Social Stamping | Circle Celebration

That’s a wrap on Social Stamping at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe for Term 1, 2021. Thank you to all the wonderful stampers who joined us. We held our final session of the term on Monday and the vibe was great. So many great conversations, lots of laughs and of course, some creative stamping. You can check out one of the cards we made on Sunday’s blog post by clicking here.

Social Stamping | kelly kent

Today I’m sharing the other card, plus a couple of variations to show you how easy it is to use this set for the most versatile card option ever. The stamp set is Circle Celebrations. Circles work for any age, gender and with embellishments or other stamps, you could use it for pretty much any occasion too. These cards use the circles together with the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set.

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

These were the two layouts I created to inspire creativity on Monday. As always, stampers were welcome to use the pieces in their kit to create their card in whatever design they wanted. There were some wonderful variations using the circles in different patterns, creative use of the white space and varying sentiment placement.

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

The colours are a Bermuda Bay base, Coastal Cabana mat, Bermuda Bay sentiment and circles stamped in Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Pretty Peacock, Smoky Slate and Memento Jet Black.

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

I wanted this card to be suitable for a male or female birthday, so I’ve left off any bling, ribbon or embellishment – other than the Brick & Mortar embossing on the base layer.

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

If you’re creating cards at home and want one to give and a spare for your stash, I suggest cutting two of everything and then creating an alternative by changing the orientation of the card and styling of the layers.

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

And then if you want even more bang for your design, change up the colours, embossing folder or layout. The stamp set works really well in any ombre (or coordinating) colour palette.

Here’s a red version – Real Red, Cherry Cobbler & Merry Merlot

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

And a yellow version – Daffodil Delight, Bumblebee & Mango Melody

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

Thank you to everyone who supported Social Stamping this term – and to Tony & Ivory at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe for hosting us each week. We’re taking a break over the school holidays & ANZAC Day period and will be back on Monday 3rd May (week 3 of Term 2). This coincides with a new catalogue launch and we can’t wait to show you some great new products in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue.

I’m able to order catalogues and new products soon, so I’ll start sharing those next month. If you’re a regular customer of mine I’ll have a new catalogue ready for you to post or deliver as soon as they arrive. If you’re new to Stampin’ Up! and live in Australia, please let me know and I’ll get one in your hands.

Enjoy this beautiful Wednesday!

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Circle Celebration

There’s only so many themes you can manage in crafting. So as the years go by we see the themes come & go. In the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue we’ve got more hearts, more flowers, another butterfly set, the return of dragonflies, succulents again, chickens back on the scene and more returning favourites.

One of the returning themes I was most excited to see was a gorgeous set of circle patterns. I love the combination of elements they’ve chosen in this artwork and it was in my top 5 stamp sets from the new mini at add to my collection.

Circle Celebration 154440 | $30

Each of the circles offers a unique artwork style, but somehow they all seem to work together in an eclectic way!

Here’s a quick that was fun to put together in blue & green tones by layering the circles over each other. I started with the large watercolour circle and worked from there.

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

The colours are: Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Just Jade & Smoky Slate. I love an ombre colour palette!

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

The ‘hello there’ is from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set. That font combination is an absolute winner for me!

Circle Celebration | kelly kent

This set has so many possibilities and will work so well with so many other sets in my collection. Welcome to the family Circle Celebration!

You can order yours in the online store.

You’re welcome!

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The New Thinlit You {NEED}

There are lots of amazing new catalogue projects – but the Happy Birthday Thinlit (and coordinating stamp set if you love a bundle) is a ‘must-have’ for every craft room.

The font is lovely, the size is great and although we’ve had lots of great words in the past, there’s been a definite gap in the birthday zone.

Not anymore…

Check out this cute card I made for my friend – another Kelly – using her birthday balloon present as the inspiration for the design.

This is the balloon…

Happy Birthday Thinlit | kelly kent

Which I recreated using the Happy Birthday Thinlit in silver glimmer, the star flourish from the Star of Light stamp set (which has carried over to the new catalogue) – heat embossed in white and then I scattered the card base with gold glimmer & shimmery white spots.

Happy Birthday Thinlit | kelly kent

There’s a second layer of Happy Birthday behind the silver – this gives it a lift!  And of course vellum to ‘frame’ it.

Happy Birthday Thinlit | kelly kent

Coordinating cards & gifts are always a favourite of mine!

Happy Birthday Thinlit | kelly kent

It’s the magic of being able to create something really special & really personal!!!

I know I’ll be using the Happy Birthday Thinlits to make lots of cards this year!

If you {NEED} them in your craft stash, check with your local demo.  If that’s me, you can order in my online store or send me an email.


Colour INKspiration #08

Everyone loved the soft & pretty colours of last fortnight’s Colour INKspiration challenge #07.

I lost count of how many ‘lovely’ adjectives I used on commenting on all the beautiful projects!!!

This fortnight’s challenge is going to be polarising!  It’s deeper & darker and more moody!

And features Delightful Dijon which is rarely a favourite colour on anyone’s list!  But I admit that it has grown on me as it nears retirement!!!

I think it’s perfect for cards with a nature theme, masculine/neutral cards or baby cards.

I almost went down the baby card line, but on reflection, I’ve used that theme a number of time for challenges recently.

So, I decided on a neutral / masculine thank you card.  You could easily change the sentiment on this card and make it a birthday card instead.

Since this challenge features 2 of the retiring 2015-2017 In Colors – Delightful Dijon & Tip Top Taupe – I decided on a retiring stamp set too.

It’s a great time of the year to have one last play with sets that won’t make the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue like the Work of Art stamp set.

UPDATE: It seems like I forgot to check if this set was actually retiring.  It’s not!!! Whoopsie!  Thanks to one of the DT crew for checking for me!

Pleased to be able to share it with you for another year to come!

This card is quite simple, with a fun repetitive pattern using the circle stamp from Work of Art.

Effective techniques don’t always have to be hard work!

This card uses second generation or stamping off to achieve a lighter variation of the same colour.  It’s perfect for darker colours to get some light & shade.

I’ve stamped in Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe and Soft Suede in full strength for some spots, then with technique to achieve a softer tone for each colour for other spots.

You stamp as normal, then stamp again without reinking – getting a lighter colour (second generation).  Or if you just need the lighter version, stamp onto scrap/scratch paper first then onto your project without reinking.

I’ve used it again on the inside of the card…

I’ve added a ‘you’re the best’ sentiment from the All Things Thanks stamp set in white heat embossing on Early Espresso cardstock.  I love the light on dark effect of heat embossing in white.

I was excited to see that All Things Thanks is carrying over!!!

And although you can’t tell in the photo, the case base is made using the new Very Vanilla {THICK} cardstock!  So excited we’re going to have this style of cardstock in VV as well as Whisper White!

You’re going to want to keep going on this hop to see all the amazing ways you can use Delightful Dijon & those moody neutrals.

Next up is the talented & lovely Jackie Noble.

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ESAD Blog Hop – Sneak Peek 2015 Annual Catalogue: Layered Letters Alphabet Stamp Set

Thanks for joining me on another ESAD Blog Hop.  There are only 2 more sleeps until the new catalogue goes live!!!  If you haven’t seen it yet, pop back here tomorrow for the link.  You’ll be in heaven – 189 pages of pure papercraft bliss!

Until then, be dazzled by the work of 13 talented ESAD ladies as they treat you to projects using products that were available to demonstrators on the sneak peek list {and will be available to you very shortly, so start making that wishlist!}.

If you are doing the round trip, you’ve come from fellow WA demo Andrea Buckland, who makes the most stunning cards!

Make sure to keep hopping until you get back here so you’ve seen everyone.

One of the ‘wow’ moments of the Gold Coast convention for me was seeing the Layered Letters Alphabet stamp set used during one of the on stage presentations.

I must admit, if I’d just seen this in a catalogue, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought.  But, as with lots of SU! products, once you’ve seen them in real life, they are hard to resist.

You might have noticed that I love fonts and lettering.  I’m frequently downloading new ones to use on cards & custom made stationary.  So, it was easy to fall in love with this contemporary typography!

In addition to the 26 alphabet letters, you also get 6 special characters and 2 shapes which gives you endless design options!

Here’s what I came up with:






I had so much fun making these.  I love the bold simplicity of the font!  It lends itself to so many occasions and project types.

And … because the set is photopolymer – you can see exactly where you are placing the letters.  All of these cards were stamped by sight – not a stamp-a-ma-jig in sight!

Next stop for some more tempting teasers is Nicole Wilson – another WA demo who is not only a fabulous crafter but a wonderful person too.   It’s fabulous to be part of the SU! family.  Kelly x

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The whole blog hop team:

1. Rachael Lewsley

2. Andrea Buckland

3. Kelly Kent YOU ARE HERE!

4. Nicole Wilson 

5. Libby Dyson

6. Cherie Davies

7. Narelle Fasulo

8. Lou Kitzelman

9. Bernice Collins

10. Monique Fielder

11. Courtenay Heuston

12. Donna Chapman

13. Amity Knight

Just Add Ink #253 Inspiration Challenge – Circling like a Butterfly

I’m excited to be joining you today as a Guest Designer for Just Add Ink during the month of March.  A gold embossed “thanks” for having me!

My first contribution to the design team is an inspiration challenge using the following photos:

Just Add Ink #253

I love this colour combination – the striking black & white, vibrant pink & highlights of aqua.  I have taken these wonderful colours and the recurrent circle theme to create a what I am calling my ‘circling butterfly’ card.

The butterfly – Melon Mambo & Coastal Cabana:


The card:


Make sure you stop by JAI & see what the rest of the design team has come up with this week.  Inspiration challenges are always fabulous because everyone interprets the photos a little differently.

And I’d love to see your creations there too.  Kelly x


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