Mother’s Day Collection 2014 – Card 1

I love my Mum – more and more everyday.  And although I couldn’t write down all the things I love about her in one C6 card, I will try to do just that by the 11th May.   In the quest to create the perfect card for my special message, I have designed an assortment of Mother’s Day cards – perfect for my Mum or yours – that I will share with you this week.  If past history is anything to go by, I’ll be making my own Mother’s Day card too!!!

Since today is the final day of Sale-A-Bration for 2014, I will start with this card.  It uses the beautiful Petal Parade SAB Stamp Set & Sweet Sorbet SAB DSP. If you don’t think you’ll be able to go on crafting without these in your stash, then contact your SU! demo today to place an order and get one item free for every $90 spent.  Or click here to go shopping on my online store.  For all those WA people, don’t forget SAB will finish at 9pm tonight (SU!’s base is in NSW & they are currently enjoying daylight savings with a 3 hour time difference).  Don’t get caught out.  You’re welcome!  Kelly x

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Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe

DSP: Sweet Sorbet (SAB)

Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe

Stamp Sets: My Mother, Petal Parade (SAB)

Punches: Pansy, Petite Petals, Itty Bitty Shapes

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Jumping on the Card in a Box wagon!

Hello!  Today is a beautiful day in Bunbury.  We’re getting some lovely ‘Spring’ type weather (even though it’s Autumn).  A pleasant 28 degrees, sun is shining – oh and the kidlets are NOT HERE!!!  The big one is at day care and the little one is spending quality time with Nanna and Grandad.  Woo hoo!!!  I love them dearly, but am a much better Mummy for having time away.  So, today I am writing a blog post for you, making birthday cards for some lovely friends and treating myself to lunch at a local café by the water.  Doesn’t get much better than that!

Last night some of my wonderful customers joined me for a Card in a Box workshop.  We used the tutorial available on Stamping T’s website which provides all the measurements needed to make a Card in a Box that fits into a C6 (standard) envelope when flat.  I was so impressed by the creativity of Anne, Gayle, Glenda, Cate & Sheila.  I guided them through making the box base, but after that, it was up to them.  We had flowers, mosaics, cupcakes, bikes, and everyone took home a great unique design.  I should have taken some photos, but got caught up in the process and it was home time before I knew it.

These were my samples for inspiration.  I had such fun making them.  You can see how they become addictive.  Like so many things in life, the first one I ever made took me ages, but with some practice, you become quite quick at filling the box up.  Kelly x

Easter Bunny Inspired by Anna Matasci

Easter Bunny
Inspired by Anna Matasci

Wetlands

Wetlands

Petal Parade

Petal Parade

Retro Fresh

Retro Fresh

Flower Shop & Petite Petals

Flower Shop & Petite Petals

Minion Flip Card

Minions are everywhere!!!  I’m not sure whether it’s the Pharrell William’s “Happy” song, but minions are definitely all the rage at the moment.  There are lots of ways to make minions – circles, ovals, owl punch, card front …  But the one I like the best is inspired by Linda Higgin’s clever use of the Circle Flip Thinlit Die.  I wanted to try it out.  And then I wanted to share it with you so the papercraft world can be filled with minions!!!  Kelly x20140322-213244.jpgSupplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Thinlit Die: Circle Card

Framelits: Circles

Punches: Cupcake Builder, 1 & 3/4″ Circle, 1″ Square, Itty Bitty Shapes – circle, Word Window

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Pacific Point, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Early Espresso

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Journeying Towards Perfection – 10 tips for getting it right

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People are very kind with the praise they send my way for my cards and projects, which makes me feel all warm & fuzzy.  Some of my cards are originals, some are copies of others.  But there is always one thing that remains the same – the finish.  The difference between a good card and an excellent card is all in the finish.  Here are my top 10 tips for creating cards with amazing finish, which I hope you will find useful if you are an experienced crafter or one who is just starting out.  Kelly x

  1. Use QUALITY products – your final product is only as good as what you put into it.  Cards made with cheap or inferior products can look this way.  All of Stampin’ Up!’s products are guaranteed to be of the best quality, which ensures you are well on your way to creating fabulous works of art!
  2. Make it STRAIGHT – the first thing someone will notice about a card is wonky bits.  To the best of your ability, line everything up straight.  Make sure your mats have equal distance around all sides, that your strips line up straight, that your sentiments are straight.  If you have problems with straight, you can use templates or guides to help you [I’ll be writing a blog post about this soon].
  3. Make it NEAT – just like wonky cards, messy cards are incredibly obvious.  Errant glue, smudgy fingerprints and fuzzy edges will be noticed!
  4. Find the MIDDLE – if you’re aiming for something to be in the middle of the card – measure this.  If it’s supposed to be in the middle and it’s off, it’ll be glaringly obvious.  The other option is to avoid the middle.  Put sentiments in corners, DSP strips along the top, stamps in patterns that are random by choice.
  5. Find the BALANCE – the finished result of a card should be one that looks cohesive.  Find the balance of all of your components including size, shape and position.  Remember the rule of 3 – things always look good in threes.
  6. STAMP WELL – stamping that is smudged or images that bleed can let your whole card down.  Keep your images crisp and clear.  This is especially important for sentiments.  Use fast drying inks and quality rubber stamps (like the Stampin’ Up! ones) and be careful with your pressure.  With the new style ink pads, too much pressure will end up with ink all over you and your project.
  7. Use MATS – the most professional of cards & card makers, always use mats (note: a mat is an extra piece of cardstock or DSP around your main piece that borders it).  This helps your card to look ‘finished’ by added extra depth.
  8. Lots of LAYERS –You can push a card into the world of OTT, but by adding extra layers, you can often lift your card from good to excellent without too much effort.  Add a banner behind your sentiment, a couple of layers of flowers, another piece of DSP or some pretties – ribbon, buttons, brads.
  9. CO-ORDINATE your colours – One of the best features in the Stampin’ Up! range is the level of coordination within their colour range.  Cards with excellent colour coordination will always ‘pop’.  Luckily, there aren’t too many colours in the collections that clash.  If you don’t feel very confident about your ability to choose colours that match, Stampin’ Up! is perfect for you.  Select a DSP and use the colours in the DSP as your guide.  Buy a colour coach and use the suggested colour combinations.  Create in colour collections (ie, 2013-15 In Colours) – these have been balanced and put together already.
  10. Include TECHNIQUES – with the number of friendly Stampin’ Up! addicts in the world, and the availability of internet, there is no excuse to make the same boring cards over and over again.  Jump on you tube, Google Stampin’ Up! or subscribe to your favourite blogs.  You’ll be able to access thousands (and then some) of free tutorials and project ideas.  Include some of these techniques to make your card special.

Scalloped Tag Punch again!!! Mini Square Boxes

Although I love creating and designing, the world is filled with very talented people, who I could happily spending my time CASEing.  I saw a photo of this project when shared on Facebook by the very talented Libby Dyson.  There are a few variations floating around (the original might be by Oxana in Germany).  I was too impatient to wait for Libby to upload her measurements, so I set about creating my own.  There are times when papercraft seems like 99% maths and only 1% paper!  My box ended up with a square base and can be made using a 6×6 square of DSP – this is great for me, as I can get 4 from a sheet of DSP.  With Easter in mind, I used the circles from the Watercolour Wonder DSP pack and filled it with little chocolate eggs.  Perfect size treat to give to a friend.  One Easter egg for the box, one for me … Kelly x

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Instructions:

  • Start with 6×6 DSP or cardstock.  Score at 14, 20, 40 & 412.  Turn 90˚ and repeat the same scoring (14, 20, 40 & 412).
  • Insert your DSP into the punch.  It won’t fit down the guide, but rather sit the DSP on top of it.  Line up the outer edges of the top piece of the punch, with the 2” & 4” score lines (see picture).  This will ensure you get the punch relatively in the middle of your DSP.  Punch in this way on two opposite sides of your DSP.
  • ut the corners from your DSP as shown in the template, which will leave you with your box to fold up.  Use ribbon to tie the tags together.  I added reinforcement to the tags by cutting a 20 strip of cardstock, punching one end with the scalloped tag punch and then cutting it off the strip at 12 .  Adhere this to the inside of your tag closure to make it stronger and more durable when tied with ribbon.  Repeat for the other tag closure.
  • Embellish as desired, fill with whatever treats you wish!

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Just Add Ink 207

Another week, another challenge.  This week I’ve chosen Just Add Ink as my inspiration.  I’ve just stamped & cut 60 “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiments for Alexa’s day care room, so must have Mother’s Day on my mind!  Kelly x

20140321-115257.jpgSupplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Deco Labels

Sizzlits: Delicate Doilies

Punches: Scalloped Tag Topper, Pansy, Petite Petals, Banner

Stamp Sets: My Mother, Flower Shop, Petite Petals

Ink: Real Red, Black Staz On

Stampin’ Write Markers: Real Red

Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black

DSP: Fresh Prints Stack

Extras: Whisper White Baker’s Twine

Original Sketch JAI 207

Original Sketch JAI 207