Birthday Sparkle – My Little Pony

When you’re turning 5, it’s usually about sparkle & favourite characters.

This card has it all – plenty of sparkly and a My Little Pony punch art creation…

Twilight Sparkle!

My Little Pony - Twilight Sparkle using Stampin' Up! punches & dies. Kelly Kent -

I’ve been avoiding putting together a punch art MLP – because the ‘horse’ factor is tricky!  All the pony & horse cards I’ve done in the past have been Cameo helped.

But, while I’ve been playing with the Santa’s Sleigh thinlits, it struck me that the reindeer could be transformed into a pony with the help of a few builder punches!

My Little Pony - Twilight Sparkle using Stampin' Up! punches & dies. Kelly Kent -

It was a lot of trial & error but I think this is the end formula…

Body – reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh
Head – fox punch with face snipped slimmer
Hair – fox punch
Wings – blossom builder punch
Eyes – owl builder (white) & sprinkles punch (black)
Horn – sprinkles punch
Star – sprinkles punch

I’m not 100% happy but it’s tricky to get the ‘Disney’ oval eye effect when working with the punches we currently have.

I’d love a die set (or a punch) full of facial features – eyes, nose accents, mouths, pixie ears!  Oh the fun I could have!!!

I hope you’ve loved this MLP creation – it was fun to get back to some punch art messiness.  You should see the “craftermath” here!!!!

Please feel free to CASE or copy the design and make your own sparkly pony!

Kelly Kent -

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Ultimate PINK Blog Hop

Hello & welcome to a wonderful blog hop organised by Janet Wakeland.

What a great reason to hop – raising awareness for Breast Cancer!

I hope you have enjoyed the pink projects you’ve seen so far.

You’re currently visiting Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Western Australia.

Keep hopping after my project to see more great international creations!

As we near the end of the year (which is coming faster than I’m ready for!), I am being more organised than usual and trying to get some of the cards done that I know I’ll need.

I have two little ballerinas with an end of year dancing concert in a couple of months, so a card for their dancing teacher was definitely on my list.

And you can’t celebrate all things ballet without a splash of pink – which makes it perfect for this hop!

Here’s my ballerina bears….

Ultimate Pink Blog Hop - Ballerina Bears. Kelly Kent -

The bears are stamped in Crumb Cake using the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and their cute little ballerina tutu dresses are made using the Blossom Builder punch.

Add some bling bows – in pink of course and some sparkles and the bears are dressed & ready for the concert!

Ultimate Pink Blog Hop - Ballerina Bears. Kelly Kent -

The sparkles & pink on the front wasn’t quite enough for the Ultimate Pink Blog Hop, so I also decorated the inside of the card with a custom sentiment…

Ultimate Pink Blog Hop - We Love Dancing. Kelly Kent -

Now, to keep this one away from the Little Misses until it’s ready to give to their wonderful ballet teacher.

I suspect it would get an extra special finish if they helped!!!

If you love this card, I’d love for you to make your own version.  The world needs more pink ballerina bears!!!

To keep hopping, click on the next participant from the link below.  Or choose a blog at random & keep hopping!

Thanks for joining me – and thanks to Janet for organising!

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Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card

Z-fold cards are all the rage at the moment – and it’s no wonder!

They are easy to make, great for creating ‘scenes’ and pack a real ‘wow’ for the recipient.

This birthday card was made for a special little man – who turns 3 today!

Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card. Kelly Kent -

I wanted to up the ante on the z-fold card and create a z-fold {WITH} a slider component.

Mr Xavier’s present included John Deere branded gardening toys, so a card to match, with a yellow & green garden theme was the obvious choice!

Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card. Kelly Kent -

The tractor is a Cameo Cut.  If you don’t have an e-cutter, you can find tutorials on Pinterest or Google for punch art tractors.

I wanted it to be one smooth piece for the best sliding effect, so the cameo version worked well for me.

Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card. Kelly Kent -

The sliding track was made using the new Classic Label punch – which was easy to line up along a pencil line with the pointed ends.  I punched it out several times along the front panel until I had a runner track.

I then snipped a bit further in each side and finished the track as a rectangle (you could leave it with pointed ends!).

To attach the track to the card, I put foam adhesive strips at the top, bottom and outside edge of the strip – just where the stationary section attaches to the card.

Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card. Kelly Kent -

There are 2 coins under each wheel (held together with a dimensional and adhered to the back of the wheels) – which holds it steady and means it slides along the track rather than gravity trying to spin it.

The tractor is able to run the full length of the track and can be stored at either end while still being able to fold the card – for putting into an envelope or storing.

Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card. Kelly Kent -

This card was such fun to make!  My brain is now “spinning” with other ideas for what I might slide across the front of a z-fold card!

Happy Birthday Xavier.  I hoe you enjoy your card – if your Mummy lets you touch it.  Although I tried to reinforce the track with lots of foam adhesive strip, I doubt any of my paper creations would withstand the cyclone force of a 3 year old boy!!!

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Playful Pals – Minion

Today is another birthday party for the Littlest Miss – it’s mighty hard to keep up with their social lives!!!

The party theme is Minions – so I had to pull another Minion card out of the bag.  You can see all the previous Minion creations here.

If you’re a regular blog visitor or subscriber (thank you!!!), you know my current favourite product is the Playful Pals stamp set & matching framelits from the Occasions catalogue.

It seems like you can pretty much make anything from those pieces… including a Minion!

Playful Pals - Minion. Kelly Kent -

I had such fun making this card for Will’s second birthday.

The background clouds are a piece of DSP from the Shine On Speciality pack.  It’s a heavy cardstock weight, so as well as using it like you would a normal DSP, you can also use it as a card base.  How very luxurious!

Playful Pals - Minion Birthday card using Shine On Speciality DSP, Balloon Builder stamp set, Balloon Bouquet punch. Large Numbers framelits & Hello SAB stamp set. Kelly Kent -

Want to make your own Playful Minion?

Here’s the breakdown…

Body – large solid oval piece stamped in Daffodil Delight

Arms – large solid oval piece stamped in Daffodil Delight then punched out using the Owl Builder punch.  Then trimmed from feet upwards into arm shape.

Overalls – large solid oval piece stamped in Pacific Point then trimmed in to overall shape

Overall Pocket – small solid semi-circle stamped in Pacific Point then outlined in Basic Grey marker

Feet – small solid triangle (ish) piece stamped in Basic Black

Hair – whiskers stamped in Basic Black

Goggle Band – hand drawn in Basic Black marker

Goggles / Eyes – small eye shape stamped in Basic Black, then coloured around the eye shape using a silver Sharpie marker and cut with a 1/2″ circle punch. Eyelids coloured in Daffodil Delight marker.

Smile – small smile shape stamped in Hello Honey

Happy Birthday to Will!   Hope you have an amazing Minion party!  Kelly & the little Misses x

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Toot Toot – It’s Thomas & the Cameo

I’ve made a few Thomas cards across my crafting time.  He’s a tricky customer for punch art because of the unique shape of his train cab.

This week I needed a Thomas card for a special little man and went searching the net to see if I could find an SVG cut for my Cameo to help me out with the punch art side of things.

Success!!!  {kind of..}

You can find the download via the Cute As A Fox page (note: it redirects to a download page and there are some requests to sign in etc…. nothing is ever as easy as it seems!).

Unfortunately, the SVG download didn’t work in the Cameo software (I’ve now read the comments on the post and it seems the SVG is designed for a Cricut).

Not to be deterred from my plan, and a little problem solving later, I did manage to use the images from the pdf instructions & the trace function in the Cameo software to get all the pieces.  Slightly frustrating, but now that I have it all sorted, I’ve saved it for future Thomas cards.

Here’s is the end result of the process.  You’ll see that I still chose to print & punch out Thomas’s face – I think he looks more authentic with his actual face rather than attempting to do this with shapes & punches.

Thomas the Tank Engine Stampin' Up! & Silhouette Cameo hybrid card. Kelly Kent -

The Thomas font is called Flange BQ and you can download it here.

I love how well my Stampin’ Up! range works with anything I want to cut in the Cameo to create cards with that extra special touch.

And how gorgeous is the glittery 2 using the Large Numbers Framelits.  It’s hybrid card making at its best!  Kelly x

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Playful St Patrick’s Day 2016!

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Although there won’t be any formal celebrations of this lucky day at Team Papercraft HQ, I wanted to make a card for a fabulous Irish lady I work with.  Unofficially, she’s the events coordinator for the office.  She decorates the staff room for major celerations – usually with themed chocolates, which makes her very popular!

I love the fun she brings to my working life, so I’ve made a little card to pop on her desk to wish her a wonderful day and say thank you for being awesome.

I’m a bit of a theme creator myself – but by favourite product.  And at the moment it’s the Playful Pals stamp set (have you noticed?).

It’s perfect for building cute little characters – like this cheeky little leprechaun.

Happy St Patrick's Day 2016 - Playful Pals Leprechaun & Balloon Builders Clover. Kelly Kent -

You can make your own leprechaun too…

Happy St Patrick's Day 2016 - Playful Pals Leprechaun. Kelly Kent -

Hat: Large solid oval

Clover: Small teardrop

Face: 1-3/4″ circle punch, wide set eyes & mouth stamps

Beard: Small solid oval

Body: Solid triangle

Arms & Legs: Solid trunk (trimmed)

Hands: Scalloped circle from Tree Builder punch

The balloon are supposed to look like a lucky 4-leaf clover.  The heart shaped balloon from the Balloon Builders stamp set was perfect for this idea and I think it works well!

Happy St Patrick's Day 2016 - Balloon Builders Clover. Kelly Kent -

I splashed Wink of Stella on quite a few parts of the card – Gold on the left side of each balloon and top & bottom points of his beard; Clear on the balloons (all over!) and his hat.

I hope you have a lovely St Patrick’s Day today and that something lucky happens to you.  It’s also Cup Day in Bunbury (the biggest horse racing event of the year) – so it’s going to be a rauchous atmosphere here in the South West for some!!!

No race day for me though, it’s my ‘real work’ day but I am excited about Mr Papercraft being home again and going out to dinner with my family!  Family times are happy times here at Papercraft HQ.  I feel lucky everyday!  Kelly x

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Playful Pals – Quack, Quack!

It’s the weekend – woo hoo!  I hope this means some time at the craft table for you.  It’s a little of that for me and also some Mummy duties – not all play for the wicked!

I promised you some Playful Pal creations, and here is another one…

Playful Pals stamp set - Duck. Kelly Kent -

The inspiration for this creature came from the birthday present – a Duck & Goose book.  I thought a matching duck card would be just perfect.

Duck & Goose Opposite Book - inspiration.

The cute little duck was easy to make with the Playful Pal pieces.  I could have used the matching Pyramid Pals thinlits, but opted for fussy cutting to get a ‘no border’ effect (for all the pieces except the bow).  I don’t mind the odd bit of fussy cutting – call me crazy!

Playful Pals stamp set - Duck. Kelly Kent -

After using the Playful Pals bundle, the only thing I wish it had was some oval ‘princess’ eyes.  So many cartoon & drawn characters have these rather than the heavy lidded eyes in the set.  I think it makes poor ducky look a little sad 😦  If you’ve got any ideas to make her a little happier, I’d love to hear from you!  Kelly x

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Girls Like Pirates Too!

Hello!  Tomorrow we’re off to a party with a pirate theme (how organised am I??), with 2 birthday girls as the guests of honour.

Which makes, this card perfect for my ‘girls like … too’ series.  Yes, girls like pirates too!

When I was thinking of what kind of girly pirate card I would like to make, the Playful Pals bundle was sitting on my desk from the Easter Treat Tubes I made earlier in the week…. and the cogs starting creaking!

What if, as well as animals, the Playful Pals bundle could make other cute characters – like pirates?

As it turns out, the pieces are perfect for this with an eye patch, facial features, ponytails all ready to go …

Girls Like Pirates Too - Playful Pals Pirate Punch Art. Freshly Made Sketches #226. Kelly Kent -

To finish my card, I went looking for a sketch layout and thought this week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #226 was perfect.

My “Girls Like Pirates Too” card…

Girls Like Pirates Too - Playful Pals Pirate Punch Art. Freshly Made Sketches #226. Kelly Kent -

As you know, I love a good theme – and pirates are always great birthday card inspiration!  The best card I have ever made (in my opinion) was a Jake the Pirate punch art card.  Ahoy & happy birthday little pirates!  Kelly x

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My Little Pony – Applejack for an Apple Party

The little Misses and I are off to a party today – that’s right, it’s party season again for Team Papercraft.

In the coming months I’m looking forward to sharing some of the kids birthday creations with you.

Today’s share is a My Little Pony card featuring Applejack.  My girls love MLP at the moment.  It seems that half of my childhood memories are cool again!

My Little Pony - Applejack birthday card. Silhouette pony design, Celestia font & Stampin' Up! cardstock & specialty papers. Kelly Kent -

The card is a combination of traditional papercraft and Silhouette e-cuts (you can purchase the pony here).

The “My Little Pony” font is called Celestia and you can download that here.  How cute is it???

And for all the details on the Stampin’ Up! products I used, check out the list at the end of the post!  It was awesome to be able to use the cute little apple from the Tree Builder punch.

Did you spy the gorgeous shiny paper as the card backdrop?  It’s from one of the new DSPs in the Occasions catalogue called “Shine On”.  It’s Kraft & silver foil and totally stunning.  It’s a heavier weight than normal DSP, which gives it a little bit of luxury.  Plus, it sparkles!!!

You can go shopping for all the Stampin’ Up! products used in this card except the Peach Parfait cardstock and Metallic Gold ink which are now retired – thankfully I still had both in my retired pile so that I could do Applejack justice and add some more sparkle to the card!

Happy Birthday Tayla!  We’re excited to celebrate with you and hope you love your MLP card.  Kelly & the little Misses x

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Tea Cups Full of Baby Love

Hello!  Today I wanted to share with you the baby shower invites I made for a friend.  Although they are invites, we designed them in card style, so really you could use this layout for a welcome baby card too.

The initial concept was a baby peeking out of a tea cup.  Then I thought a stack of cups would look nice… And a great way to include some pretty Have A Cuppa Designer Series Paper.

Baby Shower invite / Welcome Baby punch art card. Stampin' Up! Cups & Kettle Framelits, Have A Cuppa DSP and Suite Sayings stamp set. Occasions 2016. Kelly Kent -

The mumma-to-be wanted to use the Have A Cuppa embellishments somehow, and it may be a little left of centre, but I thought they’d make cute dummies…

Baby Shower invite / Welcome Baby punch art card. Stampin' Up! Cups & Kettle Framelits, Have A Cuppa DSP and Suite Sayings stamp set. Occasions 2016. Kelly Kent -

And the idea of a silver spoon in the baby’s mouth gave me a giggle – just tickled my humour that one!  As did the ‘peekaboo’ sentiment – a baby shower is kind of like a peekaboo, right?  With baby hiding away waiting for the right moment to appear.

Baby Shower invite / Welcome Baby punch art card. Stampin' Up! Cups & Kettle Framelits, Have A Cuppa DSP and Suite Sayings stamp set. Occasions 2016. Kelly Kent -

Baby Punch Art Instructions:

  • Head – Extra-Large Oval in Pink Pirouette
  • Hair – Mini Cupcake (Party Punch Pack) double cut with the XL Oval in Early Espresso
  • Eyes – Middle size circle from Owl Builder in Whisper White; Circle from Cupcake Builder in Basic Black
  • Nose: Middle size circle from Owl Builder in Blushing Bride
  • Hands – Feet from Owl Builder in Pink Pirouette
  • Dummy – Middle size circle from Owl Builder in Basic Gray; Large size circle from Owl Builder in Smoky Slate; Have A Cuppa Embellishment of choice

It was great to get back to a little bit of punch art – and nothing like a cute baby with it’s silver spoon dummy to make it a fun task !  Kelly x

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