Sandy Wishes – happy & sad occasions

I’m kinda still in holiday mode and haven’t really spent much time at the craft table since I’ve been back.

Sadly, friends of ours lost their dog this week, and I wanted to send them a card to let them know we’re thinking of them.

Bob’s favourite place was the beach, so I thought it was fitting to send him off with some sand & waves.

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I couldn’t leave the post with just sad doggie news, so I also wanted to share a card I made a little while ago as a custom request for a wedding.  It also had a beach theme, plus a super cute Kombi!

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Both of these cards embody what I love the most about cardmaking – you can personalise your art to match every occasion.  Happy or sad occasions are the perfect opportunity for a thoughtful card and in my experience, the effort is always appreciated.

I hope you get some time at the craft table this weekend, I know that’s what I have planned!  Kelly x

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Dear Mr Papercraft … You + Me = HAPPY

After a glorious week chasing the sunshine, we’re back on deck. It was a lovely break with warm weather, good food and excellent company.

With batteries recharged and a little spring in my step, it was back to the craft table to make an anniversary card for Mr Papercraft.

Just Add Ink 280 had a glimmer theme this week – perfect!  What’s better to celebrate love than some sparkle & bling!?!

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I took inspiration for the colour scheme from one of this year’s hot Christmas combinations – black, white & GOLD!!! which I think takes the glimmer to a totally awesome masculine level. It also helps to keep things simple.

I used my e-cutter for this creation, but it would also look great using the Little Letters thinlits.

Here’s what Mr Papercraft got this morning filled with glittery sweet nothings.

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Happy Anniversary Mr Papercraft.  You are my biggest supporter, best companion & the best kind of annoying a girl could ever ask for!  Can’t wait for the happy adventures of the next 10 years.  Mrs Papercraft x

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Glimmery Goodness …

 

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Hello Sunshine! JAI279

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Hello sunshine!!!  Mr Papercraft & I request the pleasure of your company while we get away for a short escape.

Thanks to Just Add Ink for this great sketch.

My card:

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This will be my final post for a short period while I take a blogging break and enjoy some warm weather, good food & great company.

If you need some inspiration while I’m away, I suggest you check out some of the blogs I’m loving at the moment (all Aussie designers):

Kelly x

PS, I’ve seen mixed reviews about the new Precision Base Plate.  I used mine for the ‘hello’ thinlit on this card.  I’m super impressed.  The cut is awesome and it makes cutting out these intricate dies a breeze.

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Watercolour by Request – Three Ways

My class on the weekend had a watercolour theme by request.  I love designing classes that suit the stampers in attendance – it gives the project design a little something extra.

Watercolouring is lots of fun and has many different styles. Within the Stampin’ Up! range, you can use Watercolor Paper, Shimmery White cardstock & Whisper White cardstock as your base.  Then your tools of choice are blender pens or aqua painters.  And finally a choice of ink – Staz On, Archival Black/Grey, Craft White (for bokeh). Each combination gives its own result.  Changing one feature can change the project entirely.

Here’s what we made…

AQUA PAINTER COLOURING on WHISPER WHITE

Stamp Set: Best Thoughts (Hostess set from 2015 Annual Catalogue)

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BOKEH TECHNIQUE – AQUA PAINTERS with REINKERS on WATERCOLOR PAPER

Stamp Set: I Think You’re Great (2015 Annual Catalogue)

Colour Combination: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight & Tangelo Twist

Colour Combination: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight & Tangelo Twist

Colour Combination: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron & So Saffron

Colour Combination: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron & So Saffron

BLENDER PENS on SHIMMERY WHITE CARDSTOCK

Stamp Set: Christmas Cuties (featured in the 2015 Holiday Catalogue)

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As a technique, colouring can take a little bit of time to develop your skills.  Some people are drawn towards one method of watercolouring more than others – which is what art & expression is all about.  I always forget to take pictures of what the ladies made during the class, but their end products were so creative and it was a pleasure to watch their cards evolve as they added colour & played with their own style.

Thanks for the inspiration ladies, it’s always so delightful to spend time crafting with you.  Kelly x

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ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

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Hello & welcome to another ESAD blog hop.  This one features 24 awesome designers sharing with you their creations using products from the Holiday Catalogue.  If you’ve just come via Barbara’s blog, then keep travelling until you get back there for lots more inspiration along the way.

The 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue has been in circulation for a couple of weeks now and there’s some great ideas on Pinterest.  Given it’s the ‘holiday’ catalogue, lots of the projects are Christmas, Halloween or Thanksgiving themed.  I’m intending on sharing lots more seasonal craft with you between now & Christmas, but for me, sometimes the ideas that spring out of the pages of the catalogue are a little ‘outside the box’.

This was one of them…


 

When I first saw the Acorn Punch, all I could think of how it would be perfect to make Gumnut Babies.

Snugglepot & Cuddlepie are Australian literary icons that most Aussies will recognise from their childhood.  The author of the Snugglepot & Cuddlepie books, May Gibbs, spent part of her childhood in a town called Harvey which is close to where I live.

So, as much fun as all the Christmas products have been, I wanted to share my super cute gumnut babies with you.

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I’ve also made a picture tutorial in case you want to make your own “bush babies”.  They use a few of our wonderful builder punches.  The builder punches are awesome for punch art because of their versatile shapes.

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If you’ve spent some time flicking through the holiday catalogue, you might also recognise some other new catalogue goodies in my cards … Lighthearted Leaves stamp set (clear catalogue favourite for me!), Into the Woods DSP & 1/8″ Garden Green Striped Ribbon.

There’s so much to fall in love with.  My holiday catalogue wishlist continues to grow as I see how clever people around the world have used their new products.  This blog hop is no exception!!!

Next stop on the inspiration trail is Jenny Hayward & her lovely holiday creations.

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Please leave comments for the designers on your way around – we love to hear from you!

After seeing our work, are you wondering where we all came from?  We are all Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from Australia or New Zealand who spend time on Facebook sharing our love of all things Stampin’ Up!.  Here’s some more info…

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Thanks for visiting us on another ESAD blog hop.  One of the fun parts of creating is sharing the joy with others.  Happy holidays! Kelly x


Full list of ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop Participants:

1. Libby Dyson

2. Paula Reid

3. Keryn Campbell

4. Carly Middleton

5. Rachael Lewsley

6. Narelle Fasulo

7. Emily Campbell

8. Emma Palonek

9. Jo Weedon

10. Rebecca Scurr

11. Andrea Buckland

12. Rochelle Blok

13. Kathryn Ruddick

14. Monique Fielder

15. Bernie Collins

16. Liv Ingle

17. Sally Williams

18. Ria Kaire

19. Delys Cram

20. Jessica Williams

21. Lou Kitzelman

22. Barbara Williams

23. Kelly Kent – YOU ARE HERE!

24.  Jenny Hayward

Beautiful Birthday Wishes from the Flower Patch

This week I had the absolute pleasure of CASEing this gorgeous Flower Patch card from Craftin’ Caly.

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When I was showing Mr Papercraft (because he suffers through seeing most of my work!), I mentioned that I’d copied the design from a card I’d found online.  Clever Mr P remarks “oh, you CASEd it?”.

Next he’ll be stealing my scissors & tape for more than fixing things around the house!  Would that mean double the Stampin’ Up! budget???  Kelly x

Springing into Spring … JAI278

We’ve finally had some spring-like weather today in Bunbury with more forecast for tomorrow.   Then it’s back to showers (just in time for the weekend – perfect crafting weather I say!!!!).

Today’s cards are inspired by the spring weather and Just Add Ink photo inspiration:

I love the colours – the Brights collection has always been my favourite and this colour combination was a great chance to bring them out.

These are my fun spring theme cards using the Garden in Bloom stamp set (which “screams” spring!):

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{STAMPING TIP}

Have you ever wondered how people get images to line up over one another (so one looks in front)?

It’s really simple – stamp your image onto a scrap piece of paper then ‘fussy cut’ around the outside with scissors.  Stamp the image again on your card and then place the scrap outline over the stamped image to create a ‘mask’.  Stamp the next image you want (using the same stamp or a different one) and any ink that overlaps with the first image will go on your scrap piece of paper and not your card front.  I use a little bit of repositional tape on the back of the scrap so it stays in place while I am stamping.


Hopefully you find some time over the next week to make some spring inspired cards (or for my northern hemisphere fans – some autumn creations).  Kelly x

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