Paper Adventures Team Hop | Sketch

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for a team hop and I wanted to thank the team for always being so willing to join in.  I love that we can share our creations with the crafty world.  Our team is a mix of personal crafters and business crafters, which is totally wonderful!

We welcome Laura Mackie today from the UK.  Laura makes the most beautiful designs with such attention to detail!  I can’t wait for you to see what she’s made.  Make sure to keep hopping until you get to Laura or click on the links in the list below to visit all the blogs as part of this hop.

Today we’re all making a project that is inspired by this sketch, made for us by Siobhan Fitzsimmons.  Siobhan’s designed sketches before, but I’m loving this new presentation style – so trendy!

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Sketches are just a starting point and can be used however suits you to get the creative juices flowing.  You can turn, flip, warp, stretch – whatever you like until you have a project you love!

My project started with a plan to use the floating frame technique for that strip down the side.  But once I have all my pieces ready to go, I decided I didn’t want them to float, so I stuck them down on a piece of Crumb Cake which I’d embossed with the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder and the card evolved from there! All the best crafting happens when the plan doesn’t go as planned!!

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

This card features the Little Ladybug stamp set, which is free until the end of March with every order over $500.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

To sweeten the deal, coordinating Ladybug Dies are also available, which means no fussy cutting required of those super cute images.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

The dies also comes with accessory dies (dies that make their own shapes rather than cut out a stamped image).  There’s grass, leaves, stem and flowers which will add a heap of character to your projects.

There’s also a stitched swirl – which I love.  I have another project that I’ll share on the weekend, but for today’s card I’ve used it repeatedly to add some texture to the background layer.  It comes through on the other side of the cardstock, which gives an awesome effect on the inside of the card too.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

I love carrying over the theme into the middle, so I used one of the extra flowers I’d stamped, coloured & cut on the inside.

All the images were stamped in Memento ink (Tuxedo Black) and coloured with Stampin’ BlendsDark & Light Daffodil Delight for the lighter flowers with Light Granny Apple Green stems and Dark Daffodil Delight & Dark Mango Melody with Dark Granny Apple Green for the darker flowers.  The middles are Dark Crumb Cake.

The Ladybug has been coloured with Dark Real Red, Dark Basic Black, Light Petal Pink and Light Gray Granite.

Little Ladybug | kelly kent

How cute is that sentiment???  This set has it all – thank you, happy birthday, thinking of you and some great ladybug related puns.  I’ve white heat embossed on Basic Black cardstock and then cut out using Stitched So Sweetly scalloped rectangle die.  I’m a sucker for anything stitched!

Did I mention how great this sketch was?  I also used it for a baby card I made for a work colleague.  It features a heap of my retired favourites, as well as a word cut by my Silhouette Cameo and sentiment from Praiseworthy Prose, so I could get the colours and style just perfect for the mum-to-be who doesn’t know if she’s having a girl or a boy!  This card is double the size of a normal card, made by folding an A4 sheet in half.

baby card | kelly kent


Next up on the blog hop is the sketch queen herself, Siobhan Fitzsimmons!

Have a great (crafty) weekend!

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Laura Mackie (Guest Designer)

Paper Adventures Team Hop | Last Minute

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I am normally very good at meeting deadlines – in fact I find them incredible motivating to actually get things done.  But, as a testament to how crazy my week has been, this is my second blog post in a row that has gotten away from me!

As they say though, better late than never, and there’s no way I could miss the final blog hop of 2019 with my team.

For pure irony or absolute genius, the theme is ‘last minute’ – sharing with you projects you can make this weekend in the mad dash of any last minute Christmas gifts you need.  Make sure to hop around until you get back to me to see all the wonderful inspiration the team has shared tonight.


I always make calendar gifts at this time of the year.  It’s a lovely present to share with friends that will make them think of you all year long.  This year the calendars were extra special as they were gifts for 4 of my besties with a personal twist added in.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

The design for this style of easel came via Karen Henderson, who was inspired by Ronda Wade.  I can’t find Ronda’s original post so I can’t link it here, but if someone knows, please let me know!  Click here to see Karen’s project.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

The DSP for these is an oh-so-pretty set of designs coming up in the 2020 Jan-June catalogue called Best Dressed DSP.  You can get it as part of my paper share (see tomorrow’s post for pre-sale information) as well as 6 other design packs and bonus Sale-A-Bration DSP.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

To make your own easel calendars, you need a normal card base (half an A4 sheet = 8-1/4″ x 5-7/8″, scored at 4-1/8″).

On the card “front”, cut from the fold line down to the bottom at 1-7/8″ from each edge.  This leaves a middle panel that’s approx 3″ wide.  Score this at the half way point on just just panel (2-1/16″).

Cut a piece that will cover the visible gap of the card base (at least 3-1/4″ wide x 3-7/8″).  I’ve embossed this the upcoming Coastal Weave embossing folder, but you could stamp, use DSP or leave plain.  Adhere this in place then adhere the side panels to the card base.

Add DSP to the edge panels (1-3/16″ x 3-7/8″) and the bottom half of the flap (2-3/4″ x 1-13/16″).

Finish by adding a calendar to the card base (I used dimensionals so the easel flap would sit nicely under the raised platform) and add a sentiment.  I’ve used ‘another sensational year of you’ which I thought was perfect for my personal twist.  It comes from the soon to be released Sale-A-Bration (read: free with purchase) set called Sending You Thoughts.

If you don’t have any mini calendars in your stash, you can print & cut down a mini calendar from the internet.   I like this one – click here to view.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

I also made matching envelopes using the left over DSP from the 6×6″ sheet I had.  I wanted to make these extra special for my fabulous friends.  And the personal twist?  Each calendar has handwritten ideas for self care throughout the year.  In lieu of gifts this year, one of my friends suggested we share recommendations – a restaurant, book, activity, holiday location…. any place, idea or thought that would be meaningful for the other friend.  It was such a great idea!!!  I wanted to remind my friends how fabulous they are and give them a little nudge to take care of themselves over the year.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

I’d also like to remind you, my wonderful blog followers, to take care of yourselves.  Treat you to some craft time, a binge on a favourite TV series, time to read a good book, an extra serving of your favourite dessert or a to buy that crafty item you’ve had on your wishlist for a long time!

For ideas more gift ideas that might help you out this weekend, please hop on to my friend Lisa Whitehead with a very cute box for any last minute gifts you may be creating!

Happy stamping!

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