Social Stamping | April Kits – Bonanza Buddies

I’m starting to design the cards for my May card kits.  Thank you to everyone who purchased the supplies to turn the 5 kits into cards in April.

Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss the May kits.  These can be posted Australia wide and include all materials except sentiment stamping and adhesive. Perfect for some stress-free crafting, design/layout inspiration or a little mojo kick-start.

Two of the cards in April’s kits used the Birthday Bonanza suite.  There’s always a surprise retirement for me in every catalogue, and this was it for 2020!  I’m going to miss these cute little critters!

I think this card style is called a Peekaboo Card since you can see through the front layer of the card to the back, but I’m not 100% sure. If you’ve heard a different name, please leave me a comment.

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There was a Coastal Cabana version and a Daffodil Delight version.

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The tag from the Bonanza Dies worked perfectly as the upright portion to hold the two front layers together.

Here’s a side view…

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The card kits were sent with pre-cut card bases & cardstock pieces, die cut embellishments, Birthday Bonanza DSP and ribbon.

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All ready for a fun craft session – add your own sentiments to customise with adhesives of your choice!


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Social Stamping | birthdays in isolation

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I like birthdays – a lot!  I love celebrating other people, and I love celebrating mine.  Each new year is a gift – making it to the point where you can watch another number tick over the calendar is an achievement.  It’s my birthday month – who knew it would be celebrated in the midst of social distancing!!!

For the past 3 years, I’ve had a birthday blog hop with my stamping friends.  This year, thanks to the pandemic, I’ve been blessed with their creativity for over a month now.  What a wonderful present!!!  We’re all hopping again today for a combined birthday & Social Stamping hop.

The theme is “Birthdays in Isolation”.  With 1.5m of social distancing this May in Western Australia, paper hugs are going to be the best form of birthday celebrations!  There’ll also be Quaratini’s and a digital PAR-TAY!!!

In perfect timing for this hop, Stampin’ Up! released a Share Sunshine PDF to raise funds for charities supporting COVID-19 efforts.  It’s a 15 page digital stamp set (no hard copy, you print the pages yourself at home).  Click here to see more info and purchase the download.  I’m sure you’ll see lots of the digi stamps used in this hop – they are just perfect for what we’re going through right now!!!

I’m sharing two cards with you today…

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Let’s start with the card on the left.  This pandemic will largely be remembered as the time when panic buying set in and of all things, toilet paper became rare!  I don’t think generations to come are going to believe the intensity of the toilet paper crisis!

Share Sunshine | kelly kentFor this card, I’ve printed the toilet paper roll from the Share Sunshine digital stamp set and fussy cut it out.  I’ve then added in the candle die from the Doily Wishes Dies (on the retirement list).  This seems like the perfect birthday in isolation birthday cake!

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I’m not sure what this style of card is called, but I love it for something different.  I used this layout in my April card kits.  It looks fancy, but it’s so simple to make.

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Cut your card base as normal (long ways, with a top fold), score at half way and then cut 4-1/8″ from the card front.  Cut this again at 1-3/4″ and keep this piece.  You can use the middle piece (rotated at 90 degrees) to hold the front of the card together, but I’ve cut another piece here in Pool Party to create a contrast.

The sentiment for this card is “quarantine” printed from the Share Sunshine PDF and ‘happy birthday’ from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set stamped in Versamark and white embossed. The patterned paper on the top and bottom panels is from the Woven Threads DSP (on the retirement list).


The second card I’m sharing looks all very plain on the front, with a couple of banners from the Bonanza Dies (very, very sadly on the retirement list),  the ‘let’s (digitally) party’ stamp from the Share Sunshine PDF and some retiring Blueberry Bushel ribbon.

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But, when you take a peak inside…

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And then open it up…

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It’s a party!!!

I’ve made the inside of the card look like a laptop and created a virtual party.  Online interaction has become the lifeline of many during social distancing.  To be able to stay in touch, many people around the world have found themselves learning the ropes of virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom, Houseparty, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facetime, Messenger Video Chat  – there’s so many ways to connect!  I’ve been using Zoom at work for the past month, which has been lots of fun!  We’ve used it at home to see family and the Little Miss Papercraft have had virtual play dates to stay in touch with friends.  So glad to have technology on our side during social distancing!

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The fun little creatures joining the party are from the Birthday Bonanza DSP  (on the retirement list).  They are all partial images from the side of the DSP sheets, that would have otherwise gotten thrown away.  They were perfect for my little screens, because you can rarely see a whole person on the screen (and when kids are involved, it’s generally an eyeball up close, a head on the side or a blank screen while they go find something “amazing” to show you).

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I downloaded and printed the keyboard (click here for the image) and added a ‘happy birthday’ sentiment from the Here’s a Card stamp setwhich I cut out using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  Both of those products will be available again in the new catalogue.


Thank you for joining me for Social Stamping.  To see a full list of my stamping friends that joined in today’s hop, click here for the main blog host post.

To keep moving through the hop, click next to visit my gorgeous team mate, Lisa Whitehead.

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If you have a birthday coming up, be sure to make plans and celebrate that day (or week, or month!) for all it’s worth!  Isolation or not, birthdays are meant to be fun!

 

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

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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 –

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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.

Layout Love

On Monday I posted about our Paper Adventures team retreat – click here to see that post.  I loved all the cards I made (and had major card envy over the ones I didn’t!).  One of the cards that I was lucky enough to make (designed by Mandy Depiazzi of My Paper Trail) had a layout that I just loved.  I’ve been using it over the last month for so many cards.  It has a repeated sentiment, a tag and a fun element that you can interchange depending on the theme.

This is my version of Mandy’s card using the Bonanza Buddies stamp set & Birthday Bonanza DSP.

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And here’s 3 more variations I’ve made –

A soccer theme with For the Win stamp set

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A hippo theme for a special birthday request (hippo from an online colouring page site printed on Whisper White and coloured with Stampin’ Blends)

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And a dinosaur theme using Dino Days stamp set and Dinoroar DSP.

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The tag for all the cards is from the Bonanza Dies.  Mandy used the Starburst Punch in her original card.  You can always count on some great purchase enabling at team retreat days, so guess which punch I added to my very next order?  I can’t believe I’d overlooked it in the Annual Catalogue!

Now is the time to have another look through the current catalogues – the Annual Catalogue & the Jan-June mini catalogue.  These both finish on 2nd June 2020 and once the retirement list is announced later this month, some items will sell out fast. Based on previous catalogues, items to sell out first are the retiring In Colors (especially ink refills).

It’s always best to get in early and make sure your favourites are in your craft room before stock becomes limited or unavailable!  If you’re shopping in Australia, you can place an order via my online store.  Click here to visit.

I’m always happy to answer any questions you have about Stampin’ Up!  Click here to message me via Facebook or click here to message me via email.

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Australia

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Hello!  Happy 2020 and welcome to our first Paper Adventures Team hop of the year.  The theme is ‘Australia’ and I can’t wait for you to see what fun creations the team are sharing tonight.

We’re joined by guest designer Jo Stubbings – thanks for hopping with us Jo!  Jo is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from NSW who I met through the Just Add Ink design team.  I love her use of colour and know you will too!


There’s a few Aussie contributions in the current Stampin’ Up! range including the cute kangaroo & koala duo in the Animal Outing set, but I couldn’t go past the koala in the new Bonanza Buddies stamp set (Birthday Bonanza suite).  I used him for my Just Add Ink card last week and as hard as I tried to use something different for this hop, I kept going back.

Koalas are native to Australia and only found on the east coast of Australia – unless in captivity.  They eat only eucalyptus leaves and despite looking very cute, their claws are quite sharp and dangerous.  Most people are surprised by how heavy koalas are when they have a cuddle.

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I inked the koala in Smoky Slate and stamped his eyes & nose in Memento Tuxedo Black.  The Bonanza Dies coordinate perfectly to cut him out.

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The Bonanza Dies are actually one of my favourites from the Jan-June Mini Catty because they have so many options.  Not only can you cut out the animals in the stamp set, but there’s a stitched tag die (yeesss!  I’d buy the set just for this!) and some super cute bunting.

I’ve used the tag die together with a stitched rectangle cut out to create a shaker tag.  Cut the top piece with the rectangle to create a window and cover the window with Window Sheet.  Using Foam Adhesive Strips, adhere to a tag base.  Make sure to pop some super cute shaker pieces in the middle.  I’ve used From My Heart Faceted Gems, gold sequins and Night of Navy stars I made using the retired Stars Border Punch.

I picked DSP for this card in a red & blue theme, picking up the essence of the Australian flag. I love DSP and always make sure I have all the patterns.  The easier way to do this is with a DSP sampler which I release each catalogue.  This card features blue stripe & red watercolour patterns from the Peaceful Poppies DSP (Jan – June mini) and dark blue watercolour from the Lily Impressions DSP (Sale-A-Bration).

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The final touches for this card were the Australian flag (printed from my computer and attached to a toothpick) and the ‘welcome’ sentiment from Animal Outing.  I thought this would make a great card for someone who is spending their first Australia Day (coming up on Sunday 26th Jan) in Australia.

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The layout for this card was inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch which popped up on my Facebook feed earlier in the week.  I love sketches – they are a great starting point to get creative.  Click here to visit the Mojo Monday post.

For a bigger dose of Aussie fun, keep hopping and see what the rest of the team have made including our guest designer, Jo Stubbings, who is next on the list.

Wishing you all a wonderful Australia Day!  For those in Australia, enjoy having Monday off too!  May there be lots of crafty hours in the mix!!!

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Just Add Ink #488 | Celebrate

The Just Add Ink Design Team start every new year with a whole team blog hop.  This year we’re celebrating extra hard – 10 years and 1000 followers.  What a great achievement!  Congrats to past & present Just Add Ink contributors – to my wonderful design team colleagues and especially to the wonderful crafters to join in our challenges every week.  We appreciate you being part of the JAI magic!

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The theme for the challenge is “Celebrate”.  I’ve made an interactive birthday card using a present Santa slipped into my Christmas stocking.

Birthday Bonanza Reveal Wheel card | kelly kent

The Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel die set cuts all the pieces needed (in the right proportions) to make a spinner card that reveals 4 different sentiments when you spin it around.  I’ve used the coordinating Lawn Fawn stamp set for perfectly sized sentiments.

The rest of my supplies are Stampin’ Up! – featuring a Birthday Bonanza theme.  This is my favourite suite from the 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Using an oval shaped makeup brush with a handle, I applied Granny Apple Green ink to the top half of my cardstock and Garden Green to the bottom.  I then flicked the whole piece with an Aqua Painter filled with water to add some texture.  I am currently obsessed with this style of ink background!

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I then cut with the die and added a koala and lion cut from the Birthday Bonanza DSP.  While I don’t mind fussy cutting (and you certainly could), these little cuties are cut with the Bonanza Dies.  They cut the coordinating stamp from the Bonanza Buddies stamp set – but they also cut quite a few of the DSP images.

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I love not having to worry about the colouring!  This die set also has the super cute bunting you see.  There’s also an awesome tag die that I haven’t used in this card.  I had planned to use the toucan DSP die cut on the card too, but it ended up being too busy, so I popped him in the middle.

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Next stop on our DT hop is my gorgeous bestie Lou Kitzelman who has made the sweetest garden card.

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Please join the challenge on the Just Add Ink blog and share any project you’ve made with a celebration theme.  We just love seeing what you’re making!  Just Add Ink welcomes any brand of supplies, any style and from any online platform.  Don’t have a blog, Facebook page, Instagram or Pinterest where you share your projects?  Email it to the Just Add Ink admin team and they’ll upload it for you!

As part of our milestone celebrations the design team are offering prizes. Our Top Pick & Honourable Mentions will receive a special gift.  We’ll be choosing some other entries to receive a little something also – to be eligible all you have to do is leave a comment on each of the blogs along the hop – 14 stops in total. Prizes include stamp sets, card kits, embossing folders, ribbons, rhinestones, handmade cards/tags….

PLEASE NOTE: Prizes are only eligible to South Pacific (Australia & New Zealand) entries – sorry to those of you from all around the world, postage prices are very steep these days. However, Top Pick & Honourable Mentions will receive their prize regardless of which country they live in.

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