Deluxe Punch Art – Jake the Pirate

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We are off to another 4th birthday party today (it’s how we roll!).  Today’s event has a pirate theme hosted by a good friend of mine who is a wonderful kids party planner, so I set out to make a pirate worthy of the occasion.  Jake (modelled on Disney’s Jake the Pirate) turned out to be the most complex punch art I’ve created to date – but also the most rewarding.  I’m not sure Jake will ever get a re-run and I don’t think I could create a picture tutorial even if I tried, but for those of you that are punch art enthusiasts, see the list at the end of this post for the shapes I used to create Jake.  It did take quite a bit of snipping & remodelling, so be prepared to manipulate your ‘punched pieces’.

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Now, a pirate can’t be a real pirate without his bounty of treasure, so Jake comes with a Curvy Keepsake Pirate Treasure Box.  Thankfully this ‘beauty’ carried over and reappears in the 2015 Occasions catalogue.  Authentically created using the Hardwood Background Stamp [Soft Suede cardstock & Early Espresso ink], Gold Foil & Silhouette Cameo Skull, this treasure box is filled with loot for the birthday boy.

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Happy Birthday to today’s little pirate.  We hope you have a great day and look forward to celebrating with you.  Kelly & the pirate misses x

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Punch Art Instructions – Jake the Pirate:

  • Hair: cut freehand
  • Eyes: 1/2″ Circle Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Cupcake Builder Punch, Eyelet Border Punch
  • Eyebrows: Heart from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
  • Ear: 1/2″ Circle Punch
  • Bandanna: Large Oval Punch, small petals from Flower Fair Framelits
  • Vest: Triangle Punch, Cupcake Builder Punch
  • Shirt: Balloon Framelits, Cupcake Builder Punch
  • Arms: Pram from Baby’s First Framelits
  • Pants: Word Window Punch, Large Oval
  • Boots: Booties from Baby’s First Framelits, Bow Builder Punch, Cupcake Builder Punch
  • Sword: Large petal from Flower Fair Framelits, Bow Builder Punch, 1/2″ Circle, Cupcake Builder Punch,

I haven’t linked any of these shapes (too many!), but if you need to add any of the products to your collection, visit my online store for the full range.

*** Don’t forget that it’s Sale-A-Bration until 31st March – earn a free SAB gift for every $90 you spend.  Order online during January 2015 using the TF7WJGE3 to receive another free gift from me! ***

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Occasions & SAB 2015: Oh Baby, Baby, Baby!

The influx of baby cards has arrived a little quicker than I anticipated!  So, here are three baby cards I’ve made this week using a mixture of new & ‘old’ products.  Kelly x

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Remember the two-tone stamping from yesterday?  The card was so cute, I made a baby version too!

Supplies of note: Celebrate Today Stamp Set, Balloon Framelits, Big News Stamp Set, Melon Mambo Blendabilities (available in AC or as SAB gift)

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Yellow & green is my go-to for gender neutral baby card requests.  The Birthday Bash DSP is great for more than just birthdays!

Supplies of note: Confetti Heart Border Punch, Birthday Bash DSP, Baby’s First Framelits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

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And the last share was a request for a card for a mummy-to-be of twins!  Do you like the embossed background?  I embossed it twice using the Large Polka Dot TIEF which gives a lovely off-set effect.

Supplies of note: Celebrate Today Stamp Set, Balloon Framelits, Something For Baby Stamp Set, Baby’s First Framelits, Best Year Ever DSP (SAB), Large Polka Dot TIEF

*** Don’t forget that it’s Sale-A-Bration until 31st March – earn a free SAB gift for every $90 you spend.  Order online during January 2015 using the hostess code TF7WJGE3 to receive another free gift from me! ***

Freshly Made Sketches #157

Another week and another opportunity for a sketch challenge.  If you’d like to play along – visit Freshy Made Sketches.
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And it’s … another baby card.  I flipped the sketch around to landscape orientation so that I could fit ‘BABY’ in better using the Little Letters Thinlits.  I had originally planned for “BABY” to use the ‘negative space’, but once I put the card together it didn’t look right – so I filled the spaces with Whisper White letters instead.  The perfect card for a new little princess!  Kelly x

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Suppy List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlits: Little Letters

Framelits: Baby’s First*

Embossing Folder: Large Polka Dot

DSP: All Albloom Paper Stack

Cardstock: Whisper White, Blushing Bride

Ink: Strawberry Slush

Stamp Set: Something for Baby*

Embellishment: Whisper White Baker’s Twine

Extras: Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals

* Baby’s First & Something for Baby available as a bundle – clear / wood

 

Spinning Santa

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This one has been ‘spinning around’ as an idea in my head for a while now.  I finally got a chance to sit down and give it a go and it turned out – yay!

I wanted Santa (in some form) to be suspended in the middle of the Circle Card and there he is!  3D but not!  He’s quite easy – have a go.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlits: Circle Card

Framelits: Baby’s First, Bitty Banners

Punches: 2″ Circle, Label Bracket, Handheld 1/16″ Circle

DSP: Trim the Tree Paper Stack

Specialty Paper: Silver Foil

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Whisper White

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler

Markers: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black

Stamp Sets: Get Your Santa On, Tag Talk

Extras: 1/8″ Mini Brads, Paper Snips

Just Add Another Baby!

When Alexa was just 4 weeks old, I joined a playgroup and we have met every week every since.  We started with 9 babies & 9 Mummies and ‘baby, we’ve grown’!  The count at present is 12 Mummies & 20 kidlets.  Sometime this month, we will add our 21st little person.

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To celebrate the impending arrival, we’ve put together a box of goodies.  Good timing for the Just Add Ink challenge this week, which Is “Just Add Baby“.  No pink or blue here, I’ve gone for bright & bold gender neutral colours since we won’t know if baby is a boy or a girl until it joins us (my money is on boy!).  I used the Flashback DSP as my colour palette inspiration – it’s not quite the traditional subtles of a baby card!

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This present also gave me a reason to try out yet another Pinterest idea – a baby version of the Curvy Keepsake Box.  Soooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!  The original was by Karyn and can be found HERE.

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My love affair with the Curvy Keepsake Box continues – hilarious considering I didn’t think I’d use it when I first flicked through the catalogue.  The power of Pinterest!  The inspiration is endless!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Baby’s First

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsake Box

Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots

Punches: Label Bracket, 1″ Circle, 3/4″ Circle, 1/2″ Circle, Owl Builder, Cupcake Builder, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

DSP: Flashback

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Grey, Real Red, Early Espresso, Tempting Turquoise

Ink: Smoky Slate, Real Red

Marker: Basic Black

Stamp Set: Tag Talk

Embellishments: Hello Honey 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals

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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2014 Catalogue Launch

Today 4 of my lovely regular customers joined me so I could share the new catalogue with them.  Lots of oo-ing & ah-ing and we all want so much more from the new catalogue than our budgets allow!!!  We made a bookmark, card & tag using the new Stampin’ Up! products.  Here’s our morning:

A gift bag full of goodies for everyone who came!
A gift bag full of goodies for everyone who came!
The stash close up
The stash close up
Spiral Flowers
Spiral Flowers

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My display
My display
My display
My display

 

The ladies enjoying themselves
The ladies enjoying themselves

 

Bookmark using new in colours
Bookmark using new in colours
Baby's First Framelits
Baby’s First Framelits
Baby's First Framelits
Baby’s First Framelits
Tags made with our card negatives
Tags made with our card negatives

Many thanks to my Mum for help with the prep & babysitting, the ESAD girls who sent me cards to put on display & the staff at Withers library for a great venue!

The winner of the door prize (drawn by Alexa) was:

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