New Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog coming soon!!!

New Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog coming soon!!!

The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is going live on September 1st and this is a sneak peek of my pre-order: Demonstrators are able to order products from upcoming catalogs a month early.  If you cannot wait till September 1st to place your order, you can sign up as a Demonstrator and choose $125 in products from the new Holiday Catalog for your $99 Starter Kit!!!  and the shipping is FREE! You can find more details at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/brendakeenan/jointhefun or contact me with any questions My customers should be receiving their Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog in the next week or so and if you are interested in placing an order, I’d be happy to send you one as well.  Leave me a comment below or email me directly at brenda@keenankreations.com Here are a few holiday cards recently created with some of my favorite supplies: Isn’t he ADORABLE?!  This card uses the Howl-o-ween Treat stamp set and matching Boo to You framelits which is available as a bundle (#140840 $38.25) beginning September 1st.  It also uses the “Happy Haunting” Designer Series Paper.  That “BOO!” greeting is part of the framelit set too   I used a color combination of Rich Razzleberry, Black and Pumpkin Pie (I should have used Tangerine Tango to better match the paper!). How gorgeous is that embossed background?!  This card uses the new “Woodland” Embossing Folder (#139673 $8.50) and Soft Suede ink is sponged across the raised images.  That embossing folder is part of a bundle that includes the Among the Branches stamp set (#140872 $21.50) beginning September 1st.  The stamp set has 3 greetings (fall, Halloween and Christmas) and coordinating images (spooky eyes and raven, leaves, ornaments and snowflakes) making it a MUST have for the holiday season 😀  I used the following colors:  Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Hello Honey and Old Olive. My last card uses the new Snow Place stamp set which is available as a bundle with the matching “Snow Friends” Framelits (#140844 $45) beginning September 1st.  The background is embossed with the “Softly Falling” Embossing Folder.  I kept this color combination pretty simple with Bermuda Bay, White and Black (Pumpkin Pie for the feet and nose   Not sure if my snow is falling correctly or if it’s upside down! I will be sharing more projects using Holiday Catalog products over the next few months.  Please leave me a comment below and let me know what types of projects you’d like to see:  gift card holders, treat bags or boxes, cards, etc… Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed these projects using new products from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog that begins September...

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Just a quick post to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you enjoy good food, good company and good times today   Here are some cards from my downline for the November Card Challenge using the “Color Me Autumn” Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!   If you’re up for some shopping today, be sure to check out the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza for terrific savings...

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Paper Pumpkins for fall decorating!

Paper Pumpkins for fall decorating!

It’s so simple to create these Paper Pumpkins – perfect for fall decorating!   I used the “Color Me Autumn” Designer Series Paper from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog (page 41) and cut the 12″ x 12″ paper into 1″ x 6″ strips.  Stack 6 strips at a time and punch a hole at each end (about 1/4″ from the edge) with the 1/8″ Circle Handheld Punch.  Repeat for the other 6 strips (you’ll need 12 total for each pumpkin) and then stack all 12 strips and add a brad at each end.  Begin separating the strips until you have them all fanned out to create the pumpkin shape. I used some of the green paper (from the same Color Me Autumn DSP) and die-cut some leaves using the Autumn Accents die.  You can die-cut 3 pieces of the paper (2 if you’re using cardstock) at the same time too.  I folded the leaves in half to crease them down the middle for a little extra dimension and added them to the paper pumpkins with glue dots. I doubled up the Linen Thread and tie a bow and added it to the yellow paper pumpkin with a Glue Dot.  I used some thicker twine for the orange one.  If you want to see the other side of the designer series paper, just use less strips (6-8) and they will be spaced further apart. You can watch a video tutorial for these paper pumpkins at my Keenan Kreations YouTube channel: Here are the supplies I used:   Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog   Contact me if you would like to order Stampin’ Up! products (Brenda@keenankreations.com) or click the “Shop Online” link to the right if you prefer to place your order directly at my online store Here’s another picture showing some of the other patterns from the “Color Me Autumn” Designer Series Paper:   Do you see the smaller one in the front?  I used 8 strips of the patterned paper (3/4″ x 4″ ). It’s also pretty easy to slide the strips open and close so you can add candies inside and give them as treats Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll create some of these paper pumpkins as gifts for family and friends or as decorations for the fall...

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Create Easy Holiday Treat Boxes!

Create Easy Holiday Treat Boxes!

Do you love to create easy holiday treat boxes for your family and friends?  Check out these adorable boxes created with the Curvy Keepsakes Box die from Stampin’ Up! These little witches are perfect for Halloween treats and while they are a little bit scary they are also a little bit cute, don’t you think?!  Can you see the little wart on the end of her nose? These pumpkin boxes are great for treats but would also make a nice addition to a Thanksgiving centerpiece or personalized place settings at the table These little Santa treat boxes are so cute and perfect for gifts of cash, jewelry, small gifts and chocolates. The key for all of these easy to create holiday treat boxes is the Curvy Keepsakes Box die  from Stampin’ Up!     I will be filming video tutorials for all of the above projects but will not be posting them on my Keenan Kreations YouTube Channel.  I am going to share the videos in my next newsletter which will go out tomorrow so be sure to sign up for my Keenan Kreations newsletter right away! It’s easy to sign up, just look to the right and you’ll see my sign-up box   After you enter your name and email address, click Submit.  You’ll immediately receive an email with a link to click to confirm your subscription to Keenan Kreations mailing list I hope you like today’s projects showcasing the Curvy Keepsake Box die and will enjoy the video tutorials in my newsletter going out tomorrow, Monday, October 13th   If you’ve watched my video tutorials on YouTube, you know that I provide clear and concise instructions (not a lot of unrelated chit chat) and include tips and tricks to make your paper crafting fun and enjoyable.  Here are a few sweet comments from my YouTube subscribers:   “I really like this card. I like how you explained the tearing of the paper. I learn something new from you every time I watch your videos. You are my main inspiration. :)”  Nancy R “Lovely card Brenda. Oh I love the techniques you used for it. The way you alternated the stamp images makes it look so much better than some other random stamping I have seen. Also very much like the overlapping with the torn card. I will be trying this one, you teach so well. Thank you so much for sharing this.”  Linda K “That’s a lovely card – and your “fix” idea is fabulous! I often get an extra ink smudge on my piece and have to come up with ways to hide them (oops!)”  Cynthia F “Brenda. I have some of your video’s saved. I pause, work, pause, rewind. Etc...

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Fall card using Emboss Resist technique

Fall card using Emboss Resist technique

The Emboss Resist technique  works beautifully with this Fall card using the new Seasonally Scattered stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  It’s a very fun technique and my customers loved the results at class last week. Stamps:  Seasonally Scattered, Choose Happiness, Hardwood Ink:  Versamark, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry Paper:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White Accessories:  Embossing Buddy, White Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers   I love the hardwood stamp and it provides a great background for this fall card.  The little banners are stamped in the same color ink as the cardstock with a stamp from the Choose Happiness set.  That image can be die-cut with the Banners Framelits but it’s also a very easy one to trim with scissors.  The little points are slightly curled (I used my fingers but a Bone Folder would work too – I just couldn’t find mine! The “thanks” image from the Seasonally Scatter stamp set is stamped in Versamark on Whisper White cardstock and embossed with White Embossing Powder.  You could also use Clear Embossing powder for a similar look.  Whenever you’re embossing, be sure to use the Embossing Buddy – just rub it across your fingertips to remove the oil that can transfer the to cardstock and also across the cardstock before stamping and embossing. Sponge Daubers work great to add the different color inks over the embossed image, just remember to go in a soft, circular motion.  Keep repeating till you get the look that you like.  The Emboss Resist technique is definitely a “wow!” technique and pretty easy too Here’s a slightly different version of this Fall card:     At a class last week, one of my customers has a smudge on her card and we were trying to figure how to cover it up.  We decided to stamp the leaves from the Fall Fest stamp set (we were using that set to stamp the inside of the card and the envelopes) to stamp a pattern in the background of the greeting.  Each of the leaves were stamped in the same color ink as was sponged.  Meaning, the green leaf was stamped where the Old Olive was sponged, the orange leaf was stamped on top of the Pumpkin Pie, and so on… After stamping the leaves, you have to wipe off the excess ink with a tissue.  Even though the embossed image will resist the ink, some of the ink will sit there and need to be wiped off. You can watch a video tutorial for this project:   Please leave me a comment below and let me know which version of the Emboss Resist Fall card you...

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Clean and Simple Cards

Clean and Simple Cards

I recently received this beautiful card from one of my downline, Melanie, and LOVED the clean and simple look.  Black is a great background to the beautiful fall colors of that leaf, right?  She used the Square Framelits to die-cut the window opening and the greeting from the inside is framed perfectly.   I was inspired to create a similar clean and simple card with a few changes for my sister: My card has a base of Pear Pizzazz cardstock but I still wanted a “pop” of black and added the Black Taffeta Ribbon at the bottom with the knot centered beneath the square window.  The leaves from “Gently Falling” are stamped in Black Stazon on Whisper White cardstock and Sponge Daubers are used to add the fall colors:  Pear Pizzazz, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight.  I trimmed the leaves leaving a little border around the edges and then covered them with Versamark and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool.  The greeting from “A Dozen Thoughts” is stamped in Black Stazon on the inside and framed within the window die-cut with the Square Framelits. Since the greeting is from “A Dozen Thoughts” I thought it would be fun to share a dozen tidbits about my sister Sybil:   1) She is the oldest of 7 children (I am the youngest) 2) Her last name is Presley and she lives in Memphis 3) She writes poetry, short stories and even raps 4) She had also acted in several movies 5) She got Minnie Pearl from the Grand Ole Opry to wish our mom a happy birthday 6) She recently auditioned for America’s Got Talent (stand up comedy 7) We can’t sleep in the same room or we stay up too late giggling like little girls 8) She was a terrible baby sitter and my brother and I crossed a busy street (we were both still in diapers) and walked down to Mobile bay (I think she was on the phone talking to a boy) 9) She still has a ridiculously thick head of hair that she got from our mom 10) She volunteers and lifts people’s spirits with her performances 11) She used to sing in coffee shops when she was younger and one customer paid her to stop 12) She has the biggest and kindest heart of anyone I know   I’m sure you have someone in your life that’s equally special so why not create a clean and simple card and let them know?!   Have a great...

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