guessing what to cut at when you sit down to create, leaving you frustrated...  :)

Finally, here's a the second video (only 5 minutes) and I make this cute card using the templates from the first video in under 5 minutes. It doesn't have to take hours to make a card. 

Here's a look at the sketch we cut for.

Here is a linky tool so you can show the card you made using this sketch!  

If you need any supplies to make the above card, just click below to add them to your cart in my store. Thanks so much for visiting today!


Monday, December 12, 2016

Winner Announced! Tin of Tags stamp set and tin

Thank you so much for celebrating with me!  It was a total joy to read all your comments.  

Chosen Randomly at from all the comments, Congratulations to: Chris R. From Iowa!  This stamp set and tin will be in the mail to you this week!  

Congrats on all your cool endeavors! I love fancy folds or at least different ones as well as 3D treat holders. I am not always the best with measuring so I love tips to help me do a better job. Actually I like to learn lots of different techniques and well, just different stuff in general! Does this all count?

Again, congrats on all your accomplishments!

Chris R. from Iowa

P.S. I will try to be a little better at commenting!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Stampin' Up Top 100, One Million Hits on the Blog! Celebrating 88, Thank You!!

Hello Friends!

What an absolute joy this journey has been for the past 10 years.  Last night I noticed that I have reached One MILLION hits on my blog here!  WOW!!

It's been a whirlwind month or two!

  • My amazing friends and I raised over 6000 for breast cancer and making strides.
  • I travelled to New Jersey for Stampin' Up's onstage event and awards ceremony.  I was SHOCKED to find out that world wide, out of 45,000 demonstrators I placed number 88!
  • I hosted an event for 40 amazing, talented crafters and enjoyed classes from my friends.
If you asked me 10 years ago if i would make this amazing, wonderful, joyful hobby into a full time career, I would say no way.  

However, that's exactly what happened.  Every single one of you matters to me!  I just want to say thank you.  I would love to buy you all a gift!!  Since, that's a little outside my budget, instead I'd like to offer some blog candy!

Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite stamping technique and/or a technique you'd like to learn more about and/or your favorite holiday tradition below.  Let me know if you're a regular reader or brand new!  The amazing friends I have met in the course of my journey and the opportunity to share what i love with all of you is a total blessing to me and i'm so grateful.  

So leave me a little bit of love here and I'll draw one winner to win the tin of tags card kit and stamp set this weekend!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your part in my journey.

Selene Kempton

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Stampin' Up, One Wild Ride Card Class

When I saw this stamp set come out, it reminded me of my best friend, who I lost in a motorcycle accident.  I purchased the set anyway, because I knew my friend would want me to "rock it."
December is a crazy time of year, and that means, that there's no better time to grab a friend and take a class, or do those things that you've been meaning to do!

This is going to be a wonderful class and it's already a perfect tribute to my friend, Dawn.  I'm so grateful to be able to share it with you!
Attend in person next Thursday, December 8th at either
9 AM or
6:30 PM
Dont have time?  You can take it to go!  
Get your packets, pre embossed, pre cut, bows tied, so all you have to do is stamp and assemble! 
Check out the NEW option to get the stamp set with your card kit (retail value 24.41) and shipped to your door for only $30 ~
This class also uses the Boho Embossing folder (optional) ~ you would need to emboss card 3 after stamping.  So you can purchase the whole kit if you need them also in the signup process. :) 
Four Ways to get this class:

In person: at 9 AM or 6:30 PM, Thursday November 3rd
Get the Kit to Go: Same price $15 or waived with a minimum order.  Just place your qualifying online order on my website, and use host code D97Z3ECR.
I'll mail you the packets and email directions the following week (by December 15th ~ pending availablilty of the stamp set/embossing folder).  Please note** Do Not Choose - No Contact - when you place your order.  So I can see where to ship your packets!  :) I cannot see who is ordering when your online account is set up with no contact.

Online Directions Only:
  Receive the printable PDF directions, and video directions by September 15th for all the cards with complete supply and shopping lists for only $10 ~
If you want the pre-cut, embossed, packets to go, it's only $5 more (no brainer!)  **US shipping only on that please.
Note. digital file will also be sent by the 14th also.  These are my in-class directions sheets and contain full measurments and step by step directions. The photos have not been watermarked and the sheets do not have my name on them, so they are demonstrator friendly to reuse them for a class. 
Demonstrators: you may offer the sheets for free with any $50 order.
Complete supply list and shopping list will be part of the directions.
Recommended supplies to assemble these projects as shown with the packets:
Stamps: 141724 Stamp Set Clear Mount, One Wild RideEmbossing folder: 138286 Boho chic embossing folder
Ink Pads: Stazon black, versamark ink, crumb cake,basic black marker
Recomended adhesives to have on hand:129026 Fast Fuse
For To Go packet customers all cardstock will be prepunched, precut, scored to make assembly as simple as possible.  I will also pre-tie any bows to make it easy to assemble.

Up to 60% off Year end Closeouts from Stampin Up!

Stampin' Up! has been doing a little year-end cleaning, and they've got some great deals for all of us! Year-End Closeouts will include holiday retiring products, clearance rack items, and current high-inventory catalog products. 

Use host code: U3ZY6U4H  
and receive 5 cards and a surprise from me for all orders over $25. I just mailed out the batch from last week's online sale!  
There are 4 different SU promotions happening at once