Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Seasons Givings Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be part of this wonderful blog hop event! If you're new to my blog, then welcome! My name is Kelly Klapstein, and in the scrapbooking world, I design and write for Canadian Scrapbooker magazine.  As well, I am a member of the Design Team for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.  Check out my sidebar to your right, and you can find me on Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.  Here is a card I designed for the Crafty Power blog:

I'd like to thank Latisha Yoast, another DT member from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, who invited me to participate in this HUGE New Year blog hop.  Her reasons for organizing this hop are heartfelt…. let's start out the new year by showing gratitude to our blog readers and offering giveaways.  What an awesome way to begin 2014!

There are so many chances to win because each blog involved in this hop is hosting a giveaway!

Here is my prize:
My GIVEAWAY:  3 collections from Fancy Pants Designs!
You have until January 5, 2014 to leave a comment and enter to win. I'll announce the winner on January 6. There are even more prizes to be won on the following blogs:

Lawn Fawn
Reverse Confetti
My Favorite Things Stamps

CAS-ual Friday Stamps
Fresh Squeezed Stamps
Julee Tillman: Verve Stamps
Avocado Arts Stamps
A Jillian Vance Design
Latisha Yoast
Amber Hight
Amber Kemp-Gerstel
Alice Wertz
Debbie Corbari
Vera Wirianta Yates
Lori McAree
Carolyn King
Sharon Harnist
Amy Tsuruta

Beth Pingry
Angie Blom
Julia Stainton
Sharon Johnson
Michelle Woerner
Cindy Lawrence
Lori Tecler
Daniela Dobson
Savitri Wilder
Theresa Momber 
Giovana Smith
Kimberly Crawford
Maria Levine
Colleen Schaan
Lydia Fiedler
Kelly Klapstein
Kim Kesti
Laura Williams
Shanna Vineyard
Jennifer Gallacher
Heather Pulvirenti
Stacey Schafer
Leigh Penner
AJ Otto
Teri Anderson
Julie Overby
Margie Higuchi
Jimmi Mayo
Tenia Nelson
Lee Ann Barrett
Iwona Palamountain
Kim Jackson
Linda Lucas
Sarah Gough
Dina Kowal
Elena Roussakis
Lisa Henke
Jodi Collins
Joanne Basile
Melanie Muenchinger
Mary Dawn Quirindongo
Darsie Bruno  
Libby Hickson
Dana Joy
Jody Morrow
Heather Campbell
Savannah O'Gwynn
Lee Murphy
Lisa Arana
Emily Leiphart
Jocelyn Olson
Isha Gupta
Piali Biswas
Ashley Harris
Bunny Vance
Anabelle O'Malley
Andrea Murdock
Stephanie Muzzulin
Alyssa Bennett
Christiana Reuling
Laurel Seabrook

So pour yourself a cup of tea, enjoy the hop and good luck! Happy New Year!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Kaisercraft Christmas Cards

Although I'm finished making Christmas cards, I thought I'd share a trio that I designed for the Winter issue of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine:
I used the gorgeous St. Nicholas collection from Kaisercraft.  The wood elements and ribbons are also Kaisercraft.

This card is my favourite, but the fussy cutting was not my favourite!
Have you picked up the Winter 2013 issue of Canadian Scrapbooker yet?  There are many more Christmas cards and layouts in there to inspire you!

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Christmas Card Hop

I think I'm almost at the end of my Christmas card making, and this was a fun one! I designed this card for the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and May Arts Ribbon blog hop:
Today is the last day of the hop, but you can still enter to win some adhesives and ribbon prizes!

Click HERE to visit the Crafty Power blog and see a photo tutorial on how I designed the card.

You can also click HERE to visit the May Arts blog to find more wonderful projects from this past week.
Hop along and win a Christmas present for yourself!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Nordic Pines from Bazzill Basics Paper

I have come across a winter collection that I really love…. Nordic Pines by Bazzill Basics Paper… and was inspired to design a layout for Canadian Scrapbooker's December Sketchy Challenge.
BabyOfTheFamily and her sweet friend surprised me by asking for photos outside during a blizzard! What?  I don't have to beg? Ha. 

Here is Sue Sykes' wonderful sketch:
I sure don't like winter, but strangely I always enjoy creating winter layouts! I think I was also inspired by the amazing landscape at the scrapbook retreat where I was working on this layout.
Isn't the Nordic Pines colour palette awesome? 

The Bazzill package of paper snowflakes worked perfectly as embellishments, along with the Kraft "Edge" card stock strips:
There were 3 different snowflake shapes:
I outlined the title with my American Crafts white Galaxy marker to make it stand out more on this cool piece of chalkboard patterned paper and added some stitching with red embroidery thread.
 My Stampin' Up! paper piercing set helped with all my stitching:
I also did some cross-stitching to enhance the homespun patterns and the tiny cross-stitched stag heads:
I stamped and cut out this stag using a Sizzix stamp/die set.
I just love that Bazzill pleated paper ribbon!  Just pull it out of the package, and you have a really pretty embellishment.  Easy!

At this busy time of year, it's so nice to use a collection that helps your layouts come together quickly and easily.  

If you need some inspiration with your designs, click HERE to visit the Canadian Scrapbooker Sketchy Gallery.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Christmas Card for a Teacher

I am definitely on a Christmas card roll and just hope I can get them into the mail on time.  I still haven't written my annual letter but have set a deadline for this week.  We'll see what happens!

Here is a card I designed using the new Brother ScanNCut machine
SUPPLIES: DCWV papers;Brother ScanNCut;May Arts twine;Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L;American Crafts Galaxy marker
This card is being featured on the Canadian Scrapbooker magazine blog today along with a video tutorial I made to demonstrate how I used the ScanNCut to design the chalkboard word art, cork tree and chalkboard star. 

Click HERE to visit the Canadian Scrapbooker blog and watch the video.

Click HERE to visit the ScanNCut website and watch more video tutorials.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Put a Bow On It

I am getting into the Christmas spirit by making cards with wreaths on them.  I just love 3D elements on cards and like to create my own.  Here is a card I designed for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L using the pretty "bow" designer shape from their new "3D Foam Christmas Mix" set.  
I have a tutorial on the Crafty Power blog where you can find out exactly how I designed this and the supplies I used.

Click HERE to visit the Crafty Power blog.

More Christmas projects to come!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

My New Double the Fun Sketch

I am hesitant to announce this, but I have a new Double the Fun layout sketch up on the Canadian Scrapbooker website….for SUMMER 2014! Ha ha.  That is how the magazine industry rolls.  Everything is planned waaaaay ahead.  While working on my Christmas cards and crafts, my creative mind is also thinking about Spring and Summer.  

Here is my new sample layout…
 After weeks of harassing my teenagers, I finally wrangled them together for our annual fall photo shoot.  Ok, so the picture snapping only lasted 4 minutes just before our Thanksgiving dinner last month, but this is better than nothing! 

Here is my new sketch, which I hope you'll try using for one of your layouts…
I used the gorgeous DCWV "Industrial Chic" Stack which is full of deep, rich patterns and colours, perfect for fall, vintage, masculine and so on.
Plus, the larger photo in the centre has a burlap mat, from the DCWV Burlap Stack.  I love the texture that it brings to the layout.
Some close-ups…
The small black type alphabet stickers are Glitz Design and the heart and 'ticket' and key are all cut from the patterned DCWV papers.  
The hearts are just cut freehand from that red paper, and I inked the edges with Clearsnap black chalk ink.
My journaling tag is cut from the DCWV paper as well.  Then I punched two holes at the top corners and wrapped my twine through.
The bottom border of the layout has a May Arts twill ribbon running across.  

I hope you enjoy this new sketch…and you have LOTS of time to submit your layout before the deadline: February 15, 2014!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Brother's New ScanNCut

It's always fun to have a new product or scrapbooking tool to play with, isn't it?

I have just started working with the new Brother ScanNCut Machine and have designed this Christmas card:
I used Core'dinations Colorcore card stock for the wreath and "Noel" and the card base with patterned papers are from Graphic 45's new Christmas Collection "Twelve Days of Christmas."

It is being featured on the Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine blog, with lots of step-by-step photos showing the ScanNCut and design details.

Click HERE to visit the Canadian Scrapbooker blog to see more.

Click HERE to visit Brother's ScanNCut website that has more information, plus video tutorials. 

Stay tuned for more ScanNCut projects!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Little Bit of Christmas

Are you busy planning and making your Christmas cards?  To be honest, I only create a handful for a few special people and actually snail mail about 80 more store-bought ones with our family photo and annual Christmas letter.  Yes, I have a big family!

Here is one card I designed using some wonderful Sizzix products:
This is being featured on the Canadian Scrapbooker blog today, so for more details and some step-out photos of how it came together, click HERE and find out more.

Monday, November 18, 2013

November Sketchy Challenge

I'm doing a little better than last month's Canadian Scrapbooker's Sketchy Challenge in terms of posting earlier.  Who knows?  I might get December's challenge done on time!
After a ridiculous amount of begging and crying (and exaggerating), I finally got DramaQueen outside for her Fall photos.  Does she like them?  Probably not.  Honestly, I avoid showing her my layouts because she usually hates all of the photos I choose.  

Here is Sue Sykes' sketch:
I have to tell you, those circles in the background confounded me for awhile…until I looked through my DCWV "Cinnamon Luster" Stack:
I knew the colours and patterns in this stack would be perfect for these pics of DQ.  And then I added a few cut-out embellishments from the DCWV "Industrial "Chic" Stack. These stacks make designing layouts so quick and easy, with all the matching papers in one big handy pack.
Can you see that May Arts ribbon sparkle?  I love their glitter ribbon! This butterfly is cut from glitter paper using one of my absolute favourite Spellbinders die:  Donna Salazar's "Wonderful Wings."
If you love your Spellbinders and die cuts, then this is one set you must have!

I'm still hoping to scrapbook some more Fall photos, even though our landscape is looking much more like winter and Christmas!
And look what I saw in the mall downtown!  Yikes!
Can you see 'tiny Kelly' in that gold ornament? ha ha! Didn't plan that.  Hmmmm….now I'm getting an idea for Christmas photos this year! 

Yes, inspiration is everywhere…including the gallery over at Canadian Scrapbooker!  Hope to see your layouts posted there.  Click HERE to visit and see what everyone else is doing with this sketch.

Friday, November 15, 2013

A Christmas Class

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I've been having a wonderful time designing classes using Kaisercraft paper and products.  Here is my latest creation, a 12" X 12" Christmas photo display frame:

I used the beautiful vintage "St Nicholas" collection:

There are some fun techniques involved….like the 3D metallic heart, the frosted glass window and the doily tree.

If you're in the area, I hope you can join me! Click HERE to visit the Treasured Memories blog, learn more about this class and register.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Winter Scene

I love being on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Design Team.  I have the opportunity to work with a huge variety of manufacturers' product and, of course, the best adhesives around.  With the new release of 3D Foam Designer Shapes, I've been having fun creating projects and here is a card featuring three of the shapes:  a 3D Frame, Star and some Trees.
There are lots of ways to alter the foam shapes, and I used glitter and embossing powder.

There is a step-by-step photo tutorial on how I designed this card on the Crafty Power Blog, so click HERE to stop by there and check it out.

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L also has a brand new website… it looks awesome! Click HERE to head over there. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Exciting News!

I'm so excited to announce that I was invited to be Simple Stories' Guest Designer for November!

Simple Stories is featuring my "Journey" Mini Album, a project I designed using their 6x6 Urban Traveler paper pad and coordinated chipboard stickers. Inside are photos from my family's European vacation in 2007.

 Click HERE to visit the Simple Stories blog and find more inspiration!

I had so much fun teaching this mini as a class at ScrapFest Oshawa a few weeks ago...
Here's my wonderful volunteer Teaching Assistant, Anne Marie...

And more exciting news...my first webisode with Canadian Scrapbooker magazine is LIVE! When Jackie Ludlage asked the Design Team to help film some webisodes, I said, "YES!"  

Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube!

It was so much fun, but I was pretty nervous.  We will be filming more webisodes in November, and I can't wait!  Hopefully, this month I'll get back to making my own crafty videos, which have been on the back burner while I was travelling and teaching.  

Maybe by next week, I'll upload a video to my YouTube channel....stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L & Clearsnap Blog Hop

Well, isn't this a busy blog week for me!  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L has teamed up with Clearsnap for a blog hop, and I'm sharing my project today as part of the hop.

Here is a Halloween card I designed using a combination of Clearsnap and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L products. The papers and stickers are Simple Stories.

There are more photos and techniques shared on the Adhesives blog.....plus a PRIZE if you leave comments, so click HERE to join in the hop!

You can also click HERE to visit the Clearsnap blog too.  This hop ends Friday, so be sure to head over there today!

Happy hopping!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Simple Stories Meets The Sketchy Challenge

Is it okay to post a Back To School layout at the end of October?  Of course it is!

BabyOfTheFamily first day of school Grade 8
This design is based on Sue Sykes' Sketch for October over at the Canadian Scrapbooker magazine Sketchy Gallery.

I've been itching to use these wonderful Simple Stories papers as soon as I saw them.  I mean, who can resist a collection called "Smarty Pants" ?  Not me...especially because this term describes BabyOfTheFamily perfectly.
The layered stickers are from the Simple Stories 'I heart Summer" collection...
That's what I love about Simple Stories....I can often combine collections and everything works so well together.

This fun title is cut out from one of the patterned papers.
I added stitching to the edges of my banners to make them pop a bit.

Not only am I happy to get a Back To School layout done, I'm happy that BabyOfTheFamily will still agree to pose for one!