Kelly’s Stamping Friends | Birthday Blog Hop 2019

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Happy Birthday to me!  Tomorrow is my special day and to celebrate, it’s become a bit of a tradition (we’re in our third year) of gathering my stamping friends and having a blog hop.

I’m joined by 23 of the sweetest, most talented stampers that the South Pacific has to offer.  Enjoy the project from each creator and then click on next to hop through to the next project.  The hop runs in a circle, so you don’t need to start at any particular point – just keeping scrolling through the beautiful artwork and click on next until you get back to where you started.  If any of the next links are broken (it happens sometimes!), there’s a list of participants at the end of this post.

Seeing as it’s my birthday, there’s a loose birthday theme for tonight’s hop.  But (because it’s my birthday and I can break the rule), I have strayed slightly from that theme and my card is a thank you – a great big thank you to all the designers who have joined me on this hop to celebrate and another big thank you to everyone who visits us!

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

For this hop, I’m sharing with you some of my new birthday presents.  I love the happy coincidence that my birthday month is also a Stampin’ Up! preorder*** month.  I love gifts – giving gifts, getting gifts, buying myself gifts!  Happy Birthday to me!

***Preorder means a demonstrator can order from a new catalogue or promotion earlier than its release.  Customers will be able to order new items shown on this post from 4th June.  Can’t wait?  Ask me about joining my team.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

This card features the new Stampin’ Up! stamp set – Free As a Bird and coordinating dies – Stitched Nested Label Dies.  The stamp set has the most beautiful bird & flowers combination and the dies are a dotted edge – a new pattern for the SU range.  The stitched edge effect creates a fabulous border both inside & out.

Although this card looks pretty on the front, the magic happens when you fold it out.  I’ve combined a couple of ideas to create a Window Front Z Fold Card.  The card front has a Nested Die cut out and the bird panel is actually attached to the Z fold in the middle of the card.

Let me show you more pictures.  Here’s the card when the Z is still folded  but the card front is open.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

And then when totally opened out…

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

I’ve added a couple of little magnets to keep the card closed when it’s all folded back in.

The measurements for this card:

Card Base – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″ (half an A4 page lengthways), scored at 5-7/8″

Insert – 3-7/8″ x 11-1/4″, scored at 2-13/16″ & 5-5/8″

DSP (left panel) – 2-11/16″ x 3-3/4″

Cardstock (middle panel) – 2-11/16″ x 3-3/4″

DSP (right panel) – 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″


I love that those gorgeous birds are a feature inside & out of the card.  I’ve stamped all the images for this card in StazOn ink and coloured them with ink and an Aqua Painter.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

The Bird Ballard DSP I’ve used in the card is from the same suite as the stamp set.  These colours helped me to choose the colours for colouring.  The card base is Petal Pink, the Nested Label is Soft Suede and for colouring I’ve used Petal Pink, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Old Olive & Smoky Slate.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

As well as the whimsy of the birds and the flowers, I  love the sentiments from this set.  And I thought given all the wonderful friends I have along on this hop with me, the one I’ve chosen for the inside (Your friendship means the world to me) is just perfect!!!

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

Did I mention how much I love gifts?  I’d like to gift this card and a sampler of the pretty Bird Ballard DSP to someone special.  To be in the running, leave a comment on this blog post and I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday 28th May 2019.


Next up on for the birthday fun is the gorgeous Shannon Kissane.

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Thank you for hopping us with today and for being part of my birthday celebrations!!!


PARTICIPANT LIST
1 Kelly Kent
2 Shannon Kissane
3 Tina Gillespie
4 Monique Fielder
5 Leonie Stuart
6 Michelle Strazds
7 Mandy Depiazzi 
8 Rochelle Blok 
9 Narelle Simm 
10 Catherine Creer
11 Lou Kitzelman
12 Sandra Collett 
13 Sharon Dalton 
14 Denise Buetler 
15 Siobhan Fitzsimmons
16 Jan McQueen
17 Cathy Pinchbeck
18 Richelle Fletcher 
19 Melissa Gifford 
20 Rachael Lewsley
21 Nicole Wilson
22 Julia Quinn
23 Sheila Pybus
24 Leonie Schroder

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Colour INKspiration #55

Hello!  We have a fabulous colour challenge for you this week at Colour INKspiration.  There’ s a blog hop to enjoy and then all the action for the challenge happens in our Facebook group. Click here to visit and share your creation with us.

You may have hopped here from the gorgeous Lisa Whitehead who won challenge #53 and joins us as a guest designer.

Here’s the colours for challenge #55…

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You can use 3 or more of these colours in your project.

I went all out and used all 6 plus white & black as we can include basics (white, black & vanilla) and metallics.

A large part of the inspiration for my card came from the challenge photo.  I used the clouds to create the background and the Grapefruit Grove cushion to inspire the styling of the hot air balloon.

Lift Me Up | kelly kent

It was so hard to photograph the background but it’s crazy shimmery!  I used Shimmery White cardstock for my base and then added a mix of Isocol (alcohol), reinker and shimmer paint.  My first attempt at a major fail – sprtizing using a mask doesn’t work!  All the colour seeped under the mask and I got blobs rather than clouds.

The second attempt was much better applying the colour with a sponge and I got these pretty clouds.  One mix was Coastal Cabana & Frost White Shimmer Paint and the second was Smoky Slate & Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.

Lift Me Up | kelly kent

It’s hard to capture just how pretty it is!

I used the remaining challenge colours under the balloon – cut by the Up & Away Framelits.

Lift Me Up | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Lift Me Up stamp set.  I white heat embossed on Rich Razzleberry and Grapefruit Grove cardstock and then roughly snupped with scissors.  I love chopping up sentiments like this!

Lift Me Up | kelly kent

I had so much fun with these colours!  It was the perfect challenge to prompt me to put different colours together than my normal combinations!

Next up on the blog hop is my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman in QLD.

Thanks for hopping with us!


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CASEing the Catty #227 | Retiring Bundles

The last chance / retirement list is up on us and the CASEing the Catty Crew are taking the chance to use retiring items for inspiration before they disappear.

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This week it’s a favourite retiring bundle – stamps & dies, or stamps & punches.

I’ve chosen the Bloom by Bloom bundle – stamp set and coordinating punches.  These products are part of the Happiness Blooms suite.  It wasn’t an immediate favourite, but the bright & fun colours of this suite have grown on me and I’m going to miss them!

Each suite in the catalogue has a full page spread and I’ve taken inspiration from the card at the top of the image below (page 24 of the Occasions catalogue).

I love the colours in this DSP and the use of the stamps in the floral centrepiece, so with this as my inspiration, I’ve used these features in a triangular fun fold card.  Click here to view the tutorial for this fold by Jackie Bolhuis.

This is what the card looks like when fully folded….

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kentBut then it opens up along the diagonal cut across the card front to reveal two flaps.

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kent

The card is incredibly simple to make!

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kent

Cut a piece of A4 cardstock down to 11-1/2″ and then score the middle along the long and short sides (4-1/8″ across the short side and 5-3/4″ across the long side).

Cut the cardstock in your trimmer from the top left corner to the bottom right corner (diagonally).  One piece of A4 cardstock gives you two cards.

Fold the flaps down & inwards to create a card front and then embellish.

I’ve used a Sahara Sand Stitched Circle overlayed with a Vellum stitched circle and the decorated with flowers from the Bloom by Bloom stamp set.

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kent

Some of the larger images in this set are fussy cut, but the smaller flowers can be cut using the punches.  There’s even the cutest little leaf in one of the four punches.

Although I’m excited about new DSP,  I’ve stocked up on an extra pack of the Happiness Blooms DSP so I can make cards like this when I feel like a bright and cheery option.


All of the bundles in the current catalogues are retiring.  Products that are ‘bundled’ together attract a 10% discount.  Some of these retiring bundles may appear in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue – but no longer in a bundle and therefore without a discount.

Some of the projects you’ll see on the hop tonight show you products that will still be available in the next catalogue – but as single items.  Some projects feature items that are going into the retirement zone, never to be available again.  Whether you’re shopping for a discount or doing some last chance shopping, make sure to get what you need before it’s too late. Links for this project in the table below.

Next up on the blog hop is Peta Stephen with her last chance project.

We’d love for you to share your project with us.  Join the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook group and show us your project inspired by a retiring bundle.  You can see all the retiring bundles in the online store – click here to visit.

Thanks for hopping with us – I hope you have a fabulous week!


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Stamp Review Crew | Bike Ride

Happy Monday!  The kids are back at school today after a wonderful school holidays.  I have the pleasure of sharing my love of Stampin’ Up! this morning with a class of gorgeous ladies.  We’re making three cards – including one of the cards I’m sharing today.

Today’s hop is with my international Stampin’ Up! demonstrator friends as we all share projects using the same stamp set.  The theme for this hop is Bike Ride, which has coordinating dies.  Both these items are on the retirement list – get yours while stocks last.

This is one of the sentiment free stamp sets that Stampin’ Up! released.  It’s designed to be paired with sentiments from other sets.  Because of this, the artwork is full of fabulous images that coordinate with the bike.  This was the inspiration for my trio of cards – using the flowers, books & dog and not the bike to create fun birthday cards using repetitive stamping.

Bike Ride | kelly kent

The layout is the one I shared for the Paper Adventures team blog hop this month (click here to see my ‘Inspired by Fashion’ card).  I love how easy it is to create interesting cards using the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.  Thankfully they are NOT on the retirement list.

Each card has the image stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Memento ink, colour added and then cut using the Stitched Rectangle Framelit (3rd down from the biggest).

The floral card has been coloured using the stamps in the set – there’s a stamp to colour the leaves and also one for the flowers.  Makes it super quick to colour the images.

Colours: Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo & Granny Apple Green ink

Finished with a Daffodil Delight frame and Flirty Flamingo sentiment.

Bike Ride | kelly kent

The next card uses the book image.  This is my favourite accessory stamp from the set!

Colours: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather & Smoky Slate

Finished with a Smoky Slate frame & Highland Heather sentiment

Bike Ride | kelly kent

The third card from the trio uses the cute little doggie.  Isn’t he just the sweetest!

Colours: Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blends – I coloured this one by hand rather than the stamp in the set because I wanted a checkered scarf for him.

Finished with a Real Red frame & Basic Black sentiment.

Bike Ride | kelly kent


After making these cards, I couldn’t resist making a card using the actual bike from the set.  For some reason I find it hard to see this bike in any other colour than Mint Macaron! (I think because this style of bike is so trendy at the moment!).

So, using the same layout, here’s my Mint Macaron bike…

Bike Ride | kelly kent

I never knew the die set had that cute little banner!  What have you discovered about a favourite stamp or die set just before it retires???

Speaking of retiring, I’ve snuck a little Lost Lagoon into this card – because I love it and even though something retires, doesn’t mean it loses its value.  Stampin’ Up! has an eternal lifespan as long as it holds a special place in your heart.  Some sets are worth keeping.  So, one more question – what retired colour, stamp die or other Stampin’ Up! favourite have you been unable to part with?

Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear your favourites and then jump on your bike over to Charlet Mallett for her amazing project.


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ESAD Blog Hop | So Long Old Favourites

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I’m excited to be hopping with my Australian & New Zealand Demonstrator friends today as we share projects made with items from the 2019 Retirement List.

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With changes ahead for Stampin’ Up! production & supply, we’re seeing quite a change over.  Clear and wood sets will no longer be manufactured.  From the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue (which starts on 4th June 2019), we’ll have the option of photopolymer (see through stamps) or cling (red rubber).  The cling format was released in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue and they are amazing!!!

The other main change is a new supplier for dies and embossing folders.  Stampin’ Up! will no longer offer the Big Shot and all their dies and embossing folders going forward will be compatible with a range of die cutting machines.


It’s definitely the time of the year when you realise you have lots of favourites on the shelf that haven’t had as much love as they should – and will be greatly missed once they become retired products.  It was tough to decide what to share for this blog hop, but I ended up deciding on Jar of Love stamp set and the Everyday Jars dies.  Some of my favourite cards have been made with this bundle and I’m going to miss those mason jars!!!

I’ve paired this bundle with the All My Love DSP.  DSP comes & goes, with each catalogue cycle having more and more beautiful new prints to fall in love with.  But, there’ll always be some patterns that I’ll miss more than others – and this gorgeous floral is definitely going to be missed!

After all this chat, you’re probably wondering what I’ve made!!!  Thanks to a fabulous Mini Album project shared by Marion Benfield (Stampin’ with Maz), I have adapted this to be a deluxe fold out card.  I love this style of card, but don’t have much need for mini albums.  A card version combines my love of DSP and a clever fancy fold.

If you’d like to make Marion’s complete mini album with a waterfall section, she has been kind enough to upload the tutorial to Facebook – click here to view.

I always find 3D projects more difficult to photograph & share on my blog, so we’ll start with a video!

And here’s photos of all the layers…

FRONT when folded close

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

FRONT with flap folded open

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

MIDDLE with bottom flap folded open

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

MIDDLE with side flaps folded open

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MIDDLE completely folded open

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

Here’s a close up of the middle panel using the gorgeous Jar of Love bundle

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

I carried through the colours of the DSP to the flowers in the jar and the burlap ribbon feature.

The bottom section has a flap which I’ve added a removable insert for your message.  This section would also be great for a gift card or other flat gift (ie, jewelry).

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

Want to make your own Mini Album card?  With Marion’s blessing, here’s the adapted instructions.

You’ll need two 12″ x 12″ sheets of cardstock (same colour) plus your favourite DSP.

Cut one of the cardstock sheets to 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ and score 2-1/2″ & 8-1/4″ then rotate 90 degrees and score at 2″, 2-1/4″, 6-1/4″ & 6-1/2″.

Cut out the shaded sections as below

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

With the second sheet of cardstock, cut 2 at 11-3/4″ x 4″ (score at 5-7/8″) and cut 1 at 7-1/2″ (score at 3-3/4″).

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

The extra panels attach to the flaps left & right of the middle section and the bottom right panel.  This gives your card extra length.

Once you’ve cut the shaded sections from the above diagram and attached the extra panels, this is what your card base should look like.  You can round the corners of all the free edges in you like this style.

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

Add magnets (I used 6mm neodymium magnets) to the middle of the top centre panel and the bottom front centre panel (I hope that makes sense!!!),

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

Now you can cover all sides (except the centre back) with DSP.

DSP measurements with 1/8″ border

PANEL A: 5-7/8″ x 1-7/8″ x 2 (front & back)

PANEL B: 5-3/4″ x 3-7/8″ x 2 (front & back)

PANEL C: 5-3/4″ x 3-7/8″x 2 (front & back)

PANEL D: 2-1/8″ x 3-7/8″ (front only)

PANEL E: 5-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ x 2 (front & back)

PANEL F: 3-5/8″ x 3-7/8″ (front & back)

PANEL G: 5-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ x 2 (front only)

Cardstock measurements:

PANEL G: 5-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ plus Stitched Rectangle (3rd down from biggest size)

Insert for Panel E: Stitched Rectangle (3rd down from biggest size) layered on 4-9/16″ x 3-1/4″


Thanks for joining us today for the ESAD blog hop.  There’s 25 clever clogs participating (full list below in case we come across any broken links) and a whole lot of inspiration sharing products that you never knew you needed.  Jut because it’s retirement time, it doesn’t mean the list gets any shorter!!!  For some of these gorgeous products, this is the last time they’ll be available to purchase..

Next up is my fun & talented friend Sharon Dalton.  Sharon is an amazing scrapbooker, so I always enjoy seeing Stampin’ Up! through her eyes.

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If anything on the hop tickles your fancy, please shop with your usual demonstrator.  If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, my online store is open 24-7 for all your papercrafting needs!  Click here to browse.

Blog hop participant list:

  1. Bronwyn Eastley
  2. Libby Dyson
  3. Katrina Duffell
  4. Lou Kitzelman
  5. Shannon Kissane
  6. Nicole Wilson
  7. Delys Cram
  8. Lauren Meiklejohn
  9. Cathy Pinchbeck
  10. Sandra Mastello
  11. Richelle Fletcher
  12. Rose Packer
  13. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  14. Jo Weedon
  15. Peta Stephen
  16. Lisa Whitehead
  17. Rochelle Laird-Smith
  18. Rebecca Scurr
  19. Mandy Depiazzi
  20. Denise Buetler
  21. Monique Fielder
  22. Kelly Kent
  23. Sharon Dalton
  24. Rebekah Crisp
  25. Maree McIntosh

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School Holidays Stamping

We’ve been busy this holidays – play dates, gymnastics, Easter, swimming pool, roller skating, a sneaky trip up to Perth, science experiments, scooter riding, picnics – the list is endless!  It’s a full time job keeping kids occupied (and fed!) during the holidays.  But I love the time we get to spend together!

In the midst of all the busy, the girls and I took a moment during the week to spend some quiet time at home and get crafty.  They love doing ‘adult’ projects (no kids craft for them).  They search through Pinterest and present me with the projects they want to make.  This time the search was for fancy folds and the request was for a Jan B W card (see Jan’s YouTube tutorial here).

The picked their own colours, DSP and design, I was merely there to cut things to size and help them along with the instructions.

I love listening to them craft – using the correct colour names and talking about the different tools.  It’s so cute!!!

Here’s Miss Papercraft using the Big Shot without any help!

Stampin' Up! with kids | kelly kent

The other Miss Papercraft needs some help with glue (or we end up with a little too much) but she can cut, fold and stick like a champion!

Stampin' Up! with kids | kelly kent

Here’s their finished W cards – made using butterflies and love hearts!  I love the eclectic style kids have when they get crafty.  Sometimes I have to stop myself from putting my spin on things!!!

Stampin' Up! with kids | kelly kent

Stamp Set: One For All

DSP: Birthday Bash (retired), Botanical Butterfly (retired)

Cardstock: Coastal Cabana & Bermuda Bay, Gold Foil

Ink: Daffodil Delight & Coastal Cabana

Trim: Gold Sequins, Tranquil Tide Ribbon

Punch: Butterfly Duet

Dies: Stitched Seasons (Clearance Rack), Be Mine Stitched, Layering Squares

Stampin' Up! with kids | kelly kent


Stampin' Up! with kids | kelly kent

Stamp Set: Butterfly Gala

DSP: Delightful Daisy (retired), Botanical Butterfly (retired)

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight & Old Olive, Gold Foil

Ink: Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight

Trim: Gold Sequins, Pineapple Punch ribbon

Punch: Butterfly Duet

Dies: Stitched Seasons (Clearance Rack), Be Mine Stitched, Layering Squares

Stampin' Up! with kids | kelly kent

You’ll see that they both used retired DSP to make their cards.  Although they love Stampin’ Up! they prefer to choose their favourite patterns and colours rather than what’s current.  Lucky for them I have a large supply of retired DSP and I’m happy to share!  Whenever DSP comes up on the Clearance Rack at bargain prices, I stock up on more for the next time we make cards together.

Clearance Rack

The Clearance Rack was updated this week and there’s some great DSP choices from the Holiday Catalogue at the amazing price of $7.70.  That is not a misprint!  Less than $8 for 12 sheets of high quality Stampin’ Up! patterned paper!  These are all available while stocks last.  Ordering via my online store is the easiest way.  See the DSP and other items available on the Clearance Rack – click here.


The kids are back to school next week, so I’ll be resuming classes for Term 2.  I’d love to have you join me.  3 quality projects suitable for all crafting levels made using Stampin’ Up! products.  Your class is free if you place a $50 order

Date: Monday 29th April 2019

Time: 9.30am – 12pm

Location: my house in Dalyellup (address on RSVP)

Cost: $25 (or free with a $50 order)

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Come, craft with me – you’ll have fun and take home fabulous cards to gift to family or friends (or keep in your craft room!).

 

 

 

 

Colour INKspiration #54

Hello!  It’s time for another Colour INKspiration challenge – possibly one of my favourites of all time.  Which is crazy – because it’s so simple.  Black & white plus a pop of colour.  But the simplicity is what makes it awesome.

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I can’t wait for you to see what the crew have come up with this week.

You may have hopped here from the gorgeous Anne Matasci.  Anne won Colour INKspiration #52 and joins us for this hope as our guest designer.  I just love her card – and I know she loves the theme as much as I do!

To join us and share your card for Colour INKspiration #54, find us on Facebook.  Click here to visit the group.

I could have made a million cards with this colour combination (if only time would allow), but sharing this sweet card made with a few items that will join the retirement hall of fame very soon.

Hand Delivered | kelly kent

The stamp set is from the Stampin’ Rewards section of the catalogue – Hand Delivered, the embossing folder is Petal Pair and the DSP is from the Brights stack.

Click here to see all the retirement list items in the online store.

Hand Delivered | kelly kent

My pop of colour is Bermuda Bay.  But like so many of the cards on this blog hop, you could sub in any pop of colour that was your favourite to change up the design.

Now that we’re using our fireplace to combat the cold weather, I’m experimenting with different locations to take photos of my cards. I love being back in the outdoors with all that natural light!

 


Next stop on the Colour INKspiration blog hop is my beautiful friend Nikki Spencer.

Thanks for hopping with us!


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Stamp Review Crew | Beauty Abounds

Hello to the new week!  I know it’s going to be a good one when it starts with a Stamp Review Crew hop!  It’s always a pleasure to join my international demonstrator friends and share projects with you inspired by the same stamp set.  See the full line up of demonstrators on the Stamp Review Crew blog by clicking here.

This week we’re showcasing the Beauty Abounds stamp set and coordinating dies.  I actually didn’t buy this stamp set originally – just the dies.  But then I had stamp envy after seeing so many gorgeous samples and just had to have it!!!

While shopping at Smiggle with the girls last week (a cutesy stationary shop that’s very popular with my kids), I picked out some little lip balms to put in our present box.  We like giving gifts, so I’ve always got a selection of sweet little things for the girls to give their friends.  Smiggle always has something great to add!

Smiggle Unicorn Lip Balm

Although cute on their own, I thought they’d be even cuter if I added some Stampin’ Up! love to them.

In the past I’ve put the lip balm together with a butterfly.  This project steps it up one more notch and I’ve added this element to a post-it note holder with a pen.

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen & Lip Balm| kelly kent

You can find the instructions for the post it note holders by clicking here.  Thanks to Kristina Rees for a great tutorial.

The pack included several different colours of lip balms, so I made a few up, ready to have to hand when we need a present.

This version is Highland Heather & Gorgeous Grape with some little butterflies.

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen | kelly kent

And Pool Party with Bermuda Bay.  While making this one, it occured to me that this stamp set would be fabulous to make your own DSP.  I hope someone has done that in the hop!

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen & Lip Balm| kelly kent

I attached the lip balm to the post it note holder with mini magnets so it could still be used.

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen & Lip Balm| kelly kent

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen & Lip Balm| kelly kent

This stamp set is gorgeous and there’s so many ways to use it!  I love that it looks great in any colour and with those dots, isn’t limited to one theme or occasion.

Butterfly Post It Note Holder w Pen & Lip Balm| kelly kent

Keep hopping and visit Jay Soriano to see the amazing project he has shared using this stamp set.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great week!


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CASEing the Catty #224 | Favourite Occasions Big Shot

Hi there!  It’s the end of the weekend that saw lots of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators go to OnStage – including a large number of the CASEing the Catty Crew.  Sadly, this event wasn’t possible for me, but I’ve been enjoying opening Facebook & Instagram and seeing all the sneak peeks.  It’s going to be another great catalogue full of samples to for us to copy & share.

The new catalogue starts in June.  For now, we’re still enjoying the two current catalogues – Annual 2018-2019 and Occasions 2019.

The theme for CTC this week is our favourite Big Shot project from the Occasions catalogue.

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The card that caught my attention was the one on the left of the picture above.  I loved the peekaboo background made by the largest die in the Doily Builder Thinlits.  Unfortunately, this die set is now sold out!  It’s a testament to the amazing range that Stampin’ Up! are offering that products are selling out before the catalogue period finishes.  If there’s anything on your wishlist that you have to have, don’t wait, order it now!

I have used the background – as inspired by the catalogue – to create this birthday card.

I wanted to showcase the 5 soon to be retired In Colors (2017-2019) – Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink & Tranquil Tide.  Don’t get caught with these products!  Make sure to order inks, paper & accessories sooner rather than later.  The retirement list is due out this week and once they appear on there, it doesn’t take long for these supplies to be depleted.

Doily Builder Thinlits | kelly kent

The other bundle I’ve shared in this card is the Well Said / Well Written word stamps & dies also from the Occasions catalogue.  I am very hopeful this bundle will carry over to the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue as they are amazing and I’d love to get some more use from them!!!

Doily Builder Thinlits | kelly kent

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Thanks for joining us for the CASEing the Catty blog hop.  If you have a favourite Occasions Catalogue Big Shot project, share your project with us in our Facebook group.

Next to visit on the hop is the gorgeous Monique Fielder

Have an awesome week!


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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Inspired by Fashion

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Welcome to another Friday night and another Paper Adventures team hop.  You’re going to love this one – the theme is ‘Inspired by Fashion’ and we have the gorgeous Emma Goddard joining us.  There were quite a few happy dances done by the team when Emma said yes!

I can’t wait for you to see which direction everyone went in their fashion inspiration.  For me, fashion, home decor and marketing trends are a great source of inspiration.  Largely because Stampin’ Up! are always so great at being right on trend with their colours, stamps and accessories.

My card today is not the card I originally had in mind when I suggested this topic for our team hop.  I’m still hoping to make that card – because in my head, it’s awesome!

Instead, I’m sharing a card that I just had to make after seeing this cute design in the Big W catalogue.  For my international friends, Big W is like Target or ASDA.

Seen those flowers before somewhere?

They reminded me of the stamps in the Perennial Birthday stamp set!!!

This is the card I made using a panel inspired by the sleeping bag, offset with a Rectangle Stitched Framelit frame.

Perennial Birthday | kelly kent

I love the blue and pink together.  I’ve used Blueberry Bushel, Night of Navy, Powder Pink and Blushing Bride.

Perennial Birthday | kelly kent

All the stitched shapes help to elevate what would be a simple card into the next level.  I simply can’t craft without them now!!!

Perennial Birthday | kelly kent

This is another layout that I’m storing away for future use.  It’s simple yet engaging and could be used with a stamped piece as I have here, or with a piece of DSP for a very quick & easy card!


Next up on our team hop is Anne Barker who shares her creations on Facebook.  I can’t wait for you to see her stylish project!!!

Thanks for hopping with us!

Participant List:

Anne Barker (Facebook) –