On “Target” for style

Depending on how much you follow trends & fashion might alter how much you notice just how ‘on trend’ Stampin’ Up! always are with their designs.

Every time I think of this concept I go back to that scene in the Devil Wears Prada movie where she tells Anne Hathaway’s character that the colours & styles she wears are no accident.

I’m never sure who starts the trends, but you can always guarantee to see themes throughout fashion, homewares & accessories.

This season it’s all about the fruity, so when we were shopping in Target last week for new clothes for Miss Papercraft, it was like shopping through the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue!

Check out these fruity pants!

Tutti Frutti pants

A little fussy cutting practice from the Tutti Frutti DSP and they make a great transformation into a card….

Tutti Frutti DSP | kelly kent

And from a drink bottle…..

Pear Drink Bottle

…to a birthday card!

Fruit Basket Pears | kelly kent

Like the sensible people they are at Target, they’re still using the gorgeous Mint Macaron colour.  I’m hopeful we’ll get it back into our range one day.  Until then, I’m giving some of my retired favourite some air time!


What’s your favourite Stampin’ Up! colour that you can no longer get?  I’m also missing Lost Lagoon (probably because it pairs so well with Mint Macaron!).

Keep those eyes open and snap some cheeky iphone photos while you’re out shopping.  It makes for great inspiration when you get home!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


Tutti Frutti Suite

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The New Thinlit You {NEED}

There are lots of amazing new catalogue projects – but the Happy Birthday Thinlit (and coordinating stamp set if you love a bundle) is a ‘must-have’ for every craft room.

The font is lovely, the size is great and although we’ve had lots of great words in the past, there’s been a definite gap in the birthday zone.

Not anymore…

Check out this cute card I made for my friend – another Kelly – using her birthday balloon present as the inspiration for the design.

This is the balloon…

Happy Birthday Thinlit | kelly kent

Which I recreated using the Happy Birthday Thinlit in silver glimmer, the star flourish from the Star of Light stamp set (which has carried over to the new catalogue) – heat embossed in white and then I scattered the card base with gold glimmer & shimmery white spots.

Happy Birthday Thinlit | kelly kent

There’s a second layer of Happy Birthday behind the silver – this gives it a lift!  And of course vellum to ‘frame’ it.

Happy Birthday Thinlit | kelly kent

Coordinating cards & gifts are always a favourite of mine!

Happy Birthday Thinlit | kelly kent

It’s the magic of being able to create something really special & really personal!!!

I know I’ll be using the Happy Birthday Thinlits to make lots of cards this year!

If you {NEED} them in your craft stash, check with your local demo.  If that’s me, you can order in my online store or send me an email.

 

Inspired by the Invite

Today two lovely friends of mine are getting married.  We met them years ago playing social netball and at that time Jason was NEVER getting married.  Well, like many men, he grew up (or gave in to the nagging!), so I’m excited to be a witness when Jason makes an honest woman of Ciara.  The wedding is in my hometown (about 2 hours from where I live now), so I get to go home and spend the weekend with my parents, which is an added bonus!  And even cooler that’s it’s the Easter weekend because there will chocolate!!!

Anyway, back to the card making.  Whenever I make a wedding card for a wedding I’m going to, I always try and incorporate the invite design in some way.  Often I’ll use the actual invite to make the card (as I’ve done today).  Wedding invites usually include pretty bling, awesome patterned paper and great cardstock – so they are a great foundation for a beautiful card.  Where possible, I’ll use the same colour theme.  Sometimes I’ll copy the style of the invite.  I often wonder if people notice the similarities between my card and their invite.  I think it’s a cute & personal touch and gives me great inspiration for a unique design.

For Ciara & Jason, I’ve followed with their cream & navy theme and used the bling in the centre of the card, the pattern paper in the lattice and the glimmery cardstock for the hearts.  For this card I’ve pulled some retired embellishments out of the vault.  I wouldn’t say I’m a hoarder … but I do find it hard to part with my lovely Stampin’ Up! collection, even when it’s retired.  So, I was lucky to have some Night of Navy ribbon and Vanilla Flower Trim in my stash to complete the look of the card.  And I’m so happy with the result!

Because there is nothing ‘standard’ about this beautiful card, I used the Envelope Punch Board to make a custom size envelope.  My card size is 5 & 1/4″ square with raised embellishments.  Using the Box Buster kindly created & shared by the Crafty Owl, I was able to input my measurements and have it tell me what size cardstock to use and where to punch on the EPB.  Keep in mind: unlike the measurements on the Envelope Punch Board that allow a 1/8″ border around the edge of your card, the Box Buster doesn’t have any border.  So add 1/4″ to your measurements before entering.  [For this card: depth – 5 & 1/2″, width – 5 & 1/2″, height – 0 & 1/4″].

Happy “I Do Day” Ciara & Jason!  Kelly x

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Supplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Bigz Die: Lattice

Embossing Folder: Beautifully Baroque

Punches: Heart to Heart (retired), Small Heart

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy

Extras: Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Adhesive: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

 

Leftover Lattice = Easter Baskets of Joy

Thanks for stopping by today for the big reveal.  Ta da!

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The leftover lattice got turned into little Easter baskets.  I trussed the four corners together with some baker’s twine and added mini eggs.  They look gorgeous!

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Now for some interesting back story: After my flash of ‘genius’ on how to use my lattices, I did an internet search for the lattice die – to see what others did with their leftovers.  Guess what – trussing up the lattice and filling it with chocolate isn’t a new idea!  There are lots of Christmas pudding lattice bundles and other chocolate filled lattice goodness already in cyberspace.  Nothing is too original when everyone is using the same set of Stampin’ Up! products.  I’ve seen recently quite a bit of discussion amongst Stampin’ Up! users about copying the ideas of others.  I have never been shy about admitting that some of my inspiration comes from the work of others that is posted on the net – Pinterest, Google, blogs, Facebook sharing.  Sometimes I love a card I’ve seen so much that I just want to copy it exactly – the designer has done an awesome job and there is nothing I could change.  Sometimes I use what I need and change the card to suit my style or purpose.  I do however, always give credit to the original source when I have copied a large component of someone else’s design, concept or template.  The exciting part about being creative, is that some of my work is original – either from my own mojo or spawned from something I’ve seen that has grown & developed to become my creation.  I’d be delighted and touched if someone liked something I’d made enough to copy it.  And if they had the same ethos around crediting inspiration that I do, then that would be great.  But the reality of life is that it’s not fair, people do crazy things and there are lots of artists having the same ideas world over.  We should all aim to be inspirational to someone.  Anyway, musings over.  Hope you have a great day and grab some inspiration from somewhere today!  Kelly x

End of Term Thankyou Cards – Swimming

During the term we are busy little Vegemites, so the next thankyou card in the series is for Alexa’s swimming teacher.  This term of swimming certainly made the teacher work for her money – three kids in the class, each at a very different swimming level.  She did a great job once she got to know all of them and we wanted to say thank you!  Another punch art card – a little girl with goggles, blowing lots of bubbles.  So cute, just like my little water baby!  Kelly x

20140410-193416.jpgSupplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Framelits:  Circles Collection, Holiday Ornaments

Edgelits: Adorning Accents

Embossing Folder: Fancy Fan

Punches: Extra-Large Oval, Large Oval, 1 & 1/4″ Circle, 1″ Circle, 3/4″ Circle, 1/2″ Circle, Owl Builder, Ticket Duo Builder

Cardstock: Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Primrose PetalsPerfect Plum, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Basic Black

Speciality Card: Window Sheets

Ink: Jet Black Staz On

Stamp Set: Yippee-Skippee!

Mother’s Day Collection 2014 – Card 5

Today is the final of my Mother’s Day cards for 2014.  A card & envelope all in one.  I think this is a nice spin on the traditional C6 card.  Using the Envelope Punch Board, I made a 6×4 envelope (paper size: 8 & 1/4 x 8 & 1/4; score: 3 & 3/8).  I used Watercolour Wonder DSP – the sheet with the big cantaloupe/coral flowers backed with Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock.  The envelope insert is Calypso Coral & Whisper White cardstock.  The matching flowers are from the Stippled Blossoms stamp set.  The large flower is stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe & Calypso Coral.  The little flowers are Blushing Bride & Crisp Cantaloupe.  The leaves are Pear Pizzazz & Old Olive.  I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure that my two layers were lined up perfectly.  If you don’t own a SAMJ, you should invest in one today!  They make it so much easier to achieve beautiful cards!

On the outside of the envelope I stamped “Happy Mother’s Day” from the My Mother stamp set in Calypso Coral and added another large Stippled Blossom.  I used rare earth magnets attached with glue dots to keep the envelope closed when not in use.  I don’t intend to send this anywhere, but if you wanted to pop it in the post, you’d be best to create another envelope (4 & 1/2 x 6 & 1/2) using your Envelope Punch Board again.

Hopefully there has been enough inspiration this week for you to find something to make for your Mum.  If you happened to arrive at my blog, liked one of my cards but don’t make cards yourself, please contact me as I am happy to take orders for any of my creations.  Wishing all the mothers in the world a very Happy Mother’s Day!  Kelly x

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Mother’s Day Collection 2014 – Card 4

This is my favourite of the Mother’s Day cards I’ve made this year.  It stemmed from a request for a card that wasn’t frilly, floral or pink.  So, whilst there’s a hint of Crisp Cantaloupe peeking through, the blue tones and neutral colour scheme hopefully makes it suitable for Mums that don’t fit the “frilly, floral & pink” mould.  Plus, it features my very favourite stamp set – Wetlands!  If I got this card for Mother’s Day, I’d be stoked.  Hint hint kids!  Kelly x

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Supplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Deco Labels, Bitty Banners

Embossing Folder: Fancy Fan

Punches: Decorative Label

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand

DSP: Venetian Romance

Inks: Early Espresso, Island Indigo

Stampin’ Write Markers: Early Espresso, Island Indigo

Stamp Sets: Wetlands, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Accessories: Burlap Ribbon

 

Jumping on the Card in a Box wagon!

Hello!  Today is a beautiful day in Bunbury.  We’re getting some lovely ‘Spring’ type weather (even though it’s Autumn).  A pleasant 28 degrees, sun is shining – oh and the kidlets are NOT HERE!!!  The big one is at day care and the little one is spending quality time with Nanna and Grandad.  Woo hoo!!!  I love them dearly, but am a much better Mummy for having time away.  So, today I am writing a blog post for you, making birthday cards for some lovely friends and treating myself to lunch at a local café by the water.  Doesn’t get much better than that!

Last night some of my wonderful customers joined me for a Card in a Box workshop.  We used the tutorial available on Stamping T’s website which provides all the measurements needed to make a Card in a Box that fits into a C6 (standard) envelope when flat.  I was so impressed by the creativity of Anne, Gayle, Glenda, Cate & Sheila.  I guided them through making the box base, but after that, it was up to them.  We had flowers, mosaics, cupcakes, bikes, and everyone took home a great unique design.  I should have taken some photos, but got caught up in the process and it was home time before I knew it.

These were my samples for inspiration.  I had such fun making them.  You can see how they become addictive.  Like so many things in life, the first one I ever made took me ages, but with some practice, you become quite quick at filling the box up.  Kelly x

Easter Bunny Inspired by Anna Matasci
Easter Bunny
Inspired by Anna Matasci
Wetlands
Wetlands
Petal Parade
Petal Parade
Retro Fresh
Retro Fresh
Flower Shop & Petite Petals
Flower Shop & Petite Petals