Awesomely Retired – favourites I won’t part with!

Several times a year Stampin’ Up! retire or discontinue products from their range.  Some of these return as lovely specials on the clearance rack but most are never orderable again.  It always amuses me to see people chasing retired products on buy & sell sites only months after they were freely available.  There are some products that are worth more retired than during their time in the catalogue.  Traditionally, Stampin’ Up! holds its value very well – which {ALWAYS} makes it a good investment!

For the first time, Stampin’ Up! is giving us advance notice of what will be carrying over from the current Holiday catalogue and what will be retiring.  You can see the full list of retiring products here.

My top 6 Holiday catalogue must-haves

(the ones I’ll be sorry to see go): 


Every so often I go through my collection and re-home things that don’t float my boat anymore.  Some products make it through first time around, but then gather dust and get added to the pile later on.

There are always some of my favourites that never make the list.  Sometimes they are sentimental, sometimes I just want to own them! There’s some ‘just in case’ keeping (just in case I want to make a card with that crazy theme) and the stamp sets where I love one particular stamp (but never use the others – we all have that, right?).

Today I’m sharing with you two cards I recently made that are classic examples of why I like to keep my some of my retired Stampin’ Up!…

  1. Punch art! Punches never go out of fashion!!!  This Spiderman punch art card uses quite a few punches that are now retired – punches that I kept, so I was pleased that I didn’thave to try to match alternatives to create the shapes.  You can find Natasha’s punch art tutorial here.  I also miss a larger text alphabet, so have kept the Perfect Print bigz dies.  And you never know when you’ll need a retired spider web embossing folder!

Spiderman Punch Art card (using tutorial by Natasha Hein). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

2. When someone asks you to make a card with very specific parameters.  This one had to be hot pink & bling for an amazing woman.  I love the Making Spirits Bright stamp set from last year’s Holiday catalogue and Painted Petals from the 2015 Occasions catalogue.  I’m holding on to both of those for some time to come!

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So, the moral of today’s stamping story, is that if you think you’ll miss something from the current seasonal catalogue, make sure you order it now!  All products on the retiring list are available until 4th January 2016 or while stocks last.  I’m getting a big pile of black glimmer paper!!!

After this date there’s a whole new catalogue of wonder to fall in love with {and you will!!!}.  Kelly x

Sandy Wishes – happy & sad occasions

I’m kinda still in holiday mode and haven’t really spent much time at the craft table since I’ve been back.

Sadly, friends of ours lost their dog this week, and I wanted to send them a card to let them know we’re thinking of them.

Bob’s favourite place was the beach, so I thought it was fitting to send him off with some sand & waves.

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I couldn’t leave the post with just sad doggie news, so I also wanted to share a card I made a little while ago as a custom request for a wedding.  It also had a beach theme, plus a super cute Kombi!

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Both of these cards embody what I love the most about cardmaking – you can personalise your art to match every occasion.  Happy or sad occasions are the perfect opportunity for a thoughtful card and in my experience, the effort is always appreciated.

I hope you get some time at the craft table this weekend, I know that’s what I have planned!  Kelly x

It’s a Punch Art Kind of Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful Dads out there!

Thank you for taking the kids out of the house so us Mums can have some quiet craft time, for being patient that more cards get made than beds and in my case, for funding the hobby that has become a daily part of life for all of us at Papercraft HQ.

This year I made punch art cards to match the presents Grandad Papercraft & Mr Papercraft got for Father’s Day.

Can you guess what they unwrapped?

For Grandad Papercraft
For Grandad Papercraft
For Mr Papercraft
For Mr Papercraft

Much love to you both on this special day.  We share our love for you every day, but it’s nice to take a moment to really let you know.  Happy Father’s Day!  Kelly & the little misses xxx

My Holiday Catalogue Favourite – that’s going to be a year round winner!

The Holiday Catalogue is always a tricky one for me – so many gorgeous products with very definite themes… Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween.  Now, being “down south” I don’t need to make cards for Thanksgiving or Halloween, so that takes a few off the list.

Christmas is definitely on the agenda… but how many Christmas sets does a girl need?  I’d love to have them all but had to settle for a few stand outs.

And then the rest of the holiday additions are products I like to think of as versatile.  Stamp sets and tools that can be used long after tinsel has fallen down and Christmas presents are all unwrapped.

For me, the Hearth & Home Thinlits are on the year round list.

Beautiful for Christmas…

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Fabulous for thanks …

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And perfect for birthdays…

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The thank you card features a bigger than normal window. Thanks to Angela Lorenz who shared her tip on using the die to make a double window.  Using the same theory, I’ve used it to make a ‘bay window’ with 6 window panes.  This die is versatile in more ways than one!

It seems my interest in cards with a window frame was a little ahead of the trend (see my Cameo cut window frame card here) – very unlike me!!!  Now that I have such a cute die, I can’t wait to try out more ideas – Christmas and not!  Kelly x

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Product List – Thankful for You Window Card

Product List – Birthday Wishes Window Card

Fishing for Fun…

One of my friends gives me the best inspiration to make cards. I think it’s because she doesn’t just ask for X card.  She asks for an “awesome X card”!

So, this is the “awesome fishing card” I made using the water gel effect.  Dawn Griffith has a great you tube video showing the technique.  The quick explanation is that you put hair gel in a zip lock bag and add it as a ‘water’ layer in your card.

By good luck, it also fits with this week’s Just Add Ink theme – all things masculine.  Although my card is for the mini-masculine fellow, I know quite a few big kids that would enjoy their own version!

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My card ended up being a mix of old favourites & new ideas. The Cloudy Day embossing folder is now retired (sadly!) but new to the SU! family is the Festive Flower Builder Punch which I used to create the fish bodies.

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The boy is a Silhouette cut I created from an online image.  I’m lucky to have my Cameo to help me with the little extras in my cards – but I would love SU! to bring out a die set with children’s silhouettes.  I think kids in silhouette look so cute.  The craft stash will never be extensive enough for all the ideas I have! Kelly x

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Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
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It’s a Magical Time of Year! JAI275

Christmas is such a magical time of year and apart from birthdays, it’s probably the biggest card giving occasion on the calendar.

The 2015 Holiday Catalogue launches in a couple of weeks and I was lucky enough for Mr Australia Post to deliver me a box of goodies last week.  It’s been a chaotic week here at papercraft HQ, so it took me until yesterday to open the box and play with my new products.

My first Christmas play for 2015 involved the Softly Falling 6’x6″ embossing folder and the super cute Sleigh Ride / Jingle All the Way bundle.

I started with the Just Add Ink sketch:

And used my favourite new colour combination – Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe & Gold to create a classy Christmas creation.

What do you think?  I like this for a Christmas colour theme!

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When I skimmed through the catalogue and added the Sleigh Ride edgelits to my pre-order I had assumed it was Santa and one of his reindeers.  I had to have a second look when I started using it yesterday and realised that the reindeer was actually a horse.  This seemed a little strange to me, but after consulting some fellow demos, it seems the horse & sleigh is referencing Jingle Bells (oh what fun it is to ride on a one-horse open sleigh!).  It seems much more sensible now!!!  Thanks Elle (faelixmakes.com) for clearing that up.

There are so many magical new products to choose from that I am already making my list for the rest of the products I want when the catalogue goes live on 1st September.  I have catalogues to give you too, so make sure I hand one over next time I see you.  You’ll want to place your order nice & early in September so you have lots of time to make cards for your favourite people (and give the practice ones to your less favourite!).  Kelly x

 

Products to look forward to…

Available to order 1st September 2015

 

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Go Slow Sunday – JAI274

How has your weekend been?  We’ve had a lovely ‘go slow’ weekend filled with play-time (for me & the kids), time spent with a good book, some glimpses of sunshine and a Sunday afternoon baking session.  By Bunbury standards, it’s cold at the moment, so let me tell you, we devoured the bread hot out of the oven with melted butter…. mmmmm!

In between baking demands, I managed to get some time at the craft table to make my card for Just Add Ink.  The inspiration for this week’s challenge was all about muted colours, wood tones & simplicity.

It took me a while to get going on this one.  Not because I didn’t like the inspiration, but because I {LOVED} the cards made by the design team.  I could have happily CASEd all of them!  But, that’s not allowed, so here’s my contributions for JAI 274.  I had a play with a couple of different layouts using the same elements – one of my favourite ways to increase my productivity without doubling the time.

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I think the first one is my favourite with the overlapping layers.  The “HAPPY” is stamped in Soft Suede on both cards, but one before reinking and one after.  What a difference it makes (though the photography doesn’t show it up as much as the cards do)!  I often have to double check after reinking because I get paranoid that I’ve used the wrong colour!!!  As good as Stampin’ Up! ink pads are, they will need reinking over time to keep the intensity of colour – especially for the ones you use often.  It’s always a good idea to buy the reinker at the same time as you buy the ink pad so that you’re all set.  It also means you’ll be able to use your reinkers for cool techniques (like making a baby wipe into an ink pad, colouring white ribbon, creating watercolour backgrounds and more!).

Have you started on your Father’s Day cards yet?  Father’s Day in Australia is September 6th this year – 4 weeks to go.  Any ideas for Father’s Day presents would be greatly appreciated.  At the moment for Mr Papercraft all I’ve got on the list is quality time with the Little Misses and more SU! to keep the wife happy!  I might need some help!!!  Kelly x

 

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ESAD 2015 Annual Catalogue Blog Hop – Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies

2015 ESAD NEW CATTY BLOG HOP HEADER

Hello!  Thanks for joining me for another ESAD Blog Hop.  This one is celebrating all things “new catalogue”.  As always, SU! have delivered and the 2015-16 is filled cover-to-cover with beautiful things that will keep your crafty soul singing!

There are 20 fabulously talently ladies on the hop today.  If you’re on your way around, then you’ve just come from Richelle’s blog – isn’t she wonderful?!?

Starting here?   Then keep going until you get back.  And if you have time, leave the bloggers a comment – we love hearing from you!

I changed my mind a couple of times for today’s blog topic, before finally settling on the Cutie Pie Thinlits die.

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This “cute” little set goes with the Sweet Stack Project Kit, so that you can make replacement cake slices when you’ve used the ones included in the kit.

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And, it also has a matching stamp set!

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Some ideas for using the die set to make cake wedges (courtesy of the Stampin’ Up! creative team):

It looks great as a cake.  As a thinlits set, it ticks lots of boxes for me! Cute cake, matching stamp set, refills for the project kit…

But, the best news of all (I think) is you can use it to make so much more than just cake slices.  There are some great ideas floating around on Pinterest including a watermelon slice, swiss cheese & cherry pie.

To add to the mix, here are some ideas for creations with the Cutie Pie Thinlits die that would make great kids birthday presents or party favours:

Police in Action Cutie Pie Thinlits Brick Wall Embossing Folder Tip Top Taupe cardstock
Police in Action
Cutie Pie Thinlits
Brick Wall Embossing Folder
Tip Top Taupe cardstock
Buzzy Beehive Cutie Pie Thinlits English Garden DSP
Buzzy Beehive
Cutie Pie Thinlits (including scallop shape)
English Garden DSP
Delightful Dijon cardstock
Fairy House  Cutie Pie Thinlits (including flower & candle)
Fairy House
Cutie Pie Thinlits (including triangle, flower & candle shapes)
Dinosaur Cave Cutie Pie Thinlits (including triangle shape) No Bones About It Stamp Set
Dinosaur Cave
Cutie Pie Thinlits (including triangle shape)
No Bones About It Stamp Set

The finished box/wedge is a great size inside – which gives you room to include something to play with (Lego, insects, fairy dust, dinosaurs…) or something sweet (cake, lollies, chocolates).  It’s roomier (and taller) than the Curvy Keepsake box, so you are not as limited by what fits inside.

One last note on the Cutie Pie Thinlits dies: there was an error with the instructions they included that gives an incorrect picture for assembling the main box.  If you have a set, check that you’ve got the new instructions (download here).


 

Next “stomp” on the hop is over to the lovely & creative Andrea Buckland.  Thanks for joining us!  Remember, if you have time, we all {LOVE} comments!  Kelly x

Blog Hop Next Button 2015 Catalogue

If you haven’t seen an ESAD blog hop before and you’re wondering where we all hail from, here’s some more info [click to enlarge]:

ESAD Info 2015 Catalogue Colours

Here’s a full list of the participants.  If you get lost along the way, come back here and click on the links to each blog.

1. Rachael Lewsley – http://www.mystampinhaven.com.au/

2. Libby Dyson – http://libbystampz.com/

3. Keryn Campbell – http://kerynscards.com/

4. Rochelle Blok – http://rochelleblok.blogspot.com.au/

5. Liv Ingle – http://www.inkreations.com.au/

6. Lou Kitzelman – http://withabowontopbylou.blogspot.com.au/

7. Jackie Noble – http://www.creativejax.co.nz/

8. Monique Fielder – http://stamping-with-moni-q.blogspot.com.au/

9. Ria Kaire – http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/qraftyqueen

10. Courtenay Heuston – http://bagsthatone.blogspot.com/

11. Richelle Fletcher – http://www.stampingwithrichelle.blogspot.com.au/

12. Kelly Kent – https://mypapercraftjourney.com/

      YOU ARE HERE!!!

13. Andrea Buckland – http://creatingcardswithandrea.blogspot.com.au/

14. Narelle Fasulo – http://www.simplystampingwithnarelle.com/

15. Leonie Schroder – http://www.stamp-a-latte.com/

16. Pauline Bennetts – http://www.paulinebennetts.com/stampede/

17. Kathryn Ruddick – http://www.katlodesigns.com/

18. Barbara Williams – https://stampingbarb.wordpress.com/

19. Cherie Davies – http://cheriedavies.blogspot.com.au/

20. Chloe Evans – http://chloscraftcloset.blogspot.com.au/

 

Nothing “Subtle” About This Card Class!

If you’re interested in card making and local to Bunbury, have you considered attenting a card class?

You can find the class schedule here.

This is what the ladies who attended last night made:

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Subtles aren’t my usual go to colour collection, but I really love this soft & pretty combination.


We started with a bang – a peek-a-boo butterfly shaker card inspired by a card I found during my class research

{you can see the original by Melissa Bove here}

Most of the ladies had never made a shaker card and they all commented how easy it was.  You can find the basic instructions for a shaker card here.

Before the reveal
Before the reveal…
Boo!
Boo!
The shake!
The shake!

The next project was a tutorial in using the Gift Bag Punch Board.  Once you know how, you’ll never look back, but there is a knack to the steps!

We jazzed it up with the Banner Triple Punch & gorgeous Pool Party DSP (Subtles Paper Stack).

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And the final project for the night was a birthday cake card using the Build A Birthday stamp set.

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I was so proud of the wonderful creations the ladies made tonight.  It was a delightful way to spend the evening.

If you’d like to attend a card class, I’d love to have you.  It’s a little cosy, a little messy and a lot fun!  Kelly x

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Little Letters Have Company … Introducing Little Numbers!

Last year the Little Letters Thinlits joined the Stampin’ Up! family.  This year, they’re joined by the Little Letters Thinlits – what a great combination!

They arrived yesterday in the first of my BBBs on their way over to stock my shelves with awesome new products.  I’m so glad they arrived before my launch event on Saturday.  But – the timing!!!  Today and tomorrow are “real work” days for me, so no sneaky craft.  Arrrgggghhhhh!!!

I did manage to whip this one up last night though – another “not a Hallmark” request.  Hope the horse loving Dad loves the thought his daughter has put into his card.  Kelly x

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