TGIF – Emboss Resist Challenge

Good afternoon!  Here is Bunbury, Western Australia it’s cold & wet.  Perfect weather for crafting!!!

While scrolling through Facebook, I saw this gorgeous card by Chloe Evans.  So pretty & inspiring!!

I’m so pleased to be able to call Chloe a friend of mine!!   We both contribute to several shared design teams, and also to some other ones.

One of Chloe’s DT roles is with TGIF – a challenge I’ve often admired, but never jumped in to join the fun!

This week I am!!!  The theme for TGIF#118 is Emboss Resist – a technique I love!

I’ve combined it with another technique I’m currently in love with – ink “smooshing” (or smooching).

This has been floating around for a while and I wish I was quicker on the uptake (we know I’m not though!!!) – because it’s the easiest and most effective watercolouring I’ve ever done.

And for someone that’s had more watercolour fails than successes along the way, it’s like finding an inky oasis in the desert!!!

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent

To get the emboss resist effect, I stamped the trio of stars on the background of Shimmery White cardstock in Versamark, the embossed in clear.  This meant I could “smoosh” as much ink on as I wanted and it wouldn’t take the colour in those places.

There’s lots of tutorials on smooshing – I loved this one by another stamping friend, Jenny Hall.

If you’re adding more than one colour, you need to make sure to allow dry time (or for the impatient crafter like me, help it along with the low setting on your heat tool) between each colour, or they’ll run into each other and ruin your effect!

For this project I used Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise & Dapper Denim.

Lots of plastic surfaces work to transfer the ink, but cello bags were a great option for me!

Ink Smooshing | kelly kent

 

This photo of the star centrepiece also shows up the smooshing colour variation and the embossed stars.

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent

I didn’t purposely set out to make a Christmas card for this challenge, but the last weekend in July seems like a fitting time for one final Christmas in July card!

I do love the Star of Light stamp set – and I’m so glad it appeared in the Annual Catalogue.

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent


If you’re ready for some new Christmas stamps, you are going to {LOVE} the upcoming Holiday Catalogues.  Demonstrators got a sneak peak during the week – and there’s lots of excitement!!!

If you can’t wait til September to see & buy Christmas stamps, you might want to take advantage of the July joining special and join my Paper Adventures team.

The cost for your amazing Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit is $169.  This will land on your doorstep (with free shipping):

  • $235 of your choice of Stampin’ Up! products
  • $187 of Christmas in July extras (snips, blocks, adhesive, grid paper, bone folder & Carols of Christmas stamp set)
  • a pack of Stampin’ Up! extras including some catalogues & order forms (just in case you want them – no need to sell to anyone other than yourself if that’s what you choose)

You’ll also get:

  • immediate access to the online version of the upcoming Holiday Catalogue
  • option to pre-order Holiday Catalogue items as of 1st August
  • 20% discount on anything you buy, or 20% commission on any orders you take
  • access to our Paper Adventures Facebook team page, plus invites to participate in team meetings, blog hops & challenges
  • the opportunity to stay as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator until {at least} January 31, 2018.

If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up! or joining this great company, please get in touch with me so I can provide the answers!

There’s never a bad time to join Stampin’ Up!, but if you want all the extras that are included for Christmas in July, you have just over 2 days to join.

Ready to go?  Click here to join using the online portal.

I’d love to welcome you to our Stampin’ Up! team!  It’ll be such a wonderful experience, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!

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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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ESAD Blog Hop – 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites

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Good afternoon!!  Thanks for joining me for the ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourite Products Blog Hop.

There’s just over a month left to shop this beautiful catalogue, so today the demonstrators from the ESAD Facebook group are going to remind you what you’ve forgotten from your wishlist!

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I’m a little late to the Paisleys & Posies party (better than never hey!), but it arrived last week and I can see why everyone has fallen in love!

The stamps and dies are beautiful!!

They are sweet & floral, with a great variety of shapes.


Since the 2016 Holiday Catalogue has lots of Christmas inspiration – and we’re at that time of the year, for my blog hop project, I’ve used the Paisleys dies and Paisley & Posies stamps to create a Christmas tree!

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites Blog Hop. Paisleys & Posies Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I even decorated the inside using one of the cute sentiments from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set and matched it with the Christmas sentiment from the My Hero set.

How well do those 2 sayings pair together???

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites Blog Hop. Paisleys & Posies Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


While I was playing with my new favourite bundle, I thought a little treat box would look perfect along side this card!

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites Blog Hop. Paisleys & Posies Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Clear Tiny Treat Boxes (you can find them in the Annual Catalogue) are perfect for Christmas gift packaging.  I’ll be making a few of these this season!

And the dies from the Paisleys set make it super quick & cute to dress it up.

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites Blog Hop. Paisleys & Posies Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Did you spy some of my other Holiday Catalogue favourites in my projects?

I {LOVE} the gold twine from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack.  I’m super hopeful that this will make it to the 2017 Annual Catalogue as a stand alone item.  Pretty please Stampin’ Up???

You will also have spotted the Warmth & Cheer DSP and washi tape.  The colours are great for a traditional Christmas theme.

ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Favourites Blog Hop. Paisleys & Posies Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Please hop on and check out the other great designs from Australian & New Zealand demonstrators.

Next stop after me is the amazing Chloe Evans – you’ll love her holiday inspiration!

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If there’s a broken link anywhere in the hop, you can find the list of participants at the bottom to get you back hopping.

Thanks for your support of our craft – it’s so lovely to be part of lovely community!

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BLOG HOP PARTICIPANTS:
1. Lou Kitzelman
2. Kelly Kent – you are here!
3. Chloe Evans
4. Jackie Noble
5. Josie Dean
6. Libby Dyson
7. Rebekah Crisp
8. Rebecca Jacovou
9. Andrea Buckland
10. Leonie Schroder
11. Delys Cram
12. Rose Desmond
13. Cathy Pinchbeck
14. Peta Stephen
15. Monique Fielder
16. Narelle Fasulo
17. Nerida Carter
18. Courtenay Heuston
19. Megan Lenske
20. Carly Middleton
21. Nicole Wilson
22. Renee Lynch
23. Nicole Osborne Ashton
24. Amity Knight
25. Rachael Lewsley
26. Cheryl O’Bree
27. Tanya DeRoy


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ESAD Blog Hop – 2016 Holiday Catalogue

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Hello!  And welcome to the first of 3 blog hops I’m participating in over the next 17 hours – you’re in for a treat!

First up is the ESAD hop which is featuring projects from 25 South Pacific Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

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You’ll hop back & forwards between Australia and New Zealand to sample the delights of the 2016 Holiday Catalogue.

If you missed the release on Thursday, or saw it and are crazy excited like us, then make sure to visit all the blogs – the creativity is wonderful!

Blog hops go in a big circle.  So, if you’ve hopped from Cathy in our national capital (Canberra) – thanks for visiting me in Bunbury, Western Australia.  Just started or still going? Make sure to visit Leonie next, back on the east coast (Sydney).


Now, for my project.  I’m sharing a fancy fold card using one of my favourite bundles from the new catalogue – Star of Light stamp set & Starlight Thinlits.

 

I’ve already seen so many lovely cards on Pinterest using this bundle (buy both the stamp set & thinlits and save 10%).

Want to pin my Christmas Trinket Easel Card?  Click here.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It’s surprisingly easy to make (see full instructions below) & lots of wow.

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

When flat, it’s a pretty card with beautiful colours and that lovely star…

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

When open & in easel layout, the free-hanging ornament is stunning.

These ornaments come in a set of 24 (8 each of 3 designs).

I’ve used the cute little silver bell from the Christmas Trinkets Embellishments pack, but can’t wait to use the holly & gingerbread men too!

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’ve paired it with a new DSP from the catalogue – Petals & Paisleys Specialty – which is not actually a Christmas themed paper, but works so well with these colours!  And makes it a super versatile investment!

Easel cards make great Christmas cards because they look amazing displayed on a mantlepiece (for the traditional) or side table (for everyone else!).

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card featuring Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlits, Christmas Trinkets and Petals & Posies DSP. Full instructions included. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Make your own Christmas Trinket Easel Card…

*** Measurements are in inches and suit Australian A4 cardstock.
If anyone has adaptations for US cardstock, I’d be happy to share.

*** Tutorial designed to go with pictures below

ESAD Blog Hop - 2016 Holiday Catalogue. Christmas Trinket Easel Card - with full instructions . Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

CARD FRONT

  1. Start with a piece of cardstock that is half A4 (longways) – 4-1/8″ x 11-5/8″ {Pool Party}
  2. Score at a quarter of the way (2-15/16″) and half way (5-7/8″) – fold & crease
  3. Mark the middle point along the fold and with your card front folded, punch a 1″ circle – roughly in the middle of the card front, along the fold
  4. Adhere a decorative panel to the bottom of the card front – I used Very Vanilla embossed with Petal Burst – 3-7/8″ x 2-13/16″
  5. Turn to the reverse side of the card front and re-punch the circle you made so the decorative panel doesn’t show through
  6. Stamp the swirl from Star of Light in Pool Party across the top panel of the card front and the Merry Christmas sentiment in Basic Gray Archival ink.

STAR CENTRE

  1. Cut two solid stars from Mint Macaron cardstock (Starlight Framelits)
  2. Cut one large decorative star from Silver Foil cardstock (I use an adhesive backing sheet to make the sticking process easier)
  3. Adhere the silver foil star to one of the Mint Macaron stars
  4. Using the 3/4″ circle punch, cut a circle from the middle
  5. Line up both Mint Macaron stars and using the 3/4″ punch again, cut the middle from the second MM star in the same place
  6. Using the 1/8″ handheld punch, punch a little hole above the circle on the Mint Macaron/Silver star combination
  7. Thread twine (I used metallic gold) through your chosen Christmas Trinket, and then through the little hole so that your trinket hangs in the middle of the star
  8. Adhere the string to the back of the star (I used Fast Fuse) and cover with the second MM star
  9. Adhere the bottom portion of the star to the card front so that the two side points line up with the card front crease line

CARD INNER

  1. Adhere a piece of DSP to the inside of the card – I used Petals & Paisley – 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″
  2. Stamp the ‘May your season be peaceful…” sentiment in Basic Gray Archival ink on Very Vanilla cardstock
  3. Cut using the largest label from the Tags & Labels Framelits
  4. Adhere to a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock (2-1/8″ x 2-5/8″) and place rhinestones in each corner
  5. Adhere to the DSP (towards the bottom so it doesn’t show through the circle when the card is closed) with Stampin’ Dimensionals

Optional: add a piece of Very Vanilla to the back of the card as a writing panel (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″)


Thank you for joining me for this blog hop.  Next stop is the always inspirational Leonie Schroder.  Or hop backwards to see what Cathy Pinchbeck made.

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If you get lost at any point along the week, there’s a full list of participants below.

If you love what you see, please leave a comment – it’s so lovely to hear from the people that are visiting!

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Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Libby Dyson
  3. Nicole Wilson
  4. Rachael Lewsley
  5. Cathy Pinchbeck
  6. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  7. Leonie Schroder
  8. Delys Cram
  9. Monique Fielder
  10. Richelle Fletcher
  11. Barbara Williams
  12. PapillonPapercraft
  13. Kathryn Ruddick
  14. Michele Jutrisa
  15. Carolina Evans
  16. Liv Ingle
  17. Rochelle Blok
  18. Emily Campbell
  19. Samantha White
  20. Andrea Buckland
  21. Maree McIntosh
  22. Renee Lynch
  23. Peta Stephen
  24. Jackie Noble
  25. Alisa Tilsner

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Holiday Catalogue Paper Share 2016

It’s almost new catalogue time…!

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There’s less than 1 week and I’m so excited!

If you live in Australia, haven’t got a copy of the Holiday Catalogue, I’d love to send one your way.  Just send me an email with your details!

If you’ve already seen it, is your list long & distinguished???

There’s so much pretty!


If you love all the DSP on offer, but don’t have a firm favourite, don’t want all your cards to have the same look or just like to own it all, then I have a way to take some of the financial pressure off your order!

2016 Holiday Catalogue DSP Share.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m offering a Holiday Catalogue Paper Share – $32 for 72 sheets of 6″ x 6″ DSP from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue.

You’ll get 12 sheets (6″ x 6″ size) in the following patterns:

How lovely would it be to own all these beautiful papers for your Christmas & spring crafting.

So you can make cards just like this one…

2016 Holiday Catalogue DSP Share. Presents & Pinecones DSP with Merry Tags Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

BONUS… All paper shares will come with a free Paper Stack Card Layout tutorial – with full measurements.


Ready to order?


The variety in this catalogue is lovely – 3 Christmas, 1 “all occasion”, 1 pretty & 1 Halloween/masculine.

It’ll set you up for the rest of the year.  You can sample each and if you find a favourite or run out, you’ll know which designs to order more of!

There’s always room for more paper!!!  And you can never have too much!

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CASEing the Catty #89 Christmas

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Hello Sunday!  And hello you!  Thanks for joining me for the Stamp Review Crew Christmas hop.  It seems fitting that for the last Sunday in July, we celebrate Christmas.

Have you started your cards yet?  We’ve been making Christmas cards in my Tuesday class since May!  So they will be super organised.  Me – not so much so!  I’m looking forward to what the Holiday catalogue brings.  All will be revealed to me on Tuesday and to you in September (unless you don’t want to wait, then you’ll want to sign up as a demo in August)!

Did you love Jackie’s Christmas meets wedding inspiration???  What a fabulous take on the catalogue project!  If you missed it, you can hop backwards by clicking on the previous button below.  Or, click on ‘next’ at the end of this post to visit our wonderful guest designer – Tina Gillespe and go in the full circle.

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So, it’s all about Christmas this week – CASEing projects from pages 26-37 of the Annual Catalogue.

I love that there’s a year-round Christmas section in the catalogue and you have options from Jan – Dec.

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There was a fair bit of page flicking from me as I decided what direction my CTC project was going to take.

I have ended up making this cute packaging from page 35…

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…into a Christmas card – with 2 versions.

CASEing The Catty Sunday Blog Hop #89 - Christmas. Holly Jolly Greetings & Christmas Greetings Thinlits. Black, Gold & Red Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Which one do you like better?

With the tag & big gold splash…

CASEing The Catty Sunday Blog Hop #89 - Christmas. Holly Jolly Greetings & Christmas Greetings Thinlits. Black, Gold & Red Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Or the parts recreated…???

CASEing The Catty Sunday Blog Hop #89 - Christmas. Holly Jolly Greetings & Christmas Greetings Thinlits. Black, Gold & Red Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m loving both – the gold, & black combination with a pop of red is fabulous!!!

But really, which one do you like?


It’s hard to miss the ‘pop’ of red – but did you notice the height of the ‘merry’?

It’s easy to make lettering stand out on a card by stacking the same die cut on top of each other – this is 6 layers.  Sure beats fiddling around with tiny bits of dimensionals or foam strips!

CASEing The Catty Sunday Blog Hop #89 - Christmas. Holly Jolly Greetings & Christmas Greetings Thinlits. Black, Gold & Red Christmas. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This card would be easy to make lots of – just change up the colour combination if you want them to be different.

What are some of your favourite Christmas matches?  I love white, silver & Bermuda Bay.  Or Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake & Cherry Cobbler.  And Elegant Eggplant with silver is another Christmas stunner for me!

We’d love for you to share your favourite colours with us for the July CASEing the Catty challenge.

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Next dose of Christmas inspiration comes from guest designer – the lovely Tina Gillespe.

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Fun fact, there’s less than 150 sleeps til the big day!  If you make one of each of the cards on this hop, you’ll be well on your way to a nice little stash by December!

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