Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – New Catalogue

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Hello!  Happy weekend!!!

We’re kicking it off with a Paper Adventures team blog hop!

The theme for this hop is ‘new catalogue’.

We’re all so excited about the new things that have arrived on our doorsteps in the last week and want to share some paper happiness with you!

This hop has both blog & Facebook stops.  You can follow around in order by clicking on the ‘next’ link, or see the full list below to select from the list.


One of my new catalogues must haves was the Magical Mermaid stamp set.

With two Little Misses in the house, all things magical are high up the list!

The wonderful thing about magic is that the only limitations is your imagination!

Mermaids can be a amazing array of colours.

Magical Mermaid Colour Combinations | kelly kent

The background for each card was made using the new Glossy White cardstock.

Stampin’ Up! used to sell glossy white many moons ago – and it’s back!  My sources tell me it’s great for techniques.

I’ve gone simple to show off the colours.  Just the glossy white cardstock, classic ink pads, a spritzer filled with water and an Aqua Painter.

I spritzed the cardstock with water and then swirled around my 4 colours, before stamping over the top (once dry) with the splatter stamp from the Magical Mermaid stamp set.


I’ve put together 4 different colour combinations – and I imagine that’s only the start!!!

Magical Mermaid Colour Combinations | kelly kent

Magical Mermaid Colour Combinations | kelly kent

Magical Mermaid Colour Combinations | kelly kent

Magical Mermaid Colour Combinations | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite?  I look at them, think I do, then change my mind!

But I think it’s this one with the Lemon Lime Twist….

Magical Mermaid Colour Combinations | kelly kent

Which brings me to a little confession…  I was quite half-hearted about Lemon Lime Twist when I first saw it!  I didn’t really ‘get it’.

Well…. it’s grown on me.  I’m a Lemon Lime Twist convert!!!

Has it won you over yet?


I’d love for you to support my Paper Adventures team and continue on the blog hop.

They love to hear from you (don’t we all) – so if you have a moment, a comment would be greatly appreciated!!!

Next blog to visit is our Guest Designer for this hop – a good friend of mine, Nicole Wilson.

Have a great weekend!  Hope it involves plenty of crafting!!!

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Stamping with Friends – Celebrating 5 years! Part Two

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Hello!  Welcome to part 2 of my stampin’versary blog hop!

Last night was amazing!!!  And tonight is packed with more of my amazing demonstrator friends.

If you missed last night, you can check it out here, but quickly, here’s an excerpt from part 1 to give you some background…

Welcome to a special blog hop that started as a little idea that delightfully spun into a wonderful weave of stamping friends.

This time 5 years ago my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator (now upline, Maxine Norrish) contacted me to see if I had thought about joining Stampin’ Up!

I hadn’t, but given my spending patterns & growing stash in the 12 months before that, it seemed like a great next step.  And they were offering free DSP…. show me the forms!!!

Which brings me to May 2017 – and I’m celebrating 5 years with Stampin’ Up!, a heap of wonderful memories, a great team and {lots} of wonderful stamping friends!

So, when I asked if anyone wanted to join me, thinking I’d maybe have a nice little hop of 10 or so, I was left speechless (which takes a lot!) by the amazing demos that put their hand up to join me.

So many so, that this blog hop runs over 2 nights!!!  With lots & lots of talent with each ‘next’ click.

Ironically, part two of this hop is actually the first half of the list!

I had so talented friends wanting to join the fun that I needed to sneak another hop in and with the new catalogue starting tomorrow night, the hop went backwards!


There weren’t too many rules or regulations for tonight’s hop – I wanted it to be a celebration and a party.

But we do have a loose theme of ‘happy’.

When I think about what makes me happy, there’s 2 main things – my family & my friends.

Yesterday I focused on friends, so tonight it’s about my family.

I am lucky to have 2 beautiful girls and they love nothing more than to stamp with me (or without me!).

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

They are surprisingly good at it for their tender ages – must be the genetics!

If they are home when I am running a class, they always want to join in – and often do!

And they like to have a say in which sets make it to the wishlist!

After some recently good behaviour, I let them choose a stamp set each.  Can you guess what we ended up with???

     

Every girl’s dream…. puppies & kitties!


Kindly, they let me use their stamps to create my projects for tonight’s hop…

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Part of the fun for me was to give them exactly the same pieces I used and see what they created!

This is my Pretty Kitty card…

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

And this is Miss M’s version….

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

She’s very proud of her masterpiece!

She likes messy watercolouring too!

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent


This is my Bella & Friends creation….

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

And Miss A’s creation…

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

Although she hadn’t seen my card, she’s a classic ‘gotta be different’ crafter and I’m she purposely chose the reverse side of the DSP to change it up!

Another proud little papercrafter!

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

I am blessed to have a family that supports my love of Stampin’ Up! and I love that it’s something we can share.

I had considered Mr Papercraft making a card too, but when I had to choose between Mr Domestic God & Mr Papercraft, I went with having my dinner cooked for me while I crafted!!!

I am one lucky lady!!!


Thanks for sharing in my 5th stampin’-versary!!!

Please keep hopping to see what my amazing stamping friends have created in their happy zone.

We go all around the world for this hop – isn’t technology wonderful!

If there are any broken links, check the list below to keep you on track.

Next up is a lady who makes the most fabulous creations, Billie Moan

After 2 nights of incredibe hopping, I am overwhelmed by the creativity in a group of wonderful ladies that I am privileged to call my friends.

Big hugs my friends, I’m very grateful for each & every one of you!!!  More than I can tell you in the blog post!

List of Participants

Stamping with Friends – Celebrating 5 years! Part One

A very big hello!!!

And welcome to a special blog hop that started as a little idea that delightfully spun into a wonderful weave of stamping friends.

This time 5 years ago my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator (now upline, Maxine Norrish) contacted me to see if I had thought about joining Stampin’ Up!

I hadn’t, but given my spending patterns & growing stash in the 12 months before that, it seemed like a great next step.  And they were offering free DSP…. show me the forms!!!

Which brings me to May 2017 – and I’m celebrating 5 years with Stampin’ Up!, a heap of wonderful memories, a great team and {lots} of wonderful stamping friends!

So, when I asked if anyone wanted to join me, thinking I’d maybe have a nice little hop of 10 or so, I was left speechless (which takes a lot!) by the amazing demos that put their hand up to join me.

So many so, that this blog hop runs over 2 nights!!!  With lots & lots of talent with each ‘next’ click.


There weren’t too many rules or regulations for tonight’s hop – I wanted it to be a celebration and a party.

But we do have a loose theme of ‘happy’.

When I think about what makes me happy, there’s 2 main things – my family & my friends.

Because it’s my stamping friends that have made this hop possible tonight, I’ll start with friends!

We’re so close to the new catalogue and being able to order new things… like the Lovely Inside & Out bundle.

Owning new Stampin’ Up! makes me happy!

Over the years I’ve grown to love cards with non specific sentiments such as ‘friend’.

And I {LOVE} the fonts in this set!

So, using the friend stamp & die, I’ve made a trio of friend cards, to celebrate all my stamping friends and how happy their friendship & support makes me.

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

I’ve used lots of Stampin’ Up! products in these cards that make me happy!

Happy colours…Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay & Pool Party

Happy embellishments… glitter dots

Happy dies… stitched shapes

Layouts that make me happy, vellum and of course twine!

I think the only happy favourite that’s missing is white embossing!

It think it’s safe to say I have a ‘style’ when it comes to card making!!!!


Here’s the cards in more detail…

Front:

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

Inside:

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Front:

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Inside:

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Front:

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

Do you have a style?  Go-to layouts, colours, design features or elements that make you happy?

It an amazing feeling to make a card and do that happy little sigh cos you love it!


Thanks for sharing in my 5th stampin’-versary!!!

Please keep hopping to see what my amazing stamping friends have created in their happy zone.

We go all around the world for this hop – isn’t technology wonderful!

If there are any broken links, check the list below to keep you on track.

Next up is the gorgeous Angela Meiritz-Reid

If you love what you see, pop back tomorrow night for part 2!

I am floating on cloud 9 that this has come together and that I am surrounded by so much talent, beauty and kindness.

Big hugs my friends, I’m very grateful for each & every one of you!!!  More than I can tell you in the blog post!


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ESAD Blog Hop – 2017 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek

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There’s lots of excited Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and customers this week, because we’re only a few sleeps away from the release of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue!

To spread some more of that excitement, a group of demonstrators from the ESAD Facebook page are getting together today to participate in a Sneak Peek blog hop.

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You’re going to see lots of amazing samples as you hop around more than 20 blogs of talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

If you’re already on the way then you’ve just seen the gorgeous work of my friend Lou Kitzelman.  I’ll take this opportunity to give her a big pat on the back for all the hard work she does to organise these blog hops!

And now on to my creations!

Today’s shares are all about one of the bundles you’ll be able to order in the new catalogue.

I’m feeling quite sneaky today because I have the pleasure of sharing something with you that not too many people have had the chance to play with – yet – but I know will be in the shopping carts of many on Thursday.

It’s the Circle Tab Punch and Tabs for Everything stamp set!

The Tabs for Everything Stamp Set was in our bag at the April OnStage event (so lucky!) and the Circle Tab Punch appeared in my beautiful box of products for my display stamping board for OnStage #demoperks

Apart from it’s amazing uses… cards, scrapbook pages, organisation and the new planner (!!!), one of the best things about this product set is the price!

The bundle is only $54.75 in Australia and $66.50 in New Zealand!  All new bundles in the catalogue are priced to give you a 10% discount.


I used the punch in my display board samples (see them here and here) – on it’s own and with complementary products, but as with many Stampin’ Up! products, it really comes into it’s full amazinglness when used as a coordinating set.

To show you the wonderful potential, I’ve paired it one of the new DSPs.

It’s bright & fun – you’re going to love the Pick A Pattern DSP!!!

This pattern seemed perfect for the paintbrush stamp from the Crafting Forever stamp set.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek | kelly kent

I’ve used the tab on the edge of the centre panel for the ‘happy’ sentiment and the ‘birthday’ sentiment in the Classic Label punch.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek | kelly kent


The colours in this DSP are gorgeous!

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek | kelly kent

For this card, I’ve used the punch negative as a little cubby for the animals – which are fussy cut from the Pick A Pattern DSP.

 

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek | kelly kent

And the ‘hello’ sentiment from the Tabs for Everything stamp set – it’s packed full of cute (and practical) little words!


The final card uses the camera/photo page from the DSP – and following that theme, I created a film strip using the stamps from the Tabs for Everything stamp set.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek | kelly kent

With a tab pull at the end – of course!

ESAD Blog Hop - 2017 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek | kelly kent

Did you notice the use of the Classic Label Punch in these creations?  It’s not part of the bundle, but many of the sentiments fit this punch perfectly.

I am a huge fan of the Classic Label Punch – and the ability to punch out sentiments (and get them straight!).


If that wasn’t enough to tip the Circle Tab Punch onto your wishlist, then you might be tempted about how easy it is to create catalogue tabs for your new catty!

Catalogue Tabs - Stampin' Up! 2017 Annual Catalogue | kelly kent

With just the Circle Tab Punch, 3/4″ circle and the {FREE} Catalogue Tab downloads below, you’ll be able to totally organise your catalogue!

Catalogue Tabs - Stampin' Up! 2017 Annual Catalogue | kelly kent

Print the tab labels onto Whisper White cardstock, punch using the 3/4″ circle, attach to the left side of the tab and fold in half around each page, attaching at the rectangle tab section to create a sturdy tab.

Catalogue Tabs - Stampin' Up! 2017 Annual Catalogue | kelly kent

I’ve suggested colours & page numbers – but this part is really up to you!

All my tabs sit on the right hand side of the catalogue, regardless of whether the section starts on this page or the even page number before it.

Click on the links below to download the printable pdf with Australian spelling.

Catalogue Tabs - Stampin' Up! 2017 Annual Catalogue | kelly kent

Catalogue Tabs - Stampin' Up! 2017 Annual Catalogue | kelly kent

Click on the links below to download the printable pdf with American spelling.

Catalogue Tabs - Stampin' Up! 2017 Annual Catalogue | kelly kent

Catalogue Tabs - Stampin' Up! 2017 Annual Catalogue | kelly kent

I hope you find these useful – and get a total kick out of a nicely labeled catalogue!  It certainly makes all those products easier to find!!!

If you’ve made it to the end of my post, you’ve done well!!!

Thanks so much for hopping with us.  Please continue the hop by seeing what the lovely Libby Dyson has made.

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Libby is one of the admins on our ESAD Facebook group – lots of thanks to her for all the effort she puts into provided a place for us to gather.

I love being part of this wonderful family I call Stampin’ Up!


Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Nicole Wilson
  2. Lou Kitzelman
  3. Kelly Kent – you are here
  4. Libby Dyson
  5. Rachael Lewsley
  6. Josie Dean
  7. Megan Lenske
  8. Cheryl Algie
  9. Leonie Schroder
  10. Kristel Rimmer
  11. Jenny Hayward
  12. Carly Middleton
  13. Rosalie Desmond
  14. Tanya Bell
  15. Renee Lynch
  16. Violette De La Croix
  17. Sharon Dalton
  18. Kim Oliver
  19. Peta Stephen
  20. Sandra Mastello
  21. Courtenay Heuston
  22. Monique Fielder
  23. Cathy Pinchbeck
  24. Richelle Fletcher
  25. Maree McIntosh
  26. Rebecca Jacovou

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop: Birthday Theme

It’s my birthday, which makes it the perfect reason to have another team blog hop!

With all the originality I could muster, the theme for this hop is ‘birthday’!

Be sure to click on the link at the end of each post to take you to the next blog or Facebook page and see what the talented Paper Adventures team have created.


It’s super handy having your birthday in the same month as pre-order!!!

Happy birthday to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am most excited about the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle.

I have been waiting for a Happy Birthday Thinlit – and the coordinating stamp set is stunning (to a font nerd like me).

So of course, it was first on my pre-order list!

Using this bundle, and the cute little girl stamp from the Birthday Delivery stamp set (another new catalogue gift… from me to me!), I made this gorgeous balloon overload birthday card.

It's My Birthday Team Blog Hop | kelly kent

I love that many of the new Stampin’ Up! products coordinate with products we already have – like the Balloon Bouquet punch!

And how amazing is that birthday thinlit!!!

It's My Birthday Team Blog Hop | kelly kent

And did you spy the cuter-than-cute bow holding all the balloons together?

Blank of course, so I can fill it in once I've worked out just how much I need!

Pre-tied bows in the 2017-2019 In Colors are available on 1st June!


Since I’m all into buying my own birthday presents – I make it very easy for my family – I thought a gift voucher was in order.

This is the gift voucher holder I made to keep it safe…

It's My Birthday Team Blog Hop | kelly kent

I carried over the theme of the little girl and colours from the balloons.

You’ll notice the voucher has been left blank… so I can fill it in once I’ve worked out just how much I need!

It's My Birthday Team Blog Hop | kelly kent

What a cute little set!

It's My Birthday Team Blog Hop | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with us today and sharing in my birthday!

Next up is our guest designer for this hop –  my gorgeous friend, Lou Kitzelman.

If you need a list of participants in this team hop, here’s the full list.

ESAD Blog Hop – Eastern Palace Suite

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Hello!  I’m excited to be hopping with a group of talented demonstrators from Australia & New Zealand today.

We all hang out on a Facebook page called ESAD and have a love for all things Stampin’ Up!

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You are in for a treat today as the group showcases the Eastern Palace Suite.  I get to see the projects as you do, and I’m so excited for the creativity that will unfold as we hop around!

There’s a full list of participants at the end (in case there’s broken links) but hopefully it will all work out and you’ll just be able to keep clicking on ‘next’.


If you love Pinterest and Instagram, I’m sure you’ve already seen lots of Eastern Palace ideas floating around.  This beautiful suite is a pre-release from the Annual Catalogue that starts on 1st June.

Stampin’ Up! have very generously put together 2 products bundles that you can purchase during May.

The Eastern Palace Starter Bundle is $104.75 and includes everything you see in this picture including the Very Vanilla notecards & envelopes for {FREE}.

Order it now!


The Eastern Palace Premier Bundle includes all these amazing items for $178.25.

The {FREE} items for this bundle are the Very Vanilla Thick cardstock & Very Vanilla notecards.

Order it now!


Last Sunday I participated in an Eastern Palace blog hop and featured a soft & pretty theme.

Today, it’s all about the traditional and I wanted to show you what you could make with the products in your Premier Bundle!

Using all of the products above – except the Lemon Lime Twist Ink – I made this cute little 6-pack of Very Vanilla Notecards.

ESAD Blog Hop - Eastern Palace | kelly kent

In this gift set is 6 notecards & 6 envelopes decorated using the Eastern Medallion Thinlits, Gold Vinyl stickers & Eastern Palace cardstock pack.

ESAD Blog Hop - Eastern Palace | kelly kent

It’s all packaged together with a belly band made using the Eastern Palace DSP, Eastern Medallion Framelits and a Fresh Fig Mini Tassel.

ESAD Blog Hop - Eastern Palace | kelly kent

Each notecard features a peekaboo front.

I still wanted the sender to be able to write a message on the inside, so I stuck a card within the card and created a hidden message flap.

ESAD Blog Hop - Eastern Palace | kelly kent

The Eastern Medallions are the standout of this suite for me – so many creative options!!!

Many of the framelits in this set do not cut all the way around the edge, which makes them perfect for card fronts & envelope flaps!!!

ESAD Blog Hop - Eastern Palace | kelly kent

I used two different designs, one each in Fresh Fig, Dapper Denim & Tranquil Tide for my notecards.

I was so inspired by Lynsay’s envelope decoration on the Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – what a great idea to embellish the envelope flap with this suite.

The Eastern Beauty stamp set added the perfect finishing touches to my envelopes.

ESAD Blog Hop - Eastern Palace | kelly kent

 

I didn’t set out to create a sentiment free gift set, but that’s how it ended up!  And on reflection, it’s actually perfect!

Who doesn’t need a set of cards on standby for ‘any occasion’?

You could actually add a sentiment on these cards as needed.  The curved stamps from the Eastern Beauty stamp set would look great around the curve of the die cut.


Thanks for enjoying this suite with me today.  Next up on the hop is the always gorgeous, very talented and someone I’m proud to call a friend, Lou Kitzelman.

She organises these hops & does a great job of keeping us all in line!  Not an easy task when working with such a big group, all with different levels of technical expertise!

You’re going to love what she’s made!

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If you’d like to own either of the Eastern Palace Bundles, these links will take you to my online store, where you can purchase them for your collection.

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Kelly Kent – { YOU ARE HERE }
  2. Lou Kitzelman
  3. Nicole Wilson
  4. Kim Oliver
  5. Libby Dyson
  6. Cheryl Algie
  7. Peta Stephen
  8. Maree McIntosh
  9. Leonie Schroder
  10. Kristel Rimmer
  11. Jenny Hayward
  12. Narelle Fasulo
  13. Monique Fielder
  14. Ellen Woodbridge
  15. Rosalie Desmond
  16. Cathy Pinchbeck
  17. Juan Ambida
  18. Carly Middleton
  19. Mandy Depiazzi
  20. Jessie Holton
  21. Amity Knight
  22. Tanya Bell

ESAD Blog Hop – 2017 Annual Catalogue Retirement List

Hi!  And welcome to an ESAD blog hop where demonstrators from Australia & New Zealand are sharing projects they’ve made that highlight some of the items that are retiring at the end of the current catalogue cycle.

This was a tough hop to design for – the items on the retirement list are selling out fast as people stock up on things they love or buying sets that they know they’ll miss.  It means that not everything you see on the hop will be available at the time of you reading this.  So be sure to check out what’s still available by visiting the Retiring Products section of my online store.

My plan was not to show you one retiring product, but types or categories of products that are retiring.

The first project I’m sharing features the hearts confetti border punch.  Both this pattern and the stars are on the retirement list.  I rarely used these as border punches, but loved them for shaker card fill & when I needed teeny tiny little stars or hearts.

The strip of DSP featured on this card is from the DSP Paper Stack.  Stampin’ Up! is retiring all the paper stacks in all the colour collections.  And they are not replacing them with updated designs as they have in previous years.  So, if you want DSP to match the colour collections, you’ll want to get them before they retire (or sell out). 

Also on the list is all the current sequin trim (to be replaced with a stunning tiny sequin trim!!!) and 2016-2018 In Color Ruched ribbon range.

 

The butterfly punches & matching stamp sets are also on the retirement list.  I am going to miss these – particularly the Bitty Butterfly punch, featured above in Blushing Bride glimmer (because that’s retiring too!).

I’ve used the Potpourri stamp set & Elegant Butterfly punch to decorate the inside of the card, together with some Affectionately Yours washi tape.  All the washi tape is on the retirement list – you can see the range still available here.

And finally for this card, the whole 2015-2017 In Color range is retiring including my very favourite Mint Macaron!!!  You can find out what’s still left by clicking here.


My second card features Project Life products.  Stampin’ Up!’s time as a partner with Becky Higgins has come to an end and this means the end of the Project Life brand within the Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

Stampin’ Up! is replacing this line with a gorgeous new memory keeping collection, which I’ll be sharing more with you when the catalogues launches in June.

This means that all Project Life products are on the retirement list.  You can find out what’s still available by clicking here.

I’m really going to miss the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits!!!

I’ve featured a few other retiring items on this card including the Timeless Love stamp set, Sweetheart punch, Bow Clip & Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine.

Although some favourites have sold out, there are still lots left – and many at a great discount!!!

For more retirement list inspiration, and to create a wishlist you never knew you had, please keep moving on the hop, just down the road, to my lovely friend Rachael Lewsley.

If you get lost at any stage of the hop due to broken links, there’s a full list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for joining us!

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent – {you are here}
  3. Rachael Lewsley
  4. Courtenay Heuston
  5. Narelle Fasulo
  6. Kirrkie Terri
  7. Nicole Wilson
  8. Carly Middleton
  9. Libby Dyson
  10. Rebecca Jacovou
  11. Rosalie Desmond
  12. Megan Lenske
  13. Leonie Schroder
  14. Kristel Rimmer
  15. Tanya Bell
  16. Richelle Fletcher
  17. Pauline Bennetts
  18. Mandy Depiazzi
  19. Ellen Woodbridge
  20. Monique Fielder
  21. Maree McIntosh
  22. Cathy Pinchbeck