Shadow Box Butterfly Card – JAI272

Good morning!  As always, I’ve left my JAI post until the last minute.  It’s been a busy week but who can resist a challenge that’s all about butterflies?

I had initially planned to do a framed Monarch butterfly (think the “Kodak” orange & black butterfly) using a shadow box frame border.

But, when I was Googling instructions for making a shadow box frame, I came across Dawn’s version of a shadow box and totally changed tack.

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This shadow box is super simple, very easy & a big wow!  You can decorate the ‘box’ however you like.  The scoring on each end makes it stand up for display, but it squashes flat for putting into an envelope.

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Did you know that the two sets of butterfly framelits/thinlits coordinate with each other, giving you an intricate butterfly and a solid butterfly in the same size.  This is the small size.

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I adapted Dawn’s measurements to suit Australian card front size.

To make a shadow box:

  1. Cut two pieces of cardstock 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″ (I also cut a piece of DSP slightly smaller than the back piece – 4″x 5-3/4″ and adhered it to the back piece before scoring)
  2. Score each piece of cardstock 1/2″ & 1″ from each short side
  3. Cut a shape from the middle of the front piece of cardstock using a framelit of your choice (I used a circle)
  4. Fold your front & back pieces so they sit out from the middle (Dawn’s video shows this well)
  5. Using a strong adhesive such as Fast Fuse, stick together the ends of the card
  6. Decorate using your favourite SU! products.

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I hope you’ll make one of these cards.  They were amazingly easy and look magnificent!  If you’ve got some time to craft today, you may also want to play along with JAI 272.  Butterflies are very popular right now and make a great theme for cards. Kelly x

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Glue Dots

$9.00

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Hello 2015 catalogue, it’s so nice to see you!

The 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue has arrived!!!

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You can download it here:

2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue

 


Today is catalogue transition day, which means you can order anything from:

  • the new catalogue (starts today)
  • the retiring catalogue (finishes today)
  • the occasions catalogue (finishes today)
  • weekly deals (finish today, more deals tomorrow)
  • clearance rack (while stocks last).

See yesterday’s post for a special offer of a free reinker with every $50 order placed today between midnight & 8pm (WA time).

I can’t wait for more of those big brown boxes to arrive on my doorstep!!!  Kelly x

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Heat Tool

$49.95

 

*** Want to shop online? The hostess code for June is MAB6AJXN.

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.

*** Want to shop online? The hostess code for May is MAB6AJXN.

Shaun the Sheep – Stampin’ Shenanigans!

When I was first coming up with convention samples, Shaun the Sheep had just hit the movies.

How could I resist making into a punch art creation, complete with a curvy keepsake box?

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How did I make him?  Why, with the tree builder punch of course!  I told you there was lots of potential in this punch!

Kelly x

Make your own Shaun:

  • Hair: scallop circle from the tree builder punch
  • Ears: flower from flower fair framelits
  • Face: 1-1/4″ circle with sides cut off
  • Eyes: middle size circle from owl builder punch & circle from cupcake builder punch
  • Body: tree top from tree builder punch
  • Legs: tree trunk from tree builder punch

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Sneak Peak product list:

  • Tree Builder Punch
  • Cherry on Top DSP paper stack
  • Cucumber Crush cardstock
  • Boho Chic embossing folder

 

Tree Builder Punch – be prepared to get more than you bargained for!

I know you’re going to love the tree builder punch, so I don’t have to “sell” it to you … but wait until you see it’s full potential and you won’t be able to resist adding it to your very first order!

Not only does it make the obvious tree that it’s name suggests – like my life cycle of the apple tree screen card…

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But you can use the pieces to make such a variety of cards/themes.  Especially when you add in the Sprinkles of Life stamp set…

Silver clouds
Silver clouds
Cupcake delight
Cupcake delight
Love birds
Love birds

The new catalogue starts soon (2nd June!), so not long until you can order these beautiful products.

There’s one more mailing selector run, so let me know if you’d like a copy sent direct to you.  Kelly x

Pre-order … Excellent… Plus baby bundle punch art!

Today me and hundreds of other demos will be placing their new catalogue pre-order.  Woo hoo!!!  It’s one of the many benefits of being part of the SU! family.

My pre-order list was made a little lighter this year by the wonderful opportunity I had to do a booth demonstration at the South Pacific Stampin’ Up! convention.  In order to make samples for our board, we were spoiled with a box of yet to be released products.  I am delighted to be able to tempt you with cute samples over the next month.

Today’s convention share is actually the last one I made, but by far one of my most favourite, and from the snippets of conversation I caught at convention, it was a winner there too.

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With the exception of the baby’s head (made using the 3/4″ circle), the baby bundle punch art is completely made using the tree builder punch.  Put it on your wishlist, the tree builder punch will be available to order on 2nd June {Can’t wait? Join my team & get in on the pre-order}.

How to make your own baby bundle using the tree builder punch:

  • Branch – tree trunk
  • Handle – tree trunk
  • Bow – scallop circle & 2x leaf/teardrop shape
  • Cloth – tree top
  • feet – 2x leaf/teardrop shape

The DSP is also an upcoming product (Cherry on Top Paper stack) and the middle mat uses one of the new in-colours – “Tip Top Taupe”.

Is your wishlist growing?  Contact me to book a workshop so you can get some of your favourite products for free!  Or consider a virtual workshop for you & your friends.

As with all the builder punches, the tree builder punch is so versatile!  My name is Kelly and I’m addicted to Stampin’ Up! punches…. Kelly x

 

Convention 2015 – Day Three Wrap

Well, convention is over & I’m back home again.  What a whirlwind!  A few thank yous to some people that greatly helped to enhance my experience:

  • my fellow booth demonstrators for their inspiration, support & camaraderie – what an amazing experience to share!  Have a look at their blogs, they are three immensely talented ladies – I was in good company!  Jacqui Crouch (Memory Keeping), Petra Tailor (Colouring) & Sandra Collett (Embossing).
  • the Ink Ladies who took Mum & I under their collective wing and added lots of laughs to our convention experience.  Kelly Ryan, Nicole Wilson, Renae Crosby & Patty Wunder.
  • lastly – the most important – my Mum, who travelled with me, gave me unconditional support & after finding out about the tradition of convention roomie presents, bought me the cutest pyjamas!  Thanks for everything Mum – I love you x

The final convention photo gallery:

The day started with Aaron giving us a skydiving analogy complete with on stage re-enactment!
The day started with Aaron giving us a skydiving analogy complete with on stage re-enactment!
I loved this slide showing the demo breakdown in the South Pacific.  Queenslanders love their Stampin' Up!
I loved this slide showing the demo breakdown in the South Pacific. Queenslanders love their Stampin’ Up!
Sara Douglass (Interim CEO) giving out an all-attendee giveaway.
Sara Douglass (Interim CEO) giving out an all-attendee giveaway.
Day 3 make & take
Day 3 make & take
Homeward bound - thanks Meriton, you definitely deserve your #1 hotel status.
Homeward bound – thanks Meriton, you definitely deserve your #1 hotel status.
Coming home was amazing - this sign using upcycled SU packing paper absolutely made my day.
Coming home was amazing – this sign using upcycled SU packing paper absolutely made my day.

Convention 2015 – Day Two Wrap

Today was the middle day of convention. Follow my day in this photo gallery:

"Beautiful one day, perfectly miserable the next!"
“Beautiful one day, perfectly miserable the next!”
All attendee giveaway
All attendee giveaway
Today's make & take
Today’s make & take
Product sneak peak
Product sneak peak
These cute themed koalas are all over the GC
These cute themed koalas are all over the GC
Lots of great tips in the afternoon session including a rugby metaphor I'm still trying to work out!
Lots of great tips in the afternoon session including a rugby metaphor I’m still trying to work out!
The after party
The after party
The band
The band
Photobooth fun
Photobooth fun
Dinner & drinks at Jupiters, it's a hard life!
Dinner & drinks at Jupiters, it’s a hard life!

Convention 2015 – Day One Wrap

Today was the first official day of convention.

Here’s the day in pictures:

inspire . create . share
inspire . create . share
card swaps
card swaps
doors are open ...
doors are open …
first peak
first peak
the stage - so pretty!
the stage – so pretty!
I'm at convention!
I’m at convention!
and I have a new catalogue!
and I have a new catalogue!
first prize patrol winner - it's Nanna Papercraft!
first prize patrol winner – it’s Nanna Papercraft!
the first make & take
the first make & take
having a play with the new paper piercing set
having a play with the new paper piercing set

This is one of the cards from my sample board featuring the new in colours which were revealed today:

– Cucumber Crush

– Delighful Dijon

– Mint Macaron

– Watermelon Wonder

– Tip Top Taupe

Plus the new Triple Banner punch and Boho Chic embossing folder!!!  I can’t wait more the new catalogue to start.  Better tell Mr Papercraft to stop feeding the kids … Kelly x

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My SU! Secret: What I Did Today…

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As you know, I’ve been keeping a secret …

It all starts here …

A couple of months ago, Stampin’ Up! home office in the US contacted me to ask if I would be a presenter in a demonstration booth at convention. I was skeptical when I first got the email – what would home office know about ME, a little known demo on the west coast? Well, apparently they do know about me and my love of punch art. And they wanted me to share the passion with my fellow demos at this years convention.

So, the last couple of months have been filled with new products, sneak peaks and late night brainstorms to come up with an hour of demonstrating and a board filled with samples.

What an amazing experience! Without this opportunity, convention would never have been possible for me.

Here’s some photos:

Getting miked up
Getting miked up
In action
In action
In action
In action
My set up
I My set up

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My 3D items
My 3D items

Over the next little while, I’ll share my samples with you. But I’ll start today with the two cards I demo’ed.

The first card focused on the “Tree Builder” punch and “Sprinkles of Life stamp set” which will appear in the new catalogue (starts 2nd June). I used the tree shape to create a template for sponging clouds & grass and then added a stamped & punched tree on top plus a beautiful sentiment.  The DSP is from a new paper stack called “Cherry on Top” and the embossing folder is “Happy Heart” which is carrying over from the Occasions catalogue.

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The second demo I did used the “Triple Banner” punch and “Build a Birthday stamp set” which are also coming up in then new catalogue.  It features a layered banner plus some current (annual catalogue & Occasions catalogue) offerings.

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Tonight, as you can imagine, I’m exhausted by what has turned out to be an amazing part of my papercraft journey. I’m feeling very blessed. Kelly x