CASEing the Catty #99 Holiday Tags

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Hello Sunday!

And thanks for joining me on another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  You may have come via Rachel‘s beautiful project, or you might just be starting here.

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Either way, there’s lots to see – hop on through the full list to see ideas that were inspired by the tag samples in the Holiday catalogue!  If you get lost, click on the banner above to go to the main list.

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So many of us CASEd the awesome tags above during the Candy Cane Lane hop – I can’t wait to see if there’s another take on this idea.


Today I’ve flicked a little further through the catalogue, but stuck with a favourite I’ve been showing you lots of – Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits.

My CASEd tags are inspired by the tags on page 25, particularly the one on the right…

Images © Stampin' Up!

I just can’t get enough of that reindeer!

Today I’ve industrialised him, neutralised the colours and stripped the design down to basics.

CASEing the Catty #99 - Holiday Tags. Santa's Reindeer. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

One tag is never enough, so I’ve added some friends and made a herd!

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And then packaged them up using another of my catalogue favourites – Tin of Tags (perfect for a post all about tags!).

CASEing the Catty #99 - Holiday Tags. Santa's Reindeer. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

These little babies are off to market.  Quick & easy to make but striking in their finish.

Hopefully there’s other Christmas modernists who love Christmas projects that go against the traditional green & red!!!


While I was making these tags, there were a couple of tips & tricks I thought “that would be good to share”.

So, here they are!

Framelits are easiest to use with the magnetic platform – it’s a Big Shot essential!  But, the little framelits tend to ping around.

My tips –

  • Let the framelit find it’s natural position and move your cardstock to suit
  • Don’t try to use both sections of the wreath framelit at the same time – they will interfere with each other and move around.  Do the outside first and then the middle.
  • Experiment with cutting the middle of the wreath off centre – especially when hanging it around the reindeer’s neck (this won’t work if you are stamping it first!)

Foil Sheets are a beautiful addition to every project (or at least it seems that way on my table at the moment!) but they are easily ruined by the impressions left by your top Big Shot plate.

My tips –

  • In your set of 2 plates, try to keep one plate as your bottom plate that gets lots of cuts on it, and one plate ‘clean’ with no cuts (though it will get some imprints from your thinlits & framelits)
  • Cut the foil sheet down to the size of your project to avoid marking foil sheet that you may use for another project
  • Overlay copy paper on top of your foil & framelit (before adding the top plate) to minimise the marks on your top plate transferring to your delicate foil (see below)

Protecting Your Foil Sheets in the Big Shot with Copy Paper. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


And that’s all done for today – a set of tags and a set of tips!

Next up on the hop is Julia Quinn & her fabulous creativity.

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If you’re feeling inspired by the beautiful tags in the Holiday Catalogue, please join us for the monthly challenege.

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Big Shot

$159.00

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Large Letters – Using Vellum to line them up!

Hello!  One of the products I was most excited about in the new catalogue was the Large Letters framelits & coordinating stamp set.  They are bold and impressive!

They are also a big ticket item, which makes a dent in anyone’s craft budget.

So, what are the best ways to purchase this set?

Here’s 5 quick ideas on how to get the Large Letters bundle to you with a discount…
{note all dollar values are in Australian currencies}

  1. Buy as a bundle – saving yourself 10% (over $25)
  2. Add another item (or 2) to your order, bumping yourself up to $250 and receive $25+ in rewards
  3. Hold a workshop with your family & friends, share your love of Stampin’ Up! and if the sales from your workshop are over $750, you’ll have the opportunity to buy this bundle at half price! (saving you over $115)
  4. Buy the items separately during July & earn bonus $$$. Purchase the framelits during July for $172 and then use your $9 redemption in August to purchase the stamp set for $76.  You won’t save as much, but you will be able to spread the cost out!
  5. Join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator for $169 and choose the Large Letters bundle as your kit content (saving you 18%) plus all your future purchases during your time as a demo will be at a minimum of 20% off retail!

As well as my savvy savings tips, I wanted to share with you how I (more or less) line up the framelits to use on a card front.

This is the card I made using the Serene Scenery DSP and Large Letters framelits.

Large Letters Framelits - how to line them up using vellum (plus 5 bonus tips on how to save money when buying the bundle!). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And this is how I did it…

  1. Using your grid paper, line up the framelits onto a piece of vellum that is about the same size as your project.

Large Letters Framelits - how to line them up using vellum (plus 5 bonus tips on how to save money when buying the bundle!). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

2. Stick these in place with post-it notes or repositionable tape (you’ll need to be super careful about this – you can see my ‘R’ slipped as I ran it through the Big Shot).

3. Run through your Big Shot to make your template.

4. Lay your vellum over your cardstock & line the letters up again – into the gaps you created as part of your template -and roll through.  Depending on how sensitive your magnetic plate is, you may like to use post-its or tape again to hold the letters in place.

Large Letters Framelits - how to line them up using vellum (plus 5 bonus tips on how to save money when buying the bundle!). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

5. Stick your cardstock to your card front & add in any of the little pieces needed to complete the letters (ie, the middles of the R & O)


Voila!  Your card is finished!  If you cut a template for a card you think you’ll use again, keep it somewhere safe and then next time you want to make a card, you can start from step 4.

This type of template is also perfect for lining up cut letters.

Large Letters Framelits - how to line them up using vellum (plus 5 bonus tips on how to save money when buying the bundle!). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Using templates are one of my trade secrets on how to get a better finish on your cards.  And now you’re in on the secret too!

If you live in Australia and I can help you buy a Large Letters bundle using any of the 5 tips above, or you need some vellum to make templates, please get in touch with me or shop in my online store.

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Grid Paper

$19.25

Colour options for Lotus Blossom Stamping

The Lotus Blossom 2015 Sale-A-Bration Photopolymer Stamp Set involves 3 layers of stamping.  Each stamp is numbered to help with the layering.  Every stamper will find their own way to line the stamps up, but I have found that making the top points of the lotus blossom meet is the most accurate way for m.  I also find it easiest to start with ‘2’ (the petals), then ‘3 (the solid flower)’, then ‘1’ (the petal details).  Stampin’ Up! recommends 1-2-3 and I’ve seen other demonstrators recommending 3-2-1 – it’s really up to you!

Because the stamp is layered, you have so many options for colour combinations.  See below for a chart with instructions on one, two & three tone stamping (click on the photo to see a larger version).

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One tone: Blackberry Bliss

Two tone: Perfect Plum & Blackberry Bliss

Three tone: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum & Blackberry Bliss


Here are some other suggestions for colour combinations:

Two tone

(first colour is stamps 2 & 3, second colour is stamp 1):

  • Blue: Coastal Cabana & Bermuda Bay; Tempting Turquoise & Pacific Point
  • Yellow: Daffodil Delight & Crushed Curry; So Saffron & Hello Honey
  • Pink: Melon Mambo & Rose Red
  • Coral: Crisp Cantaloupe & Calypso Coral; Blushing Bride & Crisp Cantaloupe
  • Red: Real Red & Cherry Cobbler
  • Purple: Perfect Plum & Blackberry Bliss; Wisteria Wonder & Elegant Eggplant
  • Orange: Pumpkin Pie & Tangelo Twist

Three tone

(first colour is stamp 3, second colour is stamp 2, third colour is stamp 1)

  • Blue: Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Island Indigo
  • Yellow: So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Hello Honey
  • Pink: Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, Rose Red
  • Coral: Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral
  • Red: Real Red, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler
  • Purple: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Blackberry Bliss
  • Orange: Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Tangelo Twist

Don’t forget about contrasting two-tone colour combinations also:

  • Daffodil Delight & Melon Mambo
  • Daffodil Delight & Blackberry Bliss
  • Strawberry Slush & Lost Lagoon
  • Hello Honey & Tangelo Twist
  • Soft Sky & Wisteria Wonder

Have fun with it!  There’s no such thing as a mistake in stamping, just a new plan!  Kelly x

*** Don’t forget that it’s Sale-A-Bration until 31st March – earn a free SAB gift for every $90 you spend.  Order online during January 2015 using the TF7WJGE3 to receive another free gift from me! ***

A Purrrfect Birthday Among all the Christmas Cheer!

There has been lots of Christmas going on around here, but in among that, we’re still celebrating quite a few birthdays.

This purrrrfect set was designed to match the birthday invite and party theme.  I copied the invite style for the card and pussy cat on the invite for the Curvy Keepsake Box.

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The card was another creation helped by my Cameo.  I used whatfontis.com to match the font on the invite (which turned out to be Cheri), downloaded it for free at dafont.com and used my Cameo to cut out the Happy 4th Birthday message.  The overall cards style coordinates with the invite.  I always wonder if people notice these details.  Either way, I have fun making it all match!

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The pussy cat Curvy Keepsake Box was modelled on the pussy cat on the invite.  Do you remember the post about using the Gift Box Punch Board to make smiling mouths for punch art?  Well, it also works well for a pussy cat mouth!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed a few tricks & tips today and a break from all the Christmas.  Only a few more sleeps to go x  Kelly

Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Gift Box Punch Board

Bigz: Top Note

Thinlit: Curvy Keepsake Box

Punches: Confetti Stars, Owl Builder, Cupcake Builder, Bird Builder, Itty Bitty Accents

DSP: Sweet Taffy, Brights Collection

Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Perfect Plum, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green (retired)

Adhesive: 2-way Glue Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals

ESAD Blog Hop – 2014-15 Catalogue “Seeing Stars”

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It’s here!  The Stampin’ Up! 2014-15 Annual Catalogue started on 1st July – woo hoo!  Another success for Stampin’ Up! – 249 pages of glorious products to buy & projects to try.  I’ve signed up for another Blog Hop coordinated by the lovely ladies at ESAD.  This will give you 24 blogs to ‘hop’ your way through and see lots of new catalogue ideas!  If your hopping has already started, then you’ve come from Libby’s blog.  Next, you’ll be off to Amity’s blog (you can find the full list of bloggers at the bottom of this post).

 

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.

 

SEEING STARS: I’ve chosen a theme of ‘stars’ to share with you today.   There are quite a few stars within the Stampin’ Up! range.  Here’s a visual comparison of the different stars you can punch/die cut (including some retired ones for comparison in case you still have these in your collection):

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I think stars make for lovely male / neutral cards (and great female cards, kids cards, baby cards … suitable for all occasions in fact!).  My first star card is all about layers.   I loved the layered effect you can get when using Stampin’ Up!’s coordinating range.  Start by sponging ink through the new (and fabulous) Star Decorative Mask (133777) to create a background of cascading stars.  Add a couple of Stars Framelits (133723) with a stamped layer to add texture and a happy birthday message across the bottom.  The final result is a simple but stunning neutral card ready for that special someone.

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I then used the ‘negative’ created by the large Mossy Meadow start to create a 4″ square note card.  I added Mossy Meadow chevron DSP (from the In-Colour Paper Stack) and more stars to the middle.  By perfect coordination, the stamp I’ve used from Be the Star set matches with the smallest Stars Framelit & the star from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  5 of these note cards together would make a great gift!

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Supply List:

  • Big Shot (113493) & Magnetic Platform (130658)
  • Framelits: Stars (133723), Bitty Banners (129267)
  • Decorative Mask – Hearts & Stars (133777)
  • Itty Bitty Punch Pack (133787), Banner Punch (133519)
  • Cardstock: Mossy Meadow (133683), Whisper White (106549), Basic Black (121688)
  • Ink: Mossy Meadow (133645)
  • Stamp Sets: Be The Star (135734/135731), And Many More (134276/134273)
  • DSP: 2014-16 In Colour Paper Stack (133705)
  • Accessories: Sponge Daubers (133773)

Thanks for visiting me and my stars.  If you love stars as much as I do, then you’ll love some of the products that are making an appearance in the holiday catalogue – starting 28th August 2014.  Any guesses???

Please continue on your blog hop journey to Amity’s blog, where you’ll find more inspiring samples using products from the 2014-15 Annual Catalogue.  And if you’ve got time, leave a comment or two for the participants 🙂  Kelly x

 

Full list of Blog Hop Participants

1.   Emily Campbell

2.   Kelli Gordon

3.   Sharlene Meyer

4.   Delys Cram

5.   Keryn Campbell

6.   Monique Fielder

7.   Kathryn Ruddick

8.   Narelle Hoggard

9.   Ann Gerlach

10.   Libby Dyson

 11.  Kelly Kent – you are here!

12.  Amity Knight

13.  Christie Kunkel 

14.  Louise Layton

15.  Andrea Buckland

16.  Yvonne Walker

17.  Sally Williams

 18.  Debbie Lamb

19.  Nerida Carter

20.  Richelle Fletcher

21.  Norelle Targato

22. Rochelle Blok

23.  Clare Mcilhatton

24.  Tracy Speight

 

Unconvention 2014 – The last hurrah – Erin’s Sketch Challenge

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We’re finally at the last Unconvention challenge!  What a lovely group of ladies who created great challenges to keep us all busy during Unconvention weekend.  The final challenge was Erin’s sketch challenge.  I’ve never made a card similar to this, so I was excited to try the three panels in the background.  I used one continuous piece of DSP for the background, cut into three segments.  I love the continuity of seeing the pattern across the three panels.  The finished product was bold & bright – a grand finale!

Did you notice my sentiment strip in the middle has a border that matches the framelit?  It’s quite easy to do, here’s how:

  • Create a border for your framelits by cutting & embossing at the same time.  Make the following Big Shot ‘sandwich’ – Magnetic Platform, Cutting Plate, cardstock for smaller piece (I used Very Vanilla), Framelit (with smooth edge on top), cardstock for bigger piece (I used Basic Grey), Cutting Plate.  Run this through the Big Shot.  Your ‘smaller piece’ will have cut and your bigger piece will be embossed.  Using scissors, cut around the imprint left by the framelit.  This will give your smaller piece a border.  Note: this works better for some framelits than others and the finished product is somewhat reliant on your fussy cutting skills.  Framelits with lots of edging detail may be more difficult to cut neatly.

My other tip (not a new one) for creating a card with a knock-out colour palette – use the colours in the Designer Series Paper (DSP) as the starting point for your colour choices!  This way it all coordinates and the colours have been balanced by a design team.  Colours for each of the current DSPs can be found in the catalogue (pages 150 – 154).

Unconvention taught me so much, allowed me to try quite a few new things and pushed me to create differently to my usual card projects.  Thanks ladies – see you next year [unless a miracle happens and I get to the Gold Coast for Convention!].  Kelly x

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Supplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Apothecary Accents

Thinlits: Circle Card (star)

Punches: Cupcake Builder

DSP: Birthday Basics

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Raspberry Ripple, Basic Grey, Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Island Indigo

Ink: Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit

Stampin’ Write Marker: Island Indigo

Stamp Sets: Sassy Salutations, Simply Stars

Extras: Paper Snips

 

Vivid Vases – It’s a Whole Lot of Wonderful

I have noticed a trend in my Stampin’ Up! purchases.  The ones I ponder over the most – add to an order, remove from an order, add again and finally purchase … are the ones I end up falling the most in love with.  It happened with the Hardwood Background Stamp [can you believe I almost didn’t buy it!!!] and now it’s happened with the Vivid Vases single stamp from the Occasions catalogue.  I made a few of this particular very simple, but very stunning card to give to people who I wanted to thank.  One got sent Grandma’s way to say thank you for making my girls some great winter tracksuits, one got sent to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Support to say thanks for all the hard work they do and I’ve kept some for a rainy day.  It’s always lovely to get a ‘just because’ type card in the mail and I think the phrase on Vivid Vases could apply to a range of situations and recipients.  The quality of the Stampin’ Write Markers makes colouring a breeze, though I have seen some great cards on Pinterest that have DSP vases.

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To line the stamp set up evenly I used a few of my “tricks”.  Do you own a Stamp-a-ma-jig (SAMJ)?  These are one of the greatest products in the SU! range.  It allows you to position your stamp exactly where you want it every time.  Now, for a stamp set like Vivid Vases, that only comes in wood, the positioning is going to be the same on the SAMJ sheet every time.  So my first trick is to create a permanent SAMJ sheet that you can keep with the stamp set.  Cut a piece of Window Sheet to the same size as the wood block of the Vivid Vases stamp.  Put aside the sheet that comes with the SAMJ and line your newly cut window sheet piece with the SAMJ handle.  Stamp the Vivid Vase image onto the window sheet using Jet Black Staz On Ink.  Now, when you want to use the stamp with your SAMJ, you don’t have to stamp it first, you can just line up your window sheet & handle, remove the sheet and stamp perfectly.

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My next tip is how to get the sentiment parallel to the bottom of your card.  I use this trick all the time to line up my stamping when the edge isn’t close to my stamp.  Cut a piece of scrap cardstock that is the same width as the gap you want between the bottom of your card and the stamped image.  For example, if you’d like it 1″ from the bottom, then cut a piece of cardstock that is 1″ wide.  Place a small amount of 2-way glue onto the back of this piece and allow to dry until it is tacky.  Place this cardstock guide strip along the bottom of the card.  Using the SAMJ, line up the bottom of the stamp with the top of the guide.  This will make it straight and perfect every time, without having to judge by eyesight alone.  Once you’ve stamped your Vivid Vases image, remove the cardstock strip.  It should gently ease away from the card base, as the 2-way glue become repositionable when allowed to dry before adhering.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my two tips for getting it straight.  Try them yourself and let me know how it goes!  I love hearing from you.  Kelly x