Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Hostess Sets

Hello!  I’m about half way through my quiet August, thanks to everyone that has joined me on Facebook, subscribed to my blog ready for September or visited old posts!

What have I been up to???  I’ve still been creating – birthday cards, cards for friends, cards for orders and some cards just for fun!

I’ve also had early nights, watched a few hours of terrible tv (and some good tv too), read some books, caught up with friends, spent time with my family and focused on my Paper Adventures team.

I, with 6 of my team registered on Tuesday to attend the next OnStage event in November.  We’ve chosen to visit beautiful Melbourne and I’m very excited!!!  The event is so popular that it sold out in 5 hours!


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Tonight I’m popping back into the blog to participate in my Paper Adventures team blog hop.

The theme for August is ‘host sets’.  These sets are only available for purchase with hostess rewards, which can be earnt on any order over $250 in Australia.  This can be your order alone, a combined order with family/friends or the order from a workshop held in your home. And the even better news for host sets is that they have a special price – usually 50% of the suggested retail price.

There’s 6 host sets in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue…

I needed to make a card for a couple who bought their first home – but I wanted it to be fun!

So, I made a neighbourhood with moveable cars & trucks!

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The track was made using the straw die from the Coffee Cups Framelits.  I made the first road and then just kept cutting intersecting roads until my streets were complete.

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The houses are white embossed and the roads marked with white gel pen.

The cars & truck are attached to washers, which are separated with dimensionals, allowing them to slide along the roads.  They get a bit stuck at the corners, but that’s ok!!!

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Interactive cards are always so much fun to make and an exciting way to celebrate the happy news of a new house.

The In The City stamp set is totally amazing (as you’ll see on this hop).  There’s 60 photopolymer stamps in the set – which makes the options endless for creating cards!

Next up on our team hop is Anne Barker (via Facebook) with a totally different In The City project – it’s pink & oh so pretty!!!

If there’s any broken links along the way, or you want to visit blogs using direct links, the full participation list is here:

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Anne Barker (Facebook)
  3. Melissa Gifford (guest designer)
  4. Mandy Depiazzi
  5. Sheila Pybus (Facebook)
  6. Kristel Rimmer
  7. Coriana Boothey
  8. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  9. Narelle Simm

Thanks for sharing the joy of creating with our wonderful team.

If you live in Australia and would like to join Stampin’ Up!, our Paper Adventures team would love to have you!  Visit here for more information about the benefits of becoming a demonstrator.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Red, White & Blue

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Hello!  I hope you had a wonderful Friday and have a weekend that you can look forward to!

Welcome to another Paper Adventures team blog hop.  We’ve got a great theme for you today!

Siobhan selected a red, white & blue theme since July is filled with theses colours around the world – particularly Independence Day & Bastille Day.

So, for today’s hop, the team are creating with all or some of these red, white & blue Stampin’ Up! colours…

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As well as international celebrations, these colours always remind me of a nautical theme!

With the new Message in a Bottle stamp set in my hot little hands, I set out to create a card using the cute little boat stamp.

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I added a father’s day sentiment – it’s only July, but Father’s Day always seems to sneak up on me, so I wanted to start early!!!

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There’s not too many options for Father’s Day at the moment (our Father’s Day is out of sync with the US date which is in June!), but the Thoughtful Banners stamp set has a great range of sentiments including some for Dad!

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Our little Stampin’ Up! team is growing.  It’s a great mix of ‘here for the discount’ demos and ‘let’s earn some money’ demos.  One of the best things about joining Stampin’ Up! is it can be whatever you want!  One of the other amazing things is that you can stop being at demo at any time without penalty.

If you’re a Stampin’ Up! lover in Australia that’s looking for a fun, friendly and welcoming team, then you should join us!!!

There’s a fabulous joining deal during July, which means you’ll get an extra $112 of extra gifts when you join my Paper Adventures team during July.

The cost of the Starter Kit is $169 and you’ll get $235 products, $112 of gifts, free shipping and a 20% discount until 31st Jan 2018!

Want more information – send me an email!

Ready to join?  Click here!!!


For more great red, white & blue ideas, please continue through the hop.  It’s a mix of blogs and Facebook, so use the list below if you need direct access to each blog.

I’m delighted to be linking to our guest designer for this hop – a beautiful demonstrator from ‘just down the road’ in Busselton, Rachael Lewsley

Thanks for sharing in our team hop!!!

Participant List:

Rachael Lewsley (guest designer)
Sheila Pybus (Facebook)

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ESAD Blog Hop – 2017 Annual Catalogue Favourites

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Hello!  Thanks for joining for for another ESAD Blog Hop.  For all the info on ESAD, see the graphic at the end of this post.

Today we are celebrating our favourites from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.

There’s 25 talented crafters participating today, so make yourself a cuppa (or pour a wine!) and enjoy the clever and inspirational creations to come.

If you’re already hopping, you will have seen the stunning creations from my friend Lou Kitzelman.  Click on the next button below (after my projects) to visit another gorgeous friend of mine – Cheryl Algie.

The friendships I’ve made through Stampin’ Up! is something that I am forever grateful for!  It’s wonderful to have connections across the world!!!


The content of this blog hop was surprisingly easy for me!!!

Sometimes I struggle with ‘favourite’, but I’ve really been loving the Soft Sayings Kit & stamp set.

It’s priced at $61 for the Australian market, and in your cute little box, you receive materials to make 20 cards (including patterned envelopes – yep, no naked envelopes here!!!), a 15 piece stamp set, a block for stamping and an ink spot.

Today I wanted to show you how wonderful the stamp set in the kit is.  I have a ‘soft’ spot for good greetings – and this stamp set covers it all!

It’s easy to miss the kit stamp sets!  They are tucked away in the box and we often use them to make the kit cards but forget that they are more than the kit!!!

So, the first thing I did was make a clear case insert for the stamp set.  I always do this for my kit stamps sets – I break them free from the cute box and store them with my usual stamp sets.  This way they are on display and I don’t forget them!

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Click here to download & print your own Soft Sayings insert for a clear case.

To buy clear cases, click here or see my product link up at the end of this post.

They were accidentally missed from the print run of the catalogue this year – whoops! – but they are still very available!


Although I absolutely love the cards in the kit, I wanted to show you how easy it is to whip up some cards using the greetings & flowers/leaves in this stamp set.  And hopefully inspire you to see this stamp set as more than just for your kit.

I’ve used some of my favourite layouts to make a set of cards using the stamp set in the Soft Sayings kit.

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The colours are consistent with the kit colours.  Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Gold & the core colours from the kit.  Using colours that the Stampin’ Up! concept design team have put together is one of my ‘tips’ for easy card making.

Tranquil Tide….

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Lemon Lime Twist…

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Berry Burst…

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Powder Pink…

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There are so many sentiments in the stamp set, it’d be easy to make a heap of cards using your favourite colours & layouts, and keep them for when you next need a card in a hurry!

Or make up the card basics and then add the sentiment as you’re rushing out the door!!!

The kit cards are good for this too – and the beautiful colours & design of the Soft Sayings kit make them perfect for all occasions!

If you finish your kits cards in a hurry, Stampin’ Up! have introduced a refill for the kit this year.

You get all the card making materials and can use the blocks, inks & stamp sets you already own.


Thanks for hopping with me today.  Next up on your journey is Cheryl Algie and her great variety of projects!

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If you’re hopping when we first go live, please be patient with any broken links – they happen!!!  Lou will be working hard behind the scenes to get everything to run smoothly!

If you want to skip ahead to any of the blogs, you’ll find a full list of participants below!

Have a wonderful week!


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Blog hop participants:

  1. Josie Dean
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Carolina Evans
  4. Kim Oliver
  5. Sandra Mastello
  6. Lou Kitzelman
  7. Kelly Kent – you are here!
  8. Cheryl Algie
  9. Rebecca Scurr
  10. Sharon Dalton
  11. Leonie Schroder
  12. Monique Fielder
  13. Courtenay Heuston
  14. Terri Hawke
  15. Barbara Williams
  16. Kristel Rimmer
  17. Maree McIntosh
  18. Kathryn Ruddick
  19. Rosalie Desmond
  20. Linda Whalley
  21. Amity Knight
  22. Peta Stephen
  23. Megan Lenske
  24. Richelle Fletcher
  25. Carly Middleton

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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.

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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!!!

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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….

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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!).

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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…

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And this is Miss M’s version….

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She’s very proud of her masterpiece!

She likes messy watercolouring too!

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This is my Bella & Friends creation….

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And Miss A’s creation…

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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:

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Inside:

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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.

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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.

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The colours in this DSP are gorgeous!

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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.

 

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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.

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With a tab pull at the end – of course!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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