Stamp Review Crew – Crafting Forever

Hello!  And welcome to the first Stamp Review Crew blog hop for September.  We (a fabulous group of international demonstrators) hop twice a month – all using the same stamp set.

If you’re already hopping, then you’ve visited the gorgeous Linda Callahan.  Next stop after me is over to Mike Funke who always makes great use of the stamp set!

Today, we’re sharing projects we’ve made using the Crafting Forever stamp set.

This set doubles as the Angel Policy copyright set available in the Annual Catalogue.

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! encourages you to sell your handcrafted projects to family/friends, at markets and online?  All they ask is that you follow their Angel Policy and use a copyright stamp on your project.  The policy applies to both demonstrators and customers selling their creations made using Stampin’ Up! products.

Most of the time, this goes on the back of your card along with your contact information…

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

 

You can find more information about Stampin’ Up!’s Angel Policy here.


Now to the projects!

I haven’t made anything using shrink plastic in a while, so for my projects today, I’ve made some little scissor charms and added them to my creations.

These are super easy to make!  Simply stamp the scissor stamp on white shrink plastic (get this online or at your local craft store) in Basic Black Archival Ink.  Allow to dry (or not – but it’ll smudge….. I was a little impatient and you can see some of the smudging!).

Once dry, colour the image using Sharpies (or any other alcohol based markers you own).  Cut around the shape with your snips and if you want to be able to attach it, punch a hole in the corner.

Then place the pieces between two pieces of vellum on a baking tray into a pre-heated 150 degrees Celsius oven (check the instructions on the brand of shrink plastic you buy, but this worked for me) for a couple of minutes.

Voila!  You end up with cute little scissor charms.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

You can also make decorative labels by stamping the sentiment in Basic Black Archival Ink and cutting with one of our punches (I used the Pretty Label Punch).

Once I had my charms made, it was time to add them to a pretty project!

The first one I had in mind was scissor charms!  Depending on who you hang out with, you might know a few stamping buddies that have scissors very similar to yours!

Add personalised charm to your scissors so you’ll know which ones to claim as yours – in the most stylish way possible!

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

I also added some of my favourite ribbons & trim to add some colour.  Apart from the pretty factor, I had an ulterior motive – my craft desk is black and I always seem to lose my scissors!!!  This will brighten them up and hopefully they’ll jump out at me when I’m looking.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent


The next project was, of course, a card – complete with one of my most favourite new DSP patterns!  This gorgeous green mix is from the Painted Autumn DSP that has just been released in the new Holiday Catalogue.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

I love a good banner, ribbon & DSP card, and the scissor charm worked well with the design.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

I wouldn’t have picked it at the start of the Annual Catalogue earlier this year, but Tranquil Tide is fast becoming a favourite of mine!!!

I was actually disappointed that I didn’t have any Tranquil Tide ribbon in my stash!  I’ll be fixing that little issue on my next order!

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

If you’ve never tried your Stampin’ Up! stamps with shrink plastic, then buy some soon and have a go!  It’s fun and give extra possibilities (smaller but awesome) to all the stamps you own!


To keep looking at wonderful creations with this stamp set, hop over to Mike Funke and see his fantastic creativity….

Thanks for joining us,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Miss Papercraft Turns 4!

It’s a special day at Papercraft HQ today – the littlest Miss Papercraft turns 4!

She’s a bundle of energy, full of laughs and provides lots of entertainment in our day!

Miss Papercraft Turns 4!

I got a bit cheeky for her party invites this year – and didn’t make them myself! (Insert gasp here!)

The bought ones were super cute & convenient, and although I didn’t realise at the time, would make a fabulous birthday card design.

Miss Papercraft Turns 4!

I love it when I can take something from everyday life and put a Stampin’ Up! spin on in.  Because Stampin’ Up! is so often on trend, it’s usually not hard to make it all match!

Miss Papercraft Turns 4!

The dots are from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and the amazingly coordinated sentiments are from the Window Shopping stamp set.

I even managed to pull out some matching wrapping paper!!!!

Miss Papercraft Turns 4!

Happy birthday to our gorgeous Miss.  We love you!


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Just Add Ink #366 – Add “A”

Welcome to another week of Just Add Ink.  So many lovely entries – thanks so much to all the artists that join the challenges each week!

We’ve got another wonderful theme just week – add “A” as suggested by Tina.  “A” is a great letter – it offers so many options!

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I have used “A” for {APPRECIATION}.

One of the stamp sets that caught my eye in the new catalogue was the ‘World’s Best Trophy’ set.  I loved the huge variety and number of personalised sentiments it offered – 53 stamps in all!!!

As it turns out, the generic sentiments make a great card of appreciation!

JAI #366 Add "A" for Appreciation | kelly kent

I used the ‘world’s greatest’ to stamp the background in a repetition pattern, offsetting the line spacing so that it reads across as well as down.

And then I used the ‘you’re the’ & ‘best’ stamps to create a focal point using banners to make it award or medal like in keeping with my theme!

JAI #366 Add "A" for Appreciation | kelly kent

And yes, using Coffee Break DSP again – I just love it!!!


Since the first card worked out so well I thought I’d make another in more girly colours.  I have so many women in my life that I am appreciative of – so this is for all of you!!!

JAI #366 Add "A" for Appreciation | kelly kent

More lovely DSP – this time using the Bundle of Love DSP.  Pink on one side, gold on the the other!!

As with many of my card designs, I made it ‘same-same-but-different by not only changing the colours, but flipping the layout into landscape mode.  It’s a great way to create a new card with little extra design time.

JAI #366 Add "A" for Appreciation | kelly kent

If you’d like to “Just Add A”, then please link your card to our challenge blog and add a photo to our link up.  Each week we select a winner and 2 honourable mentions.

We love seeing what you create and I’m constantly inspired by the talented crafters that join us for the Just Add Ink challenges.

You can also find the full gallery of design team cards on the Just Add Ink blog!

Until next week, be amazing, awesome & artistic!!!


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Squeezing in a Challenge – Out with the old …

Well, it’s official… the 2014 catalogue has been retired!  It’s been a busy week of sharing all the new catalogue buzz.  I’m sneaking in a second post today to show you my challenge projects (nothing like leaving it until the last minute!).

Just Add Ink #264 has this sketch challenge:

Which inspired me to open up my Bohemian DSP and hostess only stamp set “Happy Birthady Everyone” and make this:

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And then over at ESAD Designs, Keryn Campbell challenged us to take a project we made using 2014 products and remake it with a 2015 spin.  So I made this:

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Thankfully, the Curvy Keepsake Box die is in the new catalogue {phew!}.  But the DSP and punch I used in my original ‘curvy tea & chocolates‘ set have both retired.  So, this is the 2015 version with a Bohemian colour palette and featuring new stamps.

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This will make a great set for a friend who is having a birthday this week (which makes me happy to be able to say I didn’t leave everything until the last minute!).

I’m so excited that I’ll have more “2015” products joining me soon! It seems a few of you will also be having SU! boxes heading your way – thanks to everyone who placed an order today.

Looking forward to sharing my new pretties at the launch.  Kelly x

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Banner Triple Punch {Convention Catch-up}

One of the punches I received in my pre-convention BBB (big brown box for those who don’t speak fluent SU!), was the Banner Triple Punch.  I was so excited when I first heard about it and even more excited when it arrived.

Here’s the main things I love about it:

  • It cuts cardstock/DSP into a banner any size from “nothing” to 2″.  As long as it fits into the largest guide, it will cut the end into a perfect banner.
  • It has three guides to help you align your cardstock and get a perfectly aligned middle point – 1″, 1.5″ & 2″.
  • You can also cut a purposely not-so-perfect banner by altering what angle or position you put your cardstock in at.
  • It’s all one mechanism – no switching between modes/levels to get different sizes.
  • It can also cut chevron pieces if you keep pushing & punching.
  • The banner shape is great – not too pointy, not too flat!

That’s pretty much everything you need to know about the banner triple punch {it’s awesome}!


The other helpful hint I’ll share with you is the allowances you need to make to your cardstock strip to make sure you always end up with the finished size you want.  You can see it in picture format below, but I’ll explain in words too.

The first thing to note is that different cardstock widths end up with different amounts cut off the end.

  • 2″ strip cuts off 3/16″
  • 1.5″ strip cuts off 3/8″
  • 1″ strip cuts off 1/2″

Despite this, the measurement from the inner point to the end of your length is always the same – 13/16″.

So, the allowance you need to make depends on whether you need a minimum distance between each end of your cardstock/banner points or whether you want your finished banner to be a certain size.  Don’t forget, if you have a double ended banner, you will need to add the extra length to each end (ie, double the allowance).

  • For minimum distance – add 13/16″ from where the inner point starts to the end of your length irregardless of the width of your cardstock.  For example, if you want a 1″ double ended banner than ends up being 3″ between each point, you need to add 3″ + 13/16″ + 13/16″ = 4-5/8″ [you’ll end up with a banner that is 3-5/8″ long with 3″ between the points].
  • For overall length – add the lengths that relate to your width (as above).  For example, if you want a 1″ double ended banner that ends up being 3″ long, you need to add 3″ + 1/2″ 1/2″ = 4″ [you’ll end up with a banner that is 3″ long with 2-3/8″ between the points].

Until you get used to adding allowances, I’d recommend testing your calculations by punching a piece of scrap first.  I’ve ended up with some crazy short 2″ banners by forgetting to allow for between point width!!!

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This card from my convention board features each of the main Banner Triple Punch sizes (2″, 1.5″, 1″) and is an example of what a quick, easy & effective card you can make with banners.

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Aren’t banners wonderful?  And even better when they come in whatever size you need at the click of a punch.  You’ll definitely want to add the Banner Triple Punch to your new catalogue order.  Only a few more sleeps!!!  Kelly x

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*** Items in green are only available to demonstrators.  They will appear in the 2015-16 annual catalogue which is available from 2nd June 2015.

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