Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Naturally Eclectic

Hi there!  Welcome to another Stamping Sunday blog hop.

We are a group of international demonstrators invited by Sara Levin to hop with her on the 4th Sunday of each month.

You can see the full line up of participants this month by clicking on the cute blue frog.



You are currently hopping with Kelly Kent from Bunbury, in the south west of Australia.

Each hop has a theme, and I’m delighted that this month it’s all about the Naturally Eclectic Suite from the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! ® Annual Catalogue.

This is probably one of my favourite product lines from the catalogue!

I love the colours, patterns and styling of this suite.  It’s perfect for layering!!!

Naturally Eclectic Suite…

 


For this hop, to show off my favourite elements of the suite (which is all of it!), I made a ‘missing you’ card and birthday bon-bons.

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

Here’s both projects in more detail (warning: lots of photos today!)…

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

The stand out winner for me in this suite is the lattice die from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  It’s very pretty and wonderfully versatile.

I have used it in the card to create a window for the shaker element (it doesn’t have a solid outline, so it creates a great window), to create the shaker confetti and as a background element on the card base!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

The Eclectic Layers Thinlits are fabulous.  Several of the pieces are designed to only emboss (not cut) – which adds great variety to the die set.

The heart die is one the embossing patterns.  I’ve embossed it on Berry Burst and Dapper Denim and then snipped around the shape with scissors.

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

There’s 4 sweet sentiments in the Oh So Eclectic stamp set.  I’ve stamped the ‘missing you’ but cut it into single words before adhering it over my hearts.


The other 3 sentiments (“you’re so lovely”, “oh, hello friend” & “I like you”) were perfect for these bon-bons (crackers) I made with my envelope punch board using the gorgeous Naturally Eclectic DSP.

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

I finished the ends with the new Crinkled Ribbon – it’s so soft and ties beautifully!!!

Each bon-bon has a body wash from The Body Shop.  You could fill with other small treats, but I often give these away as birthday gifts, so have designed the measurements to fit!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

Making another appearance is the lattice die, so the recipient can see what’s inside their gift without breaking it open!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

And each bon-bon is embellished with the flower & leaf die cuts, with a stamped flower sentiment.

The cardstock packs that are available to coordinate with each DSP pattern are a great way for stampers to build up their paper stock – and have the colours they need to match each DSP!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

To make your own bon-bons (for birthdays, Christmas or other occasions where you need cute packaging!):

  • Cut a piece of DSP at 8″ x 6″
  • Score (going down the long edge, across the short edge) at 1-3/8″, 2-3/4″, 4-1/8″ & 5-1/8″
  • Fold along the first score line and insert into the Envelope Punch Board at 1-3/4″ and punch
  • Repeat for all score lines (fold, punch) and finally without any folding on the edge
  • Do the same for each score line, 1-3/4″ from the other edge
  • If you want the peekaboo window, cut with the lattice die
  • Adhere along the 1/2″ strip to create a box shape
  • Finish with ribbon on each end & embellishments on top

I took quick photos of a template to show you how it folds into the EPB…

Bon Bon Template | kelly kent

and what it should look like before you stick it together (this is without the peekaboo window).

Bon Bon Template | kelly kent


Thank you for hopping with me today.  If you’re following in order, the next stop is the gorgeous Danielle Bennenk in the Netherlands!

Click on the cute blue frog for the complete blog hop list.  You can hop through the order, or choose as it suits you!


No matter where you visit, you won’t be disappointed with the amazing range of projects created by the Stamping Sunday Design Team!

I hope you enjoy the last moments of your weekend!

I’m in the middle of another great book (this one by Australian author Fiona Palmer), so it’s a cosy corner with a cup of tea and more Australian romance for me!

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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Embossing Paste

Hello Sunday!  I’m delighted to be hopping again this month (4th Sunday) with the Stamping Sunday Design Team.

Today, it’s all about the embossing paste – and you’re going to love the range of ideas we’ve got for you.

To see more of the design team projects, click on the little blue frog for the full link up list.

I love this new product so much that I’ve already finished one tub and I’m waiting for my new one to arrive.  It’ll be here just in time this week to try some of the design team ideas.

As well as embossing paste, there’s also tools for easy application & a pack of 4 decorative masks.

Although on first glance embossing paste is quite simple and is used to emboss the paste through a mask to add texture, there are lots of different adaptations you can make to increase the variety of looks the paste creates.


The first card I’m sharing today uses reinkers to colour the embossing paste and a mask made from the Eclectic Layers die.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

You can transform the paste from white to any Stampin’ Up! colour by adding a couple of drops of reinker to the embossing paste.

I love that the paste gives a really even colour across the whole pattern.  I always get caught when sponging with that one really dark patch!!!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

To colour the embossing paste:

Dollop a teaspoon of the paste on your silicone craft sheet, drop on 1-3 drops of reinker (depending on the intensity of colour you want) and mix with your palette knife.

Working on the silicone mat makes for a smooth working surface with an easy clean up.  If you don’t own one of these already, then you’ll want to add one to your collection.  I also use mine for hot glue work and have recently heard that they are a great underlay for stamping.

Although I could have easily used one of the Pattern Party masks, it was great to be able to create a different background for this card to suit the fabulous style of the lady!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

You can create a mask from any die that has a pattern to it – or a an interesting solid shape.


I’m so excited to show you my second project….I heat embossed the embossing paste!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

I tried this a few ways with the reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, including using a stencil.

In the end I found it worked best when I cut the reindeer out of cardstock, placed on my silicone mat and covered it completely with embossing paste, before layering with embossing powder.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

I then gently moved it off my silicone mat and heat embossed it with my heat tool.  The embossing powder bubbles & cracks and creates a fabulous finish that I liken to the crinkly foil on chocolate wrappers!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

In the process of my embossing experiments, I ended up with 2 reindeers – a gold & silver version.  You could do this with any metallic embossing powder you own.

And there’s a whole world of experimentation for non-metallic embossing powders!

The first reindeer card using the gold embossing is texture filled!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

As well as having my heat embossed reindeer, I’ve also added embossing paste to the base layer using the diamond decorative mask – and then stamped over the whole layer with the new Music Sheet background stamp.

This is another great feature of the embossing paste – you can stamp directly onto it!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

The second reindeer card is much simpler (and more my usual style!) with a base of gorgeous Coffee Break DSP and the heat embossed reindeer as the focus.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

Here’s a close up of the embossed reindeer in silver.  As you can see, it’s not important to get a totally flat finish on the embossing paste – it all adds to the texture!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent


That’s all from me today!

If you’d love to see more embossing paste ideas, click on the blue frog to bring up the list of wonderful demonstrators around the world from the Stamping Sunday design team that are sharing their ideas, including our guest hoppers Sarah Fleming & Tanya Boser!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a fantastic week!

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Wood Textures Suite

Hello! And welcome to blog hop #2 this afternoon.  It’s a packed schedule, but I have a shocking habit of not saying no!!!

Our Stamping Sunday team has grown, so welcome to the new members who are hopping today!

Sara has chosen the awesome Wood Textures suite today and I can’t wait to see what everyone has made!


My projects today were inspired by the gorgeous flowers Nanna Papercraft sent me on my birthday.

Birthday Tulips | kelly kent

Tulips are one of my favourite flowers!!!  When I saw the Tranquil Tulips stamp set in the new catalogue I let out a little squeal!!!

It will be available in the Annual Catalogue as a set that can be purchased with host rewards.


Project number one for this blog hop is a tulip planter box.  I love the glass vase my tulips came in – so stylish!

To recreate this, I made the Wood Crate Box made from Window Sheet.  But I slightly changed the look by  lining the inside of the crate with the white wood page from the Wood Textures DSP.

Having a close look at the tulips, I decided that Berry Burst & Wisteria Wonder would be a good match.

I added a panel across the middle of the planter box to get a fuller set of tulips.

Some sit at the back, some on the back side of the middle strip and some on the front side of the middle strip.

Stamping Sunday - Wood Textures | kelly kent

The box is packed with some of the brown paper we get with orders to add more texture.  There’s so many great ways to use the packing paper.

Stamping Sunday - Wood Textures | kelly kent

The final touch was to add a Berry Burst bow using the gorgeous new Finely Woven Ribbon.


The second project I’m sharing is a coordinating card to go with my tulip planter box.

I love the Wood Words stamp set – and I know you’re going to get a lot of use from it!

My favourite stamp in the set is the floral splatter.

It makes a great background stamp, which is how I’ve used it in this card!

Stamping Sunday - Wood Textures | kelly kent

The tulip posy sits on top of the floral background, with a trio of ribbons – Copper Trim, Berry Burst ribbon & Burlap ribbon.

The Copper Trim is super special – and sure to be a standout in the new catalogue.

It comes in a tight 1/4″ ribbon format – but when the tube is cut apart, it can be teased into a flat netting layer.  So beautiful!

Stamping Sunday - Wood Textures | kelly kent

The Hello Friend sentiment is from the Wood Words stamp set.  I do love a bit of copper embossing!!!

And that white wood DSP page – oh my!  I could use a whole pack of that without blinking!

Stamping Sunday - Wood Textures | kelly kent

Here’s the card and planter box together…

Stamping Sunday - Wood Textures | kelly kent

There’s so much you can do with this suite.  I know you’ll get lots of inspiration from the other talented demonstrators who are joining me today.

Click on the blue froggie to see the list and choose another blog to visit.

You are currently with Kelly Kent in Australia.

Thank you for joining us and enjoying all the inspiration for the Wood Textures suite.

All the blogs on these hops accept comments and we love to hear from you!!!  Thanks for leaving us a comment.

The next Stamping Sunday Blog Hop I will create for is the 4th Sunday of June, but if you’re loving what the Stamping Sunday design team is creating, have a look at Sara’s blog on the 2nd Sunday of the month too!

Until next time,

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Eastern Palace Suite

I’m excited today to share that I’ll be joining a group of international demonstrators in a monthly blog hop!

Welcome to the Stamping Sunday Blog Hop hosted by Sara Levin, a demonstrator in the US, who has brought us together to share projects inspired by a suite or theme.

It was perfect timing this month for the Eastern Palace suite with pre-release starting tomorrow.

You can find all the products details for this beautiful suite at the end of this post.


For me, one of the most amazing things about this suite is the Eastern Medallion Thinlits – and they inspired the design of my projects today.

For my first project, I used the floral dies for this Eastern posy, combined with the Everyday Jars Framelits – which are carrying over into the new catalogue.

As I’ve already shared a few samples with you for the Eastern Palace Suite {I was lucky enough to get this in my display box}, I wanted to stray away from the deep & majestic colours of the suite, and try it out in some sweeter colours.  I kept the gold influence though!

The flowers are cut from watercoloured paper in Sweet Sugarplum, Daffodil Delight & Pool Party.  Using watercolor paper adds some great texture!

As do those Gold Faceted Gems in the middle of my flowers.  They technically aren’t part of this suite, but they may as well be – they go so well!

The beautiful gold DSP is one of the specialty pages from the Eastern Palace DSP, and the cute Fresh Fig tassel comes in a pack with Tranquil Tide & Gold (so luxurious!).


My second project to share with you is a coordinating set of gift tags using the Eastern Medallion dies to create a doily.  For me, this is a sensational feature of this Thinlit set!

Many of the dies in this set are designed to only just the middle section out.  This means you can change the layering, create borders if you need them and snip the edges free to make pretty shapes.

For these tags I have layered them with the sweet colours used in my card, added some gold bling and a sentiment.

The sentiments are from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.

Some of them are designed on a natural curve, but being photopolymer stamps, I was able to bend them into a straight shape to create little sentiments for my tags.


Thanks for joining me today for my first Stamping Sunday contribution, and thanks to Sara for inviting me to participate.

Click on the blue frog to see the list of participants in the hop.  If you love this suite, you won’t want to miss seeing what my clever crafty friends made!


If you’re in love with this suite, here’s all the details on ordering during pre-release in May.

You have a choice of two bundles – both with free gifts!

Bundle 1 – Eastern Palace Starter Bundle – perfect for the beginning crafter!

Order it online here from 1st May 2017.

Bundle 2 – Eastern Palace Premier Bundle – perfect for the avid crafter!

Order it online here from 1st May 2017.

Watch the Eastern Palace Suite video on You Tube to see the products!