CASEing the Catty #129 Favourite Annual Catalogue Project

Hello!  Welcome to the CASEing the Catty Sunday blog hop.

I hope your weekend has been wonderful!

Tonight at CTC, the Crew are CASEing their favourite Annual Catalogue Project.

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Favourites…. always a hard one!  I love almost everything that comes under the Stampin’ Up! banner.

So, for my CASEd projects this week, I decided to choose an alphabet set – the bold & fun Layered Letters stamp set (which is on the retirement list!).

I love alphabet sets for what they offer to personalised stamping!

This Christmas card made by the clever designers at Stampin’ Up! has an awesome layout for lots of different types of cards!

My first card uses the same design features, but more traditional Christmas colours & “Merry Christmas” sentiment.

I’ve used lots more retired things in this set including the Stars Framelits, Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, 2016-2018 In Colour Envelope Paper, Brights DSP Paper Stack and Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set.


My second card uses the same layout to create a birthday card…

I kept some features the same, like the DSP & envelope paper (just changed up the colours) and the metallic enamel shapes.

I changed the star to a butterfly and used another retiring embossing folder – Lovely Lace and stamp set – Tin of Cards.


There’s less than 2 weeks left to purchase from the Retirement List – make sure to check that you’ve ordered everything you’ll miss!

I’m sure you’ll pick up more items for your wishlist as you hop around.

Next up on our CTC Crew is Rachel Palmieri with her awesome projects!

Thanks for hopping with us!


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Just Add Ink #358 – Stitching

It’s been a busy week here at Papercraft HQ, but I couldn’t resist this fabulous challenge by Rochelle!

I {LOVE} stitching on cards!!!  You’re going to love the cards the clever design team have created.

Stop by the Just Add Ink blog to see them all – and enter your stitched creation into our weekly challenge.

Just Add Ink #358 Stitching

Did I say already that I love stitching on cards?  I really do!

I often stitch cards in white, but for this challenge, I wanted to step it up a little and see how the metallic thread would go in my sewing machine.

I threaded it for the top layer, and left the bottom layer as a white bobbin thread.  It worked – to a point!  Then it kept snapping the super fine thread.

But that’s ok!  With a bit more care, a little working of the wheel (rather than the pedal), I got a great border for my card.

Just Add Ink #348 Stitching | kelly kent

And a cute butterfly trail!

The hand winding was a little more work, but – look at the finish!!!  And another great way to use our SU! products!


Do you love the sentiment?  It’s from a new stamp set available in June called Colourful Seasons.

Just Add Ink #348 Stitching | kelly kent

I had so much fun with all the copper on this card!

Getting photos in the wind this afternoon wasn’t so much fun!

But I had to laugh when I saw this action shot on the camera…

That butterfly just wanted to fly!

Can’t wait to see what you create for our stitching challenge.

You can use machine sewing like me, Stitched Shapes Framelits like some of the design team – or try out your own stitched creation!


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ESAD Blog Hop – 2017 Annual Catalogue Retirement List

Hi!  And welcome to an ESAD blog hop where demonstrators from Australia & New Zealand are sharing projects they’ve made that highlight some of the items that are retiring at the end of the current catalogue cycle.

This was a tough hop to design for – the items on the retirement list are selling out fast as people stock up on things they love or buying sets that they know they’ll miss.  It means that not everything you see on the hop will be available at the time of you reading this.  So be sure to check out what’s still available by visiting the Retiring Products section of my online store.

My plan was not to show you one retiring product, but types or categories of products that are retiring.

The first project I’m sharing features the hearts confetti border punch.  Both this pattern and the stars are on the retirement list.  I rarely used these as border punches, but loved them for shaker card fill & when I needed teeny tiny little stars or hearts.

The strip of DSP featured on this card is from the DSP Paper Stack.  Stampin’ Up! is retiring all the paper stacks in all the colour collections.  And they are not replacing them with updated designs as they have in previous years.  So, if you want DSP to match the colour collections, you’ll want to get them before they retire (or sell out). 

Also on the list is all the current sequin trim (to be replaced with a stunning tiny sequin trim!!!) and 2016-2018 In Color Ruched ribbon range.

 

The butterfly punches & matching stamp sets are also on the retirement list.  I am going to miss these – particularly the Bitty Butterfly punch, featured above in Blushing Bride glimmer (because that’s retiring too!).

I’ve used the Potpourri stamp set & Elegant Butterfly punch to decorate the inside of the card, together with some Affectionately Yours washi tape.  All the washi tape is on the retirement list – you can see the range still available here.

And finally for this card, the whole 2015-2017 In Color range is retiring including my very favourite Mint Macaron!!!  You can find out what’s still left by clicking here.


My second card features Project Life products.  Stampin’ Up!’s time as a partner with Becky Higgins has come to an end and this means the end of the Project Life brand within the Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

Stampin’ Up! is replacing this line with a gorgeous new memory keeping collection, which I’ll be sharing more with you when the catalogues launches in June.

This means that all Project Life products are on the retirement list.  You can find out what’s still available by clicking here.

I’m really going to miss the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits!!!

I’ve featured a few other retiring items on this card including the Timeless Love stamp set, Sweetheart punch, Bow Clip & Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine.

Although some favourites have sold out, there are still lots left – and many at a great discount!!!

For more retirement list inspiration, and to create a wishlist you never knew you had, please keep moving on the hop, just down the road, to my lovely friend Rachael Lewsley.

If you get lost at any stage of the hop due to broken links, there’s a full list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for joining us!

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent – {you are here}
  3. Rachael Lewsley
  4. Courtenay Heuston
  5. Narelle Fasulo
  6. Kirrkie Terri
  7. Nicole Wilson
  8. Carly Middleton
  9. Libby Dyson
  10. Rebecca Jacovou
  11. Rosalie Desmond
  12. Megan Lenske
  13. Leonie Schroder
  14. Kristel Rimmer
  15. Tanya Bell
  16. Richelle Fletcher
  17. Pauline Bennetts
  18. Mandy Depiazzi
  19. Ellen Woodbridge
  20. Monique Fielder
  21. Maree McIntosh
  22. Cathy Pinchbeck

Introducing the Eastern Palace Suite

Hello!  I hope your Easter has started well!

It was a little about Easter today and a little about the new Eastern Palace suite – which I introduced to my birthday card class this morning.

The Easter part was the lovely gifts I got from some of the attendees…

Shhh ….. Those eggs are already eaten.

So spoilt!!!


Two of the cards we made during today’s class featured the pre-released Eastern Palace Suite.

This beautiful suite from the upcoming Annual Catalogue is being released before the catalogue even starts!

It’s available to demonstrators during April and customers during May.  I’ll post all the ordering details in early May.

And a few samples in April to get you excited!

This is the first card we made featuring the Eastern Beauty stamp set, Eastern Medallions Thinlits and Eastern Palace Speciality DSP.

You’ll also spy the stunning new Mini Sequin Trim.  I was lucky enough to get some of this as part of my display board stamping box for OnStage.

It’s amazing!  And will be available when the new catalogue is released on 1st June 2017.


The next card we made featured the beautiful medallion thinlit again – this time transformed into a doily to use in a layered frame card design.

On this card is also some items that are carrying over into the upcoming catalogue – Feather Together stamp set, White Accents, Bold Butterfly Framelit – and one of the 2017-2019 In Colors!

I was on the fence about Lemon Lime Twist initially, but as predicted, I’m absolutely falling in love!  I really love it with this black, white & gray combination where the colour just pops!


The third card we made for this class featured retiring products.  There was a little system glitch during the week where stamp sets were unorderable due to being in discontinued mode.  There was however stock in the warehouse!

So, good news!  The glitch has been fixed and the retirement list is full of your favourites again – but probably not for long!

If there’s anything you want, be sure to shop in my online store!

Host code for April is JQENNDM4.

Can you spot the retiring items?

I count 5….

As always, I’m going to miss items from the 2015-2017 Annual Catalogue – but I’m so excited about what’s to come!!!

I can start sharing physical copies of the catalogues with you when they arrive on my doorstep in mid May.  Until then, you’ll have to enjoy the sneak peek samples I share with you!

OnStage 2017 – Affirmation Swaps!

Hello!  As this post goes live, I’ll be starting my day at the Perth OnStage event.

The excitement will be buzzing around the room as approx 175 Stampin’ Up! demos share their love of paper, stamps and ink with each other!

Part of this wonderful day is swapping creativity with each other.  It’s optional to join in with swaps but fun to do so!

“Swaps” can be cards or 3D items.  The only requirement is that they use current Stampin’ Up! products.

I’ve been a touch cheeky on the ‘current’ and included the retired Bermuda Bay glimmer paper from Sale-A-Bration… but it went with my colour theme!

And since we only find out today what’s retiring from the Annual & Occasions catalogue, there’s a chance there’ll be a few more retiring products on my design list.

But that’s ok – because what I wanted to share with my fellow demos was not how to use the products I’ve chosen, but the idea.

These super cute little affirmation bottles came about after a late night Facebook conversation with one of my Stampin’ Up! team.

Kristen is a doTERRA rep who joined Stampin’ Up! to purchase materials for thank you cards, packaging and to celebrate her team.  While chatting about the products we have in the range, the concept of affirmations came up – and from there, affirmations in a bottle!

The wonderful part of this idea is there are so many stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! range that have positive & uplifting sayings in them that could be used as affirmations.

Or, you can do as I have and use word & phrase builder sets to create your own affirmations.

The ‘you are’, ‘amazing’ and ‘inspiring’ stamps are from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set which is currently in the Annual Catalogue.

The ‘awesome’ and ‘great’ stamps are from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set – also in the Annual Catty.

The affirmations are stamped on plain copy paper – this was the easiest to roll up tight to fit in the bottle.  Our beautiful cardstock is too thick!


Of course, the little bottles are so cute when decorated with our pretty Stampin’ Up! embellishments.

I chose butterflies, glimmer, sequins & ribbons.

I used all the current sequin colours – gold, silver, Blushing Bride & Bermuda Bay, together with 1/8″ gold & silver ribbon and the Bermuda Bay stitched ribbon.

And used 4 coordinating glimmer colours – gold, Bermuda Bay (SAB offering), Silver & Blushing Bride.

Each embellishment segment is hot glued together and then hot glued to the glass bottle.


Here’s a close up of each colour combination…

Gold  & Blushing Bride

Blushing Bride & Gold

Silver & Bermuda Bay

Bermuda Bay & Silver

I packaged the swaps into the 2″ x 8″ cello bags (trimmed down before packing) and topped with a Decorative Label topper.

I made quite a few affirmations because I really wanted to spread the love!  I hope the other demos enjoy reading their message.

I know I’m going to get some amazing swaps back – I’ll share some with you this month.


I’m sure the mini bottles are available from a range of places.  I got mine on eBay – 5mL size.

Please use this idea for your own direct sales business as team gifts, or for your customers – or make some up to give to your friends, or as Random Acts of Kindness.

It’s a beautiful way to brighten someone’s day!


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Colour INKspiration #05

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Did you love the colours from last fortnight for Colour INKspiration?

We had so many people enjoying the bold & beautiful purple & yellows!!

This week for Colour INKspiration, we take a softer turn into the pastels.

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This trio of colours lend themselves so nicely to so many occasions!

My initial thought was a pretty wedding card…

Colour INKspiration #05 - Wedding Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I had the idea to create the background piece by repetitively die cutting the floral centrepiece die (hexagon shaped die) from the Window Box Thinlits until the cardstock piece was covered.

I then overlayed it on the bokeh piece of DSP from the Falling In Love DSP.  This DSP pack is perfect for this challenge!!!

Once the background was finished, I added my sentiment on an oval stitched shape and decorated with a pink flower & blue butterfly.

Colour INKspiration #05 - Wedding Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Sometimes finding ways to keep within the constraints of the challenge colours is the best fun of a colour challenge!


I loved the wedding card, but  I couldn’t shake off the idea of using these colours for a baby card.

How cute are these little babies from the Moon Baby stamp set?

This card for some oh-so-cute twin boys born just a little while ago.

Colour INKspiration #05 - Twin Babies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Even though it was a traditional baby blue theme I was going for, the pink worked beautifully for a shower of hearts as they drifted down!

Colour INKspiration #05 - Twin Babies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m so happy with this card!!!


Please join us with your Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand creations!

You can add any neutral or metallic to complete your artwork.

All designs need to uploaded to our Facebook page to be in the running to win our top 5 crew pick and overall winner for the challenge.

Can’t wait to see what cards & other projects are inspired by these soft & beautiful colours!

Next stop on the hop for more sweet inspiration is Julia Quinn

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Congrats All Round!

When I was selected for the CASEing the Catty design crew I was so excited!

It’s been such a wonderful experience so far – and has opened up a whole new pocket of creativity and inspiration for me.  I had never really used the catalogue for anything other than a reference book for all my favourite products.  Now, I look at all those gorgeous pictures in a totally new light!

What a lovely surprise it was to collect my mail this afternoon and open a gorgeous card from Elizabeth Gross, welcoming me onto the team.

Congrats card - made for Kelly Kent @mypapercraftjourney.com by Elizabeth Gross - lilylovespaper.blogspot.com.au.


We must have been on the same wavelength, because last week I made some congrats cards.  2 of them went over east for the other 2 new designers who joined at the same time as me – Krissy Buck and Deb Speijers.

Congrats card - Sunshine Wishes thinlits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Congrats card - Sunshine Wishes thinlits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I made another one, just for fun – because I am totally in love with those thinlits!!!  And the Blooms & Bliss DSP has to be one of my new catty DSP favourites – the colours are divine!

Congrats card - Sunshine Wishes thinlits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


While I was sending off cards, I also wanted to send one to another CTC crew member – Rachel Palmieri who has been a long time supporter of me & mypapercraftjourney.  I remember her coming up to me at the convention event on the Gold Coast last year and saying “Hi, I’m Rachel, you don’t know me, but I read your blog and love your cards”.  I was so overwhelmed – that someone other than my Mum was reading my blog!!!

In keeping with the theme of my congrats cards, I used assorted letters & letter pieces from the Sunshine Wishes thinlits to create a ‘thanks’ for the front of my card.

Using Sunshine Wishes Thinlits letters to make 'thanks'.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It’s always so much fun to create something a little different!

Thank you card - Sunshine Wishes thinlits and Blooms & Bliss DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


I’m looking forward to catching up with some ‘old’ stamping friends at the event in November, seeing some in real life and making new ones!

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