Social Stamping | hello from kelly

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Hi there and thanks for stopping by my project for the first Social Stamping blog host.  I organised this during week as an opportunity to connect us during this crazy time – either by joining the blog host as a designer, or by visiting the blogs as a crafter.  You can see the master list of participants and a bit of background about the blog host in this post (click here).


With a little bit of extra time on my hands, this was my chance to put into action a project I’ve been thinking about for a while – a card with a light circuit.  You can buy LED kits but they are quite expensive.  Being a girl who is good with maths & science, I decided that if I had all the pieces, I could probably do it myself.  As it turns out, I can and I did!

Hello LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

The little light between the lantern and the tree branch lights up when you press the heart.

Hello LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

How cool is that???  I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ and a piece of copy paper the same size.  From the copy paper I cut out a 2-5/8″ circle and used this as a mask over the Whisper White to blend three tones of pink into a circle “moon”.  Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose & Melon Mambo.  To see more about ink blending, visit this blog post I wrote in Feb.

Hello LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

I then added a branch from the Seasonal Layers Dies in Soft Suede cardstock, watercoloured lantern on Shimmery White cardstock from the Power of Hope stamp set (available as a Sale-A-Bration reward until 31st March 2020) and ‘hello’ sentiment from the Free As A Bird stamp set in white embossing powder on Rococo Rose cardstock.  The heart (from the Be Mine Stitched Dies in Melon Mambo cardstock) in the bottom right corner corresponds to the battery placement and is where the card recipient will press to close the circuit and make

Once all this was set up, I knew where I wanted the LED light to go and was able to punch a 1/8″ circle for the light to sit in.  And then it was time to create the behind the scenes magic.  To make the circuit you need to connect the LED diode to a battery, creating a circuit breaker so that it only turns on when you press.

Here’s what the circuit looks like on the back…

DIY circuit for cardmaking | kelly kent

Here’s a quick look at the circuit breaker flap in motion…

Supplies you’ll need to make your own at home.  For suppliers, check ebay or your local electronics store.

  • LED diode (I used 3mm white but these come in pretty colours & different sizes too)
  • CR1225 3V button cell lithium battery
  • Conductive Adhesive Copper Foil Tape (I used 6mm)
  • Circuit breaker – I used a strip of copy paper 1″ x 2″ folded in half

Hello LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

To finish the card, I used Foam Adhesive Strips to attach the circuit layer to the Rococo Rose mat (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″).  Using the foam strips gives the circuit breaker some space to lie slightly open, meaning the light only comes on when you press all the layers together.

The card base is Blushing Bride cardstock with a top fold and then Rococo Rose and Whisper White layers on the inside to add some weight.

Hello LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

Many thanks to Marine from Blue Marine Crafts for her excellent tutorial which got me started on being able to make my own circuits.  You can see her card & video by clicking here.

I can’t wait to send this card to someone – and it could be someone you know!  Leave a comment on this blog – I’ll choose a comment at random as the winner, who can select a friend or family member to receive this card in the mail and add a little light to their life.


There’s lots more craft inspiration as part of this blog host.  You can see all the participants via the main blog post (click here) or you can click through to the next blog by Denita Wright-Smee.

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Thank you for hopping with us!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Pootles

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Hello & thanks for joining us for a Paper Adventures team blog hop.

The theme today is “CASE the designer” and the designer is Sam Hammond Donald – aka “Pootles” from the UK.  We are touched that she has agreed to join us.  The friendship and kindness within the Stampin’ Up! community is amazing.  Sam is a million dollar earner with a successful blog.  She shares a project every day on her blog including cards & 3D projects. Sam is so generous with her time and talent – thank you Sam!

This is the card Sam made for our hop using Best Dressed DSP & Witty-cisms stamp set.

The team were encouraged to CASE (Copy & Share Everything or Copy & Selectively Edit) Sam’s design and create their own version based on the elements that influenced them.  It might have been the colours, the layout, the styling, the stamp set or the DSP.


I really loved that background and wanted to make it using cardstock rather than the Best Dressed DSP.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

I cut Lovely Lipstick, Petal Pink and Purple Posy cardstock into random width strips and adhered them to a Whisper White base.  I then stitched around the outside to create a decorative border.  I really love stitching on cards.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Where Sam used the Witty-cisms stamp set, I’ve added in a favourite flourish of mine – a heart and flower combination and a white heat embossed “thanks” sentiment.

The heart is from the Be Mine Stitched Dies, the flowers from Dressed to Impress bundle and ‘thanks’ from the Music From The Heart stamp set.

I’ve carried the flowers through to the middle layer of the card too. They are coloured with Stampin’ Blends – Lovely Lipstick, Purple Posy, Pink Pirouette (retired) and Pretty Peacock.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Although I cut the card up to achieve the background, this also works really well for those 1/4″ & 1/2″ strips that end up piling up on our desk when we’re cutting A4 sheets down into mat size.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Thanks to the team for always being so willing to join in the blog hop and to Sam for making it a special one this month.  In a time of certainty, it was lovely to have this sparkling moment in our week.

Next blog on the hop is Siobhan Fitzsimmons and her pretty creation.

Have a safe and happy weekend.  I’ll be spending time with my family, enjoying the sunshine and hopefully some self isolation (from the kids!) in the craft room!!!

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Sketch

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for a team hop and I wanted to thank the team for always being so willing to join in.  I love that we can share our creations with the crafty world.  Our team is a mix of personal crafters and business crafters, which is totally wonderful!

We welcome Laura Mackie today from the UK.  Laura makes the most beautiful designs with such attention to detail!  I can’t wait for you to see what she’s made.  Make sure to keep hopping until you get to Laura or click on the links in the list below to visit all the blogs as part of this hop.

Today we’re all making a project that is inspired by this sketch, made for us by Siobhan Fitzsimmons.  Siobhan’s designed sketches before, but I’m loving this new presentation style – so trendy!

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Sketches are just a starting point and can be used however suits you to get the creative juices flowing.  You can turn, flip, warp, stretch – whatever you like until you have a project you love!

My project started with a plan to use the floating frame technique for that strip down the side.  But once I have all my pieces ready to go, I decided I didn’t want them to float, so I stuck them down on a piece of Crumb Cake which I’d embossed with the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder and the card evolved from there! All the best crafting happens when the plan doesn’t go as planned!!

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

This card features the Little Ladybug stamp set, which is free until the end of March with every order over $500.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

To sweeten the deal, coordinating Ladybug Dies are also available, which means no fussy cutting required of those super cute images.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

The dies also comes with accessory dies (dies that make their own shapes rather than cut out a stamped image).  There’s grass, leaves, stem and flowers which will add a heap of character to your projects.

There’s also a stitched swirl – which I love.  I have another project that I’ll share on the weekend, but for today’s card I’ve used it repeatedly to add some texture to the background layer.  It comes through on the other side of the cardstock, which gives an awesome effect on the inside of the card too.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

I love carrying over the theme into the middle, so I used one of the extra flowers I’d stamped, coloured & cut on the inside.

All the images were stamped in Memento ink (Tuxedo Black) and coloured with Stampin’ BlendsDark & Light Daffodil Delight for the lighter flowers with Light Granny Apple Green stems and Dark Daffodil Delight & Dark Mango Melody with Dark Granny Apple Green for the darker flowers.  The middles are Dark Crumb Cake.

The Ladybug has been coloured with Dark Real Red, Dark Basic Black, Light Petal Pink and Light Gray Granite.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

How cute is that sentiment???  This set has it all – thank you, happy birthday, thinking of you and some great ladybug related puns.  I’ve white heat embossed on Basic Black cardstock and then cut out using Stitched So Sweetly scalloped rectangle die.  I’m a sucker for anything stitched!

Did I mention how great this sketch was?  I also used it for a baby card I made for a work colleague.  It features a heap of my retired favourites, as well as a word cut by my Silhouette Cameo and sentiment from Praiseworthy Prose, so I could get the colours and style just perfect for the mum-to-be who doesn’t know if she’s having a girl or a boy!  This card is double the size of a normal card, made by folding an A4 sheet in half.

baby card | kelly kent


Next up on the blog hop is the sketch queen herself, Siobhan Fitzsimmons!

Have a great (crafty) weekend!

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Laura Mackie (Guest Designer)

Just Add Ink #488 | Celebrate

The Just Add Ink Design Team start every new year with a whole team blog hop.  This year we’re celebrating extra hard – 10 years and 1000 followers.  What a great achievement!  Congrats to past & present Just Add Ink contributors – to my wonderful design team colleagues and especially to the wonderful crafters to join in our challenges every week.  We appreciate you being part of the JAI magic!

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The theme for the challenge is “Celebrate”.  I’ve made an interactive birthday card using a present Santa slipped into my Christmas stocking.

Birthday Bonanza Reveal Wheel card | kelly kent

The Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel die set cuts all the pieces needed (in the right proportions) to make a spinner card that reveals 4 different sentiments when you spin it around.  I’ve used the coordinating Lawn Fawn stamp set for perfectly sized sentiments.

The rest of my supplies are Stampin’ Up! – featuring a Birthday Bonanza theme.  This is my favourite suite from the 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Using an oval shaped makeup brush with a handle, I applied Granny Apple Green ink to the top half of my cardstock and Garden Green to the bottom.  I then flicked the whole piece with an Aqua Painter filled with water to add some texture.  I am currently obsessed with this style of ink background!

Birthday Bonanza Reveal Wheel card | kelly kent

I then cut with the die and added a koala and lion cut from the Birthday Bonanza DSP.  While I don’t mind fussy cutting (and you certainly could), these little cuties are cut with the Bonanza Dies.  They cut the coordinating stamp from the Bonanza Buddies stamp set – but they also cut quite a few of the DSP images.

Birthday Bonanza Reveal Wheel card | kelly kent

I love not having to worry about the colouring!  This die set also has the super cute bunting you see.  There’s also an awesome tag die that I haven’t used in this card.  I had planned to use the toucan DSP die cut on the card too, but it ended up being too busy, so I popped him in the middle.

Birthday Bonanza Reveal Wheel card | kelly kent


Next stop on our DT hop is my gorgeous bestie Lou Kitzelman who has made the sweetest garden card.

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Please join the challenge on the Just Add Ink blog and share any project you’ve made with a celebration theme.  We just love seeing what you’re making!  Just Add Ink welcomes any brand of supplies, any style and from any online platform.  Don’t have a blog, Facebook page, Instagram or Pinterest where you share your projects?  Email it to the Just Add Ink admin team and they’ll upload it for you!

As part of our milestone celebrations the design team are offering prizes. Our Top Pick & Honourable Mentions will receive a special gift.  We’ll be choosing some other entries to receive a little something also – to be eligible all you have to do is leave a comment on each of the blogs along the hop – 14 stops in total. Prizes include stamp sets, card kits, embossing folders, ribbons, rhinestones, handmade cards/tags….

PLEASE NOTE: Prizes are only eligible to South Pacific (Australia & New Zealand) entries – sorry to those of you from all around the world, postage prices are very steep these days. However, Top Pick & Honourable Mentions will receive their prize regardless of which country they live in.

To make sure you don’t miss any of the Just Add Ink projects I post throughout 2020, be sure to subscribe to my blog, or the Just Add Ink blog.

Colour INKspiration | Celebrating 3 years

I’m back hopping with the Colour INKspiration Crew today as a guest designer for their 3rd birthday celebrations.  Thanks to Bronwyn Eastley for inviting me to join the celebrations.

We each got to choose our 3 favourite colours and make anything we wanted!  Narrowing it down to either just 3 colours, or just one favourite combination is virtually impossible for crafters.  My favourite colours depend on my mood, or the card I’m making or my current favourite DSP!  I’m sure you can relate!

I’ve gone with a trio of colours that I love for lots of different occasions – it works for a neutral baby card, for a classic wedding card, for a card of friendship, for males, for females – for everyone!!!  It’s black, yellow and gray (with the option to throw in white as a classic neutral).

Colour INKspiration 3rd birthday blog hop | kelly kent

I could make cards all day with these colours, so I’m sharing 2 cards with you today.  The first is a technique I’ve been wanting to try for a while using Stampin’ Blends and a new stamp set – Dressed to Impress.

I created the floral background by stamping the flowers randomly on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I then coloured the negative (ie, between the flowers) using the Basic Black Dark Stampin’ Blend to create a solid black background and coloured the flowers with the light & dark Mango Medley Blends (as close as we have to Crushed Curry).  Stampin’ Blends glide so beautifully over the cardstock and blend (as the name suggests) to create a seamless image.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

This card is on a Smoky Slate base with a Crushed Curry label, Whisper White die cut and a white on black embossed sentiment.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

Stamp sets: Dressed to Impress, Well Said

Dies: Stitched Nested Labels, Well Written

Stampin’ Blends: Dark Basic Black, Light & Dark Mango Medley

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Veramark

Embossing Powder: White

Colours: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White


The second card is a favourite layout I’ve used before using a heart frame and flowers to create a floral centrepiece.  Today’s card uses frangipani flowers from the new Timeless Tropical stamp set.

Timeless Tropical | kelly kent

This card is much brighter and sunnier, using white space and lots of yellow to lighten the mood.

Timeless Tropical | kelly kent

Stamp sets: Timeless Tropical, Well Said

Dies: Stitched Be Mine, In The Tropics

DSP: Regals 6″ x 6″

Stampin’ Blends: Light Mango Medley

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Colours: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White


To see more great colour combinations, keep hopping and visit the very talented Vicki Boucher who has a colour combination that I’m excited to see in action!

All the colours on the hop are fabulous ideas and sure to spark lots of creativity.  I know I’m going to be back visiting the hop when I need some colour ideas.

You can join the challenge over at the Colour INKspiration Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Thanks again to the Crew for inviting me back!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Last Minute

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I am normally very good at meeting deadlines – in fact I find them incredible motivating to actually get things done.  But, as a testament to how crazy my week has been, this is my second blog post in a row that has gotten away from me!

As they say though, better late than never, and there’s no way I could miss the final blog hop of 2019 with my team.

For pure irony or absolute genius, the theme is ‘last minute’ – sharing with you projects you can make this weekend in the mad dash of any last minute Christmas gifts you need.  Make sure to hop around until you get back to me to see all the wonderful inspiration the team has shared tonight.


I always make calendar gifts at this time of the year.  It’s a lovely present to share with friends that will make them think of you all year long.  This year the calendars were extra special as they were gifts for 4 of my besties with a personal twist added in.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

The design for this style of easel came via Karen Henderson, who was inspired by Ronda Wade.  I can’t find Ronda’s original post so I can’t link it here, but if someone knows, please let me know!  Click here to see Karen’s project.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

The DSP for these is an oh-so-pretty set of designs coming up in the 2020 Jan-June catalogue called Best Dressed DSP.  You can get it as part of my paper share (see tomorrow’s post for pre-sale information) as well as 6 other design packs and bonus Sale-A-Bration DSP.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

To make your own easel calendars, you need a normal card base (half an A4 sheet = 8-1/4″ x 5-7/8″, scored at 4-1/8″).

On the card “front”, cut from the fold line down to the bottom at 1-7/8″ from each edge.  This leaves a middle panel that’s approx 3″ wide.  Score this at the half way point on just just panel (2-1/16″).

Cut a piece that will cover the visible gap of the card base (at least 3-1/4″ wide x 3-7/8″).  I’ve embossed this the upcoming Coastal Weave embossing folder, but you could stamp, use DSP or leave plain.  Adhere this in place then adhere the side panels to the card base.

Add DSP to the edge panels (1-3/16″ x 3-7/8″) and the bottom half of the flap (2-3/4″ x 1-13/16″).

Finish by adding a calendar to the card base (I used dimensionals so the easel flap would sit nicely under the raised platform) and add a sentiment.  I’ve used ‘another sensational year of you’ which I thought was perfect for my personal twist.  It comes from the soon to be released Sale-A-Bration (read: free with purchase) set called Sending You Thoughts.

If you don’t have any mini calendars in your stash, you can print & cut down a mini calendar from the internet.   I like this one – click here to view.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

I also made matching envelopes using the left over DSP from the 6×6″ sheet I had.  I wanted to make these extra special for my fabulous friends.  And the personal twist?  Each calendar has handwritten ideas for self care throughout the year.  In lieu of gifts this year, one of my friends suggested we share recommendations – a restaurant, book, activity, holiday location…. any place, idea or thought that would be meaningful for the other friend.  It was such a great idea!!!  I wanted to remind my friends how fabulous they are and give them a little nudge to take care of themselves over the year.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

I’d also like to remind you, my wonderful blog followers, to take care of yourselves.  Treat you to some craft time, a binge on a favourite TV series, time to read a good book, an extra serving of your favourite dessert or a to buy that crafty item you’ve had on your wishlist for a long time!

For ideas more gift ideas that might help you out this weekend, please hop on to my friend Lisa Whitehead with a very cute box for any last minute gifts you may be creating!

Happy stamping!

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | OnStage

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Our Paper Adventures team is sneaking in a blog hop tonight – just in time before we miss November.

It’s been a busy month for us all with the usual family and stamping activities – but we also added in a trip to Perth for OnStage.  11 of my direct team, my upline, my sideline and 2 Paper Adventures adoptees joined in the fun for a day of friendship and new product releases.

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We got to see what’s coming up in the 2020 January – June catalogue (formally known as the Occasions catalogue) and take home some new treats to try.

Tonight we’re sharing the first plays with our new stamps, punches, dies and other soon to be released pretties.  Thank you to Shannon Kissane who joins us as our guest designer.  Shannon is  Perth girl, so it was awesome to see her again at OnStage.


Part of my OnStage experience for the last few years has been attending the CentreStage leadership event on the Friday night prior to the event. This is the small but very talented group in Perth.

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We get the chance to network with other leaders, have a yummy dinner and we often get an extra special little gift. This year we got a gorgeous business card holder in the poppy theme of the event and a new stamp set called My Meadow.

My Meadow | kelly kent

This sweet set has the same styling as other favourites such as Waterfront and Snow Front using watercolour-esque drawings that can be layered to create pretty scenes.  I just love the gazebo, bridge and wheelbarrow imagery.

I’ve been wanting to try a Double Slider card for a while now and this was such a perfect set to be able to show off the range of stamps across the three panels.  I followed a great youtube tutorial by Teri Pocock – see it here.  Terri has also been kind enough to share a breakdown of the measurements on her blog – visit here.

Here’s a video of my card so you can see how it works. A little like magic, when you pull the bottom, the top slides out too.  It’s all thanks to a clever slider mechanism on the inside of the card which is so simple to make when you have Teri’s tutorial to follow.

Here’s some photos of the card – the dimensions make it a little hard to photograph, so I clipped it to my hallway photo rail.

The card when the slider pieces are on the inside…

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

Pull the Burlap Ribbon tab to reveal the secrets inside…

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

When fully extended…

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

A close up of the top panel featuring the gazebo…

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

The middle featuring the wheelbarrow..

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And the bottom panel featuring the trees…

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

The colours for this card are a Sahara Sand base, Pool Party contrast and Whisper White mats.  The DSP is from the Subtles DSP collection.

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

The My Meadow stamp set is sentiment free, so you can match it with your favourite words.  I’ve chosen sentiments from a set that I was able to pre-earn from the upcoming Sale-A-Bration promotion.(Jan-March 2020) called Sending You Thoughts.  It ticks all my boxes – I love the font, it has a happy birthday stamp and it’s FREE!!

You’re going to see lots of new catalogue sneak peeks from demonstrators around the world over the next month and a bit until the catalogue goes live.  Every Stampin’ Up! demonstrator has access to order early from Tuesday 3rd Dec 2019.  New catalogue items can be added to a Starter Kit, so if you just can’t wait to get your hands on all the great product you see online, then joining my Paper Adventures team might be for you.  Starter Kits are just $169 and packed full of customisable value.  Click here for more information.


Next up with more OnStage inspired inspiration is our guest designer Shannon Kissane.

Have a great weekend,

InKing Royalty Blog Hop | Spooky

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop!  You’ve landed with Kelly Kent in the South West of Australia – and I’m very honoured that Brian King asked me to join his team hop as the guest designer for October.

A little background about the InKing Royalty’s hops…

This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around SPOOKY. With Halloween just around the corner, we are excited to share our spooky, fun projects with our neighbors, coworkers and family – and we’re excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.


Halloween isn’t so big here in Australia. It’s catching on and I know our suburb will be filled with little witches, gremlins, ghosts and other spooky characters going trick & treating at the end of October, but it’s not as common to give cards or gifts with a Halloween theme.  When Brian asked if I could make something ‘spooky’ I had to think out of the box.  With little in the way of specific Halloween sets in my craft stash, I set to wondering what I had in a non-Halloween set that could be turned into a spooktacular creation.

A flash of inspiration saw the Snow Globe Shaker dome turn into a witches cauldron!

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

I used the die set to cut an upside down snow globe from a piece of Brightly Gleaming DSP.  I then cut the same shape from Copper Foil and using my snips, cut around the edge to create a border.  Add in a couple of 1/2″ circles for the cauldron base and the basic design was formed!

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

The background of the shaker was sponged on Shimmery White using glycerine mixed with reinkers for a smooth blend.  The ink colours are Night of Navy, Smoky Slate & Seaside Spray.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

I’ve added some bubble, bubble, toil & trouble coming out of my cauldron with Black Glittery Organdy Ribbon.  The shaker pieces in the card are stars from the Stitched Stars Dies, Stars Border Punch (retired) and Metallics Sequins (retired).

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

The cauldron is mounted on a Basic Gray layer and then on a Smoky Slate card base embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder.

Snow Globe Shaker Dome - Halloween Cauldron | kelly kent

The finishing touch was a cute little Halloween sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set – I love having all those sentiments ready for practically every occasion, including Halloween!


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thanks again to Brian and his talented team for having me along – it’s been fun to create something for a different occasion!


If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  3. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  4. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  5. Kelly Kent at My Papercraft Journey
  6. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach

ESAD Blog Hop | 2019 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek

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Whether I’m ready or not, Christmas is coming! I know some crafters who start their Christmas card making in February. I’m much more of a December girl… Looming deadline and all that. But it doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy collecting all the pretty things in the lead up to my Christmas craft frenzy! I know we’re all going to find lots of things to add to our shopping list after this hop.

I’m joining my Aussie & Kiwi demo friends (from the ESAD Facebook group) to share a sneak peek of the upcoming 2019 Holiday Catalogue. It goes live on 4th September, check with your local demonstrator to get your hands on a copy!

My catalogue favourite is always the new injection of DSP. As always there’s pretty colours, beautiful patterns and fresh inspiration! My other favourite is a good punch & stamp punch.  This year I’ve got a Christmas crush on the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and Pine Tree Punch bundle.  And the final thing I was super excited about is the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.  I have all the sets in the “Itty Bitty” range and they are fabulous for having a range of greetings at your fingertips. The Christmas one is no exception.

So, with the Wrapped in Plaid DSP, the Pine Tree Punch and Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set in my hot little hands, I whipped up my first Christmas card of the 2019 Holiday Catalogue season.

Wrapped in Plaid DSP | kelly kent

This card is a fancy fold inspired by my teamie – Mandy Depiazzi – who used this fold at class.  Her inspiration came from Jackie Bolhuis.  I’m not sure that it has a name – Jackie simply referred to is as a Quick & Easy Fun Fold.  And she’s right about that.  It’s so simple but such a great layout.  I’ve been using it for lots of cards this month.

The card base isn’t folded – it’s 1/4 of a sheet of cardstock (4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″ for Australian sizing).  The DSP on the base is 3″ x 5-7/8″.  The centre panel – which folds out to reveal your writing panel is 2-3/4″ x 11-11/16″ (the length of an A4 sheet of cardstock), scored at half way (5-7/8″).  The front side of the panel is covered with more DSP – 2-1/2″ x 5-7/8″.

Wrapped in Plaid DSP | kelly kent

The card has a front flap that attaches to the reverse of the base and folds around.  You can make this flap any size you like.  Mine measured 1-1/2″ x 5-7/8″ (I just used an offcut I already had from cutting the card base), which I then cut with the Triple Banner Punch and then scored at 4-1/8″.

Wrapped in Plaid DSP | kelly kent

The decoration can also be any design that fits with your card theme.  I’ve used the tree in the Wrapped in Plaid DSP (how awesome is the gold foiling through the DSP?!?) on a Stitched Shape circle and finished with a Merry Christmas Label (Itty Bitty Christmas + Classic Label Punch).  Oh, and a star using the Twinkle Builder punch (this is a good punch to coordinate with the Pine Tree Punch).

The colours for this card are Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Shaded Spruce, Gold, Whisper White.

Thank you for joining me and my crafty friends for this hop.  Next blog to visit is my gorgeous friend Monique Fielder. If you get lost through broken links anywhere on the hop, check out the list below to skip through.

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Blog hop participant list:

  1. Sharon Dalton
  2. Cathy Pinchbeck
  3. Tanya Rees
  4. Sandra Mastello
  5. Shannon Kissane
  6. Rochelle Blok
  7. Lou Kitzelman
  8. Nicole Wilson
  9. Bronwyn Eastley
  10. Peta Stephen
  11. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  12. Libby Dyson
  13. Jo Weedon
  14. Cheryl Algie
  15. Rochelle Laird-Smith
  16. Denise Buetler
  17. Rebecca Scurr
  18. Kelly Kent
  19. Monique Fielder
  20. Maree McIntosh
  21. Melissa Gifford
  22. Barbara Williams
  23. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  24. Jackie Aitken
  25. Lauren Meiklejohn

 

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Fancy Folds with Jan B

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for another team hop.  It’s awesome to be part of a wonderful group of inspirational crafters.  I know you’re going to love what they share with you for this hop.

We welcome Jan Brown today as our guest designer.  It’s Jan’s first ever blog hop – and we feel so blessed that she agreed to join us.  The team are constantly inspired by Jan’s work and often use her tutorial videos for personal projects and classes.  Jan is so generous with what she shares online – thanks Jan!

So, in honor of Jan’s contribution to the world of papercraft, this theme is all about her!  We are each CASEing one of Jan B’s fancy fold designs.

I have chosen a Tri-Fold design that Jan shared in April.  You can see Jan’s original post here.  I added a couple of extra pockets to the fold, so I’m calling it a Tri-Fold Pocket Card.

This style of card was perfect to show off the new Mosaic Mood DSP from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It’s full of amazing designs that you can cut & use or use as full pages.

The DSP in the new catalogue is so fabulous!!  If you’re in Australia a want a sampler of all the designs, I have a couple of places left in my DSP share.  Click here for all the details.


Let me take you on a tri-fold journey.

It starts folded…

Mosaic Mood Tri Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

And then opens up to reveal 3 panels of beautiful panels…

Mosaic Mood Tri Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

The left is a Terracotta Tile mat, full piece of DSP, vellum and then carefully snipped roses (from the DSP).  The middle panel is a pocket with a Stitched Rectangle mat in Sahara Sand, a Blushing Bride pocket and cut images from the DSP with a Terracotta Tile sentiment.  The Very Vanilla Stitched Rectangle is for your written message & pulls out of the pocket.  The right panel is another Terracotta Tile mat & full piece of DSP.

Mosaic Mood Tri Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

Mosaic Mood Tri Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

Mosaic Mood Tri Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

I designed this card with extra pockets – one at the front, which left two at the back!  So, it was time to decorate & embellish the reverse side of the card…

Mosaic Mood Tri Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

With all the pretty pattern & colours of the DSP, I featured yellow & mint as my ‘side B’ theme.

Mosaic Mood Tri Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

The left panel is pocket style – a So Saffron mat & full piece of DSP with more So Saffron on the pocket and cut images from the DSP (the roses are layered using segments).  The middle panel is a Sahara Sand mat & full piece of DSP.  The right panel is another pocket, with a So Saffron mat, full piece of DSP and more DSP across the pocket.  In the pocket is a bookmark made from cardstock, DSP & cardstock layers with a cut bird from the DSP and stamped sentiment from the Strong & Beautiful stamp set.  I’ve used masking tape to cover up ‘like a diamond’ before I inked it up.

Mosaic Mood Tri Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

Mosaic Mood Tri Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

The bookmark can be inserted to sit over the top of the pocket, or completely in the pocket.

Mosaic Mood Tri Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

This card was so much fun to make!  I’m definitely going to have to make another using a different DSP pattern.  Anything with designs you can cut (like the Mosaic Mood) or a suite with matching stamps/dies will work perfectly.

To make one in your craft room, you’ll need a piece of cardstock 12″ x 9″.  Along the 12″ side, score at 4″ & 8″.  Along the 9″ side, score at 6″.  Cut along the bottom score lines to create your flaps (see picture).

Tr Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

Once you’ve added your cardstock to each panel, you can adhere the pockets in place.

Panel dimensions are 4″ x 6″, so mat size for each panel is 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″ and DSP size is 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″.

Mosaic Mood Tri Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

The pockets measure 3″ x 4″.  Make sure to only adhere down the left & right edge, leaving the top edge free of adhesive so you can put things in there.  Ideas include writing panel & bookmark as shown, gift card, photos, lotto ticket, money – anything less than 4″ x 6″ and flat will fit!

Mosaic Mood Tri Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

Thank you for hopping with our Paper Adventures Team today.  Next up is my gorgeous friend Siobhan Fitzsimmons and her very clever card inspired by a Jan B video.  Prepare to be dazzled – Siobhan can rarely top at one card & she often makes multiples so you get the full effect of a great idea!

There’s a full participant list below in case we lose any of the links over time.

We hope you’ve been inspired to try a fancy fold or two.  With Jan’s full video tutorials, every level of crafter will be able to have a go!

 

 

 

Participant List
Jan Brown (Guest Designer)
Kelly Kent
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Mandy Depiazzi
Sheila Pybus
Narelle Simm
Lisa Whitehead