Minibeast Birthday for a Minibeast Toddler!

Cam recenty turned 2 and celebrated with a minibeast themed party.  What a great theme for this age group!

So, this card & curvy keepsake box set are inspired by all things mini & beast like – much like the little people who run our lives!!!

Do you remember these bug catchers from your childhood?  We used to fill ours with slaters (the tamest of the creepy crawlies), throw in some grass and then forget about them – whoops!

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This spider is cuter than any I’ve ever found in the garden.

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Happy birthday Cam.  Kelly & your fellow minibeasts x

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Bone Folder

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Just Add Ink #256 Sketch Challenge

Week 4 and my last week as a guest designer for Just Add Ink. It’s been lovely to be so warmly welcomed into the JAI family. Thanks to the gorgeous ladies who are part of the design team!

This week’s challenge is a sketch:

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I need to confess at this point to not being a huge doily fan … but I love the layout of this sketch … so, I’ve taken the main shapes/features (doily -> starburst; tag ->kite; ribbon -> bows) and created this:

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I love bright colours – they scream F-U-N!  And birthdays are all about fun!

Looking forward to next week’s Just Add Ink challenge and playing along with everyone else.  It’d be great to see your card there too!  Kelly x

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Big Shot

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Happy Bee-Day Punch Art

I’ve been wanting to make a bumblebee using punch art for a while, so when I was asked this week to make a 2nd birthday card, it seemed like the perfect opportunity.  As it turns out, my bee is more ‘framelit’ art than punch art using the Flower Fair framelits for the body & wings – but cute nonetheless!

Once it was finished I realised this card ended up being a little different to my usual style – it’s busy (like a bee!) with overlapping layers – but I love it!  Always great to have a play with different ideas.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlits: Hexagon Hive, Little Letters, Mini Treat Bag

Framelits: Flower Fair, Balloon

Edgelits: File Tabs

Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots

Punches: Hexagon, 1″ Circle, Cupcake Builder, Owl Builder

Specialty Paper: Vellum

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Hello Honey

Ink: Jet Black Memento

Stamp Sets: Honeycomb Hello, Celebrate Today, Memorable Moments

Embellishments: Linen Thread

Adhesive: Stampin’ Dimensionals, 2-way Glue Pen

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Let the Celebrations Continue with a Bottle of Red

On Monday, I started the story of our family holiday, on which we celebrated Mum AND Dad’s 60th birthdays.  Dad’s card was inspired by his love of red wine & the convenient fact that much of the holiday was spent visiting local wineries.  The South West of WA is renowned for quality wines with Margaret River and surrounding suburbs having some of  the richest & most fertile soil for grape growing.  As part of their celebrations, Mum booked a limosine to take us on a very special wine tour.  Travelling in style, we visited Wills Domain, Vasse Virgin, House of Cards, Gabriel Chocolate, Woody Nook, Aravina & Swooping Magpie to sample the local wares.  It was a fabulous day out!

Anyway, back to Dad’s card ! The bottle was hand cut using the Envelope Punch Board to guide the corner rounding.  I stuck with a classic red, white & black colour scheme with some gold to bling it out.  After all, 60 is a pretty special milestone!

Happy Birthday Dad – you’ve been the best role model a girl could ever ask for!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Envelope Punch Board, Simply Scored

Bigz: Perfect Print Alphabet

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsakes Box

DSP: Back to Black

Specialty Paper: Vellum, Gold Foil

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Embossing: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Versamark

Stamp Sets: Honeycomb Hello, Skinny Mini Alphabet

Embellishments: Black Ribbon (retired)

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%.

 

Birthday Blocks – Lego Card

Lego is back in fashion again thanks to a new LEGO movie.  Having two young girls, Lego is not yet on our radar, so I haven’t seen the movie – but I hear it’s good.

The request for this card was something ‘Lego’.  Lego is a lovely punch art theme – all circles & squares.  In my big new catalogue order, I purchased Hello Honeycomb specifically for the little sentiments.  I got a chance to break it open for this card because they fit beautifully into the 3/4″ “Lego” circles.  Rather than a standard C6 card, the dimensions are 6″ x 4″ to fit the straightforward maths needed for the blocks [my Lego blocks are 1″ x 2″, 1″ x 2″ or 1″ x 3″].

If punch art isn’t your style, but you know a Lego fan, then take a looksee at the new Boys Will Be Boys stamp set – it has a great Lego blocks stamp.  Good for the little ones and the big kids at heart!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer

Punches: 3/4″ Circle, Merry Minis Punch Pack

Cardstock: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Whisper White

Ink: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point

Stamp Set: Hello Honeycomb

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals