Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Baby & Kids

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Hello & thanks for joining us for the August Paper Adventures team hop.

The theme tonight is Babies & Kids and our fabulous guest designer is Rochelle Blok.

Babies and kids seemed like an obvious theme for a hop this year with so many of our team having babies & children, nieces & nephews or being amazing grandparents.

I often own most of this section of the catalogue and always love seeing the new sets available with each launch.  One of the fun new additions to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue is the Treehouse Adventures stamp set.

You have all the piece you need in this set to create a super cute treehouse -in whatever colours you like.  The builder stamps are designed to ink up in separate colours, making it easy to put your treehouse together.

Treehouse Adventures | kelly kent

I’ve mounted my treehouse on one of my favourite fancy fold designs – a Pop Up Slider card.

The middle panel slides up…

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And down again…

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So it goes flat into an envelope for giving or posting, but is still super fun for the recipient.  It’s always great to add an element of fun into kids cards!

Treehouse Adventures | kelly kent

The colours for my treehouse are Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie & Real Red with Early Espresso accents.

The tree is Old Olive & Pear Pizzazz with a Crumb Cake trunk.

The DSP is from the Share What You Love suite – sometimes the reverse side of DSP designs are just perfect for something different from the usual suite.

Treehouse Adventures | kelly kent

I just love making this style of card – and they really aren’t as hard as they look!  It’s all about the sizing, which you can find on my blog – click here to visit.

Treehouse Adventures | kelly kent

It’s a small but quality Paper Adventures hop today.  Those babies & kids are keeping the team busy!!!

I know you’re going to love what our guest designer – the oh-so-talented Rochelle Blok – has created  Click on the next button below to visit.

Thanks for joining us!

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Colour INKspiration #39 | Subtles

Hello! Thanks for joining us for Colour INKspiration challenge #39.

We are still celebrating the Colour Revamp. Today it’s the Subtles!!

Choose any 3 colours from the Subtles for your creation. You can also add any Basics (Whisper White, Basic Black, Very Vanilla) or metallics.

I decided on a clean and simple (CAS) design for my card using lots of white space.

Hanging Garden | kelly kent

The hanging baskets are from the Hanging Garden stamp set and coloured using Highland Heather, Mint Macaron & Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends.

Hanging Garden | kelly kent

I used the Stitched Labels Framelits to add some features to the card – the texture in the background, the stitching on the front panel & the sentiment label.

Hanging Garden | kelly kent

We’d love to have you join us for this challenge. Share your Subtles creation in our Facebook group – Colour INKspiration Challenges.

To see what the rest of the design team has created, click on next to visit my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzleman. She has a CAS beauty to show you as well!!

Thanks for visiting!!!

Stamp Review Crew | Rooted in Nature

Hello!  And hello to the first Monday in August, which makes it time to hop with the Stamp Review Crew.  Join this amazingly talented group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators as we share projects we’ve made using the same stamp set.

Today’s theme is Rooted in Nature, and the coordinating Nature’s Roots Framelits.

This bundle was part of the April 2018 OnStage make & take projects and then the pre-order purchasing, so we’ve been seeing amazing projects since April.  It’s definitely been a popular set!!!

This bundle has magic potential and it doesn’t matter how many projets I see, there’s always more ways to use & love this stamp set and framelits.  Make sure you keep clicking on ‘next’ to see all the design team projects.

The first card I’m sharing today uses the colours from the suite and a technique I love – ripped masking.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

I ripped copy paper and then used this to mask off the top & bottom portions of my card mat.  I then stamped the two different sized leaves across the unmasked portion of the cardstock – Blackberry Bliss, Tranquil Tide & Petal Pink.  To finish the technique, I used a sponge dauber to colour the white space with Mint Macaron ink.  When you remove the mask, you get a wonderful ripple of pattern across your cardstock.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede.  I used my Stamparatus to make sure it was straight!!!   This font nerd {LOVES} the fonts used in Rooted in Nature – so pretty!

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent


The second card for today is a little sideways movement from the colours & styling of the Nature’s Poem suite.

I’ve used watercolour paper, ink pads, a spritzer and the Stamparatus to create a whimsical tree as the centrepiece.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The colours in the tree are Rich Razzleberry, Shaded Spruce and Crushed Curry.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

To make this, I lined up the stamp on the Stamparatus plate, secured the watercolor paper with magnets and inked up the middle section of the tree in Shaded Spruce ink.  I then spritzed it with water and rather than closing the plate over to the base, I left the plate on the table and closed the base onto it.   This meant that the ink didn’t run as I moved the plate.

I cleaned the stamp and used my heat tool to gently dry the Shaded Spruce ink.  I then inked the right side of the stamp (left when actually stamped) with Rich Razzleberry ink, spritzed and tipped the Stamparatus base over again.

Then cleaned, dried and repeated with Crushed Curry ink on the left side of the stamp (right part of the tree).

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The end result is a gorgeous watercolor tree!  You could do this with any large solid stamp.  It’s essential you use watercolour paper and spritz the stamp prior to ‘stamping’.


Thanks for joining me today!

Keep hopping to see what the gorgeous & talented Charlet Mallett has created using this bundle…


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CASEing the Catty #190 | Artistic Impressions

Hello Sunday visitors – the end of the weekend rolls around so fast, doesn’t it??

CASEing the Catty blog hops are always a great way to finish the weekend.  Hopefully you found some craft time in yours – and maybe joined CTC#189 by sharing your project in our Facebook group..

There’s still 24 hours to participate in last week’s challenge (CTC#189), or you can start the week by creating for challenge #190 – pages 127-141 of the catalogue, featuring some of the samples from the Artistic Impressions section of the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.

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As always, the pages are filled with wonderful inspiration.  This Beautful Day sample on page 134 caught my eye…

I love the layered look of the front of the card.  I swapped the flower for the butterfly and changed up the colours to create this card…

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The butterfly part of the card was created by stamping & black heat embossing the middle butterfly first.  I also created a mask using copy paper which I placed over the first butterfly before stamping & black heat embossing the two butterflies either side.  I love the strong & shiny look of the black embossing powder.  It’s so lovely to have it back in the catalogue!

I coloured the butterflies using an Aqua Painter in Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry and So Saffron, and added a shadow above the butterflies in Crumb Cake.  The butterflies also got a splash of Wink of Stella at the end!

Using snips, I cut the bottom edge from the butterflies and added DSP to the inside of the card.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

As this was a card for a brand new team member who signed during the July recruiting special, I changed the sentiment to ‘hello’.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

This is a set you’ll want to own – it’s called Another Wonderful Year and is filled with pretty fonts & great sayings!

August is a great time to work your way through some of your Annual Catalogue wishlist – you’ll collect Bonus Days vouchers for every $90 you spend.  See all the details here.

Don’t forget that we’d love for you to join us for this challenge.  All the action happens in our Facebook group.   Click here to join.

You’ll also want to continue the hop to see what the other design team members have created using the Artistic Impressions pages as inspiration.

Next blog to visit is the gorgeous Judy May.

Thanks for joining us!


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Just Add Ink #420 | Photo Inspiration

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by to see my design team card for Just Add Ink this week.  One of the things I love the most about regular participation with Just Add Ink is the variety of challenges – it pushes you to create based on lots of different inspiration.

Today is a gorgeous photo inspiration chosen by Nikki.

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The design team have come up with some fabulous bright & fun creations – and I can’t wait to see what you make too!  Join our challenge by linking your blog, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest post on the Just Add Ink blog.


The photo can inspire any feature of your project design.  For me, it was the bright colours of the flower.  But you may also be taken by a floral theme, the petal pattern or another element that catches your eye.

I used the petal colours to create a watercoloured ink spill…

Just a Note | kelly kent

Which I then completed with a black & white theme to keep the bright colorus in focus.

Just a Note | kelly kent

The ‘just a note’ sentiment is from the Soft Sayings card kit.  Don’t let these stamp sets sit forgotten in the box – they are always filled with diverse & useful sayings, different fonts and can be a refreshing change from the sentiments that form part of your regular rotation.

The pen has been stamped in StazOn & fussy cut, with the detail added using the Journal Pen.

Just a Note | kelly kent

Week to week, my style and interest (although often similar) goes through periods of change.  At the moment, I’m enjoying watercolouring – which is something I haven’t enjoyed previously.  The more you do something, the more natural it seems.

I’m challenging you to try something this weekend that you’ve previously avoided.  Perhaps you bought Brushos but never used them.  Maybe you never use heat embossing on your cards. Perhaps you’re still learning how to use your Stamparatus?

Get out those tools & supplies you paid good money for and have a go! If your first (… second, third, forth) attempt doesn’t seem to work, set it aside and look at it again with fresh eyes.  I’ve come back to so many ‘failures’ only to find they look better once dry, or less ‘failed’ when I’ve had time to distance myself.

Good luck!!!


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Bonus Days are back!

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How’s your Annual Catalogue wishlist progressing???

August is the perfect time to add a few more of the items you’ve still got left on there.

Every order you place in August has the potential to earn you Bonus Days coupons to redeem in September.  In Australia, it’s a $9 voucher for every $90 you spend – no limits.

Click here to browse the online store.  Delivery is just $5.95 (up to $120, or 5% for orders of $120+).

Happy shopping!!!

 

Baby Card with a Twist

Our Paper Adventures team added a new member this month with one of our team members welcoming a beautiful baby into her family..  It’ll be a while before she’s stamping, but I’m excited that our junior division is growing!

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My Little Miss Papercrafts came shopping with me to pick out something for the new addition and made me giggle in the shop when they were analysing present options based on the potential for a coordinating card.

The final choice was a Bonds wondersuit with a fabulous neon tropical pattern.  They were right – this design made a fabulous card!!!

Animal Outing + Rooted in Nature baby card | kelly kent

The card was made using Rooted in Nature as the base and Animal Outing for the finishing touches.

Animal Outing + Rooted in Nature baby card | kelly kent

Who knew that Rooted in Nature would be the perfect stamp set for a baby card???  It fits perfectly with the theme this week for the Just Add Ink challenge – my curveball of a suggestion to “Add a Twist”.

You can see the design team creations over at the Just Add Ink blog – and add your own card with a twist.  The challenge is open until tomorrow evening.


Animal Outing + Rooted in Nature baby card | kelly kent

One of the things I love the most about this baby card is the bright & fun colours.  Who said baby cards had to be pastel & cutesy?!?

It’s a big welcome to the new little one!  I have a feeling she’s going to carve her own path in life – with a uniqueness and boldness that this baby card promises!!!


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CASEing the Catty #189 | Love, Thanks & Support

Hello!  Welcome to CASEing the Catty #189.

Tonight the design team are CASEing the Love, Thanks & Support section of the catalogue.

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I think you’re going to be seeing a few Healing Hugs creations – it’s definitely one of the most popular stamp sets in the catalogue!

I have used the card at the top of the catalogue photo below to inspire a fancy fold card.

I’ve used the colours & styling of the sample card, but recreated it as a Twisted Gatefold card.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

There are lots of examples on the internet of this style of card (I have no idea who the original creator was).  I used Natalie Lapakko’s awesome instructions.  Click here to visit her post.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

Natalie is American, so the cardstock sizes were based on US (International sizing).  These are the measurements I used to match Australian cardstock:

  • Base – Whisper White: 5-7/8″ x 8-1/4″ (14.8cm x 21cm), scored at 2-3/4″ & 5-1/2″ (7cm & 14cm) plus diagonal on the end panels
  • Front & inside triangle panels – Whisper White & Crumb Cake: 2-1/2″ x 5-3/8″(6.3cm x 13.8cm), cut into triangles
  • Middle panel – Crumb Cake: 2-1/2″ x 5-5/8″ (6.4cm x 14.3cm); Whisper White: 2-1/4″ x 5-3/8″ (5.7cm x 13.8cm)

You can see why the rose from Healing Hugs has been featuring in your Facebook & Pinterest feed – it’s so pretty!

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

The stamp is naturally textured – a new style called DistINKtive.  If you have an Australian version of the catalogue, the inside cover has more information & stamp examples.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent


To join in this week’s challenge, visit our Facebook group.

To see what the design team has made for this challenge, keep hopping by visiting the gorgeous Megan Lenske in sunny QLD!

Thanks for joining us!

If you’d like to add Healing Hugs or any other Stampin’ Up! supplies to your craft room, you can shop in my online store – or click on the product links below.


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Colour INKspiration #38

Hello!  Happy Wednesday and welcome to our second Colour INKspiration challenge of the month.

It’s a wonderful photo inspiration today that brings us pretty pinks combined with strong neutrals.

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I thought it was time that I put the Botanical Bliss bundle to work.  I’ve had this since my very first order – I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get it out!

The birds are my favourite of the dies, so I wanted to make them the centrepiece of my card.

Botanical Bliss | kelly kent

This design is very CAS (clean & simple), letting the neutrals set the base of the card, the pinks add some pop and the trim do the embellishing.

Botanical Bliss | kelly kent

I feel like the Subtle Embossing Folder is my new staple – it seems to give just the right finish to almost every card!!!

Botanical Bliss | kelly kent

We’d love for you to put together your own creation with this colour scheme.  Join us on Facebook to see what everyone is creating and upload your project.  We choose a top 5 every challenge and the group members select an overall winner.  Click here to visit the Facebook group.

There’s lots more pink, gray, white & black creations ahead to inspire you.  Follow the next links to see what the design team has created.

I’m sending you over to my bestie, Lou Kitzelman, who has a ‘wonderful’ card to share.


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Watercolour Pencils – Assortment 2

Stampin’ Up! have a gorgeous exclusive release during August.  Three new products to add to your collection from 1st-31st August 2018.

The first new product is a stamp set called Blended Seasons.  It covers a range of sentiments in such a lovely font!

To go with the stamp set, there’s coordinating framelits, with stitching detail…

You can purchase these separately, or buy as a bundle.

The third new product is a new collection of Watercolor Pencils.  Assortment 2 features new & old colours and rounds out the watercolour collection beautifully.

If you’re impatient to order any of these products, they can all be added to a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit ($169) when you join Stampin’ Up!.  You’ll get free postage and during July Stampin’ Up! are adding in 10 free ink pads!!!  Definitely something to consider for the savvy crafter.  Enjoy a 20% discount until at least January 2019, early access to 3 new catalogues and become part of my Paper Adventures team.

Click here to join Stampin’ Up!

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New products means more storage opportunities!  Click below to download free, printable inserts for Assortment 1 & 2 of the Watercolor Pencil range.

If you need clear cases, you can order these from my online store.

Click here to browse my online store.

I hope you’re enjoying the range of Clear Case Inserts.  To see all of them in one place, click here to visit the main page

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