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:


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.


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.


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.


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


Feel Better Kristel! JAI271

One of my SU! team hurt herself on the weekend playing hockey – reinforcing my long-held theory that exercise is actually bad for you!  Much safer to stay indoors and play with paper!!!

She’s now housebound while she recovers, which will give her lots of time to make some cards & 3D paper projects.

The JAI sketch this week is a great starting point – one of the most versatile sketches I’ve ever seen.

This is my card, using some of the new DSP: Color Me Irresistible Specialty with amazing glossy clear embossing & the beautiful pattern from Pretty Petals Paper Stack.


Do you like the ribbon colour?  I coloured it myself using my Mint Macaron reinker & 1/4″ Whisper White Cotton Ribbon.  Using a sponge, I rubbed colour onto the white ribbon until it had the coverage I wanted.  With this technique, you can have any colour ribbon you need for your project!

And while we’re at it – one more tip… If you lay a piece of cardstock over the top of your framelit when you run it through the Big Shot, the framelit leaves an imprint on the cardstock, which you can then cut around with your paper snips & create yourself a mat/border for your framelit shape.  This works for almost all of the SU! framelit shapes.

Hope you feel better soon Kristel & get in some craft time while you’re recovering.  Kelly x

Product List

Glue Dots


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

Occasions & SAB 2015: Oh Baby, Baby, Baby!

The influx of baby cards has arrived a little quicker than I anticipated!  So, here are three baby cards I’ve made this week using a mixture of new & ‘old’ products.  Kelly x


Remember the two-tone stamping from yesterday?  The card was so cute, I made a baby version too!

Supplies of note: Celebrate Today Stamp Set, Balloon Framelits, Big News Stamp Set, Melon Mambo Blendabilities (available in AC or as SAB gift)


Yellow & green is my go-to for gender neutral baby card requests.  The Birthday Bash DSP is great for more than just birthdays!

Supplies of note: Confetti Heart Border Punch, Birthday Bash DSP, Baby’s First Framelits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits


And the last share was a request for a card for a mummy-to-be of twins!  Do you like the embossed background?  I embossed it twice using the Large Polka Dot TIEF which gives a lovely off-set effect.

Supplies of note: Celebrate Today Stamp Set, Balloon Framelits, Something For Baby Stamp Set, Baby’s First Framelits, Best Year Ever DSP (SAB), Large Polka Dot TIEF

*** Don’t forget that it’s Sale-A-Bration until 31st March – earn a free SAB gift for every $90 you spend.  Order online during January 2015 using the hostess code TF7WJGE3 to receive another free gift from me! ***

Old School Teacher Appreciation

It’s that time of the year – Christmas & coming and so is the end of the school year.  Handmade is a great way to say thank you to a teacher who has helped & guided some of our most precious little minds.  We’ve got a long list of ‘thank yous’ to make this year, so this won’t be the first teacher appreciation blog post, but it will be the most retro.  I’m fairly certain you’d be hard pressed to find a blackboard amongst the interactive whiteboards & high tech equipment these days.  But, the symbolism is wonderful!  Kelly x


Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Squares

Punches: Banner, Cupcake Builder

Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Black, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss

Embossing: White Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Tool

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar

Stamp Set: Hardwood Background, Sassy Salutations

Feathers with a Sprinkle of Gold

There’s always choices in life where people fall in one group or the other – rose or lavender … scrunch or fold …  silver or gold …


I have always been a silver kind of girl.  But I’m finding myself LOVING gold of late.  I wanted to make a thank you card that was classic & elegant and without thinking, picked up the gold embossing powder.  I loved it so much, I made another version (still in gold) with ‘Happy Birthday’.


So, I’ve come to realise that maybe I’m both kinds of girl at the moment (don’t tell anyone but I actually quite like rose a-n-d lavender these days!!!).  Where do your allegiances lie?  Kelly x

Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Feathers*, Deco Labels

Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots

Specialty Paper: Brushed Gold

Cardstock: Whisper White

Embossing: Gold Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Tool

Stamp Sets: Four Feathers*, Watercolor Thank You, Sassy Salutations

Embellishment: Gold Baker’s Twine

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals

* Feathers Framelits & Stamp Set available as a bundle – clear / wood.



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






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

Choo Choo – Happy “Thomas” Birthday

I will often match a birthday card with the theme of the party or invite.  Ashton’s 2nd birthday invite had a Thomas the Tank Engine theme, so I wanted to try my version of a Thomas Pop n Cuts card I saw on Pinterest (inspiration provided by Patsy Waggoner – here).  Sadly, Pop n Cuts retired this year, but I’ve held on to mine so I can still make cool 3D cards like this one.

Although the original cards was fabulous, I made a few changes.  Instead of a punch art Thomas, I used a template (found on Pinterest … addict much?), I changed up the colour scheme and added in a banner.  Happy Birthday Ashton!  We hope you had a lovely day!  Kelly x



Supply List;

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Extended Cutting Pads

Die: Pop n Cuts + Label insert (retired)

Framelits: Deco Labels, Bitty Banners

Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots

Punches: Itty Bitty Accents Pack, Cupcake Builder

Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Grey

Ink: Pacific Point, Tuxedo Black Memento

Marker: Project Life Journaling Pens

Stamp Sets: Remembering Your Birthday, Sassy Salutations, Get Your Santa On

Chocolate “Matchbox” – Celebrating 100 posts!

I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who follows my blog, visits for inspiration, or stumbles across me via Pinterest or Google.  This is my 100th blog post!  It’s been a labour of love over the past 6 months.  I have learnt lots (widgets & blog code anyone?!), enjoyed challenging myself and delighted in knowing people are visiting.  I have spent countless hours doing blog type things such as typing, photographing, watermarking, linking to my online store and researching (so many hours on Google & Pinterest!).  I take my hat off to everyone that maintains a regular blog – they are hard work!  But, like everything in life, the rewards for hard work are grand.


My thank you present for all the support from the blog world is a tutorial for a “matchbox” that fits (like a glove) a 220g Cadbury block of chocolate.  Which, makes this project a perfect gift when you need something little but wow! for a friend, colleague, family member.  They say chocolate is the best way to say anything.  Here we go – I hope my written instructions make sense.  I still haven’t been able to bring myself to make a video tutorial.  [Lets put that one on the blog bucket list!].  If you’d like to see a video that shows how to make the matchbox base, I recommend the you tube video for Rachael’s 3D Matchbox Pop-Up card.

Note: Measurements are in inches.



Whisper White 12×12″ cardstock cut down to 10 1/4″ x 10 1/4″

Whisper White A4 cardstock cut down to 8 1/4″ x 9 1/4″

Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock – 3 1/4″ x 8″

Lullaby DSP – 3″ x 7 3/4″ (this will be available in 2014-15 catalogue)

Soft Suede cardstock – 6″ x 3 1/2″

Whisper White cardstock – 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ plus scrap for flowers

Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe & Blushing Bride

Marker: Crisp Cantaloupe

Stamp Sets: Sassy Salutations, Petite Petals

Punch: Petite Petals

Framelits: Apothecary Accents

Adhesive of choice (Tombow, Glue Dots, Sticky Strip)

Paper Snips

Envelope Punch Board, Big Shot

Simply Scored with Diagonal Plate


Instructions for Base:

1. Take 10 1/4″ square cardstock and your Envelope Punch Board (EPB).  Line up your first side at 2 7/8″ – punch & score as far as you can before the board ends.  Slide your cardstock to the left and punch & score again at 4″.  Rotate your cardstock 180 degrees (so you are punching & scoring the opposite side).  Line up at 2 7/8″ – punch & score, slide to the left, punch & score at 4″.

2. Using the diagonal plate, extend the partial score lines you just did in step 1 with the EPB to the edge of the cardstock for all 4 score lines.

3. Go back to your EPB. Select one of the sides without any punch marks.  Line up one of the score lines with the score guide – punch & score.  Repeat for the other three lines (line up with guide, punch, score).

4. The two score lines on each side will have made a little square in the corner – cut down one side of the square to form tabs (see photo below).

5. Fold the inner score line, then the outer score line on each side.  With the flap folded along the outer score line, fold again to create the sides of your matchbox.  The two large triangles will need trimming so they fit into the base.

6.  Place glue dots on each tab and stick the tab to the inside of the short side you’ve just created.  At this point it will start to look like a box.

7. Place adhesive (ie, Tombow) to flaps and stick them to the base of your matchbox.  Your box base is now finished.

Instructions for Matchbox Case:

1. Place your 8 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ cardstock in your Simply Scored with the long edge along the main ruler.  Score at 1/2″, 1 1/4″, 4 7/8″ & 5 5/8″.

2. Fold along your score lines.

3. Place Sticky Strip along the 1/2″ panel at the end and adhere to the opposite edge so that your cardstock forms a casing for your matchbox.

4. Feed your matchbox into the middle of your case.


Instructions for Embellishments:

1. Adhere DSP to Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock allowing an even border.  Adhere this piece to the centre of the matchbox.

2. Create the sentiment panel using the largest die from the Apothecary Accents framelits set to cut and emboss.  Your Big Shot sandwich should be: Magnetic Platform, Cutting Plate, Whisper White cardstock, framelit (flat side on top), Soft Suede Cardstock, Cutting Plate.  This will cut the Whisper White and leave an imprint on the Soft Soft.  Using your Paper Snips, fussy cut around the imprint using the outer edge of the embossed image as a guide.

3. Stamp your Happy Birthday sentiment in Crisp Cantaloupe ink in the middle of the sentiment panel.  Outline with your Crisp Cantaloupe marker (if desired – I like finished look edging with markers gives).  Adhere to the Soft Suede mat you meticulously hand cut.  Adhere this to the middle of the DSP.

4. Stamp & punch 2 Crisp Cantaloupe Petite Petals and 3 Blushing Bride Petite Petals.  Adhere to the edge of the sentiment panel.

And you’re done!  Put a block of chocolate into the matchbox (if there’s any left).  Kelly x


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 1st July 2014.