Paper Adventures Team Hop | gift wrapping & packaging

Hello! Thanks for joining in for the November edition of the Paper Adventures Team Hop. Today’s theme is oh-so-relevant as we embark on the end of year festive season – teacher presents, thank you presents, Christmas presents…. it’s all about gift wrapping and packaging.

We welcome Lorri Heiling from the US as our guest designer. I have a big crush on Lorri’s crafty style and love everything she shares. You can check out her blog – Confessions of a Stamping Addict – by clicking here. Such a great title for a blog – it sums up where we are all so well!!!

I can’t wait for you to see what the team share for gift wrapping and packaging ideas tonight. I’m excited for the inspiration, as I love giving out presents!

My packaging is going to be your go-to this Christmas when you need something easy but super cute – it’s the Mini Coffee Cups & Coffee Caddy from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

As well as the coffee cups and caddy, you’ll also need:

  • a choice of DSP (Heartwarming Hugs)
  • a sentiment stamp set (Warm Hugs)
  • ribbon or twine (Mossy Meadow Diagonal Stripe & Real Red Braided Linen Trim)
  • cello bag (Mosaic Gusseted Cello Bags)
Mini Coffee | kelly kent

You may also want to use the Warm Wraps Dies – they cut out the cutest band for your Mini Coffee Cups. They coordinate with the Warm Hugs stamp set, giving you lots of options for embellishing your sweet treats. I’ve filled the cello bag with locally made Rocky Road and popped a sachet of hot chocolate powder into the coffee cup.

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

If you thought the Mini Coffee Cups & Caddy were just for Christmas, then look at the next version I made. By changing up the DSP and colours, it’s really easy for this to be a birthday or thank you gift.

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

This one features the Flowers for Every Season DSP and ribbon combo pack.

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

There’s Favourites chocolates in the cello bag and a generic ‘for you’ sentiment, ready for any occasion. The stamp set is still the Warm Hugs one I used for the Christmas version – such a versatile one to have in your collection.

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

I’ve used the Banner Triple punch for the tag on each creation, but you could also cut banners with scissors if you don’t own this yet. It does make banner ends a breeze!

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

Which version do you think you’ll have the most need for this season? All occasion or Christmas? There’s 8 cups and caddys in each pack . I’m going to make up all 8 and have them ready to give out in December. It’s part of my strategy for less rush this year! Will it work??? Probably not – last minute crafting is always a thing in my craft room! More ideas than time!!!

Next up to share their awesome gift wrapping and packaging ideas is Mandy Depiazzi. She’s the queen of boxes and I know you’re going to love what she’s made today.

Have a wonderful weekend. I’ve got a full schedule on my craft on my to-do list with preparation for Social Stamping to do and a couple of blogs during the week to create for #bestjobintheworld!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List:

Lorri Heiling (Guest Designer)
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Kelly Kent
Mandy Depiazzi
Lisa Whitehead
Narelle Simm
Robyn Houston

Stamp Review Crew | Love of Leaves

Hello! Welcome to November and the first Stamp Review Crew hop for this month. I’m hopping with my lovely stamping friends from around the world. To see the full list of stampers who are participating today, visit the Stamp Review Crew main blog.

Today we’re showcasing the Love of Leaves stamp set and dies from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.

If I’m honest, it was the dies that pulled me in for this bundle. They are beautifully designed with stitching on the outside which shows when you use the leaves for the negative space. And pretty stitching for the middle of the leaves, which add such a lovely level of detail.

I’ve created two cards to share with you today. The first card features the leaves stamped, die cut and layered on the card.

Love of Leaves | kelly kent

Remember I said how much I loved the dies? Look at the amazing detail of the die along the side of the card. Just magical!

Love of Leaves | kelly kent

I’ve used Mint Macaron, Just Jade and Crumb Cake for the leaves and layered them on a circle of Just Jade DSP (from the 2020-2022 In Color DSP).

Love of Leaves | kelly kent

The stamp set has some lovely sentiments – including one of my favourites – “hello”.


The second card wasn’t in my original plans to create but when I saw that the littlest of the leaves looked so much like a heart, this idea was born.

Love of Leaves | kelly kent

Rather than using the dies, I’ve hand cut the leaf into a heart shape and then added the stitched detail to the middle.

Love of Leaves | kelly kent
The colours are Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay and Gorgeous Grape. I’ve followed rough rainbow order for their layout.
Love of Leaves | kelly kent

The font of this sentiment really tickles my fancy. I love the happy mix of upper and lower case letters.


Thanks for hopping with us today. To see more projects with this stamp set, please click on the next. Following on from me is the gorgeous Heidi Baks.

Have a wonderful week,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Pointillism

Paper Adventures - Blog Hop Header

Hello! Thank you for joining us for another Paper Adventures Team Hop. I’m mildly spinning that it’s mid October already. This year has been such a mixed bag that it’s equally the longest year ever combined with the most rapid year ever! That level of contradiction suits 2020 perfectly!

We welcome Kayla McCreadie today as our guest designer and I can’t wait for you to see what she has created. She has a beautiful straight line design style with lots of layers and texture. You can visit Kayla’s blog by clicking on the next button at the end of this post.

The theme for today’s team hop – pointillism – was chosen by Narelle and is just wonderful for extending our creativity. Pointilism is creating an image or pattern using small dots. Because of this, it can sometimes be called ‘dot colouring’ or ‘dot painting’.

You may not have heard of pointillism before if you’re a Stampin’ Up! lover, you will have definitely seen it! There are several Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that use this style to create the artwork including the Whale Done stamp set from the current Annual Catalogue. The images are made using lots of tiny little dots!

Using the fabulous samples from the Annual Catalogue to inspired the design, I’ve recreated each card on page 96 using Stampin’ Blends and the no line stamping technique. This gave the style more detail and colour than if stamped in one ink.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

Have you tried no line stamping before? Ink up in a light neutral ink (I’ve used Smoky Slate but Sahara Sand also works well) and stamp on scrap paper to remove most of the ink before stamping on Whisper White. You should be able to faintly see the image – enough so to add colour.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

I followed the basic shading of the stamp in the light and dark version of the Blend colours. I must admit, wasn’t too careful or fussy about where the dots went or how far they are apart. If there was too much white space, I added in more dots.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

The bullet tip end of the Stampin’ Blend provides the perfect size and intensity of dot for this project.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

This is one of my all-time favourite DSP packs. If you don’t have some, you should buy some! And if you have some, you should stock up on some more while it’s 15% off. Just $17 until the end of October. Click here to view all the DSP patterns that are part of the DSP sale in my online store.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

As well as colouring the image, I also used blue tones for shading around the outside of the sea creatures. There’s differents ways of expressing the pointillism theme. You could also use a solid image and add the dots around the outside.

To see how the rest of our team and our guest designer, Kayla McCreadie have been inspired by the pointillism theme, keep hopping along. For a full list of participants see the bottom of this post.

Next up is Kayla’s blog.

Thanks for joining us. We hope this theme has inspired some creativity for you this weekend.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

PARTICIPANT LIST
Kelly Kent
Kayla McCreadie (Guest Designer)
Lisa Whitehead
Robyn Houston
Shannon Kissane
Mandy Depiazzi
Narelle Simm

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