CASEing the Catty #175 | Occasions Big Shot

Hello Sunday!!!  I hope you had a lovely weekend.

Today I’m sharing a card I designed using the CASEing the Catty #175 theme – Favourite Occasions Big Shot Project.

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There’s lots of Big Shot Projects to love in the Occasions catalogue!  I needed a layout to use with my new Animal Outing stamp set which I have been itching to get inky since we got it at OnStage.  You’ll be able to add it to your collection when the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue goes live in June #demoperks

The stamp set contains fun cartoon animal images including a rhino, frog, giraffe and a super cute kangaroo & koala combination.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

It’s rare we get Australian animals in stamp sets, so I just love the kangaroo image!!!

I’ve used the layout of the (left) picnic card on page 6 of the Occasions catalogue…

…as the base for my kangaroo creation!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

This fun stamp set comes with framelits (can’t wait for those!) and is going to be a huge hit in the new catalogue!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Let’s have a look at that cute kanga one more time.  She’s easy to colour using your favourite colouring method.  I’ve used Watercolor Pencils & Aqua Painter for this card.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

I know you’re going to be seeing lots more of her!

To join my team & have early access to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue (plus a fabulous discount on all your new catalogue spending), click here.

To keep hopping (punny!), visit my lovely friend Fi Cobbin in Sunbury, Victoria (which rhymes with Bunbury and could be another source of a great pun!!!).

Join the challenge by CASEing a favourite Big Shot project from the 2018 Occasions catalogue and sharing it on our Facebook group.

You love seeing what you make!

Have a great week,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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*** Animal Outing available in 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue from 1st June 2018.

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OnStage April 2018 – Presenter & Display Board Showcase Blog Hop

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Together with my lovely friend Sandra Collett, I’ve had the pleasure of coordinating a blog hop for some of the international stars of the April 2018 OnStage event.

If you’re loving all the new catalogue sneak peeks, then you’re going to love this blog hop!

There’s 15 talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrators on this journey.

Click on the next button to start with Sandra Collett in New Zealand, then keep clicking ‘next’ on each blog to travel all over the world.

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It’s wonderful to be able to share in the success of my fellow demonstrators!

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The full list of participants:

Stamp Review Crew | Magical Day

Hello!  Today is a magical Stamp Review Crew hop featuring my international Stampin’ friends and the Magical Day stamp set.

This product suite, including the coordinating Magical Mates stamp set, Myths & Magics DSP, Myths & Magic DSP and Myths & Magic Washi Tape, are all retiring soon (31st May – or when stocks run out!).

It was so lovely to know we have this blog hop for inspiration to keep the magic alive!!!

Make sure you buy all your retiring favourites {like Magical Day} before they sell out.  Shop the retirement list in my online store.


 

The cards I made for today’s blog hop are based on the theory of design I talk about in my Stamp In Confidence module two video.  Stamp In Confidence is a tutorial program I have developed with my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman.  Visit the blog here for all the info.

Stamp Review Crew - Magical Day | kelly kent

As I’ve been putting together the content for this video, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about design.  How I design cards, what ‘rules’ I use and what are the important elements of design when making cards.

Module Two brings all this together in a video tutorial with written information to support it.  If you’ve been feeling like you need a bit of guidance so that you can independently design cards with confidence – you’ll love Stamp In Confidence.

Here’s the close up of each of the cards – they were so fun to make!

Unicorn.  Sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set…

Stamp Review Crew - Magical Day | kelly kent

Knight (triple layered!!!)

Stamp Review Crew - Magical Day | kelly kent

Dragon. Sentiment from World’s Best Trophy stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew - Magical Day | kelly kent

Mermaid. Sentiment from Sunshine Sayings stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew - Magical Day | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today for Stamp Review Crew.  There’s a bonus hop this month due to 5 Mondays in April!!!  Stay tuned for another great suite on display on 30th April!!!

Next up on this Magical blog hop is the gorgeous Lauren Alarid.

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | BLACK

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Happy Friday 13th!

In fitting with “black Friday”, our theme for tonight’s Paper Adventures team hop is “BLACK”.

We are welcoming Sue Plote from the US as our guest designer this week.  Sue is fabulous and we’re delighted to have her hopping with us.

There’s a full list of participants at the bottom of this post – just in case of broken links.

You are currently with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Western Australia.

Last month, I had the privilege of hosting a retreat day for demonstrators local to my area.  You can read more about it here.

One of the cards I made on the day was designed by Claire Oliffe using the Black Ice technique.  I hadn’t tried this before – and totally loved it!!!

Claire provided us with instructions based on Melissa Kerman’s you tube tutorial.  See it here.

I used the Hanging Garden stamp set for my two Black Ice cards.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

This is yet another technique that looks complicated but is so easy when you have the tools & instructions!

For my first card, I used one of the hanging baskets.  I made the Black Ice segment on Silver Foil first and then cut it out using a circle framelit.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

The hardest thing about these cards was getting photos that show how fun they look once finished!

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

You’ll need:

  • Foil in a colour of your choice
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • Stamp set
  • Heat tool
  • Versamark
  • Clear embossing powder.

StazOn ink was retired from our range, but I’m excited to be able to share that we’ll be seeing it back again from 1st June 2018.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

In (very) simple terms, to get the black ice effect, the steps are:

  • Drag the StazOn pad down the foil (and back up again) to create some distressing
  • Stamp your images on the foil in StazOn
  • Dry with your heat tool on setting 1 (or wait for it to dry)
  • Drag the Versamark pad down the foil, cover with clear embossing powder and melt with your heat tool on setting 2

Easy – right???


I loved the first card so much I made another one using a larger panel for the Black Ice technique with all the hanging baskets.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

This card used Champagne Foil – you can use any colour foil.  It’s the slippery surface which allows for the distressing that gives you the effect.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

I really love the darker edges you get when using a whole piece of foil (I cut the edges off for the first card).

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

This is a technique you’re going to want to try!!!

If you live in the Bunbury area and would like a guided tutorial, we can arrange a technique workshop just for you!


Next up on the Paper Adventures team hop is our guest designer – Sue Plote

Thanks for joining us!

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Participant List:

Sue Plote (guest designer)

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Just Add Ink #404 | Shaker

Are you up for a fun weekend challenge?

Just Add Ink are adding….. {SHAKERS}

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There’s something about sequins, sparkles & moving pieces that take a card to the next level!

See all the design team shaker cards on the Just Add Ink Blog.

You can also add your own shaker card to the challenge gallery.

I was inspired by the works of Jackie Aitken this week – a fellow JAI design team member.  Jackie has been posting some seriously awesome pocket cards lately and I wanted to try it out!

This is my version styled using the Picture Perfect Party suite…

Picture Perfect Party Shaker | kelly kent

The shaker element is hiding in the pocket….

Picture Perfect Party Shaker | kelly kent

A little unorthodox, but I’m planning for Miss Papercraft to use a sharpie and write the birthday message onto the vellum!!!

Picture Perfect Party Shaker | kelly kent

Did you spy the coordination between the Picture Perfect Party DSP – confetti photography & the circle shaker pieces.  Such a simple shaker insert to make using 3/4″ circles in the coordinating colours – Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach & Whisper White.

Picture Perfect Party Shaker | kelly kent

The Picture Perfect Paper Ribbon was a late withdrawal from the Occasions catalogue due to supply issues.  It doesn’t matter though – it’s so easy to make using a strip of cardstock sewn down the middle & finished with paper snips.  Cute paper ribbon in any colour!!

Nothing says happiest birthday wishes like these colours do!  I can’t wait to make some more fun & bright pocket cards!!!

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It’s a {COLOUR REVAMP}

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Some of the biggest news to come from OnStage is new colours!  It was time for a colour revamp where we see significant changes in the colour range – and I’m oh-so-excited by the choices Stampin’ Up! have made!!!

Some of the colours we’ve known as Brights, Regals, Neutrals & Subtles are retiring.

Retiring Colours 2018 | kelly kent

Four of the 5 In Colors from the 2016-2018 collection are retiring – Flirty Flamingo joins the core colour range (saying goodbye to Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach & Sweet Sugarplum).

Retiring colours makes way for new colours, so we are welcoming a mix of returning In Colors and brand new never before seen colours.  Is your favourite coming back???

There’s still 4 main colour collections (with the same titles) plus 2 x 5 In Color Collections (10 In Colors in each catalogue) and 3 Basic colours (Whisper White, Basic Black, Very Vanilla) for a total of 53 colours.

2018 In Color Collections | kelly kent

2018 Color Collections | kelly kent

How beautiful is that rainbow of colour!!!

As well as new colours to enjoy, we’re also getting a new stamp pad case!!

It’s stacked with innovative features – slimmer, stackable & easier to open.  The new pads & refills will also contain a defoaming additive – which improves the consistency of the ink.

You’ll see these slowly integrate into the range over the next couple of months, starting with the 2018-2020 In Colors and rolling out to the new/returning colours and existing colours in the range.


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The final piece of Stampin’ news is the release of the retirement list for the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue & 2018 Occasions Catalogue.

See the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue Retirement List here

See the 2018 Occasions Catalogue Retirement list here

Visit the online store by clicking here ***

*** the online store is the easiest way to keep tabs on item availability.

If you have any favourites on the retirement list, you’ll want to order them soon.  Availability of products is variable with many only being available while stocks last.

Note about ink pads on the retirement list: You’ll see all ink pads on the retirement list – whether they retire permanently or are being repackaged.  Use the information in the first part of this blog post to check which colours are permanent retirements and which colours are continuing and will be available in the new style.

Basic Gray & Basic Black Archival Ink pads are both retiring.  Basic Gray will return as a core colour in the classic ink pad style.  StazOn Jet Black is returning as a permanent alcohol based ink option.


The online store is open 24-7 with shipping direct to your door (click here to visit).  If you’d like to use the host code & receive a thank you gift from me, the code for April is: 2AR3XM3B.

If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up! colours or product availability, get in touch with me.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

OnStage Perth 2018

Wow – what a weekend!!!

The past couple of days have been a wonderful whirlwind of Stampin’ Up! OnStage activities.  It was a big one this year – Stampin’ Up! turn 30!!!  A big happy birthday to the Stampin’ Up! family – I’m so glad to be a part of such a wonderful network and it was a joy celebrating with you.

Perth hosted one of the ‘local’ OnStage events on 6-7th April 2018 which made it easy for lots of our Paper Adventures team to join the fun (most of our team is WA based – but there were also events in Sydney and Auckland for our east coast friends).

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

For me, the event included an awesome 80s themed leadership dinner on Friday night.  I was just a baby in the 80s and didn’t think nappies would be a good look for fancy dress!  Here I am all glammed up with Melissa Gifford and Nicole Wilson…

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

Saturday was a whole day of stamping news & stamping fun.  I can’t show you most of what happened – we are bound by a confidentiality agreement until Tuesday but I can share some things!

Our Paper Adventures team rocked our new team shirts in a gorgeous rainbow.  Some of the team had bling envy last event, so I made sure their team gifts included a sparkly lanyard and personalised name tag for the event!

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

One of the day’s highlights was getting a copy of the upcoming 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.  You’re going to love it!!!  It’s available for customers to purchase from in June 2018.  If you don’t think you can wait that long, then it’s a perfect time to join my Paper Adventures team.  Not only will you get to see everything early, but you’ll get a discount on all your new catalogue favourites.


Throughout the event we got lovely gifts including new product, a {…..}, a {……} and a gorgeous bag to stash it all in (I’ll fill in the blanks when I’m allowed!).  There was also 4 projects to make with new catalogue products!!!

It wasn’t all stamping though!  The day consisted of lots of laughter as we met up with old friends, made new friends and chatted with the Stampin’ Up! staff that travelled to Perth to be with us for the event.

This is me with the CASEing the Catty Crew and Stamp Review Crew…

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

Ok… It’s just me….. The rest of the CTC Crew & SRC Crew were partying it up in Sydney, Auckland & international locations.

I did have some Just Add Ink friends – Chantell Randall, Jackie Aitken and Rachael Lewsley.

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

And a couple of the Colour INKspiration Crew – Nicole Wilson & Jackie Aitken.

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

I also caught up with 40 of the attendees after the event for a fabulous dinner at the Wild Fig.  What a great night of fantastic company, yummy food and excellent service!

These were my peeps for the night…

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent


I know you’re going to see some amazing photos featuring new products and samples from Tuesday.  Be sure to check out Perth’s Display Board Stampers who created 15+ samples each for everyone to ooooo and ahhh over during the day.  Two of my team were selected for this honour – Kristel Rimmer (see her blog here) and Joanne Gaff (see her Facebook page here).

This is the best I can share right now….

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

The other two display stampers were my clever design team friends – Nicole Wilson & Jackie Aitken.  I’m sure all four will share photos of their gorgeous work during the week – make sure to check back in with their social mediato see their amazing projects!!!


Another part of the event is sharing things we have made & brought with us to the event. I got some absolutely gorgeous team gifts, presents from friends and swaps that people generously shared with me (even though I didn’t make swaps to share this year).

I did make some paper gifts to share with my team & stamping besties…

Using the Mini Embroidery Hoops available in the Occasions catalogue and 4 different die sets, I created these fun little unicorn dream catchers.

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent

Swirly Scribbles…

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Bouquet Bunch…

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Paisley….

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Eastern Elegance….

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I packaged them up reminding my friends how awesome they are…

OnStage Perth 2018 | kelly kent


The next event happens in November and although we don’t get back to back Perth events, there’s always the excitement of a trip east!!!  I’ll share exact locations with you next week.  OnStage is open to any demonstrator to attend – registration will be August 2018 for a November 2018 event.

It’s so easy to get caught up in all the hype of new & exciting – but there’s plenty of favourites still available in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue and 2018 Occasions catalogue.

Don’t forget to stock up on anything you’ll miss.  At this time of year, many products may not be available for the entire catalogue duration if they sell out quickly!

Browse the online store – click here.

Signing off now to get some sleep after a big weekend!!!!

Thank you to all the people who shared smiles, lavished hugs, introduced themselves and sent me home with gorgeous paper goodness.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

PS, and a big thank to everyone who took photos for people at the event, including me – and for friends who have shared their photos with me.  I’m always too busy having fun to take photos, so I appreciate the people who stop to record the moments!!

 

Have you stocked your In Color Favourites?

There’s still just under 2 months left of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue – all the action ends the 31st May 2018.

Stampin’ Up! will release the official retirement list next week, but there’s one range of products we are guaranteed to say goodbye to – the 2016-2018 In Color range.

2018 In Color Retirement | kelly kent

This includes Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum & Peekaboo Peach.

If any of these colours are on your list of favourites, then I suggest you stock up {BEFORE} the official retirement list comes out.  After this point, stock is only available on a ’til it lasts’ basis and many of the products will sell out quickly.

Make sure you have reinkers for your inkpads, extra cardstock to see you through and any accessories you’ll miss.

Direct shopping links below or browse my online store: http://bit.ly/shopSUwithkellykent

Although it’s always sad to see colours go that we have fallen in love with – it’s exciting to know that 5 new In Colors will be arriving in June.

If you have any questions about the retirement list or need help to place an order, please let me know!

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Stamp Review Crew | Happy Birthday Gorgeous

We’re ending your Easter long weekend with a Stamp Review Crew hop.

The theme this week is the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.  Currently, it’s bundled with the awesome Happy Birthday Thinlit.

I love the fonts in this set – plus all the other images!  Balloons, flowers & more!

This is the card I made for today’s hop.  I styled it using the theme from the catalogue – where it’s matched with the Foil Frenzy DSP.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous | kelly kent

The coordinating colour for the foil DSP is Berry Burst (used as the card base) – which we will see in the next catalogue since it’s part of the current In Color set.  But Sweet Sugarplum is part of the outgoing set – so I’m using it as much as I can!

Happy Birthday Gorgeous | kelly kent

Other than losing those 5 colours (Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peach Peekaboo & Sweet Sugarplum), there’s no guarantees about what we’ll see carrying through to the next Annual Catalogue.  I am hopeful about keeping some of my favourite products!!


This card isn’t new to my blog, but in case you didn’t see it when I shared it last year for a Just Add Ink challenge, I wanted to share this very Australian Christmas card using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamps to create gumnuts!

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us today!

Get another cuppa & Easter egg ready and keeping hopping to visit my sweet friend Holly & see what’s she’s made.

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Just Add Ink #402 | Choose Two

It’s a choose two theme this week for Just Add Ink.  We give you three choices – and you craft using your favourite combination of 2!

It’s stencils, foil or feathers this week – what will you choose?

I went with foil & feathers – and playing with a new toy!!!

JAI #402 Foil & Feathers | kelly kent

Late last year we had the chance to pre-order Stampin’ Up!’s new positioning tool called the Stamparatus.  They arrived this month and it’s been so fun to play!  It’s officially available in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue (release date: June 2018) – I’ll make sure to update you once it’s available to order again.

So much more than the standard positioning tool, it’s got an awesome hinge feature which makes repetitive stamping a breeze – these feathers took me no time at all and look how straight & evenly spaced they are.

JAI #402 Foil & Feathers | kelly kent

You can go back over and stamp the same image to get a great solid image – like for the Basic Gray sentiment.

The feathers are an easy spot for my card, but I’ve been a bit sneaky with the foil component.  The DSP background is the Sale-A-Bration Springtime {FOIL} DSP – only available for a couple more days (until 31st March 2018) so I thought I’d give it one last outing!

JAI #402 Foil & Feathers | kelly kent

If you love the stamped images, you’ll find them both in the Feather Together stamp set from the Annual Catalogue!

Thanks for joining me today for Just Add Ink.

If you have some craft time over Easter and create something wonderful with stencils, foil & feathers, be sure to share it with us on the Just Add Ink blog.  You’ll also find all the design team cards there.

If some crafty shopping is also on your agenda over Easter, my online Stampin’ Up! store will be open all weekend!  With free Sale-A-Bration choices until 9pm (WA time) on Saturday 31st March 2018.  Click here to browse the online store!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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