Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tip Tuesday- Storage- Part Four of Four- Reinkers

Reorganizing Ink Refills


For a long time I stored my Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills on the top of my Color Caddy. Makes sense—the bottle colors were supposed to be in the container above the row of corresponding ink pad colors. However, when I needed one I would end up looking through many (if not all the bottles in that section)—twice—to find the one I wanted to use. Sometimes I wouldn’t find it at all because I didn’t return it to the proper location the last time it was used. (It seems like a silly thing to be frustrated over, but there you go!)
 So, a while back I decided that it was time to reorganize my refills! My thought process . . . will I organize them by spectrum? Where will I put them? How can they be easily accessed?
Here was my solution!

Each color family is in its own placon box—and to my surprise, they all fit together . . . nice and snug! They don’t slide around, turn upside down, or end up out of order (heaven forbid)! And— because the cute factor IS important—I added labels to the boxes with theLabels Collection Framelits Dies and my favorite cardstock color from each color family. (Tip: To protect the label from getting dirty, die cut a label Window Sheet piece to attach over the top.) 
Of course, with the new storage boxes coming out, and new colors, I knew it was already time for an update. And, wouldn’t you know—MDS is here to help me, too! There is a new download called “Label This Craft Room.” It is a great tool for organizing your craft room/space supplies. This time, I made the font my favorite color and printed on Whisper White Cardstock

See the Label Your Craft Room download here.
I hope this little tidbit has helped—and that when you can buy the new storage boxes on May 31, you’ll be just as excited to organize. I have certainly wanted to use my refills more often now that I can find the one I need in a jiff!
Angie B.
Sr. Concept Artist

Monday, April 29, 2013

Masculine Monday- for the little guy- Guest Stamper Carole A

Today I wanted to share a great card with you by guest stamper Carole A.  

Carole made this card for her Great Grandson Wyatt's third birthday.  

It features the stamp set Little Friends on page 52 #122667 $21.95 and one of our new Photopolymer stamp sets called Designer Type #132956 $16.95.

I love how she totally customized this card by using the banners to put his name on the card, as well as making it a learning tool so he can count the 1's to add up to three.  Love It!  

Thanks so much for sharing your work and inspiring others!  

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Today I wanted to take a minute to share with you a great article for scrapbookers that was recently featured on the Stampin' Up! blog.  
It gives great tips and tricks for journalling, something we all struggle with from time to time. 
Hope you enjoy it! 
Documenting April + a few tips and tricks


It’s April! Things are starting to green up and bloom, we are spending more time outside playing . . . or at least we did last year. This year our April has been cold and snowy and I am still waiting for my tulips and the trees in my yard to bloom. Oh well. I so loved working on my pages for April. I say that every month, but it’s true. I love it! There is so much satisfaction in documenting these memories so I will never forget.  

I am getting a little more adventurous with my journaling. I really don’t like my handwriting but I decided to suppress my perfectionist instincts this month and just go for it. I am happy to say that it wasn’t as painful as I had feared. I actually like having some handwriting on my pages.  
This month I have put together some ideas and tricks to help get you started documenting your life.

  1. Fill a card with journaling. If there is a design on the card . . . just journal around it. Don’t want to fill up the whole card? Draw a frame around the card with a Stampin’ Write Marker.

2. Journal around an object. Here I used the uni-ball Signo Gel Pen to journal around the frame on this Happy Easter card. I love the white handwriting on the black card!

3. Don’t be afraid to add journaling to a card . . . even if it doesn’t look like it was made for journaling.

4. Add fun bold type over your photo using My Digital Studio. The font I used here is Abadi MT for “play” and Arial for the ampersand.

Add a frame of journaling around a photo.

6. Use the pattern on the Designer Series Paper for journaling.

Make the page protector work for you. Here I cut out the long horizontal photo strip on the page protector and just sewed the pieces I wanted to use back together.

Make a fun envelope to hold the journaling on subjects that are close to your heart.

Color on your washi tape. I love, love, love, washi tape. To add a different look to the gray-striped Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape, I colored it with Melon Mambo and Lucky Limeade Stampin’ Write Markers.

Add a journaling card in an unexpected way. Originally this journaling card was 3" x 4" with lines on it for journaling. I love the hello sunshine sunburst, so I just cut off the bottom part and added the top part to my card. (I can use the bottom part later.)

Add a little dimension and flair. I made this little flair button by running the large Soda Pop Tops through the Big Shot. It is then the perfect size for a little saying punched out with the 1" Circle Punch.
I hope this helps to get you inspired to dive in and start recording the moments in your life.
Arika B.
Concept Artist

Saturday, April 27, 2013

National Scrapbook Day- Saturday May 4th- Special Event

Hi Everyone! 

It is almost that time again....are you ready?  

National Scrapbooking Day is Saturday May 4th!  

What will you be doing to celebrate?  

Well I am hosting my monthly POTLUCK FREE CROP from 10 am to 4 pm....this is usually only open to girls who attend my classes....but this month, in celebration of National Scrapbook Day.....I am going to open it to EVERYONE.

I say the more, the merrier.  Now if you are not a scrapbooker, but a cardmaker, you can still join us. 

I look at this as a fun day of creating and friendship. 

Now seating is limited....so you must contact me to reserve your seat.

You bring your own projects and supplies and something to contribute to the potluck lunch. Suggestions are sandwiches, cheese and pickles, chips and dip, veggies and dip, or a dessert.  

Tea coffee and water are supplied all day long. 

Hope you can join us!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tutorial Thursday- Pom Poms - three kinds!

Stampin' Up! have done it again!  

They have shared with us three great ways to make Pom Poms!  

This great trend was hot in the 60's and are recently making a comeback in the crafting world! 

Be sure to share with me the ways you have used these pom pom's in your crafts!

Just follow the easy steps pictured below.

If you would like to create a garland, just thread a needle with a length of Baker’s Twine and run it through the pom poms.
After I finished making the Baker’s Twine pom poms, I began to wonder what would happen if I wound 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon around a fork instead of Baker’s Twine. To my surprise, the result looked very much like a marigold!
Then I thought: How can I create a bigger pom pom flower? The old-fashioned way: using cardboard donut shapes made with super-thin white cardboard, a 2-1/2" Circle Punch, a 1/2" Circle Punch, and our Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon. When I finished winding, cutting, and tying, out popped a daffodil . . . just the thing for embellishing a Mother’s Day gift! (Believe me . . . I don’t usually get this lucky!)

I could have kept going with flower-making . . . but then I saw a paper pom pom garland on Pinterest. I HAD to try that, too. The result: today’s Tricky Tip features three ways to make small pom pom projects—using Baker’s Twine, 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon, and Designer Series Paper. They are all so easy and fun!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Retired List Contest Winner

Here are my guesses for the 12 retiring stamp sets;

1) stylin snowfolk pg 16
2)christmas blessings pg19
3)day of gratitude pg27
4)topsy turvey celebration pg 41
5)every little bit pg 53
6)dress up pg 67
7) word play pg135
8) clock works pg 105
9)gently falling pg 86
10) papaya collage pg 75
11)build a blossom pg 95
12) silver setting pg 109 Dorothy 

That is 8/12 for Dorothy! Great Job! 

Well here is my list ?!?

Open Sleigh
Animal Talk
Fabulous You
Topsy Turvey Celebration
Hand Knit
Button, Button
Daring Adventure
Postage due
Hoop La La
Nature's Pace
Established Elegance
One In a Million

These are my guesses based entirely on my likes/dislikes!  See what Happens!  Carole

That is 8/12 for Carole!  Another Great Job! 

Geez I hate when this happens.  You both did so well.  

As per my contest guidelines, I am going to use random generator to choose a winner. To be fair I will give you each numbers as you entered the contest. 

Carole entered first so her number is one, and Dorothy entered second, so her number is two. (I had other entries, but they did not have as many correct as these girls did, or they were late entries and did not qualify)

Ok, drumroll please....and the winner of the ribbon cutter is: 

True Random Number Generator  1Powered by RANDOM.
Congratulations Carole!

Quickie Wednesday

For this edition of Quickie Wednesday, I wanted to share this super easy card with you:

I ran the white cardstock through an embossing folder and then grabbed a sponge and some ink and touched the raised areas. I used a decorative corner punch to jazz up the corners a bit.  The butterfly was embossed and pearls added. The decorative label punch for the greeting was layered.  If you want to know how this layering is done....just email me for the directions-Shel@shelscreativecorner.com

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tip Tuesday- Storage Part Three of Four

Here is part three of four in our Storage Series from Stampin' Up!

As much as I love my surroundings to be clean and organized, I am a hopelessly messy crafter. The busier I am, the bigger the messes I make. I’m always on the hunt for cute storage items that I can use to help keep me organized.
There are certain things that I love to keep close at hand—Paper Snips, a Bone Folder, SNAIL Adhesive, coloring & splattering tools, and the new Remember This and That Rotary Stamp.
In the dollar section of the local discount store, I found these darling metal buckets. They’re a great height for Stampin’ Write Markers and other tools. Using Basic Black Cardstock, the uni-ball Signo Gel Pen, the Big Shot, and Window Frames Collection Framelits, I created little chalkboard labels.

Now I can keep my essential supplies close at hand, while also attempting to be less messy. Feel free to share your thoughts on how you keep your space organized. (I need all the help I can get!)

Here’s to a Tidy Tuesday, a Well-Kept Wednesday, and a Flawless Friday!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Masculine Monday

Here is a great masculine card I made for a swap.  

I texturized the cardstock with the lattice embossing folder. 

The ribbon slide is actually a recycled pop can tab.  These can easily be colored with nail polish or permanent markers. How fun and great for the environment! 

Have you got any recycling tips for cardmaking or scrapbooking that you want to share?  Email me at shel@shelscreativecorner.com....I would love to hear from you! 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Shel's Weekly News

Shel’s Weekly News                  week of April 21, 2013

Because there have been so, so many changes, promotions, and time sensitive things with Stampin’ Up lately, I have decided to change how I do a few things, in effort to keep you better informed and so you have easier access to information.

  My Blog:  www.shelscreativecorner.blogspot.com also has some big changes. 

A.  You will see at the top of the page, that there is a new tab entitled “Promotions and Sales.” This is the area where I will keep all the information about current sales and promotions, and the date when they end.  Once they end, they will be removed. 

B.  You will see at the top of the page, that there is a new tab entitled Newsletters”.   I will store the last newsletter in this location for easy access in case you want it. 
_________________________________________________________________________________Retired list will be coming out on Wednesday April 24th- as soon as I have it I will post it here.  Don't forget to take part in the contest for your chance to win an awesome ribbon cutter by Imaginesce. ________________________________________________________________________________
Date change for April card class- due to unforseen circumstances, card class has been changed to Thursday April 25th.  Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.  If you can join us, we are going to be doing new techniques and making some amazing WOW technique cards! Contact me to reserve your seat. 

Host a Workshop or Join Stampin' Up! and get an additional $40.00 in products!

Between April 15 and May 30 we have two ways for you to earn more Stampin' Up! "money," which means more free products for you! 

  1. Host a $400 CA party and earn an additional $40 in FREE products!
  2. Join Stampin' Up! and get an extra $40 CA for your Starter Kit! {So, you can pick $195 in products of your choice and only pay $125--WOW!}

I recommend you hit up both! 
Contact me to take advantage of these offers today.
New Catalog Release Party- Thursday, May 30th- 5:30-8:30

Come out and be the first to check out all the wonderful new items in the new annual catalog!
Doorprizes- Free Make and Take- Samples, Snacks and More!  

New catalogs will be available-special price for this night only $5.00 each (save 50%)

Announcing New Cases for Wood Mount Stamps! 
Here is a link to a quick video on these from Stampin' Up!
Here is a photo of the new cases:  

 These are available May 31/13- and you can even purchase them empty!   

A pack of four half-size cases (3-3/4" x 5-1/2") will sell for $5.95 and a pack of four full-size cases (7-1/2" x 5-1/2") will be $8.95. 

 I'd like to drop the bomb- our next photopolymer stamp set has arrived!  
Bombs Away Birthday   item #133411 $16.95 


Color Refresh I wanted to take a minute to once again remind you of Stampin' Up! decision to rejuvenate their color lineup.  This means we are losing ten colors from our four main color families.  Here are the colors that are retiring: 

 What does this mean to you?  Well, this means that if you want paper, ink, ribbon, markers - anything in these colors you should order it NOW....cause once it is gone, it's gone...only available while supplies last

Now for the good news....what colors are coming in to replace these ones?  
 Yes, we have some returning favorites and a brand new never seen before color too!  Love that smoky slate...we needed a lighter, softer gray.....I am not so sure of the crushed curry...too close to the summer starfruit for my tastes...these will be available June 1 in the new catalog!

So here is an overview for you: 

  Go Retro- Best of 25 Years to celebrate their 25th anniversary SU is bringing back some of their favorite images – April’s Stamp Set is Best of Butterflies!Product number 133345 $17.95 Also available are January's Best of Birthdays, February's Best of Love and March's Best of Flowers.


  Upcoming Classes- contact me to reserve your seat:

   Thursday April 25- Card Class- new techniques!
Thursday May 2- Scrapbook Class- 

Saturday May 4- Potluck Free Crop- a relaxing day of fun- must preregister. 

Thursday May 16- Card Class- new techniques! 

Saturday May 18- It's All About Birthdays Card Class- 5 cards- must preregister before May 11th - cost is flat fee of $25.00 or free with $40.00 order

Thursday May 30- New Catalog Release Party 5:30-8:30- FREE

Thursday June 6- Scrapbook class

Saturday June 8-Potluck  Free Crop- a relaxing day of fun - must preregister.

Thursday June 20- Card class- new techniques!

Saturday June 22- Sympathy/Get Well/Wedding card class-must preregister before June 15th- cost is a flat fee of $25.00 or free with $40.00 order. 


  Weekly Summary:
My Digital Studio- reduced pricing- regular $99.95 now just $24.95 find more info here: 
Sent With Love-ends April 30- special bundle price- more info here: 
Spring Surprise- save 15% with bundle pricing-ends May 30-more info here:
This and That-our own version of Smash book/mini album!-save 15% with bundle pricing- ends April 30th - more info here:
Dude You’re Welcome-complete stamping kit for the male stamper more info here:
Photopolymer Stamp Set-great deal!- only while supplies last-  more info here:
Single Stamps- due to popularity, assortment 3 and assortment 4 will    be available until July 31, 2013  See more info here:
My Paper Pumpkin-monthly kit program shipped direct to your home-$24.95 per month see more here:  www.mypaperpumpkin.com
MDS New Releases- find this week’s new releases here:
Best of 25 Years Stamp Sets- April- Best of Butterflies, March- Best of Flowers, February- Best of Love, January- Best of Birthdays….see more info here:

If you have any questions about any of the above items, or to reserve a seat in my classes, contact me at 204-232-7744 or email shel@shelscreativecorner.com

Don't forget, the spring catalog ends May 30- make sure you get what you want before it is gone....