Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Non Traditional Christmas

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I absolutely cannot believe this is our second last team blog hop of the year.

How did it get to November so quickly???

We are delighted to share this hop with Carolyn Bennie who is guest designing with us this month for our theme…

Non-traditional Christmas

I am a great fan of projects outside of the box for Christmas, whether it’s in the design, colours or theme.

Today, I’m sharing  two projects with you.

The first is non-traditional Christmas colours.

I always love seeing bright & pretty Christmas colours!!!

My choice for today is some of my favourites pretty colours…

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Non Traditional Christmas

I wanted to contrast them against a clean & simple white card.

So, using the tree dies from the Christmas Staircase thinlits, I started with a white tree.  Because of the proportions of the tree, I’ve opted for a square card (which I almost never do!).

Paper Adventures Non Traditional Christmas | kelly kent

The tree sits on on a 4-3/4″ Whisper White mat with a 5″ border in Berry Burst.  The card base is 6″ square (so cut at 6″ from a 12″ piece of cardstock and score in half @ 6″).

Of course a square card needs a special envelope and thanks to my Envelope Punch Board, it’s super easy to whip one up!

Paper Adventures Non Traditional Christmas | kelly kent

Are you dazzled by all the pretty coloured jewels?  And wondering how you missed them in the catalogue?  You don’t buy them coloured – but they are easy to make!

Our new Stampin’ Blends colour over the smooth surface of our rhinestones, pearls and metallic embellishments.  So, these pretties are made by colouring the rhinestone jewels with Stampin’ Blends.

Paper Adventures Non Traditional Christmas | kelly kent

To match the colours I’ve chosen for my card, I used the light & dark Rich Razzleberry Blends, the dark Bermuda Bay, the dark Pool Party and the dark Old Olive.  I also added in some uncoloured rhinestones to for another variation in colour.

The base of the tree and the inside of the card are stamped using the Paint Play stamp set.  The sentiment is from the always faithful Teeny Tiny Sentiments.

Paper Adventures Non Traditional Christmas | kelly kent


The second card I’m sharing today uses an everyday stamp set to create a Christmas card.

Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck on the sets that are specifically labelled as Christmas.  But, you already own a dozen or more stamp sets that have lots of versatility.

I love the Build A Bike stamp set and thought a bike would make a good alternative to a Christmas sleigh!

Paper Adventures Non Traditional Christmas | kelly kent

The present is from the Ready for Christmas stamp set and the sentiment from Christmas Quilt stamp set.

Paper Adventures Non Traditional Christmas | kelly kent

I’ve matched the non-traditional theme with traditional Christmas colours of red & green.

If you love red & green, the Quilted Christmas DSP is a perfect choice!  It comes in a 6×6″ paper stack, so after cutting the DSP for my card front, I had a strip left over.

This was perfect to brighten up the inside of my card…

Paper Adventures Non Traditional Christmas | kelly kent

I don’t always use angles in my card, but it seemed to follow through nicely to have the inside purposefully wonky too (since the front was!).


I can’t wait for you to see what the rest of our Paper Adventures team has created for this hop.  I am always inspired by their creativity and you’re going to love how they’ve all thought outside the box.

Next stop from here is to our guest designer – Carolyn Bennie in South Australia.

It was wonderful to see Carolyn again at OnStage on the weekend!

kelly kent & carolyn bennie

Thanks for joining us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

We are always hopeful that the links between blogs work!  But just in case they don’t, here’s a full list.  We have 2 teams members joining us from Facebook.  Our Paper Adventures team is inclusive of all ways of sharing and for all levels of experience!

Kelly Kent
Carolyn Bennie (Guest Designer)
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Anne Barker (Facebook) –
Coriana Boothey
Sheila Pybus (Facebook) –
Mandy Depiazzi
Narelle Simm

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6 thoughts on “Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Non Traditional Christmas

  1. These are both just divine! I love the bright happy colours of the first one and of course that bike is just the best. Love both takes on the non-traditional theme. That such a great trick to colour the rhinestones.

  2. I am such a fan of the bright colours but when it comes to designing something the choices of cardstock and dsp are endless and sometimes very difficult to choose. The bike sleigh concept is a great one Kelly. This has been an awesome theme for the blog hop

  3. I love both your cards, I’m really loving the non traditional theme idea. Love that those Stampin blends can customise colours for embellishments on cards! The bike is a great alternative to a normal Christmas sleigh.
    Mandy x

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