Free Shipping!!! April 6th – 10th only!

Just a quick note to give you a heads up on the upcoming promotion from Stampin’ Up!     That’s right!¬† FREE SHIPPING on all orders April 6th – 10th ūüėĬ† (Excludes expedited shipping).   Here’s a couple of quick and easy cards that will help you use up your excess pretty papers too:   This card uses strips of the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack (3/4″ strips, varying lengths) to create a quick and easy card with a masculine feel     This card uses a 4″ square piece of Designer Series Paper and is easily scored with the Diagonal Plate and Simply Scored.   Video tutorials coming soon for both of these cards   Enjoy your weekend and stop by my online store to take advantage of the Free Shipping next...

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Black and White greeting cards!

Black and White greeting cards!

I love the Back to Black Designer Series Paper and think they are wonderful accents for your handmade greeting cards!¬† Check out the beautiful designs:   I used this paper as inspiration for my most recent card challenge for the members of my team of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.¬† I send them supplies for two cards and they can use as much or as little as they want and add their own supplies.¬† If they send me one card back, they are entered into a drawing for a chance to win all the cards ¬† I’ve added some of their submissions to my Keenan Kreations Facebook page and you can view them at:¬† https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.588945877909630.1073741836.154920527978836&type=3 I was inspired to create this card using the Back to Black Designer Series Paper and the Celebrate Today stamp set (with matching framelits):   Stamps:¬† Celebrate Today, From My Heart Ink:¬† Black Memento Ink, Daffodil Delight Blendabilities Paper:¬† Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Basic Black, Back to Black Designer Series Paper Accessories:¬† Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, Dimensionals, Gift Card Envelope Die, Balloon Framelits Black is a great accent color, especially when paired with a bright color like Daffodil Delight.¬† I’ll be honest, I chose Daffodil Delight because I wanted to use the Daffodil Delight Seam Binding – doesn’t it make the prettiest bow?! I colored the paper for the balloon with Daffodil Delight Blendabilities to create an ombre’ look.¬† And that brings me to a disappointing update.¬†¬†Stampin’ Up! has recently announced they are no longer carrying this product line due to an issue with the manufacturer that could not be resolved. If you¬†have Blendabilities¬† and they are working fine, continue to enjoy using them on your projects.¬† If you have any problems, please contact your demonstrator or Stampin’ Up! directly and they will help you with a refund or exchange. If you have purchased them but not received them (didn’t ship due to backorder), then Stampin’ Up! or your demonstrator will contact you regarding a refund or exchange.¬† If the backordered Blendabilities were a Sale-a-bration free item, you can choose a different Sale-a-bration item.¬† If they were free with Stampin’ Rewards (aka hostess benefits), then you can choose different product.¬† If they were a purchased item, then you can get a refund. I hope you enjoyed today’s project and will be inpsired¬†to give the Back to Black Designer Series Paper a try with your greeting...

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Clean and Simple Greeting Card

Clean and Simple Greeting Card

Don’t you just love the look of a clean and simple greeting card?¬† Today’s project was inspired by a swap I received at the Stampin’ Up! Founders Circle trip earlier this month.¬† This card will also be the make-n-take at Cottage Crafts tomorrow.   (this card was cased with the tiniest of changes from Dawn Olchefske’s swap) Very Vanilla cardstock is used for all the layers which measure as follows: card base:¬† 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ 1st layer:¬† 5-1/4″ x 4″ 2nd layer:¬† 4″ x 2-3/4″ 3rd layer:¬† 3-3/4″ x 2-1/2″ Here are the supplies: Stamps:¬† Ornamental Pine, Gorgeous Grunge, Wetlands Ink:¬† Old Olive, Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso Paper:¬† Very Vanilla Accessories:¬† Early Espresso Twine, Dimensionals Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog   This technique for layering on this clean and simple greeting card¬†is SO simple too!¬† Lay the smallest piece of the Very Vanilla cardstock (3-3/4″ x 2-1/2″) on top of the first layer (5-1/4″ x 4″) directly in the center.¬† You could lightly “tack” it down with temporary adhesive but I simply set it on top.¬† Ink up the branch from Ornamental Pine in Old Olive and stamp it where the image is very close to the top and sides of the larger layer.¬† Press very firmly and hold the smaller¬†cardstock in place when lifting up the stamp.¬† Stamp the Gorgeous Grunge image in Baked Brown Sugar at an angle so the image overlaps both layers.¬†¬† Stamp the pine cone in Baked Brown Sugar and the greeting in Early Espresso. Adhere the smaller stamped piece to the slightly larger Very Vanilla cardstock (4″ x 2-3/4″) and add Dimensionals to the back (about 6).¬† Add the Early Espresso Baker’s Twine to the largest layer and adhere to the front of the folded Very Vanilla cardstock.¬† Add the smaller panel with Dimensionals to the center of the front of the card.¬† That’s it – told you it was easy ūüėȬ† I also stamped the inside of the card and the envelope to match:   ¬†   Even though this stamp set is from the Holiday Catalog, I think the images work great for nature and masculine cards too.¬† If you don’t have a copy of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog, you can click the link in the right side bar to view all of the stamps and accessories. Leave me a comment below if you’d like me to upload a video tutorial for this project.¬† If you’re in the San Jose area, please stop by Cottage Crafts tomorrow (11:30-1:30pm) for the make-n-take and create this clean and simple greeting card with me...

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How to create a masculine card

How to create a masculine card

Have you ever wondered how to create a masculine card?¬† I have a “thing” for flowers and my stamp collection is decidedly slanted to the more feminine styles but we can’t forget about the guys, right?!¬† I recently purchased the “World of Dreams” stamp set with the hope that it could work for both masculine and feminine cards and I think today’s project proves that this set is perfect for guys and gals¬† The sample below was a make-n-take at Cottage Crafts¬†on Monday¬†and everyone LOVED how easy it was to create.¬†¬†I chose Crumb Cake as the base because it’s a neutral color and also kind of a “woodsy” one that I think works well with the images in this set.     Stamps:¬† World of Dreams, Wetlands Ink:¬† Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Black Stazon Paper:¬† Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White Accessories:¬† Stampin’ Sponges, Linen Thread, Deco Labels Framelits, Dimensionals   All of the images are from the World of Dreams stamp set except for the greeting.¬† I love bold images as they are super quick and easy – just ink and stamp!¬† We sponged Crumb Cake ink around the edges of the Crumb Came and Whisper White cardstocks and the little bow is added with a Glue Dot.¬† The little strip of Mossy Meadow cardstock was 1-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and after the top and bottom were torn, ended up being about 1″ wide. This card would really work for a variety of occasions and some of my customers purposely left the greeting off so they could decide on the greeting later. When you’re trying to figure out how to create a masculine card, consider these tips: keep it simple (resist the urge to “fussy” it up!) use one or two neutral colors along with a “middle-of-the-road” color (one that’s not too bright or too soft) add elements of texture (like sponging, tearing, crinkling or embossing) choose images that are geometric or nature-like keep embellishments to a minimum   Here is another variation of the same card with slight changes in the layout but a more vibrant color combination:     The “Hello Honey” background is a lot brighter and very cheerful but I think it still works for a masculine card.¬† This card was cased with a few changes from a sample I found online by fellow demonstrator,¬†Mercedes Weber.¬† My customers will be creating this version at my stamp camps this week I hope you enjoyed todays project and would love to hear your tips on how¬†you create masculine cards so please leave me a comment...

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Happy Father’s Day card

Here’s a quick and easy (sort of – more on that later!) Happy Father’s Day card for my husband: I knew I wanted a “clean and simple” card, something as unfussy as possible and have been wanting to use the new Little Letters dies on page 228 of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.¬† You get 26 letters that measure about 3/4″ high for only $26.95.¬† To spell DAD, you have to do the first two letters and then run it through the Big Shot a second time for the last D.¬† I used the Magnetic Platform but¬†you could also use the standard platform with post-it-notes over the letters to keep them from moving. I stamped the “Happy Father’s Day” greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Black Stazon and die-cut with the Bitty Banners Framelits.¬† I trimmed the right end of the banner to give it a straight edge and popped it up with Dimensionals.¬† The Old Olive cardstock (4 1/8″ by 5 3/8″) is also popped up with Dimensionals and layer onto the front of the card (Basic Black cardstock, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″). I knew I wanted to use the Black Chevron Ribbon but I’m a little bothered by the optical illusion created by the chevron print.¬† If you lay a piece of that ribbon across your cardstock, one end will look wider than the other.¬† Being a Virgo, I just can’t handle it – I know that sounds crazy but I just can’t help it!¬† So I thought maybe I could make a tie with that ribbon and went to YouTube to find a video on how to tie a tie with ribbon.¬† There was nothing.¬† Not a single video.¬† So I found a video on how to tie a real tie: Even though I used ribbon instead of a real tie, the directions in this video were pretty straight forward and worked.¬† Eventually¬†ūüėČ ¬†It¬†did take¬†me a couple of tries and more than a little “fussing” to get it just right – maybe I should do a video? ūüėȬ† I added a few Glue Dots to the tie to keep the shape of the neck part and to keep it lined up right on the card.¬† I really like the way it turned out and my husband loved his Happy Father’s Day card ūüėÄ Here’s what the Little Letters dies look like: #133730 #28.95 The little holes are to help the letters release from the dies (you can use a embossing stylus to poke¬†it a bit)¬†but I think using wax paper would help them to release more easily.¬† To use the wax paper, just add it between the cardstock and the dies.¬†...

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Another Masculine Birthday Card

Another Masculine Birthday Card

I really enjoyed the masculine birthday card in my earlier post and decided to create another one!¬† This card was also the make-n-take for Cottage Crafts earlier this week except for the addition of the Pearls.¬†¬†I found a really sweet card by Rachel Tessman (you can view her card at http://www.pinterest.com/pin/110901209549021359/) and was inspired to create this one using the By the Tide stamp set – a perfect set for a masculine card!     Stamps:¬† By the Tide, Perfectly Penned Ink:¬† Soft Suede, Marina Mist Paper:¬† Marina Mist, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla Accessories:¬† Pearls, Stampin’ Sponges, Linen Thread   The base of the card is Marina Mist (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″) which is a really great “middle of the road” blue.¬† It’s not too dark and it’s not too light ¬† Plus, the name “Marina Mist” seems meant to be used with the By the Tide set ūüėČ The lobster, fish and seashell are stamped with Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla cardstock (5 1/2″ x 2 1/8″).¬† I purposely stamped the lobster and seashell so part of the image is off the paper and the fish is a little right of center.¬† The coral image is stamped in Marina Mist in the spaces between the images.¬† The coral image is light and lacy and it’s ok that it overlaps the other images.¬† I used a Stampin’ Sponge to add Soft Suede ink around the edges and tied a simple knot around the left side with Linen Thread before layering¬†to Soft Suede cardstock (5 1/2″ x about 3″).¬† I started with a larger than needed piece of the Soft Suede cardstock so I would¬†have enough extra to hold and tear across the bottom.¬† More sponging¬† with the Soft Suede ink before it’s layered to the front of the card.¬† I added¬†a few Pearls here and there, including one to dot the “i” in the greeting. The greeting for this masculine birthday card is from the Perfectly Penned stamp set:   and is part of the retiring stamps which means it’s only available while supplies last!     You can view ALL the retiring stamps and accessories at my online store (click the link to the right) or you can print the lists: Retiring Stamps Retiring Accessories Some of the retiring stamps and accessories have already sold out so it’s best to shop sooner than later.¬† This week is better since Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING through Friday, April 25th!     I’m also offering free cards/cardfronts for order placed April 21-25th as a thank you and you can view some of these cards/cardfronts in this video:     You can place your...

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