Kelly’s Stamping Friends – Birthday Blog Hop A

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Hello!  It’s my birthday and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than a blog hop with my fabulous stamping friends.

Actually, I’m feeling very loved on my birthday evening as I hop with two wonderful groups of stamping friends.

This is blog hop A – the first list.  There’s another thread which features blog hop B – the second list (click here to visit).  You don’t want to miss the creations on the other side!!!

There’s no theme for tonight.  Everyone is simply sharing with us something they’ve made that they love.  In this crazy busy life, we sometimes need an excuse just to create for fun, for love and to be creative.

My birthday falls at a wonderful time of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue cycle.  I get to spoil myself each year with new Stampin’ Up! and call them birthday presents.

The card I am sharing for blog hop A uses some of those birthday presents – Share What You Love DSP, Hand Delivered (Host) stamp set & Lined Alphabet stamp set.

Hand Delivered Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

This style of card is called a Pop Up Slider Card and I first saw it for my birthday a couple of years ago when Nicole Wilson sent one to me!

The middle panel slides up to reveal a hidden message in the centre.

Hand Delivered Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

For this card, I added to the birthday message using the Lined Alphabet stamp set messily coloured (to match the style of the DSP) using the Stampin’ Blends.

Hand Delivered Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

The balloons are also coloured with the Blends.  Currently they are unorderable, but they’ll be back soon with new colours in the collection!!!  I’m excited to get my hands on those!

Hand Delivered Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

This special card will be going to my birthday buddy – my mother-in-law!

Do you have a birthday buddy?  Someone you share your celebrations with every year?

Many thank you to all my stamping friends who have joined me today to share in my celebrations through this hop!

Next up on hop A is my stamping bestie – Lou Kitzelman.  So happy she’s part of my birthday!

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If you get lost anywhere along the way, or there’s a broken link, there’s a full participant list below – click on any of the links and visit an amazing friend with a fabulous project!!!

Thanks for sharing my birthday with me!

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Participant List (A)

  1. Kelly Kent
  2.  Lou Kitzelman
  3. Jenny Hall
  4. Denita Wright-Smee
  5. Jackie Aitken
  6. Narelle Simm
  7. Sandra Collett
  8. Monique Fielder
  9. Nicole Wilson
  10. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  11. Jenny Hayward
  12. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  13. Josie Dean
  14. Peta Stephen
  15. Kristel Rimmer
  16. Kim Oliver
  17. Denise Buetler
  18. Jacqui Crouch
  19. Tina Gillespie
  20. Jan McQueen

Stamp Review Crew | Happy Birthday Gorgeous

We’re ending your Easter long weekend with a Stamp Review Crew hop.

The theme this week is the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.  Currently, it’s bundled with the awesome Happy Birthday Thinlit.

I love the fonts in this set – plus all the other images!  Balloons, flowers & more!

This is the card I made for today’s hop.  I styled it using the theme from the catalogue – where it’s matched with the Foil Frenzy DSP.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous | kelly kent

The coordinating colour for the foil DSP is Berry Burst (used as the card base) – which we will see in the next catalogue since it’s part of the current In Color set.  But Sweet Sugarplum is part of the outgoing set – so I’m using it as much as I can!

Happy Birthday Gorgeous | kelly kent

Other than losing those 5 colours (Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peach Peekaboo & Sweet Sugarplum), there’s no guarantees about what we’ll see carrying through to the next Annual Catalogue.  I am hopeful about keeping some of my favourite products!!

This card isn’t new to my blog, but in case you didn’t see it when I shared it last year for a Just Add Ink challenge, I wanted to share this very Australian Christmas card using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamps to create gumnuts!

Just Add Ink #389 Bush Christmas | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us today!

Get another cuppa & Easter egg ready and keeping hopping to visit my sweet friend Holly & see what’s she’s made.

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Colour INKspiration #25

Hello & welcome to the first Colour INKspiration hop for 2018!

It’s a good one with fresh & summery colours – Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White & Night of Navy.Image may contain: plant, drink and nature

They say blue & green should never be seen, but this combo is dynamite!!!

I’ve used it to create a fresh & floral tropical birthday card using the toucan from the new Bird Banter stamp set.

This set was an all-attendee giveaway at the OnStage event in November 2017.  Like all great gifts, it was perfect for me – something awesome that I would have never have bought myself.  I wouldn’t normally add a bird set to my stash – but I love owning it!!!

Colour INKspiration #25 | kelly kent

I used lots of white in this card to keep it bright and used the Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist to add pops of colour.

As well as the Bird Banter stamp set, I used a couple of products from the Petal Passion Suite – one of the Petal Pair Embossing Folders and the leafy die from the Petals & More Thinlits..  I love how well all the products coordinate, even between sets & suites!

Love using banners on your card?  This is so easy to make with your Classic Label Punch.

Punch your shape as usual, then feed back through the side of the punch to snip off banner edges.

Making a Banner using the Classic Label Punch | kelly kent

I carried through the theme to the inside and decorated using a couple of balloons and some colour themed washi tape.

Colour INKspiration #25 | kelly kent

It’s hard to photograph, but my clear Wink of Stella pen added some sparkle to the balloons & toucan.

If you love these colours, join the challenge by uploading your card to our Facebook page.  Click here to visit.

Please continue the hop for more colour filled inspiration – there’s lots of great ideas from the Colour INKspiration design team.

Hop on to the gorgeous Mel Pagano and her ‘epic’ card!

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop: Birthday Theme

It’s my birthday, which makes it the perfect reason to have another team blog hop!

With all the originality I could muster, the theme for this hop is ‘birthday’!

Be sure to click on the link at the end of each post to take you to the next blog or Facebook page and see what the talented Paper Adventures team have created.

It’s super handy having your birthday in the same month as pre-order!!!

Happy birthday to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am most excited about the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle.

I have been waiting for a Happy Birthday Thinlit – and the coordinating stamp set is stunning (to a font nerd like me).

So of course, it was first on my pre-order list!

Using this bundle, and the cute little girl stamp from the Birthday Delivery stamp set (another new catalogue gift… from me to me!), I made this gorgeous balloon overload birthday card.

It's My Birthday Team Blog Hop | kelly kent

I love that many of the new Stampin’ Up! products coordinate with products we already have – like the Balloon Bouquet punch!

And how amazing is that birthday thinlit!!!

It's My Birthday Team Blog Hop | kelly kent

And did you spy the cuter-than-cute bow holding all the balloons together?

Blank of course, so I can fill it in once I've worked out just how much I need!

Pre-tied bows in the 2017-2019 In Colors are available on 1st June!

Since I’m all into buying my own birthday presents – I make it very easy for my family – I thought a gift voucher was in order.

This is the gift voucher holder I made to keep it safe…

It's My Birthday Team Blog Hop | kelly kent

I carried over the theme of the little girl and colours from the balloons.

You’ll notice the voucher has been left blank… so I can fill it in once I’ve worked out just how much I need!

It's My Birthday Team Blog Hop | kelly kent

What a cute little set!

It's My Birthday Team Blog Hop | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with us today and sharing in my birthday!

Next up is our guest designer for this hop –  my gorgeous friend, Lou Kitzelman.

If you need a list of participants in this team hop, here’s the full list.

Just Add Ink #353 Critters

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Thanks to the fantastic suggestion by Karren, this week at Just Add Ink, we’re all making or stamping critters.

This has created a bit of discussion on the JAI design team page as we chatted about what defines a critter???

It seems that any living creature or animal-like character fits the bill.

I wonder if my Gruffalo card would pass the critter test? (PS, I am never making that card again!)

My critter thoughts took me to a special birthday card I wanted to make for a very special person!

Carolyn Bennie, who is just as delightful in person as she is over a computer screen – had a birthday this month.  And one of my all-time favourite designs of hers was this cute swinging koala.

Now, it’s hard to compete with that level of amazingness – but I do know that she appreciates and loves a good pun.

As do I!

So, I sent “koalaty’ birthday wishes over to South Australia.

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This is my third version of a punch art koala (see the other two here and here).

I decided that this one would be made using the Blossom Builder punch (and the 1/2″ &  1-1/2″ circle punches).

Just Add Ink #353 - Critters: Koala punch art. Kelly Kent -

To make your own Blossom Koala:

Ears: 1/2″ circle with flower in the middle

Head: 1-1/2″ circle

Eyes: Owl Builder Punhc

Nose: leaf

Mouth: hand drawn

Body: 1-1/2″ circle

Tummy: large petal

Arms: leaf

Legs: leaf with end snipped off

This might be the best koalaty (quality) one yet!

Thanks for letting me share it with you!

You can find all the design team projects by visiting the Just Add Ink blog!

You’ll also be able to upload your critter inspired projects & join the challenge.

I’m looking forward to seeing lots of cuteness!

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Decorative Corner Fold Card


Today is Kristel’s birthday.  Happy birthday!!!

Kristel was the first member of my team and is a wonderful companion to share my journey with.

Since we’re bringing birthdays back, it seems fitting that the card should be fun, vibrant and a little fancy.

This wonderful Decorative Corner Fold card was designed by Debbie Henderson of Debbie’s Designs.  We made the Botanicals version during last month’s Tuesday class after Joy found it online and thought it looked pretty special.  She’s right – it’s fabulous!

The reasons for it’s fabulousness are simple – it’s easy to make but looks fancy and can be prettied up in any way you like.

For Kristel’s card, I’ve gone with Party My Way DSP, Balloon Celebration balloons and Endless Birthday Wishes sentiments.

I took lots of photos of this one to show off all the features.

The front view…

Decorative Corner Card - Party My Way, Endless Birthday Wishes & Balloon Celebration stamp sets. Kelly Kent -

Side view, including a panel to write on….

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It folds flat for posting…

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The awesome trick to attach the front panel & keep it 3D…

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And one more view…

Decorative Corner Card - Party My Way, Endless Birthday Wishes & Balloon Celebration stamp sets. Kelly Kent -

You can follow Debbie’s measurements and directions exactly (instructions here, video here), or you can follow my slightly adapted measurements to fit with Australian cardstock.  You will get two Decorative Corner Cards from one piece of A4 cardstock.


  • Cut your cardstock in half (so you have 8-1/4″ x 5-7/8″)
  • Score across the long edge at 2″, 4″, 6″ & 8″
  • Place a strip of Tape & Tear along the 1/4″ edge left by the scoring
  • Adhere this to make your ‘box’
  • To make the front panel, punch 2 x 1-1/4″ circles. Fold in half & with the folds meeting, place adhesive on the back & adhere to the card front.  Place adhesive on the front & add your decorative panel (the picture above or Debbie’s video will help if this doesn’t make sense!).

Enjoy decorating your card with whatever stamps & DSP fit your theme.  Thanks to Debbie for her generous sharing of her instructions & measurements.  Kelly x

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Stamp Review Crew – Balloon Celebration

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This week at Stamp Review Crew we are celebrating the beautiful “Balloon Celebration stamp set” from the Occasions catalogue.

Because this is a blog hop, there’s a round the world trip to see all the beautiful crafty creations.  You might have travelled via Nikki showing off her talents or be starting here.  Either way, you’re in for a treat.

If you get lost along the way, click on the banner above and it will take you to the main page where you can see the full list of participants.

Balloon Celebration is a great stamp set because it has a variety of sweet images – balloons, dandeloins, clouds, a wheel (?), stars, a bow and more if you’ve got a great imagination.

Which gives you so many options (as you’ll see on this hop!).  There’s also fabulous sentiments which means you can use it for practically any card.  Or combine it with other stamp set or product suite (it goes perfectly with the Have A Cuppa range) and the card options are endless!

Today I’ve decided to showcase the cloud stamp from the set – and include as much sparkle as I could!

The balloons are wonderful, but there’s just so much you can do with this set to stop at the balloons.

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The first card I’m sharing is my favourite – I can’t wait to send it off to a new little princess!

The balloons are double stamped to give them a deeper colour {because you can do that sooooo easily with photopolymer stamps!} and finished off with a generous splash of clear Wink of Stella.

The awesome sentiment stamps on this card are from the Happy Happenings stamp set in the Annual Catalogue.

As an aside, it’s getting to that time of the year when I’m nervous to see what will & won’t carry over in to the new catalogue.  Not too much longer to wait now!

Stamp Review Crew: Balloon Celebration Stamp Set. Bonjour Beautiful Welcome Baby Girl card. Kelly Kent -

Once I was on a roll with the subtles colour scheme, this was the next card with sparkly clouds & pastel stripes.  I think it will make a perfect birthday card for one of Alexa’s little classmates.

The clouds are embossed with the simply stunning Iridescent Ice embossing powder – so much sparkle!  And how lovely is that Pool Party ribbon???

Stamp Review Crew: Balloon Celebration stamp set. Sparkly Clouds Birthday Card. Kelly Kent -

Of course, I couldn’t make a card without adding some of those signature balloons using the coordinating punch (because we all love sets with coordinating punches).

It ended up being a subtle feature, but I actually tried to add in some shading on the balloons by stamping over the original image twice – each time blotting off ink from the right side of the balloon (which ends up being the left side of the stamped image!).  This is a great technique to use with photopolymer stamps as you can see through them to get that second & third inking just right.

Stamp Review Crew: Balloon Celebration stamp set. Let Us Celebrate Balloon Bouquet. Kelly Kent -


That’s it from me today.  Keep hopping so you can get the full inspiration intake from the crew.  Next up is Dawn, who despite a self-confessed lack of mojo is totally rocking this stamp set!  Gold embossing powder is always a winner!

If you have time to leave us a comment or two as you hop around, we sure love hearing from you!  Kelly x

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Happy Birthday Sweet Girls!

Today is a very big happy birthday to 2 sweet little girls.

Miss I is 3 today and we’re excited to be celebrating with her!

This is her fairy princess ballerina card – it could be all of those at the same time, right?

Ballerina Princess Fairy Punch Art card using Baby's First Framelits & Botanical Builders Framelits. Kelly Kent -

The punch art dress uses the Baby’s First framelit onesie and Botanical Builders 3D flower framelit.

How super cute is the ruffled effect of the skirt using the Botanicals framelit???  The die cuts the middle out of the petal, so it naturally lifts and has great texture.  It’s hands down one of my favourite products from the Occasions catalogue.  Oh and yep, another touch of clear Wink of Stella!

Ballerina Princess Fairy Punch Art card using Baby's First Framelits & Botanical Builders Framelits. Kelly Kent -

Did you spot the limited edition Sale-A-Bration items – Perfectly Artistic DSP and Hello stamp set…  Going in a few short days!!!  Available until 15th Feb 2016 with any $90 order.

It’s also a special day for Little Miss Papercraft who turns 5 today!  I just love the watercolour balloons from Balloon Builders and can’t go past a good ombre effect.  So, this is the fun card I made for her.  Blue was her favourite colour last week – hope it still is today!!!

Balloon Builders Ombre Heart Birthday card. Kelly Kent -

You know it’s love when you’re willing to use the heart balloon stamp and fussy cut rather than the round balloon you can punch.  Thankfully, 5 years old = 5 balloons!

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So, happy birthday sweet girls – I know you’ll both have amazing days filled with so much fun and lots of love.  Kelly and the Papercraft team x

Make a Princess Ballerina Fairy card at home…

Make an Ombre Heart Balloon card at home…

What Did You Do Yesterday? We Made Cards …

Yesterday was my Tuesday monthly card class.  Curious to see what we made?

This was the first card using the dandelion stamps from the Balloon Celebration stamp set.  We clear embossed these on Watercolour Paper and then washed over the paper with an Aqua Painter and ink colour of choice – yes, I let them choose their own ink colour and no Mary, I didn’t stop breathing!!!!.  This is the pink version I made using Blushing Bride.

Dandelion Watercolour Emboss Resist - Balloon Celebration stamp set. Kelly Kent -

What you’ll need to make this at home …

The second card also featured watercolouring, inspired by the fun I had making last week’s Just Add Ink card.

The peony from the Birthday Blooms stamp set is just stunning and an easy image to splash some colour for beginner or advanced colouring. The front panel of the card is Shimmery White cardstock – a perfect base for watercolouring.  It has a subtle shimmer throughout that’s very special.  But, we couldn’t resist adding a little more shimmer with the clear Wink of Stella pen.

Love the background?  We put the whole card front into the embossing folder, which means the card is textured front & back – I love this effect!!!

Birthday Blooms Watercolour card with whole card textured embossing. Kelly Kent -

What you’ll need to make this at home…

The final card (in what turned out to be a very vertical class!) was a quick & easy masculine card using lots of layers to create interesting texture.  Using a variety of plain, patterned and stamped cardstock is a great way to create a card that is effective, but doesn’t take too much time.  I love the watercolour effect of the balloons from the Balloon Builder stamp set – and who doesn’t love a stamp that perfectly coordinates with a punch!!!

Masculine themed layered card using Balloon Builders stamp set, Balloon Bouquet punch & Party Wishes stamp set. Kelly Kent -

What you’ll need to make this at home…

I hope you’ll get a chance to try 1 or 3 of these cards at home.  They were such fun to make with a lovely group of ladies.

If you live in the Bunbury area and you’d like to book into a class, you can find the schedule here.  I’d love to have you and help you to make cards like the ones above to take home.  Kelly x

Team Papercraft – Bigger & Better!

Some exciting Team Papercraft news this week!

Welcome to Cherie Snell who took advantage of the fabulous bonus in the starter kit and joined Stampin’ Up!  She’s excited to continue to build her Stampin’ Up! collection at a great discount.

And, congratulations to Kristel Rimmer who this month will promote to Bronze Elite.  She’s looking forward to saving even more on the products she loves.

Woohoo for you Congratulations card featuring Botanical Gardens Vellum, Balloon Builders & Balloon Celebration and All Boxed Up stamp sets. Kelly Kent -

It’s a wonderful time to join the fun.  If you have any questions about what it means to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d be happy to answer them.  Kelly x

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