Christmas in July 2015

It’s been a big week of Christmas here at mypapercraftjourney.

On Thursday I got a sneak peek at the new Holiday Catalogue – wow!!!  It’s filled with lots (and I mean lots) of awesome new products.  I think there’s something on every page that made it to my wishlist.

Pre-order starts for demos on 4th August and then everyone else is able to access the catalogue from 1st September.

Want to get a jump on your Christmas cards this year?  If you join SU! 4th-31st August, you’ll be able to include items from the Holiday Catalogue in your Starter Kit {which also means you’ll get more value out of your wishlist and free shipping!).  Or, join now and you’ll get instant access to the new catalogue so you can start writing your wishlist, ready for first shipping on 4th August!!!


The other Christmas fun this week was the Christmas In July card class which happened this morning at my house.  It was a lovely morning spent with the 4 beautiful ladies who attended, but I made them work hard to get it all finished!  Crafting time management is not a strong point of mine!

Here’s what we made:

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Main supplies: Merry Moments DSP & Cardstock Pack, Wonderful Wreath bundle (stamp set & framelits), Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Silver Glimmer Paper, Decorative Label Punch.

Card in a box directions at Di Barnes blog.

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Main supplies: Envelope Punch Board, Merry Moments DSP & Cardstock Pack, Festival of Trees bundle (stamp set & punch), Gold Glimmer Paper, Real Red Cotton Ribbon

Inspiration for my Envelope Punch Board Card can be found at Julie Kettlewell’s blog.

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Main supplies: Owl & Bird Builder Punches, Merry Moments DSP & Cardstock Pack, Sassy Salutations stamp set.

I wanted to make something to hold the cards that would be suitable for a present, so I designed a slimline Christmas Gift Bag using the new Gift Bag Punch Board (GBPB).  Instead of using the board to score the bag lines, I scored these on my Stampin’ Trimmer and then used the GBPB for the bottom tabs and top holes.

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These are the instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of 12″ x 12″cardstock or DSP to 8-1/2″ (so it measures 12″ x 8-1/2″)
  2. Along the 12″ side, score at 4-3/4″, 5-3/4″, 10-1/2″ and 11-1/2″
  3. Score 1-1/2″ from the bottom of the long edge
  4. Place the bottom edge of your card/DSP into the GBPB along the 12″ side and line up each score line with the ‘start line’ – punch and then move to the next score line.  You may like to do the edges too.
  5. Put your card/DSP back into your trimmer and cut down the flaps by 1/2″ inch (so your cardstock length will now be 8″).
  6. Using the reverse punch on the GBPB, line up each score line with the reverse punch notch and punch the holes.
  7. Adhere the side and base of your bag using your favourite adhesive and add ribbon to finish the closure.

This bag will fit Australian C6 size cards & envelopes (and probably American ones too but I haven’t actually tested).  You can jazz up the bag front with embellishments & stamping/cardstock.  It makes a great gift that showcases your handmade talents – imagine your friends & family waiting to see if they receive a special card kit as a present!  I know I’ll be making these for birthdays too.  They are so easy to whip up using the Gift Bag Punch Board.   Kelly x

 

Christmas Inspiration in July

This week over at Just Add Ink they have a Christmas themed inspiration photo.  Christmas in July is always a perfect theme.  So much so, that I’m running a Christmas in July class.  Scroll down to the end of my blog post for an updated class schedule.

Here’s the JAI inspiration:

And here’s my card, featuring a couple of the gorgeous new DSPs from the catalogue.

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There will be a new Holiday Catalogue available to you in September.  If you can’t wait until then, there’s a Christmas section in this year’s annual catalogue with favourites like the Festival of Trees bundle.  Or, you can be cheeky like me and dust off last year’s favourites – like Endless Wishes!  Looking forward to seeing what SU! brings for Christmas this year – I’ve heard it’s good!  Kelly x

UPDATED CLASS SCHEDULE:

{more details available on my Stampin’ Up! site}

THEMED CLASS – Sat 25th July 9.30am Christmas in July $25 *** FULL

GENERAL CLASS – Thurs 30th July 7pm $20 *** places still available

GENERAL CLASS – Tues 11th August 9.30am $20 *** one place available

KIT CLASS – Sat 15th August 9.30am Tin of Cards $50 *** one place available

GENERAL CLASS – Thurs 27th August 7pm $20 *** places still available

 

Product List

Tree Punch

$31.00

*** Want to shop online? The host code for July is XZCA7Y4Y.

Christmas Came Early This Year

One of the many blessings of being a SU! demo is the opportunity to order new products early. I was so excited to get my box in the mail this week! Christmas came early!

Unfortunately, because I’ve been so busy with the Christmas crazy, I haven’t had much of a chance to play. But, I did try out the new Bow Builder punch to add the finishing touch to my Christmas card for Alexa’s day care. The design matches the Festival of Trees tag I made for each of the glitter monogrammed mugs (see yesterday’s post for more photos).

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The Bow Builder punch is so easy to use  It’s already a favourite of mine!  I can’t wait to try more of the products and tempt you with the goodies.  It won’t be hard … there are so any lovely new products.  If you would like a copy of the Occasions & SAB catalogues, please contact me and I’ll post one out to you.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot

Embossing Folder: Lucky Stars

Punches: Bow Builder, Angled Tag Topper, Tree, Itty Bitty Accents

Specialty Paper: Brushed Silver, Gold Glimmer

Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Festival of Trees, Making Spirits Bright

Note: some of the links to new products in this blog post will come up with an error until the catalogue becomes available to the general public on 6th January 2015.

Shake, Shake Shake – Christmas is only 4 weeks away!

Eeek – Christmas is a mere 4 weeks away!  Still time to get those Christmas cards made & delivered.  Delight your family & friends by sending ‘happy mail’ this festive season.

I’ve been meaning to make a shaker card using the new Tree Punch and oh-so-cute stars from the Confetti Stars Punch.  Shaker cards are actually really easy to make (punch, add window sheet, add dimensionals, add sparkles, adhere).

Hope you get some time at the craft table this weekend so you can send out some Merry Little Wishes.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Bitty Banners

Embossing Folder: Large Polka Dot

Punches: Tree, Confetti Stars, Scalloped Tag Topper

Specialty Paper: Window Sheet, Silver Foil

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green

Decorative Mask: Hearts & Stars

Stamp Set: Festival of Trees

Embellishments: Whisper White 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals, 2-way Glue Pen

 

 

Another Curvy Keepsake Box – Fluttering Fairies

I just can’t get enough of the Curvy Keepsake Boxes!  It’s my go-to at the moment for little gifts.  Alexa was invited to a party on the weekend, which the birthday boy shared with this younger twin sisters.  I wanted something small & sweet for the twins, so I came up with this fairy version of the Keepsake Box.  I used a few retired products (some things are too good to stop using!) and a few current ones.  I put some hair accessories in the middle and a tag on the top.  These would be great for a summer market stall.  I’ve used my new favourite die so much I’m going to need new plates for the Big Shot soon… good excuse for another order I think!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsake Box

Framelits: Flower Fair, Hearts, Dress Up (retired)

Bigz: Beautiful Butterflies (retired)

Punches: Itty Bitty Accents Pack

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight

Ink: Blackberry Bliss

Stamp Sets: Good Greetings, Festival of Trees

Embellishments: Bermuda Bay ribbon (retired), peg (not SU!)

 

* Good Greetings is free until 31st October with any $300+ order.

 

Flower Patch – Oh So Pretty!

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I can’t get enough of Flower Patch at the moment.  Because it’s photopolymer, it’s easy to use and the framelits help with the cutting out.  This card is a case of Sharon Burkert’s card with a different colour scheme.  [I’m still in love with Blackberry Bliss].  I loved the finish of this card so much I made some matching tags.  It’s lovely to have a hobby that adds so much pretty to the world!  Hope your day is ‘blooming’!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Flower Fair (bundle)

Punch: Project Life Corner, Scalloped Tag Topper

Cardstock: Strawberry Slush, Whisper White

Ink: Strawberry Slush, Blackberry Bliss, Perfect Plum, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Tuxedo Black Memento

Stamp Set; Flower Patch (bundle), Festival of Trees

Embellishments: Strawberry Slush Ruffled Ribbon (retired)

Extras: Paper Snips

Christmas Stamp-A-Stack – Festival of Trees

Card #4 – Traditional trees, modern colours.  I love tags on card fronts – great centrepiece for a tree or two (or a ‘Festival of Trees’!).  Merry Christmas, 3 months to go… have you started your cards yet?  Will you go traditional, modern or a combination of the two?  Kelly x

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Holiday Catalogue Supplies:

Festival of Trees Photopolymer Stamp Set (Bundle)

Tree Punch (Bundle)

All is Calm Designer Seriers Paper

Lost Lagoon Silky 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon

Handheld Stapler (& Staples)

Good Greetings Stamp Set *** free with every $300+ order until end of October 2014

Oh Christmas Tree! Pleasure to meet you!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

Much pleasure thou can’st give me;

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

Much pleasure thou can’st give me;

How often has the Christmas tree

Afforded me the greatest glee!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

Much pleasure thou can’st give me.

I think the second verse of ‘Oh Christmas Tree’ pretty much sums up my love for the new Tree Punch & matching Festival of Trees Photopolymer Stamp Set.  Another fabulous addition to my SU! stash from the just released holiday catalogue (have you got your copy yet?).  Matching sets always make card making a breeze and this one is no exception.  I’m looking forward to experimenting with this card – I’ve got a shaker card in mind using the Tree Punch & new Confetti Stars Punch.  Oh Christmas tree – how I adore thee!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: On Film, Bitty Banners

Punch: Tree

DSP: Trim the Tree Paper Stack

Cardstock: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Garden Green

Ink: Garden Green, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler

Marker: Cherry Cobbler

Stamp Set: Festival of Trees

Extras: Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals

 

Lyrics from O Christmas Tree sourced here.