ESAD Blog Hop – 2017 Annual Catalogue Retirement List

Hi!  And welcome to an ESAD blog hop where demonstrators from Australia & New Zealand are sharing projects they’ve made that highlight some of the items that are retiring at the end of the current catalogue cycle.

This was a tough hop to design for – the items on the retirement list are selling out fast as people stock up on things they love or buying sets that they know they’ll miss.  It means that not everything you see on the hop will be available at the time of you reading this.  So be sure to check out what’s still available by visiting the Retiring Products section of my online store.

My plan was not to show you one retiring product, but types or categories of products that are retiring.

The first project I’m sharing features the hearts confetti border punch.  Both this pattern and the stars are on the retirement list.  I rarely used these as border punches, but loved them for shaker card fill & when I needed teeny tiny little stars or hearts.

The strip of DSP featured on this card is from the DSP Paper Stack.  Stampin’ Up! is retiring all the paper stacks in all the colour collections.  And they are not replacing them with updated designs as they have in previous years.  So, if you want DSP to match the colour collections, you’ll want to get them before they retire (or sell out). 

Also on the list is all the current sequin trim (to be replaced with a stunning tiny sequin trim!!!) and 2016-2018 In Color Ruched ribbon range.


The butterfly punches & matching stamp sets are also on the retirement list.  I am going to miss these – particularly the Bitty Butterfly punch, featured above in Blushing Bride glimmer (because that’s retiring too!).

I’ve used the Potpourri stamp set & Elegant Butterfly punch to decorate the inside of the card, together with some Affectionately Yours washi tape.  All the washi tape is on the retirement list – you can see the range still available here.

And finally for this card, the whole 2015-2017 In Color range is retiring including my very favourite Mint Macaron!!!  You can find out what’s still left by clicking here.

My second card features Project Life products.  Stampin’ Up!’s time as a partner with Becky Higgins has come to an end and this means the end of the Project Life brand within the Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

Stampin’ Up! is replacing this line with a gorgeous new memory keeping collection, which I’ll be sharing more with you when the catalogues launches in June.

This means that all Project Life products are on the retirement list.  You can find out what’s still available by clicking here.

I’m really going to miss the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits!!!

I’ve featured a few other retiring items on this card including the Timeless Love stamp set, Sweetheart punch, Bow Clip & Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine.

Although some favourites have sold out, there are still lots left – and many at a great discount!!!

For more retirement list inspiration, and to create a wishlist you never knew you had, please keep moving on the hop, just down the road, to my lovely friend Rachael Lewsley.

If you get lost at any stage of the hop due to broken links, there’s a full list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for joining us!

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent – {you are here}
  3. Rachael Lewsley
  4. Courtenay Heuston
  5. Narelle Fasulo
  6. Kirrkie Terri
  7. Nicole Wilson
  8. Carly Middleton
  9. Libby Dyson
  10. Rebecca Jacovou
  11. Rosalie Desmond
  12. Megan Lenske
  13. Leonie Schroder
  14. Kristel Rimmer
  15. Tanya Bell
  16. Richelle Fletcher
  17. Pauline Bennetts
  18. Mandy Depiazzi
  19. Ellen Woodbridge
  20. Monique Fielder
  21. Maree McIntosh
  22. Cathy Pinchbeck

OnStage Display Board Samples – Succulent Garden Suite

WARNING! This post is photo heavy!!!

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I’ve finally found the time to share the samples I created for OnStage in Brisbane in early November (so only a month late!!!).

What an amazing experience – one that I urge you to apply for next time Stampin’ Up! puts the call out for display board stampers.

Check out the calibre of demos I displayed with!

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I had some great products to play with from the Succulent Garden Suite.

This gorgeous stamp set called “Oh So Succulent”….

Plus this 2-step stamp set called Vertical Garden…

I also got other goodies in my box, which formed the theme for my creations including new cotton ribbon in Whisper White & Sweet Sugarplum, Succulent Garden Cardstock (Mint Macaron, Old Olive & Tip Top Taupe), Fabulous Foil Acetate, Bermuda Bay Ombre ink pad, glassine gift bags, gold clips, and more!

And with those wonderful products at my fingertips plus some of my current favourites, this is what I created to share with other demonstrators at the 2016 OnStage event in Brisbane.

Let’s start with the succulents…

Everyone loves a good pun – and this stamp set is perfect for ‘succ’ulent puns!

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A popcorn gift box (filled with jellybeans in a glassine bag) and tied off with gorgeous Sweet Sugarplum cotton ribbon.

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The happy birthday sentiment is stunning.

I love the font they’ve used in the Oh So Succulent stamp set!

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This is my favourite card – one of the great sentiments paired with a Hello Lovely Project life card in the place of DSP!

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Of course I had to have a traditional succulent rock garden…

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A card for Mum using the “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiment and those cute succulents as flowers…

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And a gift card folder decorated with a ribbon flower (the ribbon is soooo soft & beautiful!)…

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This card is a little left field – I thought the little oval stamp in the set looked like a jelly bean….

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Another favourite – this is my scrapbook page with a centrepiece photo of my girls in their fairy garden, surrounded by a succulent swirl – and the sweet sentiment “the best love story is the one you write together’.

So true for sisters!

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Here’s the girls with their scrapbook page when they visited me during lunch one day!

{Looking at the camera is not a strength at this moment!}

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A shaker card using one of the small flowers to create a background pattern…

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And then there’s the projects featuring the Vertical Garden stamp set…

A housewarming gift – stamped glassine bag filled with a seed packet…

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A “Hello baby” card…

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A Project Life style memory page – this is my parents who just moved closer to us after spending 33 years in the same house!

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And a foxy z-fold welcome card that could be used for a baby or housewarming…

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After making so many succulent samples, I thought I’d never want to look at another succulent stamp again.

But, guess what???  It’s a firm favourite and I’ve used it so much since getting home from Brisbane.

Succulents are so trendy at the moment!

The stamp set comes with dies, which just arrived yesterday and I’m excited to use (fussy cutting succulents has not been the most fun part of the creating!).

There’s also a truly beautiful DSP!!!

So, as my new catalogue stash grows, I promise to share more samples with you!!!  You’ll fall in love too!

I’m expecting catalogues next week.  You can pick up yours at my launch, at the next class you attend or if you’re not local, ask me to send you one by filling in the form below.

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Project Life – Ballerina Style

Like many Mums of the iphone generation, I take lots of out & about photos of my little ones.  My resolution this year was to print & display more of these memories – rather than just keeping them on my phone or camera.

I’ve done pretty well and we have a fridge full of family photos now!

The littlest Miss Papercraft started ballet lessons earlier in the year and I wanted to do something a little more special for such a special moment!

This spread is for her to hang in her room.  Why “hang” and not store in an album?

Because I want Miss P to be able to see & share her beautiful moment – not have it tucked away out of reach.  I’d eventually like to combine the pages of special memories and add some everyday moments and create them a  ‘coffee table’ Project Life book.

The cards for this project are from the Hello Baby Girl collection.  It’s full of beautiful pink tones – which makes them great for a range of projects including new babies, girly moments and sweet memories.

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I’ve always thought it’s important to have handwriting as part of every memory keeping opportunity.

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And also a fun place for some stamping & embellishments.  This is my little Balloon Builder Ballerina – she’s not quite as cute as the real thing, but close!  Love the ballerina?  You can find the instructions here.

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Little Miss Papercraft is going to love finding these pages on her wall when she wakes up in the morning!  She loves dancing (and looking at pictures of herself!).  Kelly x

Product List

Project Life – Buying the Cards to Make Cards

I tried really hard to give Project Life a go.  As it turns out, I’m really bad at anything that involves keeping records!  I’ve never been able to write a journal for more than 2 days, I buy beautiful diaries every year only to start strong in Jan and then fade out by March and my beautiful kids don’t have baby books.

But, I still buy Project Life cards – why???

Because they are wonderful for card making!  They add a whole extra element of pattern, colour or style to the materials I already have.  And I know the PL sets will match the cardstock and ink that’s already in my collection.

Whether you want to try Project Life for memory keeping or if you are looking at quick & easy ways to design cards, you should stop by the Global Design Project this week.  It’s all about Project Life and the inspiration is amazing!!!


Project versatility is one of the greatest things about Stampin’ Up!.  Each Project Life card collection comes with 100 cards across 3 sizes – which means you can switch up how you use them or use them in layers.  And even though the baby sets have a baby focus, not every card in the box is an obvious baby choice – so you can make all sorts of cards with your stash.

These are 3 cards I make using the Hello Baby Boy & Girl collections.  Two traditional baby & one ‘any occasion’ card…

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If you’re better at keeping memories in hard copy than me, then you should have a go at Project Life.

If you just like pretty things (like me) – then buy a set of cards and get crafting!!!  Kelly x

PS, I haven’t shown it here, but the 3″ x 4″ cards making amazing (quick & easy) gift tags.

Last Chance Sale-A-Bration 2016 – ESAD Blog Hop

Welcome to another ESAD blog hop.  This time we’re sharing our favourite products from the 2016 Sale-A-Bration range.

It’s your last chance to see & earn them – you’ve only got one more week before these items are gone forever!!!

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.

There’s 13 talented ladies on the hop today – all with some seriously dangerous inspiration!!!

Did you come via’s Amity’s great projects?  I always love seeing what she’s made!

Today I’m sharing projects I made using the Metallics Glitter Tape.  Although I loved lots of the Sale-A-Bration projects (and shared lots of my creations with you over the past 3 months!), I haven’t really shown off the glitter tape yet.  Which is a shame – because it’s truly stunning.

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But don’t worry, I’m going to change that now and show you three different projects I made featuring the tape.

I’ve also thrown a couple of other SAB products in the mix too!!!

The first share uses the silver glitter tape as a card embellishment together with silver ribbon.  Simple but lovely – I love purple & silver together!

And how amazing the dandelion DSP???  This is also a Sale-A-Bration product – from the Wildflower Fields DSP.  So cute!

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With Easter just around the corner, I couldn’t resist using the white tape to add some sparkle to this cute little gift card holder.

Did you know that the tape can be coloured to create a different look altogether!!!  I brayered the tape with Blushing Bride ink to add a touch of colour to the egg.

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And my final share is using the gold glitter tape – as tape!  I’ve used it to attach a Memories in the Making Project Life card (also a Sale-A-Bration choice!) to my card front.  The stick on this glitter tape has to be seen to be believed – the quality is amazing!

The sentiment in from the Limited Edition Sale-A-Bration stamp set – Party Pants.  I tried out embossing in gold on the acetate PL card – that was tricky business!  The static on those sheets is crazy and I had all sort of flyaways going on!!!!

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So, as you can see – so many Sale-A-Bration choices… so many projects to try!

If you see a Sale-A-Bration product you like here, or in any of the Blog Hop projects, you’ll want to place an order before next Thursday (31st March 2016).  Once it hits Thursday at 9pm (WA time), Sale-A-Bration finishes and all of these products retire.

The catch?  You can’t actually buy any of the Sale-A-Bration products.  But, you can redeem your choice (with no maximum limits) for every $90 you spend {before shipping}.

Shop online or email me your list!  I plan to put in one last Sale-A-Bration order next week- if you’re local to Bunbury and would like to share on postage, let me know!

It’s my pleasure to send you on your way now to the incredibly talented Lou Kitzelman and her Sale-A-Bration temptations!

Leave us a comment if you have time – we love to hear what you think!  Kelly x

If you get lost along the way, this is the full list of participants…

1. Emily Campbell

2. Rachael Lewsley

3. Monique Fielder

4. Kathryn Ruddick 

5. Nicole Wilson

6. Amity Knight

7. Kelly Kent – you are here!

8. Lou Kitzelman

9. Pauline Bennetts

10. Narelle Fasulo

11. Jackie Noble

12. Carly Middleton

13. Barbara Williams

Project Life Christmas – My Way!

I still haven’t managed to start a Project Life album.  The very harsh reality is that I’m not really a journaller or memory keeper.  My girls don’t have baby books with first steps, first words etc., the hairdresser had to ask me if I wanted to keep some hair for Alexa’s first haircut (Maddie hasn’t had one yet!)… you get the picture!

But I love the Project Life cards, so I still buy them.  This Christmas I wanted to use them for capturing stand alone memories.  Using the 6×8″ Pocket Pages, I created a calendar that goes on the fridge.  Because of the pocket style of the page protector, the photos can be interchanged throughout the year.  The Hello December Card Collection made it quick & easy to slot the cards in, add photos & pop in a small calendar.  A small magnet on the back makes it attach to the fridge (or if you work in an old school office, the metal filing cabinet!).


A present wouldn’t be the perfect Stampin’ Up! present without a matching card – so back to the Project Life cards to whip up a cute Christmas card to go with it.  Maybe one day I’ll have a sentiment pang & get onto full swing Project Life, but until then, I’m loving using the cards in other ways.  Kelly x


Supply List:

Project Life: Hello December Card Collection, 6×8″ Variety Pack Photo Pocket Pages

Punches: Project Life Corner, Modern Label, Word Window

Tools: Big Shot

Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots

DSP: All Is Calm

Specialty Paper: Silver Glitter

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Grey, Old Olive

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Stamp Set: Making Spirits Bright

Embellishments: Old Olive Thick Baker’s Twine




Just Add Ink, Mojo Monday & Project Life

Today’s project was inspired by the colour combo at Just Add Ink #239:


The sketch at Mojo Monday #371:


And the ever versatile Project Life cards, in this case the MDS version of the Happiness Is range. I love using the Project Life cards in the place of DSP/patterned paper. Because I used the digital version in this card, I was able to recolour the design I selected so that it fit with the colour combo (JAI challenge) – Lost Lagoon printed on Very Vanilla cardstock. And, because it’s digital, it means I can print & make as many of these as I need. So many reasons to love multi-media papercraft! Kelly x


Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Project Life Cards & Labels, Bitty Banners

Embossing Folder: Large Polka Dot

Punches: Decorative Label

Digital: MDS & Happiness Is Project Life Cards – Digital Download

Specialty Paper: Brushed Gold

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon, Island Indigo

Ink: Lost Lagoon

Marker: Lost Lagoon

Embossing: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Versamark

Stamp Set: Hello Love (hostess)

Project Life – not just scrapbooking!

Project Life is aimed at easy memory keeping.  But did you know that you can use the cards in the kit for so much more than just pretty fillers & journal cards in the Project Life pocket pages?

I’ve made 4 greeting cards to show you and a set of tags using Project Life cards in the Everyday Adventure Collection (kit & digital).  In some ways, it’s like using mini DSP (with a lot of lovely variety).  Because of the lovely bold patterns, it makes for quick designs – perfect if you want to make lots of cards in a short space of time!  A kit is $20.95 for 100 double sided cards – that’s only 21c per card!  So they also make for cheap projects.  The only downside is you only get one of each design – which is where my love of MDS came in, because I can print favourites to use over & over.

Also for you today – a quick reference sheet for the colours in each of the Project Life Card Kits.  Like many of the Stampin’ Up! products, the kits contain a set of colours.  This allows you to coordinate your other Stampin’ Up! products with your Project Life.  The Everyday Adventure Collection contains Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Slush & Whisper White.  So, my greeting cards & tags used these coordinating colours (with a splash of Blackberry Bliss –  because I love it!), which means the colours are balanced and all match in with my chosen Project Life cards.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!  So, I think everyone should add at least one Project Life Card Kit to their new catalogue order – have a play & fall in love!  Kelly x





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Sneak Peak – New In-Colours are a “Work of Art”

After spending some time with the new in-colours I have decided my favourite is Blackberry Bliss.  It’s rich and warm and gorgeous!!!  The other 4 colours are also beautiful and I can see them getting a lot of use (especially the Mossy Meadow & Lost Lagoon combo for some Wetlands cards!).  You don’t have to decide on a favourite straight away – the best way to try all 5 colours is in a Cardstock & Pad Kit.

To show them all off, I’ve made a matching card set using quite a few of the new products including the Work of Art stamp set, Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits & Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

I’ve also made an insert for ink refill – you can download this here – with all the new colours included [I needed to do a manual update for MDS for the new colours to appear – if you’re a MDS user, and you don’t have the new in-colours by now, you’ll need to do this too!].  The inserts for the existing colours and information on sizing can be found here.

So, as you can see I’ve been busy playing with my new products.  Not long now til you can order too!  The new catalogue starts 1st July 2014.  If you’d like a copy of the new catalogue, please contact me.  Or, if you live in Bunbury, please come to my launch on 5th July! Kelly x

Note: some of the links to new products in this blog post will come up with an error until the catalogue becomes available to the general public on 1st July 2014.


Tangelo Twist
Tangelo Twist
Lost Lagoon
Lost Lagoon
Blackberry Bliss
Blackberry Bliss
Mossy Meadow
Mossy Meadow


Hello Honey
Hello Honey


2014-16 In Colour Ink Refill Case
2014-16 In Colour Ink Refill Case




Stampin’ Up!’s Project Life – Available Now!

Project Life by Stampin’ Up! is now available!!!  I had such fun documenting a trip to Scitech we did on the weekend.  For my cards, I used a mix of Everyday Adventure cards, digital cards created in MDS (using Everyday Adventure Digital Kit) and cardstock.  I used the new Corner Punch (which is a dream to use!) on my cards and photos.  Stampin’ Up! have chosen to have their PL range with square corners to give users the choice.  Personally, I love the rounded corner look.  To me, it screams Project Life!  I added extra photos over the top of existing ones (cut using the Decorative Label punch).  The cards and photos that needed cutting to 4×3 (or 3×4) size were cut with the Project Life Cards & Labels framelit.  Personal touches were added with the journaling pen (a little spiel about our day), Remember Rotary Stamp (for the date) and I have used the soon to be released Alphabet Rotary Stamp to caption some of my photos.  This is a must have product from the new catalogue!  I love the bright colours of this page and how it all came together.  I’m looking forward to adding more card designs to my collection – Stampin’ Up! will have 5 exclusive card collections (the other 4 will be available from 1st July).  Inspired?  Order some of the Project Life range today and join the Project Life revolution (it’s the simple way to store your memories!).  Kelly x


You can order the following Project Life products now (online or by contacting me) to start your own memory keeping:

Complement your Project Life range with these amazing My Digital Studio (MDS) downloads: