Large Letters – Using Vellum to line them up!

Hello!  One of the products I was most excited about in the new catalogue was the Large Letters framelits & coordinating stamp set.  They are bold and impressive!

They are also a big ticket item, which makes a dent in anyone’s craft budget.

So, what are the best ways to purchase this set?

Here’s 5 quick ideas on how to get the Large Letters bundle to you with a discount…
{note all dollar values are in Australian currencies}

  1. Buy as a bundle – saving yourself 10% (over $25)
  2. Add another item (or 2) to your order, bumping yourself up to $250 and receive $25+ in rewards
  3. Hold a workshop with your family & friends, share your love of Stampin’ Up! and if the sales from your workshop are over $750, you’ll have the opportunity to buy this bundle at half price! (saving you over $115)
  4. Buy the items separately during July & earn bonus $$$. Purchase the framelits during July for $172 and then use your $9 redemption in August to purchase the stamp set for $76.  You won’t save as much, but you will be able to spread the cost out!
  5. Join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator for $169 and choose the Large Letters bundle as your kit content (saving you 18%) plus all your future purchases during your time as a demo will be at a minimum of 20% off retail!

As well as my savvy savings tips, I wanted to share with you how I (more or less) line up the framelits to use on a card front.

This is the card I made using the Serene Scenery DSP and Large Letters framelits.

Large Letters Framelits - how to line them up using vellum (plus 5 bonus tips on how to save money when buying the bundle!). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And this is how I did it…

  1. Using your grid paper, line up the framelits onto a piece of vellum that is about the same size as your project.

Large Letters Framelits - how to line them up using vellum (plus 5 bonus tips on how to save money when buying the bundle!). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

2. Stick these in place with post-it notes or repositionable tape (you’ll need to be super careful about this – you can see my ‘R’ slipped as I ran it through the Big Shot).

3. Run through your Big Shot to make your template.

4. Lay your vellum over your cardstock & line the letters up again – into the gaps you created as part of your template -and roll through.  Depending on how sensitive your magnetic plate is, you may like to use post-its or tape again to hold the letters in place.

Large Letters Framelits - how to line them up using vellum (plus 5 bonus tips on how to save money when buying the bundle!). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

5. Stick your cardstock to your card front & add in any of the little pieces needed to complete the letters (ie, the middles of the R & O)


Voila!  Your card is finished!  If you cut a template for a card you think you’ll use again, keep it somewhere safe and then next time you want to make a card, you can start from step 4.

This type of template is also perfect for lining up cut letters.

Large Letters Framelits - how to line them up using vellum (plus 5 bonus tips on how to save money when buying the bundle!). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Using templates are one of my trade secrets on how to get a better finish on your cards.  And now you’re in on the secret too!

If you live in Australia and I can help you buy a Large Letters bundle using any of the 5 tips above, or you need some vellum to make templates, please get in touch with me or shop in my online store.

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Product List

Grid Paper

$19.25

Tea Cups Full of Baby Love

Hello!  Today I wanted to share with you the baby shower invites I made for a friend.  Although they are invites, we designed them in card style, so really you could use this layout for a welcome baby card too.

The initial concept was a baby peeking out of a tea cup.  Then I thought a stack of cups would look nice… And a great way to include some pretty Have A Cuppa Designer Series Paper.

Baby Shower invite / Welcome Baby punch art card. Stampin' Up! Cups & Kettle Framelits, Have A Cuppa DSP and Suite Sayings stamp set. Occasions 2016. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The mumma-to-be wanted to use the Have A Cuppa embellishments somehow, and it may be a little left of centre, but I thought they’d make cute dummies…

Baby Shower invite / Welcome Baby punch art card. Stampin' Up! Cups & Kettle Framelits, Have A Cuppa DSP and Suite Sayings stamp set. Occasions 2016. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And the idea of a silver spoon in the baby’s mouth gave me a giggle – just tickled my humour that one!  As did the ‘peekaboo’ sentiment – a baby shower is kind of like a peekaboo, right?  With baby hiding away waiting for the right moment to appear.

Baby Shower invite / Welcome Baby punch art card. Stampin' Up! Cups & Kettle Framelits, Have A Cuppa DSP and Suite Sayings stamp set. Occasions 2016. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Baby Punch Art Instructions:

  • Head – Extra-Large Oval in Pink Pirouette
  • Hair – Mini Cupcake (Party Punch Pack) double cut with the XL Oval in Early Espresso
  • Eyes – Middle size circle from Owl Builder in Whisper White; Circle from Cupcake Builder in Basic Black
  • Nose: Middle size circle from Owl Builder in Blushing Bride
  • Hands – Feet from Owl Builder in Pink Pirouette
  • Dummy – Middle size circle from Owl Builder in Basic Gray; Large size circle from Owl Builder in Smoky Slate; Have A Cuppa Embellishment of choice

It was great to get back to a little bit of punch art – and nothing like a cute baby with it’s silver spoon dummy to make it a fun task !  Kelly x

Product List

Glue Dots

$9.00

Feel Better Kristel! JAI271

One of my SU! team hurt herself on the weekend playing hockey – reinforcing my long-held theory that exercise is actually bad for you!  Much safer to stay indoors and play with paper!!!

She’s now housebound while she recovers, which will give her lots of time to make some cards & 3D paper projects.

The JAI sketch this week is a great starting point – one of the most versatile sketches I’ve ever seen.

This is my card, using some of the new DSP: Color Me Irresistible Specialty with amazing glossy clear embossing & the beautiful pattern from Pretty Petals Paper Stack.

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Do you like the ribbon colour?  I coloured it myself using my Mint Macaron reinker & 1/4″ Whisper White Cotton Ribbon.  Using a sponge, I rubbed colour onto the white ribbon until it had the coverage I wanted.  With this technique, you can have any colour ribbon you need for your project!

And while we’re at it – one more tip… If you lay a piece of cardstock over the top of your framelit when you run it through the Big Shot, the framelit leaves an imprint on the cardstock, which you can then cut around with your paper snips & create yourself a mat/border for your framelit shape.  This works for almost all of the SU! framelit shapes.

Hope you feel better soon Kristel & get in some craft time while you’re recovering.  Kelly x

Product List

Glue Dots

$9.00

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Masculine Mayhem!

On Thursday night, 5 lovely ladies joined me for a night of cardmaking.  The theme was cards that would be suitable for a male.  I often hear that masculine cards are the hardest to come up with, so hopefully these ideas help you out a little.  Although my designs were made with “Father’s Day” (and happy birthday) sentiments, most of the ladies chose other ones to put on their card fronts including “happy birthday”, “lucky you” & “from me to you”.  The variety in SU! is great!

If you like what you see, are in Bunbury and you’re interested in attending a card class like this one, contact me.  I can invite you to the next one or you can host your own (host your own & earn rewards).  Kelly x

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Stamp Sets: Traveler, Work of Art, World Map Background, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

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Framelits: Mustache, On Film

Punches: Angled Tag Topper, 1/2″ Circle

Stamp Set: And Many More

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Framelits: On Film, Stars, Project Life Cards & Labels

Embossing Folder: Lucky Stars**

Stamp Set: Boys Will Be Boys

**Note: some of the links to new products in this blog post will come up with an error until the catalogue becomes available to the general public on 28th August 2014.

ESAD Blog Hop – 2014-15 Catalogue “Seeing Stars”

blog hop - AC 2014

It’s here!  The Stampin’ Up! 2014-15 Annual Catalogue started on 1st July – woo hoo!  Another success for Stampin’ Up! – 249 pages of glorious products to buy & projects to try.  I’ve signed up for another Blog Hop coordinated by the lovely ladies at ESAD.  This will give you 24 blogs to ‘hop’ your way through and see lots of new catalogue ideas!  If your hopping has already started, then you’ve come from Libby’s blog.  Next, you’ll be off to Amity’s blog (you can find the full list of bloggers at the bottom of this post).

 

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.

 

SEEING STARS: I’ve chosen a theme of ‘stars’ to share with you today.   There are quite a few stars within the Stampin’ Up! range.  Here’s a visual comparison of the different stars you can punch/die cut (including some retired ones for comparison in case you still have these in your collection):

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I think stars make for lovely male / neutral cards (and great female cards, kids cards, baby cards … suitable for all occasions in fact!).  My first star card is all about layers.   I loved the layered effect you can get when using Stampin’ Up!’s coordinating range.  Start by sponging ink through the new (and fabulous) Star Decorative Mask (133777) to create a background of cascading stars.  Add a couple of Stars Framelits (133723) with a stamped layer to add texture and a happy birthday message across the bottom.  The final result is a simple but stunning neutral card ready for that special someone.

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I then used the ‘negative’ created by the large Mossy Meadow start to create a 4″ square note card.  I added Mossy Meadow chevron DSP (from the In-Colour Paper Stack) and more stars to the middle.  By perfect coordination, the stamp I’ve used from Be the Star set matches with the smallest Stars Framelit & the star from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  5 of these note cards together would make a great gift!

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Supply List:

  • Big Shot (113493) & Magnetic Platform (130658)
  • Framelits: Stars (133723), Bitty Banners (129267)
  • Decorative Mask – Hearts & Stars (133777)
  • Itty Bitty Punch Pack (133787), Banner Punch (133519)
  • Cardstock: Mossy Meadow (133683), Whisper White (106549), Basic Black (121688)
  • Ink: Mossy Meadow (133645)
  • Stamp Sets: Be The Star (135734/135731), And Many More (134276/134273)
  • DSP: 2014-16 In Colour Paper Stack (133705)
  • Accessories: Sponge Daubers (133773)

Thanks for visiting me and my stars.  If you love stars as much as I do, then you’ll love some of the products that are making an appearance in the holiday catalogue – starting 28th August 2014.  Any guesses???

Please continue on your blog hop journey to Amity’s blog, where you’ll find more inspiring samples using products from the 2014-15 Annual Catalogue.  And if you’ve got time, leave a comment or two for the participants 🙂  Kelly x

 

Full list of Blog Hop Participants

1.   Emily Campbell

2.   Kelli Gordon

3.   Sharlene Meyer

4.   Delys Cram

5.   Keryn Campbell

6.   Monique Fielder

7.   Kathryn Ruddick

8.   Narelle Hoggard

9.   Ann Gerlach

10.   Libby Dyson

 11.  Kelly Kent – you are here!

12.  Amity Knight

13.  Christie Kunkel 

14.  Louise Layton

15.  Andrea Buckland

16.  Yvonne Walker

17.  Sally Williams

 18.  Debbie Lamb

19.  Nerida Carter

20.  Richelle Fletcher

21.  Norelle Targato

22. Rochelle Blok

23.  Clare Mcilhatton

24.  Tracy Speight

 

My Frozen Party – Stampin’ Up! Style

Let the Frozen frenzy continue!  Today I am sharing all things that go into the category of party styling.  Quite a few of my Frozen party décor items were ‘made with love’ using Stampin’ Up! supplies – party bags, hanging snowflakes, happy birthday banner & cupcake toppers.  Then a few other lovelies to finish off.  The pictures are a combination of my photography, Dad’s photography & professional photography (thanks Siobhan!).  Thanks also to Southwest Special Occasions who made Maddie’s birthday cake complete with the best gluten free cupcakes I’ve ever tasted!  I wish I had an excuse for parties & cupcakes every day!!!  Kelly x

Stampin’ Up! Supply List:

Photography: Siobhan Fitzsimmons (based in Perth)

Cake: Southwest Special Occasions (based in Bunbury)

Printables: Kids Party Printables (Etsy)

Balloon: Oasis Party Central (Bunbury)

Snowflake Party Bags
Snowflake Party Bags
Snowflake Decorations
Snowflake Decorations
Cupcake Toppers
Cupcake Toppers
"Happy Birthday Princess Madeline" Banner (all those photographers, no photo of the banner!)
“Happy Birthday Princess Madeline” Banner (all those photographers, no photo of the banner!)
Melted Snowman Water Bottles
Melted Snowman Water Bottles
Giant Elsa & Anna Helium Balloon
Giant Elsa & Anna Helium Balloon
The Party Princess
The Party Princess

 

Frozen Themed Cards – Anna

Next on the big screen is Anna.  She is my daughter’s favourite and the hero of the movie!  One again, this princess punch art uses the Dress Up Framelits.  Princess cards are quite addictive!  Kelly x

How to make Princess Anna’s Dress:

  • Using the sleeveless dress framelit, cut out 2 Pacific Point dresses and 1 Basic Black dress
  • Cut 1 PP dress in half and leave one as is.
  • Either by freehand or using the Full Heart punch, create a ‘v’ shape in the middle of the BB dress.  Add Gold Foil to the back of the BB piece and cut around it to create a small gold border.
  • Using Rose Red, cut the largest die from the Apothecary Accents framelits set – cut this in half longways.
  • Cut two Rose Red 1-1/4″ circles.  Cut each again using the punch so you end up with an oval shape.
  • Cut a Tempting Turquoise 1″ circle for the neckline and a small strip of Elegant Eggplant for her cape (I used the now retired Horizontal Slot Punch).
  • Attach all the pieces together so they look like the picture below.  You may have to trim some of the pieces down so they fit better (especially the Apothecary Accent pieces).

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Supplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Dress Up (retired), Labels Collection

Thinlits: Circle Card

Punches: Full Heart (retired), 1-1/4″ Circle, 1″ Circle

Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots

DSP: Winter Frost (retired)

Specialty Paper: Gold Foil

Cardstock: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Smoky Slate, Rose Red, Basic Black

Ink: Tempting Turquoise

Stamp Set: Remembering Your Birthday

Accessories: Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Frozen Themed Cards – Elsa

I made a series of Frozen cards in the lead up to Maddie’s party as part of the fun.  I’ll start by sharing Elsa with you as she is the ‘pin-up’ girl of Frozen.  I am so sad that the Dress Up Framelits are now discontinued – they are perfect for princess cards.  Maybe you still have them in your collection like I do and my cards inspire you to make a Frozen card for a special princess you know!  Kelly x

How to make Queen Elsa’s Dress:

  • Using the sleeveless dress framelit, cut out 3 Tempting Turquoise dresses
  • Cut the straps from one dress, cut another one in half and leave one as is.
  • Either by freehand or using the Full Heart punch, create a ‘v’ shape in the middle of the strapless dress.
  • Again using the sleeveless dress framelit, cut just the top section of the dress using Vellum
  • Using Vellum, cut the largest die from the Apothecary Accents framelits set – cut this in half longways.
  • Attach all the pieces together so they look like the picture below.  You may have to trim some of the pieces down so they fit better (especially the Apothecary Accent pieces).
  • Jazz up Elsa’s dress using glitter – I used Crystal Effects & Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter and Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details.

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Supplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Dress Up (retired), Labels Collection

Thinlits: Circle Card

Punches: Full Heart (retired)

Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots

DSP: Winter Frost (retired)

Specialty Paper: Vellum

Cardstock: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Smoky Slate

Ink: Pacific Point

Stamp Set: Remembering Your Birthday

Accessories: Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details

No better friend than a sister …

The birthday fun continues throughout this week.  I’m going to share as much of my Frozen party with you as I can.  I hope you enjoy it – I’ve had so much fun using my Stampin’ Up! supplies to create a beautiful birthday party for Miss M.  Where there is colour coordination – I’m in!!!

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Today’s share is another birthday card.  I thought a Frozen themed Anna & Elsa ‘sister’ card was perfect for Alexa to give to Maddie.  I’ve added the custom ‘no better friend than a sister’ saying across the top as this truly defines the special relationship the girls share – they adore each other.  Later in the week I will share individual Anna & Elsa cards.  I just love the drawing Alexa did for the middle of the card with a picture of her & Maddie.  They are so precious at this age!  Kelly x

Elsa's Dress
Elsa’s Dress

 

Anna's Dress
Anna’s Dress
Alexa's Artwork
Alexa’s Artwork

Supplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Dress Up (retired), Bitty Banners, Apothecary Accents

Punches: Banner, Itty Bitty Accents, Horizontal Slot (retired), Full Heart (retired)

Specialty Paper: Silver Glimmer, Shimmery White, Gold Foil, Vellum

Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red, Basic Black

Ink: Elegant Eggplant

Stamp Set: Remembering Your Birthday

Glitz: Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter

Accessories: Paper Snips

Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals, Crystal Effects

 

WANTED: A Happy Birthday Ned Kelly style

I’m excited about getting more items from the new catalogue and sharing new projects with you, but while I wait for my “Big Brown Box” to traverse the country, which can take a couple of weeks (more if there’s a train derailment!), I will share some cards with you that I have made using items that have carried over.

This card was made at the request of a friend of mine to go with a Ned Kelly poster she had bought as a birthday present.  I had a lot of fun ‘antiquing’ my Stampin Up! supplies to create a weathered look.  The Ned Kelly image is courtesy of Google, printed on Smoky Slate cardstock.  Handcrafted male cards can be a little on the tricky side, but this one came up a treat!  Kelly x

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Supplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Word Bubbles, Ovals

Cardstock: Basic Black, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla

Ink: Soft Suede

Stamp Sets: Memorable Moments, Best Dad Ever (retired)

Accessories: Paper Snips, Stampin’ SpritzerStamping Sponges, Stampin’ Dimensionals