Hello! There’s 5 Mondays in November this year, which means a bonus hop for Stamp Review Crew. The specially chosen extra set is a Christmas set from the Annual Catalogue – Perfectly Plaid. Did you spy the Christmas sets hiding out in our year long catalogue?
I’ve made two cards to share with you today.
The first is one that we are making at Social Stamping this morning (starting in just a few moments). Here’s the sneak peak if you are reading this before you come!
It looks like a Santa Suit with buttons from the All Dressed Up Dies. The belly band – his belt – is removable…
And when it opens up, it’s both a card and a gift card holder.
I’ve used the sentiments from the Perfectly Plaid stamp – ‘ho ho ho’ is just perfect for Santa! And a Merry Christmas on the inside.
For the second card, I couldn’t resist using my favourite tree image from the set. There’s three to choose from, and I just think this one is so sweet!
The trees were so easy to line up using the Stamparatus – and the hinge stamping means you get even spacing between the trees. This tree stamp in the set comes with a coordinating stamp that fills in the leaves of the tree – making it easy to add the pops of colour.
I added matching stars to the top (die cut using the smallest star die from the Stitched Stars set) as the finishing touch. It’s purposefully sentiment free, though I am still tempted to add a sentiment from a different set as the ones in the Perfectly Plaid stamp set don’t suit the vision I have for the card. Do you ever mix & match images & sentiments from different sets? It’s a great way to extend the style of a stamp set and give it new life.
Next stop on this international hop is the fun stylings of Mike Funke in the US.
Thanks for hopping with us today. If you need any supplies for your Christmas crafting, be sure to visit stampinup.com.au. If you already have a demonstrator, please shop with them. If you live in Australia and don’t already have a demonstrator, you can add me as yours in the online store by searching for ‘Kelly Kent’ in the “select a demonstrator to shop with” field.
Hello! Has the silly season hit your house yet? I feel like it has all ramped up here, just in the past week! In Australia, Christmas coincides with the end of our school year, so it’s a whole big flurry of activity as activities end (and have end of year concerts and performances) and school draws to a close for 2020.
The theme for the Social Stamping blog host this month is ‘merry & bright’. This happens to be one of the sentiment options in my favourite bundle from the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue.
The Peace & Joy bundle comes with a stamp set filled with sentiment and artistic stamping options and a die set to coordinate with the large words.
The large sentiment stamps (peace, joy and bright) can be cut and layered using the dies, but I’ve added texture for these cards using two tone inking. I first inked up the stamp in the lighter colour (Seaside Spray) and added the darker ink (Misty Moonlight) using a Sponge Dauber. It creates a beautiful dimension without having to use the dies.
The colours for these cards are Whisper White and Smoky Slate together with Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy (and a touch of silver foil). My favourite Christmas combinations are usually not traditional red & greens.
Are you making cards in bulk this Christmas? One easy way to extend the design is use the same pieces, but slightly change the layout. I’ve done this my turning the card into a portrait orientation and made the strips into banners using the Banners Pick A Punch.
Other products used for this card were:
Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder
Stitched Rectangle Dies
Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack
The other cards I’m sharing with you today use the Peace & Joy Bundle with the same layout and features, but in pink tones. Ever since I saw the stamps in this set, I’ve had plans to combine them with the Beautiful World stamp set to create a play on the ‘joy to the world’ theme. You could also do this for ‘peace on earth’.
Once again, the colours are non-traditional Christmas in Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride, with Whisper White and Sahara Sand.
The two tone sentiment is the same technique as well, using Blushing Bride and Rococo Rose ink. I’ve also stamped the globe in Granny Apple Green and edged in Mossy Meadow.
Other products in this card are the Subtle Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangle Dies and Basic Pearl Jewels.
These cards were an option for Social Stamping this term. If you live in the Bunbury area and would like to make some pretty Christmas cards, we’d love to have you join us on a Monday morning at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe (9.30am start, see here for all the details). We have 2 sessions left for 2020.
I can imagine a ‘peace to you and yours’ using this layout and design style in traditional Christmas colours, but I ran out of time this week to create them! That’s a project for another day!
Hello! Thank you for joining us for another Social Stamping Blog Host. They started when we first started seeing lockdown in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many months later, various parts of our country, and a large percent of the world are still experiencing significant issues resulting from the virus.
In Western Australia, we look to having a fairly local Christmas as all travel to other states comes with conditions of quarantine and/or COVID testing on return. There’s no international travel (other than applications for exemption for extenuating circumstances) – a state of play that is likely to condition until mid next year – at the earliest. We continue to have the luxury of very few COVID cases in our state and no community transmission for over 6 months. I am grateful for these statistics but also realistic about the hardships people face as they are unable to freely travel.
Thankfully, the one area of travel that hasn’t been restricted is our online gallivanting. We have access to friends and family by internet using Zoom, Skype, Messenger and other video calling. While it will never replace seeing a loved one in person, our access to the rest of the world in the technological space allows for human connection while staying in our bubble – whether that be a home level lockdown or a state level one.
It also gives us access to a world of inspiration for our crafty endeavours. Are you crafting more now than ever before? I’m really enjoying being able to hand craft gifts and cards this Christmas. With the postal system being under considerable strain, the “shop local” and creative gift giving is perfect!
The theme for today’s blog host is ‘merry & bright’. It’s important in what has been a very tough year for many, that we take the time to look for the merry and create the bright this festive season. It may not look like the Christmas we had planned, or the ones that feel familiar to us, but there’s still the option to make it something special.
As always, my wonderful stamping friends have joined me on the hop to share their talents with you for projects that inspire. The full list of participants is below, but each blog should link to the next for easy transition.
Hello! I love that Just Add Ink goes live in time for all your weekend crafting. Hopefully there’s lots of it for you! This week’s challenge is a sketch – I hope it’s inspiring for whatever project you have on your to-do list, or just for a play with your favourite products.
This sketch lends itself to any type of card you’d need to make. I’m firmly in the Christmas zone at the moment and have used it to make a holly themed Christmas card using the gorgeous flocked specialty paper – Plush Poinsettia.
The holly stamps and Christmas Wishes sentiment are from the Banner Year stamp set.
Although my favourite Christmas cards are generally not the traditional red & green combination, it seemed like the right choice to coordinate with the flocking. The card base and holly berries are Cherry Cobbler and the holly leaves are Shaded Spruce. I really love how the rich colours against the white turned out!
The final touches for this card was gold twine (from the Wonder of the Season Combo Ribbon Pack) and a white on black heat embossed sentiment.
If you use this sketch to inspire a project this week, please share it with us on the Just Add Ink blog. You can also see all the design team cards here too.
Hello! Thanks for joining us for our second edition of Stamp Review Crew for November 2020. We hop on the first and third Monday of each month, sharing projects we’ve made using a selected Stampin’ Up! stamp set. Today’s chosen stamp set is Coming Home – together with the coordinating Home Together Dies from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.
The dies were what really sold me on this bundle, though having some pretty houses was also a major gap in my collection. There’s so much potential in this set!
My card today is a sneak peek of what the stampers who come to Social Stamping today will be making. Social Stamping is my coffee & cards session that runs almost every Monday during the school term at the local Taste of Dalyellup cafe. This term it’s all about Christmas cards, so the addition of the teeny tiny wreath to the houses from this stamp set was the perfect festive touch!
To make this card, I stamped the house in Basic Gray ink and coloured with Stampin’ Blends. Mostly I use Tuxedo Black Memento ink when working with my Blends, but they actually work with almost all the classic ink colours.
The house is coloured in Light & Dark Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends. I stamped the tree, car and wreath in Basic Gray ink as well and coloured those with Light & Dark Real Red and Light & Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.
The Coming Home stamp set is sentiment free – which means you can combine it with your favourite sentiments from other sets. I’ve used the ‘A Very Merry Christmas’ stamp from the Gift Wrapped stamp set.
The finishing touches for this card are some Linen Thread and a border die in Real Red from the Ornate Borders Dies. The card mat is Smoky Slate and the card base is Thick Whisper White cardstock.
I made another variation of this card using the same pieces. I always like to offer two options for Social Stamping cards and I encourage crafters to be creative and make their own version too.
I love the houses in this set, but the car and the trees, together with the gorgeous dies are a highlight for me! Stamp sets with diversity are always such fun and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the crew does with it.
Next stop to visit is the beautiful stylings of Ann Schach in the USA. You can see the full line up of international stamping rockstars on the Stamp Review Crew blog (this post may go live slightly later than my post, so check back if it’s missing right away).
Thanks for hopping today. I hope whatever plans you are making for Christmas are starting to come together just as you hoped. Border restrictions have just eased here in Western Australia, and although that doesn’t affect my plans on a personal level, I’m so very excited for everyone that will now get to see their loved ones that they may have been separated from.
Stay safe and as we ride this next wave of changes, please be kind to each other!
We’ve been so lucky to be able to run Social Stamping each week in Term 4. There’s quite a few regular ladies who are building up a stash of Christmas cards to send or give this festive season. But, there’s always room for more at the table! Why don’t you join us tomorrow? We’re making 2 more Christmas cards, with a hot drink included for just $13.
We like to provide a range of cards, and take requests if you’d like to see a particular style in the coming weeks. A couple of weeks ago we made this traditionally themed Christmas card using the Peaceful Nativity stamp set from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.
When you slide up the rejoice panel and open it up, it reveals the beautiful stamped imagery on the inside.
The colours for the nativity scene are Stampin’ Blends in lots of neutral tones – inspired by the colouring in the catalogue. It’s always my go-to when I want guidance on how best to represent the intent of the concept artist. We also stamped and coloured the envelope.
I really love the sentiments in this set. There’s lots of beautiful phrasing you can use inside & outside the card.
Nanna and Grandad Papercraft have birthdays that are just 3 days apart. That makes for a busy stretch, especially when you add in the OnStage event in the mix too! So, I am only just getting to sharing the card I made for Nanna Papercraft. You can see Grandad Papercraft’s card by clicking here. That was lots of fun to make!
There’s always a little bit of pressure when making a card for another papercrafter. Especially one who is your Mum and you know what she likes! Mum (Nanna Papercraft) loves finding and making all the cool fancy folds. She often inspires the fancy things we do in classes – I’m much more of a ‘standard card’ kind of girl.
It’s called a Double Fan Fold – and is beautifully glorious! The card folds using a system of clever scored lines.
But also opens up to a full rectangle…
It doesn’t fold in half like a traditional card, so the writing panel is on the back –
Since Nanna Papercraft is a lover of all Stampin’ Up! – including retired classics, I chose to pull out some of the prettiest DSP that I’ve been keeping for a special card. This gorgeous design is from the Bird Ballad DSP. In many ways, retired DSP becomes more precious than current supplies, because there’s no way to order more!
I’ve paired the DSP with the coordinating stamp set which was released in the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit last year. Did you see that there’s a Christmas themed Paper Pumpkin kit currently available??? We so rarely get Paper Pumpkin (the US gets it every month), so it’s a fabulous opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. For $37 (plus delivery), you’ll get a limited edition stamp set, ink spot and supplies to make 8 fabulous Christmas cards. Click here to see it in the online store.
The greeting for this card uses the ‘birthday’ die from the Well Written Dies – with Foam Adhesive Sheet to give it texture & height, and the ‘love’ in white heat embossing on Early Espresso cardstock from the Well Said stamp set.
The foil accents for the card are Champagne – it has such beautiful pink tones that I knew it would coordinate well with the Petal Pink card base.
This card is oversized and doesn’t fit into a standard envelope. Because I was seeing Nanna Papercraft for her birthday, I decided not to make an envelope, but instead tied it closed with a ribbon.
Which was just perfect for arrival, before it then made it’s home on the dresser.
The design is free standing when you tweak the folds, which makes it a perfect fancy fold to send for the recipient to display. It reminds me of the meme that floats around about not being able to put an email or text message on the mantlepiece.
Giving cards is definitely less trendy these days – but the joy of receiving something special is still alive and well!
Happy Birthday month to Nanna Papercraft! So glad we got to celebrate with you x
Hello! Thanks for joining in for the November edition of the Paper Adventures Team Hop. Today’s theme is oh-so-relevant as we embark on the end of year festive season – teacher presents, thank you presents, Christmas presents…. it’s all about gift wrapping and packaging.
I can’t wait for you to see what the team share for gift wrapping and packaging ideas tonight. I’m excited for the inspiration, as I love giving out presents!
My packaging is going to be your go-to this Christmas when you need something easy but super cute – it’s the Mini Coffee Cups & Coffee Caddy from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.
As well as the coffee cups and caddy, you’ll also need:
a choice of DSP (Heartwarming Hugs)
a sentiment stamp set (Warm Hugs)
ribbon or twine (Mossy Meadow Diagonal Stripe & Real Red Braided Linen Trim)
cello bag (Mosaic Gusseted Cello Bags)
You may also want to use the Warm Wraps Dies – they cut out the cutest band for your Mini Coffee Cups. They coordinate with the Warm Hugs stamp set, giving you lots of options for embellishing your sweet treats. I’ve filled the cello bag with locally made Rocky Road and popped a sachet of hot chocolate powder into the coffee cup.
If you thought the Mini Coffee Cups & Caddy were just for Christmas, then look at the next version I made. By changing up the DSP and colours, it’s really easy for this to be a birthday or thank you gift.
This one features the Flowers for Every Season DSP and ribbon combo pack.
There’s Favourites chocolates in the cello bag and a generic ‘for you’ sentiment, ready for any occasion. The stamp set is still the Warm Hugs one I used for the Christmas version – such a versatile one to have in your collection.
I’ve used the Banner Triple punch for the tag on each creation, but you could also cut banners with scissors if you don’t own this yet. It does make banner ends a breeze!
Which version do you think you’ll have the most need for this season? All occasion or Christmas? There’s 8 cups and caddys in each pack . I’m going to make up all 8 and have them ready to give out in December. It’s part of my strategy for less rush this year! Will it work??? Probably not – last minute crafting is always a thing in my craft room! More ideas than time!!!
Next up to share their awesome gift wrapping and packaging ideas is Mandy Depiazzi. She’s the queen of boxes and I know you’re going to love what she’s made today.
Have a wonderful weekend. I’ve got a full schedule on my craft on my to-do list with preparation for Social Stamping to do and a couple of blogs during the week to create for #bestjobintheworld!
In the true style of 2020, our Novemeber OnStage experience was different to the celebrations of previous years. This event was presented online and we watched and stamped from the comforts of our homes.
Here in Western Australia, we are in the very fortunate position of no community transmission of COVID for over 6 months and very few restrictions on what we are able to do. This is largely due to strict border controls with no visitors and quarantine periods for returned overseas travellers. I feel for the families affected by the travel restrictions, but so lucky to be living in our bubble (for now!).
The lack of restrictions meant that our Paper Adventures team were able to meet up for an OnStage@Home event. Organised by me and hosted by the Stand Up Stamper (Sheila Pybus), 12 of us gathered to share what we love – Stampin’ Up!
I tried to recreate all the good things about a Stampin’ Up! event and make the most of being able to have our version of an OnStage.
Everyone received a personalised goodie bag….
This contained a pen, OnStage themed notebook and a personalised makeup bag (or pencil case depending on what you store in there!).
Here’s some close ups of the notebook…
I styled it based on the OnStage@Home logo using Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party and Mango Melody cardstock. The label is from the Hippo & Friends Dies with the sentiment from the Ridiculously Awesome stamp set (in Night of Navy). The sentiment matched the theme of our team day so well and was a lovely theme to live by when using the notebook every day.
I invested in a heat press this year – and I have found it so useful for making personalised gifts. I usually make something for the team with their name on it when we meet for events – something they can use and keep the memories going!
Attendees also had the option to add merchandise including coffee cups, wine glasses, take home craft pack and more! This is one of the wine glasses (filled with water during the event, but I’m sure will be enjoyed with some wine this summer!).
The day was a mix of socialising, eating and stamping. We shared swaps, had pop up prizes and played some games.
The bag tag from the goodie bag was my swap for the day. You can see how much I love a good theme!
Here’s the swaps I got from the team. Such a talented group of ladies!
The make and take projects featured the soon to be released Dragonfly Garden stamp set, Dragonflies punch and Dandy Garden DSP. Demonstrators who registered for OnStage@Home were able to purchase these products in advance ready for some sneak peek stamping across the weekend.
I’ve had the privilege of seeing the new catalogue and *squeal* – you’re going to fall in love! So many new stamps, tools and accessories to add to your collection!!! The official pre-order period for demonstrators starts on 1st December 2020 (and can be added to a Starter Kit – wink wink!). OnStage@Home attendees have a small selection of products we are allowed to order early. The demonstrator perks are wonderful – a discount, early released products and a community of beautiful people to spend time with.
This is a close up of the shirt we all wore. The slogan was suggested by Narelle (Eleventh Hour Stamping), building on a saying that was on team Christmas present gifts a couple of years ago.
Here’s our lovely group from the day…
The day was high energy and lots of fun and I can’t wait to do it again! So many of us joined the team because we just loved the products (and discount), but it becomes so much more than that. The friendships and shared love of stamping add another layer of wonderful to the Stampin’ Up! experience. I can’t describe it to you, but you’re welcome to join our team and experience it for yourself! Email or message me to learn more about joining our Paper Adventures team. This is plane with no travel restrictions, no limits on the number of seats and it’s your choice when you hop off! (It’s also a COVID-free zone!).
If you’re local to the Bunbury area, you may want to try stamping at one of our Social Stamping session on a Monday morning. We’re there 9.30am-11am with two projects. It’s Christmas theme this term, but I can’t wait to use new catalogue products next year! Read more info here about the when & where of Social Stamping.
Lastly – this has been a long post, but it’s a fun way to keep the memories, so thank you for indulging me! I want to take this opportunity to thank my amazing team. I earned three recognition badges at OnStage@Home plus a career sales milestone. Without my team, I can confidently say, that I wouldn’t have earned any of them. They are the heart and soul of my stamping journey!
If you’re a fellow demonstrator who joined OnStage, I hope you had a wonderful time too!
Stay safe and here’s hoping we can all meet again in person for the next event!
Hello! Thanks for joining me for Just Add Ink this week. It’s a fabulous theme – back to the roots of what we do and love…. stamps, paper & ink!
That’s right – just those things. No punches, no dies, no fancy embellishments – just the basics for papercraft!
The design for my card, using the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set takes inspiration from the stamp set sleeve! I lined up the gnomes on top of the printed cover in the same pattern and then attached them to my block so that when I stamped them on the card front, they were in exactly the same position as they appear on the stamp set case. Did you know that unless stated, all Stampin’ Up! artwork images are shown at 100% in the catalogue and on the stamp set cover. It makes it so much easier to visualise how they will look and stamp on your card.
In keeping with only using ink, stamps and paper for my card, I’ve coloured the images with a Blender Pen and ink directly from the stamp pad. The colour scheme for the gnomes was inspired by a gorgeous card i saw by Laura Mackie. You can see her gnomes by clicking here. The colours are Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and a touch of Granny Apple Green and Crushed Curry.
The final addition to the card was a solid black line drawn with a fine tip sharpie pen and ruler and a Christmas sentiment underneath. Remember how much I love fonts – I love this font!!!