Stamp Review Crew – Blended Bloom

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Hello May!!!  I’m excited that my birthday month of celebrations starts with a Stamp Review Crew post.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Stamp Review Crew format – it’s an international hop that highlights the fabulous talents of demonstrators around the world who all make projects using the same stamp set.

You might have already started the journey and been to see Martha in Canada.  Currently, you’re with me in Australia and next you’re off to America to visit Debra!


This month it’s all about the Blended Bloom single wood mount stamp.  Sadly, this beautiful flower is on the retirement list – but that also means you can buy it while stocks last at 20% off retail price.

Blended Bloom is fantastic for colouring practice (I still need lots of that) and lends itself to so many occasions, colours & designs.

Today I’m sharing a Mother’s Day creation with you.  Did you know that Mother’s Day is at different times of the year around the world!?!  In Australia (and the US), we’re spoiling our Mums this Sunday, but Mums in the UK got their special day back in March!  Interested in Mother’s Day activities around the world?  Have a look at this Wikipedia list for all the details!

I love Wikipedia and looking up quirky background information! But back to the craft…

This is my Mother’s Day project set.  It’s all pink & grey which I {LOVE} as a colour combination.

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The card has a beautiful Hardwood Background panel (staying), Little Letters (going) and a Blended Bloom flower coloured with an Aqua Painter.

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Of course, if there’s a pretty flower on my craft table, it’s going to get ‘winked’ (Wink of Stella is staying!).

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The treat box is made using the Gift Bag punch board (staying!). Instead of adding holes to the top for closure as per the instructions, I made tabs top & bottom of my cardstock and added a ‘lapel’ close.

Stamp Review Crew - Blended Bloom Mother's Day Project Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

To make this style of treat bag:

Cut a piece of cardstock to 10″ x 8-1/4″.  I punched & scored as per the instructions for the first long side.  I then rotated 180 degrees and did it again for the second long side (but making sure the panels matched up with what I had already scored).

This gave me 5 panels (2 sides, a front, a back and a tab for sticking together).  I cut all the tabs from the ‘top’ of the bag except the back one which folds down to make the lapel closure.  I then stuck it together on the bottom & side as per the traditional instructions.

Fill with treats, fold down the lapel closure and wrap a ribbon or twine around it to keep it all looking pretty.  I used Smoky Slate thick baker’s twine (going).  And then added another Blended Bloom flower to coordinate the design with my card.


Happy Mother’s Day to all those lucky Mummies out there – I hope the kids or fur babies get organised during the week and spoil you rotten.

I’ll be pre-ordering my own M.Day present tomorrow!!!  At least I {ALWAYS} get what I want!

Next stop is Blended Bloom goodness from Debra.  Click on the ‘next blog’ link below to see what she has created.

Blended Bloom Prev          Blended Bloom Next

If you get lost during the hop, you can always head back to the main page.

Make sure you check back in with me tomorrow – I’ll be sharing something very special ready for the new catalogue coming in June.  If you love being organised, you won’t want to miss it!  Kelly x


Product List

Blended Bloom Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$21.00
WHILE STOCKS LAST

Little Letters Thinlits Die

$49.00
WHILE STOCKS LAST

Smoky Slate Thick Baker’S Twine

$6.25
WHILE STOCKS LAST

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Christmas in July 2015

It’s been a big week of Christmas here at mypapercraftjourney.

On Thursday I got a sneak peek at the new Holiday Catalogue – wow!!!  It’s filled with lots (and I mean lots) of awesome new products.  I think there’s something on every page that made it to my wishlist.

Pre-order starts for demos on 4th August and then everyone else is able to access the catalogue from 1st September.

Want to get a jump on your Christmas cards this year?  If you join SU! 4th-31st August, you’ll be able to include items from the Holiday Catalogue in your Starter Kit {which also means you’ll get more value out of your wishlist and free shipping!).  Or, join now and you’ll get instant access to the new catalogue so you can start writing your wishlist, ready for first shipping on 4th August!!!


The other Christmas fun this week was the Christmas In July card class which happened this morning at my house.  It was a lovely morning spent with the 4 beautiful ladies who attended, but I made them work hard to get it all finished!  Crafting time management is not a strong point of mine!

Here’s what we made:

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Main supplies: Merry Moments DSP & Cardstock Pack, Wonderful Wreath bundle (stamp set & framelits), Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Silver Glimmer Paper, Decorative Label Punch.

Card in a box directions at Di Barnes blog.

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Main supplies: Envelope Punch Board, Merry Moments DSP & Cardstock Pack, Festival of Trees bundle (stamp set & punch), Gold Glimmer Paper, Real Red Cotton Ribbon

Inspiration for my Envelope Punch Board Card can be found at Julie Kettlewell’s blog.

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Main supplies: Owl & Bird Builder Punches, Merry Moments DSP & Cardstock Pack, Sassy Salutations stamp set.

I wanted to make something to hold the cards that would be suitable for a present, so I designed a slimline Christmas Gift Bag using the new Gift Bag Punch Board (GBPB).  Instead of using the board to score the bag lines, I scored these on my Stampin’ Trimmer and then used the GBPB for the bottom tabs and top holes.

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These are the instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of 12″ x 12″cardstock or DSP to 8-1/2″ (so it measures 12″ x 8-1/2″)
  2. Along the 12″ side, score at 4-3/4″, 5-3/4″, 10-1/2″ and 11-1/2″
  3. Score 1-1/2″ from the bottom of the long edge
  4. Place the bottom edge of your card/DSP into the GBPB along the 12″ side and line up each score line with the ‘start line’ – punch and then move to the next score line.  You may like to do the edges too.
  5. Put your card/DSP back into your trimmer and cut down the flaps by 1/2″ inch (so your cardstock length will now be 8″).
  6. Using the reverse punch on the GBPB, line up each score line with the reverse punch notch and punch the holes.
  7. Adhere the side and base of your bag using your favourite adhesive and add ribbon to finish the closure.

This bag will fit Australian C6 size cards & envelopes (and probably American ones too but I haven’t actually tested).  You can jazz up the bag front with embellishments & stamping/cardstock.  It makes a great gift that showcases your handmade talents – imagine your friends & family waiting to see if they receive a special card kit as a present!  I know I’ll be making these for birthdays too.  They are so easy to whip up using the Gift Bag Punch Board.   Kelly x

 

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

Product List

Glue Dots

$9.00

*** Want to shop online? The host code for July is XZCA7Y4Y.

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
Product List

Glue Dots

$9.00

 

*** Want to shop online? The hostess code for June is MAB6AJXN.

Stepping It Up – ESAD, JAI263 & FMS187

Hello!!!  It was quiet on the blog front over the weekend because I got to escape!!!  3 wonderful days of a child-free mini-break in the big city with some girlfriends.  That’s right, I left Mr Papercraft and the little misses to their own devices and I ran away.

But, I couldn’t leave them (or the craft table) for too long … so I’m back with a bang – three challenges this week!

1. ESAD Demo Designs set by Rebecca McHaffie – to create a beginner’s/simple card and a ‘stepped up’ version of the same card

2. Just Add Ink are adding all things wedding this week, and …

3. Freshly Made Sketches have provided this sketch:

So, with these as my guidelines, I set to work.

This is the simple card I made using some of the products we’re not going to see after 2nd June including the “Your Perfect Day” photopolymer stamp set, Something Borrowed DSP (sniff!) and Labels Framelits:

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And then I added some elements to ‘step it up’.

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Which got me to thinking… What is it that takes a card from good to great?  And I’ve narrowed it down to 4 main things:

  1. Texture – by adding or enhancing your embellishments, you can add lots of texture to a card that gives it that little something extra.  On this card, I’ve added the bow, embossed the sentiment in gold rather than stamping in a matte colour and added in the patterned DSP.
  2. Layers – adding more layers to a card makes it look more ‘finished’.  Adding a background or mat to a piece of cardstock helps to give your elements more definition.
  3. Dimension – cards with only one layer don’t jump out as much as cards that have increased depth.  Stampin’ Dimensionals are your best friend and on this card I’ve used them to not only raise the ‘congrats’ sentiment but also the main rectangular centrepiece.
  4. Colour – the neutrals of the first card are lovely, but by adding in the gold, the card goes from lovely to special.  Gold is one of my favourite go-to colours for weddings!  I’ve also added in Very Vanilla hearts to complete the ribbon and give the card some balance.

I hope some of the tips above give you some food for thought when designing your next card.  You may also like my 10 tips for getting it right post for more ideas on creating cards to be proud of!  There is such a thing as adding too much to a card, so you want to be sure that everything you add has a purpose.

While on the wedding theme, I wanted to show you a cute little bridal shower gift I made using the stunning Something Borrowed DSP {I’ve said how much I love this DSP before – right?}.

This is made using the soon to be released Gift Bag Punch Board which is so easy to use.  To make up for some of the retiring favourites, you’ll want to add this to your collection!

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I started with DSP that was 11″ (which equals the medium size for the punch board) by 7.5″.  I then followed the punch board instructions which gave me the basic bag design.  I cut the front panel out using my Big Shot & Labels framelits and fitted a piece of window sheet in behind to create a peek-a-boo bag.

So cute!!!  This one has some beautiful Body Shop shower gel & body lotion in it (perfect for the bride’s big day) or you could fill it with chocolates or tissues or lip gloss.  Whatever you thought the bride needed.  This would also be a great gift for a birthday, thank you, baby shower … Just a great gift really.  And so quick to make.

The Gift Bag Punch Board cuts all the flaps you need, scores in the right places and then makes holes in the top for ribbon.  And there are instructions for 3 great widths with heights from 4″ through to 12″.  I’m looking forward to seeing what clever ideas pop up on Pinterest for it in the next couple of months.

If you’d like to see the Gift Bag Punch Board (and lots of other new catalogue products) in action and you live local, please RSVP to my catalogue launch event.  I’d love to see you there!  Kelly x

Product List

Heat Tool

$49.95
Glue Dots

$8.95

 

 

*** Items in green are only available to demonstrators.  They will appear in the 2015-16 annual catalogue which is available from 2nd June 2015.

*** Items in red are retiring or unlikely to be available after 2nd June (while stocks last).

*** Want to shop online? The hostess code for May is MAB6AJXN.