Christmas Came Early This Year

One of the many blessings of being a SU! demo is the opportunity to order new products early. I was so excited to get my box in the mail this week! Christmas came early!

Unfortunately, because I’ve been so busy with the Christmas crazy, I haven’t had much of a chance to play. But, I did try out the new Bow Builder punch to add the finishing touch to my Christmas card for Alexa’s day care. The design matches the Festival of Trees tag I made for each of the glitter monogrammed mugs (see yesterday’s post for more photos).

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The Bow Builder punch is so easy to use  It’s already a favourite of mine!  I can’t wait to try more of the products and tempt you with the goodies.  It won’t be hard … there are so any lovely new products.  If you would like a copy of the Occasions & SAB catalogues, please contact me and I’ll post one out to you.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot

Embossing Folder: Lucky Stars

Punches: Bow Builder, Angled Tag Topper, Tree, Itty Bitty Accents

Specialty Paper: Brushed Silver, Gold Glimmer

Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Festival of Trees, Making Spirits Bright

Note: some of the links to new products in this blog post will come up with an error until the catalogue becomes available to the general public on 6th January 2015.

Giving is the Real Gift of Christmas – “Iron-On Mugs”

I love giving gifts!!! Christmas is the perfect time to be able to celebrate the people around you – by spoiling them with gifts.

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This year, my major craft project was monogrammed mugs.

I, with the help of Mr Papercraft, made 33 of these delights to give to my colleagues and the staff at the girls’ daycare.  The letters are a My Digital Studio (MDS) download – Sweet Details Alphabet, made from iron-on glitter vinyl, which I cut using my Cameo.  Super cool idea – very awesome outcome.

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Instructions:

To make the letter

  1. Download the Sweet Details Alphabet & Numbers Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download from the online store
  2. Import the required letter into Silhouette Studio
  3. Resize the letter, flip horizontally (it will be cutting from the back of the vinyl so you’ll need the design reversed) and trace the border using the low pass filter
  4. Cut the letter out of iron-on vinyl using your cameo

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To adhere to the mug

  1. Wipe your mug with an alcohol swab or solution to remove any grease/oil/grime that will stop your letter from sticking
  2. Remove the clear plastic front from the letter
  3. Place your letter in the position you’d like it to be on the mug and iron carefully using a hot (no steam) iron
  4. Place your mug into a 200 deg C oven and bake for 12-15 minutes
  5. Remove from the oven and gently push against the letter (using a tea towel or oven mitts – it will be *VERY* hot) to secure
  6. Leave to cool completely

Voila!  Personalised mugs.  Of course, if you don’t have an e-cutter, you could still do this project using vinyl cut by hand.

I put a sachet of hot chocolate powder & a couple of marshmallows into the mug then wrapped them all up (the Gusseted Cellophane Bags work well for this type of packaging).

Look out tomorrow for the Christmas card I made to match the tags seen above.  Kelly x

Teachers Cards – “Merry Christmas from the whole bunch”

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These two ‘super-size’ card designs are the product of a custom request from one of my favourite customers.  She dreams up big ideas then it’s my job to turn them into a reality.  The brief for this one was to create 4 personalised Christmas cards in green & gold for kindy teachers with flowers or balloons and the phrase “from the whole bunch”.  There was a bit of agonising (on my part!), but the final result was amazing.  I loved them, she loved them & the teachers loved them – that’s a win!

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I was lucky enough to add a Silhouette Cameo to my papercraft family last month.  This card gave me the chance to break it out!!!  I’ve had one on my wishlist for a while and my wonderful hubby surprised me with one #luckyme.  The “Christmas” & “Mrs” wording are digitally cut using the Cameo.  The teachers names are old school – cut in the Big Shot using the Perfect Print Bigz Dies.  And the requested “from the bunch of us” was simply printed using Word on the computer.  Using a variety of techniques & sources gives the card a little extra zing.  I’m looking forward to sharing more hybrid projects with you that use the Cameo as well as traditional papercraft.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Flower Fair, Ovals Collection, Hearts a Flutter, Cannery (retired)

Thinlits: Label Card

Bigz: Perfect Print Alphabet

Punches: Itty Bitty Accents, Pansy

Specialty Paper: Gold Foil, Brushed Gold, Vellum

Cardstock: Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive

Embossing: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Versamark

Stamp Sets: Positively Chevron, Good Greetings (retired), Perfectly Preserved (retired)

Embellishments: Gold Baker’s Twine

 

 

Teacher Cards – Beautiful Ballerinas

Alexa started dancing this year and loved it!  You might remember last term’s card featuring a ballerina costume made from the Baby’s First Framelits.

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My little ballerina

This term, I couldn’t go past a Pinterest find.  This card is a creation from the craft table of Suzanne Johnson, which I have CASEd to make my own version for my daughter’s dance teacher.  It uses the Work of Art stamp set to create – ‘a work of art’!  Just magical!  It allowed me to pretend, just for a minute, that I have an artistic side!!!  Kelly x

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Old School Teacher Appreciation

It’s that time of the year – Christmas & coming and so is the end of the school year.  Handmade is a great way to say thank you to a teacher who has helped & guided some of our most precious little minds.  We’ve got a long list of ‘thank yous’ to make this year, so this won’t be the first teacher appreciation blog post, but it will be the most retro.  I’m fairly certain you’d be hard pressed to find a blackboard amongst the interactive whiteboards & high tech equipment these days.  But, the symbolism is wonderful!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Squares

Punches: Banner, Cupcake Builder

Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Black, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss

Embossing: White Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Tool

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar

Stamp Set: Hardwood Background, Sassy Salutations

Punch Art Flashback – TMNT

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If you grew up in the 80s, then like me, you’ll remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles like they were your best friends! Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael & Donatello.  Which one was your favourite?  I always liked the leadership & intelligence of Leonardo.

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Well, like lots of my childhood favourites, everything old is new again and TMNT are back in vogue!  This set of punch art cards is a tribute to the men in green – Cowabunga, dude!  Kelly x

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Totally Awesome Punch Art Breakdown:

Head: 1-3/8″ Circle

Mask: 1-3/8″ Circle, double cut with Large Oval, bottom curve cut off, Bitty Banner Framelits

Eyes: Owl Builder

Mouth: 1″ Circle, double cut

Shell Front: 3/4″ squares, corner rounded

Belt: 1/4″ strip, Owl Builder

Arms: 1-3/8″ Circle double cut, Small Oval cut down to size, 1″ Circle double cut

Hands: 7/8″ Scallop Circle double cut with 1″ Circle

Legs: 1-3/4″ Circle double cut, Small Oval top & bottom cut off, 1-3/8″ Circle double cut

Feet: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle double cut with 1″ Circle

Note: “double cut” punching refers to a shape that has been cut more than once.  Using the same size circle to cut your circle again will result in an oval shape when cut one way & crescent shape when cut the other.

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Treat Yourself to an Early Christmas Present – Year-End Closeouts Start Today

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Want an early Christmas present?  As part of their Year-End Closeout, Stampin’ Up! are adding more items to the Clearance Rack, with up to 80% off your favourite, quality products (including some Christmas goodies).  Order now & receive your parcel by Christmas.

If you’d like to order online, enter the Stampin’ Rewards code: 77NWXJ9P to receive a free gift from me.  All online orders are sent directly to you.  It also guarantees that you are first in line for all the products & not waiting for me to collate customer orders.  These deals are all first come, first served – only while supplies last (or until 5th January 2015).

Or, email me to tell me what you’d like & I’ll add it to my order.

The deals just keep coming at the moment!  Sale-A-Bration & the 2015 Occasions catalogue starts on 6th January 2015.  I can’t wait!!!  I’ll be available in January to do workshops so that you can earn rewards & SAB gifts. It doens’t get better than that!  Book your preferred date now!  Kelly x