Stamp Review Crew | Butterfly Gala

Hello!  Happy Monday and welcome to the Stamp Review Crew blog hop.  I’m joining a group of fabulous Stampin’ Up! demonstrators as we share projects we’ve made with today’s featured stamp set – Butterfly Gala!

The projects you see on today’s blog hop will definitely feature the stamps from the Butterfly Gala stamp set.  Some may use the coordinating punch – Butterfly Duet – isn’t it cute!?!  So cute in fact, that it has sold out worldwide and Stampin’ Up! are waiting for more stock to arrive (expected end March 2019).  So, make sure to save the projects that inspire you and be ready for when the punch is ordable again!  Your local Stampin’ Up! demonstrator can keep you in the loop.  Until then, it’s totally possible to snip around those butterflies with scissors or you can stamp directly onto your project.


I’m a little late to share my Valentine’s Day card this year for Mr Papercraft because it was so perfect for this blog hop.  Luckily it’s not specific to Valentine’s Day.  This style of card would be great for a wedding, anniversary, appreciation  or general “I love you” card.

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent

I decided I wanted my card to be symbolic of the life Mr Papercraft and I have built together. The two hearts are us and the three butterflies are the little Papercrafts (two Lovely Lipstick girls & one Tuxedo Black boy).

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent

The origami hearts were so easy to make and look amazing in our pretty DSP.  The smaller heart uses All My Love DSP and started as a 3″ square.  The larger heart uses Botanical Butterfly DSP and started as a 4″ square.  You can find the instructions on making an origami heart here

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent
The sentiment in Butterfly gala was just perfect for a card for Mr Papercraft.  He’s my best friend and definitely makes me a better person.  If I had to choose anyone in the world to spend time with – it’s him!


Thanks for hopping with us today.  For more amazing projects, keep clicking the ‘next’ at the end of each post.  I’m taking you to Holly Krautkremer in the US.  I always love what Holly makes and can’t wait to see her butterfly inspired project!


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CASEing the Catty #216 | Sale-A-Bration

Hi there!  How was your weekend?  I seem to always start these posts by telling you what kind of weather we had over the weekend.  It’s summer here in Australia so it should be scorching hot – and it some parts of the country it is.  But right now in Bunbury, we’re averaging a maximum of 30 during the day and an overnight minimum of 15 degrees (that’s in celsius).  It’s glorious!  Sunny days as far as I can see!!!

The downside to such lovely weather is less time spent indoors, so I’m pulling together craft projects when I can find the time!  Sleep?  Who needs to be in bed before midnight???

The theme for CASEing the Catty this week has rolled back around to Sale-A-Bration – which is handy because we’ve hit the half way mark and Stampin’ Up! have released some cute new products to earn!  You can view the second release brochure by clicking here.

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As a demonstrator, I was able to pre-order some of these amazing products during the first half of the month.  It’s lovely to be able to access #demoperks!!!  You can too if you join my Paper Adventures team!

My absolute hands-down, no-question favourite item from the second release is the Country Floral Embossing Folder.  It’s soooooooo pretty!  It’s often hard to see the full texture & detail of embossing folders in catalogues, so I hope you’ve got another $90 on your wishlist and you can redeem this gorgeous folder for yourself.

This is the card I chose to CASE from the second release Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

Initially when I looked at this I thought they’d embossed DSP and it was the DSP that had provided the colour.  When I couldn’t see this pattern in the DSP I realised they’d coloured all the individual elements of the embossed image – wow!!!

By this point though, I was kind of excited to emboss DSP.  Other than cutting it, I rarely tamper with DSP – it was time to change things up!!!

Country Floral Embossing | kelly kent

My DSP of choice for this card was another new Sale-A-Bration product – the DSP available in the Painted Seasons bundle (DSP + stamp set).  I ran it through the Big Shot with the Country Floral embossing folder and then rubbed a sponge dauber across the raised surfaces using Coastal Cabana ink.  It was very rough and I love the effect of the coloured embossed sections and the natural pattern of the DSP underneath.

Country Floral Embossing | kelly kent

I finished the card with the ‘amazing’ sentiment from the Incredible Like You stamp set, some Mint Macron Nature’s Twine (from the Annual Catalogue), White Flax Ribbon and a Butterfly Element coated in Frost White Shimmer Mist.

This card was so much fun, I decided to create another couple of colour combinations.

Here it is in Blushing Bride using Tropical Escape DSP…

Country Floral Embossing | kelly kent

And also in Rich Razzleberry using a pattern from the Tea Room DSP.  This one was a little more interesting as the butterflies on the DSP form part of the image!

Country Floral Embossing | kelly kent

By some crazy coincidence, the colours in the Nature’s Twine pack matched my DSP choices perfectly!  I’m just missing a Crumb Cake creation!!!

Country Floral Embossing | kelly kent

To place an order and select your FREE (with any $90+ order) Country Floral Embossing Folder, visit my online store.  It’s available until 31st March unless stocks run out earlier.


Join our challenge this week by creating a project inspired by the pages of either of the Sale-A-Bration catalogues.  Click here to share it in our Facebook group.

There’s more great inspiration to come – keep following the hop by clicking on the ‘next’ icon.

From here, you’re heading to Rockhampton (much hotter days & nights there at the moment!) to visit Elizabeth Gross.  Liz and I have been giggling at week at how similar a couple of our projects are – we’re very much on the same creative wavelength at the moment!!

Thanks for joining us!!!  Have a great week!


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Paper Adventures Team Hop | February Sketch

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Hello!  So glad you could join us tonight for our Paper Adventures team hop.

This month we’re welcoming Zoe Tant from the UK as our guest designer.  I’m so excited to have her share a project as part of the team hop – I just love her work!

We’re all creating tonight using this sketch.

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The inspiration for sketch is the card at the top of the front cover of the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions catalogue.  The team don’t know that though, so I can’t wait to see what they all came up with!

I used the sketch to create a 40th wedding anniversary card for Nanna & Grandad Papercraft who celebrate this amazing milestone on the weekend!!!

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

This card is another combination of current and retired favourites.  The sentiment is from the retired Milestone Moments stamp set.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

Fresh from my new acquisition – Beauty Abounds – is those gorgeous bokeh dots!  I stamped first and then ran the whole card through the Big Shot with the Subtle Embossing Folder.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

The glimmer hearts are cut using Silver & Red Glimmer paper (red is sadly retired) & the heart from the Support Ribbon Framelits.  The frame is cut using the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits.

My card was styled on the matching gift – which was inspired by a print I saw on Pinterest.  It was one of those ‘I can make that’ moments – many thanks to the original designer.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

The red glimmer in the background can be changed out to suit the decor of the room, but given the significance of the ‘ruby’ anniversary I made the original a shimmery red creation.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary | kelly kent

Wishing my parents an amazing anniversary with a fabulous celebration of their married life this far and the years of fun to come!


There’s more projects to see if you keep clicking on the next.

From here you’re visiting the talented Siobhan Fitzsimmons

Thanks for hopping with us!

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Zoe Tant (Guest Designer)

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Colour INKspiration #49

So excited today – Colour INKspiration is back for 2019!  The Design Team is refreshed and ready to share fabulous projects with you.  We take our inspiration from the colour palettes of beautiful photography.

The year is starting with Colour INKspiration #49 and these gorgeous colours.  You might be starting here or you may have come via our lovely guest designer Virginia Hampson.

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I’ve been wanting to try some colour blending.  At our last team meeting my upline shared a tip on using glycerine with reinkers to create smoother blending.  I’m pretty sure this isn’t a new technique – but you know me… never the first to be trying things (but I get there in the end!).

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock and drops of the four colours on one of my large acrylic blocks.  I added a blob of glycerine in the corner of the block, ready for blending with my inks.  The process of blending is the same as if you just used ink, but after you’ve added ink to the dauber, pick up some glycerine as well and then apply the ink as you usually would.  I used circular motions and built up the colour gradually.  The glycerine acts as a lubricant and helps to distribute the ink more evenly.

Once I had my piece of cardstock blended with the four lovely colours, it was time to make it into something!  My original plan was a couple of cards, but I had leftovers, so I made a tag too!

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

The card on the left is simply a strip of the coloured cardstock (5-3/8″ x 1-1/8″) adhered to a thick Whisper White cardstock base, with white baker’s twine tied around.

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Well Said bundle in Basic Black.

 

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

For the second card, I cut 4 x Stitched Shapes circles and arranged them across a thick Whisper White cardstock base.

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

The layout of this card was a happy accident.  I was planning something much more geometrical – but in the end the ‘random’ placement seemed to work best with the bright & fun colours.

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

I used the same bundle (Well Said) to add the black happy birthday sentiment – this time in the reverse pattern of the first card.  To get the die cut words to adhere easily, be sure to attach Multi-Purpose Adhesive sheet (MPAS) to the cardstock before you run it through the Big Shot.  It makes it so much easier and cleaner to add the words!Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

I had some pretty blended cardstock left over, so I added MPAS to the back and cut happy birthday from the Well Written dies.  I attached this to a piece of Whisper White cardstock finished with the tag topper die from the Beautiful Layers thinlits dies.

Blending with Glycerine | kelly kent

There’s so many possibilites now my blending skills are at next level (thanks to the glycerine!).


We’d love your project to be among the great entries we receive each challenge.  To join the challenge, simply create something using the 4 challenge colours for this fortnight and upload your card to our Colour INKspiration Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Continue the hop by visiting Julia Quinn‘s bright, cheery & yummy project…

Thanks for joining us!  You can look forward to Colour INKspiration challenges twice a month for the rest of the year!  Make sure to subscribe to my blog to see my projects for each challenge, or join the Facebook group for all the challenge information.

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It’s an Animal Expedition for Miss 8

8 years ago I was in labour with the first of our Miss Papercrafts.  She took her time coming, so technically her birthday isn’t until tomorrow, but we’re back on deck with Colour INKspiration tomorrow so I thought I’d do a sneaky share today (thankfully she doesn’t read my blog!)

Usually for birthdays I match the theme of the card with the party or present theme.   Now that she’s getting older, her presents are often experiences and opportunities – which don’t always translate well to cards.

So this year, I did something I’m not sure I’ve done before – I asked her what she wanted on her birthday card.  No surprises from our future Vet, she asked for animals.

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

The Animal Expedition DSP made for a fun & pretty card base. This DSP is awesome – I just love the colouring, style and different animal choices.

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

I added a birthday sentiment panel using the large circle from Swirly Frames, words from the Piece of Cake stamp set and a glittery number 8 using retired Large Numbers and Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper.  I find myself using quite a few of my retired products lately – I love keeping things that are just perfect for a card down the track.

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

The stamps in the Swirly Frames set are fabulous for adding detail to plain shapes.  It’s been on my shelf for a while, but it wasn’t until this week that I got it inky.

Here’s an iphone quickie (while it’s still on my work space!) of a card I made for a custom order during the week using the rectangle frame…

A Little Wild | kelly kent

What stamp set is sitting on your shelf needing some love?

If there’s one thing stampers are good at, it’s collecting supplies and forgetting to send cards!  I’m running behind on my February birthday cards – hoping to get them posted very soon!

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CASEing the Catty #215 | How Sweet It Is

Hi there!  Thanks for joining me for tonight’s CASEing the Catty blog hop.  I love being part of this creative group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that share projects inspired by the pages of the catalogue.

This week it’s all about the How Sweet It Is section of the catalogue and following pages.  There’s 10 pages of glorious colour, design & inspiration waiting for us all. The first few pages focus on the How Sweet It is suite but after that there’s a range of stamp sets, kits, punches & dies!  Spoilt for choice this week!

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I have been totally in love with the Cupcake Builder Punch & Piece of Cake stamp set this week.  You might have seen the shaker card I posted on Thursday for Just Add Ink.

So, it was this page I was drawn to in the catalogue – and that amazing sparkly drip cake at the centre of the card below.

In an effort to be organised for a big week of celebrations ahead, I used this challenge to make a card for Mr Papercraft.  It’s our 10 year wedding anniversary this week.  3 kids, 2 houses and 1 dog later, he’s still the one for me!

I didn’t want to CASE this whole card, but instead used the cake as the starting inspiration point for my card.

Piece of Cake + All My Love | kelly kent

The cake, stand and heart were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured using Stampin’ Blends before liberally adding Clear Wink of Stella to make it all sparkly.

Piece of Cake + All My Love | kelly kent

The sentiments for this card came from the Well Said stamp set (except the ‘happy’ which is from a cake in the Piece of Cake stamp set).  Although it may seem like a bit of an outlay for this huge stamp set, the investment is priceless to have all the standard word sentiments at your fingertips plus a range of fabulous sayings to match.  I just love the one I’ve used on this card!

Piece of Cake + All My Love | kelly kent

I’ve layered the DSP on this card – something I always forget to do!!!  The bottom DSP is Flirty Flamingo stripes from the Brights DSP Stack and the top layer is from All My Love.  Mr Papercraft was hanging out watching tv in my craft room when I was making this card and he unwittingly chose his own DSP!

Piece of Cake + All My Love | kelly kent

I’ll be the first to admit I’m very influenced by DSP colours.  Flirty Flamingo wasn’t anywhere near my favourite colour before the All My Love DSP but the pretty tones of the DSP have me converted!!!  Rich Razzleberry was the same until Share What You Love came along!

What’s a colour you’ve come to love recently?  I love that favourites can come & go with Stampin’ Up! because they are all wonderful in their own way (and because the fabulous designers are always making pretty new DSP designs for me to fall in love with!).


Please join in with CASEing the Catty challenge and upload your card to our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

You’ll also want to keep hopping to see the other great projects by the design team.  Next up is my gorgeous friend Tina Gillespie

Thanks for visiting,


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Just Add Ink #443 | Choose Two – Colouring & Sequins

Every time I design for Just Add Ink I think about how much I love the variety of challenges!  I can’t pin down a favourite but I always love the creativity that comes from a “Choose Two” challenge.

This week it’s a choice of embossing paste, colouring or sequins!

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As always, I could have gone in so many different directions with this theme.  I was tempted to dig my unnecessarily unloved embossing paste out, but in the end decided on colouring and sequins for a shaker card.

Piece of Cake Shaker Card | kelly kent

When Stampin’ Up! added rectangle framelits, I knew I was going to love them!  They make everything pretty and shaker cards an absolute ‘piece of cake’.

Piece of Cake Shaker Card | kelly kent

I started by repeatedly stamping the candles across the bottom of the card base and coloured them with Stampin’ Blends – Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Bermuda Bay & Granny Apple Green.  I chose these colours based on the DSP spots.

Piece of Cake Shaker Card | kelly kent

The frame was cut using two rectangle framelits (2 sizes apart) and backed with Window Sheet.  To create the depth ready for my shaker sequins, I lined the back with a border of Foam Adhesive Strips and adhered it to a piece of How Sweet It Is DSP cut 1/4″ bigger than the frame size.

And then finished it off with a pretty drip cake and more candles from the Piece of Cake bundle. I love the variety of cakes and embellishments in the stamp set.  And being able to cut it out with a punch is great for saving time and having a beautiful neat finish.  I don’t mind fussy cutting, but give me a punch any day!

Piece of Cake Shaker Card | kelly kent

This bundle is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!  So amazing in fact that it’s almost sold out in Australia and once current stocks have been depleted, it won’t be orderable again til new stock arrives in mid-late March.  If you haven’t already added it to your collection, I suggest a quick little order!  Click here to view in my online store.

Piece of Cake Shaker Card | kelly kent

If you still haven’t ordered Rectangle Framelits (WHAT???), you can add those from the online store too.  Click here to visit.  Then you can make as many easy-peasy shaker cards as you’d like.  Full supply list at the end of this post in case you need other products too like foam adhesive strips & window sheets.


We’d love to see what this challenge inspires you to make.  Head over to the Just Add Ink blog to upload your entry and see the full range of design team cards.

Thanks for being a fabulous part of Just Add Ink!  We appreciate having such a diverse following!


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CASEing the Catty #214 | Sale-A-Bration

If you’ve been tracking school holiday fun here at Papercraft HQ, then it’s my sad news to tell you that school goes back tomorrow!   I really enjoy school holidays – fun activities, lazy mornings and summer fun!  But all good things must come to an end!

The kids are super excited – and I am too about the potential concept of more craft time during the day!!!  And being a touch more organised with two of the three Little Papercrafts out of the house!!!

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I missed the deadline for sign up this week’s CASEing the Catty – but thanks to the lovely Kathryn Mangelsdorf whose blog you may have just visited, I snuck in at the last minute to share this cute little gift set I made for a friend.

Share What You Love Tea Pot Gift Set | kelly kent

I drew inspiration from a number of sources for the inside & outside of the gift set!

The calendar and gift box styling are CASEd from my ESAD Blog Hop projects.  See here for the original designs.

Share What You Love Tea Pot Gift Set | kelly kent

I filled the box with tea pot note cards inspired by a gorgeous project I saw by Dee Copus-Read – see her teapots here

Share What You Love Tea Pot Gift Set | kelly kent

The teapot styling was CASEd from this photo in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue…

I have been admiring the colouring of the striped teapot since the SAB catalogue landed on my desk!  I don’t have the artistic touch required for such amazing watercolouring.  If you’d like to have a go – Alisa Tilsner made a great tutorial – click here to visit.

Instead, I used a tip shared by Artisan Design Team member – Emma Goddard.  Emma simply used an Aqua Painter to draw stripes across the cardstock before she stamped with the tea pot & cut with the die.  Easy but amazing!  I swiped left and then right across each line so I could get some variation in colour profile – and this suited my natural technique of uneven colour application!!

Share What You Love Tea Pot Gift Set | kelly kent

I used this technique in 3 different colours to suit the DSP colours (2 of each) plus on the back of the 3″ envelopes.  It’s a snug fit, but the teapots can be convinced to sit nicely in the envelopes (which is perfect!).

Share What You Love Tea Pot Gift Set | kelly kent

To turn the teapots into note cards, I simply folded my Whisper White cardstock in half before die cutting.  I then used by Stamparatus – set up with a carefully placed template – to stamp the teapot image.

Stamparatus with Framelit template | kelly kent

I love the collaboration of this project – all the ideas I’d seen from Stampin’ Up! and other demonstrators sharing online – helped me to create something special.  And now here I am sharing with you.  It reflected the share what we love so well!

Share What You Love Tea Pot Gift Set | kelly kent

Thank you for joining me today!  And again to Kathryn!

There’s a full supply list at the end of this post with links to the online store for easy shopping.  The fabulous teapot framelits are available as a Sale-A-Bration redemption with any $180+ order.  Don’t forget to add the Tea Together stamp set (page 49) to your order to own the coordinating set.

Speaking of coordinating sets – did you see that lots more of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets will have coordinating dies available in March!!!  I’ll post more details during the week.

Next up you are off to visit Shannon Kissane and her cute canine creation!

Please join us on the CASEing the Catty Facebook page to join the challenge by sharing your catalogue inspired project.

See you next week!

For all my WA followers with children starting school tomorrow, I hope it’s a smooth transition for you & your family!


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Stamp Review Crew | Sale-A-Bration 2019

We’re sneaking in a bonus hop this month so we can share some Sale-A-Bration projects with you.  Make yourself a cuppa, sit somewhere comfy and scroll through the gorgeous creations from this clever team of SU! Demonstrators from around the world.

We were able to choose any Sale-A-Bration 2019 stamp set, so you’re going to see lots of variety and a sneak peek into everyone’s craft room favourites.  These sets are all available for {FREE} when you spend a qualifying amount.  This varies in each region.  In Australia, level 1 sets (all except the Lasting Lily stamp set) are free with a $90 order.  Lasting Lily is a level 2 set and available with a $180 order.

I’m playing with the Lovely Lattice stamp set on page 15.

These are the gorgeous catalogue samples….

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I wanted to use the flowers from this large centrepiece stamp in a different way – by stamping them at the corners.

Lovely Lattice | kelly kent

My first colour combination was a white base, Blushing Bride mat and Crumb Cake card front.  I added a white embossed sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays.

Lovely Lattice | kelly kent

Then I changed up the order of the colours to have a Crumb Cake base, Blushing Bride mat and Whisper White card front.  This is a really easy way to make cards in multiples without them all being the same.

Lovely Lattice | kelly kent

To add more texture to the cards (and because I’m totally obsessed with these framelits!), I cut & raised a Stitched Rectangle from the card front.  I really love how the framelits are designed to stitch on both the cut shape and the negative space.

Lovely Lattice | kelly kent

The wooden butterfly on each card are also a Sale-A-Bration item for 2019.  Each pack has 84 elements – butterflies, flowers, leaves and more butterflies!  They are the perfect finishing touch for pretty & sweet cards.

Lovely Lattice | kelly kent

I love these colours and can’t pick a favourite between the two designs!  Do you love one more than the other?


Next up on the hop is the gorgeous Charlet Mallett. Click on next to visit her Sale-A-Bration project.

Thanks for joining us!


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CASEing the Catty #213 | Floral Romance

It’s a long weekend Sunday here thanks to Australia Day yesterday!

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!!!

There’s no better way to spend a long weekend than in the air con in the craft room for a few hours.  Then it’s time for a casual dinner at the beach. I do love the warm, balmy nights that summer offers!

The theme this week for CASEing the Catty is the Floral Romance suite and subsequent pages.

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I just love the styling of the Floral Romance suite – it’s pretty and feminine and totally gorgeous!  For my card this week, I took a little inspiration from all of the cards in the suite photo above.

I liked the layout of the bottom right, the DSP of the middle left, the leaves of the bottom left, the embellishment of the middle & bottom right, the addition of Rich Razzleberry from the gift box at the moment….

I pulled all those flashes of inspiration together to create this card for my new teamies that have joined during Sale-A-Bration.  They took advantage of the amazing Starter Kit special ($169 for $315 of products, free shipping & 20%+ discount!!).  If you’d like to be part of our Paper Adventures team, click here for more information about the Starter Kit.

Floral Romance | kelly kent

That floral vellum is my favourite – so delicate & pretty!!

The sentiment from this card is from the Stamping Your Way to the Top – an exclusive demonstrator only stamp set currently available to order.

Floral Romance | kelly kent

The scallop circle panel is from the Spot of Tea Framelits – I bought them a while a go and haven’t used them nearly as much as I would like.  It’s a nice change up to the stitched look which I so often favour.  I’ve layered it twice – Whisper White with Blushing Bride underneath – to match the DSP.

Floral Romance | kelly kent

I just can’t get enough of the embellishments from this suite.  The gold seals are divine!!!  And the little flowers are so sweet!  Do you use embellishments on your cards?  I buy many but so often forget to use them.  I’m trying to change this in 2019!


Please join us for this challenge over on Facebook.  This challenge covers the samples for Floral Romance, To Have & To Hold stamp set and Beauty Abounds Bundle.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

For more gorgeous creations from the CTC Design Team, please keep clicking next to journey the blog hop.  From here, the next button will take you to the talented Elizabeth Gross.

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