Pink & Gold – Turning 18 in Style

This is another custom card requested for a special birthday girl with a name that is both unique in Australia and not spelled traditionally.

As you can see I’m loving adding custom features to my cards that have been cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  Stampin’ Up! and an e-cutter is a perfect partnership.  Especially for that personal touch.

I love the way this card turned out.  Perfect colour palette (guided by the colours of the Gold Soiree DSP).

Happy birthday Finnuala.  Kelly x


What’s going…

Brushed Gold A4 Card Stock

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Card Stock A4 Crisp Cantaloupe

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All products on the retirement list are available while stocks last.

What’s staying…

Big Shot


Glue Dots



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Fonts used: AR Julian & Pacifico


Floating Hearts – JAI259 & FMS182

Friends of mine celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary on the weekend.  This is the card I made for them using the Just Add Ink (sequins!) & Freshly Made Sketches as my inspiration.

Nothing says love like hearts!  How cute are the heart sequins making the hot air balloon string!?!

Did I mention that the retirement list comes out tomorrow!  One thing I know for sure is that all Crisp Cantaloupe items will be on there – cardstock, ink, ribbon, DSP, sequins…  The 2013-2015 In Colors are retiring and making way for 5 NEW colours!


Anyways, see you tomorrow for the full list.  In the meantime, Happy Anniversary to Ciara & Jason!  Kelly x


Product List

Big Shot



The hostess code for April is QRYKATGK.  Shop online using this code and I will send you a free gift!

Spinning Santa


This one has been ‘spinning around’ as an idea in my head for a while now.  I finally got a chance to sit down and give it a go and it turned out – yay!

I wanted Santa (in some form) to be suspended in the middle of the Circle Card and there he is!  3D but not!  He’s quite easy – have a go.  Kelly x


Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlits: Circle Card

Framelits: Baby’s First, Bitty Banners

Punches: 2″ Circle, Label Bracket, Handheld 1/16″ Circle

DSP: Trim the Tree Paper Stack

Specialty Paper: Silver Foil

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Whisper White

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler

Markers: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black

Stamp Sets: Get Your Santa On, Tag Talk

Extras: 1/8″ Mini Brads, Paper Snips

Walk the Birthday Plank – Another Lego Treat Cup Card

Do you remember the pirate ship birthday invites?  Well, to get a card worthy of those invites, I had to go the extra mile for the birthday card!  So, using a similar ship design, I created another treat cup flip/easel card featuring a naughty pirate walking the plank.  The best part – when you ‘flip’ the card, the pirate ‘falls’ off the plank.  I love handmade cards – how could you not? #defnotahallmark.  Kelly x


The 'flip'
The ‘flip’
Side view
Side view
Close Up
Close Up

Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Simply Scored

Thinlits: Circle Card

Framelits: Apothecary Accents, Banners, Bitty Banners

Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots

Punches: 2-1/2″ Circle

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Stamp: Hardwood Background

Extras: Circle Treat Cups, Season of Style Washi (retired), Lego & Bamboo Skewer (not SU!)

Image & Sentiment Computer Generated

Flipping Out for a Lego Treat!

A little while ago I saw a card on Pinterest with a Lego man in a treat cup and instantly put it into the “what an idea!” category.  So, with a perfect little birthday man in mind, I set to work.

To create my version of this fabulous idea, I used the Circle Card die with an extra score line to make it more like an easel, stuck the little Lego policeman into the Treat Cup and decorated using blue & white.  Today, he’ll be on his way to wish Liam’s a very happy 3rd birthday and join his new Lego family.  I hope the toys  are ready for some law & order (if he’s allowed to escape)!  Kelly x


Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Simply Scored

Thinlit: Circle Card

Punches: 1-3/4″ Circle, 2-1/2″ Circle

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Whisper White

Speciality Paper: Silver Foil

DSP: Brights Paper Stack (Pacific Point chevron)

Ink: Night of Navy

Stamp Sets: A Happy Hooray, Hello Love

Extras: Circle Treat Cups, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Snips, Lego (not SU!)

Sneak Peak – with a twist!

Today’s sneak peak is a little bit cheeky.  It’s technically not a new product – but it’s yet to appear in a catalogue!  During 2013, Stampin’ Up! released two Thinlits designs but they never got any catalogue time – until now!   They are labelled with ‘NEW’, which makes this a legit sneak peak blog post.  So, introducing – Circle Card & Label Card!

Each of the thinlits die sets has a main die that cuts out the template for a “flip card” (either a circle or label centre piece) – which is pretty cool.   But I actually think the best part about these thinlits dies is the extras they come with.  The Circle Card has three words (xoxo, thnx, yay), two sentiment pieces and three elements (star, heart, chevron).  The Label Card has two words (iheartyou, hi), one symbol (&), two banners, one sentiment piece and two elements (arrows).

This card was yet another specific request.  A birthday card for a teenage girl who loves soccer.  The Circle Card has a perfect place for a soccer ball in the middle.  So, using the Hexagon Hive Thinlit (carrying over from the Occasions catalogue), I added some Gorgeous Grunge splatter in Island Indigo (I think I chose this colour because I like it mostly and maybe a little as a cross between mud & grass?).  Add in one of those awesome ‘extras’ (Island Indigo star) and my ever faithful Label Love sentiment and this one was on its way to a happy customer.  The use of the thinlit die gives this style of card lots of WOW for very little effort.  And the good news – if you can’t wait until the new catalogue starts, a;; pf the products used in this post are available now in my online store!  Kelly x



Happy Anniversary Mr & Mrs Poss

Today is the first wedding anniversary of my dear friends – Mr & Mrs Stewart.  I have made a card for them, but since they are in the process of moving from up north to out east (via the middle), the first they see of their card will be in this blog post!  So, Cait & Chris, we wish you a wonderful anniversary celebration and many more years of happiness.

The card: Their anniversary card has the same colours as their wedding card (see below for the backstory).  I selected the simplistic design of the Circle Card Thinlits Die.  Inspired by Chlo’s Craft Closet, I’ve been wanting to try the Porthole Flip Card (original instructions here) for a while but needed a suitable occasion.  I am in love with the finished product.  The Champagne Glimmer Paper sets it off perfectly.  Ahhh, love!  It makes for such a perfect greeting card theme.  Happy Anniversary Mr & Mrs “Poss”.  With lots of love, Kelly x




Back in May 2013 … The wedding card was a fancy fold design.  I used the colour palette from their wedding – Wild Wasabi, Peach Parfait & Calypso Coral (since I helped to make some of the wedding reception stationary, I had great inside knowledge), with a punch art Combi on the front (which was the wedding day chariot).  This matched their wedding present, which was a drawing of a customised Combi van by the very talented Suzanne Houghton.  I do love it when things match!  Being able to design your own cards, means that the only limits are the ones you put on yourself.  It’s resulted in so many cards with a beautiful personal touch, and that’s why I love card making – creating something special, custom & personal.



Minion Flip Card

Minions are everywhere!!!  I’m not sure whether it’s the Pharrell William’s “Happy” song, but minions are definitely all the rage at the moment.  There are lots of ways to make minions – circles, ovals, owl punch, card front …  But the one I like the best is inspired by Linda Higgin’s clever use of the Circle Flip Thinlit Die.  I wanted to try it out.  And then I wanted to share it with you so the papercraft world can be filled with minions!!!  Kelly x20140322-213244.jpgSupplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Thinlit Die: Circle Card

Framelits: Circles

Punches: Cupcake Builder, 1 & 3/4″ Circle, 1″ Square, Itty Bitty Shapes – circle, Word Window

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Pacific Point, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Early Espresso



Grandma’s Gift – Thinlits ‘Easel’ Card

If you’ve been following my blog over the last few days, you will have seen Grandma’s birthday present take shape – all Wetlands themed.  All up, her gift consists of a “Tea & Yums“, Handcrafted Card Set & Notecard Set.  The finishing touch is a birthday card (of course!).


I used the Label Card Thinlits Die to create a mock easel card.  But lying it on it’s side, the card stands up in a triangle formation, much like an easel card.  The thinlits die does all the hard work for you, cutting and scoring in all the right places.  I stamped the front side with the Hardwood Background stamp, added the duck from the Wetlands stamp set into the label ‘flip’ section of card and then embellished using stamps from the “You’re Lovely” Sale-A-Bration stamp set and “happy Birthday wishes” from Petite Pairs.


On the reverse side, I cut cardstock to fit the large panel and stamped the wading birds in the corner.  This is where I wrote my birthday message for Grandma.  To finish it off, I added the reeds to the top panel, around the duck.  I think it looks ‘just lovely’ and makes a change from the standard C6 card.  Plus, it’s perfect for Grandma, because I know she’ll display it on her sideboard, so as well as being a birthday card, it’s also a temporary art work (aren’t all handmade cards!).  Happy Birthday Grandma – Love Kelly x