Merry Christmas 2018 plus 2019 DSP

Merry Christmas!  It’s been a while between posts – but the stamps, inks and paper have still been working hard here at Papercraft HQ this festive season.  I’ve just not had that extra bit of spare time to share those creations with you!  To say it was busy was an understatement.  I sent significantly less Christmas cards than usual!!!  I’m playing catch up this week – happy mail is always a lovely surprise, even if it’s late.

Knowing that the Christmas crazy would settle down eventually, I did take some photos along the way – today’s share is the thank you card I made for our postie who went above and beyond for us.  Postmen (and post-ladies) in Australia deliver mail on a motorbike, so this stamp was perfect!

So Santa | kelly kent

It mixes the fabulous “Australian” Christmas stamp set So Santa and a new DSP (Classic Garage) available in Occasions catalogue – which starts 3rd January 2019.  The ‘thank you’ is from the Takeout Treats stamp set.  Both stamp sets are retiring on 2nd Jan 2019, but still available to purchase on any order until then (unless sold out).  I know So Santa is going to be a keeper for me – it’s so rare to get summery Christmas sets!  See the product table at the end of this post for a list of all the products I’ve used to make this card.

So Santa | kelly kent


Playing with my new DSP reminded me of how special it is to own all the DSP.

So, top of my list this week was to get the details finalised for the newest offering of DSP – including the Classic Garage.  A DSP share really the best way to own all the DSP in a totally affordable way!

2019 Occasions DSP Share | kelly kent

Pre order is available now for Australian customers or demonstrators.  Secure your place via the PayPal links below – first link is local pick up, second link includes Australia wide delivery.

2019 Occasions Catalogue DSP Share – local pick up (Bunbury)

90 sheets of 6″ x 6″ DSP. (82 patterns from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue plus 8 SAB bonus sheets). All 7 DSP packs from the new catalogue (does not include Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Speciality Paper). Local pick up from Bunbury. If you require your share posting, please select the link below.

A$36.00

2019 Occasions Catalogue DSP Share – with Australia wide postage

90 sheets of 6" x 6" DSP. (82 patterns from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue plus 8 SAB bonus sheets). All 7 DSP packs from the new catalogue (does not include Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Speciality Paper). Australia wide postage in a tracked satchel. If you'd like to pick-up from Bunbury, WA, please select the link above.

A$44.50

Pre-order via PayPal before 10pm WA time 2nd January 2019 to receive Frosted Flower Embellishment share (4 each of 3 colours) as a gift.

Note: all paper shares must be completed in sets of 4.  If I am unable to fill your share, I will communicate this with you and refund your payment.

What is a “Share”?

A share is a select range of products from the catalogue broken into smaller quantities so that you can order more of your favourites.  Smaller quantities means a smaller cost.  Think of it as a try before you buy option – or a get it all now option.  See and feel the DSP in person, and then order full packs of your favourites.  Sometimes a paper doesn’t become a favourite until it’s in your craft stash!

What makes up a “Share”?

I’ve calculated what I need for each share, how many people the share will include and the total cost.  I collect orders until I fill the share and then I order all the materials (paper or ribbon) required for the share.  Once they arrive, I meticulously cut the DSP and carefully package it for delivery or pickup.

When do you get your items?

Items will generally be ready to post within 2 weeks of receiving your order.  In the unlikely event I am unable to complete the numbers required for a share, I will refund your purchase via PayPal.  If you are local & picking up, I will contact you to arrange a pick up date.  If you have opted for postage, I will contact you with a tracking number once your parcel is posted.


My plan is to get beautiful new paper out to as many craft rooms in Australia as possible.  I love DSP and want to share the beautiful new patterns with you!

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Stamp Review Crew | Rooted in Nature

Hello!  And hello to the first Monday in August, which makes it time to hop with the Stamp Review Crew.  Join this amazingly talented group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators as we share projects we’ve made using the same stamp set.

Today’s theme is Rooted in Nature, and the coordinating Nature’s Roots Framelits.

This bundle was part of the April 2018 OnStage make & take projects and then the pre-order purchasing, so we’ve been seeing amazing projects since April.  It’s definitely been a popular set!!!

This bundle has magic potential and it doesn’t matter how many projets I see, there’s always more ways to use & love this stamp set and framelits.  Make sure you keep clicking on ‘next’ to see all the design team projects.

The first card I’m sharing today uses the colours from the suite and a technique I love – ripped masking.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

I ripped copy paper and then used this to mask off the top & bottom portions of my card mat.  I then stamped the two different sized leaves across the unmasked portion of the cardstock – Blackberry Bliss, Tranquil Tide & Petal Pink.  To finish the technique, I used a sponge dauber to colour the white space with Mint Macaron ink.  When you remove the mask, you get a wonderful ripple of pattern across your cardstock.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede.  I used my Stamparatus to make sure it was straight!!!   This font nerd {LOVES} the fonts used in Rooted in Nature – so pretty!

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent


The second card for today is a little sideways movement from the colours & styling of the Nature’s Poem suite.

I’ve used watercolour paper, ink pads, a spritzer and the Stamparatus to create a whimsical tree as the centrepiece.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The colours in the tree are Rich Razzleberry, Shaded Spruce and Crushed Curry.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

To make this, I lined up the stamp on the Stamparatus plate, secured the watercolor paper with magnets and inked up the middle section of the tree in Shaded Spruce ink.  I then spritzed it with water and rather than closing the plate over to the base, I left the plate on the table and closed the base onto it.   This meant that the ink didn’t run as I moved the plate.

I cleaned the stamp and used my heat tool to gently dry the Shaded Spruce ink.  I then inked the right side of the stamp (left when actually stamped) with Rich Razzleberry ink, spritzed and tipped the Stamparatus base over again.

Then cleaned, dried and repeated with Crushed Curry ink on the left side of the stamp (right part of the tree).

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The end result is a gorgeous watercolor tree!  You could do this with any large solid stamp.  It’s essential you use watercolour paper and spritz the stamp prior to ‘stamping’.


Thanks for joining me today!

Keep hopping to see what the gorgeous & talented Charlet Mallett has created using this bundle…


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Colour INKspiration #37 | Brights

We’re celebrating the Brights for Colour INKspiration #37.

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I love the Brights!  On most days they are easily my favourite collection – but I struggled a little with this challenge.  Maybe it was just choosing three – or not being able to combine them with other colours to make them shine!  Too much bright???

I got there in the end with a whimsical watercolour theme.

Colour INKspiration #37 Brights | kelly kent

I started with Shimmery White cardstock, a lot of water and my three Brights – Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape & Melon Mambo.

Colour INKspiration #37 Brights | kelly kent

Once this was done, I somehow got to a flamingo theme.  Maybe because the watercolour reminded me of a style of watercolour painting I love with animals painted in wonderful colours.

I love this emu painted by Vanessa Perske for the Love Your Sister charity.

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When I chose my colours, I hadn’t intended to be able to embellish with Glitter Enamel Dots – but in a wonderful twist of crafting fate, the new colours include Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape & Melon Mambo!!! (and Granny Apple Green).

Colour INKspiration #37 Brights | kelly kent

What’s your favourite Brights trio?  We’d love for you to join the challenge via our Facebook group.  Click here to join.

Your project needs to have 3 colours from the Brights collection to be eligible to be part of the top 5 voting for the challenge.  You can add any of the Basics (Whisper White, Basic Black & Very Vanilla) and metallics if you want some bling!

As usual, the design team came up with amazing projects this week.  This hop is full of fun, creative designs!

To see more, visit one of the brightest & bubbliest people I know – Nicole Wilson

Thanks for hopping with us!

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Delightfully Detailed

Every month I run a class for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators in my team (but all demonstrators in the area are welcome).  I aim to include products & techniques in each class that expands their wishlist!!!

Sometimes it’s hard to know how much you’re gong to love a product til it’s on the table and you’re crafting with it!

In May, we made these sweet cards using the Delicately Detailed Laser Cut DSP.  There’s multiple sheets in each pack of 2 different designs – one page of smaller (card front size) designs and a sheet of 12″x12″ floral pattern.

As I was cutting up this paper for the class preparation, I did wonder if the Delightfully should be replaced with “Delicately”… it’s a bit of a handful to keep the precious paper in tact as you cut it up, but the end result is worth the precarious handling!

We used the floral design cut into 4″x6” pieces to make these two cards…

Delightfully Detailed DSP | kelly kent

The card on the left is the DSP coloured with Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel & Night of Navy.  The card on the right is the negative of the colouring – the DSP acts as a mask.  Such a pretty, fun & easy technique.

Delightfully Detailed DSP | kelly kent

The thank you sentiment & die panel is made using the Stitched All Around stamp set & Stitched Labels

I didn’t think I’d love Blueberry Bushel as much as I do – it’s such a gorgeous tone!

Delightfully Detailed DSP | kelly kent

The colouring across the DSP was achieved using the sponge brayer.  We used three different sponges, but if you’re doing this at home, you can use one brayer – start from the lightest colour (Balmy Blue for this card), then the medium tone (Blueberry Bushel) and then the darkest tone.  Sweep from side to side to apply the colour evenly, make sure to ink all the way around your brayer and overlap the colours so they blend.  Everyone likes a different method of colouring but I find the brayers are much easier for me to achieve an even colour than sponge daubers.

I do love an ombre card, but this would be a great design in a range of colours!!!  What would your choice of 3 colours be?

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Calling All Direct Sales Superstars…

We all know someone in direct sales, and many of us are customers of this style of home based business.  It’s a wonderful way to shop – and the personal touch of your own consultant is the icing on this shopping experience.

Perhaps, you are the superstar of your own direct sales business?  Do you share your love of candles, soap, stamps, oils, make up, skincare with your family, friends & customers?

There’s lots of us out there – and often what sets us apart from the other consultants of the same type of product, is our customer service.  Our willingness to go the extra mile for our customers, the expert knowledge we have and the presentation of our business.

A thank you card with an order, beautifully packaged samples, a welcome the team, congratulations on a promotion or sending birthday wishes to a customer or team member – these are all special touches that are noticed and appreciated by our customers & team.

It can be costly and not always easy to find options to fit all these needs. But not anymore!

I’m so excited to share this all-inclusive kit with you that Stampin’ Up! have released in their 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue – the Darling Label Punch Box.

You get a stamp set that covers all your needs – birthday, thank you, hello (welcome), best wishes, thinking of you & congratulations.  An easy to use punch that fits all 6 stamps, together with a block & two coloured inks for stamping.  It comes in a gorgeous tin – which is perfect for storing your supplies or using it for gift packaging once you’ve unpacked your kit.

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

The Darling Label All-Inclusive Punch Box is $78. You don’t need much else to be on your way to amazing packaging or super cute cards.

Here are some suggested bundles to get you stamping to meet all your superstar needs.

PACKAGING OPTIONS

Let’s start with two cute ways to package samples & gifts. Your team and customers will be in awe of this next level touch!

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent
Packaging Bundle 1 – click the links below to add to your online cart

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Packaging Bundle 2 – click the links below to add to your online cart

CARD OPTIONS

Next up, let’s look at some quick & easy ways to make cards with your kit supplies.

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Card Making Bundle 1 – click the links below to add to your online cart

Darling Label Kit | kelly kent

Card Making Bundle 2 – click the links below to add to your online cart

Make it extra special with these add on products (as pictured in my samples)

Darling Label Kit Extras | kelly kent

Extras – click the links below to add to your online cart


The stamp sets in kits come on a clear plastic sheet.

If you prefer to store the stamp set in a clear case, here’s the printable insert – free to download and print.

Click here to add Clear Mount Stamp Cases to your order.

Printable Clear Case Insert - Darling Label Punch | kelly kent


If you have any questions about using Stampin’ Up! products in combination with your direct sales business, contact me on my Facebook page to arrange a 1:1 consult (Australian residents only, though feel free to contact me if you’re an international direct sales consultant and I can redirect you to a local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator).

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Colour Revamp

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Thanks for joining us for the monthly Paper Adventures blog hop.

Tonight’s theme is the Color Revamp.  As part of the new catalogue, Stampin’ Up! did a complete shake up of the colour range.  We saw favourite colours retired, retired favourites return and got new colours to love.  You can read more about the details here – click here.

There’s 53 colours in the range – 10 In Colors, 10 Neutrals, 10 Brights, 10 Subtles, 10 Regals & 3 Basics

2018 In Color Collections | kelly kent

2018 Color Collections | kelly kent

Although I love the variety within and between each of the colour collections, my long-time favourite collection has been Brights.

I think the revamp has given it a fun shake up.  4 colours remain in the collection, 4 colours moved to the Regals collection 2 colours retired and we saw 6 new colours join the Brights family.

3 of these were returning In Colors (Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana) and 3 are new (Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape).

I have two projects to share with you tonight.

The first uses all 10 colours in the rainbow order they appear in the catalogue.  Previously Stampin’ Up! has used alphabetical order to arrange the colours.  The Color Revamp brings us a beautiful rainbow effect for each collection!

I’ve paired the colours from the Brights Collection with an elephant silhouette.  This oh-so-cute punch & coordinating Little Elephant stamp set is a new addition to my collection from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.

Color Revamp: Brights Collection | kelly kent

How beautiful is that rainbow???

Color Revamp: Brights Collection | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite colour???  It’s hard to choose, and probably depends on my mood.  At this moment in time, my favourite new colour is Granny Apple Green, my favourite returning colour is Coastal Cabana and my favourite carry over colour is Bermuda Bay!!!


The second project I am sharing today is a set of thank you cards I made to send out with my DSP & Ribbon Product Shares this week.  Curious about how to get all the paper & ribbon without spending $$$???  Click here to see the post on my 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue Product Shares.

Inspired by the pretty colours of the Brights collection, and other new things I was itching to play with, I created this set of cards using the 6 ‘new/returning’ Brights.

Color Revamp: Brights Collection | kelly kent

The three returning In Colors – Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Poppy Parade

Color Revamp: Brights Collection | kelly kent

The three new colours –

Color Revamp: Brights Collection | kelly kent

Here’s a close up of the amazing Granny Apple Green…

Color Revamp: Brights Collection | kelly kent

When making cards to go with orders, I like to show them what products they might have admired in the catalogue actually look like.

This card features the stars pattern from the Bokeh Dots stamp set, the dreamcatcher from the Follow Your Dreams stamp set and the thank you stamp from Love What You Do stamp set.

The panel on the left is embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder.  It’s a little tricky to see what it looks like in the catalogue, so I wanted to share how beautiful it looks in person.

Color Revamp: Brights Collection | kelly kent

These cards were so easy to make using my Stamparatus.  I was able to set the position and ink each layer several times to get some great depth of colour – and ensure an even inking.on the background stamp.

There’s so many amazing new products a part of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.  I look forward to sharing more with you over the coming months.  Click here to browse the online store.

Next up on the hop is our guest designer – Sara Levin.  Thanks to Sara for joining us.  You’re going to love what she’s made!!!

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CASEing the Catty #182 | Tea Room

It’s been a blustery weekend here in southwest WA!  Perfect weather for crafting in my pjs but not so good for taking photos for my blog!  What a problem to have!!!

Thanks for joining us for CASEing the Catty #182 as we start our tour through the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue – available now until 3rd June 2019.

We’re CASEing (Copy & Share Everything) the Tea Room suite and following pages of the catalogue.

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One of the things I loved the most as I was flicking through the catalogue was the use of the Tranquil Textures Sprinkles on Linen Thread…

It takes a little while to thread them on (they are so cute & tiny) but it’s worth the effort for the extra wow to adds to a card.

Tranquil Textures Sprinkles | kelly kent

I added them to some Lined Alphabet creations I’ve been making using this amazing stamp set and my Stamparatus.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

Perfect for one card or some Saturday afternoon mass production, the Stamparatus makes lining up the letters a breeze.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

I did every second letter of birthday on the first pass and then the other letters to complete the word on the second pass.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

I then did the same with happy to make my sentiment panel.  It was quick to whip up lots of these which I’ve left uncoloured, ready for when I want to coordinate with a DSP that suits the recipient.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

The happy birthday card was made with the Share What You Love DSP and coloured with Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry & Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

The thank you card uses Tranquil Textures DSP with Night of Navy, Pool Party & Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Blends colours!!!  Mint Macaron, Highland Heather, Soft Sea Foam – yes please!!!

We’d love for you to join us at CASEing the Catty.  Head over to Facebook for all the action!  There’s a weekly challenge with weekly winners!

The Tea Room CTC hop continues with Angela Meirtiz-Reid in New Zealand.

Thanks for joining us,

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CASEing the Catty #175 | Occasions Big Shot

Hello Sunday!!!  I hope you had a lovely weekend.

Today I’m sharing a card I designed using the CASEing the Catty #175 theme – Favourite Occasions Big Shot Project.

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There’s lots of Big Shot Projects to love in the Occasions catalogue!  I needed a layout to use with my new Animal Outing stamp set which I have been itching to get inky since we got it at OnStage.  You’ll be able to add it to your collection when the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue goes live in June #demoperks

The stamp set contains fun cartoon animal images including a rhino, frog, giraffe and a super cute kangaroo & koala combination.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

It’s rare we get Australian animals in stamp sets, so I just love the kangaroo image!!!

I’ve used the layout of the (left) picnic card on page 6 of the Occasions catalogue…

…as the base for my kangaroo creation!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

This fun stamp set comes with framelits (can’t wait for those!) and is going to be a huge hit in the new catalogue!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Let’s have a look at that cute kanga one more time.  She’s easy to colour using your favourite colouring method.  I’ve used Watercolor Pencils & Aqua Painter for this card.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

I know you’re going to be seeing lots more of her!

To join my team & have early access to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue (plus a fabulous discount on all your new catalogue spending), click here.

To keep hopping (punny!), visit my lovely friend Fi Cobbin in Sunbury, Victoria (which rhymes with Bunbury and could be another source of a great pun!!!).

Join the challenge by CASEing a favourite Big Shot project from the 2018 Occasions catalogue and sharing it on our Facebook group.

You love seeing what you make!

Have a great week,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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*** Animal Outing available in 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue from 1st June 2018.

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | BLACK

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Happy Friday 13th!

In fitting with “black Friday”, our theme for tonight’s Paper Adventures team hop is “BLACK”.

We are welcoming Sue Plote from the US as our guest designer this week.  Sue is fabulous and we’re delighted to have her hopping with us.

There’s a full list of participants at the bottom of this post – just in case of broken links.

You are currently with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Western Australia.

Last month, I had the privilege of hosting a retreat day for demonstrators local to my area.  You can read more about it here.

One of the cards I made on the day was designed by Claire Oliffe using the Black Ice technique.  I hadn’t tried this before – and totally loved it!!!

Claire provided us with instructions based on Melissa Kerman’s you tube tutorial.  See it here.

I used the Hanging Garden stamp set for my two Black Ice cards.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

This is yet another technique that looks complicated but is so easy when you have the tools & instructions!

For my first card, I used one of the hanging baskets.  I made the Black Ice segment on Silver Foil first and then cut it out using a circle framelit.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

The hardest thing about these cards was getting photos that show how fun they look once finished!

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

You’ll need:

  • Foil in a colour of your choice
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • Stamp set
  • Heat tool
  • Versamark
  • Clear embossing powder.

StazOn ink was retired from our range, but I’m excited to be able to share that we’ll be seeing it back again from 1st June 2018.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

In (very) simple terms, to get the black ice effect, the steps are:

  • Drag the StazOn pad down the foil (and back up again) to create some distressing
  • Stamp your images on the foil in StazOn
  • Dry with your heat tool on setting 1 (or wait for it to dry)
  • Drag the Versamark pad down the foil, cover with clear embossing powder and melt with your heat tool on setting 2

Easy – right???


I loved the first card so much I made another one using a larger panel for the Black Ice technique with all the hanging baskets.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

This card used Champagne Foil – you can use any colour foil.  It’s the slippery surface which allows for the distressing that gives you the effect.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

I really love the darker edges you get when using a whole piece of foil (I cut the edges off for the first card).

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

This is a technique you’re going to want to try!!!

If you live in the Bunbury area and would like a guided tutorial, we can arrange a technique workshop just for you!


Next up on the Paper Adventures team hop is our guest designer – Sue Plote

Thanks for joining us!

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Stamp Review Crew | Bubble Over

Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew Hop.

Today this wonderful group of international demonstrators is sharing ideas using the Bubble Over stamp set – and coordinating Bottles & Bubbles Framelits.

This bundle is currently available in the Occasions Catalogue, but I’m pleased to be able to let you know that Stampin’ Up! has shared a list of some of the items we’ll see in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue – and Bubble Over is one of them!!!

So, enjoy today’s hop with lots of ideas you’ll be able to use for the next 15 months!!

My first card uses the stamp set together with the Truly Tailored stamp set & coordinating Tailored Tag punch.  You’ll also spy the Bubbles & Fizz DSP which is available until the end of the month as a Sale-A-Bration item (free with $90 purchase).

Bubble Over | kelly kent

My second card is a completely different style.  Instead of bubbles from drinks, I wanted a card with the type of bubbles that kids blow!  The small girl framelit from the Birthday Friends set was perfect in black to create a silhouette of a girl blowing colourful bubbles.

Bubble Over | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with me today.

For more wonderful bubbly projects, please keep hopping & visit my friend Holly

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