Framed Magnolia Artwork

Every month I teach a class with lovely ladies in my local area.  It’s always fun and I always walk away feeling so happy to have Stampin’ Up!.  I’ve met so many wonderful people and spent so many wonderful hours being creative.

One of my class members – Robyn – fell in love with the framed magnolia artwork on page 39 of the Annual Catalogue and asked if we could create one.  So, this off the page creation became our subject matter for class this morning.  Thanks for the brilliant suggestion Robyn – it was so much fun!

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The large magnolia flowers are made using the Hot Air Balloon Builder punch and the Magnolia Memory Dies.  Click here to view Stampin’ Up!’s tutorial on making magnolia flowers.

I made one before the class as a sample – sticking pretty close to the catalogue in terms of number of flowers.

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The frame is 8″ x 10″ from Kmart (click here to view) with a 6″ x 8″ window.  The DSP is 6″ x 9-3/4″ so you’ll the backing for 2 frames from a piece of 12″x12″ DSP.

This version has 2 large flowers – made with magnolia & hot air balloon pieces, 2 medium flowers – made with three layers of magnolia dies and 1 small flower – made with two layers of magnolia dies.

The flower petals are sponged with So Saffron ink before adhering with Liquid Multipurpose Glue.  The centres are cut using So Saffron cardstock and sponged using So Saffron ink for the larger centre and Crumb Cake for the smaller centre.

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I’m lucky to have a garden of fallen twigs at my disposal, which came in very handy for this project.  If you don’t have organic sticks to be able to use, craft stores may have artificial materials that can be used for branches.

Because no two twigs are the same when they come from the garden, all of our frames made in class had their own unique style.  This was also the case for the magnolia blooms which took on their own style depending on how they were layered & shaped.  The variety was amazing and created beautiful one-of-a-kind framed artworks.

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Made by Robyn…

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Made by Sheila…

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And my class creation..

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Such an incredible piece of artwork made with paper.  The use of twigs from the garden definitely add some nice texture.

This would make a great girls night in!  A few of your favourite beverages and some pretty magnolias!  If you ever see something on my blog (or in the catalogue) that you’d like to make, don’t hesitate to ask me!


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Colour INKspiration #57

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for Colour INKspiration #57.  I’ve chosen the colour palette today – I hope you like it!  We’re crafting with Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight & Granny Apple Green – inspired by these gorgeous Calla Lilies.

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Joining us on the hop today, as our guest designer, is Kate Webb – thanks Kate!!  Kate’s pretty card won challenge #55 and we are delighted to have her along for this hop.  Each challenge the crew picks 5 cards and ask the members of the Colour INKspiration Facebook group to choose a winner.  Join the group and make sure to enter your project for the current challenge!  Click here to visit.


The bold & bright colours of this challenge reminded me of spring, so although the weather here is cold and wet (hello winter!), my craft room can be as warm and summery as I like.  So with the challenge colours in mind, I’ve stamped some pretty butterflies using the new Butterfly Wishes stamp set and lined them up in rows.

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

This style of card using the Stitched Rectangle Dies as a frame reminds me of butterflies on display in a museum.  I’ve make them fly as much as I can by adhering in the middle of the body and flicking up the wings….

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But I’d like to try a card like this again with flying butterflies!  I’ll keep it on my to-do list for another challenge!

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

For the sentiment in the middle of the card, I’ve masked the other words on the ‘celebrate’ stamp with masking tape and inked it up with Versamark and heat embossed in white.  I then cut it using the Classic Label punch.  To create the banner, I used the end of the same punch.  I love when products are so versatile!

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

I have the pleasure of linking you to our guest designer – Kate Webb with her gorgeous floral creation.  These colours just work so well for flowers!

Thanks for hopping with us, can’t wait to see your creations in our Facebook group.


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Seahorses, Starfish & Baby Showers

It’s always lovely when someone trusts you with an important part of their party process.  And invites are very important – it’s the first impression your guests get of your special event.  A friend of mine is having a baby shower soon and asked me to create the invites.  Her inspiration was ocean themed with blues, greens and sandy neutrals.

This was the final product using Bermuda Bay, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana & Sahara Sand.  The Striped Scallop Thinlits die gives it an amazing ‘ocean’ look, the sentiment is a custom made MDS creation and the sea creatures are all hand stamped & fussy cut [stamps from By the Tide & By The Seashore].  And at the very end, I couldn’t resist making matching envelopes!

As a memento for the nursery, I made her a 4×6 framed artwork using a similar design to her invites.  And of course, a matching 5″x3.5″ notecard & envelope.

My heart flutters when everything matching so beautifully!  I’m exited about another precious baby entering the world!  Oh sweet baby!  Kelly x

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Something for Baby Framed Art

There’s more to papercraft than cards & scrapbooking – some of the most lovely creations I’ve seen fit into the “3D” category.

I particularly love framed art.  It’s like a keepsake card.  I made this for the nursery of a little boy who’s due to enter the world soon.  The ‘baby bundle’ – Baby’s First Framelits & Something for Baby stamp set – create fabulously sweet baby paper art.  The frame is simple & white from Officeworks and the art inside uses Stampin’ Up! supplies.  I’ve selected my favourite baby boy colour – Bermuda Bay and teamed it with Soft Sky & Lost Lagoon.  My tip for framed art is to always measure the space insde your frame before creating – it will be sold to fit a 5×7″ photo (in this case), but the actual working space was 1/4″ smaller each way.  By measuring, I could alter my measurements so everything sat perfectly in the middle.  I ended up selecting 4×6″ as my working size and then added two mats to further ‘frame’ the centrepiece and work to the dimensions.

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Once I’d finished, I couldn’t resist making a matching card [because I can!!!].  And now I have a one-of-a-kind artwork to give as a present to a first time Mum.  And you know the best part – it hardly cost me anything!!!  Handmade doesn’t always work out cheap, but it always looks a million dollars no matter how much the outlay was.  I challenge you to make something different this weekend – think ‘off the page’ and find your inner artist.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Baby’s First, Bitty Banners

Thinlits: Little Letters

Punches: 1″ Square, Owl Builder

DSP: Moonlight Paper Stack

Speciality Paper: Shimmery White

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky

Ink: Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate

Stamp Sets: Something for Baby, Itty Bitty Banners

Accessories: 2-way glue pen, frame (not SU!)

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My bucket list of card making

Hello and welcome to my blog! I’ve been attempting to write a blog for a long time but for many reasons haven’t gotten to the point of being able to publish anything. My blog will be mostly a papercraft journey following cards and projects I make for family, friends and as a hobby. These will use Stampin’ Up! products – my favourite for their quality & coordination.

My first share with you was a first for me – framed art. I made this for a friend who had a baby boy this week. She’s a Stampin’ Up! fan too so I knew she’d love the trio of blues – Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay & Island Indigo.

I’m excited to share more, thanks for taking the time to read this 🙂

Kelly x

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