Using Vinyl with Stampin’ Up! Dies

We all use our dies to create fabulous creative items using cardstock & DSP, but did you know our dies cut through any medium of a similar thickness?

I love using them with vinyl to create fun gifts.

This mug was made using Self Adhesive Vinyl.  This is the type of vinyl you need for hard finishes like mugs, drink bottles, car stickers.

The dies are from the Large Letters Framelits and the leaves from Eclectic Layers.

Vinyl & Stampin' Up! | kelly kent

Self Adhesive Vinyl has a plastic backing.  The die will cut through both layers.  I use clear contact (like you use to cover school books) to apply to the surface of your project.  Adhere the clear contact on to the vinyl side of your die cut.  Remove the plastic backing and then apply to your project.  When in place, gently remove the contact.  The vinyl should remain in place.

It’s suggested you prepare the surface of your project by wiping it over with Isocol (rubbing alcohol).  This removes any surface dirt or grime and give the vinyl the best chance of sticking properly.

Most Self Adhesive Vinyls will withstand handwashing, but not the dishwasher.


My second project to share with you is a bag using the Large Letters & Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits in Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV).

This is the type of vinyl you’d use for soft finishes – tshirts, bags, cushions.

Vinyl & Stampin' Up! | kelly kent

The professionals use a heat press to apply this type of vinyl.  With a little patience, you can apply at home with a good quality iron.  Put it on the hottest setting with no steam.  You need to place a lightweight cloth or piece of fabric over the vinyl when ironing.

Vinyl & Stampin' Up! | kelly kent

Heat Transfer VInyl has a plastic top sheet.  The die will cut through both layers – the plastic & the vinyl.  Place it plastic side up and iron/press.  When you’ve applied enough heat, the vinyl will be adhered to your fabric and you’ll be able to gently lift the plastic layer.


There are lots of places you can buy vinyl online, and lots of brands to choose from.  Be sure to buy the correct type of vinyl for your intended project.  They are not interchangable.

I know you’re going to love trying this out and getting more projects from all your dies!


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Enjoy the Little Things Video In Life Video Blog Hop | June – Guest Designer

Hello!  It’s an early blog post today as I have the great pleasure of joining the Enjoy the Little Things in Life Design Team for their June video blog hop.

I’ve been doing a few videos lately as part of my Stamp In Confidence program (read about that here), but it’s still not natural for me to be organised enough to craft and video at the same time!!!

But life is all about challenges and extending ourselves, so I was delighted to say yes to a guest designer role with the Enjoy the Little Things DT.

The theme for this hop is 3D.  The design team has come up with some lovely creations, complete with tutorial videos to help you make your own versions.

I’m so much of a card girl, and don’t often make boxes, bags or other 3D items.

So, for today’s project, I’m combining the two – a card that features an interactive 3D component.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

One of the new bundles in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue is the Love You to PIeces stamp set and coordinating Puzzle Pieces Thinlits.  Such a fun way to create cards for big & little people!

I’ve created a double layer frame for the puzzle to sit in, so once the puzzle is together, it fits snugly onto the card front and looks like it’s part of the card.

But, the pieces can be taken out, mixed up and put back together just like a regular puzzle.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

I’ve used the new embossing mat with the puzzle thinlit to create the background outline to guide the puzzle doer.

There’s so many pretty DSP patterns in the new catalogue that are perfect for this style of card.  This design is Petal Promenade – beautiful photography patterns of flowers on the main side & marble on the reverse.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Watch my tutorial video here to show you the steps for making your own interactive puzzle card.

Materials:

  • Card base: Thick Whisper White – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″ (10.5cm x 29.7cm), scored at 5-7/8″ (14.8cm)
  • Card mat: Blushing Bride – 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (10cm x 14.3cm) x 2
  • DSP: Petal Promenade – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Backing for DSP: Thick Very Vanilla – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Mat for Puzzle inlay: Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Scrap of Whisper White
  • Tranquil Tide Ink
  • Shimmer Ribbon – Powder Pink
  • Adhesive: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Tear & Tape, Glue Dots
  • Big Shot & accessories (magnetic platform, cutting plates, embossing mat)

These puzzle cards were so much fun to make (and so easy), I made them in a couple of our other awesome DSP patterns too.

Animal Expedition

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Twinkle Twinkle

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

All of these DSPs plus 7 of their friends are available in July as part of the Buy 3, get one free special.  It’s a great time to stock up!

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today – and thanks for the Enjoy the Little Things DT for having me as a guest designer.

There’s a list of amazing designers taking part in the this video hop.  Click on the cute little blue frog to bring up the list and choose someone else to visit.

To hop in order, you’ll next visit the gorgeous Kim Oliver – click here to see what she’s made.

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Stamp Review Crew | Animal Outing

Hello!  It’s a wonderful Stamp Review Crew Hop today -my international Stampin’ Up! friends and I are sharing projects made using Animal Outing.  You’re going to love this hop!!!

This stamp set is part of a bundle with the Animal Friends Thinlits.  It’s also part of a suite with Animal Expedition DSP & other coordinating products.  See the range in the catalogue – page 27, or browse online.

I’m sharing two projects today made with the Animal Outing stamp set.

The first was a team class project where I wanted to share reverse image stamping with my team.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

The giraffe (and all the animals in in set) are perfect for this technique.  It adds extra dimension to the layout of a card – and means you can have animal friends looking at each other.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

There’s 4 giraffes in the circle – two facing left and two facing right (although one is upside down, so technically three of them are looking right!).  The ones facing right were stamped as normal.  The ones facing left were stamped onto a silicone mat and then transferred onto the cardstock.

Reverse Image Stamping | kelly kent

I’ve tried this technique before with Window Sheet – but you have to be so careful not to smudge the image as you transfer it.  Using the silicone sheet gives a much better image, but you can’t see through for placement – so it’s slightly trickier in that way.  I recommend doing the reverse image first, then lining up your other images.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Although I love the sentiments in the stamp set, the animals go so well with lots of other sentiments. For my quartet of giraffes, I liked the ‘from all of us’ saying from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.


For my second card, I wanted to stamp the rhino onto DSP to see the effect.  I love the Animal Expedition DSP (I’ve used that for the gray panel) but had a pink rhino in my head, so went looking through the new DSP – and fell in love with the Tropical Escape DSP Stack.  Oh my, the patterns in this are amazing!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Add some embellishments and we have a cute & girly card.  I like the pink rhino – she’s fun!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

In both cards I’ve used Stampin’ Write Markers to add open eyes to the animals.  I still need some practice, but I like the effect of the animals looking out from the card.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us today for the Stamp Review Crew Animal Outing hop.

Next up is Linda Callahan and her super sweet project –

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Colour INKspiration #28

Who loves colour challenges???

You do!  We are amazed and humbled that so many lovely crafters choose to join in with our challenges each fortnight (or 3 weeks on those long months!).  Join us on Facebook to share your creation.  Click here to visit.

Each challenge has a top 5 voted by the design crew and then a winner as voted by the group.  The winner is invited to hop as a guest designer with us for a future hop (if they want to).

This challenge – #28 – has a special prize for a first-time entrant. All you have to do is comment that it is your first time entering and you will go into the draw to win registration to our new Stamp In Confidence program.  The winner will receive free registration for ‘Module One – Stamping Basics’. If you haven’t visited our new blog, you can find all the details about our new online class modules at https://stampinconfidence.blogspot.com.au/.

The colours for this challenge are stunning with an awesome inspiration photo to get the creativity flowing – do I say this every week???

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Three sweet colours – Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum & Lemon Lime Twist plus a solid neutral – Soft Suede.  You can add any other neutral or metallic to your project to complete your colour palette.  If you don’t have the exact Stampin’ Up! match, create with the closest you have.

My creation starts with a story…..

I have this amazing crafty friend.  She’ll play with any craft medium but sewing is where her passion & skill lies.  She makes the most amazing quilted artworks.  See some of her work on Instagram (click here).

We lives hours apart so don’t catch up as often as we’d like, but whenever she comes for a visit, she’s straight to my shelf of stamps checking out what’s new and suggesting all kind of crazy stamping combinations.  She sees the world in a totally different way to me – it’s wonderful!

She fell in love with the unicorn from the Magical Day stamp set and spent quite some time brainstorming a rainbow farting unicorn!

So, here you are Miss Caity…. this is your rainbow tooting unicorn…

Rainbow Unicorn | kelly kent

I used the baby wipe technique with the Star of Light swirl to create the ‘rainbow farts’.

Baby Wipe Technique | kelly kent

Making your own multi-coloured ink pad is a great way to get a variety of colour tones in your stamped image.

Rainbow Unicorn | kelly kent

And those unicorns – don’t they look happy with themselves!

Did you spy that they are facing different ways?  The unicorn at the top is stamped exactly from the stamp set.

The unicorn at the bottom is a mirror image created using the reflection technique.

Simply stamp your image onto Window Sheet (acetate) and then press onto your cardstock.  I used Basic Gray Archival Ink.

Reflection Technique - Unicorn | kelly kent

This will give you an outline, which I then followed using my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker.  To get the same effect on your ‘right way’ unicorn, stamp off the unicorn several times, then stamp onto your carstock and trace using the marker.  Stamping at full strength will make the colour too dark to effectively trace over.

To cut out the reverse unicorn using the framelit, hold it against a window and line up on the ‘wrong side’.  Hold it in place with some washi tape while you run it through the Big Shot.  Or you could just fussy cut…… your call!

Using a Framelit with the Reflection Technique | kelly kent

PS….. I think our windows need a clean!

The unicorn comes up great – you can’t even tell it’s a reflection!

Use your Stampin’ Write Markers to colour the unicorn mane/tail.

Reflection Technique - Unicorn | kelly kent

I could have gone with any of the birthday (or other) sentiments in my stash, but I thought the ‘cue the confetti’ sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set was cute & cheeky for this card!

Rainbow Unicorn | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me for today’s Colour INKspiration blog hop.

For more great cards with this colour combination, please visit my gorgeous friend Nicole Wilson.  I was lucky enough to catch up with Nicole yesterday – always a face I’m happy to see!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Introducing… Stamp In Confidence

My gorgeous friend Lou & I have been working hard in 2018 to design a series of online class modules with unique content.

We wanted to provide an option for novice and developing stampers to build their skills and knowledge and therefore their confidence to create fabulous, unique cards.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen people ask for advice in online groups, admit to trawling Pinterest, spending hours on YouTube….

We’ve designed a series of modules that include live-style videos (real-time, no editing), tutorials, written content and online support.

These modules will suit new stampers, stampers who aren’t happy with the quality of their projects, stampers looking to refine their technique and stampers who want to develop their skills but don’t have the option of attending classes.

Module One registration is open now with the content due for release Mid March.

Each module is only $6 (Australian currency, or your country’s equivalent via PayPal). The value for each module is exceptional!

You can find all the information on our new Stamp In Confidence blog – stampinconfidence.blogspot.com.au.

Thanks for your support.  These modules may not be for you, but we appreciate you spreading the word to someone you know who might enjoy them!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamping Sunday February Tutorial Bundle

Thank you to all my followers who purchased the January Tutorial Bundle.  It was filled with great tips for using Brushos as well as some fantastic projects featuring Brusho and Sale-A-Bration products.  If you missed it, you can find all the info here.

February has another great tutorial for you – designed exclusively for Stamping Sunday by the design team members.

February’s tutorial features {SIX} amazing tutorials by myself, Danielle Bennenk, Cheryll Miller, Denita Wright-Smee, Kim Oliver & Sara Levin.

The theme for February is Occasions Catalogue Kits and Petal Passion Suite.

I am so in love with the tutorials in this bundle – I can’t wait to try out the projects.  There’s full instructions and measurements for each project, so you’ll be able to whip them up in no time at all!!!

Order $50 of your favourite Stampin’ Up! products from me in February and the tutorial is yours for {FREE}.  I’ll email it to you once I’ve received confirmation of your order.

If you live outside of Australia or already have a demonstrator you purchase from, there’s great news – you can buy the tutorial via my PayPal store.  Please add a comment to specify which month tutorial you are buying.

Click on the graphics below to purchase in either Australia dollars, US dollars or Euros.

Thank you for your support of the Stamping Sunday Design Team.

All the contributing members have shared their talents with us, taking the time to write professional & amazing quality tutorials.  I am so grateful to be part of this great team of artists!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

 

Play date with Brushos

Yesterday my gorgeous best friend, Cait, visited for the day.  She’s crazy talented with a sewing machine – see her work here – and loves all crafts.

Since we were on my turf (and I suck at sewing actual projects), we played with paper and watched tennis.

Ready to impress with cool new products, I pulled out the Brusho Crystal Color pots.

Have you seen Brushos before?  They are teeny tiny watercolour ink crystals that react with water to create intense colours & amazing patterns.

Stampin’ Up! is offering a pack of 5 colours – Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue & Yellow.  See them in my online store here.

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video…

You can either mix thoroughly to get a vibrant solid colour or use water spray to spread the crystals and end up with colour separation & patterns.  They blend beautifully – and did I mention the colours???

No two projects will be the same and you’ll end up with a unique design every time.  They don’t actually have a mind of their own – it just seems that way!

There’s one thing I’ve learnt while playing with Brushos…..  they are highly addictive.

But they are also a product that’s different from other colouring mediums we’ve had at Stampin’ Up! before.  Practice makes “perfect”.  You need to get down & messy with Brusho to get a feel for how they work.

Browsing videos, blog posts and tutorials may help if you’re not sure where to start.  You can find the Stamping Sunday tutorial here – full of projects and tips for using Brushos as a beginner.

Today, Cait and I splashed around the water and made a heap of different Brusho samples.  Brusho Techniques | kelly kent

This is not a comprehensive list of what you can do with Brusho – just some ideas to get started.

If you’ve just got your Brushos, I suggest you cut up a piece of Shimmery White cardstock into tag size pieces and get playing.  Our tags measured 2″ x 3-7/8″ (5 x 9cm) – 12 per A4 page.

Shimmery White is durable enough to play but more economical than Watercolour Paper.  It also gives you a nice shimmer through your Brusho colour!!

Here’s each of the techniques in more detail…

Brusho - Baby Wipe | kelly kent

Brusho - Emboss Resist Ombre | kelly kent

Brusho - Emboss Resist | kelly kent

Brusho - Emboss Resist Painting | kelly kent

Brusho - Watercolor Background | kelly kent

Brusho - Custom Watercolor Background | kelly kent

Brusho - Marbled | kelly kent

Brusho - dry application | kelly kent

Quite a lot of the magic of Brusho is in the finished product – once the colour has settled, once it’s dry.  Sometimes you need to walk away and come back later to see the amazing!!!

If you haven’t yet purchased Brushos, you can buy them in my online store. 

Other supplies you may need…. 

Happy inky fun ahead for Brusho owners!
kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamping Sunday January Tutorial Bundle

Stopping in tonight to share some exciting news!!!

The Stamping Sunday design teams have combined to create a monthly tutorial bundle!  The projects will have a different theme each month and are designed exclusively for Stamping Sunday by the design team members.

January’s tutorial features {FIVE} amazing tutorials by Denita Wright-Smee, Cheryll Miller, Danielle Bennenk, Sara Levin & myself.

The theme for January is Brushos & Sale-A-Bration.

You can see the Stamping Sunday Sale-A-Bration blog hop here.

If you’ve been curious about Brushos, need some project ideas and want a list of expert tips all in the same place, then this is the tutorial for you!!!

Order $50 of your favourite Stampin’ Up! products from me in January and the tutorial is yours for {FREE}.  I’ll email it to you once I’ve received confirmation of your order.

If you live outside of Australia or already have a demonstrator you purchase from, there’s great news – you can buy the tutorial via my PayPal store.

Click on the graphics below to purchase in either Australia dollars, US dollars or Euros.

I’ve love to see what you create with Brushos and your favourite Sale-A-Bration products!!!  Send me a picture and I’ll upload it to this post.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

 

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop | Picture Perfect Birthday

Hello!  The Stamping Sunday Design Team would usually hop together on the fourth Sunday of the month, but that’s Christmas Eve, so we’ve brought it forward a week – hopefully you don’t mind!!

Thanks to Sara Levin for all her wonderful work coordinating the Stamping Sunday blog hops in 2017.  What a pleasure to hop with such a talented group of stampers!

The theme for this hop is the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set & coordinating products from the suite.  This range will be available in the upcoming Occasions catalogue!  Get ready for some sensational sneak peeks!

To see a list of everyone joining in this week’s hop, including our marvellous guest designer – Brian King – click on the cute blue frog.

My first project for today is a card for my brother who turns 32 next week.  How convenient that the gorgeous Picture Perfect Party DSP features balloons in the shape of a ‘3’ & a ‘2’.

Picture Perfect Birthday | kelly kent

One side of the DSP is photographic images – like the balloons!  And other side is printed patterns like the stripes and Lemon Lime Twist pattern.

Picture Perfect Birthday | kelly kent

I’m probably never likely to add ‘celebrate the good stuff’ to a card, so I cut this sentiment up to have ‘celebrate’ on its own.  This way it’ll get lots of use!

Picture Perfect Birthday | kelly kent

The photo DSP adds such a realistic element to your projects.  Wait til you see it in person – it has a definite wow factor!


Although this set is very clearly birthday themed, the second project I’m sharing with you is actually for Christmas!  I always like to be able to find the alternative uses in my Stampin’ Up! products.

The gift bow is fantastic for all gift giving occasions – including on this Christmas gift card holder.

Stamping Sunday Picture Perfect Birthday (Christmas) | kelly kent

This gift card hold is simple to create.  Cut a piece of cardstock to 9-1/4″ x 3″ and score at 3-1/2″ & 7-1/2″.  Add a strip of DSP to the inside (9″ x 2-3/4″).  Decorate the front with coordinating cardstock & DSP (1″ & 3/4″ wide) and the cute bow from Picture Perfect Birthday.  The sentiment is perfect for this card!

Stamping Sunday Picture Perfect Birthday (Christmas) | kelly kent

You don’t have to add a Bunnings gift card to the middle – but the colour combination works well!!!

I also used the bow as a ‘star’ on the top of my Christmas tree for the card!

Stamping Sunday Picture Perfect Birthday (Christmas) | kelly kent


Thanks for hopping with us today!

To see more projects, please keep hopping.  Next up on the list is Brian King who has kindly agreed to share his talents with us today.  You’re going to love what he’s made!

Click on the blue frog for the full line-up.

Merry Christmas to you & your family from the Stamping Sunday Design Team!  We’ll be back in 2018 with more Occasions Catalogue projects!

If you live in Australian and I can help you with a copy of the Occasions catalogue, please let me know!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Easel Calendar Instructions

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

A couple of weeks ago, I shared this Easel Calendar as part of my Stamp Review Crew project using Painted Harvest.  You can find the original post here.

It got such an amazing response – I am so humbled by your lovely comments.

Many people asked me for a tutorial.  I hadn’t planned on writing a tutorial, but here’s the measurements and some basic instructions on how I put it together.

Note: All measurements are design for Australian/European A4 cardstock.  If you are in the US, some adjustments may be required.

STEP 1

Make a normal card base by cutting an A4 sheet of cardstock lengthways and scoring at half way (cut at 4-1/8″ lengthways, score at 5-7/8″ across).

STEP 2

Make the easel fold component by cutting a piece of cardstock 4-1/8″ x 3-1/2″ and scoring across the short edge at 1/2″, 1-3/4″, 3″.

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 3

Attach the easel component to the bottom of the card base with a strong adhesive – making it into a triangle with a foldable base.

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 4

Make a pocket for the front of the card by cutting a piece of cardstock 6-1/8″ x  x 4-1/8″.

Score at 1/2″ & 1″ from both short edges and one long edge.  Cut the bottom score lines into the pattern below…

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 5

Fold the edges up to create a box shape (that doesn’t have a back).

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 6

Apply strong adhesive and attach it to your easel.

Easel Calendar | kelly kent

STEP 7

Finished!  Decorate using whatever design you’d like to look at for the next 12 months!

The cardstock on the front is 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ for the bottom layer and 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ for the top layer.  Adhere them together and slide into place (they sit inside the pocket).

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

The pocket can hold whatever you need – pen & post-its, note paper, emergency chocolate!

The note paper I used came from a large paper cube from Kmart.

The calendars are from Craftie Cafe mounted on a piece of DSP measuring 3-7/8″ x 2-7/8″.

Stamp Review Crew Painted Harvest | kelly kent

Thanks for visiting!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com