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!!!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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