Bonus July!

July is action packed full of amazing deals!

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Option 1 – purchase your favourite Stampin’ Up! products via my online store (or in person) during July and receive a $9 Bonus Days coupon code for every $90 you spend.  Your Bonus Days coupons can be used in August 2019.  This is a great way to get the best value on your new catalogue shopping list.

Not enough value for you?  Then you’ll want Option 2 – join my Paper Adventures team by purchasing a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit for $169.  You’ll get $280 of your choice of Stampin’ Up! products with free shipping plus a $16 coupon code to use the month after you join.  Extra, Extra runs from 1st July – 31st August.  If you’d like more information about being part of the Stampin’ Up! family, please contact me by email or Facebook.  Ready to join us? Click here to choose your Starter Kit.

Browse my online store by clicking here.  Warning: pretty temptations await!

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Stamp Review Crew | Free as a Bird

Wow – 1st of July!!!  I’m actually not sure where the first 6 months of 2019 went, but welcome to the second half of the year!!!

I’m starting July with a fabulous blog hop with my Stamp Review Crew friends.  Today we’re showing you projects made with the Free as a Bird stamp set.  I’ve also used the coordinating Stitched Nested Label Dies that come with this set in a bundle.

As I got this post ready, I realised that although this style of fancy fold has been my favourite over the last month, I’m yet to share any with you!  I’ve been flat out making Pull Tab Cards – a condensed version of a waterfall card.  Thanks to Jan B and Dawn Griffiths for their tutorial videos.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

This card has a different orientation than the tutorial videos – with the pull tab at the top.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

When you pull the tab at the top, the nested label flips over to reveal the panel underneath.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

The birds and sentiment are heat embossed in black for a lucious black line and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  You need to be a touch careful going over the black embossing as the black lifts a little, but overall it’s a great effect.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

The background panel looks like DSP – but was actually hand stamped by me!  I stamped the flowers and leaves in Memento ink and then coloured with Blends. This is what it looked like before I applied it to my card.

 

I’ve finished the card with the same stamping on the inside.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

As I’ve mentioned before, when a card has such a strong identity with a suite – especially when it has a coordinating DSP – I love to change it up and give the stamp set a fresh look.  The colour palette for this card is one of my current favourites – Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate.


There’s lots more amazing stamping on this hop. For your next bout of inspiration, please keep hopping to visit my gorgeous friend Jackie Aitken.  Jackie is one of our newest crew members and we are so lucky to have her on board!!

Thanks for hopping with us!  Happy stamping x


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CASEing the Catty #235 | CASE a Layout

Hey there!  How was your weekend?

It’s winter here – which makes it the perfect weather for crafting!  (and terrible weather for taking photos outside!).

This week for CASEing the Catty, we’re taking our inspiration from the layout on page 159 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.

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Before looking ahead, I actually made this card for a previous challenge as the styling & layout of this card appealed to me.  When I realised it was perfect for this challenge, I kept it up my sleeve to share today.

Bird Ballad | kelly kent

I’ve recreated the striped background by swiping Stampin’ Blends (Pool Party, Smoky Slate & Calypso Coral) across a strip of Whisper White DSP.  Using the straight edge die from the Nested Label set, I added the dotty border to each edge.

Bird Ballad | kelly kent

The middle panel is embossed with the Subtle embossing folder and a vellum layer added over the top.  The bird & flower centerpiece is cut straight from the DSP.  You need a little patience for the fussy cutting but the results are sensational.  I find the cutting a much easier option than colouring!!!

Bird Ballad | kelly kent

I’ve finished the card with a DSP banner, Crumb Cake twine (Nature’s Twine) and a white embossed sentiment.   Originally, the sentiment (from Itty Bitty Birthdays) was “happy belated birthday’ but I’ve trimmed it down to just be happy birthday.  I love the font!!


Please join us on Facebook where you can add your card using the catalogue photo as inspiration for the layout.  I can’t wait to see all the entries this week!  Click here to visit the FB group.

Continue the hop to see what the rest of the design team did with this layout.  Next up is my fabulous friend Siobhan Fitzsimmons.

Thanks for hopping with us.  Have a great week!


 

Just Add Ink #463 | Choose Two

Hello!  Thanks for stopping today.  You’re joining me for a Just Add Ink challenge card.  The theme is “Choose Two” with foil-ribbon-sequins as our choices.

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The design team have lots of great projects to share with you – see them all over at the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also enter the challenge there too.

My project was made especially for a crafty friend.  In fact, it was this friend that first invited me to a Stampin’ Up! workshop which would ignite the papercraft journey!  So, it seemed fitting that her birthday card would be made using the new “Follow Your Art” suite.  Between the stamp set & DSP, it’s filled with artwork of all the things that are important to Stampin’ Up! addicts including markers, buttons, ink refills, twine, hot glue guns, colouring tools – and sequins & ribbon!  So it was also perfect for this challenge.

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

The style of card is a Tri Fold Pocket Card.  I first made one of these for our May team hop (see the card here).  I’ll post measurements and instructions below again in case you’d like to make one.

The card is shown above when folded & closed.  Here is the front side when opened out…

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

The middle panel has a removable piece for writing your birthday message on.  I just love the bulldog clip stamp!!!

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

I’ve used the Sale-A-Bration Grapefruit Grove foil to cut a ‘birthday’ sentiment and added ‘happiness’ under this in glitter embossing.  The glitter embossing powders (in Shimmer White & Shimmer Black) are beautiful and add a fabulous touch of sparkle to your project!

The right panel is the one I created with Just Add Ink in mind and features my favourite stamp from the It Starts With Art stamp set – the stack of ribbons finishing in a ribbon heart!   I’ve added stamped sequins across the DSP and also adhered some sequins from the Woven Threads pack.  These feature the new 2019-2021 In Colors and go well with the colours in the art suite.

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

The Tri Fold design is very deluxe and when you turn it over, there’s a whole other side to enjoy!

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kentThe stamps in the It Starts With Art stamp set are designed to be stamped & coloured – perfect for the avid crafter (or a casual crafter who loves colouring!!).  On this side I’ve added the three colouring tools (Stampin’ Write Marker, Stampin’ Blend & Watercolour Pencil) to the left pocket cover.  I’ll put a gift card in this pocket for the birthday girl.

As well as dies to cut the image stamps in this bundle, the Arts & Crafts die set has extra dies for finishing touches on your projects like the scalloped edge on this pocket (or the button runner on the first side).

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

The right panel is finished with some cute little ink refill bottles – so classically Stampin’ Up!  In the pocket at the right is a fridge magnet for the recipients craft room reminding her to ‘do something creative every day’.  Craft is such wonderful therapy!  The sentiment for the fridge magnet is from the Crafting Forever stamp set – it coordinates very well with this suite!

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

Although lots of decorating goes into this style of card, the finished product with all it’s pockets, details and chance to use your new products is so much fun!  Here’s the instructions to make your own:

Start with a piece of cardstock 12″ x 9″.  Along the 12″ side, score at 4″ & 8″.  Along the 9″ side, score at 6″.  Cut along the bottom score lines to create your flaps (see picture).

Tr Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

Once you’ve added your cardstock to each panel, you can adhere the pockets in place.  Panel dimensions are 4″ x 6″, so mat size for each panel is 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″ (largest size) and 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (smaller size).

I found on this card that just using a larger size DSP layer on the panels with pockets gave a nicer finish.  I added a cardstock mat and DSP on the panels without pockets.

The pockets measure 3″ x 4″.  Make sure to only adhere down the left & right edge, leaving the top edge free of adhesive so you can put things in there.  Ideas include writing panel & fridge magnet as shown, gift card, bookmark, photos, lotto ticket, money – anything less than 4″ x 6″ and flat will fit!

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me.  If you can make the tough decision to only choose two (foil-ribbon-sequins), we’d love for you to share your creation over at our just Just Add Ink blog.  As I write this, I realise that I’ve used all three across the panels of my Tri Fold card… so we’re going to ignore that and just focus on the pretty ribbon & sequins (hehe!) on the right panel!!!

Happy crafting!


 

Colour INKspiration #58

I have another fabulous colour combination for you today as part of Colour INKspiration #58.  It’s pretty and subtle and I cant’ wait to see what you share with us on the Colour INKspiration Challenges Facebook group.  Click here to visit the FB group.

Don’t these colours exude elegance and luxury?

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We’re joined for this challenge by our guest designer – Vicki Boucher.  Vicki’s gorgeous card won challenge #56 and we’re delighted to have her create with us for this hop.  If you’re already on your way hopping around, then you will have travelled here from Vicki’s blog.  If you’re starting here, keep hopping until you visit Vicki.


With these sweet colours, I’ve inked up one of the new Stampin’ Up! bundles –  Above the Clouds.  It comes with a stamp set and coordinating Hot Air Balloon Punch.

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

I forget what this style of card is called – but it’s one of my favourites!  Stamp on the base layer of the card then add cardstock to the left & right edges to create a sunken patterned panel.  I’ve stamped the clouds in Blushing Bride and edged the Whisper White cardstock with gold foil.

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

There are some cute sentiments in the Above the Clouds stamp set, but I’m enjoying lots of mixing & matching of stamp sets at the moment to create a variety of birthday cards – as these are the cards I most need.  This fun birthday sentiment is from another new set in my collection – Beautiful Friendship.

I’ve used another set (not so new, but regularly used) on the inside – Itty Bitty Birthdays – together with Above the Clouds.  I don’t always decorate the inside of my cards (despite my new years resolution) but when I do, it always makes me smile to add an extra layer of happy!

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

The clouds are stamped in full colour (Blushing Bride) and then again without reinking to create a variety of cloud depths.  As well as full size hot air balloons, Above the Clouds has this cute trio of little hot air balloons too!  My tip for two step stamping with a solid image and an outline is to stamp the outline first.  It’ll be much easier to see through the solid stamps and line them up with your outline stamping.

This is the same for the big hot air balloons!  And that cute bunting I’ve used on the top of the card.

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

The gold touches on this card really lift it up (pun intended!).  Aren’t those balloons so pretty in pink!?!


Keep hopping and see all the lovely ways the design team have used these colours.  Next up is my sweet friend Rachel Palmieri.

Thanks for joining us!


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Stamp Review Crew | Piece of Cake

Thanks for joining the Stamp Review Crew hop today as we share with you our projects using the Piece of Cake stamp set.  Tour the world for some new ideas for this gorgeous set (and also the coordinating punch – Cake Builder).

I’ve used this hop as a chance to freshen up my use of this stamp set by mixing it with the new Stitched Lace Die.

PIece of Cake | kelly kent

It was also a chance to make a wedding card with this set.  I’ve mostly used this for a birthday theme – but I just love the font & styling of the “Mr & Mrs” so when planning for this hop, I knew that’s the type of card I wanted to make!.Which was actually perfect, because the Stitched Lace Die just screams wedding!!!

PIece of Cake | kelly kent

My colour palette for this card is Whisper White, Seaside Spray (one of the new In Colors) and Night of Navy.  Add in silver foil for the cake stand and a touch of Rococo Rose & Pretty Peacock for the cake flowers and we have a soft & pretty wedding card.

PIece of Cake | kelly kent

The Stitched Lace Die is a wonderful background for the cake.  The bottom piece (Whisper White)  is 5-5/10″ x 3-7/8″.  I’ve then cut a piece of Seaside Spray at 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4..  Once cut, I lined it up with the pattern on the Whisper White piece and trimmed the excess from the top & bottom.  I love the two tone effect when lined up seamlessly.

PIece of Cake | kelly kent

Cake are wonderful symbols of celebration, so I know you’re going to see many wonderful ideas for this set as you continue the hop with my sweet friend Cindy Elam.

Thanks for joining us today.


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CASEing the Catty #233 | CASE a Layout

Hello!  How was your weekend?  Welcome to another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  Today’s theme is a whole page of layouts from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue to CASE.

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I have chosen the card at the top left – with the gorgeous embossing.

I’ve got a few new products I’ve been itching to play with, so I’ve used this layout to try out the new Dinoroar suite.

Dinoroar | kelly kent

I kept the embossed background but changed it to one of the new 3D embossing folders – Mosaic.

Note about the new 3D embossing folders: Stampin’ Up! have decided not to make us wait for new embossing folders & dies while they continue to perfect the design on the new cutting & embossing machine.  These products will still work with whatever die cutting & embossing machine you own, but you may need some workarounds in the short term.  This 3D embossing folder worked in my Big Shot (which is quite a tight roll) with two upcycled shims – a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard that comes with our foil packs and a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard from a DSP pack.  You may have to try a few combinations to see what works in your machine.

Dinoroar | kelly kent

I have been loving the beautiful DSP images – and using them often as centrepieces for my cards.  This fun pink dino is cut straight from the DSP using one of the dies from the Dino Dies set.  So easy, so pretty, so awesome!!!

The thank you sentiment is from another new set in my collection – You Always Deliver.  I loved the font style.  I’ve used a dino pun sentiment on the inside…

Dinoroar | kelly kent

I love that Stampin’ Up! included pink dinosaurs in this design.  As a mumma of children who love all the colours in the rainbow, this suite is going to be on high rotation in my craft room!

Dinoroar | kelly kent

For more great ideas that started with a page of magnolias and changed into so many other creations, continue the hop with my lovely friend Rachel Palmieri.

If you have some craft time this week, we’ve love for you to share your project inspired by one of the layouts on page 36.  Use this as your starting point and let your creativity take you the rest of the way.  Click here to visit our CASEing the Catty Facebook group.

Thanks for being with us on this fabulous Sunday!


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Just Add Ink #461 | Inspiration

The photo inspiration from Rachael this week for Just Add Ink couldn’t be more perfect for me.  It’s my favourite colours and it works beautifully with a new bundle that just arrived on my doorstep from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.

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Let me know you the bundle first –

When I first saw this in the catalogue, it was instant love.  Over the years, I’ve used different methods to create silhouettes.  I just love the effect of having the solid black image against a colourful background.

Here’s what I created using the beautiful swinging girl stamp and the weeping tree die…

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The yellow background panel for the card was made using the new Pigment Sprinkles.  They come in a pack of six Stampin’ Up! colours.  I’ve used Daffodil Delight in two stages to get different intensities of the gorgeous yellow tone.

The swinging girl was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in black embossing powder.  I love the solid colour of black embossing powder.  When using the silhouette stamps, you are best to set up your Stamparatus and ink at least twice (if not three times).  This will give you a truly solid image in whatever colour you are using.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The Smoky Slate background of the card also features something new – 3D Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder.  I was so excited by this too!!!   Stampin’ Up! have decided not to make us wait for new embossing folders & dies while they continue to perfect the design on the new cutting & embossing machine.  These products will still work with whatever die cutting & embossing machine you own, but you may need some workarounds in the short term.  This 3D embossing folder worked in my Big Shot (which is quite a tight roll) with two upcycled shims – a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard that comes with our foil packs and a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard from a DSP pack.  You may have to try a few combinations to see what works in your machine.

The workarounds are totally worth it though – there’s some gorgeous new 3D folders in the new catalogue!!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The sentiment on this card is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.  Many of my favourite sets in the Annual Catalogue don’t have birthday sentiments included, so this set will be on regular rotation to keep up with all the birthday cards I want to send throughout the year.


To see all the design team cards using this gorgeous photo inspiration, click through to the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also add your card to the linky and enter the challenge.  Be inspired by the colours, patterns, shapes, theme or anything else that jumps out to you!

Thanks for visiting!

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Colour INKspiration #57

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for Colour INKspiration #57.  I’ve chosen the colour palette today – I hope you like it!  We’re crafting with Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight & Granny Apple Green – inspired by these gorgeous Calla Lilies.

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Joining us on the hop today, as our guest designer, is Kate Webb – thanks Kate!!  Kate’s pretty card won challenge #55 and we are delighted to have her along for this hop.  Each challenge the crew picks 5 cards and ask the members of the Colour INKspiration Facebook group to choose a winner.  Join the group and make sure to enter your project for the current challenge!  Click here to visit.


The bold & bright colours of this challenge reminded me of spring, so although the weather here is cold and wet (hello winter!), my craft room can be as warm and summery as I like.  So with the challenge colours in mind, I’ve stamped some pretty butterflies using the new Butterfly Wishes stamp set and lined them up in rows.

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

This style of card using the Stitched Rectangle Dies as a frame reminds me of butterflies on display in a museum.  I’ve make them fly as much as I can by adhering in the middle of the body and flicking up the wings….

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

But I’d like to try a card like this again with flying butterflies!  I’ll keep it on my to-do list for another challenge!

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

For the sentiment in the middle of the card, I’ve masked the other words on the ‘celebrate’ stamp with masking tape and inked it up with Versamark and heat embossed in white.  I then cut it using the Classic Label punch.  To create the banner, I used the end of the same punch.  I love when products are so versatile!

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

I have the pleasure of linking you to our guest designer – Kate Webb with her gorgeous floral creation.  These colours just work so well for flowers!

Thanks for hopping with us, can’t wait to see your creations in our Facebook group.


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CASEing the Catty #232 | Artistic Expression

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for the first CASEing the Catty of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It’s always fun to have new inspiration!

Join us as we choose any project to CASE from the Artistic Expression section of the catalogue – pages 106-159.

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I’ve chosen a card from page 158 showing the Lined Alphabet stamp set & dies.

What caught my eye in this sample is the triangle lines & the ombre colours of the ‘baby’ across the middle.  I used those elements to create a birthday (or other celebration) card using a Mint Macaron tone.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The Mint Macaron started with the DSP choice – I had the Mosaic Mood DSP on my table after creating the Tri-Fold Pocket Card for our team hope on Friday.  That card (you can see it here) used a lot of DSP, but it  didn’t use this particular pattern – which I love!  So that become the card base.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The next step was to add the triangle features – which in this case are actually more of a hexagon – using the Stitched Nested Label Dies.  The colours are Very Vanilla, Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron and Lost Lagoon.   Lost Lagoon is actually a retired colour – but I needed a darker tone to complete the ombre effect – and Lost Lagoon is a favourite of mine!  I wish it had been one of the returning colours during the revamp of 2018!

Once I had my triangle peaks of colour, I added the butterfly from the Beautiful Day stamp set – a returning favourite into the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It goes perfectly with this DSP, having a natural mosaic effect!

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The butterfly is stamped in Lost Lagoon ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then coloured using Stampin’ Blends – Light & Dark Soft Sea Foam and Light & Dark Mint Macaron.  The middle segments have been given a touch of sparkle with the Clear Wink of Stella pen.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The card is finished with a sentiment -T”time to celebrate!” from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  I’ve stamped this in Lost Lagoon ink and then punched it out using the Classic Label Punch.  The pointed edges of this punch shape worked beautifully with the styling of my card!

So much love for the DSP in this catalogue!  I’m going to need extra supplies of my favourites so I can keep making cards!!!


For more inspiration using new catalogue products, keep hopping with my CTC friends.  Click on the next button to take you to New Zealand to visit my gorgeous Artisan friend Angela Meiritz-Reid.

If you’d like to join in with the weekly CASEing the Catty Challenge, please hop over to our Facebook group.  The challenge runs for a week – ending next Sunday.

See you next week for more new catalogue inspiration!


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