CASEing the Catty #89 Christmas

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Hello Sunday!  And hello you!  Thanks for joining me for the Stamp Review Crew Christmas hop.  It seems fitting that for the last Sunday in July, we celebrate Christmas.

Have you started your cards yet?  We’ve been making Christmas cards in my Tuesday class since May!  So they will be super organised.  Me – not so much so!  I’m looking forward to what the Holiday catalogue brings.  All will be revealed to me on Tuesday and to you in September (unless you don’t want to wait, then you’ll want to sign up as a demo in August)!

Did you love Jackie’s Christmas meets wedding inspiration???  What a fabulous take on the catalogue project!  If you missed it, you can hop backwards by clicking on the previous button below.  Or, click on ‘next’ at the end of this post to visit our wonderful guest designer – Tina Gillespe and go in the full circle.

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So, it’s all about Christmas this week – CASEing projects from pages 26-37 of the Annual Catalogue.

I love that there’s a year-round Christmas section in the catalogue and you have options from Jan – Dec.

This Christmas Specialty DSP. Images (C) Stampin' Up!

There was a fair bit of page flicking from me as I decided what direction my CTC project was going to take.

I have ended up making this cute packaging from page 35…

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…into a Christmas card – with 2 versions.

CASEing The Catty Sunday Blog Hop #89 - Christmas. Holly Jolly Greetings & Christmas Greetings Thinlits. Black, Gold & Red Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Which one do you like better?

With the tag & big gold splash…

CASEing The Catty Sunday Blog Hop #89 - Christmas. Holly Jolly Greetings & Christmas Greetings Thinlits. Black, Gold & Red Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Or the parts recreated…???

CASEing The Catty Sunday Blog Hop #89 - Christmas. Holly Jolly Greetings & Christmas Greetings Thinlits. Black, Gold & Red Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m loving both – the gold, & black combination with a pop of red is fabulous!!!

But really, which one do you like?


It’s hard to miss the ‘pop’ of red – but did you notice the height of the ‘merry’?

It’s easy to make lettering stand out on a card by stacking the same die cut on top of each other – this is 6 layers.  Sure beats fiddling around with tiny bits of dimensionals or foam strips!

CASEing The Catty Sunday Blog Hop #89 - Christmas. Holly Jolly Greetings & Christmas Greetings Thinlits. Black, Gold & Red Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This card would be easy to make lots of – just change up the colour combination if you want them to be different.

What are some of your favourite Christmas matches?  I love white, silver & Bermuda Bay.  Or Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake & Cherry Cobbler.  And Elegant Eggplant with silver is another Christmas stunner for me!

We’d love for you to share your favourite colours with us for the July CASEing the Catty challenge.

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Next dose of Christmas inspiration comes from guest designer – the lovely Tina Gillespe.

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Fun fact, there’s less than 150 sleeps til the big day!  If you make one of each of the cards on this hop, you’ll be well on your way to a nice little stash by December!

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Watermarks for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators & Avid Crafters

Watermarks for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators & Avid Crafters. Get yours for free* now! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

There has been a lot of discussion in the Facebook groups I am part of lately about watermarking.

What is watermarking & why is it important???

Watermarking refers to an image that is added to a photo that provides information about the designer or artist.

Watermarks for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators & Avid Crafters. Get yours for free* now! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It usually contains your name (or design name/company) and a way to contact you – like your blog, shop, Facebook or email address.

For crafters that exclusively use Stampin’ Up! products, you can also add Stampin’ Up! copyright information.

Watermarks on photos are important for a number of reasons, but my top 3 are:

  1. It identifies you as the designer and helps to protect your intellectual property
  2. It allows people to track you down – particularly important if you want to gain customers or followers
  3. It add professionalism to projects shared online.

Now that the internet is the #1 way that crafters search for inspiration and products they’d like to buy, adding additional information to your photos just makes sense.

If you are sharing your creations online (ie, Facebook groups/pages, Pinterest, Stampin’ Connection) – whether you are a demonstrator or not, you should add a watermark to your photos uploading them.

How do I add a watermark to my photo???

Watermarks can be added using programs such as photoshop, websites such as picmonkey.com or apps such as iWatermark.

It can be time consuming to type out your details for your watermark every time you want to add it to a photo.

So, many people have a transparent graphic with all their information that they add to a photo. If you are computer savvy – you can make this yourself.

If you are not, then you might prefer to get one made just for you.

Visit my etsy store to place an order.  My watermarks can be customised to suit your needs and come with instructions on how to use.

They are just $6 (AU, less than $5 US) and I have 18 different designs for you to choose from.

Click on the graphic below to take you to my online store.

Watermark Tips

  • Make it a habit to watermark any photo you are sharing online
  • Overlap the edge of your watermark with the main focus of your photo (ie, the card you are showcasing) so that it can’t be easily cropped out of the photo (yes, sad, but people do this!) but try not to cover what you are showing (afterall, this is the point of sharing your photo)
  • Be respectful of other people’s watermarks.  If they have taken the time to include one, then they want you to see it!

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Congrats All Round!

When I was selected for the CASEing the Catty design crew I was so excited!

It’s been such a wonderful experience so far – and has opened up a whole new pocket of creativity and inspiration for me.  I had never really used the catalogue for anything other than a reference book for all my favourite products.  Now, I look at all those gorgeous pictures in a totally new light!

What a lovely surprise it was to collect my mail this afternoon and open a gorgeous card from Elizabeth Gross, welcoming me onto the team.

Congrats card - made for Kelly Kent @mypapercraftjourney.com by Elizabeth Gross - lilylovespaper.blogspot.com.au.


We must have been on the same wavelength, because last week I made some congrats cards.  2 of them went over east for the other 2 new designers who joined at the same time as me – Krissy Buck and Deb Speijers.

Congrats card - Sunshine Wishes thinlits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Congrats card - Sunshine Wishes thinlits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I made another one, just for fun – because I am totally in love with those thinlits!!!  And the Blooms & Bliss DSP has to be one of my new catty DSP favourites – the colours are divine!

Congrats card - Sunshine Wishes thinlits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


While I was sending off cards, I also wanted to send one to another CTC crew member – Rachel Palmieri who has been a long time supporter of me & mypapercraftjourney.  I remember her coming up to me at the convention event on the Gold Coast last year and saying “Hi, I’m Rachel, you don’t know me, but I read your blog and love your cards”.  I was so overwhelmed – that someone other than my Mum was reading my blog!!!

In keeping with the theme of my congrats cards, I used assorted letters & letter pieces from the Sunshine Wishes thinlits to create a ‘thanks’ for the front of my card.

Using Sunshine Wishes Thinlits letters to make 'thanks'.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It’s always so much fun to create something a little different!

Thank you card - Sunshine Wishes thinlits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I’m looking forward to catching up with some ‘old’ stamping friends at the event in November, seeing some in real life and making new ones!

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Half Spinner Card – Soccer theme

I made this card for a soccer-loving teenager.

You are never too old for cards that spin!

Soccer Spinner Card for teenager with tutorial for half spinner. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I didn’t want the whole circle that the framelit in the Sliding Star Framelits gives, so I just cut to the half way point.

And I thought it would be a good mini-tutorial to share with you.

This works for any framelit where you only want to cut part of it.

Soccer Spinner Card for teenager with tutorial for half spinner. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The simple science is that you put the edge of the top plate at the point that you want it to stop cutting.  And then roll through as usual.

Tutorial for cutting a half spinner. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Big Shot cuts what is under the 2 plates and leaves the other part of the framelit uncut.

To finish it off, I snipped the edge of the semi-circle it created and made my spinner card as usual (with a soccer ball from the Silhouette Design store).

 

Soccer Spinner Card for teenager with tutorial for half spinner. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Too easy!  You can now add another spinner ‘shape’ to your reportoire.

This tutorial also work for other shapes such as circles, butterflies & labels to create partial cuts on your cards & projects.

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Cards That Keep Giving – DIY Colouring Cards

How would you feel about giving a card to someone that needs finishing???

Sounds crazy, but these black & white creations complete with pencils make an awesome card & gift all in one!

I’ve made this type of card before and as I prepare for a market next month, I am revisiting some ideas that I think will be fun for people to browse through (and buy!).

The fairy was my first inspiration…

DIY Colouring Cards - Fairy Celebration. Black & white images with pencils attached. Fun for kids & adults! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And then I added the Barnyard Babies to the range…

DIY Colouring Cards - Barnyard Babies. Black & white images with pencils attached. Fun for kids & adults! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And decided that kids shouldn’t have all the fun, so I made this Garden in Bloom bouquet…

DIY Colouring Cards - Garden in Bloom Bouquet. Black & white images with pencils attached. Fun for kids & adults! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This style of card will work for any stamped images that have solid outlines and lend themselves to colouring!

And if you hate colouring – then this is inspired, because the recipient is going to do it for you!!!

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PS, I added one more card to the range today – it tickles my sense of humour … but that might just be me!

DIY Colouring Cards - Snow Place Christmas. Black & white images with pencils attached. Fun for kids & adults! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


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Stamp Review Crew – Thoughtful Branches

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Welcome to a {BONUS} Stamp Review Crew hop!

Every one is so excited about the limited edition Thoughtful Branches bundle, that we added in a hop just to share it with you!

Thoughtful Branches will be available throughout August (or until stocks last).  It comes with gorgeous coordinating framelits.  You can buy the stamp, the framelits or the whole bundle!

 

How amazing has the hop been so far???  I just loved Holly’s projects – she’s so talented!

Next stop is Debra Burgin – make sure to click on the ‘next’ button at the bottom of this post to see the beauty she’s created.

Have you got the cuppa & biscuit (cookie for all of you in the US!) ready for all the inspiration waiting for you as you continue the hop??

I know you’re going to love what you see and find it hard to resist this bundle!!!

If you’ve got it on your wishlist, I’d recommend contacting your demonstrator sooner, rather than later!  It’s a limited edition and may sell out!


There’s so many possibilities for the Thoughtful Branches stamp set, it was actually tricky to decide what type of card to make. And which of the stamps to focus on.

My favourites are actually the sentiments – I love that font!!!

But since I showed them off last week, I’ve gone with the large tree, leaf and bird to make this Freestanding Pop Up Card.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

My attention was drawn to this style of card a couple of weeks ago when my friend Lou Kitzleman made a couple of different variations.  I ‘bookmarked’ it for the perfect occasion – which is this!

Thanks to Lou for her inspiration & wonderful tutorial – find it here on her blog.


Here’s the card in more detail.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The card stands up via the fold at the bottom and you pull up the feature through the slit in the middle.   In my card, the feature is the tree, but it can also be a tag or jar or anything in a rectangular-esque shape).

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

One of the clever elements of the card is that it folds flat for posting (isn’t that the best kind of card???).

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Because of the custom size, it was a great chance to make a matching envelope using my Envelope Punch Board (finished size 4″ x 4-1/2″), which I lined with the pretty flowers from the Subtles DSP Stack.

The tree leaves/flowers were stamped multiple times on watercolour paper to give it that mottled ‘natural’ effect.  The first layer was Blushing Bride, then Flirty Flamingo (stamped off to reduce the colour intensity), then Crumb Cake, then Blushing Bride again.  And then I washed over the whole image with my Aqua Painter and Blushing Bride ink.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The leaves were stamped in a similar way to create a depth of colour.  Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive (stamped off), Crumb Cake & Pear Pizzazz.  Then a wash with Pear Pizzazz.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


This card style really is perfect for the tree to give it the full 3D effect!  And it really wasn’t too difficult to make – with Lou’s great instructions!

Next up on the hop is Deb – prepare to fall in love with this bundle just a little more with each blog!!!

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Thanks for visiting & be sure to leave us some comments if you love what you see!!!  We sure love hearing from you!

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CASEing the Catty #88 Everyday Occasions

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Good evening! Thanks for joining me for another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  I’m still super excited to be a part of the fun and hope you’re enjoying the regular inspiration trips we’re going on each week.

For me, it’s a great way to see products I own in a different light and get ideas for card layouts.  Plus, as I travel around the hop, I love soaking up the tips and tricks from seasoned demonstrators that help me to get the most out of my stamping supplies.


Images (c) Stampin' Up! 2016

Today were revisiting the Everyday Occasions section of the catalogue – because there’s so much choice!

Last hop I CASEd the sweet & starry card from page 91.

This time, it’s the foxy box on the previous page (pg 90).  How cute is it???

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I decided to transform this box into a baby card.

CTC #88 Everyday Occasions. A Little Foxy DSP & Teeny Tiny Sentiments. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

At first I thought the fox was stamped but when I realised the proportions were way out I went hunting through the paper stack and found the little fox just needed some fussy cutting!  I am totally in love with the “A Little Foxy DSP”.

And he came in three colours – which inspired a trio of baby cards.

For a new little man…

CTC #88 Everyday Occasions. A Little Foxy DSP & Teeny Tiny Sentiments. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And a neutral baby favourite – yellow & gray…

CTC #88 Everyday Occasions. A Little Foxy DSP & Teeny Tiny Sentiments. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Here are all three colour combinations side by side – click on the photo to make it bigger.

CTC #88 Everyday Occasions. A Little Foxy DSP & Teeny Tiny Sentiments. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Changing the colours of a catalogue inspired card (or Pinterest found card) is a great way to add your own spin on the original design.


Don’t forget that if you’d like to join us in CASEing something from the catty (it really is as easy as it looks), then please do so!  Click on the link below to add your project!

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Next stop on today’s hop is Deb Speijers, who has a great card to share.

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Make sure to keep hopping – you won’t want to miss any of this fabulous inspiration!

If you get lost at any point along the way, head back to the main page for a full list of participants.

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