Social Stamping | good to be back!

After COVID put the breaks on Social Stamping in Term 1, it was awesome to get back to it today.  With the help of two other amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, we’ll be offering weekly sessions during Term 3.

We don’t reveal the cards before the session because we want it to be a surprise when you arrive to craft, but now that the first session is out of the way, let me share with you what we made today.

The first card design had a choice of colours.  This won’t always be the case for cards we make, but this design was perfect for a pink or yellow flower, and since I couldn’t choose, I made both and let you choose your favourite.

Tasteful Textures | kelly kent

Every card at Social Stamping classes comes with a high quality Stampin’ Up! envelope which you get to stamp in a coordinating design to the card.

Tasteful Textures | kelly kent

This card used the Tasteful Textures stamp set and Nature’s Thoughts Dies. There was a little bit of fussy cutting for the flower, but everyone managed that beautifully!

Tasteful Textures | kelly kent

One stamper today said how she enjoyed making a card with a ‘hello’ sentiment.  I love ‘hello’ cards too as you can use them for so many occasions.


The second card on offer today had a butterfly theme.  This style was a little more grungy with layers of stamping.

Positive Thoughts | kelly kent

The butterfly is from the Positive Thoughts stamp set, the script words from the Very Versailles stamp set and the sentiment from the Beautiful Friendship stamp set.  It’s always fun to mix stamp sets to get a totally new look.   The swirly circle for the sentiment is from the Painted Labels Dies with a 1-3/4″ circle punch.

Positive Thoughts | kelly kentOmbre colour themes are a favourite of mine.  This is Pool Party, Bermuda Bay & Pretty Peacock.

All of our stampers made two cards today for $13, which included a hot drink of their choice.  The option is also there for one card and a drink for $10 if you want the express option to pop in & out.

The next session in on Monday 3rd August – we can’t wait to see you there.  You can RSVP on the event on my Facebook page, or simply turn up at the cafe.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | sympathy

Welcome to Social Stamping – the first of the monthly hops focused on social greetings as themes.  If you joined us for any of the 15 weekly Social Stamping hops, you’ll be familiar with the blog hop style, linked to each other and also a main blog host post.  Click here to see a full list of designers participating today.

Today’s theme is ‘sympathy’.  Sympathy cards can be very hard to make.  The elements of the card – the colour choices, the theme, the stamps, the layout – it seems to carry more weight when the job of the card is to express to someone how much we care.  I wanted to make a card that covered feeling sad and the new Boho Indigo stamp has has the perfect sentiment – “sorry you’re feeling blue”.

I really love the Boho Indigo Product Medley with it’s serene blue tones and beautiful imagery in the stamp & die set.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Flowers are a great way to express condolences and a good theme for sympathy cards.  The stamps and dies in this project set make it easy to create visually stunning arrangements in no time at all. I’ve used a combination of the vase (Smoky Slate), flowers (Misty Moonlight) and leaves (Seaside Spray).

I came across this style of card on Debbie Henderson’s blog recently.  She called it an interlocking card – and I just love it!!!

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The finished card is the same size as a standard Australian card (A6) and fits in a normal C6 envelope.  To create the gap needed for the slider, you cut the card front down by 1/8″ to allow for the slider mechanism to sit snugly down the gap.  The card base is 8-1/8″ x 4-1/8, scored at 2″ from each end.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The slider is made using two labels or tags held together with Foam Adhesive Strip.  I used two of the same size die from the Tasteful Labels set, cut from Misty Moonlight cardstock and held together using a piece of Foam Adhesive Strip.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

It’s so simple but so clever – my favourite kind of card!  I can see this being my new favourite as it will fit any style or theme of card.

I’ve added the flowers & vase to the slider and also a piece of ribbon to act as a pull tab.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with us today.  Next blog to visit is by Julia Quinn – who makes gorgeous projects in sunny Queensland.

Enjoy your weekend.  I hope you don’t have a need for many sympathy cards, but if you do, I hope this hop has provided some helpful inspiration!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | sympathy

Hello!  I started Social Stamping Blog Hosts back in March when COVID first started affecting our day to day life in Australia and we were in our first experience of lockdown.  It was a way to stay connected with each other and share projects in an online platform while many of us were at home.  Visit week 15 of the weekly Social Stamping posts to see all the topics – with links to each theme.  The themes were chosen for their relevance to the COVID experience and it was wonderful to see how they were interpreted and expressed through creative designs using paper, stamps & ink.

The next phase of our Social Stamping Blog Hosts have moved to a monthly hop with themes of social greetings.  They weren’t in any way meant to be related to COVID, but this month’s theme of “sympathy” still seems particularly relevant.  I wonder with COVID being so all encompassing at present, that everything in our world will somehow form ties to this pandemic we are living through.

It’s July 2020 and the world has undergone a humongous change.  It’s been 5 months of change, chaos, adaptation, adjustment and emotion.  We are living through the evolution of this virus – we are part of the research, action and analysis.  For some there’s been a huge amount of loss and grief and for others a wonderful amount of reflection and positivity.  Many of us have experienced the highs and lows of this pandemic rollercoaster.

While things are fairly stable here in our Western Australian bubble (for now), our east coast has had a spike in transmission and virus numbers.  My heart goes out to friends who are in Victoria and back into a lockdown environment. The first time around was challenging.  I’m not sure if the second lockdown is heartbreaking, or a sense of resigned de ja vu.

I’m also thinking about family and friends around the world who live in an area that is yet to feel like they are winning against the fight, where numbers keep rising and they feel vulnerable to the spread of the virus.  Socially distanced virtual hugs!

Sympathy cards are by far one of the hardest type of cards to make.  I’m looking forward to the inspiration on this hop, to be able to draw on the layouts, colours and designs of my crafty friends to make this task a little easier in the future.  There’s a full list of participants below, please enjoy the talents of my wonderful stamping friends!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | change

Hello!  This is the last of our Social Stamping Blog Hosts where the theme references COVID-19 and the global pandemic.  I started these blog hops in March 2020 as a way to stay connected as the world around us changed.  It seems fitting that the final theme of this series is ‘change’.

You can see the previous themes & projects by clicking on any of the links below.

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals
Week 10: Hearts
Week 11: New (Normal)
Week 12: Travel
Week 13: Thinking of You
Week 14: Out of the Box

I want to express the biggest thanks to my amazing stamping friends who joined in across the weeks and shared their talents with us.  These hops have a wealth of different techniques, folds, products and styles that we can refer back to for inspiration in the times ahead.

We couldn’t say goodbye completely to Social Stamping Blog Hosts, so we are changing direction and continuing to hop on the last Saturday of each month.  The new themes for our monthly hop will be linked to socially used greetings & sentiments.

None of us can know what the future holds.  Take the time to do things that make you happy (like crafting), show gratitude to the people who matter and seek out the positive whenever possible.

Participant List | “change”

14. Chantell Randall

Social Stamping | change

As I write this, we embark on the beginning of school holidays here in Western Australia.  It’s been a rollercoaster of a term – moving through the phases of social distancing, adapting to a new way of interacting everywhere we go and becoming comfortable within a transitioning world where COVID is both a threat and no threat at all.  There has been a lot of change over the past 15 weeks – which is how long we’ve been participating in these Social Stamping Blog Hosts, and seemed like a good theme to finish the COVID series of Social Stamping Blog Hosts.  You can see all the themes, the full participant list and the final goodbye to the COVID series by clicking here.

Like all humans, I like a little certainty in life, but I am actually not adverse to change.  In many areas of my life I like and welcome change that serves a purpose.  Change can be a really positive thing.  Without change, we cannot move forward, we cannot progress.

Change brings us new catalogues and new products – which we all find exciting!  Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators got access this week to the upcoming August-December 2020 Mini Catalogue.  That’s the kind of change we can get on board with!  I’ve placed a sneaky order and will share some of my new catalogue favourites soon.  Until then, I’m having fun sharing some Annual Catalogue newbies, like the Moving Along stamp set.

When thinking about a project that highlighted change, I couldn’t go past a Magic Slider card.

Moving Along | kelly kent

When you pull the tab on the right, the panel moves and reveals more images and the helicopter magically changes colour!

Moving Along | kelly kent

This style of card is great for kids cards and this stamp set is perfect for little engine lovers!

Moving Along | kelly kent

A Stamparatus is a must to be able to make this card.  You’ll also need Window Sheets and StazOn ink.  I found this video super helpful to breakdown the instructions.  I’ve made this type of card before, but there’s a few steps, so it helps to have a refresher on the technique.

Moving Along | kelly kent

Here’s a video showing the card in action…

Thank you for hopping with us today.  Click on the next button to keep ‘moving along’ and enjoy the change of scenery at Nicole Wilson’s blog!

Although this is the last in the COVID series for Social Stamping, we’ll be continuing on the last Saturday of each month with more Social Stamping blog hops, each featuring a popular sentiment or greeting theme.

Have a great weekend, and if you have small people at home – a wonderful school holidays!

Social Stamping Blog Host | out of the box

Hello & welcome to week 14 of Social Stamping.  I can’t believe it’s the end of June and we’re 14 weeks down the track from where this all started.

You can see the previous weeks of Social Stamping by clicking on the themes below.  The week 1 post has the info on the Social Stamping evolution.

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals
Week 10: Hearts
Week 11: New (Normal)
Week 12: Travel
Week 13: Thinking of You

The theme for this week is ‘out of the box’.  There’s nothing like a challenge (or pandemic) where everything it turned on its head on a rather quick time scale, to force us all into a period of rapid change.  With that change, comes the need to be flexible, creative and resourceful in our thinking & behaviour.  We find ourselves looking for alternative ways to achieve our goals – we come up with ways to think “out of the box”.

Urban dictionary gives several definitions of ‘out of the box’ including creative thinking, or something that is created using ready made pieces from the box, or something unusual or exceptional.  Humans aren’t so good at change, but when forced, we often come together as a marvellous unit and make the magic happen.

I know we’re going to see examples of all of these on today’s hop with my stamping friends – they are a group of immensely creative designers who create amazing things using products from their Big Brown Box (BBB as we affectionately call the Stampin’ Up! packing boxes).  There’s a full list of participants at the end and the blogs will link to each other to form a blog hop.

Thanks for joining us!

Participant List | “out of the box”

Social Stamping | thinking of you

Happy Saturday!  Saturday has been one of the highlights of my blogging week for the past 3 months as I hop with my stamping friends as a way to stay connected through these COVID times.  Today’s theme is “thinking of you”.  There’s a full list of all the themes so far and all the designers participating in today’s hop on the main blog post for this hop – click here to visit.

For my cards today I’ve made 2 cards using the split card technique – an idea shared by Jennifer McGuire last month.  It’s a great way to get two cards with one lot of stamping and a great corner or border style design.  You can see Jennifer’s post here.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measured 5-5/8″ x 7-3/4″ and stamped the blossoms in Misty Moonlight down the middle portion of the cardstock, adding in Seaside Spray flowers, Night of Navy mini flowers and Crumb Cake accents.

The inspiration for the colours of this design came from Stacey Marsh – a demo I recently starting following in the UK.  Check out her Instagram – she’s amazing!  She had me at blue flowers!!

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

Once all the stamping is done, cut the cardstock down the middle (at 3-7/8″) and use the pieces to make up your cards.

This first card features a Crumb Cake base and Vellum butterflies using the Butterfly Duet Punch.  The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set cut using one of the label dies from the Hippo & Friends set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

The second card features a Seaside Spray base, hearts from the Pattern Play stamp set and sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

This technique makes it easy to whip up some cards to send to family and friends in no time at all.  Feeling adventurous?  Try stamping a whole sheet and cutting into 4 pieces!!!  Or using die cuts for your images.  There’s so many possibilities!

Next up for more ‘thinking of you’ inspiration is my gorgeous friend Narelle Simm.

Thanks for hopping with us. If you need the full list of participants, click here to visit.

See you next week for more Social Stamping!

 

Social Stamping Blog Host | thinking of you

Hello & welcome to week 13 of Social Stamping.  We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators bring you a host of projects all created with the same theme in mind.  You can see the previous weeks of Social Stamping by clicking on the themes below.  Make sure to visit week 1 if you want to read about how this all started.

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals
Week 10: Hearts
Week 11: New (Normal)
Week 12: Travel

The theme today is “thinking of you”.  Like with many acute incidents, we start off with good intentions to stay in touch, check in on friends and be connected. But, as time goes by and the panic dissipates, we return to “normal life” – or the new normal – with more busy and more distractions.  Perhaps there’s someone you know who is still in isolation, someone who has less visitors than usual or someone who could do with some happy mail.

I know you’ll find lots of great inspiration on this hop.   There’s a full list of participants below.

Thinking of you cards are a lovely way to touch base and brighten someone’s day.  But don’t forget to send or deliver it!  The best kind of card is one that makes its way to someone else!

Participant List | “thinking of you”

 

Social Stamping | travel

Welcome to week 12 of Social Stamping.  The theme today is ‘travel’.

With three young kids in the mix at Papercraft HQ, my travel plans at this point of my life are not extensive, elaborate or far reaching.  A girl can certainly dream though!  On my list of places I’d like to travel are the Maldives to one of those resorts on the water, Croatia to see it’s magnificent coastline, Japan to see the cherry blossoms and Vietnam for some more South East Asian Culture.  What’s on your bucket list of travel destinations?

With COVID-19 changing how we all travel for the immediate future, I’m excited about some travel around the state I live in – which is huge and a major internationally appealing travel destination, so I’m very lucky!

My project for today is inspired by the time honoured tradition of sending postcards while on holiday.  Nanna Papercraft holidays more often than I do and always sends lots of postcards along the way to include us in the fun.  International holiday related happy mail is always fun to receive, even if they do beat some of them back!

Silhouette Scenes Postcard | kelly kent

The stamping for this card is black heat embossing on Whisper White cardstock using the boy from the Silhouette Scenes stamp set. I love the symbolism of the boy looking into the future.  I imagine him searching for the great adventures that lie ahead.

Silhouette Scenes Postcard | kelly kent

I used my Stamparatus so I could get the boy in the same place on every panel.  The panels are coloured with different inks (Real Red, Bermuda Bay & Crushed Curry) and splattered with water to add some texture.

This is the reverse side that turns it into a postcard…

Swirly Frames Postcard | kelly kent

How awesome are the Swirly Frames stamps for creating a postcard theme!!!

I feel like this might be the start of a new phase!  Postcards are fun to send through the mail because not just the recipient gets to enjoy them on the way!

To see more travel projects, keep hopping through the great projects ahead, starting with my gorgeous friend Nicole WilsonYou can see the full list of participants by visiting the main blog post.

Thanks for joining us today – I hope you enjoyed the journey!

Social Stamping Blog Host | travel

Hi!  Thanks for joining us for week 12 of social stamping.  If you haven’t seen any of the other hops, I’d highly recommending choosing a theme or two and taking a spin around the hop.  Each week since this all started (thanks to the quickly evolving COVID-19 situation), my stamping friends have joined me to share their talents with us all.  Thank you friends, for your constant source of inspiration.

Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend
Week 5: War & Peace
Week 6: Birthdays in Isolation
Week 7: Family
Week 8: Sunshine
Week 9: Animals
Week 10: Hearts
Week 11: New (Normal)

Today’s theme is travel, which has some level of irony given many of us are travelling less than ever before.  Despite the obvious lack of travel we experienced when in lockdown – whether confined to our own homes, or unable to travel between regions, one of the biggest side-effects of COVID-19 has been the change to the way we move around the world.  In Australia, travel between states is extremely limited and there’s almost no travel out of Australia.

We were lucky to be able to contain our island border when the pandemic started and I’m grateful that this has kept our numbers low and our country as safe as possible in these uncertain times.  But, I know many of us long to travel again – to explore new places, to have new experiences and to see loved ones we are geographically separated from.

Australia has been able to relax restrictions in recent weeks, allowing bigger gatherings and more freedom in movement.  So, whether we are able to travel now (albeit locally) or we’re planning for some future adventure, let this travel inspired hop be your adventure for today!

To see the full list of participants, click on the links below.

Thanks for travelling with us!


Participant List | “travel”