Just Add Ink #498 | Add “E”

As the world goes into lots of forms of reduced services and isolation, I’ve been reflecting on how lucky we are to have the internet!  For social interaction, for news & updates and for crafty inspiration!

For now, it’s business as usual for both Stampin’ Up! and Australia Post, so by shopping in my online store (click here to visit) you can still get crafty supplies delivered to your door.

I also feel lucky to be connected to a wonderful community of lovely stampers including the Just Add Ink design team.  Today we’re sharing another challenge theme – Just Add “E”.  It’s a great theme to get you thinking about what stamps, techniques or themes you can create starting with “E”.

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As we embark on voluntary isolation, I’ve added “Education” as my theme, making some accessories for the Little Miss Papercrafts to use in our at home school experience.

Following my instinct and the advice of some parenting experts I respect, our approach to home schooling is going to be very casual for the immediate future.  Our time at home is a long game – they are predicting students won’t return to school for many months.  But, there’s always a place for stationary!!!  I know these little gifts for the girls will add some excitement to the pending time at home.

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

For our “everything pretty & pink” Little Miss, I’ve made a unicorn corner bookmark.  This style of bookmark is so easy to make using some simple origami steps.  Click here to visit the tutorial I used.

For our “animal loving, plans to be a vet” Little Miss I made a nature themed bookmark using the Tropical Oasis DSP and chinchilla from the Witty-cisms stamp set.

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

Did you read Babysitters Club books as a child?  I think I read every one every published and I’m sad I didn’t keep hold of them, so I was excited to able to pick some up second hand recently!

Corner Bookmark | kelly kentTo go with each bookmark, I covered a wood coaster tile with DSP and a bulldog clip with coordinating DSP to create a post it note holder.  These are my favourites to make as a quick and easy desk gift.  The coasters are from the KAISERwood range and available here in Australia from Spotlight (and other craft supply stores I’m sure!).

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

How stunning is the Best Dressed DSP?!?!  It makes a great unicorn flower crown.  The horn and eyes are from a Pink Fresh Studio set.  The post-it note sentiment is from the Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set.

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

I’m not sure if Alexa knows what a Chinchilla is (we don’t have them in Australia), so this seems like a great research project for home at school! The other activities I have planned are baking, outdoor exploring, yoga, Lego, reading, writing and sleeping in (this might be my favourite part!).  I’m sure there’ll be some movies, some board games and even some crafting in the mix!

Thinking of my fellow crowned home school parents – we’re all in this together, and like most things in life, this too shall pass.

To see more design team projects and to add your “E” creation to our gallery, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

Australian Standard Card Sizes plus a cute Kids Activity Idea!

When I first started cardmaking it would take me ages to work out my measurements!  And then I’d go to put everything together only to find out that they didn’t line up!

After a while, I realised that one set of standard card measurements would get me by.  I’ve always worked in inches for crafting (for no logical reason… because Australia works on a metric system!).  So, if you craft in centimetres, then this post blog may not be for you.  But, if you’re an inches kinda gal, then read on.

The standard size for an Australian A4 piece of cardstock is

11-3/4″ (approx) by 8-1/4″

– or in my way of thinking … 11.12″ x 8.4″.

Why do I think in “parts”?  Well, although not a factor 10 system like the metric system, imperial measurements still have consistency to them.  Each inch is made of 16 parts.  A quarter is 4 parts, half is 8 parts and three-quarters is 12 parts (and all the maths along the way).  Rulers that measure in inches have 16 little marks between each inch and usually every 4th mark is a more defined or longer than the others.  To keep it simple – because saying 3-16ths or trying to work out that 7-8ths is acutally 14 parts is a nightmare – I use these “parts” to form my measurements.

So, based on this way of thinking, every card I make (more or less) uses these same standard measurements:

  • The cardstock is half an A4 page = 5.14″ x 8.4″
  • This is scored at 4.2″ and folded to create a card front that is 5.14″ x 4.2″
  • The first mat (because I love layers) is 1/4″ (.4) smaller, so cut at 5.10″ x 3.14″
  • The second mat is 1/4 smaller again (1/2″ smaller than the card front), so cut at 5.6″ x 3.10″

Here’s a quick reference guide for your craft room

(click on the picture to make it larger):

Standard Aus Card Sizes-001

The second part of today’s post is the application of those measurements for a cute kids activity idea.

There has been an “all about Mummy” questionniare floating around FB for the page couple of weeks which I wanted to try it on my 4yo to see what she had to say.  I then asked her the same set of questions about her Dad.  Kids say the cutest things!

To make it into a keepsake, I asked her to draw a picture of her with each of us (using Mat 2 size cardstock) and then mounted this on Mat 1 and then the card front.  We’re going to give Daddy his when he gets home from work (if he doesn’t read about it on the blog first!).  I’m going to love reading this back when she’s bigger {and not quite so sweet!}.  And because they ended up so cute, I wanted to share them with you.  Kelly x





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Childs Name:

1. What is something Mummy always says to you? –

2. What makes Mummy happy? –

3. What makes Mummy sad? –

4. How does Mummy make you laugh? –

5. What was Mummy like as a child? –

6. How old is Mummy? –

7. How tall is Mummy? –

8. What is Mummy’s favourite thing to do? –

9. What does Mummy do when you’re not here? –

10. If Mummy becomes famous what will it be for? –

11. What is Mummy really good at? –

12. What is Mummy not very good at? –

13. What is Mummy’s job? –

14. What makes you proud of Mummy? –

15. What is Mummy’s favourite food? –

16. What do you & Mummy do together? –

17. How are you & Mummy the same? –

18. If your Mummy was a cartoon character who would she be? –

19. How are you & Mummy different? –

20. How do you know Mummy loves you? –

21. What does Mummy like best about Daddy? –

22. Where is Mummy’s favourite place to go? –

23. How old was Mummy when she had you? –