Weekly Deals – 30th July 2014

It’s Wednesday again – so new Weekly Deals!  Thinking about Christmas coming up?  The Gift Bow Die for the Big Shot makes decorative bows a breeze!!!  Happy Shopping (online hostess code is SAYVFJYE)!  Kelly


A Social Network Birthday – Instagram

I have been asked to make some cards that would be suitable for teenagers.  Handmade cards for kids and adult feamles are easy.  Teenagers and males take a bit more thought!

I’m a social network fan – particularly Facebook – but I’m not an Instagram user.  From what I understand, it’s a photo sharing site and you can ‘follow’ people and friends and see their photos – one giant world-wide photo album!

I just love this “Instgram” card with it’s bright rainbow, Itty Bitty Accents and corner rounding.  Hopefully the teenager that ends up receiving this Instagram birthday card loves it too!  Perhaps it will end up on their Instagram???  Now wouldn’t that be interesting!  Kelly x


Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Envelope Punch Board, Trimmer

Framelits: On Film, Bitty Banners

Punches: 1-3/4″ Circle, 1-3/8″ Circle, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Project Life Corner

DSP: Flowerpot

Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Basic Black, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point

Ink: Lost Lagoon

Stamp Set: And Many More…

ESAD Blog Hop – 2014-15 Catalogue “Seeing Stars”

blog hop - AC 2014

It’s here!  The Stampin’ Up! 2014-15 Annual Catalogue started on 1st July – woo hoo!  Another success for Stampin’ Up! – 249 pages of glorious products to buy & projects to try.  I’ve signed up for another Blog Hop coordinated by the lovely ladies at ESAD.  This will give you 24 blogs to ‘hop’ your way through and see lots of new catalogue ideas!  If your hopping has already started, then you’ve come from Libby’s blog.  Next, you’ll be off to Amity’s blog (you can find the full list of bloggers at the bottom of this post).


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.


SEEING STARS: I’ve chosen a theme of ‘stars’ to share with you today.   There are quite a few stars within the Stampin’ Up! range.  Here’s a visual comparison of the different stars you can punch/die cut (including some retired ones for comparison in case you still have these in your collection):

Star Comparison-001

I think stars make for lovely male / neutral cards (and great female cards, kids cards, baby cards … suitable for all occasions in fact!).  My first star card is all about layers.   I loved the layered effect you can get when using Stampin’ Up!’s coordinating range.  Start by sponging ink through the new (and fabulous) Star Decorative Mask (133777) to create a background of cascading stars.  Add a couple of Stars Framelits (133723) with a stamped layer to add texture and a happy birthday message across the bottom.  The final result is a simple but stunning neutral card ready for that special someone.


I then used the ‘negative’ created by the large Mossy Meadow start to create a 4″ square note card.  I added Mossy Meadow chevron DSP (from the In-Colour Paper Stack) and more stars to the middle.  By perfect coordination, the stamp I’ve used from Be the Star set matches with the smallest Stars Framelit & the star from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  5 of these note cards together would make a great gift!


Supply List:

  • Big Shot (113493) & Magnetic Platform (130658)
  • Framelits: Stars (133723), Bitty Banners (129267)
  • Decorative Mask – Hearts & Stars (133777)
  • Itty Bitty Punch Pack (133787), Banner Punch (133519)
  • Cardstock: Mossy Meadow (133683), Whisper White (106549), Basic Black (121688)
  • Ink: Mossy Meadow (133645)
  • Stamp Sets: Be The Star (135734/135731), And Many More (134276/134273)
  • DSP: 2014-16 In Colour Paper Stack (133705)
  • Accessories: Sponge Daubers (133773)

Thanks for visiting me and my stars.  If you love stars as much as I do, then you’ll love some of the products that are making an appearance in the holiday catalogue – starting 28th August 2014.  Any guesses???

Please continue on your blog hop journey to Amity’s blog, where you’ll find more inspiring samples using products from the 2014-15 Annual Catalogue.  And if you’ve got time, leave a comment or two for the participants 🙂  Kelly x


Full list of Blog Hop Participants

1.   Emily Campbell

2.   Kelli Gordon

3.   Sharlene Meyer

4.   Delys Cram

5.   Keryn Campbell

6.   Monique Fielder

7.   Kathryn Ruddick

8.   Narelle Hoggard

9.   Ann Gerlach

10.   Libby Dyson

 11.  Kelly Kent – you are here!

12.  Amity Knight

13.  Christie Kunkel 

14.  Louise Layton

15.  Andrea Buckland

16.  Yvonne Walker

17.  Sally Williams

 18.  Debbie Lamb

19.  Nerida Carter

20.  Richelle Fletcher

21.  Norelle Targato

22. Rochelle Blok

23.  Clare Mcilhatton

24.  Tracy Speight


“Hello Love” turns Goodbye

The staff at Alexa’s day care are wonderful – and very stable – so it’s going to be a sad day for them to say Goodbye to Katie who is moving up north.  The kids just adore Katie – she’s patient, kind & smiley – all of the best qualities for a child care worker.  This is the card I made for Alexa to give to Katie today.  Once again I went straight to the 2014-16 In Colours – they are just such nice tones!  We chose a sunshine theme to go with the sun cream we got her as a small gift to take up north.  The hostess only* stamp set – Hello Love has a cute little sun and I love those hearts dangling off the clouds.  We will miss you Katie – best of luck for your future adventures.  Kelly & Alexa x

* Specially priced hostess only stamp sets are available for purchase using hostess dollars which can be earned by hosting a $300+ workshop with your friends or ordering $300+ as a personal order.  Contact me if you’d like more information.


Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Deco Labels, Bitty Banners

Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots

Punches: Banner, Itty Bitty Accents Pack

Cardstock: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Rose Red, Whisper White

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Blackberry Bliss

Stamp Sets: Hello Love, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Ribbon: Hello Honey 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon

Extras: Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals

My Frozen Party – Stampin’ Up! Style

Let the Frozen frenzy continue!  Today I am sharing all things that go into the category of party styling.  Quite a few of my Frozen party décor items were ‘made with love’ using Stampin’ Up! supplies – party bags, hanging snowflakes, happy birthday banner & cupcake toppers.  Then a few other lovelies to finish off.  The pictures are a combination of my photography, Dad’s photography & professional photography (thanks Siobhan!).  Thanks also to Southwest Special Occasions who made Maddie’s birthday cake complete with the best gluten free cupcakes I’ve ever tasted!  I wish I had an excuse for parties & cupcakes every day!!!  Kelly x

Stampin’ Up! Supply List:

Photography: Siobhan Fitzsimmons (based in Perth)

Cake: Southwest Special Occasions (based in Bunbury)

Printables: Kids Party Printables (Etsy)

Balloon: Oasis Party Central (Bunbury)

Snowflake Party Bags
Snowflake Party Bags
Snowflake Decorations
Snowflake Decorations
Cupcake Toppers
Cupcake Toppers
"Happy Birthday Princess Madeline" Banner (all those photographers, no photo of the banner!)
“Happy Birthday Princess Madeline” Banner (all those photographers, no photo of the banner!)
Melted Snowman Water Bottles
Melted Snowman Water Bottles
Giant Elsa & Anna Helium Balloon
Giant Elsa & Anna Helium Balloon
The Party Princess
The Party Princess


Weekly Deals – 23rd July 2014

Wow-wee!  This week’s weekly deals includes two of my all time favourite Stampin’ Up! products.  The Cupcake Builder Cake in unreal for punch art and the Bitty Banner Framelits makes for great sentiments.  If you don’t own these, now might be the time to add them to your collection – at a fabulous discounted price!  Use the hostess code: SAYVFJYE for any online order and receive a free gift from me.  Kelly x

Do you like how Stampin’ Up! coordinates their product range – matchy-matchy…  Then you might also like…

Frozen Themed Cards – Olaf

The final card in the Frozen series is the very lovable Olaf.  There are lots of variations floating around cyberspace, here is mine to add to the mix.  Punch art characters remain my first love!  Kelly x

How to build your own snowman:



Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Ovals Collection

Punches: Bird Builder, Itty Bitty Accents, Owl Builder, Cupcake Builder, 1/2″ Circle1-1/4″ Circle, 1-3/4″ Circle, Large Oval, Small Oval, Artisan Label

DSP: Winter Frost (retired)

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Early Espresso, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Island Indigo

Ink: Island Indigo

Stamp Set: Label Love

Accessories: Paper Snips, 2-Way Glue Pen





Frozen Themed Cards – Anna

Next on the big screen is Anna.  She is my daughter’s favourite and the hero of the movie!  One again, this princess punch art uses the Dress Up Framelits.  Princess cards are quite addictive!  Kelly x

How to make Princess Anna’s Dress:

  • Using the sleeveless dress framelit, cut out 2 Pacific Point dresses and 1 Basic Black dress
  • Cut 1 PP dress in half and leave one as is.
  • Either by freehand or using the Full Heart punch, create a ‘v’ shape in the middle of the BB dress.  Add Gold Foil to the back of the BB piece and cut around it to create a small gold border.
  • Using Rose Red, cut the largest die from the Apothecary Accents framelits set – cut this in half longways.
  • Cut two Rose Red 1-1/4″ circles.  Cut each again using the punch so you end up with an oval shape.
  • Cut a Tempting Turquoise 1″ circle for the neckline and a small strip of Elegant Eggplant for her cape (I used the now retired Horizontal Slot Punch).
  • Attach all the pieces together so they look like the picture below.  You may have to trim some of the pieces down so they fit better (especially the Apothecary Accent pieces).



Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Dress Up (retired), Labels Collection

Thinlits: Circle Card

Punches: Full Heart (retired), 1-1/4″ Circle, 1″ Circle

Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots

DSP: Winter Frost (retired)

Specialty Paper: Gold Foil

Cardstock: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Smoky Slate, Rose Red, Basic Black

Ink: Tempting Turquoise

Stamp Set: Remembering Your Birthday

Accessories: Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Frozen Themed Cards – Elsa

I made a series of Frozen cards in the lead up to Maddie’s party as part of the fun.  I’ll start by sharing Elsa with you as she is the ‘pin-up’ girl of Frozen.  I am so sad that the Dress Up Framelits are now discontinued – they are perfect for princess cards.  Maybe you still have them in your collection like I do and my cards inspire you to make a Frozen card for a special princess you know!  Kelly x

How to make Queen Elsa’s Dress:

  • Using the sleeveless dress framelit, cut out 3 Tempting Turquoise dresses
  • Cut the straps from one dress, cut another one in half and leave one as is.
  • Either by freehand or using the Full Heart punch, create a ‘v’ shape in the middle of the strapless dress.
  • Again using the sleeveless dress framelit, cut just the top section of the dress using Vellum
  • Using Vellum, cut the largest die from the Apothecary Accents framelits set – cut this in half longways.
  • Attach all the pieces together so they look like the picture below.  You may have to trim some of the pieces down so they fit better (especially the Apothecary Accent pieces).
  • Jazz up Elsa’s dress using glitter – I used Crystal Effects & Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter and Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details.



Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Dress Up (retired), Labels Collection

Thinlits: Circle Card

Punches: Full Heart (retired)

Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots

DSP: Winter Frost (retired)

Specialty Paper: Vellum

Cardstock: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Smoky Slate

Ink: Pacific Point

Stamp Set: Remembering Your Birthday

Accessories: Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details

No better friend than a sister …

The birthday fun continues throughout this week.  I’m going to share as much of my Frozen party with you as I can.  I hope you enjoy it – I’ve had so much fun using my Stampin’ Up! supplies to create a beautiful birthday party for Miss M.  Where there is colour coordination – I’m in!!!


Today’s share is another birthday card.  I thought a Frozen themed Anna & Elsa ‘sister’ card was perfect for Alexa to give to Maddie.  I’ve added the custom ‘no better friend than a sister’ saying across the top as this truly defines the special relationship the girls share – they adore each other.  Later in the week I will share individual Anna & Elsa cards.  I just love the drawing Alexa did for the middle of the card with a picture of her & Maddie.  They are so precious at this age!  Kelly x

Elsa's Dress
Elsa’s Dress


Anna's Dress
Anna’s Dress
Alexa's Artwork
Alexa’s Artwork


Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Dress Up (retired), Bitty Banners, Apothecary Accents

Punches: Banner, Itty Bitty Accents, Horizontal Slot (retired), Full Heart (retired)

Specialty Paper: Silver Glimmer, Shimmery White, Gold Foil, Vellum

Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red, Basic Black

Ink: Elegant Eggplant

Stamp Set: Remembering Your Birthday

Glitz: Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter

Accessories: Paper Snips

Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals, Crystal Effects