This is how I Stamp-A-Stack – Christmas 2016

On Saturday, I hosted 8 lovely ladies for a Christmas Stamp-A-Stack.

What is a Stamp-A-Stack?  Typically, it’s a chance to make cards in bulk.  The card designs are a little simpler, but you walk away with more.

For this reason, they are perfect for Christmas where people often send cards in larger numbers.


When planning my S-A-S, I decided we were going to make 12 cards – 4 each of 3 designs.

The ad went out, and not only did I fill the class I’d advertised, but I filled another one as well!!!

Now, despite knowing that the cards needed to be stripped back a little so we could get through them in the class time, I’m not so good at simple and just love to spoil my class participants with interesting cards.

So, even though I promised 4 cards of 3 designs, I actually ended up making 2 variations of each design so we actually had 2 each of 6 designs in the end.

So, here’s what I ended up thinking of as my the deluxe S-A-S of 2016!!!

Card 1 – a variation of my shrink reindeer CTC swap from OnStage

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Card 2 – a silver & purple variation of the card above!

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Card 3 – peekaboo tree card using Build A Birthday

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Card 4 – peekaboo tree card using Warmth & Cheer washi tape

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Card 5 – stitched card using Letters for You stamps

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Card 6 – stitched card using Merry Tags bauble & Large Letters

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The ladies loved the cards and were just fantastic at getting through all my ‘deluxe’ designs within the class time!

I helped them a little by doing some of the elements before the class (like the cute little reindeers) so there wasn’t too much wait time.

Do you have a favourite from the stack of cards?  I think mine is one of the stitched letter cards – maybe the JOY?!

I know they’ll all come in handy when it’s time to start sending cards.  How’s your stash looking?

If you need more supplies, don’t forget my November promotion.  All online orders using the host code TGEH7KV6 during November will go in the draw for $100 of Stampin’ Up! products.

Happy shopping!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

All that Dazzle – Christmas glitter & storage download

I feel like I’ve crossed over to the sparkly side and now there’s no return.  I’ve been finding myself progressively adding more and more glitter, glimmer & sparkle to my projects.  A bit of dazzling details here, some glimmer paper there and don’t even get me started on the metallic finish in the Winter Wonderland paper!

So, with an increase in the glitter products in my stash, I needed a storage option for all my Dazzling Detail bottles (now that I have the whole set … how did that happen?).  They are the same size as the reinkers, so the half size wide cases are perfect match again!!!

Dazzling Details Storage Solution - free printable insert for a half size wide case. All 4 colours fit perfectly. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftourney.com.

Download the printable insert for Dazzling Details here (correct size for printing = 16.1cm x 8.3cm).

And whilst we are talking about glittery projects, we made this card during Tuesday’s class, with a few sparkly finishing touches…
Lighthearted Leaves - Dazzling Christmas Trees. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Lighthearted Leaves stamp set is firm favourite of mine.  It makes for great Christmas trees, made extra special with a few drops of Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.

I don’t love all the cards I make (most I do, but not all).  This card went off the ‘love scale’ – I love everything about it.  And I think it was the touch of glitter that clinched it.  Let the sparkle affair continue … Kelly x

Product List

Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker

Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker
[119680]
$5.95

My Holiday Catalogue Favourite – that’s going to be a year round winner!

The Holiday Catalogue is always a tricky one for me – so many gorgeous products with very definite themes… Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween.  Now, being “down south” I don’t need to make cards for Thanksgiving or Halloween, so that takes a few off the list.

Christmas is definitely on the agenda… but how many Christmas sets does a girl need?  I’d love to have them all but had to settle for a few stand outs.

And then the rest of the holiday additions are products I like to think of as versatile.  Stamp sets and tools that can be used long after tinsel has fallen down and Christmas presents are all unwrapped.

For me, the Hearth & Home Thinlits are on the year round list.

Beautiful for Christmas…

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Fabulous for thanks …

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And perfect for birthdays…

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The thank you card features a bigger than normal window. Thanks to Angela Lorenz who shared her tip on using the die to make a double window.  Using the same theory, I’ve used it to make a ‘bay window’ with 6 window panes.  This die is versatile in more ways than one!

It seems my interest in cards with a window frame was a little ahead of the trend (see my Cameo cut window frame card here) – very unlike me!!!  Now that I have such a cute die, I can’t wait to try out more ideas – Christmas and not!  Kelly x

Product List – Christmas Window Card

 

Product List – Thankful for You Window Card

Product List – Birthday Wishes Window Card

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