Awesomely Retired – favourites I won’t part with!

Several times a year Stampin’ Up! retire or discontinue products from their range.  Some of these return as lovely specials on the clearance rack but most are never orderable again.  It always amuses me to see people chasing retired products on buy & sell sites only months after they were freely available.  There are some products that are worth more retired than during their time in the catalogue.  Traditionally, Stampin’ Up! holds its value very well – which {ALWAYS} makes it a good investment!

For the first time, Stampin’ Up! is giving us advance notice of what will be carrying over from the current Holiday catalogue and what will be retiring.  You can see the full list of retiring products here.

My top 6 Holiday catalogue must-haves

(the ones I’ll be sorry to see go): 


Every so often I go through my collection and re-home things that don’t float my boat anymore.  Some products make it through first time around, but then gather dust and get added to the pile later on.

There are always some of my favourites that never make the list.  Sometimes they are sentimental, sometimes I just want to own them! There’s some ‘just in case’ keeping (just in case I want to make a card with that crazy theme) and the stamp sets where I love one particular stamp (but never use the others – we all have that, right?).

Today I’m sharing with you two cards I recently made that are classic examples of why I like to keep my some of my retired Stampin’ Up!…

  1. Punch art! Punches never go out of fashion!!!  This Spiderman punch art card uses quite a few punches that are now retired – punches that I kept, so I was pleased that I didn’thave to try to match alternatives to create the shapes.  You can find Natasha’s punch art tutorial here.  I also miss a larger text alphabet, so have kept the Perfect Print bigz dies.  And you never know when you’ll need a retired spider web embossing folder!

Spiderman Punch Art card (using tutorial by Natasha Hein). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

2. When someone asks you to make a card with very specific parameters.  This one had to be hot pink & bling for an amazing woman.  I love the Making Spirits Bright stamp set from last year’s Holiday catalogue and Painted Petals from the 2015 Occasions catalogue.  I’m holding on to both of those for some time to come!

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So, the moral of today’s stamping story, is that if you think you’ll miss something from the current seasonal catalogue, make sure you order it now!  All products on the retiring list are available until 4th January 2016 or while stocks last.  I’m getting a big pile of black glimmer paper!!!

After this date there’s a whole new catalogue of wonder to fall in love with {and you will!!!}.  Kelly x

Hello 2015 catalogue, it’s so nice to see you!

The 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue has arrived!!!

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You can download it here:

2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue

 


Today is catalogue transition day, which means you can order anything from:

  • the new catalogue (starts today)
  • the retiring catalogue (finishes today)
  • the occasions catalogue (finishes today)
  • weekly deals (finish today, more deals tomorrow)
  • clearance rack (while stocks last).

See yesterday’s post for a special offer of a free reinker with every $50 order placed today between midnight & 8pm (WA time).

I can’t wait for more of those big brown boxes to arrive on my doorstep!!!  Kelly x

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Banner Triple Punch {Convention Catch-up}

One of the punches I received in my pre-convention BBB (big brown box for those who don’t speak fluent SU!), was the Banner Triple Punch.  I was so excited when I first heard about it and even more excited when it arrived.

Here’s the main things I love about it:

  • It cuts cardstock/DSP into a banner any size from “nothing” to 2″.  As long as it fits into the largest guide, it will cut the end into a perfect banner.
  • It has three guides to help you align your cardstock and get a perfectly aligned middle point – 1″, 1.5″ & 2″.
  • You can also cut a purposely not-so-perfect banner by altering what angle or position you put your cardstock in at.
  • It’s all one mechanism – no switching between modes/levels to get different sizes.
  • It can also cut chevron pieces if you keep pushing & punching.
  • The banner shape is great – not too pointy, not too flat!

That’s pretty much everything you need to know about the banner triple punch {it’s awesome}!


The other helpful hint I’ll share with you is the allowances you need to make to your cardstock strip to make sure you always end up with the finished size you want.  You can see it in picture format below, but I’ll explain in words too.

The first thing to note is that different cardstock widths end up with different amounts cut off the end.

  • 2″ strip cuts off 3/16″
  • 1.5″ strip cuts off 3/8″
  • 1″ strip cuts off 1/2″

Despite this, the measurement from the inner point to the end of your length is always the same – 13/16″.

So, the allowance you need to make depends on whether you need a minimum distance between each end of your cardstock/banner points or whether you want your finished banner to be a certain size.  Don’t forget, if you have a double ended banner, you will need to add the extra length to each end (ie, double the allowance).

  • For minimum distance – add 13/16″ from where the inner point starts to the end of your length irregardless of the width of your cardstock.  For example, if you want a 1″ double ended banner than ends up being 3″ between each point, you need to add 3″ + 13/16″ + 13/16″ = 4-5/8″ [you’ll end up with a banner that is 3-5/8″ long with 3″ between the points].
  • For overall length – add the lengths that relate to your width (as above).  For example, if you want a 1″ double ended banner that ends up being 3″ long, you need to add 3″ + 1/2″ 1/2″ = 4″ [you’ll end up with a banner that is 3″ long with 2-3/8″ between the points].

Until you get used to adding allowances, I’d recommend testing your calculations by punching a piece of scrap first.  I’ve ended up with some crazy short 2″ banners by forgetting to allow for between point width!!!

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This card from my convention board features each of the main Banner Triple Punch sizes (2″, 1.5″, 1″) and is an example of what a quick, easy & effective card you can make with banners.

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Aren’t banners wonderful?  And even better when they come in whatever size you need at the click of a punch.  You’ll definitely want to add the Banner Triple Punch to your new catalogue order.  Only a few more sleeps!!!  Kelly x

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

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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

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*** 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).

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Time for a Challenge – 2 cards, 1 sketch, 2 colour combinations!

This week, it’s a whole bundle of challenges all in one post.  I’ve taken the Freshly Made Sketches sketch #186 and combined it with 2 different colour challenges.

This is the sketch:

And I’ve teamed it with the ESAD Demo Designs challenge by Richelle Fletcher:

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To create this version of my card:

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And also the Just Add Ink #262 colour challenge by Di Barnes {go to Di’s blog and check out her JAI sample card – it’s stunning!):

To create this:

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Like a proud parent I can’t choose which version I like best.  I do know that I {LOVE} the tulips and have everything crossed that this makes the carryover list once the Occasions catalogue finishes on 2nd June.  Kelly x

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Stampin Write Markers - Neutrals Collection

Stampin Write Markers – Neutrals Collection
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Bikes, Banners, FMS185 and a new weekly challenge!

I’ve shared lots of convention cards with you lately, so today I’m excited to share a *NEW* card made with products you can order now!  No need to wait for the new catalogue to start!

Today’s card uses two challenges.  One of my regular go-to’s: the sketch supplied by the lovely design team at Freshly Made Sketches:

And a brand new weekly challenge just for South Pacific Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators (ESAD).

The first ESAD Demo Design challenge has been set by Donna Chapman and is to create a card suitable for a male with the theme of travel.

So, with the sketch as my starting point, I’ve made this gender neutral card featuring the awesome bike from Sheltering Tree.  I love it when a stamp set offers more than just what it promises.

It features one of my all-time favorite colour combinations of black, grey, white & yellow, which works well for males (or females).

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This card has a mix of retiring, not be be continued (Occasions 2015) and carryover products.

If you think you’ll miss any of the products on the retirement list or in the Occasions catalogue, then you’ll want to order them now!  Online shopping makes it super easy – shop from wherever you are & get it delivered to your door (the hostess code if you’d like to use it is: 2DDVDWRQ).

Thanks for all your support of my papercraft journey!  I’m certainly feeling the love!  Kelly x

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Happy Mother’s Day from the Cheeky Monkeys!

Happy Mother’s Day!  I hope you are reading this while enjoying breakfast in bed and unwrapping a parcel of Stampin’ Up! lovelies {a girl can only dream!}.  With Mr Papercraft working away, we celebrated Mother’s Day during the week.

This is me with my two little monkeys and the card they selected just for me – not quite a Stampin’ Up! masterpiece but I’m not sure I could pull off punch art chimpanzees with that much character!

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This is the card I made for my Mum for Mother’s Day.  A bit cheeky actually, as the stamp set is hers!

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Happy Mother’s Day Mum.  Everyone should be so lucky to have a mother like mine!  Kelly x

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Shaun the Sheep – Stampin’ Shenanigans!

When I was first coming up with convention samples, Shaun the Sheep had just hit the movies.

How could I resist making into a punch art creation, complete with a curvy keepsake box?

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How did I make him?  Why, with the tree builder punch of course!  I told you there was lots of potential in this punch!

Kelly x

Make your own Shaun:

  • Hair: scallop circle from the tree builder punch
  • Ears: flower from flower fair framelits
  • Face: 1-1/4″ circle with sides cut off
  • Eyes: middle size circle from owl builder punch & circle from cupcake builder punch
  • Body: tree top from tree builder punch
  • Legs: tree trunk from tree builder punch

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Sneak Peak product list:

  • Tree Builder Punch
  • Cherry on Top DSP paper stack
  • Cucumber Crush cardstock
  • Boho Chic embossing folder

 

My SU! Secret: What I Did Today…

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As you know, I’ve been keeping a secret …

It all starts here …

A couple of months ago, Stampin’ Up! home office in the US contacted me to ask if I would be a presenter in a demonstration booth at convention. I was skeptical when I first got the email – what would home office know about ME, a little known demo on the west coast? Well, apparently they do know about me and my love of punch art. And they wanted me to share the passion with my fellow demos at this years convention.

So, the last couple of months have been filled with new products, sneak peaks and late night brainstorms to come up with an hour of demonstrating and a board filled with samples.

What an amazing experience! Without this opportunity, convention would never have been possible for me.

Here’s some photos:

Getting miked up
Getting miked up
In action
In action
In action
In action
My set up
I My set up

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My 3D items
My 3D items

Over the next little while, I’ll share my samples with you. But I’ll start today with the two cards I demo’ed.

The first card focused on the “Tree Builder” punch and “Sprinkles of Life stamp set” which will appear in the new catalogue (starts 2nd June). I used the tree shape to create a template for sponging clouds & grass and then added a stamped & punched tree on top plus a beautiful sentiment.  The DSP is from a new paper stack called “Cherry on Top” and the embossing folder is “Happy Heart” which is carrying over from the Occasions catalogue.

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The second demo I did used the “Triple Banner” punch and “Build a Birthday stamp set” which are also coming up in then new catalogue.  It features a layered banner plus some current (annual catalogue & Occasions catalogue) offerings.

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Tonight, as you can imagine, I’m exhausted by what has turned out to be an amazing part of my papercraft journey. I’m feeling very blessed. Kelly x

 

The Outgoing & the Incoming

I trust you’ve all had a chance to look at the retirement list for 2015.  If you haven’t, you can find the links to the lists here.  Some things are already sold out, so don’t delay – order your retiring favourites now!

It’s a wonderful time of change, a great opportunity to pick up some bargains (some products are an amazing 50% off) and the anticipation of what is to come.

This is a baby card I made for baby Aiden who joined the world this month.  Outgoing products to celebrate the incoming cherub!

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MDS and all digital downloads are available (at 30% off) until 2nd June 2015.  After this time, it won’t be possible to purchase the software or digital content, but everything you have previously purchased and downloaded will still work.   The exception to this is the Stampin’ Up! Project Life content which will continue to be available after 2nd June through ProjectLife.com.

Keep checking back for retirement list inspiration & updates.  And soon, new product sneak peaks!!!  It’s a big couple of months of outgoings & incomings and I’m excited to be sharing it with you.  Kelly x

What’s Going…

*** Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper features in the 2015 Occasions catalogue and has been added to this week’s Weekly Deals.  It is not officially on the retirement list but is likely to be unavailable after 2nd June 2015.

All products on the retirement list are available while stocks last.

What’s staying…

 

 

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