ESAD Blog Hop – Sneak Peek 2015 Annual Catalogue: Layered Letters Alphabet Stamp Set

Thanks for joining me on another ESAD Blog Hop.  There are only 2 more sleeps until the new catalogue goes live!!!  If you haven’t seen it yet, pop back here tomorrow for the link.  You’ll be in heaven – 189 pages of pure papercraft bliss!

Until then, be dazzled by the work of 13 talented ESAD ladies as they treat you to projects using products that were available to demonstrators on the sneak peek list {and will be available to you very shortly, so start making that wishlist!}.

If you are doing the round trip, you’ve come from fellow WA demo Andrea Buckland, who makes the most stunning cards!

Make sure to keep hopping until you get back here so you’ve seen everyone.

One of the ‘wow’ moments of the Gold Coast convention for me was seeing the Layered Letters Alphabet stamp set used during one of the on stage presentations.

I must admit, if I’d just seen this in a catalogue, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought.  But, as with lots of SU! products, once you’ve seen them in real life, they are hard to resist.

You might have noticed that I love fonts and lettering.  I’m frequently downloading new ones to use on cards & custom made stationary.  So, it was easy to fall in love with this contemporary typography!

In addition to the 26 alphabet letters, you also get 6 special characters and 2 shapes which gives you endless design options!

Here’s what I came up with:

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I had so much fun making these.  I love the bold simplicity of the font!  It lends itself to so many occasions and project types.

And … because the set is photopolymer – you can see exactly where you are placing the letters.  All of these cards were stamped by sight – not a stamp-a-ma-jig in sight!

Next stop for some more tempting teasers is Nicole Wilson – another WA demo who is not only a fabulous crafter but a wonderful person too.   It’s fabulous to be part of the SU! family.  Kelly x

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The whole blog hop team:

1. Rachael Lewsley

2. Andrea Buckland

3. Kelly Kent YOU ARE HERE!

4. Nicole Wilson 

5. Libby Dyson

6. Cherie Davies

7. Narelle Fasulo

8. Lou Kitzelman

9. Bernice Collins

10. Monique Fielder

11. Courtenay Heuston

12. Donna Chapman

13. Amity Knight

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Banner Triple Punch {Convention Catch-up}

One of the punches I received in my pre-convention BBB (big brown box for those who don’t speak fluent SU!), was the Banner Triple Punch.  I was so excited when I first heard about it and even more excited when it arrived.

Here’s the main things I love about it:

  • It cuts cardstock/DSP into a banner any size from “nothing” to 2″.  As long as it fits into the largest guide, it will cut the end into a perfect banner.
  • It has three guides to help you align your cardstock and get a perfectly aligned middle point – 1″, 1.5″ & 2″.
  • You can also cut a purposely not-so-perfect banner by altering what angle or position you put your cardstock in at.
  • It’s all one mechanism – no switching between modes/levels to get different sizes.
  • It can also cut chevron pieces if you keep pushing & punching.
  • The banner shape is great – not too pointy, not too flat!

That’s pretty much everything you need to know about the banner triple punch {it’s awesome}!


The other helpful hint I’ll share with you is the allowances you need to make to your cardstock strip to make sure you always end up with the finished size you want.  You can see it in picture format below, but I’ll explain in words too.

The first thing to note is that different cardstock widths end up with different amounts cut off the end.

  • 2″ strip cuts off 3/16″
  • 1.5″ strip cuts off 3/8″
  • 1″ strip cuts off 1/2″

Despite this, the measurement from the inner point to the end of your length is always the same – 13/16″.

So, the allowance you need to make depends on whether you need a minimum distance between each end of your cardstock/banner points or whether you want your finished banner to be a certain size.  Don’t forget, if you have a double ended banner, you will need to add the extra length to each end (ie, double the allowance).

  • For minimum distance – add 13/16″ from where the inner point starts to the end of your length irregardless of the width of your cardstock.  For example, if you want a 1″ double ended banner than ends up being 3″ between each point, you need to add 3″ + 13/16″ + 13/16″ = 4-5/8″ [you’ll end up with a banner that is 3-5/8″ long with 3″ between the points].
  • For overall length – add the lengths that relate to your width (as above).  For example, if you want a 1″ double ended banner that ends up being 3″ long, you need to add 3″ + 1/2″ 1/2″ = 4″ [you’ll end up with a banner that is 3″ long with 2-3/8″ between the points].

Until you get used to adding allowances, I’d recommend testing your calculations by punching a piece of scrap first.  I’ve ended up with some crazy short 2″ banners by forgetting to allow for between point width!!!

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This card from my convention board features each of the main Banner Triple Punch sizes (2″, 1.5″, 1″) and is an example of what a quick, easy & effective card you can make with banners.

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Aren’t banners wonderful?  And even better when they come in whatever size you need at the click of a punch.  You’ll definitely want to add the Banner Triple Punch to your new catalogue order.  Only a few more sleeps!!!  Kelly x

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*** Items in green are only available to demonstrators.  They will appear in the 2015-16 annual catalogue which is available from 2nd June 2015.

*** Want to shop online? The hostess code for May is MAB6AJXN.

Strawberry Filled Berry Basket {Convention Catch-up}

This post has been a while coming – so for those that have been waiting, my apologies!

Of all the things I made for my convention booth, my strawberry filled berry basket was the biggest hit.  Most of the questions I answered were about how I made the strawberries.  So, here it is!

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The basket was made using the Berry Basket Bigz die featured in the Occasions catalogue – and I am delighted to say is carrying over into the new catalogue.  The strawberries are made using the 2nd largest flower from the Floral Frames Collection Framelits.  I’ll show you what it looks like, then I’ll describe all the changes you have to make {I’m not yet ready to share a video with you – I cringe at the sound of my own voice when recorded!).

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Click on photo to enlarge.

 

Step by step to making your own strawberries:

  1. With your Big Shot, cut out the initial shape using the 2nd largest Floral Frame flower (it would work for other sizes too if you want different sized strawberries).  I used Real Red for my strawberries, but have made the template you see above in Blushing Bride so the folds show up better.
  2. Score using your Stampin’ Trimmer (or Simply Scored) from the join of two petals directly across to the opposite join.  Do this for all ‘joins’.
  3. Cut one segment out entirely and then most of the adjacent one so you just have a tab remaining (see the top section of the template).
  4. Starting with the segment with a tab, fold it over to lay on top of the segment next to it and snip the side of the petal off (top 1/3 only).  Do this for all petals.
  5. Using your 1/8″ handheld punch, punch a hole at the top of each petal.
  6. Curl the top half of each segment using a bone folder.
  7. Attach some adhesive to the tab and stick to the inside of the petal to the right so that you form a cone shape.  {If you like you can place something inside the strawberry at this point – I added Hershey’s kisses).
  8. Cut a length of ribbon (I used 1/8″ Gold Ribbon) and tie a knot in one end.  Thread this into one of your holes so that the knot sits on the inside of the strawberry.  Lace between opposite holes, drawing each petal in close until you have secured the flower into a strawberry shape.
  9. With your Big Shot, cut the scallop circle shape from the Flower Fair Framelits set.  Using your 1/16″ handheld punch, cut a hole in the middle.  Place this over the ribbon holding your strawberry together.  Because of the different in punch size, this should hold securely without any other adhesive.  Trim the ribbon to leave a ‘stalk’ at the top.

I can’t remember exactly how many strawberries I made to fill my basket but I think it was 12 or more.  They are a wee bit time consuming to make – but look amazing.  And as I found out – had everyone wondering how I made them!

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Thanks to everyone who took the time to speak to me at convention.  It was a very special experience!  Kelly x

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Big Shot

$149.95

 

*** Want to shop online? The hostess code for May is MAB6AJXN.

More specials – how can that be a bad thing?

Stampin’ Up! have added more products to the clearance rack.  Surely, this is not a bad thing???  Unless I just did an order yesterday and I’m trying to rationalise putting in another order!!!  Ahh, the dilemma of a paper addict.

There are packs of DSP for $7.59!!!

Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper

Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper
[130145]

Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper

Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper
[130131]

I Am Me Designer Series Paper

I Am Me Designer Series Paper
[130138]

This And That Epic Day Designer Series Paper

This And That Epic Day Designer Series Paper
[130814]

Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper

Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper
[130144]

 

Embossing Folders starting at just $8.39 {including my all-time punch art fave – “Cloudy Day”}

Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
[127022]
Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die

Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die
[123128]

 

And lots more!!!  Check out the full range here (click on ‘clearance rack’ on the left hand side).

Are you as tempted as I am?  Want to do some sneaky online shopping? The hostess code for May is MAB6AJXN.  Kelly x

Weekly Deals 27th May – 2nd June 2015

 

*** Want to shop online? The hostess code for May is MAB6AJXN.

Stepping It Up – ESAD, JAI263 & FMS187

Hello!!!  It was quiet on the blog front over the weekend because I got to escape!!!  3 wonderful days of a child-free mini-break in the big city with some girlfriends.  That’s right, I left Mr Papercraft and the little misses to their own devices and I ran away.

But, I couldn’t leave them (or the craft table) for too long … so I’m back with a bang – three challenges this week!

1. ESAD Demo Designs set by Rebecca McHaffie – to create a beginner’s/simple card and a ‘stepped up’ version of the same card

2. Just Add Ink are adding all things wedding this week, and …

3. Freshly Made Sketches have provided this sketch:

So, with these as my guidelines, I set to work.

This is the simple card I made using some of the products we’re not going to see after 2nd June including the “Your Perfect Day” photopolymer stamp set, Something Borrowed DSP (sniff!) and Labels Framelits:

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And then I added some elements to ‘step it up’.

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Which got me to thinking… What is it that takes a card from good to great?  And I’ve narrowed it down to 4 main things:

  1. Texture – by adding or enhancing your embellishments, you can add lots of texture to a card that gives it that little something extra.  On this card, I’ve added the bow, embossed the sentiment in gold rather than stamping in a matte colour and added in the patterned DSP.
  2. Layers – adding more layers to a card makes it look more ‘finished’.  Adding a background or mat to a piece of cardstock helps to give your elements more definition.
  3. Dimension – cards with only one layer don’t jump out as much as cards that have increased depth.  Stampin’ Dimensionals are your best friend and on this card I’ve used them to not only raise the ‘congrats’ sentiment but also the main rectangular centrepiece.
  4. Colour – the neutrals of the first card are lovely, but by adding in the gold, the card goes from lovely to special.  Gold is one of my favourite go-to colours for weddings!  I’ve also added in Very Vanilla hearts to complete the ribbon and give the card some balance.

I hope some of the tips above give you some food for thought when designing your next card.  You may also like my 10 tips for getting it right post for more ideas on creating cards to be proud of!  There is such a thing as adding too much to a card, so you want to be sure that everything you add has a purpose.

While on the wedding theme, I wanted to show you a cute little bridal shower gift I made using the stunning Something Borrowed DSP {I’ve said how much I love this DSP before – right?}.

This is made using the soon to be released Gift Bag Punch Board which is so easy to use.  To make up for some of the retiring favourites, you’ll want to add this to your collection!

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I started with DSP that was 11″ (which equals the medium size for the punch board) by 7.5″.  I then followed the punch board instructions which gave me the basic bag design.  I cut the front panel out using my Big Shot & Labels framelits and fitted a piece of window sheet in behind to create a peek-a-boo bag.

So cute!!!  This one has some beautiful Body Shop shower gel & body lotion in it (perfect for the bride’s big day) or you could fill it with chocolates or tissues or lip gloss.  Whatever you thought the bride needed.  This would also be a great gift for a birthday, thank you, baby shower … Just a great gift really.  And so quick to make.

The Gift Bag Punch Board cuts all the flaps you need, scores in the right places and then makes holes in the top for ribbon.  And there are instructions for 3 great widths with heights from 4″ through to 12″.  I’m looking forward to seeing what clever ideas pop up on Pinterest for it in the next couple of months.

If you’d like to see the Gift Bag Punch Board (and lots of other new catalogue products) in action and you live local, please RSVP to my catalogue launch event.  I’d love to see you there!  Kelly x

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Heat Tool

$49.95
Glue Dots

$8.95

 

 

*** Items in green are only available to demonstrators.  They will appear in the 2015-16 annual catalogue which is available from 2nd June 2015.

*** Items in red are retiring or unlikely to be available after 2nd June (while stocks last).

*** Want to shop online? The hostess code for May is MAB6AJXN.

Finding Inspiration – the ‘new’ Olaf

They say you find inspiration in the strangest places.  I do lots of card design in my head.  Having two little people and a crazy, busy life, lots of my thinking time occurs doing mundane tasks – shower, driving, folding washing….  This one came to me doing the dishes, when I saw the Frozen Kleenex box of tissues the girls had nagged me to buy:

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Washing away… and then it struck me – wouldn’t this make a cute card, with the ‘hope your day stacks up to be one good thing on top of another’ sentiment from Sprinkles of Life stamp set (currently available to demos on pre-order, available to stampers everywhere on 2nd June).  So, this is what it looks like in papercraft form:

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I used Shimmery White paper as the base, with Pacific Point ink brayered over the top (my brayering technique needs a bit of work!).  The trees are from the ever faithful “Lovely as a Tree” stamp set and then a punch art Olaf using the Gift Bow Bigz die and almost all my builder punches {have I mentioned how awesome these are for punch art???} – owl, bird, tree, cupcake.

Where does inspiration most often hit you?  Please tell me I’m not the only one dreaming up cards while doing housework!?!  Kelly x

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Brayer

$21.95

 

*** Items in green are only available to demonstrators.  They will appear in the 2015-16 annual catalogue which is available from 2nd June 2015.
*** Want to shop online? The hostess code for May is MAB6AJXN.