ESAD Blog Hop | 2020 Annual Catalogue

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for another ESAD Blog Hop.

The theme today is 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue and it’s going to be a wonderful journey through some new catalogue favourites.  Demonstrators had a period of time to pre-order from a selected list of new catalogue items during May.  From 3rd June, we’ve been able to order from the entire catalogue, so I’m excited to see what people are making with the products they were desperate to get their hands on.

I had a few bundles and accessories which I was super excited to get hold of (see here for my top picks from the catalogue), but there’s always a whole category for me that’s a must have – and that’s the DSP.

Once again the new patterns haven’t disappointed and I’m loving the range of florals, patterns & textiles that we can play with for the next 11 months.  It’s always hard to choose an absolute favourite, but two of the patterns that have most tickled my fancy are the animal designs – Whale of a Time and Playful Pets.  I shared the cute whale and turtle designs on Friday (see here if you missed it).

Today I’m sharing a One Sheet Wonder card set made using Playful Pets DSP.  I wanted a dog theme so the 6″x6″ page is the dog acessories page (bone, paw print, bowl & collar).  I’ve used more of the DSP as embellishments (there’s two pages filled with different types of dogs) – fussy cutting out the cute canines to be the highlight of the cards.

Using the images from DSP as features on cards saves me so much time because the colouring is already perfect!  I just need to spend a little time fussy cutting (which I don’t mind) and it’s all ready to put together.

The cardstock base is Gray Granite (despite looking very much like Crumb Cake in these photos) with Early Espresso mats and Real Red accents.

Here’s a look at each card…

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Playful Pets - One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

I used sentiment stamps from Peaceful Moments (happy birthday), Massive Thanks (thank you) & Forever Fern (hello), leaving the fourth card blank for an all occasion option.

Here’s the template for the One Sheet Wonder (you can see the original post with instructions by clicking here).

6x6 One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

Half of the designs in the Playful Pets pack are cat themed.  Should I make another one sheet wonder for all the cat lovers???  

The reverse side of this pack has awesome black, white & red patterns.  It’s a fabulous mix and ready to create amazing projects!


For more temptation and new catalogue inspiration, keep hopping along.  I’m last on the list, but be sure to click through to my gorgeous friend Nicole Wilson if you didn’t start at the beginning.  If there’s any broken links or missing posts, use the full participant list the bottom of this post to navigate through.

Have a marvellous week!!!

Blog participant list

  1. Nicole Wilson
  2. Lou Kitzelman
  3. Denise Buetler
  4. Libby Dyson
  5. Lauren Meiklejohn
  6. Narelle Fasulo
  7. Jenny Hayward
  8. Maria Henderson
  9. Sharni Haines
  10. Monique Fielder
  11. Sharon Dalton
  12. Kayla McCreadie
  13. Rebecca Scurr
  14. Bronwyn Eastley
  15. Lynsey McCord
  16. Cathy Pinchbeck
  17. Melissa Gifford
  18. Kelly Kent

Social Stamping | thinking of you

Happy Saturday!  Saturday has been one of the highlights of my blogging week for the past 3 months as I hop with my stamping friends as a way to stay connected through these COVID times.  Today’s theme is “thinking of you”.  There’s a full list of all the themes so far and all the designers participating in today’s hop on the main blog post for this hop – click here to visit.

For my cards today I’ve made 2 cards using the split card technique – an idea shared by Jennifer McGuire last month.  It’s a great way to get two cards with one lot of stamping and a great corner or border style design.  You can see Jennifer’s post here.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measured 5-5/8″ x 7-3/4″ and stamped the blossoms in Misty Moonlight down the middle portion of the cardstock, adding in Seaside Spray flowers, Night of Navy mini flowers and Crumb Cake accents.

The inspiration for the colours of this design came from Stacey Marsh – a demo I recently starting following in the UK.  Check out her Instagram – she’s amazing!  She had me at blue flowers!!

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

Once all the stamping is done, cut the cardstock down the middle (at 3-7/8″) and use the pieces to make up your cards.

This first card features a Crumb Cake base and Vellum butterflies using the Butterfly Duet Punch.  The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set cut using one of the label dies from the Hippo & Friends set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

The second card features a Seaside Spray base, hearts from the Pattern Play stamp set and sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

This technique makes it easy to whip up some cards to send to family and friends in no time at all.  Feeling adventurous?  Try stamping a whole sheet and cutting into 4 pieces!!!  Or using die cuts for your images.  There’s so many possibilities!

Next up for more ‘thinking of you’ inspiration is my gorgeous friend Narelle Simm.

Thanks for hopping with us. If you need the full list of participants, click here to visit.

See you next week for more Social Stamping!

 

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Kit Challenge

Paper Adventures - Blog Hop Header

During the restrictions of COVID, our Paper Adventures Team participated in three challenges that we used as the basis for a card swap.

The first one was to send the materials required to make 4 cards with photos to inspire the recipient’s versions.

The second one was to send all the materials to make 3 cards, but no inspiration photos.

The third one was a card base with an attached piece of DSP and a couple of extra pieces to get the recipient started with their own version.

We had so much fun in each challenge, we thought we’d extend the theme through to our team hop for this month.  We welcome Joanne James from the UK to share in the fun with us!

Here’s the brief – projects must include a square piece of DSP, a piece of ribbon at least 4″ long, a trinket or embellishment and dry or heat embossing.  I can’t wait to see what the team makes!

I have the most fun with challenges when they extend my thinking and take me away from what I would normally make.  The need to use a square piece of DSP inspired me to create a 3D project using a 6″x6″ square piece of DSP as the starting point.  My new catalogue DSP finally arrived, just in time to create for this challenge!

This treat bag style bag & box in one was designed by Kim Price.  You can see her original projects including instructions and a video by clicking here.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

It has a square base and curved sides and is super cute.  And the best part – it starts with a piece of 6″x6″ DSP which means you can create it using any of the DSP designs in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.  I’ve used the Artistry Blooms DSP for the treat bag paired with images from the Whale of a Time DSP.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

The finished size is 4-3/4″ tall by 2-3/4″ wide.  I plan to fill these boxes with chocolates as gifts for a workshop I have booked tomorrow night with some lovely local ladies.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

The whale for the blue treat bag has been cut with the coordinating Whale Builder Punch.  The turtle for the pink treat bag was fussy cut from the same DSP pack.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

With so many new things to play with at the moment, I’m enjoying mixing & matching between sets.  The tag is cut using one of the label dies from the Hippo & Friends Dies, with a slot die – which is also part of this set. I also used this on the top of the bag, placing the slot at a point where I could line up the bag and tag together.

The Hippo & Friends Dies are one of the best value sets in the catalogue with 25 dies including three different stitched  label options (in multiple sizes), accessory pieces and dies to match the characters from the Hippo Happiness stamp set.  I can’t wait to show you some projects with those cute little stamps!!!

Treat Bag | kelly kent

To complete the challenge, I used twine & ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack through the slot to close the bag, Basic Pearls & Basic Rhinestones as the embellishment and white heat embossing for the sentiment.  The ‘thanks’ sentiment is from the Whale Done stamp set. I’ve used masking tape to cover the bottom half of the sentiment and just stamp out the ‘thanks’.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

I’m excited to see how the rest of the team uses the 4 elements of the challenge to create their amazing projects.  The next creative queen is Lisa Whitehead.

Thanks again to Joanne James for joining us!  We love having international guests on our hop and are very grateful when they say yes to join us despite the challenges with time zones!

If you’re curious about Stampin’ Up! and becoming part of our Paper Adventures team, please let me know via a message on Facebook.  There’s a great bonus in the Starter Kit for this month with zero long term commitment or expectation.  Jump on board to see how it all works!!!  It may be the best decision you ever make!  If you live in Australia and you’re ready to join us, click here for all the Starter Kit info.

Have a great weekend!  I hope the forecast includes lots of stamping!

Participant List

 

Stamp Review Crew | Daisy Lane

Hello!  Thanks for joining me and my international stamping friends for the first Stamp Review Crew hop of the new catalogue.  We’re excited to show you lots of new sets.  We also have a new blog – Stamp Review Crew – where we will host the main list for each hop.  This post tends to go live a little later than the individual blog posts, but a great reference if there’s any broken links or you want to browse through projects from previous hops.  You can find our previous blog by clicking here for an amazing number of projects from previous Stampin’ Up! catalogues.

Today’s chosen stamp set is Daisy Lane – a carryover set from the 2019 Annual Catalogue.  It has two coordinating punches – the Daisy Punch and the Medium Daisy punch.

Having spent some time playing with the Daisy Punch previously (see here to read about a presentation I did at a Stampin’ Up! event in 2017), I wanted to feature the smaller daisy stamp & punch for this project.

Daisy Lane | kelly kent

I love being able to pair carryover products, which we’ve seen and used for a while, with new products which freshen everything up.  This card features a Just Jade panel embossed with one of the patterns from the Greenery Embossing Folder Duo.  Just Jade complements Mint Macaron so well – which is the colour I selected for the flowers.

Daisy Lane | kelly kent

Each daisy is made up of two stamped & punched segments to create a full flower.  The leaves are heat embossed in white on Vellum and fussy cut.

Daisy Lane | kelly kent

The sentiment is a lovely large size, but in a delicate light font that adds a great finish to the card.  “Friend” is a favourite sentiment of mine to use – it covers so many occasions!

Speaking of friends, next up is the gorgeous Heidi Baks in the USA with her pretty Daisy Lane designs.

If you’re in Australia and you’d like to purchase the Daisy Lane stamp set or any other Stampin’ Up! supplies, please visit my online store for the full range.  If you need a hard copy catalogue, let me know and I’ll happily send one out to you.

Thanks for hopping with us.  I hope you have a great week!

 

Social Stamping Blog Host | travel

Hi!  Thanks for joining us for week 12 of social stamping.  If you haven’t seen any of the other hops, I’d highly recommending choosing a theme or two and taking a spin around the hop.  Each week since this all started (thanks to the quickly evolving COVID-19 situation), my stamping friends have joined me to share their talents with us all.  Thank you friends, for your constant source of inspiration.

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals
Week 10: Hearts
Week 11: New (Normal)

Today’s theme is travel, which has some level of irony given many of us are travelling less than ever before.  Despite the obvious lack of travel we experienced when in lockdown – whether confined to our own homes, or unable to travel between regions, one of the biggest side-effects of COVID-19 has been the change to the way we move around the world.  In Australia, travel between states is extremely limited and there’s almost no travel out of Australia.

We were lucky to be able to contain our island border when the pandemic started and I’m grateful that this has kept our numbers low and our country as safe as possible in these uncertain times.  But, I know many of us long to travel again – to explore new places, to have new experiences and to see loved ones we are geographically separated from.

Australia has been able to relax restrictions in recent weeks, allowing bigger gatherings and more freedom in movement.  So, whether we are able to travel now (albeit locally) or we’re planning for some future adventure, let this travel inspired hop be your adventure for today!

To see the full list of participants, click on the links below.

Thanks for travelling with us!


Participant List | “travel”

Social Stamping Blog Host | new (normal)

Hello!  Welcome to week 11 of Social Stamping.  You can visit previous themes by clicking on the links below.  So many thanks to my wonderful friends for joining me as sharing their creative talents!

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals
Week 10: Hearts

This blog host started when we were first experiencing changes brought about by COVID – social distancing, lockdown/quarantine/isolation, more focus on hand hygiene, essential workers, working from home, job loss, crisis schooling at home.  So many changes, and if you can believe it, all within the last 3 months in Australia!

As the numbers of active COVID cases in Australia have decreased and new cases have slowed to a minimum, we are finding ourselves entering the ‘post-COVID’ phase (albeit temporarily).  But, as with any major change, we can’t go back to the way things are. We are forging ahead with a “new normal”.  A time where shaking hands with a stranger seems strange, where hugs aren’t as liberally dished out and where keeping our distance from others is no longer rude.

The projects on the hop today are inspired by the concept of ‘new’.  With spectacular timing, this is a great opportunity for us to share with you some products or techniques that are new in our craft spaces.

Thank you for joining us.  You can see the full list below of my stamping friends who are participating today.


Participant List “new normal”

Social Stamping | new normal

Hey there, thanks for stopping by for a Social Stamping Blog Host with my friends.  You can see the full list of designers who have joined in for this theme by clicking here.

As we ease from COVID into post COVID, we settle into what is now our new normal.  There’s some really wonderful things we are taking from the lessons of a global pandemic.  We’re also at the start of a new catalogue – yay!  So, the theme for today’s blog hop is “new”.

When reflecting on this theme, and my experiences during COVID, one of the things I really enjoyed was the simplicity and space that being at home more and being less busy allowed.  As we pave a path forwards into what life looks like after the coronavirus of 2020, the pace is picking up and I miss the lazy starts to the day, the time to bake (and craft!) and being able to spend time being fun with the kids.  I’d like to keep some of the simplicity and luxury of time that we experienced and build this into our new normal.

I wanted the essence of simplicity to come through in my cards for today’s hop, so as well as using new products, I’ve used simple stamping (well, simple compared to my usual style).

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

My cards today feature the Jar Punch in a solid colour, cut twice to make it a little shorter.  Cut once as usual, then feed the bottom of the jar back into the bottom of the punch and punch again.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

The white panel used as the backdrop for the card is cut from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies (scalloped rectangle) and then embossed with the new Tasteful Texture Embossing Folder.  This is a fabulous addition to the range of embossing folders – just a bit more texture than the Subtle folder, but still very nondescript so it doesn’t detract from your theme. I’ve used the same die set for the sentiment, which is white heat embossed from the Forever Fern stamp set.

With simple in mind, I just love the look of a leafy die in the jar.  Not to complicate things, I used the same colours and general styling and created two more cards.

Forever Flourishing Dies | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is stamped directly onto the jar and is from the Many Mates stamp set.  This versatile set is going to be a favourite from this catalogue for all your greeting needs.

Forever Flourishing Dies | kelly kent

I’m sad that the Whisper White twine has retired, but there’s still a couple of twine options in the new catalogue.  The blue (Misty Moonlight / Night of Navy) cards feature the Misty Moonlight / silver Baker’s Twine from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack.  The pink (Blushing Bride / Rococo Rose) cards feature Linen Thread – a staple favourite.


Thanks for joining me today.  Next fabulous designer to visit is Lisa Whitehead with her beautiful new project.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Social Stamping Blog Host | Hearts

Hello!  Welcome to Social Stamping #10! When I first suggested this to my stamping friend, I wasn’t sure where we were heading.  It was a great way to keep us connect during the COVID-19 times and a way to share via our blog when we couldn’t share in person.

In most parts of Australia, we are easing back into the new normal.  Where I live, we are one week away from phase 3 restrictions – which means playgrounds are open again, beauty salons can welcome customers, sports can start again and restaurants are able to run a full dining room.  With everything crossed that we don’t regress, I am going to enjoy phase 3.  I hope that wherever you are in the world, you are feeling safe and positive that your area has this under control.

The theme for today’s Social Stamping is “hearts”.  Throughout this pandemic, I’ve seen so many examples of people with big hearts, acts of love & kindness and an outpouring of community spirit and togetherness.  Please enjoy the projects the designers have put together and take inspiration for some craftiness this weekend!

If you haven’t seen the other Social Stamping Blog Hosts, check out the theme for each week by clicking on the links below:

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals

Thanks for hopping with us.  Without you, blogging wouldn’t be nearly as much fun!

Participant List | hearts
  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Narelle Simm
  3. Nicole Wilson
  4. Vicki Boucher
  5. Julia Quinn
  6. Lisa Whitehead
  7. Sandra Collett
  8. Michelle Strazds
  9. Chantell Randall
  10. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  11. Sheila Pybus
  12. Andrea Mears
  13. Andrea Sargent
  14. Elizabeth Gross
  15. Peta Stephen
  16. Denise Buetler

Social Stamping | animals

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for today’s Social Stamping Blog Host.  I’m joined by some amazing designers to share projects with the theme ‘animals’.  To see a full list of everyone joining in today, click here for the participant list.

I had a hard time deciding which stamp set to use for this hop – I’ve collected a few with animals and they are all super cute!  After receiving my preorder of new Stampin’ Up! products from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue during the week, I decided the new Flowers for Every Season DSP was perfect for the retiring Leave A Little Magic stamp set.

Leave A Little Magic | kelly kent

This time of year is my favourite for mixing the old & the new.  New colours and patterns are an easy way to freshen up a stamp set that has been neglected in your stash!

2020-2022 In Colors | kelly kent

The new In Colors for 2020-2022 are Magenta Madness (used here for the card base) plus Just Jade, Bumblebee, Mist Moonlight (all seen in the DSP) and Cinnamon Cider.  I’m in love!!!

Leave A Little Magic | kelly kent

The style of this card has a flat base and then a folded card in the middle.  It’s super fun to make and so easy!

Leave A Little Magic | kelly kent

There’s a fold over band, which I’ve tucked under the unicorn’s feet to keep it flat.

Leave A Little Magic | kelly kent

The unicorn was stamped on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, heat embossed in silver and coloured with an Aqua Painter and inks (Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry & Pretty Peacock).  The body of the unicorn has been layered with Frost White Shimmer Paint (which no matter how I tried I couldn’t capture the shimmer in the photo).

Leave A Little Magic | kelly kent

Every unicorn needs a floral crown, so I fussy cut a few flowers from the DSP and added them for a finishing touch.

I can’t wait for you to see more with these new colours.  They are bright and fun and I know you’re going to love them!  New catalogue ordering is available from 3rd June 2020, or join my Paper Adventures Team now to get early access and a great discount!

If there’s any retiring products from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue that you’d still like to order, you will need to do so ASAP.  Click here to browse the Last Chance Retirement List in my online store.

Next clever blogger on the list is Nicole Wilson

Thanks for hopping with us!

Social Stamping | sunshine

Hey there!  Thanks for joining me for Social Stamping Blog Host #8!!!  What a cool ride this has been.  You can see the full list of my stamping friends who are joining me for today’s hop by clicking here and visiting the main post.

The theme for today is sunshine.   Summer is my favourite season.  I love hot weather and I love the warmth and light that the sun brings to a day.  The sun for me is a symbol of hope and positivity.  I initially chose this theme to coordinate with the Share Sunshine digital stamp set brought out by Stampin’ Up as a special release to raise funds for COVID-19 relief.  Many of the sentiments in the download are uplifting and quirky and make for great rays of sunshine to brighten someone’s day (hence the title of the set!!).

This is my card using the Share Sunshine PDF images with a blended rainbow on Shimmery White cardstock.

Love & Paper Hugs | kelly kent
Front of the card

The colours are all from the Brights family – Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana and Gorgeous Grape, blended with a makeup brush.

The ‘sending love & paper hugs’ is one of my favourites from the digital stamp set – and just perfect to let someone know you are thinking about them.  Since the set is being sold as a download to my computer, I’ll have this set forever, without needing any physical storage and I can just print the pages I need, as I need them.

I’ve added another sentiment from the download to the middle of the card with more of the rainbow card I made.

Love & Paper Hugs | kelly kent
Middle of the card

If you’d like to own the Share Sunshine digital stamp set too, click here to visit the purchase page.  All funds raised from this project will go towards COVID relief.

This theme inspired me to create another card, using the bright yellow of the sun as the main feature – with some white clouds and a ‘hello sunshine’ sentiment.

Hello Sunshine | kelly kent

The stamp set is a retired favourite (I can bear to part with that hello) called Hello.  It was a Sale-A-Bration stamp set many years ago, but I often pull it out because of the awesome fonts and cool sentiments.

Hello Sunshine | kelly kent

Since I’ve decided I do like gingham after all (slow but steady seems to be the craft style here!), I’ve used Pineapple Punch DSP in the gingham pattern from the 2018-2020 In Color DSP.  The cloud die is another retired favourite – Rainbow Builder Dies.

Speaking of rainbows, do you remember my rainbow window from week three?  I updated it again yesterday with balloons for my birthday.  I was convinced it was going to fall down as soon as I put it up, but over a month later, it has survived everything including the most intense storm I’ve seen recently.

Rainbow Window | kelly kent

I most often craft in the afternoons while Little Master Papercraft has his afternoon nap, and then again at night when all the Little Papercrafts are in bed.  So I didn’t realise, but when the sunshine is coming through the window in the morning, it projects a silhouette of the rainbow wall onto the wall behind my computer.   What a beautiful sight!

Rainbow Window | kelly kent

I hope the reflections you see this weekend are beautiful and you take the time to stop and notice.  If there’s one thing that this pandemic has allowed me to enjoy, it’s a a slower pace and enjoying the little details!

Next hop to visit for more sunny inspiration is Nicole Wilson.  Nicole is one of the brightest and joy spreading humans I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.  She’s vibrant and generous and radiates positivity.  Everyone is better for spending time with Nicole!

If you’d like to see the full list of participants for today’s hope, click here.  See you next week for another Social Stamping Blog Host!