Vivid Vases – It’s a Whole Lot of Wonderful

I have noticed a trend in my Stampin’ Up! purchases.  The ones I ponder over the most – add to an order, remove from an order, add again and finally purchase … are the ones I end up falling the most in love with.  It happened with the Hardwood Background Stamp [can you believe I almost didn’t buy it!!!] and now it’s happened with the Vivid Vases single stamp from the Occasions catalogue.  I made a few of this particular very simple, but very stunning card to give to people who I wanted to thank.  One got sent Grandma’s way to say thank you for making my girls some great winter tracksuits, one got sent to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Support to say thanks for all the hard work they do and I’ve kept some for a rainy day.  It’s always lovely to get a ‘just because’ type card in the mail and I think the phrase on Vivid Vases could apply to a range of situations and recipients.  The quality of the Stampin’ Write Markers makes colouring a breeze, though I have seen some great cards on Pinterest that have DSP vases.

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To line the stamp set up evenly I used a few of my “tricks”.  Do you own a Stamp-a-ma-jig (SAMJ)?  These are one of the greatest products in the SU! range.  It allows you to position your stamp exactly where you want it every time.  Now, for a stamp set like Vivid Vases, that only comes in wood, the positioning is going to be the same on the SAMJ sheet every time.  So my first trick is to create a permanent SAMJ sheet that you can keep with the stamp set.  Cut a piece of Window Sheet to the same size as the wood block of the Vivid Vases stamp.  Put aside the sheet that comes with the SAMJ and line your newly cut window sheet piece with the SAMJ handle.  Stamp the Vivid Vase image onto the window sheet using Jet Black Staz On Ink.  Now, when you want to use the stamp with your SAMJ, you don’t have to stamp it first, you can just line up your window sheet & handle, remove the sheet and stamp perfectly.

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My next tip is how to get the sentiment parallel to the bottom of your card.  I use this trick all the time to line up my stamping when the edge isn’t close to my stamp.  Cut a piece of scrap cardstock that is the same width as the gap you want between the bottom of your card and the stamped image.  For example, if you’d like it 1″ from the bottom, then cut a piece of cardstock that is 1″ wide.  Place a small amount of 2-way glue onto the back of this piece and allow to dry until it is tacky.  Place this cardstock guide strip along the bottom of the card.  Using the SAMJ, line up the bottom of the stamp with the top of the guide.  This will make it straight and perfect every time, without having to judge by eyesight alone.  Once you’ve stamped your Vivid Vases image, remove the cardstock strip.  It should gently ease away from the card base, as the 2-way glue become repositionable when allowed to dry before adhering.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my two tips for getting it straight.  Try them yourself and let me know how it goes!  I love hearing from you.  Kelly x

 

 

 

 

End of Term Thankyou Cards – Day Care

Well, today is the in the final day of term one and whilst my biggest isn’t officially at kindy, she does a ‘kindy program’ at her day care.  One of the most frequent activities this term has been hairdressing.  I’m generally not allowed to do her hair on day care mornings – and if I do, by the time I pick her up, it’s re-done.  The lovely carers at day care are also great hairdressers, so it’s win-win situation.  To thank them for their over & above dedication to my little miss and to support the hair salon in term two, I have put together a few supplies for them including clips, retired Stampin’ Up! ribbons, glitter spray & a handheld mirror (with a customised Glimmer Paper message on the back).  And this is the card I made to go with it – I do love my punch art!  Kelly x

20140410-193533.jpgSupplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Embossign Folder: Decorative Dots – available in 2014-15 Annual Catalogue

Punches: Decorative Label, Full Heart1 & 1/4″ Circle, 1 & 1/4″ Scallop Circle, 1″ Circle, Bird Builder, Petite Petals

Tools: Fringe Scissors

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Whisper White,  So Saffron, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo

Specialty Card: Silver Glimmer

Ink: Pacific Point, Wisteria Wonder, Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight

Stamp Sets: Sassy Salutations, Petite Petals

Accessories: Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, Glue Dots, Pearls

 

One sheet, 12 beautiful Watercolour Tags

Tags are simple, quick & easy and one of my favourite things to make.  Today I used the Happy Watercolour stamp set to create 12 tags.  Using my dimensions, you’ll get 12 tags from 1 sheet of A4 cardstock.  I used Whisper White as my base.

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Using your Stampin’ Trimmer, cut the cardstock down the long side at 2″.  Do this until you’ve run out of card.  You should end up with four 2″ strips (and a piece of scrap).  Now cut each strip at 314.  You should end up with 3 rectangles from each strip (and a tiny piece of scrap).  When finished all your cutting, you’ll have 12 pieces in total.  Punch each rectangle using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.

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Watercolouring: Select 6 different coloured inks – I used Wisteria Wonder, Crumb Cake, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe & Daffodil Delight. Using the ‘wash’ stamp from Happy Watercolour, stamp the tag 3 times, reinking and rotating 180 degrees between each stamping.  It may look a little dark and defined when you first stamp, but it will blend and lighten as it dries.  Repeat for another tag, then swap colours for the next 2 tags.  Repeat until you’ve used all your colours & tags.  Ink the flower stem in Jet Black Staz On and stamp over the top of the watercoloured ink.  Do this for each of the 12 tags.

Gorgeous Watercolour – so simple!  Kelly x

 

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 1

I love my Mum – more and more everyday.  And although I couldn’t write down all the things I love about her in one C6 card, I will try to do just that by the 11th May.   In the quest to create the perfect card for my special message, I have designed an assortment of Mother’s Day cards – perfect for my Mum or yours – that I will share with you this week.  If past history is anything to go by, I’ll be making my own Mother’s Day card too!!!

Since today is the final day of Sale-A-Bration for 2014, I will start with this card.  It uses the beautiful Petal Parade SAB Stamp Set & Sweet Sorbet SAB DSP. If you don’t think you’ll be able to go on crafting without these in your stash, then contact your SU! demo today to place an order and get one item free for every $90 spent.  Or click here to go shopping on my online store.  For all those WA people, don’t forget SAB will finish at 9pm tonight (SU!’s base is in NSW & they are currently enjoying daylight savings with a 3 hour time difference).  Don’t get caught out.  You’re welcome!  Kelly x

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Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe

DSP: Sweet Sorbet (SAB)

Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe

Stamp Sets: My Mother, Petal Parade (SAB)

Punches: Pansy, Petite Petals, Itty Bitty Shapes

Scalloped Tag Punch again!!! Mini Square Boxes

Although I love creating and designing, the world is filled with very talented people, who I could happily spending my time CASEing.  I saw a photo of this project when shared on Facebook by the very talented Libby Dyson.  There are a few variations floating around (the original might be by Oxana in Germany).  I was too impatient to wait for Libby to upload her measurements, so I set about creating my own.  There are times when papercraft seems like 99% maths and only 1% paper!  My box ended up with a square base and can be made using a 6×6 square of DSP – this is great for me, as I can get 4 from a sheet of DSP.  With Easter in mind, I used the circles from the Watercolour Wonder DSP pack and filled it with little chocolate eggs.  Perfect size treat to give to a friend.  One Easter egg for the box, one for me … Kelly x

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Instructions:

  • Start with 6×6 DSP or cardstock.  Score at 14, 20, 40 & 412.  Turn 90˚ and repeat the same scoring (14, 20, 40 & 412).
  • Insert your DSP into the punch.  It won’t fit down the guide, but rather sit the DSP on top of it.  Line up the outer edges of the top piece of the punch, with the 2” & 4” score lines (see picture).  This will ensure you get the punch relatively in the middle of your DSP.  Punch in this way on two opposite sides of your DSP.
  • ut the corners from your DSP as shown in the template, which will leave you with your box to fold up.  Use ribbon to tie the tags together.  I added reinforcement to the tags by cutting a 20 strip of cardstock, punching one end with the scalloped tag punch and then cutting it off the strip at 12 .  Adhere this to the inside of your tag closure to make it stronger and more durable when tied with ribbon.  Repeat for the other tag closure.
  • Embellish as desired, fill with whatever treats you wish!

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Just Add Ink 207

Another week, another challenge.  This week I’ve chosen Just Add Ink as my inspiration.  I’ve just stamped & cut 60 “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiments for Alexa’s day care room, so must have Mother’s Day on my mind!  Kelly x

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Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Deco Labels

Sizzlits: Delicate Doilies

Punches: Scalloped Tag Topper, Pansy, Petite Petals, Banner

Stamp Sets: My Mother, Flower Shop, Petite Petals

Ink: Real Red, Black Staz On

Stampin’ Write Markers: Real Red

Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black

DSP: Fresh Prints Stack

Extras: Whisper White Baker’s Twine

Original Sketch JAI 207
Original Sketch JAI 207

 

 

Boxes of Love for Mum

I saw this project and it was love at first sight!  Erica from Pink Buckaroo Designs posted a picture of this project as part of her Flower Frenzy Project Planner.  I loved it so much, I dropped everything else I had on my agenda and set to working out how to copy her design.  This is my version:

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I have added a “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiment and decided it would make a lovely gift for Mother’s Day.  Mother’s Day in Australia is on Sunday 11th May.  Events like this tend to sneak up on me, so I’m getting in early this year.  Every Mum loves flowers and flowers that never die are even better!  It’s definiately a WOW project.  A little effort for a lot of impact.  I’ll be posting my Mother’s Day designs over the coming weeks.  Kelly x

Supplies:

Tools: Simply Scored, Big Shot, Fringe Scissors

Dies: Spiral Flower

Framelits: Deco Labels

Stamp Sets: My Mother, Hardwood Background

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Whisper White

Ink: Blushing Bride

Extras: Sticky Strip, Antique Brads, Linen Thread, Paper Piercer

Babies & Banners

In your 20s you attend lots of engagement parties and weddings as your friends find love, shack up and get married (usually in that order, in my experience).  In your 30s, it’s baby season.  Two of my lovely friends have had babies in the last couple of weeks and here are the cards I made for them.  I used the same basic layout for both, but different colours – blues for baby Jack and pinks/yellow for baby Lucy.  Kelly x

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Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Banners, On Film

Dies: Spiral Flower

Punches: Banner, Chevron Border

Embossing Folders: Perfect Polka Dots, Chevron

DSP: Watercolour Wonder

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, Bermuda BayBasic Black, Basic Grey, Smoky SlateWhisper White

Ink: StazOn Black, Calypso Coral

Stamp Set: A Word For You (retired)

 

Sale-A-Bration is running away!

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Sale-A-Bration runs through out February & March every year.  Well, it’s the middle of March, which means Sale-A-Bration is now running away!  You’ve only got just over 2 more weeks to place an order and receive your choice of 13 exclusive Sale-A-Bration products with any $90 order.  Want to make a cute & simple banner card like mine?  You’ll need the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Banner Blast Stamp Set Banner Punch from the SAB choices.  Spend $300 on products, and you can choose the Banners Framelits Dies using your hostess reward dollars.  If you’d like to place an order, email me – kelly.kent@westnet.com.au or place your order online.  Use the hostess code – 3BFVFQ7T – on your order and receive a free gift from me.  Happy shopping – who can resist? Kelly x

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