Thursday, January 31, 2013

Project 365, Day #31

Hello!

This will be a quick post, I am pretty tired tonight.   I worked putting furniture together again this morning.  Alyssa goes back to school on Saturday so, I took the girls to Disneyland this afternoon and we got home about 8pm.  I wanted to finish putting together the 4 drawers to my table, so I did that and then I started on my butterfly.  I have another illustration for you.  Here is butterfly #31.



I am not sure how I feel about this one.  I  like parts of it but not sure I like it as a whole.  I made it a entire month!  It's hard to believe a month went by already.  I am pretty happy with my butterflies for this month,  a few could use a little help.  : )  Thanks for taking a look and joining me on this project!  Have a great evening.

Take care,
Kelly
 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Project 365, Day #30

Hello!

A busy day for me.  I am still cleaning and organizing, but it turned into a big one.  I decided to move furniture around and build furniture today.  So I am a bit tired.  I decided to do a pen and ink drawing tonight.  Here is butterfly #30.



I knew I wanted to use circles today.  I was going to make a butterfly with felt and cut out circles for designs, but the studio is to much a mess now.  I drew the outlines and added the smaller circles first, then added the larger ones for background.  Then, just a few more shapes to fill it in.  That's all for tonight.  Have a good one!

Take care,
Kelly

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Project 365, Day #29

Hello,

I hope everyone had a good day.  I decided I needed to reorganize and clean my studio, (which is the garage).  Studio sounds much nicer though.  : )   I took some pictures to show you how messy my work space gets after I work for a couple weeks.  I am not sure I will share them now though because it was a huge mess.  Maybe after I finish all the cleaning I will show the before and after.  Well I stopped working about 8pm.  I decided to do pen and ink butterfly again.  Here is butterfly #29.


I did lightly sketch this butterfly first with pencil.  I then went over with black marker.  When I am doing this type of design, I find I need to do pencil first otherwise I go through to many sheets of paper.  I really like the way this one turned out.  Let me know what you think.  Have a great evening.  Thanks for stopping by.

Take care,
Kelly

Monday, January 28, 2013

Details for Day #28 butterfly

Hello again,

Here are all the detail for today's card and butterfly.  I also have a different view, so you can see the depth of the butterfly.


Supplies:

So Saffron Ink
So Saffron Card Stock
Baja Breeze Card Stock
Baja Breeze 1/2" Seam Binding
So Saffron 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon
5/8" Crochet Trim
Antique Brads
Vintage Trinkets
Glue Dots
Snail Adhesive
Paper Doilies - Spring Catalog
Pretty Petites Stamp Set - Sale-a-bration
Petite Curly Label Punch - Sale-a-bration

I used a sponge dauber to add color to the paper doily.  I wanted it to blend in with the background and just have a color on color effect.  I added two little strips of Baja Breeze card stock, that I dry embossed first.  An Antique Brad adds a nice detail in the corner.  The small piece of crochet trim has a little button brad, from Vintage Trinkets, in it.  I described the butterfly details in the first post but the lengths of the two pieces where 4" for the top wings and 3" for the bottom wings.  I used glue dots to put the wings on the butterfly body and I used dimensionals to adhere the butterfly to the card.  The greeting is stamped in So Saffron on So Saffron.  I have a little peak of Baja Breeze card stock behind it  for detail.  The punch and stamp set are two of the possible free items you can get during Sale-a-bration.  Have a great evening and thanks for stopping by!

Take care,
Kelly

Project 365, Day #28

Good evening,

I hope you are all doing well.  I actually finished my butterfly early tonight.  I wanted to get it done, so I could start beading again.  I decided to make a card tonight.  Here is butterfly #28.


I created the butterfly out of pieces of ribbon.  I cut four separate pieces and then attached the ends with glue dots.  The body is made from a punched piece.  I dry embossed and then sponged ink on the body, to add a little depth.  I added a few other details to the card.  I kept the colors soft because I wanted it to have a old/vintage look.  This card would be better suited for hand delivery, otherwise the poor butterfly would get pretty squished.  : )  Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,
Kelly


Single Stamps and Best of 25 Years Stamps


Hello!

I hope everyone is doing well!  Here are two more specials going on right now from Stampin' Up!.


SINGLE STAMPS


Ten Never-Before-Seen Images!

Stampin' Up! had a great response so far to their experiment with single stamps. So much so that they are making ten more never-before-seen images available as single stamps available through March 31, 2013.

Details
  • These stamps are available on any order type-customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online. 
  • You can find the stamp item numbers on the flyers.
  • Single stamps can be ordered in the online store.
  • These won't be sent in our typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to buy a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyer. 
  • There's no limit on how many pieces you can buy.
  • These stamps are only available through March 31, 2013, so get them while you can!
Flyers (Updated: 1/15/2013)


BesT OF 25 YEARS STAMPS



As part of Stampin' Up! 25-year anniversary celebration, they're bringing back some of their favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!
Some things to note:
  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month, all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, starting in February we're including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.

Download the monthly flyer:

Lots of fun stuff!  If you have any questions, just ask!  I am here to help.  There is a lot going on right now and especially this year, because Stampin' Up! is celebrating it's 25th Anniversary!  I still have one more announcement for you, that I'll tell you about tomorrow.

Enjoy your day!

Take care,
Kelly


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Project 365, Day #27

Hello,

Today I had a beading class for six hours.  I was learning how to make a "Anemone Bracelet".   It is a lot of work but a lot of fun as well!  I will show pictures when I am done.  I am totally addicted to the beading.  I came home from the class, did a few chores, had dinner and then started beading again.  I really want to finish it. : )  I had to force myself to stop so I could do the butterfly.  I decided to do a pen and ink drawing tonight.  Here is butterfly #27.


I did a profile view tonight.  A simple design with a little stipple work.  I like to do stippling but I need to get some new pens so I can do different sizes.  That way I can get different tones and do more shading.  I hope you enjoyed this butterfly.  I'm off to do a little more beading.  Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,
Kelly


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Project 365, Day #26

Hello!

This is a quick one again tonight.  We had an afternoon showing of War Horse at the Segerstrom Concert Hall.  It was great!!  All the girls loved it as well as Chris and I.  We had a nice dinner as well after the show.  We just got home and I knew I still needed to do a butterfly.  I have a beading class tomorrow again, so I decided to do something simple.  Here is butterfly  # 26.



I just dumped some of the beads onto a foam mat.  I arranged them to look like a butterfly.  Not to in depth but at this point of the night, I think this is my best.   Did I mention we had a nice bottle of wine with dinner?  Chris and I have been juicing and only eating one nice meal at dinner, so a bottle of wine is huge for us.  It was a really nice day and a wonderful show and dinner!  A little more family time and off to bed!  Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,
Kelly

Friday, January 25, 2013

Project 365, Day #25

Good Evening,

I hope everyone is doing well.  I took a bead class today.  It was a two hour clinic where we learned the Herringbone stitch.  We learned the tubular and flat herringbone stitches.  It was a fun class.  I haven't taken any classes before so it was nice to learn from a person.  I am definitely a visual learner.  I have lots of how to books, but if I can see someone demonstrate it, I catch on much more quickly.  I decided to try the flat herringbone stitch with a butterfly to make a bracelet.  Here is butterfly #25.


I haven't finished the bracelet yet.  Right now it is 3/4" wide and about 3 1/2"long.  I will be adding one more butterfly and then need to learn how to finish the ends.  I first sketched the butterflies on graph paper.  Just rough sketches.  The butterflies might be easier to see in the sketches though.


The bottom two were the original ones I was planning on doing, but I only started with 8 beads instead of the 10 I sketched out.  Of course I didn't realize it until I had stitched 20 rows of the green beads.  I decided not to start over at that point and just re-did the sketch.  So, the butterfly might be a little harder to see but it still works.  Different bead colors are also another option to make the butterfly a little more visible.  Hopefully I will finish the bracelet soon and then I will show you the finished bracelet.  Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,
Kelly
















Sale-a-bration is here!


Hello!

There is so much going on right now at Stampin' Up! that is hard for me to get a handle on it all! 

I am going to start with one of the best times, Sale-a-bration!  Who doesn't love free stuff?!  I know I do and now is a great time to be a customer, hostess or even join the family.  I have all the details below but if you have any questions, please just ask!  You can view the brochure online if you did not receive one from me.  The layout on this one is different from years past, so take your time looking at it.  I know it took me a while to see all the great things I could get.

I would love to get out and share ideas with you guys!  If you are like me and would like to get your friends together for a fun evening(or day), let me know.  We can make your gathering fun and focus on what you would like to see.  A couple simple ideas or a complex one, it's up to you.  Call or email me if you would like to book your fun time and we will work out the details.  I look forward to sharing all these great ideas with you!  Of course if you feel more comfortable having people over at my house, that is always an option, and you can have your fun time here!

You can also always shop online at my store : http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/kellygodlewski, and still get all the great benefits of Sale-a-bration. 

This year I will be having a special get together after Sale-a-bration.  If you spend $150 in total (pre-tax) sales, over the length of Sale-a-bration, then you will be invited my get together.  You will make samples using the Sale-a-bration items, giving you more ideas on ways to use your items.  I will also have other goodies and door prizes for you as well.  If you qualify for the gathering but can't make it, then I will email you all the ideas, so you still have all your inspiration.

Here are all the details.   




Love to shop? How about shopping and getting rewarded? Welcome to Sale-A-Bration!

You may choose any one product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for every $50* you spend. This year's offering includes exclusive stamp sets and accessories, as well as a selection of catalog stamp sets, digital content CDs, ribbon, buttons, and even an embossing folder! Now, more than ever, there's something for everyone!

View the Sale-A-Bration brochure here

*Excluding tax and shipping


Sale-A-Bration +  Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary = the best time to host a Stampin' Up! party!

Get FREE Silver Glimmer Paper when you host a $150 workshop!* 
Get a FREE hostess bundle when you host a $400 workshop!*
Hostess Bundle Details: The Hostess Bundle includes

Madison Avenue stamp set (wood- or clear-mount)
Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack

*Offers are not incremental (i.e., a hostess does not receive two packages of Glimmer Paper for a $300 workshop or two bundles for an $800 workshop). Offer is valid on all order types, including orders from my Online Store.  If your order online, through my store, you will be prompted to select your qualifying bundle selection with a $400 order. You will be required to use one of the following item numbers for your free bundle:

Wood-Mount Hostess Bundle: 133316
Clear-Mount Hostess Bundle: 133317
Free Glimmer Paper: 133318



Sale-A-Bration + Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary = 25% more Starter Kit products for FREE!

   Even better, Stampin' Up!'s New Demonstrator Starter Kit is completely customizable! Build your Starter Kit your way! For just $99, you get your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products!  That's the normal amount but during Sale-a-bration it's $156.25!
A business supply pack valued at $65!  That's a total value of $221.25!

You can enjoy this special and do this for the hobby or run it as a business, it's up to you! There are many great perks to joining the Stampin' Up! family, you can see more details at my website, or contact me.

That's a lot of information!  Let me know if you have any questions.  Have a great day!

Take care,
Kelly





Thursday, January 24, 2013

Project 365, Day #24

Hello!

Today I was working on a different way to make my little zipper pouches.  I am always reworking my patterns, so they look just right.  I'm a 'little' obsessive compulsive when it comes to things I make.  I want them to look great, finished well and last.  They usually are from the start, but I find I can always tweak things.  I wanted to make a little zipper pull for the zipper pouch.  Here is butterfly #24.



It is a simple beaded butterfly.  I was just playing with different ideas and came up with this.  It is to big to work for a zipper pull and doesn't have the stability I want, but it's a start.   You can see the size of it on the pouch below.


I need to work on the design some more, but for today, it's a good start.  Have a great evening and thanks for stopping by.

Take care,
Kelly

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Project 365, Day #23

Hello!

I hope everyone is doing well!  I hope none of you get the flu this year as well!  I was feeling great yesterday.  Today I woke up a little tired, but by lunch I had the chills.  The fever spike did not start until about 3:00pm.  So, needless to say I am not feeling to well.  This will be a very quick one tonight. I have a quick butterfly, inspired by my husband Chris.  He actually put a couple pairs of shoes together last night for my butterfly.  I told him thank you of course, but I said I needed to make the butterfly.  I already had a butterfly in my mind for yesterday.  I didn't do the shoes today, but I did lay out a quick butterfly with fabric.  Here is butterfly #23.



Some beautiful batik fabrics that I use for my clutches and messenger bags.  Nice and simple.  Thanks for stopping by and stay healthy!

Take care,
Kelly

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sale-a-bration is here! and supplies for butterfly #22

Hello!


SALE-A-BRATION 2013 is Here!


Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!'s premiere promotional event, is an annual party with loads of free products! This year's party is better than ever because Stampin' Up! is celebrating it's 25th anniversary! 



Click here to learn more!

I will have more information and details tomorrow!  I am just getting everything organized.  Click on the image above if you want more details now and it will take you to my Stampin' Up! site where you can see everything.  You can also download the Sale-a-bration brochure if you didn't receive one.  Be sure to check back tomorrow or post a comment if you have any questions.

Here are the supplies for butterfly #22.  I used the stamp set Madison Avenue, which is one of the exclusive free Sale-a-bration sets you can choose from.  I used Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo and Basic Gray Inks.  

Have a great evening!

Take care,
Kelly





Project 365, Day #22

Hello,

I hope everyone is doing well.  Today I decided to use a stamp set to create the butterfly.   I used a couple of the stamps to do repetitive stamping.  I take one stamp and one color and just keep stamping on top of each other.  I also stamp continuously with one inking of the stamp to get the lighter shades of the color.  Nothing to exciting but it does create a different effect.  Here is butterfly #22.


It is stamped on a full sheet of card stock, so it is pretty big.  I did a little bit of masking with a post-it note, so the body and the flowers in the lower wing, kept their edges.  That's what I have for you today.  Have a great evening!

Take care,
Kelly

Monday, January 21, 2013

Project 365, Day #21

Hello!

How are you doing today?  Today was a good day.  We have had warm weather again, so it has been nice to get out and do a little cleaning up outside.  We are painting our shed out back.  I believe it was Chris' and Alyssa's idea combined, to paint the shed.  Alyssa said she wanted to paint it and then Chris brought up the idea to paint the door of the shed, the Tardis.  Any Dr. Who fans out there??  So she is painting Starry Night on the two visible sides and the door will be the Tardis.   We painted a base color today, so it was an easy thing for me to paint a quick butterfly.  Here is butterfly #21.



A nice quick butterfly and then we went on to paint the two sides of the shed.  I didn't take pictures of the base color yet, because we finished and it was getting to dark.  I will keep you updated on how it looks.  I am excited to see how it turns out.  Alyssa is also excited to paint it.  I really enjoy painting.  Painting the base coat today was nice and relaxing.  I have always enjoyed painting but it is even more relaxing when I get to paint a design or mural.   Even though I am not painting this mural, it will be cool to see how it progresses and of course the final work.  Have a good evening!

Take care,
Kelly

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Project 365, Day #20

Hello!

It's funny, typing the title and listing the date makes this project more daunting.  I am only on day 20, which is good because I don't want the year to fly by but on the other hand, 365 days of butterflies is quite the project.  I am working on sticking with it.  Some days seem harder than others.

On to today's butterfly.  Today we got some work done in the morning and got to relax in the afternoon.  I started drawing a butterfly today and decided to color it in as well.  Here is butterfly #20.


I drew the butterfly first with pencil and then outlined it with a black marker.  Then I colored it in with color pencils.  I was using the girls colored pencils.  I would have liked to blend the colors a little more but it didn't work to well with those colored pencils.  I don't remember the last time I colored anything in.  It was pretty nice and relaxing.  I hope you like this one.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Have a great night and thanks for stopping by.

Take care,
Kelly

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Butterfly #19 Details


Hello again,

Here are the supplies for butterfly #19.


Wisteria Wonder Card Stock
Calypso Coral Card Stock
Elegant Eggplant Card Stock
Word Window Punch
Bird Builder Punch
Snail Adhesive

I punched a couple of birds out of the Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral card stocks.  I only trimmed the little beaks off the birds.  I layered them on the Wisteria Wonder word window piece.  I added a couple wing pieces in the Calypso Coral.  The little 'tear drop' looking pieces, are the leaves that I cut off from the branch, of the Bird Builder punch.  The antenna are also from the branch.  I cut off the other leaves, just leaving the one for the top of the antenna.  So there you have it, a different looking butterfly from a bird punch.  Not to bad, I hope enjoyed this one.  Thanks for stopping by.

Take care,
Kelly

Project 365, Day #19

Hello,

I hope everyone had a good day.  I am still not feeling well but Molly is feeling better, so that's good.  We had tickets to see How to Train Your Dragon, Live Spectacular tonight.  Everyone enjoyed the show.  The animatronics were great and they even had Hiccup and Toothless flying, which was pretty cool.

I knew I would be gone for most of the evening so I worked on my butterfly before we left.  I decided to do a butterfly with punches again.  Here is butterfly #19.



For today's butterfly I used a punch called Bird Builder.  It has a bird body, wing and branch, all on the one punch.  I also used the Word Window punch, which I used for the body.  A little different looking butterfly.  I think the color combo is a little different as well and I like the way it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Take care,
Kelly

Friday, January 18, 2013

Project 365, Day #18

Hello!

Today's butterfly is a simple one.  I am still a little under the weather so I knew I wouldn't be able to stand up long in the studio and work on something.  Molly asked for Pomegranate seeds the other day, so today I seeded a Pomegranate for her.  Here is butterfly #18.



Fresh pomegranate seeds and a little fresh dill.  The seeds were quite yummy.  Molly really enjoyed them as well.  This was the first time I seeded a pomegranate, I always thought it was much more difficult but it was pretty easy.  I will definitely do it more often now.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Friday!

Take care,
Kelly

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Project 365, Day #17

Good evening!

It's getting late and down to the wire for this one.  : )  I am feeling a bit under the weather and I was thinking I would do a quick butterfly with punched flowers.  I still did that, but it definitely was not a quick one.  I should know by now that I usually don't get things done quickly.  Here is butterfly #17.




I punched all the little flowers and then distressed them with a stylus on a piercing pad.  You can see the difference in the flowers in the second picture.  I then used glue dots to adhere all the flowers to a die cut butterfly.  I probably spent to much time placing the flowers but I really have a hard time putting things together quickly, especially when I have an idea in my head.

That's all for tonight.  Off to take some more Vitamin C and get some sleep.  Have a great night.

Take care,
Kelly

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Project 365, Day #16

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a good evening.  Molly is still home sick.  She is feeling better but her fever keeps coming back.  : (

I got to clean the studio a bit today.   I make a big mess when I work and it was getting pretty bad.  It was nice to clean and get things organized again.  I have lots of different supplies and sometimes finding the space to organize them is the problem.  I don't like to get rid of things, in case I can use it someday.  Here is butterfly #16, made from things I have been hanging on to.


The backing is jean material, from an old pair of the girls jeans.  There are also buttons and fabric covered brads.  The body is made from pom pom trim.  I sewed the pom pom trim on with the sewing machine and I sewed the buttons on by hand.  I like the way this turned out and it will be fun to add this to another project.  When I showed it to the girls they loved it and Molly immediately asked "Can I have it?".  I hope you like butterfly #16.  Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,
Kelly



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Project 365, Day #15

Hello!

A quick post tonight again.  I am not feeling well today along with Molly, who is definitely battling the flu.  I was trying to figure out something to do but nothing was 'popping' into my head.  I saw a box full of paper ornaments I was working on for gifts this past Christmas and decided I would do something easy and just make them into a butterfly.  Here is butterfly #15.



Really simple for sure.  I thought it needed some antenna's so I added some ribbon to it.


Now it is a complete butterfly (in my eyes).  Definitely simple but it is a butterfly. Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone is doing well!

Take care,
Kelly


Monday, January 14, 2013

Project 365, Day #14

Hello!

Today will be a quick post.  Molly was home sick today with a very high fever.  I think she might have the flu.  I'm trying to make sure everyone is taking their Vitamin C and such so no one else gets sick.

I had a bunch of little fabric butterflies left over from when I cut out the butterflies for the ring yesterday.  I wanted to add them to a card.  Here is butterfly #14.



I wanted to make a simple card.  This is simple but I have to be honest and I don't think I like it anymore.  : )  I already spent about 45 minutes working on it and I decided it was getting to late to start all over again.  I am trying to do 365 days of projects, so I need to not be to picky.   This is hard for me to do but I am trying to learn and grow.  Here is a side view, to get a little better look at the ribbon and punches.


Well that's all for tonight!  Have a great evening!  Thanks for stopping by.

Take care,
Kelly

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Project 365, Day #13

Hello!

Today is Chris' birthday, so the day was spent letting him enjoy it how he would like.  I was spending time on my butterfly before we went to dinner and then a little after.  I wanted to work with fabric today.  Her is butterfly #13.



There are six layers of fabric cut with a butterfly embosslit.  Two of the layers are backed with a fusible interfacing to give it a little more strength and stability.  I hand sewed a blanket stitch around the butterfly edges with a metallic thread, sewing over a wire.  I added the wire to add a detail and to also make the butterfly 'adjustable' of sorts.  I finished with a zig zag stitch down the center, done on the sewing machine, in the same metallic thread.  I wanted to make this butterfly into a ring.



I know there are other ways to finish this into a ring but I was using what I had on hand.  So here is what I did.  I used the same gauge wire as I used in the edges to create the ring.  It is thin 26 gauge wire, so I wrapped it around my finger about four times to create the ring.  I then wrapped one layer around the others to keep them all together and stable.   I then had sewed the butterfly to the ring.  It is very light and simple and I can bend the wings to add more detail.  I will experiment with more ways to finish it, but for now, this is just right.  Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,
Kelly


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Butterfly #12 Details


Hello again,

Here are the details and supplies for butterfly #12.


Marina Mist Card Stock
Wild Wasabi Card Stock
Certainly Celery Card Stock
Soft Suede Card Stock
Blossom Petals Builder Punch
Modern Label Punch
Scribbles Swirls Embosslit (discontinued)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I cut and punched all the pieces, and used little dots of the multipurpose liquid glue to adhere it all together.  It was fun to piece all the little parts together.  I enjoyed this piecing and will try it again.  Give it a try and let me know what you think and what you create!

Take care,
Kelly

Project 365, Day #12

Good Evening,

I hope you enjoyed your Saturday.  Tomorrow is Chris' birthday, so I was getting ready for that.  I was working on a card for him and made him a cake (not one of my crazy cakes).  He loves Spice cake and his happy with an old fashioned two-tiered cake with cream cheese frosting.

I was using an embosslit to add details to Chris' card.  The details on the card were used as waves.  I decided to take those same pieces and make my butterfly.  Here is butterfly # 12.


The blue swirls are from the same embosslit as the antenna.  The wing backings are a different punch and the body is also a different punch.   I really like the way this turned out.  It really is funny how working on one project can spark ideas for another project.   I hope you enjoyed this one.

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,
Kelly




Friday, January 11, 2013

Project 365, Day #11

Hello,

I hope everyone is doing well.  It's Friday, yeah!  I am looking forward to the weekend.  Today was a full day running.  Cody had his regular 3 month Vet check up and he is doing well.  That was two hours in the morning and then the regular running with the girls.  The girls had a dentist appointment after school today, so I decided to draw while I was there.  I only had a pen and paper so I had to stick with what I was drawing.  I was going to scrap the butterfly early on because I didn't like the way it was coming out.  I decided to keep going and see what it comes out to be.  We were at the dentist for an hour and then I spent about another hour at home working on it.  Here is butterfly #11.




















There are still parts I don't like but that's ok.  It's actually good to use the pen and not be able to change things.  It's to easy to not like something and then want to change it.  Overall it's not to bad and I like adding all the little details.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  Enjoy your time doing whatever makes you happy!  Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,
Kelly

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Project 365, Day 10

Good evening,

When I was working on the stepped up version of yesterday's card, I was working with Basic Pearls and adding them to the card.  I decided to make a butterfly using the basic pearls.  Here is butterfly #10.


It starts with a Calypso Coral card stock butterfly.  I wrapped 1/8" organza ribbon around the body a few times, for detail to the body, then tied knots for the antenna's.  Then I added each pearl to decorate the body.  The butterfly is just a separate accent that could be added to a card or a gift.  Maybe I will work on that another day.  The pearls are not my typical accent to a card, I usually use basic rhinestones, I guess that is more my 'bling'.  I do like the pearls though.  There might be a few to many on the butterfly because after it was done it kind of reminded me of the 'bedazzler' items of way back when.  When you just kept adding your gems to create your design.  It just made me laugh a bit.  : )

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,
Kelly

Ciao Card, Stepped Up

Hello!

I did step up the Ciao card from yesterday.  Here is what I came up with.


I added another trim to the bottom, a decorative label punch behind the circle punch, one more butterfly and basic pearls.


I also started the Pool Party layer at the top of the card instead of having a border of Very Vanilla showing.  These are simple little details as well, but just the little extras make the card look different.

Spring Catalog Items:
Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder
Ciao, Baby! Stamp Set
Artisan Embellishments Kit
 
 
Regular Catalog Items:
Pool Party Card Stock
Calypso Coral Card Stock
Very Vanilla Card Stock 
Artistic Etchings Stamp Set
1 3/4" Circle Punch
Decorative Label Punch - stepped up
Beautiful Wings Embosslits
Large Scallop Edgelits
Finishing Touches Edgelits - stepped up 
Pearl Basic Jewels - stepped up
 
 
Sale-a-bration Preview:
Petite Curly Label Punch
 
I hope you enjoy this stepped up version.  Let me know what you think!  Thanks for stopping by!
 
Take care,
Kelly
 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Ciao Card

Hello again!

The card I did today was a clean and simple design.  I wanted to make a card that popped but had just a few elements to make it stand out.


I really like the colors and how they compliment each other.


Close up details of the new stamp set Ciao, Baby!, lace from the Artisan Embellishments Kit and a preview of the new punch available soon in the Sale-a-bration catalog.  Here are the supplies:

Spring Catalog Items:
Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder
Ciao, Baby! Stamp Set
Artisan Embellishments Kit

Regular Catalog Items:
Pool Party Card Stock
Calypso Coral Card Stock
Very Vanilla Card Stock 
Artistic Etchings Stamp Set
Beautiful Wings Embosslits
Large Scallop Edgelits

Sale-a-bration Preview
Petite Curly Label Punch

I hope you liked this card.  Tomorrow I will add a few details to the card to step it up.  Check back tomorrow to see the little differences.  Have a great evening and thanks for stopping by.

Take care,
Kelly


Project 365, Day #9

Hello!

Today I got to work in the studio for a bit, so I decided to make a quick card with butterflies.  I wanted to make a card with a clean and simple design.  Here is butterfly #9.


A couple butterflies added for today's project.  A nice simple card to have on hand.  I will have another post with all the details if you are interested in that.  Thanks for stopping by.

Take care,
Kelly

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Project 365, Day # 8

Good evening!

I hope everyone is doing well!   A quick post tonight for you.  Busy as usual and trying to find time to do my butterfly.  I decided on an illustration while watching shows with the family.  This is butterfly #8.


I did a pencil sketch.  It is a little hard to see with just the pencil sketch.  I need to go over with a nice black sharpie.  When I do that sometimes, I tend to mess up and not like it.  So just the pencil sketch tonight.  I will take the time to color one in sometime as well.

Have a good evening.

Take care,
Kelly

Monday, January 7, 2013

Project 365, Day #7

Good evening!

How are you doing tonight?  I hope everyone is doing well.  The girls started school today and the normal stress of all the running and schedules is right back.  It doesn't take long : ).  I definitely enjoy vacation as much as the girls.

I made homemade beef barley soup today.  I decided to add my butterflies to the soup today.


I cut the butterflies from bread using a cookie cutter, spread a little olive oil on them, toasted them up and added a little cheese to the center.   A nice addition to the soup, and a simple butterfly for Day #7.   That's it for today, a simple butterfly and a simple post.  Have a great evening!

Take care,
Kelly

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Project 365, Day #6

Hello,

Today was a full day as usual.  We were all getting ready for school to start again tomorrow.  The girls were dreading it, of course.  I realized at 7:30pm that I hadn't done my butterfly yet.  I thought about different things earlier but hadn't done anything yet.  Chris gave me a felting kit for Christmas and I made an owl with it.  I had those supplies out plus more because I picked up some because the girls wanted to give it a try.  I decided to make a felted butterfly.  I started about 8:00pm and just finished now, about 10:30.  Not a quick project for sure.  I probably could spend more time on it, adding details and such, because that's me.  If you haven't seen felting before I have some beginning pictures to give you an idea how it starts.


It starts with just a big 'blob' of wool.  You use a felting needle and just start, punching it into the wool to create your shape.  The next picture shows the starting of the shape.


Here is the finished butterfly with a few details.  I have one more picture so you can see the depth of the butterfly.



That's butterfly #6.  Felting can be pretty relaxing, especially if you work a little at a time.  I am amazed at what you can make and how it all works.  I am still just learning, as this is only my second project with it.  I will be sure to try more.  Thanks for stopping by.

Take care,
Kelly

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Project 365, Day #5

Hello!

Today I took down the outdoor decorations.  It's always sad to take down the decorations to me.  I love the way they look, especially at night, with the lights lit.  I decided to make my butterfly today with the decorations.  Making a chore, a little more fun.  Here's butterfly #5.


Lighted pine garland, extension cords and large frosted pine cone ornaments.  I probably looked a little strange taking down decorations, then playing with them on the ground.  Especially when I stood on a chair and started taking pictures.  Pretty funny. 

Well the outside is done now but I still have to do the inside.  That's a project for a different day.

Thanks for stopping by.

Take care,
Kelly



Friday, January 4, 2013

Project 365 Day #4

Good Evening,

I hope everyone is doing well.  Today was a busy day again for me.  Those regular scheduled things ended up taking a lot longer than I thought today.  That happens a lot, as I'm sure you everyone can understand.  I did get to have a date night with the hubby, so that was nice.  It doesn't happen that often, so I do enjoy it, when we can.  I was thinking of different things I could do for a butterfly but ran out of time for most of them.  When I got home, I just wanted to sit down and relax with the family and finish watching Tangled, which the girls were already watching.  I did think about drawing a butterfly earlier, so I decided that was the best choice.  I could watch a little of the movie and draw at the same time.  Here is my butterfly for today.  A simple pen and ink drawing/illustration.


This is a scan of my drawing.   A little different for me.  I don't get to just draw that often, but I do enjoy it.  I did draw my logo and it is nice to spend the time doing something you like, but don't give yourself the time to do.   So that's butterfly #4, I hope you enjoy it.  I encourage you to go and give yourself a little time to do something you like, but don't always spend the time doing.  I am truly enjoying this project.  I know it's only day four, but I do think about it and really want to complete the project each day.  It's a nice change of pace and makes you think outside the normal and how you are going to get this 'one' thing done.  Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy your evening!!

Take care,
Kelly

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Spring Catalog Starts Today


Hello again!

I decided that even if I am talking about the same project for either Stampin' Up! or my 365 project, I would still do separate posts.  


So today the new Spring Mini Catalog starts.  I am not sure they really call it a mini any more because it is 39 pages of new items.  If you didn't receive a copy but would like one, let me know you would like to join my mailing list and I can send you one.  You can always view the catalog online here: 
Spring Catalog  There are so many great new items in the catalog.   I would love to know what you guys think and let me know your favorites.  Here is a card using almost all new items.







There are so many great new items in this card,  I hope you enjoy it!  I am a sucker for a new embossing folder.  They give such a great impact with little effort, not like the old days of a light box and brass plate.  I also like punches and the new framelits.  It's great to have images that you can punch or cut out with a die.  Lots of little details.  I go back and forth when I create and move things around quite a bit, (never sure if that's the way I want it).   Sometimes I need to step away and start again later or the next day.  Seeing things a little later or the next day can really make a difference.  

Here are all the new items in the Spring Catalog:
      Pool Party Core'dinations Card Stock
      Pool Party Emboss Powder
      Bitty Butterfly Punch
      More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper
      Hearts a Flutter Bundle
      Honeycomb Embossing Folder
      Creped Filter Paper
      Stampin' Sanding System

Regular Catalog Items:
      Pink Pirouette Card Stock
      Primrose Petals Ink
      Pool Party Ink
      Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
      Versamark Pad
      Pearl Basic Jewels
Beautiful Wings Embosslits

I think I got all the supplies for you, except your basic adhesives: glue dots, dimensionals, Snail.  I hope you enjoyed this one!

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,
Kelly