As you know, there are so many clever techniques out there for making ‘wow’ cards. I have tried inking embossing folders before, but not for a while, so it was almost like a new ‘wow’ moment for me.
I’ve combined my technique fun with the Just Add Ink inspiration challenge (JAI261). Don’t you just love the colours in the theme!?!
This is my card:
The Technique: The background is made by inking up the inside of the embossing folder (top or bottom depending on what you want inky and what you want uninked) with a brayer and ink from a classic stamp pad. I used the Spring Flowers TIEF and the gorgeous *soon-to-be-released* in-colour Tip Top Taupe. It took me a bit of practice (Alexa is going to love it when she finds the rejects on her craft table!) but I got there eventually. I found I got the best finish when I put the embossing folder through the big shot sideways (rather than with the fold first, rotate 90 degrees so it goes through long side first). It’s a bit of a squeeze but it fits!
Although the inspiration photo is all leaves, when I first saw the cushion in the picture I thought it was a tree. And then I couldn’t shake it – great first impression! I love all the texture and layers in this card. And the colours! The mix of blues, white & taupe is just divine. Thanks JAI!!! Kelly x
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I love this colour combination – the striking black & white, vibrant pink & highlights of aqua. I have taken these wonderful colours and the recurrent circle theme to create a what I am calling my ‘circling butterfly’ card.
The butterfly – Melon Mambo & Coastal Cabana:
Make sure you stop by JAI & see what the rest of the design team has come up with this week. Inspiration challenges are always fabulous because everyone interprets the photos a little differently.
And I’d love to see your creations there too. Kelly x
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I will often match a birthday card with the theme of the party or invite. Ashton’s 2nd birthday invite had a Thomas the Tank Engine theme, so I wanted to try my version of a Thomas Pop n Cuts card I saw on Pinterest (inspiration provided by Patsy Waggoner – here). Sadly, Pop n Cuts retired this year, but I’ve held on to mine so I can still make cool 3D cards like this one.
Although the original cards was fabulous, I made a few changes. Instead of a punch art Thomas, I used a template (found on Pinterest … addict much?), I changed up the colour scheme and added in a banner. Happy Birthday Ashton! We hope you had a lovely day! Kelly x
This creation was made for a friend who wanted a card with an “awesome” gold theme that matched in with the party invite & present she’d bought. It’s great example of how versatile most of the stamp sets can be – the sentiment is from the Flower Patch Photopolymer Stamp Set but there isn’t a flower in sight! And the love affair with Flower Patch continues. Kelly x
Alexa was invited to her very first birthday party away from our social circle – a big milestone for our “little” girl who is getting so grown up!
Cam turns 4 this week and he invited some day care friends, including Alexa, to his ‘dress-up as a movie character’ birthday party. Alexa has a fabulous Peppa Pig costume and although technically a stretch on the movie theme, Peppa came out to play! The party was lovely – bouncy castle, face painting & a checkerboard Turbo cake that was a definite labour of love from the kitchen of someone very talented. The day care Mums got a chance to meet & greet (rather than wave & dash, as is usually the case on drop off / pick up) and the kids had a (sugar enhanced) blast.
When I RSVP’d, I found out that Cam would be dressed as Optimus Prime from Transformers. This gave me a great theme for the birthday card & present. We found an awesome Transformers “lift the flap” t-shirt for a present and of course, I made a Transformers card to go with it.
The design: Punch art was too ambitious and I don’t have an Undefined Stamp Carving Kit (but if you do, see a great carved Transformer image by Melanie Hill here). So I decided on a computer printed Transformers logo and “Happy Birthday” in Transformers font. I often download new/interesting/quirky/relevant fonts to match my projects – dafont.com is my favourite go-to website for all my font needs.
This is the final result – tying in Cam’s name (using the logo as the “A”) and keeping it suitably dark & mysterious. Happy Birthday Cam, we loved sharing your special day with you & your family. Kelly & Alexa x
It’s always fun to create ‘fun’ – so playing ship builder for Heather’s 4th birthday party was pretty cool! [Better than walking the plank!].
The brief was to create invites to suit a pirate themed party (chosen by the birthday girl herself) that would maintain her mother’s status as an overachieving parent. I think these 3D creations will do! Kelly x
Photography by the overachieving mother in question: Siobhan Fitzsimmons
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.
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
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
I was delighted to find the Baby Bundle (Something for Baby & Baby’s First) in the demonstrator pre-order. I’m in a phase of my life where I’m surrounded by new babies, so a baby themed stamp set with matching framelits was right up my alley. And it hasn’t disappointed – I just love the little coathanger & tie!!! There is a lovely variety of baby ‘things’ that make beautiful cards. Today I’ve paired it with the new Lullaby DSP, which is also a great product for all things baby! Pink for girls and blue for boys – sugar & spice, puppy dogs tails and all that stereotyping! The matching stamps & framelits make card making a breeze. Babies not your thing? Stay tuned, because in future blog posts, I’ll show you what else the “baby” framelits can do. Kelly x
And the fun continues!!! The next challenge was set by Keryn, asking us to create a project of any type using at least one Bigz or Originals Die to cut something other than standard cardstock or paper. For a list of recommended ‘non paper’ items to cut with these dies in the Big Shot, see here. When I was in Spotlight yesterday, I picked up some blackboard sticker sheets. So, using my Top Note die and the blackboard sheets, I have created the ultimate reusable card. Simply write your message in chalk on the top note, then erase & rewrite to give the card again. Happy Birthday Poss, this one is heading your way. Kelly x PS, I think I need to practice writing with chalk. This card would be best given to a teacher!