Awesomely Retired – favourites I won’t part with!

Several times a year Stampin’ Up! retire or discontinue products from their range.  Some of these return as lovely specials on the clearance rack but most are never orderable again.  It always amuses me to see people chasing retired products on buy & sell sites only months after they were freely available.  There are some products that are worth more retired than during their time in the catalogue.  Traditionally, Stampin’ Up! holds its value very well – which {ALWAYS} makes it a good investment!

For the first time, Stampin’ Up! is giving us advance notice of what will be carrying over from the current Holiday catalogue and what will be retiring.  You can see the full list of retiring products here.

My top 6 Holiday catalogue must-haves

(the ones I’ll be sorry to see go): 


Every so often I go through my collection and re-home things that don’t float my boat anymore.  Some products make it through first time around, but then gather dust and get added to the pile later on.

There are always some of my favourites that never make the list.  Sometimes they are sentimental, sometimes I just want to own them! There’s some ‘just in case’ keeping (just in case I want to make a card with that crazy theme) and the stamp sets where I love one particular stamp (but never use the others – we all have that, right?).

Today I’m sharing with you two cards I recently made that are classic examples of why I like to keep my some of my retired Stampin’ Up!…

  1. Punch art! Punches never go out of fashion!!!  This Spiderman punch art card uses quite a few punches that are now retired – punches that I kept, so I was pleased that I didn’thave to try to match alternatives to create the shapes.  You can find Natasha’s punch art tutorial here.  I also miss a larger text alphabet, so have kept the Perfect Print bigz dies.  And you never know when you’ll need a retired spider web embossing folder!

Spiderman Punch Art card (using tutorial by Natasha Hein). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

2. When someone asks you to make a card with very specific parameters.  This one had to be hot pink & bling for an amazing woman.  I love the Making Spirits Bright stamp set from last year’s Holiday catalogue and Painted Petals from the 2015 Occasions catalogue.  I’m holding on to both of those for some time to come!

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So, the moral of today’s stamping story, is that if you think you’ll miss something from the current seasonal catalogue, make sure you order it now!  All products on the retiring list are available until 4th January 2016 or while stocks last.  I’m getting a big pile of black glimmer paper!!!

After this date there’s a whole new catalogue of wonder to fall in love with {and you will!!!}.  Kelly x

Happy Birthday to the Apple of our Eye {Sheltering Apple Tree}

It’s a special day in our house today.  As well as being our – no longer celebrated – wedding anniversary, it is also Alexa’s 4th birthday.

I love a good theme, and this year for Alexa it’s apples, which has been a fun but frustrating theme.  Try typing ‘apple’ into Google or ebay … all that comes up is the technology brand & its range!  Not to worry … I got there in the end!

Tomorrow we are celebrating with a red & green themed apple party.  The party invite was a 3littlebirdsprints design:

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As I love to do, I made Alexa’s birthday card to match the style of the invite and included a ‘Sheltering Apple Tree’.  I knew when I saw Sheltering Tree in the Occsions catalogue that it would make an amazing apple tree.  And it does!  The colours look incredible!!!

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And of course, a curvy keepsake box!  Alexa has been asking every time we take a CKB to one of her friend’s birthday when she will get hers.  Well my sweetheart – this is yours.  An Apple Curvy Keepsake Box.

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Happy Birthday to our sweet not-so-little-anymore 4 year old! Lots of love & sugary kisses, Mummy & Daddy Papercraft x

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Product List

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Project Life Christmas – My Way!

I still haven’t managed to start a Project Life album.  The very harsh reality is that I’m not really a journaller or memory keeper.  My girls don’t have baby books with first steps, first words etc., the hairdresser had to ask me if I wanted to keep some hair for Alexa’s first haircut (Maddie hasn’t had one yet!)… you get the picture!

But I love the Project Life cards, so I still buy them.  This Christmas I wanted to use them for capturing stand alone memories.  Using the 6×8″ Pocket Pages, I created a calendar that goes on the fridge.  Because of the pocket style of the page protector, the photos can be interchanged throughout the year.  The Hello December Card Collection made it quick & easy to slot the cards in, add photos & pop in a small calendar.  A small magnet on the back makes it attach to the fridge (or if you work in an old school office, the metal filing cabinet!).

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A present wouldn’t be the perfect Stampin’ Up! present without a matching card – so back to the Project Life cards to whip up a cute Christmas card to go with it.  Maybe one day I’ll have a sentiment pang & get onto full swing Project Life, but until then, I’m loving using the cards in other ways.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Project Life: Hello December Card Collection, 6×8″ Variety Pack Photo Pocket Pages

Punches: Project Life Corner, Modern Label, Word Window

Tools: Big Shot

Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots

DSP: All Is Calm

Specialty Paper: Silver Glitter

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Grey, Old Olive

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Stamp Set: Making Spirits Bright

Embellishments: Old Olive Thick Baker’s Twine

 

 

 

Have an Amazing Birthday Little Bro!

I’m pretty sure my brother doesn’t read my blog (I don’t read his, so we’re even!), but if he does, I’m going to be sprung [on both counts!].  He’s 29 today and this is his birthday card.

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So, little brother, I hope you have an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G birthday!  To celebrate, I’ll let you in on a little Stampin’ Up! secret.  The Amazing Birthday Clear Stamp Set has been incorrectly priced in the Annual Catalogue and SU! have chosen to honour this price rather than issuing a correction.  So, for the during of the AC (until 30th June), you can purchase Amazing Birthday for only $25.95 (plus shipping).  That’s amazing!  Kelly x

Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Banners, Bitty Banners

Punch: Banner

DSP: Kaleidoscope

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate

Stamp Sets: Amazing Birthday, Making Spirits Bright

Adhesive: Stampin’ Dimensionals

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.

My Bokeh Needs More Practice!

I’m slowly working my way through my L-O-N-G list of Pinterest ‘must try’ pins.  This is one of those – I wanted to try the Bokeh technique.

In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light” (trusty Wikipedia).

In stamping, bokeh is a patterned or watercolour type background with white highlights as the focus – attempting to reproduce the dappled light effect of the photographic bokeh.

Now, I’m pretty sure I haven’t nailed it first time around (though I love the final product) and am looking forward to trying again. It was a fun technique with a beautiful finish.

This will be my last post for a short while, while I have a break from stamping, blogging & the computer!  I will return re-energised, with more projects in a couple of weeks.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Chalk Talk, Ovals, Project Life Cards & Labels

Punch: Project Life Corner

Cardstock: Basic Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink: Crushed Curry, Hello Honey, Smoky Slate, Craft White

Embossing: Black Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, VersamarkHeat Tool

Stamp Sets: Chalk Talk, Making Spirits Bright, Express Yourself (retired)

Extras: Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Punch Art Week of Power – Humpty Dumpty

Punch Art has always been a passion of mine.  It came to my attention recently that I haven’t had too many creations that fit into this category lately.  So, I’m making a super effort and for the next week it will be Punch Art Power Week!

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The first project is Humpty Dumpty on his wall.  This card was made for Eric’s 1st birthday to fit with his Humpty theme.  I was so pleased with how he turned out!  Happy Birthday Eric!  Kelly & the little Kents.

Here’s the breakdown:

Egg & Clothes: Ovals Framelits (3rd smallest) – Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler & Island Indigo

Arms & Legs: Hexagon Punch (double cut) – Cherry Cobbler & Island Indigo

Eyebrows: Heart from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (double cut) – Crumb Cake

Eyes: Owl & Cupcake Builder PunchesWhisper White & Basic Black

Mouth: 3/4″ Circle PunchReal Red

Bow: Heart from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack & Owl Builder PunchCrushed Curry

Buttons: Owl Builder PunchBasic Black

Shoes: Word Window Punch (double cut) – Basic Black

Wall: Ticket Duo Builder PunchCajun Craze

Number: #1 from File Tabs EdgelitsBasic Black

Sentiment: Word Window & Modern Label Punches, Making Spirits Bright Stamp SetPacific Point

 

Cookie Monster Madness

Happy Birthday to Xavier who turns 2 today.  Unfortunately we weren’t able to attend his Cookie Monster themed party, so we’re sharing in the fun by making Cookie Monster papercraft.  Xavier’s Mummy is a great friend of mine who is also a card maker, so I needed to dig deep for something amazing.  I’ve gone with a non-traditional folding card and a little keepsake box – all in Cookie Monster theme.

The Curvy Keepsake Box Die is great for any occasion including character / themed boxes like this one.  And there are so many ideas on Pinterest, providing endless inspiration.  If you haven’t already got yours, make sure you add it to your collection now… once the Holiday Catalogue finishes, it may not carry over.

Me wish you Happy Birthday little man!  Nom nom nom!!!  Kelly & the little Kents x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Ovals, Project Life Cards & Labels

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsakes Box, Circle Card

Bigz: Perfect Print Numbers

Punches: 2-1/2″ Circle, 1-3/8″ Circle, 3/4″ Circle, 1/2″ Circle, Scallop Oval, 1-3/4″ Scalloped Circle, Project Life Corner

DSP: Brights Paper Stack

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Basic Black, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise

Ink: Pacific Point, Tuxedo Black Memento

Stamp Sets: Sassy Salutations, Making Spirits Bright

ESAD Blog Hop – 2014 Holiday Catalogue “Making Spirits Bright”

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Another catalogue and another blog hop!  If you’re making your way around, then you’ve just visited Debra and her holiday cheer.  Next you’ll be off to Monique‘s festive fever (see the bottom of my post for a full list of blog hop participants).

For those of you that haven’t joined me on a blog hop before, here’s the info:

  • 19 blogs
  • by demonstrators from the ESAD Facebook group
  • showcasing products from the 2014 Holiday Catalogue

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.


Making Spirits Bright Artwork

I have chosen the “MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT” stamp set as the theme for my blog hop projects.  There’s lots to love about this stamp set, which is hidden towards the back of the Holiday Catalogue (page 48).  6 cute cocktail glass designs and 7 separate sentiments including the ever faithful “Happy Birthday” and very seasonable “Merry Christmas”.  I love the font they’ve used – perfect for anybody.

My first share is a set of wine glass charms using the cocktail stamps, made with shrinkable plastic that becomes smaller & thicker as it melts.  I have designed a set of 6, which would make a fun Christmas gift for a friend who entertains and needs a way for their guest to keep track of their glass.  These little treasures are on little wire rings that open & close, allowing them to be attached to the stem of a glass of wine or champers.

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To make your own set:

  • Using Jet Black Staz On ink (101406), stamp each of the images onto shrinkable plastic sheets.  For this project I just wanted each glass as the image so I used masking tape to block out the parts of the image I didn’t want – inked it up, then removed the masking tape before stamping.
  • Cut out the stamped image using 2″ circle punch (133782) and punch a hole at the top using the 1/8″ handheld circle punch (134365).
  • Shrink the plastic, following the instructions from the manufacturer.
  • Add wire rings and project complete!

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Note: Shrinkable Plastic is not a SU! product (sourced from ebay).  Wire also not SU! (sourced from Spotlight).


A gift like this needs STYLISH WRAPPING and luckily there are lots of great packaging options in the holiday catalogue.  I tied all my rings together with Cherry Cobber 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon (135839) and put them into a cute little box I made with the new Gift Box Punch Board (135863).  This Gift Box Punch Board makes boxes in a range of sizes with no cuts or adhesive required – easy peasy!

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I made a bigger box to house the little box (again using the Gift Box Punch Board).

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I then added embellishments to make my finished box festively fancy – Trim the Tree DSP Stack (135824), 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon (132140), more Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon (135839) – all discretely tacked together using the fabulous new Handheld Stapler (135850) & Mini Staples (135847).

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The tags were made using the new Note Tag Punch (135860) & the complete Christmas Cocktail stamp from Making Spirits Bright Stamp Set (135086{W}; 135089{C}) and the Merry Christmas sentiment from Making Spirits Bright with the Modern Label Punch (119849).  All tied together with Linen Thread (104199).

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my contribution to this ESAD blog hop.  I had lots of fun and loved trying out shrinkable plastic as a new medium for stamping.  Next stop is Monique – enjoy! Kelly x

Please take the time to visit the very talented ladies that have taken the time to create some lovely holiday inspiration:

1.   Keryn Campbell

2.   Narelle Hoggard

3.   Gail Kirby

4.   Libby Dyson

5.   Emily Campbell

6.   Debra Spijers

7.   Kelly Kent – you are here!

8.   Monique Fielder

9.   Andrea Buckland

10.  Debbie Lamb

11.  Sally Williams

12.  Christie Kunkel

13.   Paula Reid

14.   Amity Knight

15.   Ria Kaire

16.   Nerida Carter

17.  Rochelle Blok

18.  Tracy Speight

19.  Rachael Lewsley

 

Get Ready – The Holiday catalogue starts soon!

Now that you’ve had a minute to digest the annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue, get ready for the Holiday Catalogue, which starts on 28th August 2014.  I have a small pile of brand new catalogues – if you’d like one, contact me.  One of the perks of being a SU! demo is new catalogues and products make their way to me before the official release date – yippee!!!

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The Holiday Catalogue, as the name suggests is filled with stamps, papers and other goodies ready for Christmas, Halloween & Thanksgiving crafts.  Quite a few of the sets are versatile across more than just those occasions.  Today’s sneak peak is fabulously versatile, and wonderfully themed (with a great font!) – Making Spirits Bright.  As well as covering the above ‘drink in hand’ celebrations, it also has stamps for ‘love you’, ‘happy birthday’ and ‘happy new year’.  Inspired by the colour combo challenge over at Pals Paper Arts, I have gone with a birthday theme using a few of my new products.  So, forget the cake, it’s time to celebrate [more Stampin’ Up! products!].  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits; Circles Collection, On Film

Punches: 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle

DSP: All Is Calm Specialty *

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Strawberry Slush

Ink: Tuxedo Black Momento

Markers: Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz, Hello Honey

Stamp Set: Making Spirits Bright *

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals

 

* 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 28th August 2014.