Just Add Ink #510 | Fancy Fold

Hi!  You are going to love this week’s Just Add Ink theme – we’re adding “fancy folds”.  The main blog post over at Just Add Ink will be a great place to visit for endless inspiration from the design team and contributing designers in the gallery to keep us trying different styles of folds for many projects to come!

I love to try out fancy folds that trend over the year.  Although not new, I’ve seen a few different versions of this Accordian Style Fancy Fold pop up recently – and it’s lovely to see it make a resurgence because I haven’t tried it before.

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

It’s a single layer (ie, not folded) card base with a folding layered cart front.  It is a beautiful way to show off the pretty patterns of a DSP.

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

I used the now retired Bird Ballad DSP as I’m still waiting (not so patiently) for Australia Post to deliver the new DSP designs from the 2020 Annual Catalogue.

I’ve adapted this card from Lisa Curcio in the US.  Lisa has a great video tutorial and measurements for US sized cardstock. You can see Lisa’s blog post by clicking here.

My version uses A4 cardstock (suitable for the South Pacific – Australia & New Zealand and UK / Europe).  I’ve also used a ribbon to hold the accordion fold together (Lisa used a belly band).

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

Here’s the measurements needed for A4 cardstock:

  • Cardstock Base: 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″
  • Mat for Base: 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″
  • Cardstock for Accordion pull out: 4 3/4″ x 11″, score at 3″, 5-1/2″, 8″ and 9-1/2″
  • Designer Paper – front & first fold: 1-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ (cut two)
  • Designer Paper middle folds: 2-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
  • Designer Paper base: 1/2″ x 4-1/2″
  • Thick Whisper White (insert): 2 1/8″ x 4-1/2″

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

With the pretty ribbon feature on the front, this card won’t fit into a normal envelope very easily, but it does fit into a C6 Acetate Card Box which can be posted in Australia as a large letter.  Thanks to Elizabeth Gross for sharing this tip!

Acetate Box Envelope | kelly kent

I can’t wait to use the new catalogue DSP designs with this style of fancy fold and show off some new patterns!

Accordion Fancy Fold | kelly kent

Be sure to visit the Just Add Ink blog to see the fancy folds the rest of the design team shared, and share a favourite to our gallery.

Have a great weekend!

 

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

Social Stamping | thank you from kelly

Hi there, and thanks for stopping by for the second installment of Social Stamping.  I’m hopping with my stamping friends – so that we can share with you and all stay connected during the global lockdown period.

You can see a full list of all the designers participating in this blog host by clicking here.

The theme today is thank you.  And it’s a big thank you.  One that extends to everyone playing their part in the COVID-19 pandemic.  From the front line heroes who are manning the shops, educating our children or saving the sick, to the at home hereos who are continuing essential businesses while in social isolation or raising their family within the boundaries of their home.  Staying at home at the moment where possible is just as essential as going out to work.  We all have a part to play to move forward from our pandemic state to putting COVID-19 in the history books.

My card was made for a staff member at our local farmer’s market.  She had such a lovely disposition, beautiful words during our checkout chat and made such an impact on me during our short interaction.  It takes all levels of kindness and compassion during this time and she was a wonderful ambassador for the retail industry.  Until now, I’d never considered what a luxury it is to have an endless supply of food with easy access.  I am grateful to still be able to access fresh food and to the people who make this possible.

I could make a hundred of these cards and still not reach out to all the people that deserve them.  But I figure, if we can each spread some gratitude and say thank you to individuals that have made a difference, the ripple effect of this can be profound.

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

My card is a simple layout featuring both pretty DSP and simple stamping.  The Bird Ballad suite is from the Annual Catalogue.  This is current until 1st June 2020, but with supply chain uncertainty it’s possible that some products may sell out before this time and become unorderable.  If you have any favourites, I suggest adding them to an order sooner rather than later.

DSP: Bird Ballad
Stamp Set: Free As A Bird
Punch: Decorative Border Ribbon
Ink: StazOn Saddle Brown, Memento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso Classic
Colouring: Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Blends, Wink of Stella
Colours: Whisper White, Pool Party

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

I almost always colour with Blends now, so it was nice to use the Saddle Brown StazOn ink with watercolour pencils for a softer look.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso.  This is my go-to ink option for cards that coordinate with brown tones – it provides excellent coverage and easy stamping.  I love my blacks, but they can be a bit more high maintenance to get a good image on the first stamping.

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

I decorated the inside of this card with as much care as the outside.  I always think that adds a little extra love.  I carried through the DSP strip and then added a 2 layer mat (Pool Party & Whisper White) before embellishing with fussy cut flowers, another sentiment and some pearls.

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

The sentiments from this set couldn’t be more perfect for my thank you card!  And the font is so pretty!!  These flowers are coloured with Blends (stamped with Memento ink).

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

It can seem a little difficult to remember which ink goes with which colouring method, but once you understand that they need to be opposites, it’s much easier.  Stampin’ Blends are alcohol, so they need the water based Memento ink.  StazOn is alcohol based, so it’s suitable for water colouring (such as the Aqua Painter over Watercolour Pencils).

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

One last thank you left – and that’s to all the designers who joined me for this hop and all the crafters who visited.

You can see all the participants via the main blog post (click here) or you can click through to the next blog by Nicole Wilson.

 

Thanks for hopping with us,

Kelly’s Stamping Friends | Birthday Blog Hop 2019

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Happy Birthday to me!  Tomorrow is my special day and to celebrate, it’s become a bit of a tradition (we’re in our third year) of gathering my stamping friends and having a blog hop.

I’m joined by 23 of the sweetest, most talented stampers that the South Pacific has to offer.  Enjoy the project from each creator and then click on next to hop through to the next project.  The hop runs in a circle, so you don’t need to start at any particular point – just keeping scrolling through the beautiful artwork and click on next until you get back to where you started.  If any of the next links are broken (it happens sometimes!), there’s a list of participants at the end of this post.

Seeing as it’s my birthday, there’s a loose birthday theme for tonight’s hop.  But (because it’s my birthday and I can break the rule), I have strayed slightly from that theme and my card is a thank you – a great big thank you to all the designers who have joined me on this hop to celebrate and another big thank you to everyone who visits us!

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

For this hop, I’m sharing with you some of my new birthday presents.  I love the happy coincidence that my birthday month is also a Stampin’ Up! preorder*** month.  I love gifts – giving gifts, getting gifts, buying myself gifts!  Happy Birthday to me!

***Preorder means a demonstrator can order from a new catalogue or promotion earlier than its release.  Customers will be able to order new items shown on this post from 4th June.  Can’t wait?  Ask me about joining my team.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

This card features the new Stampin’ Up! stamp set – Free As a Bird and coordinating dies – Stitched Nested Label Dies.  The stamp set has the most beautiful bird & flowers combination and the dies are a dotted edge – a new pattern for the SU range.  The stitched edge effect creates a fabulous border both inside & out.

Although this card looks pretty on the front, the magic happens when you fold it out.  I’ve combined a couple of ideas to create a Window Front Z Fold Card.  The card front has a Nested Die cut out and the bird panel is actually attached to the Z fold in the middle of the card.

Let me show you more pictures.  Here’s the card when the Z is still folded  but the card front is open.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

And then when totally opened out…

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

I’ve added a couple of little magnets to keep the card closed when it’s all folded back in.

The measurements for this card:

Card Base – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″ (half an A4 page lengthways), scored at 5-7/8″

Insert – 3-7/8″ x 11-1/4″, scored at 2-13/16″ & 5-5/8″

DSP (left panel) – 2-11/16″ x 3-3/4″

Cardstock (middle panel) – 2-11/16″ x 3-3/4″

DSP (right panel) – 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″


I love that those gorgeous birds are a feature inside & out of the card.  I’ve stamped all the images for this card in StazOn ink and coloured them with ink and an Aqua Painter.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

The Bird Ballard DSP I’ve used in the card is from the same suite as the stamp set.  These colours helped me to choose the colours for colouring.  The card base is Petal Pink, the Nested Label is Soft Suede and for colouring I’ve used Petal Pink, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Old Olive & Smoky Slate.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

As well as the whimsy of the birds and the flowers, I  love the sentiments from this set.  And I thought given all the wonderful friends I have along on this hop with me, the one I’ve chosen for the inside (Your friendship means the world to me) is just perfect!!!

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

Did I mention how much I love gifts?  I’d like to gift this card and a sampler of the pretty Bird Ballard DSP to someone special.  To be in the running, leave a comment on this blog post and I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday 28th May 2019.


Next up on for the birthday fun is the gorgeous Shannon Kissane.

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Thank you for hopping us with today and for being part of my birthday celebrations!!!


PARTICIPANT LIST
1 Kelly Kent
2 Shannon Kissane
3 Tina Gillespie
4 Monique Fielder
5 Leonie Stuart
6 Michelle Strazds
7 Mandy Depiazzi 
8 Rochelle Blok 
9 Narelle Simm 
10 Catherine Creer
11 Lou Kitzelman
12 Sandra Collett 
13 Sharon Dalton 
14 Denise Buetler 
15 Siobhan Fitzsimmons
16 Jan McQueen
17 Cathy Pinchbeck
18 Richelle Fletcher 
19 Melissa Gifford 
20 Rachael Lewsley
21 Nicole Wilson
22 Julia Quinn
23 Sheila Pybus
24 Leonie Schroder