Stamp Review Crew | Geared Up Garage

It’s the third Monday of the month and I’m excited to be hopping with the Stamp Review Crew.

Our theme for today is Geared Up Garage – part of the Classic Garage suite.

This stamp set is available in the Occasions catalogue and is perfect for all your rev-head card needs.

Since it’s release, I’ve seen a few steampunk themed cards made with this bundle and that’s the direction I wanted to take for my project.

Steampunk Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

If you’re not familiar with steampunk, it’s a genre of design inspired by symbolism of the industrial revolution of the 1800s and a romantic perspective of Victorian Era’s steam powered technology.

The cogs from the coordinating framelits to this stamp set are perfect for this theme!

The Smoky Slate mat for the card was stamped using the splotch image in full strength Smoky Slate ink and also stamped off to create some lighter images.  The nuts are stamped in Basic Gray.

Steampunk Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

Once all the stamping was some, I crushed and crinkled the cardstock to give it more vintage & distressed look (this was fun!).  I smoothed it out and curled the corner using a bone folder.

Steampunk Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The die cut images for the card were all cut in foil – gold for the clouds, champagne for the cogs and copper for the hot air balloon (with copper embossed balloon image).

The mat behind the Smoky Slate is silver foil embossed with the Subtle folder to add more texture.  And then behind that is DSP from the Classic Garage DSP Stack.

Steampunk Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The card was finished with the ‘You’re a Classic’ sentiment which was perfect for this vintage style card.  This is on silver foil with StazOn Black ink.

There were definitely times during making this card that I felt a little out of my depth – vintage is not my usual style.  But I love how it all came together.

It’s always fun to see stamp set both in the light they were designed in but to also be taken on a journey of seeing that stamp set through the eyes of others.

Next up on the Stamp Review Crew hop is Lauren Alarid, one of the crazy talented Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team members for 2019.

Thanks for hopping with us!


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CASEing the Catty #220 | Sale-A-Bration

Hello!  I hope you had a marvellous weekend!

We’re getting close to the end of the Sale-A-Bration period – which is always sad I love getting free things with my Stampin’ Up! order!  You have until 31st March 2019 to add free products with every $90+ order.  Click here to see all the Sale-A-Bration choices in the online store.

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The card I’ve made today was CASEd from the first release brochure using the Tea Time Framelits and coordinating stamp set available in the Occasions catalogue – Tea Together.

This the original card on the right…

And this is my version…

Tea Together | kelly kent

I’ve changed the colour palette to Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry and Tranquil Tide.

Tea Together | kelly kent

And also stepped it up a little – adding in a birthday sentiment, vellum flowers in silver embossing and pearls.

Tea Together | kelly kent

The inspiration photo uses the Delightfully Detailed Note Cards available in the Annual Catalogue.  The watercolour wash on these cards makes for a gorgeous base for your project.

Tea Together | kelly kent

The final touch was to decorate the envelope flap using the rose stamp from this set.


Thanks for joining the CASEing the Catty Crew as we share Sale-A-Bration inspired projects with you.

Please keep hopping and visit my fabulous friend Tina Gillespie in South Australia.

We’d love for you to share your creations with us.  Visit us on Facebook and upload your project inspired by any Sale-A-Bration catalogue image to join the challenge.  Each week sees two talented crafters win the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge.

Have a great week!


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Painted Seasons DSP with a Healing Hug!

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I’ve been dazzled and amazed by all the Sale-A-Bration choices in 2019.  Did you know we’ve had three separate releases?  You can see all the choices in the online store by clicking here.

One of my favourites is the Painted Seasons DSP – available as a level 1 product when you spend $90+ or in a bundle with the Painted Seasons stamp set when you spend $180+.

The colours in the DSP are so vibrant with a mix of pretty art patterns and bold geometric designs.

When it became available, I made the decision to just get the DSP.  I might have a little bit of buyers remorse now – as I’ve seen so many beautiful cards with the Painted Seasons stamp set.

But – as much as I’d like to buy one of everything, Mr Papercraft insists I spend money on other thing too (like feeding the kids!).

One of the things Stampin’ Up! do really well, is coordination across the range.  So, even though I don’t have the Painted Seasons stamp set, I do have lots of other lovely stamp sets and found that the large rose – also a Distinktive style of stamp – goes really well with this DSP.

My team made their choice of these cards at our most recent team meeting as the make & take project.

Painted Seasons DSP + Healing Hugs stamp set | kelly kent

I love using the art patterns as whole backgrounds for a card.  I’ve then added the largest Stitched Circle in Wood Textures DSP, a Stitched Rectangle embossed with the Country Floral Embossing Folder (another of my favourite Sale-A-Bration choices), Polka Dot ribbon, Healing Hug rose and the Happy Birthday from Well Said on another Stitched Rectangle.  I do love the stitched die options – how did we ever craft without them?

The rose in this version is Poppy Parade to coordinate with the DSP.

Painted Seasons DSP + Healing Hugs stamp set | kelly kent

And the rose in this version is Blushing Bride…

Painted Seasons DSP + Healing Hugs stamp set | kelly kent

If you ever have issues with the Distinktive stamps not giving you a crisp image, try using an old credit card or store card to scrape the ink to one end of your ink pad.  Then apply ink from the end with less ink.  Less is more for the Distinktive stamps.  Another suggestion is to ink the stamp up with a sponge dauber or brayer.

 


As well as Sale-A-Bration choices in March, there’s also a promotion running with extras that coordinate with your Sale-A-Bration favourites.  Love the frogs but hate fussy cutting?  During March (while stocks last), you can buy the coordinating framelits!

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There’s also framelits for Hello Cupcake, Lasting Lily and Painted Seasons plus a new punch (Story Label) and an exclusive stamp set (More Than Words).  Click here to see all the Sale-A-Bration coordination products in my online store.  These items are purchase only – they do not have to be earned.

Every current Stampin’ Up! item – catalogue & special promotions – can be found in my online store.  Click here to browse.

Shop with me to receive a handmade thank you card, gifts of appreciation and excellent customer service across all of Australia.

If you’re local to Bunbury, ask me about a workshop in your home or coming to one of my classes.  My next class is Monday 25th March.Kelly Kent - March 2019 Class

I’d love to share my love of Stampin’ Up! with you.  It’s a fabulous creative outlet that you can get started on with just a few supplies.


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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Wheels

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It’s time to hop again with my talented Paper Adventures team!

The theme for this month is ‘wheels’.  It’s a diverse theme and I can’t wait for you to see the whole range of projects the team has come up with.  Keep clicking on the next button at the end of each post to hop around.  There’s 6 of us joining in, including our gorgeous guest designer – Judy May from Victoria.  Thanks Judy!


If you’re the parent of a young person, or have grandies watching tv, you may already be familiar with the subject of my card today.  For everyone else, meet Buster the Bus.

Buster the Bus punch art | kelly kent

This special card is for a gorgeous little man who turns 3 next month and is obsessed with Buster.

Buster the Bus punch art | kelly kent

It was fun to get back to some punch art.  As my kids have grown, I haven’t has as many reasons to make characters for cards.

To make Buster:

Bus sign: Pineapple Punch rectangle (1-5/8″ wide) plus Whisper White Classic Label punch (ends snipped off).  Sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Memento Tuxedo Black

Bus body: Pineapple Punch rectangle with rounded corners (3-1/2″ x 4″)

Windscreen: Basic Black & Basic Gray rectangle with the bottom edge hand cut into an arc (3-1/4″ x 1-3/4″)

Wipers: Basic Black U shape from Apron Builder Framelits cut down to size

Mirrors: Basic Black U shape from Apron Builder Framelits plus leg from Cookie Cutter Builder punch – double cut into oval shape

Eyes (in order from largest to smallest circle): Basic Black Layering Circle die (smallest size), Whisper White 1″ circle punch, Blueberry Bushel 1/2″ circle punch, Basic Black Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Whisper White Cookie Cutter Builder punch

Mouth: Whisper White Cookie Cutter Builder punch – top portion of head, coloured with Dark Basic Black & Dark Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends

Wheels: Basic Black Story Label punch

Buster the Bus punch art | kelly kent

Lots of work fiddling with pieces to get the punch art right – but it’s so much fun!  Messy with small bits of cardstock everywhere…. but fun!  And when it all comes together – it’s definitely a wow moment.


Next up on our Paper Adventures team heap is our guest designer, Judy May.  I love Judy’s work – it’s always so elegant.

If you’re a lover of Stampin’ Up! but not yet getting a discount on your purchases, then purchasing a Starter Kit would be a great option for you.  If you live in Australia, we’d love to have you on our Paper Adventures team.  It’s $169 for the Starter Kit, which includes $315 of your choice of Stampin’ Up! products with free shipping.  You’ll have the option to purchase more Stampin’ Up! products until at least 31st July 2019, receive the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue early and join in with the new catalogue pre-order.  Click here to find out more.

Thanks for hopping with us today!  We’ll be back in April with another team hop with a fresh theme!

Participant List
Kelly Kent
Judy May (Guest Designer)
Mandy Depiazzi 
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Narelle Simm
Lisa Whitehead

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Colour INKspiration #51

Hello! Welcome to Colour INKspiraton for March 2019.  You may have just come here via our talented guest designer – Vicki Boucher.  Wasn’t her project great!  If you’re starting here, be sure to keep hopping until you reach Vicki to see all the great projects.

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As always, it’s a gorgeous colour palette.  I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of flowers!  But I can’t wait to see what else might come of these colours!

This challenge is bright and fun and I also can’t wait to see what you make with it. Join us on the Colour INKspiration Facebook page to share your project.


My card today was inspired by products I have sitting on my shelf that are very much part of the Stampin’ Up! range but don’t appear in the Annual or Occasions Catalogues.  Can you spot them?

Country Home | kelly kent

The embossing folder is a current Sale-A-Bration choices – available to earn until 31st March 2019. It’s so lovely in crisp white!  See all the Sale-A-Bration choices by clicking here.

Country Home | kelly kent

The stamp set is Country Home – a carryover item from the 2018 Holiday Catalogue. You can find all the carryover items by clicking here and viewing in the online store.

I’ve used Stampin’ Blends to colour the flowers & jug.  If you’re a Stampin’ Up! addict, you’ll know that there aren’t specific Blends in Pear Pizzazz and Berry Burst – so I’ve just used the closest in the range – Old Olive and Lovely Lipstick.

Country Home | kelly kent

The third ‘not in a catalogue’ item is the Stitched Seasons framelits. These were a special release item last year. The stitching is so lovely. Although retired, they are available via the online store on the clearance rack. This also means they are discounted – a fabulous bargain!!  Click here to see all the clearance rack items (all at up to 60% off retail).

Once I’d finished & photographed this card I realised how familiar it seemed to me.  Well, as it turns out, my vision for this stamp set is very one-track.  Click here to see a card I made last year with this set!!!


Thank you for joining us today for the Colour INKspiration hop.

To see more great projects, please keeping hopping and visit Rebecca Scurr and her fabulous card.

Don’t forget to join us on Facebook to share your creation!


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CASEing the Catty #219 | Gingham Gala

There’s nothing like a weekly blog hop to make you realise how quickly the weeks roll around.  Hello March!!!

This week at CASEing the Catty we’re celebrating the Gingham Gala suite and subsequent pages of the catalogue.

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Gingham isn’t usually my go-to favourite, but it’s growing on me!  I loved the brightness of this card on page 34 of the Occasions Catalogue.

I used strips of Gingham Gala DSP across a landscape Whisper White thick card base and added a cupcake centrepiece

Gingham Gala | kelly kent

I’ve translated lots of elements from the original card into my version – the gingham DSP, use of white twine, flowers & Grapefruit Grove sentiment.  They are now just in cake form!!!  There’s so many options in the Piece of Cake stamp set, I feel like I’m still creating with new cakes for each card.Gingham Gala | kelly kent

I’ve used the colours from the Gingham Gala suite to create the cake elements – Highland Heather for the swirly frame, Grapefruit Grove for the cake and coordinating flowers with Stampin’ Blends.

Although I’m generally a ‘straight’ kinda girl when it comes to adding pieces to my cards, I loved the wonky overlapping effect of layering the DSP.  This came about because I cut the DSP into 1″ strips without doing the maths – and then they didn’t fit.  I wasn’t cutting them again, so I just added them all on top of each other!

Gingham Gala | kelly kent

There’s more to this challenge than Gingham – be inspired by pages 34-37 of the Occasions Catalogue and share your projects with us on the CASEing the Catty Facebook page.

Thank you for hopping with us today.  The next fabulous design team member is visit is Siobhan Fitzsimmons with her beautiful butterfly creations.

Have a great week!  I hope it involves lots of stamping!


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6″ Mini Album | Share What You Love DSP

Last week a very special friend of mine turned 40 and hosted a fabulous party. I wanted to make a bespoke keepsake that could double as gift and a place to keep her party memories.

This made it the perfect opportunity to make my first mini-album.  I’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time and I’m so glad I finally got there!!!  My love of mini albums started when Jacqui Crouch made one for my 5th stampaversary blog hop – and then posted it to me as a gift.  It still has pride of place on my shelf and I love it!

Between a combination of studying Jacqui’s album design, watching you tube tutorials and winging it, this was my final result…

Share What You Love 6" Mini Album | kelly kent

The album cover is 6″ and the pages are approx 5-3/4″.  The whole album is constructed from scratch using the firm cardboard packaged with glimmer paper.  I found this you tube tutorial particularly helpful.

Share What You Love 6" Mini Album | kelly kent

The album contains 12 pages decorated with Share What You Love DSP,.  There’s a mix of fixed photo spaces, cascading photo spaces and photo pages that side out from a belly band.

Share What You Love 6" Mini Album | kelly kent

This is a video showing the whole album –

And here’s photos of each layout…

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Front cover
Share What You Love 6" Mini Album | kelly kent
Inside front cover & page 1
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Share What You Love 6" Mini Album | kelly kent
Page 12 & inside back cover

Of course every amazing gift needs a coordinating card.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

I used the same style of card as I shared with you during the week – it’s call a Pull Out Side Pocket Card.  You can find the previous post with instructions and links by clicking here.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

Large Numbers Framelits and Milestone Moments that I used for the album & card are now retired – but they are staple parts of my crafting stash and it’ll take a good replacement option before I part with them!

Stampin’ Up! currently only sell packs of 12″ cardstock in Whisper White and Very Vanilla.  The Kraft cardstock I used for the album & card is an alternative brand.

Share What You Love 6" Mini Album & Card | kelly kent

I’m already planning my next album – the question is… which DSP???  What current or retired DSP do you think would make an amazing album design?


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Just Add Ink #446 | Photo Inspiration

I can’t wait to see what entries we get this week for Just Add Ink – the photo inspiration is just gorgeous!!!

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The colours and textures of this vibrant photo are sure to get the sparks of creativity flying!

The tiles on the wall reminded me of the Tin Tile Embossing Folder that carried over from the Holiday Catalogue.  If you’re ever curious which items from the Holiday Catalogue avoided the retirement list, you can see them all here in my online store.

I designed this card with my February classes in mind.  Each class I try to do one deluxe card – and after some Pinterest research, I came across this gorgeous fold by Barb Stamps (Barb Mullikin) called a Pull Out Side Pocket Card.  You can see Barb’s blog post & video by clicking here.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

The card is standard size with a right entry pocket flap for a writing panel.  You could also use the flap for tucking away other things like a gift card or voucher!

Barb is in the US so I slightly adjusted the cardstock sizes to match the C6 size cards we use in Australia.  Card base is 7-3/8″ x 6-7/8″, scored at 4-1/8″ on the long side and 1/2″ from each edge on the short side.

The mat on the front of the card and the cardstock for the pocket insert are both 3″ x 5-5/8″.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

Although I love the white wash tiles in the photo, I wanted to try adding Versamark to the embossing folder before I made the imprint on my cardstock and then coating with copper embossing powder for an oxidised copper effect with the teal (Bermuda Bay) peeking through.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

The flowers in the vase are from a new stamp set in the Occasions catalogue. They fit the existing Vases Builder Punch – which is a bonus if you already have this!

I’ve stamped the flowers in Lovely Lipstick on Shimmery White and then used an Aqua Painter to add more Lovely Lipstick & Mango Melody ink – just like in the inspiration photo.  The vases are heat embossed in copper and coloured with Bermuda Bay ink.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

I can see this style of card being a favourite for when I need something a bit fancier!!!


You can see all the design team creations for this challenge on the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also add your project to the challenge link up and share how the photo inspired you!

Thanks for visiting!


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Colour INKspiration #50

There’s nothing like a splash of colour to brighten up the week!

Today is the start of a new challenge for Colour INKspiration and it’s so summery!  Take me there now!!!

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Unfortunately this amazing destination (or any other) isn’t on my foreseeable to-do list, so I’ll have to settle for the crafty version instead.

How about a cool & refreshing beverage???  A celebration of Colour INKspiration reaching 50 challenges!!!

Bubble Over | kelly kent

I haven’t used this stamp set in ages so it was fun to get it inky again!  I’ve kept the design CAS – clean & simple, allowing the colours to shine bright.

Remember my 2019 plan to use more embellishments?  I’ve added clear epoxy dots from a previous catalogue for a fun bubbly touch!

Bubble Over | kelly kent

The “cheers” sentiment for this card is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  This is another ‘staple’ set I highly recommend.  You’ll find it suits lots of occasions and in this case is perfect for my summery drinks.

Bubble Over | kelly kent

Cheers! Here’s to lazy days and warm nights!!!  I plan on having a few cold beverages by the pool this weekend as we celebrate WA Day.

Next up on the Colour INKspiration blog hop is Jackie Aitken, a fellow “West Aussie” who will also be celebrating WA Day this weekend!  Visit Jackie to see her pretty card using the challenge colours.

You can also join the Colour INKspiration Challenge by uploading your card using the 5 challenge colours to our Facebook group.  Click here to jump over to Facebook.


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Birthday Feathers

My east coast stamping bestie Miss Lou Kitzelman turned 21 last week… well, maybe not 21, but she did have a birthday!

Here is the card I made for her using some of my favourite products.  The card layout was inspired by a series of Rachel Tessman cards I spied on Pinterest.Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

 

The theme was inspired by the gift which featured a whimsical dreamcatcher.  Which led me to feathers!  I love feathers on craft (not so keen on them in real life!).  The feathers are from the Chase Your Dreams Framelits.

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

I cut the pink flowers from a sheet of the Tropical Escape and then spritzed them with Frost White Shimmer Paint.

The birthday stamp is from the Piece of Cake stamp set.  Lou shared this with us at OnStage in 2018 – so it will always remind me of her every time I use it.

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

I don’t often decorate the inside of my cards, but I wanted to carry this theme through and include a dream catcher from the framelit set.  It wouldn’t fit on the front – so middle it was!

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

And from there I just got totally carried away and made a coordinating tag for the gift bag too!

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

Matchy-matchy is my favourite!

Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

Happy birthday to Lou!  Here’s to a wonderful year filled with so much craft time you decide to read a book for a change!!!


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