Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Red, White & Blue

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Hello!  I hope you had a wonderful Friday and have a weekend that you can look forward to!

Welcome to another Paper Adventures team blog hop.  We’ve got a great theme for you today!

Siobhan selected a red, white & blue theme since July is filled with theses colours around the world – particularly Independence Day & Bastille Day.

So, for today’s hop, the team are creating with all or some of these red, white & blue Stampin’ Up! colours…

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As well as international celebrations, these colours always remind me of a nautical theme!

With the new Message in a Bottle stamp set in my hot little hands, I set out to create a card using the cute little boat stamp.

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I added a father’s day sentiment – it’s only July, but Father’s Day always seems to sneak up on me, so I wanted to start early!!!

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There’s not too many options for Father’s Day at the moment (our Father’s Day is out of sync with the US date which is in June!), but the Thoughtful Banners stamp set has a great range of sentiments including some for Dad!

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Our little Stampin’ Up! team is growing.  It’s a great mix of ‘here for the discount’ demos and ‘let’s earn some money’ demos.  One of the best things about joining Stampin’ Up! is it can be whatever you want!  One of the other amazing things is that you can stop being at demo at any time without penalty.

If you’re a Stampin’ Up! lover in Australia that’s looking for a fun, friendly and welcoming team, then you should join us!!!

There’s a fabulous joining deal during July, which means you’ll get an extra $112 of extra gifts when you join my Paper Adventures team during July.

The cost of the Starter Kit is $169 and you’ll get $235 products, $112 of gifts, free shipping and a 20% discount until 31st Jan 2018!

Want more information – send me an email!

Ready to join?  Click here!!!


For more great red, white & blue ideas, please continue through the hop.  It’s a mix of blogs and Facebook, so use the list below if you need direct access to each blog.

I’m delighted to be linking to our guest designer for this hop – a beautiful demonstrator from ‘just down the road’ in Busselton, Rachael Lewsley

Thanks for sharing in our team hop!!!

Participant List:

Rachael Lewsley (guest designer)
Sheila Pybus (Facebook)

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CASEing the Catty #119 Sale-A-Bration

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Hello!  Hope you’ve had a great week.

Welcome other CASEing the Catty blog hop where we show you creations that have been inspired by the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues.

Today we’re being inspired by the Sale-A-Bration catalogue for the second last time.  There’s just over 2 weeks until your chance to earn Sale-A-Bration products is finished for another year!

If you see anything you like, Sale-A-Bration rewards in Australia are earned with any $90 purchase until 31st March 2017!


Along the blog hop today you’ll find projects that were inspired by pages 16-19 of the SAB catalogue.

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This the one that caught my eye on page 18…

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I took the box in the middle and used the key elements to changed it into a kids birthday card!

I just love the Happy Birthday stamp from Designer Tee!

CASEing the Catty #119. Sale-A-Bration. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Can you see the design parallels?

The blue horizontal stripy panel, happy birthday stick, ribbon & twine feature, a blue, white & yellow main element and the touches of gold were all carryovers from the original sample.

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I love how this turned out and have already used it for a sweet little 3rd birthday card.

Next up on the hop is the lovely Rebecca Scurr

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If you’re keen to join us – please visit our Facebook page and upload your entry!

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Thanks for stopping by!  See you next week,

If you live in Australia and I can help you with any stamping supplies that you need, please visit my online store.

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It’s an ESAD Blog Hop… next week! For now, it’s more pre-order fun!

Did you visit earlier in the week and I promised an ESAD blog hop?  Well, quite a few of us were under the pump over the past week with catalogue launches, illness and generally crazy lives.  So, we’ve decided to put it off til next week.

This forms part of a really great decision I think – because by next week, many of us will have had BBBs (Big Brown Boxes) of Stampin’ Up! arrive on the doorstep and I’m anticipating some great variety of project from the new catalogue.


Not to leave you high and dry,  I still wanted to show you a few projects I’ve been working on with items from my pre-order.  These items are all now available for everyone to order (online or through your demonstrator).

This is a card we made in a class last week using one of my favourite ‘fancy fold’ designs – a Shadow Box card.  We used the Sitting Here stamp set, Playful Palette DSP and new In Colours!

Shadow Box (portrait) using Sitting Here stamp set, Playful Palette DSP & 2016-2018 In Colors. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

One of the greatest things about this card design is that it stands up when displayed, but folds flat for putting into an envelope.

Shadow Box (portrait) using Sitting Here stamp set, Playful Palette DSP & 2016-2018 In Colors. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


And then because I hadn’t made one of these in a while and the Sitting Here version reminded me how fun it was, I made another (in the landscape orientation) using some more pre-order favourites.

This little boat is from the Swirly Bird stamp set.  So, as well as stamping out some great swirls & scribbles, you can also use the pieces in the stamp set to make boats, birds, kites and more!

Shadow Box Boat Birthday Card - Swirly Birds stamp set, Thoughtful Banners stamp set & Duet Punch. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Shadow Box Boat Birthday Card - Swirly Birds stamp set, Thoughtful Banners stamp set & Duet Punch. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Want to make your own shadow box?  It’s really quite simple.

  1. Cut an A4 piece of cardstock in half.
  2. Keep one half (put the other aside for another project) and cut that in half again.
  3. Score 1/2″ & 1″ from each side (long side for a portrait card and short side for a landscape card).
  4. Card front: Fold the 1″ score line under and then back on itself again along the 1/2″ score line.  Cut a shape of choice between the inside score lines using a framelit & your Big Shot.
  5. Card back: Fold the 1″ score line on top and then back on itself again along the 1/2″ score line.
  6. Put adhesive on the back of the card front along the panel made between the 1/2″ & 1″ score lines and attach to the same panel on the card back.

Like to see instructional videos?  I like this one by Dawn.

Stamp, embellish & decorate your shadow box however you choose. You’re best to decorate the back panel prior to the adhesive step (#6) and depending on how you decorate your back panel, sometimes it’s best to stamp before you score (step 3).

Thanks for joining just me today.  I promise a hop filled with fabulous inspiration next week – so visit back then!!!  And tomorrow you can look forward to another Stamp Review Crew hop.  Lots of fun to be had over the coming months as everyone’s creativity bursts with new catalogue love!

Kelly x


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