What a Class-y Set: English Garden Decorated Notepad & Card Set

Last night’s revamped class with a matching project set was a huge success!  So much so, that I’m already on the lookout for inspiration for the project set for next month!!! {27th August – who’s joining me?}

I’m still very much in love with the English Garden DSP and it’s pretty patterns, so this was the starting point for the colours & style of our project set.  Thanks to Leonie Schroder tempting me with the Garden of Bloom stamp set in her ESAD blog hop post, we used this to coordinate with the DSP.

I’m also in love with the watercolour effect at the moment – it’s so easy to stamp because it doesn’t have to be perfect or line up to look amazing.  Garden in Bloom lets you stamp bees, flowers, butterflies & leaves to create your own garden scene – or pretty patterns.

The first part of the project was a decorated notepad.  The notepad is A5 (1/4 of an A4 page).

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It has a magnetic closure and fancy finish using the Lots of Labels framelits.

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The instructions to make yours:

  1. Place a piece of A4 cardstock lengthways (landscape) into your SU! trimmer.  Score at 4-1/8″, 4-14″, 9″ & 9-3/4″
  2. Turn the cardstock 90 degrees and place into the trimmer longways (portrait).  Cut at 5-7/8″.
  3. Trim the skinny offcut piece so that it’s 8-1/4″ (making sure you put the edge with the 4-1/8″ score line furthest away from the cut).
  4. Use the Lots of Labels framelit to further cut the fancy edge if desired (the top piece started at 2″ x 3-3/8″ before cutting with the framelit).
  5. Fold along all score lines on cardstock.
  6. Attach the notepad to the inside using Fast Fuse.
  7. Add the closure flap by securing the 4-1/8″ part to the back of the main cardstock piece.  Allow to fold around and then secure flap in place with magnets with Glue Dots.
  8. Decorate the front panel with cardstock (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″) and DSP (3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″)
  9. Add a Garden in Bloom flower to decorate (Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Rose Red with Old Olive & Mossy Meadow leaves).
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The matching card

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The finished set

What a beautiful set – I think they’d make a great gift.  If you start making a couple a week, you’ll have an amazing stash ready for Christmas presents!   Kelly x

PS, this is the link for the magnets I used for the closure: heli.porter.  I also like the 10mm.  They adhere perfectly with our glue dots and are strong enough to hold papercraft creations.

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Glue Dots

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Weekly Deals 29th July – 4th August 2015 plus updated class schedule

Hello!  Today’s post is a quick housekeeping one.  The last round of bonus deals are at the bottom of the post.

After some very wise feedback from one of my favourite customers, I have modified the Thursday night class to finish earlier.  This means a quicker, cheaper & sharper class where we will make a coordinated project set.  They will be $15, which still includes all materials (including adhesives) and supper, and will start at 7pm and aim to finish by 9pm.

In tomorrow night’s class we are making a decorated notepad and card set.  There is one place left in the class – please email me if you’d like to book the final seat.

This is the updated class schedule for August:

  • GENERAL CLASS – Tues 11th August 9.30am $20 *** FULL
  • KIT CLASS – Sat 15th August 9.30am Tin of Cards $50 *** FULL
  • GENERAL CLASS – Thurs 27th August 7pm $15 *** places still available

New class schedule for September:

  • GENERAL CLASS – Tues 1st September 9.30am $20
  • TECHNIQUE CLASS: Watercoloring – Sat 12th September 9.30am $20
  • GENERAL CLASS – Thurs 24th September 7pm $15

To make a class booking, please email me or RSVP via my events page –

http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/kellykent/events.

Due to the popularity of classes, all class bookings must be paid for within 3 days of RSVP or your place will be offered to another crafter.  Classes are tailored to your interests, so please let me if you have any requests for class projects.

Look forward to seeing you soon, Kelly x


BONUS DEALS (available at the special price until limited quantities sold out then they will return to their normal price):

Shadow Box Butterfly Card – JAI272

Good morning!  As always, I’ve left my JAI post until the last minute.  It’s been a busy week but who can resist a challenge that’s all about butterflies?

I had initially planned to do a framed Monarch butterfly (think the “Kodak” orange & black butterfly) using a shadow box frame border.

But, when I was Googling instructions for making a shadow box frame, I came across Dawn’s version of a shadow box and totally changed tack.

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This shadow box is super simple, very easy & a big wow!  You can decorate the ‘box’ however you like.  The scoring on each end makes it stand up for display, but it squashes flat for putting into an envelope.

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Did you know that the two sets of butterfly framelits/thinlits coordinate with each other, giving you an intricate butterfly and a solid butterfly in the same size.  This is the small size.

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I adapted Dawn’s measurements to suit Australian card front size.

To make a shadow box:

  1. Cut two pieces of cardstock 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″ (I also cut a piece of DSP slightly smaller than the back piece – 4″x 5-3/4″ and adhered it to the back piece before scoring)
  2. Score each piece of cardstock 1/2″ & 1″ from each short side
  3. Cut a shape from the middle of the front piece of cardstock using a framelit of your choice (I used a circle)
  4. Fold your front & back pieces so they sit out from the middle (Dawn’s video shows this well)
  5. Using a strong adhesive such as Fast Fuse, stick together the ends of the card
  6. Decorate using your favourite SU! products.

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I hope you’ll make one of these cards.  They were amazingly easy and look magnificent!  If you’ve got some time to craft today, you may also want to play along with JAI 272.  Butterflies are very popular right now and make a great theme for cards. Kelly x

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Happy Sunday! I’d Rather Be …

Hello Sunday!  The day for lazy starts, pajamas and pancakes! Well, in our house anyway!

Today’s share reminds me of the “I’d rather be fishing” sentiment – another great Sunday tradition for many families.

I’d rather NOT be fishing, so instead I’ll share a fishing punch art card with for, which might be good inspiration for a man you know who likes to spend his Sundays on the water.

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If you’re wondering what I’d rather be doing?  It’s a toss up between uninterrupted craft time and being curled up on the couch with a movie and chocolate!  Kelly x
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Christmas in July 2015

It’s been a big week of Christmas here at mypapercraftjourney.

On Thursday I got a sneak peek at the new Holiday Catalogue – wow!!!  It’s filled with lots (and I mean lots) of awesome new products.  I think there’s something on every page that made it to my wishlist.

Pre-order starts for demos on 4th August and then everyone else is able to access the catalogue from 1st September.

Want to get a jump on your Christmas cards this year?  If you join SU! 4th-31st August, you’ll be able to include items from the Holiday Catalogue in your Starter Kit {which also means you’ll get more value out of your wishlist and free shipping!).  Or, join now and you’ll get instant access to the new catalogue so you can start writing your wishlist, ready for first shipping on 4th August!!!


The other Christmas fun this week was the Christmas In July card class which happened this morning at my house.  It was a lovely morning spent with the 4 beautiful ladies who attended, but I made them work hard to get it all finished!  Crafting time management is not a strong point of mine!

Here’s what we made:

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Main supplies: Merry Moments DSP & Cardstock Pack, Wonderful Wreath bundle (stamp set & framelits), Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Silver Glimmer Paper, Decorative Label Punch.

Card in a box directions at Di Barnes blog.

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Main supplies: Envelope Punch Board, Merry Moments DSP & Cardstock Pack, Festival of Trees bundle (stamp set & punch), Gold Glimmer Paper, Real Red Cotton Ribbon

Inspiration for my Envelope Punch Board Card can be found at Julie Kettlewell’s blog.

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Main supplies: Owl & Bird Builder Punches, Merry Moments DSP & Cardstock Pack, Sassy Salutations stamp set.

I wanted to make something to hold the cards that would be suitable for a present, so I designed a slimline Christmas Gift Bag using the new Gift Bag Punch Board (GBPB).  Instead of using the board to score the bag lines, I scored these on my Stampin’ Trimmer and then used the GBPB for the bottom tabs and top holes.

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These are the instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of 12″ x 12″cardstock or DSP to 8-1/2″ (so it measures 12″ x 8-1/2″)
  2. Along the 12″ side, score at 4-3/4″, 5-3/4″, 10-1/2″ and 11-1/2″
  3. Score 1-1/2″ from the bottom of the long edge
  4. Place the bottom edge of your card/DSP into the GBPB along the 12″ side and line up each score line with the ‘start line’ – punch and then move to the next score line.  You may like to do the edges too.
  5. Put your card/DSP back into your trimmer and cut down the flaps by 1/2″ inch (so your cardstock length will now be 8″).
  6. Using the reverse punch on the GBPB, line up each score line with the reverse punch notch and punch the holes.
  7. Adhere the side and base of your bag using your favourite adhesive and add ribbon to finish the closure.

This bag will fit Australian C6 size cards & envelopes (and probably American ones too but I haven’t actually tested).  You can jazz up the bag front with embellishments & stamping/cardstock.  It makes a great gift that showcases your handmade talents – imagine your friends & family waiting to see if they receive a special card kit as a present!  I know I’ll be making these for birthdays too.  They are so easy to whip up using the Gift Bag Punch Board.   Kelly x

 

The Fabulous One In Every Crowd

This card is a fun one I wanted to make to show off the gorgeous Go Wild DSP that is on this week’s Weekly Deals.  48 sheets of awesome 6×6 fearsome prints & grizzly patterns for less than $10.

A generic card like this is great to keep in the stash for when the need arises to celebrate someone fabulous.  There’s one in every crowd!  Kelly x

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*** Want to shop online? The host code for July is XZCA7Y4Y.

Weekly Deals – 22nd – 28th July 2015

It’s Wednesday again – gee they roll around fast!!  It’s another round of bonus deals today – more deals, but in limited quantities.  Once they sell each limit, the product will return to it’s original price.

If you’re local & would like to save on postage, then email or call me with your order before 8pm (WA time) tonight.

If you’re not local, then I’d recommend shopping online and having your specially priced items shipped directly to you.  If you use the host code: XZCA7Y4Y at checkout, it helps me & my SU! business, which allows me to continue to make great projects to share with you on my blog and in classes.  Not that I need all that much encouragement…!

I’ve had the glassine sheets and metallic foil doilies on my wish list since the new catty came out.  Definitely adding those – and a few more for good measure!   Kelly x