Sale-A-Bration Workshop – Lotus Blossom Screen Card

It was a family affair this morning at Maureen’s house for her Sale-A-Bration workshop.  Maureen, and her granddaughter Cate, had a few requests for their project.  A screen card using 2013-2015 In Colours with the Lotus Blossom Stamp Set.  This is the card we made – can you spot all the products you can earn for Free during Sale-A-Bration?  I think I’ve found a new favourite Lotus Blossom combination – how lovely is the lotus on the right?  Crisp Cantaloupe & Strawberry Slush!  The measurement for the screen card is 8″ x 5-7/8″ (half an A4 page with a bit trimmed off to make the measurements easier).  Scoring is at 2″, 4″ & 6″.


Everyone finished with a lovely lotus blossom card, all with their unique stamping spin on it.  They are true addicts – when I left them to it at 12.30pm, they still hadn’t finalised their list of goodies.  Probably because there are so many wonderful new products to choose from.  And then there’s the Stampin’ Rewards …  “I can choose how much for free?  Anything from the catalogue you say…”  It’s a difficult dilemma to have!  I did offer to help them by having some of their freebies live at my house!  Kelly x [PS, Offer denied].

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Celebrations Aplenty – Kinda Eclectic Screen Card

I’m back – refreshed & revived after a week in a luxury holiday house with my family.  It was a very special holiday organised by my parents, which brought together Mum, Dad, my, my husband, our girls, my brother & his girlfriend.  What was the occasion?  Mum & Dad both turned 60 within days of each other.  They have a habit of running away for milestone birthdays.  40 was spent travelling around Australia, 50 was spent in England/Europe, so when 60 was approaching, I got a little cheeky and suggested that they take us for the ride this time.  I’m glad they did – it was a lovely week of eating, sight-seeing, ‘chilling out’ (as much as you can with two little ones in the mix), swimming & playing games.  We’re looking forward to planning another one – hope we dont have to wait until the ‘fossils’ are 70!!!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!

Mum is my stamping partner in crime, so I knew I needed to make something amazing for her card.  One of the special activities of the holiday was a family photo shoot – we got tizzy-ed up with pretty hair (Becc Jansen) & makeup (Emily Casella) then had had Kate & Sheree from K & S Photography come to take photos of us all.  It’s been a long time since we had any family photos taken, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to update the current collection.  On that line of thinking – I thought a screen card would be a perfect tie-in for the ‘make-over’ theme.  And since I am in love with Kinda Eclectic at the moment – which luckily has a great summer, carefree vibe – the creativity just flowed from there.

Happy birthday to my very wonderful Mum, who means the world to me.  Kelly x



Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Simply Scored

Bigz: Perfect Print Numbers

Punches: Decorative Label, Bitty Butterfly, Eyelet Border (retired)

Cardstock: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist

Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Melon Mambo

Stamp Sets: Kinda Eclectic, Remembering Your Birthday

Cookie Monster Madness

Happy Birthday to Xavier who turns 2 today.  Unfortunately we weren’t able to attend his Cookie Monster themed party, so we’re sharing in the fun by making Cookie Monster papercraft.  Xavier’s Mummy is a great friend of mine who is also a card maker, so I needed to dig deep for something amazing.  I’ve gone with a non-traditional folding card and a little keepsake box – all in Cookie Monster theme.

The Curvy Keepsake Box Die is great for any occasion including character / themed boxes like this one.  And there are so many ideas on Pinterest, providing endless inspiration.  If you haven’t already got yours, make sure you add it to your collection now… once the Holiday Catalogue finishes, it may not carry over.

Me wish you Happy Birthday little man!  Nom nom nom!!!  Kelly & the little Kents x






Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Ovals, Project Life Cards & Labels

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsakes Box, Circle Card

Bigz: Perfect Print Numbers

Punches: 2-1/2″ Circle, 1-3/8″ Circle, 3/4″ Circle, 1/2″ Circle, Scallop Oval, 1-3/4″ Scalloped Circle, Project Life Corner

DSP: Brights Paper Stack

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Basic Black, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise

Ink: Pacific Point, Tuxedo Black Memento

Stamp Sets: Sassy Salutations, Making Spirits Bright

Getting Fancy with Wetlands

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a Wetlands card with you.  With all the new catty things on my shelf, I’ve been neglecting some of the old faithfuls.  So just in case you missed them too …


The starting point for this card was seeing a beautiful card by my friend Narelle using this style of gatefold (tutorial for a gatefold card here).  I then added in the Wetlands wading birds and proceeded to cover them up with more wading birds on a belly band, creating layers of colour.  The background watercolouring is a technique called Colour Blocking.  It is achieved by colouring in a clear block with Stampin’ Write Markers which is spritzed with water before stamping onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  I intentionally left this card sentiment free so it can be used for any occasion.  I used from the  ‘water drops’ DSP from the Moonlight Stack in keeping with my theme (though realised once it was stuck down that I would have preferred it up the other way!).  I had a great time cheating on the standard C6 card with this funky gatefold version.  A little more cardstock (though if you use 12×12, you’ll get two cards from 1 piece), but a great finish.  Kelly x


Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Deco Labels

DSP: Moonlight Stack

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Lost Lagoon

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Stampin’ Write Markers: Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake

Stamp Set: Wetlands

Extras: Clear Block E

Choo Choo – Happy “Thomas” Birthday

I will often match a birthday card with the theme of the party or invite.  Ashton’s 2nd birthday invite had a Thomas the Tank Engine theme, so I wanted to try my version of a Thomas Pop n Cuts card I saw on Pinterest (inspiration provided by Patsy Waggoner – here).  Sadly, Pop n Cuts retired this year, but I’ve held on to mine so I can still make cool 3D cards like this one.

Although the original cards was fabulous, I made a few changes.  Instead of a punch art Thomas, I used a template (found on Pinterest … addict much?), I changed up the colour scheme and added in a banner.  Happy Birthday Ashton!  We hope you had a lovely day!  Kelly x



Supply List;

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Extended Cutting Pads

Die: Pop n Cuts + Label insert (retired)

Framelits: Deco Labels, Bitty Banners

Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots

Punches: Itty Bitty Accents Pack, Cupcake Builder

Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Grey

Ink: Pacific Point, Tuxedo Black Memento

Marker: Project Life Journaling Pens

Stamp Sets: Remembering Your Birthday, Sassy Salutations, Get Your Santa On

Shaking the Stars – 1st birthday fun!

I’ve been wanting to have a go at a shaker card for ages now!  There’s lots of tutorials out there (have a search on youtube), but the basic premise is:

  • Cut out a shape using a punch or framelit
  • Add window sheet to create a see-through front
  • Add some depth using foam to the reverse side along the outline of your shape – Shaker Frames (great for circle shapes) or Stampin’ Dimensionals work well
  • Fill with confetti
  • Take the backing off the foam pieces
  • Attach to your card

I got a little fancy and made the shaker section a peep hole style card, so that you could see through to the inside of the card where I placed a sparkly “1” for the birthday girl.  The final version took me a few drafts (I kept doing things around the wrong way!) but I’m delighted with it.  Fun, fun, fun!  Try one – they make an impression.  Kelly x




Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Stars, Project Life Cards & Labels

Edgelits: File Tab

Punches: Confetti Stars, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border

DSP: Sweet Taffy

Specialty Paper: Silver Glimmer, Window Sheets

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White

Ink: Rich Razzleberry

Stamp Set: Remembering Your Birthday

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals

Walk the Birthday Plank – Another Lego Treat Cup Card

Do you remember the pirate ship birthday invites?  Well, to get a card worthy of those invites, I had to go the extra mile for the birthday card!  So, using a similar ship design, I created another treat cup flip/easel card featuring a naughty pirate walking the plank.  The best part – when you ‘flip’ the card, the pirate ‘falls’ off the plank.  I love handmade cards – how could you not? #defnotahallmark.  Kelly x


The 'flip'
The ‘flip’
Side view
Side view
Close Up
Close Up

Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Simply Scored

Thinlits: Circle Card

Framelits: Apothecary Accents, Banners, Bitty Banners

Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots

Punches: 2-1/2″ Circle

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Stamp: Hardwood Background

Extras: Circle Treat Cups, Season of Style Washi (retired), Lego & Bamboo Skewer (not SU!)

Image & Sentiment Computer Generated

Flipping Out for a Lego Treat!

A little while ago I saw a card on Pinterest with a Lego man in a treat cup and instantly put it into the “what an idea!” category.  So, with a perfect little birthday man in mind, I set to work.

To create my version of this fabulous idea, I used the Circle Card die with an extra score line to make it more like an easel, stuck the little Lego policeman into the Treat Cup and decorated using blue & white.  Today, he’ll be on his way to wish Liam’s a very happy 3rd birthday and join his new Lego family.  I hope the toys  are ready for some law & order (if he’s allowed to escape)!  Kelly x


Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Simply Scored

Thinlit: Circle Card

Punches: 1-3/4″ Circle, 2-1/2″ Circle

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Whisper White

Speciality Paper: Silver Foil

DSP: Brights Paper Stack (Pacific Point chevron)

Ink: Night of Navy

Stamp Sets: A Happy Hooray, Hello Love

Extras: Circle Treat Cups, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Snips, Lego (not SU!)

Scallop Tag Card – French Door Style

Remember the very popular Scallop Tag Closure Card?  Most of the ones I’ve seen (and all of the ones I’ve made), the tags meet up on the right side of the card.  I wanted to show off some lovely (retiring) DSP, so have changed the folds and now the tags meet up in the middle.  It reminds me of beautiful French doors with a lovely garden view!  This card is for a lovely friend, who was lucky enough to keep her birthday to herself after her daughter arrived into the world the day before!  (See yesterday’s post for Sophie’s birthday card).  Happy Birthday Narelle – may your day be peaceful, calm & filled with delight!  Kelly x  PS, I particularly love the vellum embossed flowers on this card – I hadn’t tried this before but will definitely be doing it again – the effect is lovely!


Quick instructions:

1. Take half a piece of A4 cardstock (the size you usually use for a C6 card)

2. Mark each short side at the half way point.  Insert into your Scallop Tag Topper Punch and line up so the mark is in the middle of the punch.  You’ll need to feed your paper above the paper guide on the punch and look at the back to see your mark.  Punch each side.

3. Line up your cardstock in your paper trimmer so you cut off the excess card on each side of the tag (do this on both sides with tags).

4. Place your cardstock in your Simply Scored and score 2″ from each tag.  Fold your card up so that it looks like French doors.  Decorate as desired.


Tools: Big Shot

Framelit: Chalk Talk

Punches: Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Pansy

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Whisper White

Specialty Paper: Vellum

DSP: Gingham Garden^

Ink: Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi, Gumball Green^

Stampin’ Write Marker: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight

Embossing Powder: Melon Mambo^

Stamp Sets: Flower Shop, Stippled Blossoms, Chalk Talk

Accessories: Heat Tool, Paper Snips, Stamp-a-ma-jig, retired ribbon

^ Denotes a product is on the 2014 Retirement List.  Retirement List products available until 30 June 2014 or sold out.


Sneak Peak – with a twist!

Today’s sneak peak is a little bit cheeky.  It’s technically not a new product – but it’s yet to appear in a catalogue!  During 2013, Stampin’ Up! released two Thinlits designs but they never got any catalogue time – until now!   They are labelled with ‘NEW’, which makes this a legit sneak peak blog post.  So, introducing – Circle Card & Label Card!

Each of the thinlits die sets has a main die that cuts out the template for a “flip card” (either a circle or label centre piece) – which is pretty cool.   But I actually think the best part about these thinlits dies is the extras they come with.  The Circle Card has three words (xoxo, thnx, yay), two sentiment pieces and three elements (star, heart, chevron).  The Label Card has two words (iheartyou, hi), one symbol (&), two banners, one sentiment piece and two elements (arrows).

This card was yet another specific request.  A birthday card for a teenage girl who loves soccer.  The Circle Card has a perfect place for a soccer ball in the middle.  So, using the Hexagon Hive Thinlit (carrying over from the Occasions catalogue), I added some Gorgeous Grunge splatter in Island Indigo (I think I chose this colour because I like it mostly and maybe a little as a cross between mud & grass?).  Add in one of those awesome ‘extras’ (Island Indigo star) and my ever faithful Label Love sentiment and this one was on its way to a happy customer.  The use of the thinlit die gives this style of card lots of WOW for very little effort.  And the good news – if you can’t wait until the new catalogue starts, a;; pf the products used in this post are available now in my online store!  Kelly x