Cookie Monster Madness

Happy Birthday to Xavier who turns 2 today.  Unfortunately we weren’t able to attend his Cookie Monster themed party, so we’re sharing in the fun by making Cookie Monster papercraft.  Xavier’s Mummy is a great friend of mine who is also a card maker, so I needed to dig deep for something amazing.  I’ve gone with a non-traditional folding card and a little keepsake box – all in Cookie Monster theme.

The Curvy Keepsake Box Die is great for any occasion including character / themed boxes like this one.  And there are so many ideas on Pinterest, providing endless inspiration.  If you haven’t already got yours, make sure you add it to your collection now… once the Holiday Catalogue finishes, it may not carry over.

Me wish you Happy Birthday little man!  Nom nom nom!!!  Kelly & the little Kents x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Ovals, Project Life Cards & Labels

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsakes Box, Circle Card

Bigz: Perfect Print Numbers

Punches: 2-1/2″ Circle, 1-3/8″ Circle, 3/4″ Circle, 1/2″ Circle, Scallop Oval, 1-3/4″ Scalloped Circle, Project Life Corner

DSP: Brights Paper Stack

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Basic Black, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise

Ink: Pacific Point, Tuxedo Black Memento

Stamp Sets: Sassy Salutations, Making Spirits Bright

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“Berry Best”

This is a cute little card I whipped up to go with a strawberry plant that we bought as a thank you gift.  During a quick strawberry Google search, I saw the play on words – ‘berry best’ and thought it was perfect for the occasion.  It’s been a while since I’ve done any punch art, so I enjoyed the trio of simple but sweet strawberries.  Nice to go back to basics.  Simple wins my heart every time!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Hearts a Flutter

Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots

Punches: Bird Builder, Modern Label, Word Window

Cardstock: Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White

Embellishment: Linen Thread

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals

*** sentiment computer generated

 

Curvy Tea & Chocolates

I love little gifts and Stampin’ Up! provides me with lots of creative ways to package these up.  My latest cute gift uses the Curvy Keepsake Box Die to hold a few choccies (individually wrapped Tim Tam bites in this case) and uses a tea bag as the gift tag.  Add some colour to a plain keepsake box by cutting one half of the die with DSP and sticking it to the cardstock.  This uses less DSP, creates more contrast and makes the box sturdier.

I love tea so much (English heritage I think ….).  And good cup of tea needs a bite of chocolate on the side mmmmmm …. Too bad if my friends are coffee drinkers!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsake Box

Punches: Artisan Label, 1/8″ Handheld Circle

DSP: Moonlight Paper Stack

Cardstock: Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Smoky Slate

Ink: Helly Honey, Blackberry Bliss

Stamp Set: Work of Art

Embellishment: Whisper White Baker’s Twine

 

ESAD Blog Hop – 2014 Holiday Catalogue “Making Spirits Bright”

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Another catalogue and another blog hop!  If you’re making your way around, then you’ve just visited Debra and her holiday cheer.  Next you’ll be off to Monique‘s festive fever (see the bottom of my post for a full list of blog hop participants).

For those of you that haven’t joined me on a blog hop before, here’s the info:

  • 19 blogs
  • by demonstrators from the ESAD Facebook group
  • showcasing products from the 2014 Holiday Catalogue

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.


Making Spirits Bright Artwork

I have chosen the “MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT” stamp set as the theme for my blog hop projects.  There’s lots to love about this stamp set, which is hidden towards the back of the Holiday Catalogue (page 48).  6 cute cocktail glass designs and 7 separate sentiments including the ever faithful “Happy Birthday” and very seasonable “Merry Christmas”.  I love the font they’ve used – perfect for anybody.

My first share is a set of wine glass charms using the cocktail stamps, made with shrinkable plastic that becomes smaller & thicker as it melts.  I have designed a set of 6, which would make a fun Christmas gift for a friend who entertains and needs a way for their guest to keep track of their glass.  These little treasures are on little wire rings that open & close, allowing them to be attached to the stem of a glass of wine or champers.

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To make your own set:

  • Using Jet Black Staz On ink (101406), stamp each of the images onto shrinkable plastic sheets.  For this project I just wanted each glass as the image so I used masking tape to block out the parts of the image I didn’t want – inked it up, then removed the masking tape before stamping.
  • Cut out the stamped image using 2″ circle punch (133782) and punch a hole at the top using the 1/8″ handheld circle punch (134365).
  • Shrink the plastic, following the instructions from the manufacturer.
  • Add wire rings and project complete!

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Note: Shrinkable Plastic is not a SU! product (sourced from ebay).  Wire also not SU! (sourced from Spotlight).


A gift like this needs STYLISH WRAPPING and luckily there are lots of great packaging options in the holiday catalogue.  I tied all my rings together with Cherry Cobber 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon (135839) and put them into a cute little box I made with the new Gift Box Punch Board (135863).  This Gift Box Punch Board makes boxes in a range of sizes with no cuts or adhesive required – easy peasy!

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I made a bigger box to house the little box (again using the Gift Box Punch Board).

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I then added embellishments to make my finished box festively fancy – Trim the Tree DSP Stack (135824), 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon (132140), more Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon (135839) – all discretely tacked together using the fabulous new Handheld Stapler (135850) & Mini Staples (135847).

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The tags were made using the new Note Tag Punch (135860) & the complete Christmas Cocktail stamp from Making Spirits Bright Stamp Set (135086{W}; 135089{C}) and the Merry Christmas sentiment from Making Spirits Bright with the Modern Label Punch (119849).  All tied together with Linen Thread (104199).

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my contribution to this ESAD blog hop.  I had lots of fun and loved trying out shrinkable plastic as a new medium for stamping.  Next stop is Monique – enjoy! Kelly x

Please take the time to visit the very talented ladies that have taken the time to create some lovely holiday inspiration:

1.   Keryn Campbell

2.   Narelle Hoggard

3.   Gail Kirby

4.   Libby Dyson

5.   Emily Campbell

6.   Debra Spijers

7.   Kelly Kent – you are here!

8.   Monique Fielder

9.   Andrea Buckland

10.  Debbie Lamb

11.  Sally Williams

12.  Christie Kunkel

13.   Paula Reid

14.   Amity Knight

15.   Ria Kaire

16.   Nerida Carter

17.  Rochelle Blok

18.  Tracy Speight

19.  Rachael Lewsley

 

Getting Fancy with Wetlands

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a Wetlands card with you.  With all the new catty things on my shelf, I’ve been neglecting some of the old faithfuls.  So just in case you missed them too …

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The starting point for this card was seeing a beautiful card by my friend Narelle using this style of gatefold (tutorial for a gatefold card here).  I then added in the Wetlands wading birds and proceeded to cover them up with more wading birds on a belly band, creating layers of colour.  The background watercolouring is a technique called Colour Blocking.  It is achieved by colouring in a clear block with Stampin’ Write Markers which is spritzed with water before stamping onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  I intentionally left this card sentiment free so it can be used for any occasion.  I used from the  ‘water drops’ DSP from the Moonlight Stack in keeping with my theme (though realised once it was stuck down that I would have preferred it up the other way!).  I had a great time cheating on the standard C6 card with this funky gatefold version.  A little more cardstock (though if you use 12×12, you’ll get two cards from 1 piece), but a great finish.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Deco Labels

DSP: Moonlight Stack

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Lost Lagoon

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Stampin’ Write Markers: Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake

Stamp Set: Wetlands

Extras: Clear Block E

Flower Patch – Oh So Pretty!

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I can’t get enough of Flower Patch at the moment.  Because it’s photopolymer, it’s easy to use and the framelits help with the cutting out.  This card is a case of Sharon Burkert’s card with a different colour scheme.  [I’m still in love with Blackberry Bliss].  I loved the finish of this card so much I made some matching tags.  It’s lovely to have a hobby that adds so much pretty to the world!  Hope your day is ‘blooming’!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Flower Fair (bundle)

Punch: Project Life Corner, Scalloped Tag Topper

Cardstock: Strawberry Slush, Whisper White

Ink: Strawberry Slush, Blackberry Bliss, Perfect Plum, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Tuxedo Black Memento

Stamp Set; Flower Patch (bundle), Festival of Trees

Embellishments: Strawberry Slush Ruffled Ribbon (retired)

Extras: Paper Snips

Choo Choo – Happy “Thomas” Birthday

I will often match a birthday card with the theme of the party or invite.  Ashton’s 2nd birthday invite had a Thomas the Tank Engine theme, so I wanted to try my version of a Thomas Pop n Cuts card I saw on Pinterest (inspiration provided by Patsy Waggoner – here).  Sadly, Pop n Cuts retired this year, but I’ve held on to mine so I can still make cool 3D cards like this one.

Although the original cards was fabulous, I made a few changes.  Instead of a punch art Thomas, I used a template (found on Pinterest … addict much?), I changed up the colour scheme and added in a banner.  Happy Birthday Ashton!  We hope you had a lovely day!  Kelly x

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Supply List;

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Extended Cutting Pads

Die: Pop n Cuts + Label insert (retired)

Framelits: Deco Labels, Bitty Banners

Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots

Punches: Itty Bitty Accents Pack, Cupcake Builder

Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Grey

Ink: Pacific Point, Tuxedo Black Memento

Marker: Project Life Journaling Pens

Stamp Sets: Remembering Your Birthday, Sassy Salutations, Get Your Santa On

Love, Thanks & Merry Greetings

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Hubby & I celebrate our anniversary today.  We choose to celebrate “getting together” rather than our wedding anniversary, mostly because Miss A came along on our 2nd wedding anniversary and hijacked our day.  So, we’ve kept our original anniversary date.  Not that an anniversary date means much different – I didn’t marry the king of romance – but I think it’s still nice to reflect on our time together.  We certainly have some wonderful memories and so many more to make.

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I was “inkspired” to create a card for Mr Papercraft using the sketch Teneale Williams provided for her team’s blog hop challenge (start the hop here at Teneale’s blog to see what they created using the sketch).  Then I was on a roll with the Seasonally Scattered greetings, so I did all three.  Lots of things make card making easier including sketches, themes & inspiration.  And great products.  Happy ‘us’ day Mr Kent.  Love Mrs Kelly x

PS, there’s still time to earn Good Greetings for free – every $300+ order qualifies until 31st October.

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Shaking the Stars – 1st birthday fun!

I’ve been wanting to have a go at a shaker card for ages now!  There’s lots of tutorials out there (have a search on youtube), but the basic premise is:

  • Cut out a shape using a punch or framelit
  • Add window sheet to create a see-through front
  • Add some depth using foam to the reverse side along the outline of your shape – Shaker Frames (great for circle shapes) or Stampin’ Dimensionals work well
  • Fill with confetti
  • Take the backing off the foam pieces
  • Attach to your card

I got a little fancy and made the shaker section a peep hole style card, so that you could see through to the inside of the card where I placed a sparkly “1” for the birthday girl.  The final version took me a few drafts (I kept doing things around the wrong way!) but I’m delighted with it.  Fun, fun, fun!  Try one – they make an impression.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Stars, Project Life Cards & Labels

Edgelits: File Tab

Punches: Confetti Stars, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border

DSP: Sweet Taffy

Specialty Paper: Silver Glimmer, Window Sheets

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White

Ink: Rich Razzleberry

Stamp Set: Remembering Your Birthday

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals

Everything that Glitters is Awesome!!!

This creation was made for a friend who wanted a card with an “awesome” gold theme that matched in with the party invite & present she’d bought.  It’s great example of how versatile most of the stamp sets can be – the sentiment is from the Flower Patch Photopolymer Stamp Set but there isn’t a flower in sight!  And the love affair with Flower Patch continues.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Bigz: Top Note

Framelits: Deco Labels, Bitty Banners

Punch: Itty Bitty Accents Pack

DSP: Lullaby

Specialty Paper: Gold Foil, Gold Glimmer

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Flower Patch, Good Greetings*

Embossing: Gold Embossing Powder, Black Embossing Powder, Versamark, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool

Extras: Paper Snips

* Good Greetings is free until 31st October with any $300+ order.