Sneak Peak – File Tab Edgelits (including free 2014-15 catalogue printable tabs)

Tomorrow is the 1st July – a new financial year, the middle of winter and ……… the arrival of the 2014-15 Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  My last sneak peak for you, before you can get your hands on it all yourself, is the File Tab Edgelits.  They come with 2 file tab edgelits and 3 number framelits (you may have noticed these in my picnic punch art card) – so many cute ways to use this very economical set.

If you like to be organised (and I do amongst the chaos!), then file tabs are a perfect addition to your catalogue for quick referencing of each section.  If you’d like to make these yourself, please download the file tabs document here and follow the instructions below.  If you’d like to purchase a set of ready made file tabs for your catalogue ($5 including postage Australia wide), please email me.  Kelly x

Note: some of the links to new products in this blog post will come up with an error until the catalogue becomes available to the general public on 1st July 2014.


Making your file tabs:

1. Download the file tab template.  Print the document onto any colour cardstock you like. I chose 4 different colours, so I could separate my catalogue into sections (Melon Mambo – stamp sets, Crushed Curry – Paper & Accessories, Old Olive – Tools, Bermuda Bay – Party & Index).

2. Cut 2.5cm off the top of your printed page and 2.3-2.5cm off the left side (this depends on how your printer prints – you may want to print a test page first to check the margins).

3. Starting at the left margin, cut three 5.5cm strips.

4. Take each strip and starting at the top margin, cut into 2.2cm sections.

5. You should now have 27 rectangles each measuring 5.5cm wide & 2.2cm deep with the writing roughly in the top middle.

6. Using the File Tab Edgelits, cut each of the rectangles into a tab shape.  I used the ‘middle’ tab edgelit, lining it up at the top edge of the cardstock and roughly in the middle.

7. Attach the tabs at even intervals (see page suggestions below).





PG 73     BABY

PG 83     KIDS






PG 185   DSP


PG 193   PAPER















Sneak Peak – Baby Bundle

I was delighted to find the Baby Bundle (Something for Baby & Baby’s First) in the demonstrator pre-order.  I’m in a phase of my life where I’m surrounded by new babies, so a baby themed stamp set with matching framelits was right up my alley.  And it hasn’t disappointed – I just love the little coathanger & tie!!!  There is a lovely variety of baby ‘things’ that make beautiful cards.  Today I’ve paired it with the new Lullaby DSP, which is also a great product for all things baby!  Pink for girls and blue for boys – sugar & spice, puppy dogs tails and all that stereotyping!  The matching stamps & framelits make card making a breeze.  Babies not your thing?  Stay tuned, because in future blog posts, I’ll show you what else the “baby” framelits can do.  Kelly x




Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Baby’s First

Punches: Owl Builder

Stamp Sets: Something for Baby, Zoo Babies

DSP: Lullaby

Specialty Paper: Champagne Glimmer

Cardstock: Whisper White, Hello Honey, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Crushed Curry, Hello Honey, Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe, Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana

Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig


Note: some of the links to new products in this blog post will come up with an error until the catalogue becomes available to the general public on 1st July 2014.

Retiring – Pop n Cuts… Photo Finish?

Less than a week now til the new catalogue is up & running.  But that also means only a few days left to buy retiring products from the current catalogue!

Today’s share is a custom card I made for a lovely lady I work with.  She wanted something special for a 50th birthday with a horse & family theme.  Pop n Cuts are my go-to when I want a very special card and I’m sad to see them on the retirement list.  I love the easy 3D feature and because it sits open, it can be a small piece art the recipient can put on display.  I added in the also retiring Dress Up Framelits to create a ‘one-of-a-kind’ themed card complete with a hand cut jockey outfit.  Modern Medley encases the Pop n Cuts card to give it a lovely masculine finish.

Don’t make your retirement list order a photo finish!  If you’re in WA (like me) and want to order anything from the retirement list, your order needs to be lodged with SU!HQ by 9pm on 30th June.  Stampin’ Up! are based in the Eastern States, so everything runs on EST.  But that also means that new releases are often at a reasonable time (9pm is much kinder than 11pm or 1am if you’re in NZ!!!).  If you want to sneak in one more retirement list order, you still have time!  Email me or order online.  Happy shopping!  Kelly x




Sneak Peak – New In-Colours are a “Work of Art”

After spending some time with the new in-colours I have decided my favourite is Blackberry Bliss.  It’s rich and warm and gorgeous!!!  The other 4 colours are also beautiful and I can see them getting a lot of use (especially the Mossy Meadow & Lost Lagoon combo for some Wetlands cards!).  You don’t have to decide on a favourite straight away – the best way to try all 5 colours is in a Cardstock & Pad Kit.

To show them all off, I’ve made a matching card set using quite a few of the new products including the Work of Art stamp set, Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits & Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

I’ve also made an insert for ink refill – you can download this here – with all the new colours included [I needed to do a manual update for MDS for the new colours to appear – if you’re a MDS user, and you don’t have the new in-colours by now, you’ll need to do this too!].  The inserts for the existing colours and information on sizing can be found here.

So, as you can see I’ve been busy playing with my new products.  Not long now til you can order too!  The new catalogue starts 1st July 2014.  If you’d like a copy of the new catalogue, please contact me.  Or, if you live in Bunbury, please come to my launch on 5th July! Kelly x

Note: some of the links to new products in this blog post will come up with an error until the catalogue becomes available to the general public on 1st July 2014.


Tangelo Twist
Tangelo Twist
Lost Lagoon
Lost Lagoon
Blackberry Bliss
Blackberry Bliss
Mossy Meadow
Mossy Meadow


Hello Honey
Hello Honey


2014-16 In Colour Ink Refill Case
2014-16 In Colour Ink Refill Case




Weekly Deals – 25th June 2014

Next round of weekly deals!  These finish on Tuesday 1st July 2014.  If you’d like to shop online, the hostess code is: 6UXXMJZY.  All online orders receive a free gift from me!  Kelly x


Scallop Tag Card – French Door Style

Remember the very popular Scallop Tag Closure Card?  Most of the ones I’ve seen (and all of the ones I’ve made), the tags meet up on the right side of the card.  I wanted to show off some lovely (retiring) DSP, so have changed the folds and now the tags meet up in the middle.  It reminds me of beautiful French doors with a lovely garden view!  This card is for a lovely friend, who was lucky enough to keep her birthday to herself after her daughter arrived into the world the day before!  (See yesterday’s post for Sophie’s birthday card).  Happy Birthday Narelle – may your day be peaceful, calm & filled with delight!  Kelly x  PS, I particularly love the vellum embossed flowers on this card – I hadn’t tried this before but will definitely be doing it again – the effect is lovely!


Quick instructions:

1. Take half a piece of A4 cardstock (the size you usually use for a C6 card)

2. Mark each short side at the half way point.  Insert into your Scallop Tag Topper Punch and line up so the mark is in the middle of the punch.  You’ll need to feed your paper above the paper guide on the punch and look at the back to see your mark.  Punch each side.

3. Line up your cardstock in your paper trimmer so you cut off the excess card on each side of the tag (do this on both sides with tags).

4. Place your cardstock in your Simply Scored and score 2″ from each tag.  Fold your card up so that it looks like French doors.  Decorate as desired.


Tools: Big Shot

Framelit: Chalk Talk

Punches: Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Pansy

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Whisper White

Specialty Paper: Vellum

DSP: Gingham Garden^

Ink: Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi, Gumball Green^

Stampin’ Write Marker: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight

Embossing Powder: Melon Mambo^

Stamp Sets: Flower Shop, Stippled Blossoms, Chalk Talk

Accessories: Heat Tool, Paper Snips, Stamp-a-ma-jig, retired ribbon

^ Denotes a product is on the 2014 Retirement List.  Retirement List products available until 30 June 2014 or sold out.


My Little Stampin’ Kingdom – Ben & Holly wish Sophie a Happy Birthday!

One of Alexa’s besties turns 3 today.  From within the walls of my little stampin’ kingdom, I have made her a “Little Kingdom” Ben & Holly punch art birthday card.  Little Kingdom is made by the same producers as Peppa Pig and is a big hit in our house.  Daddy Kent sits with Alexa, eyes glued to ABC-2 watching Ben, Holly, Miss Plum, Gaston and numerous other elf & fairy type characters – all in the name of father-daughter bonding (or so I am told).  I think Little Kingdom is also a hit in Sophie’s house, so I hope she loves this paper art creation.  I hope to have a tutorial for you in the future, but have run out of time at the moment.  As an aside, this is my last full week as a stay at home mum – next week I return to the ‘real world’ of work as a Speech Pathologist.  I’m hoping this doesn’t slow down my blogging and papercraft!!!

Happy Birthday to Sophie, we hope you have a wonderful day!  Kelly x




ESAD Blog Hop – Retirement List “Two Ways”

2014 ESAD Retirement Blog Hop v2

I think I’ve been watching too much Masterchef but after finishing my cards for this blog hop, I couldn’t stop thinking about my card design being ‘two ways’!

Welcome to the 2014 Retirement List ESAB Blog Hop.  I am actually feeling quite lucky with my win-loss ratio for the catalogue transition.  In total I only lost a handful of stamp sets and a couple of handfuls of accessories.  Certainly better than the boxfuls I was expecting.  So, to give you a few more retirement list project ideas, I’ve signed up for another ESAD blog hop.  If you’re starting here, there’s a few more blogs to get amazing inspiration on how to use your retiring products, or which ones you NEED to add to your collection before you miss out!  Or, you may have come from another Kelli!

“What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and 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 then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.”

I’ve decided to run with the Masterchef theme (a girl’s gotta watch something while she crafts!).  My creation for you uses a basket full of retired products including the very beautiful Gingham Garden Washi Tape – which is the “hero of the card”.  Some of the washi designs from 2013/14 are staying on the menu.  But all of the Gingham Garden suite is paying the bill & heading off home (too far?).  So, I present – “Washi & Flowers with Thanks – Two Ways”.



Products I’ve used that are on the 2014 Retirement List:

Gingham Garden Washi Tape 129314

Delicate Doilies Sizzlits Die 126999

Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 123130

Little Leaves Sizzlits Die 114511

Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack 118309

Express Yourself (Hostess) Stamp Set 130339/130336

Did you know that some of the current bundles will no longer be available in the 2014-15 catalogue?  Most of the products will be available individually, but the 15% discount when purchasing the matching products is ‘retiring’.  So, if you have your eye on any of the following bundles, contact your demo before 30th June 2014 to order at the bundle price:

Backyard Basics (132728/132729)

Beautifully Baroque (132732)

Flower Shop (132726, 132727)

Mosaic Madness (132733/132734)

Petite Petals (134822/34821)

Six-Sided Sampler (132724/132725)

Wildflower Meadow (132735/132985)

Thank you for joining me in the ESAD blog hop.  The next blog is by Andrea – enjoy!  If you get back here, you’ve done them all!  Don’t forget to leave a comment for the blog writers.  We love to hear from you!  Kelly x

The full list of blogs on the Retirement List ESAD blog hop:

1.  Narelle Hoggard


2.  Emily Campbell


3.  Kelli Gordon


4.  Kelly Kent – you are here!


5.  Andrea Buckland


6.  Kathryn Ruddick


7.  Sally Williams


8.  Keryn Campbell


9.  Yvonne Walker


10.  Richelle Fletcher


11.  Teresa Leggo


12.  Clare Mcilhatton


13.  Chloe Evans


Sneak Peak – with a twist!

Today’s sneak peak is a little bit cheeky.  It’s technically not a new product – but it’s yet to appear in a catalogue!  During 2013, Stampin’ Up! released two Thinlits designs but they never got any catalogue time – until now!   They are labelled with ‘NEW’, which makes this a legit sneak peak blog post.  So, introducing – Circle Card & Label Card!

Each of the thinlits die sets has a main die that cuts out the template for a “flip card” (either a circle or label centre piece) – which is pretty cool.   But I actually think the best part about these thinlits dies is the extras they come with.  The Circle Card has three words (xoxo, thnx, yay), two sentiment pieces and three elements (star, heart, chevron).  The Label Card has two words (iheartyou, hi), one symbol (&), two banners, one sentiment piece and two elements (arrows).

This card was yet another specific request.  A birthday card for a teenage girl who loves soccer.  The Circle Card has a perfect place for a soccer ball in the middle.  So, using the Hexagon Hive Thinlit (carrying over from the Occasions catalogue), I added some Gorgeous Grunge splatter in Island Indigo (I think I chose this colour because I like it mostly and maybe a little as a cross between mud & grass?).  Add in one of those awesome ‘extras’ (Island Indigo star) and my ever faithful Label Love sentiment and this one was on its way to a happy customer.  The use of the thinlit die gives this style of card lots of WOW for very little effort.  And the good news – if you can’t wait until the new catalogue starts, a;; pf the products used in this post are available now in my online store!  Kelly x



Calling all DSP addicts

Paper Share 2014-001


We all know I love DSP.  I  love it in every sense – love to own it, love to use it, love to look at it, love to touch it…  Primarily though, I love to own it!  The first cut into a new sheet almost kills me and I find it heart wrenching to use up a whole pack of DSP!  I still have DSP I purchased in my first Stampin’ Up! order in 2010.  But that said, I will be buying more when the new catalogue starts.  Shhhhhh!  Don’t tell hubby.

Stampin’ Up! keeps fuelling my addiction by bringing out new Designer Series Paper (DSP) designs every catalogue.  The new catalogue gets released in under 2 weeks and it contains 13 new DSP options – 8 new patterns, 2 new speciality patterns, 2 new paper stacks and a paper stack with the new in-colours.  Now, buying all of these new pretties is a costly outlay.  Sharing the love with other addicts is a great way to get all the new patterns at a fraction of the cost.  So, I’m here to offer you a DSP paper share.

For only $32 (including postage or delivery, whichever you need to get your paper to you), you will receive 90 sheets of new DSP:

  • 66 sheets of 6×6″ DSP
  • 24 sheets of 4.5×6.5″ Paper Stack DSP

If that’s not enough DSP for you, you can add 20 sheets of 6×6″ new In colour DSP for only $5.

If you would like to participate in the DSP paper share, please email me –  Your paper share will be available as soon as the DSP hits my doorstep and then the trimmer.  I estimate this will be the third week in July.

While we are talking all things DSP, how do you store yours?  Mine all lives in an ottoman!  Officeworks sell Storage Ottomans for less than $20.  Mine is black, but they come in other colours including red, white & brown.  Each DSP goes into a 12×12″ Page Protector with a sticky label announcing the name of the DSP.  I also use this method to store my 12×12″ cardstock, window sheets, glimmer paper, Project Life page protectors and more!  It works well for me and since the ottoman has a lid, I can store all my precious paper away from little sticky fingers.  I’d love to hear how you store your DSP!  Kelly x


My DSP filled Ottoman
My DSP filled Ottoman

Note: some of the links to new products in this blog post will come up with an error until the catalogue becomes available to the general public on 1st July 2014.