Just Add Ink #400 | Photo Inspiration

Wow!!!  Just Add Ink celebrates 400 challenges this week!

Thank you for all your support of each & every challenge – from visiting the main blog to support the design team to joining in with challenges.  THANK YOU!!!

Challenge #400 is a fabulous specked egg photo inspiration…

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It might help to get you in the mood for some Easter creating, or might be great colours for a baby card!  Whichever way the photo inspires you, I can’t wait to see what you upload to the blog to get you in the mood for some Easter creating. for you 400th challenge!

I went Easter – being a good opportunity to be organised for some Easter gifts this year!  It feels good to have something done prior to the night before!

I like to maintain I work best under pressure – but the sense of achievement is a nice (if unique) feeling!

The photo inspired me to head to the chocolate isle and pick up some speckled chocolate eggs (called Mini Eggs… since when???).

And create some specked DSP using the Eclectic Expressions stamp set (exclusively available during Sale-A-Bration)….

Speckled Egg DSP | kelly kent

Which I then used to turn into speckled egg bon-bons…

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I used the instructions on my Stamping Sunday Naturally Eclectic post, but adjusted the size to be able to get 2 pieces from an A4 pieces of Whisper White thick cardstock.

Here’s the revised instructions for A4 cardstock (click the link above for some helpful photos):

  • Cut a piece of A4 cardstock in half (at 5-7/8″ along the long edge) = 5-7/8″ x 8-1/4″
  • Score (going down the long edge, across the short edge) at 1-3/8″, 2-3/4″, 4-1/8″ & 5-1/2″
  • Fold along the first score line and insert into the Envelope Punch Board at 1-3/4″ and punch
  • Repeat for all score lines (fold, punch) and finally without any folding on the edge
  • Do the same for each score line, 1-3/4″ from the other edge
  • Adhere along the small strip to create a box shape
  • Finish with ribbon on each end & embellishments on top

Easter Bon-Bons | kelly kent

The sentiment is from my trusty ‘all occasions’ stamp set – Teeny Tiny Sentiments in a Stitched Oval Shape with Mini Silver Sequin Trim & Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon.

Easter Bon-Bons | kelly kent

Having chocolate as a prop in the photo was a fabulous idea – someone had to eat it afterwards!  We’ll call that quality control!!!

Thank you for joining me today.  I hope you get the chance to join our 400th challenge – or make some Easter bon-bons!  Or eat some chocolate (lets keep the goals achievable!).

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Let the Celebrations Continue with a Bottle of Red

On Monday, I started the story of our family holiday, on which we celebrated Mum AND Dad’s 60th birthdays.  Dad’s card was inspired by his love of red wine & the convenient fact that much of the holiday was spent visiting local wineries.  The South West of WA is renowned for quality wines with Margaret River and surrounding suburbs having some of  the richest & most fertile soil for grape growing.  As part of their celebrations, Mum booked a limosine to take us on a very special wine tour.  Travelling in style, we visited Wills Domain, Vasse Virgin, House of Cards, Gabriel Chocolate, Woody Nook, Aravina & Swooping Magpie to sample the local wares.  It was a fabulous day out!

Anyway, back to Dad’s card ! The bottle was hand cut using the Envelope Punch Board to guide the corner rounding.  I stuck with a classic red, white & black colour scheme with some gold to bling it out.  After all, 60 is a pretty special milestone!

Happy Birthday Dad – you’ve been the best role model a girl could ever ask for!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Envelope Punch Board, Simply Scored

Bigz: Perfect Print Alphabet

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsakes Box

DSP: Back to Black

Specialty Paper: Vellum, Gold Foil

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Embossing: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Versamark

Stamp Sets: Honeycomb Hello, Skinny Mini Alphabet

Embellishments: Black Ribbon (retired)

One for the Men – Beer Bottle Gift Box

Last week I posted a link to a tutorial for a Mini Champagne Bottle Box made using the Envelope Punch Board.  I thought it wasn’t fair that the men missed out – so, good news!  The bottle box also fits a bottle of beer.  ‘Cheers!”  This is a great one for a friend’s birthday, colleague thank you, or even something special for Dad (Father’s Day is only 2 weeks away)!  I love giving gifts and I love it even more when they are beautifully packaged with a cute tag!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Envelope Punch Board, Stampin’ Trimmer

Framelits: On Film

Embossing Folder: Arrows

Punch: Angled Tag Topper

DSP: Sweater Weather – clearance rack while stocks last!

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Stamp Set: Good Greetings – exclusive hostess gift starting 28th August… stay tuned!!!

Embellishment: Early Espresso Baker’s Twine

 

Cheers! Mini Champagne Bottle Box

Cheers!  Nothing spells out celebration like champagne – bubbles!  This is another great Pinterest find.  The original instructions are here (in German) with a great picture tutorial that will get you over the language barrier.

A little scoring, an envelope punch board & some pretty embellishments.  The end result is a fabulous gift for someone who has something to celebrate – in this case a special lady who is turning 21.  I love gift giving – don’t you?!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Envelope Punch Board, Simply Scored

Framelits: Chalk Talk

Bigz: Perfect Print

DSP: Gold Soiree

Cardstock: Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Whisper White

Specialty Paper: Champagne Glimmer

Ribbon: Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine, Mossy Meadow Satin Ribbon

 

 

Chocolate “Matchbox” – Celebrating 100 posts!

I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who follows my blog, visits for inspiration, or stumbles across me via Pinterest or Google.  This is my 100th blog post!  It’s been a labour of love over the past 6 months.  I have learnt lots (widgets & blog code anyone?!), enjoyed challenging myself and delighted in knowing people are visiting.  I have spent countless hours doing blog type things such as typing, photographing, watermarking, linking to my online store and researching (so many hours on Google & Pinterest!).  I take my hat off to everyone that maintains a regular blog – they are hard work!  But, like everything in life, the rewards for hard work are grand.

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My thank you present for all the support from the blog world is a tutorial for a “matchbox” that fits (like a glove) a 220g Cadbury block of chocolate.  Which, makes this project a perfect gift when you need something little but wow! for a friend, colleague, family member.  They say chocolate is the best way to say anything.  Here we go – I hope my written instructions make sense.  I still haven’t been able to bring myself to make a video tutorial.  [Lets put that one on the blog bucket list!].  If you’d like to see a video that shows how to make the matchbox base, I recommend the you tube video for Rachael’s 3D Matchbox Pop-Up card.

Note: Measurements are in inches.

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Materials:

Whisper White 12×12″ cardstock cut down to 10 1/4″ x 10 1/4″

Whisper White A4 cardstock cut down to 8 1/4″ x 9 1/4″

Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock – 3 1/4″ x 8″

Lullaby DSP – 3″ x 7 3/4″ (this will be available in 2014-15 catalogue)

Soft Suede cardstock – 6″ x 3 1/2″

Whisper White cardstock – 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ plus scrap for flowers

Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe & Blushing Bride

Marker: Crisp Cantaloupe

Stamp Sets: Sassy Salutations, Petite Petals

Punch: Petite Petals

Framelits: Apothecary Accents

Adhesive of choice (Tombow, Glue Dots, Sticky Strip)

Paper Snips

Envelope Punch Board, Big Shot

Simply Scored with Diagonal Plate

 

Instructions for Base:

1. Take 10 1/4″ square cardstock and your Envelope Punch Board (EPB).  Line up your first side at 2 7/8″ – punch & score as far as you can before the board ends.  Slide your cardstock to the left and punch & score again at 4″.  Rotate your cardstock 180 degrees (so you are punching & scoring the opposite side).  Line up at 2 7/8″ – punch & score, slide to the left, punch & score at 4″.

2. Using the diagonal plate, extend the partial score lines you just did in step 1 with the EPB to the edge of the cardstock for all 4 score lines.

3. Go back to your EPB. Select one of the sides without any punch marks.  Line up one of the score lines with the score guide – punch & score.  Repeat for the other three lines (line up with guide, punch, score).

4. The two score lines on each side will have made a little square in the corner – cut down one side of the square to form tabs (see photo below).

5. Fold the inner score line, then the outer score line on each side.  With the flap folded along the outer score line, fold again to create the sides of your matchbox.  The two large triangles will need trimming so they fit into the base.

6.  Place glue dots on each tab and stick the tab to the inside of the short side you’ve just created.  At this point it will start to look like a box.

7. Place adhesive (ie, Tombow) to flaps and stick them to the base of your matchbox.  Your box base is now finished.

Instructions for Matchbox Case:

1. Place your 8 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ cardstock in your Simply Scored with the long edge along the main ruler.  Score at 1/2″, 1 1/4″, 4 7/8″ & 5 5/8″.

2. Fold along your score lines.

3. Place Sticky Strip along the 1/2″ panel at the end and adhere to the opposite edge so that your cardstock forms a casing for your matchbox.

4. Feed your matchbox into the middle of your case.

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Instructions for Embellishments:

1. Adhere DSP to Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock allowing an even border.  Adhere this piece to the centre of the matchbox.

2. Create the sentiment panel using the largest die from the Apothecary Accents framelits set to cut and emboss.  Your Big Shot sandwich should be: Magnetic Platform, Cutting Plate, Whisper White cardstock, framelit (flat side on top), Soft Suede Cardstock, Cutting Plate.  This will cut the Whisper White and leave an imprint on the Soft Soft.  Using your Paper Snips, fussy cut around the imprint using the outer edge of the embossed image as a guide.

3. Stamp your Happy Birthday sentiment in Crisp Cantaloupe ink in the middle of the sentiment panel.  Outline with your Crisp Cantaloupe marker (if desired – I like finished look edging with markers gives).  Adhere to the Soft Suede mat you meticulously hand cut.  Adhere this to the middle of the DSP.

4. Stamp & punch 2 Crisp Cantaloupe Petite Petals and 3 Blushing Bride Petite Petals.  Adhere to the edge of the sentiment panel.

And you’re done!  Put a block of chocolate into the matchbox (if there’s any left).  Kelly x

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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 1st July 2014.

Happy New Thermomix!

Today my Mum joins the wonderful club of Thermomix owners.  I’ve been a proud owner for almost two years now (after many years of nagging hubby!) and I L-O-V-E my “Super Kitchen Machine”.  Mum has been waiting patiently for the new addition to her kitchen (would it be too much to say ‘family’? hehe) and today is the day she signs on the dotted line.  And then taps her foot impatiently while she waits for delivery.

I thought the occasion called for a custom card, so with punches at the ready, I designed her a Thermomix punch art card.  It was one of my more challenging punch art creations, but I love the finished look.  And doesn’t the big red bow sparkle?  I made this using my Envelope Punch Board – such a versatile tool!

Are any of my blog visitors Stampin’ Up! and Thermomix addicts?  I think it says something about our appreciation for quality.  I’ve included one of my favourite recipes at the bottom of this post (given to me by mother-in-law, who provided me with my first ‘taste’ of Thermomix goodness).  The other place you must visit if you’re a Thermomix owner is Quirky Cooking.  Must run – my Thermomix demo starts soon and we’re making pizza, sorbet, dip, chicken veloute and custard. Mmmmmmm.  Kelly x

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Thermomix Broccoli Salad

Ingredients:

1 head of broccoli, cut into small florets and blanched in boiling water for 3-4 minutes

3T sliced chives (plain or garlic)

1 small red onion, cut into quarters

3T grated parmesan

1/3 cup Craisins

1/4 – 1/3 cup good quality mayo

pine nuts to garnish

Method:

Place the broccoli, chives and onion into the bowl and chop on speed 4 until it reaches desired texture – this will only take a couple of seconds.  Be careful not to over process or it will turn mushy.

Add parmesan, craisins and mayo.  Mix on speed 2/reverse until all ingredients are mixed through.

Place into serving bowl and top with pine nuts.  Yum – enjoy!!!

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Inspired by the Invite

Today two lovely friends of mine are getting married.  We met them years ago playing social netball and at that time Jason was NEVER getting married.  Well, like many men, he grew up (or gave in to the nagging!), so I’m excited to be a witness when Jason makes an honest woman of Ciara.  The wedding is in my hometown (about 2 hours from where I live now), so I get to go home and spend the weekend with my parents, which is an added bonus!  And even cooler that’s it’s the Easter weekend because there will chocolate!!!

Anyway, back to the card making.  Whenever I make a wedding card for a wedding I’m going to, I always try and incorporate the invite design in some way.  Often I’ll use the actual invite to make the card (as I’ve done today).  Wedding invites usually include pretty bling, awesome patterned paper and great cardstock – so they are a great foundation for a beautiful card.  Where possible, I’ll use the same colour theme.  Sometimes I’ll copy the style of the invite.  I often wonder if people notice the similarities between my card and their invite.  I think it’s a cute & personal touch and gives me great inspiration for a unique design.

For Ciara & Jason, I’ve followed with their cream & navy theme and used the bling in the centre of the card, the pattern paper in the lattice and the glimmery cardstock for the hearts.  For this card I’ve pulled some retired embellishments out of the vault.  I wouldn’t say I’m a hoarder … but I do find it hard to part with my lovely Stampin’ Up! collection, even when it’s retired.  So, I was lucky to have some Night of Navy ribbon and Vanilla Flower Trim in my stash to complete the look of the card.  And I’m so happy with the result!

Because there is nothing ‘standard’ about this beautiful card, I used the Envelope Punch Board to make a custom size envelope.  My card size is 5 & 1/4″ square with raised embellishments.  Using the Box Buster kindly created & shared by the Crafty Owl, I was able to input my measurements and have it tell me what size cardstock to use and where to punch on the EPB.  Keep in mind: unlike the measurements on the Envelope Punch Board that allow a 1/8″ border around the edge of your card, the Box Buster doesn’t have any border.  So add 1/4″ to your measurements before entering.  [For this card: depth – 5 & 1/2″, width – 5 & 1/2″, height – 0 & 1/4″].

Happy “I Do Day” Ciara & Jason!  Kelly x

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Supplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Bigz Die: Lattice

Embossing Folder: Beautifully Baroque

Punches: Heart to Heart (retired), Small Heart

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy

Extras: Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Adhesive: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

 

Mother’s Day Collection 2014 – Card 5

Today is the final of my Mother’s Day cards for 2014.  A card & envelope all in one.  I think this is a nice spin on the traditional C6 card.  Using the Envelope Punch Board, I made a 6×4 envelope (paper size: 8 & 1/4 x 8 & 1/4; score: 3 & 3/8).  I used Watercolour Wonder DSP – the sheet with the big cantaloupe/coral flowers backed with Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock.  The envelope insert is Calypso Coral & Whisper White cardstock.  The matching flowers are from the Stippled Blossoms stamp set.  The large flower is stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe & Calypso Coral.  The little flowers are Blushing Bride & Crisp Cantaloupe.  The leaves are Pear Pizzazz & Old Olive.  I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure that my two layers were lined up perfectly.  If you don’t own a SAMJ, you should invest in one today!  They make it so much easier to achieve beautiful cards!

On the outside of the envelope I stamped “Happy Mother’s Day” from the My Mother stamp set in Calypso Coral and added another large Stippled Blossom.  I used rare earth magnets attached with glue dots to keep the envelope closed when not in use.  I don’t intend to send this anywhere, but if you wanted to pop it in the post, you’d be best to create another envelope (4 & 1/2 x 6 & 1/2) using your Envelope Punch Board again.

Hopefully there has been enough inspiration this week for you to find something to make for your Mum.  If you happened to arrive at my blog, liked one of my cards but don’t make cards yourself, please contact me as I am happy to take orders for any of my creations.  Wishing all the mothers in the world a very Happy Mother’s Day!  Kelly x

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ESAD Occasions Blog Hop 2014 – Retro Fresh DSP, yeah baby!

ESAD Occasions Blog Hop 2014

Hi!  I’m so excited to be participating in my very first blog hop.  You might be starting here, or you may have just arrived from Nikki’s blog, who was also playing with DSP.  I’ve admired the creations in these blog hops for a long time and gotten so much inspiration from them.  All blog hop participants are members of ESAD, a supportive group of South Pacific Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, a group I am very grateful to belong to.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends, and wonderful 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 and I’ll contact you with information on how to join our wonderful group.


For this blog hop, each participant was asked to select a product from the Occasions catalogue (28 Jan – 30 June) to showcase.  My selection was Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Now, I L-O-V-E patterned paper.  I collect it, I admire it, I adore it and I hoard it!  But, I do use it.  Not as freely as some crafty folk, which is a sin!  All beautiful things in life should be used.  So my mission is to showcase the funky new Retro Fresh in all its glory.  It’s a great choice for neutral / male cards and projects.  It coordinates with Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango and Very Vanilla.

Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper  132993  $18.95
Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper 132993 $18.95

When I first opened my packet, I used the DSP to make some simple projects where the focus is on the beautiful patterns of the paper.  There is just so much you can do with DSP.  I think it’s a staple in any collection.  One packet of DSP and coordinating cardstock has endless possibilities.

3x3 note cards
3×3 note cards
glass pebble fridge magnets
glass pebble fridge magnets
family message board
family message board

My tutorial for you today is a “Little Something  Holder”.  It is the perfect size for a lotto ticket, gift card, money or note of inspiration, and what you need to make when you just want to give a little something to a special someone.

In addition to showcasing the DSP, this project highlights how versatile the Envelope Punch Board is.  At only $31.95, it has to be the most economic Stampin’ Up! product – you get a tool that can help you make a variety of projects (not limited to envelopes) plus a scoring tool (which you can use in the place of a bone folder) and a corner rounder.

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Supplies:

Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper

Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Envelope Punch Board (EPB)

Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar

Adhesive (Snail or 2-way glue)

Optional for embellishments:

Big Shot

Cardstock – Coastal Cabana

Stamp Set – Itty Bitty Banners

Framelits – On Film, Bitty Banners

Ink – Tangerine Tango

Instructions:

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  1. Cut Very Vanilla cardstock to 3 5/8 x 6 3/8.  On the long side, score at 2” and 5”.
  2. On the short edge (with the smallest panel), use the Envelope Punch Board to cut 1” from each end, creating a tab.
  3. Fold the top and bottom panels into the middle, creating a pouch using the tab.  Score using the scoring tool from the EPB.
  4. Cut two pieces of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock.  A larger one measuring 3 1/2 x 1 7/8, and a smaller one measuring 3 1/2 x 013/16.
  5. Cut two pieces of DSP.  A larger one measuring 3 3/8 x 1 3/4 and a smaller one measuring 3 3/8 x 011/16.
  6. Use your adhesive to stick the DSP on to each corresponding size of cardstock.
  7. Stick the larger piece to the top front of the folded pouch and the smaller piece to the bottom front of the folded pouch.
  8. Inside envelope – Cut a piece of DSP to 5”x5”.  Using the Envelope Punch Board, make an envelope by lining up the DSP at 2 1/4 – punch & score.  Rotate 180 degrees and repeat.  Rotate 90 degrees, line up the score line with the score guide on the EPB – punch & score.  Rotate 180 degrees and repeat.  Use the reverse punch on the EPB to round the corners if desired.  Fold up to create an envelope and use adhesive to stick it together.   Adhere the envelope to the middle panel on the inside of the pouch.
  9. Embellish the front if desired. I used the arrow from the On Film Framelits in Coastal Cabana and the “FOR YOU” from the Itty Bitty Banners stamped in Tangerine Tango, then cut out using the matching framelit from the Bitty Banners Framelits.
  10. To create a matching envelope, cut a piece of DSP to 6″x6″.  Using the Envelope Punch Board, make an envelope by lining up the DSP at 2 5/8 – punch & score.  Rotate 180 degrees and repeat.  Rotate 90 degrees, line up the score line with the score guide on the EPB – punch & score.  Rotate 180 degrees and repeat.  Use the reverse punch on the EPB to round the corners if desired.  Fold up to create an envelope and use adhesive to stick it together.

Thank you for staying with me through what turned out to be a LONG blog post!!  You’re now off to see what Alisha has made with the So Very Grateful Stamp Set.  I hope you ‘hop’ all the way around the 25 blogs.  If you end up back here, you’ve done it! Thanks for supporting some of the most amazing Stampin’ Up! demos in the South Pacific.

Kelly x

The full list of clever stampers in the blog hop:

1.  Jenny Hayward

2.  Libby Dyson

3.  Yvonne Walker

4.  Emily Campbell

5.  Delys Cram

6.  Gail Kirby

7.  Monique Fielder

8.  Sharlene Meyer

9.  Amity Knight

10.  Clare McIlhatton

11.  Ann Gelach

12.  Andrea Buckland

13.  Narelle Hoggard

14.  Keryn Campbell

15.  Sally Williams

16.  Liv Ingle

17.  Chloe Evans

18.  Kathryn Ruddick

19.  Nikki Sadler

20.  Kelly Kent – YOU ARE HERE!

21.  Alisha Watson

22.  Dianne Dunk

23.  Debbie Lamb

24.  Paula Reid

25.  Angela Harders

6 Tags in 6 minutes – the new SU! product you NEED!

I love giving sets of tags to friends and family.  Sometimes a card is too much for the present you want to give, but a tag is just perfect.  Using just one amazing product from the Occasions Catalogue, plus two of my Sale-A-Bration (SAB) freebies and a couple of standard items in my collection, I made 6 beautiful tags in just 6 minutes.

SAB Tags WM

You will need the new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, a sheet of A4 cardstock, ink of your choice, the arrow stamp from the Petal Parade SAB stamp set (or stamp of your choice) and the twine from the Sweet Sorbet SAB accessory pack.  Cut your cardstock into 2″ strips along the short edge.  You will get 5 strips from a piece of A4 cardstock.  Cut the strips into 3 pieces, each measuring 2 3/4″.  You will now have 15 pieces of card.  Use 6 for this project, and put aside the other 9 for more tags in the future.  [Or you can make up all 15 tags now!]  Take a piece of card and place one end into the slot on the tag punch.  Punch the scalloped top on all 6 pieces of card.  Round the bottom 2 corners using the reverse punch on the Envelope Punch Board.  Stamp the arrow in lovely colours at the bottom and then attach twine to the top.  Voila!  6 tags in no time at all.  Try this with other sizes, stamps, colours and embellishments to create a never ending supply of tags.  To buy the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, click here.  Add some other goodies to your order and claim your choice of a free Sale-A-Bration product.  Kelly x