Paper Adventures Team Hop | Pootles

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

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

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

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

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Paper Adventures Team Birthdays

Spoiler alert team – if you don’t want to see what your birthday card for 2020 might look like, look away now!

I love celebrating birthdays!  They are the most common reason I make cards and for this reason, I look for stamp sets and other products that will help me create something special for someone’s special day!

When I saw that the Ladybug Dies – one of the coordinating product releases available this month – had a swirly stitched die that looked exactly like a paper aeroplane trail, I was excited!!!  My Stampin’ Up! team are called the Paper Adventures and our team motif is a paper aeroplane.

153588 Ladybug Dies $50 – Available until 31st March 2020

I’ve been very kindly gifted a fabulous Lawn Fawn paper aeroplane stamp set by a team member and use this for team cards, tags, stationary and wrapping.  This year, the team birthday cards will feature the aeroplane & swirly trail – it’s a great match!

Here’s the first one of the year…

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That lusciously pretty paper you see is another coordinating release – Pleased As Punch DSP.  It features 3 sheets of 4 designs and the main side coordinates with 4 different punches (Tulip Builder, Umbrella Builder, Heart Punch Pack & Small Bloom (SAB)).  The reverse side – which is what I’ve used here – is another 4 great patterns.

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The happy birthday sentiment is from the Little Ladybug stamp set – which is free with every $500+ order until 31st March 2020 as part of the Sale-A-Bration fiesta!

As much as I love the amazing quality of Stampin’ Up! envelopes, sometimes I change things up a little and skip on the envelope, using a cute paper bag instead.  This card is going to my birthday celebrating teamie in a Copper Dotted Treat Bag!

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The card plus a small gift (which I can’t show you because that really would spoil the surprise for the whole team!) fits beautifully in the bag.

I won’t give anything away, but I will share that my gifts are always personalised and always a good addition to crafting life.  Last year it was decorated notebooks everyone’s crafty ideas and notes.

Want a cute and personalised gift from me on your birthday?  Join my Stampin’ Up! team and let me spoil you.  Join now and you’ll get an early birthday present in your Starter Kit with a free stamp set, free DSP pack and free mini trimmer.  The Starter Kit is $169.  You’ll get to choose $235 of products (totally your choice, anything available on the website can be added including Clearance Rack items and special promotions such as the Coordinating Product Release). There’s no pressure to purchase anything once you’ve purchased a Starter Kit, but anything you buy while you’re an active demonstrator will be at a 20% discount and anything you sell to family/friends/customers will earn you 20% commission.

This offer is available to any Australian resident over 18 years of age who is not already joined with another craft company.  Click here to take advantage of this amazing offer.

My team loves being part of our Stampin’ Up! family and I know you will too!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Sketch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

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

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

baby card | kelly kent


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

Have a great (crafty) weekend!

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Laura Mackie (Guest Designer)

Just Add Ink #490 | Add an Easel

Thank you so much to everyone that entered our start to 2020 challenge (#488 – Celebration).  If you were one of the winners, please make sure to email the JAI blog to claim your prize.

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This week Lou has challenged us to “Add an Easel”.  Of course, this could be an easel style fancy fold – or you could incorporate an easel into your project design like Tina did.  Click here to see all the design team creations and add your project to our gallery.

I wanted a fresh easel for this challenge – one I haven’t tried before.  While searching for cool easel ideals, I came across a Triple Easel Card designed by Nicole Wilson.  Nicole has very kindly put together all the measurements and instructions which you can purchase by clicking here.  Tutorials are a fabulous time saver and worth every penny to the designer!

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

This style of easel card has three layers of easels (as the name suggests).  The back layer is created using the card base and the front two layers are created using DSP.

Triple Easel Card | kelly kentBecause all our DSP is double sided, it creates a wonderful contrast.  I’ve used the Peaceful Poppies DSP.  The colours and patterns in this DSP are absolutely gorgeous!

The colours for this card are Old Olive and Blackberry Bliss.

The flowers & leaves are cut using the Poppy Moments Dies from the Peaceful Poppies suite.  I wanted a variation in colour, so the back layer of the flower is cut using the Lily Impressions DSP* (*free during Sale-A-Bration).  Again, Stampin’ Up! shows its versatility with coordinating products both within the suite and across the range.

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The red poppies in the middle layer are from the Peaceful Poppies Elements – they come coloured and ready to add to your project!

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I’ve used the stamps from the Painted Poppies stamp set to provide coordinating patterns on the card base.  These images were stamped in Versamark and clear heat embossed for a subtle tone-on-tone effect.

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As with any good fancy fold design, it all folds up to regular card size ready for posting or delivering in an envelope.

Triple Easel Card | kelly kent

This card was delivered today to my newest recruit, Tanya, who took advantage of the great Starter Kit deal available during Sale-A-Bration.  Tanya received $235 of products, a bonus stamp set, a DSP sampler and a mini trimmer all for $165.  Oh, and FREE SHIPPING!!!

While she remains an active demonstrator (which will be until at least 31st July 2020), she is able to purchase all the items on her Stampin’ Up! shopping list at a 20% discount.  If she wants to, she can sell to family, friends or customers and receive an income on their purchases.

This offer is available to any Australian resident between now and 31st March 2020.  It’s great for anyone who loves a great deal on their stamping products.  The most common question I get asked is “what if I don’t make the minimum quarterly spend”? (which at the moment is $468 at retail prices – you’ll get your discount off that!).  The answer is nothing.  You get to keep all the items in your Starter Kit and you simply change from demonstrator to customer.  It’s a no-risk opportunity that I encourage everyone to take up.  You have nothing to lose and a whole team of lovely crafters ready to welcome you.

Want to join Tanya this Sale-A-Bration and join my Paper Adventures team?  Click here to purchase your Starter Kit, or message me to chat if you have more questions.

Welcome to the team Tanya – it’s so lovely to have you!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Australia

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Hello!  Happy 2020 and welcome to our first Paper Adventures Team hop of the year.  The theme is ‘Australia’ and I can’t wait for you to see what fun creations the team are sharing tonight.

We’re joined by guest designer Jo Stubbings – thanks for hopping with us Jo!  Jo is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from NSW who I met through the Just Add Ink design team.  I love her use of colour and know you will too!


There’s a few Aussie contributions in the current Stampin’ Up! range including the cute kangaroo & koala duo in the Animal Outing set, but I couldn’t go past the koala in the new Bonanza Buddies stamp set (Birthday Bonanza suite).  I used him for my Just Add Ink card last week and as hard as I tried to use something different for this hop, I kept going back.

Koalas are native to Australia and only found on the east coast of Australia – unless in captivity.  They eat only eucalyptus leaves and despite looking very cute, their claws are quite sharp and dangerous.  Most people are surprised by how heavy koalas are when they have a cuddle.

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I inked the koala in Smoky Slate and stamped his eyes & nose in Memento Tuxedo Black.  The Bonanza Dies coordinate perfectly to cut him out.

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The Bonanza Dies are actually one of my favourites from the Jan-June Mini Catty because they have so many options.  Not only can you cut out the animals in the stamp set, but there’s a stitched tag die (yeesss!  I’d buy the set just for this!) and some super cute bunting.

I’ve used the tag die together with a stitched rectangle cut out to create a shaker tag.  Cut the top piece with the rectangle to create a window and cover the window with Window Sheet.  Using Foam Adhesive Strips, adhere to a tag base.  Make sure to pop some super cute shaker pieces in the middle.  I’ve used From My Heart Faceted Gems, gold sequins and Night of Navy stars I made using the retired Stars Border Punch.

I picked DSP for this card in a red & blue theme, picking up the essence of the Australian flag. I love DSP and always make sure I have all the patterns.  The easier way to do this is with a DSP sampler which I release each catalogue.  This card features blue stripe & red watercolour patterns from the Peaceful Poppies DSP (Jan – June mini) and dark blue watercolour from the Lily Impressions DSP (Sale-A-Bration).

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

The final touches for this card were the Australian flag (printed from my computer and attached to a toothpick) and the ‘welcome’ sentiment from Animal Outing.  I thought this would make a great card for someone who is spending their first Australia Day (coming up on Sunday 26th Jan) in Australia.

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The layout for this card was inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch which popped up on my Facebook feed earlier in the week.  I love sketches – they are a great starting point to get creative.  Click here to visit the Mojo Monday post.

For a bigger dose of Aussie fun, keep hopping and see what the rest of the team have made including our guest designer, Jo Stubbings, who is next on the list.

Wishing you all a wonderful Australia Day!  For those in Australia, enjoy having Monday off too!  May there be lots of crafty hours in the mix!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Pull the Burlap Ribbon tab to reveal the secrets inside…

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When fully extended…

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A close up of the top panel featuring the gazebo…

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The middle featuring the wheelbarrow..

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And the bottom panel featuring the trees…

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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.
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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.
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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!).
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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.
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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!

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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