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

 

 

Birthday Calendar – the new & the traditional

I mentioned in a previous post that events tend to sneak up on me.  My style of record keeping has been looking something like this:

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Brewing in my creative brain over the past few weeks has been the development of a birthday calendar where the special dates of my nearest and dearest can be stored in one place, giving me access to a list of required cards & presents at just one glance.  Now, I haven’t done a survey, but I’m pretty sure that my family & friends ‘expect’ a handmade card [even look forward to it ???] and some even wait with held breath to see if I’ve had enough time to make a card set for them.  It’s lovely for my craft to have this level of respect.  But it does add a certain amount of pressure to the birthday scenario!  But, it also does give me some leverage with my frequent Stampin’ Up! purchases … by making cards and gifts I’m ‘saving’ money – right?    I’ll do whatever it takes to justify a purchase!

Anyway, the hypothetical design for my birthday calendar went through many phases.  I ended up at a very simple easel design (the traditional).  I had intended to use pre-bought index cards, but when I put these into my easel, they looked wrong.  So, with my trusty MDS (the new), I designed my own index cards – one for each month.  Designing my own made it possible to keep with the colour & style theme I’d chosen.

MDS Layout for Birthday Calendar
MDS Layout for Birthday Calendar

The final design:

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Dimensions:

  • Tangerine Tango: 58 x 68, scored at 110 & 34 along the 68 side (easel base)
  • Tangerine Tango: 58 x 34 (easel front)
  • Very Vanilla 56 x 32 (easel front – decorative inset)
  • Very Vanilla 50 x 30 (index cards) I printed 4 months at a time onto A4 sheets and then cut them down to size.
  • DSP 54 x 30

Supplies:

Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, MDS

Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla

Ink: Soft Suede

DSP: Venetian Romance

Stamp Set: En Francais

Extras: Antique Brad, Stamping Sponges

Boxes of Love for Mum

I saw this project and it was love at first sight!  Erica from Pink Buckaroo Designs posted a picture of this project as part of her Flower Frenzy Project Planner.  I loved it so much, I dropped everything else I had on my agenda and set to working out how to copy her design.  This is my version:

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I have added a “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiment and decided it would make a lovely gift for Mother’s Day.  Mother’s Day in Australia is on Sunday 11th May.  Events like this tend to sneak up on me, so I’m getting in early this year.  Every Mum loves flowers and flowers that never die are even better!  It’s definiately a WOW project.  A little effort for a lot of impact.  I’ll be posting my Mother’s Day designs over the coming weeks.  Kelly x

Supplies:

Tools: Simply Scored, Big Shot, Fringe Scissors

Dies: Spiral Flower

Framelits: Deco Labels

Stamp Sets: My Mother, Hardwood Background

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Whisper White

Ink: Blushing Bride

Extras: Sticky Strip, Antique Brads, Linen Thread, Paper Piercer

Babies & Banners

In your 20s you attend lots of engagement parties and weddings as your friends find love, shack up and get married (usually in that order, in my experience).  In your 30s, it’s baby season.  Two of my lovely friends have had babies in the last couple of weeks and here are the cards I made for them.  I used the same basic layout for both, but different colours – blues for baby Jack and pinks/yellow for baby Lucy.  Kelly x

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Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Banners, On Film

Dies: Spiral Flower

Punches: Banner, Chevron Border

Embossing Folders: Perfect Polka Dots, Chevron

DSP: Watercolour Wonder

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, Bermuda BayBasic Black, Basic Grey, Smoky SlateWhisper White

Ink: StazOn Black, Calypso Coral

Stamp Set: A Word For You (retired)