Paper Adventures Team Hop | CASEing the Birthday Girl

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Happy Birthday to ….. ME!  It’s my birthday today and I’m blessed to be spending some of it blogging with my stamping family.  These ladies are such a wonderful part of my life and I’m so grateful to have them with me in this part of my papercraft journey.  This is the perfect way to celebrate!

Because it’s my birthday (well birth “month” actually – because … why not!!) I’ve asked the team to CASE the Birthday Girl!    So, the team have chosen designs I’ve shared on my blog and put their own spin on it.

We’re lucky to be joined by the super talented Tanya Rees.  Her style is gorgeous (and she is too!).

My blog started in October 2013 and in my very first post I shared a baby sampler I’d made for friend’s new little man.  It used Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White – still one of my favourite ombre colour choices to this date.

The second project I shared was a card using the cult classic Owl Punch.  Although long retired, I still have mine in my collection.  This was one of the first builder punches Stampin’ Up! produced and resulted in many punch art creations that were not actually owls!!!

This is the first card I blogged and the one I have decided to CASE today and do a 2020 version…

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Using the same layout and colours and 6 more years of experience playing with paper, stamps and inks, here is the update –

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I love the finesse of the Bird Ballad DSP.  It takes a little patience to fussy around around the images, but that is time well spent to add a beautifully coloured artwork to the front of my card.  The striking yellow for this card is from the Best Dressed DSP.  I’ve had this on my desk, waiting patiently to be used.  Yellow is such a wonderfully happy colour!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

The top note shape of my original card has been replaced with a scalloped stitched rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and stamped with Birthday Wishes from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Although I like both yellow and green, my tastes over the years have changed and current style often features one strong colour with a neutral.  So I’ve done another update, and changed the card up to a Petal Pink & Sahara Sand that is much more my 2020 style!  Time will tell what my 2026 style will be!!!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Isn’t it funny how colour trends, our personal style and what’s available in the catalogue influence what we make across the years!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I love this layout and I’m thinking I should go back and do this for more of my cards with some of the new products coming out in June!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

These birds are just the sweetest – and really do make it so easy to add prettiness to your cards!  Last I checked, this DSP is still available in the online store – and at a discount!  Click here to visit.

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I’d love it, as a birthday gift to me, if you could visit all of the blogs on the hop and leave a little message for my wonderful team.  It’s so nice to hear that people are reading our blogs and enjoying what we are sharing!

The next blog from here is our guest designer, Tanya Rees, who makes stunning cards!!

Thank you for being part of my birthday!

 

Participant List:

Kelly Kent
Tanya Rees (Guest Designer)
Narelle Simm
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Shannon Kissane
Lisa Whitehead
Mandy Depiazzi
Sheila Pybus

Mother’s Day 2020 | Double Flower Box

Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you’ve had a wonderful day, and despite the challenges of life as we know it at the moment, that you’ve been able to connect with, share memories of or make plans to see your mum. For those of you who have children, I hope you were able to add new memories with them this year – either in person or through technology.

I had a lovely day with the three Little Papercrafts. I scored a sleep in, a leisurely cooked breakfast, some time in the sunshine, a family catch up via Zoom and dinner with Nanna Papercraft.

Mother’s Day 2020 | Nanna Papercraft & the Little Papercrafts

When your Mum loves card making and stamping supplies as much as you do, there’s a little bit of pressure to create a fabulous card for special occasions. Thankfully Nicole Wilson’s Double Flower Box Card came to the rescue!!! You can find Nicole’s tutorial in the May Flower Tutorial bundle from The Dimensionals. Click here to view Nicole’s post and click here to go direct to the page where you can purchase the tutorial.

This is one of those great folds that folds down flat to fit into a normal envelope, even though it’s wonderfully 3D when opened up.

Here’s the front with Painted Poppies stamping, Best Dressed DSP and Stitched So Sweetly Die with a sentiment from the Timeless Tulips stamp set.  The colours for this card are Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Lovely Lipstick and Whisper White.

And here’s the middle when it opens up….

I was blown away by all the design features of Nicole’s card tutorial. She included ribbon placement, full cutting instructions for the clever planter box and great embellishment like the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder for the background.

The planter boxes are a card in a box style (which are not my favourite to put together) but the instructions make it so easy!

Here’s what they look like from the top angle.

The flowers for my card are fussy cut (with lots of love) from the Best Dressed DSP and layered on the front and middle layers of the planter boxes.

This card was so much fun to make and a win with my Mum!

After a busy but fabulous day, I’m going to spend the last few hours of Mother’s Day sitting quietly with a cup of tea made in my new kettle!

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ESAD Blog Hop | See Ya Later Favourites

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Hello!  Thanks for joining me for the second blog hop of the weekend.  I had so much fun hopping yesterday with my stamping friends for a birthday themed blog hop.  Today I’m joining in with my ESAD friends – sharing retiring favourites from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue and the 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalogue.  ESAD stands for Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators and is a Facebook group with membership for any Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator who lives in Australia or New Zealand.

It’s so hard to pick favourites to share in this type of hop.  As always, I’m sad to see lots of products go to the retirement list that I’ve loved and enjoyed.  Some of these, I’ll keep on my shelves to use for years to come.  Some I will find new homes for so that I can make room for some new favourites.  The 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue gets released on 3rd June 2020.  The items shared on this hop are only available until 2nd June or stocks in the Australian warehouse get depleted.  If you’re yet to add a wishlist item to your shopping list, or if this hop adds a few things you didn’t know you needed to have, make sure to contact your demonstrator to place an order ASAP, they will run out fast.  If you don’t have a demonstrator, you are most welcome to shop in my online store.  Click here to browse.

For today’s hop, I’ve use the For the Love of Felt Project Kit to create some cute cards and tags.

For the Love of Felt | kelly kent

I’ve had major felt envy for some time, so I was super happy to add this kit to my collection, only to discover weeks later that it was on the retirement list.  So, this blog hop was the perfect motivation to pull this kit out while it’s still current and share it with you.

The kit comes with the materials needed to make 12 cards (4 each of 3 designs) including card bases, envelopes and amazingly deluxe felt embellishments and other accessories.  The felt flowers included in this kit take it to the next level – they add a wonderful luxury to the cards.  To further add to the beautiful vibe of this kit, it all comes in a pretty coordinating box.

To make up this kit you need to add a stamp set, some inks and some adhesive.  For the beginner stamp who is still building up their tools, it’s recommended that you purchase the For the Love of Felt stamp set, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand and Shaded Spruce inks, paper snips, Multi Purpose Adhesive & Snail tape runner.

As an avid crafter, I already have lots of supplies to work with, so I used the Perennial Birthday stamp set (already sold out from the retirement list – but I know lots of you will have this in your stash already), Terracotta Tile, Shaded Spruce, Daffodil Delight and Lovely Lipstick inks and the usual papercrafting tools.

As I always do with kits, I followed the instructions to make up one of each card.

For the Love of Felt | kelly kent

For the Love of Felt | kelly kent

For the Love of Felt | kelly kent

The real stitching on the felt flowers is just so pretty, and the texture the felt adds to the card is beautiful.

After making up the cards following the kit designs, I cut down one of the card bases and used the pieces that were suggested for that card on 2 tags and a small notecard.  The layering on each card are made from a generous allocation of felt flowers, paper leaves & flowers, twine and sequins, which was more than enough to spread over 3 mini projects.

For the Love of Felt | kelly kent

Kits are perfect for beginner crafters because they contain most (if not all) the materials you need to create gorgeous cards straight out of the box.  They are also perfect for casual or avid crafters to mix in their other supplies and start to create their own designs.

Although I love the colours and styling of these cards, it was the felt flowers that I desperately wanted to get my hands on.  The are beautiful in their simplicity and make a wonderful embellishment on cards.

Here’s a couple of alternative designs I made using the card bases and accessory pieces with some retiring DSP.

For the Love of Felt | kelly kent

The “stamps” on these cards are a digital release – Share Sunshine PDF.  Purchasing this printable stamp set contributes funds towards COVID-19 relief efforts.  Click here to see more info and buy this exclusive set.

For the Love of Felt | kelly kent
Best Dressed DSP, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies
For the Love of Felt | kelly kent
Tropical Oasis DSP, Stitched Rectangle Dies

Don’t forget that all the DSP in the current catalogue is retiring (even if the stamps & dies that coordinate are carrying over).  If you have a favourite, you’ll want to stock up before it sells out or disappears.

Time to keep hopping to check that you’ve got all the items from the Last Chance Retirement List that you can’t live without – and I’m sure a few more that you didn’t know you needed!  Next temptress on the hop is my talented friend Nicole Wilson.Image may contain: possible text that says 'ESAD Blog Hop Next Blog'

Thanks for joining us!

Participant List

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Denise Buetler
  4. Sue Vine
  5. Melissa Gifford
  6. Mae Collins
  7. Sharni Haines
  8. Lou Kitzelman
  9. Rebecca Scurr
  10. Libby Dyson
  11. Narelle Fasulo
  12. Cathy Pinchbeck
  13. Lynsey McCord
  14. Bronwyn Eastley
  15. Jenny Hayward
  16. Mandy Depiazzi

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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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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!

Happy Easter 2020

Happy Easter!  2020 is going to be remembered as the year we stayed home for Easter.  I live south west of WA which is a very popular tourist spot at this time of the year.  Good Friday is normally a steady flow of traffic to the holiday spots of Busselton, Dunsborough & Margaret River.  With regional borders closed, and families asked to stay home, the roads were empty yesterday.

We did a little in-region travelling on Thursday to delivery some essential Easter wishes.With the furthest some people are going is to their letterbox, we’ve been delivering some happy mail each week to family & friends.

These are the gifts I made for my Stampin’ team….

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The Lindt bugs were a perfect size for both delivery and post.  A12nd great for the garden theme created by the floral tones of the Best Dressed DSP and the super cute bunny from the Fable Friends stamp set.

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I made 4 different variations, each with a different green tone to coordinate with the pattern from the Best Dressed DSP.  This DSP is one of my all-time favourites – those flowers *love*.

Mossy Meadow cardstock, bunny has a Rococo Rose jumper

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Granny Apple Green cardstock, bunny has a Mango Medley jumper

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Old Olive cardstock, bunny has a Purple Posy jumper

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Mint Macaron, bunny has a Lovely Lipstick jumper

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The rest of the bunny was colouring using Ivory Stampin’ Blend.  I usually use this for skin tone, but it’s a lovely option for fur.  The bunnies were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, which is the perfect ink when colouring with Stampin’ Blends or other alcohol markers.

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Which is your favourite?  Is it the colours that you adore or the DSP pattern that wins?

Happy Easter to everyone around the world.  I hope you find an option today to keep you connected with the friends & family you would normally spend this weekend with – by phone, video call or message.

 

 

Pop Out Purse Card | Dressed to Impress

I’m constantly in awe of all the clever people out there and am proud to call many of them my friends.  When I saw this tutorial by Lou Kitzelman for the Best Dressed bag inside card, I knew I wanted to make one!  Now that the birthday girl has her card and present (delivery was slightly delayed pandemic but delivered today thanks to the kindness of a lovely friend), I can share my version of Lou’s design with you.

This is the front of the card – stamped using the Beautiful Friendship stamp set.  This matches the floral images in the Best Dressed DSP so nicely.

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Lovely Lipstick base and Blushing Bride for the matted layers.  The stamping is Highland Heather, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron and Old Olive.

Undo the ribbon, open it up and see the pretty paper!

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The Best Dressed DSP is one of my all time favourites. I actually didn’t order it at first because I don’t love all the beauty themed patterns.  But the reverse side with the florals is just breathtaking!

Unfold the card one more time to reveal the bag in the middle!

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

How awesome is that???  Such a clever use for the bag from the All Dressed Up Dies.  The bag is embossed with the Tufted 3D Embossing Folder.

I added pink perfume from the Dressed to Impress stamp set to the sentiment panel and the ‘happy birthday’ stamp from the Birthday Bonanza stamp set.

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The bag on the middle panel is perfect for an extra birthday gift (like the chocolates I put in this one), a note or a gift card.

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

And then it all folds up again so compact.  Although thicker than a normal card, it still fits in a normal size envelope (snugly but it fits!).

Pop Out Purse Card | kelly kent

The design for this card is truly awesome.  To see Lou’s original version of the card and for more information about the tutorial, please click here.

Thanks to Lou for the inspiration.

Happy birthday to Caris!  And thank you to the birthday courier!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Last Minute

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I am normally very good at meeting deadlines – in fact I find them incredible motivating to actually get things done.  But, as a testament to how crazy my week has been, this is my second blog post in a row that has gotten away from me!

As they say though, better late than never, and there’s no way I could miss the final blog hop of 2019 with my team.

For pure irony or absolute genius, the theme is ‘last minute’ – sharing with you projects you can make this weekend in the mad dash of any last minute Christmas gifts you need.  Make sure to hop around until you get back to me to see all the wonderful inspiration the team has shared tonight.


I always make calendar gifts at this time of the year.  It’s a lovely present to share with friends that will make them think of you all year long.  This year the calendars were extra special as they were gifts for 4 of my besties with a personal twist added in.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

The design for this style of easel came via Karen Henderson, who was inspired by Ronda Wade.  I can’t find Ronda’s original post so I can’t link it here, but if someone knows, please let me know!  Click here to see Karen’s project.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

The DSP for these is an oh-so-pretty set of designs coming up in the 2020 Jan-June catalogue called Best Dressed DSP.  You can get it as part of my paper share (see tomorrow’s post for pre-sale information) as well as 6 other design packs and bonus Sale-A-Bration DSP.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

To make your own easel calendars, you need a normal card base (half an A4 sheet = 8-1/4″ x 5-7/8″, scored at 4-1/8″).

On the card “front”, cut from the fold line down to the bottom at 1-7/8″ from each edge.  This leaves a middle panel that’s approx 3″ wide.  Score this at the half way point on just just panel (2-1/16″).

Cut a piece that will cover the visible gap of the card base (at least 3-1/4″ wide x 3-7/8″).  I’ve embossed this the upcoming Coastal Weave embossing folder, but you could stamp, use DSP or leave plain.  Adhere this in place then adhere the side panels to the card base.

Add DSP to the edge panels (1-3/16″ x 3-7/8″) and the bottom half of the flap (2-3/4″ x 1-13/16″).

Finish by adding a calendar to the card base (I used dimensionals so the easel flap would sit nicely under the raised platform) and add a sentiment.  I’ve used ‘another sensational year of you’ which I thought was perfect for my personal twist.  It comes from the soon to be released Sale-A-Bration (read: free with purchase) set called Sending You Thoughts.

If you don’t have any mini calendars in your stash, you can print & cut down a mini calendar from the internet.   I like this one – click here to view.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

I also made matching envelopes using the left over DSP from the 6×6″ sheet I had.  I wanted to make these extra special for my fabulous friends.  And the personal twist?  Each calendar has handwritten ideas for self care throughout the year.  In lieu of gifts this year, one of my friends suggested we share recommendations – a restaurant, book, activity, holiday location…. any place, idea or thought that would be meaningful for the other friend.  It was such a great idea!!!  I wanted to remind my friends how fabulous they are and give them a little nudge to take care of themselves over the year.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

I’d also like to remind you, my wonderful blog followers, to take care of yourselves.  Treat you to some craft time, a binge on a favourite TV series, time to read a good book, an extra serving of your favourite dessert or a to buy that crafty item you’ve had on your wishlist for a long time!

For ideas more gift ideas that might help you out this weekend, please hop on to my friend Lisa Whitehead with a very cute box for any last minute gifts you may be creating!

Happy stamping!

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