Using Vinyl with Stampin’ Up! Dies

We all use our dies to create fabulous creative items using cardstock & DSP, but did you know our dies cut through any medium of a similar thickness?

I love using them with vinyl to create fun gifts.

This mug was made using Self Adhesive Vinyl.  This is the type of vinyl you need for hard finishes like mugs, drink bottles, car stickers.

The dies are from the Large Letters Framelits and the leaves from Eclectic Layers.

Vinyl & Stampin' Up! | kelly kent

Self Adhesive Vinyl has a plastic backing.  The die will cut through both layers.  I use clear contact (like you use to cover school books) to apply to the surface of your project.  Adhere the clear contact on to the vinyl side of your die cut.  Remove the plastic backing and then apply to your project.  When in place, gently remove the contact.  The vinyl should remain in place.

It’s suggested you prepare the surface of your project by wiping it over with Isocol (rubbing alcohol).  This removes any surface dirt or grime and give the vinyl the best chance of sticking properly.

Most Self Adhesive Vinyls will withstand handwashing, but not the dishwasher.


My second project to share with you is a bag using the Large Letters & Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits in Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV).

This is the type of vinyl you’d use for soft finishes – tshirts, bags, cushions.

Vinyl & Stampin' Up! | kelly kent

The professionals use a heat press to apply this type of vinyl.  With a little patience, you can apply at home with a good quality iron.  Put it on the hottest setting with no steam.  You need to place a lightweight cloth or piece of fabric over the vinyl when ironing.

Vinyl & Stampin' Up! | kelly kent

Heat Transfer VInyl has a plastic top sheet.  The die will cut through both layers – the plastic & the vinyl.  Place it plastic side up and iron/press.  When you’ve applied enough heat, the vinyl will be adhered to your fabric and you’ll be able to gently lift the plastic layer.


There are lots of places you can buy vinyl online, and lots of brands to choose from.  Be sure to buy the correct type of vinyl for your intended project.  They are not interchangable.

I know you’re going to love trying this out and getting more projects from all your dies!


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Happy 30th to Stampin’ Up! – 24 Hour Sale

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Stampin’ Up! turn 30 this year and they are celebrating for the next 24 hours with a sale!

There’s 15% off a range of stamp sets!!!  Is there a better reason to start an order than a sale???

Do you spy a favourite on your wishlist?  Click on the picture below to visit a favourite in the online store.

I’ve only listed the clear version below, send me a message if you need the codes for any wood mount sets (both types are 15% off).  Or search by stamp set name in the online store.

This sale ends 8.59pm WA time tomorrow night (24th October, 11.59pm EDST).

Happy shopping,

 

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Halloween

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Hello & welcome to our team hop – October edition.

The theme this month is the Toil & Trouble suite & Halloween.  We’ve invited the immensely talented Tanya Boser to share her spooky project as our October guest designer.

Halloween isn’t as popular in Australia as other parts of the world.  We don’t give cards or treats out unless it’s trick or treating on the afternoon of 31st – and trick or treating isn’t a tradition for many households.

One of our team, Mandy (you’ll visit her blog on this hop) is running a craft session for kids so they can have some Halloween fun with just the treats! – what a great idea!

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Despite not celebrating Halloween here at Papercraft HQ, I often buy lots of items from the Halloween section of the Holiday Catalogue because they make great non-Halloween cards – particularly boys & kids themed cards.

So, today I’m sharing with you two cards I made using the super cute Toil & Trouble DSP, finished off with a birthday sentiment.

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The first card is a bat / batman theme using the Spooky Bats Punch (Holiday Catalogue, page 51).  I couldn’t resist the bat punch thinking ahead to making Batman themed birthday cards!

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The second card uses another pattern from the Toil & Trouble DSP featuring spooky cats.  I added this with the cat punch to create another birthday card.

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The Happy Birthday in both of these cards is one of my favourites – you’ll find it in the Perennial Birthday stamp set.

There’s other great patterns in this DSP including frogs, ghosts, witches & plain patterns such as stars, stripes & spots.  So next time you’re ordering DSP, make sure to see beyond the marketed use and imagine what else those patterns could make you!

For more spooky inspiration, please keep hopping and visit our fabulous guest designer – Tanya Boser.

Thanks for joining us!

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Stamp Review Crew | Dashing Deer

My design team posts are going to be light at the moment, but I couldn’t resist the theme for Stamp Review Crew this week.

It’s Dashing Deer – which is filled with reindeer and has a beautiful coordinating die set.  I just love reindeer, they are my favourite Christmas motif.

Now of course with Baby Papercraft taking up lots of my time (see here to meet the little man), I’m only getting snippets of time at the craft table.

So I only have one reindeer creation to share with you – and it’s simple.  But that’s ok!!!  Simple can be lovely too!

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

To make this card I cut a piece of copy paper just bigger than my Whisper White mat and then cut a circle at the top middle.  Remove & discard the circle cut out.

Using the remaining rectangle as a mask, I sponged the circle with Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry & Night of Navy inks.  I then stamped the filigree reindeer in Versamark and heat embossed in silver.

The sentiment was stamped with the help of my Stamparatus in Rich Razzleberry.

The Rich Razzleberry card base was embossed using the Tin Tile embossing folder and the reindeer panel mounted on Smoky Slate then adhered to the card base using dimensionals.

Here’s a close up of the reindeer – the detail in this stamp is just beautiful.   I haven’t used it in this card, but it has a coordinating die in the set.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

That is my first Christmas card done for the season!  I’m looking forward to making more in this style.

And to seeing what the rest of the Stamp Review Crew has created.  I know there’ll be lots of inspiration in the blogs ahead.

Next up is the wonderful Mickey Roberts

Until next time, happy crafting!


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Stamparatus Accessories

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If you already own a Stamparatus, then you’ll be excited to hear that there’s now additional accessories available.

If you haven’t yet added this amazing tool to your collection, then it’s time!  Only $85 for perfectly straight, clear and bold stamping, but the option for awesome techniques like hinge stamping and wreath stamping.

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If you live in the Bunbury area and would like a Stamparatus demonstration, please contact me for a free in-home workshop!

Colour INKspiration #42

Sneaking in time at the craft table has been a little challenging when trying to fit in with a newborn schedule!

I made it work though so I could play along with the gorgeous colours for Colour INKspiration this week.

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With copper shimmer paint already on the table, and a tight time schedule, I chose to build upon the theme I used for Gayle’s bronze elite congratulations card.  You can see that card by clicking here.

Here is my challenge card….

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I kept the Subtle embossing folder background and leaf edging and added in a Basic Black (sprayed with copper shimmer paint) happy birthday sentiment.  The leaves I used as an embellishment were cut using a new punch available in the Holiday Catalogue (Sprig Punch) – you can never have too many options for decorative leaves!

If you have crafty time this weekend, add your own copper, mint, white & black creation to the Colour INKspiration challenge page.  Entries close on Monday 8th October.


When I’m time poor, I find the best way to create ‘in bulk’ is to make the same design in a few different colours.  This was also a great way to try out more of the shimmer paints.

Shimmer Paint Combinations | kelly kent

Highland Heather with Champagne Mist shimmer paint…

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Berry Burst with Frost White shimmer paint…

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Do you have a favourite?  Or a suggestion for another colour combination you’d try?Happy Birthday | kelly kent

What are your tips for efficient card making?  Leave me a comment to help me get the most out of my short visits to the craft space!


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Country Home Birthdays

While the Country Home stamp set was on my table last week for the Paper Adventures Team hop, it jumped out to me as the perfect set to use for the September team birthday cards.  See the card I made for the team hop by clicking here.

Country Home Birthday | kelly kent

For this card, I used the opposite combination – the jug & other set of flowers.  I love that these pieces have been designed as builder pieces, so you can play around with the combinations.  I’ve set it on a ‘coloured’ doily – but used the reverse side which is white!

Country Home Birthday | kelly kent

The absolutely stunning DSP you spy is my Holiday Catalogue favourite – Frosted Floral Specialty.  Every side of this DSP has a shimmer finish for a elegant touch to any card.  The DSP is a lighter weight than usual – making it perfect for delicate projects such as origami and techniques such as ripping.

Country Home Birthday | kelly kent

Another one of my favourite products from the Holiday Catalogue – that might be flying under the radar a little is the Braided Linen Trim.  It’s quite like the Copper Trim in composition which means you can use it as it comes off the roll, or you can stretch it out for a different look.  I love it!!!  Click here to see it in the online store.


Happy birthday to my September teamies!  Hope your birthdays were amazing.

To find out more about joining Stampin’ Up! and our Paper Adventures team, click here.  We’d love to have more paper & ink enthusiasts enjoy the journey with us.  For personal buying or building a business, our team is a wonderful place to enjoy the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Ready to join?  Click here to choose your Starter Kit.

Have any questions?  Please email me or send me a message on Facebook.


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Celebrating with Shimmer Paint + Clear Case Insert

I {LOVE} new products – especially accessories!

They breathe new life into all the products you already have.

One of the new ranges I was most excited about in the Holiday Catalogue was Shimmer Paints.  For some long term Stampin’ Up! addicts, these are a ‘returning’ product as some colours were previously available in the range.  For me, they are a totally new toy to play with.

There’s 4 colours – Bright Copper, Champagne Mist, Frost White & Vegas Gold.

You can start with one, or add all four!

I went into shimmer overload for this card to celebrate one of my Paper Adventures teamies promoting to Bronze Elite.  She now gets a bigger discount on all her Stampin’ Up! spending!  Congratulations Gayle!

This card features the Bright Copper Shimmer Paint.

Shimmer Paint | kelly kent

It’s nearly impossible to get photos that do any shimmer product justice!  I tried – but this card is best seen in person!

Shimmer Paint | kelly kent

There’s three different ways I’ve used the shimmer paint on this card

  • applied to cardstock with a sponge dauber (“YOU” die cut)
  • misted to the card base using alcohol (Isocol) and shimmer paint in a Stampin’ Spritzer
  • Applied directly to the stamp and used as an ink

Shimmer Paint | kelly kent

Each colour of shimmer paint will give a different effect.  You can mix the shimmer paint with ink refills to create a coloured shimmer.  Or swirl 2 shimmer paints together for a frosted marble look.  The possibilities are endless!

When you order your shimmer paints (click here to visit the online store), make sure you have sponge daubers and spritzers in your collection – or make sure to add these products to your order as well.  They make using shimmer paints so easy!!!  Isocol is available from the medicinal section of Coles, Woolworths or your local supermarket.  Look for the bright green bottle.

As usual, the Stampin’ Up! Clear Cases make the perfect storage solution. All 4 shimmer paints (and their sponge dauber partners) fit into a half stamp case.  Click here to see this product in the online store.

Clear Case Insert - Shimmer Paint | kelly kent

Click below to download a free printable insert.

For the full range of Clear Case Inserts – click here.


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Christmas Traditions Punch Box + Clear Case Insert

Several years ago I started making Clear Case Inserts to help with my own organisation of markers.  Since then it’s expanded to ink refills, Stampin’ Blends & cases for all-inclusive kits.  I love being able to make these and provide them free of charge via my blog.

You can find the full range by clicking here.

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Today’s addition to the range is a Clear Case Insert for the new Christmas Traditions Punch Box.  You’ll find this gorgeous festive set in the 2018 Holiday Catalogue.

It includes an exclusive collector’s box, two ink spots, a clear block, Christmas Traditions punch & coordinating stamp set.

Click here to view in my online store.

Keep your stamp set organised by downloading & printing an insert for the clear case.  Click here to view the clear case you need in my online store.

Christmas Traditions Clear Case Insert | kelly kent

This stamp set & punch have you covered for all your Christmas needs.  Perfect for tags & gift decorating!

Can you believe it’s only three months til Christmas Eve!!!

What kind of Christmas prepper are you?  It probably doesn’t surprise you that I’m a last minute girl!  In fact I often have my best ideas in the days leading up to Christmas (when everything is sold out or there’s no time for delivery!).

Somehow as much as I plan to be organised this year, I don’t think 2018 will be any different!!!


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