Saturday, April 30, 2011

Studio 5 Sneak Peek

Just wanted to share a sneak peek of Monday's Studio 5 Segment.  I will be showing some fun ways to decorate your outdoor space for seasonal gatherings.  Be sure to tune in at 11am on channel 5.

The Winners of the Main Event...

I just got back from seeing the movie Water For Elephants (I must say Rob P. looks much better as a 20's circus vet than a vampire and Reese Witherspoon's circus performer outfits are fabulous!) so I am primed and ready to give away the fabulous circus prizes from Graphic 45 and My Mind's Eye.  Thanks to everyone that played along.  I loved seeing your votes roll in.  The winners of this week's contest are:

Kristy-who thinks clowns are mostly silly and fun, but sometimes creepy
J-Bird-who wishes Facebook had a "Love" button
April-who normally doesn't like things on Facebook, but likes Simply KellyB (thank you!)

Be sure to tune in Monday for our next giveaway from Fancy Pant's Designs.  You won't want to miss it!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Last Day for Circus Giveaway

Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter for the fun and fabulous CIRCUS PRODUCT GIVEAWAY from My Mind's Eye and Graphic 45!  Winners will be announced tomorrow morning so get your entries in ASAP!

To see contest rules and learn how to enter, click on the entry button on the left side bar.

Font Friday

I finally got the 5th Harry Potter book from my sister the other day.  Yes, I am completely behind the Potter revolution and have only read up through book 4! I am getting excited to finish up my stack of to dos so that I can finally crack the cover and get reading. 


Follow these instructions to download this font:
1. Visit http://www.dafont.com/magic-school.font
2. Click on the “Download” button
3. Click “Open”
4. Select “Extract All Files” from the left menu bar
5. Click “Next” and continue through the extraction process.
6. Open your font folder by clicking on START→CONTROL PANEL→FONTS(double click to open folder)
7. Click on the “Magic School” File that you downloaded and drag it into your font folder.  A box will appear saying that the font is downloading.  When it is complete, you should be able to access the font from all of your programs

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mini Album Download for Silhouette



One of my most beloved students and I were talking last night in class and she expressed an interest in getting the files I created to cut my April mini book on my Silhouette.  I was excited to share them with her and I thought I would extend the offer to any other Silhouette users.  This kit includes a Silhouette GSD file that shows you the layout of all of the pages in my April album and allows you to cut each piece perfectly to size.  After you have cut your pattern paper, you can trace the backgrounds onto chipboard and cut them to size as well. You will also get a pdf file of the actual book images from my class. The file includes 5 unique background pieces, several scallop strips, flourishes, 4 custom flowers and much more.

The album has 5 pages (10 front and back)

Files emailed within 24 hours


To complete this album as shown, you will want:
6-8 pieces of 12X12 paper
Buttons
5 yards of ribbon
Rings (you can use either Bind-it-All or Cinch Rings)

Mother's Day Cards and Oreos

My clock currently reads 2:40 am.  I have finally decided to get up out of bed and start crafting (as opposed to lying sleepless in bed thinking about crafting!) I may have also just caved and eaten 3 Oreos...make that 5 Oreos. I have so many projects and ideas running through my head tonight, but a combination of cardmaking and Mother's Day are coming to the surface.  I thought I would share a few of my favorite Mother's Day cards that I have found in my inspiration hunt.
Love the idea of the momma bird with the babies.  So cute.
The pop up butterflies give this card so much dimension.  I also love the use of the fence border punch.

If you are looking to go the vintage route with your cards this year, here are a few images that I love. Feel free to print them out and use them on your creations.
I am full of ideas, now I am off to get to the actual crafting part... and possibly some sleep.

Monday, April 25, 2011

April Mini Album Reminder

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I am excited to get to see many of you in class this week. For those of you who are still thinking about signing up, I would love for you to join us. I still have room in all three of my classes. If you love the album, but can't make it to class, no problem. You can order a kit that will come complete with pictures and instructions to complete the album on your own. The album is completely pre-cut so all you need to add is ink and glue.

This album can be ordered with the title of Mother, Friend or Love

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Please select one
Kit Pickup/Workshop Location
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Kits are available for shipping and pickup on the dates listed below. If you would like to attend an open workshop and complete your kit with me, the dates and times are as follows:
South Jordan Roberts: Tuesday, April 26th 3-8pm
Centerville Roberts: Wednesday, April 27th 3-8pm
Paper Creations (Brickyard): Saturday, April 30th 12-4pm
(These workshops are open houses so you can come and go as you please.  It should take about 2 hours for you to complete the album kit)


This kit includes:
10 background pages (front and back)
5 Chipboard PagesPre-cut mats, ruffles, flowers, leaves
RibbonRings-Holes are pre-punched so all you have to do is thread the rings on
1 pack of Emma's Shoppe Vintage buttons ($4.99 retail)
To complete this album you will need: Adhesive, brown distress ink (I used a cat's eye chestnut roan), glue dots, pop dots, paper piercer or cropadile (hole punch for ribbon on one page)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bling It Up!

It is no secret that I love my silhouette cutter.  In fact, this week it has been my best friend as I have been kitting my mother's day albums.  Just in time for Mother's Day, Silhouette is offering the perfect gift bundle for an amazing deal. Here is what you get for just $229 (a savings of $125)
A Silhouette SD
The Rhinestone starter kit
3 additional packs of rhinestones
And 1 Pick Me Up tool
ALL FOR $229!

Also, if you already have a Silhouette, all rhinestone products are now 30% off.
This promotion will run until April 26th.   To bring this deal home, visit the Silhouette site and use the code kellyb at checkout.

Here are a few fun ideas for using the rhinestone crafting kits.  Everything is better with a bit of bling!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bring the circus home for FREE!

I love getting to work with amazing manufacturers!  A special thank you to My Mind's Eye and Graphic 45 for sponsoring the circus segment at the last minute.  Because they are so amazing, each of these companies gave me goodies to share!  Yeah!

Remember those amazing playing cards I used to create the fun animal circus picks?  Well, I have several to give away.  I also have 3 of the complete girl Alphabet Soup collection to share.


If you have been salivating over the Le Cirque line like me, you will want to be sure and enter to win the complete paper collection. Wahoo!
All this contest requires is some good old fashioned audience participation! You can enter in any or all of the following ways (more entries means more chances to win):
1. Leave a comment on this post and cast your vote: Clowns-silly and fun or just plain creepy
2. Like Simply KellyB on Facebook if you haven't already (link on the right side bar)
3. Forward my blog address to 3 of your friends and leave a comment saying that you did it (we are going on good faith here)
4. Become a google follower if you aren't already (link on the left side bar)

Entries will be accepted until Friday, April 29th and winners will be announced on Saturday, April 30th.  Good luck and thanks for playing!

The Circus Comes to Town!-Part 1

Designing for a party always makes me anxious to play hostess!  The circus theme is especially fun because it can be incorporated into so many different events..baby, birthday, summer fun. I really enjoyed crafting up these "Big Top" creations.  I am always amazed at what patterned paper can do to create a mood and theme.  For these ideas, I used two unique lines to style two completely different circus themed parties. I hope you enjoy these fun ideas that can be transformed into many different themes.

This first party section is all about the kiddos.  I used the adorable Alphabet Soup line from My Mind's Eye to craft up these circus animal creations.  I love the bright colors that really bring home the circus feel.
All of the decorative picks were created using the preprinted playing cards and die-cuts from the Alphabet Soup line. Just attach each shape to a BBQ skewer using a little adhesive, tie a ribbon and you are set to go.  Skewers are a great way to add height and color to a centerpiece with very little expense

Every good party starts with a great invitation.  This simple invite is one of my favorites (with a little added circus ticket twist)
To recreate this invitation envelope:
1. Cut a 4" strip from a 12X12 double sided patterned paper (you will get three invitations per piece)
2. Use your scor-pal (or scoring blade on your paper cutter) to scor and fold 3.5" from the bottom of the paper.
3. Wrap a strip of patterned paper or ribbon around the folded paper to secure it.
4. Tuck invitation in pocket.

The ticket shape is easy to create using a large circle punch as shown in the picture.
No party is complete without a party hat!  It is so simple to create custom party hats to fit your parties theme. You can generally make 2 hats out of 1 12X12 piece of patterned paper.  I added a little crate paper flair and a fuzzy red ball to top it off.

To make your own custom hats:
1. Download and print the party hat template
2. Trace the template onto your patterned paper and cut out
3. Apply adhesive (I used and loved scor-tape) as shown in template.
4. Fold hat and adhere as shown in template
5. Measure 4-6 lengths of crate paper to go around the hat's rim.
6. Fold layers in half and snip with scissors to create a fringed edge.
7. Open up folded strips and staple onto rim of hat.
8. Crinkle crate paper until it hides staples.
9. Hot glue a fuzzy ball to the tip of the hat.
10. Add elastic string or ribbon to hold onto head as desired.

A centerpiece brings the party theme to your table.  I know that I have really been on a popcorn kick lately, but it is just so inexpensive and easy to do.  To create this circus animal centerpiece, I paper pieced 4 different animals and adhered them to each side of a popcorn bin (gotta love the dollar store)! You can do so many fun different things with these pieced animals.  They would be adorable hanging on a wall or door in a child's room or classroom.  As a bonus to my favorite Studio 5'ers, I am posting the template downloads free until May 1st.  So, download them quick before they vanish!
Elenor the Elephant
Leo the Lion Part 1
Leo the Lion Part 2
Mel the Monkey
Thomas the Tiger Part 1
Thomas the Tiger Part 2

A banner is a fool proof way to scream party!  I love using banners to dress up dull walls that seem to large to tackle with anything else.  I especially love the vintage accordion banner because it fits perfectly with the circus theme. These little pieces are some of my favorites for dressing up my art. I love to make them in all different sizes.  In fact, I used the same pattern to create lots of the clown creations you will see in part 2!

Here is a simple how to for creating the accordion folded pieces: (these are the instructions for creating the large 12X12 pieces, but keep in mind that you can make all different sizes by changing the size of your paper strips and the width of your fold)

1. I like to scor a complete 12X12 sheet before I cut it into strips. This saves time in scoring.  Using your Scor-Pal, scor your paper in 1" intervals alternating front and back side so the folds go back and forth.
2. Cut your paper across the scors at 6"(this will leave you with a 6"X12" strip.
3. Repeat process until you have 5 strips (2.5 sheets of paper).
4. Adhere strips together using strong adhesive (gotta love the scor tape).
5. Adhere two ends together to create a ring.
6. Press ring down so that it fans out.
7. Use hot glue in the center of the fan to adhere it all together.

To the accordions, I added circles and letters.  I then hung each piece using the rolled tickets that are available at office stores.  To adhere the tickets, I punched a hole in the top of the accordion and tied the tickets on with ribbon.

The Circus Comes to Town!-Part 2

When I first spotted the Le Cirque line from Graphic 45, I went weak in the knees! (You know I am a sucker for anything vintage) I love the idea of celebrating an adult venue vintage circus style.  There are so many fabulous ways to decorate using theme. To create these pieces, I used many of the same techniques found in the Animal Circus party.  By switching out the paper, I got a totally different look.
Send in the clowns! I know that many of us have mixed emotions when it comes to clowns, but regardless of your pre-conceived notions about these cheerful fellows....you gotta love this centerpiece.  I have to say, it is probably one of my favorite creations to date!
To create this piece:
1. Make 5 accordion folded circles (see tutorial in part 1).  I made the circles from 5" strips and used 4 strips for each circle.  After the circles were created, I hot glued them together with a skewer down the center.
2. Paint Styrofoam ball with craft glue and apply crystal glitter to add shimmer.
3. Attach head to skewer and secure with hot glue.
4. Paint a smaller styrofoam ball red. Cut off the base (level for better adhering) and hot glue it to the clown face.
5. Make a matching hat (tutorial in part 1) and secure it to the clowns head using hot glue.
6. Make a bow tie by accordion folding one 12X12 paper in 1/2" folds.  Wrap a coordinating piece of paper around the center of the accordion and adhere.
7. Tuck bow tie under clown head.

I used a similar process to create the baby clown picks for the treat jars. For the baby clowns, I created an accordion circle from a 1.25" strip of 12X12 paper folded in 1/4" intervals. The rest of the picks the were so quick and easy. I just cut apart one of the pages and adhered each picture to a skewer. For dramatic effect, I threw in a bright feather plume. Simple, inexpensive and yet,  show stopping!

Font Friday

I am definitely in circus mode!  Make sure to tune in to Studio 5 today at 11 or check back later for fun circus party ideas that will be perfect for using this font.
Week 15- Circus! Follow these instructions to download this font:
1. Visit http://www.dafont.com/circus.font
2. Click on the “Download” button
3. Click “Open”
4. Select “Extract All Files” from the left menu bar
5. Click “Next” and continue through the extraction process.
6. Open your font folder by clicking on START→CONTROL PANEL→FONTS(double click to open folder)
7. Click on the “Circus” File that you downloaded and drag it into your font folder.  A box will appear saying that the font is downloading.  When it is complete, you should be able to access the font from all of your programs.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cheep! Cheep! Spring Centerpiece

Crafting for a large group is always a challenge.  When budgets are low and numbers are high, it is time to get creative.  I have been busy mass assembling centerpieces for a neighborhood party this Friday.  One of my friends suggested doing this dollar store creation.  I love the bright colors that scream warm weather is just around the corner.  These centerpieces came in at $3.33 each!

I purchased the following for each centerpiece from the dollar store:
1 cylinder vase
1 bunch of flowers (I cut apart the different bundles and mixed them between vases)
1 bag of candy eggs (bubble gum in some, chocolate in others)
1 yard of wired ribbon

Simple, Cheap, Bright and Fun! Love it!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Printable Easter Place Cards

If you are hosting Easter dinner and haven't come up with your place cards yet, this is the perfect post for you. All of these place cards can be downloaded, printed and cut out in a breeze!
You can get the FREE PRINTABLE for these show stopping place holders at http://blog.tracyporter.com.  They are so easy to print and put together.  I love this kind of project!  Lots of bang for little effort and expense.

This little chick is adorable if you are hosting more of a casual event.  You can actually customize them with your names right on the computer.
You can find the download at http://imsewverycreative.blogspot.com/ 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Crate Paper Winners

Thank you to all of those who participated in the giveaway.  I loved reading your comments about your moms.  The comments brought lots of tender thoughts to mind. And, a special thank you to Crate Paper for designing beautiful products that we love to play with!

I am delighted to announce the random winners of the Crate Paper Giveaway.  Each winner will receive a fabulous selection of the latest and greatest from Crate.  You will love it!  The winners are:

Facebook Friend-Emily Green
Google Follower- Debby (with the luv2scrap email address)
Commenter- Nicole (with the nicoleb.blake email address)

If you weren't a winner this time, be sure to check back often for more contests.  I am always thrilled to share great products with my friends!

Thanks for following and Happy Monday!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Last Day for Crate Paper Giveaway

If you haven't had a chance to enter the Crate Paper Giveaway, get your entries in by midnight tonight.  The three winners will be announced Monday morning.

You can receive one entry for each of the following:
1. If you aren't already a fan, like Simply KellyB on Facebook.  The easiest way to do this is to click on the Facebook add button in the right side bar.
2. If you aren't already a Google Follower, become one by clicking on the link in the left sidebar.
3. Check out my April Mother's Day Mini Album class by clicking here and leave a comment with your name and one thing you learned from your mother.

One winner will be chosen from each category, so make sure you are a fan, a follower and a commenter for you best chance to win!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Font Friday

It may just be because I am feeling the need to stretch my wings and take a fun trip, but I am loving this font today.  It is formatted so great!  I typed the "Road" in capital letters and the "Way" in lowercase.  So cool!  I love it!
Week 15- Roadway! Follow these instructions to download this font:
1. Visit http://www.dafont.com/search.php?psize=m&q=roadway
2. Click on the “Download” button
3. Click “Open”
4. Select “Extract All Files” from the left menu bar
5. Click “Next” and continue through the extraction process.
6. Open your font folder by clicking on START→CONTROL PANEL→FONTS(double click to open folder)
7. Click on the “Roadway” File that you downloaded and drag it into your font folder.  A box will appear saying that the font is downloading.  When it is complete, you should be able to access the font from all of your programs.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Incredible, Edible, and Colorful Egg

I am so happy to have Easter on the horizon.  I always enjoy the traditional holiday activities, and for Easter, that means creating colorful eggs!  This year, I am determined to try out some different techniques for decorating eggs.  Here are a few bits of inspiration I found while researching. I can't wait to try  a few of them out for my table.
I think these eggs are my new favorite.  I love the look of spiraled colors. These eggs were made using rubber bands.  For the how to visit http://sandytoesandpopsicles.blogspot.com/2010/04/egg-dying-techniques-part-1.html. She has so many fun Easter ideas to check out.  Be sure to see her adorable FREE printables. There are some especially cute egg wrappers. You will love her site.  Here is another egg technique that she shared.

I think these eggs are so unique.  I love that it brings the color into the edible egg instead of just the shell.
I have been wanting to try dyeing eggs with old ties for a few years now.  It is actually a fairly simple technique that can be used to get great imagery on the classic egg.  You can find a great video tutorial for this method at

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Studio 5 Baby Shower Favors


I had so much fun crafting up these sweet little favors.  I made them specifically with a baby shower in mind, but they could easily be changed up to work for weddings, Easter, or any other special occasion. All of these favors were created using the new lines from Crate Paper, which I have already mentioned my love for!  I hope you enjoy the photos and instructions for the projects below!

Easy Scor-Pal Treat Holder:
I used my beloved Scor-Pal tool to whip up these quick, versatile treat holders. You can see that I created 3 completely different favors from the same basic pattern. These favors are very inexpensive to make and can be filled with a variety of treats.  Get creative with the pattern and make it work for your shower's theme (of course, I had to create an owl one!). Here is the quick how-to for these favors:

1. Cut 12X12 patterned paper to 3-4" wide (depending on the cellophane bag you are putting inside). I recommend filling the bag and laying it out with a ruler to determine how wide your paper needs to be.
2. Lay your paper horizontally across your Scor-Pal (you can use a paper cutter with a scoring blade, but the Scor-Pal is much easier).
3. Scor your paper at the 2", 6", and 8" marks

4. Find the center point of the short edge and trim it into a triangle with your scissors or paper trimmer.

5. Fold the paper along the marks so that it looks like this
Now you are ready to decorate your favor.  You can simply glue it shut or use a ribbon to tie it closed.  You can also add additional decorations to make the favor fit your theme.  Slip your filled cellophane treat bag inside and you are good to go.
Here is what I added to create the owl:

Popcorn Boxes-FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD:
There are so many cute sayings for using popcorn at a party or event.  Using popcorn is also fabulous because it can serve a crowd for just a few dollars.  I vamped mine up just a tad by melting a bag of white chocolate chips and pouring it over the popped corn.  You could also do caramel corn for a sweet treat. Some possible sayings for using popcorn are:
"Thanks for Popping By"
"Maryanne is just about ready to Pop!"
"We are so glad he Popped the question!"
You could easily recreate these favors with a simple cellophane bag for serving, but the customized popcorn boxes are just too cute!  I cut these using my Silhouette machine which really made it quick and easy.  If you have a Silhouette machine (lucky you!) you can download the free template here.  You can also cut these out of patterned paper by hand.   Download a pdf pattern to print and cut here.  I have also included a print and cut pdf for the little "Thanks for Popping by" labels.  They can be cut using a 1 3/4" circle punch, or by hand.

Baby Preserves-FREE LABEL DOWNLOAD:
Baby food jars make a perfect container for a shower favor.  I purchased mine at Walmart for $0.46 each. I chose applesauce because I have a great apple cake recipe that can use it all up.  If you have enough time before your shower, you could also order empty jars online.  Once I emptied and washed the jars, I used spray paint to coat the lids to cover up any branding.  I filled the baby girl jars with bubble bath and the boy jars with homemade hot fudge. The hot fudge makes a great filler because you can make it for relatively inexpensive and the brown is so cute!  

To make these jars at home, simply print out the pdf labels here. (I printed mine on a light patterned paper) This is a two page pdf document that has both boy and girl labels on it.  Cut apart the labels, add a little ink on the edges and glue them onto your jars. I also added ribbon to the girl jars for a little extra flair.

Don't forget to include a little sign inviting guests to take a jar and giving them a hint as to what is inside!


Baby Banner Favors FREE TEMPLATE DOWNLOAD:
This project is more than just a favor...it is a party favor, a decoration and a gift all in one.  The banner can hang at your party to add color and theme to the event.  Guests can untie a treat cone from the banner and take it home with them.  After the party, you can give the remaining banner to the mommy to be.
You can download the easy print and cut pattern for the banner and cones by clicking here.  Just select paper and ribbon that fit your theme and get to work. I love using Scor-Tape to hold the cones together because it is so strong. To hang the cones from the ribbon, I stapled a small strip of paper to the top and punched a hole for the ribbon. I filled each cone with paper shred and a few yummy treats.

Want it made for you? If you would be interested in having any of my show samples for your next shower, or would like custom created projects, please contact me here for pricing and details.