More Christmas Treats – Santa Jellybean Dispenser

Do you remember the jellybean dispenser from my September classes made using the Gift Box Punch Board?  You can find the original post here.

Well, they were too cute to keep just for birthdays, so I have combined my love of sweet treats & punch art to bring you a Santa version – just in time for all those Christmas presents you still have to make!  Or is that just me?  Kelly x

Santa Jellybean Dispenser. Made using the Gift Box Punch Board. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Santa punch art:

Head: 1-1/4″ circle Blushing Bride

Eyes: Cupcake Builder (circles) Basic Black (plus white gel pen dots)

Nose: Owl Builder (middle size circle) Blushing Bride

Mustache: Festive Flower Whisper White

Beard: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Whisper White

Hat: 1-1/4″ circle double cut Real Red

Hat Trim: Scallop Oval double cut Whisper White

Hat Tip: Owl Builder (largest circle) Real Red & Tree Builder (flower) Whisper White

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Christmas on Repeat – M&Ms Treat Tubes

Every Christmas I end up making treat tubes because they are just so irresistible!  Who doesn’t love chocolate & cute characters???

They are always popular – just ask Helen from my Tuesday class!

This is my 2015 line-up, starting with a quick punch art reindeer. With the addition of the Tree Builder punch to the range, it’s now even easier to make antlers for your reindeer.

Just cut the middle branch from the tree trunk and you have perfect antlers (or leave the middle branch in for a fuller antler finish!).  Add a legless owl & eyes from the Owl Builder punch, and a sparkly 1/2″ circle nose and your punch art reindeer is done!

Christmas Treat Tubes with M&Ms: Reindeer punch art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Christmas Treat Tubes with M&Ms: Reindeer punch art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

If you’re not a fan of punch art (or want to make lots of these little cuties), the Snow Place stamp set and coordinating Snow Friends framelits make super easy toppers.  I used the penguins with a Christmas hat & candy cane, but the snowman would also look great!

Christmas Treat Tubes with M&Ms: Snow Place & Friends Penguin. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Christmas Treat Tubes with M&Ms: Snow Place & Friends Penguin. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

With Christmas being all about sparkle, I couldn’t resist a glittery version using the soon to be retired Black Glimmer paper…

Christmas Treat Tubes with M&Ms: Snow Place & Friends Sparkly Penguin. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The hardest part about making these is keeping the M&M supply a secret from Mr Papercraft.  Yes, he steals my craft chocolate! Maybe because there’s no calories in craft chocolate???  Kelly x

What you’ll need…

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Building a Beautiful Ballerina

Today I swap my stamps, scissors & glue for tutus, pirouettes & hairspray for a Little Miss dance concert.  There is nothing that puts a smile on my face quicker than seeing 4 year olds at a dancing.  They are so sweet!

With the concert, comes the end of dance lessons for the year. And the time to give a thank you present to a lady who has more patience than me!

When we got the Balloon Builders stamp set at OnStage, Rachael asked me what I saw – other than balloons.

Well Rachael … I see ballerinas!  This style of stamp is perfect for cards with a soft & subtle effect and a watercolour look.

Stampin' Up! Occasions 2016 Sneak Peak: Balloon Builder {Ballerinas}.  Dancing teacher thank you card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercrafjourney.com.

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And of course some pretty ballerina packaging…

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This stamp set is screaming out for more creations.  Stay tuned! Kelly x

 

OnStage Local 2015 – my wonderful day!

 

imageI’m excited to share my day at the Perth OnStage Local event with you – finally!  {It’s been a busy week!}


It was an early start, with registration at 7.30am for a 8.30am kick-off.  I was greeted at the desk by the beautiful Carolyn Bennie who was our OnStage Local Global Events Council rep.  It was a pleasure to meet Carolyn who is every bit as lovely in real life as she is online (maybe even more so – if that’s possible!).

While the event days are about meeting old friends, making new ones and sharing our love of all things paper & stamps, it’s also a chance to get information about new products and catch up on all the latest Stampin’ Up! news.  The OnStage events were perfectly timed for a sneak peak at the upcoming Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogues.  The excitement grew as we waited to be the first to see!!!

My Stampin' friends - Jenny, Rachael, Shannon, me & Nicole.
My Stampin’ friends – Jenny, Rachael, Shannon, me & Nicole.

Our first sneak peak happened as soon as we checked in.  We all got an awesome tote, fabulous water bottle (you can kinda see it in first photo, hiding behind the sign), funky notebook and Stampin’ Up! pens.  I also won a prize straight away – Tag A Bag accessory kit which I will put to good use.

Our bag also contained a {NEW} stamp set from the Occasions catalogue.  Balloon Builders has 15 balloon shapes and 4 sentiments that are perfect for a variety of stamping creations.

The balloons have a stunning watercolour effect…  I’m in love!  I’m not going to spoil all the fun for you, but imagine how amazing a matching punch would be for this set!

OnStage Local 2015 Sneak Peak - Balloon Builders stamp set.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

During the day there were lots of presentations by local demonstrators and Stampin’ Up! staff where they shared product previews with us.  We got to touch & play with the new products and made 4 amazing ‘make & takes’.

This is what mine ended up looking like…

Make & Take 1 – Going Places Suite: Going Places DSP Stack, Going Global stamp set & World Traveler Embossing Folder.

OnStage Local 2015 Sneak Peak - Make & Take 1 Going Places Suite: Going Places DSP Stack, Going Global stamp set & World Traveler Embossing Folder.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Make & Take 2 – Botanical Gardens Suite: Botanical Gardens DSP, Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, Botanical Blooms stamp set plus Enjoy The Little Things stamp set.

OnStage Local 2015 Sneak Peak - Make & Take 2 Botanical Gardens Suite: Botanical Gardens DSP, Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, Botanical Blooms stamp set plus Enjoy The Little Things stamp set.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Make & Take 3 – Love Blossoms Suite: Love Blossoms DSP Stack & Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies.

OnStage Local 2015 Sneak Peak - Make & Take 3 Love Blossoms Suite: Love Blossoms DSP Stack & Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Make & Take 4 – It’s My Party Suite: It’s My Party DSP Stack, Two Tone Baker’s Twine, Party Punch Pack & Party Wishes stamp set.

OnStage Local 2015 Sneak Peak - Make & Take 4 It's My Party Suite: It's My Party DSP Stack, Two Tone Baker's Twine, Party Punch Pack & Party Wishes stamp set.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It’s fair to say we were thoroughly spoilt across the day.  Not only did we get our goodie bags on arrival and 4 great projects to take away, we also got two more all attendee giveaways – Go Wild DSP stack from the current catalogue (one of my favourites!) and an awesome sentiment stamp set called “Enjoy the Little Things”.

And, to make it even more exciting, we all won Prize Patrol.  My group (Pumpkin Pie) got a stamp set that features in the Occasions catalogue called “A Nice Cuppa”.  There are also matching framelits, which I can’t wait to get my hands on!  Being the daughter of tea-drinking English parents, I love myself a cosy, warm cup of tea.

Beaming ear to ear – Shannon & me with our Prize Patrol sets

There was one more surprise for me during the day – I got to do a dash across the stage to celebrate great sales over the last year.  Thank you to all my lovely customers who contributed towards that amazing total!.  As a celebration of my success, Stampin’ Up! are giving me a free stamp set – it’s going to be a hard choice since I love so much of the new catalogue.

Luckily for me I don’t have to wait long to add more products to my collection- demonstrators get to pre-order from the new catalogue from the 3rd December.  Does this sound like a perk you’d like?  I’d love for you to join me on the papercraft journey.  Being a demonstrator really is fabulous!!!  You can read more about it here, or email me if you have any questions.

With hearts full, wishlists long and all of us scheming up ways to find extra stamping money (I’m going to stop feeding my kids).  Good thing Mr Papercraft is such a supportive husband!  Though he could just be feeling guilty about buying a boat.  Kelly x

Awesomely Retired – favourites I won’t part with!

Several times a year Stampin’ Up! retire or discontinue products from their range.  Some of these return as lovely specials on the clearance rack but most are never orderable again.  It always amuses me to see people chasing retired products on buy & sell sites only months after they were freely available.  There are some products that are worth more retired than during their time in the catalogue.  Traditionally, Stampin’ Up! holds its value very well – which {ALWAYS} makes it a good investment!

For the first time, Stampin’ Up! is giving us advance notice of what will be carrying over from the current Holiday catalogue and what will be retiring.  You can see the full list of retiring products here.

My top 6 Holiday catalogue must-haves

(the ones I’ll be sorry to see go): 


Every so often I go through my collection and re-home things that don’t float my boat anymore.  Some products make it through first time around, but then gather dust and get added to the pile later on.

There are always some of my favourites that never make the list.  Sometimes they are sentimental, sometimes I just want to own them! There’s some ‘just in case’ keeping (just in case I want to make a card with that crazy theme) and the stamp sets where I love one particular stamp (but never use the others – we all have that, right?).

Today I’m sharing with you two cards I recently made that are classic examples of why I like to keep my some of my retired Stampin’ Up!…

  1. Punch art! Punches never go out of fashion!!!  This Spiderman punch art card uses quite a few punches that are now retired – punches that I kept, so I was pleased that I didn’thave to try to match alternatives to create the shapes.  You can find Natasha’s punch art tutorial here.  I also miss a larger text alphabet, so have kept the Perfect Print bigz dies.  And you never know when you’ll need a retired spider web embossing folder!

Spiderman Punch Art card (using tutorial by Natasha Hein). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

2. When someone asks you to make a card with very specific parameters.  This one had to be hot pink & bling for an amazing woman.  I love the Making Spirits Bright stamp set from last year’s Holiday catalogue and Painted Petals from the 2015 Occasions catalogue.  I’m holding on to both of those for some time to come!

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So, the moral of today’s stamping story, is that if you think you’ll miss something from the current seasonal catalogue, make sure you order it now!  All products on the retiring list are available until 4th January 2016 or while stocks last.  I’m getting a big pile of black glimmer paper!!!

After this date there’s a whole new catalogue of wonder to fall in love with {and you will!!!}.  Kelly x

The OnStage 2015 Swaps I received…

Part of the fun of swapping samples at Stampin’ Up! events is getting back lots of gorgeous creations.  I made & gave out 40 little Tic Tac boxes and received lots in return … too many to show them all here.  But I wanted to share a few of my favourites from the day.

If you’d like to find out more about the creators of these lovely designs, I have linked to their Stampin’ Up! page (if they have one) under their project below.  Kelly x

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Pat Carr – Lighthearted Leaves Christmas Card.
OnStage 2015 swap made by Yvonne Pree.
Yvonne Pree – Tie Dye Land to Sea Turtle Card
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Lisa Harrison – merry & bright glittery Christmas card
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Fiona Ramage – Sleigh Ride Glimmer Christmas Tag
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Lisa Claridge – Snow Place Christmas table setting
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Denise Buetler – Coffee Bag Pouch
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Tracy Grant – Mini Tic Tac Lego box

 

My OnStage 2015 Swaps – Mini Tic Tac Character Boxes

OnStage Local Swap 2015 - Mini Tic Tac Character Boxes: Christmas Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

On Saturday, I spent the day with some wonderful ladies at the very first round of OnStage local events.  Perth was lucky enough to be one of the first host cities and was the only one to sell out completely.  We love our Stampin’ Up! here in WA!!!  I’ll share more of the OnStage fun with you later in the week, but tonight I wanted to show you what I made as my event ‘swap’.

It’s Stampin’ Up! tradition to make a project in mass quantities that you take to the event and swap with other attendees.  I didn’t take any to the Gold Coast because I was so stretched for time organising samples for my demo board.  So this time around, I wasn’t missing out on all the fun!

The back story to these little beauties starts at the Duty Free section of Bali airport in September.  If you’ve been to Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport since they renovated, you’ll remember the long wind through lots of duty free temptations as you try to find your way to the boarding gate.  In addition to the usual perfume and beverage offerings, they have a huge candy/chocolate section that’s fun to look at.

So, whilst being dazzled by all the bright lights & shiny things, I came across mini Tic Tacs …  MINI TIC TACS!!! Crafters love anything that comes in mini format because they are cute to package.  But mini Tic Tacs – get out!!!  The catch was, they were crazy expensive and as hard as I tried, I couldn’t get Mr Papercraft to see the merits of the minis in the same way I did.  So, we boarded with only some Pez candy toys (as per the request for a Unicorn from one of the little misses!).

But the story doesn’t end in Bali… Imagine my delight when I found mini Tic Tacs at my local Kmart.  So the craft dream was revived.  The next challenge was to actually find a way to package them.  They are quite tiny – which adds to the cute factor, but makes them a bit tricky to do anything with.

A bit of a brainstorm later, and meet the Mini Tic Tac Character Boxes using the Note Tag Punch…

OnStage Local Swap 2015 - Mini Tic Tac Character Boxes: Minion Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It was so much fun to give them out at OnStage local and I got some fabulous swaps in return.  I’ll share some of my favourites this week.  There’s a lot of stamping talent in WA!!!

If you love punch art as much as I do, and you don’t have the full set of Stampin’ Up! builder punches, I’d recommend you add them to your collection.  As you can see by the breakdown below, each character is made using the pieces from our wonderful builder punches.  You can do so much with only a few key punches.  I couldn’t live without my Owl, Cupcake & Tree Builder punches!!!  Kelly x


Mini Tic Tac Character Box Instructions:

{Find the full tutorial with pictures here)

  1. Punch out the Note Tag Punch twice
  2. Score 1/4″ from each of the 3 flat sides
  3. Fold along the score lines and snip the two squares on each tag made by the intersecting score lines
  4. Cut a piece of cardstock to 1″ x 1/2″.  Use this to attach the two tags together with the bottom flaps
  5. Secure the tags around the mini Tic Tac box with a small elastic band (I used a tiny hair elastic).  Tie a piece of Baker’s Twine and remove the elastic.

Decorate your character box…

Punches Body: Note Tag Eyes: Owl Nose: Tree Builder Buttons: Cupcake
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Eyes: Owl
Nose: Tree Builder
Buttons: Cupcake
Punches Body: Note Tag Hat: Festive Flower, Tree Builder Ears: Tree Builder Eyes & Nose: Owl, Cupcake Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem) Shirt: Bow Builder
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Hat: Festive Flower, Tree Builder
Ears: Tree Builder
Eyes & Nose: Owl, Cupcake
Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem)
Shirt: Bow Builder
Punches Body: Note Tag Antlers: Tree Builder Eyes: Owl Nose: 1/2" circle
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Antlers: Tree Builder
Eyes: Owl
Nose: 1/2″ circle
Punches Body: Note Tag Button: Cupcake Belt: Owl, Tree Builder Jacket Bottom: Bow Builder
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Button: Cupcake
Belt: Owl, Tree Builder
Jacket Bottom: Bow Builder
Punches Body: Note Tag Bow: Owl, Cupcake Eye/s: 1/2" circle, Owl, Cupcake Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem) Overalls: Bow Builder
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Bow: Owl, Cupcake
Eye/s: 1/2″ circle, Owl, Cupcake
Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem)
Overalls: Bow Builder
Punches Body: Note Tag Hair: Festive Flower Eye/s: 1/2" circle, Owl, Cupcake Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem) Overalls: Bow Builder
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Hair: Festive Flower
Eye/s: 1/2″ circle, Owl, Cupcake
Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem)
Overalls: Bow Builder

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All that Dazzle – Christmas glitter & storage download

I feel like I’ve crossed over to the sparkly side and now there’s no return.  I’ve been finding myself progressively adding more and more glitter, glimmer & sparkle to my projects.  A bit of dazzling details here, some glimmer paper there and don’t even get me started on the metallic finish in the Winter Wonderland paper!

So, with an increase in the glitter products in my stash, I needed a storage option for all my Dazzling Detail bottles (now that I have the whole set … how did that happen?).  They are the same size as the reinkers, so the half size wide cases are perfect match again!!!

Dazzling Details Storage Solution - free printable insert for a half size wide case. All 4 colours fit perfectly. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftourney.com.

Download the printable insert for Dazzling Details here (correct size for printing = 16.1cm x 8.3cm).

And whilst we are talking about glittery projects, we made this card during Tuesday’s class, with a few sparkly finishing touches…
Lighthearted Leaves - Dazzling Christmas Trees. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Lighthearted Leaves stamp set is firm favourite of mine.  It makes for great Christmas trees, made extra special with a few drops of Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.

I don’t love all the cards I make (most I do, but not all).  This card went off the ‘love scale’ – I love everything about it.  And I think it was the touch of glitter that clinched it.  Let the sparkle affair continue … Kelly x

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Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker

Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker
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Girls Love Dinosaurs Too!

I love the No Bones About It stamp set but haven’t used it nearly as much as I thought I would.  Then it occurred to me – having little girls, I spend a large amount of my time making (and thinking about) girly cards.

So I thought I’d make a totally pink & girly dinosaur card – because girls love dinosaurs too, right?

Girls Love Dinosaurs Too! No Bones About It stamp set - pink & grey theme. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The card design is a variation of the Z-fold where you fold back the card front and then attach a panel to the flap.

Girls Love Dinosaurs Too! No Bones About It stamp set - pink & grey theme. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I forgot to take a picture of it all folded out – whoops!  But this is what it looks like totally flat…

Girls Love Dinosaurs Too! No Bones About It stamp set - pink & grey theme. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I love the pink dinosaur theme – super cute!

The irony of the pink stereotype wasn’t lost on me.  I’m sure there are lots of girls out there that would love a green & blue dinosaur card.  But it’s girly girl pink in our house and we love it.  Kelly x

{PS, wait til I show you what we did at our house last week! It’s all about the pink!!!}

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English Garden Double Z-fold Birthday Card

This card was the second design given to Nanna Papercraft for her birthday last week.

I must have had butterflies on my mind – because it features beautiful butterflies also.

Double Z-Fold Butterfly Birthday card featuring English Garden DSP and Tin of Cards stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Double Z-fold cards are super easy to make:

  • Cut a piece of A4 paper to 5-1/2″ x 11-1/4″
  • Score at 1-7/8″, 3-12″, 7-1/2″ & 9-5/10″
  • Fold the front panels back across the card to create a ‘z’ fold
  • Decorate the front & middle and secure with a belly band if desired.

Double Z-Fold Butterfly Birthday card featuring English Garden DSP and Tin of Cards stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Double Z-Fold Butterfly Birthday card featuring English Garden DSP and Tin of Cards stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Pink, green & white is one of my favourite colour combinations. Although, it’s hard to make a bad card with the English Garden DSP!!! Kelly x

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