ESAD Occasions & SAB 2015 Blog Hop – Getting into Guy Greetings!

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Welcome to another ESAD blog hop – a round trip through lots of inspiration for products from the 2015 Occasions catalogue & 2015 Sale-A-Bration range.  You might be starting here, finishing here or just stopping by on your way around.  If you’re on your way, then you’ve just seen Amity’s Project Life creations.  Next stop on the journey is Norelle’s blog.  A full list of participants is at the bottom of this post.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.

Welcome to my projects.  After buying what seems like most of the products (shhhh!) from the new Occasions catalogue (who can choose a favourite when the offerings are that good???) and earning quite a few SAB gifts, I had quite a selection of products from which to choose for my blog hop focus.

After some umm-ing & ahhhh-ing, I have ended up deciding to showcase the very interesting stamp set “Guy Greetings” (138825/138828/137178) – mainly as a bit of a push to ink it up and hopefully fall in love with it.

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You see, since it arrived, I’ve been struggling to get excited about it!  [And based on the offerings of Pinterest, I might not be the only one].  In theory, it’s a great set – masculine theme, great font and lots of potential… but something about it has been blocking my creative flow.

Well, not anymore for this old-fashioned engine with determination!

Armed with a theme of Night of Navy, Cajun Craze & my favourite neutrals, here’s what I came up with:


“You’re My Anchor”

Guy Greetings paired with Birthday Bash DSP (137783), Starbust Framelits (132967) and Painted Blooms Cotton Twine (137873).

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Do you like the boating knot? Learn how to tie your own by following this tutorial.


“Hardwood Classic”

Guy Greetings coupled with Hardwood Background Stamp (133032) and On Film Framelits (132969).

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The Hardwood stamp would have to be one of my all-time favourite SU! stamps.  It goes with so many themes.


“Mechanical Bro”

Guy Greetings featuring a punch art coverall made using Square Framelits (130921) & Triangle Punch (133375).

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I do love my punch art!  This design would also work for hi-vis (which gives me an idea for the future!) or a crisp white shirt, making it perfect for a range of men.  As well as “brother”, Guy Greetings comes with father, Grandpa, Dad, husband & uncle – fully customisable for the men in your life.


And one final share, to go with my mechanic punch art card.

“Tool Bag Curvy Keepsake Box” (135853).

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Did you know that quite a few of the popular products from the 2014 Holiday Catlaogue are back as ‘returning favourites’, which is fabulous because the Curvy Keepsake Box has definitely been a favourite of mine![You can see them on page 49 of the Occasions 2015 catalogue].

So far all of my Curvy Keepsake Box creations have been ‘lovely for the ladies’ or ‘cool for kids’, so I wanted to create one that was ‘great for guys’.  Think Dad’s Tool Bag could be a winner – especially if it was filled with his favourite chocolates.


Thanks for joining me while I made friends with my Guy Greetings Stamp Set.  It’s definitely grown on me and I’m excited to make more ‘manly’ cards throughout the year.

Next stop on the blog hop is Norelle.  Please leave a comment or two as you hop around – we love hearing from you!  Kelly x

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LIST OF BLOG HOP PARTICIPANTS:

1. Libby Dyson

2. Narelle Hoggard

3. Leonie Schroder

4. Jenny Hayward

5. Tamsin Adams

6. Helen Williams

7. Pauline Bennetts

8. Monique Fielder

9. Nicole Wilson

10. Keryn Campbell

11. Clare Mcilhatton

12. Ria Kaire

13. Kathryn Ruddick

14. Sally Williams

15. Tricia Raineri

16. Nerida Carter

17. Mel Pagano

18. Rachael Lewsley

19. Amity Knight 

20. Kelly Kent – you are here!

21. Norelle Targato

Happy Birthday to the Apple of our Eye {Sheltering Apple Tree}

It’s a special day in our house today.  As well as being our – no longer celebrated – wedding anniversary, it is also Alexa’s 4th birthday.

I love a good theme, and this year for Alexa it’s apples, which has been a fun but frustrating theme.  Try typing ‘apple’ into Google or ebay … all that comes up is the technology brand & its range!  Not to worry … I got there in the end!

Tomorrow we are celebrating with a red & green themed apple party.  The party invite was a 3littlebirdsprints design:

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As I love to do, I made Alexa’s birthday card to match the style of the invite and included a ‘Sheltering Apple Tree’.  I knew when I saw Sheltering Tree in the Occsions catalogue that it would make an amazing apple tree.  And it does!  The colours look incredible!!!

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And of course, a curvy keepsake box!  Alexa has been asking every time we take a CKB to one of her friend’s birthday when she will get hers.  Well my sweetheart – this is yours.  An Apple Curvy Keepsake Box.

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Happy Birthday to our sweet not-so-little-anymore 4 year old! Lots of love & sugary kisses, Mummy & Daddy Papercraft x

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Product List

Big Shot

$149.95
Heat Tool

$49.95

“Herd” You Were … Looking for some card ideas!

I’m still loving “From the Herd”.  It’s so fun much to colour the farm animals with Blendabilities & they make a great centrepiece for a light hearted (gender neutral) card.  I love the match with the Hardwood Background Stamp which is a constant favourite on my craft table.  It’s fabulous when the old & the new make such good friends.

These are two of my recent creations.  In this one I wanted the animals to be peeking out from behind a fence to mimic the ‘looking in on you’ sentiment.  It makes for a perfect get well card.

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The second is for a work colleague who is leaving.  There isn’t a ‘good luck’ type sentiment in the set, which is  shame because the first thing I thought when I saw this stamp set in the catalogue was “woo hoo, a ‘from all of us’ sentiment that would be perfect for group cards”.  Not to worry – the computer came to the rescue and I was able to add in my own sentiments.  I love the “punny” of using ‘herd’ rather than ‘heard’.  I hope the person receiving the card gets it, otherwise they’ll think I’m a really bad speller! Kelly x

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Product List

Big Shot

$149.95

I Love Lace Background Stamp

I’ve been coveting the “I Love Lace” Background stamp since it appeared in the new catalogue back in July..  I’ve seen lots of lovely cards made with it – it’s the epitome of girly!  I’ve opted for a simple card for it’s first run, but looking forward to something more elaborate in the future (it looks amazing embossed in gold!).  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Window Frames

Punches: Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly, Hexagon

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Embossing: Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Versmark

Stamp Sets: I Love Lace, Four You, Papillon Potpourri

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals

Masculine Mayhem!

On Thursday night, 5 lovely ladies joined me for a night of cardmaking.  The theme was cards that would be suitable for a male.  I often hear that masculine cards are the hardest to come up with, so hopefully these ideas help you out a little.  Although my designs were made with “Father’s Day” (and happy birthday) sentiments, most of the ladies chose other ones to put on their card fronts including “happy birthday”, “lucky you” & “from me to you”.  The variety in SU! is great!

If you like what you see, are in Bunbury and you’re interested in attending a card class like this one, contact me.  I can invite you to the next one or you can host your own (host your own & earn rewards).  Kelly x

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Stamp Sets: Traveler, Work of Art, World Map Background, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

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Framelits: Mustache, On Film

Punches: Angled Tag Topper, 1/2″ Circle

Stamp Set: And Many More

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Framelits: On Film, Stars, Project Life Cards & Labels

Embossing Folder: Lucky Stars**

Stamp Set: Boys Will Be Boys

**Note: some of the links to new products in this blog post will come up with an error until the catalogue becomes available to the general public on 28th August 2014.

3D Pirate Ship Invites because “Captain Heather is 4 years old!”

It’s always fun to create ‘fun’ – so playing ship builder for Heather’s 4th birthday party was pretty cool! [Better than walking the plank!].

The brief was to create invites to suit a pirate themed party (chosen by the birthday girl herself) that would maintain her mother’s status as an overachieving parent.  I think these 3D creations will do!  Kelly x

Photography by the overachieving mother in question: Siobhan Fitzsimmons

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Banners, Bitty Banners, Apothecary Accents

Punch: Handheld 1/8″ Circle

Stamps: Hardwood Background

Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black

Ink: Early Espresso

Packaging: Gusseted Cellophane Bags

Extras – SU!: Paper Snips, Season of Style Washi Tape (retired)

Extras – non SU! – Printer, Bamboo Sticks, florist foam, hot glue

Retiring – En Francais Background Stamp

The En Francais Background Stamp is retiring – I am very sad to see this stamp go!  I love the script font, the French influence and the size of the stamp.  To say goodbye, I’ve used it on the inside of a tag closure card.

But, good news – the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch is staying!  [Audible sigh of relief!].  And if I had to choose between those two favourites, I’d say Stampin’ Up! got it right.  Kelly x

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Supplies on the Retirement List (all other products will be available in 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue):

Hostess code for online shopping: 2EKWQNRH.

 

Birthday Calendar – the new & the traditional

I mentioned in a previous post that events tend to sneak up on me.  My style of record keeping has been looking something like this:

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Brewing in my creative brain over the past few weeks has been the development of a birthday calendar where the special dates of my nearest and dearest can be stored in one place, giving me access to a list of required cards & presents at just one glance.  Now, I haven’t done a survey, but I’m pretty sure that my family & friends ‘expect’ a handmade card [even look forward to it ???] and some even wait with held breath to see if I’ve had enough time to make a card set for them.  It’s lovely for my craft to have this level of respect.  But it does add a certain amount of pressure to the birthday scenario!  But, it also does give me some leverage with my frequent Stampin’ Up! purchases … by making cards and gifts I’m ‘saving’ money – right?    I’ll do whatever it takes to justify a purchase!

Anyway, the hypothetical design for my birthday calendar went through many phases.  I ended up at a very simple easel design (the traditional).  I had intended to use pre-bought index cards, but when I put these into my easel, they looked wrong.  So, with my trusty MDS (the new), I designed my own index cards – one for each month.  Designing my own made it possible to keep with the colour & style theme I’d chosen.

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MDS Layout for Birthday Calendar

The final design:

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Dimensions:

  • Tangerine Tango: 58 x 68, scored at 110 & 34 along the 68 side (easel base)
  • Tangerine Tango: 58 x 34 (easel front)
  • Very Vanilla 56 x 32 (easel front – decorative inset)
  • Very Vanilla 50 x 30 (index cards) I printed 4 months at a time onto A4 sheets and then cut them down to size.
  • DSP 54 x 30

Supplies:

Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, MDS

Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla

Ink: Soft Suede

DSP: Venetian Romance

Stamp Set: En Francais

Extras: Antique Brad, Stamping Sponges

Boxes of Love for Mum

I saw this project and it was love at first sight!  Erica from Pink Buckaroo Designs posted a picture of this project as part of her Flower Frenzy Project Planner.  I loved it so much, I dropped everything else I had on my agenda and set to working out how to copy her design.  This is my version:

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I have added a “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiment and decided it would make a lovely gift for Mother’s Day.  Mother’s Day in Australia is on Sunday 11th May.  Events like this tend to sneak up on me, so I’m getting in early this year.  Every Mum loves flowers and flowers that never die are even better!  It’s definiately a WOW project.  A little effort for a lot of impact.  I’ll be posting my Mother’s Day designs over the coming weeks.  Kelly x

Supplies:

Tools: Simply Scored, Big Shot, Fringe Scissors

Dies: Spiral Flower

Framelits: Deco Labels

Stamp Sets: My Mother, Hardwood Background

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Whisper White

Ink: Blushing Bride

Extras: Sticky Strip, Antique Brads, Linen Thread, Paper Piercer

Grandma’s Gift – Thinlits ‘Easel’ Card

If you’ve been following my blog over the last few days, you will have seen Grandma’s birthday present take shape – all Wetlands themed.  All up, her gift consists of a “Tea & Yums“, Handcrafted Card Set & Notecard Set.  The finishing touch is a birthday card (of course!).

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I used the Label Card Thinlits Die to create a mock easel card.  But lying it on it’s side, the card stands up in a triangle formation, much like an easel card.  The thinlits die does all the hard work for you, cutting and scoring in all the right places.  I stamped the front side with the Hardwood Background stamp, added the duck from the Wetlands stamp set into the label ‘flip’ section of card and then embellished using stamps from the “You’re Lovely” Sale-A-Bration stamp set and “happy Birthday wishes” from Petite Pairs.

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On the reverse side, I cut cardstock to fit the large panel and stamped the wading birds in the corner.  This is where I wrote my birthday message for Grandma.  To finish it off, I added the reeds to the top panel, around the duck.  I think it looks ‘just lovely’ and makes a change from the standard C6 card.  Plus, it’s perfect for Grandma, because I know she’ll display it on her sideboard, so as well as being a birthday card, it’s also a temporary art work (aren’t all handmade cards!).  Happy Birthday Grandma – Love Kelly x