Sweet Symmetry | Paper Adventures Team Day

Every year our Paper Adventures team meets for a retreat day in Perth. This year we were hosted by Shannon Kissane and while the weather was wet and grey outside, we had the pleasure of spending the day stamping inside. The weather even broke for a short while which allowed use to enjoy lunch outside.

As usual, I forgot to take any photos except this amazing group shot. What a fabulous group of crafters!

We used the same format for this team day as previous ones we enjoyed and crafted using “shoebox swaps”. Each crafter designed a project, made up the kits and put it in a box with all the supplies required to make it up. We rotated around the table until we’d made 8 of the kits, allowing approximately 20 mins per project. The projects we didn’t get to make in person, we took home as a completed sample.

Here’s the cards I designed for my shoebox…

I had kits available in each colour option so stampers could choose the one they preferred. It was a 50-50 split on favourites with one of each colour left over at the end.

The card style is one I’ve shared a lot this week – a notebook fancy fold. The stamp set is In Symmetry – one of my new catalogue favourites together with Sweet Symmetry DSP. I think the colours and styling of the DSP made me fall in love with the stamp set. Pink & yellow has always been a favourite of mine.

There was a little bit of fussy cutting involved but everyone snipped with good grace. This stamp set would be perfect with coordinating dies (hint hint Stampin’ Up!).

I design & make so many cards for classes, it’s always an absolute pleasure to make a card designed by someone else. Across 10 cards, we had such a unique mix of styles, colours and products. It’s a well known fact that you should always wait until after a team gathering to put in your next Stampin’ Up! order. There’s always A LOT of enabling!!!

Here’s what the rest of the team made for their shoebox projects –

Check out the blogs of my talented teamies –

Lisa Whitehead
Mandy Depiazzi
Robyn Houston
Sheila Pybus
Shannon Kissane
Narelle Simm
Sana Arslan

We missed a couple of our team who couldn’t be there on the day due to illness and other commitments. We look forward to another one later in the year because you can never get enough of stamping with good people!

Stamp Review Crew | Artistically Inked

Hello Monday! Thanks for joining me this morning as I hop with my Stampin’ Up! friends from around the world for another Stamp Review Crew hop. Today we’re sharing projects we’ve made using the Artistically Inked stamp set.

This was my top pick from the 2021 Annual Catalogue. I couldn’t wait to have the whole suite – the stamp set, the coordinating Artistic Dies, the stunning Expressions in Ink DSP and Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack.

I’ve used my favourite layout at the moment for these cards – a notebook style fancy fold where you take a standard card size, score at 4-1/8” from the open end and adhere the space between the side fold and the score line to create a solid side piece.

The colours for this DSP are so pretty, so I’ve used Polished Pink and Soft Succulent from the 2021-2023 In Colors to complement the DSP.

Each side contains deluxe gold foiling, which made the choice to add accents die cut from gold foil an easy one.

The stamps in this set have a beautiful watercolour effect. You’ll want to make sure you apply ink carefully – either with a brush or sponge dauber, or smoothing the ink with a sponge or brush after you’ve inked directly from the pad. It makes so much difference to the variation in colour that it’s worth the extra effort!

As well as the floral images, the stamp set contains sentiments you’ll want to use on every card you make!

Have I convinced you yet how necessary this suite is for your collection? Keep hopping to see more ideas on projects you can create using this stamp set. Next blog to visit is the fantastic Jay Soriano.

Have a wonderful week!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | out with the old

Hello! It’s my pleasure to be hopping with my Paper Adventures team today. As we farewell the Jan-June Mini catalogue at the end of this month, we’re taking the opportunity to share favourites that we’re going to miss in this ‘Out With the Old’ theme.

My absolute favourite from the Jan-June mini was the Pretty Perennial bundle. Designed by Dena Rekow in honour of her million dollar sales achievement – I love everything about it!

For today’s projects, I have CASEd the cards from the catalogue using this bundle and added in the Hey Girlfriend stamp set for some fun teen cards.

I didn’t buy this stamp set when the catalogue first came out but I always planned to add it to my collection before it retired. It’s a great one for the long term stash – especially having two girls who are fast growing up!

There’s three different girls in the stamp set – all with a different style, which I love! I think this little lady is my favourite – possibly it’s the glasses, Ra-Ra skirt and the cute hair that have me hooked!

Using Stampin’ Blends, you can colour the girls to theme with any card design and using any skin tone you like. I really love this chart by Jacque Williams which allows you to see each of the combinations and had an option to download the chart and create your own skin colour table. Click here to visit Jacque’s blog.

I didn’t have the exact same products in each of the samples, so I substituted where I needed to which is the perfect way to CASE. One of the definitions of CASE stands for Copy and Selectively Edit.

Next up on today’s hop is the lovely Narelle Simm

Thanks for hopping with us tonight. Have a lovely weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #559 | choose two

Hello! Thanks for stopping by for a Just Add Ink – Choose Two challenge. I really love it when these roll around – there’s so much room for creativity. There’s a choice today of stitching, stripes and paper strips.

As always, I really could have used all three elements but settled on stitching (how could I not!) and paper strips for these notebook style fun folds. Using DSP for card fronts on so many of my cards, I’ve often got strips of DSP lying around. This style of fold uses those strips up perfectly.

I’ve used the Flowering Cactus Product Medley – a themed crafting set with a stamp set, dies, DSP, embellishments and twine to inspire cards with perfect coordination.

Both of these cards are 5-1/2” long/wide and 4-1/8” across/down. They are scored at 4-1/8” from the open end to create a square feature panel. The remaining portion is adhered together to create thicker edge.

The paper strips were used for the notepad edge and as an accent on the card front.

This card fold works in both orientations – so of course I had to make both!

The Flowering Cactus DSP is so pretty! With the stamps you can make your own cactus & flower combinations but the DSP includes a few different coloured designs of the cacti. I really love how they’ve coloured them, so I decided to use the DSP versions instead of stamping. And fab bonus for this product medley – the dies that coordinate with the stamp set, also match the DSP. These images can be cut using dies!!!

The stitching element on my card is the pretty tag. These are a hidden gem of the 2021 Annual Catalogue. They don’t have a specific stamp set to match, so they only appear in the dies section at the back of the catalogue. You get several sizes of two different tag shapes. A total love for me!

This is the inside of the card. You can see that once you adhere the scored panel on the edge, the usable space in the middle is 4-1/8” square. I’ve layered more of the fab DSP with a Basic White writing panel.

If a combination of stitching, stripes & paper strips inspires you this week, we’d love for you to join us over at the Just Add Ink blog and share your creation.

You can also see which two the design team chose for their cards this week. Don’t forget, that although the design team primarily share cards, any inky project is welcome as a challenge entry – 3D creations, scrapbook pages, memory keeping, journalling. Share your talents with us!!! We’d also love for you to leave us a comment to say hi or share with us your challenge theme suggestions.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Social Stamping | Quiet Meadow

What does your Monday look like tomorrow? I’ll be at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe from 9.30am – 11am having some stamping fun. You’re welcome to join us!

Here’s a sneak peek of one of the card options we’ll be making using the Quiet Meadow bundle.

This card has two colour options – Soft Succulent / Evening Evergreen and Petal Pink / Calypso Coral. They were inspired by the colours of the reverse patterns that I’ve used from the Pansy Petals DSP.

The fold is a variation of a z-fold, opening up to see more of the DSP and another panel – which can be used for writing or decoration.

The card can stand up but also folds flat into a normal card size to fit into an envelope.

The Meadow Dies create a beautiful silhouette effect and looks pretty against the background stamps from the Quiet Meadow stamp set.

The sentiments from this set are sweet and look lovely in the stitched & scalloped label die.

There’s only three more sessions of Social Stamping this term. We’ll be taking a break across July and look forward to more Social Stamping from August.

See you tomorrow!

Stamp Review Crew | Whiskey Business

Hello Monday! It’s a holiday here, so no school – which means another day to sleep in late, the potential for an adventure and a short week to enjoy.

I’m hopping today with the Stamp Review Crew – a group of international Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who all share projects using the same stamp set. Today’s top shelf selection is Whiskey Business – a carryover into the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. You can see the full list of participants on the Stamp Review Crew blog.

I love this stamp set for some broody male cards. I haven’t been able to move away from the classic deep tones that whiskey stereotypes involve. I’m excited to see the inspiration from the hop and the designs the crew bring to the table.

I’ve themed these cards using the Simply Elegant DSP. I hadn’t considered it particularly masculine but the mix of geometric patterns works really well for a variety of occasions.

The whiskey bottle & glass are stamped in Early Espresso and coloured with Stampin’ Blends – Pale Papaya and Crumb Cake. The sentiment and garnish are gold embossed.

I’ve used the grey tones – Basic Grey and Smoky Slate for his card to tone with the DSP patterns.

I added Soft Succulent for the second card to create a colour contrast and something a little brighter.

The background layer is Smoky Slate with lines scored at 1/2” intervals. Such an easy way to add texture!

The amber ale in these cups are thanks to a more yellow undertone – So Saffron and Crumb Cake. So many options for authentic whiskey colours. Combining two (or three) colours of Blends gives a range of different colours from the existing marker range.

Here’s a card I shared previously using blue tones (see original post here) –

Whiskey Business | kelly kent

Keep hopping to see what the rest of the crew did for this hop. Next up is my gorgeous friend Nikki Spencer who always creates something breathtaking!

Thanks for joining us today. Have a wonderful week!

Just Add Ink #557 | photo inspiration

As the weather cools here in Australia, this sleek fireplace inspiration photos is perfect for winter crafting. For those of you in the northern hemisphere, you would probably roll your eyes at the temperatures Aussies consider to be cold! It’s wood fires, beanies and blankets at less than 20 degrees for me! I love the summer and the only good things about winter weather are snuggling up inside when it’s raining outside, a change in wardrobe and a good excuse to craft because it’s too cold to be outside. And past that, it’s just a countdown til summer arrives again!

I kept it simple for today’s projects using Basic White Notecards, Bloom Where You’re Planted DSP, Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder and the Inspired Thoughts stamp set.

Inspired by the white wash of the brick wall fireplace in the photo, I ran the textured white DSP pattern through the embossing machine using the Brick & Mortar folder. It’s one of my favourites with cardstock – but wow – embossing the DSP takes it to another level! I often forget to alter DSP in any way other than cutting it. But embossing and stamping on it is a great way to add more texture.

The notecards are the perfect size for the potted delights from the DSP. Like so many of the designs, the Bloom Where You’re Planted DSP has a couple of pages that can be used as whole sheets, or can indulge a little fussy cutting.

The sentiments are from the Inspired Thoughts stamp set – one of my favourite new greeting sets from the Annual Catalogue. It has a range of sentiments including sympathy, thinking of you, congratulations, hello and thank you. I’ve cut using either the Stitched Rectangle Dies or Succulent Dies.

The art work on the plants is just divine – they are pretty enough to stand alone on a card and look amazing!

The design team have had such fun creating this week using the elements from the inspiration photo. You can see all their creations on the Just Add Ink blog. You can also share your project there and show us what you’ve been making.

Have a great Friday! It’s a long weekend in Western Australia and one of my gorgeous friend’s birthday. I’m excited to be travelling to Perth and joining her for a birthday lunch at a very fancy Perth restaurant. If there’s something that excites me as much as crafting, it’s food!!!

What a Year Memories & More

I shared a card yesterday that I made using the What a Year Memories & More cards (click here to see). That project was the inspiration for another series of cards – using more of the Memories & More cards and the Biggest Wish stamp set.

The colours and patterns of the What a Year Memories & More cards are fabulous. The combination of pinks, yellows, aqua and greens are beautiful and the designs are quirky, cool and fun!

I picked out 4 of my favourite patterns and paired them with the same elements from yesterday’s card – Tasteful Textiles 3D Embossing Folder and Biggest Wish stamp set.

Here’s a closer look…

RAINBOW

PLANTS

STRIPES

SCISSORS

Do you have a favourite? I love them all. Sometimes simple is the best!

Paper Adventures Birthdays | yellow

May was a busy birthday month for our Paper Adventures Team. I’ve continued with my yellow theme for birthday cards this month – to match a gift that I’ll keep a secret for now (don’t want to spoil it for the rest of the year’s birthdays).

These cards were made using mini cards from the What a Year Memories and More pack.

I liken these sets to another pack of DSP – albeit a little smaller and a little thicker than DSP but still with the same great designs and colours you love from Stampin’ Up! You get 52 cards (small & large) and 4 sticker sheets in the pack. No two cards are the same – so there’s lots of and lots of variety of patterns.

I picked the yellow (Bumblebee) tones from the small cards and cut each card into three 1-1/4” pieces. I’ve then layered the three different patterns onto a Basic White mat (embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder) and then onto a Bumbeebee mat, before layering this piece onto a Thick Basic White card base.

The sentiment is from the Biggest Wish stamp set – my fave in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. Bumblebee for the BIRTHDAY and Early Espresso for the ‘happy’.

Three lots of the patterned cards made three full size cards. A couple for team birthdays and a spare for the stash.

Although I loved the yellow card, I couldn’t stop creating with the Memories & More cards. Check back in tomorrow – I’ll be sharing 4 more cards using the What a Year Design and Biggest Wish stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew | Nothing’s Better Than

Hello! A couple of times a year we get the pleasure of a bonus Stamp Review Crew hop when there’s 5 Mondays in a month. It’s always fun to hop with my Stampin’ Up! friends from around the world. You can see the full list of everyone joining in on the main Stamp Review Crew blog.

Today there’s nothing better than a bonus hop as we showcase projects we’ve made using the “Nothing’s Better Than” bundle.

This stamp set has the cutest images with all your favourite indulgences and pretty fonts with quirky sayings. There’s coordinating dies with outlines for the art stamp and gorgeous word dies to match.

I’ve made two cards to share today. The first card is all about the cocktails. This is my favourite stamp from the set – it’s a party in a drink!

The colour choices for today’s cards are inspired by the Pattern Party DSP. This bumper pack of patterned paper is available as a reward on Stampin’ Up! orders over $250 (in Australia). The order will need to be over $310 for it to be completely free, or you can use the $25 of rewards on a $250 order and pay the $6 difference. Stampin’ Up! rewards are so wonderfully generous and flexible.

These colours are Granny Apple Green, Pumpkin Pie & Flirty Flamingo on a Blushing Bride card base. The cocktails are Daffodil Delight and Balmy Blue.

The ‘happy birthday’ is from a new stamp set I was so excited to add to my collection – One Happy Family. As well as the amazing styling of the birthday greeting there’s a bunch of other sentiments covering pregnancy, good news, love and babies.

The second card I’m sharing uses the another pattern from the Pattern Party DSP. Both cards also use the Picture This Dies – two fabulous layout dies – one circles, one rectangles with stitched detail to make them extra special.

This card has all the vices you could need – coffee (or tea in my case), chocolates and a cookie, with a ‘love you more than’ sentiment.

‘Because you’re awesome’ comes from three different sentiment stamps in the set – easy to piece together into a custom saying.

The colours for this card are a Pear Pizzazz base with Granny Apple Green, Balmy Blue, Misty Moonlight, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody and Bumblebee circles.

Thanks for hopping by by blog today. Next up is Lou Kitzelman – there’s nothing better than her creations! I’ll be hopping again with the Stamp Review Crew next week – as we roll into the first Monday of June and share more projects with another fantastic stamp set.

Have a great week!