Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hoppy Birdie to you!

I love to make birthday cards. I don't always get them in the mail on time, but I still love the creative process of making them. This sentiment has been around for a long time in one form or another, but I can remember my Dad wishing me "Hoppy Birdie" when I was a child. I don't know where it originated, so if it came from you, please let me know and I will happily give you credit. Otherwise, all the credit goes to my funny, sweet father, who I am so thankful for.

Other things I am thankful for are my KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square, the fabulous Duetica Lettering Arts Studio, my Big Shot and all the fabulous dies, Viva Décor products, and Graphic 45 and Bo Bunny papers. They just seem to inspire me to create bigger and better things. This little card may not be bigger (well, it is actually a 6" x 6", so I guess that's bigger than the ones I usually make),  but I think it's one of my all-time favorite designs. The first one of these was made for my BFF Linda Gordon Bradshaw for her 65th birthday (I can't believe we have known each other for 52 -count 'em- 52 years!), and I've been making it ever since, just changing the colors, papers and embellishments.
Card Front Detail

The background paper I chose is very busy and not conducive to eyeballing a straight line. Even though your aligning skills may be way up there, it's still hard to get it right the first time with random paper patterns, which can result in damaged paper and extremely frayed nerves. This is where my great KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square comes in.

Here's how I did it:

KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square
Graphic 45 (51/2" x 5 1/2") and Bob Bunny (6" x 12", folded to 6" x6") Cardstock, plus small scraps for punching
Cream cardstock(Stampin' Up!®)
Chipboard, 51/2" square
Duetica Lettering System Software, Saxi Font
Sizzix Big Shot and Tim Holtz Caged Bird Die
Woven Trim, 8"
Viva Décor 3D Stamp Paint, Copper
Viva Décor Sponge Applicator
Viva Décor Inka Gold, Orange, Lava Green, Cobalt Blue, Lava Red
The Robin's Nest Dew Drops
Ranger Distress Ink, Vintage Photo
Jute from American Crafts
Double Stick tape from Sookwang
Dimensional Glue Dots, assorted sizes
Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect
Silk flowers and leaves


Step 1.
1. Apply double stick tape to backside of woven trim. Line up 51/2" square cardstock on the  KellyCraft Laser Square and set the guide at 3/4". Remove backing paper from tape and carefully apply the trim slightly below the laser line. Fold excess to the back of the cardstock.

2. Cut bird, cage and wing from Caged Bird die. Apply Inka Gold to bird and wing and edge with Vintage Photo Distress Ink for contrast.
Step 3.

3. Apply Viva Décor 3D Stamp Paint to the cage using the sponge applicator in and up and down motion to create an uneven surface. This will not only give the look of aged metal, but also the feel. Allow to dry, then add more age with Vintage Photo ink applied randomly, direct to paper. Apply glue dots to back of cage.

Step 4.
4. Using the KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square, line up birdcage bottom approx. 3/8" from the bottom of the 51/2" square, and adhere in place. Apply Best Glue Ever to openings across the bottom of the cage and add Dew Drops.

5. Use Inka Gold to make the flowers match the background paper. Adhere in place and add Dew Drops with Best Glue Ever. Cut 1/2" circles from scrap printed paper and edge with Vintage Photo ink for the large flower centers. Adhere in place.
Step 5.

6. Cut a small slit in the bird's beak to hold the tag. Slide bird into cage, allowing the head to peek out a little.

7. Print "Hoppy Birdie to You" using the Duetica Lettering Arts Studio software on cream cardstock. I used my finger to add Vintage Photo Distress ink to the edges and across the surface of the tag. Tie hemp around tag, add glue dots to the back and slip between the slits in the bird's beak.

Step 8.
8. Apply large glue dots to the back of the card front and use the KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square to align it perfectly on the card fold.

That's it. Easy as pie and it looks like you spent hours on it.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to hug all the people you love!

I received product from Kellycraft, Viva Décor, ScraPerfect, Sizzix, Bo Bunny and Duetica Lettering Arts Studio.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Follow us on Facebook!

Thanks to everyone who is following us on Facebook.......we appreciate it! This continues to be a primary way for us to keep in touch. We are still working towards our goal of achieving 500 likes. Once we reach our goal, we will have a product giveaway campaign as a way to give back to our loyal followers. If you haven't already done so, please like us on Facebook. Thanks!

Friday, November 23, 2012

New Products Coming Soon.....

New Products To Be Released In Early 2013!

We continue to get inquiries from our customers about new products we are planning to release. Most of our info requests are for the Laser Square cover and the Multi-Mat. We are diligently working on each of these items and have some super-cool product features we are anxious to share with you soon. Some of you have requested that we take pre-orders which we are currently considering. Facebook and the KellyCraft Newsletter are the primary ways we plan to keep you informed as we get closer to product release.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

KellyCraft Special Holiday Offer!

Holiday Special!

To show our appreciation to current and future customers, we have decided to reduce our website-direct price for the Get-It-Straight Laser Square to $69.95 valid through December 31, 2012!
FREE SHIPPING will be offered on ALL purchases from Thursday night, 11/22/12 at midnight CST to Monday night, 11/26/12 at midnight CST! This special applies to orders shipped within the Continental US. Don't miss out on this one-time-only offer!

You must purchase directly from the KellyCraft Online Store to take advantage of these special offers. Quantities are limited!

As we continue to build our distribution list, please feel free to share this special offer with your friends and family.

Wishing each of you a blessed Holiday Season!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Be Thankful Clock

Project by Ann Butler Designs

Create a clock for Thanksgiving quickly and easily with the KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square.

"Get-It-Straight" Laser Square (      
Zip Dry by Beacon Adhesives(                                 
12" x 12" Basswood Canvas (
Clock Kit (                                               
2 Leafs
Letters “Be Thankful” (Printed out from computer)
Card Stock: Cream, Orange
Card Stock: 12" x 12" Decorative
Drill, Wood Stain, Scissor, Ruler, Pencil, Computer                                           

Project Tip: Place Laser Square onto blocks the same height as canvas to make it level with canvas.


Drill a hole in the center of a basswood canvas and stain edges. 
Glue decorative card stock onto the basswood canvas 
pierce through drilled hole.

Print out “Be Thankful” out onto a cream card stock 
in size 72 font (I used Mandolyn Font by Duetica)
then cut letters out.
Measure each letter and 
cut orange card stock 1/2” larger then each letter. 
Glue letters onto orange card stock using Laser Square to get them straight.

Use Laser Square to space letters and 
leaves evenly onto the canvas to create a clock face.
Attach clock kit through the drilled hole to finish off the clock.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Position Stamps Straight Everytime!

Technique by Lisa Rojas, Stampin' Queen Creations
Give The Queen A Call!!!

 Sometimes when you have a large stamp,
you can have problems with the image stamping
perfectly. With the Get-it-Straight Laser Square that
is no long a problem!
Simply line the stamp over the image with the
Get-it-Straight Laser Square and re-stamp the image.
It will line up perfectly every time!!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Sweet Treat Bag

Project by: Andre Currie

I decided to take all of our leftover Halloween candy and make cute "Just Because"and "Thank You" sweet treat bags, using my KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square and a few simple supplies!

What I Used

 Sandwich Bag
"You're So Sweet" Stamp
5.25 x 6.5 creme card stock

1. Fold 5.25 x 6.5 card stock width wise and fold
2. Now unfold and line laser in the middle of the bottom half of card stock
3. Stamp your image/message

4. Fold card stock around top of bag
5. Use laser square to lay down straight lines of washi tape along top and bottom
5. Use laser square to make "suspenders" along the bag all the way up and over the folded card stock

Continue to embellish with washi tape until desired design is achieved! 
Using the washi tape as "suspenders" ensures your card stock top won't slip off of the treat bag! 
Easy peasy! I know some neighbors that will love this!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Getting Ribbon Straight

Tip by Lisa Rojas, Stampin' Queen Creations
Give The Queen A Call!!!

when layering ribbon to make it
straight every time! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Decorative Fabric Napkins made with the Get-it-Straight Laser Square

The KellyCraft Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square makes it simpler than ever to create custom decorated fabric napkins for your holiday table.

By Cindi Bisson, Behind These Eyes™


KellyCraft Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square
Fabric napkin
JudiKins Leaf cube stamp
Plaid Simply Screen paint - Penny, Gold, French Roast
Gold decorative trim
Aleene’s Fabric Glue
Connie Crystal decorative crystal beads


Begin by sponging Penny paint onto one leaf stamp.  Place napkin with corner flush in Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square.  Use laser to determine placement of first stamped image in corner of napkin.

Sponge different leaf stamp with French Roast paint. Use Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to align second stamped image next to first.   Continue using random leaves, and intermixing Penny, French Roast and Gold paints across width of napkin.   Rotate napkin and continue on all four sides.

Heat sent paints according to manufacturer instructions.   To mount trim, re-align napkin in corner of Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square.  Use laser to determine placement of ribbon trim.   Following laser line, glue trim in place.  Repeat on all 4 sides.

Mount large crystal bead in each corner of trim.  Use Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to help determine equal placement/alignment of 3 additional crystals on extending from each large crystal in each corner.

Place into your favorite napkin rings and use to adorn your table at your next dinner celebration.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Autumn's All Around

Created by Lisa Rojas, Stampin' Queen Creations
Give The Queen A Call!!!

Hi Everyone,

I am back with another great project using the KellyCraft Get-it-Straight Laser Square. I know that I have said it before, but really, I love this product! This tool is what I call my all-in-one! I have been stamping for many years and I can't tell you how many times my project is almost finished and I stamp that last image only to have it not stamp completely on my paper. How frustrating! Well, with my Get-it-Straight Laser Square not only can I line my page elements up perfectly, I can also use it to re-stamp my incomplete images. I am so in love!

This project is a fairly simple to create and sunflowers for me, always remind me of Autumn. With the stamped sunflower and a few embellishments, you have a wonderful project that you can hang on the wall or sit it on your table. And for a beautiful table centerpiece, place your frame on a table next to a vase filled with sunflowers. Now that would be very, very pretty.

8" Square Canvas
Pattern Paper
Cardstock- Tan, Rust, Brown & Yellow
Lace & Trim
Straw Ribbon
Brown Ribbon
Acetate Words
Glue Gun
Micro Beads
Dove Blender Pen
Foam Tape
Using the Get-it-Straight Laser Square line the pattern paper
and adhere it to the canvas
Stamp the sunflower on tan cardstock three times
and the butterfly twice.

Color the stamped images with Faber-Castell chalk pencils
and blend the colors with a blender pen

  Add Zip Dry Paper Glue to the center of the top sunflower
and cover with micro beads. Pour excess beads back
into the container

Using a Cricut Personal Cutting Machine with the Fancy Frames
cartridge, cut out three frames with yellow, brown & rust
cardstock. Adhere the frames together. Add foam tape to the
back of the frames

Cut out all three sunflowers. Add foam tape between each
sunflower and adhere to the frames. Cut out both butterflies
and adhere them together at the butterfly's bodies, leaving
the wings free
Using the Get-it-Straight Laser Square, line up all of
your elements and adhere to the canvas.

After you have added all of your elements, adhere trim
around outer edge of the canvas with a glue gun.
Add brown bow and you're done!