Kelli Wolfel
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator (610) 323-3215

December 28, 2010

Filled With Love Promotion

I hope that everyone has been enjoying a fabulous holiday season with their family and friends.  Our holiday was interrupted with me having a nasty case of strep throat.  It started the Saturday before Christmas and I was not feeling close to 100% until the day after Christmas.  Those days leading up to Christmas are always my favorites.  At home, at my school, and with my kids!  I think that it's the anticipation of what is to come.  Unfortunately, all that I got to experience was a torturous amount of time in bed.  If you know me, laying still and not being able to talk is truly torture!  I hurt so bad, talking and swallowing was virtually impossible, and the pounding headache caused by a high fever didn't make that resting time restful at all.  I am glad to say that I am feeling tons better and Christmas happened (successfully)!  So, I have been trying to catch up at home with my kids, my teaching, my SU! stuff, and of course blogging!  I hope that by the end of the week, everything will be caught up (and hopefully a little bit ahead)!  If you get a chance to check out this great promotion from SU!, please do!  What a fun way to get a headstart on Valentine's Day! 

December 7, 2010

Simply Adorned Love Charm

If I had to pick a favorite project from DIVA Day, this would be the one!  I LOVE IT!!! So classic and vintage wouldn't believe how easy it was to make!  I bought the charms pretty much right away when they were introduced.  They have been sitting in the lovely brown boxes since then!  Then we made this!  It's that Deck the Halls DSP again, simple cherry cobbler punched heart, lace ribbon and the birds are from the hostess set in the Holiday Mini!  I will definitely be creating some more charms!

December 6, 2010

Love Cards!

 Recognize this paper.....yes, I know! Still more Deck the Halls DSP!  These are more of the reasons that I actually bought more of this paper before it goes away when the Holiday Mini ends!  I just love the classic look of both of the cards, don't you? Thanks again to JanWakeland, one of my fabulous uplines that hosted the DIVA Day where we created these cards! 

December 5, 2010

Valentine's Day Card

Love this {love} card!  Instead of just using up my leftover Deck the Halls DSP, I actually purchased more!  I will be holding a class in January featuring all of these designs!  They are simple, but beautiful don't you think?  Enjoy!

December 1, 2010

Got Any Leftovers?

Isn't this an adorable card?  And it is sooo simple!  I love it!  The patterned hearts are made from the current Christmas paper....Deck The Halls!  What a great way to use up the leftovers!  Or a chance to buy some of the paper before it is no longer available!  This is a project that we made at DIVA Day at Jan Wakeland's (she is a fabulous upline)!  I'd love to hear about how you use your paper leftovers!  Drop a comment with your suggestions!

November 30, 2010

Thinking About Valentine's Day Yet?

Do you recognize this cute little box decorated for your sweetheart!?  This is one of the Countdown Calendar boxes from the current Holiday Mini!  Instead of using the numbers and papers that came with the kit, you can use other supplies to decorate the box for a Valentine treat!  What a great time to stock up on those boxes!  This is one of the DIVA Day projects that we made at our November day at Jan's!  Enjoy!

November 29, 2010

Celebrate More Birthdays Card Samples

Yesterday, I celebrated my 41st birthday by stamping for a great cause!  The American Cancer Society has recently started using  the saying, "Celebrating More Birthdays" .  I decided to hold a birthday card stamp a stack to celebrate my day and donate to the Pottstown Relay for Life.  All class fees will be donated to my Relay team, The Trotting Teachers!  These are the cards that we made!  I love how they turned out.  They were meant to be clean and simple and easy to create!  Which one do you like the most?  Post a comment and let me know your thoughts!  Have a great day!

November 28, 2010

Celebrating More Birthdays!

Celebrating More Birthdays!  Today that statement has two  meanings!  The American Cancer Society has adopted this tag line as a way to say that there are more cancer survivors than ever before!
More Survivors=More Birthdays!  The other is my 41st birthday! My dad passed away 11 and half years ago from lung cancer and we also shared the same birthday.  Since my dad passed, my birthdays just have not been the same.  So I thought what a better way to honor my dad, fight cancer, and celebrate my birthday than to do what I love!  I am hosting a birthday card stamping event today!  Friends that attend will make 15 birthday cards for $20.  I will be donating the entire $20 to my Relay for Life team!  For those that cannot attend the event in person, I am offering a special:  Make a purchase from the following pages in the 2010-2011 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog! 20% of your purchase will be donated to the Pottstown Relay for Life. Choose from the products on pages 52 through 57 and page 153. All birthday sets in honor of “celebrating more birthdays”. Orders should be placed no later than November 28. If you do not have a catalog, please go to to view the catalog and place an order.  Thank you to everyone out there who fights the battle against cancer each and every day!  You all make a difference!

November 27, 2010

Wanna be a DIVA?

Then you need to join our RemARKable Stampers team!!  A DIVA is someone who has reached the goals set by our RemARKable upline Jan Wakeland!  Each month she sets business goals for her entire team.  If you reach them, then you are a DIVA the next month.  Jan opens her stamping studio, affectionately known as "Stamp World" to the DIVAS for more fabulous projects and for "playtime".  I am proud to say that I have earned DIVA Day several times, but unfortunately I have never been able to attend the celebration.  That is until last Saturday.  After our team meeting, we had a fun lunch out with some of our teammates and then went to Jan's.  WOW!  What a fun time we all had!  I will be sharing some of the DIVA projects with you over the next few days.  I hope that you enjoy them!  If you want to learn how to be a DIVA, contact me before the Stampin' Up! demo promotion ends on November 30.  50% off the Starter Kit is a great way to join!  This first project is a great card that celebrates LOVE!  Recognize the paper?  It is Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper!  Doesn't it look great!?

November 26, 2010

Storage for Your Cards!

This is the last project that we made at our RemARKable Team Meeting last Saturday!  It is a box that fits all of the cards that we made at our meeting!  It would be a great gift box for cards, jewelry, gift cards, candies or anything else that you can think of!  Any ideas for how to use it?  Check out the Candy Cane fabric that we tied around the box to finish it off!!!!

November 25, 2010

What? A Fork?

I know that many of you are using a fork today to eat all of your wonderful Thanksgiving meals.  Did you ever think that a fork could be used for this........

At our RemARKable Team meeting last Saturday, we learned how to use a fork to tie a bow!  Isn't it amazing!  You can vary the size of the bow depending on how big the fork is!  Try it out!  Lots of fun!

November 24, 2010

Another RemARKable Stampers Card

This is another card from our RemARKable Team meeting last Saturday!  So simple and easy to put together but it looks great doesn't it! The sparkles are a little hard to see but the dots on the paper and the brad inside the white circle are sparkly!! Love them!

November 23, 2010

Cute Valentine's Card

 This is a cute and simple Valentine's Card to make!  Love the polka dots embossed on the background!

November 22, 2010


This is another project that we made at our RemARKable Stampers team gathering on Saturday!  These are the mini lunch sacks!  Aren't they adorable!?

November 21, 2010

RemARKable Gathering

Hello!  It has been a few weeks since my last post.  Sorry for the delay!  I am here to share the projects from my most recent Stampin' Up! team meeting.  I spent the day in Spring Grove, PA on Saturday with my RemArkable teammates!  My upline Jan Wakeland is amazing!  She always provides us with a great meeting, great topics, and great projects!  My teammates always come with so much to share too! And we have a lot of fun at the meetings!  For the next few days I will be sharing the projects that we made at our meeting!  They all use the Candy Cane Designer Series Paper that is featured in the Holiday Mini.  None of the projects are Christmas though.....they all have a winter and/or Valentine's theme!  What a great way to use up all of your paper!  Or you can order some of the paper before the mini expires so that you can duplicate these great projects!  By the way, have you thought about joining the SU! team?  Did you know that the Starter Kit is 50% off right now until November 30!?  What a deal.....$310 worth of products for $87.50!  It doesn't get better than that!  Contact me if you are interested in joining my SU! team!!!  Enjoy this cute hand sanitizer holder!

October 28, 2010

Fall Leaves

Still the calendar says fall and the weather says summer here in Pennsylvania.  We are having record high temperatures for October right now and it is just gorgeous out!  I remember it being like this in 2001 around this time too.  My daughter was born October 30.  When I went into the hospital I wore a very comfortable fleece long sleeve shirt that was very warm because it was a chilly fall day. Four days later when we brought my daughter home I wore the same shirt.....whew it was sooo warm on that day that I was actually sweating by the time we got home from the hospital that day!  So, this fall weather right now reminds me of that time.  I can't believe my daughter will be turning 9 years old already!  This card was made for a workshop that I just held at Amanda's house.  I will be sharing the other projects soon too!  Amanda and her family are so much fun to be around.  We all had a great time!  We made our own ink pads out of baby wipes and refill ink!  My daughter loves that technique because she loves tie-dye and she thinks it looks tie-dyed!  Enjoy the fall day wherever you are!

October 27, 2010

Rudolph Day!

Can you believe that Christmas is only 2 months away! My friend Leann over at The Old Parsonage  introduced me to Rudolph Day.  Celebrated on the 25th of every month, it is a day set aside to do something for the Christmas holidays.  In honor of Rudolph Day, I am sharing this ornament.  Isn't the fabric wonderful?  This is the new Stampin' Up! fabric.  I do not sew so I was sooo excited that this is a no sew project!  What is also nice, is that there is matching Deisgner Series Paper too!  A version of this ornament will be made and given to my co-workers, to our family for our annual ornament exchange, and for my daughter's teachers. So, if you are any of those people, please act surprised when you receive it!  Oh, I almost forgot,.....we will be making this at my Christmas Stamp Camp in November!  Happy Rudolph Day!  What will you do to celebrate!

October 6, 2010

Christmas Tag

Isn't this a cute tag?  The best part about is reusable!  How can that be you ask?  The black paper is actually our Chalkboard Decor Elements paper.  So, you can give the tag and the recipient can erase the to and from and pass it along to someone they are giving a gift to!  We made this adorable tag at our team meeting last weekend using the Candy Cane paper from the Holiday Mini.  This will definitely be a project for my Christmas Stamp Camp coming in November!  Check your calendars and come join me to get a head start on Christmas!

October 4, 2010


Another Halloween card! This is the first time that I have used the new Owl Punch!  I will be putting this punch on my favorites list!  Who knew that it was so versatile.....the ghosts are the owl upside down!  I cased this card from an SU! demo and adjusted some colors and the branch.  My 8 year old daughter LOVES the owl and has already asked if we can use it to make treats for her class for Halloween.  So watch for our project, it will be coming soon!

September 30, 2010

Eeek! A Spider!

I am not a big fan of spiders.  As a matter of fact, I don't know many people that are.....except when it comes to cute little Halloween spiders like this one!  I cased this card from a fellow SU! demo. The punches make a card like this a pretty easy one to complete.  If you look real close, you can see the embossed spiderweb on the striped paper.  I love that new embossing folder! Halloween is my least favorite holiday, but I must say that I enjoyed creating this card!  What do you think, isn't he cute?

September 28, 2010

Fall Fun with Cork

On Saturday, I attended my RemARKable Stampers team meeting!  What a fabulous group of women that I got to spend the day with!  Isn't this card so simple but cute?  This is one of the make and takes that we did at our meeting.  I just purchased theBig Shot die cut that includes this leaf and it is cut out in cork!  Love the texture and dimension that the cork gives to the card. And the Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper is great for Fall projects too!  Shhh.....I think we will be making a project next month at our Hostess Club using this die and the cork!  Enjoy it!

September 26, 2010

Fall Has Arrived!

Well, today in Pennsylvania it was 87 degrees!  Who would've thought that in the last week of September we would still be wearing shorts and tank tops and running the air conditioner!  Even though the temperature outside says Indian Summer, the weather inside says that fall has definitely arrived!  One of the women in my monthly hostess club asked if we could make this card at our September club night!  She got the idea from Cardmaker Magazine. We used Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper which retired last year from SU!.  Enjoy the beautiful sights that fall brings where you live! Happy Fall!

September 1, 2010

Dollar Store Decor

Hello!  It has been awhile since I have posted!  We had a wonderful 10 day vacation during the first two weeks of August and the rest of August was spent preparing for the new school year!  I am returning to my fifth grade teaching position after four years.  During those four years, I was an instructional coach in my school district.  While I loved the job, I really missed being in the classroom with the students on a daily basis.  So.....we started back to school this past Monday.  It truly feels like I was never away! I know that I am where I belong!  It just feels right!
Anyway, that explains where I've been!  I have been stamping too!  This is a project that we did at my late July Stamp Camp and at my Senior Circle class.  We made a summer flower insert and also a Christmas wreath insert.  It is a great frame to be able to change out the picture depending on the season or holiday.  The frame came from our local Dollar General store.  I am not sure where else they are located, but they just seem to have better quality items. Everyone seems to be looking for inexpensive items that they can embellish, alter, or use to add to their projects.  This frame was $1 and it came with a beautiful white ribbon.  You can't see it in the picture because I couldn't get it to stand up correctly for the picture. I have had such fun scouring the store for items, that some of my customers have asked me to have a class with those items.....I am considering Cheap to Chic as the name of the class!  What do think about that idea?

August 3, 2010

Picture Purse

 This is a sample of the picture purse that I will be featuring in my next round of classes.  I learned it from a teammate in Michigan!  I love the the fact that it takes so few supplies (1 sheet of 12 x 12 DSP  and 1 sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock and then a little extra of each to create the flap on the purse) to create this cute purse!  I have not yet added pics, but I will!  This would make a great baby or wedding shower gift!  Any teacher would love to get this at the end of the year from her class!  Birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and/or Christmas would all be appropriate holidays to use this as a gift!  Best of all, they can be personalized to match the receiver's personality and tastes!  Let me know what you think that you would use this purse for! 

August 1, 2010

Now I Know What to Do with White Crayons!

Do you remember when you were a child and you would get a brand new box of Crayolas?  You opened them up right away and started on your next creation!  It seemed like they needed sharpening within hours!  Except for.....
the white crayon!  I never seemed to use the white crayon!  Ever!
Well, now there is a use for that lonely white crayon!  This technique is called White Crayon Resist ! 
I used glossy cardstock but you can use plain white.  You stamp your image in black, then color as you like.  Once it is colored, you go over any parts of the image that you would like highlighted or to have the color pop!  In my card, I colored over the entire flower image and traced over the stems as well.  Next, I chose a color for the background and sponged over the entire image and around the image.  You then "buff" the image with a paper towel!  Voila!  The wax in the crayon resists the ink that you spread over the image and you get bright colors in your flowers and a cool white highlight around the entire flower.  This is a 3 x 3 card that I thought would make a great gift tag!  Go dig out that unused, lonely white crayon and have some fun with it!

July 30, 2010

Christmas in July!

This past week, I held my annual Christmas in July classes!  These are the projects that the guests made!
This is a cute poinsettia isn't it!?  Do you recognize the punch that was used to create the petals and the leaves?  It is the ornament punch!  Quick and simple.  I think that these would make great ornaments for a wreath or a tree too!

This is card number 2!  Love this new set!  Another very quick and simple card!  The clear mount stamps make lining the ornaments for the tree much easier!

I really liked how this turned out as well!  This is the first time that I used the wood sheets!  They cut nicely and the punches were easy to use on it as well!

This was the featured project on SCS last week!  Just in time for me to use at my classes!  I used the new holiday paper and I modified it slightly.  We made divider cards for the inside of the box!
What a nice way to carry your projects home! 

It is never too early to start thinking about the holidays I guess! 

July 25, 2010

Happy Rudolph Day!

Can you believe that today is Christmas in July! Only six more months until Christmas in December! It's really hard to believe that today with the extreme hot weather that we've had this summer!  Before we know it, we'll all be complaining that it is too cold!!!  My friend Leann celebrates Rudolph Day on the 25th of each month so this project is for Leann!  This is a project that we did at my July hostess club for Christmas in July! 
The card base made with Cherry Cobbler cardstock might just be my new favorite Christmas red!  It is deeper than Real Red, but not as dark as Bravo Burgundy!  It is just right!  This is the first time that I used the wood sheets.....I like them!  They were easy to work with and I like the antique effect that the wood gives to the card!  This is one of the new holiday sets in the 2010 - 2011 Idea Book and Catalog.   It is called Welcome Christmas.  I think that the ladies enjoyed this one too!  What are you doing to celebrate Rudolph Day!?

July 24, 2010

Black and White Card

This is one of the cards that the ladies in my monthly hostess club made last night!  Artistic Etchings is the name of the stamp set that we used to create the background on the card base!  I love it!  The SU! clear stamps made this so easy to create! I mounted the circle and the longer stamp together on the clear blocks at the same time to make lining everything up  much easier!  After we stamped the background, we ran it through the Big Shot using the lattice embossing folder.  I like the effect that it gave the card, don't you? The half of the top note die was run through the  Big Shot too using the Finial Press embossing folder.  New 1/8" taffeta ribbon finishes off the die with the key attached!  Aren't the new adhesive pearls just great too!  I am really happy with how this project turned out!  The black and white design, the little bit of sparkle in the ribbon, and the pearls just make it classic looking!  Can't wait to try out some more customized background papers using this set!

July 23, 2010

Tye Dye Butterflies

 I was at my son's baseball game last week and a beautiful yellow swallowtail butterfly almost landed on me.  It was the first one that I seen in years.  I have lived in the same town my whole life.  When I was young, I collected moths and butterflies.  They were abundant!  When my husband and I purchased our home almost 13 years ago, I was thrilled when we found a purple butterfly bush right next to our patio!  I thought it would be great to sit and watch all of the different butterflies come and feed on the bush.  It would also be great to teach my young son ( and eventually his sister about all of the different species that came there).  Unfortunately, the bush attracted lots of stinging insects and we had to cut it down because of the kids.  We noticed over the years that there didn't seem too be many butterflies in our area anywhere.  Not at the pool we belong to ( the same one that I have belonged to my whole life and collected many butterflies there as a child), not at the parks, not in our yard, not in the school playground.  Not anywhere!  Thankfully, we have noticed more butterflies and moths this summer. And not just the common little white ones......swallowtails, monarchs and others.  It is so nice to see!  And the lightning bugs!  Wow!  They seem to be in the millions this summer! My kids have rediscovered the joy of seeing them at night and they loved helping their two year old cousins collect them on July 4th weekend! Here are two cards that have butterflies as the main attraction!
I CASED this card off of SCS, I don't remember from who though. Sorry.  This is the Sizzlits die that cuts and embosses the butterflies at the same time!  If you look closely, each butterfly has embossing on it!  I just really like how simple the card is too!

These are the Tye Dye Butterflies!  My daughter named them that because she said they looked like they were Tye Dyed!  So simple huh?   Baby wipes and reinkers!  Take one baby wipe, fold it in half and then fold in half again so that you end up with a square.  Then choose 3 reinkers that you like.  I chose Baja Breeze, Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango!  Start with the darkest color (Baja Breeze for me) and spread out a few drops.  Fill in some of the white spots between those colors with the next darkest color (Melon Mambo for me).  Then, finish with the last color, using it to fill in any white spots left.  You only need to spread your inks out in a space a little larger than the size of your stamp.  The baby wipe just became your custom made tye dye ink pad!  The best part is that you can get pretty many images out of it before the color dulls.  And, if you move the stamp around within the ink, you'll get a color variation each time too.  We dressed our butterflies up with self adhesive rhinestones to finish it off!  I know that this is a pretty simple card, but I wanted the butterfly to be the star!  I think we accomplished that!  Enjoy the butterflies inside and outside this summer!

July 18, 2010

Happy Graduation!

Today, we are heading off to a special graduation party!  It is special because it is a dual graduation for brothers Anthony and Michael.  Anthony graduated from college and Michael from high school!  Our families have become very close over the past 3 years and today will be a big celebration! In honor of Anthony and Michael's graduations, here is a graduation card! We also did this at one of my Stampin' Up! team events!  I am lucky to get the chance to spend time with all of these talented people that share their ideas!  I hope that you find inspiration in their talents as well!

July 16, 2010

Recycle, Reuse, Reduce!

It is that time of year in Stampin' Up! World!  The new catalog came out on July 1st!!!  If you haven't seen it yet, you really need to take some time to look at it or contact me to get a catalog!  Anyway, it is a perfect time to recycle (my faves that are still in the catalog), reuse (find new ways to use old paper) and reduce (my stash of retiring products)!!!  So, this card is a little bit of the Top Note Die!  New way to use it as just a flap over the card front!  Still love the 5 Petal Flower Punch.....paired with some pretty old DSP it gives those flowers a tropical look!  Can you tell what the leaves of the flowers are made from?  Look closely, do recognize the shape?  Yes, it is the smallest heart from the Three Heart Punch!  Those punches are the best!  Then, the card base is a retiring color too!  So, that's my contribution to saving the Earth (ok, that's dramatic)!  But, I am freeing up lots of space in the craft room to make way for purchases from the new catalog!! Enjoy!

July 14, 2010

Scrunchie Flower Card

Isn't the Scrunchie Flower adorable!?  I learned this technique at my upline meeting in March.  The flower is made from some retired Designer Series Paper and the Scallop Circle Punch!  I have included the directions to make them.  Thanks to my teammate Michele Reynolds who did the demonstration at our meeting and gave all of us the very specific and easy-to-follow directions!  Here they are:

Scrunchie Flowers

                                                        Demonstrated by Michele Reynolds
1) Punch out 11 Scallop Circles from coordinating pieces of Designer Series Paper.

2) Crumple all 11 circles. The more you crumple them, the more scrunched your flower will be. Tip: If you spray them lightly with water first, they can be a little easier to crumple.

3) Set 1 crumpled circle aside to use as a base.

4) Fold the other 10 circles in half. They don’t have to be precisely folded in half, just roughly.

5) Fold them in half again. Again, you don’t have to be precise. You should have 10 triangles.

6) Put a Pop-Up Glue Dot in the center of the unfolded circle you are using as a base.

7) Press the pointed tip of one triangle lightly into the Glue Dot.

8) Add a second triangle in the same way but make sure the open edges are facing the open edges of the first triangle.

9) Add a third and fourth triangle in the same way making sure that the open edges are facing each other and closed edges are facing each other.

10) Put another Pop-Up Glue Dot in the center.

11) Adhere 4 more triangles in the same way as in steps 7 through 9 but have them cover the seams made by the first layer.

12) Put another Pop-Up Glue Dot in the center.

13) Cut the pointed tips off the last two triangles and discard the tips.

14) Press the flat edge you just made of one triangle into the top of the Glue Dot.

15) Press the flat edge of the second triangle into the top of the Glue Dot so the open edge is facing the opposite direction.

16) Scrunch the entire flower up in your fist repeatedly.

17) Keep scrunching and gently pulling apart the folds until you get the look you want.

18) Adhere your scrunchie flower to your project using Glue Dots or Stampin’ Dimensionals.

- If desired, you can spritz your scrunchie flowers with a mix of Shimmer Paint and alcohol. Or, try spraying them with the new Smooch Spritz we’ll be able to order soon!

- For a larger flower with a slightly different look, try using the Extra Large Fancy Flower Punch instead.

- For a small flower, use the largest flower in the Boho Blossoms Punch. Use Mini Glue Dots to adhere this one together instead of the Pop-Up Glue Dots.