Social Stamping Blog Host | Hello

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Hello!  Last week I advertised on my Facebook page and invited some of my stamping friends to join me to blog today.  I won’t pretend I’m amazed, because I knew my fantabulous friends would be the first to step up and embrace another occasion to create something to share.  In a week that has been filled with ups & downs for so many families (including mine!), it’s wonderful to come together with the sole purpose of being creative and providing creative inspiration for crafters who may be at home in isolation.

As a bit of background, my use of the phrase “Social Stamping” started last year.  I had to make some changes to the focus of my Stampin’ Up! commitments.  I wanted to keep the things about stamping that were important to me and one of those things was the social aspect – my online friendships with other demonstrators, classes purely for the joy of getting together and providing community for my Paper Adventures team.


The theme for today’s hop is “hello”.  It’s a time when we’ve all been asked to socially distance ourselves from each other, but actually a time when we need each other more than ever.  I’d love for you all to reach out to those in your network, on the edge of your network or bring someone new into your network and use this fast changing and very overwhelming situation for some social good.  It’s possible to be social although physically apart – we just need to think in different ways.

This blog host is born of that desire to pull together the social part of stamping.  To bring us together, to allow us to share and to spark creativity in others.

Below is the master list of participants.  Click on the designers below to see their project. Some bloggers may link to the next blog, but to keep things simple, this was an optional requirement.

Stay safe, stay connected and be comforted in the knowledge that although big at the moment, this will pass.  Until then, let us craft!

Participant list | “Hello”

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Denita Wright-Smee
  3. Jo Stubbings
  4. Lisa Whitehead
  5. Lauren Meiklejohn
  6. Lou Kitzelman
  7. Leonie Stuart
  8. Mandy Depiazzi
  9. Odette Kermode
  10. Rebecca Scurr
  11. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  12. Melissa Gifford
  13. Nikki Spencer
  14. Nicole Wilson
  15. Elizabeth Gross
  16. Bronwyn Eastley
  17. Sheila Pybus
  18. Michelle Strazds
  19. Angela Meirtiz-Reid
  20. Sharni Haines
  21. Vicki Boucher
  22. Julia Quinn
  23. Mae Collins
  24. Chantell Randall
  25. Narelle Simm
  26. Catherine Creer
  27. Richelle Fletcher
  28. Leonie Schroder
  29. Kathryn Ruddick

Just Add Ink #498 | Add “E”

As the world goes into lots of forms of reduced services and isolation, I’ve been reflecting on how lucky we are to have the internet!  For social interaction, for news & updates and for crafty inspiration!

For now, it’s business as usual for both Stampin’ Up! and Australia Post, so by shopping in my online store (click here to visit) you can still get crafty supplies delivered to your door.

I also feel lucky to be connected to a wonderful community of lovely stampers including the Just Add Ink design team.  Today we’re sharing another challenge theme – Just Add “E”.  It’s a great theme to get you thinking about what stamps, techniques or themes you can create starting with “E”.

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As we embark on voluntary isolation, I’ve added “Education” as my theme, making some accessories for the Little Miss Papercrafts to use in our at home school experience.

Following my instinct and the advice of some parenting experts I respect, our approach to home schooling is going to be very casual for the immediate future.  Our time at home is a long game – they are predicting students won’t return to school for many months.  But, there’s always a place for stationary!!!  I know these little gifts for the girls will add some excitement to the pending time at home.

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

For our “everything pretty & pink” Little Miss, I’ve made a unicorn corner bookmark.  This style of bookmark is so easy to make using some simple origami steps.  Click here to visit the tutorial I used.

For our “animal loving, plans to be a vet” Little Miss I made a nature themed bookmark using the Tropical Oasis DSP and chinchilla from the Witty-cisms stamp set.

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

Did you read Babysitters Club books as a child?  I think I read every one every published and I’m sad I didn’t keep hold of them, so I was excited to able to pick some up second hand recently!

Corner Bookmark | kelly kentTo go with each bookmark, I covered a wood coaster tile with DSP and a bulldog clip with coordinating DSP to create a post it note holder.  These are my favourites to make as a quick and easy desk gift.  The coasters are from the KAISERwood range and available here in Australia from Spotlight (and other craft supply stores I’m sure!).

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

How stunning is the Best Dressed DSP?!?!  It makes a great unicorn flower crown.  The horn and eyes are from a Pink Fresh Studio set.  The post-it note sentiment is from the Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set.

Corner Bookmark | kelly kent

I’m not sure if Alexa knows what a Chinchilla is (we don’t have them in Australia), so this seems like a great research project for home at school! The other activities I have planned are baking, outdoor exploring, yoga, Lego, reading, writing and sleeping in (this might be my favourite part!).  I’m sure there’ll be some movies, some board games and even some crafting in the mix!

Thinking of my fellow crowned home school parents – we’re all in this together, and like most things in life, this too shall pass.


To see more design team projects and to add your “E” creation to our gallery, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

Tea Party Trinkets

Miss Papercraft turned 9 this week.  See here for her birthday card and poster.

Now that there’s 3 mini mes at Papercraft HQ, they are on a roster for a big party, but I’m a soft touch when it comes to celebrating birthdays (I love celebrating birthdays!), so I make sure the kids have a celebration of some kind.  Miss 9 chose a tea party with a few of her friends from school.

It was a lot of fun to put together a high tea for little people!  We prepared a menu, I made food & drinks and we served using the fine china set gifted to me by Mr Papercraft’s Grandma.  Why is it that we always keep the “good stuff” hidden away.  It’s such a delicate and pretty set – I’ve made a resolution to get it out regularly!

Here’s the table setting ready for the girls…

All Dressed Up | kelly kent

I made them all a little bag as a table gift using the All Dressed Up Die.  I often find dies that make 3D items a little fiddly, but this set is a dream to use.  The tabs are lovely and wide and the bag does together beautifully.  You can add the straps in a variety of ways to create lots of different looks.  I’ve attached from the back corner to the front, using magnets to attach to the front for easier opening.

All Dressed Up | kelly kent

I added the strip of left over DSPf from the 12″ strip (I’ve used a retired floral pattern called Floral District) to a piece of white copy paper to make a cute coordinating placemat.  All those bespoke touches are what makes papercrafting so special to me!

All Dressed Up | kelly kent

The bags are a great size when made up. We filled them with an assortment of trinkets including a scented mini pen, hair elastic, lip balm, notepad and necklace.  The notepad was super easy to make to size by cutting down copy paper (2″ x 2-3/4″), punching with the retired Spiral Punch and clipping together with a cute mini clip.  The clips were on the Clearance Rack a little while ago (I love getting a great deal on cute Stampin’ Up!). Click here to see what’s currently available on the Clearance Rack.

All Dressed Up | kelly kent

The necklaces were made using DIY jewellery supplies with a 1″ circle punch in the same DSP as I used for the bags (did I mention I love it when things match???)!  You can find these on ebay by searching for 25mm Pendant Setting Cabochon Tray.  You’ll also need glass domes and a necklace chains.

How cute is this high tea cake stand.  I stumbled across it by accident last year.  The top layer is Banana & Raspberry “Ice Cream” (made using just those two frozen fruits in the Thermomix), pikelets on the middle layer and fruit kebabs on the bottom layer.  My kids insist on having marshmallows on the fruit kebabs!!!

All Dressed Up | kelly kent

If you’d like the All Dressed Up Dies to make their way to your craft room, you can shop in my online store by clicking here.

Good night!  It’s time for this birthday Mumma to head to bed for some much needed sleep!

Happy New Year, Happy New Catalogue 2020!

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I love the promise a new year holds.  I’ve always been a fan of numbers, so 2020 seems like a number that will hold many possibilities.  I hope it’s wonderful for you & your family.

I was very lucky over the Christmas break to take some time away with my family in the beautiful south of Australia.  We visited Esperance – the town where my husband grew up.  We spent time with family, camped on the white sand of the beach and soaked up some glorious sun.  We came back recharged, a little sun-kissed and with some great new memories.

Team Kent 2020 | kelly kent

Returning home (with more washing than I cared for), it was nice to get back into my craft room and have a play with some of my new products from the 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalogue.  If you live in Australia and don’t yet have a copy of this super pretty catalogue, please let me know and I’ll send one to you.  You can also view it online by clicking here.

Here’s a quick video by Stampin’ Up! that shares some of the lovely products on offer…

I may or may not have the whole thing on my wishlist!!!  Placing an order is easy.  Simply shop in my online store or message me to order direct.

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The other really awesome thing to start our year is free products with the Sale-A-Bration promotion.

There’s 3 ways to benefit –

  1. Choose a free product for every $90 you spend until 31st March 2020.  You can also stack your rewards and chose an extra special reward with $180 spend.  Click here to see all the free choices.

2. Earn a free stamp set when your order (or combined orders with family & friends) are over $500.

3. Join my Paper Adventures team.  This is my favourite special of Sale-A-Bration because it’s a fabulous deal and you’ll be welcomed into the Stampin’ Up! family for as long as you want to stay.

During SAB 2020, join my Paper Adventures team by purchasing a fully customisable Starter Kit for $169.  Choose $235 of products (whichever ones you want), enjoy free shipping and also receive a 6″ Mini Paper Cutter, DSP pack and a free stamp set of your choice.  Once joined, you’ll get 20% discount on any Stampin’ Up! you purchase or sell until at least 31st July 2020.  If you don’t meet the minimum sales requirement ($468 retail), then you simply stop being active and switch back to being a customer.

Click here to join (search for our team by clicking on Demonstrator Directory and then entering my details – Kelly Kent, Dalyellup, 6230 WA). If you need any help with joining, please get in touch with me by Facebook or email.

If you’d like to see any of the 2020 Mini Catalogue products in action, I’m available in the greater Bunbury area to run a workshop in your home with family & friends.  I will also be back running Social Stamping from Feb, so make sure to subscribe to my blog for updates or follow my Facebook page.

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Wishing you the most amazing year filled with lots of happy!

2020 DSP Paper Share – Pre-order open

There’s a new catalogue a coming and I’m hopping from one foot to another with excitement, waiting to see if you love it as much as I do.  I love every catalogue, but this one is bursting with pretty – my favourite genre!

The pdf catalogue will be able on Friday 3rd January but if you can’t wait, make sure to message me today to request your copy be mailed or delivered ASAP.

Along with stamps, dies, punches, ribbon, Memories & More cards & accessories, there’s also 7 new paper designs.  I’m not able to show you graphics of these yet, but I can show you a video of them below in paper share format – 96 sheets of glorious paper.

2020 Jan - June DSP Share | kelly kent

Every single design in the 2020 January – June catalogue in 6″x6″ size.  You are getting 1/4 of a pack of each of the catalogue designs plus samples of both Sale-A-Bration DSPs cut into convenient 6″ squares.

See them in person in 6″x6″ size and then choose your favourites to buy in full packs.  I’m always surprised about which patterns I love more when I see them.  This year it was Best Dressed – so beautiful!  Click here to visit my Paper Adventures team hop post yesterday and see them in action.

Pre order yours now for delivery in January once stock has arrived.

2020 Jan - June DSP Share | kelly kent

2020 Jan-June DSP Paper Share

$40 96 sheets of 6"x6" DSP from the Stampin' Up! 2020 Jan-June catalogue. Features: From My Heart, Parisian Blossoms, Peaceful Poppies, Birthday Bonanza, Tropical Oasis, Country Club, Best Dressed & Sale-A-Bration sampler. Free local delivery in Bunbury area. Please pay for postage separately if required. *** Paper share may be refunded if minimum order numbers are not received

A$40.00

Free delivery in the Bunbury area or add $9.20 for post Australia wide.

DSP Share – Add Postage

Add postage to your order for Australia wide delivery in a tracked satchel

A$9.20

Paper shares will be posted in January once the paper has been ordered, received and lovingly packaged for you.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Reflection, Reorganising and Redirecting mypapercraftjourney

LONG WORDY POST AHEAD, read on for some stamping reflection….

When deciding on a blog name all those years ago, I had no idea how apt calling this little hobby a ‘journey’ would be.  From the instant love of stamping at that very first class to the elation of having customers and sharing at workshops, to starting classes with fabulous regulars, to building a following on my blog, to being asked to join design teams, to being selected to share at Stampin’ Up! events, to building a team of wonderful ladies that are some of my closest friends….

So much wonderful!  I’ve achieved things I worked hard for, had success in areas start as pure ambition and notched up some things that I didn’t even know were going to be goals on mine.  And although I don’t think it’s time to climb to the other side of the mountain, it’s definitely time to travel different path for a while.  Some parts of stamping that had previously motivated me, just don’t hold the same power anymore.

Last year we added baby #3 to our little family, and for the most part, this has been the catalyst for some reflection on where stamping fits into my life and what parts of this hobby are the most meaningful to me.  One of the most frequent comments I’ve had from people is ‘I don’t know how you do it all’.  And the truth is, looking back, I’m not entirely sure.  I managed well by stamping once the kids were in bed and at the peak of the adventure over the past couple of years, the kids were at an age where they needed more supervision than hands on parenting, so I could sneak some crafting here and there.  But that pace hasn’t been sustainable since Little Master Papercraft joined us.  I’ve become even more time poor than I was previously and I found myself questioning if the energy I was putting into Stampin’ Up! was giving me what I needed from this glorious hobby.

The signs all seemed to be pointing towards simplifying what I was doing – or risk getting to a point of burnout where stamping didn’t bring me joy anymore.  So, I once again put my blog on sleep mode and took some time away from the pressures, demands and deadlines of running an active blog.  I thought I’d use this time to ‘stamp for fun’ but the reality was that I just needed that time away and I barely did any stamping.

The next part of the reflection was hard – I needed to work out what elements of stamping activities could be downgraded, simplified or simply let go.  As always with these types of decisions, it took me a long time to work that out, but once I did, it felt right (even if parting ways with some of my commitments is also incredibly sad).  I’ve resigned from two of the design teams I was part of – CASEing the Catty and Colour INKspiration.  My plan is to focus my attentions as a design team member for Just Add Ink, join in with Stamp Review Crew when I have the stamp set and blog with my Paper Adventures team each month.  Everything else will be a bonus and inspired by the love of stamping, not the next hop on a list.

With less design team commitments, my blog won’t be nearly as active as in previous years – and I’m ok with that.  I still want to share what inspires me (and challenge blogging seems to bring out the best in my creativity), but I don’t want it to be a race or a pressure within my week.  Less blogging also means the need for less variety within my craft stash, which will cause me to look at the catalogue in a completely different way.  I’m excited by a fresh approach to deciding what’s in my collection!

I’ve always really enjoyed hosting stamping classes – and I want them to stay in a format that suits me.  It’s a great social experience and a wonderful feeling to share the design & creation part of stamping with others.  I stopped running classes during 2018, but have picked them back up this year – carrying on from what I used to do.  One of the main challenges for me is time & scheduling.  The every changing demands of a young and active family, mean I can’t commit to anything regular or predictable without feeling the weight of expectation.  So, I’m taking the pressure off setting boundaries around how my classes look or setting a frequency and I’m now offering “Social Stamping”.  This will be a pop up class at a point that I am able to fit it into my family commitments.  I will advertise them on my blog and on my Facebook page and they will continue to be held from my home in Dalyellup (Bunbury).  The emphasis on these classes will be to ‘get together’ – share a drink, have a laugh and do a little stamping on the side.  If this sounds like your ‘cup of tea’, make sure to follow me on the blog or Facebook so you don’t miss the details.

One of my favourite quotes is ‘the only constant is change’ and although some of these decisions were hard, doing something because that’s the way it’s always been done is a bad idea!!!

I’m going to try this direction for a while, but I know that more change is inevitable and I’m excited for what the journey ahead holds!

I’ll leave you with a photo that shares the catalyst for change – Team Kent seeking more time & space for these precious family moments.

Team Kent | kelly kent

Annual Winter Hiatus

For the third year in a row (though last year’s was little more circumstantial than choice), I am taking a winter blogging break.  It seems to be this time of the year that my Stampin’ Up! sprinting seems to slow to a reluctant jog and I realise that it’s time to slow the pace, or risk ruining the joy that Stampin’ Up! brings me.

Consistent blogging takes time, effort and organisation.  There’s many late nights in the craft room, stolen moments at the computer and the ongoing demand for creativity.  I love being part of design teams, participating in blog hops and making projects for my classes, but as with everything, there’s a very fine line between sharing what you love and what you love becoming a chore.  For every blog post you see published by a crafter, there’s many hours of preparation involve – design, creating, photography, writing, sharing.

This mini break will give me a chance to reset, recharge my batteries and play with paper on my own terms.  Or, I might watch my favourite tv programs while sitting on the couch, go to bed before midnight or try another crafty hobby!!!

I’ll be back in a while (mid August) and look forward to sharing with you again.  Thanks for your support!

 

Retirement List – Occasions 2019 & 18-19 Annual Catalogue

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Well, it’s that time of year again when Stampin’ Up! regales us with the promise of amazing new stamps (and they are amazing!!!) at the same time as sharing which favourites are on the retirement list.

We know that all the 2017-2019 In Color items are retiring – Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide & Lemon Lime Twist.  Historically, these items sell out very quickly, so I’d suggest ordering sooner rather than later.

There’s several ways to view the retiring lists.  Click on the links below to see all the information in the way that best suits you.

2019 OCCASIONS CATALOGUE RETIREMENT LIST (PDF)
2019 OCCASIONS CATALOGUE RETIREMENT LIST (EXCEL)

2018-2019 ANNUAL CATALOGUE RETIREMENT LIST (PDF)
2018-2019 ANNUAL CATALOGUE RETIREMENT LIST (EXCEL)

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I want to make special mention of the list of stamp sets that are on the retirement list, but aren’t actually retiring.  Stampin’ Up! will no longer make thes stamp sets in clear or wood, but the following stamp sets will all be available in CLING once the new catalogue goes live in June.

Pop of Petals
Label Me Pretty
Special Celebrations
Itty Bitty Greetings
Botanical Bliss
This Little Piggy
Flourishing Phrases
Stitched All Around
Hold on to Hope
Heartland
Peaceful Place
Barn Door
Accented Blooms
Birthday Backgrounds
Perennial Birthday
Dashing Deer
Winter Woods
Kindness & Compassion
Dandelion Wishes
Healing Hugs
Sorry for Everything
Love You to Pieces
Tropical Chic
Bee Thankful
Animal Outing
Little Elephant
Beautiful You
Painted Glass
Little Twinkle
Beautiful Day
Magical Mermaid
First Frost
Rooted in Nature
Country Road
Lilypad Lake
Sea of Textures
Artisan Textures
Gallery Grunge
Bokeh Dots
Crafting Forever

You’ll also find all current bundles from the Occasions & Annual Catalogues on the retirement list.  Some of these products may appear in the next catalogue cycle – but not as a bundle (they’ll be separate items, you will not a 10% bundle discount from 4th June 2019).

If you have any retirement list questions, or new catalogue questions, please let me know!

CASEing the Catty #212 | Sale-A-Bration

Sunday …. again!  It came around so quick for me this week!!!  We’ve been busy enjoying the beauty of the area we live in.  On Monday we treated ourselves to a day out.  We visited a million year + underground cave, had a yummy lunch at a seafood restaurant and stopped at a beautiful swimming beach on the way home.

This weekend has been hot – good weather for hiding in the air con and crafting!!

The theme for CASEing the Catty this week is Sale-A-Bration – time for some more project inspired by that little catalogue of goodness!!!

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I’ve decided to use the catalogue for colour this week, taking inspiration from page 12.

Pink & Kraft are such a great combination!  The contrast of the light pink & dark pink plus white is just magic!

I teamed up the colour combination with the suite I’m loving the most at the moment – Needlepoint Nook.

Needlepoint Nook friend | kelly kent

It was the background flourish die that first caught my attention in this set, but upon using it, I’ve decided the flowers are just so sweet!

Needlepoint Nook friend | kelly kent

And of course I love the All My Love DSP (not part of the Needlepoint Nook suite but part of the suite that sits alongside the inspiration picture – which ties it altogether!).

Needlepoint Nook friend | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today for the CTC blog hop.  We’d love to have you join the Sale-A-Bration challenge via our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Keep hopping for more great Sale-A-Bration ideas by visiting the gorgeous Sandra Collett in New Zealand.

Have a great week!


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Stamp Review Crew | Love What You Do

I’m checking in today for my final post of 2018 – and no better way than hopping with my Stamp Review Crew friends.

We’re all creating using the Love What You Do stamp set.  You can find the full list of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who have created for this hop by visiting the Stamp Review Crew blog.

This stamp set arrived as an early release for the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue in the Share What You Love suite.  It was loved by everyone and exploded on blogs, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook….  but then as always, other new loves took over and it got a little less love in the second half of 2018.  It’s so lovely to revisit this beautiful stamp set and all the coordinating products.

I didn’t get around to as many Christmas cards this year as I would have liked.  I’m ok with that – I’m now moving on to other occasions such as wishing my friends a happy new year, wonderful 2019 or marking special occasions like birthdays.

For this card, I used elements of the stamp set to create a ‘happy 2019’ card for a friend.

Love What You Do | kelly kent

As I made this project, I reflected on the year and noted the significance of the products in my card –

  • This DSP has to be one of my all-time favourites
  • I loved the Colour Refresh that the new catalogue brought.  Rich Razzleberry is so much better placed in the Regals!
  • I was so sad to see the Large Numbers retire.  I will never stop using them!
  • 2018 was the year of white embossing for me!!  And fussy cutting – I don’t mind a little fussy cutting.
  • I’m excited about new products to come like the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.  You are going to love them so much – stitched inside & outside of the cut line!!!

Love What You Do | kelly kent

While we are reflecting on the year that has been, here’s my stats for 2018.  I just love putting this together and looking at everything I’ve done throughout the year!2018 in Review | kelly kent

I hope 2019 is beautiful for everyone – filled with all the things that bring you happiness!

Love What You Do | kelly kent

Next up on the hop is the gorgeous creations of Tanya Boser

Thank you for the support (and patience) in 2018!  It’s been a big year for me!

I look forward to sharing more projects with you, being inspired by my fellow Stampin’ Up! addicts and have plans to build back up my workshops & classes. Make sure to follow my blog to keep updated as it all happens.

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Here’s to the most fabulous of 2019s!!!


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