Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop | Stack of Cards

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Collaborations, blog hops and tutorial groups have become more common among Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and I couldn’t be happier!  It’s so nice to be involved in someone else’s fun!!

Today I’ve been invited by Leonie Schroder to hop with her Freshly Brewed Projects.  The theme is “Stack of Cards”.  After making the Double Wonder Card set designed by Shannon West & Julie Davison using 2 x half sheets of 12″ DSP, I was hooked on the simplistic creativity that comes from one sheet wonder templates.

For this hop, I wanted a template that I could use with a 6″ x 6″ sheet of DSP.  Some DSP patterns, like Best Dressed DSP only comes in 6″ x 6″ packs.  And then there’s all the paper shares I have from all the catalogues!  I have so much DSP, I probably don’t need to be economical, but making lots of cards from one piece of DSP is a great way to use but conserve your favourite patterns!

On my hunt, I found this gem of a pattern by Jackie Bolhuis (of Klompen Stampers).  You can see Jackie’s post here and the template here.  Thank you to Jackie for a wonderful tutorial.

I’ve chosen one of the pretty floral patterns from the Best Dressed DSP (one of my all-time favourite designs!).  Pulling out colours from the DSP, I used Blushing Bride, Granny Apple Green & Whisper White as the card bases.

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

The stamp sets featured on my set of six cards are Dressed to Impress (coordinates with the DSP) and Peaceful Moments (my favourite go-to sentiment set at the moment).

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

My favourite part of Jackie’s template was the clever use of the circle from the large rectangle to be able to make two cards!

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Just because you only use one sheet of DSP, doesn’t mean you can’t add other touches to your cards to take them to the next level.  Across my cards, I’ve used:

  • flowers from the Dressed to Impress stamp set (and Stampin’ Blends to colour them in)
  • Stitched Shapes, Layering Circles, Seasonal Layers and Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • Scripty Embossing Folder
  • Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim Ribbon & Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • Cardstock: Lovely Lipstick & Whisper White
  • Ink: Old Olive, Lovely Lipstick
  • White embossing powder & Versamark

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

Jackie is based in the US and has slightly different cardstock sizes to us, so I modified by template slightly by not cutting the extra piece off the bottom half of the template, and then cut these strips to size as  I needed them (this actually ended up being 5-5/10″).

One Sheet 6" Wonder | kelly kent

These cards have great layouts that you could use even if you weren’t making a one sheet wonder set.

The best part about this hop is getting to skip around to see the stack of cards the other clever crafters have brewed up to share.  Next blog to visit is Libby Dyson.

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Happy crafting!

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Mother’s Day 2020 |Tea Together

As I scrolled through the last chance retirement list, I was reunited with stamp sets, that sit on my shelf, but had been totally forgotten by me!

Tea Together stamp set, and the coordinating Tea Time Dies, from the Annual Catalogue will both retire on 2nd June, and are both available at a discount until then (or supplies run out).

No matter how many stamps on the shelf, there’s always some that get used more than others.  This one was definitely a forgotten favourite!  And it has such a lovely Mother’s Day sentiment, so the timing of my find, with Mother’s Day coming up on 10th May, is perfect.Tea Together | kelly kent

I love drinking tea – it’s my favourite drink (I would drink 4-8 cups a day) and although I rarely use a tea pot to brew it, every tea drinker knows that brewed tea from china cups always tastes better!  The Little Papercrafts have kindly bought me a new kettle for Mother’s Day that boils water on the top of our wood fireplace.  I hear it takes the tea to a new amazing! I wonder if I can talk them into giving it to me early?

Tea Together | kelly kent

The stamp set and dies are not the only retiring items featured on this card.  We’re also saying goodbye to:

  • Stitched Label Dies
  • Blueberry Bushel cardstock, ink & ribbon
  • Neutrals DSP stack (this may have already sold out in the Australian online store)
  • Tufted Embossing Folder (I’m very sad about this one!)

If there’s anything you’d like to add to your craft supplies before it sells out, my online store is open 24-7 with shipping straight to your door. Click here to shop.

Tea Together | kelly kent

What forgotten set has gathered dust on your shelf?  It’s time to wipe off the dust and have another play!  What inspired you to buy it in the first place?  Check out Pinterest, Google & Instrgram to see all the new inspiration your crafty friends have added since you bought it.  Make and share a new creation!  It’s time to love our forgotten stash!

Have a great crafty week,

Social Stamping | war & peace

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Hello!  Can you believe we’re up to week 5 of Social Stamping.  I’m so lucky to be a part of this network of wonderful crafters.  You can see the full list for today’s blog hop by clicking here.

The theme for today is “war & peace” because it really feels like the global pandemic is on par with the turmoil, injury & economic fallout of a world war.

I’ve taken inspiration for this card from the PacMan video game where the little yellow character eats up all the dots.  Now, in the traditional game, he needs to avoid the ‘ghosts’ – or in this case the coronavirus – but the COVID-19 version of the game, victory will come from taking back power from the virus, so it’s chomping them all up.  If only the war against the virus was this easy!

Pacman COVID-19 | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card comes from the Love You To Pieces stamp set – available until 2nd June 2020 (or sold out). The fight against the virus really does feel like we just have to keep going at this thing one piece at a time until it’s under control.

The coronavirus is made using the flower centre pieces from the Poppy Moments Dies.  These are carrying over and will be in the next catalogue – yay!  I wish I knew who was the first clever person to see these as a virus so I can give them credit, but I’ve seen it so many times now, I’m not sure where it started.

Pacman COVID-19 | kelly kent

This card will be on its way to the US to send some love around the world.  I stamped this very apt sentiment from the Positive Thoughts stamp set into the middle.

Pacman COVID-19 | kelly kent


Since this theme covers both war and peace, I’m sharing a second card.

Grateful Seahorse | kelly kent

I mentioned in a previous blog host how wonderful it is to see the world heal a little as we stay home a little more and slow down.  Turtles are laying record numbers of eggs, the air is cleaner and environment noise is down.

The idea for this card came from the thought that the animals of the world are saying thank you for this amazing side effect of the virus.

The seahorse and sentiment are from the Seaside Notions stamp set (another set you’ll see return in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue!).

Grateful Seahorse | kelly kent

If you’ve seen the Last Chance Retirement List you may have been a little concerned that Stampin’ Blends appear on there.  Thankfully they are not retiring but being reconfigured.  But, they will no longer be available in singles, so if there’s any one colour you use more than others, now is the time to add a spare to your collection.

Grateful Seahorse | kelly kent

This card uses the same layout I used for two of the cards in my Social Stamping April 2020 Kit.  I love being able to use a layout for different themes!

If you need some isolation kits (and live in Australia), I have some ready to post next week.

Social Stamping Kit – April 2020

All materials* to create 5 cards. Includes post or delivery Australia wide. * does not include adhesive, stamps, ink or stamped images.

A$20.00

Grateful Seahorse | kelly kent

All the DSP in each catalogue retires, but don’t fear, we have some gorgeous new patterns on the way.  If there’s any DSP you’re going to miss from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue or 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalogue (especially the ones that match the dies or stamp sets that aren’t retiring), make sure to stock up before it sells out or retires.  I’ve used the reverse sides of Follow Your Art (discounted to $8 from $20) and See a Silhouette.


Thank you to all my Stampin’ friends who joined me for this hop. You can see the full list of participants on the main blog host post – click here to visit.

Next up is Narelle Simm, a friend of mine in my every day world as well as the crafting one.  Narelle was actually the one who introduced me to Stampin’ Up!  I think I owe her a drink 🙂

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Hope, love & prayers for more peace & less war,

Social Stamping Blog Host | War & Peace

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for week 5 of the Social Stamping Blog Host.

You can see previous weeks of the Blog Host by clicking on the themes below:
Week 1: Hello
Week 2: Thank You
Week 3: Rainbows
Week 4: Friend

The theme for today’s hop is ‘war & peace’.

Although there’s been conflict around the world during my lifetime, I’ve always wondered if World War 3 would be part of my life’s journey.  I think it’s pretty safe to say that COVID-19 and our global pandemic status would qualify for a world war.  Instead of bullets and guns and fighting over territory and power, we are fighting a scientific war against a virus that has literally put the world into time out.  We are fighting for control, for scientific answers in a time frame never seen before and against an enemy that is so familiar yet so novel.

As with any major life event, this “war” has brought about so many positives, and the peace – both in the natural world being able to take a breath, and mankind being able to sit still for a while – has been a comfort and much needed reset for some.  For others, especially those on the front line of the disease, there’s been far more combat than rest.

Here in Western Australia, we have been able to “flatten the curve” and are seeing a string of days with no new cases and fewer active cases .  This brings some wonderful hope, which is a relief after some of the chaos of the past few months.  However, as I watch the news, I am aware that the situation is not so good for other parts of the world, and there are communities and cities that continue to be significantly impacted by the virus.  This is war – and to win at war you need clever strategy, major teamwork and sometimes a little luck.

As a global network, we need to all stand together, to be united as one in the face of the pandemic that continues to bring sadness, anxiety and desperation across the world.  This too shall pass and in time to come we shall remember the brave contributors to the war against COVID-19, just as we are remembering the impact that those before us has in previous wars.

The projects for this hop are varied, and I can’t wait for you to see how everyone has put their creative spin on the war & peace theme.  Please feel free to use the creations on this hop as inspiration, with credit to the original designer where due.

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.

Hugs, prayers, love,

Participant list | “war & peace”

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Narelle Simm
  3. Kathryn Ruddick
  4. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  5. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  6. Andrea Sargent
  7. Denita Wright-Smee

Saying Goodbye | Springtime Butterfly

I always think that it’s this time of the year we realise how many things we bought and thought we’d have forever to use and then before we know it, they’ve ended up on a retirement list and disappeared from the catalogue!!

The Last Chance Product List (aka retirement list) was announced yesterday, ready for the launch on the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue in June.  You can read more about it here.

This was a card I actually made before the retirement list was announced, but given it features the retiring In Color – Lovely Lipstick – it’s no surprise that it features at least some retiring product.  There’s also the Springtime Impressions Dies (butterfly) and Best Dressed DSP.

Springtime Butterfly | kelly kent

This card is the bonus card for my Social Stamping April 2020 Card Kit.

I have sold out of the first batch of this kit, but am just getting to work on making more, which will be ready to post early next week.  Get yours for $20 with post available Australia wide.

Social Stamping Kit – April 2020

All materials* to create 5 cards. Includes post or delivery Australia wide. * does not include adhesive, stamps, ink or stamped images.

A$20.00

I’m going to miss this pretty butterfly!  I am REALLY going to miss the Best Dressed DSP.  I’ve stocked up and will keep it for super special limited edition use in the future.

Springtime Butterfly | kelly kent

What was your favourite DSP of 2019-2020?  Want to know a secret?  There’s more DSP coming in the new catalogue starting in June!

Just Add Ink #502 | Sketch

It’s sketch week at Just Add Ink.  This little beauty was designed by Tina and I know you’re going to find lots of creative ways to use it.

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I needed to make a card for a special little guy who’s turning 4.  Thank goodness the post is still running so I can send him some birthday love.

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

I love card with layers but I’m not always so good with putting them together.  Sketches give some really great suggestions about where to layer!

For this card I’ve used a strip of the Dinoroar DSP on the card based and then added a mat layer (Pretty Peacock & Whisper White).  The Whisper White is embossed using the Stone Embossing Folder (Sale-A-Bration 2020, it’s no longer available but I love it for this theme!).

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

On top of that I added a vellum circle, Pumpkin Pie cardstock strip, Old Olive grass strip (this isn’t Stampin’ Up! – it’s a stand alone Sizzix die I’ve had for years) and a dinosaur cut from Dinoroar DSP using the Dino Dies.  I am having so much fun at the moment using the perfectly coloured images from DSP on cards.

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

The final touch is a “Happy Birthday” sentiment on the front from the Label Me Bold stamp set.

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

I carried through the theme to the inside adding a number 4 for the birthday boy in Noble Peacock Foil, some stamped dino prints from the Dino Days stamp set and a smaller version of the elements from the front of the card.  I do like matchy-matchy!

Dino Birthday | kelly kent

This suite is one of many in the catalogue where the dies cut out the DSP.  The added versatility for both the dies and the DSP is wonderful!


To see all the cards from the design team using the sketch and add your project to our gallery, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

Have a great weekend!

Last Chance for 2019-2020 Product Releases

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Today was a particularly exciting day on the Stampin’ Up! calendar.  Demonstrators got a sneak peek at the new catalogue (and when I say sneak peek – we saw it all!).  This releases to the public on 3rd June 2020.  To gain exclusive access before then (and get a discount on your new catalogue purchases), join my Stampin’ Up! team.

The other big event today was the release of the Last Chance (retirement list) for the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue and the 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalogue.

You can see the full list by clicking on the format you prefer below…

2019-2020 Annual Catalgoue – PDF format

2019-2020 Annual Catalogue – excel format

2020 Jan-June Mini Catalogue – PDF format

2020 Jan-June Mini Catalogue – excel format

Or by visiting my online store, click here to see the Last Chance List in one place.

As products are only available while stocks last, if you are in Australia, the best way to secure your Last Chance Products is to shop through my online store.  The host code (for an extra little gift & card posted to you from me) is 2AGAZVDR.

There’s some great bargains including extra Stamparatus plates (reduced to $10.40 from $26), Seriously the Best Kit (reduced to $20.80 from $52) and Botanical Prints Product Medley (reduced to $40.80 from $122).

 

 

 

 

Some staples that you might miss once they are gone – white baker’s twine, glimmer paper, embossing buddy…

 

 

 

 

Some things to keep in mind about the retirement list

  • Some of the items that appear on the list are being reconfigured (changed) but not retired, so they will still appear in the new catalogue
  • Some are in a bundle – which is retiring, but the
  • Stampin’ Blends (apart from the 2018-2020 In Colors) are not retiring, but they will no longer be available as a single purchase (light or dark).

If you have any questions or I can help you with ordering, please let me know!

 

Social Stamping | April 2020 Kit

When we had to postpone our Social Stamping sessions at the cafe, I had several people ask for the class in kit format instead.  This is somewhat challenging as Stampin’ Up! policy doesn’t allow me to provide stamped images in kits. But I love a challenge, so here is the class via kit for Social Stamping – April 2020.

Social Stamping Kit | kelly kent

When purchasing the Social Stamping April 2020 Kit, you will receive kits to make 5 cards.  This includes all materials to make the card except stamping or adhesives.  You will need your own basic adhesive such as glue or tape and Stampin’ Dimensionals if you want to get fancy!  You can choose to leave the cards with no greetings, or use a stamp from your stash to add a ‘happy birthday’ or other sentiment.

Crafting in the comfort of your own home never got better!  These kits are great if you’d like some variety, if you craft better with inspiration or if you love making projects designed by someone else.

To purchase the April 2020 kit, click on the icon below.

Social Stamping Kit – April 2020

All materials* to create 5 cards. Includes post or delivery Australia wide. * does not include adhesive, stamps, ink or stamped images.

A$20.00

Thank you for supporting Social Stamping.  I look forward to being able to craft together in person soon!

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Stamp Review Crew | Bonanza Buddies

It’s the third Monday of the month, and I’m happy to be hopping with my blogging friends from around the world as part of the Stamp Review Crew.

The featured stamp set today is Bonanza Buddies – from the Stampin’ Up! Jan-June Mini Catalogue, together with the Bonanza Dies.  See the list of participating crew members on the main Stamp Review Crew post here.

This set was love at first catalogue sighting for me.  I’m excited to see all the creative ways the crew are using it.

I had a few ideas for this hop, but when I saw Julie Davison post the measurements and tutorial for a Double Wonder card set, I knew this suite would be perfect for that project.  You can see Julie’s post by clicking here.

The Double Wonder tutorial gives you 10 cards (and one bonus card, so 11 really) from 1 sheet of 12″x12″ DSP.  Julie suggests using two 6″ x 12″ sheets and then mixing & matching the patterns.

I used these four patterns from the Birthday Bonanza DSP

These are my cards

Bonanza Buddies Double Wonder | kelly kent

The best part about using this DSP, stamp set and dies for a set of cards was the fun colours I got work with and the super cute animal theme.  The coordinating colours I’ve used are Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay in cardstock, ink & Stampin’ Blends.

Between all the different designs, I used almost all of the stamps from the Birthday Bonanza set including the sentiments.  I also used the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and Classic Label Punch.

Here are some more photos of the cards –

Bonanza Buddies | kelly kent

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This style of cards would work for almost every DSP.  You could keep it simple with just cardstock, sentiments & DSP, or you could step it up like I have to incorporate a whole suite.  Many thanks to Julie for sharing this project.


Next up is my lovely friend Charlet Mallett to see the magic she’s created with this set.

Thanks for hopping with us.

Social Stamping | friend

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Hello friends!  It’s so nice to have you hop around Social Stamping Blog Host #4.  Today’s theme is ‘friend’.  I’m missing seeing my friends, being able to hug my friends, being able to catch up for coffees, or linger for a chat at school drop off.  This weekend was supposed to be a camping trip with friends, which we’ve had to postpone.

As much as I miss my friends, I’m also very grateful to have been on the receiving end of some lovely gestures of friendship that make social distancing and isolation a little easier.  I’ve had Zoom chats with friends so I could still see them, I’ve had surprise deliveries on my doorstep, I’ve had happy mail cards arrive in the letterbox.  I love the irony that the very same virus that is keeping us apart is actually bringing us all together.

Knowing how lovely it has been to receive surprises during this time, I’m planning a few surprises of my own!  And happy mail is always more fun with a pretty card to open too.

The set of cards I’m sharing today was inspired by some of the gorgeous art I’ve seen shared on the Rainbow Trail page (read more about the Rainbow Trail in last week’s social stamping post).

Using washi tape to mask the lines and Stampin’ Blends to colour the spaces, I made these card fronts…

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

They started as a piece of Whisper White cardstock with washi placed across the front to separate the card into segments.

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

I then coloured each segment with 2 different Stampin’ Blends.  My first attempt used solid colours, but the blended effect looked much better!  And works perfectly with the Stampin’ Blends.  I also tried a variety of different colours & thicknesses of washi tape.

Once coloured, I ever-so-gently lifted the washi tape up and then cut the artwork with a stitched rectangle.  The ‘hello friend’ stamp (from Seriously the Best stamp set) was heat embossed in black.  This was adhered to a coordinating piece of cardstock and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals to a Whisper White card base.

Here’s the finished cards –

Thick washi with two tone segments in a multi-colour scheme
Blends: Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Mango Melody, Light Night of Navy, Dark Bermuda Bay, Light Lovely Lipstick, Dark Rococo Rose.

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

Medium washi with ombre segments in one colour scheme
Blends: Light & Dark Flirty Flamingo, Light & Dark Rococo Rose, Light & Dark Lovely Lipstick

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

Medium washi with ombre segments in a multi-colour scheme (bright)
Blends: Light & Dark Lovely Lipstick, Light & Dark Night of Navy, Light & Dark Mint Macaron

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

Thin washi with ombre segments in a multi-colour scheme (pastel)
Blends: Light & Dark Purple Posy, Light & Dark Pool Party, Light & Dark Mint Macaron

Washi Masking Technique | kelly kent

This technique is so easy and looks amazing!  I love that the finished effect looks different for each set of colours.  It’s also a perfect way to get some use out of retired washi tape that seems to build up for me, no matter how good my intentions are to use it!


The next friend on my list is Nicole Wilson and her fun project.

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I’ve been humbled each week to hop with so many amazingly talented stamping friends.  It’s also been a delight to welcome new designers to the blog host each week.  Thank you to you all for making this happen.  To see the full list of participating blogs, visit the main blog host post (that’s a tongue twister!).

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  I hope it involves some time to make something special for a friend.