Fancy, Glittery & Fun – JAI 284

Good morning!  It’s a Just Add Ink share today!

The challenge this week for JAI 284 was a card with a fancy fold.  There are some gorgeous creations from the Design Team and lots of great inspiration if you want to make something other than a standard C6 card.

My Centre-Step Fancy Fold creation uses a tutorial by one of the lovely JAI Design Team members – Di Barnes (Colour Me Happy).  I had the pleasure of meeting Di at the South Pacific convention earlier in the year and she was so lovely to spend time with.  Plus, she’s crazy talented and very generous with sharing full tutorials and instructions for what she makes.

This card started with a fleeting idea that I could combine a card and gift in one project.  I wanted to attach these sparkly butterfly clips in a way that they were part of the overall creation.

In the end, they ended up being the centrepieces!!! and I love the way it turned out.  The 3-D nature of the centre-step card is perfect for displaying the hair clips.

Butterfly Hair Clip card & gift creation with a centre-step fancy fold design (JAI284). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.
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Butterfly Hair Clip card & gift creation with a centre-step fancy fold design (JAI284). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.
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Custom Glimmer Paper!
Custom Glimmer Paper!

Did you know you can create Stampin’ Up! Glimmer Paper to match the tones available in the colour collections?  And it’s easy!

Just Add Ink!
Just Add Ink!

Simply take Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, a sponge dauber and your ink colour of choice and apply the ink to the glimmer paper.  The more ink you apply, the deeper the colour will be.

Using this technique, you’ll be able to create glimmer paper to match all your sparkly projects!  Yay!  Kelly x

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Modern Label Punch

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Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Die

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Sunshine Sprinkles Designer Series Paper

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Playing Catch-up: Just Add Ink 282

After missing the favourite colour combination challenge at Just Add Ink last week, I was excited to see the photo inspiration for this week’s challenge.

Pink, grey & white is one of my favourite colour combinations for baby girl cards.  Without any new sweet little girls on the horizon, it was fun to make this card just for the pure pleasure of creating.

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The mirror … or wall art …

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The beautiful white wood cot…

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I hope you find some craft time in your busy schedule this week. Join in at Just Add Ink or make a card to keep for later when you are short of time!  Kelly x

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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):

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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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*** Want to do the questionnaire with your kids?  Here it is:

Childs Name:
Age:

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? –

Pre-order … Excellent… Plus baby bundle punch art!

Today me and hundreds of other demos will be placing their new catalogue pre-order.  Woo hoo!!!  It’s one of the many benefits of being part of the SU! family.

My pre-order list was made a little lighter this year by the wonderful opportunity I had to do a booth demonstration at the South Pacific Stampin’ Up! convention.  In order to make samples for our board, we were spoiled with a box of yet to be released products.  I am delighted to be able to tempt you with cute samples over the next month.

Today’s convention share is actually the last one I made, but by far one of my most favourite, and from the snippets of conversation I caught at convention, it was a winner there too.

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With the exception of the baby’s head (made using the 3/4″ circle), the baby bundle punch art is completely made using the tree builder punch.  Put it on your wishlist, the tree builder punch will be available to order on 2nd June {Can’t wait? Join my team & get in on the pre-order}.

How to make your own baby bundle using the tree builder punch:

  • Branch – tree trunk
  • Handle – tree trunk
  • Bow – scallop circle & 2x leaf/teardrop shape
  • Cloth – tree top
  • feet – 2x leaf/teardrop shape

The DSP is also an upcoming product (Cherry on Top Paper stack) and the middle mat uses one of the new in-colours – “Tip Top Taupe”.

Is your wishlist growing?  Contact me to book a workshop so you can get some of your favourite products for free!  Or consider a virtual workshop for you & your friends.

As with all the builder punches, the tree builder punch is so versatile!  My name is Kelly and I’m addicted to Stampin’ Up! punches…. Kelly x

 

Watercolour Butterflies – JAI258 & FMS181

Me oh my!!! – how glorious is the colour combination for this week’s Just Add Ink Colour Challenge – Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate & Melon Mambo.  They make such a pretty trio.

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And again I’ve matched up the JAI challenge with this week’s Freshly Made Sketch.

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With such lovely colours, I decided to showcase them using watercolour paper.   Using my aquapainter and reinkers, I made a swirly whirly wash adding more colour until I had a vibrant mix of Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo & Smoky Slate.  Once it was dry, I cut butterflies from my pretty paper and matched them up with the gorgeous patterns of Painted Blooms DSP.

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I love the marbled effect the three different ink colours give.

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After making my challenge entry, I still had lots of space to cut more butterflies, so I also made this version with the sketch rotated.

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I think I like the original better, but that’s one of the things I love the most about inspiration – you can make all sorts of cards!  Have a go at one or both challenges this week and share in the fun.  Kelly x

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Cards for Tweens – Part 1 (girls)

I was recently asked to design some cards for 9-10 year olds.  Wikipedia tells me that kids in this age group are commonly referred to as tweens… “too old for toys, too young for boys”.

So, what kind of cards are perfect for these in-between girls?

This is what I came up with!  Kelly x

A shaker card
A shaker card
Cupcakes & Banners
Cupcakes & Banners
Candles & bright colours
Candles & bright colours
Horse punch art (CASEd from Sharnee Torrents)
Horse punch art (CASEd from Sharnee Torrents)
Butterfly
Butterfly

 

Like the horse card?  You can find the original here

Product Update: Blendabilities go back to the drawing board

I made this card during the week with the plan to share it with you as part of my learning to love Blendablities journey.  And also to make a card that showcased products from the Annual Catalogue.  I feel like I’ve been neglecting it since Occasions & SAB came ontothe scene.

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However, since making it and now, Stampin’ Up! has temporarily stopped selling Blendabilities markers while they investigate manufacturing quality issues.

I’m looking forward to new & improved Blendabilities – I’ll keep you updated.  In the meantime, there’s always Stampin’ Write Markers, watercoloring, Aqua Painters, Blender Pens … It’s time to fall in love with some new techniques.  Kelly x

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Easter Babies (Freshly Made Sketches 169)

The Occasions 2015 catalogue features a large range of seasonal stamps to suit the first half of the year including Valentine’s Day, Easter & Mother’s Day.  It’s a little early to be creating Easter cards, but I wanted to ink up my new “For Peep’s Sake” stamp set.

For Peep's Sake - Occasions 2015

So cute!  The little chicks make for a perfect ‘inky’ family – don’t you think?  And a great opportunity to create a card using this week’s Freshly Made Sketch (#169).

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So, this is another baby card on its way to a new set of parents, ready to raise their very own little chick.  There might be a few ‘for peep’s sake’ moments in the mix, but hope their baby experience is more ‘happy & hoppy’.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Deco Labels, Bitty Banners

DSP: Painted Blooms

Cardstock: Whisper White, Garden Green, Mossy Meadow

Ink: Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Rose Red, Mossy Meadow

Blendabilities: Daffodil Delight

Stamp Sets: For Peep’s Sake, And Many More

Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals

Punch Art Week of Power – SS BABY

I sometimes wonder if my thought path somewhat deviates from the norm, but this is the creation I came up with this week when asked to make a baby card for parents who love fishing.  What would make a better catch than a baby?

I love the punch art fish – they provide a great finishing touch & a little pop of colour.  SS Baby is here, hope the ride is awesome!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Window Frames

Edgelits: Adorning Accents (retired)

Punches: Owl Builder, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle, 1″ Circle, Heart from Itty Bitty Accents Pack

Cardstock: Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Smoky Slate, Chocolate Chip, Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss,

Ink: Lost Lagoon

Markers: Basic Black, White uni-ball Signo Gel Pen

Stamp Set: And Many More

Embellishments: Island Indigo Baker’s Twine (retired)

Note: “SS BABY” sentiment is computer generated

I Love Giving Gifts – Fridge Pegs

Just a quick one today – sharing with you a quick & inexpensive little gift.  Simply decorate some wooden pegs with cute sayings & attach a magnet to the back and you have a set of ‘fridge pegs’ to hold photos, notes, bills, pictures … whatever goes on the fridge!  I love giving gifts!  Kelly x

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Key Products:

Stamp Sets: Any Many More, Project Life Point & Click

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Brights Collection