Social Stamping | celebrate

Hello!  Thank you for joining us for another Social Stamping Blog Host – the monthly blog hop where my friends join me to share projects made with a specific theme.  Today’s theme is “celebrate”. You can see the main blog host post by clicking here and a full list of participants.  The hop aims to link by next button but if there’s any broken links or pages not going where they should, the main post is where you’ll find all the info.

I love celebrating birthdays.  Giving gifts – cards and presents – is definitely one of my love languages.  So being able to make personalised cards (and presents) is my favourite way to spend my crafting time.

From All of Us | kelly kent

I made this birthday card for my sister-in-law.  It uses the From All of Us stamp set – which I really love for so many reasons but the main one is that there’s 5 animals and 5 of us at Papercraft HQ – so it turns into a bit of a family portrait!

From All of Us | kelly kent

We’re still debating who the monkey of the family is 😛 but I decided to colour the ostrich pink and make her into a flamingo!  Perhaps a bit of a stretch, but poetic license is the beauty of making cards!  I’m definitely not a master of colouring but Stampin’ Blends make it fun to have a go!

From All of Us | kelly kent

The font in the From All of Us stamp set is awesome and it has a happy birthday stamp, so I’m happy!!!

The DSP for this card is from the World of Good Speciality for the circle and Forever Greenery for the strip.  It might seem strange to mix DSP themes but I love the contrast!!!  You’ll find in most packs that the reverse side is more subtle than the main themed side.


To continue the hop and see the way Shannon Kissane is celebrating this theme, click on the next button below.

Thanks for hopping with us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Stamp Review Crew | Celebrate Sunflowers

Hello!  Thank for joining us for a Stamp Review Crew hop.  I’m going my friends from around the world as we share projects made using a featured stamp set.  Today it’s the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and coordinating Sunflowers Dies.

My projects for today use the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set together with the Swirly Frames stamp set.  The frames create a great border for the sweet sunflower images.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

I first stamped the frame in Basic Gray ink and then used strips of copy paper to mask the edges of the frame and stamped the large sunflower in the middle using Bumblebee ink.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

I then layered the framed sunflower with 2020-2022 In Colour DSP (Bumblebee), added a banner (made using the new Banners Pick A Punch).and a white on black heat embossed sentiment with a little fussy cutting.

The second card I made had the same features but used the smaller sunflower, a different layout and more of the 2020-2022 In Colours.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kentTo mask the frame for this card I stamped the frame on copy paper and then cut out the middle with snips.

Celebrate Sunflowers | kelly kent

It was super difficult to capture in the photo, but I stamped one of the leaf images on the card base and embossed in clear for a subtle background effect.


Thanks for joining us today.  To keep hopping and see more projects made with the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, visit Mary Haugen.  You can see the whole list of participating bloggers at the main Stamp Review Crew post by clicking here.

Have a fabulous week – I hope it’s wonderfully crafty with lots of sunshine & celebrations!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Banners

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for a Paper Adventures Team Hop.  The theme today is banners and we welcome my gorgeous friend, and fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Melissa Gifford as our guest designer.  I can’t wait for you to hop around and see what banner styles everyone has used!

I made this card a little while ago for a gorgeous new baby. Don’t you just love the name???

Banners | kelly kent

It was made to coordinate with the gift – a personalised towel embroidered by local company Dalyellup Designs.

Banners | kelly kent

Sticking to my mantra this year to let my creativity not be limited by current vs retired, this card features a mix of things you can find in the current Stampin’ Up! catalogues and products from the archives.

The banner die and awesome lettering are both from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.  I’m sure you’d believe me when I share that I bought the Tasteful Labels Dies just for that stitched banner – it was an instant crush!  The letters with the Foam Adhesive Sheets for extra pop are from the Playful Alphabet Dies – one of the must haves from the catalogue.  The embossing folder is a new pattern from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue – Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders (skinny duo combo packs).

Banners | kelly kent

On the retired side we have a super cute giraffe from the Zoo Babies stamp set,  darling baby sentiment from the Fable Friends stamp set, Whisper White Baker’s Twine and Dressed to Impress DSP.  No point in keeping favourites if you’re not going to use them -right!?!

Banners | kelly kent

I really loved this design so I made a “BABY” version using yellow tones.

Banners | kelly kent

The congrats sentiment is from the Many Mates stamp set.


If you don’t already have the Playful Alphabet Dies, Foam Adhesive Sheets and Tasteful Labels Dies, you can purchase them in my online store – click here to visit.

For more great projects and I’m sure more temptation for the wishlist, please keep hopping and visit Melissa Gifford, our guest designer.

Freshly Brewed Projects | for the guys

Hello!  I’m joining in today with the Freshly Brewed Projects blog hop where the theme is ‘for the guys’!  I’m always looking for inspiration for cards that guys will appreciate because they take a little more thinking!  With a catalogue filled with flowers and girly things, it can be a little harder to create something that’s appealing to the male mind.

I’m sharing a Spinner Card made using some of the products from the World of Good Suite.  This suite is a collection of rich colours in a travel theme that works well for everyone, including guys.

World Map Spinner Card | kelly kent

I only bought the dies from this suite (not the stamp set, but I’ll probably get that soon to complete the set!), but the World Map Dies and World of Good Speciality DSP are all you need to create this spinner card.

World Map Spinner Card | kelly kent

I think all of the pictures I took have the same globe side showing but there’s actually two different globe dies in this set, which I have layered front and back.  When you twist/flick the globe it spins around in the free space of the card front.

World Map Spinner Card | kelly kent

The globes have a piece of twine running through the middle which is attached between the DSP and card base layer.  The circle space was cut using one of the circles from the Layering Circles Dies.

The inside panel is embossed using the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder. The crinkle effect is awesome!  I didn’t take a picture of the writing panel, but I added Whisper White cardstock to the back for the birthday message.

World Map Spinner Card | kelly kent

The birthday sentiment from this card is from Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set – which is getting a workout on my blog this week!  Haven’t ordered yours yet?  Trust me, it’s a set you’ll use over and over again for all your birthday card needs!

World Map Spinner Card | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with us today.  For more ‘guy stuff’, please click on the next button to visit Ann Craig.  A full list of participants is below.

I hope you get some time in the craft room to make your own version of a guy card soon!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List

Social Stamping Blog Host | sympathy

Hello!  I started Social Stamping Blog Hosts back in March when COVID first started affecting our day to day life in Australia and we were in our first experience of lockdown.  It was a way to stay connected with each other and share projects in an online platform while many of us were at home.  Visit week 15 of the weekly Social Stamping posts to see all the topics – with links to each theme.  The themes were chosen for their relevance to the COVID experience and it was wonderful to see how they were interpreted and expressed through creative designs using paper, stamps & ink.

The next phase of our Social Stamping Blog Hosts have moved to a monthly hop with themes of social greetings.  They weren’t in any way meant to be related to COVID, but this month’s theme of “sympathy” still seems particularly relevant.  I wonder with COVID being so all encompassing at present, that everything in our world will somehow form ties to this pandemic we are living through.

It’s July 2020 and the world has undergone a humongous change.  It’s been 5 months of change, chaos, adaptation, adjustment and emotion.  We are living through the evolution of this virus – we are part of the research, action and analysis.  For some there’s been a huge amount of loss and grief and for others a wonderful amount of reflection and positivity.  Many of us have experienced the highs and lows of this pandemic rollercoaster.

While things are fairly stable here in our Western Australian bubble (for now), our east coast has had a spike in transmission and virus numbers.  My heart goes out to friends who are in Victoria and back into a lockdown environment. The first time around was challenging.  I’m not sure if the second lockdown is heartbreaking, or a sense of resigned de ja vu.

I’m also thinking about family and friends around the world who live in an area that is yet to feel like they are winning against the fight, where numbers keep rising and they feel vulnerable to the spread of the virus.  Socially distanced virtual hugs!

Sympathy cards are by far one of the hardest type of cards to make.  I’m looking forward to the inspiration on this hop, to be able to draw on the layouts, colours and designs of my crafty friends to make this task a little easier in the future.  There’s a full list of participants below, please enjoy the talents of my wonderful stamping friends!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Stamp Review Crew | Jar of Flowers

Hello there crafters!  Thanks for joining me today.  I’m hopping with my friends around the world as part of the Stamp Review Crew where we showcase a Stampin’ Up! stamp set.  Today it’s the Jar of Flowers stamp set – and the coordinating suite of products, which includes a punch, shaker domes, ribbon, DSP and more!

I love the array of flowers that this stamp set comes with.  And of course, I L-O-V-E the Jar Punch.  Coordinating bundles are a win in my book!

The first card I’m sharing today features the sunflowers.  Sunflowers are just so bright & cheery.  Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

This suite has been created with a focus on the 5 new In Colors.  They are featured heavily in the Flowers for Every Season DSP and provide an excellent colour palette to base your project colour combinations on.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

I love the combination of white, yellow & blue together.  The sunflowers have been painted using Bumblebee & Cinnamon Cider ink using a Wink of Stella Pen – so they are extra shimmery when you see them up close!

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

I added more sunflowers to the inside – because I love a good carry through of a theme!!!  This suite is perfect for layering – the colours coordinate, the DSP matches and the accessories bring it all together.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

The Jar of Flowers stamp set is one of the few image only sets in the catalogue.  This is a purposeful design feature so that you can match it with all your favourite sentiment sets.  I’ve used the Happy & Birthday words cut separately from the stamp in the Happiest of Birthday stamp set.  This is a great staple for every crafter.  Birthday cards are the most common type of card sent (accounting for half of ‘everyday’ cards sent), so it helps to have a fabulous set such as this in your collection.

For the second card I’m sharing, it’s really about the whole suite – featuring the DSP, punch, dome shakers, ribbon and the long stripey stamp from the set as a straw to create an M&M milkshake slider card!

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

The flap the shaker dome sits on lifts up from the card front revealing the way to the M&Ms.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

When you pull out the sliding piece, the mini M&Ms fall out of the back of the jar.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

And once the recipient has enjoyed all the yummy chocolates, they can still enjoy their card.  Or they can fill it up again and send the card to a new chocolate lover.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

The shaker domes that coordinate with the punch and stamp set add so many more options on how to use this set.  The domes can be filled with an array of small pieces.  I’ve seen a great tool themed card where the jar was filled with nails, bolts & screws – what a fantastic idea!!

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

For more fabulous ideas, please keep hopping and visit the blogs of the other Stamp Review Crew design team members.  They always come up with inspirational projects.

Next stop is my gorgeous and always creative friend Lou Kitzelman.

Have a great week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Paper Adventures Team Hop | weather

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As the weather chills down here in the south west of Australia, weather seemed like a great theme for the July 2020 Paper Adventures team hop.  I’m never more aware of the weather than when it’s cold.  I spend my time both enjoying the lashing of rain (I love a good storm) and wishing it away as I wait for warmer days.  My favourite season is definitely summer!

We welcome Leonie Stuart today as our guest designer.  I love Leonie’s elegant style and beautiful nature and was so happy she was able to join us for this hop.  If you’re a blog subscriber of Leonie’s and have joined us via her blog, thank you!

Weather is such an powerful topic.  We talk about it, we enjoy it, we hate and we often base our activities around the weather that Mother Nature has delivered.  There’s nothing better than having an excuse to stay inside and craft all day because the weather is awful outside!!!

With the cold weather making life a little chilly, I bought a gorgeous little heat pack buddy for a friend who is turning two this weekend.  I couldn’t resist making a card that matched the design….

Magenta Monster | kelly kent

I love using inspiration from around me to make cards!  Like all good punch art creations, this is a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Lots of it is hand cut.  The In Good Taste DSP provided excellent texture for the bottom part of the card and the top is Sahara Sand with Tasteful Textile embossing.

Magenta Monster | kelly kent

My current favourite way to finish a card is to add the Playful Alphabet letter dies with foam adhesive sheet.  The effect is awesome!

Magenta Monster | kelly kent

This card just makes me smile!  The heat bag monster is such a happy little character – it’ll be great for cold night snuggles!

Stay warm and keep hopping with our guest designer Leonie Stuart.

Have a great weekend!  I hope the weather plays nice for whatever activity you have planned!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Freshly Brewed Projects | Tags or Labels

Hi!  Thanks for joining me and some of my stamping friends for a Freshly Brewed Projects Hop hosted by the lovely Leonie Schroder.

The theme for this week is “Tags &/or Labels”.  I love a good tag, so I couldn’t resist joining in with this one.  The last Freshly Brewed hop I was able to join in for was the One Sheet Wonder theme – and it has been a constant source of inspiration for me.  You can see the last hop by clicking here.

The tags I am sharing today are made using the stamps, dies, paper and ribbon from the Boho Indigo Product Medley.

Boho Indigo Tag | kelly kent

I was on the fence about ordering this suite of products, but boy am I glad I did!  Lets start with the DSP – it’s 48 sheets (8 each of 6 double sided designs, so 12 different patterns) in Night of Navy and Very Vanilla.  I have a real thing about blue at the moment, so this is just perfect for me!  In the past, some of our most popular DSP patterns have been blue based.

Boho Indigo

The kit also contains a complete stamp and die set.  I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box that these are stored in the same way that our usual stamps and dies are (DVD case & plastic pouch) – so they fit right in with the rest of your collection and don’t get forgotten about in a kit box somewhere in the depths of your craft shelf.

And if you haven’t already been spoilt enough with a full pack of DSP, unique stamp set and coordinating dies, you also get 2 rolls of ribbon, embossed cardstock, printed accents (with gold foiling) and paper flowers.

Boho Indigo Tag | kelly kent

You can use the supplies in the kit to make everything your heart desires from tags to cards to scrapbooking pages to home decor to packaging.  There’s some great project ideas on page 9 of the catalogue, and of course, Pinterest is full of ideas too.

My tag were made using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch on a 2″ wide strip of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  They are 3-7/8″ in length, which gives you 12 tags per A4 sheet of cardstock.  I always like to work out the maths on creating tags to get the best combination from a single sheet.  The DSP across the bottom is 3/4″ high by 2″ wide.  I needed 4 strips of DSP (half a sheet of DSP) per sheet of cardstock.

Boho Indigo Tag | kelly kent

The vase is cut from Night of Navy cardstock using one of the vase dies.  The branches are stamped in Crumb Cake ink.  I set this up on my Stamparatus for quick & easy stamping on all the tags I made.  It also enabled me to stamp twice, giving me a deeper colour.  The gold ribbon is a gorgeously rustic type of gold – the perfect tone to blend with the richness of the Night of Navy!

Finally, the tags were finished with a thank you sentiment from the stamp set.  I used the tags for the paper share I coordinated for my team with ribbon from the kit.

Here’s a look at the gorgeous ribbons from the Annual Catalogue all bundled up in a Mini Paper Pumpkin Box.  If you haven’t yet spied these in the Annual Catalogue, you’ll want to add them to your next order.  They are a fabulous way to package sweet little gifts including notecards or chocolates!  When made up they are approximately 5-7/8″ x 3-3/4″ x 1″ (14.9 x 9.5 x 2.5cm).  So cute and petite!

Ribbon Share | kelly kent

I hope you find some inspiration on this hop to add a tag or label to your next project.   It’s the perfect solution when you just need a little something!

Next up on the hop is the artistically awesome Kathryn Ruddick

Thanks again to Leonie for hosting.

Participant List:

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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!