CASEing the Catty #124 Host Sets

Happy Easter Sunday!

How’s the chocolate consumption going?  I have OD’d!!!  Someone hide the secret stash from me!!!

I’m pleased to be sharing a chocolate free creation with you today for CASEing the Catty #124 – Host Sets.

For this challenge we had free reign on any inspiration coming from the host sets in the Annual or Occasions catalogue.

I flicked through the catalogue earlier in the week and couldn’t make a deicions.  WHen I came back to it later in the week, it was an easy choice.

Funny how our experiences during the week can alter how we think or see things!

My week has been all about the retirement list.  There’s still lots of choice for amazing Stampin’ Up! items – many at a discount.

Technically, all of the host sets are retiring (they always do).  But it was another retiring set that I wanted to get inky again… before it goes!

I’ve loved Kinda Eclectic!!!  That sweet little butterfly has featured on many cards produced via my craft table.

I used the layout from this host card in the Annual Catalogue…

To create this Kinda Eclectic version with butterflies!

I used the Gold Wink of Stella pens to create the gold splatters on the card base.

This has {NEVER} worked for me before!  And now that I’ve been able to master it, I’m sad that the gold pen is retiring!  But soooooo happy that the Clear Wink of Stella pen is staying around.

The sentiment is from the Helping Me Grow stamp set.  Although retiring, I’m going to keep this set in my stash because it’s a classic for teachers and other helping influences.

If you see any favourites in my blog posts over the next 6 weeks that I mention as retiring, you’ll want to order those before they disappear forever!  Stocks are available unti 31st May 2017 or the warehouse runs out – whichever comes first!  Retirement list shopping is best done in my online store.

Please join us for the CASEing the Catty challenge by visiting our Facebook page.

You can enjoy more design team inspiration by visiting the blog of my talented stamping friend Monique Fielder

Until next time,

 

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Happy Easter 2017!

I was going to post my 2017 Easter Treats tomorrow… but then I realised if you are a last minute crafter like me, they might be useful today!

But let me start off your day with one of my favourite memes that pops up every Easter…


This year, my Easter cards and gifts were nice & simple – which is often perfect!

But, I did make several of these Z-Fold planter box cards to share with special people.

I really loved the Basket Bunch and Basket Builder Framelit Dies for Easter this year.  They were cute & fun!!!

They are both currently on the retirement list – and at a discount.  It’s a great way to get stamps for next Easter at a great price!

This card is just like a normal Z-fold card but with cardstock stuck between the z-fold and the card base to create a planter box.

I did miss an easy ‘Happy Easter’ sentiment in this bundle, but I made my own using the ‘happy’ stamp from the Tin of Cards and Suite Sentiments stamp sets (both on the retirement list).

How cute is that bunny popping out the side when the card is closed???


The other Easter project I’m sharing with you is quick & simple.

I always have a stash of our 2″ x 8″ cello bags on hand because they make great gifts and you can fill them with lots of things including Easter eggs.

Add a cute bunny and they are ready to give out!

I hope you have a wonderful Easter filled with treats, fun and great company!

 

Introducing the Eastern Palace Suite

Hello!  I hope your Easter has started well!

It was a little about Easter today and a little about the new Eastern Palace suite – which I introduced to my birthday card class this morning.

The Easter part was the lovely gifts I got from some of the attendees…

Shhh ….. Those eggs are already eaten.

So spoilt!!!


Two of the cards we made during today’s class featured the pre-released Eastern Palace Suite.

This beautiful suite from the upcoming Annual Catalogue is being released before the catalogue even starts!

It’s available to demonstrators during April and customers during May.  I’ll post all the ordering details in early May.

And a few samples in April to get you excited!

This is the first card we made featuring the Eastern Beauty stamp set, Eastern Medallions Thinlits and Eastern Palace Speciality DSP.

You’ll also spy the stunning new Mini Sequin Trim.  I was lucky enough to get some of this as part of my display board stamping box for OnStage.

It’s amazing!  And will be available when the new catalogue is released on 1st June 2017.


The next card we made featured the beautiful medallion thinlit again – this time transformed into a doily to use in a layered frame card design.

On this card is also some items that are carrying over into the upcoming catalogue – Feather Together stamp set, White Accents, Bold Butterfly Framelit – and one of the 2017-2019 In Colors!

I was on the fence about Lemon Lime Twist initially, but as predicted, I’m absolutely falling in love!  I really love it with this black, white & gray combination where the colour just pops!


The third card we made for this class featured retiring products.  There was a little system glitch during the week where stamp sets were unorderable due to being in discontinued mode.  There was however stock in the warehouse!

So, good news!  The glitch has been fixed and the retirement list is full of your favourites again – but probably not for long!

If there’s anything you want, be sure to shop in my online store!

Host code for April is JQENNDM4.

Can you spot the retiring items?

I count 5….

As always, I’m going to miss items from the 2015-2017 Annual Catalogue – but I’m so excited about what’s to come!!!

I can start sharing physical copies of the catalogues with you when they arrive on my doorstep in mid May.  Until then, you’ll have to enjoy the sneak peek samples I share with you!

Just Add Ink #355 Sketch

Welcome to the weekly Just Add Ink challenge!

I love the rotation of challenges at Just Add Ink!  There’s always something new to try & inspire!

This week we’re making to a sketch designed by the super talented Narelle.

And you know sketches are one of my favourite types of challenges!

I’m a little scared to post products from the retirement list at the moment because they are selling out fast!!!

But when I made this card and checked the list, the Cupcakes & Carousel stamp set and DSP were still available!  And the DSP is on sale in the Australian market!!!

My apologies if they’ve disappeared since then.

My original plan was actually a Nailed It (tools) card – but that bundle is {ALL GONE}.

If you’d like to shop from the retirement list, make sure you place your order soon!


So….. this is my vintage themed carousel card….

I’m much better at clean edges and straight lines than I am at vintage, so this might not be as vintage as some…. but I did rough the edges!

And added Soft Suede ink over the Crushed Curry on the carousel before I stamped it.


Although the plan for this card was to feature retiring products, there’s a sneaky peek on this card….

Very Vanilla cardstock will soon come in T-H-I-C-K!!!  I can sense the excitement from the VV fans!

Visit the Just Add Ink blog to see the other Design Team samples and add your creation to our link up.

If you need to place a retirement list order, you can visit my online store.  The host code for April is JQENNDM4.

Happy stamping!


On the Retirement List (while stocks last!)

Colour INKspiration #07

Thank you once again for all the support you’ve been giving our colour challenges!

It’s the second Wednesday of the month, which means a new colour combination to inspire us!

This fortnight, we’re playing with a sweet palette of Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight, Pink Pirouette & Tip Top Taupe.

I’m so pleased to be celebrating my 2 favourite outgoing In Colors.  With the retirement list released yesterday, make sure you’ve stocked up on all the 2015-2017 In Color supplies you need.  Once they sell out, they’ll be gone {forever!}.

I was going to tuck away my new OnStage stamps and share them with you a bit later, but I couldn’t resist for this card on 2 counts….

  1. This stamp set is adorable!
  2. The colours are perfect for a little piggy!!!

So, let me introduce you to one of the little piggies we’ll be meeting when the new catalogue launches on 1st June 2017.

I love this time of the year – the triple dipping is wonderful for creativity!

I have products from the two current catalogues plus all the sneak peeks from the upcoming catalogue!  It’s going to make for some fabulous creations!

I took the colour theme through to the inside of this card too…

This piggy is going to be a hit!  Such a happy little gal!

Thanks for joining me for a colour filled blog hop.

You can see more design team creations by following this link to the beautiful & talented Nikki Spencer

And be sure to visit the Facebook page to see the challenge entries shared by fellow crafters and upload your own creation using the colours from challenge #7!


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OnStage 2017 – New Colour Reveal!

One of the main highlights of a Stampin’ Up! event is all the sneak peek opportunities.  We saw so many beautiful things on Saturday – including the 2017-2019 In Color range.  You are going to love it!!!

From this morning, all demos have access to view the new colours & annual catalogue online – can you feel the excitement?!

Although I can’t share the inside pages of the catalogue with you unless you join my team, I can share some of the sneak peeks here on my blog.

And I can share the retirement list from the current Annual Catalogue and the Occasions Catalogue!  Click here to see what doesn’t make it to the next catalogue.


Are you ready for the new colours?  These pretties will launch on the 1st June 2017.

Allow me to introduce to you the 5 new beautiful In Colors…

Of course when new colours come out, we’re desperate to see them in action.

Here’s a comparison between the new colours & similar existing colours within the range.

These samples are from my Display Board at OnStage Perth. The card base is a Whisper White notecard.  The sentiments are from the new Eastern Beauty stamp set (available to as a special preview suite on 1st May) and the colour strips are using the new Decorative Ribbon Border punch.

Stampin' Up! 2017 In Color Comparison - Berry Burst | Kelly Kent mypapercraftjourney.com

I could have actually done a green comparison too for Tranquil Tide – it’s a transient colour in that the way you perceive it changes based on what colours you match it with!  Cool, hey!


The new colours are just beautiful!  Do you have a favourite?

I always have an instant favourite – Berry Burst and a slow burn…. one I didn’t think I’d love until I started using it.  I wonder which of the other 4 that will be… there’s a little niggle telling me it’s going to be Lemon Lime Twist.  Watch out for some bright and fun creations over the next year!

New colours need more storage, so please download, use and share my marker and ink refill inserts.

These files are hosted on Dropbox and can be downloaded in jpg format or word document by clicking the links below…

2017 – 2019 Stampin’ Write Marker Insert (printed size: 17.8cm x 14.3cm)

2017 – 2019 Ink Refill Insert (printed size: 16.1cm x 8.3cm)

2017-2019 Marker & Ink Refill Inserts WORD document

If you’d like other colour ranges from previous years, please click here for posts that include more download links.

If you have any issues accessing any of the files, please send me an email so I can help you.

I hope you enjoy these free printable inserts!

If you need to stock up on cases, click on the photos below.


Excited about the new colours???  Stampin’ Up! customers can order the full range of new colours from 1st June 2017.

Stampin’ Up! demonstrators can order from 2nd May 2017.  If you’d like your In Color range sooner and at a discount, then you might like to join my Paper Adventures team.

The Starter Kit is $169 and includes your choice of $235 of products, free shipping and a 20% discount on all purchases while you are a demo!  You’ll also get a free gift from me!

If you’d like the join the new color frenzy, you can find more info here or if you’re ready to purchase your Starter Kit and join Stampin’ Up!, click here.

We’re ready to say hi!!!

OnStage 2017 – Team Swaps & Gifts

On Saturday I posted the cute little affirmation swaps I made for my stamping friends and this morning it was the magnetic frames I made for my team.

Of course, I received many in return and will share these with you in 2 parts.

This is the first part.  Swaps & gifts I received from my team, extended team and design team friends.

I felt so totally spoilt – it was amazing!

First it’s the team gift I received from my Mum – Sheila Pybus.

{I learnt all I know about the beauty of generosity from my parents!}

A personalised team towel….

And Big Shot cover…

A team themed mini Pop Up card from Kristel

Beautifully decorated chocolates from Mandy

A tasty treat from Siobhan…

Coriana made a super fun Pop up Box which was personalised for each team member…

Melissa was an honorary member of the Paper Adventures team for the day and made us all pretty lip balm gifts…


Although my team had already given me gifts, they shared their swaps with me too!

Plus swaps from my extended team!!!

Here’s what they made…


And also some totally spoilt by the design team members I caught up with at the Perth event.

Except for the gorgeous Nicole & Chantell who live in Perth, the other DT friends flew in from interstate.  It was so special to be able to catch up with them!

Did I say totally spoilt???  Look at these beautiful gifts & cards from Nicole Wilson (Colour INKspiration), Rachel Palmieri (Colour INKspiration & CASEing the Catty), Kathryn Mangelsdorf (Colour INKspiration & CASEing the Catty), Tina Gillespie (Just Add Ink) and Judy May (CASEing the Catty).


Well, wasn’t this a photo heavy post!!!  I loved all the creativity of OnStage and wanted to share the talents of the people I know!!!

I’ll share some of the other swaps I received later in the week.

Did I mention that I’m still on a post OnStage high???  If you didn’t come to this one, you’ll have to make plans for the next one which is 11th November 2017.  I’m able to reveal the locations tomorrow, so check back in for more OnStage recap!