Sandy Wishes – happy & sad occasions

I’m kinda still in holiday mode and haven’t really spent much time at the craft table since I’ve been back.

Sadly, friends of ours lost their dog this week, and I wanted to send them a card to let them know we’re thinking of them.

Bob’s favourite place was the beach, so I thought it was fitting to send him off with some sand & waves.

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I couldn’t leave the post with just sad doggie news, so I also wanted to share a card I made a little while ago as a custom request for a wedding.  It also had a beach theme, plus a super cute Kombi!

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Both of these cards embody what I love the most about cardmaking – you can personalise your art to match every occasion.  Happy or sad occasions are the perfect opportunity for a thoughtful card and in my experience, the effort is always appreciated.

I hope you get some time at the craft table this weekend, I know that’s what I have planned!  Kelly x

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Hello Sunshine! JAI279

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Hello sunshine!!!  Mr Papercraft & I request the pleasure of your company while we get away for a short escape.

Thanks to Just Add Ink for this great sketch.

My card:

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This will be my final post for a short period while I take a blogging break and enjoy some warm weather, good food & great company.

If you need some inspiration while I’m away, I suggest you check out some of the blogs I’m loving at the moment (all Aussie designers):

Kelly x

PS, I’ve seen mixed reviews about the new Precision Base Plate.  I used mine for the ‘hello’ thinlit on this card.  I’m super impressed.  The cut is awesome and it makes cutting out these intricate dies a breeze.

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ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

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Hello & welcome to another ESAD blog hop.  This one features 24 awesome designers sharing with you their creations using products from the Holiday Catalogue.  If you’ve just come via Barbara’s blog, then keep travelling until you get back there for lots more inspiration along the way.

The 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue has been in circulation for a couple of weeks now and there’s some great ideas on Pinterest.  Given it’s the ‘holiday’ catalogue, lots of the projects are Christmas, Halloween or Thanksgiving themed.  I’m intending on sharing lots more seasonal craft with you between now & Christmas, but for me, sometimes the ideas that spring out of the pages of the catalogue are a little ‘outside the box’.

This was one of them…


 

When I first saw the Acorn Punch, all I could think of how it would be perfect to make Gumnut Babies.

Snugglepot & Cuddlepie are Australian literary icons that most Aussies will recognise from their childhood.  The author of the Snugglepot & Cuddlepie books, May Gibbs, spent part of her childhood in a town called Harvey which is close to where I live.

So, as much fun as all the Christmas products have been, I wanted to share my super cute gumnut babies with you.

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I’ve also made a picture tutorial in case you want to make your own “bush babies”.  They use a few of our wonderful builder punches.  The builder punches are awesome for punch art because of their versatile shapes.

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If you’ve spent some time flicking through the holiday catalogue, you might also recognise some other new catalogue goodies in my cards … Lighthearted Leaves stamp set (clear catalogue favourite for me!), Into the Woods DSP & 1/8″ Garden Green Striped Ribbon.

There’s so much to fall in love with.  My holiday catalogue wishlist continues to grow as I see how clever people around the world have used their new products.  This blog hop is no exception!!!

Next stop on the inspiration trail is Jenny Hayward & her lovely holiday creations.

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Please leave comments for the designers on your way around – we love to hear from you!

After seeing our work, are you wondering where we all came from?  We are all Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from Australia or New Zealand who spend time on Facebook sharing our love of all things Stampin’ Up!.  Here’s some more info…

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Thanks for visiting us on another ESAD blog hop.  One of the fun parts of creating is sharing the joy with others.  Happy holidays! Kelly x


Full list of ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop Participants:

1. Libby Dyson

2. Paula Reid

3. Keryn Campbell

4. Carly Middleton

5. Rachael Lewsley

6. Narelle Fasulo

7. Emily Campbell

8. Emma Palonek

9. Jo Weedon

10. Rebecca Scurr

11. Andrea Buckland

12. Rochelle Blok

13. Kathryn Ruddick

14. Monique Fielder

15. Bernie Collins

16. Liv Ingle

17. Sally Williams

18. Ria Kaire

19. Delys Cram

20. Jessica Williams

21. Lou Kitzelman

22. Barbara Williams

23. Kelly Kent – YOU ARE HERE!

24.  Jenny Hayward

Fishing for Fun…

One of my friends gives me the best inspiration to make cards. I think it’s because she doesn’t just ask for X card.  She asks for an “awesome X card”!

So, this is the “awesome fishing card” I made using the water gel effect.  Dawn Griffith has a great you tube video showing the technique.  The quick explanation is that you put hair gel in a zip lock bag and add it as a ‘water’ layer in your card.

By good luck, it also fits with this week’s Just Add Ink theme – all things masculine.  Although my card is for the mini-masculine fellow, I know quite a few big kids that would enjoy their own version!

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My card ended up being a mix of old favourites & new ideas. The Cloudy Day embossing folder is now retired (sadly!) but new to the SU! family is the Festive Flower Builder Punch which I used to create the fish bodies.

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The boy is a Silhouette cut I created from an online image.  I’m lucky to have my Cameo to help me with the little extras in my cards – but I would love SU! to bring out a die set with children’s silhouettes.  I think kids in silhouette look so cute.  The craft stash will never be extensive enough for all the ideas I have! Kelly x

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Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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Little Letters Have Company … Introducing Little Numbers!

Last year the Little Letters Thinlits joined the Stampin’ Up! family.  This year, they’re joined by the Little Letters Thinlits – what a great combination!

They arrived yesterday in the first of my BBBs on their way over to stock my shelves with awesome new products.  I’m so glad they arrived before my launch event on Saturday.  But – the timing!!!  Today and tomorrow are “real work” days for me, so no sneaky craft.  Arrrgggghhhhh!!!

I did manage to whip this one up last night though – another “not a Hallmark” request.  Hope the horse loving Dad loves the thought his daughter has put into his card.  Kelly x

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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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Heat Tool

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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

 

Happy Easter from Kelly & the little bunnies!

Happy Easter Sunday!  We’ve been spending the weekend with family & friends – eating way too much chocolate and delighting in seeing Easter through the eyes of kids.  This morning we followed the Easter bunny’s trail around the garden – collecting, eggs, stickers, crackers & toys.  So much fun!  Easter was definitely ‘this way ->’!

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These are my two little “Easter bunnies”… Do you love their ‘mummy made’ shirts (guess who got a fabric blade for their Cameo!!!)?

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Happy Easter.  Chocolately love from Kelly & the little bunnies x

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Incredible In-Colours make for Vibrant Vellum: Showcasing the SAB extras!

There’s 2 more weeks left of Sale-A-Bration, which means 2 more weeks to get your hands on the beautiful new additions to the SAB range including the amazing Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack and 2014-16 In Colour Accessory Pack.  I had such fun making these cards – mixing & matching my Occasions catalogue faves with the new SAB products.  Kelly x

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