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.