CASEing the Catty #184 | Delightfully Detailed

Welcome to CASEing the Catty on this lovely Sunday.

We’ve started our voyage through the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue and today we’re CASEing catalogue projects on pages 38-51 – which starts with the Delightfully Detailed suite.

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My choice this week was the cute hello card on page 44.

I took the colours, overall layout and use of the Darling Label punch and added the Little Elephant bundle to create a bright baby card.

Little Elephant | kelly kent

The background DSP is from the Broadway Bound Speciality DSP – it’s full of gold, silver & black patterns on one side and bright, fun colours on the other.  This was my surprise love when I unpacked the new designs.  It’s sensational in real life.

Little Elephant | kelly kent

I can’t get enough of the cute little elephants from the Little Elephant bundle.  The Little Elephant stamp set coordinates with a punch created just for this set.  You get two sizes of elephant and a whole set of adorable stamps!

The other detail I wanted to show you from this card was the gorgeous new gold cord…

Little Elephant | kelly kent

There’s also a black version!  Want one of each new ribbon & trim in the catalogue at a fraction of the cost?  You’ll love my 2018 Ribbon Share.  Click here to see the details.


Thanks for joining us for today’s CASEing the Catty blog hop.

For more great inspiration, keep going on the hop and visit the gorgeous Angela Meiritz-Reid in New Zealand.

You can join the challenge too.  CASE any project from pages 38-51 and share your project in our CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Get Ready for the July DSP Offer…

We’re heading into the last week of June.  The shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere has passed and I’ve seen people asking how many sleeps til Christmas!!!

Are you ready for the second half of the year???

Stampin’ Up! is kicking the new financial year off with a DSP sale – which is fabulous because I’ve worked out which ones are my favourite (and that would be all of them!).

During July, buy any 3 DSP patterns from the standard ($19.25) range and choose 1 free.

DSP Offer Juy 2018 | kelly kent

Which pretty patterns are on your list???  I’m happy to combine orders for local customers – let me know if there’s 2 patterns on your wishlist and I’ll pair you with someone else to make the most of this great special.

Or shop online – http://bit.ly/shopSUwithkellykent if your wishlist is full & ready to go!!!  Specific DSP links below.

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The 10 DSP patterns part of the July 2018 Buy 3, Get 1 Free Offer…

Note: this offer runs 1st July – 31st July.  If you add these items to your shopping cart & check out before 1st July, you will be charged for all 4 packs.

It’s Time to end MND

I rarely post sympathy cards on my blog.  There’s not usually a happy reason to need to send a sympathy card – even if it’s the end of awful suffering.  The loss of a family member, friend or acquaintance is always a sad time.

A family friend lost his battle with MND (Motor Neuron Disease) last week.  If you live outside of Australia, you may know it as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).  It affects the way nerves work – causing the muscles to gradually weaken and waste, as the nerves degenerate and die. Muscles across the body are affected and functions such as talking, walking, eating & breathing become increasingly difficult.  It’s such a horrible disease and one that has affected my extended family, as well as so many families around the world.

In lieu of flowers, we made a donation to MND Research – an organisation driven forward by the vision to understand the causes, find effective treatments and discover cures for MND.

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Click here to donation to MND Australia or MND Research.


If there is such a thing as a manly sympathy card, I wanted to make one!  So Waterfront & Wood Textures DSP was my go to.

Waterfront Sympathy | kelly kent

The Waterfront panel was made using the baby wipe technique – I didn’t want crisp and I wanted to include a variety of colours.  My baby wipe was coated with Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green & Tranquil Tide reinkers.  This was used to stamp the mountains and grass at the bottom of the scene.

The water, trees & sand bank were inked first in the main ink colour (Coastal Cabana, Tranquil Tide & Crumb Cake – respectively, but separately) and then stamped on the inky baby wipe to create a distressed effect.

Waterfront Sympathy | kelly kent

The sympathy sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings – such a great staple to suit a range of card making occasions.

Waterfront Sympathy | kelly kent

#makeacardsendacard, even if the reason is sad.

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Just Add Ink #414 | Window or Frame

Hello & welcome to Just Add Ink Challenge #414.

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This week we are adding a Frame or Window to a card, layout or 3D item.  Join us with your Window or Frame project on our blog.

I think I’m stretching the theme a little this week – my whole card is a window!!!

Twinkle Twinkle Window Card | kelly kent

I took a piece of Window Sheet – 4″ x 12″ and scored at 6″.  You have to be firm with it to get it to fold along the middle, but with some gentle persuasion, I was able to form a card base from the Window Sheet material.

Twinkle Twinkle Window Card | kelly kent

The card is very simple – but it’s the simplicity I love!!!

I’ve embellished with products from the Twinkle Twinkle suite – one of the new offerings in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.

Twinkle Twinkle Window Card | kelly kent

The sentiment is black heat embossed on Soft Sea Foam cardstock and cut with a die from the Stitched Label Thinlits.

The moon & stars are cut from So Saffron, Petal Pink and Pool Party cardstock using the Twinkle Builder Punch  I backed the cardstock with Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet before punching so I didn’t have to use liquid glue on the window sheet.  The silver stars you spy are from the Twinkle Adhesive Backed Sequins – they are just the sweetest!

Twinkle Twinkle Window Card | kelly kent

The strip of DSP down the left side is from the Twinkle Twinkle DSP.  I know I’ll be going through a few packs of these, so I’ll be stocking up in July when there’s a buy 3, get 1 free offer on select DSPs!!!  I’ll post more details about this amazing deal on the weekend!

Thanks for joining me today for Just Add Ink.  Don’t forget to visit the blog to view the design team creations and add your window / frame creation!

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Calling All Direct Sales Superstars…

We all know someone in direct sales, and many of us are customers of this style of home based business.  It’s a wonderful way to shop – and the personal touch of your own consultant is the icing on this shopping experience.

Perhaps, you are the superstar of your own direct sales business?  Do you share your love of candles, soap, stamps, oils, make up, skincare with your family, friends & customers?

There’s lots of us out there – and often what sets us apart from the other consultants of the same type of product, is our customer service.  Our willingness to go the extra mile for our customers, the expert knowledge we have and the presentation of our business.

A thank you card with an order, beautifully packaged samples, a welcome the team, congratulations on a promotion or sending birthday wishes to a customer or team member – these are all special touches that are noticed and appreciated by our customers & team.

It can be costly and not always easy to find options to fit all these needs. But not anymore!

I’m so excited to share this all-inclusive kit with you that Stampin’ Up! have released in their 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue – the Darling Label Punch Box.

You get a stamp set that covers all your needs – birthday, thank you, hello (welcome), best wishes, thinking of you & congratulations.  An easy to use punch that fits all 6 stamps, together with a block & two coloured inks for stamping.  It comes in a gorgeous tin – which is perfect for storing your supplies or using it for gift packaging once you’ve unpacked your kit.

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

The Darling Label All-Inclusive Punch Box is $78. You don’t need much else to be on your way to amazing packaging or super cute cards.

Here are some suggested bundles to get you stamping to meet all your superstar needs.

PACKAGING OPTIONS

Let’s start with two cute ways to package samples & gifts. Your team and customers will be in awe of this next level touch!

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent
Packaging Bundle 1 – click the links below to add to your online cart

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Packaging Bundle 2 – click the links below to add to your online cart

CARD OPTIONS

Next up, let’s look at some quick & easy ways to make cards with your kit supplies.

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Card Making Bundle 1 – click the links below to add to your online cart

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Card Making Bundle 2 – click the links below to add to your online cart

Make it extra special with these add on products (as pictured in my samples)

Darling Label Kit Extras | kelly kent

Extras – click the links below to add to your online cart


The stamp sets in kits come on a clear plastic sheet.

If you prefer to store the stamp set in a clear case, here’s the printable insert – free to download and print.

Click here to add Clear Mount Stamp Cases to your order.

Printable Clear Case Insert - Darling Label Punch | kelly kent


If you have any questions about using Stampin’ Up! products in combination with your direct sales business, contact me on my Facebook page to arrange a 1:1 consult (Australian residents only, though feel free to contact me if you’re an international direct sales consultant and I can redirect you to a local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator).

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Stamp Review Crew | Animal Outing

Hello!  It’s a wonderful Stamp Review Crew Hop today -my international Stampin’ Up! friends and I are sharing projects made using Animal Outing.  You’re going to love this hop!!!

This stamp set is part of a bundle with the Animal Friends Thinlits.  It’s also part of a suite with Animal Expedition DSP & other coordinating products.  See the range in the catalogue – page 27, or browse online.

I’m sharing two projects today made with the Animal Outing stamp set.

The first was a team class project where I wanted to share reverse image stamping with my team.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

The giraffe (and all the animals in in set) are perfect for this technique.  It adds extra dimension to the layout of a card – and means you can have animal friends looking at each other.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

There’s 4 giraffes in the circle – two facing left and two facing right (although one is upside down, so technically three of them are looking right!).  The ones facing right were stamped as normal.  The ones facing left were stamped onto a silicone mat and then transferred onto the cardstock.

Reverse Image Stamping | kelly kent

I’ve tried this technique before with Window Sheet – but you have to be so careful not to smudge the image as you transfer it.  Using the silicone sheet gives a much better image, but you can’t see through for placement – so it’s slightly trickier in that way.  I recommend doing the reverse image first, then lining up your other images.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Although I love the sentiments in the stamp set, the animals go so well with lots of other sentiments. For my quartet of giraffes, I liked the ‘from all of us’ saying from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.


For my second card, I wanted to stamp the rhino onto DSP to see the effect.  I love the Animal Expedition DSP (I’ve used that for the gray panel) but had a pink rhino in my head, so went looking through the new DSP – and fell in love with the Tropical Escape DSP Stack.  Oh my, the patterns in this are amazing!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Add some embellishments and we have a cute & girly card.  I like the pink rhino – she’s fun!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

In both cards I’ve used Stampin’ Write Markers to add open eyes to the animals.  I still need some practice, but I like the effect of the animals looking out from the card.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us today for the Stamp Review Crew Animal Outing hop.

Next up is Linda Callahan and her super sweet project –

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CASEing the Catty #183 | Animal Expedition

Hello Sunday!  I hope your weekend was amazing!  We had a fantastic mix of sport, family time, crafting and a day out!  Now it’s time to get ready for the week ahead!

This week’s CASEing the Catty challenge is the Animal Expedition pages & beyond (pages 26-37).

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As always, use the photos in the catalogue to inspire a project you make.  It might be the layout, theme, colours or design that catches your eye.

Share it on our Facebook page to be in the running to win our weekly challenge.  Click here to visit the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page.

My inspiration for today’s project came from the card on the right in the photo below (page 28 of the catalogue).  I could have easily just recreated the card in its entirety – that’s how much I loved it!

But instead, I did a complete switch up.  I swapped the colour scheme so that pink (Lovely Lipstick & Melon Mambo) was the base with a Mint Macaron accent, and swapped the position of the sentiment & the bike.

One For All | kelly kent

The Happy Birthday and pretty girl on the bike can be found in a new stamp set called One For All.

I always love a big & fun birthday greeting – so this stamp set was a definitely on my wishlist.

One For All | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us!

Next up on the CTC hop is the super stylish Megan Lenske.

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Colour Revamp

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Thanks for joining us for the monthly Paper Adventures blog hop.

Tonight’s theme is the Color Revamp.  As part of the new catalogue, Stampin’ Up! did a complete shake up of the colour range.  We saw favourite colours retired, retired favourites return and got new colours to love.  You can read more about the details here – click here.

There’s 53 colours in the range – 10 In Colors, 10 Neutrals, 10 Brights, 10 Subtles, 10 Regals & 3 Basics

2018 In Color Collections | kelly kent

2018 Color Collections | kelly kent

Although I love the variety within and between each of the colour collections, my long-time favourite collection has been Brights.

I think the revamp has given it a fun shake up.  4 colours remain in the collection, 4 colours moved to the Regals collection 2 colours retired and we saw 6 new colours join the Brights family.

3 of these were returning In Colors (Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana) and 3 are new (Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape).

I have two projects to share with you tonight.

The first uses all 10 colours in the rainbow order they appear in the catalogue.  Previously Stampin’ Up! has used alphabetical order to arrange the colours.  The Color Revamp brings us a beautiful rainbow effect for each collection!

I’ve paired the colours from the Brights Collection with an elephant silhouette.  This oh-so-cute punch & coordinating Little Elephant stamp set is a new addition to my collection from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.

Color Revamp: Brights Collection | kelly kent

How beautiful is that rainbow???

Color Revamp: Brights Collection | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite colour???  It’s hard to choose, and probably depends on my mood.  At this moment in time, my favourite new colour is Granny Apple Green, my favourite returning colour is Coastal Cabana and my favourite carry over colour is Bermuda Bay!!!


The second project I am sharing today is a set of thank you cards I made to send out with my DSP & Ribbon Product Shares this week.  Curious about how to get all the paper & ribbon without spending $$$???  Click here to see the post on my 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue Product Shares.

Inspired by the pretty colours of the Brights collection, and other new things I was itching to play with, I created this set of cards using the 6 ‘new/returning’ Brights.

Color Revamp: Brights Collection | kelly kent

The three returning In Colors – Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Poppy Parade

Color Revamp: Brights Collection | kelly kent

The three new colours –

Color Revamp: Brights Collection | kelly kent

Here’s a close up of the amazing Granny Apple Green…

Color Revamp: Brights Collection | kelly kent

When making cards to go with orders, I like to show them what products they might have admired in the catalogue actually look like.

This card features the stars pattern from the Bokeh Dots stamp set, the dreamcatcher from the Follow Your Dreams stamp set and the thank you stamp from Love What You Do stamp set.

The panel on the left is embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder.  It’s a little tricky to see what it looks like in the catalogue, so I wanted to share how beautiful it looks in person.

Color Revamp: Brights Collection | kelly kent

These cards were so easy to make using my Stamparatus.  I was able to set the position and ink each layer several times to get some great depth of colour – and ensure an even inking.on the background stamp.

There’s so many amazing new products a part of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.  I look forward to sharing more with you over the coming months.  Click here to browse the online store.

Next up on the hop is our guest designer – Sara Levin.  Thanks to Sara for joining us.  You’re going to love what she’s made!!!

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Colour INKspiration #35 | Neutrals

Stampin’ Up! ® has just had a major colour revamp so to start off the new catalogue year at Colour INKspiration we’ve decided to feature a Colour Collection for the first challenge each month (2nd Wednesday) until we have showcased them all! The second challenge in the month (4th Wednesday) will be a Pinterest inspired pic as per usual just to mix it up a bit. This month we are starting off with the NEUTRALS COLLECTION and you can choose any 3 colours from that range for your challenge project. We are also changing the rules about what else you can add to the mix; essentially just the Basics – Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black as well as metallics.

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The Neutrals range had a big shake-up in the Color Revamp.  Black, White & Vanilla became “Basics”, Chocolate Chip retired, Night of Navy moved in and we were joined by Gray Granite, Merry Merlot & Mossy Meadow.

The inclusion of a dark blue, red & green may seem strange in a collection that we are used to seeing filled with browns, grays, black & white, but Stampin’ Up! research found that people were using colours like Night of Navy as a neutral – in that it provided a great coordinating colour for the other collections.

I wanted to make a card for a team member who has recently finished a further studies course – it’s been a big 12 months for her and I’m so proud of everything she’s achieved!!!

She loves blues, so I’ve used Night of Navy and combined it with Basic Gray and Smoky Slate for my 3 Neutrals.

With my colours sorted, I turned to the sketch running at TGIF for the layout

This is the card….

Amazing You | kelly kent

I coloured Deightfully Detailed DSP segment with Smoky Slate using the Sponge brayer and also a layer of Shimmery White with Night of Navy Ink.  Using inks in a colour challenge as well as cardstock is a great way to get variation in colour tones as the ink may be a less intense version of the colour.

Amazing You | kelly kent

The sentiment was made using the Celebrate You Thinlits (if these look familiar, it’s because they were a Sale-A-Bration item that have carried over to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue).

The top layer of the ‘amazing’ was made using the now retired Myths & Magic Washi Tape, layered on a Basic Gray die cut to give it definition.  The “you” is Night of Navy covered with Wink of Stella (also layered on Basic Gray).

Amazing You | kelly kent

Who said Neutrals had to be boring???

Next up to visit on this wonderful hop is the talented Tanya Bell

Thanks for joining us.  If you’re inspired to create a card using colours from the Neutrals Collection (plus any Basic or metallic), you can share it for our challenge in our Facebook groupClick here to visit.

 

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Paper Adventures Winter Retreat

Winter has hit with a vengence in south west WA – it’s wet, it’s cold and it’s windy!!!

There have been a few glimpses of sunshine before the regular winter programming returns.

Luckily, for us, stamping is an indoor sport – perfect for all weather.  Too hot – craft in the air-con, too cold – craft with the heater on!!!

Last year we started an annual Paper Adventures Retreat Day, hosted by one of our teamies who has a gorgeous residence in the Perth Hills.  2017 saw us travel up for a beautiful spring day.

2018’s planning involved a wet weather winter trek!!!  We arrived safely and had a wonderful day of crafting – and even managed to sneak some sunshine for a team photo.

Paper Adventures Team Retreat 2018 | kelly kent

Retreat days are all about the crafting and eating!!!

The eating was a shared morning tea. lunch & afternoon tea with everyone contributing something delicious for the day.  Our hostess kept us well hydrated with copious cups of tea and fabulous coffee.

The crafting was make & take style with each of us bringing a project in a box.  You make the sample, cut up the kits and put all the materials in a box.  The boxes are passed around and each crafter makes & takes home one of each design.  It needed to be easy enough to make with minimal instruction within a 30 minute time frame.

I wanted to share the new embossing mat with the team, so this was my card for them to make…

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

The butterfly is from the new Sprintime Impressions Thinlits but instead of cutting it, we layered it with the Embossing Mat to leave the outline on the cardstock.

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

Other supplies in this card are Nature’s Poem DSP, Stitched Label & Stitched Shapes Framelits and Hanging Garden stamp set.

Because each person created with a different box and created a different card in each time slot, I offered an alternative layout using the same pieces –

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

This is always a fun way to create a ‘different’ card but not having to completely design.  Design & colour choices are always the most complex part of creating cards.

Embossing Mat | kelly kent

Thanks to our Paper Adventures team for being wonderful – they really are the loveliest people I know!!!

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