ESAD Blog Hop | 2019 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek

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Whether I’m ready or not, Christmas is coming! I know some crafters who start their Christmas card making in February. I’m much more of a December girl… Looming deadline and all that. But it doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy collecting all the pretty things in the lead up to my Christmas craft frenzy! I know we’re all going to find lots of things to add to our shopping list after this hop.

I’m joining my Aussie & Kiwi demo friends (from the ESAD Facebook group) to share a sneak peek of the upcoming 2019 Holiday Catalogue. It goes live on 4th September, check with your local demonstrator to get your hands on a copy!

My catalogue favourite is always the new injection of DSP. As always there’s pretty colours, beautiful patterns and fresh inspiration! My other favourite is a good punch & stamp punch.  This year I’ve got a Christmas crush on the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and Pine Tree Punch bundle.  And the final thing I was super excited about is the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.  I have all the sets in the “Itty Bitty” range and they are fabulous for having a range of greetings at your fingertips. The Christmas one is no exception.

So, with the Wrapped in Plaid DSP, the Pine Tree Punch and Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set in my hot little hands, I whipped up my first Christmas card of the 2019 Holiday Catalogue season.

Wrapped in Plaid DSP | kelly kent

This card is a fancy fold inspired by my teamie – Mandy Depiazzi – who used this fold at class.  Her inspiration came from Jackie Bolhuis.  I’m not sure that it has a name – Jackie simply referred to is as a Quick & Easy Fun Fold.  And she’s right about that.  It’s so simple but such a great layout.  I’ve been using it for lots of cards this month.

The card base isn’t folded – it’s 1/4 of a sheet of cardstock (4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″ for Australian sizing).  The DSP on the base is 3″ x 5-7/8″.  The centre panel – which folds out to reveal your writing panel is 2-3/4″ x 11-11/16″ (the length of an A4 sheet of cardstock), scored at half way (5-7/8″).  The front side of the panel is covered with more DSP – 2-1/2″ x 5-7/8″.

Wrapped in Plaid DSP | kelly kent

The card has a front flap that attaches to the reverse of the base and folds around.  You can make this flap any size you like.  Mine measured 1-1/2″ x 5-7/8″ (I just used an offcut I already had from cutting the card base), which I then cut with the Triple Banner Punch and then scored at 4-1/8″.

Wrapped in Plaid DSP | kelly kent

The decoration can also be any design that fits with your card theme.  I’ve used the tree in the Wrapped in Plaid DSP (how awesome is the gold foiling through the DSP?!?) on a Stitched Shape circle and finished with a Merry Christmas Label (Itty Bitty Christmas + Classic Label Punch).  Oh, and a star using the Twinkle Builder punch (this is a good punch to coordinate with the Pine Tree Punch).

The colours for this card are Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Shaded Spruce, Gold, Whisper White.

Thank you for joining me and my crafty friends for this hop.  Next blog to visit is my gorgeous friend Monique Fielder. If you get lost through broken links anywhere on the hop, check out the list below to skip through.

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Blog hop participant list:

  1. Sharon Dalton
  2. Cathy Pinchbeck
  3. Tanya Rees
  4. Sandra Mastello
  5. Shannon Kissane
  6. Rochelle Blok
  7. Lou Kitzelman
  8. Nicole Wilson
  9. Bronwyn Eastley
  10. Peta Stephen
  11. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  12. Libby Dyson
  13. Jo Weedon
  14. Cheryl Algie
  15. Rochelle Laird-Smith
  16. Denise Buetler
  17. Rebecca Scurr
  18. Kelly Kent
  19. Monique Fielder
  20. Maree McIntosh
  21. Melissa Gifford
  22. Barbara Williams
  23. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  24. Jackie Aitken
  25. Lauren Meiklejohn

 

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Photo Inspiration

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I wanted to take the chance to say a big thank you for all the comments, messages, likes and support after my very reflective post yesterday (if you missed it, you can read it here).  In keeping with my aim to simplifying my stamping activities, I’m not responding individually, but I wanted you to know that you touched my heart and made me feel very special.

It’s very fitting that my first post on the new journey is a Paper Adventures Team Hop.  These ladies are the heart and soul of my stamping experience.  If you ask most Stampin’ Up! demonstrators what keeps them going, it’s usually the friendships.  Making connections with like-minded crafting addicts is such a fabulous part of this adventure.

We welcome this month’s guest designer – Ellen Woodbridge.  Ellen is a demo on the east coast who has the most beautiful smile and infectious laugh.  I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few events with Ellen and it’s always a joy to see her.  She’s pretty talented at this stamping thing too!!!

The theme for today’s hop is photo inspiration.  We’re all creating something that has been inspired by this sweet image (credit: Amy Shamblen).

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I love hearts and flowers together, so this photo appealed instantly.  I love all the extra details – the different types of flowers, the colours, the little ladybugs at the bottom. There’s so many points of inspiration and I know the team is going to come up with some great projects to share.

I used the idea of making a heart from flowers to start my card.  One of my favourite DSPs from the Annual Catalogue is Pressed Petals.  The colours & beauty of this DSP caught me by surprise – because it certainly didn’t stand out in the catalogue to me. I love the floral patterns, the burlap design and the way the sheets complement each other.  The DSP is lightweight paper style which means the pack contains double the number of sheets as usual – that’s a win!!!

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

This card was a slight personal challenge to use the collage sheet in this pack.  I often find them the hardest to work into cardmaking.  But it occurred to me that when you cut up the floral bouquets from each section, they can be used quite creatively!  I’ve snipped and spliced to recreate a heart shape inspired by the photo.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set

This card then inspired another version, where I used one of the floral segments from the collage page of the DSP with a heart outline from the Be Mine Stitched Dies.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

Although Rich Razzleberry isn’t one of the coordinating colours in this pack, I love the way it brings out the purple tones of the DSP.  The floral page I’ve used in the background of this card is my favourite from the pack.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

I decided to keep this card sentiment free so I can use it for any occasion.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

If you could see the weather right now, you’d be amazing that I managed to sneak these photos in this morning.  The weather luck was on my side!  I prefer photos in the natural light – you get to see so much of the detail.


Thanks for joining us for this month’s team hop.  Next up on the hop is my beautiful friend Siobhan Fitzsimmons who is sharing a very personal project made using daisies!

Click here to shop online for the products used in my cards:

Dies: Be Mine Stitched

Stamps: Itty Bitty Greetings

Embossing: Subtle Embossing Folder

DSP: Pressed Petals

Colours: Rococo Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake & Soft Suede

Tools: Paper Snips

 


Participant List

Ellen Woodbridge (guest designer)
Kelly Kent
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Sheila Pybus
Mandy Depiazzi

Reflection, Reorganising and Redirecting mypapercraftjourney

LONG WORDY POST AHEAD, read on for some stamping reflection….

When deciding on a blog name all those years ago, I had no idea how apt calling this little hobby a ‘journey’ would be.  From the instant love of stamping at that very first class to the elation of having customers and sharing at workshops, to starting classes with fabulous regulars, to building a following on my blog, to being asked to join design teams, to being selected to share at Stampin’ Up! events, to building a team of wonderful ladies that are some of my closest friends….

So much wonderful!  I’ve achieved things I worked hard for, had success in areas start as pure ambition and notched up some things that I didn’t even know were going to be goals on mine.  And although I don’t think it’s time to climb to the other side of the mountain, it’s definitely time to travel different path for a while.  Some parts of stamping that had previously motivated me, just don’t hold the same power anymore.

Last year we added baby #3 to our little family, and for the most part, this has been the catalyst for some reflection on where stamping fits into my life and what parts of this hobby are the most meaningful to me.  One of the most frequent comments I’ve had from people is ‘I don’t know how you do it all’.  And the truth is, looking back, I’m not entirely sure.  I managed well by stamping once the kids were in bed and at the peak of the adventure over the past couple of years, the kids were at an age where they needed more supervision than hands on parenting, so I could sneak some crafting here and there.  But that pace hasn’t been sustainable since Little Master Papercraft joined us.  I’ve become even more time poor than I was previously and I found myself questioning if the energy I was putting into Stampin’ Up! was giving me what I needed from this glorious hobby.

The signs all seemed to be pointing towards simplifying what I was doing – or risk getting to a point of burnout where stamping didn’t bring me joy anymore.  So, I once again put my blog on sleep mode and took some time away from the pressures, demands and deadlines of running an active blog.  I thought I’d use this time to ‘stamp for fun’ but the reality was that I just needed that time away and I barely did any stamping.

The next part of the reflection was hard – I needed to work out what elements of stamping activities could be downgraded, simplified or simply let go.  As always with these types of decisions, it took me a long time to work that out, but once I did, it felt right (even if parting ways with some of my commitments is also incredibly sad).  I’ve resigned from two of the design teams I was part of – CASEing the Catty and Colour INKspiration.  My plan is to focus my attentions as a design team member for Just Add Ink, join in with Stamp Review Crew when I have the stamp set and blog with my Paper Adventures team each month.  Everything else will be a bonus and inspired by the love of stamping, not the next hop on a list.

With less design team commitments, my blog won’t be nearly as active as in previous years – and I’m ok with that.  I still want to share what inspires me (and challenge blogging seems to bring out the best in my creativity), but I don’t want it to be a race or a pressure within my week.  Less blogging also means the need for less variety within my craft stash, which will cause me to look at the catalogue in a completely different way.  I’m excited by a fresh approach to deciding what’s in my collection!

I’ve always really enjoyed hosting stamping classes – and I want them to stay in a format that suits me.  It’s a great social experience and a wonderful feeling to share the design & creation part of stamping with others.  I stopped running classes during 2018, but have picked them back up this year – carrying on from what I used to do.  One of the main challenges for me is time & scheduling.  The every changing demands of a young and active family, mean I can’t commit to anything regular or predictable without feeling the weight of expectation.  So, I’m taking the pressure off setting boundaries around how my classes look or setting a frequency and I’m now offering “Social Stamping”.  This will be a pop up class at a point that I am able to fit it into my family commitments.  I will advertise them on my blog and on my Facebook page and they will continue to be held from my home in Dalyellup (Bunbury).  The emphasis on these classes will be to ‘get together’ – share a drink, have a laugh and do a little stamping on the side.  If this sounds like your ‘cup of tea’, make sure to follow me on the blog or Facebook so you don’t miss the details.

One of my favourite quotes is ‘the only constant is change’ and although some of these decisions were hard, doing something because that’s the way it’s always been done is a bad idea!!!

I’m going to try this direction for a while, but I know that more change is inevitable and I’m excited for what the journey ahead holds!

I’ll leave you with a photo that shares the catalyst for change – Team Kent seeking more time & space for these precious family moments.

Team Kent | kelly kent

Annual Winter Hiatus

For the third year in a row (though last year’s was little more circumstantial than choice), I am taking a winter blogging break.  It seems to be this time of the year that my Stampin’ Up! sprinting seems to slow to a reluctant jog and I realise that it’s time to slow the pace, or risk ruining the joy that Stampin’ Up! brings me.

Consistent blogging takes time, effort and organisation.  There’s many late nights in the craft room, stolen moments at the computer and the ongoing demand for creativity.  I love being part of design teams, participating in blog hops and making projects for my classes, but as with everything, there’s a very fine line between sharing what you love and what you love becoming a chore.  For every blog post you see published by a crafter, there’s many hours of preparation involve – design, creating, photography, writing, sharing.

This mini break will give me a chance to reset, recharge my batteries and play with paper on my own terms.  Or, I might watch my favourite tv programs while sitting on the couch, go to bed before midnight or try another crafty hobby!!!

I’ll be back in a while (mid August) and look forward to sharing with you again.  Thanks for your support!

 

CASEing the Catty #237 | Layout pg 151

We have an ongoing debate about in our house about whether the week starts on a Sunday or ends on a Sunday.  I like to think Sunday is the end of the week and there’s a fresh start with work, school and other activities on the Monday.  Whichever way you look at it – thanks for stopping by on the last or first day of your week and joining us for a CASEing the Catty blog hop.

This week we’re CASEing (Copying And Sharing Everything) the layouts on page 151 of the Annual Catalogue.

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I have chosen the layout at the bottom right as the inspiration for my card.

Band Together | kelly kent

Using the Perennial Essence DSP as my background, the Band Together bundle forms the sentiment cluster at the bottom.

Band Together | kelly kent

Band Together has been a surprise love for me in the new catalogue.  It features a stamp set with a beautiful font, a pretty floral and a variety of sentiments.  The die set has  a mix of flourish bands, stamp cutouts and fabulous labels..

To emulate the inspiration card, I have used a Stitched Oval in vellum, a Detailed Bands label in Whisper White (embossed with the Subtle EF) and a Detailed Bands band in Rococo Rose.  The sentiment has been masked and heat embossed in white on Blushing Bride.

Band Together | kelly kent

The machine stitching all the way around the card border is what enticed me to CASE this layout.  I {LOVE} machine stitching on cards.  The concept art team at Stampin’ Up! must do also – there’s lots of samples in the catalogue with stitching.

I’ve also embellished the inside of this card.  Apart from my 2019 resolution to make more of an effort on the inside, there’s a couple of other reasons – the card front is quite heavy with lots of layers, so adding extra layers to the inside helps keep the card from sliding out and I wanted to use the other pretty stamps in the set including the happy birthday!

Band Together | kelly kent

I’m a sucker for a stamp set with a good happy birthday theme!  Add in a great matching die set and you know it’s going to be a favourite in my craft stash!

Band Together | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with the Crew today.  We’d love to see your projects inspired by one of the layouts on page 151.  Add them to our Facebook group to enter the weekly challenge.

To see what more of the Crew made, click on the next.  From here you’re visiting the fabulous Lauren Meiklejohn.

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Have a great week!


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Just Add Ink #465 | The Season

We’ve got a fun challenge for you this week at Just Add Ink.  It might stretch your creative boundaries – but you can do it!  We’re adding ‘The Season’ – as in the weather.  Be inspired by the season you’re currently experiencing or your favourite season.

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Here in the south west of Australia, it’s winter.  Some days that means clouds, rain, wind and storms.  But other days that means sunshine and magical weather.  We are very lucky.  Today we were blessed with lots of sunshine!

When I was making this card earlier it in the week, it wasn’t so pleasant – so I was inspired to use my new silhouette stamp set and make a lovey-dovey card with a cute couple snuggling under an umbrella.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The stamp set is Silhouette Scenes from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It’s fast becoming one of my favourites!

To create the silhouette, I set the stamp up on my Stamparatus, inked the whole stamp using Seaside Spray ink and stamped this directly onto the DSP.  I then reinked in Blueberry Bushel ink (without cleaning the stamp) and stamped again.  And then again in Night of Navy.  The final layer was Versamark (clean your stamp first) with clear embossing powder.  This gave the silhouette a gorgeous dewy look.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

Stamping on DSP is something I never think to do – but for this card, it seemed perfect!  The ripped edge added a bit of texture to an otherwise plain layout.

The Smoky Slate background is embossed using the Subtle embossing folder – another favourite of mine!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The sentiment is a simple ‘love’ from the Well Written Dies using 5 layers of cardstock – one Night of Navy and four Whisper White.  I love how deluxe all those layers look!!!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The hearts on the card are from a retired pack of enamel shapes I have.  I use lots of my craft supplies but for some reason I seem to collect embellishments.  So, I’m on a mission this year to use them on my cards.  Of course I’ll still buy new ones too, so there should be lots of embellishing going on!!!


We’d love to see your seasonal card.  Show us what the weather looks like where you live (can you imagine the potential for some gorgeous scrapbooking pages!!!) or share a project that features your favourite season.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog where you can upload your creation and see all the design team projects.

Hope the weather where you live is just perfect this week!


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Colour INKspiration #59

It’s time for another Colour INKspiration hop.  Chosen by Bronwyn Eastley – this colour combination is just divine!  Soft, dreamy and oh-so-pretty.

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I’ve seen a sneak peak of some of the cards on this hop and you’re going to love them all.  So much variety from florals to masculine to pretty kitties!

We’re joined today by guest designer Denise Buetler.  Denise won challenge #57 and accepted our invitation to join us for this hop.  You can see her project by clicking here or keep hopping through all the projects til you get to her gorgeous card.


As with many the Colour INKspiration Crew, there was something about these colours that was reminiscent of the water.  I’ve used the new Seaside Notions stamp set to create another sympathy card.  Sadly it’s the week for it.

Seaside Notions | kelly kent

The background is the Stitched Lace die – I just can’t get enough of this die.  It’s adds such elegance to the card.  This time I’ve cut it using the lace die (see my previous post for tips on getting a great cut) and then cut it to card front size using the largest Stitched Rectangle Die.  If you have these dies, you’ll know the proportions are a little different our card sizes, so I’ve cut the card down to 4-1/8″ wide by 5-1/2″ long (11″ before scoring and folding in half).Seaside Notions | kelly kent

I’ve layered a Subtle embossed mat in Smoky Slate and a frame made using the Stitched Rectangle Dies in Seaside Spray.  I am loving this new In Color – so serene!!!  The seahorse is stamped in Seaside Spray and fussy cut, layering it over the ‘thinking of you’ sentiment.  Finished off with a couple of silver Metallic Pearls.

I’ve carried the theme through to the inside of the card and added some stamped shells and a sand dollar on another stitched rectangle background with a strip of Seaside Spray DSP.

Seaside Notions | kelly kent

I loved these colours together, but if I’m honest, using Very Vanilla was a huge challenge for me!!!  I guess I’m just a Whisper White girl at heart!


We’d love for you to join the challenge by sharing your creation made with these colours in our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Next up on the hop is my gorgeous friend Leonie Stuart and a beautifully delicate card.

Thanks for visiting!


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Framed Magnolia Artwork

Every month I teach a class with lovely ladies in my local area.  It’s always fun and I always walk away feeling so happy to have Stampin’ Up!.  I’ve met so many wonderful people and spent so many wonderful hours being creative.

One of my class members – Robyn – fell in love with the framed magnolia artwork on page 39 of the Annual Catalogue and asked if we could create one.  So, this off the page creation became our subject matter for class this morning.  Thanks for the brilliant suggestion Robyn – it was so much fun!

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The large magnolia flowers are made using the Hot Air Balloon Builder punch and the Magnolia Memory Dies.  Click here to view Stampin’ Up!’s tutorial on making magnolia flowers.

I made one before the class as a sample – sticking pretty close to the catalogue in terms of number of flowers.

Framed Magnolia Artwork | kelly kent

The frame is 8″ x 10″ from Kmart (click here to view) with a 6″ x 8″ window.  The DSP is 6″ x 9-3/4″ so you’ll the backing for 2 frames from a piece of 12″x12″ DSP.

This version has 2 large flowers – made with magnolia & hot air balloon pieces, 2 medium flowers – made with three layers of magnolia dies and 1 small flower – made with two layers of magnolia dies.

The flower petals are sponged with So Saffron ink before adhering with Liquid Multipurpose Glue.  The centres are cut using So Saffron cardstock and sponged using So Saffron ink for the larger centre and Crumb Cake for the smaller centre.

Framed Magnolia Artwork | kelly kent

I’m lucky to have a garden of fallen twigs at my disposal, which came in very handy for this project.  If you don’t have organic sticks to be able to use, craft stores may have artificial materials that can be used for branches.

Because no two twigs are the same when they come from the garden, all of our frames made in class had their own unique style.  This was also the case for the magnolia blooms which took on their own style depending on how they were layered & shaped.  The variety was amazing and created beautiful one-of-a-kind framed artworks.

Framed Magnolia Artwork | kelly kent

Made by Robyn…

Framed Magnolia Artwork | kelly kent

Made by Sheila…

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And my class creation..

Framed Magnolia Artwork | kelly kent

Such an incredible piece of artwork made with paper.  The use of twigs from the garden definitely add some nice texture.

This would make a great girls night in!  A few of your favourite beverages and some pretty magnolias!  If you ever see something on my blog (or in the catalogue) that you’d like to make, don’t hesitate to ask me!


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CASEing the Catty #236 | Love, Thanks & Support

The calendar tells me it’s Sunday today but it’s school holidays here so I really have no idea!  It’s slow mornings, family fun and endless food around here!

We started a 1000 piece puzzle yesterday – which has been lots of fun!  It’s terribly addictive but the perfect activity for the wet weather days.

Since it is actually Sunday, it’s time to share a project for CASEing the Catty.  The theme this week is the Love, Thanks & Support section of the Annual Catalogue – pages 72-97.

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Pick any photo from these pages and share your twist.  Change the colours, use the layout, be inspired by the technique – there’s endless ways to be creative with the catalogue as your starting point.   Please share your creation in our Facebook group – we love seeing what you’re making.

I’ve used a mish mash of inspiration from this section – the colours of one card, the stamp set of another and the layout of a third.

CTC#236 Inspiration | kelly kent

The colours are Whisper White, Rococo Rose, Crushed Curry & Old Olive.  The stamp set is Healing Hugs and the layout uses tone-on-tone Stitched Lace die as the background with the floral centrepiece on top.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

The Stitched Lace Die is becoming one of my favourites.  I usually avoid fussy dies because they are a pain to cut.  But….through a combination of recommendations by other demonstrators, I have discovered for my Big Shot that the following ‘sandwich’ works the best –

Bottom – top: Magnetic Platform, Precision Plate, Die (cutting side up), cardstock, Cutting Plate.

It needs to go through a couple of times but the pieces all come out quite easily.  I give it a brush with the Take Your Pick Die Brush while the cardstock is still in the die and then I poke out the stubborn bits with a paper piercer.  Once all the pieces are out I gently ease the cardstock away from the die.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

For this card I’ve used the edge die that comes with the Stitched Lace Die to create the scalloped edge.  Make sure you use a bit of washi tape to keep the die in place while you run it through your die cutting machine.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is from the Seaside Notions stamp set. Sadly I’ve needed too many sympathy cards lately – my friends are hurting, so I’m sending lots of paper hugs out.


There’s more wonderful creations to visit on this blog hop.  Click on next to visit my lovely friend Lauren Meiklejohn to see her gorgeous take on the catalogue.

Thanks for hopping with us.  I hope your week is wonderful!


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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Christmas in July

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for a team hop with our Paper Adventures team.  We’re all sharing festive projects today for a Christmas in July theme.  Although any thoughts of Christmas at this point of the year seem way too early for me, this year is speeding by and it’ll be that time before we know it!  A little bit of early preparation does seem like a good idea!

We’re joined today by the amazing Denise Buetler – a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator from Western Australia.  I know you’re going to love Denise’s project so make sure to click the next button at the end of this post to visit.

As always, Stampin’ Up! have a range of Christmas themed stamp sets in the Annual Catalogue that have carried over from previous holiday offerings.  The 2019 range of Christmas products is available in September when the Holiday Catalogue gets released on 4th September.  If you love Christmas and you don’t want to wait, then joining our Paper Adventures team is the answer for you.  WIth extra value in the Starter Kit until 31st August, a bonus shopping voucher, 20% discount until at least 31st January 2020 and early access to the Holiday Catalogue, it’s a great time to purchase a Starter Kit and join the Stampin’ Up! family.  Click here for more information.

The returning set from the Annual Catalogue that I’ve chosen to feature today is Dashing Deer.

I was so excited to order this last year in the Holiday Catalogue but between a newborn and moving house, it didn’t get as much love as those reindeer deserved.   I was so glad to see it carry over into the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue!!

I started making cards for this hop and the creative process took me on a journey of different styles.  Which made me think – which type of Christmas are you???  Traditional, modern or neutral tones?

Paper Adventures Team Hop Christmas in July | kelly kent

I think there’s a wonderful place at Christmas for the traditional red & green.  For this card I’ve used Cherry Cobbler as the card base, Mossy Meadow for the mat, Whisper White Stitched Lace layer and a pennant using the Stitched Nested Label die with a gold embossed reindeer.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

The Stitched Lace layer was cut to size using a Stitched Rectangle Die.  I love the polished finish the stitched edges give and with so many stitched options in the range, it’s easy to coordinate all the layers.


The next style is made from Crumb Crumb & Early Espresso giving it a fabulous neutral colour palette – and though subdued, it’s definitely not boring!  I love neutral and think this style of colouring can give such a classic look.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

This card features a corrugated background with a DSP panel running down the middle.  The reindeer is stamped in Early Espresso with clear embossing to give it a lovely shine.  All finished with some linen thread.


The final card I’m sharing is probably my preferred style, though I don’t have a favourite of the three I’ve shown you today – I love them all!  With blues & teals, this card is more of a modern Christmas trend with bright colours & metallics.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

I’ve used the Noble Peacock Speciality DSP – which is more like a patterned foil than it is a normal DSP.  It’s very deluxe!!!  To continue with the deluxe theme, I matted it with Silver Foil and added lots of embellishments – foilage (Pool Party sprigs & vellum leaves), pearls, champagne foil flowers and of course a fabulous Sparkle Glimmer reindeer, mounted on a Stitched Nested Label die.


I’d love to hear which Christmas style you are – one of my three or do you have a different style that you prefer?  Leave me a comment!

Keep hopping for more July Christmas inspiration and visit our wonderful guest designer – Denise Buetler.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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