The Demonstrator Happy Dance, Pink Glimmer & Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Die…

There’s a collective happy dance doing the rounds today among Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  Today is the beginning of pre-order for the upcoming Occasions catalogue.

And, the added bonus is that all qualifying demonstrator orders during December earn Sale-A-Bration rewards.  That means that demonstrators can earn free products for 4 months of the year!!!

You have probably already seen the new range infiltrating your Pinterest and Google searches.  Well, as those big brown boxes of pre-order goodness start arriving, you can expect to be dazzled by more.

Two of my favourites are the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies… they are instant {wow} and so lovely!

Occasions Catalogue 2016 Sneak Peak - Love Blossoms suite: Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper & Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies. I am in {LOVE}! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Love Blossom suite is perfect romance.  I am in {LOVE}!

Check out this engagement card I put together yesterday…

Occasions Catalogue 2016 Sneak Peak - Love Blossoms suite: Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies & Love Blossoms DSP paper stack. I am in {LOVE}! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

With a custom message inside – I think the little touch of glimmer just sets it all off.

Custom Engagement Card: Sweetheart Punch, Back to Basics Alphabet stamp set, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper & Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Can’t wait to share more sneak peaks with you as we travel the pathways to a new catalogue.

But, don’t forget that the current Holiday Catalogue is still in action and will be until 5th Jan 2016 or until products are sold out.  If there’s anything you’ve been considering, get in touch with me to place an order – or do it yourself online.

If you’d like to join me in the demonstrator pre-order happy dance (get products early, earn free products for 4 months of the year, save money on your favourite supplies), you can find more info about joining my Stampin’ Up! team here.  Your $169 starter kit is fully customisable and can include pre-order products.  Happy dance …. happy, happy, happy!  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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Choose Love!

My Facebook feed this weekend has been taken over by the amazing news that the US supreme court has ruled in favour of same-sex marrige in all 50 states in America.  A decision I think that has been a long time coming.  If only the Australian government could show the same maturity and stop the discrimination cycle in Australia!  #chooselove.

So, with this theme in mind, my card for today is a celebration of love that involves everyone – no matter of your gender, race, religion or beliefs.

It uses the Just Add Ink 268 sketch:

Stampin’ Up! head office has also issued a creative challenge – create a project using at least two of the four punches listed below:

Pansy Punch

$28.00

Now we know I {LOVE} my punches… and what’s more perfect for heart punches than a #chooselove theme?

imageBest wishes to all the couples in America who will be saying “I do” over the next year.  Looking forward to the day when all Australians can do the same!  [rant over!]. Kelly x

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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
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$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).

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Tree Builder Punch – be prepared to get more than you bargained for!

I know you’re going to love the tree builder punch, so I don’t have to “sell” it to you … but wait until you see it’s full potential and you won’t be able to resist adding it to your very first order!

Not only does it make the obvious tree that it’s name suggests – like my life cycle of the apple tree screen card…

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But you can use the pieces to make such a variety of cards/themes.  Especially when you add in the Sprinkles of Life stamp set…

Silver clouds
Silver clouds
Cupcake delight
Cupcake delight
Love birds
Love birds

The new catalogue starts soon (2nd June!), so not long until you can order these beautiful products.

There’s one more mailing selector run, so let me know if you’d like a copy sent direct to you.  Kelly x

Floating Hearts – JAI259 & FMS182

Friends of mine celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary on the weekend.  This is the card I made for them using the Just Add Ink (sequins!) & Freshly Made Sketches as my inspiration.

Nothing says love like hearts!  How cute are the heart sequins making the hot air balloon string!?!

Did I mention that the retirement list comes out tomorrow!  One thing I know for sure is that all Crisp Cantaloupe items will be on there – cardstock, ink, ribbon, DSP, sequins…  The 2013-2015 In Colors are retiring and making way for 5 NEW colours!

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Anyways, see you tomorrow for the full list.  In the meantime, Happy Anniversary to Ciara & Jason!  Kelly x

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Big Shot

$149.95

 

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Whimsy Wedding – Cake Topper Bunting

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It’s the middle of the wedding season and I was asked by my cousin, who is a cake designer in Bunbury, to create some wedding themed bunting for a wedding expo she was going to.

I made three different options for her to show her customers and reminded her that since everything I make is made from scratch, it is fully customiable!

That’s the wonderful thing about handmade – it’s created just for you.  Have a name with unusual spelling – no problems, want a specific saying – easy done, need it match your colour theme – totally possible!


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Simple & elegant “Mr & Mrs” banner using the Pennant Builder Punch, Skinny Mini Alphabet & heart punch from Itty Bitty Accents.


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Classic love birds with a kissing heart!  Made using the Bird Builder Punch, Your Perfect Day Stamp Set & heart from the Owl Builder Punch.


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And the final one is my favourite – “Just Married” using the Tree punch, Little Letters Thinlits, and Linen Thread.  The ‘scrunchy’ flowers were made using the brown paper SU! use for packing orders, coloured with Bermuda Bay ink and cut with the 1-1/4″ scallop circle punch.

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Weddings are special occasions and it’s a nice touch to be able to make something special just for the big event!  Kelly x

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Bow Builder Punch for all Occasions & Sale-A-Brations

I love punches!  I have most of the SU! range and use them in almost every card I make – one way or another.

One of the newest additions to the family is from the Occasions catalogue – the Bow Builder Punch, which has three pieces used to make bows (as well as other things).

bow builder punchThe ESAD blog hop had some great inspiration for using the Bow Builder Punch – have a look at Libby & Nerida‘s blogs for great bow ideas.  And be sure to visit Clare’s blog for some truly amazing punch art using the Bow Builder punch.

Here is what I’ve been ‘building’ using my punch and some catalogue favourites:

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Showcasing some of my Sale-A-Bration favourites – Best Year Ever DSP, Best Year Ever Ribbon & Big Day Stamp Set with Calypso Coral Blendabilities.  All on the list of ~ FREE ~ products you can choose with every $90 spent until 31st March 2015.


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Lots of bows in this one to make a ‘bow blossom’ from Painted Blooms DSP, Spring Flowers TIEF and In-Colour Satin Ribbon (Hello Honey & Blackberry Bliss) mounted on a Whisper White Note Card (3.5″ x 5″).


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Last ‘bow’-tiful card is an anniversary card for my Mum & Dad, who after all these years are still happy together.  Featuring Stacked with Love DSP, Crazy About You bundle (Hello You Thinlits & Crazy about You Stamp Set).


Inspired to add the Bow Builder Punch to your collection yet?  It’s fun to use and super cute!  Go on…. Kelly x

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Young Love, Babychinos & Marshmallows – JAI 250

I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day.

We celebrated Alexa’s 4th birthday with an apple themed party in the morning, a relaxing afternoon (including a nap for this tired Mumma!) and then a tapas and cards date night for me & Mr Papercraft.

As it turns out, Mr P & I weren’t the only ones celebrating Valentine’s Day in our house.  Alexa was surprised with a truly gorgeous bunch of flowers from her bestie, Cooper. Young love!

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The photo inspiration from Just Add Ink this week gave me the perfect opportunity to make a card for Alexa to give Coops in return.

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What does polka Dots, pink hearts & ‘coffee’ for kids in love translate to?  Babychinos & marshmallows!

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The coffee cups are from the Perfect Blend stamp set.  For this card, I used the digital download rather than the actual stamp, which allowed me to resize the cups to create two babychino size versions that fit beautifully on the card front.

If you’re the parent of a youngster, chances are you’ve been for babychinos.  If not – you’re missing out on a tiny cup filled with warm, frothy milk and sprinkled with chocolate, with marshmallows on the side.  They didn’t have babychinos when I was little!  Today’s kids are totally spoilt!!!

By using MDS, I was also able to create a custom sentiment – “we go together like babychinos & marshmallows” – in my favourite fonts.

Thanks to Coops & his mum for making Alexa feel like the most special girl in the playground!  Kelly x

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Big Shot

$149.95
Glue Dots

$8.95

 

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Stampin’ Up! L-O-V-E for my LOVE x

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You might remember the card I made myself for V-Day using Sheltering Tree – well wasn’t I delighted to find out that it won the Just Add Ink challenge that week.  My first challenge win – what a celebration!

This is the card I made for Mr Papercraft – my one true love (yep, it’s official – I may have watched too much Frozen!!!).

I love the simplicity of this card – it’s sweet & wonderful, with my favourite traditional colour combination!  Hope you have a loved-up day today, doing whatever makes you happy with whoever makes you happy!  Kelly x

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