Paper Adventures Team Hop | CAS – Clean & Simple

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Hello!  Welcome to the September edition of our team blog hop.

I can’t wait for you to see what our Paper Adventures team have created for you this month. You may have joined me from Kim Oliver’s blog – thanks to Kim for being our amazing guest designer this month.  There’s 7 stops today – 5 blogs and 2 Facebook pages.  See below for the full list of participants.

The theme for today’s hop is “CAS” or Clean & Simple.  Of course, everyone has their own definition of what makes a card clean & simple, but I like to think of it as a card that isn’t too fussy.  Clean lines, straight edges, lots of white space and not too many embellishments.

Some people utilise this style really well, but it’s probably not my natural style.  I do love my embellishments!


Every catalogue I buy the stamp set or bundle that everyone is raving about, but isn’t an instant love for me.  I love being enabled by other people’s creativity.  For the 2018 Holiday Catalogue, my enabled purchase was the Country Home stamp set.

This is my CAS creation…

Country Home | kelly kent

The background is the Tin Tile embossing folder.  Like so many of the embossing folders in the catalogues, they truly come to life when you see them used.

Country Home | kelly kent

I’ve added the doily as a pop of colour against my white space.

Country Home | kelly kent

The flowers are coloured with some of the new Stampin’ Blends available in the Holiday Catalogue (Light Real Red, Light & Dark Blackberry Bliss, Light Shaded Spruce, Dark Mint Macaron*) and the cotton flowers have been shimmered using the new (or returning – depending on how long you’ve loved SU! for!) Frost White Shimmer Paint.

*Mint Macaron is a colour shown in the Annual Catalogue.


Thank you for joining us for our Clean & Simple hop. Keep hopping to see what my talented teamie Mandy Depiazzi has created.

What are your weekend plans?  It’s a long weekend here in Western Australia – I’m hoping for good sleep, lots of sunshine and some stamping.

I hope wherever you are in the world, your weekend is full of happiness and amazing weather!!!

Participant List:
Kim Oliver (guest designer)
Kelly Kent
Mandy Depiazzi
Anne Barker (Facebook)
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Narelle Simm
Sheila Pybus (Facebook)


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Stamp Review Crew | Rooted in Nature

Hello!  And hello to the first Monday in August, which makes it time to hop with the Stamp Review Crew.  Join this amazingly talented group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators as we share projects we’ve made using the same stamp set.

Today’s theme is Rooted in Nature, and the coordinating Nature’s Roots Framelits.

This bundle was part of the April 2018 OnStage make & take projects and then the pre-order purchasing, so we’ve been seeing amazing projects since April.  It’s definitely been a popular set!!!

This bundle has magic potential and it doesn’t matter how many projets I see, there’s always more ways to use & love this stamp set and framelits.  Make sure you keep clicking on ‘next’ to see all the design team projects.

The first card I’m sharing today uses the colours from the suite and a technique I love – ripped masking.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

I ripped copy paper and then used this to mask off the top & bottom portions of my card mat.  I then stamped the two different sized leaves across the unmasked portion of the cardstock – Blackberry Bliss, Tranquil Tide & Petal Pink.  To finish the technique, I used a sponge dauber to colour the white space with Mint Macaron ink.  When you remove the mask, you get a wonderful ripple of pattern across your cardstock.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede.  I used my Stamparatus to make sure it was straight!!!   This font nerd {LOVES} the fonts used in Rooted in Nature – so pretty!

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent


The second card for today is a little sideways movement from the colours & styling of the Nature’s Poem suite.

I’ve used watercolour paper, ink pads, a spritzer and the Stamparatus to create a whimsical tree as the centrepiece.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The colours in the tree are Rich Razzleberry, Shaded Spruce and Crushed Curry.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

To make this, I lined up the stamp on the Stamparatus plate, secured the watercolor paper with magnets and inked up the middle section of the tree in Shaded Spruce ink.  I then spritzed it with water and rather than closing the plate over to the base, I left the plate on the table and closed the base onto it.   This meant that the ink didn’t run as I moved the plate.

I cleaned the stamp and used my heat tool to gently dry the Shaded Spruce ink.  I then inked the right side of the stamp (left when actually stamped) with Rich Razzleberry ink, spritzed and tipped the Stamparatus base over again.

Then cleaned, dried and repeated with Crushed Curry ink on the left side of the stamp (right part of the tree).

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The end result is a gorgeous watercolor tree!  You could do this with any large solid stamp.  It’s essential you use watercolour paper and spritz the stamp prior to ‘stamping’.


Thanks for joining me today!

Keep hopping to see what the gorgeous & talented Charlet Mallett has created using this bundle…


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CASEing the Catty #190 | Artistic Impressions

Hello Sunday visitors – the end of the weekend rolls around so fast, doesn’t it??

CASEing the Catty blog hops are always a great way to finish the weekend.  Hopefully you found some craft time in yours – and maybe joined CTC#189 by sharing your project in our Facebook group..

There’s still 24 hours to participate in last week’s challenge (CTC#189), or you can start the week by creating for challenge #190 – pages 127-141 of the catalogue, featuring some of the samples from the Artistic Impressions section of the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.

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As always, the pages are filled with wonderful inspiration.  This Beautful Day sample on page 134 caught my eye…

I love the layered look of the front of the card.  I swapped the flower for the butterfly and changed up the colours to create this card…

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The butterfly part of the card was created by stamping & black heat embossing the middle butterfly first.  I also created a mask using copy paper which I placed over the first butterfly before stamping & black heat embossing the two butterflies either side.  I love the strong & shiny look of the black embossing powder.  It’s so lovely to have it back in the catalogue!

I coloured the butterflies using an Aqua Painter in Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry and So Saffron, and added a shadow above the butterflies in Crumb Cake.  The butterflies also got a splash of Wink of Stella at the end!

Using snips, I cut the bottom edge from the butterflies and added DSP to the inside of the card.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

As this was a card for a brand new team member who signed during the July recruiting special, I changed the sentiment to ‘hello’.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

This is a set you’ll want to own – it’s called Another Wonderful Year and is filled with pretty fonts & great sayings!

August is a great time to work your way through some of your Annual Catalogue wishlist – you’ll collect Bonus Days vouchers for every $90 you spend.  See all the details here.

Don’t forget that we’d love for you to join us for this challenge.  All the action happens in our Facebook group.   Click here to join.

You’ll also want to continue the hop to see what the other design team members have created using the Artistic Impressions pages as inspiration.

Next blog to visit is the gorgeous Judy May.

Thanks for joining us!


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Just Add Ink #420 | Photo Inspiration

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by to see my design team card for Just Add Ink this week.  One of the things I love the most about regular participation with Just Add Ink is the variety of challenges – it pushes you to create based on lots of different inspiration.

Today is a gorgeous photo inspiration chosen by Nikki.

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The design team have come up with some fabulous bright & fun creations – and I can’t wait to see what you make too!  Join our challenge by linking your blog, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest post on the Just Add Ink blog.


The photo can inspire any feature of your project design.  For me, it was the bright colours of the flower.  But you may also be taken by a floral theme, the petal pattern or another element that catches your eye.

I used the petal colours to create a watercoloured ink spill…

Just a Note | kelly kent

Which I then completed with a black & white theme to keep the bright colorus in focus.

Just a Note | kelly kent

The ‘just a note’ sentiment is from the Soft Sayings card kit.  Don’t let these stamp sets sit forgotten in the box – they are always filled with diverse & useful sayings, different fonts and can be a refreshing change from the sentiments that form part of your regular rotation.

The pen has been stamped in StazOn & fussy cut, with the detail added using the Journal Pen.

Just a Note | kelly kent

Week to week, my style and interest (although often similar) goes through periods of change.  At the moment, I’m enjoying watercolouring – which is something I haven’t enjoyed previously.  The more you do something, the more natural it seems.

I’m challenging you to try something this weekend that you’ve previously avoided.  Perhaps you bought Brushos but never used them.  Maybe you never use heat embossing on your cards. Perhaps you’re still learning how to use your Stamparatus?

Get out those tools & supplies you paid good money for and have a go! If your first (… second, third, forth) attempt doesn’t seem to work, set it aside and look at it again with fresh eyes.  I’ve come back to so many ‘failures’ only to find they look better once dry, or less ‘failed’ when I’ve had time to distance myself.

Good luck!!!


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Colour INKspiration #38

Hello!  Happy Wednesday and welcome to our second Colour INKspiration challenge of the month.

It’s a wonderful photo inspiration today that brings us pretty pinks combined with strong neutrals.

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I thought it was time that I put the Botanical Bliss bundle to work.  I’ve had this since my very first order – I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get it out!

The birds are my favourite of the dies, so I wanted to make them the centrepiece of my card.

Botanical Bliss | kelly kent

This design is very CAS (clean & simple), letting the neutrals set the base of the card, the pinks add some pop and the trim do the embellishing.

Botanical Bliss | kelly kent

I feel like the Subtle Embossing Folder is my new staple – it seems to give just the right finish to almost every card!!!

Botanical Bliss | kelly kent

We’d love for you to put together your own creation with this colour scheme.  Join us on Facebook to see what everyone is creating and upload your project.  We choose a top 5 every challenge and the group members select an overall winner.  Click here to visit the Facebook group.

There’s lots more pink, gray, white & black creations ahead to inspire you.  Follow the next links to see what the design team has created.

I’m sending you over to my bestie, Lou Kitzelman, who has a ‘wonderful’ card to share.


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Hang in There

As you know, I’m a big fan of making & sending cards. They can bring so much happiness – isn’t it wonderful to check the letterbox and find hugs in an envelope.

This card was sent to a friend who I know loves happy mail.

Animal Expedition Sloth | kelly kent

She also loves the Animal Expedition DSP!   The sloth in this DSP was perfect for my chosen sentiment (‘hang in there’).

Animal Expedition Sloth | kelly kent

There’s a page in this design with full colour animals which you can cut – some using the framelits. The sloth is a fussy cut job – but I don’t mind that. How cute is he!??

The background DSP is from the Tropical Escape DSP – I think it’s one of the most versatile in the catalogue.

Animal Expedition Sloth | kelly kent

The sentiment is custom stamped using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.  It’s always a good idea to have a few alphabet stamps in your collection – they give you so many options for the card saying whatever is on your mind.

The Animal Expedition DSP and Tropical Escape DSP are both part of the July promotion where you get a 4th pack for free when you purchase 3.  It’s such a great deal for DSP lovers (and those wanting to add to their collection!).

Click here to visit my online store.

Hope you are having a great week – half way, the weekend is just around the corner!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Dandelion Wishes | Team Swaps

Our Paper Adventures team got together on the weekend for a team meeting.  We tend to do this every 6 weeks so we can chat Stampin’ Up!, check in with each other and get crafty!

This meeting was hosted by the lovely Joanne.  She chose a Christmas in July theme, spoiling us with Christmas gifts and a gorgeous 3D make & take card.

Each meeting we have the option to bring along cards that we share (swap) with other, so we can be inspired by the creativity of others.

I recently had Dandelion Wishes delivered and wanted to get it inky. The images & font in this set are lovely!

Dandelion Wishes | kelly kent

I used my stamparatus to ink the sentiment in colour first and then again in Versamark so I could heat set it with clear embossing powder.  This gives it a slightly darker tone of the same colour and a pretty shiny finish!

This stamp set is a wonderful match with the Bokeh Dots stamp set. I used the sparkle stamp to create the background.  Many people have been surprised when this stamp has arrived that it’s small (about 8 x 5.5cm) when stamped.  I cut my layer of Whisper White cardstock down by 1/4″ (0.5cm) and then cut it in half length & width ways.  This gave me 4 small segments which I was able to stamp and layer.

Dandelion Wishes | kelly kent

I made 4 different colour combinations of this card – Balmy Blue (pictured above) plus…

So Saffron

Dandelion Wishes | kelly kent

Blushing Bride

Dandelion Wishes | kelly kent

Mint Macaron

Dandelion Wishes | kelly kent

I love a monochromatic card!   I used Smoky Slate as the neutral colour – it goes so well with the Subtles range.

Dandelion Wishes | kelly kent

Which colour is your favourite???

If given a choice of swaps, I often pick yellow tones.  Or pink – that’s one of my favourite colours.  But I also love greens, and blues and purples….

Have you seen this image about seeing colour – it’s so true!  Although I tend to think & talk in Stampin’ Up! colours (so do the Miss Papercrafts – they love learning the colour names!).

If you need more Stampin’ Up! colours in your life, then you won’t want to miss the joining special during July.

Now through July 31, Stampin’ Up! are offering one FREE assortment of Classic Stampin’ Pads* of your choosing as part of your regular Starter Kit. The Starter Kit $169 and can be filled with any $235 of products that you choose.

Click here to join, or contact me with any questions you have about being part of my Paper Adventures team.

*Assortments include 10 coordinating ink pads from one of the following color collections: Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, and 2017–2020 In Colors.

No matter which ink pad assortment you choose, it’s an incredible value. I think the hardest part would be choosing which 10 ink pads were your style!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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ESAD Blog Hop | DSP

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Do you have a favourite category of Stampin’ Up! products?  I love so many of the things in the catalogue, but DSP is the one thing I buy every design, every catalogue – so I’m putting DSP at the top of my favourites list.

So, it was exciting to find out this month that Stampin’ Up! are offering a buy 3, get 1 free offer on the whole range of standard ($19.25) DSP patterns.  There’s 10 to choose from!

Once you’ve got your 4 new packs of paper, you’ll be after some ideas on making the most of them!  So, join me on a blog hop with my ESAD friends to see how these crafty ladies are using their DSP!

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With my love of DSP (and lots of choice of patterns), I have collated a few of my favourite ways to use DSP to create simple but elegant cards.

5 ways with DSP | kelly kent

I’ve used the designs available as part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion to demonstrate each style in action.

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A whole card front of DSP is the easiest way to use your DSP.  Cut it up, enjoy the beautiful patterns & show your family and friends that you care about them enough to use your pretty paper on their card!

Garden Impressions

Garden Impressions DSP | kelly kent

Tropical Escape

Tropical Escape DSP | kelly kent

RIP

Most of the time we cut our DSP with a trimmer (or scissors) and have a nice straight line.  The composition of DSP gives a lovely edge when you rip it.  One of my favourite quick & easy card designs is to cut a piece of DSP slightly longer (ie, 6″) and rip the bottom third.  Flip it over to show the reverse side and adhere both pieces to form your card front.  Add a bit of twine & a sentiment for an awesome card.

Animal Expedition

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

Tranquil Textures

You don’t have to use the bottom third – the ripped edge creates a lovely contrast to the card base (and a great place to put a sentiment!).

Tranquil Textures | kelly kent

STRIP

A strip of cardstock is a great way to show off the patterns of a DSP and get multiple cards from a 6″ piece.  Or it’s a great way to use the 2″ strips left over from card fronts when using 6″x6″ DSP (either the stacks sold by Stampin’ Up! or in a paper share).

Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle | kelly kent

Wood Textures

Wood Textures | kelly kent

PANEL

This is a twist on using cardstock as a whole card front.  Cut your cardstock 1/4″ (0.5cm) smaller than the usual width, then divide the width into three equal portions and cut into panels.  Keep them in order and stick to your card base with equal spacing.  Using panels just adds a bit of extra interest and texture to your card!

Petal Promenade

Petal Promenade | kelly kent

Under the MistletoeUnder the Mistletoe | kelly kent

BANNER

Banners are a favourite of mine on simple cards (well any card really!).  The Triple Banner punch makes this really easy, but you can cut banners using scissors too.  Layer up a few awesome patterns from the DSP (front & back or a couple of different sheets) and add some twine & a sentiment to finish.

Nature’s Poem

Nature's Poem | kelly kent

Best Route

Best Route | kelly kent

Please CASE (copy) these layouts for your own card making, classes or blog posts.  Beautiful DSP likes to be chopped & used – it doesn’t like to sit in plastic!!!

For more DSP ideas, keep hopping to visit my lovely & talented friend Rochelle Blok.

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If you’re ready to add more DSP to your collection, here’s the online store links for the designs that feature in the buy 3, get 1 free promotion.  Add your 4 favourites to your shopping cart and the 4th won’t cost you a thing!

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Participant List:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent
  3. Rochelle Blok
  4. Fi Cobbin
  5. Delys Cram
  6. Sharon Dalton
  7. Kim Oliver
  8. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  9. Nicole Wilson
  10. Peta Stephen
  11. Jackie Aitken
  12. Rebecca Scurr
  13. Narelle Fasulo
  14. Barbara Williams
  15. Maree McIntosh
  16. Libby Dyson
  17. Cheryll Miller
  18. Denise Buetler
  19. Mandy Depiazzi

 

Colour INKspiration #36

It’s time for another awesome Colour INKspiration challenge.  We had some great entries for CI#35 with the Neutrals Collections.  You can find all the action on our Facebook page.

We’d love to see you join in challenge #36 which is this stunning colour palette of Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Basic Gray & Silver.

You can also add any Basic – Whisper White, Very Vanilla & Basic Black and any metallic.

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Yellow, gray, black & white together is one of my all-time favourite colour combinations.  The addition of a brown tone certainly made it interesting!!!

I played up the yellow & gray tones and added just a touch of Soft Suede.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

Both of these cards using the same techniques & layout – I’ve just switched the colours, orientation & centrepiece to get two unique designs with minimal extra design effort.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

This card features the butterfly from Springtime Impressions Thinlits, Tea Room & Nature’s Poem DSP and a wreath made from one of the little stamps in the Love What You Do stamp set.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

I have left both cards without a sentiment for two reasons – one, it didn’t really fit the design and second is because I love sentiment-free cards!

I’ve used the Subtle Embossing Folder for both card bases – it just lifts a blank space without being overpowering.  Everyone needs to order this embossing folder!!

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

I love having DSP stacks back in the catalogue.  They are perfect for colour challenges because you always have the colour you need!!!  And the patterns this year are awesome – plain stripes and dots plus creative stripes & dots.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

The centrepiece of each card features a perfect wreath.  I’d seen these shared on others projects, but had the chance to try out this technique recently when it was part of a class run by Mandy Depiazzi.

It uses a template and your stamparatus.  I’m not sure who came up with this idea first, but this youtube tutorial by Barb Stamps is a great explanation on how to make your template & create your wreath.

This is a close-up of the Crushed Curry wreath.  I’ve just stamped in all 8 positions using a 2-3/4″ square of Whisper White cardstock.

Colour INKspiration #36 | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today. Can’t wait to see your creation on our Facebook page.

Continue the hop by visiting the gorgeous Denita Wright-Smee.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Just Add Ink #414 | Window or Frame

Hello & welcome to Just Add Ink Challenge #414.

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This week we are adding a Frame or Window to a card, layout or 3D item.  Join us with your Window or Frame project on our blog.

I think I’m stretching the theme a little this week – my whole card is a window!!!

Twinkle Twinkle Window Card | kelly kent

I took a piece of Window Sheet – 4″ x 12″ and scored at 6″.  You have to be firm with it to get it to fold along the middle, but with some gentle persuasion, I was able to form a card base from the Window Sheet material.

Twinkle Twinkle Window Card | kelly kent

The card is very simple – but it’s the simplicity I love!!!

I’ve embellished with products from the Twinkle Twinkle suite – one of the new offerings in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.

Twinkle Twinkle Window Card | kelly kent

The sentiment is black heat embossed on Soft Sea Foam cardstock and cut with a die from the Stitched Label Thinlits.

The moon & stars are cut from So Saffron, Petal Pink and Pool Party cardstock using the Twinkle Builder Punch  I backed the cardstock with Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet before punching so I didn’t have to use liquid glue on the window sheet.  The silver stars you spy are from the Twinkle Adhesive Backed Sequins – they are just the sweetest!

Twinkle Twinkle Window Card | kelly kent

The strip of DSP down the left side is from the Twinkle Twinkle DSP.  I know I’ll be going through a few packs of these, so I’ll be stocking up in July when there’s a buy 3, get 1 free offer on select DSPs!!!  I’ll post more details about this amazing deal on the weekend!

Thanks for joining me today for Just Add Ink.  Don’t forget to visit the blog to view the design team creations and add your window / frame creation!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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