2016 Catalogue Launch Event – Card Buffet & a Firie Thanks

Yesterday I hosted (crammed?) a lovely group of ladies at my house to share the 2016 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogues & products with them.  As always, it was cosy and everyone was very patient.

If you’re get to see the catalogues, you can view the pdf copies here – Occasions & Sale-A-Bration, view the range online here or request a hard copy here.

Anne Barker was the lucky recipient of the door prize, many took home lucky winner prizes and lots of beautiful cards were made.

So many thanks to Kristel, one of my wonderful team, for helping me out.  You were amazing!


Following on from an idea I’d seen on Carolyn Bennie’s blog, the ‘create’ part of the morning was a card buffet for the lovely ladies to choose from.  I made 6 kits with instructions so they could pick & choose which card/s they wanted to make.  This gave them the chance to play with the products they were most fascinated by.

These were the choices:

Kit#1: Sky’s The Limit Stamp Set & World Traveler Embossing Folder

2016 Occasions Catalogue Launch Event - Card Kit #1 Sky's The Limit & World Traveler Embossing Folder.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Kit #2: Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Die, Birthday Bouquet DSP, Large Numbers Banner & What I Love Stamp Set

2016 Occasions Catalogue Launch Event - Card Kit #2 Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies, Birthday Bouquet DSP, Large Numbers Banner & What I Love stamp set.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Kit #3: Wildflower Fields DSP, Large Numbers Framelits & Number of Years Stamp Set

2016 Occasions Catalogue Launch Event - Card Kit #3 Wildflower Fields DSP, Large Numbers Framelits & Number of Years stamp set.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Kit #4: Botanical Gardens DSP, Botanical Builder Framelits & Enjoy The Little Things Stamp Set

2016 Occasions Catalogue Launch Event - Card Kit #4 Botanical Gardens DSP, Botanical Builder Framelits & Enjoy the Little Things stamp set.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Kit #5: Rose Wonder Stamp Set & Rose Garden Thinlits

2016 Occasions Catalogue Launch Event - Card Kit #5 Rose Wonder Stamp Set & Rose Garden Thinlits.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Kit #6: Balloon Celebration Stamp Set & Balloon Bouquet Punch

2016 Occasions Catalogue Launch Event - Card Kit #6: Balloon Celebration Stamp Set & Balloon Bouquet Punch .  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Can you guess which kit was the most popular?  It was actually the Botanical Gardens card.  People loved the 3D effect of the flower and the leaf edgelit die – it’s a stunning set with lots of opportunity.


If you’ve been following the news over the past few days you may have seen the tragic bush fires that have are sweeping across the south west of WA.  Over 70,000 hectares of land has been burnt including homes, farms, bush and a complete townsite.  It’s incredibly sad- the loss and devastation is mind blowing.

We are over 50kms away from the closest fire and in no danger, so it was a good chance to use my launch event to help by raising some money and doing what we do best – making some cards to thank the wonderful fire fighters.

These are the cards the ladies made today (filled with lovely messages of support) using the “A Nice Cuppa” and the “Cups and Kettle Framelits“.  I love the diversity, despite the same pieces to work with…

Thank you cards for the WA Firefighters using the Have a Cuppa bundle.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com..

Thank you cards for the WA Firefighters using the Have a Cuppa bundle.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com..

Thank you cards for the WA Firefighters using the Have a Cuppa bundle.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com..

As well as sending these off, I am donating 5% of all orders this weekend directly to the bush fire appeal.  If I can help with you any Stampin’ Up! products and help the bush fire appeal at the same time, please contact me or order online. The host code for this weekend is F97JMFSP.  If you’d like to make an additional donation to the Bush Fire Appeal – click here for details.

Stay safe. be kind to those around you and take time to do what you love.  Kelly x

 

 

 

Class of 2015 – Teacher Thank You Cards

Today was the last day of kindy for my big girl.  This is the commemorative photo we took with a ‘last day’ sign – coloured with Stampin’ Write Markers – of course!

My beautiful big girl on her last day of kindy

It’s been a lovely year and I wanted to make cute cards to go with our teacher gifts.

My cards were inspired by these layouts – Kylie & Inge, both of which were part of a back to school challenge in August.  I really wanted to use the Schoolhouse DSP, which is how my searching lead me to these particular designs.

Personalised Thank You Teacher Cards. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The school colours are nice & bright – purple & turquoise and I added in yellow because that’s the colour for the kindy block.

Personalised Thank You Teacher Cards. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.As you know, I love being able to make cards personal – it’s much more special when the recipient knows it’s been made just for them!  And the extra touch for these cards was getting Alexa to write her name on a Washi Label tag.  How cute is 4 year old handwriting!

I hope her teachers have a lovely summer break, they’ve certainly earned it!  Anyone who has the patience to work with 4 & 5 year olds has my respect!!!  Kelly x

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The Most Magical Time of Year – Magical Reindeer Food

Every year I make a variation of reindeer food.  I love the concept of a cute gift to give to kids that continues the ‘magic’ of Christmas.  It’s also not another lolly or chocolate – which can be refreshing in the season of sugar.

Magical Reindeer Food - Reindeer punch art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

These little punch art reindeer cuties are for the littlest Miss Papercraft to give to her friends at day care.  My reindeer food is just rolled oats & pastel coloured sprinkles – which makes it safe for human consumption in case the toddlers decide to share with the reindeer!  Or is that just my crazy 2 year old???  Kelly x

Magical Reindeer Food - Reindeer punch art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Make your own:

  • Cut the largest ‘Lots of Labels’ framelit from Crumb Cake cardstock and score across the middle
  • Cut a slit along the middle section of your score line (the antlers will slide in to here)
  • Punch out & assemble your reindeer pieces:
    • Antlers: Tree Builder Chocolate Chip
    • Eyes: 3/4″ circle Whisper White, 1/2″ circle Basic Black, white gel pen
    • Nose: 3/4″ Red Glimmer
  • Attach to your bag of reindeer food (I used the 65 x 90mm cello bags from PlazaDJ) with a mini staple
  • Add a Magical Reindeer Food Label to the back

Magical Reindeer Food - Reindeer punch art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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Make A Little Something: Self-Closing Boxes

I’ve wanted to try these self closing boxes for a while.  Like so many great papercraft ideas, they are simple to make and have a great wow factor!

I think the original design came from Kerren Howell.  I also watched Dawn Griffith’s tutorial video.

This was the style we made during Tuesday’s card class using the Into The Woods DSP (now on special!) and the thank you stamp from the hostess stamp set “A Whole Lot of Lovely“.

Self-Closing Box. Into the Woods DSP & A Whole Lot of Lovely stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

As usual I left my class prep until the last minute and went with the UK/US sizing to make these.

After the class I sat down and made a few minor adjustments to get them to fit into half an Australian sized A4 page, which increases their economy – making them great for mass produced gifts for work collgeaues.  Thanks to Nanna Papercraft for helping me out with the Merry Moments production line!

Self-Closing Box - Australian measurements. Merry Moments DSP & Santa's Gifts stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Instructions for a Self-Closing Box using Australian A4 cardstock:

  • Cut your A4 cardstock in half (each piece will be 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″)
  • Take one piece and score along the long edge at 4″ & 8″ (this will leave a 1/4″ tab for the side of your box)
  • Score 15/16″ from each short edge
  • Get your long edge ready for scoring again, with the orientation so that your tab at the right edge
  • Score at 2″ & 6″ but just to meet your 15/16″ line.
  • Score your triangles from making a line from each of the bottom four corners (of the middle panels) to the top middle of the panels (see picture!)
  • Cut the two corners next to your tab & along the three little lines (2″, 4″, 6″) until you get to the score line.
  • Fold along all your score lines, taking care not to extend past the lines.

This is what your box will look like when you’ve done all the cutting & scoring.

Self-Closing Box Australian Measurements. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Note: this view is actually upside down compared to your finished box.  The tabs at the top will make the bottom of your box.

To finish your box:

  • Cut two pieces of DSP at 3-1/2″ square.  Make pieces for you panel by cutting in the same way as you scored your cardstock (bottom corners to top middle).
  • Adhere the DSP to your cardstock, matching the triangle shapes with the shapes by by your score lines.
  • Finish your box by using a strong adhesive (Fast Fuse, Tear & Tape) to stick the long tab to the inside of the opposite side and making a box bottom with the 4 tabs.
  • Add a label, tag or sentiment to the front of your box.
  • Once finished, the box opens by squeezing the sides of the top section.  Fill with lollies or chocolates!!!

It does help to watch the tutorial videos if you learn by seeing. You also need to make sure to use a strong glue or adhesive. The tension on the box is what makes it special.  A weak glue or tape is likely to lift after time, which means your box will lose it’s shape.

My colleagues loved their little boxes and the choccies didn’t last the day!  That’s a win in my book!  Kelly x

Scoring Essentials for this project…

More Minion Mayhem!

My Minion Flip Card Picture Tutorial is still one of the posts that generates the most traffic week to week, even though it’s been in circulation for over 18 months.  Those Minions sure have some staying power!

If you love Minions, you may also like the Owl Punch Minion and the Character Box Minion.

Or you may like a simple full card front Minion like this one…

Full card front punch art Minion card - instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Minion Instructions:

  • C6 card front – Daffodil Delight, corners rounded
  • Goggles: 1-1/2″ & 2″ circle – Silver Foil; 1/2″ x 1″ Basic black
  • Eyes: 1-1/4″circle (Whisper White), 1/2″ circle (Soft Suede), Owl Builder medium circle (Early Espresso); White Gel Pen
  • Mouth: Large oval – Hello Honey
  • Overalls: 3-5/8″ x 2″ – Pacific Point
  • Overall Straps: 1/2″ strip – Pacific Point, trimmed to edge of card
  • Buttons: Owl Builder Punch – Basic Black
  • Pocket: Handpicked Framelits – Pacific Point, white embossing
  • Letters: Cameo cut (Las Vegas font) – Pumpkin PIe

*** I used the Window Sheet & retired Shaker Frames to give the goggles a 3D effect.

If you’re a regular visitor to my papercraft journey, you’ll know I get on a bit of a run with a particular project and end up making all kinds of variations.  At the moment, it’s jellybean boxes (instructions here).

So, here is my jellybean Minion box…

Minion Jellybean Dispenser Box. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

 

Punch sizes for the goggles (3/4″ & 1″ circle; 5/8″ strip) & eyes (5/8″ circle framelit, Owl Builder & Cupcake Builder).  Mouth made using the reverse punch on the Gift Box Punch Board.

When they turn out this cute, who can resist!!!  May the Minion mayhem continue!   Kelly x

Minion Birthday Set - Card front punch art Minion & Jellybean Dispenser box. Instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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More Christmas Treats – Santa Jellybean Dispenser

Do you remember the jellybean dispenser from my September classes made using the Gift Box Punch Board?  You can find the original post here.

Well, they were too cute to keep just for birthdays, so I have combined my love of sweet treats & punch art to bring you a Santa version – just in time for all those Christmas presents you still have to make!  Or is that just me?  Kelly x

Santa Jellybean Dispenser. Made using the Gift Box Punch Board. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Santa punch art:

Head: 1-1/4″ circle Blushing Bride

Eyes: Cupcake Builder (circles) Basic Black (plus white gel pen dots)

Nose: Owl Builder (middle size circle) Blushing Bride

Mustache: Festive Flower Whisper White

Beard: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Whisper White

Hat: 1-1/4″ circle double cut Real Red

Hat Trim: Scallop Oval double cut Whisper White

Hat Tip: Owl Builder (largest circle) Real Red & Tree Builder (flower) Whisper White

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Christmas on Repeat – M&Ms Treat Tubes

Every Christmas I end up making treat tubes because they are just so irresistible!  Who doesn’t love chocolate & cute characters???

They are always popular – just ask Helen from my Tuesday class!

This is my 2015 line-up, starting with a quick punch art reindeer. With the addition of the Tree Builder punch to the range, it’s now even easier to make antlers for your reindeer.

Just cut the middle branch from the tree trunk and you have perfect antlers (or leave the middle branch in for a fuller antler finish!).  Add a legless owl & eyes from the Owl Builder punch, and a sparkly 1/2″ circle nose and your punch art reindeer is done!

Christmas Treat Tubes with M&Ms: Reindeer punch art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Christmas Treat Tubes with M&Ms: Reindeer punch art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

If you’re not a fan of punch art (or want to make lots of these little cuties), the Snow Place stamp set and coordinating Snow Friends framelits make super easy toppers.  I used the penguins with a Christmas hat & candy cane, but the snowman would also look great!

Christmas Treat Tubes with M&Ms: Snow Place & Friends Penguin. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Christmas Treat Tubes with M&Ms: Snow Place & Friends Penguin. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

With Christmas being all about sparkle, I couldn’t resist a glittery version using the soon to be retired Black Glimmer paper…

Christmas Treat Tubes with M&Ms: Snow Place & Friends Sparkly Penguin. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The hardest part about making these is keeping the M&M supply a secret from Mr Papercraft.  Yes, he steals my craft chocolate! Maybe because there’s no calories in craft chocolate???  Kelly x

What you’ll need…

Product List – Reindeer Topper

Product List – Christmas Penguin Topper

Product List – Sparkly Penguin Extras

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

The OnStage 2015 Swaps I received…

Part of the fun of swapping samples at Stampin’ Up! events is getting back lots of gorgeous creations.  I made & gave out 40 little Tic Tac boxes and received lots in return … too many to show them all here.  But I wanted to share a few of my favourites from the day.

If you’d like to find out more about the creators of these lovely designs, I have linked to their Stampin’ Up! page (if they have one) under their project below.  Kelly x

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Pat Carr – Lighthearted Leaves Christmas Card.
OnStage 2015 swap made by Yvonne Pree.
Yvonne Pree – Tie Dye Land to Sea Turtle Card
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Lisa Harrison – merry & bright glittery Christmas card
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Fiona Ramage – Sleigh Ride Glimmer Christmas Tag
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Lisa Claridge – Snow Place Christmas table setting
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Denise Buetler – Coffee Bag Pouch
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Tracy Grant – Mini Tic Tac Lego box

 

My OnStage 2015 Swaps – Mini Tic Tac Character Boxes

OnStage Local Swap 2015 - Mini Tic Tac Character Boxes: Christmas Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

On Saturday, I spent the day with some wonderful ladies at the very first round of OnStage local events.  Perth was lucky enough to be one of the first host cities and was the only one to sell out completely.  We love our Stampin’ Up! here in WA!!!  I’ll share more of the OnStage fun with you later in the week, but tonight I wanted to show you what I made as my event ‘swap’.

It’s Stampin’ Up! tradition to make a project in mass quantities that you take to the event and swap with other attendees.  I didn’t take any to the Gold Coast because I was so stretched for time organising samples for my demo board.  So this time around, I wasn’t missing out on all the fun!

The back story to these little beauties starts at the Duty Free section of Bali airport in September.  If you’ve been to Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport since they renovated, you’ll remember the long wind through lots of duty free temptations as you try to find your way to the boarding gate.  In addition to the usual perfume and beverage offerings, they have a huge candy/chocolate section that’s fun to look at.

So, whilst being dazzled by all the bright lights & shiny things, I came across mini Tic Tacs …  MINI TIC TACS!!! Crafters love anything that comes in mini format because they are cute to package.  But mini Tic Tacs – get out!!!  The catch was, they were crazy expensive and as hard as I tried, I couldn’t get Mr Papercraft to see the merits of the minis in the same way I did.  So, we boarded with only some Pez candy toys (as per the request for a Unicorn from one of the little misses!).

But the story doesn’t end in Bali… Imagine my delight when I found mini Tic Tacs at my local Kmart.  So the craft dream was revived.  The next challenge was to actually find a way to package them.  They are quite tiny – which adds to the cute factor, but makes them a bit tricky to do anything with.

A bit of a brainstorm later, and meet the Mini Tic Tac Character Boxes using the Note Tag Punch…

OnStage Local Swap 2015 - Mini Tic Tac Character Boxes: Minion Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It was so much fun to give them out at OnStage local and I got some fabulous swaps in return.  I’ll share some of my favourites this week.  There’s a lot of stamping talent in WA!!!

If you love punch art as much as I do, and you don’t have the full set of Stampin’ Up! builder punches, I’d recommend you add them to your collection.  As you can see by the breakdown below, each character is made using the pieces from our wonderful builder punches.  You can do so much with only a few key punches.  I couldn’t live without my Owl, Cupcake & Tree Builder punches!!!  Kelly x


Mini Tic Tac Character Box Instructions:

{Find the full tutorial with pictures here)

  1. Punch out the Note Tag Punch twice
  2. Score 1/4″ from each of the 3 flat sides
  3. Fold along the score lines and snip the two squares on each tag made by the intersecting score lines
  4. Cut a piece of cardstock to 1″ x 1/2″.  Use this to attach the two tags together with the bottom flaps
  5. Secure the tags around the mini Tic Tac box with a small elastic band (I used a tiny hair elastic).  Tie a piece of Baker’s Twine and remove the elastic.

Decorate your character box…

Punches Body: Note Tag Eyes: Owl Nose: Tree Builder Buttons: Cupcake
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Eyes: Owl
Nose: Tree Builder
Buttons: Cupcake
Punches Body: Note Tag Hat: Festive Flower, Tree Builder Ears: Tree Builder Eyes & Nose: Owl, Cupcake Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem) Shirt: Bow Builder
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Hat: Festive Flower, Tree Builder
Ears: Tree Builder
Eyes & Nose: Owl, Cupcake
Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem)
Shirt: Bow Builder
Punches Body: Note Tag Antlers: Tree Builder Eyes: Owl Nose: 1/2" circle
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Antlers: Tree Builder
Eyes: Owl
Nose: 1/2″ circle
Punches Body: Note Tag Button: Cupcake Belt: Owl, Tree Builder Jacket Bottom: Bow Builder
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Button: Cupcake
Belt: Owl, Tree Builder
Jacket Bottom: Bow Builder
Punches Body: Note Tag Bow: Owl, Cupcake Eye/s: 1/2" circle, Owl, Cupcake Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem) Overalls: Bow Builder
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Bow: Owl, Cupcake
Eye/s: 1/2″ circle, Owl, Cupcake
Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem)
Overalls: Bow Builder
Punches Body: Note Tag Hair: Festive Flower Eye/s: 1/2" circle, Owl, Cupcake Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem) Overalls: Bow Builder
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Hair: Festive Flower
Eye/s: 1/2″ circle, Owl, Cupcake
Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem)
Overalls: Bow Builder

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