Stamp Review Crew | Forever Fern

Hello Monday (in Australia!) & welcome to another Stamp Review Crew hop.  I’m joined by my stamping friends from around the world as we all share projects made using the same Stampin’ Up! stamp set.  You can find the full list of participants and link on the Stamp Review Crew blog.

Today it’s the Forever Fern stamp set and coordinating Forever Flourishing Dies.

This is one of those sets where the dies really complement the stamp set, so I know you’re going to see some wonderful projects today using the whole suite.

I really enjoy experimenting with the styling of a stamp set that has quite a strong theme in the catalogue.  There’s lot of green tones in this suite, so I’ve taken the turn to the left and gone pink.

Forever Fern | kelly kent

The inspiration for this card started with wanting to use the Gold Hoop Embellishment.  They are just the sweetest!

Forever Fern | kelly kent

I mixed my embossing colours with gold, silver and white on the same card!  White for the sentiment on Basic Gray cardstock, silver leaves on Sahara Sand cardstock, gold leaves on Sahara Sand cardstock and silver splatters on the card base.  I figured while I was mixing it up, I’d try out a few different things.

Forever Fern | kelly kent

The card base is Rococo Rose layered with Whisper White and more Rococo Rose. The embossed layer is the 3D Brick & Mortar folder. And the ribbon is the new Metallic Mesh Ribbon and the Braided Linen Trim from the Annual Catalogue.


There’s more Forever Fern projects waiting for you by clicking the next button through the hop.  From here, you’re travelling to the US to visit the wonderful Holly Krautkremer.

Thanks for joining the fun with us today!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Ridiculously Awesome Triangles

There’s lots to love about the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue and although I have been sharing lots with the Playful Alphabet Dies, I’m giving them a rest today and sharing a project I made with another favourite – Stitched Triangles Dies.

You get 19 dies in this set including 3 styles of layering triangles, a stitched bunting banner, triangle border die and triangle cluster – endless options for mixing & matching.

Stitched Triangles Dies with sizing | kelly kent

I’ve used the isosceles triangle dies to cover the whole card front for this card.

Ridiculously Awesome Triangles | kelly kent

I chose three DSP patterns that I loved – a Bumblebee pattern from Flowers for Every Season, a Pretty Peacock pattern from Whale of a Time DSP and  Terracotta Tile pattern from the Ornate Garden DSP.  I also cut out some cardstock in colours that complemented the DSP – Bumblebee, Just Jade and Rococo Rose.

Ridiculously Awesome Triangles | kelly kent

The triangles were laid out on a thick Whisper White card base and the excess trimmed around the edges.  I didn’t think too much about the colours & patterns other than to alternate DSP & cardstock.  On saying that, the “random” look sometimes feels like it takes more effort than a predictable pattern.

Ridiculously Awesome Triangles | kelly kent

The sentiment is from a fabulous stamp set in the Annual Catalogue called Ridiculously Awesome.  It was designed by Million Dollar Sales Achiever Ronda Wade with hand drawn artwork by Sean Douglass (the husband of Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass).  I’m a big fan of white heat embossing on black cardstock against bright colours – such a fun way to finish a card!  This sentiment is from two of the stamps in the set to create the message I needed for a ridiculously awesome friend.

Got some craft time this week?  #makeacardsendacard  You’re sure to brighten someone’s day.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Stamp Review Crew | Celebrate Sunflowers

Hello!  Thank for joining us for a Stamp Review Crew hop.  I’m going my friends from around the world as we share projects made using a featured stamp set.  Today it’s the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and coordinating Sunflowers Dies.

My projects for today use the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set together with the Swirly Frames stamp set.  The frames create a great border for the sweet sunflower images.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

I first stamped the frame in Basic Gray ink and then used strips of copy paper to mask the edges of the frame and stamped the large sunflower in the middle using Bumblebee ink.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

I then layered the framed sunflower with 2020-2022 In Colour DSP (Bumblebee), added a banner (made using the new Banners Pick A Punch).and a white on black heat embossed sentiment with a little fussy cutting.

The second card I made had the same features but used the smaller sunflower, a different layout and more of the 2020-2022 In Colours.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kentTo mask the frame for this card I stamped the frame on copy paper and then cut out the middle with snips.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

It was super difficult to capture in the photo, but I stamped one of the leaf images on the card base and embossed in clear for a subtle background effect.


Thanks for joining us today.  To keep hopping and see more projects made with the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, visit Mary Haugen.  You can see the whole list of participating bloggers at the main Stamp Review Crew post by clicking here.

Have a fabulous week – I hope it’s wonderfully crafty with lots of sunshine & celebrations!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Celebrating Sunflowers | celebrate you

I just can’t get off the blue train at the moment!!!  And blue flowers *swoon*

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

I made this card for one of my oldest friends – not old by age, but old by the length of time we’ve known each other.  She’s the best for remembering other people’s birthdays – it’s a special talent and always so lovely to get her message on your special day.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

The Celebrate Sunflowers bundle reminds me of my friend.  She’s bright and has the most beautiful smile.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

I hope she likes my non-traditional sunflower – blue flowers aren’t for everyone but I just love how the DSP peeks through!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Products used for this card:

Stamp Set: Celebrate Sunflowers
Dies: Sunflowers Dies
Embossing: Subtle
DSP: Flowers for Every Season
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight, Whisper White, Sahara Sand
Ink: Night of Navy

 

 

Social Stamping | good to be back!

After COVID put the breaks on Social Stamping in Term 1, it was awesome to get back to it today.  With the help of two other amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, we’ll be offering weekly sessions during Term 3.

We don’t reveal the cards before the session because we want it to be a surprise when you arrive to craft, but now that the first session is out of the way, let me share with you what we made today.

The first card design had a choice of colours.  This won’t always be the case for cards we make, but this design was perfect for a pink or yellow flower, and since I couldn’t choose, I made both and let you choose your favourite.

Tasteful Textures | kelly kent

Every card at Social Stamping classes comes with a high quality Stampin’ Up! envelope which you get to stamp in a coordinating design to the card.

Tasteful Textures | kelly kent

This card used the Tasteful Textures stamp set and Nature’s Thoughts Dies. There was a little bit of fussy cutting for the flower, but everyone managed that beautifully!

Tasteful Textures | kelly kent

One stamper today said how she enjoyed making a card with a ‘hello’ sentiment.  I love ‘hello’ cards too as you can use them for so many occasions.


The second card on offer today had a butterfly theme.  This style was a little more grungy with layers of stamping.

Positive Thoughts | kelly kent

The butterfly is from the Positive Thoughts stamp set, the script words from the Very Versailles stamp set and the sentiment from the Beautiful Friendship stamp set.  It’s always fun to mix stamp sets to get a totally new look.   The swirly circle for the sentiment is from the Painted Labels Dies with a 1-3/4″ circle punch.

Positive Thoughts | kelly kentOmbre colour themes are a favourite of mine.  This is Pool Party, Bermuda Bay & Pretty Peacock.

All of our stampers made two cards today for $13, which included a hot drink of their choice.  The option is also there for one card and a drink for $10 if you want the express option to pop in & out.

The next session in on Monday 3rd August – we can’t wait to see you there.  You can RSVP on the event on my Facebook page, or simply turn up at the cafe.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures | celebrating the wins

Our Paper Adventures Team had a team meeting on the weekend – which is always a highlight on my calendar.  Is there any better social occasion than a cup of tea and cake with friends who share the same passion, great conversation, lots of laughs and an opportunity to get inky – all in the space of a morning!

The topics of conversation vary at meetings but we usually discuss the catalogues – favourite products and things we might have missed noticing, team news – who’s doing what and any Stampin’ Up! news.

As part of the meeting, I had the delightful task of congratulating Lisa Whitehead who has shown great innovation and dedication over the past 12 months and promoted to Bronze Elite level.  This means she earns herself an extra 5% commission on everything she sells to her customers and 5% extra discount on her own personal spending.

This is the card I made her to go with a personalised gift…

Yay You! | kelly kent

The Stitched Triangles Dies were a must have for me from the Annual Catalogue.  I love anything stitched, and the geometric finish of the triangle shapes makes them super fun to work with!

Yay You! | kelly kent

Don’t you love how the light catches those letters!  The Playful Alphabet Dies were another first love from the Annual Catalogue.  The light catching the Copper Foil on these letters makes the card shine!

Yay You! | kelly kent

And for that extra bit of wow, I’ve added the foil to the Foam Adhesive Sheet before running them through the Die Cutting Machine.  It’s so easy but so effective.  If you buy the Playful Alphabet Dies, you must buy the Foam Adhesive Sheets as well!

Yay You! | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Bermuda Bay, Bumbleebee, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray with Copper Foil letters on a Whisper White base.

Congratulations again to Lisa – a well deserved promotion!  I can’t wait to see what you do next!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

One Sheet Wonder | Playful Cats

One of my favourite activities recently has been cutting a super sweet piece of 6″ x 6″ DSP down into pieces to make 4 cards using a One Sheet Wonder template I designed.  You can see here for the original OSW post.

6x6 One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

Card Mats:

Card A                   1-5/8″ x 5-7/8″

Card B                   3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″

Card C                   3-1/4″ x 3-3/6″

Card D                   3-3/6″ x 3-3/6″

Last month I participated in a blog hop with my ESAD friends and used the One Sheet Wonder template to create a series of cute dog themes cards.  I had plans to make a cat set too – and although I made these weeks ago, I’m only just getting around to sharing them now!

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

The colours for this set are Smoky Slate, Flirty Flamingo, Lovely Lipstick (retired) and Basic Gray.

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

Grumpy cat is definitely my favourite of this DSP – no sentiment needed!!!

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kentThe Monogram Messages stamp set works well with this theme – C is for CAT 🙂

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

I love the birthday stamp from the Fancy Phrases stamp set, together with the label die from the Hippo & Friends Dies.

Playful Pets One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

This cat is just adorable too!  The Playful Pets DSP is perfect for dog & cat lovers – with a beautiful modern style and images that you can cut – or use as a full sheet!

I hope you’ve had some time this weekend to get your craft on!  Short of creative mojo?  Choose a piece of your favourite DSP, cut it up using the template above and whip up 4 cards in no time at all.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Social Stamping | thinking of you

Happy Saturday!  Saturday has been one of the highlights of my blogging week for the past 3 months as I hop with my stamping friends as a way to stay connected through these COVID times.  Today’s theme is “thinking of you”.  There’s a full list of all the themes so far and all the designers participating in today’s hop on the main blog post for this hop – click here to visit.

For my cards today I’ve made 2 cards using the split card technique – an idea shared by Jennifer McGuire last month.  It’s a great way to get two cards with one lot of stamping and a great corner or border style design.  You can see Jennifer’s post here.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measured 5-5/8″ x 7-3/4″ and stamped the blossoms in Misty Moonlight down the middle portion of the cardstock, adding in Seaside Spray flowers, Night of Navy mini flowers and Crumb Cake accents.

The inspiration for the colours of this design came from Stacey Marsh – a demo I recently starting following in the UK.  Check out her Instagram – she’s amazing!  She had me at blue flowers!!

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

Once all the stamping is done, cut the cardstock down the middle (at 3-7/8″) and use the pieces to make up your cards.

This first card features a Crumb Cake base and Vellum butterflies using the Butterfly Duet Punch.  The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set cut using one of the label dies from the Hippo & Friends set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

The second card features a Seaside Spray base, hearts from the Pattern Play stamp set and sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

This technique makes it easy to whip up some cards to send to family and friends in no time at all.  Feeling adventurous?  Try stamping a whole sheet and cutting into 4 pieces!!!  Or using die cuts for your images.  There’s so many possibilities!

Next up for more ‘thinking of you’ inspiration is my gorgeous friend Narelle Simm.

Thanks for hopping with us. If you need the full list of participants, click here to visit.

See you next week for more Social Stamping!

 

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!