Playing with Painted Petals

I’m finishing 2014 with a sizzle – 3 cards in one post – woo hoo!!!  Thanks for all your support during the year.

During 2014, I published 237 blog posts and had over 15000 views!  It’s been so much fun to share what I love with other papercrafters around the world.

My top 3 posts were:

  1. Peppa Pig,
  2. ESAD Blog Hop – Seeing Stars
  3. Olaf Punch Art

Based on that, it’s probably no surprise that my most clicked category was Punch Art.

Most of my visitors (almost 7000!) came via search engines (thanks Mr Google) or Pinterest and they lived in Australia or USA.  Anne Barker, one of my lovely local customers, left me the most comments.

Thank you to everyone!  It’s been an amazing journey so far, that I can’t wait to continue in 2015.  Kelly x


Today’s cards feature more of the wonderful products that are coming up in the 2015 Occasions catalogue including the very beautiful Painted Petals stamp set.  Start writing your wishlist now, ordering starts 6th Jan 2015.

How many new products can you spy as I play around with the Painted Petals stamp set?

This card is based around the current Freshly Made Sketches #167 sketch.

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FMS Final 167-001

This card ‘stems’ (pun intended hehe) from the leftover pieces from FMS design.  I had intended to make 2 identical cards (I often do that to save time), but had fun playing around with the pieces to create something same-same-but-different.

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The laste on is my favourite – a birthday card made using the Painted Petals stamps to create a heart shaped wreath.  I had this floating around in my head since my new products arrived.  It’s ‘amazingly amazing’ when ideas translate to designs.

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Did you catch all the new products?  There were 5 in total:

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 6th January 2015.

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ESAD Mystery Box – My Gift From Judi

A B-I-G thank you to Judi de Boer for creating a lovely Mystery Box for me.  It arrived on Christmas Eve and I tore into it with anticipation.  So many lovelies!

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Judi packaged everything into a box she had covered with Confetti Celebration DSP, which was her theme and colour pallette for the contents of the box (see yesterday’s post for a list of Mystery Box inclusions).  So, now I have 17 new cards for inspiration including a card-in-a-box, an easel card and shaker cards!  Here is a selection of the cards I got:

My favourite "children's card"

My favourite “children’s card”

Easter Card

Easter Card

My favourite "other" card

My favourite “other card”

My favourite "Christmas" card

My favourite “Christmas card”

My favourite "masculine card"

My favourite “masculine card”

My favourite "feminine card"

My favourite “feminine card”

I also got a 2015 diary & spiral bound calendar, Christmas tags, lots of embellishments / card candy, an Easter Bunny Curvy Keepsake Box & a Merry Christmas banner.

Christmas Banner

Christmas Banner

My favourite item in the box though was the Christmas card Judi made for me – the colours are just lovely.  I think I’m going to regret not buying the Holiday Home stamp set (though I do have it on MDS).

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Participation in the ESAD Mystery Box is open to any demonstrator who is a member of the ESAD Facebook page.  ESAD is just one of the wonderful Stampin’ Up! demonstrator communities for sharing our love of papercraft.  Thinking of joining SU! in the new year?  Email me to find out more about the rewards for joining during Sale-A-Bration (6th Jan – 31st March 2015).

Thanks again to Judi for my Mystery Box.  And also to Shona for organising the Mystery Box swap and Leonie for hosting ESAD for us.  Merry Christmas!  Kelly x

ESAD Mystery Box – My Gift to Alisha

ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Stampin Up! Demonstrators Facebook group) runs a Mystery Box swap every year.  This is the first year I have taken part.  My parcel travelled all the way to Victoria to the lovely Alisha.  Included in her package, as per the brief (plus a couple of extras) was:

  • Cards: Childrens, Nonstandard (ie, thank you), Easter, Feminine, Masculine & Christmas
  • A tote/box/folder to hold all the cards
  • An 3D Easter gift, a Christmas ornament and 3 Christmas tags
  • Card Candy
  • 2015 diary & calendar
  • A box to send it all in

All though not all cards fit into the category, I had a rough theme of Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Silver & Gold – as these were my favourites of 2014.

A few photos of the items before I sent them:

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Box full of cards

Box full of cards

2015 Diary

2015 Diary

Christmas Decoration

Christmas Decoration

The box [styled on the front cover of the Annual Catalogue]

The box [styled on the front cover of the Annual Catalogue]

The card I made to wish Alisha a Merry Christmas

The card I made to wish Alisha a Merry Christmas

 

I had a fabulous time making such a lovely gift for Alisha using fabulous Stampin’ Up! products.  It arrived safe & sound (in time for Christmas and without any Moscato mishaps!).  If you made a gift this festive season and would like to share with the stamping world – upload your creation to Just Add Ink #246 … Giving, or stop by and get some inspiration for Christmas 2015 (it’s only 360 days away hehe!).

I’ll share the Mystery Box I received from Judi soon!  Kelly x

Little Kingdom – Ben – Punch Art Picture Tutorial

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I made a Ben elf card this week for a 4th birthday party we went to and it reminded me that it’s been a while since I’ve shared a picture tutorial.  So, here we are – all the pieces to make your very own Ben elf.  He’s ginger in the tutorial, but I made him blonde in the card to match the little man who it was for [the joys of handmade!].  The card design was inspired by a lovely card my bestie made – thanks Narelle!  Some of the products used are retired – sadly!

This punch art creation has quite a few elements that use the Cupcake Builder Punch (thankfully not retired!).  All of the’builder’ punches are fantastic due to their versatile pieces.  It’s definitely a must have if you enjoy punch art.  And I do love my punch art – however fiddly & time consuming it may be!  Kelly x

Little Kingdom - Ben Punch Art-001

 

Sale-A-Bration Sneak Peak – Lotus Blossom

It was with a heavy heart that the first inking of my gorgeous Lotus Blossom Sale-A-Bration stamp set was for a ‘with sympathy’ card.  December brought some very sad news for a couple of families I know.  At this time of sadness, it was nice to be able to handcraft a card in which to pass on my condolences.

The Lotus Blossom has many links to spiritualism, faithfulness & rebirth and is associated with beauty and purity.  It’s beauty makes it a perfect stamp for so many occasions.  If you’re interested in further lotus flower symbolism, the different lotus colours have their own meanings, particularly for those of Buddhist faith (more on this later).

Wishing you a peaceful end to the year.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Punch: 2″ Circle

DSP: Best Year Ever (SAB 2015)

Cardstock: Whisper White

Ink: Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Lost Lagoon, Coastal Cabana

Stamp Sets: Lotus Blossom (SAB 2015), Petite Pairs

Embellishments: Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (SAB 2015)

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 6th January 2015.

Merry Christmas to You & Yours

Wishing a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year to my family, friends, customer & followers.  I’ve had a fantastic year – both personally and as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  I am forever grateful to have a hobby that inspires me, keeps me busy, gives me a creative outlet, allows me to meet wonderful people & lets me create beautiful ‘art’ for others.  Thank you for sharing in that.  It’s definitely been  a year of JOY . FRIENDSHIP . PEACE . LOVE . HAPPINESS.  I’m looking forward to some exciting adventures on ‘my papercraft journey’ in 2015.  Kelly x

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PS, a Christmas sneak peak of the new Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die in the upcoming Occasions 2015 catalogue (starts 6th January 2015).

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Project Life Christmas – My Way!

I still haven’t managed to start a Project Life album.  The very harsh reality is that I’m not really a journaller or memory keeper.  My girls don’t have baby books with first steps, first words etc., the hairdresser had to ask me if I wanted to keep some hair for Alexa’s first haircut (Maddie hasn’t had one yet!)… you get the picture!

But I love the Project Life cards, so I still buy them.  This Christmas I wanted to use them for capturing stand alone memories.  Using the 6×8″ Pocket Pages, I created a calendar that goes on the fridge.  Because of the pocket style of the page protector, the photos can be interchanged throughout the year.  The Hello December Card Collection made it quick & easy to slot the cards in, add photos & pop in a small calendar.  A small magnet on the back makes it attach to the fridge (or if you work in an old school office, the metal filing cabinet!).

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A present wouldn’t be the perfect Stampin’ Up! present without a matching card – so back to the Project Life cards to whip up a cute Christmas card to go with it.  Maybe one day I’ll have a sentiment pang & get onto full swing Project Life, but until then, I’m loving using the cards in other ways.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Project Life: Hello December Card Collection, 6×8″ Variety Pack Photo Pocket Pages

Punches: Project Life Corner, Modern Label, Word Window

Tools: Big Shot

Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots

DSP: All Is Calm

Specialty Paper: Silver Glitter

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Grey, Old Olive

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Stamp Set: Making Spirits Bright

Embellishments: Old Olive Thick Baker’s Twine