Halloween cards and treats!

Halloween cards and treats!

Do you need some ideas for your Halloween cards and treats?  Check out these samples using the newest products from the 2015 Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up!   This card was a project for my stamp camps last week and was cased with a few changes from the sample on page 39 of the Holiday Catalog.  I used Perfect Plum cardstock and embossed it with the new Woodland Embossing Folder (#139673 $8.50).  It is also available as a bundle with the Among the Branches stamp set (for the greeting, birds and spooky eyes) for a savings of 15% (bundle #140872 $21.50).  The greeting was stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink and die-cut with the Circles Framelits and Big Shot.   This card is going to be a project for my October stamp camp and uses the adorable Halloween Treat stamp set (also available as a bundle option with the Boo to You Framelits – #140840 $38.25 clear mount).  The background is sponged with Wisteria Wonder, Rich Razzzleberry and Pumpkin Pie inks.   This little Halloween Treat uses the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper die-cut with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (#137547 $40).  That girly skull is also from the Halloween Treat stamp set 🙂 Below are some of the swaps I received from the Stampin’ Up! Founders Circle event.  I wasn’t able to attend but a sweet friend swapped for me – thank you Lori Heiling!  These are some really awesome Halloween cards and treats:   Don’t you love how the “BOO!” belly band slips off and reveals the treat inside?   I really like the crisp, white background and the use of Washi Tape and the new Black Glimmer Paper.   You can see this card inspired my Halloween card with the sponged background 🙂   This card opens and then the greeting tucks just behind the “BOO” for a fun display.  I think this is also called an Easel card.   I’m going to have to try to figure this card out for my customers.  I’m pretty sure the background is sponged first (with the moon being masked) and then embossed with the Woodland Embossing Folder and the raised edges are ink with a brayer.  I think the birds are stamped last. I received over 100 swaps so I’ll have a lot more ideas to share with you over the next few months 😀 You can view the 2015 Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up! by clicking the link in the right side bar of my blog.  Orders can be placed at my online store or you can contact me and I’d be happy to place your order for you. Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂  I hope...

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Quick and Easy Valentine Treat

Quick and Easy Valentine Treat

Just a quick post to share a tutorial for this little treat that is SO easy to make using the new Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack in the new Occasions Catalog!  If  you don’t already have the new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs, just click the links to in the right sidebar 🙂     As promised, you can watch a video tutorial for this project at my Keenan Kreations YouTube channel: Remember you can order these products and more at my online store 🙂  Please let me know if you have any questions about the Sale-a-bration promotion (get something free with every $50 in products) and extra benefits for hostesses and new demonstrators. Have a great...

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Quick and Easy Valentine card!

Quick and Easy Valentine card!

Check out this quick and easy Valentine card using the new “Stacked with Love” Designer Series Paper – available in the new Occasions Catalog beginning January 6th:   Stamps:  Sheltering Tree Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento Paper:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Real Red, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer, Silver Foil Accessories:  Heart Punch, Heart Border Punch, Silver Taffeta Ribbon, Rhinestone, Circle Card Thinlits die, Dimensionals   The Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock is your standard card size:  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and scored down the middle at 4-1/4″.  The Real Red cardstock measures 3-3/8″ x 3-7/8″ and the Whisper White is a smidgeon smaller at 3-1/4″ x 3-3/4″.  The greeting is so sweet and would work for Valentine’s Day, Thinkjing of You and Thank You cards. You can purchase these supplies at my online store:   Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog   The “Stacked with Love” Designer Series Paper used on this quick and easy Valentine card is perfect for creating the “sour cream containers” too.  The paper stack includes 48 sheets that measure 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ which is the exact size needed for this adorable treat container:     You can fill this container with chocolates or small gifts for your co-workers, friends or your child’s classmates and teachers.  Be sure and check back later this week for a quick and easy video tutorial for this project 🙂   You’ll be able to order from the Occasions Catalog January 6th and also earn free products from the Sale-a-bration brochure!  Sale-a-bration is Stampin’ Up!’s annual promotion with benefits for customers, hostesses and new demonstrators: Customers can choose a free Sale-a-bration item with each $50 product order (before tax and shipping) Hostesses can earn an extra $25 in free product once their workshop reaches $250 for a total of $65! New Demonstrators can add free product to their $99 starter kit:  choose a free project kit from the Occasions catalog or choose 2 free Sale-a-bration items! If you haven’t already received your new catalogs, you’ll be able to view them online January 6th at my Stampin’ Up! website:  http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/brendakeenan/catalogs   Please let me know if you have any questions about the Sale-a-bration promotion and benefits for customers, hostesses and new demonstrators 🙂 Thank you for stopping by today.  Please leave me a comment and let me know if you like today’s project showing you a quick and easy Valentine card using the new “Stacked with Love” Designer Series...

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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,...

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How do you earn Stampin’ Up! hostess benefits?

How do you earn Stampin’ Up! hostess benefits?

Have you ever wondered how you could earn Stampin’ Up! hostess benefits?  In a nutshell, once your personal order (or a combination of orders from your friends) reach $150, you begin to earn hostess benefits.  I have lots of customers who earn hostess benefits on their personal order alone and many more who earn hostess benefits by hosting a workshop with their stamping friends.  I had a workshop this weekend for a long-time customer and repeat hostess, Pam and this was one of the make-n-takes:   This cute little treat was cased with a few changes from the sample on page 86 of the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  It was quickly and easily put together using the new Fry Box die and the “Fast Food Friends” stamp set 🙂  Check out the treat that was inside: The cello bag is filled with the Pik-Nik Shoestring Potatoes – yes, they still make them!  They were a favorite snack of my boys when they were little and I thought they were perfect for this project.  Here’s the list of supplies: Stamps:  Fast Food Friends Ink:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper Accessories:  Hexagon Punch, Fringe Scissors, 4″ x 6″ Cellophane bags, Real Red 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Glue For in-home workshops, I usually provide a couple of make-n-takes for free to allow the hostess and guests a chance to try out some of the products.  Pam is a repeat hostess so her make-n-takes are a little more involved since her group of stampers are very experienced. I also have some customers who like to gather orders from their stamping friends for a “book party” instead of a traditional workshop.  For these hostesses, I create a “hostess code” that their friends can use when placing their orders at my online store.  The hostess still earns benefits based on the totals of all the orders and I send out a couple of cute cards as a thank you for everyone that ordered. Check out the Stampin’ Up! Hostess Benefits chart to see what you can earn for placing a qualifying order (minimum $150) or hostessing a workshop or book party with your stamping friends:     Let me know if you would like to book an in-home workshop or book party so you can earn Stampin’ Up! hostess benefits...

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Easy Easter Treat Holder

Easy Easter Treat Holder

You will not believe how much fun you will have creating this pretty quick and easy Easter treat holder!   This is a different take on the “sour cream containers” I’ve posted previously at http://www.keenankreations.com//?s=sour+cream+container&x=0&y=0 but the idea is basically the same. Here are the step by step instructions with pictures 🙂 1) Start with 4″ x 6″ piece of pattern paper and add Sticky Strip to a short and long side on the back. 2) Remove the Sticky Strip and adhere the long sides together first to form a tube.  I used 4 markers bundled together with tape to help curve the paper and help wrap one side over the other – just make sure the markers don’t stick to the Sticky Strip on the short end. 3) Remove the marker bundle and close the end that has the Sticky Strip.  Try to have the overlapped edge near the end so you’re not folding on the bulky part. 4) Fold the open end (without Sticky Strip) in the opposite direction of the closed end (with Sticky Strip). 5) Fold the corners of the open end to begin forming the top of the carrot.   6) Unfold the bent corners, open up the tube a bit and tuck in the corners by pushing in the middle fold. 7) Punch a hole in the open end and then fill with Hershey’s chocolate eggs (I could get in 6). 8) Add ribbon (2 pieces about 10″ long). 9) Wrap the ribbon around itself to tie a knot at the top.  Stamp your greeting, punch it out and add it to the front with Dimensionals. 10) Another way to add the ribbon is to poke a hole through the carrot and the ribbons and secure with a brad. Here’s the list of supplies for this easy Easter treat holder: Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes Ink:  Pumpkin Pie or Gumball Green Paper:  Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Accessories:  Sticky Strip, Lg Oval Punch, brads, Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon (or Lucky Limeade Ruffled Edge ribbon – retired), Dimensionals, Crop-a-dile (or other hole punch), Hershey’s chocolate eggs I’ll be adding a video tutorial later today or tomorrow on my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/KeenanKreations.  If you haven’t already, please subscribe and share any videos you like with your stamping friends 🙂 We live on a small court and are very fortunate to have some of the nicest neighbors.  I’ll be making some of these easy Easter treat holders for the neighbor kids when they have their egg hunt next weekend...

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