Squeezing in a Challenge – Out with the old …

Well, it’s official… the 2014 catalogue has been retired!  It’s been a busy week of sharing all the new catalogue buzz.  I’m sneaking in a second post today to show you my challenge projects (nothing like leaving it until the last minute!).

Just Add Ink #264 has this sketch challenge:

Which inspired me to open up my Bohemian DSP and hostess only stamp set “Happy Birthady Everyone” and make this:

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And then over at ESAD Designs, Keryn Campbell challenged us to take a project we made using 2014 products and remake it with a 2015 spin.  So I made this:

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Thankfully, the Curvy Keepsake Box die is in the new catalogue {phew!}.  But the DSP and punch I used in my original ‘curvy tea & chocolates‘ set have both retired.  So, this is the 2015 version with a Bohemian colour palette and featuring new stamps.

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This will make a great set for a friend who is having a birthday this week (which makes me happy to be able to say I didn’t leave everything until the last minute!).

I’m so excited that I’ll have more “2015” products joining me soon! It seems a few of you will also be having SU! boxes heading your way – thanks to everyone who placed an order today.

Looking forward to sharing my new pretties at the launch.  Kelly x

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Want to shop online? The hostess code for June is AUKZ7D6X.

Shaun the Sheep – Stampin’ Shenanigans!

When I was first coming up with convention samples, Shaun the Sheep had just hit the movies.

How could I resist making into a punch art creation, complete with a curvy keepsake box?

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How did I make him?  Why, with the tree builder punch of course!  I told you there was lots of potential in this punch!

Kelly x

Make your own Shaun:

  • Hair: scallop circle from the tree builder punch
  • Ears: flower from flower fair framelits
  • Face: 1-1/4″ circle with sides cut off
  • Eyes: middle size circle from owl builder punch & circle from cupcake builder punch
  • Body: tree top from tree builder punch
  • Legs: tree trunk from tree builder punch

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Sneak Peak product list:

  • Tree Builder Punch
  • Cherry on Top DSP paper stack
  • Cucumber Crush cardstock
  • Boho Chic embossing folder

 

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

Canaries, Soccer Fanatics & 2nd Birthdays

Today is Chloe’s 2nd birthday party.  Without a specific theme for the occasion, I’ve had to dig deep for birthday card inspiration.  Her parents are fanatical fans of the Norwich Football club (soccer for all my Aussie friends – though the yellow & green colours make it more Aussie than not!).  Their mascot is a yellow canary – which is a lovely feature for a kids birthday card.

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And I couldn’t resist a soccer themed Curvy Keepsake Box.

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Happy 2nd birthday to Chloe!  Kelly & the little canaries x

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The Cutest Easter Curvy Keepsake Boxes

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I love Easter because Easter chocolate is my all-time favourite chocolate.  Specifically the Cadbury eggs that come in a crate or milk carton.  So … if you have extra and need a home for them, you know where to find me.  Hubby is a Lindt fan, so I might consider making him one of these gorgeous Easter Curvy Keepsake Boxes I CASEd from Alexandra Bleicher.  So cute!

Thanks to Alex for the inspiration.  Kelly x

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Big Shot

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Super-Cameo = Super-cards

You might recall the birthday card I was asked to make for Super-Charlie’s 4th birthday last weekend.  Well, this is the birthday set he received from us, with the help of my super-Cameo.  I love my punch art, but it is sometimes hard to achieve a specific look – especially for intricate designs.  This was such a breeze thanks to a few downloads – a superhero, cityscapes, shields & splashes.  The card matches Charlie’s invite for that “super” personal touch.  Ka-pow! Kelly and the super-kids x

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The Cameo cuts were created to be “super” using the following Stampin’ Up! products:

 

*** 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 March 2015 using the code VN7MZ4ET to receive another free gift from me! ***

It’s a Hootastic First Birthday!

It’s the weekend again (thank goodness!) which on our social calendar means another birthday party!  Today we are helping Mason to celebrate his first birthday with a Giggle & Hoot themed party.  For all my American friends – Giggle & Hoot is popular kids TV show here in Australia about Jimmy Giggle (the host) and his best friend Hoot the Owl.

This is Hoot:

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Hoot Punch Art Breakdown:

  • Head: 3-3/16″ circle framelit with bottom snipped off
  • Eyes: 1-1/2″ circle framelit, 3/4″ circle punch, middle size & smallest size circle from owl builder punch, large petal (double cut with 1-3/4″ circle punch on the skinny end) from flower fair framelits
  • Beak: triangle punch (bottom 2 pieces snipped down to size, top piece double cut with 3/4″ circle punch)
  • Body: 2-5/8″ oval framelit with top snipped off
  • Wings: scalloped petal from flower fair framelits with sides cut off to match shape seen in picture
  • Feet: skinny flower from flower fair framelits with bottom 2 petals cut off, attached to the rectangle piece from the bow builder punch
  • Heart: Itty Bitty Accents

And Hoot as a Curvy Keepsake Box:

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Hoot Curvy Keepsake Box Breakdown:

Eyes: 1″ circle punch/framelit, largest circle from owl builder punch, circle from cupcake builder punch

Beak/Heart: heart from itty bitty accents punch

Wings: scalloped leaf from flower fair framelits cut to size

Feet: skinny flower from flower fair framelits


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Happy Birthday to Mason!  We hope your day is ‘hootastic’. Kelly & the mini Hoots! x

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*** 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 March 2015 using the code VN7MZ4ET to receive another free gift from me! ***

The Octonauts visit in GUP-A (plus a GUP-A Curvy Keepsake Box)

Another weekend, and another birthday party!  Kirill is celebrating turning 4 today with an Octonauts themed party.  I have previously made a card featuring Octonauts punch art. During the Octonauts re-creation, I realised they weren’t as involved as they seemed at the time, so I have updated the original post to include instructions.

This time around, I have taken the Octonauts theme one step further and added Captain Barnacle’s underwater vehicle – GUP-A.  This post is full of photos, which I hope will help you to make your own Octonauts & GUP-A. Note: this card is 6″ square.

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And if you look closely, you can see GUP-A has a 3D light!

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And once again, it’s a birthday Curvy Keepsake Box.  GUP-A in total 3D!

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And the back of GUP-A…

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Happy Birthday to Kirill!  We hope he has a great day and enjoys his adventures with his Octo-friends.  Kelly & the little Octo-fans x

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As well as the original punch art items (see the list here), these projects features the following supplies:

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*** 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 February 2015 using the code 3WK4SDJB to receive another free gift from me! ***

ESAD Occasions & SAB 2015 Blog Hop – Getting into Guy Greetings!

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Welcome to another ESAD blog hop – a round trip through lots of inspiration for products from the 2015 Occasions catalogue & 2015 Sale-A-Bration range.  You might be starting here, finishing here or just stopping by on your way around.  If you’re on your way, then you’ve just seen Amity’s Project Life creations.  Next stop on the journey is Norelle’s blog.  A full list of participants is at the bottom of this post.

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.

Welcome to my projects.  After buying what seems like most of the products (shhhh!) from the new Occasions catalogue (who can choose a favourite when the offerings are that good???) and earning quite a few SAB gifts, I had quite a selection of products from which to choose for my blog hop focus.

After some umm-ing & ahhhh-ing, I have ended up deciding to showcase the very interesting stamp set “Guy Greetings” (138825/138828/137178) – mainly as a bit of a push to ink it up and hopefully fall in love with it.

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You see, since it arrived, I’ve been struggling to get excited about it!  [And based on the offerings of Pinterest, I might not be the only one].  In theory, it’s a great set – masculine theme, great font and lots of potential… but something about it has been blocking my creative flow.

Well, not anymore for this old-fashioned engine with determination!

Armed with a theme of Night of Navy, Cajun Craze & my favourite neutrals, here’s what I came up with:


“You’re My Anchor”

Guy Greetings paired with Birthday Bash DSP (137783), Starbust Framelits (132967) and Painted Blooms Cotton Twine (137873).

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Do you like the boating knot? Learn how to tie your own by following this tutorial.


“Hardwood Classic”

Guy Greetings coupled with Hardwood Background Stamp (133032) and On Film Framelits (132969).

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The Hardwood stamp would have to be one of my all-time favourite SU! stamps.  It goes with so many themes.


“Mechanical Bro”

Guy Greetings featuring a punch art coverall made using Square Framelits (130921) & Triangle Punch (133375).

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I do love my punch art!  This design would also work for hi-vis (which gives me an idea for the future!) or a crisp white shirt, making it perfect for a range of men.  As well as “brother”, Guy Greetings comes with father, Grandpa, Dad, husband & uncle – fully customisable for the men in your life.


And one final share, to go with my mechanic punch art card.

“Tool Bag Curvy Keepsake Box” (135853).

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Did you know that quite a few of the popular products from the 2014 Holiday Catlaogue are back as ‘returning favourites’, which is fabulous because the Curvy Keepsake Box has definitely been a favourite of mine![You can see them on page 49 of the Occasions 2015 catalogue].

So far all of my Curvy Keepsake Box creations have been ‘lovely for the ladies’ or ‘cool for kids’, so I wanted to create one that was ‘great for guys’.  Think Dad’s Tool Bag could be a winner – especially if it was filled with his favourite chocolates.


Thanks for joining me while I made friends with my Guy Greetings Stamp Set.  It’s definitely grown on me and I’m excited to make more ‘manly’ cards throughout the year.

Next stop on the blog hop is Norelle.  Please leave a comment or two as you hop around – we love hearing from you!  Kelly x

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LIST OF BLOG HOP PARTICIPANTS:

1. Libby Dyson

2. Narelle Hoggard

3. Leonie Schroder

4. Jenny Hayward

5. Tamsin Adams

6. Helen Williams

7. Pauline Bennetts

8. Monique Fielder

9. Nicole Wilson

10. Keryn Campbell

11. Clare Mcilhatton

12. Ria Kaire

13. Kathryn Ruddick

14. Sally Williams

15. Tricia Raineri

16. Nerida Carter

17. Mel Pagano

18. Rachael Lewsley

19. Amity Knight 

20. Kelly Kent – you are here!

21. Norelle Targato

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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Big Shot

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