Paper Adventures Team Hop | Pointillism

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Hello! Thank you for joining us for another Paper Adventures Team Hop. I’m mildly spinning that it’s mid October already. This year has been such a mixed bag that it’s equally the longest year ever combined with the most rapid year ever! That level of contradiction suits 2020 perfectly!

We welcome Kayla McCreadie today as our guest designer and I can’t wait for you to see what she has created. She has a beautiful straight line design style with lots of layers and texture. You can visit Kayla’s blog by clicking on the next button at the end of this post.

The theme for today’s team hop – pointillism – was chosen by Narelle and is just wonderful for extending our creativity. Pointilism is creating an image or pattern using small dots. Because of this, it can sometimes be called ‘dot colouring’ or ‘dot painting’.

You may not have heard of pointillism before if you’re a Stampin’ Up! lover, you will have definitely seen it! There are several Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that use this style to create the artwork including the Whale Done stamp set from the current Annual Catalogue. The images are made using lots of tiny little dots!

Using the fabulous samples from the Annual Catalogue to inspired the design, I’ve recreated each card on page 96 using Stampin’ Blends and the no line stamping technique. This gave the style more detail and colour than if stamped in one ink.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

Have you tried no line stamping before? Ink up in a light neutral ink (I’ve used Smoky Slate but Sahara Sand also works well) and stamp on scrap paper to remove most of the ink before stamping on Whisper White. You should be able to faintly see the image – enough so to add colour.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

I followed the basic shading of the stamp in the light and dark version of the Blend colours. I must admit, wasn’t too careful or fussy about where the dots went or how far they are apart. If there was too much white space, I added in more dots.

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The bullet tip end of the Stampin’ Blend provides the perfect size and intensity of dot for this project.

Whale Done - pointillism | kelly kent

This is one of my all-time favourite DSP packs. If you don’t have some, you should buy some! And if you have some, you should stock up on some more while it’s 15% off. Just $17 until the end of October. Click here to view all the DSP patterns that are part of the DSP sale in my online store.

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As well as colouring the image, I also used blue tones for shading around the outside of the sea creatures. There’s differents ways of expressing the pointillism theme. You could also use a solid image and add the dots around the outside.

To see how the rest of our team and our guest designer, Kayla McCreadie have been inspired by the pointillism theme, keep hopping along. For a full list of participants see the bottom of this post.

Next up is Kayla’s blog.

Thanks for joining us. We hope this theme has inspired some creativity for you this weekend.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

PARTICIPANT LIST
Kelly Kent
Kayla McCreadie (Guest Designer)
Lisa Whitehead
Robyn Houston
Shannon Kissane
Mandy Depiazzi
Narelle Simm

Paper Adventures Team Hop | sketch

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Hi!  Thanks for joining us for a team hop where our Paper Adventures team get together on a Friday night once a month and create projects with a shared theme.  Today it’s a fabulous sketch and we’re lucky to be joined by Gail Ellis from Blue Rose Paper Treasures as our guest designer.

This fun sketch was designed by Narelle. I’m so excited to see what the team does with it.  I’m either incredibly literal with sketches (for this one think holly, circle and rectangle) or I run away on a complete tangent!

Today’s creation is a little liberal with the circle turning into a square and the holly becoming a gnome.

No Peeking | kelly kent

I had an idea when I saw this sketch where the gnome was peeking out from behind a present with a tag saying “no peeking”.

No Peeking | kelly kent

How cute is the ruffles of the bow from the Gift Wrapped stamp set?  I’ve paired it with Heartwarming Hugs DSP.

The tag is from the Little Treat Box Dies – such a cute little size with gorgeous stitched detail.  And you’ll recognise the gnome peeking out from the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set.  I had to hunt a little for the sentiment – I knew I had a ‘no peeking’ somewhere and found it in the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.

No Peeking | kelly kent

There’s lots more of the team to share their creations if you keep clicking on the ‘next’ links to each blog until you get back to where you started.  The full list of participants is below.

From here, you are visiting our amazingly talented guest designer Gail Ellis.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend filled with all the things that make you happy!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Banners

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

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

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

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

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

Banners | kelly kent

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

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

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The congrats sentiment is from the Many Mates stamp set.


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

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

Paper Adventures | celebrating the wins

Our Paper Adventures Team had a team meeting on the weekend – which is always a highlight on my calendar.  Is there any better social occasion than a cup of tea and cake with friends who share the same passion, great conversation, lots of laughs and an opportunity to get inky – all in the space of a morning!

The topics of conversation vary at meetings but we usually discuss the catalogues – favourite products and things we might have missed noticing, team news – who’s doing what and any Stampin’ Up! news.

As part of the meeting, I had the delightful task of congratulating Lisa Whitehead who has shown great innovation and dedication over the past 12 months and promoted to Bronze Elite level.  This means she earns herself an extra 5% commission on everything she sells to her customers and 5% extra discount on her own personal spending.

This is the card I made her to go with a personalised gift…

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The Stitched Triangles Dies were a must have for me from the Annual Catalogue.  I love anything stitched, and the geometric finish of the triangle shapes makes them super fun to work with!

Yay You! | kelly kent

Don’t you love how the light catches those letters!  The Playful Alphabet Dies were another first love from the Annual Catalogue.  The light catching the Copper Foil on these letters makes the card shine!

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And for that extra bit of wow, I’ve added the foil to the Foam Adhesive Sheet before running them through the Die Cutting Machine.  It’s so easy but so effective.  If you buy the Playful Alphabet Dies, you must buy the Foam Adhesive Sheets as well!

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The colours for this card are Bermuda Bay, Bumbleebee, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray with Copper Foil letters on a Whisper White base.

Congratulations again to Lisa – a well deserved promotion!  I can’t wait to see what you do next!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Hop | weather

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Kit Challenge

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During the restrictions of COVID, our Paper Adventures Team participated in three challenges that we used as the basis for a card swap.

The first one was to send the materials required to make 4 cards with photos to inspire the recipient’s versions.

The second one was to send all the materials to make 3 cards, but no inspiration photos.

The third one was a card base with an attached piece of DSP and a couple of extra pieces to get the recipient started with their own version.

We had so much fun in each challenge, we thought we’d extend the theme through to our team hop for this month.  We welcome Joanne James from the UK to share in the fun with us!

Here’s the brief – projects must include a square piece of DSP, a piece of ribbon at least 4″ long, a trinket or embellishment and dry or heat embossing.  I can’t wait to see what the team makes!

I have the most fun with challenges when they extend my thinking and take me away from what I would normally make.  The need to use a square piece of DSP inspired me to create a 3D project using a 6″x6″ square piece of DSP as the starting point.  My new catalogue DSP finally arrived, just in time to create for this challenge!

This treat bag style bag & box in one was designed by Kim Price.  You can see her original projects including instructions and a video by clicking here.

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It has a square base and curved sides and is super cute.  And the best part – it starts with a piece of 6″x6″ DSP which means you can create it using any of the DSP designs in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.  I’ve used the Artistry Blooms DSP for the treat bag paired with images from the Whale of a Time DSP.

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The finished size is 4-3/4″ tall by 2-3/4″ wide.  I plan to fill these boxes with chocolates as gifts for a workshop I have booked tomorrow night with some lovely local ladies.

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The whale for the blue treat bag has been cut with the coordinating Whale Builder Punch.  The turtle for the pink treat bag was fussy cut from the same DSP pack.

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With so many new things to play with at the moment, I’m enjoying mixing & matching between sets.  The tag is cut using one of the label dies from the Hippo & Friends Dies, with a slot die – which is also part of this set. I also used this on the top of the bag, placing the slot at a point where I could line up the bag and tag together.

The Hippo & Friends Dies are one of the best value sets in the catalogue with 25 dies including three different stitched  label options (in multiple sizes), accessory pieces and dies to match the characters from the Hippo Happiness stamp set.  I can’t wait to show you some projects with those cute little stamps!!!

Treat Bag | kelly kent

To complete the challenge, I used twine & ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack through the slot to close the bag, Basic Pearls & Basic Rhinestones as the embellishment and white heat embossing for the sentiment.  The ‘thanks’ sentiment is from the Whale Done stamp set. I’ve used masking tape to cover the bottom half of the sentiment and just stamp out the ‘thanks’.

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I’m excited to see how the rest of the team uses the 4 elements of the challenge to create their amazing projects.  The next creative queen is Lisa Whitehead.

Thanks again to Joanne James for joining us!  We love having international guests on our hop and are very grateful when they say yes to join us despite the challenges with time zones!

If you’re curious about Stampin’ Up! and becoming part of our Paper Adventures team, please let me know via a message on Facebook.  There’s a great bonus in the Starter Kit for this month with zero long term commitment or expectation.  Jump on board to see how it all works!!!  It may be the best decision you ever make!  If you live in Australia and you’re ready to join us, click here for all the Starter Kit info.

Have a great weekend!  I hope the forecast includes lots of stamping!

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | CASEing the Birthday Girl

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Happy Birthday to ….. ME!  It’s my birthday today and I’m blessed to be spending some of it blogging with my stamping family.  These ladies are such a wonderful part of my life and I’m so grateful to have them with me in this part of my papercraft journey.  This is the perfect way to celebrate!

Because it’s my birthday (well birth “month” actually – because … why not!!) I’ve asked the team to CASE the Birthday Girl!    So, the team have chosen designs I’ve shared on my blog and put their own spin on it.

We’re lucky to be joined by the super talented Tanya Rees.  Her style is gorgeous (and she is too!).

My blog started in October 2013 and in my very first post I shared a baby sampler I’d made for friend’s new little man.  It used Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White – still one of my favourite ombre colour choices to this date.

The second project I shared was a card using the cult classic Owl Punch.  Although long retired, I still have mine in my collection.  This was one of the first builder punches Stampin’ Up! produced and resulted in many punch art creations that were not actually owls!!!

This is the first card I blogged and the one I have decided to CASE today and do a 2020 version…

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Using the same layout and colours and 6 more years of experience playing with paper, stamps and inks, here is the update –

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I love the finesse of the Bird Ballad DSP.  It takes a little patience to fussy around around the images, but that is time well spent to add a beautifully coloured artwork to the front of my card.  The striking yellow for this card is from the Best Dressed DSP.  I’ve had this on my desk, waiting patiently to be used.  Yellow is such a wonderfully happy colour!

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The top note shape of my original card has been replaced with a scalloped stitched rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and stamped with Birthday Wishes from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.

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Although I like both yellow and green, my tastes over the years have changed and current style often features one strong colour with a neutral.  So I’ve done another update, and changed the card up to a Petal Pink & Sahara Sand that is much more my 2020 style!  Time will tell what my 2026 style will be!!!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Isn’t it funny how colour trends, our personal style and what’s available in the catalogue influence what we make across the years!

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I love this layout and I’m thinking I should go back and do this for more of my cards with some of the new products coming out in June!

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These birds are just the sweetest – and really do make it so easy to add prettiness to your cards!  Last I checked, this DSP is still available in the online store – and at a discount!  Click here to visit.

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I’d love it, as a birthday gift to me, if you could visit all of the blogs on the hop and leave a little message for my wonderful team.  It’s so nice to hear that people are reading our blogs and enjoying what we are sharing!

The next blog from here is our guest designer, Tanya Rees, who makes stunning cards!!

Thank you for being part of my birthday!

 

Participant List:

Kelly Kent
Tanya Rees (Guest Designer)
Narelle Simm
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Shannon Kissane
Lisa Whitehead
Mandy Depiazzi
Sheila Pybus

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Colour Combination

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Hello!  In these times of social distancing, it’s wonderful to be able to get together with my stamping team, even if it’s only a blog hop.  We would usually meet in person every 6-8 weeks but our next team meeting will be via Zoom.  I feel so lucky to have the technology, but I am definitely missing seeing family & friends in person.  How is the social distancing affecting your interactions?  Are you finding new and innovative ways to catch up?

The theme for tonight’s Paper Adventures Team Hop is a colour combination.  We welcome Jenny Hayward as our guest designer.  I can’t wait for you to see Jenny’s awesome project.  Click on the next button at the end of my post to hop along to her blog.

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Believe it or not, this colour trio was inspired by a new packet of clothes pegs I recently bought.  I’m a bit of a sucker for pegs.  I love having lots of them – but they have to be the same style.  Colour doesn’t worry me, so I was happy to add some really pretty teal & pink ones to my peg basket.  I love how crisp and “new” fresh pegs look.

I didn’t realise so many people had peg preferences until it came up in conversation with a group of friends recently.  Some people needed to hang clothes with the exact same peg on the item, some people didn’t mind the type of peg as long as it was the same colour, some people wanted the same type of peg regardless of colour and some people had to match the peg colour to the clothing colour.  What a funny bunch we are!  What are your peg preferences?

Here’s my card using the challenge colours.  Since we can’t give real hugs to most of our loved ones at the moment, I’m sending some paper hugs – the next best thing!

Paper hugs | kelly kent

The ‘sending’ & ‘hugs’ for this card are from the So Sentimental stamp set on a label from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  I masked out the ‘healing’ part so I could add in ‘paper’.  The letters for paper are stamped on gingham DSP (2018-2020 In Color Collection) using the Lined Alphabet stamp set.  I fussy cut the letters using my snips.  Paper hugs | kelly kent

This card had a few techniques that I haven’t done in a while.  It’s been so long since I used the Embossing Paste – but that was lots of fun to lather on and spread about.  The brick wall mask is from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.

Paper hugs | kelly kent

I also used a Blender Pen and my ink pads to colour the flowers in Melon Mambo and leaves in Pretty Peacock.  I was reminded of this technique by team member Narelle, who often colours in this way.  It’s never my first thought but it is a nice way to colour.  It gives some good variation to the colouring.  The flowers are from the Under My Umbrella stamp set.

Paper hugs | kelly kent

I always stamp a few extra flowers when I’m colouring.  This gives me a choice of the best stamped images but also gives me an extra to pop into the middle of the card and carry the theme through.

Paper hugs | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with our Paper Adventures team today.  Next up is our guest designer Jenny Hayward, thanks for joining us Jenny.

The full list of the team members participating is below.  We love being able to share with you and are sending lots of virtual hugs around the world.

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Paper Adventures Team Retreat 2020

On an unseasonally wet weekend in March 2020, our Paper Adventures team headed to Perth for our annual Paper Adventures Team Retreat hosted by Siobhan Fitzsimmons of Hightrees House of Cards.  We all reflected that the last team day we had it rained too!!!  Rainy days do make for great crafty days!

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I always look forward to getting together with the team.  And a whole day – yee har!  We were lucky that 9 of the team were able to make it on the selected day.  Siobhan put on a lovely venue for us as always and we had a great time.  We even had a whole table of Big Shots – what a sight!

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The format of our retreat days has stayed the same since we started – it’s all about the time stamping with regular opportunities to eat, and lots of chat and plenty of laugher.  We each bring along a make & take project with all materials and kits for the team to recreate the design.  There are usually less kits than people, so you don’t get to make all of the projects but you do come away with a bag full of completed cards with pretty designs, often using stamps you don’t own.

This is the card I made.  I wanted a masculine card using a stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.

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Stamp sets: For the Win, Lined Alphabet
DSP: Country Club
Colours: Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, Night of Navy
Embossing Folder: Subtle
Dies: Stitched Shapes

The card needed to be simple enough for the team to put together in 20 mins, but interesting enough to be fun for an avid crafter.  My card had several added elements to take it from simple to simple + including an embossed layer, a little but of fussy cutting, some colouring and heat embossing.

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I also added the option to stamp the envelope for anyone who finished early.

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If you live in Perth or South West WA and would like a supporting & welcoming stamping team to join, then Paper Adventures might be a good fit for you.  We have an active Facebook page, meet regularly and value the friendships as much as the stamping.  Click here for more information on joining Stampin’ Up! or click here to purchase the starter kit and join the fun!

Thanks again to Siobhan for hosting and to the team for making it an amazing day!

Happy Easter 2020

Happy Easter!  2020 is going to be remembered as the year we stayed home for Easter.  I live south west of WA which is a very popular tourist spot at this time of the year.  Good Friday is normally a steady flow of traffic to the holiday spots of Busselton, Dunsborough & Margaret River.  With regional borders closed, and families asked to stay home, the roads were empty yesterday.

We did a little in-region travelling on Thursday to delivery some essential Easter wishes.With the furthest some people are going is to their letterbox, we’ve been delivering some happy mail each week to family & friends.

These are the gifts I made for my Stampin’ team….

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The Lindt bugs were a perfect size for both delivery and post.  A12nd great for the garden theme created by the floral tones of the Best Dressed DSP and the super cute bunny from the Fable Friends stamp set.

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I made 4 different variations, each with a different green tone to coordinate with the pattern from the Best Dressed DSP.  This DSP is one of my all-time favourites – those flowers *love*.

Mossy Meadow cardstock, bunny has a Rococo Rose jumper

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Granny Apple Green cardstock, bunny has a Mango Medley jumper

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Old Olive cardstock, bunny has a Purple Posy jumper

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Mint Macaron, bunny has a Lovely Lipstick jumper

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The rest of the bunny was colouring using Ivory Stampin’ Blend.  I usually use this for skin tone, but it’s a lovely option for fur.  The bunnies were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, which is the perfect ink when colouring with Stampin’ Blends or other alcohol markers.

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Which is your favourite?  Is it the colours that you adore or the DSP pattern that wins?

Happy Easter to everyone around the world.  I hope you find an option today to keep you connected with the friends & family you would normally spend this weekend with – by phone, video call or message.