Colour INKspiration #03

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Good afternoon!  If you’re reading this as I post it, I’m out on a birthday experience with Miss Papercraft.

She’s 6 next week and part of her birthday present is a mermaid photo session with Busselton Mermaids!

So, when I saw the timing of this week’s Colour INKspiration challenge, I knew it was perfect timing to share a little project I’ve been working on.

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Late last year for a birthday card, I created a mermaid using the Fox Builder punch!

Crazy I know – but the pieces work.  And a Punch Art Picture Tutorial has been {LONG} overdue!!!

Here’s Miss Mermaid…

Colour INKspiration #03 - Mermaid Punch Art Tutorial. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And this is what she looks like on her birthday card…

Colour INKspiration #03 - Mermaid Punch Art Tutorial. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Here’s my mermaid…

Photo courtesy of Busselton Mermaids.

Want to make your own mermaid?

These are the pieces you’ll need…

Mermaid Punch Art Picture Tutorial using Fox Builder Punch. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m so excited to see your mermaid creations!  Please share with me on Facebook or via email.

I take the time to make these tutorials so that you can use them for your crafting pleasure!

(And so I can remember how to make a mermaid for next time!!!)

Next up on the Colour INKspiration is the lovely Simone Bartrum.

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Thanks for visiting & sharing in what we do!

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ESAD Blog Hop – 2017 Occasions & Sale-A-Bration

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Good afternoon!

Today you’ve joined me for another ESAD blog hop!  Thanks for stopping by!

This hop is all about the new catalogues that launched on Wednesday – Occasions & Sale-A-Bration 2017.

Prepare for your wishlist to grow, to be excited about things you didn’t notice the first time and fall in love all over again with your favourites.

If you’re already on your way hopping, did you love what the fabulous Monique made???  If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure to keep hopping til you get back here – that’s a full loop.

There’s a few of us on this hop & so much talent!.   So, settle in with a cuppa or wine and enjoy the inspiration as you travel around Australia and New Zealand looking at all the amazing creations.

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My project has been swirling around in my head for the past couple of weeks after my Mum made a great banner card as a display for Christmas.  She CASEd Julie Kettlewell’s Christmas Concertina card.  Thanks to Julie for her youtube video – I used this as the starting point for my measurements.

As this idea grew in my mind, I decided I wanted it to be more of a display keepsake than a one off card – and I had the perfect little lady to make it for, who turns 6 this month.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Personalised Concertina Card - Cupcakes & Carousels Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

How perfect is the Cupcakes & Carousels Suite from the Occasions Catalogue for all things girly???

I overlayed vellum on top of the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP to create some additional texture.  I thought about using all the same DSP for this design – but actually love the eclectic look of having the DSP sampler across the card.  Besides – how would you choose just one of those gorgeous designs???

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Personalised Concertina Card - Cupcakes & Carousels Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

To finish it all off, I added lace trim from the So Detailed Thinlits – perfectly pretty!!!

Because of the fold pattern, the card easily folds into a little pocket and can be held closed with some pretty Very Vanilla Satin ribbon.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Personalised Concertina Card - Cupcakes & Carousels Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

To make this Carousel Concertina Card, I cut several pieces of Sahara Sand cardstock:

  • 2 of 10-1/4″ x 4″ (A)
  • 1 of 10″ x 4″ (B)
  • 2 of 3-5/8″ x 4″ (C)

The two larger pieces (A) were scored in landscape (long edge) at 2-1/2″. 5″, 7-1/2″ & 10″.

Piece B was scored in landscape at 2-1/2″. 5″, 7-1/2″ & 10″.

These 3 pieces were then joined to create one large concertina piece with piece A (1/4″ tab to the left), then piece B overlapping on top and then piece A (1/4″ tab to the right) with the left edge under piece B.  You need to adhere the pieces together with glue or tape – crossing over a whole panel at each edge of piece B.  Julie’s video does a great job of showing this!

To finish the edges cut the floral So Detailed thinlit from each of the C size cardstock pieces.  You’ll need to trim the edges (the die is bigger than needed) to get the finished shape.  Cut off the ragged edges into rounded flower petals.

Adhere the edge created by the die to the tab at the left & right edge of your concertina card.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Personalised Concertina Card - Cupcakes & Carousels Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Since this is home decor and not a greeting card, I needed to make a coordinating birthday card for the birthday girl.

I drew elements from the concertina card including the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP, gold embossing & carousel horsey.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Cupcakes & Carousels. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The finishing touches for the card were a birthday sentiment and a trio of sequins!

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Personalised Concertina Card - Cupcakes & Carousels Suite. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What a perfect gift set!!!  I can myself making a few of these for all the birthday princesses we have throughout the year.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Personalised Concertina Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Next stop on the Occasions & SAB 2017 ESAD Blog Hop is my stamping buddy – Nicole Wilson, who is also here on the west coast.  Have fun for a bit longer here in sunny WA!

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Thanks for sharing in the excitement of the new catalogue with me!   At the bottom of this post there’s a full list of participants (just in case of any broken links) and a product link up in case you know any little princesses who *need* some cupcakes & carousels in their life!

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BLOG HOP PARTICIPANTS:

  1. Rebecca Jacovou
  2. Leonie Schroder
  3. Lou Kitzelman
  4. Monique Fielder
  5. Kelly Kent – you are here
  6. Nicole Wilson
  7. Peta Stephen
  8. Rachael Lewsley
  9. Samantha White
  10. Josie Dean
  11. Cheryl Algie
  12. Libby Dyson
  13. Andrea Buckland
  14. Cheryl O’Bree
  15. Nerida Carter
  16. Cathy Pinchbeck
  17. Megan Lenske
  18. Tanya DeRoy
  19. Maree McIntosh
  20. Juan Ambida

CASEing the Catty #103 Ronald McDonald House Charities


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Hello!  I’m writing to you today from the East Coast!!!

That’s right – we’re living it up in Brisbane on a stamping/family holiday!!! I LOVE Brisbane & could happily live here!!!


This week for CTC, we’re sharing creations inspired by the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) stamp set.

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Stampin’ Up! is a long time supporter of RMHC and every year they have a dedicated charity set, where $3 of sales profits go to RMHC.

This year it’s called “My Hero” and you can find it on the inside back cover page (pg 209) of the Annual Catalogue.

It’s an all occasions stamp set with a great variety!!!


Here’s the catalogue samples – not many this week, so I can’t wait to see how the crew each put their own spin it!

Images © Stampin' Up!

I’ve chosen to re-imagine the ‘under the weather’ umbrella card as a get well gift.

It fits a packet of tissues & small sanitiser – just in time for all those spring sniffles!

CASEing the Catty #102 - Get Well Gift Box. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


It took me a few trial runs to get the measurements right, but here they are!

Click on the picture to make it bigger.

Get Well Gift Box Measurements. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Instructions:

  • Cut a piece of cardstock to 8″ x 8″
  • Along one side, score at 2-1/4″, 3-3/4″, 6″ & 7-1/2″
  • Along the other side, score at 3-1/4″ (but don’t go past the left score line), 6″ & 7-1/2″
  • Cut away the unneeded pieces as per the shading on the diagram & make tabs where indicated
  • Fold into a box shape & adhere the tabs to the inside of the box.
  • Decorate as desired & fill.

PS, the 3-1/4″ marking on the left panel of the instructions may be slightly confusing (whoops!).  This reflects where the score line goes.  The actual panel measures 6″ in height.  You can make this smaller if you want to to line up with the top of the tissues.


Thanks for joining me today.  If you’re loving what you’ve seen at CASEing the Catty, please join our monthly challenge by clicking on the link below.

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Make sure you keep hopping too, so you can see the other projects inspired by this great stamp set!

The previous blog is the lovely Julia or click on next to see Rachel’s beautiful work.

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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 - mypapercraftjourney.com.


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 - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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!

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Timeout Tuesday – Shaving Foam Technique

It was time for my monthly class this morning and we made this gorgeous card using the shaving foam technique.

Shaving Foam Technique - Christmas : Wonderful Year stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Have you tried it?

Tips:

  • Shimmery White cardstock works the best for this technique
  • any shaving foam will do – it doesn’t have to be expensive
  • add drops of each colour of reinker to your shaving foam and create a swirly pattern with a knife or skewer
  • ‘smoosh’ (that’s the technical term) your cardstock on top of your shaving foam mix
  • remove & wipe off the excess with a squeegee
  • all to dry before adding to your card

I’ve embellished with copper foil & embossing.

I {LOVE} the boldness of the sentiments from the “Wonderful Year” stamp set.

Shaving Foam Technique - Christmas : Wonderful Year stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I hope you get a chance to try this fun technique.

It works with pretty much any colour combination – and the best part is the experimentation!  You will never get the same pattern – even from the same shaving foam / ink set.

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CASEing the Catty #97 Favourite Holiday Bundle

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Guess what folks?  It’s a long weekend here in Western Australia, so tonight is not the last moments of my weekend – woo hoo!!!

And I’ve been able to keep it relatively commitment free, which has meant lots of craft time already and more to come.

Lazy days are few & far between here!


Thanks for joining me for another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  The theme this week is ‘Favourite Holiday Bundle’, so prepare to be inspired to use all those great bundles you’ve bought from the new catalogue.  There’s a great variety with the team all having different favourites.

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As always, ‘favourite’ was tricky for me – I love them all.

But at the moment, I’ve been enjoying using (and Pinterest-ing) my Santa’s Sleigh bundle – so I’m calling that the ‘favourite of the moment’!!!

My inspiration for today’s project came from 2 places – the catalogue (of course) but also from a fabulous blog post from Olga Cavanaugh.

Olga shares 4 different ideas for this bundle (most in 2 colour options)!  Make sure you click on her name above to visit her blog and see her great projects!


It was her z-fold card that caught my attention.

This is the catalogue inspiration, which formed the colour palette and some of the design elements.

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I combined it with Olga’s inspiring layout to create…

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Z-Fold cards are so much fun and so easy to make!

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

My card features 6 Kraft reindeers with black hooves (as per the inspiration photo), a gold sleigh, green & gold trees and a Softly Falling embossed background.

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Add some stars for extra bling, bows for the reindeer and glitter snow on the tree and it’s sparkly and bright!

The embellishment fits perfectly on the left panel – I wasn’t sure it would!!!  You can’t always translate 3D projects from the catalogue to cards without making adjustments.

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Z-Fold cards fold up flat, which means they are perfect for posting to your recipient, who can then display them once they arrive.

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

You write your Christmas wishes on the back, which is blank (unless you choose to decorate that too).


To make your own at home:

  • Cut a piece of A4 cardstock in half down the long middle – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″
  • Score at 2-15/16″ and 5-7/8″
  • Fold in half and then fold the section with the 2-15/16″ score line back again so it sits in front (at the left of the card)
  • Cut a strip of cardstock along the long edge 1″ wide (if you want it to line up with any background cardstock or DSP you are using, cut 1/4″ off the length)
  • Fold in half & crease with a bone folder, fold one section in half again
  • Once you’ve added your background DSP/cardstock pieces, adhere the folded strip to the front with the longer piece on top and the smaller pieces folded under the right side.  Make sure to use strong adhesive like Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape.  You only add adhesive to the part of the strip that attaches to the left panel and the back of the small right panel.
  • Add your other embellishments to finish your card

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Thanks for hopping with me.

From here, you can visit Rebecca Scurr (previous blog) and her awesome Holiday project or Julia Quinn (next blog) for her great ideas!

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ESAD Blog Hop – 2016 Holiday Catalogue

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Hello!  And welcome to the first of 3 blog hops I’m participating in over the next 17 hours – you’re in for a treat!

First up is the ESAD hop which is featuring projects from 25 South Pacific Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

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You’ll hop back & forwards between Australia and New Zealand to sample the delights of the 2016 Holiday Catalogue.

If you missed the release on Thursday, or saw it and are crazy excited like us, then make sure to visit all the blogs – the creativity is wonderful!

Blog hops go in a big circle.  So, if you’ve hopped from Cathy in our national capital (Canberra) – thanks for visiting me in Bunbury, Western Australia.  Just started or still going? Make sure to visit Leonie next, back on the east coast (Sydney).


Now, for my project.  I’m sharing a fancy fold card using one of my favourite bundles from the new catalogue – Star of Light stamp set & Starlight Thinlits.

 

I’ve already seen so many lovely cards on Pinterest using this bundle (buy both the stamp set & thinlits and save 10%).

Want to pin my Christmas Trinket Easel Card?  Click here.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It’s surprisingly easy to make (see full instructions below) & lots of wow.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

When flat, it’s a pretty card with beautiful colours and that lovely star…

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

When open & in easel layout, the free-hanging ornament is stunning.

These ornaments come in a set of 24 (8 each of 3 designs).

I’ve used the cute little silver bell from the Christmas Trinkets Embellishments pack, but can’t wait to use the holly & gingerbread men too!

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’ve paired it with a new DSP from the catalogue – Petals & Paisleys Specialty – which is not actually a Christmas themed paper, but works so well with these colours!  And makes it a super versatile investment!

Easel cards make great Christmas cards because they look amazing displayed on a mantlepiece (for the traditional) or side table (for everyone else!).

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Make your own Christmas Trinket Easel Card…

*** Measurements are in inches and suit Australian A4 cardstock.
If anyone has adaptations for US cardstock, I’d be happy to share.

*** Tutorial designed to go with pictures below

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CARD FRONT

  1. Start with a piece of cardstock that is half A4 (longways) – 4-1/8″ x 11-5/8″ {Pool Party}
  2. Score at a quarter of the way (2-15/16″) and half way (5-7/8″) – fold & crease
  3. Mark the middle point along the fold and with your card front folded, punch a 1″ circle – roughly in the middle of the card front, along the fold
  4. Adhere a decorative panel to the bottom of the card front – I used Very Vanilla embossed with Petal Burst – 3-7/8″ x 2-13/16″
  5. Turn to the reverse side of the card front and re-punch the circle you made so the decorative panel doesn’t show through
  6. Stamp the swirl from Star of Light in Pool Party across the top panel of the card front and the Merry Christmas sentiment in Basic Gray Archival ink.

STAR CENTRE

  1. Cut two solid stars from Mint Macaron cardstock (Starlight Framelits)
  2. Cut one large decorative star from Silver Foil cardstock (I use an adhesive backing sheet to make the sticking process easier)
  3. Adhere the silver foil star to one of the Mint Macaron stars
  4. Using the 3/4″ circle punch, cut a circle from the middle
  5. Line up both Mint Macaron stars and using the 3/4″ punch again, cut the middle from the second MM star in the same place
  6. Using the 1/8″ handheld punch, punch a little hole above the circle on the Mint Macaron/Silver star combination
  7. Thread twine (I used metallic gold) through your chosen Christmas Trinket, and then through the little hole so that your trinket hangs in the middle of the star
  8. Adhere the string to the back of the star (I used Fast Fuse) and cover with the second MM star
  9. Adhere the bottom portion of the star to the card front so that the two side points line up with the card front crease line

CARD INNER

  1. Adhere a piece of DSP to the inside of the card – I used Petals & Paisley – 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″
  2. Stamp the ‘May your season be peaceful…” sentiment in Basic Gray Archival ink on Very Vanilla cardstock
  3. Cut using the largest label from the Tags & Labels Framelits
  4. Adhere to a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock (2-1/8″ x 2-5/8″) and place rhinestones in each corner
  5. Adhere to the DSP (towards the bottom so it doesn’t show through the circle when the card is closed) with Stampin’ Dimensionals

Optional: add a piece of Very Vanilla to the back of the card as a writing panel (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″)


Thank you for joining me for this blog hop.  Next stop is the always inspirational Leonie Schroder.  Or hop backwards to see what Cathy Pinchbeck made.

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If you get lost at any point along the week, there’s a full list of participants below.

If you love what you see, please leave a comment – it’s so lovely to hear from the people that are visiting!

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Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Libby Dyson
  3. Nicole Wilson
  4. Rachael Lewsley
  5. Cathy Pinchbeck
  6. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  7. Leonie Schroder
  8. Delys Cram
  9. Monique Fielder
  10. Richelle Fletcher
  11. Barbara Williams
  12. PapillonPapercraft
  13. Kathryn Ruddick
  14. Michele Jutrisa
  15. Carolina Evans
  16. Liv Ingle
  17. Rochelle Blok
  18. Emily Campbell
  19. Samantha White
  20. Andrea Buckland
  21. Maree McIntosh
  22. Renee Lynch
  23. Peta Stephen
  24. Jackie Noble
  25. Alisa Tilsner

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