Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card

Z-fold cards are all the rage at the moment – and it’s no wonder!

They are easy to make, great for creating ‘scenes’ and pack a real ‘wow’ for the recipient.


This birthday card was made for a special little man – who turns 3 today!

Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I wanted to up the ante on the z-fold card and create a z-fold {WITH} a slider component.

Mr Xavier’s present included John Deere branded gardening toys, so a card to match, with a yellow & green garden theme was the obvious choice!

Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The tractor is a Cameo Cut.  If you don’t have an e-cutter, you can find tutorials on Pinterest or Google for punch art tractors.

I wanted it to be one smooth piece for the best sliding effect, so the cameo version worked well for me.

Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The sliding track was made using the new Classic Label punch – which was easy to line up along a pencil line with the pointed ends.  I punched it out several times along the front panel until I had a runner track.

I then snipped a bit further in each side and finished the track as a rectangle (you could leave it with pointed ends!).

To attach the track to the card, I put foam adhesive strips at the top, bottom and outside edge of the strip – just where the stationary section attaches to the card.

Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

There are 2 coins under each wheel (held together with a dimensional and adhered to the back of the wheels) – which holds it steady and means it slides along the track rather than gravity trying to spin it.

The tractor is able to run the full length of the track and can be stored at either end while still being able to fold the card – for putting into an envelope or storing.

Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


This card was such fun to make!  My brain is now “spinning” with other ideas for what I might slide across the front of a z-fold card!

Happy Birthday Xavier.  I hoe you enjoy your card – if your Mummy lets you touch it.  Although I tried to reinforce the track with lots of foam adhesive strip, I doubt any of my paper creations would withstand the cyclone force of a 3 year old boy!!!

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Last Chance – Thoughtful Branches

In August, Stampin’ Up! brought out a limited edition stamp & die bundle called Thoughtful Branches.

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Well, it’s limited run is almost at an end.  We’ve just been informed that the warehouse is down to it’s final stock and this bundle will soon be unavailable.

For ideas on great cards using this set, have a look at my Pinterest Board.

It’s such a lovely & versatile set.

This is a card I made using So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray & Whisper White.

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If you’d like to add one of the very last bundles to your collection, you can shop via my online store – or send me an email and I’ll arrange for it to be sent directly to you!

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Thoughtful Branches Posy

I’ve seen so many amazing creations on Pinterest using the Thoughtful Branches stamp set & Beautiful Branches Thinlits!!!

Check out my Pinterest Board here.

There’s less than 2 weeks left to order this gorgeous set.  It’s exclusive & limited edition, so after 31st August 2016 it will no longer be available.


I haven’t had nearly as much chance to play with this bundle as I would like!!!  So, when I needed to make a swap for our team meeting this week, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.

My previous cards used the whole tree, the leaf and the bird stamps, so this time around it was a posy created with snippets of the leaves.  The versatility of this set is incredible!!!

Thoughtful Branches Posy. Team Swap Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The flowers at the top/back are stamped in Rich Razzleberry.

The multi-coloured effect of the flowers at the bottom/front flowers are created using the ‘thumping’ technique.

I inked up the stamp in Blushing Bride, then ‘thumped’ it with the thick end of my Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Markers.  This adds colour & depth to the stamped image.  Then, stamp as normal.

I then cut out the segments of the leaves to create flowers and layered them on top of three Crumb Cake leaf segments from the Everyday Jars Framelits.

I’ve added some 2 circles (1-1/2″ & 1-3/4″) in vellum & Sweet Sugarplum as centrepiece.

Thoughtful Branches Posy. Team Swap Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Like the twine?  Although similar it’s actually not my usual go-to Linen Thread.  This is actually the new 5/8″ burlap ribbon pulled apart to individual strands.  It’s a bit more rustic than the linen thread which makes it perfect for this project!

The card is finished on a Whisper White Thick background (C6 size) with a strip of Blooms & Bliss DSP and silver glimmer paper.

I still can’t get enough of Sweet Sugarplum (as you can see!) and I’ve never used so much Rich Razzleberry.  Funny how new colours can completely change your perspective on the old!

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PS, Don’t forget that anyone who purchases the Thoughtful Branches bundle from me during August will receive 2 free card kits with complete instructions.  Australian customers only!

Shopping online?  The host code for August is: XABCFUZF

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Thoughtful Branches – available now!

Have you been gazing adoringly at the sneak peaks of the Thoughtful Branches bundle as it floated around cyber-space during July?

Check out these blog hops for endless inspiration…


Amazing news – it’s now available for you to purchase.  This exclusive, limited-time bundle is in my online store during August 2016.

The bundle includes the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and Beautiful Branches Thinlits.

They really are beautiful – with a fabulous amount of variety from one bundle.

Thoughtful Banners stamp set - available August 2016.  Purchase via my online store (Australia only) to receive 2 free card kits.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I’m offering a bonus with this bundle for my customers!!!

Purchase the Thoughtful Branches bundle via my online store using the host code: XABCFUZF and I’ll send you 2 card kits to match your bundle.  Unfortunately, I am only able to offer this extra to customers in Australia.

All cardstock, DSP and twine included with full instructions – just add ink, adhesives and your new bundle!

Thoughtful Banners stamp set - available August 2016.  Purchase the bundle  via my online store (Australia only) to receive 2 free card kits.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Exclusive, limited-edition bundle - Thoughtful Branches.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Exclusive, limited-edition bundle - Thoughtful Branches.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It’s too beautiful not to add this to your collection!  If I can help you to make this happen – please let me know!

Local customers – I’ll be placing an order tonight at 8pm (WA time).  Please email or phone me if I can add the Thoughtful Branches bundle (or something else) for you.

Not local?  Order online using the hostess code – XABCFUZF.

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Stamp Review Crew – Thoughtful Branches

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Welcome to a {BONUS} Stamp Review Crew hop!

Every one is so excited about the limited edition Thoughtful Branches bundle, that we added in a hop just to share it with you!

Thoughtful Branches will be available throughout August (or until stocks last).  It comes with gorgeous coordinating framelits.  You can buy the stamp, the framelits or the whole bundle!

 

How amazing has the hop been so far???  I just loved Holly’s projects – she’s so talented!

Next stop is Debra Burgin – make sure to click on the ‘next’ button at the bottom of this post to see the beauty she’s created.

Have you got the cuppa & biscuit (cookie for all of you in the US!) ready for all the inspiration waiting for you as you continue the hop??

I know you’re going to love what you see and find it hard to resist this bundle!!!

If you’ve got it on your wishlist, I’d recommend contacting your demonstrator sooner, rather than later!  It’s a limited edition and may sell out!


There’s so many possibilities for the Thoughtful Branches stamp set, it was actually tricky to decide what type of card to make. And which of the stamps to focus on.

My favourites are actually the sentiments – I love that font!!!

But since I showed them off last week, I’ve gone with the large tree, leaf and bird to make this Freestanding Pop Up Card.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

My attention was drawn to this style of card a couple of weeks ago when my friend Lou Kitzleman made a couple of different variations.  I ‘bookmarked’ it for the perfect occasion – which is this!

Thanks to Lou for her inspiration & wonderful tutorial – find it here on her blog.


Here’s the card in more detail.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The card stands up via the fold at the bottom and you pull up the feature through the slit in the middle.   In my card, the feature is the tree, but it can also be a tag or jar or anything in a rectangular-esque shape).

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

One of the clever elements of the card is that it folds flat for posting (isn’t that the best kind of card???).

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Because of the custom size, it was a great chance to make a matching envelope using my Envelope Punch Board (finished size 4″ x 4-1/2″), which I lined with the pretty flowers from the Subtles DSP Stack.

The tree leaves/flowers were stamped multiple times on watercolour paper to give it that mottled ‘natural’ effect.  The first layer was Blushing Bride, then Flirty Flamingo (stamped off to reduce the colour intensity), then Crumb Cake, then Blushing Bride again.  And then I washed over the whole image with my Aqua Painter and Blushing Bride ink.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The leaves were stamped in a similar way to create a depth of colour.  Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive (stamped off), Crumb Cake & Pear Pizzazz.  Then a wash with Pear Pizzazz.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Free Standing Pop Up Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


This card style really is perfect for the tree to give it the full 3D effect!  And it really wasn’t too difficult to make – with Lou’s great instructions!

Next up on the hop is Deb – prepare to fall in love with this bundle just a little more with each blog!!!

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Thanks for visiting & be sure to leave us some comments if you love what you see!!!  We sure love hearing from you!

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Thoughtful Teacher Thanks – GDP#045

Did you see my DIY Blackboard Letters yesterday???

Well, while a girl has blackboard paint out – she’s gonna play!  I couldn’t resist painting a piece of thick Whipser White cardstock just to see how it would come up.

And it was beautiful!  And perfect for the colour challenge this week at Global Design Project #045.


I’m getting organised early this year and have started an assortment of cards for things that fall in the second half of the year including thank you cards for teachers.

These little gems have an actual blackboard background so that parents or students can write on the black space using chalk.

Chalkboard Thank You Teacher Cards.  Thoughtful Branches & Large Letters.  GDP#045.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Perfect for personalising the card!

Chalkboard Thank You Teacher Cards. Thoughtful Branches & Large Letters. GDP#045. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Did you spy the new sentiments?  They are from the gorgeous Thoughtful Branches bundle which is an August exclusive available from 2nd August 2016.

And perfect for a range of occasions – including thank you & appreciation, as used in these cards.  Oh my – that delicious font!!!

Chalkboard Thank You Teacher Cards. Thoughtful Branches & Large Letters. GDP#045. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’ll be sharing more samples from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set next week including a special Stamp Review Crew hop on Monday.  You’ll want to check in and see just how lovely it is – it’ll be hard to resist adding this bundle to your collection.

See you then!

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