Just Add Ink #477 | Sketch

It’s a fabulous sketch for Just Add Ink tonight!

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This sketch could take you anywhere!  The design team have had such fun with it – flipping it, rotating it, stretching it and making it into wonderful cards!  We’d like you to do the same – share your project inspired by this sketch to the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog.

I’ve added a touch of magic to the sketch with the unicorn from the Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set.  I’ve been having fun with this sweet set – it’s perfect in a house with lots of girls!

Leave a Little Sparkle | kelly kent

The unicorn is heat embossed in silver and then had its mane coloured with Watercolour Pencils – Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry & Bermuda Bay.

Leave a Little Sparkle | kelly kent

For the background, I clear heat embossed the stars on Shimmery White and then blended inks – Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape & Bermuda Bay .Before adding ink.

Add in a bit of Whisper White Polka Dot Ribbon, a Melon Mambo lace border, a white heat embossed sentiment and a couple of pearls  – and we’re done!

Leave a Little Sparkle | kelly kent

This card will be perfect for the next girly party we go to!  It’s always handy to have some cards on hand for when life gets a bit busy and there’s more parties than craft time!

 

Just Add Ink #475 | Food

Today’s Just Add Ink theme is about one of my favourite topics – FOOD!

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My other favourite subject at the moment is the never ending question of ‘when will summer arrive’.  So I’ve combined the two and created a sweet summery watermelon card.

Pigment Sprinkles Watermelon | kelly kent

The watermelon as my food item was inspired by the new Pigment Sprinkles.  I had them on my desk from prepping a class last week and they were screaming watermelon to me!  Pigment sprinkles are similar to Brushos – but made with Stampin’ Up! colours.  Beautiful, intense Stampin’ Up! colours.

The watermelon is Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green on Watercolour Paper (different pieces).  I sprinkled the powders, spritzed with water then left them to dry.  The different crystals within the pigment inks give the most amazing colour variations.  And the colours are so intense!

Pigment Sprinkles Watermelon | kelly kent

Once the watercolour paper was dry, I cut three ovals (Layering Oval Dies) – the largest from the Granny Apple Green pigment sprinkles, the next size down from Whisper White cardstock and the smallest from the Melon Mambo pigment sprinkles.  I adhered the ovals together and then cut it in half giving me a cut watermelon segment.  I prefer my real watermelon seedless – but a few black seeds on my craft version finishes it off nicely!  The seeds are from the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.

Then all my sweet piece of watermelon needed was a card base to go on (Granny Apple Green).  The bottom layers are Garden Green cardstock, Garden Green DSP from the retired Regals pack and Whisper White cardstock embossed with the Corrugated Embossing Folder (currently not available to order but hopefully it will be back soon).

The sentiment is from the Piece of Cake stamp set.  The font is a little smaller than I would have liked, but I love the message!  Besides, the watermelon is definitely the hero of this dish (any Masterchef fans???).

Pigment Sprinkles Watermelon | kelly kent

I can’t wait to see what food related stamping you’re going to show us!  It’s going to be sweet!!!

Share your projects on the Just Add Ink blog and see all the yummy creations the design team have made.

Stamp Review Crew | Dino Days

Hello!  Welcome to a hop with my Stamp Review Crew friends.  We come from all around the world and share a love of Stampin’ Up! stamps.  Today we’re sharing projects made with the Dino Days stamp set.  It comes as part of the Dinoroar suite with coordinating dies (Dino Dies), paper (Dinoroar DSP) and embellishments (Dinoroar Enamel Shapes & 3/8″ Demin Ribbon).  Click here to view in the online store.

I’m always on the lookout for new fun folds and found this one (not new, but new to me!).  Thanks to Lisa Curcio for the tutorial (click here to see her post).

Dino Days | kelly kent

It’s called a Double Point Fold Card with a front layer that opens to reveal secret stamping underneath!  I’ve used Stitched Nested Labels Dies to bridge together the DSP flaps with small magnets to hold it closed when flat.  The flap are made from DSP using a simple score line and origami style folding.

Dino Days | kelly kent

The dinosaur stamps in the set are two step to create super cute dino friends  I’ve stamped the dino in the middle of the card, but the coordinating dies cut the stamps and DSP images!

Dino Days | kelly kent

I love this DSP because it features a mix of patterns than can be used for boys & girls – because girls like dinosaurs too!!!

The set also contains builder stamps to make a palm tree, dinosaur footprints and cute sentiments.  I’ve used the ‘rawrsome’ sentiment on the front of the card…

Dino Days | kelly kent

And then the happy birthday from Seaside Notions on the back of the card.  This card doesn’t have a traditional fold, so while you could write your message on the inside where I’ve stamped the dinosaur, I love the idea of having a back panel with more stamping and lots of room for a birthday message.

Dino Days | kelly kent

Measurements to make your own card (adapted for A4 cardstock):

Base: 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″ (Daffodil Delight)
Front Mat: 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (Whisper White)
DSP: cut 2 pieces of 3″ x 4″, scored at 1″ on the 3″ side (Dinoroar DSP), folded top left & right edges into a triangle to meet score line; trimmed to fit width of front mat once adhered
Reverse Mat 1: 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (Melon Mambo)
Reverse Mat 2: 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″

Colours used: for stamping: Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, White heat embossing


Thanks for hopping with me today!  Next stop for some RAWRsome inspiration is Betty Traciak.

Have a great week!

 

Paper Adventures Team Hop | “S”

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Hello September!  Which also marks the start of SPRING here in Australia.  The weather is warming up, the days are longer and I couldn’t be happier about that fact.  It’s felt like a very long & cold winter!!!
You’re joining us tonight for the September installment of our Paper Adventures team blog hop.  In honor of SSSSSeptember and SSSSSPring, the theme is “S”.  I can’t wait for you to see what everyone has made.  We welcome our guest designer Tina Gillespie.  Tina has the greatest sense of style and I love her quirky cards.  Click on the next button below to visit Tina’s blog.
I’ve created a Snow Dome Shaker Card to share with you.  I almost overlooked this bundle in the 2019 Holiday Catalogue because I don’t have a need for many snowy cards at Christmas time.  But then I got to thinking about all the cool snow globes my kids have collected over the years – fairies, animals, places – and it occurred to me that I didn’t need to make it snow at all.  Then Lou Kitzelman did a fabulous post with so many great ideas that I knew I’d made the right decision.  See Lou’s snow globe post by clicking here.
Everyone loves an interactive card, so this Snow Globe is for a big kid – using one of my favourite DSPs (Pressed Petals DSP).  This DSP is part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion this month.  And even though, being a specialty DSP, it’s the most expensive on the list, you can choose it as your free pack – how awesome is that???  See all the B3G1 DSP options by clicking here.
Pressed Petals Snow Globe | kelly kent
The layout is CASEd from the catalogue (page 43) – I love how the banner fits so nicely with the snow globe.  All the snow globe pieces are from the Snow Globe Scenes Dies.  There is also a coordinating stamp set (Still Scenes stamp set) which has snow globe outlines and a stamped base.
Pressed Petals Snow Globe | kelly kent
The card is filled with shaker pieces – butterflies, stars & sequins.  The butterflies are from the Butterfly Beauty Dies, the stars from the retired Star Border Punch (I will never part with this!) and the sequins from a set in my collection (also retired no doubt!).
Pressed Petals Snow Globe | kelly kent
The Snow Globes are so easy to put together – like crazy easy!  Cut the pieces with the dies, add a Snow Globe Shaker Dome and construct your card. The domes have adhesive on both sides, meaning no glue mess – I love the simplicity with the wow factor.
Pressed Petals Snow Globe | kelly kent
The sentiment for this card is from the Wonderful Moments stamp set.

With the dies and domes doing all the hard work for you, snow globe cards are quick to make.  I was able to whip one up in 20 mins for a birthday party we went to last week.  It’s a perfect theme for any style, age or event!

Snow Globe - 9th birthday | kelly kent

It’s my pleasure to hand you over to Tina Gillespie, our guest designer, so she can share her ssssssssssssensational sssssssssssss project…

Thanks for hopping with us.  If you need any supplies, my online store is open 24-7. Click here to browse.
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For the Love of Sharing | Llamacorn

For the past many years I’ve mainly shared on my blog the projects I’ve made using only products available in the online store (at the time of posting).  This means that some of the cute & fun projects made for special people or special occasions that contained retired product didn’t make it here.

With my change of direction for 2019, I’ve decided to start adding more of a variety.  I’m still buying new – so there’ll be new ones, but I’ll also add in retired favourites.  I know many of you keep your Stampin’ Up! and have craft rooms filled with things no longer found in catalogues – but also that you still love and use these products.  Lets add some new inspiration!

Today’s share is a llamacorn (a totally trendy llama and unicorn mix) for a 9 year old birthday card.  I didn’t realise llamacorns were a thing – but they are and surprisingly fun to make!

Llamacorn Punch Art | kelly kent

To create your own llamacorn, I used a mix of retired Stampin’ Up! and the Magical Unicorn stamp & die set made by a company called Pink Fresh.

Head – Cloud die from the Rainbow Builder Dies (retired)

Face – Heart die from Sweet & Sassy Dies (retired)

Snout – 1″ circle punch, mini heart punch (retired), hand drawn mouth)

Neck – hand cut

Hair – Sliding Star Dies (retired) watercoloured on Shimmery White

Horn, flower, ears & eyes from Pink Fresh Bundle

DSP – Painted with Love (retired)

Frame – Rectangle Stitched Dies in Gold Foil

Sentiment – And Many More stamp set (retired) with Classic Label Punch

Cardstock base – Blushing Bride

Llamacorn cardstock – Whisper White

Llamacorn Punch Art | kelly kent

Punch art is a first love of mine, so you can imagine how much fun it was to put this together!

Here’s one more photo 🙂

Llamacorn Punch Art | kelly kent

Thanks for letting me share all that I love!

Click here to shop online for your Stampin’ Up! favourites.

Just Add Ink #473 | Choose Two

It’s so lovely to be back designing for a Just Add Ink challenge.  Apart from the fabulous group of ladies in the design team, one of the things that tempted me to stay with JAI is the range of challenges.  It’s a great way to inspire a range of creativity.with a rotating list of fabulous challenge themes.  This week it’s “Choose Two” – Metallics, Twine or Washi Tape.

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I am a serial washi tape hoarder.  I buy a new set almost every catalogue and so rarely use it.  The washi from last year’s Holiday Catalogue is currently on the clearance rack (click here to check it out the Clearance Rack), which reminded me to use it – and lots of it!

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The wreath for this card was created by wrapping washi tape around a cardstock ring (made with circle dies).

Christmas Washi Wreath | kelly kent

WASHI TIP: Use the metallic washi from the Suite Season washi pack to line the outside edge of the mat layer – creating a pretty layer underneath your card front.

Christmas Washi Wreath | kelly kentEMBOSSING TIP: Run your cardstock through the Subtle folder twice – once each direction to create more texture.

Christmas Washi Wreath | kelly kent

The dimensions for this card:

  • Card Base (Whisper White Thick) – 5″ x 10″, scored at 5″
  • Mat Layer (Whisper White with Washi Tape border) – 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″
  • Card Front (Whisper White embossed with the Subtle folder) – 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″

Christmas Washi Wreath | kelly kent

The ribbon for this card is retired.  Ribbon is another thing I hoard, so I’m trying to use more of my stash before succumbing to the new pretty ribbon in the 2019 Holiday Catalogue.

The stamp set is brand new though – and a total favourite (even at this early stage!).  You’ll want to get your hands on the new and amazing Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.  It’s perfect for just about every Christmas greeting you’ll need this holiday season.

Click here to see it in the online store.


If you have some hoarded craft supplies that need some love, join us for this Choose Two challenge.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog to add your project to the link up.

Have a great weekend!

September 2019 – Holiday Catalogue & DSP Promotion

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Today saw the launch of the 2019 Holiday Catalogue.  There’s so much to love between the pages of this great book.  I have hard copies here ready to post to anyone in Australia who doesn’t have a demonstrator looking after them.  Send me an email or a message on Facebook and I’ll get one to you right away.

To see a pdf of the 2019 Holiday Catalogue, click here.

If you like browsing online, be sure to stop by the online store to see all the products.  Click here to visit.


If you’re not quite ready for Christmas yet, then the Buy 3, Get 1 Free DSP promotion is a great way to stock up on pretty DSP from the Annual Catalogue for birthday cards and other all year occasions.

Designer Series Paper Sale

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Click here to visit the online store and fill your cart with pretty paper!

If you need me to help with any of your Stampin’ Up! shopping, please get in touch!

 

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