Bucket List

  • Travel to Germany
  • Run a 5K
  • Ride in a hot air balloon

Friday, May 14, 2010

May Class schedule

The class schedule for the month of May is as follows:
Sunday May 16th, 4pm All occasion card making class (make 5 cards, all supplies provided/included, cost $12.00)
Monday May 17th, 6pm 6x6 Pocket scrapbook class( make a 6x6 scrapbook with pockets on the pages, all supplies included/provided, cost $15.00)
Thursday May 20th, 5:30pm Duct tape bag basics class (come make your own tote bag out of duct tape, you must supply/purchase your own duct tape, you will need 60 yards of 2 inch wide duct tape, any color of your choice, everything else you need will be provided, cost $12.00)
Tuesday May 25th, Birthday card making class (make 5 birthday cards, all supplies are included/provided, cost $12.00)
Thursday 5/27/10 6x6 Foldout scrapbook class (come make a 6x6 scrapbook with fold out papers, all supplies are included/provided, cost $13.00) these make great gifts too
Friday May 28th, Open crop 6pm - 10pm Cost $5.00 you will be given your own work space to work on your own projects that you bring with you. I will be on hand for questions or help, to teach new techniques. You are permitted to use my stamps, inks, punches while here for the open crop. Feel free to bring your own snacks/beverages. Door prizes will be given out as well.
**Please RSVP to me if you would like to attend any class, thanks and I hope you can join me.

All occasion cards

Here are pictures of some all occasion cards that I made earlier this week at a card class at my favorite store, Down Memory Lane. They are cutesy which I love. I really had a great time making these cards. Probably because I really seem to connect with the owner of the store, who taught the class, she is awesome and very creative.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

April Class Schedule for Kelly's Stampin' Studio

Well it's official, Kelly's Stampin' Studio is open for classes! Yippee!! I finally have all my stuff moved in and somewhat organized. The APRIL class schedule is as follows:
*April 7th (wed) All Occassion cards/card making class. 6pm- 8pm Cost $12.00, all supplies included to make 5 cards.
*April 12th (mon) Scrapbook Club #1, 6pm - 8pm, *This is a monthly club, this one will meet the 2nd Monday of the month, you will be required to sign a contract to participate in this club, it requires a minimum $25.00 CTMH order each month, and you will take turns then receiving the hostess benifits (you will get a minimum of $25.00 worth of free ctmh product when its your turn as hostess). With the contract you will committ to participate, to ensure things are fair for all. You will make a 2 page 12x12 scrapbook layout at each months club meeting.
*April 14th (wed) Duct Tape bag (basics) class. 6pm - 8pm Cost $12.00 *You must purchase your own duct tape for this class and bring it along, you will need 40 yards of 2 inch wide duct tape, feel free to mix and match colors as you choose, in order to get 40 yards you will need 2-3 rolls of duct tape. All other tools needed to make bag will be included. Guest instructor for this class is my friend Renee, from Razz creations.
*April 18th (sun) Birthday Cards/card making class 4pm - 6pm Cost is $12.00. All supplies to make 5 birthday cards will be provided
*April 19th (mon) 6x6 Scrapbook album, all supplies included to make your own 6x6 scrapbook you will completely assemble one tonight, just add your favorite pics when you get home. Guest instructor is my friend Missy, from creative expressions.
*April 28th (wed) 6x6 pocket book, come make your own pocket scrapbook, all supplies will be included to make your personalized project. Guest instructor is my friend Missy, from creative expressions.
You must RSVP for all class to ensure enough projects are prepped. You can comment below and let me know your coming or email me at alilsunshyne4u@hotmail.com or call me at 715-829-0025.
My class schedules are also posted at www.meetup.com, click on find group and list Kellys Stampin Studio, Chippewa falls.
I look forward to you joining me for a class or two.
All classes are held at Kelly's Stampin' Studio 103 N. Bridge St, suite 270/275 Chippewa Falls, WI 54729. Studio is only open during classes or by appointment.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sorry for being so lax on my bloggin'

Hello Everyone,
Sorry I have been so lax on my bloggin this month. Things have been pretty crazy for me this month. But on the positive side, my new stampin' studio "Kelly's Stampin' Studio" will be open for classes starting in April. I will be posting my April class schedule very soon! Boy, you forget or underestimate how much scrapbooking stuff/toys you have until you have to move them, mind you move them up 2 flights of stairs. I have everything moved up there, except 2 tables which I hope to move this week, then I just have to get my space organized. I am soooo excited, your gunna love it too, please be sure to join me for a class if you can. I will also have some guest instructors as well. We will even be having class on making your own duct tape bag, pretty cool huh.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

March is a GREAT Month to Join my CTMH Team!!

Do you love scrapbooking or card making? Do you love a fantastic discount on all your scrapbooking/cardmaking supplies??? Yep, who wouldn't. Well March is a great month for you. Join my CTMH team in March and when you sign up, not only do you get this awesome start up package for a very low price, but between March 1-31st, you will also get all 4 of the Stamp of the Months for FREE! What a FANTASTIC deal! Ask me for details.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


HURRY!!! Close to my Heart's sale "Hearts for Haiti" Ends on 2/28/10. This sale is buy one Textured Cardstock combo pack and receive one FREE, plus for every pack purchased CTMH will donate $2.00 to Haiti relief operations. These are the textured cardstock packs that are available, you will receive 4 sheets of each 6 colors in the color combo. Feel free to mix and match. (This textured cardstock has an added benefit, it has a white core!) Order online at: http://kellyschoen.myctmh.com

Monday, February 22, 2010


Hello Everyone,
Sorry I have not posted in a little while. I am down and out with a nasty head cold and horrible cough. I am on day 6 now, I wish it would go away!
I will post some artwork soon.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Birthday, Randy!!!

Well today my son, Randy, turns the big 13! Oh my god I have a full fledged TEENAGER on my hands. Boy do I feel old today. He is a great kid, I wouldn't give him up for nothing. Tonight we are off to Red Lobster for dinner, his restaurant of choice. Yummy.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

YeeHaa! Finally some Weight Loss

I am very happy to report that yesterday, when I weighed in for my biggest loser group, I lost 3 pounds!!!! Yippee. I was also deemed as the biggest loser with a -1.24% weight loss. I have really been struggling with this weight loss, things so even though its only 3 pounds it was just the inspiration that I needed to keep plugging along.
So do you watch biggest loser on TV? Well I do, or at least I DVR it until I have time to watch it. Well I couldn't sleep last night so I laid in bed and watched it from this tuesday. I could never be on that show, Jillian would have me in tears or they would both kill me. However I wish I could lose weight like they do on that show. But any how I gotta tell you I am soooooo happy that Melissa finally got kicked off the show. I can't stand her, there is always a couple on each season that drive me nuts, and trust me she is one of them. Thank goddness she got the BOOT! C-YA. Oh if she wins the finale part I will be pissed. I wish she would have left prior and some of the others would have been allowed to stay. Too bad John had to go, he needed to be there.
Oh well, enough on the weight loss/biggest loser. Till next weeks weigh in I will continue to plug along.
Have a great week....

Thursday, February 4, 2010

February Cards

As promised here is a picture of the 8 cards I made last month at my favorite stampin store, Down Memory Lane, they were made by me when I attended their 8 for $8 class. As I said they hold this class every month on multiple days. Aren't the cards just great, very cute! They always design awesome cards for us to make at their classes. You should join me at one of their classes if you get a chance, or visit their website for class schedules and more info. www.downmemoryln.com

Here are 2 of my 6 dogs

This is Buddy and Jenny, aren't they cute!!! I couldn't resist taking this picture, they were standing on top of a hill of snow. Appearently they thought they were king of the mountain.

My guys

Here is a picture of my guys. My son Randy and my boyfriend Curt. This was taken a couple of weeks ago a the Metrodome in MN, we went to see Monster Jam. It was so awesome!

My Veranda Paper pack Scrapbook page layout

Finally as promised, I am posting a picture of the 2 page 12x12 scrapbook layout that I did for my swaps with my fellow CTMH sistas.
I really like this how this layout turned out!

Exercise YUK!

Hello all, well I am alive today but barely! I managed to work out for a whole 10 minutes last night on my eliptical machine. I watched TV while on it so that helped. But I gotta tell you I damn near died!! My legs were killing me, I was trying to do 20 minutes, but no such luck. I feel like a pile today, mostly because I have a headache and I didn't go to bed until late and you know I hate getting up in the morning anyways. So blah! So here is my dilema, I managed to exercise for 10 minutes, but then I was starving and I ate a BP and J sandwhich (yummy, on fresh bread!), I am thinking that this totally defeated the purpose of my exercise to start with! Well maybe if I would have ate a good supper I would not have been starving....
So Randy started back in Karate last night....Boy did he get a butt kicking from the instructor. Not his fault, a couple of the girls in the class were fooling around, so the instructed made them do push ups 30! and they had to do side kicks for 60 seconds straight on each leg! I had seriously reconsidered joining myself, boy am I glad I did not pick last night to start!!! Actually I told myself that I am not going to rejoin until I can do 75 or more jumping jacks without dying and looking like big bafoon! (ya, part of the warmups is to do jumping jacks, minimum of 75 to max of 100) Jumping jacks are tough work, so guess what.... Yep my goal for tonight is to do some jumping jacks. If I make it thru the jumping jacks I will update you with the results.... Till then wish me luck....
P.S. Honestly I have been slacking, I will post some artwork this weekend!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Biggest Loser Update

WOW! Trying to loose a few pounds is tough work! I mean honestly no wonder a fair percentage of the US is overweight (including me). I mean to work all day, then have to either work out or think of what to eat or not eat. For me stress is a killer, why can't my body be one of those that those that looses weight over stress, no chance I gain weight with stress.
I am sad to report that last week I gained 1 pound, but this week I lost a pound. So Yippee I am right back where I started! That was not exactly my goal. I can tell you that I feel like crap because I have not been diligent about taking my vitamins, therefore leaving me completely exhausted. I am completely stressed out by life. I have no ambitious to even think of exercising. But I can definatly tell you I am not going to shed any pounds if I don't exercise as well as watch what I eat. I was really hoping that I would be able to get by without exercise, but no such luck BUMMER! With live I have learned that I have to adapt, well sometimes I hope to adapt and that is not reality. With my schedule/life right now I am eating a lot of late meals, not healthy but just plain reality. I know it is not good for my weight loss and not really a healthy choice, but neither is just not eating. So I guess I have to find a way to just bite the bullet and exercise, YUK. Can you tell that exercising is not on my top ten favorites list...LOL Mostly because I am sooooo exhausted at night, and I am so out of shape that then I hurt afterwards. But I can guarentee you that I am better off exercising at night before I go to bed (at least I can take some Ibuprofen and sleep off the pain), because there is NO WAY that I am getting up early to exercise, I am so not a morning person! (trust me I have overslept every morning this week). OK so my goal this week is to try and remember to take my vitamins everyday, so I don't feel so lousy, and to try and exercise at least 3 times this week (even if for just 5 min each). Hey I gotta start somewhere, right? So until next week, happy trying to exercise.....

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Relaxation/card making/favorite store

Ever feel like you don't get enough time to relax and do those fun things you enjoy.... Well this is the story of my life! There are some weeks, well sometimes months, that you just don't make time for yourself. There is always something more important to do than sit down and relax or craft. Do you tell yourself STOP, take time for me? I don't as often as I should, now I have to make appointments for myself to take me time. For me, my me time is crafting. By making an appointment for me to take time to craft, I make myself take time for me. And it works. So last night was my me time appointment, and better yet it was at one of my favorite stores.
Last night I went to make cards at Down Memory Lane in EC (www.downmemoryln.com), I just love this store it is one of my favorite places. Not only do they sell an awesome selection of crafting supplies, they have ideas all over the store, their staff is first rate, and the owner Joann is amazing (and a talented crafter). I always feel like a friend when I walk in, some know me by first name, I am welcomed as I walk through the door as is every other customer that walks in. You feel at home, they are always available for questions. Well they also teach classes there at a very reasonable rate. I enjoy taking classes there, I usually take at least one per month. It was a great time of crafting, learning and most importantly relaxing. I enjoy talking with the owner, actually I probably talk her ear off; but thats whats fun, when we both share the same passions. Even though I am a crafter and teach classes to others, I enjoy being taught as well. I love learning new ideas or new techniques. Plus they have different products than what I sell, and trust me I buy lots of them. I am sooooo addicted.LOL
Do you have a favorite place that you just love to go? I know a lot of people like to go to the big craft stores, yes me too they usually have everything under one roof, but do you really feel special going there? Not me! Yes so they have big sales or cheap prices, but they often really lack the customer service (it could take you forever to find someone to help you, trust me it happens all the time to me). I am a huge fan of supporting the little guy, they structure their business on outstanding customer service. I truely believe in this, as I am a business owner myself, I expect customer service when I am out shopping (I mean really you are choosing to spend your money there, you could spend it anywhere you want, they should be as helpful as possible and nice); So I make sure it is given to the best of my ability to my customers and clients. So for me whether your my nursing client, my customer at Bulldog's Service, my CTMH client/customer, or a student in one of my classes you will always get my best effort to serve you. This is how I feel when I go to Down Memory lane, I know I am appreciated and so are you if you shop there. If you have never been their I encourage you to stop by there, you wont be disappointed. And if you get a chance attend one of their classes or visit them on the web at www.downmemoryln.com.
Of course I will be using some of the products that I purchase at Down Memory Lane in my upcoming Voyagers community education Card Making class coming up on Feb. 9th 2010. Be sure to sign up for this class, you won't want to miss it. (comment or email me and I can help you get registered)
I will try to get some pics posted of the cards I made last night......
Until next time....Happy Crafting and don't forget to make time for yourself!

Biggest Loser Update

Well today is a day of mixed emotions.... I knew today would not be a good weigh in, I was fearful for the worst. But today I am somewhat pleasently suprised, though still a bit disappointed in myself. I had a rough week this past week, I still am not able to exercise as I should due to my back hurting. However, I did not eat well. I was stressed out, which makes me eat more. I ate very late at night which is a total no no. And I ate fast food more than once this week, although I did attempt to make more of a healthy choice while at the fast food resturant. Today I did not lose any weight and I did not gain any weight, so I guess I can't be too upset. I do know that I need to improve this week, I am in this to lose weight. So I pledge to improve over this next week, and hopefully lose some more weight! Until next time, healthy eating to all!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Artwork using new CTMH spring paper packs and coordinating stamps/embellishments

Here is some artwork I received in the mail today from my CTMH sistas. My sistas and I do monthly swaps. Well 3 times a year with the release of the new CTMH catalogs we do what is called Demo Boards. We make a 2 page scrapbook page layout and cards using one specific new paperpack along with the new coordinating stamp set and embellishements. We each take a different paper pack and then we swap them, so we get one of everyone, resulting in artwork from all the new papers. As you know their are 4 new papers for this spring. Your going to love this artwork, my sistas are so talented. For me it is like Christmas every month, to receive their artwork in the mail, I wait in such anticipation for my return package in the mail. We all work hard and do our absolute best, but I tell you some of the my sistas have more talent and creativity in their little finger than I have in my whole body (thank goodness for CTMH's how to books!) In my post from a few days ago you seen my 3 cards using the Veranda Paper (I will post a pick of my scrapbook page layout soon, for some reason I did not get mine back, but I will hopefully get a pic from a fellow sista and then post it) Anyway here is what I got......

These are from the Caboodle paper, made by Sheri:

These are from the You Rock paper, made by Heather:

These are from Veranda Papers, made by Rachel:

These are from Topstich, made by Kim:

Awesome huh! Hope you enjoyed viewing these.......

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Card Making Class

I will be teaching an All Occassion Card Making class for the Chippewa falls Voyagers adult community education program. The course will take place on Tuesday Feb. 9th 2010 from 6pm-8pm. All supplies are provided and you will make 5 cards to take home. If you are interested in signing up, please comment or email me and I will get you the information. You wont want to miss out on the fun!

Weight loss/Biggest loser update

Well its official, for this past week (week #1) of my being on the biggest loser team with my co-workers, I won!! I had the biggest percentage of weight loss -1.65%! WooHoo. Well its a big accomplishment for me, there are only 9 of us on our team (myself and a few Teachers and a few Paraprofessionals) We are a great group on a mission, loose a few pounds. I am actually enjoying this very much. Like I said yesterday I am not making any drastic changes, I love food way too much to do that. And my back has been really hurting lately so I am not really exercising much, although I am trying to walk more when I have a few extra minutes. But I am trying to make more of a conscious choice when I eat, trying to eat a little more healthy. Speaking of which have you ever tried those whole grain sandwich thins, wow they are really good. Curt and Randy think I am nuts for some of the things I eat, but I eat what I enjoy. Since it was too big to cook a full course meal last night, by the time we all got home it was also too late. So we all had our own thing for supper. Well mine was a toasted sandwich thin (only 100calories) drizzled with a little EVOO, then I added 1/2 a avocado and then topped it with Brisling sardines and a little pinch of kosher salt, don't say yuk! it is actually good, and more importantly good for your body (especially your heart). Alton Brown gave me this recipe on one of his good eats episodes on weight loss. Omega 3's that come from fish are very good for your heart as well as avocados. If you like fish give this a try. Well until next time happy healthy eating!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Veranda Paper Artwork

Here are some cards that I made using the new Veranda paper pack!

This is a 6x6 card using creme brulee cardstock, veranda paper, copper brads, creme brulee ribbon, stamped images are from Authentic stamp set, both in cocoa ink. Flower was dyed juniper in color using our juniper re-inker and rubbing alcohol with a cocoa button in center and juniper waxy flax tied in center of button.

This is a standard card using Cocoa Cardstock, Veranda paper, flowers from so sweet stamp set, stamped in cocoa and colored with creme brulee and juniper markers, then cut out, phrase is from same stamp set, also used just blooms spring blossom paper flowers in creme brulee color with copper brads in center.

This is a 3x3 card using Juniper and Creme Brulee Cardstack, veranda paper, just blooms spring flower in Creme Brulee color and a filigree charm.
All of these card designs are inspired by cards designed in our wishes and originals card confidence books published by Jeanette Lynton for Close to my Heart.

Weight loss

Well I joined the biggest loser at work with some of my co-workers. Last Wed. was the initial weigh in. I have never done anything like this before, but with friends doing it also I wanted to give it a try and I needed to lose weight anyway. So I signed up. Well today was my first weigh in, GUESS WHAT I lost 4 pounds, YIPPEE. I am very proud to have lost that 4 pounds, I know its not much, but I feel better. I have not been exercising as much as I should because my back is killing me lately. But I have been really trying to eat more healthy. I love food and I love to cook, I am not willing to give either of these up. I have made it a point to eat breakfest every morning, just a light yogurt. I have been drinking a diet green tea with a 1/2 ounce of pure Acai juice mixed in it everymorning. And I have been taking my Melaluca vitamins. I have increased my fish consumption for my Omega 3's to help my heart. I even pigged out on Saturday at Famous Dave's (I shouldn't have but it was soooo good). I only worked out on my eliptical machine for 5 min. one night this week. I don't count calories or right down what I eat, I just try to make a little healthier choice. And so far it has worked. I will keep you posted, until then everything in moderation! Happy Healthy Eating!

New hours and services at Bulldog's Service

Well its official we have expanded our hours and services at Bulldog's Service to serve you, our customers better. We are now open Monday thru Friday from 8am - 8pm and Saturdays 8am - 2pm. We are now able to offer all formes of automobile repair as well, including transmissions and complete engine replacements. We can service all your automobile and small engine needs. We also offer complimentary vehicle pick up and drop off, or we will give you a ride to and from your place of need (within in chippewa). We offer the cheapest rates possible. We are also offering 24 hour Emergency service, for lockouts, jumpstarts, etc.
We look forward to servicing all your automotive needs.
We are located at 15 E. Park Ave Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Call 715-723-3033 for questions or appointments

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Stampin with Kelly: New spring CTMH Catty NOW available

Stampin with Kelly: New spring CTMH Catty NOW available

New spring CTMH Catty NOW available

The hottest thing for spring is now available. The spring addition of the CTMH catalogs. It is my favorite catty so far (well I say that everytime a new catty comes out). With 4 new paper packs you are sure to find something you love and can't scrap without. NEED a catty, let me know and I will get you one. You can view it online as well on my website: http://kellyschoen.myctmh.com. Shop online 24/7 and even in your jammies.

Felicity Paper pack

Don't miss out on the National Papercrafting Month promotion from CTMH, you can get this fabulous paper pack and stamp set for free. Valid now until January 31, 2010. Two great ways to earn this for free: Order $60.00 worth of CTMH stamp sets and get this free, or order $125 of CTMH products and earn it for free. You won't want to miss out on this special.

January Stamp of the month

Be sure you don't miss out on the CTMH January stamp of the month, spend $100.00 this month and earn it for free. Remember this stamp set is only available until January 31st.