Lots to announce!

Stampin’ Up! has a LOT to offer in July and also August this year! Check out the latest on my YouTube channel! Please subscribe! Thank you and God bless, Kathy Bo

Stamping fun

When my pastor approved a card ministry for our church, I couldn’t wait to get started on planning our first meeting.

Since that time, we have had several card making sessions, producing a variety of much-needed notes of encouragement, get well and prayers.

Here’s one of our first meetings at our church. I’m ‘splainin’ something somewhat important hahah!

Due to Vacation Bible School at church, the ladies of our Dove Notes group met at my house today. It was a nice change because the lighting is better AND my studio is in the very next room- I found that to be super helpful as I didn’t have to carry everything from place to place. The room we are in is a multi-functional room where everything can be moved around and space repurposed. See below for more on this room.

Silly me. I didn’t take pix of the card even though I worked far too long designing it and trying to coordinate colors- that’s easy IF you use current product. I used some stash so I had to work to get it all coordinated.

Anyway, all this took place in the EBR- the Emotional Baggage Room at my house. We call it that because after the move into a house we refurbished, we had a LOT of emotional baggage and no where else to unpack it. 🤣

The 42 X 18 room transitions into many things and currently houses my sewing area, a place for grandLittles to watch movies, three guest beds, fabric and quilts, tables for game night (or card making) and a runway for our three pups to haul tail to the doggie door. They pop in and out of that door like it’s a vending machine. We can change the room’s purpose in so many ways, and we are still working on finishing up some paint and trim.

Who can have emotional baggage when ALL THAT is going on? Right?

Anyway, we had fun making cards today and my crew learned something new: how to heat emboss. It is fascinating and magical and one of my favorite techniques.

I hope you’re enjoying my blog and I do hope you’ll subscribe to my YouTube channel– I have a lot of fun there and there’s a chance someone might break into song- just sayin.

God bless,

Kathy Bo

Winds of Change

Y’all.

This was such a fun set to color! I could have made all the flowers purple, pink or yellow, or any color I wanted. Though i love the photos of tulips in Holland, all lined up by color, I decided to mix them up for a splash of excitement.

The bicycle is just adorable. I enjoyed coloring the tulips in the basket and going a bit rogue with my bad self while coloring the ground. There’s a place denoting grass, but I think the grey adds the idea of a roadside.

The pair of tulips has so many options; I can imagine creating my own background paper with them. (Watch for an upcoming post on the card!)

Here are some pix of the stamped examples as well as the product list.

Enjoy! And please visit my store and YouTube channel!

Product List

Winds Of Change Cling Stamp Set

Winds Of Change Cling Stamp Set [149357] $24.00

Clear Block D

Clear Block D [118485] $8.50

Clear Block F

Clear Block F [118483] $17.00

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708] $6.00

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Refill

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Refill [133456] $5.00

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Card Stock [100730] $9.75

Watercolor Pencils

Watercolor Pencils [141709] $16.00

Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2

Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 [149014] $12.50

Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush [141897] $8.00

A Video Walk Through the New Catalog!

The June 4, 2019 release of the annual Stampin’ Up! catalog was SO exciting! When I was finally able to participate in the preorder, I found it difficult to choose between “all the things”. Somehow, I narrowed it down to my budget and lo and behold, my orders have arrived!

I don’t want to waste a minute sharing this catalog with you! If you’re familiar with my YouTube channel, you know I’m all about sharing. I’ve made five videos for the new catalog, each one providing a walk through its five main sections.

Here is the first of five videos, complete with my opinion on some of the products I LOVE and because I like to keep it real, a very small number of others I do not love.

Fun Fact: Everyone who places a $50 order with me (US only, $50 before shipping and tax) will receive a free catalog in the mail. This is only possible if you leave your contact info for me on the order! Please note I cannot mail out to those who do not.

So I hope you go to my YouTube channel, check it out and subscribe! And hey, while you’re in cyberspace, please also check out my store. It’s nice and quiet there, everything arranged just so, and there’s never a line to check out! LOL!

Thanks for visiting, and God bless!

Kathy Bo

The new 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! catalog!

Check out my YouTube channel to see the new catalog! I am making several videos, going through each section – so you don’t have to take it in all at once! It’s so fabulous you’ll want to soak it all in!

While you’re there, please subscribe! Here ya go: click HERE for part one!

Click HERE to shop!

How I Achieved the Marie Kondo Style (well, sort of)

PART ONE: THE DESK

So I binge-watched Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up, and here’s the short list of what I got out of it:

  • I like her way of organizing.
  • With all due respect to the Shinto culture, I’m not gonna “thank” inanimate objects for their service. I do, however tip well in restaurants.
  • In order to achieve my crafty-McCrafter spirit, my studio needed some serious Kondoness.

My studio is a large room made out of two bedrooms. We took the wall down, left the bathroom and BOOM! We have a studio. Okay, I have to add that we did install specialty lighting and a pretty nifty floor too.

I didn’t have to buy much for the room because I have a fair amount of IKEA storage units, a result from “back in the day” when my kids freed me from the tasks of daily drama / duties / exhaustion (ie: they GREW UP) and the hubby and I invested in making a special place to keep me quiet all day.

Thus a studio was born. Then we moved back to our hometown, renovated a house and boom! This bigger studio was born.

The result is a place for every task, however, those tasks began piling up. They piled up because I was trying to hold onto things that, for lack of better explanation, didn’t “spark joy”. There were the stacks of paper that I was keeping in case of, well, I have no idea in case of what. I was just hoarding them and actually, they weighed me down to even know they were sharing space in the room with me. For some reason, it took a bit of Kondo to transcend me into the world of Toss This Crap OUT.

Once I bagged up all the cardstock and retired papers, I didn’t thank them for hanging out in my studio, but I DID vow to never keep such a stash again.

Here’s the thing: I even had stuff from – ahem – 30 years ago when I was a beginning papercrafter. Ok, so it was more than 30 years ago, but who’s counting? Well, I am, but I’m pretty much over the guilt now. Because: Kondo.

Where to start? Well, that corner unit that looks like a bomb was dropped. It’s the bookshelf full of “blanks”. These are unadorned, unpainted, un-vinyled, un-etched items. You get it – items that are waiting to be crafted upon. I honestly DO get great joy from walking into my studio empty handed and emerge with a great wedding gift (example: a carafe with the bride and groom’s monogram etched into the glass. Thank you, Silhouette Cameo and etching fluid!) So purging some things and reorganizing that bookcase was pretty awesome.

The “blanks” bookshelf is on the left. My vinyl and heat press are in the center. I have a kid’s table for the Littles to use when they visit the studio. They have their very own (real) craft supplies.

Note: the door on the right is actually on a sliding track and slides like a barn door. It leads to the bathroom.

I realized y’all might want to actually SEE that door, so here ya go. The “window” is plexiglass and covered in a translucent vinyl. I added a French design with grey vinyl and voila! A door is born. If you speak (or read) French, you’ll know it says “Bakery”. That is definitely NOT a bakery in there.

Once I Kondo’d the blanks area, I headed to my “business” desk. This is a non-crafting area that serves as the holder of my laptop, keeper of my planner stuff and household business stuff. What I like most about this part of my studio is the window that offers morning sun and glimpses of the back yard fire pit, which is where I keep the hubs when he’s not in his shed.

Y’all: I got rid of a lot.

Before. Oh dear.

For the overall tasks ahead, I moved a 6 foot folding table into the room (should have lost a few pounds because there was much squeezing to get by it) and it served as a holding station for things to sort. I emptied the top of the desk, wiped everything down and added back only the items that I knew I would need, tossed the rest.

The finished area is awesome. There is one task left to do. I left myself a note in my pen box (yep, just like Marie says, use little boxes to organize) that says, “Get rid of all pens I don’t love. Replace with Pilot Acroball.” Yep. I found a pen that I need in order to live a normal life. One that will not skip and it isn’t too fat or too thin. If you’re as “pen”ticular as I am, you know the feeling of grabbing a pen that will not spark joy of any sort. So one day when I have nothing else to do, I’ll purge the rest

AFTER. Oh bliss.

Watch for my next post about my Kondo’d crafting desk and the dreaded yarn stash. I’m excited to share it!

Hey, while you’re waiting to read the next post, please check out my other social media links!

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Please like, share, subscribe… you know the drill. I seriously appreciate it! Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Stampin’ Up New Annual Catalogs

Hello friends! I have a special offer for everyone (in the contiguous) U.S.!

I’m sending a FREE catalog with every $50 ordered from my online store! The catalog will not ship with your order, it will ship separately.

Details:

You must order by clicking HERE by May 31, 2018 from the CURRENT catalogs that will expire on that same day.

You must order on my website: CLICK HERE 

and use this HOSTESS CODE:  9REZSU6S

Your order must total $50 before tax and shipping charges.

Before you head over to take advantage of this awesome deal, you are also welcome to visit my YouTube channel by clicking here! There are lots of Stamping 101 videos to help you get started with stamping and papercrafting!

Ok, so when ordering, remember to provide your information! I cannot send if I don’t have your info filled out and I sure don’t want you to miss out on such a great thing! There will be assorted goodies sent at random too! You may be the recipient of a fun surprise! SU CATTY.jpg

So when will you get your brand new 2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog? Just as soon as I can get to the post office after you get that order in!

I have a stack just waiting! Let’s do this!

Thank you and God Bless!

Kathy Bo