Stampin’ Up! & E-Cutting this Halloween

As you travel around the blogs of avid card users, you’ll notice that many have other tools that supplement their favourite hobby.  Apart from most crafters loving the hobby of building their collection, there’s good reason to supplement your Stampin’ Up! stash.

Tools (aka: toys for big girls) are a great way to extend what your favourite products can do for you.  For me, the addition of an e-cutter (I have a Silhouette Cameo) made it possible for me to use the great basics in the Stampin’ Up! range to create wonderful custom designs.  I most often use it for lettering to create personalised creations.  But it’s also great for cutting shapes that are just too tricky with punches or dies.

The other great benefit of an e-cutter (once you’ve bought your machine), is the cost effectiveness of just buying what you need.  These Halloween invites are a perfect example.  Halloween isn’t a big holiday in Australia.  Many people don’t celebrate or participate in the festivities and so I usually bypass the ghosts & ghouls in the holiday catalogue.

But … this year Miss 4 decided she wanted to have a Halloween party with family.  Mostly I think so she could persuade me to buy her another costume for the dress-up collection.  So, with a tea party in the planning stages, we used a spider web cut file and e-cut lettering to create these Halloween invites…

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Dress ups optional but encouraged!  I’m sure it will be a fun afternoon with my little witches.  Now, what to dress up as … Kelly x

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Superhero Super-Awesome Block Art Birthday cards

Being a girl, and the mother of girls, I wasn’t shocked during a conversation with some other kindy mums this week to find out my superhero knowledge is fairly poor.

Did you know there are different types of Avengers?  And that some characters are the making of Marvel, and some of from DC Comics.  I had quite the superhero education!

Despite my very poor knowledge of the superheroes back story, I still remember some of the classics from my childhood, which (thankfully) are still as popular as ever today!

This set of “super awesome” block art cards were made for 3 little superheroes who celebrated birthdays recently.

Superman Block Art Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Batman Block Art Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Spiderman Block Art Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

These creations were made a little easier with the help of some Silhouette cuts.  And it was fun to create their name using fonts that matched the comics.

Block art is a great way to capture the essence of the character without having to re-create them in punch art!

They were super fun to make.  I think I’m going to have to do some superhero / comic research and create some more character cards soon.  Maybe Wonder Woman to balance out all the testosterone!  Kelly x

Sandy Wishes – happy & sad occasions

I’m kinda still in holiday mode and haven’t really spent much time at the craft table since I’ve been back.

Sadly, friends of ours lost their dog this week, and I wanted to send them a card to let them know we’re thinking of them.

Bob’s favourite place was the beach, so I thought it was fitting to send him off with some sand & waves.

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I couldn’t leave the post with just sad doggie news, so I also wanted to share a card I made a little while ago as a custom request for a wedding.  It also had a beach theme, plus a super cute Kombi!

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Both of these cards embody what I love the most about cardmaking – you can personalise your art to match every occasion.  Happy or sad occasions are the perfect opportunity for a thoughtful card and in my experience, the effort is always appreciated.

I hope you get some time at the craft table this weekend, I know that’s what I have planned!  Kelly x

By Request – Bling, Wow & Awesome – Ballerina Penny Spinner Card

This card is a request I had for a card for a birthday girl having a ballerina party.  It had to be awesome, with bling – and overall, it had to wow!

This idea has been swirling around in the crafty part of my brain for a while, so when the question was asked, I knew the answer!

To meet the brief, the card is a mix of what I needed my Silhouette to do, some extra supplies from Spotlight and the rest is SU! magic.

This is the finished design:

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When the ballerina dances in the middle of the card, you can’t see the slider section.  But when you gently move her, she gently dances along the slider to the other side of the card:

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Patsy Waggoner has a great video tutorial on making a ‘penny spinner card’.  Using her basic theory, I attached my ballerina to two 10c pieces positioned over the slider track with a dimensional between them.  I didn’t raise my card front with dimensionals like Patsy did – my design worked better when it laid flat.  The ballerina still dances beautifully!

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The ballerina’s skirt is made using the Floral Frames framelits.  Two of the biggest size were cut using tulle (hint: put copy paper under the tulle to get an easier cut with the framelit), cut into 4 and then layered.  I held them together with a staple until I hot glued the dress front, legs & ribbon on.  The dress front is Blushing Bride cardstock cut with the 2nd largest floral frame, which was then cut down to 3 points.

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Funnily enough, I didn’t put a sentiment on this card either!  My weekend mojo seems to have been all about clean lines & simple finishes.  I hope the birthday ballerina is allowed to play with her card and enjoy the fun.  Kelly x

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Murder Mystery 1950s style

Last night we attended a murder mystery birthday party.  What a lot of fun!  Mr Papercraft was “Mark” – a internationally best selling crime author who also doubled as a CIA agent!  I was “Maria” – Mark’s supportive wife.  We got dressed up in 50s style party outfits and worked hard to solve the mystery of David’s murder.

Mark & Maria

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This was the cake I made for the occasion (safe to say I’m a better card maker than cake maker!!!).

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The murder mystery card I made to go with the group present.

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In case you were wondering , it was the scheming governor Johnny who killed David!  It appears David knew just a little too much about Johnny’s dodgy dealings!  Kelly x

Baby Typography JAI267

Over the past couple of months I’ve had some requests for baby cards.  I’ve been loving creating  designs that mimic the subway art theme, which is one expression of typography.  What is ‘typography’?  According to Wikipedia:

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language readable and appealing. The arrangement of type involves selecting typefaces, point size, line length, line-spacing (leading), letter-spacing (tracking), and adjusting the space within letters pairs (kerning).

I love playing around with wording, fonts, letter sizing & colours. I’m forever downloading fonts that I like.  Font Squirrel and dafont are two of my favourite websites!

The first two cards I am sharing with you are creations that I made for friends to give to new babies they know.  I love the personalised result, the visual layout and creating not just a card, but a keepsake too.  Of course, I had some help from my Cameo for these projects.

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When Di Barnes added “typography” to this week’s Just Add Ink challenge, it was a great excuse to pull the theme out again and create a personalised baby card for baby Hugo who was born to a friend of mine earlier in the week.

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This one is simpler than the two above because I wanted to include the elephant which matched the onsie I decorated for him.

The elephant you see in the card above is actually made of fabric and ironed on  to the card – something I’ve never done before but adds some great texture.

I’ve played with the font size, colour & spacing to make it bold.  I suspect this little man is going to have a great impact on the world.

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Welcome to baby Hugo and congratulations to his proud parents. This is the start of an amazing journey for the three of you!  Kelly x

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Little Letters Have Company … Introducing Little Numbers!

Last year the Little Letters Thinlits joined the Stampin’ Up! family.  This year, they’re joined by the Little Letters Thinlits – what a great combination!

They arrived yesterday in the first of my BBBs on their way over to stock my shelves with awesome new products.  I’m so glad they arrived before my launch event on Saturday.  But – the timing!!!  Today and tomorrow are “real work” days for me, so no sneaky craft.  Arrrgggghhhhh!!!

I did manage to whip this one up last night though – another “not a Hallmark” request.  Hope the horse loving Dad loves the thought his daughter has put into his card.  Kelly x

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The Grooviest Request

So, a couple of weeks ago I got a voicemail on my mobile (my phone is ALWAYS on silent {a habit I never dropped from the days of having newborns}) from a lovely man asking me to make a card for his wife’s birthday.  He wanted a card to suit an “ex-hippie grandmother who loves purple”.  I do love a challenge, so this was a perfect request.

We ended up with a purple heavy card featuring a Kombi van with personalised “Nanny” plates…

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I’ve heard from the “ex-hippie purple grandmother” herself and she loves it – phew!  Apparently she’s always wanted to jump in a Kombi and travel.

The background is my new favourite not-so-new product – Shimmery White cardstock with a kaleidescope of colour.  Until convention, I didn’t realise how good this was for everything – including watercolouring!  If you don’t have any, you’ll want to add this to your next order!!!

I used my Silhouettte Cameo for the Kombi and “happy birthday” (font: Keep on Truckin’).

And the purples?

Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum & Blackberry Bliss.

Yet another successful “not a Hallmark” creation – my favourite type of card.  Kelly x

ESAD Punch Challenge

Hello!  Did you love the new catalogue?  If you haven’t seen it yet, you can download a copy here.

This week over at ESAD Demo Designs, it was my turn to set the challenge for the week.  Loving punches and punch art like I do, the challenge was all about punches!!!


The brief: use a builder punch to create something other than it’s obvious application (ie, the cupcake builder for anything other than a cupcake) and display this on a card, scrap page or 3D item.

There are 5 builder punches in the new catalogue:

 

For my challenge card, I have used the owl punch (which is one of the most versatile of the builder punches – a must have in any collection!) to make a Minion!  There’s another movie featuring cute Minions due out soon so you’ll be seeing them everywhere!

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How to make your own Minion:

Body: owl body with ears and feet cut off

Mask: 1/4″ strip trimmed to size

Eye: largest circle & goggly eye (not SU!)

Arms: owl body trimmed from feet to top to create arm/hand shape

Overalls: owl vest with top trimmed off

Overall Straps: owl vest – 1/8″ strip from each side following curve

Overall Legs: 3/16″ strips

Shoes: apple from cupcake builder punch, top cut off


The Happy Birthday font is a Despicable Me type font (Las Vegas) cut using the Silhouette Cameo.  The DSP is the very pretty (but retired) Pretty Print – it had the perfect colour scheme to complete this card and reminds me why I hoard DSP!!!

I’m so excited to see what the ESAD ladies come up with for the punch challenge.  You’re welcome to play along too.  Email me your pictures and I’ll add them to my blog.  Kelly x

Turning 70 is a Memorable Moment!

I think birthdays should be celebrated.  Adding another candle is far better than the alternative (in my opinion!).  And the older you get, the better it gets (again, in my opinion!).

So, being able to celebrate amazing milestones like turning 70 is definitely a “memorable moment”.

This is a custom card I was asked to make for someone’s Irish relative.  As you can imagine, it’s difficult to get card in an Australian news agency with “Eilish” (and “70”) on it!  I love making cards that fit into the ‘not a hallmark’ category.  It makes it truly special for the recipient.

Again, as always at this time of the year, this card has a few retiring favourites.  But also, lots of products that will live to grace the pages of the new catalogue!

Happy 70th Eilish. Kelly x

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