Social Stamping Blog Host | change

Hello!  This is the last of our Social Stamping Blog Hosts where the theme references COVID-19 and the global pandemic.  I started these blog hops in March 2020 as a way to stay connected as the world around us changed.  It seems fitting that the final theme of this series is ‘change’.

You can see the previous themes & projects by clicking on any of the links below.

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals
Week 10: Hearts
Week 11: New (Normal)
Week 12: Travel
Week 13: Thinking of You
Week 14: Out of the Box

I want to express the biggest thanks to my amazing stamping friends who joined in across the weeks and shared their talents with us.  These hops have a wealth of different techniques, folds, products and styles that we can refer back to for inspiration in the times ahead.

We couldn’t say goodbye completely to Social Stamping Blog Hosts, so we are changing direction and continuing to hop on the last Saturday of each month.  The new themes for our monthly hop will be linked to socially used greetings & sentiments.

None of us can know what the future holds.  Take the time to do things that make you happy (like crafting), show gratitude to the people who matter and seek out the positive whenever possible.

Participant List | “change”

14. Chantell Randall

Social Stamping | change

As I write this, we embark on the beginning of school holidays here in Western Australia.  It’s been a rollercoaster of a term – moving through the phases of social distancing, adapting to a new way of interacting everywhere we go and becoming comfortable within a transitioning world where COVID is both a threat and no threat at all.  There has been a lot of change over the past 15 weeks – which is how long we’ve been participating in these Social Stamping Blog Hosts, and seemed like a good theme to finish the COVID series of Social Stamping Blog Hosts.  You can see all the themes, the full participant list and the final goodbye to the COVID series by clicking here.

Like all humans, I like a little certainty in life, but I am actually not adverse to change.  In many areas of my life I like and welcome change that serves a purpose.  Change can be a really positive thing.  Without change, we cannot move forward, we cannot progress.

Change brings us new catalogues and new products – which we all find exciting!  Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators got access this week to the upcoming August-December 2020 Mini Catalogue.  That’s the kind of change we can get on board with!  I’ve placed a sneaky order and will share some of my new catalogue favourites soon.  Until then, I’m having fun sharing some Annual Catalogue newbies, like the Moving Along stamp set.

When thinking about a project that highlighted change, I couldn’t go past a Magic Slider card.

Moving Along | kelly kent

When you pull the tab on the right, the panel moves and reveals more images and the helicopter magically changes colour!

Moving Along | kelly kent

This style of card is great for kids cards and this stamp set is perfect for little engine lovers!

Moving Along | kelly kent

A Stamparatus is a must to be able to make this card.  You’ll also need Window Sheets and StazOn ink.  I found this video super helpful to breakdown the instructions.  I’ve made this type of card before, but there’s a few steps, so it helps to have a refresher on the technique.

Moving Along | kelly kent

Here’s a video showing the card in action…

Thank you for hopping with us today.  Click on the next button to keep ‘moving along’ and enjoy the change of scenery at Nicole Wilson’s blog!

Although this is the last in the COVID series for Social Stamping, we’ll be continuing on the last Saturday of each month with more Social Stamping blog hops, each featuring a popular sentiment or greeting theme.

Have a great weekend, and if you have small people at home – a wonderful school holidays!

Just Add Ink #512 | Sketch

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for a Just Add Ink challenge.  If you love the sketch we’re creating with today, you can share your project using the sketch with us at the Just Add Ink blog.  You’ll also find all the design team cards there too!

There was a crazy serendipity when I was planning out my card for this week’s challenge.  A jumper I bought online had the exact same layout as the sketch!!!  

So, with that as my inspiration for colour choices, I made this simple but cute card using the Tasteful Touches stamp set.

Tasteful Textures | kelly kent

I really love feathers as an image in craft (not so much real life feathers – they gross me out a little!).

Tasteful Textures | kelly kent

I’ve used two different embossing folders on the coloured panels – Subtle 3D (Night of Navy) & the new Tasteful Textile 3D (Pretty Peacock).

Tasteful Textures | kelly kent

The sentiment is white heat embossed on Basic Gray cardstock and then snipped into individual words.  I love this effect with plain text words.

Sometimes the layout adds all the interest a card needs! 

I hope you find time this weekend to make some cards and that this sketch may be of some inspiration to you.  

 

Peekaboo Window Card | Hippo Birthday 2 Ewe!

I’m sharing another birthday card today -it’s been a wonderful week of celebrations.

When the new catalogue first released, the Hippo Happiness bundle was one of my top picks.  It’s even better in person than the catalogue! It has super cute animal images and amazing dies to complement – and so much potential for fun projects.

The Peekaboo Window fold for this card was inspired by Chris Slogar.  You can see her post by clicking here.

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

It’s a regular card base with a peekaboo feature and a fold out centre – the perfect combination to be able to have the hippo and sheep take part in the ‘hippo birthday 2 ewe’ birthday greeting pun.

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

The layering on the dies in the Hippo & Friends set is so pretty!  The “stitched” element is my favourite finish for dies.  I’ve used the baby wipe technique for stamping the hippo – Gorgeous Grape & Magenta Madness ink on a baby wipe, but with a shimmery twist as I spritzed the baby wipe with a mix of Frost White Shimmer Paint & Isocol before inking up the stamp.  This gave the hippo a marbled effect with a shimmery finish.

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

The inside layer is stamped repetitively using the ‘hippo birthday’ sentiment from the Hippo Happiness stamp set in Mint Macaron ink.

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

The very inside of the card finished off the birthday pun with the sheep (‘ewe’).

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

The balloons are all stamped using the baby wipe technique & shimmer paint/Isocol mix.  The sheep is stamped in Smoky Slate & Basic Gray.  All the animals have two parts that make them up, which adds a great level of detail.

Colours for this card are:

Card Base: Magenta Madness
Card Front: Rainbow Glimmer
Card Labels: Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Whisper White
Card Insert: Whisper White, Just Jade, Flowers for Every Season DSP

Hippo Happiness | kelly kent

The whole card front in the new Rainbow Glimmer is a little indulgent, but the colours are so spectacular and the recipient is worth it!  It’s a great way to show off the wonderful colour change and perfect for the cuteness of the hippo!

Sparkly wishes for a great week!

 

Accordion Card | DIY Colouring

A gorgeous family friend had her birthday last week.  I always like to design custom cards when I can and with this little miss loving Kawaii characters, a cute colouring card seemed like the perfect option.

Kawaii is the culture of cute in Japan, typified by the sweetest characters and a rainbow of pastel colours.  One of the most popular characters is Pusheen – a cartoon cat who was first designed for comics and now appears in books, stationary and clothing.  Pusheen is the star of my colouring card.

Accordion Colouring Card | kelly kent

This card style was adapted from the accordion card I made earlier in the month.  You can see the full post by clicking here.

This version has a slightly longer accordion section to allow room for the pencils on the right side.  Adapted measurements for the accordion pull out: 4 3/4″ x 11-1/2″, score at 1″, 3-1/2″, 6″, 8-1/2″ and 10″.

The panels from left to right on the fold out will be 1-1/2″, 1-1/2″, 2-1/2″, 2-1/2″, 2-1/2″ & 1″.  The 1″ panel has holes for the string to tie in the pencils and is adhered to the card base layer.

Accordion Colouring Card | kelly kent

The black and white images for this card are all Pusheen themed colouring pages I found via Google and printed on Whisper White cardstock.

Accordion Colouring Card | kelly kent

I coloured in the back page using Stampin’ Blends (Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather, Pool Party, Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette*). *retired colour

Accordion Colouring Card | kelly kent

Rather than cover this up, I attached the accordion fold only at the right edge and decorated both sides.

Accordion Colouring Card | kelly kent

The DSP is one of the new patterns from the 2020 edition of the colour stacks.  Highland Heather, So Saffron & Balmy Blue.

Accordion Colouring Card | kelly kent

Rather than a sentiment that was stuck on the to card, I used a mini clip (from a previous catalogue and recently available on the Clearance Rack) to attach a Birthday Wishes label.  The die is from the Hippo & Friends Dies and the sentiment is from the Fancy Phrases stamp set.

This card was fun to make and was a hit with the birthday girl!!!  Thank you for letting me share it with you.

Have a great week!

 

 

 

Social Stamping Blog Host | out of the box

Hello & welcome to week 14 of Social Stamping.  I can’t believe it’s the end of June and we’re 14 weeks down the track from where this all started.

You can see the previous weeks of Social Stamping by clicking on the themes below.  The week 1 post has the info on the Social Stamping evolution.

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals
Week 10: Hearts
Week 11: New (Normal)
Week 12: Travel
Week 13: Thinking of You

The theme for this week is ‘out of the box’.  There’s nothing like a challenge (or pandemic) where everything it turned on its head on a rather quick time scale, to force us all into a period of rapid change.  With that change, comes the need to be flexible, creative and resourceful in our thinking & behaviour.  We find ourselves looking for alternative ways to achieve our goals – we come up with ways to think “out of the box”.

Urban dictionary gives several definitions of ‘out of the box’ including creative thinking, or something that is created using ready made pieces from the box, or something unusual or exceptional.  Humans aren’t so good at change, but when forced, we often come together as a marvellous unit and make the magic happen.

I know we’re going to see examples of all of these on today’s hop with my stamping friends – they are a group of immensely creative designers who create amazing things using products from their Big Brown Box (BBB as we affectionately call the Stampin’ Up! packing boxes).  There’s a full list of participants at the end and the blogs will link to each other to form a blog hop.

Thanks for joining us!

Participant List | “out of the box”

Social Stamping | out of the box

Hello!  Thank you for joining me & my stamping friends as we hop on week 14 of Social Stamping.  Each week has a theme that somehow applies to the COVID-19 situation and this week it’s about the ‘out of the box’ thinking brought about by the pandemic.

I know I’ve had to be flexible in how I’ve dealt with home, work and stamping since the pandemic hit in March.  There’s been a great deal of ‘out of the box’ thinking that has resulted in trying new things and making new connections.  As we ease back into our new normal (either post COVID or between COVID depending on how things go), some of the out of the box thinking will carry on with us – making their mark on how we do things forever more!

My project for today was very literally inspired by the term ‘out of the box’.  I’ve made a floating frame card where all the fun happens on the outside of the box.

Nailed It Floating Frame Card | kelly kentYou’ll note the appearance of a long retired but in no way forgotten bundle called Nailed It.  Who still owns this?  I love those tools and this seemed like the perfect time to release them from the tool-BOX (pun intended!).

Nailed It Floating Frame Card | kelly kent

This technique has been around for a while, possibly originally shared by Jennifer McGuire.  See her post here with a video tutorial on how to use Press & Seal to achieve this look.

Nailed It Floating Frame Card | kelly kent

Although the tools are retired, the rest of the card features current products available in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.  I’ve coloured the tools using Stampin’ Blends – Dark Real Red, Light Cherry Cobbler and Light Smoky Slate.

The frames have been cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  The DSP is In Good Taste, the embossing folder for the Gray Granite card base is Subtle 3D and the Happy B-Day sentiment is from Happiest of Birthdays stamp set.


Thanks for coming along with us today to share in the ‘out of the box’ theme.  Next up is the wonderful Michelle Strazds who has made a fabulous project for her daughter’s birthday.

To see a full list of participants in today’s hop, click here to visit the main blog host participant list.  Thank you to all my stamping friends who joined!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blossoms in Bloom

Do you remember the first time you saw stamping in action?  It was 2010 for me and I was pregnant with Little Miss Papercraft #1.  A friend asked me if I wanted to come to a Stampin’ Up! workshop her Mum was hosting.  With no papercraft experience, but nothing better to do that weekend, I joined the fun – and boy did I enjoy it!  I was a smitten kitten and that was the start of the journey to here.

On the weekend I had the pleasure of being able to share the wonder of making something creative using stamps, ink & paper with a lovely group of ladies who were mostly new to stamping.

This is the make & take project we completed using the Blossoms in Bloom stamp and Flowers for Every Season DSP.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

We stamped the large flower stamp in Bumblebee ink and two of the smaller flowers in Magenta Madness – both with Early Espresso centres.  All the flower were fussy cut with Paper Snips.  The leaves are stamped onto the Whisper White layer in Just Jade ink.  The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp too – stamped in Magenta Madness ink.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I love this stamp set!  It has beautiful dies to go with it, but I’m loving making the floral stamps the highlight of the card. Click here to see the card I made using Misty Moonlight (blue) flowers where I stamped one piece of cardstock and created two cards!!!

To place an order and add to your Stampin’ Up! collection, visit my online store.  To book a workshop in the Bunbury area for you and your friends (and earn free products with qualifying orders), contact me via email or Facebook.

I hope your week involves lots of smiles!

ESAD Blog Hop | 2020 Annual Catalogue

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for another ESAD Blog Hop.

The theme today is 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue and it’s going to be a wonderful journey through some new catalogue favourites.  Demonstrators had a period of time to pre-order from a selected list of new catalogue items during May.  From 3rd June, we’ve been able to order from the entire catalogue, so I’m excited to see what people are making with the products they were desperate to get their hands on.

I had a few bundles and accessories which I was super excited to get hold of (see here for my top picks from the catalogue), but there’s always a whole category for me that’s a must have – and that’s the DSP.

Once again the new patterns haven’t disappointed and I’m loving the range of florals, patterns & textiles that we can play with for the next 11 months.  It’s always hard to choose an absolute favourite, but two of the patterns that have most tickled my fancy are the animal designs – Whale of a Time and Playful Pets.  I shared the cute whale and turtle designs on Friday (see here if you missed it).

Today I’m sharing a One Sheet Wonder card set made using Playful Pets DSP.  I wanted a dog theme so the 6″x6″ page is the dog acessories page (bone, paw print, bowl & collar).  I’ve used more of the DSP as embellishments (there’s two pages filled with different types of dogs) – fussy cutting out the cute canines to be the highlight of the cards.

Using the images from DSP as features on cards saves me so much time because the colouring is already perfect!  I just need to spend a little time fussy cutting (which I don’t mind) and it’s all ready to put together.

The cardstock base is Gray Granite (despite looking very much like Crumb Cake in these photos) with Early Espresso mats and Real Red accents.

Here’s a look at each card…

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

I used sentiment stamps from Peaceful Moments (happy birthday), Massive Thanks (thank you) & Forever Fern (hello), leaving the fourth card blank for an all occasion option.

Here’s the template for the One Sheet Wonder (you can see the original post with instructions by clicking here).

6x6 One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

Half of the designs in the Playful Pets pack are cat themed.  Should I make another one sheet wonder for all the cat lovers???  

The reverse side of this pack has awesome black, white & red patterns.  It’s a fabulous mix and ready to create amazing projects!


For more temptation and new catalogue inspiration, keep hopping along.  I’m last on the list, but be sure to click through to my gorgeous friend Nicole Wilson if you didn’t start at the beginning.  If there’s any broken links or missing posts, use the full participant list the bottom of this post to navigate through.

Have a marvellous week!!!

Blog participant list

  1. Nicole Wilson
  2. Lou Kitzelman
  3. Denise Buetler
  4. Libby Dyson
  5. Lauren Meiklejohn
  6. Narelle Fasulo
  7. Jenny Hayward
  8. Maria Henderson
  9. Sharni Haines
  10. Monique Fielder
  11. Sharon Dalton
  12. Kayla McCreadie
  13. Rebecca Scurr
  14. Bronwyn Eastley
  15. Lynsey McCord
  16. Cathy Pinchbeck
  17. Melissa Gifford
  18. Kelly Kent

Social Stamping | thinking of you

Happy Saturday!  Saturday has been one of the highlights of my blogging week for the past 3 months as I hop with my stamping friends as a way to stay connected through these COVID times.  Today’s theme is “thinking of you”.  There’s a full list of all the themes so far and all the designers participating in today’s hop on the main blog post for this hop – click here to visit.

For my cards today I’ve made 2 cards using the split card technique – an idea shared by Jennifer McGuire last month.  It’s a great way to get two cards with one lot of stamping and a great corner or border style design.  You can see Jennifer’s post here.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measured 5-5/8″ x 7-3/4″ and stamped the blossoms in Misty Moonlight down the middle portion of the cardstock, adding in Seaside Spray flowers, Night of Navy mini flowers and Crumb Cake accents.

The inspiration for the colours of this design came from Stacey Marsh – a demo I recently starting following in the UK.  Check out her Instagram – she’s amazing!  She had me at blue flowers!!

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

Once all the stamping is done, cut the cardstock down the middle (at 3-7/8″) and use the pieces to make up your cards.

This first card features a Crumb Cake base and Vellum butterflies using the Butterfly Duet Punch.  The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set cut using one of the label dies from the Hippo & Friends set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

The second card features a Seaside Spray base, hearts from the Pattern Play stamp set and sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

This technique makes it easy to whip up some cards to send to family and friends in no time at all.  Feeling adventurous?  Try stamping a whole sheet and cutting into 4 pieces!!!  Or using die cuts for your images.  There’s so many possibilities!

Next up for more ‘thinking of you’ inspiration is my gorgeous friend Narelle Simm.

Thanks for hopping with us. If you need the full list of participants, click here to visit.

See you next week for more Social Stamping!