Paper Adventures Team Hop | Halloween

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Hello & welcome to our team hop – October edition.

The theme this month is the Toil & Trouble suite & Halloween.  We’ve invited the immensely talented Tanya Boser to share her spooky project as our October guest designer.

Halloween isn’t as popular in Australia as other parts of the world.  We don’t give cards or treats out unless it’s trick or treating on the afternoon of 31st – and trick or treating isn’t a tradition for many households.

One of our team, Mandy (you’ll visit her blog on this hop) is running a craft session for kids so they can have some Halloween fun with just the treats! – what a great idea!

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Despite not celebrating Halloween here at Papercraft HQ, I often buy lots of items from the Halloween section of the Holiday Catalogue because they make great non-Halloween cards – particularly boys & kids themed cards.

So, today I’m sharing with you two cards I made using the super cute Toil & Trouble DSP, finished off with a birthday sentiment.

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The first card is a bat / batman theme using the Spooky Bats Punch (Holiday Catalogue, page 51).  I couldn’t resist the bat punch thinking ahead to making Batman themed birthday cards!

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The second card uses another pattern from the Toil & Trouble DSP featuring spooky cats.  I added this with the cat punch to create another birthday card.

Toil & Trouble Birthday | kelly kent

The Happy Birthday in both of these cards is one of my favourites – you’ll find it in the Perennial Birthday stamp set.

There’s other great patterns in this DSP including frogs, ghosts, witches & plain patterns such as stars, stripes & spots.  So next time you’re ordering DSP, make sure to see beyond the marketed use and imagine what else those patterns could make you!

For more spooky inspiration, please keep hopping and visit our fabulous guest designer – Tanya Boser.

Thanks for joining us!

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Colour INKspiration #42

Sneaking in time at the craft table has been a little challenging when trying to fit in with a newborn schedule!

I made it work though so I could play along with the gorgeous colours for Colour INKspiration this week.

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With copper shimmer paint already on the table, and a tight time schedule, I chose to build upon the theme I used for Gayle’s bronze elite congratulations card.  You can see that card by clicking here.

Here is my challenge card….

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

I kept the Subtle embossing folder background and leaf edging and added in a Basic Black (sprayed with copper shimmer paint) happy birthday sentiment.  The leaves I used as an embellishment were cut using a new punch available in the Holiday Catalogue (Sprig Punch) – you can never have too many options for decorative leaves!

If you have crafty time this weekend, add your own copper, mint, white & black creation to the Colour INKspiration challenge page.  Entries close on Monday 8th October.


When I’m time poor, I find the best way to create ‘in bulk’ is to make the same design in a few different colours.  This was also a great way to try out more of the shimmer paints.

Shimmer Paint Combinations | kelly kent

Highland Heather with Champagne Mist shimmer paint…

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Berry Burst with Frost White shimmer paint…

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite?  Or a suggestion for another colour combination you’d try?Happy Birthday | kelly kent

What are your tips for efficient card making?  Leave me a comment to help me get the most out of my short visits to the craft space!


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Country Home Birthdays

While the Country Home stamp set was on my table last week for the Paper Adventures Team hop, it jumped out to me as the perfect set to use for the September team birthday cards.  See the card I made for the team hop by clicking here.

Country Home Birthday | kelly kent

For this card, I used the opposite combination – the jug & other set of flowers.  I love that these pieces have been designed as builder pieces, so you can play around with the combinations.  I’ve set it on a ‘coloured’ doily – but used the reverse side which is white!

Country Home Birthday | kelly kent

The absolutely stunning DSP you spy is my Holiday Catalogue favourite – Frosted Floral Specialty.  Every side of this DSP has a shimmer finish for a elegant touch to any card.  The DSP is a lighter weight than usual – making it perfect for delicate projects such as origami and techniques such as ripping.

Country Home Birthday | kelly kent

Another one of my favourite products from the Holiday Catalogue – that might be flying under the radar a little is the Braided Linen Trim.  It’s quite like the Copper Trim in composition which means you can use it as it comes off the roll, or you can stretch it out for a different look.  I love it!!!  Click here to see it in the online store.


Happy birthday to my September teamies!  Hope your birthdays were amazing.

To find out more about joining Stampin’ Up! and our Paper Adventures team, click here.  We’d love to have more paper & ink enthusiasts enjoy the journey with us.  For personal buying or building a business, our team is a wonderful place to enjoy the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Ready to join?  Click here to choose your Starter Kit.

Have any questions?  Please email me or send me a message on Facebook.


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Stamp Review Crew | Varied Vases

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for the second Stamp Review Crew hop of August.  This group of talented demonstrators hops on the first and third Monday of each month (and squeeze a bonus hop in if there’s five Mondays in a month!).

Today the design team are creating fabulous projects using the Varied Vases stamp set and coordinating Vases Builder punch.

This stamp set & punch were designed by Mary Fish as part of her million dollar sales journey.  You can read more about it on Mary’s blog.

This stamp set and punch are just the sweetest and make the most adorable cards!!!

I’ve combined Mint Macaron and Wood Textures DSP to create this card to share with you.

Stamp Review Crew - Varied Vases | kelly kent

I’m so excited to have these doilies back in the catalogue!  They come in a pack with one side coloured with Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Grapefruit Grove or Old Olive – and the other side is white.  I’ve used the white side for this card.  They are such a pretty doily design!!!  Page 192 of your catalogue if you’ve missed their return and want to have a look!

Don’t they make a stunning background for the gorgeous simplicity of the vase & flower!

Stamp Review Crew - Varied Vases | kelly kent

This stamp set gives you 34 pieces of vaes, flowers and sentiments – perfect for creating a range of different designs.  I love that it includes a birthday sentiment (pretty font!) and two step flower options so you don’t have to colour.


I’m sharing a second card today that doesn’t use the Varied Vases stamp set, but does use the Vases Builder Punch.  One of my long-term papercraft loves is punch art and finding fun ways to use punch shapes.  Builder punches often lend themselves to some creative designs.

By turning Mary Fish’s signature tulip upside down, I’ve made a fun Pac-Man card!

Vases Builder Punch - Pac-Man | kelly kent

A bit of a blast from the past – perfect for all those older generation birthdays!

Vases Builder Punch - Pac-Man | kelly kent

Pac-Man is a 1/2″ circle and the little dots are from the Elephant Builder Punch (with hand drawn black dots).

The Varied Vases font wasn’t quite right for this retro card, so I’ve pulled out the happy birthday from Lemon Zest.  Stamp Review Crew showcased Lemon Zest last month – did you see it?  Visit my blog post here.

To see more Varied Vases creations, keep hopping with Nikki Spencer.  I love her style and can’t wait to see what she’s created!

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Baby & Kids

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Hello & thanks for joining us for the August Paper Adventures team hop.

The theme tonight is Babies & Kids and our fabulous guest designer is Rochelle Blok.

Babies and kids seemed like an obvious theme for a hop this year with so many of our team having babies & children, nieces & nephews or being amazing grandparents.

I often own most of this section of the catalogue and always love seeing the new sets available with each launch.  One of the fun new additions to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue is the Treehouse Adventures stamp set.

You have all the piece you need in this set to create a super cute treehouse -in whatever colours you like.  The builder stamps are designed to ink up in separate colours, making it easy to put your treehouse together.

Treehouse Adventures | kelly kent

I’ve mounted my treehouse on one of my favourite fancy fold designs – a Pop Up Slider card.

The middle panel slides up…

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And down again…

Treehouse Adventures | kelly kent

So it goes flat into an envelope for giving or posting, but is still super fun for the recipient.  It’s always great to add an element of fun into kids cards!

Treehouse Adventures | kelly kent

The colours for my treehouse are Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie & Real Red with Early Espresso accents.

The tree is Old Olive & Pear Pizzazz with a Crumb Cake trunk.

The DSP is from the Share What You Love suite – sometimes the reverse side of DSP designs are just perfect for something different from the usual suite.

Treehouse Adventures | kelly kent

I just love making this style of card – and they really aren’t as hard as they look!  It’s all about the sizing, which you can find on my blog – click here to visit.

Treehouse Adventures | kelly kent

It’s a small but quality Paper Adventures hop today.  Those babies & kids are keeping the team busy!!!

I know you’re going to love what our guest designer – the oh-so-talented Rochelle Blok – has created  Click on the next button below to visit.

Thanks for joining us!

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Just Add Ink #418 | Colour Challenge

There’s a 5 year old in our house this week!!!  The Littlest Miss Papercraft turned 5 yesterday – so it’s been birthday central at our house with cake, parties and presents.

Miss Papercraft’s 5th birthday extravaganza didn’t have a specific theme, but unofficially we ended up in the direction of unicorns & princesses.

The Just Add Ink colour challenge was perfect for me this week – a beautiful, soft colour palette that was an amazing unicorn combination!

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Because it’s a unicorn, and unicorns are magical, I’ve added lots (and lots) of gold to make this combination extra special.  You can add any neutrals (black, white, vanilla, kraft) or metallics to complement the Just Add Ink challenge colours.

Petal Palette Unicorn | kelly kent

The crown of flowers was made using the Petal Palette stamp set.  I’ve stamped it twice in Versamark on Shimmery White cardstock, embossed in gold & cut it out using the framelit.  The flowers are then coloured with an Aqua Painter in Daffodil Delight & Blushing Bride, and the leaves with Soft Sea Foam.

Petal Palette Unicorn | kelly kent

The unicorn touches (horn & eyes) are from a non-Stampin’ Up! set (Pinkfresh Studio – Magical Unicorn).  I recently added them to my stash so I could mix them in with my Stampin’ Up! supplies and make gorgeous unicorn creations.  As much as it would be amazing for Stampin’ Up! to have everything in their catalogue that each of their loyal stampers wanted, it’s just not possible!

The beautiful sparkle you see on the background of the card is the new & improved Gold Glimmer.  It sheds less and has a smoother background, which makes it easier to die cut & stick to projects.  There’s 4 colours – gold, silver, rose & sparkle.

Petal Palette Unicorn | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Fairy Celebration stamp set.  I love how it rolls across the bottom of the card!

The finishing touch is coloured pearls.  The pink is from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls and the gold is from the Metallic Pearls.  I love having so many beautiful pearl options in the new catalogue.  I use this style of embellishment most often to add a bit of ‘wow’ to my cards.

The other ‘wow’ is extra layers of cardstock on the inside of the card and stamping in the corners.

Petal Palette Unicorn | kelly kent

The stars from the Twinkle Twinkle stamp set were just perfect for the theme.

Look at all that sparkle!!!

Petal Palette Unicorn | kelly kent


Thanks for visiting my blog!

To see what the design team have created with this sweet colour palette and to add your own sweet card, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

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Stamp Review Crew | Lemon Zest

Hello!  Welcome to a Stamp Review Crew blog hop where I am lucky enough to hop with an internationally talented group of demonstrators.  We all use the same stamp set to create projects that we hope will inspire you to create with this set too.

Today’s hop is all about the Lemon Zest stamp set – and the coordinating Lemon Builder Punch.

Until just recently, I didn’t own this stamp set (and because I don’t mind fussy cutting, I still don’t own the punch).  Given the zest theme of this stamp set, it never quite made it to my wishlist – until my friend Mandy used the Happy Birthday stamp in a class and all of a sudden I saw it in a new light.

The size & font of the Happy Birthday is just perfect for the style of cards I made, so of course I rushed to order it and have been enjoying it since.

Because it was the happy birthday I loved, that’s what I’ve used for my Stamp Review Crew projects.  I can’t wait to see what the other members of the crew have made so I can extend my love of this set!

The first project uses two other stamp sets to make up the Happy Birthday song!

Stamp Review Crew - Lemon Zest | kelly kent

I’ve added in ‘to you!’ from Banners For You and ‘to my friend’ from Little Elephant.

I love how this card turned out – it’s fun and shows off that gorgeous Happy Birthday stamp!

Stamp Review Crew - Lemon Zest | kelly kent


The second card I’m sharing came about because I needed a first birthday card for one of our Mini Paper Adventurers.

I already had Little Elephant on my table – and it’s such a cute set I couldn’t resist adding an elephant.

Instead of making a lemon, I’ve used Stampin’ Write Markers to colour the segments and make a background for the elephant to sit on.

Stamp Review Crew - Lemon Zest | kelly kent

And of course, that beautiful birthday stamp front & centre.

Stamp Review Crew - Lemon Zest | kelly kent

In some ways the coloured wheel reminds me of the board game Trivial Pursuit – but I couldn’t quite think of a witty enough sentiment to go with it!

For more (traditional & no-so-traditional) uses for this stamp set, please keep hopping and visit the gorgeous Holly Krautkremer in the US.

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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

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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

 

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Photo Inspiration

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Hello, happy Friday!!!

Thanks for joining us for July’s Paper Adventures team hop.

Today the team, along with our guest designer – Sharon Dalton – are using this gorgeous photo by Paper Adventures team member Siobhan Fitzsimmons, to inspire our creativity.

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There was no further instructions – team members could take whatever they liked about this picture and use it for their creative spark.  It could be the colours, the patterns, the nature theme, the bees…… and I can’t wait for you to see what they’ve made.

I used the colours of the flower to inspire a bold watercolour background.  I started with Crushed Curry and blended in Lovely Lipstick before adding some highlights with Real Red ink.  Watercolouring always softens the colours and gives such a lovely effect.

Artfully Folded Watercolour | kelly kent

To replicate the bees, I gold embossed the paper cranes from the Artfully Folded stamp set.  This set is another host exclusive – available only to purchase with Stampin’ Rewards.

The gold embossing is so pretty in the light!

Artfully Folded Watercolour | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us for today’s hop.  There’s a full participant list at the end of this post.  To keep hopping in order, visit my talented friend & teamie (our photographer!) – Siobhan Fitzsimmons.

In case you haven’t seen it, there’s a great joining special in July for all stampers who join our Paper Adventures team – 10 {FREE} full size ink pads (a complete colour collection) when you join.  Starter kits are just $169 – and come with your choice of $235 of Stampin’ Up! products, 20%+ discount until at least January 2019, access to our Paper Adventures team page, early access to the Holiday Catalogue – and more!!

Click here to read more about the July joining special or click here to join!

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CASEing the Catty #186 | Birthday

Hello!  How was your weekend?  Totally fabulous, I hope!

You’re joining the CASEing the Catty Crew tonight for a blog hop featuring projects we were inspired to make after browsing the birthday section of the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.

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This is possibly my favourite section of the catalogue.  I love birthday sentiments, birthday stamp sets and all things birthday!  For most of us, it’s the most common need for a handmade card.

Today, I have chosen to use this card on page 73 using the 25 Again stamp set.  I don’t own this set – but I’m having a second look!!!  It’s super cute and perfect for colouring!  The wishlist never gets any shorter – does it???

I’ve used the rough layout of the card and transformed it into a Best Route card.  It feels a little like I’m doing this backwards – since last week was the Best Route suite!

Best Route suite | kelly kent

I love this suite – the colours, the patterns, the styling!  My card features everything except the embossing folder.  The DSP on the background layer, the Memories & More card as the top layer, the stamp set, the washi tape and the enamel shapes.

The DSP is part of the Buy 3, Get 1 free promotion in July 2018.

Best Route suite | kelly kent

I’ve adapted the sentiment in the stamp set to add ‘birthday’ (which makes total sense when CASEing the Birthday section!).  You’ll find the birthday in the Darling Label stamp set – which is an exclusive stamp set in the Darling Label Punch Box.

Best Route suite | kelly kent

If you like storing your Memories & More card sets in Wood Mount Cases, here’s the inserts for you to download & print.  It includes inserts for Tea Room, Delightfully Detailed, Best Route & Big Plans Memories & More Card Packs.


Please join us on Facebook – click here to join the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge group.  You can upload your CTC#186 project, see what others are making and get info about each challenge as it goes lives.

And now it’s time for another great project.  Keep hopping and visit the Sandra Collett in NZ!

Thanks for joining us!

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