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,

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Trick or Treat

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Hello & welcome to October’s Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop.  This month the theme is ‘trick or treat’ – perfect timing for those team members who love a reason to make something spooky for Halloween.  Halloween isn’t so big in Australia, so you may also see some projects with ‘treats’ or something with a ‘trick’.  I love it when the theme gives us lots of room to be creative.

We welcome as our guest designer Brian King – a man who probably doesn’t need much introduction at all.  Brian is an influential US demonstrator who shares amazing projects on his blog Stamp With Brian.  Thank you for hopping with us Brian!!!  Your American Halloween influence for our trick or treat theme is appreciated!

Brian King


Although Halloween isn’t big on my agenda of events to celebrate, it is possible that we’ll get some trick or treater stop at our door.  And you know I love a reason to get crafty.  So, I made these super cute little treat boxes, just in case!

In true trick or treat style, you won’t know if you get a treat (some lollies… “candy” for my international visitors), or if you get a trick (plastic party favours in the form of a snake and a rat!).

The design for these boxes was inspired by Beth McCullough @ Stamping Mom.  You can see her post here and also some great visual instructions for making the boxes.  I altered the measurements because I didn’t want a tag topper top.  I also wanted to be able to get 2 boxes from a sheet of A4 cardstock.

My measurements were:

Cardstock: 5-7/8″ x 6-1/4″

Score 2″ from each edge along the 5-7/8″ side and 2-3/16″ from each edge along the 6-1/4″ side.

Cut away all four corners.

On the shorter flap, measure half way along the top edge (15/16″) and mark with a pencil.  Using your piercing mat, a ruler and a bone folder, gently score between the mark you made at the top edge and towards the bottom edge of the square.  Repeat this in the other direction to make a triangle within the square.

Fold into a box shape.  I adhered the back flaps to the back inside of the box, added in my trick or treat goodies and then finished with Monster Bash DSP on the front of the box and a Circle Tab punch adhered on to keep it closed.

What would you prefer?  Yummy treats or a spooky trick?

Products used for my triangle treat boxes:

DSP: Monster Bash

Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Basic Black

Punches: Classic Label, Circle Tab

Stamp set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer, Piercing Mat, Bone Folder, Paper Snips

You can find all these supplies in my online store.  Click here to shop.

Next up on our blog hop for some trick or treat fun is Lisa Whitehead.

In the event of any broken links, you can navigate through the hop via the participant list below.

Thanks for joining us!  We hope you have an excellent Halloween next week if you celebrate – or if you don’t, we hope you enjoy all the treats, trick-free!

Participant List
Brian King (guest designer)
Kelly Kent
Lisa Whitehead
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Narelle Simm
Mandy Depiazzi

Paper Adventures Team Hop | “S”

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Hello September!  Which also marks the start of SPRING here in Australia.  The weather is warming up, the days are longer and I couldn’t be happier about that fact.  It’s felt like a very long & cold winter!!!
You’re joining us tonight for the September installment of our Paper Adventures team blog hop.  In honor of SSSSSeptember and SSSSSPring, the theme is “S”.  I can’t wait for you to see what everyone has made.  We welcome our guest designer Tina Gillespie.  Tina has the greatest sense of style and I love her quirky cards.  Click on the next button below to visit Tina’s blog.
I’ve created a Snow Dome Shaker Card to share with you.  I almost overlooked this bundle in the 2019 Holiday Catalogue because I don’t have a need for many snowy cards at Christmas time.  But then I got to thinking about all the cool snow globes my kids have collected over the years – fairies, animals, places – and it occurred to me that I didn’t need to make it snow at all.  Then Lou Kitzelman did a fabulous post with so many great ideas that I knew I’d made the right decision.  See Lou’s snow globe post by clicking here.
Everyone loves an interactive card, so this Snow Globe is for a big kid – using one of my favourite DSPs (Pressed Petals DSP).  This DSP is part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion this month.  And even though, being a specialty DSP, it’s the most expensive on the list, you can choose it as your free pack – how awesome is that???  See all the B3G1 DSP options by clicking here.
Pressed Petals Snow Globe | kelly kent
The layout is CASEd from the catalogue (page 43) – I love how the banner fits so nicely with the snow globe.  All the snow globe pieces are from the Snow Globe Scenes Dies.  There is also a coordinating stamp set (Still Scenes stamp set) which has snow globe outlines and a stamped base.
Pressed Petals Snow Globe | kelly kent
The card is filled with shaker pieces – butterflies, stars & sequins.  The butterflies are from the Butterfly Beauty Dies, the stars from the retired Star Border Punch (I will never part with this!) and the sequins from a set in my collection (also retired no doubt!).
Pressed Petals Snow Globe | kelly kent
The Snow Globes are so easy to put together – like crazy easy!  Cut the pieces with the dies, add a Snow Globe Shaker Dome and construct your card. The domes have adhesive on both sides, meaning no glue mess – I love the simplicity with the wow factor.
Pressed Petals Snow Globe | kelly kent
The sentiment for this card is from the Wonderful Moments stamp set.

With the dies and domes doing all the hard work for you, snow globe cards are quick to make.  I was able to whip one up in 20 mins for a birthday party we went to last week.  It’s a perfect theme for any style, age or event!

Snow Globe - 9th birthday | kelly kent

It’s my pleasure to hand you over to Tina Gillespie, our guest designer, so she can share her ssssssssssssensational sssssssssssss project…

Thanks for hopping with us.  If you need any supplies, my online store is open 24-7. Click here to browse.
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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Photo Inspiration

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I wanted to take the chance to say a big thank you for all the comments, messages, likes and support after my very reflective post yesterday (if you missed it, you can read it here).  In keeping with my aim to simplifying my stamping activities, I’m not responding individually, but I wanted you to know that you touched my heart and made me feel very special.

It’s very fitting that my first post on the new journey is a Paper Adventures Team Hop.  These ladies are the heart and soul of my stamping experience.  If you ask most Stampin’ Up! demonstrators what keeps them going, it’s usually the friendships.  Making connections with like-minded crafting addicts is such a fabulous part of this adventure.

We welcome this month’s guest designer – Ellen Woodbridge.  Ellen is a demo on the east coast who has the most beautiful smile and infectious laugh.  I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few events with Ellen and it’s always a joy to see her.  She’s pretty talented at this stamping thing too!!!

The theme for today’s hop is photo inspiration.  We’re all creating something that has been inspired by this sweet image (credit: Amy Shamblen).

person holding bouquet of flower

I love hearts and flowers together, so this photo appealed instantly.  I love all the extra details – the different types of flowers, the colours, the little ladybugs at the bottom. There’s so many points of inspiration and I know the team is going to come up with some great projects to share.

I used the idea of making a heart from flowers to start my card.  One of my favourite DSPs from the Annual Catalogue is Pressed Petals.  The colours & beauty of this DSP caught me by surprise – because it certainly didn’t stand out in the catalogue to me. I love the floral patterns, the burlap design and the way the sheets complement each other.  The DSP is lightweight paper style which means the pack contains double the number of sheets as usual – that’s a win!!!

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

This card was a slight personal challenge to use the collage sheet in this pack.  I often find them the hardest to work into cardmaking.  But it occurred to me that when you cut up the floral bouquets from each section, they can be used quite creatively!  I’ve snipped and spliced to recreate a heart shape inspired by the photo.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set

This card then inspired another version, where I used one of the floral segments from the collage page of the DSP with a heart outline from the Be Mine Stitched Dies.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

Although Rich Razzleberry isn’t one of the coordinating colours in this pack, I love the way it brings out the purple tones of the DSP.  The floral page I’ve used in the background of this card is my favourite from the pack.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

I decided to keep this card sentiment free so I can use it for any occasion.

Pressed Petals DSP | kelly kent

If you could see the weather right now, you’d be amazing that I managed to sneak these photos in this morning.  The weather luck was on my side!  I prefer photos in the natural light – you get to see so much of the detail.


Thanks for joining us for this month’s team hop.  Next up on the hop is my beautiful friend Siobhan Fitzsimmons who is sharing a very personal project made using daisies!

Click here to shop online for the products used in my cards:

Dies: Be Mine Stitched

Stamps: Itty Bitty Greetings

Embossing: Subtle Embossing Folder

DSP: Pressed Petals

Colours: Rococo Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake & Soft Suede

Tools: Paper Snips

 


Participant List

Ellen Woodbridge (guest designer)
Kelly Kent
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Sheila Pybus
Mandy Depiazzi

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Christmas in July

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for a team hop with our Paper Adventures team.  We’re all sharing festive projects today for a Christmas in July theme.  Although any thoughts of Christmas at this point of the year seem way too early for me, this year is speeding by and it’ll be that time before we know it!  A little bit of early preparation does seem like a good idea!

We’re joined today by the amazing Denise Buetler – a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator from Western Australia.  I know you’re going to love Denise’s project so make sure to click the next button at the end of this post to visit.

As always, Stampin’ Up! have a range of Christmas themed stamp sets in the Annual Catalogue that have carried over from previous holiday offerings.  The 2019 range of Christmas products is available in September when the Holiday Catalogue gets released on 4th September.  If you love Christmas and you don’t want to wait, then joining our Paper Adventures team is the answer for you.  WIth extra value in the Starter Kit until 31st August, a bonus shopping voucher, 20% discount until at least 31st January 2020 and early access to the Holiday Catalogue, it’s a great time to purchase a Starter Kit and join the Stampin’ Up! family.  Click here for more information.

The returning set from the Annual Catalogue that I’ve chosen to feature today is Dashing Deer.

I was so excited to order this last year in the Holiday Catalogue but between a newborn and moving house, it didn’t get as much love as those reindeer deserved.   I was so glad to see it carry over into the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue!!

I started making cards for this hop and the creative process took me on a journey of different styles.  Which made me think – which type of Christmas are you???  Traditional, modern or neutral tones?

Paper Adventures Team Hop Christmas in July | kelly kent

I think there’s a wonderful place at Christmas for the traditional red & green.  For this card I’ve used Cherry Cobbler as the card base, Mossy Meadow for the mat, Whisper White Stitched Lace layer and a pennant using the Stitched Nested Label die with a gold embossed reindeer.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

The Stitched Lace layer was cut to size using a Stitched Rectangle Die.  I love the polished finish the stitched edges give and with so many stitched options in the range, it’s easy to coordinate all the layers.


The next style is made from Crumb Crumb & Early Espresso giving it a fabulous neutral colour palette – and though subdued, it’s definitely not boring!  I love neutral and think this style of colouring can give such a classic look.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

This card features a corrugated background with a DSP panel running down the middle.  The reindeer is stamped in Early Espresso with clear embossing to give it a lovely shine.  All finished with some linen thread.


The final card I’m sharing is probably my preferred style, though I don’t have a favourite of the three I’ve shown you today – I love them all!  With blues & teals, this card is more of a modern Christmas trend with bright colours & metallics.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

I’ve used the Noble Peacock Speciality DSP – which is more like a patterned foil than it is a normal DSP.  It’s very deluxe!!!  To continue with the deluxe theme, I matted it with Silver Foil and added lots of embellishments – foilage (Pool Party sprigs & vellum leaves), pearls, champagne foil flowers and of course a fabulous Sparkle Glimmer reindeer, mounted on a Stitched Nested Label die.


I’d love to hear which Christmas style you are – one of my three or do you have a different style that you prefer?  Leave me a comment!

Keep hopping for more July Christmas inspiration and visit our wonderful guest designer – Denise Buetler.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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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

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.

 

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Teneale Williams (Guest Designer)

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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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