Kelly’s Stamping Friends – Birthday Blog Hop B

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Hello!  It’s my birthday and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than a blog hop with my fabulous stamping friends.

Actually, I’m feeling very loved on my birthday evening as I hop with two wonderful groups of stamping friends.

This is blog hop B – the second list.  There’s another thread which features blog hop A – the first list (click here to visit).  You don’t want to miss the creations on the other side!!!

There’s no theme for tonight.  Everyone is simply sharing with us something they’ve made that they love.  In this crazy busy life, we sometimes need an excuse just to create for fun, for love and to be creative.

My birthday falls at a wonderful time of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue cycle.  I get to spoil myself each year with new Stampin’ Up! and call them birthday presents.

Part of my present to myself was all the new Stampin’ Up! colours – In Colors, returning colours and new colours!!!  You can read all about the Colour Revamp here.

For the first time since they arrived, I had a play with the 2018-2020 In Colors.  Can you believe it – “2020”. I still remember when this was so far away!!!  I also remember Y2K (year 2000) and the technology panic!

The 2018-2020 In Colors are bright, fun and very on trend with the colours we’re currently seeing in fashion, home decor and advertising.

Stampin' Up! 2018-20 In Colors | kelly kent

Although none of the In Colors are specifically featured in the Garden Impressions DSP, they coordinate beautifully with the fun & bright patterns.  This was the starting point for my creations for blog hop B.

Garden Impressions DSP | kelly kent

I matched each In Color with a pattern from the DSP and then added in coordinating ombre colours.  I love cards with a monochrome/ombre palette!

I also added the Springtime Impressions Thinlits (that large gorgeous floral die cut & cute little flower) and a pretty stamp from the Stitched All Around stamp set.  BOth of these items are currently available (along with the Garden Impressions DSP) on demonstrator pre-order #demoperks #happybirthdaytome

Here’s each In Color and the colours I matched.  Can you spot some of the other new colours we’re welcoming in June?

LOVELY LIPSTICK

Lovely Lipstick | kelly kent

Lovely Lipstick | kelly kent

GRAPEFRUIT GROVE

Grapefruit Grove | kelly kent

Grapefruit Grove | kelly kent

PINEAPPLE PUNCH

Pineapple Punch | kelly kent

Pineapple Punch | kelly kent

CALL ME CLOVER

Call Me Clover | kelly kent

Call Me Clover | kelly kent

BLUEBERRY BUSHEL

Blueberry Bushel | kelly kent

Blueberry Bushel | kelly kent

If you don’t love these In Colors on first impressions, let them wash over you for a while.  You’ll come to love the fun they add to your craft collection!!!

2018-2020 In Colors are available from 1st June 2018.  Get yours early by adding them to a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit and join the SU! adventure.  Click her for more information.


Many thank you to all my stamping friends who have joined me today to share in my celebrations through this hop!

Next up on hop B is the totally gorgeous Angela Meiritz-Reid over in New Zealand.

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If you get lost anywhere along the way, or there’s a broken link, there’s a full participant list below – click on any of the links and visit an amazing friend with a fabulous project!!!

Thanks for sharing my birthday with me!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List (B)

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  3. Sue Vine
  4. Sharon Dalton
  5. Rebecca Scurr
  6. Julia Quinn
  7. Danielle Bennenk
  8. Cathy Pinchbeck
  9. Richelle Fletcher
  10. Sara Levin
  11. Sandra Roberts
  12. Catherine Creer
  13. Cheryl Taylor
  14. Rochelle Blok
  15. Ine van den Eijnden
  16. Rachael Lewsley
  17. Jo Weedon
  18. Courtenay Heuston
  19. Mandy Depiazzi
  20. Fi Cobbin
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Just Add Ink #363 – Anniversary

As it turns out, the Just Add Ink Anniversary challenge was perfectly timed for me!

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Not quite as perfect as Chloe, who celebrates her wedding anniversary today, but well timed to create some “stampin’versary”cards for some of my stamping friends who also celebrated Stampin’ Up! anniversaries during May.

It’s all part of Sara Douglass’ #MakeACardSendACard challenge.  I am absolutely loving sending out lots of happy mail.

Just Add Ink #363 Anniversary | kelly kent

Because of my ongoing battle with a set number of hours in the day (just 24 – to do EVERYTHING!), these cards got in the mail a little later than I wanted, so they will probably hit the east coast after this goes live.  But that’s ok!

I took this opportunity to have a play around with colour combinations for the new In Colors.  Until this point, I’d used coordinating colours – Pool Party & Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst & Sweet Sugarplum…. you get the idea!

The creative crew over at Stampin’ Up! HQ have put together a fabulous list of colours that work well together for each of the 5 new In Colors.

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It’s a great way to expand your natural colour boundaries!

So, these are the 5 cards & colour combinations I chose…

Just Add Ink #363 Anniversary | kelly kent

And up close and personal…

 

Fresh Fig with Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight & Pear Pizzazz

Just Add Ink #363 Anniversary | kelly kent

Powder Pink with Night of Navy, Soft Sky & So Saffron

Just Add Ink #363 Anniversary | kelly kent

Lemon Lime Twist with Island Indigo & Melon Mambo

Just Add Ink #363 Anniversary | kelly kent

Tranquil Tide with So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach & Sweet Sugarplum

Just Add Ink #363 Anniversary | kelly kent

 

Berry Burst with Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry & Pumpkin Pie

Just Add Ink #363 Anniversary | kelly kent

The insides were decorated in the same way, with the peekaboo ‘happy anniversary’ panel from the front and a Rose Garden vellum die cut across the base.

I haven’t taken a picture of all of the colours – this gives you a looksie at the design…

Just Add Ink #363 Anniversary | kelly kent

I have been working hard on my card insides this year – and also the envelopes!  It’s rude to send a naked envelope… apparently!

Luckily, the floral stamp from the Floral Phrases stamp set matches the Fresh Florals DSP that I used on the card front.

Just Add Ink #363 Anniversary | kelly kent

And then they were finished and in the mail to 5 stamping friends!

Happy mail is on it’s way!

If you’re ever in need of someone to send happy mail to, pick me!  Checking the letterbox is one of my favourite daily activities and I always get so excited when the contents are pretty!

Speaking of pretty, an anniversary theme lends itself to some pretty amazing cards.

Head over the Just Add Ink blog to see what the design team created this week, and add your anniversary card to the mix!