Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Red, White & Blue

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Hello!  I hope you had a wonderful Friday and have a weekend that you can look forward to!

Welcome to another Paper Adventures team blog hop.  We’ve got a great theme for you today!

Siobhan selected a red, white & blue theme since July is filled with theses colours around the world – particularly Independence Day & Bastille Day.

So, for today’s hop, the team are creating with all or some of these red, white & blue Stampin’ Up! colours…

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As well as international celebrations, these colours always remind me of a nautical theme!

With the new Message in a Bottle stamp set in my hot little hands, I set out to create a card using the cute little boat stamp.

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I added a father’s day sentiment – it’s only July, but Father’s Day always seems to sneak up on me, so I wanted to start early!!!

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There’s not too many options for Father’s Day at the moment (our Father’s Day is out of sync with the US date which is in June!), but the Thoughtful Banners stamp set has a great range of sentiments including some for Dad!

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Our little Stampin’ Up! team is growing.  It’s a great mix of ‘here for the discount’ demos and ‘let’s earn some money’ demos.  One of the best things about joining Stampin’ Up! is it can be whatever you want!  One of the other amazing things is that you can stop being at demo at any time without penalty.

If you’re a Stampin’ Up! lover in Australia that’s looking for a fun, friendly and welcoming team, then you should join us!!!

There’s a fabulous joining deal during July, which means you’ll get an extra $112 of extra gifts when you join my Paper Adventures team during July.

The cost of the Starter Kit is $169 and you’ll get $235 products, $112 of gifts, free shipping and a 20% discount until 31st Jan 2018!

Want more information – send me an email!

Ready to join?  Click here!!!


For more great red, white & blue ideas, please continue through the hop.  It’s a mix of blogs and Facebook, so use the list below if you need direct access to each blog.

I’m delighted to be linking to our guest designer for this hop – a beautiful demonstrator from ‘just down the road’ in Busselton, Rachael Lewsley

Thanks for sharing in our team hop!!!

Participant List:

Rachael Lewsley (guest designer)
Sheila Pybus (Facebook)

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Just Add Ink #369 – Inspiration

It’s a photo inspiration challenge at Just Add Ink this week.

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Join us over at the Just Add Ink blog with your creation inspired by any element of this photo.  It could be the hot air balloon theme, the colours, the layout, the trees, the water…. there’s so much to choose from!

I was inspired by the reflection of the balloon over the water, and used this to create {another} baby card!

Just Add Ink #369 Photo Inspiration | kelly kent

To get a reflection of any stamped image, stamp it as usual on the cardstock.  Then stamp again on Window Sheet and use this image to press under your first stamped image.

The second image will be a mirror image of the first, and lighter in colour, making it look like a reflection.  To get the water ripple, I stamped the top part of the water stamp from the High Tide stamp.

I added Pool Party ink where the puddle formed and Dapper Denim ink on the onesie.

Just Add Ink #369 Photo Inspiration | kelly kent

It’s a subtle finish, but I used the new Marbled background stamp, just to add a bit of texture under my centre panel.


The design team have created more beautiful projects to add extra inspiration this week!  See all the creations over at the Just Add Ink blog.

You can join in the fun there too but adding your card to our gallery!

We love seeing what you create as much as you love seeing our creations!


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Miss Papercraft Turns 4!

It’s a special day at Papercraft HQ today – the littlest Miss Papercraft turns 4!

She’s a bundle of energy, full of laughs and provides lots of entertainment in our day!

Miss Papercraft Turns 4!

I got a bit cheeky for her party invites this year – and didn’t make them myself! (Insert gasp here!)

The bought ones were super cute & convenient, and although I didn’t realise at the time, would make a fabulous birthday card design.

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I love it when I can take something from everyday life and put a Stampin’ Up! spin on in.  Because Stampin’ Up! is so often on trend, it’s usually not hard to make it all match!

Miss Papercraft Turns 4!

The dots are from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and the amazingly coordinated sentiments are from the Window Shopping stamp set.

I even managed to pull out some matching wrapping paper!!!!

Miss Papercraft Turns 4!

Happy birthday to our gorgeous Miss.  We love you!


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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!

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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!!!


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CASEing the Catty #137 – Artistic Expression

Today marks the end of the winter school holidays for us and back to school tomorrow.

I love school holidays, so I’m sad to see them end, but the start of Term 3 hopefully means that nice weather will be coming soon!

This week at CASEing the Catty, the inspiration comes from a plentiful section of the catalogue called “Artistic Expression” – pages 132-181 of the Annual Catalogue.

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There’s so many beautiful inspiration photos in this section of the catalogue, I had a hard time choosing – so I kinda didn’t!

I used three inspiration photos to create something new!

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The colours, centrepiece element & choice of stamp set came from the photos above, and the layout was a combination of all three.

The big flower from the Garden in Bloom stamp set was stamped and then the outline embossed – just as the catalogue suggested!

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The ‘friend’ centrepiece is cut on Shimmery White cardstock using the Lovely Words Thinlit die, backed with a Gold Foil oval.

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

And I couldn’t leave this card just at the front, so I carried the theme through to the middle for a bit of extra ‘wow’!

This worked well with the 2-part sentiment.

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

After I made this, it waiting on my table for the next step (photography).  It looked so cute amongst the post-craft chaos, I snapped a candid picture!

I love this view because you can see the front & the middle all at once!

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

That’s all from me today!

Continue to wonderful crew blog hop by visiting Rachael Palmieri and her shiny project!

You can join the challenge and see more cards on our CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page.

Have a great week,


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Holidays Kids Class – Fidget Spinner Card

It has been school holidays here in Western Australia – for the past 2 weeks.  And because we are in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s winter!

As Murphy’s Law would have it, these holidays have been mostly wet, cold & windy, so it seemed like the perfect time to launch my school holidays paper craft class.

I’ve been thinking through this for quite some time, but the holidays always seem to come & go before I can put my plans into action.

Not this holidays!  I shared Tuesday afternoon with 7 gorgeous little people.

We made 2 cards, a calendar/post-it creation & a necklace, finishing with free choice using pieces from my scrap basket.

The kids had lots of fun and it was labelled as the ‘best craft activity ever’.

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All the projects were voted as winners, but the fidget spinner card definitely got a thumbs up from the whole group!

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Because kids don’t have any concept of new, retired or otherwise, I used this class as a chance to go back to some of my favourites!

Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey & the gorgeous Moonlight DSP.

Here’s the spinner card in action…


Although I’ve seen some awesome spinners made from punches, we kept it simple and cut around a printed spinner image.

Thanks to Doodlecraft for the great template. (3″ is the approximate printed size)

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We added 3/4″ circles at the three points and attached a washer with glue dots.

The middle feature is another 3/4″ circle with a 1/2″ circle adhered on top with a mini dimensional.

Again, retired was all ok for this card, so I used the arc die from the recently retired Sliding Star Framelits to make the spinner track.

The spinner is attached using more washers & a dimensional.

Fidget Spinner Card | kelly kent


I’m calling my first ever kids class a wonderful success.

The kids had a great time and they were super clever at making things from paper!

If you live in the Bunbury area and would like to book a kids paper class, email me!

You may also want to ‘like’ my Facebook page so you get updates on any future kids classes.

What Will You Stamp #124 – Daisy Delight

Daisies have totally been the hit of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.

So much so, that the punch is currently on ‘unorderable’ status while the factory goes into overtime making more!

Stampin’ Up! addicts bought the entire supply of punches twice over – a whole year’s supply in less than 2 months!

What Will You Stamp is featuring the stamp set this week, so it seems like a good time to get the daisies inky again.

I chose one of the beautiful new In Colors – Berry Burst – and combined the daisy centrepiece with stamps from the Wood Words stamp set.

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The floral stamp coordinates fabulously!

I’ve stamped the daisy three times in Berry Burst and then Aqua Painted using Berry Burst again – but quite diluted to get a lighter shading.

For a three layer daisy, you need to line them up in thirds.  If you try to fill the gap with the second daisy you’ll have nowhere to put the last one.

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I love that the Faceted Gems fit so nicely in the middle of the daisy – it’s a great finish!

And the final flourish for my daisy was some tweaked & teased Copper Trim.

Have you tried this?  It’s double layered, so simply cut through the side of the ribbon and then pull apart!!!

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

Do you love the daisy in this colour, or are you a traditional yellow & white daisy lover???

How wonderful is ink & paper – we can create all kinds of daisies!

I’ve got an idea brewing based on a book I’m reading at the moment…. let’s see if I can make it happen!


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