Cards for Tweens – Part 2 (boys)

Part 2 – the cards I made for tween boys.  Mostly punch art in this set as I tried to capture the interests of a 9-10 year old boys.  You can find part 1 (girls) here.

Football Punch Art
Football Punch Art
Skateboard Punch Art
Skateboard Punch Art
Soccer Punch Art
Soccer Punch Art
From the Herd
From the Herd
Minecraft Punch Art
Minecraft Punch Art
Minecraft Punch Art
Minecraft Punch Art

Just Add Ink #252 Sketch Challenge – Happy Easter

This week at Just Add Ink its a sketch challenge.

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I’ve been wanting to try this ‘on the angle’ look for a while, so thanks for the push JAI.

With Easter only a month away, I thought it was time to get started on inking up my Occasions Easter sets and using them to create a ‘Happy Easer’ creation. Isn’t the bunny cute? He was a little delicate to fussy cut, but worth the effort! Kelly x

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Big Shot

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Product Update: Blendabilities go back to the drawing board

I made this card during the week with the plan to share it with you as part of my learning to love Blendablities journey.  And also to make a card that showcased products from the Annual Catalogue.  I feel like I’ve been neglecting it since Occasions & SAB came ontothe scene.

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However, since making it and now, Stampin’ Up! has temporarily stopped selling Blendabilities markers while they investigate manufacturing quality issues.

I’m looking forward to new & improved Blendabilities – I’ll keep you updated.  In the meantime, there’s always Stampin’ Write Markers, watercoloring, Aqua Painters, Blender Pens … It’s time to fall in love with some new techniques.  Kelly x

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Thank you, thank you, thank you! JAI 251

This week’s Just Add Ink challenge was {perfect} for me!  I have lots to be thankful about at the moment, but the most blog relevant is …

Over 500 Pinterest followers!

Over 150 blog subscribers!

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Wow – that’s a lot of people sharing in my papercraft journey! Thanks to each & every one of you.

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This is my card for Just Add Ink 251.  I’ve used Irresistibly Yours DSP, coloured with Melon Mambo Blendabilities markers.  There are lots of ways to colour the ’emboss resist’ DSP – markers, sponging, painting, braying, spritzing.  The products on pages 210-212 of the catalogue will set you up with everything you need!

I’ve added vellum to the top and finished with the ‘thanks’ (minus the ‘s’) and ‘you’ from the Hello You thinlits.  And for good measure, and happy balance, added a bejeweled Petite Petals flower.

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So, once again – thank you!  A blog isn’t worth writing unless someone is reading it.  And it makes me smile to know you are reading it.  Kelly x

 
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Glue Dots

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Bow Builder Punch for all Occasions & Sale-A-Brations

I love punches!  I have most of the SU! range and use them in almost every card I make – one way or another.

One of the newest additions to the family is from the Occasions catalogue – the Bow Builder Punch, which has three pieces used to make bows (as well as other things).

bow builder punchThe ESAD blog hop had some great inspiration for using the Bow Builder Punch – have a look at Libby & Nerida‘s blogs for great bow ideas.  And be sure to visit Clare’s blog for some truly amazing punch art using the Bow Builder punch.

Here is what I’ve been ‘building’ using my punch and some catalogue favourites:

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Showcasing some of my Sale-A-Bration favourites – Best Year Ever DSP, Best Year Ever Ribbon & Big Day Stamp Set with Calypso Coral Blendabilities.  All on the list of ~ FREE ~ products you can choose with every $90 spent until 31st March 2015.


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Lots of bows in this one to make a ‘bow blossom’ from Painted Blooms DSP, Spring Flowers TIEF and In-Colour Satin Ribbon (Hello Honey & Blackberry Bliss) mounted on a Whisper White Note Card (3.5″ x 5″).


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Last ‘bow’-tiful card is an anniversary card for my Mum & Dad, who after all these years are still happy together.  Featuring Stacked with Love DSP, Crazy About You bundle (Hello You Thinlits & Crazy about You Stamp Set).


Inspired to add the Bow Builder Punch to your collection yet?  It’s fun to use and super cute!  Go on…. Kelly x

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Floating to the Heights of a 2nd Birthday!

Good morning! Today’s card is … kids birthday card!  It’s been another action packed week of partying.

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Celebrate Today has been a solid favourite of mine since appearing in the Occasions 2015 catalogue.  I’ve made quite a few balloon cards with it, but this is the first time I’ve added the basket to transform it into a hot air balloon.   By adding multiple balloons, I’ve made this hot air balloon 3D.  The background is from the Sweet Dreams DSP pack – what a cute design!  And the perfect background for my hot air balloon to float on.

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Happy 2nd Birthday to Indigo (don’t you just love that name?). Kelly & the misses x

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Big Shot

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“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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Big Shot

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Here’s Looking at You – From the Herd

Have you seen “From the Herd?”.  It’s one of the new stamp sets available in the 2015 Occasions catalogue.  This 13 piece stamp set features the oh-so-cute farm animals all looking right at you – ready to wish you a variety of messages with 8 sentiment stamps including ‘happy birthday’, ‘from all of us’ (great for group or office cards), ‘it’s pasture birthday’ (when the card is a touch on the late side) & ‘just looking in on you … and hoping you’re feeling better soon’ (for those get well type cards).

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You don’t have to colour the animals, but they look great when coloured with the Blendabilities markers.  It’s been a fabulous chance for me to practice using these markers, which are surprisingly simple to get the hang of.  I particularly love that you get 3 colour tones of the same shade and they match Stampin’ Up! colours within the current range.  [And even better, there are 12 sets of these available for FREE as part of the Sale-A-Bration promotion].  Join the ‘party animals’ and have some fun yourself!  Kelly x

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Big Shot

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(catalogue links given for the Blendabilities, see also Sale-A-Bration catalogue)

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Easter Babies (Freshly Made Sketches 169)

The Occasions 2015 catalogue features a large range of seasonal stamps to suit the first half of the year including Valentine’s Day, Easter & Mother’s Day.  It’s a little early to be creating Easter cards, but I wanted to ink up my new “For Peep’s Sake” stamp set.

For Peep's Sake - Occasions 2015

So cute!  The little chicks make for a perfect ‘inky’ family – don’t you think?  And a great opportunity to create a card using this week’s Freshly Made Sketch (#169).

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So, this is another baby card on its way to a new set of parents, ready to raise their very own little chick.  There might be a few ‘for peep’s sake’ moments in the mix, but hope their baby experience is more ‘happy & hoppy’.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Deco Labels, Bitty Banners

DSP: Painted Blooms

Cardstock: Whisper White, Garden Green, Mossy Meadow

Ink: Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Rose Red, Mossy Meadow

Blendabilities: Daffodil Delight

Stamp Sets: For Peep’s Sake, And Many More

Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals

Fairy Garden Party – Whimsy Fairy Card & Curvy Keepsake Box

Today is the last of the 4th birthday parties this week – there has been a bit of a run of them.  We have a break now for a couple of weeks then it starts up again (my kids have a better social life than I do!!!)  I hope you’re enjoying all the kids themed cards.

Sophie is 4 today and celebrating her big day with a garden fairy party.  Her mum is one of my most lovely handmade supporters and asked me to make a fairy card for her birthday.  Now, whilst Stampin’ Up! have lots of great stamps, there wasn’t anything ‘fairy’ in the range that suited the vision in my head.  So, I shopped a little further afield (not something I do often!) and bought the Silver Fairy from Whimsy.

She’s very cute and perfect for colouring with Blendabilities!  I’ve been stocking up while Sale-A-Bration is on – there are 12 free colours to chose from.  This fairy is coloured with Melon Mambo & Coastal Cabana.  I was also able to use products from the Painted Blooms range in the Occasions 2015 catalogue – DSP & embossing folder.

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My card for Sophie also uses the Silver Fairy, coloured in once again with Blendabilities – this time a blonde fairy in a Rich Razzleberry & Old Olive theme.  More Painted Blooms DSP and first inking of ‘birthday girl’ from the Hooray It’s Your Day Stamp Set.  You can’t see it in the photo, but there’s a stunning butterfly on the inside [no room on the front, but I couldn’t leave it out!].

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And of course, a Fairy Garden Cottage Curvy Keepsake Box to match the theme.

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Happy Birthday Sophie – we’re looking forward to celebrating with you this afternoon.  A fairy garden part is a lovely way to spend the afternoon and such a fabulous theme to craft with!  Kelly & the little fairies x

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