And then this happened …

So, last weekend we had the misfortune of being in the path of a tornado.  It was a crazy 60 seconds that left a trail of destruction.

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It was a close call for my craft supplies – they were on the other side of this window…

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We’re still cleaning up broken glass (I’m thinking of a new technique involving glass shards…) and sorting through the mess.

Despite the chaos I have many things to be thankful for.  No one was hurt.  Things are broken – but things can be fixed.  My craft wall survived the impact.

But, apart from the safety of my family, the thing I am most grateful for is the help I received to clean up.

So, after the dust had settled, it was time to make some thank you cards.  Here’s what I came up with for some very special people whose kindness & generosity was amazing.

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Thank you!  I really, truly don’t know what I would have done without your help.  Kelly & the windswept little misses x

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A Class Full of Flowers

On Tuesday morning I had the pleasure of hosting a class for 4 lovely ladies who spend as much time spoiling my dog with attention as they do making cards!

The ladies had asked for combination of things they’d recently seen on the blog, but since I like my classes to be filled with surprises – we did variations of what they said they liked.

The first project was a decorated notepad using the colours/design features from my Just Add Ink / Demo Designs Sketch card.

Colours: Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate & Bermuda Bay.

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To make this decorated notepad, the instructions are mostly the same as the English Garden one, but with a different closure:

  1. Place a piece of A4 cardstock lengthways (landscape) into your SU! trimmer.  Score at 4-1/8″, 4-7/8″, 9″ & 9-3/4″
  2. Turn the cardstock 90 degrees and place into the trimmer longways (portrait).  Cut at 5-7/8″.
  3. Trim the small rectangle from the end of the skinny strip you ended up with (this will be your closure band).
  4. Fold along all score lines on cardstock.
  5. Attach the notepad to the inside using Fast Fuse.
  6. Add the closure flap by securing the end 4-1/8″ piece to the back of the notepad cardstock and then wrap it around & secure it to the front of the notepad.  You should have a 3/4″ flap left that you can attach magnets to for securing it tight.
  7. Decorate the front panel with cardstock (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″) and DSP (3-5/8″ x 2″).  Attach burlap ribbon & Flower Patch flower.  Add a gold embossed sentiment from Flower Patch.

The next project was a card to coordinate with the notepad.  I wanted to show the ladies how lovely the Garden in Bloom stamp set was, so we used this flower instead of the Flower Patch one.

Colours: Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss, Tip Top Taupe.

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The leaves behind the flower are from Kinda Eclectic and I once again used burlap to tie it all together.   I love the extra texture that adding even a small piece of burlap ribbon adds.  The sentiment is from the hostess only set Happy Birthday, Everyone.


The final project was a birthday card inspired by a new challenge blog – Pinterest Inspired Challenge.  Stop by and have a look at the entries so far – lots of inspiration just in the cards that have been put forward!!!

This is the inspiration photo:

And this is the card the ladies made:

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The splatters in the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set provided the perfect option for creating our own DSP-esque background.  The birthday sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set.  I realised after making this card that I’d actually used 2 “kit stamp sets” – they are great for more than just making up the kits.

The yellow & black flowers in the inspiration photo looked like cute little butterflies to me – so out came the Watercolor Wings stamp set and Bold Butterfly framelits.  I cannot make enough butterfly cards with this gorgeous bundle.

Colours: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay (cardstock, ink), Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight & Basic Black.


Another class and another great success.  Next class my Christmas goodies will be here, so I’m looking forward to adding a Christmas card into the mix!

You can find the class schedule here.  Due to the small size of classes, they fill up quickly and payment is required within 3 days of booking to secure your place.

Come & join the fun.  Free doggie cuddles included!!!  Kelly x

Shadow Box Butterfly Card – JAI272

Good morning!  As always, I’ve left my JAI post until the last minute.  It’s been a busy week but who can resist a challenge that’s all about butterflies?

I had initially planned to do a framed Monarch butterfly (think the “Kodak” orange & black butterfly) using a shadow box frame border.

But, when I was Googling instructions for making a shadow box frame, I came across Dawn’s version of a shadow box and totally changed tack.

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This shadow box is super simple, very easy & a big wow!  You can decorate the ‘box’ however you like.  The scoring on each end makes it stand up for display, but it squashes flat for putting into an envelope.

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Did you know that the two sets of butterfly framelits/thinlits coordinate with each other, giving you an intricate butterfly and a solid butterfly in the same size.  This is the small size.

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I adapted Dawn’s measurements to suit Australian card front size.

To make a shadow box:

  1. Cut two pieces of cardstock 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″ (I also cut a piece of DSP slightly smaller than the back piece – 4″x 5-3/4″ and adhered it to the back piece before scoring)
  2. Score each piece of cardstock 1/2″ & 1″ from each short side
  3. Cut a shape from the middle of the front piece of cardstock using a framelit of your choice (I used a circle)
  4. Fold your front & back pieces so they sit out from the middle (Dawn’s video shows this well)
  5. Using a strong adhesive such as Fast Fuse, stick together the ends of the card
  6. Decorate using your favourite SU! products.

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I hope you’ll make one of these cards.  They were amazingly easy and look magnificent!  If you’ve got some time to craft today, you may also want to play along with JAI 272.  Butterflies are very popular right now and make a great theme for cards. 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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The DSP in 2015 is {FABULOUS}!

Yes, I’m a paper addict, but you have to agree with me, the DSP in the new catalogue is truly divine.

From the bold striking colours in Bohemian to the gorgeous patterns in English Garden to the funky animal prints in Go Wild – there’s something for every card you’ll need to make this year (even a Christmas one!).

Of course, it’s a big outlay to buy every DSP.  So, I’m offering a paper share.  You can own a 6×6 piece of every DSP for just $50 (excluses Typeset).  Or the main collection for $38 or the colour collection for $12.50.

paper shareMy DSP share is open to anyone in Australia and ends today.  If you ticked the ‘yes please’ box at my catalogue launch, you should have received an email from me with payment details.  Only shares that have been paid for by the end of today will be ordered.

Not signed up yet?  Please contact me to join the share.

To make today’s card, I’ve used the Inkspired Team Sketch by Teneale Williams:

Together with a new DSP – Timeless Elegance:

 

To create this ‘thinking of you’ card:

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I’m a big fan of DSP as a whole card background.  The colour combination is Tip Top Tape, Pink Pirouette & Elegant Eggplant.  Timeless & elegant indeed.  Kelly x

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I Have An Enemy ….

I have an enemy… one that I am sure many of you are familiar with … {TIME}.

My brain is scheming & dreaming for a good portion of the time I’m awake.  I’m thinking up activities I’d like to do with the kids, of things I’d like to make at the craft table, of phone calls I’d like to have with friends, time spent with loved ones … If I did half the things I imagined, I’d have very happy kids, friends and family!  But alas, with a very busy life and oh-so-much to fit in, time is my enemy.

I struggle to fit in the basics of life and then have to cram the extras on top.  But it’s so important to shift things around and make the extras happen because they are the icing.  And we all know the icing is the best part!

This birthday set for a friend has been rolling around my creative imagination for the past 2 weeks, but its taken me this long to make it a reality.  I’m truly in love with the Watercolor Wings bundle.  The different layers of the butterfly are magical and if you haven’t already noticed, the previous Butterflies Thinlits set coordinates with the new stamp set & framelits.  It’s all so wonderful!

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The source of my layout & colour inspiration this week was JAI 266 for their colour combo:

And Freshly Made Sketches 190 for the layout:

Not a colour combo I’d normally use.  And I can’t say ovals are a big feature in my cardmaking either.  So, as always, challenges provide a great platform for the creative soul.

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You’ll notice a few retired products in the mix until I’m restocked with new catalogue products.  The wait for “big brown boxes” to arrive is excruciating!

I’m enjoying having my Gift Bag Punch Board to play with.  I think I’m going to have to apologise to my curvy keepsake die soon as it’s gathering dust while I fall in love with my new punch board.

Too many favourite products!!!  Blessing or curse?  If I had more {TIME} I’d like to find out!  Kelly x
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Butterfly Basics – the hit of Occasions 2015 [and my product “miss”]

There are sooooo many lovely products in Occasions 2015 – it’s hard to choose a favourite (much like choosing a favourite child I think!).  But based on my Pinterest feed, the Butterfly Basics stamp set & Butterfly framelits have definitely been popular.

 

butterfly basics PP set

There has been lots of discussion & sharing for tips that help with getting great butterfly die cuts.  My favourite two are:

  • 3 layers of waxed paper – under the cardstock, between the cardstock & the die and on top of the die
  • using dryer sheets under the cardstock.  I hear fragrance free dryer sheets are hard to get in Australia (try shops or online companies that import US products as they are popular in the US), but these are supposed to work much better than the fragrance filled ones available (though both will work).

This was the first card I made using my butterfly bundle.  The stamp set style is quite ‘shabby chic’, so perfect for layering.

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And this is my ‘how did I miss that moment’…  Stampin’ Up! sells a beautiful product called Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  It’s not new … but I have only just added it to my collection.  A couple of little sprays gives your card a wonderful, magical shimmer – perfect!  It gives the butterfly a little bit of extra “wow”!  Anyway, I have it now (and have everything crossed that it’s carrying over to the next catalogue), so will smooching & spritzing my way through 2015!  Kelly x

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