Stamp Review Crew – Flourishing Phrases

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Hello!  It’s another Stamp Review Crew – the first for the new financial year and the first SRC hop featuring *NEW* products from the annual catalogue – how exciting!!!

I almost didn’t join in this hop as Flourishing Phrases didn’t quite make the cut for me (way too many amazing things to choose in the new catalogue!) – but thanks to one of amazing team members, I was able to borrow it for the occasion!  Thanks Kristel!

Flourishing Phrases comes in clear or wood…

… and has a coordinating thinlits set, which comes in a bundle, saving you 10%!

 

I’m last on the list today, which means you’ve probably hopped along from Sue and I’ll be linking you back to Mickey at the end of my post to complete the circle.

Each Stamp Review Crew hop is a round the world trip of creativity all focused on the same stamp set.  There’s always a range of creative ideas and something to inspire every crafter!

If you get lost or there’s a broken link, click on the header at the start of this post and it will take you to a full list of participants.


There’s lots of sweet & sensitive sentiments in this stamp set – which makes it great to have for those delicate occasions where you need just the right words!

But, it was the large flourish that drew me in.

I wanted to show it off in full effect – so I made a project set with a stamped candle and easel window card.

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Candle & Easel Window Card project set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It was mighty tricky to get good pictures of this project set because of the reflections in the window pane of the easel card.

Photography is not my forte!

What it looks like when it’s open…

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Easel Window Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Side view…

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Easel Window Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And when closed…

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Easel Window Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The front & middle panel are cut using the Layering Squares Framelits.  How do you get a rectangle from a square?

Cut the first square at the top of your cardstock with an even border around the top & side edges.  Move your framelit to the bottom section of your cardstock and with the same border allowance, line it up with the sides you’ve already cut – and cut again.  This will give you a rectangle!


The colour combination for this card all started with the candle.  I wanted the flourish to ‘pop’ so I chose a trio of bold colours & a neutral to tie it all together.

Before this project, I hadn’t ever ventured into the realm of decorated candles.

I’m not sure why – it’s so easy and looks fantastic!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Decorated Stamped Candle. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

How to:

  • Simply cut a piece of white tissue paper to the size of your candle circumference (the distance around the candle for the length x the height of the candle).
  • Stamp your images on to the shiny side of the tissue paper until you have the pattern you want
  • Lay the tissue paper around the candle and using your heat tool, gently melt the wax.  The tissue paper will absorb into candle and your stamped images will become part of the candle.

*** Note: watch carefully – melting the candle & tissue paper into each other only takes a matter of seconds.

Stamp Review Crew - Flourishing Phrases. Candle & Easel Window Card project set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This project set would make a lovely gift using whatever stamp sets you have in your collection – but the flourish from Flourishing Phrases is a great size & design!!!

Thanks for sharing my maiden candle stamping experience.

Next stop is Mickey Roberts over at Paper Conversation where she is sharing her wonderful creativity with us!

SRC Flourishing Phrases prev                        SRC Flourishing Phrases next

Kelly x


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Beautiful Birthday Wishes – Pop Up Slider Card

I got many beautiful birthday wishes this year including some lovely handmade creations.  One of these was from a fellow demo & friend – Nicole Wilson – who made me a pop up slider card.  It was awesome, and as much as I loved it, I confess to taking it apart to see just how it was made!

And since then I’ve been making lots of pop up slider cards for special occasions.

It didn’t surprise me when a Google search for ‘pop up slider card’ revealed that the original designer was Dawn Griffith!  I love her work.  You can find her video tutorial here.


So, I’ve made lots of these over the past few months, but this particular version was made for a special friend – and it included so many of my favourite new Stampin’ Up! products.

Jar of Love Pop Up Slider Card featuring Jar Of Love stamp set, Everyday Jars Framelits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

There’s Sweet Sugarplum (favourite colour), Jar of Love bundle (one of my favourite bundles) and Blooms & Bliss DSP (def in my top 3 DSP choices!).

Jar of Love Pop Up Slider Card featuring Jar Of Love stamp set, Everyday Jars Framelits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

As usual, I tweaked the measurements to make the most of the DSP & Australian cardstock sizes.  So, my finished card front measured 4″ x 5-7/8″.

This meant that I had to make slight adjustments to the other pieces so it all lined up.  Good thing I like maths & numbers!

My adjusted pieces were:

  • Front (DSP) 4″ x 5-7/8″
  • Back 4″ x 5-7/8″
  • Scoring/cutting for the front panel 3/4″ from each edge
  • Scoring of DSP (middle panel): 1-1/4″, 3-3/16″ from bottom edge
  • Pull up piece (that sits in the middle of the card) 5-1/16″ x 3-1/16″
  • Pop up piece (that sits on the middle front panel) 2-1/2″ x 3-13/16″

Note: some of the measurements are slightly wacky – I think this is due to “loss” that sometimes happens when scoring & cutting.  If you follow the above measurements, it all works out in the end.  Alternatively, you might like to visit Dawn’s video tutorial to take down the measurements she uses.

Jar of Love Pop Up Slider Card featuring Jar Of Love stamp set, Everyday Jars Framelits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

There’s something about this card that just tickles my fancy.  I think it’s the combination between the colours, the style and the overall sweetness that makes it one of my most favourite cards (ever) to come from my craft table.

Jar of Love Pop Up Slider Card featuring Jar Of Love stamp set, Everyday Jars Framelits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Thanks to Nicole for a fabulous birthday gift, to Dawn for her generous sharing of her ideas & designs and to Stampin’ Up! for putting together such an amazing line up of products for 2016.  Feeling the love tonight!  Kelly x


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Waiting for New Patterns … My Personal Challenge To Use the Old!

As always, when there’s new product on the way across to me, I’m pretending to wait patiently while secretly desperate to get my mittens (it’s cold here!) on fresh new stamps, dies and paper!!!

So, this week, as I ponder where I’m actually going to put all the new DSP, I’ve challenged myself to use some of the much loved & long retired DSP I have in my stash.


This is one of the cards we made at class this week using the Festival of Prints DSP (one of the old-style paper stacks!).  The style is called a Flip Flop cards and you can find Megan Dave’s video instructions here,  I have written out my adapted measurements for Australian cardstock below.

Season of Joy Flip Flop Card for my personal challenge - using retired DSP (Festival of Prints). Christmas wreath with Swirly Scribbles thinlits and Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This is another of those great ‘fancy fold’ greats that looks impressive but is super simple to make.  The two panels fold out so you can write your message under the front panel, but it all folds flat to put in an envelope (and keep your Christmas message hidden from everyone but the recipient!).

Season of Joy Flip Flop Card for my personal challenge - using retired DSP (Festival of Prints). Christmas wreath with Swirly Scribbles thinlits and Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

But … it wasn’t all old!  We used one of the swirls from the new Swirly Scribbles thinlit set to create a Christmas wreath!

Season of Joy Flip Flop Card for my personal challenge - using retired DSP (Festival of Prints). Christmas wreath with Swirly Scribbles thinlits and Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I try to use only current Stampin’ Up! products in my class because it’s not fair to use a product that customers fall in love with but then can’t buy!!!  But, this card style is fabulously versatile and can be made in any DSP you own and for any occasion – just change the colours & stamps!!!

Make sure you try this – it’s lots of fun.  Thanks for Liz for sharing the inspiration.  Kelly x

Season of Joy Flip Flop Card for my personal challenge - using retired DSP (Festival of Prints). Christmas wreath with Swirly Scribbles thinlits and Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Instructions for Australian cardstock & card sizing:
(colours listed for reference to the sample card)

  • Cut piece of cardstock at 4-1/8″ x 8-7/8″” (Cherry Cobbler)
  • Score at 5-7/8″
  • Cut a cardstock mat at 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (Crumb Cake)
  • Cut a piece of DSP at 3-5/10″ x 5-3/8″ (floral green DSP)
  • Cut another piece of DSP at 1-1/2″ x 4-1/8″ (spotty red DSP)
  • Cut a piece of cardstock at 3-1/4″ x 10″ (Old Olive)
  • Score at 5″
  • Cut 2 pieces of cardstock at 3″ x 4-3/4″ (Very Vanilla)


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Card Style of the Moment – Pop Out Swing Card

I’m a very ‘of the moment’ card maker.  I find a style I love, make a bundle of cards and then move on to my next favourite.  I’m not very timely with my trends (usually months behind everyone else) – but that just means there’s all the more samples out there to inspire me!

This style of card is called a Pop Out Swing Card and it’s amazing!

The card sits flat for posting, but when you open it, the middle panel sits within the card front and makes it 3D and fabulous!

You know what else is fabulous? The creativity of Debbie Henderson – I have a super craft crush at the moment.  I love her work and have found myself linking you back to a number of her projects over recent months.  The Pop Out Swing Card is another gem from Debbie’s Designs.  You can find Debbie’s samples & instructional video here.

These are my versions of the Pop Out Swing card – it’s definitely a wow design!  I’ve had such fun making these – and each one looks so different, even though the card basics are the same!

I’m definitely be making a few more of these and then I’ll be on the lookout for the next card of the moment.

Seen or made any ‘wow’ designs?  Leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to check them out!  Kelly x


PICTURE PERFECT HUMMINGBIRD BIRTHDAY

Pop Out Swing Card - Picture Perfect Birthday design. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Pop Out Swing Card - Picture Perfect Birthday design. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

NUMBER OF YEARS ANNIVERSARY

Pop Out Swing Card - Number of Years Anniversary design. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Pop Out Swing Card - Number of Years Anniversary design. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

A NICE CUPPA / PRETTY PETALS BEST MOTHER

Pop Out Swing Card - Have A Cuppa Best Mother design. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Pop Out Swing Card - Have A Cuppa Best Mother design. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


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Decorative Corner Fold Card

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Today is Kristel’s birthday.  Happy birthday!!!

Kristel was the first member of my team and is a wonderful companion to share my journey with.

Since we’re bringing birthdays back, it seems fitting that the card should be fun, vibrant and a little fancy.

This wonderful Decorative Corner Fold card was designed by Debbie Henderson of Debbie’s Designs.  We made the Botanicals version during last month’s Tuesday class after Joy found it online and thought it looked pretty special.  She’s right – it’s fabulous!

The reasons for it’s fabulousness are simple – it’s easy to make but looks fancy and can be prettied up in any way you like.


For Kristel’s card, I’ve gone with Party My Way DSP, Balloon Celebration balloons and Endless Birthday Wishes sentiments.

I took lots of photos of this one to show off all the features.

The front view…

Decorative Corner Card - Party My Way, Endless Birthday Wishes & Balloon Celebration stamp sets. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Side view, including a panel to write on….

Decorative Corner Card - Party My Way, Endless Birthday Wishes & Balloon Celebration stamp sets. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It folds flat for posting…

Decorative Corner Card - Party My Way, Endless Birthday Wishes & Balloon Celebration stamp sets. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The awesome trick to attach the front panel & keep it 3D…

Decorative Corner Card - Party My Way, Endless Birthday Wishes & Balloon Celebration stamp sets. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And one more view…

Decorative Corner Card - Party My Way, Endless Birthday Wishes & Balloon Celebration stamp sets. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


You can follow Debbie’s measurements and directions exactly (instructions here, video here), or you can follow my slightly adapted measurements to fit with Australian cardstock.  You will get two Decorative Corner Cards from one piece of A4 cardstock.

Instructions:

  • Cut your cardstock in half (so you have 8-1/4″ x 5-7/8″)
  • Score across the long edge at 2″, 4″, 6″ & 8″
  • Place a strip of Tape & Tear along the 1/4″ edge left by the scoring
  • Adhere this to make your ‘box’
  • To make the front panel, punch 2 x 1-1/4″ circles. Fold in half & with the folds meeting, place adhesive on the back & adhere to the card front.  Place adhesive on the front & add your decorative panel (the picture above or Debbie’s video will help if this doesn’t make sense!).

Enjoy decorating your card with whatever stamps & DSP fit your theme.  Thanks to Debbie for her generous sharing of her instructions & measurements.  Kelly x

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Zoo Babies Bendi Card

After the happy news of Picture Perfect, it’s the sad news of a favourite card retiring.  Zoo Babies has been one of my go-to baby & 1st birthday sets for the last … forever!

I’m glad I got a chance to make & share this bendi card with you before this set is gone forever.

Zoo Babies is available in clear & wood…


Zoo Babies Bendi Card - Measurements & Instruction included for Australian sized cardstock. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Have you made a bendi card before?  I first saw the idea when Nicole Wilson made her fabulous Botanical Gardens bendi card, which we recreated in a class a couple of months ago.

Since then I’ve made a few bendi cards, which I will share with you over the coming weeks.

The Zoo Babies bendi card was particularly special though as it celebrated one of the Team Papercrafters becoming a Mummy again!  Congratulations Siobhan on the arrival of baby Samuel!

Zoo Babies Bendi Card - Measurements & Instruction included for Australian sized cardstock. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Bendi cards use tabs & slits to hold their shape when standing, but can be dismantled for storage or sending.

Zoo Babies Bendi Card - Measurements & Instruction included for Australian sized cardstock. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Zoo Babies are so cute and I am going to miss them!  But, wait til you see what baby sets we have to play with in June!!!


Want to make your own Bendi card?  There are heaps of great tutorials available via a Google search.  I have mapped out the measurements I used based on Nicole’s sketches (thanks Nic!) but with some tweaking so you could make 2 bendi cards from one piece of Australian sized A4 cardstock.

I’ve tried my best to explain the instructions below – I hope it helps you to be able to create your own bendi card!  Kelly x

Bendi Card Measurements - Australia Kelly Kent mypapercraftjourney.com

In writing, the basic instructions to make all your pieces are:

  • Cut a piece of A4 cardstock along the long edge to 5-1/2 (you’ll now have a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ piece of cardstock)
  • Cut this again along the ‘new’ long edge at 4-1/4″, then again at 2-1/2″ (the final piece will be 1-1/2″)
  • On the biggest piece, measure in 1-1/2″ from the right edge and 3-4/” from the bottom edge and mark a 1-1/4″ line.  Cut this with a craft knife (note: don’t do the “I” pattern as shown on the picture – this is just to show where the line starts & finishes).
  • On the next size piece, score 1/2″ from the left edge and 1/4″ from the right edge.  Create a tab on the right by cutting out the top & bottom 3/4″ sections.
  • Then, measure 2-1/2″ from the left edge and 1/2″ from the bottom edge.  Mark a 3/4″ line and cut with a craft knife.
  • On the smallest piece, score 1/4″ from the left edge and 1/2″ from the right edge.  Create a tab on the left by cutting out the top & bottom 1/2″ sections.

To put your card together:

  • Sit your largest piece flat in the orientation shown on the measurement picture.
  • With your middle size piece, fold the 1/2″ section under the cardstock and adhere (with strong adhesive such as Tape & Tear) this to the left edge of your largest cardstock piece
  • With the smallest piece, fold the 1/2″ section under the cardstock and adhere this to the right side of the largest cardstock piece.
  • To make the card bendi, slot the tab from the middle size cardstock piece into the slit on the largest cardstock piece.  Then slot the tab from the smallest cardstock piece into the slit on the middle sized cardstock piece.

Decorate your Bendi Card & wow your recipient!!!

Fancy, Glittery & Fun – JAI 284

Good morning!  It’s a Just Add Ink share today!

The challenge this week for JAI 284 was a card with a fancy fold.  There are some gorgeous creations from the Design Team and lots of great inspiration if you want to make something other than a standard C6 card.

My Centre-Step Fancy Fold creation uses a tutorial by one of the lovely JAI Design Team members – Di Barnes (Colour Me Happy).  I had the pleasure of meeting Di at the South Pacific convention earlier in the year and she was so lovely to spend time with.  Plus, she’s crazy talented and very generous with sharing full tutorials and instructions for what she makes.

This card started with a fleeting idea that I could combine a card and gift in one project.  I wanted to attach these sparkly butterfly clips in a way that they were part of the overall creation.

In the end, they ended up being the centrepieces!!! and I love the way it turned out.  The 3-D nature of the centre-step card is perfect for displaying the hair clips.

Butterfly Hair Clip card & gift creation with a centre-step fancy fold design (JAI284). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.
Front view
Butterfly Hair Clip card & gift creation with a centre-step fancy fold design (JAI284). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.
Side view
Custom Glimmer Paper!
Custom Glimmer Paper!

Did you know you can create Stampin’ Up! Glimmer Paper to match the tones available in the colour collections?  And it’s easy!

Just Add Ink!
Just Add Ink!

Simply take Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, a sponge dauber and your ink colour of choice and apply the ink to the glimmer paper.  The more ink you apply, the deeper the colour will be.

Using this technique, you’ll be able to create glimmer paper to match all your sparkly projects!  Yay!  Kelly x

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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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Happy Birthday Super Charlie!

It’s a very happy 4th birthday to a very super-man today.

Charlie’s mum found this card on Pinterest & asked if I could re-create it (I have tracked the original creater back to Kaminski). Funnily enough, another friend of mine had sent me the same Pinterest link the week before – because it’s just so cool.

This is my version – sleek & smooth on the front…

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And the pow – awesome on the inside!  The super “C” was cut by my Cameo (the tie is also Cameo cut).  The card features a stylish magnetic closure to keep the super powers hidden until the big reveal!

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Wishing you a super awesome birthday Charlie!  Kelly & the little super heroes x

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Keeping it in the Family – Mum’s Awesome Screen Card

Today I’m sharing with you a card made by my Mum.  She’s my greatest craft inspiration.  Long before my love affair with paper, she taught be to be crafty – sewing, knitting, cross-stitching … she taught me all I know.

I’m so glad she’s on the papercraft journey with me too.  She’s as much of an addict as I am – which is both great & awfully enabling!

This is a stunning screen card she made for a family friend who got engaged in Paris.  I love how she’s tied in all the aspects of their engagement.  There’s a mix of current & retired products (some things are too good to let go!).

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Congratulations Ryan & Tess – wishing you a lifetime of love & happiness!  Kelly x