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.

FEATURE

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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Just Add Ink #416 | Sketch

Hey there!  Thanks for joining me for tonight’s Just Add Ink challenge.

This week we’re all creating to Patrice’s awesome sketch.

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Sketches are one of my favourite challenge types because I love all the different directions it takes the design team.  I’m usually very literal in sketch interpretation (and this week is no different).  I get blown away by the creativity of the design team and how they use the sketch.

Of all my new catalogue items, I keep going back to the Animal Outing & Animal Friends bundle.  The characters are cute & quirky and they make for great universal cards.  My greatest Stampin’ Up! wish would be for a ‘happy birthday’ stamp in each set – but I have lots of choices for mixing & matching!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

The DSP in this card is also from the Animal Expedition suite.  It’s part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion in July and I will be stocking up!!!  Read all the details here.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

I’ve been desperate to use the gorgeous giraffe print die since getting these framelits – how amazing does it look layered on a card!!  The framelits are very useful – they cut out all the animals in the set (which I remembered after I fussy cut the frog/tree!!) and have extra pieces like the giraffe pattern to add interesting features to your projects.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

The giraffe and frog have been quickly coloured using Stampin’ Blends.  I’m not a natural with colouring (and I don’t worry about being perfect). I love how easy Stampin’ Blends are to use.  I’ve got the 11 new colours on their way to me.  Looking forward to some more colour options – especially greens!!!  See more info here.


It would be great to have you join in with our sketch challenge.  You’ll find entry over on the Just Add Ink blog, along with the awesome design team cards for the week.

Happy stamping over the weekend – the forecast in my house is perfect for stamping in my pjs!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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What’s Your Style? PS, You’re The Best

There’s this super cute stamp set on page 48 of the catalogue that I couldn’t go past.

PS You’re the Best is quirky & fun – and so easy to make cards with!

I made two styles of card.  The first is Clean & Simple (CAS) using the typewriter as the centrepiece and a Blackbery Bliss, Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate & Whisper White colour theme.

PS You're The Best | kelly kent

The fonts in the stamp set are a mix of vintage & classic – and include a perfect mix for a variety of occasions.  Although, secretly, I’m looking forward to getting out my typewriter and making some sentiments of my own!

PS You're The Best | kelly kent

It would also match well with the font in the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.


The second card is much more fussy – taking advantage of the vintage tones of the stamp set.

PS You're The Best | kelly kent

I’ve added in the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut DSP, Subtle Embossing Folder and some grungy background stamping.

PS You're The Best | kelly kent

The colours are the same – Crushed Curry, Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate & Whisper White.  The Crushed Curry DSP is from the Tea Room Speciality.

Which cards matches your style???  My typical style is much more the CAS one on the left – but I had so much fun breaking from tradition and making the card on the right!PS You're The Best | kelly kent

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Enjoy the Little Things Video In Life Video Blog Hop | June – Guest Designer

Hello!  It’s an early blog post today as I have the great pleasure of joining the Enjoy the Little Things in Life Design Team for their June video blog hop.

I’ve been doing a few videos lately as part of my Stamp In Confidence program (read about that here), but it’s still not natural for me to be organised enough to craft and video at the same time!!!

But life is all about challenges and extending ourselves, so I was delighted to say yes to a guest designer role with the Enjoy the Little Things DT.

The theme for this hop is 3D.  The design team has come up with some lovely creations, complete with tutorial videos to help you make your own versions.

I’m so much of a card girl, and don’t often make boxes, bags or other 3D items.

So, for today’s project, I’m combining the two – a card that features an interactive 3D component.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

One of the new bundles in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue is the Love You to PIeces stamp set and coordinating Puzzle Pieces Thinlits.  Such a fun way to create cards for big & little people!

I’ve created a double layer frame for the puzzle to sit in, so once the puzzle is together, it fits snugly onto the card front and looks like it’s part of the card.

But, the pieces can be taken out, mixed up and put back together just like a regular puzzle.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

I’ve used the new embossing mat with the puzzle thinlit to create the background outline to guide the puzzle doer.

There’s so many pretty DSP patterns in the new catalogue that are perfect for this style of card.  This design is Petal Promenade – beautiful photography patterns of flowers on the main side & marble on the reverse.

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Watch my tutorial video here to show you the steps for making your own interactive puzzle card.

Materials:

  • Card base: Thick Whisper White – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″ (10.5cm x 29.7cm), scored at 5-7/8″ (14.8cm)
  • Card mat: Blushing Bride – 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (10cm x 14.3cm) x 2
  • DSP: Petal Promenade – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Backing for DSP: Thick Very Vanilla – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet – 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Mat for Puzzle inlay: Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (9.7cm x 9.7cm)
  • Scrap of Whisper White
  • Tranquil Tide Ink
  • Shimmer Ribbon – Powder Pink
  • Adhesive: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Tear & Tape, Glue Dots
  • Big Shot & accessories (magnetic platform, cutting plates, embossing mat)

These puzzle cards were so much fun to make (and so easy), I made them in a couple of our other awesome DSP patterns too.

Animal Expedition

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Twinkle Twinkle

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

All of these DSPs plus 7 of their friends are available in July as part of the Buy 3, get one free special.  It’s a great time to stock up!

Interactive Puzzle Card | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today – and thanks for the Enjoy the Little Things DT for having me as a guest designer.

There’s a list of amazing designers taking part in the this video hop.  Click on the cute little blue frog to bring up the list and choose someone else to visit.

To hop in order, you’ll next visit the gorgeous Kim Oliver – click here to see what she’s made.

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Gorgeously Native Birthday

I bought a gift for a friend recently from a store that offered to gift wrap.  I don’t mind wrapping presents – but they always have such nice wrapping options that I often find myself saying yes!

This is the gorgeous package…

Gorgeously Native Birthday | kelly kent

Now, how could I have that sitting on my desk and not use it as inspiration for a matching card?

Using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Beautiful Bouquet stamp sets, I set towards recreating the gorgeous native flowers.

Gorgeously Native Birthday | kelly kent

The colours are Grapefruit Grove, Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz.

Gorgeously Native Birthday | kelly kent

I love how they look next to each other!

Gorgeously Native Birthday | kelly kent

Happy birthday Narelle!

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Calling All Direct Sales Superstars…

We all know someone in direct sales, and many of us are customers of this style of home based business.  It’s a wonderful way to shop – and the personal touch of your own consultant is the icing on this shopping experience.

Perhaps, you are the superstar of your own direct sales business?  Do you share your love of candles, soap, stamps, oils, make up, skincare with your family, friends & customers?

There’s lots of us out there – and often what sets us apart from the other consultants of the same type of product, is our customer service.  Our willingness to go the extra mile for our customers, the expert knowledge we have and the presentation of our business.

A thank you card with an order, beautifully packaged samples, a welcome the team, congratulations on a promotion or sending birthday wishes to a customer or team member – these are all special touches that are noticed and appreciated by our customers & team.

It can be costly and not always easy to find options to fit all these needs. But not anymore!

I’m so excited to share this all-inclusive kit with you that Stampin’ Up! have released in their 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue – the Darling Label Punch Box.

You get a stamp set that covers all your needs – birthday, thank you, hello (welcome), best wishes, thinking of you & congratulations.  An easy to use punch that fits all 6 stamps, together with a block & two coloured inks for stamping.  It comes in a gorgeous tin – which is perfect for storing your supplies or using it for gift packaging once you’ve unpacked your kit.

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

The Darling Label All-Inclusive Punch Box is $78. You don’t need much else to be on your way to amazing packaging or super cute cards.

Here are some suggested bundles to get you stamping to meet all your superstar needs.

PACKAGING OPTIONS

Let’s start with two cute ways to package samples & gifts. Your team and customers will be in awe of this next level touch!

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent
Packaging Bundle 1 – click the links below to add to your online cart

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Packaging Bundle 2 – click the links below to add to your online cart

CARD OPTIONS

Next up, let’s look at some quick & easy ways to make cards with your kit supplies.

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Card Making Bundle 1 – click the links below to add to your online cart

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Card Making Bundle 2 – click the links below to add to your online cart

Make it extra special with these add on products (as pictured in my samples)

Darling Label Kit Extras | kelly kent

Extras – click the links below to add to your online cart


The stamp sets in kits come on a clear plastic sheet.

If you prefer to store the stamp set in a clear case, here’s the printable insert – free to download and print.

Click here to add Clear Mount Stamp Cases to your order.

Printable Clear Case Insert - Darling Label Punch | kelly kent


If you have any questions about using Stampin’ Up! products in combination with your direct sales business, contact me on my Facebook page to arrange a 1:1 consult (Australian residents only, though feel free to contact me if you’re an international direct sales consultant and I can redirect you to a local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator).

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Stamp Review Crew | Animal Outing

Hello!  It’s a wonderful Stamp Review Crew Hop today -my international Stampin’ Up! friends and I are sharing projects made using Animal Outing.  You’re going to love this hop!!!

This stamp set is part of a bundle with the Animal Friends Thinlits.  It’s also part of a suite with Animal Expedition DSP & other coordinating products.  See the range in the catalogue – page 27, or browse online.

I’m sharing two projects today made with the Animal Outing stamp set.

The first was a team class project where I wanted to share reverse image stamping with my team.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

The giraffe (and all the animals in in set) are perfect for this technique.  It adds extra dimension to the layout of a card – and means you can have animal friends looking at each other.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

There’s 4 giraffes in the circle – two facing left and two facing right (although one is upside down, so technically three of them are looking right!).  The ones facing right were stamped as normal.  The ones facing left were stamped onto a silicone mat and then transferred onto the cardstock.

Reverse Image Stamping | kelly kent

I’ve tried this technique before with Window Sheet – but you have to be so careful not to smudge the image as you transfer it.  Using the silicone sheet gives a much better image, but you can’t see through for placement – so it’s slightly trickier in that way.  I recommend doing the reverse image first, then lining up your other images.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Although I love the sentiments in the stamp set, the animals go so well with lots of other sentiments. For my quartet of giraffes, I liked the ‘from all of us’ saying from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.


For my second card, I wanted to stamp the rhino onto DSP to see the effect.  I love the Animal Expedition DSP (I’ve used that for the gray panel) but had a pink rhino in my head, so went looking through the new DSP – and fell in love with the Tropical Escape DSP Stack.  Oh my, the patterns in this are amazing!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Add some embellishments and we have a cute & girly card.  I like the pink rhino – she’s fun!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

In both cards I’ve used Stampin’ Write Markers to add open eyes to the animals.  I still need some practice, but I like the effect of the animals looking out from the card.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us today for the Stamp Review Crew Animal Outing hop.

Next up is Linda Callahan and her super sweet project –

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