My Bokeh Needs More Practice!

I’m slowly working my way through my L-O-N-G list of Pinterest ‘must try’ pins.  This is one of those – I wanted to try the Bokeh technique.

In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light” (trusty Wikipedia).

In stamping, bokeh is a patterned or watercolour type background with white highlights as the focus – attempting to reproduce the dappled light effect of the photographic bokeh.

Now, I’m pretty sure I haven’t nailed it first time around (though I love the final product) and am looking forward to trying again. It was a fun technique with a beautiful finish.

This will be my last post for a short while, while I have a break from stamping, blogging & the computer!  I will return re-energised, with more projects in a couple of weeks.  Kelly x


Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Chalk Talk, Ovals, Project Life Cards & Labels

Punch: Project Life Corner

Cardstock: Basic Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink: Crushed Curry, Hello Honey, Smoky Slate, Craft White

Embossing: Black Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, VersamarkHeat Tool

Stamp Sets: Chalk Talk, Making Spirits Bright, Express Yourself (retired)

Extras: Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Peppa Pig – the Fairy Princess

Every little princess loves to dress up and Peppa Pig is no exception.  My Peppa Pig Punch Art Picture Tutorial is one of my most popular blog posts, with almost 400 views to date!  I’ve decided to add another Peppa to my collection and make a Peppa Pig Fairy Princess card.  The layout is the same as for normal Peppa, but I’ve added wings, a wand and a crown to make her extra special.  The colours are also slightly different as I wanted to experiment with making Peppa out of current Stampin’ Up! colours. [If I had a preference, it would be the retired Pretty in Pink & Regal Rose combination!].


Since I’m still making every Curvy Keepsake Box under the sun, I had a go at a matching Peppa Pig Fairy Princess box.  A bit of a challenge, but cute nonetheless!  Happy 4th Birthday to the party princess – Willow.  Kelly x

Princess Peppa
Princess Peppa
Peppa's wings & tail
Peppa’s wings & tail


Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsake Box

Framelits: Flower Fair

Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots

Punches: 2-1/2″ Circle, 1-3/8″ Circle, 1″ Circle, 1/2″ Circle, Owl Builder, Cupcake Builder, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Project Life Corner, Label Bracket

Specialty Paper: Vellum

Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Temping Turquoise, Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Basic Black

Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo

Stamp Set: Tag Talk

Adhesives: 2-way Glue Pen, Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Extras: Paper Snips

I’m Finally Kinda Eclectic!

Kinda Eclectic … I had this stamp set on my wishlist for quite a while… borrowed my uplines for a specific project… realised I really did N-E-E-D it… bought it… then got side tracked!  So, I was super excited this week when I had the perfect opportunity to open it up and put it to its maiden use.  I teamed up with Gorgeous Grunge & Petite Petals for a much more rustic card than my usual style. Love this stamp set!


I’m entering this card into the Just Add Ink 237 Challenge – ink block stamping.  If you haven’t tried this technique, you should – it’s awesome & easy.  The Soft Sky background was achieved by stamping a clear block (block I in this case) with the Gorgeous Grunge splatter and then stamping the inked up clear block onto my cardstock.  Nothing like a technique to ‘rough’ things up!  Kelly x

Little Kingdom – The ‘Holly’ card & ‘Gaston’ box

If you remember back to my sneak peak of how to make a cute little punch art mouth/smile using the Gift Box Punch Board, you will remember that I promised to reveal the full card.  Ta-da!


This ‘Holly’ was made to fit the Little Kingdom theme for Annabelle’s 3rd birthday party.  I wanted her to take up the whole card front, but she ended up being bigger than I’d anticipated!  So, I made her fly on a 6×6″ card instead of a standard size.  Thank goodness for the Envelope Punch Board to be able to make custom size envelopes.

I was chatting to my friend Narelle about the party theme.  She made this amazing Little Kingdom castle card:


And then she mentioned it would have been cool to make a Gaston card since Annabelle is having a Gaston cake (though I’m not sure if you’d be able to get much cooler than the castle card!).  For those that don’t live & breathe Little Kingdom, Gaston is the ladybird.  So… I got to thinking, with no more cards required, but how cool would a Gaston Curvy Keepsake Box be?  There is no limit to how much I love this die!


Happy Birthday Annabelle.  Wishing another special girl a magical birthday this weekend!  Kelly x

Supply List:

Holly Card

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Gift Box Punch Board

Framelits: Flower Fair, Stars, Project Life Cards & Labels

Bigz: Perfect Print Numbers

Punches: 1-3/4″ Circle, Owl Builder, Cupcake Builder, Triangle, Boho Blossoms, Word Window, 7/8″ Circle, 1/2″ Circle

Specialty Paper: Gold Glimmer, Vellum

DSP: Lullaby

Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Hello Honey, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Crisp Cantaloupe, Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss

Ink: Melon Mambo

Markers: Hello Honey, Crisp Cantaloupe, Melon Mambo

Stamp Set: Remembering Your Birthday

Extras: Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Gaston Box

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsake Box

Punches: 1/2″ Circle, 1-1/4″ Circle, Owl Builder

Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black

Adhesive: 2-way Glue Pen

Toadstools & Butterflies

It’s the start of birthday season for Alexa’s little playgroup buddies.  So, I hope if you follow my blog, or find yourself here, that you enjoy kids birthday cards.  Because I’m going to be sharing a lot!  [And you didn’t have to wait long for another punch art creation!]


The starting point of this duo was a totally wonderful & magical Curvy Keepsake Box I spied on the internet this week and H-A-D to copy.  You can see the original by H2Designs here.  What a clever use of the CKB!


Inspired by the beautiful toadstool & butterfly design, I created a matching card to keep the theme going.  Happy Birthday Lauren, we hope your special day is magical.  Kelly & Alexa x


Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsake Box

Framelits: Bitty Banners

Punches: 1-1/4″ Circle, 1″ Circle, Owl Builder, Cupcake Builder, Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly, Petite Petals, Bird Builder

DSP: Sweet Taffy

Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Banners

Extras: Fringe Scissors, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals



Sweet Baby Isabelle – FMS159

Another baby to make a pretty card for and another sketch to try.  Sketches are great because they provide you with the starting template for a unique card.  This one is brought to you by Freshly Made Sketches!

FMS Final 159-001

Welcome to baby Isabelle.  Such as sweet name!  We’re excited to meet you!  Kelly x


Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Bigz: Perfect Print Alphabet

Framelits: Bitty Banners

Punches: Heart from Itty Bitty Accents Pack, Decorative Label

Speciality Paper: Silver Glimmer

DSP: Subtles Paper Stack

Cardstock: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride

Ink: Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate

Marker: Blushing Bride

Stamp Sets: Hello Love (Hostess), Itty Bitty Banners, Work of Art

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals

Punch Art Week of Power – Punch Art Playground

Well, that’s a whole week of punch art creations.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the projects I’ve shared with you.  Although this is my final post art post, don’t despair – there will ALWAYS be more punch art on my blog.  Keep visiting me regularly (you can sign up for email updates by ‘following’ me – see right)  I’m finishing this week of posting with a list of my favourite punch art places & links.  Click on the pictures & be transported to a world of inspiraiton.  Thanks for stopping by, it means a lot to me!  Kelly x

1. Stampin’ Up! online store – high quality punches for high quality punch art!

SU Logo Single

2. My Pinterest ‘Punches & Punch Art’ is filled with punch art creations that have caught my attention


3. Jackie Topia has a great range of paid Punch Art Collections that cover more punch art than you’d have time to make!  Great for people that don’t have the time, confidence or patience to work it all out for themselves.  Also check out her tutorials for other great ideas.


4. Michelle Suit over at Suitably Stamped (Disney Suits Me) has some great punch art creations including some fabulous paid tutorials for Disney Princess dresses.

Elsa's Dress

5. If you’re after 3D punch art creations check out Darla Watson’s Scrap Happens Here blog for ideas for Punch Art using the Curvy Keepsake Box Die


6. More 3D? There’s also a host of ideas at Betty Traciak’s blog – Kitty Stamp – on how to make punch art critters using the Hamburger Box Die.

ideas hamburger box kitty stamps

And when all else fails, head to Google – she always knows the answer!

Punch Art Week of Power – The Octonauts Come to Play

From the simple of yesterday to the extreme of today!  I’ve had the Octonauts on my punch art radar for a while now and this week of power gave me to push I needed to get them on to paper.  Meet Kwazii, Barnacles (Captain) & Peso!  They are punch art for the serious addict.

This is the chaos mid way through the design process (I’m not a neat crafter at the best of times, but punch art definitely makes me messier!):


And this is the finished product:


Go, little Octonauts – Explore, Rescue, Protect & wish some BIG Octonauts fan a happy birthday!  Kelly x

PS, No supply list for this project – it would be crazy!!!  But, if you want some versatile shapes for punch art, my top recommendations are the Owl Builder, Cupcake Builder & circles of all sizes.

Update: February 2015

After making the trio of Octonauts again for another card (compete with GUP-A vehicle), I have realised the design process was a little long, but the actual making of the Octonauts isn’t so involved.

So, here are the instructions:


Hat: 1/2″ Circle, middle size circle from Owl Builder, bottom 1/3 of Small Oval with tip cut off, star from Confetti Stars punch

Ears: Triangle Punch

Head: 1-1/4″ Circle

Eye Patch: 1/16″ strip, middle size circle from Owl Builder (top snipped off)

Eye: middle size circle from Owl Builder – double cut to create oval, dot using white gel pen

Nose/Mouth: smallest circle from Owl Builder, circle from Cupcake Builder

Spots: smallest circle from Owl Builder


Captain Barnacle:

Hat: Chalk Talk die double cut with 1-3.8″ Circle, largest circle from Owl Builder, star from Confetti Stars punch

Ears: largest & middle size circles from Owl Builder

Head: 1-3/8″ Circle

Eyes: middle size circle from Owl Builder, dots using white gel pen

Nose/Mouth: circle from Cupcake Builder, middle size circle from Owl Builder

Shirt: 7/8″ square, bottom cut with triangle punch at mid point, then sniped upwards to sides



Hat: 1/2″ Circle, middle size circle from Owl Builder, bottom 1/3 of Small Oval with tip cut off, star from Confetti Stars punch

Head: 1-1/4″ Circle

Face: 1″ Circle with peak cut out using scissors

Eyes: Cupcake Builder, dots using white gel pen

Beak: Heart from Owl Builder – top section cut off

Product List

Punch Art Week of Power – Back to “OWL” the Basics


For this punch art post, I’m back to the very start of the punch art journey – the most basic of all punch art creations – the humble owl!  The Stampin’ Up! Owl Builder Punch is great when you’re just starting out with punch art and an absolute staple when you love punch art.  I rarely make owls these days, but I very often use the punch because of it’s incredibly versatile shapes.  The Owl Punch can make reindeers, penguins, babushkas, monsters, flowers … and so many more.


My owls are helping me to say thank you to someone who has gone above & beyond for my family.  This “Tag a Bag Giftbox” is filled with homemade Bliss Balls – a lovely way to say thank you, I think!  I stole a leftover one & they are yummy!  Kelly x


Supply List:

Punch: Owl Builder

DSP: Brights Paper Stack

Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo

Ink: Old Olive

Stamp Set: Watercolor Thank You

Accessories: Tag A Bag Gift Boxes

Adhesive: 2-way Glue Pen

* “OWL-MAZING” sentiment computer generated


Punch Art Week of Power – Fairy Kisses

This contribution to punch art week is a ‘sneak peak’ – I can’t show you the full card just yet because the birthday girl hasn’t gotten it yet.

One of the new products in the Holiday Catalgoue is the Gift Box Punch Board (you might remember it from my Holiday Catalogue ESAD Blog Hop post).  It makes cute little boxes, but I have discovered that it also makes great ….



Yes, that’s right – the reverse punch designed to make the closure tab for the box, punches out a perfect little smile.  If you cut it down, it also makes for great eyebrows.  Cool – hey!  Kelly x