Beautiful Birthday Wishes from the Flower Patch

This week I had the absolute pleasure of CASEing this gorgeous Flower Patch card from Craftin’ Caly.

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When I was showing Mr Papercraft (because he suffers through seeing most of my work!), I mentioned that I’d copied the design from a card I’d found online.  Clever Mr P remarks “oh, you CASEd it?”.

Next he’ll be stealing my scissors & tape for more than fixing things around the house!  Would that mean double the Stampin’ Up! budget???  Kelly x

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A Class Full of Flowers

On Tuesday morning I had the pleasure of hosting a class for 4 lovely ladies who spend as much time spoiling my dog with attention as they do making cards!

The ladies had asked for combination of things they’d recently seen on the blog, but since I like my classes to be filled with surprises – we did variations of what they said they liked.

The first project was a decorated notepad using the colours/design features from my Just Add Ink / Demo Designs Sketch card.

Colours: Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate & Bermuda Bay.

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To make this decorated notepad, the instructions are mostly the same as the English Garden one, but with a different closure:

  1. Place a piece of A4 cardstock lengthways (landscape) into your SU! trimmer.  Score at 4-1/8″, 4-7/8″, 9″ & 9-3/4″
  2. Turn the cardstock 90 degrees and place into the trimmer longways (portrait).  Cut at 5-7/8″.
  3. Trim the small rectangle from the end of the skinny strip you ended up with (this will be your closure band).
  4. Fold along all score lines on cardstock.
  5. Attach the notepad to the inside using Fast Fuse.
  6. Add the closure flap by securing the end 4-1/8″ piece to the back of the notepad cardstock and then wrap it around & secure it to the front of the notepad.  You should have a 3/4″ flap left that you can attach magnets to for securing it tight.
  7. Decorate the front panel with cardstock (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″) and DSP (3-5/8″ x 2″).  Attach burlap ribbon & Flower Patch flower.  Add a gold embossed sentiment from Flower Patch.

The next project was a card to coordinate with the notepad.  I wanted to show the ladies how lovely the Garden in Bloom stamp set was, so we used this flower instead of the Flower Patch one.

Colours: Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss, Tip Top Taupe.

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The leaves behind the flower are from Kinda Eclectic and I once again used burlap to tie it all together.   I love the extra texture that adding even a small piece of burlap ribbon adds.  The sentiment is from the hostess only set Happy Birthday, Everyone.


The final project was a birthday card inspired by a new challenge blog – Pinterest Inspired Challenge.  Stop by and have a look at the entries so far – lots of inspiration just in the cards that have been put forward!!!

This is the inspiration photo:

And this is the card the ladies made:

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The splatters in the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set provided the perfect option for creating our own DSP-esque background.  The birthday sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set.  I realised after making this card that I’d actually used 2 “kit stamp sets” – they are great for more than just making up the kits.

The yellow & black flowers in the inspiration photo looked like cute little butterflies to me – so out came the Watercolor Wings stamp set and Bold Butterfly framelits.  I cannot make enough butterfly cards with this gorgeous bundle.

Colours: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay (cardstock, ink), Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight & Basic Black.


Another class and another great success.  Next class my Christmas goodies will be here, so I’m looking forward to adding a Christmas card into the mix!

You can find the class schedule here.  Due to the small size of classes, they fill up quickly and payment is required within 3 days of booking to secure your place.

Come & join the fun.  Free doggie cuddles included!!!  Kelly x

The No Sentiment Card – JAI273 & Demo Designs Sketch

Hello!  How was your weekend?  Mine was lovely with a great balance of fresh air, time with the kids and some time at the craft table.  I made a few cards over the weekend, which I’ll share with you this week.

Today’s share is for the Just Add Ink #273 colour combo challenge.

I also used the sketch that Sylvia Buist provided for the ESAD Demo Designs challenge.

ESAD Demo Design Sketch August 2015

Although I didn’t set out to create a card without a sentiment, by the time I’d made the middle section, I didn’t want to add anything else too major.  I think the pearls are a nice touch.

Personally, I love having ‘blank’ cards in my stash – they can be used for any occasion, with the sentiment being added as a personal touch.

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I’ve been itching to use the script side of the paper stack DSP – it’s just so stunning!  Thanks to JAI & Sylvia – I always find challenges so inspirational.  Kelly x

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Punch Art Week of Power – Favourites & Tea

So much love in this post!  Starting with punch art .. I love my punch art … though I’ve come to realise that my punch art isn’t limited to just punches.  I also use quite a lot of ‘die cuts’ – created using framelits, thinlits & edgelits (and of course my trusty Big Shot).  Anything that creates a shape contributes to ‘punch art’.

The main punch art shape for this card uses the Curvy Keepsake Box Die to create a cute little mug – what a great idea and a versatile use of an already popular die.  Tea is a favourite of mine (have you noticed?), as is the Keepsake Box!  This punch art idea was found on another favourite – Pinterest and comes from Vicki Hayes (who is on the Artisan Design Team).  You can see it here.

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I am also loving participating in challenges at the moment.  They are a deep well of inspiration & guidance to give you a start on a project or card.  This card was inspired by sketch #158 at Freshly Made Sketches and the colour combination/photo inspiration over at Just Add Ink #236 (two of my favourite weekly challenges).  What are your favourites of the moment?  I confess that my top loves change regularly.  It makes sense though – there’s so much to love!  Kelly x

Suppy List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsake Box

Framelits: Flower Fair*

Embossing Folder: Modern Mosaic

Punches: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Petite Curly Label

Specialty Paper: Brushed Gold

DSP: All Abloom

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Lost Lagoon

Ink: Lost Lagoon, Night of Navy, Versamark

Embossing Powder: Gold

Stamp Sets: Flower Patch*, Honeycomb Hello

Embellishment: Gold Baker’s Twine

Extras: Handheld Stapler

* Flower Fair & Flower Patch available as a bundle – save 15%.

 

Freshly Made Sketches 156 – Flowers Abloom

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Good morning!  If you’ve got some time to craft today, have a whirl at this sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches.  The emphasis is on clean card design with lots of white space and clean edges.  Fun!  I’m loving the simplicity.  For my first ‘go’ at “clean”, I’ve stuck pretty close to the sketch and used white on white.  Thanks FMS for the inspiration.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Flower Fair

Embossing Folder: Fancy Fan

Punches: 1-3/8″ Circle, Project Life Corner, Hexagon

DSP: All Abloom Paper Stack

Cardstock: Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding

Ink: Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight, Lost Lagoon

Stamp Sets: Flower Patch, Chalk Talk

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals

*** Flower Patch & Flower Fair available as a bundle

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

Blooming With Flower Patch Goodness!

I’m often a little slow on the uptake for the hottest Stampin’ Up! trends.  The addition of the Flower Patch bundle took me a couple of months – but I am so glad I got there in the end.  The flowers are BE YOU {TIFUL}!  So easy to use and since they come with matching framelits, they are a breeze to cut out.  The Stampin’ Up! photopolymer stamps really are a cut above the rest in terms of quality and finish – crisp & lovely.  As with all photopolymer stamps, they will stain with use (especially if you clean them with your Stampin’ Scrub), but this doesn’t affect their use.  This is a set that is going to be on high rotation in my craft corner.  I’m looking forward to sharing lots of flower filled creations with you – starting with this cute little tea & chocolate caddy.  Kelly x

Flower Patch Tea & Choccie Caddy
Flower Patch Tea & Choccie Caddy

Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Simply Scored

Framelits: Flower Fair***, Word Bubbles

Punch: Scalloped Tag Topper

Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Whisper White

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss

Stamp Set: Flower Patch***

Embellishments: Marina Mist Chevron Ribbon, Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals

*** Available as a bundle