Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Embossing Paste

Hello Sunday!  I’m delighted to be hopping again this month (4th Sunday) with the Stamping Sunday Design Team.

Today, it’s all about the embossing paste – and you’re going to love the range of ideas we’ve got for you.

To see more of the design team projects, click on the little blue frog for the full link up list.

I love this new product so much that I’ve already finished one tub and I’m waiting for my new one to arrive.  It’ll be here just in time this week to try some of the design team ideas.

As well as embossing paste, there’s also tools for easy application & a pack of 4 decorative masks.

Although on first glance embossing paste is quite simple and is used to emboss the paste through a mask to add texture, there are lots of different adaptations you can make to increase the variety of looks the paste creates.


The first card I’m sharing today uses reinkers to colour the embossing paste and a mask made from the Eclectic Layers die.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

You can transform the paste from white to any Stampin’ Up! colour by adding a couple of drops of reinker to the embossing paste.

I love that the paste gives a really even colour across the whole pattern.  I always get caught when sponging with that one really dark patch!!!

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To colour the embossing paste:

Dollop a teaspoon of the paste on your silicone craft sheet, drop on 1-3 drops of reinker (depending on the intensity of colour you want) and mix with your palette knife.

Working on the silicone mat makes for a smooth working surface with an easy clean up.  If you don’t own one of these already, then you’ll want to add one to your collection.  I also use mine for hot glue work and have recently heard that they are a great underlay for stamping.

Although I could have easily used one of the Pattern Party masks, it was great to be able to create a different background for this card to suit the fabulous style of the lady!

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You can create a mask from any die that has a pattern to it – or a an interesting solid shape.


I’m so excited to show you my second project….I heat embossed the embossing paste!

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I tried this a few ways with the reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, including using a stencil.

In the end I found it worked best when I cut the reindeer out of cardstock, placed on my silicone mat and covered it completely with embossing paste, before layering with embossing powder.

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I then gently moved it off my silicone mat and heat embossed it with my heat tool.  The embossing powder bubbles & cracks and creates a fabulous finish that I liken to the crinkly foil on chocolate wrappers!

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In the process of my embossing experiments, I ended up with 2 reindeers – a gold & silver version.  You could do this with any metallic embossing powder you own.

And there’s a whole world of experimentation for non-metallic embossing powders!

The first reindeer card using the gold embossing is texture filled!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

As well as having my heat embossed reindeer, I’ve also added embossing paste to the base layer using the diamond decorative mask – and then stamped over the whole layer with the new Music Sheet background stamp.

This is another great feature of the embossing paste – you can stamp directly onto it!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

The second reindeer card is much simpler (and more my usual style!) with a base of gorgeous Coffee Break DSP and the heat embossed reindeer as the focus.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

Here’s a close up of the embossed reindeer in silver.  As you can see, it’s not important to get a totally flat finish on the embossing paste – it all adds to the texture!

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That’s all from me today!

If you’d love to see more embossing paste ideas, click on the blue frog to bring up the list of wonderful demonstrators around the world from the Stamping Sunday design team that are sharing their ideas, including our guest hoppers Sarah Fleming & Tanya Boser!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a fantastic week!

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Stamp Review Crew – Labeler Alphabet

Hello Monday!  Hope your week has started well!

Today for Stamp Review Crew, this wonderful international crew of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are creating using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

You may have just come from the gorgeous Linda Callahan in the US!  Or starting here with  me in Australia.  Next stop is Tanya back in the US!  Wonderfully international – and very talented!!!

This stamp set is a long time favourite of mine!  Alphabet stamps are already good for when the sentiments you’ve got don’t quite fit the occasion!  Or to add that personal touch.

This sassy get well card I made earlier in the year is still one of my favourites.


I’ve made three cards to share with you today.

The first card is to go with a present I bought for Miss Papercraft’s teacher.  They’ve been reading all of the books in the Roald Dahl series, so when I saw a Roald Dahl fact book / sampler, I thought it would make a great classroom resource.

Of course every good present needs a card, so I made this card inspired by the part in Matilda where she telekinetically raises a piece of chalk to the blackboard and writes on it.

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I left the ‘A’ unfinished as I’m sure there are lots of adjectives that a teacher could use to describe a class full of year 1 students!!!  Awesome, atrocious, amazing, awful….

It’s a vocabulary lesson right there!

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The next card is for a little Warrior who has a long history of medical treatment.  I lovely friend put me onto the Communified Facebook page, where each month they share the story of a chronically ill child.

June’s Warrior is Tayte.  He loves lego, so I made him this interactive Lego waterfall card.

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The Labeler Alphabet stamp set was handy to not only add his name (because a personal touch is always awesome) but the ‘pull’ instruction so they could work out how to get the card to move.

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And the final card for today is another mermaid card.  Did you enjoy my colour combinations last week?

Here’s another set of colours – Marina Mist, Sweet Sugarplum, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Berry Burst & Basic Black!

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This card is my take on the ‘be a unicorn’ theme.

Who doesn’t want to be a mermaid?

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That is all today!!!  As you can see, I love this stamp set a lot!

And find it easy to find ways to use it in my cardmaking, but I can’t wait to see how the rest of the crew have used it!

Next up is the wonderfully talented Tanya Boser

Thanks for hopping with us!


Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set

Important extras for the blackboard card

Important extras for the Lego card

Important extras for the mermaid card

Oh So Popular Daisy Punch!

Stampin’ Up! customers loves a good punch bundle – and the Daisy punch with coordinating Daisy Delight stamp set has been a hit!

During the demonstrator pre-order period and the first 2 weeks of the catalogue, we’ve bought & sold so many Daisy punches that the company is unable to keep up with supply!

That’s amazing!!!

So, from tonight, this punch will temporarily be turned unorderable until more stocks arrive in late July.

If it’s on your wishlist, but you haven’t ordered it yet, you may still be able to sneak in an order today.

Daisy Punch

$31.00

You can continue to order the stamp set, but as the punch is unavailable, the bundle will become unorderable also.


We loved using it at my launch on the weekend.

This is the other make & take card that attendees created.

The punch is wonderfully efficient, but fussy cutting the daisies is totally possible (just ask Linda!!!!).


The patterns the Delightful Daisy DSP are gorgeous and will also continue to be available!

So, although we’ll be eagerly awaiting the return of the daisy punch, there’s plenty of beautiful products in this suite that you can buy to fulfil your daisy needs!

Pretty gems anyone???  PS, these are amazing with the Eastern Palace suite!

If you miss out on the Daisy punch and would like to be notified when it comes back into stock, let me know!

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Just Add Ink #363 – Anniversary

As it turns out, the Just Add Ink Anniversary challenge was perfectly timed for me!

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Not quite as perfect as Chloe, who celebrates her wedding anniversary today, but well timed to create some “stampin’versary”cards for some of my stamping friends who also celebrated Stampin’ Up! anniversaries during May.

It’s all part of Sara Douglass’ #MakeACardSendACard challenge.  I am absolutely loving sending out lots of happy mail.

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Because of my ongoing battle with a set number of hours in the day (just 24 – to do EVERYTHING!), these cards got in the mail a little later than I wanted, so they will probably hit the east coast after this goes live.  But that’s ok!

I took this opportunity to have a play around with colour combinations for the new In Colors.  Until this point, I’d used coordinating colours – Pool Party & Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst & Sweet Sugarplum…. you get the idea!

The creative crew over at Stampin’ Up! HQ have put together a fabulous list of colours that work well together for each of the 5 new In Colors.

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It’s a great way to expand your natural colour boundaries!

So, these are the 5 cards & colour combinations I chose…

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And up close and personal…

 

Fresh Fig with Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight & Pear Pizzazz

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Powder Pink with Night of Navy, Soft Sky & So Saffron

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Lemon Lime Twist with Island Indigo & Melon Mambo

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Tranquil Tide with So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach & Sweet Sugarplum

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Berry Burst with Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry & Pumpkin Pie

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The insides were decorated in the same way, with the peekaboo ‘happy anniversary’ panel from the front and a Rose Garden vellum die cut across the base.

I haven’t taken a picture of all of the colours – this gives you a looksie at the design…

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I have been working hard on my card insides this year – and also the envelopes!  It’s rude to send a naked envelope… apparently!

Luckily, the floral stamp from the Floral Phrases stamp set matches the Fresh Florals DSP that I used on the card front.

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And then they were finished and in the mail to 5 stamping friends!

Happy mail is on it’s way!

If you’re ever in need of someone to send happy mail to, pick me!  Checking the letterbox is one of my favourite daily activities and I always get so excited when the contents are pretty!

Speaking of pretty, an anniversary theme lends itself to some pretty amazing cards.

Head over the Just Add Ink blog to see what the design team created this week, and add your anniversary card to the mix!

 

 

Stamp Review Crew – Colorful Seasons

With a new catalogue to inspire, the Stamp Review Crew are ready for action!!!

If you haven’t seen a Stamp Review Crew before, you’re in a for a treat!  SRC is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, who, on the first and third Monday of the month, share projects inspired by a current stamp set.

Today, we’re creating using the Colorful Seasons stamp set and coordinating products from the Color Theory Suite including the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

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They all appear in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.  It was available on pre-order for demonstrators, so there has been some amazing ideas floating around already.  But, you’re sure to find lots more today!

The hop goes around in a circle, so for the full experience, keep hopping until you get back to where you started!

If you’ve already been hopping, then you’ll have seen the beautiful work of Artisan Design Team member Rochelle Blok!

I had a giggle on the weekend when I saw Rochelle’s Artisan Design Team projects using this stamp set.  My projects today are quite similar!!!  Snap Rochelle! #channelingmyinnerArtisan

I actually made these cards last week as I spent Thurs – Sat in Perth at a training course for my paid job as a Paediatric Speech Pathologist.

I’ve been trying to take photos in full sun (quite the challenge as we head into winter!), which has taken a lot of organisation!


My cards were inspired by two things –  winter started this week in the Southern Hemisphere, and as this blog hop goes live today, I’ll be on my way to Perth (again), to see the Frozen Disney on Ice show.

The two Little Misses love Frozen and can practically recite it word for word, and can certainly sing all the songs!  I’m sure it will be quite magical!

So, with a colour theme of Whisper & Shimmery White, Elegant Eggplant, Dapper Denim, the Color Theory DSP and Memories & More Cards, I created these two cards…

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The first card uses a snowflake card from the Memories & More Card Pack.  I added extra snowflakes, embossed in white and a banner/ribbon flourish for my sentiment to sit on.

Stamp Review Crew - Colorful Seasons | kelly kent

The sentiment is a combination of the ‘beautiful’ from the Colorful Season stamp set (I masked out the other words) and the happy birthday from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.

The Pretty Label punch is new (and gorgeous!).  I’ve added a shadow using the same punched shape, just slightly offset behind it.

Stamp Review Crew - Colorful Seasons | kelly kent


The second card uses white on white die cuts – which I love for a textured effect.  Depending on how you look at the card, it often looks like they’ve been embossed.

Stamp Review Crew - Colorful Seasons | kelly kent

I used the Pretty Label punch again for the sentiment and more of the delightful Glitter Enamel Dots.

They come in four colours are I’ve been able to use them on all sorts of cards!  A princess needs a little glitter!

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So, although we don’t’ have snow where I live, there’s always a use for snowflakes for Frozen inspired princess cards!

Next up on the Stamp Review Crew list is Juan Ambida who has something amazing to share using the Colorful Season stamp set.

Thanks for hopping with me!  I hope you enjoy the four seasons in one day concept!

Do you have a favourite season?  Mine is summer – I love the hot weather, and only just tolerate the cold!  We had such as cold winter in Bunbury last year, I’m really hoping for a milder one this year!!!


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Stamping with Friends – Celebrating 5 years! Part Two

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Hello!  Welcome to part 2 of my stampin’versary blog hop!

Last night was amazing!!!  And tonight is packed with more of my amazing demonstrator friends.

If you missed last night, you can check it out here, but quickly, here’s an excerpt from part 1 to give you some background…

Welcome to a special blog hop that started as a little idea that delightfully spun into a wonderful weave of stamping friends.

This time 5 years ago my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator (now upline, Maxine Norrish) contacted me to see if I had thought about joining Stampin’ Up!

I hadn’t, but given my spending patterns & growing stash in the 12 months before that, it seemed like a great next step.  And they were offering free DSP…. show me the forms!!!

Which brings me to May 2017 – and I’m celebrating 5 years with Stampin’ Up!, a heap of wonderful memories, a great team and {lots} of wonderful stamping friends!

So, when I asked if anyone wanted to join me, thinking I’d maybe have a nice little hop of 10 or so, I was left speechless (which takes a lot!) by the amazing demos that put their hand up to join me.

So many so, that this blog hop runs over 2 nights!!!  With lots & lots of talent with each ‘next’ click.

Ironically, part two of this hop is actually the first half of the list!

I had so talented friends wanting to join the fun that I needed to sneak another hop in and with the new catalogue starting tomorrow night, the hop went backwards!


There weren’t too many rules or regulations for tonight’s hop – I wanted it to be a celebration and a party.

But we do have a loose theme of ‘happy’.

When I think about what makes me happy, there’s 2 main things – my family & my friends.

Yesterday I focused on friends, so tonight it’s about my family.

I am lucky to have 2 beautiful girls and they love nothing more than to stamp with me (or without me!).

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They are surprisingly good at it for their tender ages – must be the genetics!

If they are home when I am running a class, they always want to join in – and often do!

And they like to have a say in which sets make it to the wishlist!

After some recently good behaviour, I let them choose a stamp set each.  Can you guess what we ended up with???

     

Every girl’s dream…. puppies & kitties!


Kindly, they let me use their stamps to create my projects for tonight’s hop…

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Part of the fun for me was to give them exactly the same pieces I used and see what they created!

This is my Pretty Kitty card…

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And this is Miss M’s version….

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She’s very proud of her masterpiece!

She likes messy watercolouring too!

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This is my Bella & Friends creation….

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And Miss A’s creation…

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Although she hadn’t seen my card, she’s a classic ‘gotta be different’ crafter and I’m she purposely chose the reverse side of the DSP to change it up!

Another proud little papercrafter!

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I am blessed to have a family that supports my love of Stampin’ Up! and I love that it’s something we can share.

I had considered Mr Papercraft making a card too, but when I had to choose between Mr Domestic God & Mr Papercraft, I went with having my dinner cooked for me while I crafted!!!

I am one lucky lady!!!


Thanks for sharing in my 5th stampin’-versary!!!

Please keep hopping to see what my amazing stamping friends have created in their happy zone.

We go all around the world for this hop – isn’t technology wonderful!

If there are any broken links, check the list below to keep you on track.

Next up is a lady who makes the most fabulous creations, Billie Moan

After 2 nights of incredibe hopping, I am overwhelmed by the creativity in a group of wonderful ladies that I am privileged to call my friends.

Big hugs my friends, I’m very grateful for each & every one of you!!!  More than I can tell you in the blog post!

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Stamping with Friends – Celebrating 5 years! Part One

A very big hello!!!

And welcome to a special blog hop that started as a little idea that delightfully spun into a wonderful weave of stamping friends.

This time 5 years ago my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator (now upline, Maxine Norrish) contacted me to see if I had thought about joining Stampin’ Up!

I hadn’t, but given my spending patterns & growing stash in the 12 months before that, it seemed like a great next step.  And they were offering free DSP…. show me the forms!!!

Which brings me to May 2017 – and I’m celebrating 5 years with Stampin’ Up!, a heap of wonderful memories, a great team and {lots} of wonderful stamping friends!

So, when I asked if anyone wanted to join me, thinking I’d maybe have a nice little hop of 10 or so, I was left speechless (which takes a lot!) by the amazing demos that put their hand up to join me.

So many so, that this blog hop runs over 2 nights!!!  With lots & lots of talent with each ‘next’ click.


There weren’t too many rules or regulations for tonight’s hop – I wanted it to be a celebration and a party.

But we do have a loose theme of ‘happy’.

When I think about what makes me happy, there’s 2 main things – my family & my friends.

Because it’s my stamping friends that have made this hop possible tonight, I’ll start with friends!

We’re so close to the new catalogue and being able to order new things… like the Lovely Inside & Out bundle.

Owning new Stampin’ Up! makes me happy!

Over the years I’ve grown to love cards with non specific sentiments such as ‘friend’.

And I {LOVE} the fonts in this set!

So, using the friend stamp & die, I’ve made a trio of friend cards, to celebrate all my stamping friends and how happy their friendship & support makes me.

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

I’ve used lots of Stampin’ Up! products in these cards that make me happy!

Happy colours…Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay & Pool Party

Happy embellishments… glitter dots

Happy dies… stitched shapes

Layouts that make me happy, vellum and of course twine!

I think the only happy favourite that’s missing is white embossing!

It think it’s safe to say I have a ‘style’ when it comes to card making!!!!


Here’s the cards in more detail…

Front:

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Inside:

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Front:

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Inside:

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Front:

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Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

Do you have a style?  Go-to layouts, colours, design features or elements that make you happy?

It an amazing feeling to make a card and do that happy little sigh cos you love it!


Thanks for sharing in my 5th stampin’-versary!!!

Please keep hopping to see what my amazing stamping friends have created in their happy zone.

We go all around the world for this hop – isn’t technology wonderful!

If there are any broken links, check the list below to keep you on track.

Next up is the gorgeous Angela Meiritz-Reid

If you love what you see, pop back tomorrow night for part 2!

I am floating on cloud 9 that this has come together and that I am surrounded by so much talent, beauty and kindness.

Big hugs my friends, I’m very grateful for each & every one of you!!!  More than I can tell you in the blog post!


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