Stamp Review Crew – Seaside Shore

Hello Monday!  And welcome to a Stamp Review Crew hop featuring the Seaside Shore stamp set.

The Stamp Review Crew are an international group of demonstrators that share projects on the first and third Monday of each month – all inspired by the same stamp set.

I love the range of talent in this group!  If you’ve already been hopping, did you love the wonderful creations by Australian designer Juana Ambida – such creativity!!!

If you’ve just started here, keep hopping for more great ideas.  Next stop is the lovely Linda Callahan in the USA.  Click on the next button at the end of my blog post to be transported across the globe to visit Linda’s blog.


I’m so excited to see the potential of this set unfold during this hop.

I love all the little fish & marine details of this stamp set and wanted to use them in my first card to create an underwater scene.

Going with this idea, I created a z-fold card, with the z-fold piece across the top of the card to mimic a jetty.

The Wood Textures DSP came in very handy for this card!  Each jetty piece is 3/4″ wide.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

The ‘sand’ was made using embossing paste (very roughly applied) and dusted with gold glitter and left left to dry.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

Z-fold cards fold flat and post in a normal size envelope – which I love!!


For my Stamp Review Crew projects, I always like to try to make another project to show the stamp set in a different way.

The book I’m reading at the moment (a birthday present from a wonderful friend) has this saying throughout the book as a central theme.

It’s one I love – and also makes a good theme for a card!

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

I’ve stamped the same fish 6 times – 5 in black, and then the red one as a focus point.

Using masking tape, I altered the sentiment in the stamp set to just read ‘swimming’ and added ‘just keep’ using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

Because the front is fairly simple, I wanted to stamp the middle too.  I love that Stampin’ Up! offers so many opportunities for coordination in their range (on purpose or by happy accident) and thought that the ‘just breathe’ sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set was the perfect addition to this theme.

Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore | kelly kent

As an aside, which black ink is your favourite – Memento or Archival??

I almost always use Archival because I love the rich black colour.  But here’s a tip…

Have you noticed that it’s sometimes difficult to get a good solid image with the archival ink?

If you ink it up well, stamp on scrap and then ink again, the second time you stamp will be a rich & solid image.

I’ve found this tip is especially important when using photopolymer stamps.

Black Archival ink {WILL} stain your photopolymer stamps – but that’s ok!  It’s all part of the fun of being an awesome stamper!!!


I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  Feel free to leave a comment – I read each and every one and love hearing from you!

To see more great ideas, please hop through to Linda Callahan

Hope your week has started fabulously!!!

Waving to you from wintery Australia!!!


Important products for the Jetty Z-Fold Card

Important products for the Just Keep Swimming Card

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Just Add Ink #365 – Sketch

We’re having fun today with a sketch challenge – one of my favourite types!

This little gem was created by Karren.

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I have combined the sketch with some retired Valentines Day products to create a Christmas themed card.

Who said you can’t mix your holidays???

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

Do you love the new Christmas set – Merry Mistletoe?  Reindeers are my favourite Christmas motif (even more so than trees!) and it comes with such lovely sentiments.

It was generously gifted to me by a demonstrator friend – thanks Kathryn, I love it!

The reindeer looks lovely in Real Red ink with clear embossing!

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

Have you done this before?

Simply ink your stamp in Versamark, then in the actual colour (Real Red in this case) and then stamp as usual.  Coat the image in clear embossing powder and heat set.  Using this technique, you can create embossing powder in any colour you own!


I had fun with this direct copy of the sketch layout and decided to create a second version using a z-fold layout.

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

The elements are mostly the same – which is a fun way to create two same-same-but-different cards using the same materials.

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

I loved being able to use my retired Valentine’s Day stash.  Red & white is a perfect Christmas theme.

Things that have disappeared from the catalogue don’t become useless – there’s always a fabulous project around the corner waiting for those long hoarded collected items!

We’d love for you to join us this week and create your own masterpiece based on the sketch.

Pop over to the Just Add Ink blog to see the full range of design team cards and enter your creation.

 

Happy Easter 2017!

I was going to post my 2017 Easter Treats tomorrow… but then I realised if you are a last minute crafter like me, they might be useful today!

But let me start off your day with one of my favourite memes that pops up every Easter…


This year, my Easter cards and gifts were nice & simple – which is often perfect!

But, I did make several of these Z-Fold planter box cards to share with special people.

I really loved the Basket Bunch and Basket Builder Framelit Dies for Easter this year.  They were cute & fun!!!

They are both currently on the retirement list – and at a discount.  It’s a great way to get stamps for next Easter at a great price!

This card is just like a normal Z-fold card but with cardstock stuck between the z-fold and the card base to create a planter box.

I did miss an easy ‘Happy Easter’ sentiment in this bundle, but I made my own using the ‘happy’ stamp from the Tin of Cards and Suite Sentiments stamp sets (both on the retirement list).

How cute is that bunny popping out the side when the card is closed???


The other Easter project I’m sharing with you is quick & simple.

I always have a stash of our 2″ x 8″ cello bags on hand because they make great gifts and you can fill them with lots of things including Easter eggs.

Add a cute bunny and they are ready to give out!

I hope you have a wonderful Easter filled with treats, fun and great company!

 

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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CASEing the Catty #97 Favourite Holiday Bundle

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Guess what folks?  It’s a long weekend here in Western Australia, so tonight is not the last moments of my weekend – woo hoo!!!

And I’ve been able to keep it relatively commitment free, which has meant lots of craft time already and more to come.

Lazy days are few & far between here!


Thanks for joining me for another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  The theme this week is ‘Favourite Holiday Bundle’, so prepare to be inspired to use all those great bundles you’ve bought from the new catalogue.  There’s a great variety with the team all having different favourites.

Images © Stampin' Up!

As always, ‘favourite’ was tricky for me – I love them all.

But at the moment, I’ve been enjoying using (and Pinterest-ing) my Santa’s Sleigh bundle – so I’m calling that the ‘favourite of the moment’!!!

My inspiration for today’s project came from 2 places – the catalogue (of course) but also from a fabulous blog post from Olga Cavanaugh.

Olga shares 4 different ideas for this bundle (most in 2 colour options)!  Make sure you click on her name above to visit her blog and see her great projects!


It was her z-fold card that caught my attention.

This is the catalogue inspiration, which formed the colour palette and some of the design elements.

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I combined it with Olga’s inspiring layout to create…

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Z-Fold cards are so much fun and so easy to make!

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

My card features 6 Kraft reindeers with black hooves (as per the inspiration photo), a gold sleigh, green & gold trees and a Softly Falling embossed background.

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Add some stars for extra bling, bows for the reindeer and glitter snow on the tree and it’s sparkly and bright!

The embellishment fits perfectly on the left panel – I wasn’t sure it would!!!  You can’t always translate 3D projects from the catalogue to cards without making adjustments.

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Z-Fold cards fold up flat, which means they are perfect for posting to your recipient, who can then display them once they arrive.

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

You write your Christmas wishes on the back, which is blank (unless you choose to decorate that too).


To make your own at home:

  • Cut a piece of A4 cardstock in half down the long middle – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″
  • Score at 2-15/16″ and 5-7/8″
  • Fold in half and then fold the section with the 2-15/16″ score line back again so it sits in front (at the left of the card)
  • Cut a strip of cardstock along the long edge 1″ wide (if you want it to line up with any background cardstock or DSP you are using, cut 1/4″ off the length)
  • Fold in half & crease with a bone folder, fold one section in half again
  • Once you’ve added your background DSP/cardstock pieces, adhere the folded strip to the front with the longer piece on top and the smaller pieces folded under the right side.  Make sure to use strong adhesive like Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape.  You only add adhesive to the part of the strip that attaches to the left panel and the back of the small right panel.
  • Add your other embellishments to finish your card

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Thanks for hopping with me.

From here, you can visit Rebecca Scurr (previous blog) and her awesome Holiday project or Julia Quinn (next blog) for her great ideas!

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If you have a favourite Holiday bundle and you’d like to share a project with us, please join our September challenge by following the link up below.

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