Kelly’s Stamping Friends | Birthday Blog Hop 2019

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Happy Birthday to me!  Tomorrow is my special day and to celebrate, it’s become a bit of a tradition (we’re in our third year) of gathering my stamping friends and having a blog hop.

I’m joined by 23 of the sweetest, most talented stampers that the South Pacific has to offer.  Enjoy the project from each creator and then click on next to hop through to the next project.  The hop runs in a circle, so you don’t need to start at any particular point – just keeping scrolling through the beautiful artwork and click on next until you get back to where you started.  If any of the next links are broken (it happens sometimes!), there’s a list of participants at the end of this post.

Seeing as it’s my birthday, there’s a loose birthday theme for tonight’s hop.  But (because it’s my birthday and I can break the rule), I have strayed slightly from that theme and my card is a thank you – a great big thank you to all the designers who have joined me on this hop to celebrate and another big thank you to everyone who visits us!

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

For this hop, I’m sharing with you some of my new birthday presents.  I love the happy coincidence that my birthday month is also a Stampin’ Up! preorder*** month.  I love gifts – giving gifts, getting gifts, buying myself gifts!  Happy Birthday to me!

***Preorder means a demonstrator can order from a new catalogue or promotion earlier than its release.  Customers will be able to order new items shown on this post from 4th June.  Can’t wait?  Ask me about joining my team.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

This card features the new Stampin’ Up! stamp set – Free As a Bird and coordinating dies – Stitched Nested Label Dies.  The stamp set has the most beautiful bird & flowers combination and the dies are a dotted edge – a new pattern for the SU range.  The stitched edge effect creates a fabulous border both inside & out.

Although this card looks pretty on the front, the magic happens when you fold it out.  I’ve combined a couple of ideas to create a Window Front Z Fold Card.  The card front has a Nested Die cut out and the bird panel is actually attached to the Z fold in the middle of the card.

Let me show you more pictures.  Here’s the card when the Z is still folded  but the card front is open.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

And then when totally opened out…

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

I’ve added a couple of little magnets to keep the card closed when it’s all folded back in.

The measurements for this card:

Card Base – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″ (half an A4 page lengthways), scored at 5-7/8″

Insert – 3-7/8″ x 11-1/4″, scored at 2-13/16″ & 5-5/8″

DSP (left panel) – 2-11/16″ x 3-3/4″

Cardstock (middle panel) – 2-11/16″ x 3-3/4″

DSP (right panel) – 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″


I love that those gorgeous birds are a feature inside & out of the card.  I’ve stamped all the images for this card in StazOn ink and coloured them with ink and an Aqua Painter.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

The Bird Ballard DSP I’ve used in the card is from the same suite as the stamp set.  These colours helped me to choose the colours for colouring.  The card base is Petal Pink, the Nested Label is Soft Suede and for colouring I’ve used Petal Pink, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Old Olive & Smoky Slate.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

As well as the whimsy of the birds and the flowers, I  love the sentiments from this set.  And I thought given all the wonderful friends I have along on this hop with me, the one I’ve chosen for the inside (Your friendship means the world to me) is just perfect!!!

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

Did I mention how much I love gifts?  I’d like to gift this card and a sampler of the pretty Bird Ballard DSP to someone special.  To be in the running, leave a comment on this blog post and I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday 28th May 2019.


Next up on for the birthday fun is the gorgeous Shannon Kissane.

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Thank you for hopping us with today and for being part of my birthday celebrations!!!


PARTICIPANT LIST
1 Kelly Kent
2 Shannon Kissane
3 Tina Gillespie
4 Monique Fielder
5 Leonie Stuart
6 Michelle Strazds
7 Mandy Depiazzi 
8 Rochelle Blok 
9 Narelle Simm 
10 Catherine Creer
11 Lou Kitzelman
12 Sandra Collett 
13 Sharon Dalton 
14 Denise Buetler 
15 Siobhan Fitzsimmons
16 Jan McQueen
17 Cathy Pinchbeck
18 Richelle Fletcher 
19 Melissa Gifford 
20 Rachael Lewsley
21 Nicole Wilson
22 Julia Quinn
23 Sheila Pybus
24 Leonie Schroder

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Goodbyes

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Wow – this week I feel like I’ve raced into Friday in a full tail spin.  But, we made it!  It’s been a hectic week here at Papercraft HQ with lots of school activities including Mother’s Day afternoon tea, swimming lessons and parent-teacher interviews.  Bring on the weekend!

What a fabulous way to start the weekend – with a Paper Adventures team hop.  We welcome Teneale Williams as our guest designer.  Not only is Teneale amazingly talented, she’s also one of the nicest (and most humble) people I know.  It’s also a big hello to Sheila Pybus – Sheila usually joins in hops via her Facebook page but has this month made the leap to starting a blog!  Such an amazing achievement!

The theme for the hop this month is Goodbyes.  Although this theme could be interpreted in a number of ways, I’ve chosen to do the predictable thing and share a project with lots of items from the Last Chance Retirement List as we spend May saying goodbye to some amazing products from the Annual & Occasions Catalogues.

I’ve made a duo of baby cards – since if I make one in blue, I seem to need to make one in pink too!

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

These card feature the Sweet Baby bundle &  Twinkle Twinkle DSP from the Annual Catalogue – all on the retirement list.

The blue card uses Pool Party cardstock.  Apart from the 2017-2019 In Colors, all colours in the colour families are staying for the foreseeable future.  Colour refreshes / revamps only happen every 5 or so years, so we’ll be enjoying the core colours for quite some time with some new In Colors to mix it up every year.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

The pink version is Petal Pink.  Although Blushing Bride is my go-to pink (until I get my hands on the new Rococo Rose colour!!!), I always match card colours with the DSP.  Twinkle Twinkle features Pool Party, Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Gray Granite, Night of Navy & Whisper White.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

I’ve also used some products are that not on the retirement list.  We’ll be seeing the Rectangle Stitched Dies and Well Written Dies in the upcoming annual catalogue (phew!).

I’ve layered the word die (baby) 4 times using Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheet on the back of the cardstock prior to cutting.  I’m a no mess kind of girl, so sticky stuff on the back really suits me.  Stampin’ Up! have discontinued their adhesive sheets but you’ll be able to find a similar product in other brands – or you can use strips of Tear & Tape.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

The Rectangle Stitched Dies make it so easy to make a shaker card.  All the hard work in done for you with an amazing stitched edge and perfectly sized border.  Simply cut using 2 Stitched Rectangles (two sizes apart) and then back with Window Sheet.  Add Foam Adhesive Strip to the back side and adhere to your card front, filling with shaker pieces before you stick it down.

My shaker pieces are made using the Twinkle Builder punch (on the carryover list) and two retired punches – Heart Border and Star Border.  Retired does not mean no longer useful.  I hold on to lots of favourites!

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

Shaker cards are perfect to add a bit of special to a card – and there’s nothing more special than a new baby coming into the world!


Next up on our team hop, saying her Goodbyes is our guest designer, Teneale Williams.

Thanks for joining us for this month’s hop!

For all your retirement list needs, visit my online store (product links for this project below).  Click here to browse the online store.

 

Participant List

Teneale Williams (Guest Designer)

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ESAD Blog Hop | So Long Old Favourites

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I’m excited to be hopping with my Australian & New Zealand Demonstrator friends today as we share projects made with items from the 2019 Retirement List.

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With changes ahead for Stampin’ Up! production & supply, we’re seeing quite a change over.  Clear and wood sets will no longer be manufactured.  From the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue (which starts on 4th June 2019), we’ll have the option of photopolymer (see through stamps) or cling (red rubber).  The cling format was released in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue and they are amazing!!!

The other main change is a new supplier for dies and embossing folders.  Stampin’ Up! will no longer offer the Big Shot and all their dies and embossing folders going forward will be compatible with a range of die cutting machines.


It’s definitely the time of the year when you realise you have lots of favourites on the shelf that haven’t had as much love as they should – and will be greatly missed once they become retired products.  It was tough to decide what to share for this blog hop, but I ended up deciding on Jar of Love stamp set and the Everyday Jars dies.  Some of my favourite cards have been made with this bundle and I’m going to miss those mason jars!!!

I’ve paired this bundle with the All My Love DSP.  DSP comes & goes, with each catalogue cycle having more and more beautiful new prints to fall in love with.  But, there’ll always be some patterns that I’ll miss more than others – and this gorgeous floral is definitely going to be missed!

After all this chat, you’re probably wondering what I’ve made!!!  Thanks to a fabulous Mini Album project shared by Marion Benfield (Stampin’ with Maz), I have adapted this to be a deluxe fold out card.  I love this style of card, but don’t have much need for mini albums.  A card version combines my love of DSP and a clever fancy fold.

If you’d like to make Marion’s complete mini album with a waterfall section, she has been kind enough to upload the tutorial to Facebook – click here to view.

I always find 3D projects more difficult to photograph & share on my blog, so we’ll start with a video!

And here’s photos of all the layers…

FRONT when folded close

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

FRONT with flap folded open

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

MIDDLE with bottom flap folded open

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

MIDDLE with side flaps folded open

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

MIDDLE completely folded open

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

Here’s a close up of the middle panel using the gorgeous Jar of Love bundle

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

I carried through the colours of the DSP to the flowers in the jar and the burlap ribbon feature.

The bottom section has a flap which I’ve added a removable insert for your message.  This section would also be great for a gift card or other flat gift (ie, jewelry).

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

Want to make your own Mini Album card?  With Marion’s blessing, here’s the adapted instructions.

You’ll need two 12″ x 12″ sheets of cardstock (same colour) plus your favourite DSP.

Cut one of the cardstock sheets to 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ and score 2-1/2″ & 8-1/4″ then rotate 90 degrees and score at 2″, 2-1/4″, 6-1/4″ & 6-1/2″.

Cut out the shaded sections as below

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

With the second sheet of cardstock, cut 2 at 11-3/4″ x 4″ (score at 5-7/8″) and cut 1 at 7-1/2″ (score at 3-3/4″).

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

The extra panels attach to the flaps left & right of the middle section and the bottom right panel.  This gives your card extra length.

Once you’ve cut the shaded sections from the above diagram and attached the extra panels, this is what your card base should look like.  You can round the corners of all the free edges in you like this style.

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

Add magnets (I used 6mm neodymium magnets) to the middle of the top centre panel and the bottom front centre panel (I hope that makes sense!!!),

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

Now you can cover all sides (except the centre back) with DSP.

DSP measurements with 1/8″ border

PANEL A: 5-7/8″ x 1-7/8″ x 2 (front & back)

PANEL B: 5-3/4″ x 3-7/8″ x 2 (front & back)

PANEL C: 5-3/4″ x 3-7/8″x 2 (front & back)

PANEL D: 2-1/8″ x 3-7/8″ (front only)

PANEL E: 5-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ x 2 (front & back)

PANEL F: 3-5/8″ x 3-7/8″ (front & back)

PANEL G: 5-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ x 2 (front only)

Cardstock measurements:

PANEL G: 5-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ plus Stitched Rectangle (3rd down from biggest size)

Insert for Panel E: Stitched Rectangle (3rd down from biggest size) layered on 4-9/16″ x 3-1/4″


Thanks for joining us today for the ESAD blog hop.  There’s 25 clever clogs participating (full list below in case we come across any broken links) and a whole lot of inspiration sharing products that you never knew you needed.  Jut because it’s retirement time, it doesn’t mean the list gets any shorter!!!  For some of these gorgeous products, this is the last time they’ll be available to purchase..

Next up is my fun & talented friend Sharon Dalton.  Sharon is an amazing scrapbooker, so I always enjoy seeing Stampin’ Up! through her eyes.

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If anything on the hop tickles your fancy, please shop with your usual demonstrator.  If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, my online store is open 24-7 for all your papercrafting needs!  Click here to browse.

Blog hop participant list:

  1. Bronwyn Eastley
  2. Libby Dyson
  3. Katrina Duffell
  4. Lou Kitzelman
  5. Shannon Kissane
  6. Nicole Wilson
  7. Delys Cram
  8. Lauren Meiklejohn
  9. Cathy Pinchbeck
  10. Sandra Mastello
  11. Richelle Fletcher
  12. Rose Packer
  13. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  14. Jo Weedon
  15. Peta Stephen
  16. Lisa Whitehead
  17. Rochelle Laird-Smith
  18. Rebecca Scurr
  19. Mandy Depiazzi
  20. Denise Buetler
  21. Monique Fielder
  22. Kelly Kent
  23. Sharon Dalton
  24. Rebekah Crisp
  25. Maree McIntosh

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Inspired by Fashion

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Welcome to another Friday night and another Paper Adventures team hop.  You’re going to love this one – the theme is ‘Inspired by Fashion’ and we have the gorgeous Emma Goddard joining us.  There were quite a few happy dances done by the team when Emma said yes!

I can’t wait for you to see which direction everyone went in their fashion inspiration.  For me, fashion, home decor and marketing trends are a great source of inspiration.  Largely because Stampin’ Up! are always so great at being right on trend with their colours, stamps and accessories.

My card today is not the card I originally had in mind when I suggested this topic for our team hop.  I’m still hoping to make that card – because in my head, it’s awesome!

Instead, I’m sharing a card that I just had to make after seeing this cute design in the Big W catalogue.  For my international friends, Big W is like Target or ASDA.

Seen those flowers before somewhere?

They reminded me of the stamps in the Perennial Birthday stamp set!!!

This is the card I made using a panel inspired by the sleeping bag, offset with a Rectangle Stitched Framelit frame.

Perennial Birthday | kelly kent

I love the blue and pink together.  I’ve used Blueberry Bushel, Night of Navy, Powder Pink and Blushing Bride.

Perennial Birthday | kelly kent

All the stitched shapes help to elevate what would be a simple card into the next level.  I simply can’t craft without them now!!!

Perennial Birthday | kelly kent

This is another layout that I’m storing away for future use.  It’s simple yet engaging and could be used with a stamped piece as I have here, or with a piece of DSP for a very quick & easy card!


Next up on our team hop is Anne Barker who shares her creations on Facebook.  I can’t wait for you to see her stylish project!!!

Thanks for hopping with us!

Participant List:

Anne Barker (Facebook) –

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Wheels

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It’s time to hop again with my talented Paper Adventures team!

The theme for this month is ‘wheels’.  It’s a diverse theme and I can’t wait for you to see the whole range of projects the team has come up with.  Keep clicking on the next button at the end of each post to hop around.  There’s 6 of us joining in, including our gorgeous guest designer – Judy May from Victoria.  Thanks Judy!


If you’re the parent of a young person, or have grandies watching tv, you may already be familiar with the subject of my card today.  For everyone else, meet Buster the Bus.

Buster the Bus punch art | kelly kent

This special card is for a gorgeous little man who turns 3 next month and is obsessed with Buster.

Buster the Bus punch art | kelly kent

It was fun to get back to some punch art.  As my kids have grown, I haven’t has as many reasons to make characters for cards.

To make Buster:

Bus sign: Pineapple Punch rectangle (1-5/8″ wide) plus Whisper White Classic Label punch (ends snipped off).  Sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Memento Tuxedo Black

Bus body: Pineapple Punch rectangle with rounded corners (3-1/2″ x 4″)

Windscreen: Basic Black & Basic Gray rectangle with the bottom edge hand cut into an arc (3-1/4″ x 1-3/4″)

Wipers: Basic Black U shape from Apron Builder Framelits cut down to size

Mirrors: Basic Black U shape from Apron Builder Framelits plus leg from Cookie Cutter Builder punch – double cut into oval shape

Eyes (in order from largest to smallest circle): Basic Black Layering Circle die (smallest size), Whisper White 1″ circle punch, Blueberry Bushel 1/2″ circle punch, Basic Black Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Whisper White Cookie Cutter Builder punch

Mouth: Whisper White Cookie Cutter Builder punch – top portion of head, coloured with Dark Basic Black & Dark Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends

Wheels: Basic Black Story Label punch

Buster the Bus punch art | kelly kent

Lots of work fiddling with pieces to get the punch art right – but it’s so much fun!  Messy with small bits of cardstock everywhere…. but fun!  And when it all comes together – it’s definitely a wow moment.


Next up on our Paper Adventures team heap is our guest designer, Judy May.  I love Judy’s work – it’s always so elegant.

If you’re a lover of Stampin’ Up! but not yet getting a discount on your purchases, then purchasing a Starter Kit would be a great option for you.  If you live in Australia, we’d love to have you on our Paper Adventures team.  It’s $169 for the Starter Kit, which includes $315 of your choice of Stampin’ Up! products with free shipping.  You’ll have the option to purchase more Stampin’ Up! products until at least 31st July 2019, receive the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue early and join in with the new catalogue pre-order.  Click here to find out more.

Thanks for hopping with us today!  We’ll be back in April with another team hop with a fresh theme!

Participant List
Kelly Kent
Judy May (Guest Designer)
Mandy Depiazzi 
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Narelle Simm
Lisa Whitehead

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ESAD Blog Hop | Sale-A-Bration Bundles

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for an ESAD blog hop.  These special hops pop up several times a year to celebrate new products and great promotions.

We’re currently in the final month of Sale-A-Bration – where you can shop and receive free products, join and receive amazing value for your Starter Kit or host and get extra rewards.  It’s the most wonderful time of the Stampin’ Up! year!!

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The theme for this hop is Sale-A-Bration bundle where the participants will show you product bundles you can purchase and earn a Sale-A-Bration item.

Contrary to my usual last minute style, I’m working ahead at the moment, using the His Grace stamp set from the Occasions catalogue to create Easter themed card & gift for Miss Papercraft’s teachers.

This is the bundle – stamp set, Cross of Hope framelits from the Annual Catalogue (such a great staple for religious and occasions requiring a cross for symbolism) and ribbon for embellishment, with the Delightfully Detailed DSP as your Sale-A-Bration selection.  This DSP (from the Annual Catalogue) is part of the 3rd release of bonus items.  See the bottom of this post for all 3rd release Sale-A-Bration choices.

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

You will (of course) also require cardstock, ink and adhesive.  I have also added in Stitched Shapes & Rectangle Stitched Framelits – but you could leave these out or swap for other shapes you own.

Using these products I made a gift set of candle and card.

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

The candle is easy to make by stamping on tissue paper, applying to the candle and gently heating using wax paper as a barrier between your heat gun and the candle.

Each pack of Delightfully Detailed DSP includes 12″x12″ sheets of laser cut paper in two designs – one full page and one with smaller panels & strips you can cut and adhere to products. I’ve embellished the bottom of the candle with a strip of the paper – it’s such a deluxe product!

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

The card uses one of the panel pieces adhered to a piece of Night of Navy cardstock.

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

I love how the laser cut DSP coordinates with the layered cross!

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

The sentiments in this stamp set tell a great story which I have told across the candle, card front and card inside.

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

The colours of the card and gift set were inspired by the school colours.  If you were making this for a church, school or friend, you could choose colours that are meaningful to your community.


Thanks for hopping with me today – I love being able to share what I’m creating in my craft room!

To keep hopping and see more amazing Sale-A-Bration inspired bundles, please click on the next to visit my lovely friend Nicole Wilson.  Image may contain: text

Sometimes on large hops, the links are broken – here’s a full list in case you need it!

Blog hop participant list:

  1. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Lou Kitzelman
  4. Denise Buetler
  5. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  6. Peta Stephen
  7. Monique Fielder
  8. Lisa Whitehead
  9. Libby Dyson
  10. Lauren Meiklejohn
  11. Jackie Aitken
  12. Sharon Dalton
  13. Maree McIntosh
  14. Cheryl Algie
  15. Rochelle Blok
  16. Rebecca Scurr
  17. Delys Cram
  18. Jessie Holton

3rd Release Sale-A-Bration 2019

Just Add Ink #440 | Something New

Happy New Year from the Just Add Ink team!  We’re starting 2019 with a blog hop where you’ll jump between design team members in a great journey of creativity.

Today’s theme is “Something New” and I’m so excited to see what everyone has made!!!

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I’m sharing with you a couple of cards I made using products from the new Classic Garage Suite in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue.

Classic Garage | kelly kent

I’m always quick to add the new ‘guy suite’ to my collection.  Masculine themed cards can be the hardest sometimes – but a coordinated suite always makes it easier for me!!!

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This suite comes with a stamp set (new cling style), framelits, DSP & cardstock pack, ribbon and oh-so-cool metal embellishments.

My first card uses the stamp set, framelits & DSP to create a fun card…

Classic Garage | kelly kent

White, gray, black and a contrasting colour (Tranquil Tide in this case) is always a favourite colour combination of mine.  I love it when the DSP falls into place!

Classic Garage | kelly kent

Each strip of DSP is 4″ x 2″ which makes this card perfect for mass production because you’ll get 4 strips  from each 6″ x 6″ DSP sheet.

I was pleased to see the Black Foil carryover and continue to be available in 2019.  It’s perfect for cutting the cogs & gears.  It’s best to apply Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheet to your foil or cardstock before you cut to make it super easy to add the detailed image to your card.

Classic Garage | kelly kent

I couldn’t resist adding my favourite Rectangle Framelits.  The sizes available in this set fill a gap that had been frustrating me – sentiment panels!


The second card features more of the awesome DSP – this time the front & reverse side…

Classic Garage | kelly kent

The DSP is cut at 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ and then the remaining strip cut at 3-7/8″.

Classic Garage | kelly kent

I love this layout for a quick & easy card.  The Happy Birthday sentiment from the Perennial Birthday stamp set is the perfect size (and font) to complete the patterned DSP.

Classic Garage | kelly kent

And the metal key element is a nice touch to finish it off!  I always buy the themed embellishment – it’s great for taking a card to the next level.


Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  We’d love for you to join the Just Add Ink challenge and share your ‘something new’ with us.  It could be a new product in your craft stash, a new technique you’re trying or a new brand you’ve found.  Click on the image below to visit the Just Add Ink blog for all the details.

Keep hopping for more fabulous inspiration – next up is Joanne Stubbing‘s beautiful birthday card with her new Stampin’ Up!

Have a great weekend,


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ESAD Blog Hop | Occasions & SAB 2019

I’m so excited for today’s hop with my ESAD friends – it’s a huge hop filled with Occasions and Sale-A-Bration inspiration!!!

Thanks to Lou Kitzelman for her stellar organisation that makes these hops happen.  Everyone hopping today is part of a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator only group called ESAD.

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For my projects today, I have focused on Sale-A-Bration products – because.. who doesn’t love FREE!  The winners of Sale-A-Bration 2019 for me is the embellishments – pretty paper, cool wood elements and fantastic ribbon are sure to lift all your 2019 projects.

Check out this stunning DSP with full colour butterfly prints on one side and black and white prints on the other side.

This DSP was the starting point for the projects I’m sharing today – desk calendars.  I’ve added in a couple of new Occasions products too!

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

The calendars both use the Botanical Butterfly DSP, Butterfly Elements and Organdy Ribbon.  These are all items you can choose for free when you order $90+ on your favourite Stampin’ Up! products.

Note: I’m in Australia, the SAB ordering requirement may be different in other regions.

I made the first desk calendar in Highland Heather to coordinate with the DSP and set butterflies set on a quaint tea cup.

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

You’ll find the tea cup in the Occasions Catalogue – a beautiful new set called Tea Together.  I stamped it twice – once on Whisper White and once on the Botanical Butterfly DSP.  Using paper snips, I cut around the cup, handle and part of the saucer (this technique is called paper piecing and is best for the crafter who doesn’t mind a little bit of fussy cutting!).

The main cup shape – on Whisper White is cut using another Sale-A-Bration choice.  The coordinating framelits are available as a level 2 Sale-A-Bration item.  You can select the Tea Time Framelits when you spend $180+.

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

The second desk calendar has a Balmy Blue colour scheme – don’t you love all the colours Stampin’ Up! brought us in the 2018 colour refresh!!

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

I just love that crazy butterfly DSP with a vellum overlay!  And the pretty ribbon adds a fantastic touch to projects.   The SAB combo pack has 23m of ribbon (4.6m x 5 colours!) – what a great choice for a free item.

The itty bitty butterflies in the middle of each of the wood elements are cut from the DSP using the Butterfly Duet punch.  It punches so many of the butterflies from the Botanical Butterfly DSP…. so you’ll want to make sure the punch is part of your $90 order if you’re choosing the DSP as your free SAB option!

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

Want to make your own 2019 desk calendars?  I followed my instructions from 2015!  See the original post here.

Instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of A4 (Australian size) cardstock in half (it’ll be 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16ish”)
  2. Score at 5″, 10″, 10-3/4″, 11-1/2″
  3. Fold cardstock into a triangle shape, with a mountain fold underneath.  Adhere the little flap to the inside of the triangle.
  4. Calendar front – Mat 1: 3-7/8″ x 4-3/4″; Mat 2 (DSP): 3-5/10″ x 4-1/2″

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

I love this time of the year!  How lucky are we that Stampin’ Up! designs such beautiful products and then gives them to us for free!


Thanks for stopping by today!  Unless I’m your last stop, there’s plenty more inspiration to guide your Sale-A-Bration shopping list.

Next to visit is my gorgeous friend in Victoria – Cheryl Algie.

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If there’s any broken links (this sometimes happens), refer to the list below to pick the hop up at a different point.

Hope you enjoy yet another ESAD Blog Hop!

Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Leonie Schroder
  3. Shannon Kissane
  4. Nicole Wilson
  5. Narelle Fasulo
  6. Rachael Lewsley
  7. Angela Harders
  8. Kelly Kent – {YOU ARE HERE}
  9. Cheryl Algie
  10. Jenna Watkins
  11. Libby Dyson
  12. Sharon Dalton
  13. Rose Packer
  14. Sharni Haines
  15. Denise Buetler
  16. Peta Stephen
  17. Kim Oliver
  18. Monique Fielder
  19. Lauren Meiklejohn
  20. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  21. Katrina Duffell
  22. Tatiana Tobin
  23. Cathy Pinchbeck

Product List

Paper Adventures Team Hop | All That Sparkles

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It’s time for one last Paper Adventures team hop before 2018 leaves us.  What a wonderful year of creative projects!  Thank you to my fabulous team for participating every month and taking the time to share their creativity via their blog or Facebook page.  I really appreciate the effort!

We’re finishing with a super fun theme – “All That Sparkles”!  Although I have come across a few crafters who don’t enjoy glitter, lots of us bathe in the sparkle!!!

With a new catalogue just around the corner, I’ve chosen to share some the pretty products I’ve been collecting while pre-order has been available to demonstrators.

The 2019 Occasions Catalogue has lots of exciting new products, including lots of beautiful butterflies!  Choose from a butterfly punch, butterfly dies – or both!  They layer so prettily!

A Little Butterfly Note | kelly kent

The other new product that I’m oh-so-excited by is rectangle stitched framelits!!  I’ve been waiting for these for so long!  Wendy Cranford has putting together an amazing resource for sizes (include mat sizes) for each of the rectangles.  See it here.

A Little Butterfly Note | kelly kent

The hearts on the garland were made using the new Dog Builder punch. The dog is super cute – but the heart is amazing too!

A Little Butterfly Note | kelly kent

And that amazing multi-coloured foil I’ve used for the mat and butterflies is a Sale-A-Bration choice for 2019.  It’s free when you spend $90!!!  This generous gift features 8 sheets of 12″ x 12″ metallic foil in Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick – 4 of each colour.

If you’re new to Stampin’ Up!, you’ll be excited to hear that every Jan-March (this cycle it starts on 3rd Jan 2019), Stampin’ Up! offers free gifts with every $90 you spend on products.  EVERY $90 for all that time.  There’s no limit to how many you can earn!


Sale-A-Bration also brings us a fantastic opportunity on a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit.  Purchase a $169 Starter Kit and you’ll get your choice of $315 of products and a 20% discount on all purchases until at least July 31st 2019!

Or, purchase the deluxe Starter Kit for $210 and get $315 of your choice of products, an exclusive (and limited edition) Craft & Carry Tote and a 20% discount on all purchases until at least July 31st 2019!

If either of these options sound enticing to you, send me a message on Facebook or an email and I can give you more details!

To continue the hop and visit projects from some more of our Paper Adventures team, visit Sheila Pybus on Facebook with her glittery project.

Have a great weekend!  I hope it includes lots of craft time!

Participant List:

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Sheila Pybus (Facebook)
  3. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  4. Narelle Simm

Product List

*** Products available to demonstrators 5 Dec 2018 – 2nd Jan 2019. Available to customers from 3rd Jan 2019.

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Christmas

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Hello!  It’s been oh-so-quiet on my blog of late.  I’m still spending lots of time with Baby Papercraft – but how could I resist this gorgeous smile?

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney

Not only did we add a baby to Team Papercraft this year, we also added a house! So the last month has been crazy busy with packing, moving & all the things that come with acquiring a new house.

On the upside, the new house comes with enough space for a craft room!  So after many, many, many years of crafting amongst the chaos, I have my very own space to create.  Now, if I could only conjure up some time to spend in my special craft room, the world would be perfect!!!  I have that to look forward to!!!

Although blogging has slipped down my priority list recently, I didn’t want to miss our team hop, so I’ve snuck into the craft room between baby feeds and big kid activities and created a couple of cards to share for our Christmas themed hop.

Big thanks to the talented Shannon Kissane for being our guest designer this hop!  Wasn’t her Christmas project amazing???

Since my craft time is limited, I decided I wanted to create deluxe cards. I pulled out the stunning Joyous Noel Specialty DSP, shiny Copper Foil and copper embossing to create this fancy fold design I’ve been desperate to try after seeing it on Patty Bennett’s Facebook.

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

It’s called a double easel card and they are so easy to make but so stunning!!!

So stunning I made it in two colours!!!

The first is Merry Merlot, Sahara Sand and copper.

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

I’ve taken lots of photos to show you all the angles – which is actually ironic because I haven’t yet worked out what the best option is for photos in the new house!  So they are highly average…. but you get the idea!

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

The card is a normal card base with a folded front attached.  I’ll add measurements & instructions to this post soon (when I have more time!!!)

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

The second is Tranquil Tide, Gray Granite & copper – with gorgeous reindeer!!!

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

It fold flat for posting but stands up for display.  I love any card with this feature!

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite?  I love both creations but you know I’m a pushover for anything with reindeer!

Joyous Noel | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us tonight! Next up on the hop is Mandy Depiazzi with her fabulous Christmas creation!

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