Hello! Welcome to the first Social Stamping Blog Host of 2021. I started these blog hops in 2020 when COVID was first starting to impact our lives. In Australia, we all went into lockdown of some form and have had varying experiences with the impact of the virus since then. I’m very aware that compared to some our international friends, our freedoms and lifestyle have been very protected.
Anyone who thought 2021 would be like the usual new year transition – the turning of the page to a new fresh year – may be somewhat disappointed. We continue to experience the effects of the virus in almost everything we do. Though the vaccines have started to roll out here, I feel there will be quite some time until we see freedom of travel (especially international) and the ability to make plans again without wondering if they’ll be affected by a change in rules or snap lockdown. My heart goes out to those who are missing loved ones, have caught this awful virus or had to rearrange plans for special days such as weddings.
This year for the Social Stamping Blog Hosts we’re sharing projects made with the collection collections – starting with the happiest colours in the Stampin’ Up! range – Brights! I’m joining, as always, by my gorgeous Stampin’ Up! friends and I know you’ll love what they make. There’s a full list below in case of any broken links, but the next button on each blog should take you around.
Thanks for hopping with us. I hope you have a wonderful weekend x
The theme for today is the Brights Colour Collection. I think this is the happiest range of colours and projects made with these colours are fun and bold and interesting.
I’ve used the Brights DSP Stack – which is currently available in the Starter Kit for anyone who joins Stampin’ Up! during Sale-A-Bration. Sale-A-Bration finishes tomorrow (9pm WA time) so please message me this weekend on Facebook, Instagram, leave a comment here or send me an email if you need more information. Or, if you know how it works and you’re ready to join my Paper Adventures team, you can purchase your Starter Kit by clicking here. If it doesn’t find me automatically as your demonstrator, you can search for me using my name “Kelly Kent’ and location “Dalyellup’.
I made two cards for this hop so I could use all 10 colours in the Brights collection – Poppy Parade, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape.
The first card uses Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight.
I cut the Detailed Hearts Die in Basic White cardstock and then again in the DSP so I could layer the hearts within the frame. So I didn’t waste any of the DSP, I cut 1.5″ strips of each colour and then cut out just the segments of hearts I needed.
I won’t lie, this card was time consuming – but it’s worth placing each of those little hearts into the space and filling it up with pretty colour.
The sentiment for both cards is from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set – white heat embossed on black cardstock as I love the contrast of black, white and the pop of colour from the Brights.
The second card has been swirling around my mind for a while – I’ve had feathers on the brain! And the combination of Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape seemed like the perfect colour combination to make it come to life.
The feather die is from the Nature’s Thoughts Dies. The pretty scallop edge is from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. And the die I’ve used for the hello there sentiment is from the Hippo & Friends Dies.
Next up on the blog hop for some more bright creations is my gorgeous team member Lisa Whitehead. Lisa took advantage of a joining special with Stampin’ Up! a couple of years ago and has just celebrated her 2 year Stampinversary.
If you’d like to get your hands of 5 packs (200 sheets!) of DSP just for buying a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit, then now is the time. This DSP will be available in the upcoming catalogue released in May 2021, so you’ll be among the first to have it in your stash. Click here to start adding items to the Starter Kit.
Thanks for hopping with us today. We look forward to sharing another colour collection again next month.
Hello! Stamp Review Crew is setting a record pace in 2021! Our third week in a row, with a bonus Sale-A-Bration hop keeping us busy last week! Why not!, when there’s so many great sets to choose from!
Today’s set is Art Gallery and the coordinating Floral Gallery Dies. This bundle is part of the Fine Art Floral suite, so there’s also DSP, Specialty Acetate, ribbon, embossing folder and Gilded Leafing Embellishment to enjoy as well!
I have seen so many gorgeous cards made with this bundle. It didn’t actually make the cut on my first order, but I have since been convinced by the creative genius of others that it really is a lovely bundle that I needed to own!
This card is a swing card in a landscape orientation. I’ve made this style of card before (back in 2016 – visit the archives here!) and thought it was time for a revisit. Changing one feature of a fold you know and love, has the potential to make it fresh again – which is exactly what happened for me with this style.
This card starts with a fold standard card base (half of an A4 sheet here in Australia), which I stamped all over with one of the Art Gallery stamps. I used So Saffron ink on Bumblebee cardstock to get a watermark effect where the ink wasn’t too bold against the card.
The middle of the card front was just using a die from the Hippo & Friends Dies. It is the perfect size and shape to fit the ‘just want to say’ words in the Floral Gallery Dies. To help stick this on, I used Adhesive Sheets on the white cardstock before cutting it. This means no messy glue when applying to the front of your card. It was also handy to use the die negative to line up the words!
Placing the die cut back into the space, I stuck it to the folding mechanism in the middle of the card so that it sits in place when closed, but when you open the card, it remains in the middle while the rest of the card front opens.
The folding mechanism is the length of an A4 page (trimmed ever so slightly to 11-5/8″) x 5-5/8″and then scored at 3-7/8″ from each end (along the long side). This will give you three even panels which you can concertina fold. Adhere the bottom panel to the card base so that it folds out towards the top of the card.
I decorated the middle of the card with a stamped flower & leaf using the Art Gallery stamp set & Floral Gallery Dies. The flower is in Poppy Parade ink and the leaf is in Shaded Spruce ink.
The Gilded Leafing Embellishment on this card looks amazing! To achieve this look, I stamped and die cut the flower, stamped the accent in Versamark, applied Heat & Stick Powder and then melted with my Heat Tool. While the powder was still tacky, I dropped it into my tub of gold leaf and then rubbed over it with a Stamping Sponge to remove the excess. I have my gold leaf in a large container so that I can use it and keep all the flyaways contained in one space.
The sentiment for this card is a simple ‘happy birthday’ in Early Espresso ink on Petal Pink cardstock, cut with the cute scallop rectangle die from the Floral Gallery Dies. I’m always sold on a stamp set with a great birthday option!
Happy New Year from the Just Add Ink Team! We’re starting off with a traditional blog hop. The theme is family. Clicking ‘next’ on each blog post will take you around to see each design team member, but you can also see all the posts on the Just Add Ink blog. Click through to the blog to share your family inspired projects.
One of my favourite things about card making is being able to add a personal touch. Whether it’s making the card and gift coordinate, using their favourite colours, or creating a theme that’s uniquely them.
This card is for my brother-in-law who is mad about his drone.
He’s recently started sharing his drone photography and they are sensational! Check out his socials – Facebook & Instagram. He lives in Albany, a coastal suburb of south western Australia which makes for picturesque land & sea photos. We were lucky enough to visit last year and did some wonderful sightseeing. This is Team Kent at the Wind Farm.
Although Albany isn’t primarily known for it’s lighthouses, they do have terrific coastline and I loved the symbolism of the High Tide stamp set. Albany is known for it’s many peaks, so I’ve combined this set with the Waterfront stamp set to create an ocean & beyond inspired card.
This card gave me a chance to play with new and old favourites including getting my new Blending Brushes inky and trying out a cloud mask (brand: My Favourite Things). The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set and the DSP is In Good Taste DSP. At new catalogue launch times, I find I really have to focus on everything I have in my collection – not yet the newest additions.
The final touch for this card was the drone, which is a free png image I found online cut in black vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo machine and applied to the card. This shape would have been so hard to piece together using Stampin’ Up! supplies, so I’m grateful to have a range of tools at my disposal to make my vision come to life.
Next up on the blog hop is my super duper awesome friend Lou Kitzelman with an adorable creation to share with you. Keep hopping to see all the fab creations from the design team and don’t forget to join the challenge yourself my sharing your project into the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog.
Hello! Thank you for joining us for the first Stamp Review Crew of 2021! My international friends and I will continue to bring you inspiration at least twice a month using a selected Stampin’ Up! stamp set. We hop the first and third Monday of the month with a bonus hop on the fifth Monday if there’s 5 Mondays.
Today’s hop features projects using the So Sentimental stamp set from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue. This stamp set is bundles with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies which are the perfect size labels to coordinate with the sentiments.
You know I love a good sentiment set, especially one with gorgeous fonts! This stamp set lends itself to so many occasions. I’ve paired it with a range of other products in my stash and have 4 cards to show you today.
CARD #1 – This Calls for Confetti Shaker Card
CARD #2 – Hello Baby
CARD #3 – Sending Healing Hugs
CARD #4 – I Can’t Thank You Enough
Note: some of the products used are from my Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue pre-order and may not be available in the online store until tomorrow.
Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s my final post of 2020 and I’m so pleased to be joined by some amazing friends for the last Social Stamping Blog Host post of 2020.
I started these posts in March 2020 as the pandemic was starting to take hold and the world was taking a turn into unchartered territory for many of our generation. A pandemic in the 2000s with frequent travel and instant information certainly made for an interesting speed – both in terms of spread and news. Social Stamping in the blogging sphere was a great way for us to stay connected and purposeful while everything else seemed to be unpredictable and a bit gloomy.
The theme for today’s hop is “Oh 2020!”. It was open to my stamping friends who were joining in to interpret that as it fit for their recollection of 2020. My recollection is not of doom & gloom. Whilst there were moments of despair (Mr Papercraft being told not to return to work for an indefinite period of time was definitely one of those!), my memories of 2020 are largely positive. I enjoyed time at home with my kids (our daily walk was a highlight), a chance to reflect on what was important and the opportunity to slow down for a while.
We have been incredibly sheltered from the harsh reality here in Western Australia (though I do recognise that this depends on circumstances and those in the arts and hospitality and people separated from loved ones may have a very different view). Very strict border closures have meant very little spread of the virus and although we had a brief lockdown and home schooling experience, it has been mostly life as (new) normal for us. Social distancing is a loosely followed concept and we have returned to hugging, shaking hands and barely keeping our distance. This was a post from my personal Facebook on Christmas Eve reflecting on how blessed we are. How magical is that beach sunset?
So, with that as my experience, my card to reflect today’s theme – Oh 2020! – is one of thanks. I am thankful to live in WA, thankful to have kept relative normality to our lives (for now), to have been able to see loved ones, to spend special occasions with family & friends and to have continued to work within a safe and low risk environment.
My card is a mix of old favourites and new products which we get to know and love in 2021. While it’s good to reflect on the past, I’m looking forward to the future and optimistic about what it could bring!
The new products are from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. “Thanks” stamp is from the You Are Amazing stamp set and the Flower & Field DSP is a free choice from the SAB catalogue with a $90 order from 5th Jan 2021.
Familiar favourites are the Triple Banner Punch and flowers from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set (2020-2021 Annual Catalogue).
While I am spreading out the thanks, thank you to everyone who visited my blog in 2020. To everyone who left a comment, tried a project I shared or followed me here on one of my socials (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest). It’s always fun to reflect on the year, so here’s my 2020 in review…
It’s been a good year! But without an audience to blog to, blogging is not nearly as fun, so thank you so sharing this with me!
One last thank you for 2020 goes to my family – my family at Papercraft HQ (Mr Papercraft, the mini Papercrafts and Nanna & Grandad Papercraft). Your patience with 5 more “stamping minutes”, tolerance of dinners on the table later than I had in mind after I got waylaid with something stamping, allowance of sleep ins after night owl bedtimes and compliance with the sanctity of my craft room gives me the room to be happy and creative. The other half of this thank you is to my Paper Adventures team – my stamping family. Your friendship and sense of belonging to the stamping community kept it in my priorities for another year!
Hello! Thank you for joining us for the final Paper Adventures Hop for 2020. We are absolutely delighted to be joined by Jo Blackman as a our guest designer. We I reflect on the amazing names that have agreed to hop with us across 2020, I feel so grateful to have shared their talents with our team.
A big thank you also to the team for joining in each month and sharing their talents too! And finally, a thank you to Narelle and Robyn who took over the organisational role for the blog hops for part of this year, allowing me to jump in and just enjoy the creative side.
Today’s theme is ‘invitations’. It’s such a festive time of the year with parties and events throughout the month, so it seemed like the perfect match for our blog hop. I have gone a little rogue with my interpretation of the them and rather than making an invitation, I have made wedding card that was inspired by the invitation. I do this often as I really enjoy being able to personalise cards.
The wedding invite was an elegant black and white design with script writing for the couple’s names. This is the design I created to compliment the styling of the invite…
I’ve used some retired favourites for this card. Although I rehome lots of my Stampin’ Up! once it leaves the catalogue, I have a moderate stash of occasion specific products including these items for wedding cards.
The die in the corner – to add a touch of fancy to the elegance theme, is from the So Detailed Thinlits. The Mr & Mrs sentiment – perfectly classic – is from the To Have & To Hold stamp set.
The other items you see are from the current Annual Catalogue including Sutble Embossing folder, Basic Pearl Jewels, Basic Black Cardstock and Whisper White cardstock.
We had an update today that Stampin’ Up! have needed to change suppliers for their white cardstock. They have developed a new white cardstock with a new supplier, but no specific timelines are known. You are currently able to order two of each item on the discontinuing list of Whisper White products. If I can help you to order some for your stash, please let me know. This includes:
Whisper White 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Cardstock (124302)
Assorted Memories & More Cards & Envelopes (149710)
Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (131527)
Whisper White 3″ x 3″ (7.6 x 7.6 cm) Envelopes (145829)
Whisper White A4 Cardstock (106549)
Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock (140490)
Whisper White C6 Envelopes (106588)
I now ‘invite’ you to keep hopping and visit our amazing guest designer – Jo Blackman. I love Jo’s style and I know you’re going to love the project she’s sharing with us today.
Thanks for hopping with us for this hop and the others throughout 2020. We look forward to more fabulous themes and great hops in 2021!
Hello! Welcome to a hop with my ESAD friends. ESAD is an online community of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who live in Australia & New Zealand. It’s a pleasure to hang out with them online today!
The theme for today’s hop is “Goodbye Mini Catalogue”. The holiday catalogue started in August will run through until 4th January (or until stocks last). If there’s anything on your list that you haven’t yet ordered, you’ll want to contact your demonstrator ASAP to get it done, or you may not get the chance!
Now, let us add a few more things to your list that you didn’t know you needed!
I’m sharing a couple of projects I’ve made using Festive Felt. You might have overlooked this on page 29 of the catalogue, hiding in the top corner but let me show you how awesome it is! Thin enough to cut with dies but durable enough to create a cute embellishment for your projects, this is a great way to add texture.
The felt comes in 4 colours – Early Espresso, Just Jade, Real Red & Whisper White.
For the first card, I used the felt to make circles that are slightly larger than 1″ using a die from the Layering Circles Dies set. I arranged these on a Crumb Cake mat, layered with Whisper White cardstock and then on a Crumb Cake base.
The felt is so amazing to use. It cuts through dies beautifully – including the intricate reindeer die from the Snow Globe Scenes Dies set. I’ve left this card sentiment free to let the felt be the focus!
The second card uses the felt and the Stitched Stars Dies.
The styling of this card is very similar to the first one but has a sentiment from the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set – another gorgeous find in the mini catalogue. I stamped and then embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder.
The felt retained the pieces from the detailed die which made for a pretty effect! You can also see the stitching on the red & white dies. The final touch is some Basic Pearl Jewels.
If you can cut it with a die, then you can make your own felt embellishments! The felt doesn’t work with punches, but you can cut with scissors or a guillotine style trimmer.
Ready for more projects? Keep hopping and visit another WA demo – the lovely Odette Kermode…
Thanks for joining us! The full list of participants is below – make sure to visit as many as you can!
Hello! Has the silly season hit your house yet? I feel like it has all ramped up here, just in the past week! In Australia, Christmas coincides with the end of our school year, so it’s a whole big flurry of activity as activities end (and have end of year concerts and performances) and school draws to a close for 2020.
The theme for the Social Stamping blog host this month is ‘merry & bright’. This happens to be one of the sentiment options in my favourite bundle from the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue.
The Peace & Joy bundle comes with a stamp set filled with sentiment and artistic stamping options and a die set to coordinate with the large words.
The large sentiment stamps (peace, joy and bright) can be cut and layered using the dies, but I’ve added texture for these cards using two tone inking. I first inked up the stamp in the lighter colour (Seaside Spray) and added the darker ink (Misty Moonlight) using a Sponge Dauber. It creates a beautiful dimension without having to use the dies.
The colours for these cards are Whisper White and Smoky Slate together with Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy (and a touch of silver foil). My favourite Christmas combinations are usually not traditional red & greens.
Are you making cards in bulk this Christmas? One easy way to extend the design is use the same pieces, but slightly change the layout. I’ve done this my turning the card into a portrait orientation and made the strips into banners using the Banners Pick A Punch.
Other products used for this card were:
Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder
Stitched Rectangle Dies
Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack
The other cards I’m sharing with you today use the Peace & Joy Bundle with the same layout and features, but in pink tones. Ever since I saw the stamps in this set, I’ve had plans to combine them with the Beautiful World stamp set to create a play on the ‘joy to the world’ theme. You could also do this for ‘peace on earth’.
Once again, the colours are non-traditional Christmas in Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride, with Whisper White and Sahara Sand.
The two tone sentiment is the same technique as well, using Blushing Bride and Rococo Rose ink. I’ve also stamped the globe in Granny Apple Green and edged in Mossy Meadow.
Other products in this card are the Subtle Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangle Dies and Basic Pearl Jewels.
These cards were an option for Social Stamping this term. If you live in the Bunbury area and would like to make some pretty Christmas cards, we’d love to have you join us on a Monday morning at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe (9.30am start, see here for all the details). We have 2 sessions left for 2020.
I can imagine a ‘peace to you and yours’ using this layout and design style in traditional Christmas colours, but I ran out of time this week to create them! That’s a project for another day!
Hello! Thank you for joining us for another Social Stamping Blog Host. They started when we first started seeing lockdown in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many months later, various parts of our country, and a large percent of the world are still experiencing significant issues resulting from the virus.
In Western Australia, we look to having a fairly local Christmas as all travel to other states comes with conditions of quarantine and/or COVID testing on return. There’s no international travel (other than applications for exemption for extenuating circumstances) – a state of play that is likely to condition until mid next year – at the earliest. We continue to have the luxury of very few COVID cases in our state and no community transmission for over 6 months. I am grateful for these statistics but also realistic about the hardships people face as they are unable to freely travel.
Thankfully, the one area of travel that hasn’t been restricted is our online gallivanting. We have access to friends and family by internet using Zoom, Skype, Messenger and other video calling. While it will never replace seeing a loved one in person, our access to the rest of the world in the technological space allows for human connection while staying in our bubble – whether that be a home level lockdown or a state level one.
It also gives us access to a world of inspiration for our crafty endeavours. Are you crafting more now than ever before? I’m really enjoying being able to hand craft gifts and cards this Christmas. With the postal system being under considerable strain, the “shop local” and creative gift giving is perfect!
The theme for today’s blog host is ‘merry & bright’. It’s important in what has been a very tough year for many, that we take the time to look for the merry and create the bright this festive season. It may not look like the Christmas we had planned, or the ones that feel familiar to us, but there’s still the option to make it something special.
As always, my wonderful stamping friends have joined me on the hop to share their talents with you for projects that inspire. The full list of participants is below, but each blog should link to the next for easy transition.