Social Stamping Blog Host | thinking of you

Hello & welcome to week 13 of Social Stamping.  We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators bring you a host of projects all created with the same theme in mind.  You can see the previous weeks of Social Stamping by clicking on the themes below.  Make sure to visit week 1 if you want to read about how this all started.

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals
Week 10: Hearts
Week 11: New (Normal)
Week 12: Travel

The theme today is “thinking of you”.  Like with many acute incidents, we start off with good intentions to stay in touch, check in on friends and be connected. But, as time goes by and the panic dissipates, we return to “normal life” – or the new normal – with more busy and more distractions.  Perhaps there’s someone you know who is still in isolation, someone who has less visitors than usual or someone who could do with some happy mail.

I know you’ll find lots of great inspiration on this hop.   There’s a full list of participants below.

Thinking of you cards are a lovely way to touch base and brighten someone’s day.  But don’t forget to send or deliver it!  The best kind of card is one that makes its way to someone else!

Participant List | “thinking of you”

 

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Kit Challenge

Paper Adventures - Blog Hop Header

During the restrictions of COVID, our Paper Adventures Team participated in three challenges that we used as the basis for a card swap.

The first one was to send the materials required to make 4 cards with photos to inspire the recipient’s versions.

The second one was to send all the materials to make 3 cards, but no inspiration photos.

The third one was a card base with an attached piece of DSP and a couple of extra pieces to get the recipient started with their own version.

We had so much fun in each challenge, we thought we’d extend the theme through to our team hop for this month.  We welcome Joanne James from the UK to share in the fun with us!

Here’s the brief – projects must include a square piece of DSP, a piece of ribbon at least 4″ long, a trinket or embellishment and dry or heat embossing.  I can’t wait to see what the team makes!

I have the most fun with challenges when they extend my thinking and take me away from what I would normally make.  The need to use a square piece of DSP inspired me to create a 3D project using a 6″x6″ square piece of DSP as the starting point.  My new catalogue DSP finally arrived, just in time to create for this challenge!

This treat bag style bag & box in one was designed by Kim Price.  You can see her original projects including instructions and a video by clicking here.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

It has a square base and curved sides and is super cute.  And the best part – it starts with a piece of 6″x6″ DSP which means you can create it using any of the DSP designs in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.  I’ve used the Artistry Blooms DSP for the treat bag paired with images from the Whale of a Time DSP.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

The finished size is 4-3/4″ tall by 2-3/4″ wide.  I plan to fill these boxes with chocolates as gifts for a workshop I have booked tomorrow night with some lovely local ladies.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

The whale for the blue treat bag has been cut with the coordinating Whale Builder Punch.  The turtle for the pink treat bag was fussy cut from the same DSP pack.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

With so many new things to play with at the moment, I’m enjoying mixing & matching between sets.  The tag is cut using one of the label dies from the Hippo & Friends Dies, with a slot die – which is also part of this set. I also used this on the top of the bag, placing the slot at a point where I could line up the bag and tag together.

The Hippo & Friends Dies are one of the best value sets in the catalogue with 25 dies including three different stitched  label options (in multiple sizes), accessory pieces and dies to match the characters from the Hippo Happiness stamp set.  I can’t wait to show you some projects with those cute little stamps!!!

Treat Bag | kelly kent

To complete the challenge, I used twine & ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack through the slot to close the bag, Basic Pearls & Basic Rhinestones as the embellishment and white heat embossing for the sentiment.  The ‘thanks’ sentiment is from the Whale Done stamp set. I’ve used masking tape to cover the bottom half of the sentiment and just stamp out the ‘thanks’.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

I’m excited to see how the rest of the team uses the 4 elements of the challenge to create their amazing projects.  The next creative queen is Lisa Whitehead.

Thanks again to Joanne James for joining us!  We love having international guests on our hop and are very grateful when they say yes to join us despite the challenges with time zones!

If you’re curious about Stampin’ Up! and becoming part of our Paper Adventures team, please let me know via a message on Facebook.  There’s a great bonus in the Starter Kit for this month with zero long term commitment or expectation.  Jump on board to see how it all works!!!  It may be the best decision you ever make!  If you live in Australia and you’re ready to join us, click here for all the Starter Kit info.

Have a great weekend!  I hope the forecast includes lots of stamping!

Participant List

 

Just Add Ink #510 | Fancy Fold

Hi!  You are going to love this week’s Just Add Ink theme – we’re adding “fancy folds”.  The main blog post over at Just Add Ink will be a great place to visit for endless inspiration from the design team and contributing designers in the gallery to keep us trying different styles of folds for many projects to come!

I love to try out fancy folds that trend over the year.  Although not new, I’ve seen a few different versions of this Accordian Style Fancy Fold pop up recently – and it’s lovely to see it make a resurgence because I haven’t tried it before.

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

It’s a single layer (ie, not folded) card base with a folding layered cart front.  It is a beautiful way to show off the pretty patterns of a DSP.

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

I used the now retired Bird Ballad DSP as I’m still waiting (not so patiently) for Australia Post to deliver the new DSP designs from the 2020 Annual Catalogue.

I’ve adapted this card from Lisa Curcio in the US.  Lisa has a great video tutorial and measurements for US sized cardstock. You can see Lisa’s blog post by clicking here.

My version uses A4 cardstock (suitable for the South Pacific – Australia & New Zealand and UK / Europe).  I’ve also used a ribbon to hold the accordion fold together (Lisa used a belly band).

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

Here’s the measurements needed for A4 cardstock:

  • Cardstock Base: 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″
  • Mat for Base: 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″
  • Cardstock for Accordion pull out: 4 3/4″ x 11″, score at 3″, 5-1/2″, 8″ and 9-1/2″
  • Designer Paper – front & first fold: 1-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ (cut two)
  • Designer Paper middle folds: 2-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
  • Designer Paper base: 1/2″ x 4-1/2″
  • Thick Whisper White (insert): 2 1/8″ x 4-1/2″

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

With the pretty ribbon feature on the front, this card won’t fit into a normal envelope very easily, but it does fit into a C6 Acetate Card Box which can be posted in Australia as a large letter.  Thanks to Elizabeth Gross for sharing this tip!

Acetate Box Envelope | kelly kent

I can’t wait to use the new catalogue DSP designs with this style of fancy fold and show off some new patterns!

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

Be sure to visit the Just Add Ink blog to see the fancy folds the rest of the design team shared, and share a favourite to our gallery.

Have a great weekend!

 

Stamp Review Crew | Daisy Lane

Hello!  Thanks for joining me and my international stamping friends for the first Stamp Review Crew hop of the new catalogue.  We’re excited to show you lots of new sets.  We also have a new blog – Stamp Review Crew – where we will host the main list for each hop.  This post tends to go live a little later than the individual blog posts, but a great reference if there’s any broken links or you want to browse through projects from previous hops.  You can find our previous blog by clicking here for an amazing number of projects from previous Stampin’ Up! catalogues.

Today’s chosen stamp set is Daisy Lane – a carryover set from the 2019 Annual Catalogue.  It has two coordinating punches – the Daisy Punch and the Medium Daisy punch.

Having spent some time playing with the Daisy Punch previously (see here to read about a presentation I did at a Stampin’ Up! event in 2017), I wanted to feature the smaller daisy stamp & punch for this project.

Daisy Lane | kelly kent

I love being able to pair carryover products, which we’ve seen and used for a while, with new products which freshen everything up.  This card features a Just Jade panel embossed with one of the patterns from the Greenery Embossing Folder Duo.  Just Jade complements Mint Macaron so well – which is the colour I selected for the flowers.

Daisy Lane | kelly kent

Each daisy is made up of two stamped & punched segments to create a full flower.  The leaves are heat embossed in white on Vellum and fussy cut.

Daisy Lane | kelly kent

The sentiment is a lovely large size, but in a delicate light font that adds a great finish to the card.  “Friend” is a favourite sentiment of mine to use – it covers so many occasions!

Speaking of friends, next up is the gorgeous Heidi Baks in the USA with her pretty Daisy Lane designs.

If you’re in Australia and you’d like to purchase the Daisy Lane stamp set or any other Stampin’ Up! supplies, please visit my online store for the full range.  If you need a hard copy catalogue, let me know and I’ll happily send one out to you.

Thanks for hopping with us.  I hope you have a great week!

 

Social Stamping | travel

Welcome to week 12 of Social Stamping.  The theme today is ‘travel’.

With three young kids in the mix at Papercraft HQ, my travel plans at this point of my life are not extensive, elaborate or far reaching.  A girl can certainly dream though!  On my list of places I’d like to travel are the Maldives to one of those resorts on the water, Croatia to see it’s magnificent coastline, Japan to see the cherry blossoms and Vietnam for some more South East Asian Culture.  What’s on your bucket list of travel destinations?

With COVID-19 changing how we all travel for the immediate future, I’m excited about some travel around the state I live in – which is huge and a major internationally appealing travel destination, so I’m very lucky!

My project for today is inspired by the time honoured tradition of sending postcards while on holiday.  Nanna Papercraft holidays more often than I do and always sends lots of postcards along the way to include us in the fun.  International holiday related happy mail is always fun to receive, even if they do beat some of them back!

Silhouette Scenes Postcard | kelly kent

The stamping for this card is black heat embossing on Whisper White cardstock using the boy from the Silhouette Scenes stamp set. I love the symbolism of the boy looking into the future.  I imagine him searching for the great adventures that lie ahead.

Silhouette Scenes Postcard | kelly kent

I used my Stamparatus so I could get the boy in the same place on every panel.  The panels are coloured with different inks (Real Red, Bermuda Bay & Crushed Curry) and splattered with water to add some texture.

This is the reverse side that turns it into a postcard…

Swirly Frames Postcard | kelly kent

How awesome are the Swirly Frames stamps for creating a postcard theme!!!

I feel like this might be the start of a new phase!  Postcards are fun to send through the mail because not just the recipient gets to enjoy them on the way!

To see more travel projects, keep hopping through the great projects ahead, starting with my gorgeous friend Nicole WilsonYou can see the full list of participants by visiting the main blog post.

Thanks for joining us today – I hope you enjoyed the journey!

Social Stamping Blog Host | travel

Hi!  Thanks for joining us for week 12 of social stamping.  If you haven’t seen any of the other hops, I’d highly recommending choosing a theme or two and taking a spin around the hop.  Each week since this all started (thanks to the quickly evolving COVID-19 situation), my stamping friends have joined me to share their talents with us all.  Thank you friends, for your constant source of inspiration.

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals
Week 10: Hearts
Week 11: New (Normal)

Today’s theme is travel, which has some level of irony given many of us are travelling less than ever before.  Despite the obvious lack of travel we experienced when in lockdown – whether confined to our own homes, or unable to travel between regions, one of the biggest side-effects of COVID-19 has been the change to the way we move around the world.  In Australia, travel between states is extremely limited and there’s almost no travel out of Australia.

We were lucky to be able to contain our island border when the pandemic started and I’m grateful that this has kept our numbers low and our country as safe as possible in these uncertain times.  But, I know many of us long to travel again – to explore new places, to have new experiences and to see loved ones we are geographically separated from.

Australia has been able to relax restrictions in recent weeks, allowing bigger gatherings and more freedom in movement.  So, whether we are able to travel now (albeit locally) or we’re planning for some future adventure, let this travel inspired hop be your adventure for today!

To see the full list of participants, click on the links below.

Thanks for travelling with us!


Participant List | “travel”

Social Stamping Blog Host | new (normal)

Hello!  Welcome to week 11 of Social Stamping.  You can visit previous themes by clicking on the links below.  So many thanks to my wonderful friends for joining me as sharing their creative talents!

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals
Week 10: Hearts

This blog host started when we were first experiencing changes brought about by COVID – social distancing, lockdown/quarantine/isolation, more focus on hand hygiene, essential workers, working from home, job loss, crisis schooling at home.  So many changes, and if you can believe it, all within the last 3 months in Australia!

As the numbers of active COVID cases in Australia have decreased and new cases have slowed to a minimum, we are finding ourselves entering the ‘post-COVID’ phase (albeit temporarily).  But, as with any major change, we can’t go back to the way things are. We are forging ahead with a “new normal”.  A time where shaking hands with a stranger seems strange, where hugs aren’t as liberally dished out and where keeping our distance from others is no longer rude.

The projects on the hop today are inspired by the concept of ‘new’.  With spectacular timing, this is a great opportunity for us to share with you some products or techniques that are new in our craft spaces.

Thank you for joining us.  You can see the full list below of my stamping friends who are participating today.


Participant List “new normal”

Social Stamping | new normal

Hey there, thanks for stopping by for a Social Stamping Blog Host with my friends.  You can see the full list of designers who have joined in for this theme by clicking here.

As we ease from COVID into post COVID, we settle into what is now our new normal.  There’s some really wonderful things we are taking from the lessons of a global pandemic.  We’re also at the start of a new catalogue – yay!  So, the theme for today’s blog hop is “new”.

When reflecting on this theme, and my experiences during COVID, one of the things I really enjoyed was the simplicity and space that being at home more and being less busy allowed.  As we pave a path forwards into what life looks like after the coronavirus of 2020, the pace is picking up and I miss the lazy starts to the day, the time to bake (and craft!) and being able to spend time being fun with the kids.  I’d like to keep some of the simplicity and luxury of time that we experienced and build this into our new normal.

I wanted the essence of simplicity to come through in my cards for today’s hop, so as well as using new products, I’ve used simple stamping (well, simple compared to my usual style).

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

My cards today feature the Jar Punch in a solid colour, cut twice to make it a little shorter.  Cut once as usual, then feed the bottom of the jar back into the bottom of the punch and punch again.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

The white panel used as the backdrop for the card is cut from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies (scalloped rectangle) and then embossed with the new Tasteful Texture Embossing Folder.  This is a fabulous addition to the range of embossing folders – just a bit more texture than the Subtle folder, but still very nondescript so it doesn’t detract from your theme. I’ve used the same die set for the sentiment, which is white heat embossed from the Forever Fern stamp set.

With simple in mind, I just love the look of a leafy die in the jar.  Not to complicate things, I used the same colours and general styling and created two more cards.

Forever Flourishing Dies | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is stamped directly onto the jar and is from the Many Mates stamp set.  This versatile set is going to be a favourite from this catalogue for all your greeting needs.

Forever Flourishing Dies | kelly kent

I’m sad that the Whisper White twine has retired, but there’s still a couple of twine options in the new catalogue.  The blue (Misty Moonlight / Night of Navy) cards feature the Misty Moonlight / silver Baker’s Twine from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack.  The pink (Blushing Bride / Rococo Rose) cards feature Linen Thread – a staple favourite.


Thanks for joining me today.  Next fabulous designer to visit is Lisa Whitehead with her beautiful new project.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Just Add Ink #508 | Add “F”

Hello! How are you loving the new catalogue? I’m super excited to show you some things I’ve been making with my new supplies, but for the Just Add Ink challenge this week, I couldn’t go past sharing a ‘favourite’ character for a ‘fourth’ birthday for the Just Add
“F” theme.

I can’t wait to see what you all create with this theme. There’s so many options – flowers, ferns, frogs, fish, Flirty Flamingo… and I know you’ll think of more! To join the challenge, share your project photo on the link up gallery over at the Just Add Ink blog.

It’s been a while since I shared some character punch art. I almost didn’t make this little gal, but as she is a favourite around here at the moment, it was time!

I know those of you with young children watching cartoons will recognise Bluey from her tv show. There’s something so real and relatable about the story lines and characters from Bluey that they’ve become a favourite across Australia.

I’d be lying if I said this was an easy punch art project, though having put her together once, it would be much easier to do it a second time. Here’s the breakdown of the pieces I used:

You can see that quite a lot of Bluey is free hand cutting, but the Jar Punch was a great starting point – both to get a good size for Bluey, but also the rounded corners. Once you’ve attached your large spots, cut the jar shape again to get a round shape top and bottom. The ridges on the jar were helpful for her hand/arm and the Forever Flourishing Dies provided fantastic shapes for the tail, eyebrows and smaller spots.

The other supplies used for this card were the retired Large Numbers Dies for the “four”, banner from Bonanza Dies and Starburst Punch. Current supplies were the Rectangle Stitched Framelits and 2020-2022 In Color DSP.

Colours for Bluey were Balmy Blue, Soft Sky (retired), Night of Navy, So Saffron, Whisper White and Basic Black.

If you have a little Bluey fan in your house, have a go at making your own version of Bluey! There’s always a messy desk when I’m making punch art, but the end result is worth the chaos!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

2020 – 2021 Annual Catalogue | Order now

The wait for the 2020 Annual Catalogue and all the pretties inside is over!

You can view the catalogue online by clicking here, or click here to browse in the online store.

My top 3 must have bundles are:

Hippo Happiness stamp set + Hippo & Friends Dies | $84.50
So Much Happy stamp set + Happy Dies | $80
Playful Alphabet stamp set + Pattern Play Dies

My top 3 accessories:

Cling Adhesive Strips – add these to your old style clear stamps to help them stick! | $14
Gold Hoop Embellishments | $13
Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes – such a cute way to package gifts & notecards | $13

If you’re seeing lots of things that you’d be happy to add to your craft room, there’s a fabulous special on the Starter Kit this month. For $169, you’ll get $235 of your choice of products from the new catalogue plus any bundle of your choice! You’ll also get free shipping and a 20% discount on all your purchases until at least October 2020. To purchase a Starter Kit and join my Paper Adventures Team (Australia only), click here.

To arrange a workshop for your & your friends and see the new catalogue in action, please send me a message!

My new class schedule is coming soon! I can’t wait to craft with you again!

My online shop is always open for ordering – click here to browse the new style online store! Stampin’ Up! have had a complete revamp. You’ll love the added search features, the streamlined look and the big pictures so you can see what you’re buying!

If you have any questions or need help with your order, please get in touch via Facebook or email.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com