Hang in There

As you know, I’m a big fan of making & sending cards. They can bring so much happiness – isn’t it wonderful to check the letterbox and find hugs in an envelope.

This card was sent to a friend who I know loves happy mail.

Animal Expedition Sloth | kelly kent

She also loves the Animal Expedition DSP!   The sloth in this DSP was perfect for my chosen sentiment (‘hang in there’).

Animal Expedition Sloth | kelly kent

There’s a page in this design with full colour animals which you can cut – some using the framelits. The sloth is a fussy cut job – but I don’t mind that. How cute is he!??

The background DSP is from the Tropical Escape DSP – I think it’s one of the most versatile in the catalogue.

Animal Expedition Sloth | kelly kent

The sentiment is custom stamped using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.  It’s always a good idea to have a few alphabet stamps in your collection – they give you so many options for the card saying whatever is on your mind.

The Animal Expedition DSP and Tropical Escape DSP are both part of the July promotion where you get a 4th pack for free when you purchase 3.  It’s such a great deal for DSP lovers (and those wanting to add to their collection!).

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Hope you are having a great week – half way, the weekend is just around the corner!

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Dandelion Wishes | Team Swaps

Our Paper Adventures team got together on the weekend for a team meeting.  We tend to do this every 6 weeks so we can chat Stampin’ Up!, check in with each other and get crafty!

This meeting was hosted by the lovely Joanne.  She chose a Christmas in July theme, spoiling us with Christmas gifts and a gorgeous 3D make & take card.

Each meeting we have the option to bring along cards that we share (swap) with other, so we can be inspired by the creativity of others.

I recently had Dandelion Wishes delivered and wanted to get it inky. The images & font in this set are lovely!

Dandelion Wishes | kelly kent

I used my stamparatus to ink the sentiment in colour first and then again in Versamark so I could heat set it with clear embossing powder.  This gives it a slightly darker tone of the same colour and a pretty shiny finish!

This stamp set is a wonderful match with the Bokeh Dots stamp set. I used the sparkle stamp to create the background.  Many people have been surprised when this stamp has arrived that it’s small (about 8 x 5.5cm) when stamped.  I cut my layer of Whisper White cardstock down by 1/4″ (0.5cm) and then cut it in half length & width ways.  This gave me 4 small segments which I was able to stamp and layer.

Dandelion Wishes | kelly kent

I made 4 different colour combinations of this card – Balmy Blue (pictured above) plus…

So Saffron

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Blushing Bride

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Mint Macaron

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I love a monochromatic card!   I used Smoky Slate as the neutral colour – it goes so well with the Subtles range.

Dandelion Wishes | kelly kent

Which colour is your favourite???

If given a choice of swaps, I often pick yellow tones.  Or pink – that’s one of my favourite colours.  But I also love greens, and blues and purples….

Have you seen this image about seeing colour – it’s so true!  Although I tend to think & talk in Stampin’ Up! colours (so do the Miss Papercrafts – they love learning the colour names!).

If you need more Stampin’ Up! colours in your life, then you won’t want to miss the joining special during July.

Now through July 31, Stampin’ Up! are offering one FREE assortment of Classic Stampin’ Pads* of your choosing as part of your regular Starter Kit. The Starter Kit $169 and can be filled with any $235 of products that you choose.

Click here to join, or contact me with any questions you have about being part of my Paper Adventures team.

*Assortments include 10 coordinating ink pads from one of the following color collections: Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, and 2017–2020 In Colors.

No matter which ink pad assortment you choose, it’s an incredible value. I think the hardest part would be choosing which 10 ink pads were your style!

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Stamp Review Crew | Lemon Zest

Hello!  Welcome to a Stamp Review Crew blog hop where I am lucky enough to hop with an internationally talented group of demonstrators.  We all use the same stamp set to create projects that we hope will inspire you to create with this set too.

Today’s hop is all about the Lemon Zest stamp set – and the coordinating Lemon Builder Punch.

Until just recently, I didn’t own this stamp set (and because I don’t mind fussy cutting, I still don’t own the punch).  Given the zest theme of this stamp set, it never quite made it to my wishlist – until my friend Mandy used the Happy Birthday stamp in a class and all of a sudden I saw it in a new light.

The size & font of the Happy Birthday is just perfect for the style of cards I made, so of course I rushed to order it and have been enjoying it since.

Because it was the happy birthday I loved, that’s what I’ve used for my Stamp Review Crew projects.  I can’t wait to see what the other members of the crew have made so I can extend my love of this set!

The first project uses two other stamp sets to make up the Happy Birthday song!

Stamp Review Crew - Lemon Zest | kelly kent

I’ve added in ‘to you!’ from Banners For You and ‘to my friend’ from Little Elephant.

I love how this card turned out – it’s fun and shows off that gorgeous Happy Birthday stamp!

Stamp Review Crew - Lemon Zest | kelly kent


The second card I’m sharing came about because I needed a first birthday card for one of our Mini Paper Adventurers.

I already had Little Elephant on my table – and it’s such a cute set I couldn’t resist adding an elephant.

Instead of making a lemon, I’ve used Stampin’ Write Markers to colour the segments and make a background for the elephant to sit on.

Stamp Review Crew - Lemon Zest | kelly kent

And of course, that beautiful birthday stamp front & centre.

Stamp Review Crew - Lemon Zest | kelly kent

In some ways the coloured wheel reminds me of the board game Trivial Pursuit – but I couldn’t quite think of a witty enough sentiment to go with it!

For more (traditional & no-so-traditional) uses for this stamp set, please keep hopping and visit the gorgeous Holly Krautkremer in the US.

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ESAD Blog Hop | DSP

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Do you have a favourite category of Stampin’ Up! products?  I love so many of the things in the catalogue, but DSP is the one thing I buy every design, every catalogue – so I’m putting DSP at the top of my favourites list.

So, it was exciting to find out this month that Stampin’ Up! are offering a buy 3, get 1 free offer on the whole range of standard ($19.25) DSP patterns.  There’s 10 to choose from!

Once you’ve got your 4 new packs of paper, you’ll be after some ideas on making the most of them!  So, join me on a blog hop with my ESAD friends to see how these crafty ladies are using their DSP!

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With my love of DSP (and lots of choice of patterns), I have collated a few of my favourite ways to use DSP to create simple but elegant cards.

5 ways with DSP | kelly kent

I’ve used the designs available as part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion to demonstrate each style in action.

FEATURE

A whole card front of DSP is the easiest way to use your DSP.  Cut it up, enjoy the beautiful patterns & show your family and friends that you care about them enough to use your pretty paper on their card!

Garden Impressions

Garden Impressions DSP | kelly kent

Tropical Escape

Tropical Escape DSP | kelly kent

RIP

Most of the time we cut our DSP with a trimmer (or scissors) and have a nice straight line.  The composition of DSP gives a lovely edge when you rip it.  One of my favourite quick & easy card designs is to cut a piece of DSP slightly longer (ie, 6″) and rip the bottom third.  Flip it over to show the reverse side and adhere both pieces to form your card front.  Add a bit of twine & a sentiment for an awesome card.

Animal Expedition

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

Tranquil Textures

You don’t have to use the bottom third – the ripped edge creates a lovely contrast to the card base (and a great place to put a sentiment!).

Tranquil Textures | kelly kent

STRIP

A strip of cardstock is a great way to show off the patterns of a DSP and get multiple cards from a 6″ piece.  Or it’s a great way to use the 2″ strips left over from card fronts when using 6″x6″ DSP (either the stacks sold by Stampin’ Up! or in a paper share).

Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle | kelly kent

Wood Textures

Wood Textures | kelly kent

PANEL

This is a twist on using cardstock as a whole card front.  Cut your cardstock 1/4″ (0.5cm) smaller than the usual width, then divide the width into three equal portions and cut into panels.  Keep them in order and stick to your card base with equal spacing.  Using panels just adds a bit of extra interest and texture to your card!

Petal Promenade

Petal Promenade | kelly kent

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BANNER

Banners are a favourite of mine on simple cards (well any card really!).  The Triple Banner punch makes this really easy, but you can cut banners using scissors too.  Layer up a few awesome patterns from the DSP (front & back or a couple of different sheets) and add some twine & a sentiment to finish.

Nature’s Poem

Nature's Poem | kelly kent

Best Route

Best Route | kelly kent

Please CASE (copy) these layouts for your own card making, classes or blog posts.  Beautiful DSP likes to be chopped & used – it doesn’t like to sit in plastic!!!

For more DSP ideas, keep hopping to visit my lovely & talented friend Rochelle Blok.

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If you’re ready to add more DSP to your collection, here’s the online store links for the designs that feature in the buy 3, get 1 free promotion.  Add your 4 favourites to your shopping cart and the 4th won’t cost you a thing!

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Participant List:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent
  3. Rochelle Blok
  4. Fi Cobbin
  5. Delys Cram
  6. Sharon Dalton
  7. Kim Oliver
  8. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  9. Nicole Wilson
  10. Peta Stephen
  11. Jackie Aitken
  12. Rebecca Scurr
  13. Narelle Fasulo
  14. Barbara Williams
  15. Maree McIntosh
  16. Libby Dyson
  17. Cheryll Miller
  18. Denise Buetler
  19. Mandy Depiazzi

 

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Photo Inspiration

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Hello, happy Friday!!!

Thanks for joining us for July’s Paper Adventures team hop.

Today the team, along with our guest designer – Sharon Dalton – are using this gorgeous photo by Paper Adventures team member Siobhan Fitzsimmons, to inspire our creativity.

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There was no further instructions – team members could take whatever they liked about this picture and use it for their creative spark.  It could be the colours, the patterns, the nature theme, the bees…… and I can’t wait for you to see what they’ve made.

I used the colours of the flower to inspire a bold watercolour background.  I started with Crushed Curry and blended in Lovely Lipstick before adding some highlights with Real Red ink.  Watercolouring always softens the colours and gives such a lovely effect.

Artfully Folded Watercolour | kelly kent

To replicate the bees, I gold embossed the paper cranes from the Artfully Folded stamp set.  This set is another host exclusive – available only to purchase with Stampin’ Rewards.

The gold embossing is so pretty in the light!

Artfully Folded Watercolour | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us for today’s hop.  There’s a full participant list at the end of this post.  To keep hopping in order, visit my talented friend & teamie (our photographer!) – Siobhan Fitzsimmons.

In case you haven’t seen it, there’s a great joining special in July for all stampers who join our Paper Adventures team – 10 {FREE} full size ink pads (a complete colour collection) when you join.  Starter kits are just $169 – and come with your choice of $235 of Stampin’ Up! products, 20%+ discount until at least January 2019, access to our Paper Adventures team page, early access to the Holiday Catalogue – and more!!

Click here to read more about the July joining special or click here to join!

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Colour INKspiration #37 | Brights

We’re celebrating the Brights for Colour INKspiration #37.

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I love the Brights!  On most days they are easily my favourite collection – but I struggled a little with this challenge.  Maybe it was just choosing three – or not being able to combine them with other colours to make them shine!  Too much bright???

I got there in the end with a whimsical watercolour theme.

Colour INKspiration #37 Brights | kelly kent

I started with Shimmery White cardstock, a lot of water and my three Brights – Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape & Melon Mambo.

Colour INKspiration #37 Brights | kelly kent

Once this was done, I somehow got to a flamingo theme.  Maybe because the watercolour reminded me of a style of watercolour painting I love with animals painted in wonderful colours.

I love this emu painted by Vanessa Perske for the Love Your Sister charity.

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When I chose my colours, I hadn’t intended to be able to embellish with Glitter Enamel Dots – but in a wonderful twist of crafting fate, the new colours include Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape & Melon Mambo!!! (and Granny Apple Green).

Colour INKspiration #37 Brights | kelly kent

What’s your favourite Brights trio?  We’d love for you to join the challenge via our Facebook group.  Click here to join.

Your project needs to have 3 colours from the Brights collection to be eligible to be part of the top 5 voting for the challenge.  You can add any of the Basics (Whisper White, Basic Black & Very Vanilla) and metallics if you want some bling!

As usual, the design team came up with amazing projects this week.  This hop is full of fun, creative designs!

To see more, visit one of the brightest & bubbliest people I know – Nicole Wilson

Thanks for hopping with us!

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Hand Delivered Books

Stampin’ Up! have released some spectacular host sets in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.  They are available for purchase at exclusive prices with your Stampin’ Rewards. Stampin’ Rewards are earned on any order of $250+ (before shipping).  Hold a workshop, combine orders with friends/family or get everything on your wishlist – there’s lots of ways to make it happen!

One of my favourite host sets is Hand Delivered.  It’s a builder set, with interchangeable pieces for a gorgeous lady who holds all kinds of things to make your card fit the theme.

The balloons are great for birthdays, the cake for weddings & engagements and you can add any small sentiment to the sign to make your own theme.

I’ve used the books for a congratulations card for a friend who has finished some further studies.  I have lots more uses in mind for book worm friends, librarian friends, teachers….. a stack of books is just so versatile!

Hand Delivered Books | kelly kent

There’s quite a trend for pocket cards at the moment – lead by my gorgeous friends Jackie Aitken & Bronwyn Eastley.  They are quick & easy to make and offer something different than a standard card.

Hand Delivered Books | kelly kent

To make this card I cut a piece of A4 cardstock to 5-7/8″ (across the 8-1/4″ side) and scored at 3-7/8″ from each long edge.  I then cut diagonally from each bottom corner up towards the scored line.  Fold in and adhere the triangle flaps where they cross over & along the bottom edge.

Hand Delivered Books | kelly kent

We all make cards, but do you send them?  I challenge you to get a card in the mail, someone’s hand or drop it in a letterbox this week.  There’s nothing more special than happy mail!

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CASEing the Catty #186 | Birthday

Hello!  How was your weekend?  Totally fabulous, I hope!

You’re joining the CASEing the Catty Crew tonight for a blog hop featuring projects we were inspired to make after browsing the birthday section of the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.

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This is possibly my favourite section of the catalogue.  I love birthday sentiments, birthday stamp sets and all things birthday!  For most of us, it’s the most common need for a handmade card.

Today, I have chosen to use this card on page 73 using the 25 Again stamp set.  I don’t own this set – but I’m having a second look!!!  It’s super cute and perfect for colouring!  The wishlist never gets any shorter – does it???

I’ve used the rough layout of the card and transformed it into a Best Route card.  It feels a little like I’m doing this backwards – since last week was the Best Route suite!

Best Route suite | kelly kent

I love this suite – the colours, the patterns, the styling!  My card features everything except the embossing folder.  The DSP on the background layer, the Memories & More card as the top layer, the stamp set, the washi tape and the enamel shapes.

The DSP is part of the Buy 3, Get 1 free promotion in July 2018.

Best Route suite | kelly kent

I’ve adapted the sentiment in the stamp set to add ‘birthday’ (which makes total sense when CASEing the Birthday section!).  You’ll find the birthday in the Darling Label stamp set – which is an exclusive stamp set in the Darling Label Punch Box.

Best Route suite | kelly kent

If you like storing your Memories & More card sets in Wood Mount Cases, here’s the inserts for you to download & print.  It includes inserts for Tea Room, Delightfully Detailed, Best Route & Big Plans Memories & More Card Packs.


Please join us on Facebook – click here to join the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge group.  You can upload your CTC#186 project, see what others are making and get info about each challenge as it goes lives.

And now it’s time for another great project.  Keep hopping and visit the Sandra Collett in NZ!

Thanks for joining us!

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Just Add Ink #416 | Sketch

Hey there!  Thanks for joining me for tonight’s Just Add Ink challenge.

This week we’re all creating to Patrice’s awesome sketch.

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Sketches are one of my favourite challenge types because I love all the different directions it takes the design team.  I’m usually very literal in sketch interpretation (and this week is no different).  I get blown away by the creativity of the design team and how they use the sketch.

Of all my new catalogue items, I keep going back to the Animal Outing & Animal Friends bundle.  The characters are cute & quirky and they make for great universal cards.  My greatest Stampin’ Up! wish would be for a ‘happy birthday’ stamp in each set – but I have lots of choices for mixing & matching!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

The DSP in this card is also from the Animal Expedition suite.  It’s part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion in July and I will be stocking up!!!  Read all the details here.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

I’ve been desperate to use the gorgeous giraffe print die since getting these framelits – how amazing does it look layered on a card!!  The framelits are very useful – they cut out all the animals in the set (which I remembered after I fussy cut the frog/tree!!) and have extra pieces like the giraffe pattern to add interesting features to your projects.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

The giraffe and frog have been quickly coloured using Stampin’ Blends.  I’m not a natural with colouring (and I don’t worry about being perfect). I love how easy Stampin’ Blends are to use.  I’ve got the 11 new colours on their way to me.  Looking forward to some more colour options – especially greens!!!  See more info here.


It would be great to have you join in with our sketch challenge.  You’ll find entry over on the Just Add Ink blog, along with the awesome design team cards for the week.

Happy stamping over the weekend – the forecast in my house is perfect for stamping in my pjs!!!

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Delightfully Detailed

Every month I run a class for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators in my team (but all demonstrators in the area are welcome).  I aim to include products & techniques in each class that expands their wishlist!!!

Sometimes it’s hard to know how much you’re gong to love a product til it’s on the table and you’re crafting with it!

In May, we made these sweet cards using the Delicately Detailed Laser Cut DSP.  There’s multiple sheets in each pack of 2 different designs – one page of smaller (card front size) designs and a sheet of 12″x12″ floral pattern.

As I was cutting up this paper for the class preparation, I did wonder if the Delightfully should be replaced with “Delicately”… it’s a bit of a handful to keep the precious paper in tact as you cut it up, but the end result is worth the precarious handling!

We used the floral design cut into 4″x6” pieces to make these two cards…

Delightfully Detailed DSP | kelly kent

The card on the left is the DSP coloured with Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel & Night of Navy.  The card on the right is the negative of the colouring – the DSP acts as a mask.  Such a pretty, fun & easy technique.

Delightfully Detailed DSP | kelly kent

The thank you sentiment & die panel is made using the Stitched All Around stamp set & Stitched Labels

I didn’t think I’d love Blueberry Bushel as much as I do – it’s such a gorgeous tone!

Delightfully Detailed DSP | kelly kent

The colouring across the DSP was achieved using the sponge brayer.  We used three different sponges, but if you’re doing this at home, you can use one brayer – start from the lightest colour (Balmy Blue for this card), then the medium tone (Blueberry Bushel) and then the darkest tone.  Sweep from side to side to apply the colour evenly, make sure to ink all the way around your brayer and overlap the colours so they blend.  Everyone likes a different method of colouring but I find the brayers are much easier for me to achieve an even colour than sponge daubers.

I do love an ombre card, but this would be a great design in a range of colours!!!  What would your choice of 3 colours be?

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