Social Stamping | In Colors

Hey there! Happy Saturday!!

It’s the last Saturday of the month which means I have the pleasure of hopping with my demonstrator friends for Social Stamping. The theme this week is “In Colors”. If you’re a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the new In Color range that will be released in early May. Let me share that they are absolutely gorgeous. If you can’t wait until May for all the new catalogue spoilers, it might be time for you to join Stampin’ Up!

To make room for the new In Colors, it means its time to say goodbye to the 2019-2021 In Colors.

These are some of my all-time favourite colours. I’d been asking for a pretty dusky pink for forever! It’s been a pleasure to craft with these colours for the past 2 years. I am going to miss them!!!

The cards for this blog post were so much fun to make. Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock and Seaside Spray make a beautiful combination together.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The stamp set is another victim of the retirement list – Monogram Messages. All items on the Last Chance Retirement List are available until they sell out or 3rd May 2021 – whichever comes first!

The first card in this duo features all the large letter stamps available in this set in the retiring In Colors – Pretty Peacock, Rococo Rose and Seaside Spray.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

I’ve stamped the matching words (there’s several options for each letter – I’ve gone for the birthday themed ones) in the same In Colors and matched them with flowers stamped in the other range of current In Colors – Just Jade, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight.

The butterflies in the set coordinate with the Butterfly Duet punch – also retiring! They are stamped in pretty colours from the Subtles range – Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride. Did you know that for the most part, the In Colors alternate between Brights and Subtles in overall tone. The outgoing In Colors are more subtle, so expect them to be replaced in the upcoming catalogue with more pastel tones.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The Pretty Peacock mat layer on this card has been embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. This is possibly the saddest retirement list item for me. I just love this EF and use it all the time. I still will! You just won’t be able to buy it if you don’t get it now. And as a bonus, it’s also on special until supplies sell out.


The second card is my favourite – I just love the layout and the way all the elements come together.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The top mat of this card is Watercolour Paper so that I could get a pretty watercolour wash in Seaside Spray behind the cluster of stamps.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

This stamp set doesn’t have coordinating dies, so there’s a little patience required to fussy cut the letters and accessory stamps, though you can punch out the butterflies.

There’s two other colours in the retiring In Colors that I haven’t featured – Terracotta Tile and Purple Posy. :Leave me a comment if they are your favourites and you’re going to miss them. I can’t say they’ve been regulars on my craft table!!!

For more projects using In Colors – both retiring and current – please keep clicking on the next button to take a tour of the blogs. For a full list of everyone joining in, please visit the main Social Stamping Blog Host post.

Next blog from here is the lovely Julia Quinn. Julia has joined in every hop since we started and shared amazing projects. You’ll love this one too!

Thank you for hopping with us today! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | thinking of you

Happy Saturday!  Saturday has been one of the highlights of my blogging week for the past 3 months as I hop with my stamping friends as a way to stay connected through these COVID times.  Today’s theme is “thinking of you”.  There’s a full list of all the themes so far and all the designers participating in today’s hop on the main blog post for this hop – click here to visit.

For my cards today I’ve made 2 cards using the split card technique – an idea shared by Jennifer McGuire last month.  It’s a great way to get two cards with one lot of stamping and a great corner or border style design.  You can see Jennifer’s post here.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measured 5-5/8″ x 7-3/4″ and stamped the blossoms in Misty Moonlight down the middle portion of the cardstock, adding in Seaside Spray flowers, Night of Navy mini flowers and Crumb Cake accents.

The inspiration for the colours of this design came from Stacey Marsh – a demo I recently starting following in the UK.  Check out her Instagram – she’s amazing!  She had me at blue flowers!!

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

Once all the stamping is done, cut the cardstock down the middle (at 3-7/8″) and use the pieces to make up your cards.

This first card features a Crumb Cake base and Vellum butterflies using the Butterfly Duet Punch.  The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set cut using one of the label dies from the Hippo & Friends set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

The second card features a Seaside Spray base, hearts from the Pattern Play stamp set and sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

This technique makes it easy to whip up some cards to send to family and friends in no time at all.  Feeling adventurous?  Try stamping a whole sheet and cutting into 4 pieces!!!  Or using die cuts for your images.  There’s so many possibilities!

Next up for more ‘thinking of you’ inspiration is my gorgeous friend Narelle Simm.

Thanks for hopping with us. If you need the full list of participants, click here to visit.

See you next week for more Social Stamping!

 

Social Stamping | rainbows from kelly

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Hello!  This is week 3 of Social Stamping.  I started this blog host when COVID-19 made social distancing a term in everyone’s regular vocabulary and our opportunities for face-to-face contact with family, friends and colleagues became limited.  Wanting to continue to share and inspire after so many of use had to cancel classes and events, I brought together some amazing friends from my Stampin’ Up! network.   You’ll find the full list of bloggers for this week’s hop by clicking here.

Today’s theme is rainbows.  One of the lovely positives to come out of COVID-19 is the way communities – both local and through technology – have connected.  In the face of the chaos that is this virus, I am choosing to seek as much of the positives as possible.  Finding joy in the storm is definitely a silver lining!

I’ve had several friends share the Rainbow Trail with me on Facebook (click here to see it too).  The Rainbow Trail encourages people to add a rainbow of colour to the world in publicly visible artwork projets.  The most popular has been chalk drawings on footpaths & driveways, but I’ve also seen painted fences, covered lamp posts, canvas & poster paintings and baked goods.

So, with the help of the Miss Papercrafts, our project this week was to contribute to the Rainbow Trail and make a butterfly rainbow.

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This is the front of our house.  We live on a bush block in the suburb of Dalyellup, part of the greater Bunbury region, about 2 hours south of Perth in Western Australia.

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The window is actually my craft room, so when I sit at my desk now and look out, I can see a beautiful array of butterflies.

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To create some texture on the rainbow, I used two different colours for each layer of the rainbow (14 colours in all).

  • Violet – Gorgeous Grape & Highland Heather
  • Indigo – Pacific Point & Blueberry Bushel
  • Blue – Coastal Cabana & Bermuda Bay
  • Green – Granny Apple Green & Call Me Clover
  • Yellow – Daffodil Delight & Mango Melody
  • Orange – Pumpkin Pie & Calypso Coral
  • Red – Real Red & Lovely Lipstick

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We also used 2 different butterfly products – the joined butterfly from Butterfly Beauty Dies and the large & small butterflies from the Butterfly Duet Punch.  In total, the rainbow has over 600 butterflies!!!  The Little Miss Papercrafts helped with everything showing great teamwork for this art project.  Little Master Papercraft even got in on the action, adding some texture of his own to our pile of butterflies when he kept walking over them while we were cutting & poking out all the middle bits!!!

Here’s a video of the rainbow…

We took some time to work out what saying we wanted to add to our butterfly mural.  We are of course all in this together, as we make conscious choices to “flatten the curve”, protect each other, hero our essential workers and pull together to keep each other safe – both physically & mentally.  But in the end, we decided to choose a quote that reflects the enormity of this situation – “the greater the storm, the brighter the rainbow”.

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Although this virus has caused great adversity, I know on the other side of it (and perhaps even from within our days of acute corona-ness), we’ll see so many shining lights that arise from the global lockdown we’re currently in.  Already, there are reports of brighter skies & clearer water.  We’re seeing acts of kindness on a regular basis as we look after the most vulnerable members of society.   And, we are adapting to the ‘new normal’ like never before, showing tremendous creativity & resilience.

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We are choosing to embrace the positives and hope you do too!


Next up on this blog host is Angela Meiriz-Reid, who is one of the most beautiful people I know, with absolute sunshine radiating from her soul.
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Stay strong, stay safe and stay connected.  We’re all in this together!

Colour INKspiration #57

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for Colour INKspiration #57.  I’ve chosen the colour palette today – I hope you like it!  We’re crafting with Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight & Granny Apple Green – inspired by these gorgeous Calla Lilies.

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Joining us on the hop today, as our guest designer, is Kate Webb – thanks Kate!!  Kate’s pretty card won challenge #55 and we are delighted to have her along for this hop.  Each challenge the crew picks 5 cards and ask the members of the Colour INKspiration Facebook group to choose a winner.  Join the group and make sure to enter your project for the current challenge!  Click here to visit.


The bold & bright colours of this challenge reminded me of spring, so although the weather here is cold and wet (hello winter!), my craft room can be as warm and summery as I like.  So with the challenge colours in mind, I’ve stamped some pretty butterflies using the new Butterfly Wishes stamp set and lined them up in rows.

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

This style of card using the Stitched Rectangle Dies as a frame reminds me of butterflies on display in a museum.  I’ve make them fly as much as I can by adhering in the middle of the body and flicking up the wings….

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

But I’d like to try a card like this again with flying butterflies!  I’ll keep it on my to-do list for another challenge!

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

For the sentiment in the middle of the card, I’ve masked the other words on the ‘celebrate’ stamp with masking tape and inked it up with Versamark and heat embossed in white.  I then cut it using the Classic Label punch.  To create the banner, I used the end of the same punch.  I love when products are so versatile!

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

I have the pleasure of linking you to our guest designer – Kate Webb with her gorgeous floral creation.  These colours just work so well for flowers!

Thanks for hopping with us, can’t wait to see your creations in our Facebook group.


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Stamp Review Crew | Butterfly Gala

Hello!  Happy Monday and welcome to the Stamp Review Crew blog hop.  I’m joining a group of fabulous Stampin’ Up! demonstrators as we share projects we’ve made with today’s featured stamp set – Butterfly Gala!

The projects you see on today’s blog hop will definitely feature the stamps from the Butterfly Gala stamp set.  Some may use the coordinating punch – Butterfly Duet – isn’t it cute!?!  So cute in fact, that it has sold out worldwide and Stampin’ Up! are waiting for more stock to arrive (expected end March 2019).  So, make sure to save the projects that inspire you and be ready for when the punch is ordable again!  Your local Stampin’ Up! demonstrator can keep you in the loop.  Until then, it’s totally possible to snip around those butterflies with scissors or you can stamp directly onto your project.


I’m a little late to share my Valentine’s Day card this year for Mr Papercraft because it was so perfect for this blog hop.  Luckily it’s not specific to Valentine’s Day.  This style of card would be great for a wedding, anniversary, appreciation  or general “I love you” card.

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent

I decided I wanted my card to be symbolic of the life Mr Papercraft and I have built together. The two hearts are us and the three butterflies are the little Papercrafts (two Lovely Lipstick girls & one Tuxedo Black boy).

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent

The origami hearts were so easy to make and look amazing in our pretty DSP.  The smaller heart uses All My Love DSP and started as a 3″ square.  The larger heart uses Botanical Butterfly DSP and started as a 4″ square.  You can find the instructions on making an origami heart here

Butterfly Gala | kelly kent
The sentiment in Butterfly gala was just perfect for a card for Mr Papercraft.  He’s my best friend and definitely makes me a better person.  If I had to choose anyone in the world to spend time with – it’s him!


Thanks for hopping with us today.  For more amazing projects, keep clicking the ‘next’ at the end of each post.  I’m taking you to Holly Krautkremer in the US.  I always love what Holly makes and can’t wait to see her butterfly inspired project!


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Just Add Ink #441 | Inspiration

How good was the Just Add Ink blog hop last week?

We’re back to regular programming from this week with the usual range of fabulous challenge themes. You can see all the design team cards this week over on the Just Add Ink blog.  Click here to visit, and also share your creation with us.

The theme for this week is photo inspiration using this yummy picture chosen by Jo.

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I used the gorgeous colours of the frosting to create a fold out butterfly themed card.  What colours do you see??  I pulled out HIghland Heather, Balmy Blue and Blushing Bride.

Just Add Ink #441 | kelly kent

The card folds out to the left – and the right!  This is the middle panel….

Just Add Ink #441 | kelly kent

To create this card, I cut an A4 piece of cardstock in half lengthways (your typical card base).  I then cut 10-3/8″, keeping the piece from the edge for the right side flap.

The right side flap was scored at 2-5/8″ and the tab adhered to the back of the right side of the card.

Just Add Ink #441 | kelly kent

Like everyone else, I’m loving all the butterflies in the catalogue at the moment. So many butterflies!  I coloured each type of butterflies in a different way.

The little butterflies are stamped in Memento ink, coloured using sponge daubers, highlights added with Stampin’ Blends and punched using the Butterfly Duet punch.  The halo dots were inspired by the Beauty Abounds stamp set (it’s on my very next order – you know when you don’t know you need something until everyone else has it and you don’t!!).  I made them by pressing the sponge dauber to create a circle.

The big butterfly was die cut using the Butterfly Beauty die (trimmed to just the single large butterfly), coloured using sponge daubers and then spritzed with Shimmer Paint (mixed with Isocol alcohol).

The medium butterfly on the inside was stamped in Memento ink, coloured using Stampin’ Blends and punched using the Butterfly Duet punch.

Just Add Ink #441 | kelly kent


Thank you for visiting today!  Make sure to check in with the Just Add Ink blog for the rest of the design team cards – as always there’s so many ideas from one starting point!

We’d love for you to join the challenge and share your card inspired by those scrumptious cupcakes!!


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Awesome DSP for an Awesome Recipient

Favourite DSP | kelly kent

I made this card to go with a team incentive gift.  I purposely chose the beautiful butterfly paper from Needlepoint Nook as it’s one of my favourite pages from the 2019 Occasions catalogue.  I’ve been waiting for a special card to cut into it – and this was it!

Incredibly Proud | kelly kent

If you enjoy my projects enough to follow my blog (which I hope you do!!), you’ll have noticed how much I love the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.  They feature on just about every card I make at the moment.  Stitched edges are a great finishing touch for every card!!

Incredibly Proud | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card comes from the Incredible Like You stamp set (Occasions 2019 Catalogue).  It’s full of lovely positive sentiments with beautiful font – which makes it fabulous in my eyes!

Incredibly Proud | kelly kent

Did I mention how easy Stampin’ Up! DSP is to coordinate colours with???  Just pick out the key colours and you’ve got a perfectly coordinated card.

This card features Night of Navy, Blueberry Bushell, Whisper White and Very Vanilla (with Silver Baker’s twine for a bit of bling!).

Stamping Your Way to the Top Butterfly | kelly kent

I also decorated the inside of this card with a coordinating butterfly from the Butterfly Gala stamp set (and punch) and a super cute banner from Stamping You Way to the Top.  This stamp set is an exclusive demonstrator only stamp set currently available for demonstrators to order.  It’s filled with stamping related sayings.

I can’t wait to make more cards for my team using these two stamp sets – Incredible Like You & Stamping Your Way to the Top.  Being able to support and celebrate my team is a big part of the Stampin’ Up! journey for me!

If you’re curious about joining Stampin’ Up! or feel like our Paper Adventures Team would be a good fit for you, we’d love to have you!  Joining Stampin’ Up! gives you a 20% discount, access to catalogues and products before customers, opportunity to buy exclusive products and so much more!!!

Join between now and 31st March 2019 and you’ll be able to take advantage of the amazing joining offer.  Your Starter Kit is $169 for $315 of products!!!  Any $315 – with free shipping.  You’ve absolutely got nothing to lose!  And lots to gain!!

Click here to see more about the Starter Kit and becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Did I mention how our incredible team would love to have you?  We really would!


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