Summertime Candy Birthday Bash Showcase!

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Paper and all things papercraft have been a major feature in my life for the past 5 years.  Before that I did an array of crafty things (sewing, knitting, cross-stitch) but nothing made me buzz like paper.  I am grateful on a daily basis to have found a hobby that’s so engaging, gives me such pleasure and has allowed me to be involved with lovely like-minded people.

As well as being a paper & stamp addict, I also have a ‘real’ job as a Speech Pathologist.  I work with young children helping them develop their communication skills.  This is also engaging, gives me pleasure and is a lovely community.  Funnily enough, quite a few of the people I went to uni with have ended up taking crafty pathways also.  One of those is Joni who owns Imahlia Designs – an accessory business based in Karratha, WA.  Her business has been an amazing success and to celebrate her long time love of handmade gorgeousness and the first birthday of her own handmade adventure, she organised an online birthday party!

The theme for the birthday bash was “summertime candy” and she provided some great inspiration pictures to get us all started.  I’ve lost track of how many talented handmaidens contributed to the showcase – there’s so many amazing contributions including dolls, clothes, accessories, party items & room decor.  It started last night with a bang! and continues through until tomorrow afternoon.  You can see the full range of items available here.

My contribution was a Sweet Stack Birthday Party set:

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The main item in the set is the hundreds & thousands shaker invite using Build a Birthday stamp set, Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set & Lots of Labels framelits.  Thanks to Kylie Bertucci for the 100s & 1000s inspiration!

imageThere’s also a Sweet Stack birthday party favour box using the Cutie Pie thinlits, Sweet Stack stamp set & Work of Art stamp set:

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And a marbled thank you card made using the baby wipe technique and Watercolor Thank You stamp set.

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I also decided to ‘sweeten the deal’ and include a set of gold sparkly star cake toppers made using the new Medium Star punch:

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It was such a fun set to make.  Hopefully it sells in the showcase, but I’ll be secretly happy to keep them to use myself if they don’t!  The hundreds & thousands shaker invites are too cute – hours of shake-shake-shake fun!

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Happy 1st Birthday to Imahlia Designs.  Joni’s put together the most incredible showcase and is a delight to work with.  Wishing her & her business every success.  If you see something in the showcase that you’d like to buy, use the codeword ‘sweets’ when you comment sold.  Kelly x

 

Birthday Wishes to the Cheeky Miss Papercraft

It’s another birthday here at mypapercraftjourney HQ!  The littlest Miss Papercraft turns 2 today!  You might have seen her invites earlier in the week {I’m still in love with them!}.

This is her birthday card.  I’ve been meaning to try a rectangle card in a box for a long time and this seemed like the perfect occasion.  I used the instructions from the lovely Di Barnes at colour me happy.

The balloon theme has been perfect for a birthday celebration and great for card inspiration!  The balloon from the Cutie Pie Thinlits Die is so cute!!!

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I knew there was a reason why I hoard so much DSP… there’s always a time when you need something in particular.  For this card it was the colours & balloon design in the recently available Birthday Bash DSP.  I also added in a bit of bling – birthdays always need bling!  Thankfully the Gold Glimmer Paper is still current!

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Just a few presents for the little miss today.  She needed a new backpack for day care and I couldn’t resist the amazing designs at Tiny Me.  The long present at the front is a name puzzle – I think she’s going to hate us one day for giving her such a long name!!!  And the yellow package is all about Minions including a card made by the biggest Miss Papercraft.

Happy birthday to our adorable, cheeky & fun 2 year old!  I’m sure the next year is going to be an interesting one!!!  Love you always & forever, Mummy & Daddy Papercraft.

 

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Mummy Confession – Party Girl Invites

I have a huge Mummy confession.  One that may surprise you…

I have never, in the 5 opportunities I’ve had, made my kids’ birthday party invites!

I’m a huge fan of the beautiful digital designs you can get on etsy – made by very talented graphic designers – which can then be printed en masse (we usually have an ‘invite everyone, one size fits all’ birthday bash).

But for the Littlest Miss Papercraft, who turns 2 this week, we are having a very small birthday event and so I put myself out there and actually hand-made {one-by-one} her invites.

The theme is balloons.  So, I used the super cute balloon from the Cutie Pie Thinlits (told you these were versatile!) and one of my new cattys faves – gold Metallic Thread together with a Silhouette cut sweet little girl.

Before I show you, what is potentially my favourite thing that I have made this year, I have a handy tip to share with you for the metallic thread.  This was shared with me by Courtenay Heuston (fellow SU! demo) who recommended putting a thread net over the twine to keep it from unravelling.  #bestideaever!  Thanks Courtenay!

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Ok, so the invites … Isn’t she cute?

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I love magnets on kids invites – it makes them nice and easy to keep track of.  Which, as you know from the constant stream of kids parties (and blogged birthday cards) we attended earlier this year, is often important around here.

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Now to come up with the rest of the party details and a birthday card to match of course!  I feel like the plumber with the leaky taps!  Kelly x

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ESAD 2015 Annual Catalogue Blog Hop – Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies

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Hello!  Thanks for joining me for another ESAD Blog Hop.  This one is celebrating all things “new catalogue”.  As always, SU! have delivered and the 2015-16 is filled cover-to-cover with beautiful things that will keep your crafty soul singing!

There are 20 fabulously talently ladies on the hop today.  If you’re on your way around, then you’ve just come from Richelle’s blog – isn’t she wonderful?!?

Starting here?   Then keep going until you get back.  And if you have time, leave the bloggers a comment – we love hearing from you!

I changed my mind a couple of times for today’s blog topic, before finally settling on the Cutie Pie Thinlits die.

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This “cute” little set goes with the Sweet Stack Project Kit, so that you can make replacement cake slices when you’ve used the ones included in the kit.

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And, it also has a matching stamp set!

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Some ideas for using the die set to make cake wedges (courtesy of the Stampin’ Up! creative team):

It looks great as a cake.  As a thinlits set, it ticks lots of boxes for me! Cute cake, matching stamp set, refills for the project kit…

But, the best news of all (I think) is you can use it to make so much more than just cake slices.  There are some great ideas floating around on Pinterest including a watermelon slice, swiss cheese & cherry pie.

To add to the mix, here are some ideas for creations with the Cutie Pie Thinlits die that would make great kids birthday presents or party favours:

Police in Action Cutie Pie Thinlits Brick Wall Embossing Folder Tip Top Taupe cardstock
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Cutie Pie Thinlits
Brick Wall Embossing Folder
Tip Top Taupe cardstock
Buzzy Beehive Cutie Pie Thinlits English Garden DSP
Buzzy Beehive
Cutie Pie Thinlits (including scallop shape)
English Garden DSP
Delightful Dijon cardstock
Fairy House  Cutie Pie Thinlits (including flower & candle)
Fairy House
Cutie Pie Thinlits (including triangle, flower & candle shapes)
Dinosaur Cave Cutie Pie Thinlits (including triangle shape) No Bones About It Stamp Set
Dinosaur Cave
Cutie Pie Thinlits (including triangle shape)
No Bones About It Stamp Set

The finished box/wedge is a great size inside – which gives you room to include something to play with (Lego, insects, fairy dust, dinosaurs…) or something sweet (cake, lollies, chocolates).  It’s roomier (and taller) than the Curvy Keepsake box, so you are not as limited by what fits inside.

One last note on the Cutie Pie Thinlits dies: there was an error with the instructions they included that gives an incorrect picture for assembling the main box.  If you have a set, check that you’ve got the new instructions (download here).


 

Next “stomp” on the hop is over to the lovely & creative Andrea Buckland.  Thanks for joining us!  Remember, if you have time, we all {LOVE} comments!  Kelly x

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If you haven’t seen an ESAD blog hop before and you’re wondering where we all hail from, here’s some more info [click to enlarge]:

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Here’s a full list of the participants.  If you get lost along the way, come back here and click on the links to each blog.

1. Rachael Lewsley – http://www.mystampinhaven.com.au/

2. Libby Dyson – http://libbystampz.com/

3. Keryn Campbell – http://kerynscards.com/

4. Rochelle Blok – http://rochelleblok.blogspot.com.au/

5. Liv Ingle – http://www.inkreations.com.au/

6. Lou Kitzelman – http://withabowontopbylou.blogspot.com.au/

7. Jackie Noble – http://www.creativejax.co.nz/

8. Monique Fielder – http://stamping-with-moni-q.blogspot.com.au/

9. Ria Kaire – http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/qraftyqueen

10. Courtenay Heuston – http://bagsthatone.blogspot.com/

11. Richelle Fletcher – http://www.stampingwithrichelle.blogspot.com.au/

12. Kelly Kent – https://mypapercraftjourney.com/

      YOU ARE HERE!!!

13. Andrea Buckland – http://creatingcardswithandrea.blogspot.com.au/

14. Narelle Fasulo – http://www.simplystampingwithnarelle.com/

15. Leonie Schroder – http://www.stamp-a-latte.com/

16. Pauline Bennetts – http://www.paulinebennetts.com/stampede/

17. Kathryn Ruddick – http://www.katlodesigns.com/

18. Barbara Williams – https://stampingbarb.wordpress.com/

19. Cherie Davies – http://cheriedavies.blogspot.com.au/

20. Chloe Evans – http://chloscraftcloset.blogspot.com.au/