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

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Colour INKspiration #59

It’s time for another Colour INKspiration hop.  Chosen by Bronwyn Eastley – this colour combination is just divine!  Soft, dreamy and oh-so-pretty.

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I’ve seen a sneak peak of some of the cards on this hop and you’re going to love them all.  So much variety from florals to masculine to pretty kitties!

We’re joined today by guest designer Denise Buetler.  Denise won challenge #57 and accepted our invitation to join us for this hop.  You can see her project by clicking here or keep hopping through all the projects til you get to her gorgeous card.


As with many the Colour INKspiration Crew, there was something about these colours that was reminiscent of the water.  I’ve used the new Seaside Notions stamp set to create another sympathy card.  Sadly it’s the week for it.

Seaside Notions | kelly kent

The background is the Stitched Lace die – I just can’t get enough of this die.  It’s adds such elegance to the card.  This time I’ve cut it using the lace die (see my previous post for tips on getting a great cut) and then cut it to card front size using the largest Stitched Rectangle Die.  If you have these dies, you’ll know the proportions are a little different our card sizes, so I’ve cut the card down to 4-1/8″ wide by 5-1/2″ long (11″ before scoring and folding in half).Seaside Notions | kelly kent

I’ve layered a Subtle embossed mat in Smoky Slate and a frame made using the Stitched Rectangle Dies in Seaside Spray.  I am loving this new In Color – so serene!!!  The seahorse is stamped in Seaside Spray and fussy cut, layering it over the ‘thinking of you’ sentiment.  Finished off with a couple of silver Metallic Pearls.

I’ve carried the theme through to the inside of the card and added some stamped shells and a sand dollar on another stitched rectangle background with a strip of Seaside Spray DSP.

Seaside Notions | kelly kent

I loved these colours together, but if I’m honest, using Very Vanilla was a huge challenge for me!!!  I guess I’m just a Whisper White girl at heart!


We’d love for you to join the challenge by sharing your creation made with these colours in our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Next up on the hop is my gorgeous friend Leonie Stuart and a beautifully delicate card.

Thanks for visiting!


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CASEing the Catty #236 | Love, Thanks & Support

The calendar tells me it’s Sunday today but it’s school holidays here so I really have no idea!  It’s slow mornings, family fun and endless food around here!

We started a 1000 piece puzzle yesterday – which has been lots of fun!  It’s terribly addictive but the perfect activity for the wet weather days.

Since it is actually Sunday, it’s time to share a project for CASEing the Catty.  The theme this week is the Love, Thanks & Support section of the Annual Catalogue – pages 72-97.

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Pick any photo from these pages and share your twist.  Change the colours, use the layout, be inspired by the technique – there’s endless ways to be creative with the catalogue as your starting point.   Please share your creation in our Facebook group – we love seeing what you’re making.

I’ve used a mish mash of inspiration from this section – the colours of one card, the stamp set of another and the layout of a third.

CTC#236 Inspiration | kelly kent

The colours are Whisper White, Rococo Rose, Crushed Curry & Old Olive.  The stamp set is Healing Hugs and the layout uses tone-on-tone Stitched Lace die as the background with the floral centrepiece on top.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

The Stitched Lace Die is becoming one of my favourites.  I usually avoid fussy dies because they are a pain to cut.  But….through a combination of recommendations by other demonstrators, I have discovered for my Big Shot that the following ‘sandwich’ works the best –

Bottom – top: Magnetic Platform, Precision Plate, Die (cutting side up), cardstock, Cutting Plate.

It needs to go through a couple of times but the pieces all come out quite easily.  I give it a brush with the Take Your Pick Die Brush while the cardstock is still in the die and then I poke out the stubborn bits with a paper piercer.  Once all the pieces are out I gently ease the cardstock away from the die.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

For this card I’ve used the edge die that comes with the Stitched Lace Die to create the scalloped edge.  Make sure you use a bit of washi tape to keep the die in place while you run it through your die cutting machine.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is from the Seaside Notions stamp set. Sadly I’ve needed too many sympathy cards lately – my friends are hurting, so I’m sending lots of paper hugs out.


There’s more wonderful creations to visit on this blog hop.  Click on next to visit my lovely friend Lauren Meiklejohn to see her gorgeous take on the catalogue.

Thanks for hopping with us.  I hope your week is wonderful!


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Just Add Ink #461 | Inspiration

The photo inspiration from Rachael this week for Just Add Ink couldn’t be more perfect for me.  It’s my favourite colours and it works beautifully with a new bundle that just arrived on my doorstep from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.

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Let me know you the bundle first –

When I first saw this in the catalogue, it was instant love.  Over the years, I’ve used different methods to create silhouettes.  I just love the effect of having the solid black image against a colourful background.

Here’s what I created using the beautiful swinging girl stamp and the weeping tree die…

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The yellow background panel for the card was made using the new Pigment Sprinkles.  They come in a pack of six Stampin’ Up! colours.  I’ve used Daffodil Delight in two stages to get different intensities of the gorgeous yellow tone.

The swinging girl was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in black embossing powder.  I love the solid colour of black embossing powder.  When using the silhouette stamps, you are best to set up your Stamparatus and ink at least twice (if not three times).  This will give you a truly solid image in whatever colour you are using.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The Smoky Slate background of the card also features something new – 3D Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder.  I was so excited by this too!!!   Stampin’ Up! have decided not to make us wait for new embossing folders & dies while they continue to perfect the design on the new cutting & embossing machine.  These products will still work with whatever die cutting & embossing machine you own, but you may need some workarounds in the short term.  This 3D embossing folder worked in my Big Shot (which is quite a tight roll) with two upcycled shims – a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard that comes with our foil packs and a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard from a DSP pack.  You may have to try a few combinations to see what works in your machine.

The workarounds are totally worth it though – there’s some gorgeous new 3D folders in the new catalogue!!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The sentiment on this card is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  Many of my favourite sets in the Annual Catalogue don’t have birthday sentiments included, so this set will be on regular rotation to keep up with all the birthday cards I want to send throughout the year.


To see all the design team cards using this gorgeous photo inspiration, click through to the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also add your card to the linky and enter the challenge.  Be inspired by the colours, patterns, shapes, theme or anything else that jumps out to you!

Thanks for visiting!

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Colour INKspiration #57

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for Colour INKspiration #57.  I’ve chosen the colour palette today – I hope you like it!  We’re crafting with Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight & Granny Apple Green – inspired by these gorgeous Calla Lilies.

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Joining us on the hop today, as our guest designer, is Kate Webb – thanks Kate!!  Kate’s pretty card won challenge #55 and we are delighted to have her along for this hop.  Each challenge the crew picks 5 cards and ask the members of the Colour INKspiration Facebook group to choose a winner.  Join the group and make sure to enter your project for the current challenge!  Click here to visit.


The bold & bright colours of this challenge reminded me of spring, so although the weather here is cold and wet (hello winter!), my craft room can be as warm and summery as I like.  So with the challenge colours in mind, I’ve stamped some pretty butterflies using the new Butterfly Wishes stamp set and lined them up in rows.

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

This style of card using the Stitched Rectangle Dies as a frame reminds me of butterflies on display in a museum.  I’ve make them fly as much as I can by adhering in the middle of the body and flicking up the wings….

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

But I’d like to try a card like this again with flying butterflies!  I’ll keep it on my to-do list for another challenge!

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

For the sentiment in the middle of the card, I’ve masked the other words on the ‘celebrate’ stamp with masking tape and inked it up with Versamark and heat embossed in white.  I then cut it using the Classic Label punch.  To create the banner, I used the end of the same punch.  I love when products are so versatile!

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

I have the pleasure of linking you to our guest designer – Kate Webb with her gorgeous floral creation.  These colours just work so well for flowers!

Thanks for hopping with us, can’t wait to see your creations in our Facebook group.


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CASEing the Catty #232 | Artistic Expression

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for the first CASEing the Catty of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It’s always fun to have new inspiration!

Join us as we choose any project to CASE from the Artistic Expression section of the catalogue – pages 106-159.

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I’ve chosen a card from page 158 showing the Lined Alphabet stamp set & dies.

What caught my eye in this sample is the triangle lines & the ombre colours of the ‘baby’ across the middle.  I used those elements to create a birthday (or other celebration) card using a Mint Macaron tone.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The Mint Macaron started with the DSP choice – I had the Mosaic Mood DSP on my table after creating the Tri-Fold Pocket Card for our team hope on Friday.  That card (you can see it here) used a lot of DSP, but it  didn’t use this particular pattern – which I love!  So that become the card base.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The next step was to add the triangle features – which in this case are actually more of a hexagon – using the Stitched Nested Label Dies.  The colours are Very Vanilla, Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron and Lost Lagoon.   Lost Lagoon is actually a retired colour – but I needed a darker tone to complete the ombre effect – and Lost Lagoon is a favourite of mine!  I wish it had been one of the returning colours during the revamp of 2018!

Once I had my triangle peaks of colour, I added the butterfly from the Beautiful Day stamp set – a returning favourite into the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It goes perfectly with this DSP, having a natural mosaic effect!

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The butterfly is stamped in Lost Lagoon ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then coloured using Stampin’ Blends – Light & Dark Soft Sea Foam and Light & Dark Mint Macaron.  The middle segments have been given a touch of sparkle with the Clear Wink of Stella pen.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The card is finished with a sentiment -T”time to celebrate!” from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  I’ve stamped this in Lost Lagoon ink and then punched it out using the Classic Label Punch.  The pointed edges of this punch shape worked beautifully with the styling of my card!

So much love for the DSP in this catalogue!  I’m going to need extra supplies of my favourites so I can keep making cards!!!


For more inspiration using new catalogue products, keep hopping with my CTC friends.  Click on the next button to take you to New Zealand to visit my gorgeous Artisan friend Angela Meiritz-Reid.

If you’d like to join in with the weekly CASEing the Catty Challenge, please hop over to our Facebook group.  The challenge runs for a week – ending next Sunday.

See you next week for more new catalogue inspiration!


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Hello 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue!!

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It’s time!  The launch of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue happens today!!!

If you haven’t yet seen the catalogue in person, click here to view the pdf copy.  You may also like to contact your local demonstrator to request a hard copy – as the only thing better than flicking through the pages of a catalogue, is having the products in your hands!!!


There’s lots of love in the new catalogue.  It’s filled with pretty suites, fabulous stamp, dies & punches, gorgeous papers, awesome new colours, sensational embellishments and fantastic ideas!

I’m starting the new catalogue with a ‘hello’ card. This sentiment from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set seemed fitting!  I’ve framed it in a Stitched Nested Label – one of the must have products of the new catalogue!

Good Morning Magnolia | kelly kent

This stamp set contains a very large magnolia stamp.  It’s amazing – incredible for being the feature of your card and awesome for colouring.

The magnolia is stamped in Early Espresso ink with Mossy Meadow watercoloured leaves.  I’ve dabbed the middle of the flower with some Rose Gold Shimmer Paint that came with the Everything is Rosy Product Medley in May.  If you didn’t order the Everything is Rosy Medley, you can achieve a similar look with Blushing Bride ink and Wink or Stella or Champagne Shimmer Paint.

Good Morning Magnolia | kelly kentThe flower is slightly too large to sit well in the landscape orientation, so I’ve trimmer the bottom leaf and tucked it behind the flower.  I like this layered look.

The DSP is one of the patterns from the Magnolia Lane DSP.  The colouring for the magnolia on this card was inspired by another sheet of the DSP.

If you’re looking for more magnolia ideas, I love this colour resource by Bronwyn Eastley – click here to see her magnolia colour combinations.  Thanks for sharing Bron!


For all your new catalogue needs, please visit my online store.  Click here to browse.

To see new catalogue products in action, come to my next class.

Unable to make a Monday morning class but still interested in card making?  I’m open to changing my class schedule – please let me know when you are free.  I’m also planning some #simplestamping classes where we’ll make a bundle of cards to take home.  Leave me a comment to register your interest or subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss the action!

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Stamp Review Crew – Daisy Delight

Hey there!  Welcome to a Stamp Review Crew hop with my international stamping friends.  We all create using the same stamp set – giving you a whole hop of ideas!!!

Today’s chosen set is Daisy Delight from the Annual Catalogue.  This set first appeared in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue and holds a special place in my heart as I was selected to present this stamp set and matching punch at OnStage in April 2017.  You can see my projects by clicking here.

For my project I wanted to try a little grungy/vintage look with the daisy.  My previous projects have been bright & sunny, I had a different look in mind for this card.

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

With Sahara Sand as my chosen colour palette, I stamped and cut two daisies on Whisper White, and cut two more just from Sahara Sand cardstock.  I scrunched the flowers to give them a ruffled look before adhering them all together.

I then added three layers of cardstock – Sahara Sand DSP from the Color Collection DSP,, vellum and Sahara Sand cardstock.  I’ve added textured elements to each of the layers – distressed & ripped edges on the striped DSP, vellum and cardstock but extra distressing to the Sahara Sand cardstock.  To the top layer I repetitively stamped the petals from the Daisy Delight stamp set and then scrunched and smoothed before adhering to the vellum layer.

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

The base is also Sahara Sand with a Stitched Rectangle as the base layer (this was my only concesion to my usual neat style – I love the contrast!).

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

This theme was fun, so I carried it through to the middle of the card adding more of the gorgeous striped DSP, a Stitched Rectangle for the sentiment panel and another distressed daisy.  Little Miss Papercraft looked at me in horror when I started scrunching my freshly stamped daisy!!!  You have to be gentle so you don’t rip off the petals, but it adds some great texture.

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

I’ve purposely left this card without a sentiment.  I like the boldness of the daisy as the centrepiece and didn’t want to add anything else!


Next up on the hop is my gorgeous friend in Tasmania is Bronwyn Eastley.

Thanks for hopping with us, it’s always a pleasure to be part of these hops!

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CASEing the Catty #231 | CASE Anything

It’s the final CASEing the Catty blog hop of the current catalogues!  The last hurrah for the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue!  We officially welcome the new catalogue into our craft rooms on Tuesday (4th June).

As a giant send off, the theme for CTC this week is ‘CASE Anything’ – absolutely any project you can find in either the 2019 Occasions Catalogue or the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.

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What started for me as a “I’ll just change something retiring to something new” has ended up being a whole spread of change.  Once I started using the new “Follow Your Art” suite, I just couldn’t stop!!

From the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue, I chose project photo for the Coffee Cafe bundle…

And redesigned the cards in the photo to use the It Starts With Art stamp set, Arts & Crafts die, Follow Your Art DSP and Button Button Embossing Folder.

Follow Your Art | kelly kent

These stamps & dies are so much fun to work with and perfect for crafters – making them a great choice for cards for your crafty friends & stamping customers.

Here’s a close up of each card….

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The coordinating colours for this suite are Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point & Whisper White.

The suite features images of our favourite SU products from ribbon to colouring tools to reinkers, glue gun, buttons, scissors & more!!!

This suite and the rest of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue is available to order on 4th June 2019.  You can place your order in my online store (click here).

I also have a DSP share available for pre-order (limited spots available) which will get you the entire new DSP range in 6″x6″ pieces. You can own it all – including this Follow Your Art DSP featured in this post – at a fraction of the cost!  Click here for all the information on the DSP share.


And just like that, CASEing the Catty is done for the 2018-2019 Catalogues.  Join us next week for new action from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue!!!

Keep hopping to see what the lovely Michelle Stradz has created as her ‘last project’.

See you next week!


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Paper Pumpkin – Hugs from Shelli Alternative

Wow – what an action packed month May was!!  June is looking just as exciting with a new catalogue starting on Tuesday – woo hoo!!!

While we wait for the new catalogue, there’s still time to order the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit.  Paper Pumpkin is available in the US each month of the year – but not usually in Australia.  As a special release, we’re currently able to order an exclusive global kit called Hugs from Shelli.

Mine arrived during the week and I’ve loved putting together the kit cards.  They are so pretty with beautiful designs in the style of the upcoming Bird Ballad suite.

As well as the supplies to make 12 cards (3 each of 4 designs), you get a stamp set and ink spot for your collection. Plus it comes in a gorgeous box that you can keep long after the kit is made & enjoyed.

The stamp set can be used independently of the kit materials to create your own unique designs. If you’ve already purchased the kit and would like to print a clear case insert, click here to download the artwork (provided by Stampin’ Up!).

I love the cards in the kit – they are perfect for every type of stamper, but I also love the beautiful stamp set and wanted to use it to create my own card using the images and some of my other supplies.

Hugs from Shelli - alternative design | kelly kent

I’ve used the floral stamp to create my own background / DSP, colouring the middle of the flowers with Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend and the buds with Dark Pool Party.  The label is cut in Smoky Slate cardstock using an upcoming product that is going to be a staple for most crafters – Stitched Nested Label Dies.  I’ve used a partial cut to create a pennant style rather than a full hexagon.

Hugs from Shelli - alternative design | kelly kent

How cute are those feathers???  I love feathers on cards and the styling on the feather in this set appeals to me!

The card base & sentiment label for this creation is Pretty Peacock cardstock – one of the five new In Colors we’ll see featured in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue which goes live on Tuesday.

Hugs from Shelli - alternative design | kelly kent

The value from this Paper Pumpkin kit is fabulous.  12 cards with printed envelopes, a limited edition stamp set and an ink spot all for $37 (plus post).  It’s only available while stocks last.  To order yours (in Australia), click here to visit in the online store.

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While you’re over at the online store, you may want to check out the discounts available on some of the Last Chance Retirement range.  Click here to browse.

Hold & enjoy the ride – there’s lots more adventure to come!!!

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