Workshop Wonder – Project 3

Today I’m sharing the third workshop project – the “Little Something Holder” from my ESAD Blog Hop post.  You can find the tutorial here.  It’s still “fresh”, but this time Fresh Prints DSP Stack rather than Retro Fresh.  These cute little DSP stacks are an excellent price and a great size.  The coordinating colours (used in the project also) are Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Crumb Cake & Whisper White.  The embellishment on the front uses the Flower Shop Bundle and Petite Petals Bundle – many of the coordinating stamp & punch sets are available as a bundle, saving you 15%.  On the inside, I used the chevron heart from the Language of Love stamp set.  These match with the Small Heart punch and look amazing!  I love these colours together.  Kelly x

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Workshop Wonder – Demo Card 2

The beginning of 2014 for me was all about simplicity & white space.  This card just sings to me in it’s elegant design and clean lines. Kelly x

Watercolour Wonder Washi WMSupplies:

Watercolour Wonder Designer Washi Tape

Whisper White cardstock

Language of Love Stamp Set

Full Heart Punch

Gold Embossing Powder

Heat Tool



Workshop Wonder – Project 2

I saw cards on Pinterest using the Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die with beautiful DSP as a backing and I knew I had to add this beautiful card to my workshop.  And what better DSP to show off than the new (gorgeous) Watercolour Wonder DSP.  To give my guests some variety and the option of choosing their favourite colour combo, I did a version with blue tones and a version with pink tones.  Until I made both cards, I thought the pink would be my favourite.  But, the blue looks stunning, so now, like the fair Stampin’ Mummy I am, I have decided I love them both equally.  Add in the Petite Petals bundle and You’re Lovely Stamp set, and you end up with a show-stopper of a card. I’d be happy if someone sent me this card! Kelly x

Watercolour Hexagons Blues WM

Watercolour Hexagons Pinks WM

Card with blue tones: Indigo Island, Coastal Cabana, Soft Sky; Card base: Pistachio Pudding

Card with pink tones: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride; Card Base: Daffodil Delight

Label: Soft Suede, Deco Label Framelits

Workshop Wonder – Demo Card 1


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Label Card Thinlit Die

Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Cardstock: Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White

Ink: Coastal Cabana

Stamps: Wetlands, Language of Love

DSP: Fresh Prints

Punch: Small Heart

This one was so much fun to make!  And I love the colour combination they’ve used in the Fresh Prints DSP stack.  Plus, it’s the perfect size for card making!  Kelly x


Workshop Wonder – Project 1

Over the next week or so, I’m going to share with you the projects (and some of the display cards) I made with the lovely ladies that attended my in-home workshop yesterday.  We used products from the Occasions catalogue, highlighting what an amazing range of new products SU! has brought out in 2014.  We also used products from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  With still a whole month to take advantage of SU!’s generosity, I know I’ll be earning a few more to add to my collection.

Project 1: Washi Tape Boxes

Washi Tape Box - Workshop WM

These gorgeous little triangle treat boxes were designed by the incredibly talented Tanya Bell over at Stamping T!  The tutorial is available for purchase on her page, and well worth it.  The time Tanya puts into all her work is evident in the quality of the tutorial – with complete instructions and the link to the you tube video so you can see a full demonstration as well.

The ladies at my workshop made one of these each using Retro Fresh Washi Tape, Retro Fresh DSP, Deco Labels Framelits (for the embellishment on the outside and the flap cutting on the inside), cardstock in coordinating colours – Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar & Very Vanilla, ink in coordinating colours – So Saffron, Tangerine Tango & Coastal Cabana, Petal Parade (SAB) Stamp Set, Chalk Talk Stamp Set, 1 & 3/8″ circle punch.  I always love seeing the subtle differences between the finished projects – using a different DSP or different combination of washi tape.  They took a little more time to make than I’d anticipated, so I was grateful that we had a lazy Sunday to spend at the craft table.  We had such a lovely time that no one was in a hurry to leave!

And for all those who are Stampin’ Up! devotees and Thermomix lovers – we had Apple Tea Cake for morning tea.  Yum yum!!!  Kelly x

Bursting full of golfing fun!

This creation was another custom order – a birthday card for an 86 year old Nanna who loves golf & flowers.

Golf WM

Have you tried the sunburst technique yet?  Very easy – once you know how – and looks great on any card.

To create the sunburst section, try this:

Cut 8 pieces of 4″ x 1 & 1/8″ cardstock or DSP.  I used two colours of cardstock and embossed with two different patterns.  Take 4 pieces of card/DSP and cut diagonally top right (TR) to bottom left (BL).  Take the other 4 and cut diagonally top left (TL) to bottom right (BR).  This will leave you with 16 triangles and enough to make 2 sunbursts.  Keep them in their TR -> BL & TL -> BR piles. Cut a piece of scrap cardstock to 5″ x 2 & 1/4″ and mark the middle along the long side.  Starting with a TR->BL piece, place the straight edge at the right of the middle line, then add the rest of these pieces until you reach the corner.  Do the same with the TL->BR pieces to the left of the middle line.  Your pieces will overhang the edges of your scrap piece.  Make sure you cover up all of the scrap base with your triangles.  With scissors, trim the excess, leaving you with a piece of beautiful sunburst to add to your card front.  If you are a visual learner, try Googling “Stampin’ Up! sunburst technique”.  Kelly x


It’s the Stampin’ C-Up!

I always enjoy orders from customers that are a little different, or allow me to create something I normally wouldn’t.   The brief for this card was a 60th birthday card for someone who loves horses and fashion.  This is what I created:

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After Stampin’ Up! announced it would not be continuing with the Pop n Cuts range when their stock runs out, I added it to an order late last year.  Not only can it make beautiful stand up cards, but it also makes a quick and easy gift card holder and cute gift bag.  I hadn’t had time to use it until today.  I’m overjoyed with the results and excited to make more!

Supplies for this project:

Pop n Cuts: base, label insert & extended cutting pads

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Framelits: Dress Up, Deco Labels

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Ink: Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky

Stamps: Memorable Moments

DSP: I used the retired Modern Medley – I love the flocking on this particular design to give the dress a little extra jazz

Accessories: Clear Block, Pearls, Sponges, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Scrub, Trimmer

The background image is a stock image from Google which I printed then sponged to create grass, sand and clouds.  Sponged clouds is my favourite embellishment at the moment!  So easy and so effective.  Kelly x

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Inspired by Ange – Hardwood Background Stamp

If you’ve had time to make it through all 25 blog hop posts, then you’ve done better than me.  I’m still slowly getting around – between toddler and baby needs (think endless food demands, lots of toilet trips and reading more books than you’d find in a small library!).

One of the wonderful blogs I have been to is by Ange Harders who highlighted the Hardwood Background Stamp.  Now, I almost didn’t buy this in my big Occasions catalogue order.  In fact it could have been the last thing I added.  But, after seeing what Ange created, I’m so glad it is part of my collection.  Of all the projects Ange used the background stamp for, my favourite was her use of the stamp as a fence.  By cutting it into segments and adding marker or sponged ink to add definition, it becomes an awesome wood fence.  Perfect for a punch art addict like me.  Desperate to try it out, I mounted my stamp and created this card:

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I’m sure this style of fence will pop up in my designs many more times!  I just love Stampin’ Up! – don’t you!?! Kelly x

ESAD Occasions Blog Hop 2014 – Retro Fresh DSP, yeah baby!

ESAD Occasions Blog Hop 2014

Hi!  I’m so excited to be participating in my very first blog hop.  You might be starting here, or you may have just arrived from Nikki’s blog, who was also playing with DSP.  I’ve admired the creations in these blog hops for a long time and gotten so much inspiration from them.  All blog hop participants are members of ESAD, a supportive group of South Pacific Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, a group I am very grateful to belong to.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship, and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address and I’ll contact you with information on how to join our wonderful group.

For this blog hop, each participant was asked to select a product from the Occasions catalogue (28 Jan – 30 June) to showcase.  My selection was Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Now, I L-O-V-E patterned paper.  I collect it, I admire it, I adore it and I hoard it!  But, I do use it.  Not as freely as some crafty folk, which is a sin!  All beautiful things in life should be used.  So my mission is to showcase the funky new Retro Fresh in all its glory.  It’s a great choice for neutral / male cards and projects.  It coordinates with Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango and Very Vanilla.

Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper  132993  $18.95
Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper 132993 $18.95

When I first opened my packet, I used the DSP to make some simple projects where the focus is on the beautiful patterns of the paper.  There is just so much you can do with DSP.  I think it’s a staple in any collection.  One packet of DSP and coordinating cardstock has endless possibilities.

3x3 note cards
3×3 note cards
glass pebble fridge magnets
glass pebble fridge magnets
family message board
family message board

My tutorial for you today is a “Little Something  Holder”.  It is the perfect size for a lotto ticket, gift card, money or note of inspiration, and what you need to make when you just want to give a little something to a special someone.

In addition to showcasing the DSP, this project highlights how versatile the Envelope Punch Board is.  At only $31.95, it has to be the most economic Stampin’ Up! product – you get a tool that can help you make a variety of projects (not limited to envelopes) plus a scoring tool (which you can use in the place of a bone folder) and a corner rounder.



Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper

Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Envelope Punch Board (EPB)

Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar

Adhesive (Snail or 2-way glue)

Optional for embellishments:

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Cardstock – Coastal Cabana

Stamp Set – Itty Bitty Banners

Framelits – On Film, Bitty Banners

Ink – Tangerine Tango


  1. Cut Very Vanilla cardstock to 3 5/8 x 6 3/8.  On the long side, score at 2” and 5”.
  2. On the short edge (with the smallest panel), use the Envelope Punch Board to cut 1” from each end, creating a tab.
  3. Fold the top and bottom panels into the middle, creating a pouch using the tab.  Score using the scoring tool from the EPB.
  4. Cut two pieces of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock.  A larger one measuring 3 1/2 x 1 7/8, and a smaller one measuring 3 1/2 x 013/16.
  5. Cut two pieces of DSP.  A larger one measuring 3 3/8 x 1 3/4 and a smaller one measuring 3 3/8 x 011/16.
  6. Use your adhesive to stick the DSP on to each corresponding size of cardstock.
  7. Stick the larger piece to the top front of the folded pouch and the smaller piece to the bottom front of the folded pouch.
  8. Inside envelope – Cut a piece of DSP to 5”x5”.  Using the Envelope Punch Board, make an envelope by lining up the DSP at 2 1/4 – punch & score.  Rotate 180 degrees and repeat.  Rotate 90 degrees, line up the score line with the score guide on the EPB – punch & score.  Rotate 180 degrees and repeat.  Use the reverse punch on the EPB to round the corners if desired.  Fold up to create an envelope and use adhesive to stick it together.   Adhere the envelope to the middle panel on the inside of the pouch.
  9. Embellish the front if desired. I used the arrow from the On Film Framelits in Coastal Cabana and the “FOR YOU” from the Itty Bitty Banners stamped in Tangerine Tango, then cut out using the matching framelit from the Bitty Banners Framelits.
  10. To create a matching envelope, cut a piece of DSP to 6″x6″.  Using the Envelope Punch Board, make an envelope by lining up the DSP at 2 5/8 – punch & score.  Rotate 180 degrees and repeat.  Rotate 90 degrees, line up the score line with the score guide on the EPB – punch & score.  Rotate 180 degrees and repeat.  Use the reverse punch on the EPB to round the corners if desired.  Fold up to create an envelope and use adhesive to stick it together.

Thank you for staying with me through what turned out to be a LONG blog post!!  You’re now off to see what Alisha has made with the So Very Grateful Stamp Set.  I hope you ‘hop’ all the way around the 25 blogs.  If you end up back here, you’ve done it! Thanks for supporting some of the most amazing Stampin’ Up! demos in the South Pacific.

Kelly x

The full list of clever stampers in the blog hop:

1.  Jenny Hayward

2.  Libby Dyson

3.  Yvonne Walker

4.  Emily Campbell

5.  Delys Cram

6.  Gail Kirby

7.  Monique Fielder

8.  Sharlene Meyer

9.  Amity Knight

10.  Clare McIlhatton

11.  Ann Gelach

12.  Andrea Buckland

13.  Narelle Hoggard

14.  Keryn Campbell

15.  Sally Williams

16.  Liv Ingle

17.  Chloe Evans

18.  Kathryn Ruddick

19.  Nikki Sadler

20.  Kelly Kent – YOU ARE HERE!

21.  Alisha Watson

22.  Dianne Dunk

23.  Debbie Lamb

24.  Paula Reid

25.  Angela Harders

Ooopsie – just in time Lalaloopsy!

Well, today it’s a very happy 3rd birthday to my big girl – Alexa.  This light our life was born on our 2nd wedding anniversary – what a gift!

Last night at the craft table left me feeling like the plumber with the leaky taps!  In a run of birthday parties at playgroup and a heap of card orders for paying customers, I’ve been a tad time poor.  Add in two parties for the big girl and it was a late night, last minute effort to make her birthday card.  She doesn’t know it yet, but she’s getting a Lalaloopsy cubby house as her main present.  So, in true coordinating fashion, her birthday card is a Lalaloopsy creation.  This would be a perfect card for making hair using the new fringe scissors from the Occasions catalogue.  I was excited to break out my Word Bubbles Framelits for the greeting, which perfectly framed the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Sassy Salutations stamp set.  I also used the Sale-A-Bration banner punch to add that personal touch.

So, wishing our special girl a wonderful birthday and every happiness in her year as a 3 year old!  Kelly xlalaloopsy WM close Lalaloopsy WM Lalaloopsy WM presents