Punch Art

Swirly Bird Card Making Ideas

Just a really quick post today, to share a rebuild of an old favourite!

When the latest Stampin' Up! annual catalogue came out in June, I think just about every demonstrator pre-ordered Swirly Bird Stamp Set and Thinlets.

I've seen a few variations of this card now, and this is the 4th or 5th one I have made, but it never ceases to be a fun card to make, and to get a great reaction from the recipient.

Welcome Swirly Bird Minnie!

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Featuring Flirty Flamingo Designer Series Paper and Ruched Ribbon, Petite Pansy Punch and Bow Builder Punch, this is a fun card to make, and easy to do with the 8-12 year old girls who would probably most love it!

Give it a try today!

Buy Swirly Bird Online Here.

Punch Art Kiwis for my New Zealand family

So, I DID promise to tell you a bit about where on earth I have been since late March, and why I haven't been on here telling you all about the end of Sale-a-bration, and the end of the Weekly Deals as we know it, and the Retiring Products and end of our 2016 catalogue.

Well, in the lead up to my husband's first full Ironman event, we decided to take a long weekend and head across the ditch to catch up with some family. Since his dad passed, we have felt it more and more important to stay in touch with the New Zealand side of his family and re-connect with his roots.

And the Kiwi's are SO hospitable!

It was very much a flying visit, but I think we caught up with about 30 relatives in under four days!

And we managed to fit in some recreation and inspiration at the same time.

We went with his gorgeous cousin and dear aunt to a garden centre for lunch - and I have to say, I was REALLY, REALLY taken with this beautiful wall art!

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How stunning is that? And SO many Stampin' Up! colours in there! I can't wait to make something inspired by it!

After our lunch, we had a wander through the garden centre shop and OMG! Look what the heck I found!

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Now, for some reason I seem to have collected a few of those exciting new adult colouring in books, but I've never coloured in any of them, however, this got me really excited! Ha ha! Have you done any colouring yet?

We managed to find a time slot to have a swim in the stunning new Millenium Swimming Pool, which was quite a miracle since every amazing swimmer in New Zealand was there trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics. We also got to see Tony's young cousin play a couple of awe-inspiring water polo matches in the same pool on the Saturday.

We wanted to fit in a long run (for the Ironman training) while we were away, so we headed north to the Orewa Lagoon and did a lap of the lagoon and half a dozen laps of the gorgeous beach, clocking up 23kms in the stunning conditions. If you're ever in the area, the beach is lovely and a walk around the lagoon would be a beautiful way to pass a couple of hours!

When we arrived back in Melbourne, I really wanted to make a thank you card for each of the households who hosted us or went out of their way to catch up with us over that weekend. I had a bit of a search on Pinterest and found some punch art Kiwi cards, which I thought were very cute, so I decided to create a handful of similar ones.

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To start with, that's a lot of circle punches, and lots of "eyes" from the Owl Builder Punch.

There's also a little bit of guess work in cutting the beaks from Word Window Punch shapes.

I used the "A World Of Thanks" stamp for the background and the grass image from "Wetlands" stamp set.

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Each card was just ever so slightly different, depending on the placement of the eyes and beaks of the kiwis. So much fun and I love how they came up!

I got some lovely response from over the ditch too, so how nice is that - to have ones creations appreciated!

I felt we were no sooner back from Auckland than I headed to Sydney for a long weekend for the Stampin' Up! On Stage event where we had our Product Premiere and new Catalogue Launch. I'll be back to share some of that excitement with you in a day or so!


Stampin' Up! Punch Art Bird Cards

A Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop with ESAD

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Today I am celebrating the Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalogue with some of my ESAD friends and we welcome you whether you are starting here at my blog, or have come to me by following the blog hop links, with the last stop being Rochelle Blok.

If you started right at the start of the blog hop, you are about half way thru already. If you'd like to join in and see what other demonstrators have created, there is a next button at the bottom of each post to take you to the next lot of creative projects.

You've probably seen a LOT of Christmas projects by now, so I thought I would do something different today.

About a month before a new catalogue comes out, demonstrators are able to purchase items from it on pre-order so we can make samples etc to show you prior to the catalogue going live for customers. One of the things that many teams do is product shares, so that we can get lots of samples of things like the new papers/ribbons/embellishments without having to win tattslotto to pay for it.

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I love participating in these product shares as it's a great way to get just enough of all the papers and ribbons to have a bit of a play with them and see which ones you just need to have full packs of. However, this year we had a funny bit of a conversation about what on earth are we going to do with that really ugly Into The Woods Designer Series Paper, apart from file it in the round filing basket.

Because I can never bear to throw anything out, I decided to challenge my team on our team forum to create something really cute with it just so that we are using it up instead of keeping it in our stash for that rainy day that never eventuates.

My team girls came up with some really cute projects and made the most of this difficult paper and so when I was planning for this blog hop, I decided to focus on the paper too - along with our other difficult to use paper Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper which has gorgeous Tangelo Twist and Basic Black colour scheme, but Halloween patterns which we really don't do a lot of.

So what did I create?

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Lately I have been making stacks of cute little bird cards - and since the cards are Note size, they go beautifully in these gorgeous bags which were inspired by Caroline Hallett in the UK - here's the link for her video for these bags.

There's four cards and envelopes in each bag - one set is done with Whisper White to link with the patterned paper, the other set is done in Very Vanilla.

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Another new product I have used here which has been very popular is the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I have brayered the inside of the folder with Perfect Plum ink to get the shadow between the trees.

On the second lot of cards, I brayered the inside of the same folder with Sahara Sand. It's so soft on the Very Vanilla card base.

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Here's a close up of each bag.

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Aren't they just the cutest things!

But that's enough from me - I should send you on your way to visit the other ESAD girls.  And in case you have just joined us here and are wondering 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.

The next blog on the blog hop belongs to Monique Fielder. Click on the next button to go there.

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Don't forget to leave a comment below, and if you do get lost, here are all the links in the blog hop so you can come back and try to find your way.

1. Libby Dyson

2. Paula Reid

3. Keryn Campbell

4. Carly Middleton

5. Rachael Lewsley

6. Narelle Fasulo

7. Emily Campbell

8. Emma Palonek

9. Jo Weedon

10. Rebecca Scurr

11. Andrea Buckland

12. Rochelle Blok

13. Kathryn Ruddick

14. Monique Fielder

15. Bernie Collins

16. Liv Ingle

17. Sally Williams

18. Ria Kaire

19. Delys Cram

20. Jessica Williams

21. Lou Kitzelman

22. Barbara Williams

23. Kelly Kent

24.  Jenny Hayward

A Few More Christmas Projects

We had such a busy month in July with our Christmas in July event and trying to kick the Christmas crafting into gear, that I still have a couple more projects I haven't shown you close up!

Stampin' Up! Snowman and Santa Chocolate Slider

This first one is such a fun gift!

In the basket is a stack of Chocolate Sliders.  What is a chocolate slider? Well, essentially it's a cute cover with a bow attached that you pull, to slide the chocolate out from the cover. It's a really cool way of giving someone what is in essence, a really simple gift, but it's been personalised in a really special way for them.

I don't have a template for this, because each time I have made chocolate sliders, I have purchased the chocolate block first, then made a new template in the matching size - in other words, I get out a steel ruler and make the cover from scratch each time depending on the size of the block.

Can you see that the snowman on the Soft Sky chocolate slider (and the coordinating card in the background) is made entirely from different Stampin' Up! punches?

The 1" square for the hat, the Word Window for the hat brim, a circle punch for his head, two scallop circles for his body, the Tree Builder punch for his arms and the hearts on his chest.

The Santa's body Chocolate Slider uses a circle punch and the 1" square punch too.

Let me know if you'd like to attend a class to make these. They are such fun to make, and to give as gifts, I'd be happy to schedule a class to teach you how.


Black & White Mystery Box - Post 4

Oh! You came back again?

Thank you!!! Hope you're well, and enjoying my wrap up of my 2014 Mystery Box Project.

What else did we have to make as part of our monthly contributions to the box of goodies?

One of the things I found most challenging was to make a packet of Card Candy.  I'm so used to making full card fronts, I really didn't know where to start with just making some embellishments that go on the front of cards - had to do lots of googling and searching on Pinterest!

In the end, I was ecstatic with the results though.

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I feel so lucky that we have so many co-ordinating stamps, punches and framelits in our Stampin' Up! range, and that the ink colours, card and accessories just work so well together! These were so easy to make but even so, I wish I could have kept them for myself instead of posting them off to my lovely recipient (hope she loves them too!!).

What would you do with a packet of gorgeous card candy like this?

Leave a comment below and let me know if you'd just keep them to admire or what you would do with them?

See you again soon with more Black & White.


Christmas Catch Up no.# 2

Have you LIKED my Facebook Page?

If not, you won't have seen these 3D Stampin' projects I created last week to help cheer up someone else's Christmas.

I love finding 3D project inspiration rather than just cardmaking ideas or scrapbooking ideas for using our Stampin' Up! products. It's always so nice to give a little handmade gift or decorate the house with unique handmade projects rather than just making cards.

So to get you inspired for next year, here's what I created.

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These little dudes have green and red M&M's in the legs and two Ferrero Rochers in the bodies (to help them sit up).

The feet are made using the Top Note Die and the Wide Oval Punch. The bows on the shoes are either just the old retired Butterfly Punch (very simple) or . . . wait for it . . . exciting!!!

Bows made with the Envelope Punch Board!!

The colours are Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green to match the M&Ms. And did you know we can still get the extra skinny Cello bags? They are on page 160 of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue - just $4.50 for a pack of 50!

What else did we make?

Using the Simply Fabulous Simply Sent Kit on page 161 of the Annual Catalogue, and the Envelope Punch Board, we came up with this :

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We've gone with gorgeous soft Pistachio Pudding and Smokey Slate colour scheme and did you notice the Christmas baubles on the card are the off-cuts from the cracker?

Some very fun projects to share.

I'll be definitely showing these to the Stamp Club girls in 2014. If you've ever thought about joining a stamp club, I am planning to start a daytime one this year, in addition to my Thursday night one. Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to be a part of it. Each stamp club is restricted to 6 members for 6 months so each member gets a chance to earn the hostess benefits for themselves.

You can text me on 0418 361 931 or email me kathryn@katlodesigns.com

Talk soon!

Day Eight - Twelve Days of Christmas

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, eight Stampin' Up! punches!

That's how many different ones it took to make Santa for my non-adhesive triangle boxes full of chocolates!

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So, we have little round faces, and little round noses and an embossed moustache punched from the now retired Five Petal Punch. If you don't have this punch, you can create the same effect with flower petals from the Blossom Petals Builder Punch or the birds wing from the Bird Builder Punch.

Santa step two

Add some eyes from the Owl Punch, and draw pupils.

Santa step three

Add small flowers to the sides of his face for sideburns and a rim for his lovely Santa hat, then when you stick him in the right spot on the Triangle Non-Adhesive Box, the top of the box forms his hat!

One final step - every good Santa needs a big black belt with a shiny buckle to hold up his pants!

Santa belts

Have you even noticed these Antiqued Silver Ribbon Slides on page 31 of the Holiday Catalogue? 16 pieces for only $8.95, and I really think they are just the perfect finish for Santa!

Well, come back on Day Nine of my Twelve Days of Christmas for some more Christmas treats - now what shall I show you? The elves, or the Tree with Labels or something else?

Hmmmmm! See you then!

Day Seven - Twelve Days of Christmas

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, seven days of frantically making things for Christmas markets!!

Reindeer step one

Don't you love how the Two Step Owl Builder Punch becomes so many more things than just an owl?

Reindeer Step two

These ultra shiny glittery little faces looked so sweet on our triangle non-adhesive box. And who could resist them once they were full of Cadbury Roses chocolates! They were so popular at my Friday market at Research Primary School, that I had to make a stack more for the next day!

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And I HAVE to thank Barbara Lindsay for the loan of her gorgeous Christmas Tree - she didn't even know I was taking it! Thanks Barbara, you're a saint!  Back to my mug holder for the next display!

If you pop back tomorrow for day eight, I'll show you some step by steps for those Santa's! Have a great afternoon!