Social Stamping | hearts

I’m having one of those weeks, months, or is it years?!? where I can’t believe it’s the end of May!  Time is just rushing by!

My stamping friends have now joined me for ten Social Stamping Blog Hosts – a big thank you to them for sharing in this with me.  What started as a way to connect and share during COVID has now become a Saturday ritual.

The theme for today is hearts.  You can see the whole list of designers who are participating by clicking here for the Blog Host post, or keep clicking on the next button to take the trip around.

Hearts are such a wonderfully uplifting symbol.  For me, they are about love, kindness and friendship.  The card I’ve made to share today is about all of these things.  It uses the ‘sending hugs’ heart from the Share Sunshine PDF.  This exclusive digital stamp set is available until 2nd June 2020. Click here to purchase and contribute to the COVID-19 fundraiser.  So far, Stampin’ Up! have raised almost $200,000 (US).  Click here for instructions to make some cards using DSP & the Share Sunshine images.

The colours and styling for this card started with wanting the heart to be printed on Crumb Cake cardstock.  So far, all the cards I’ve made and many of the ones I’ve seen other share have printed the sentiments on Whisper White cardstock.  I wanted to try it out on Crumb Cake – and I love it!!!  The sentiment is cut using the solid heart from the Heart Punch Pack.

Sending Hugs | kelly kent

One of my favourite combinations for Crumb Cake is Mint Macaron and Whisper White.  I had the Forever Fern bundle delivered this week and I couldn’t wait to use the gorgeous leaves from the Forever Flourishing Dies.  These dies were available as an early release to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  They can be purchased by customers from Wednesday (3rd June).

Sending Hugs | kelly kent

I’ve added in some Vellum leaves because I love how this softly fills out a leafy flourish.  There’s also Nature’s Twine and Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon behind the heart for some lovely texture.

Here’s my little cheat trick for getting the twine on each side without looping across the back.  This saves a lot of ribbon for big shapes!  Add some Tear & Tape (or other double sided adhesive) to the back of the shape.  Make a circle with the twine or ribbon and then fold it back on itself From the front, it will look like it loops across and back, but you’ll save yourself a heap of ribbon or twine (especially for large shapes).

Cheat tip - twine loop | kelly kent

You can add more ribbon behind the twine loops for extra texture, like I’ve done in my card using the Whisper White Polka Dot ribbon.

Sending Hugs | kelly kent

While I was taking photos of my cards today (because last minute is how I roll!), these little guys appeared on the fence.  Native to Australia, Kookaburras have the most amazing ‘laugh’.  We often hear them in the trees but we don’t see them as much.

Kookaburras | kelly kent

One more share, since hearts are all about love – here’s an anniversary card I made for the Social Stamping May Kits.

Happy Anniversary | kelly kent

It uses ink blending on the back panel and then hearts from the Detailed Hearts Die.  I was happy to see this appear in the new catalogue – it’s a gorgeous array of hearts that looks beautiful on every card!  To see more about my May Social Stamping Kits, click here.


Next blog to visit for the heart themed Social Stamping is my very wonderful friend Narelle Simm.

Thank you for joining us!  Have a great (crafty) weekend!  It’s wet and cold here – perfect weather for cups of tea and lots of card making!

 

Music From My Heart

We like to keep things simple around here. Mr Papercraft has no excuse to forget our wedding anniversary – it falls on the same day as Miss Papercraft’s birthday and the day before Valentine’s Day.

For our anniversary, in keeping with that simple theme, I made an almost one layer card using the Music From The Heart stamp set and hearts from the Detailed Hearts Die.

Music From The Heart | kelly kent

This gorgeous musically themed stamp set was designed by Dawn Olchefske (one of my fave SU designers and the first place I check if I need a tutorial!) as part of her million dollar sales achievement.

Music From The Heart | kelly kent

The colour theme is simple too – red, white & black, which matches the theme we had for our wedding.  I’ve shared some photos before of our beautiful day (see here and here), but here’s another one from the archives.

Sadly this restaurant is no longer is operation, but how amazing is that red wall???  And so convenient to match our colours!

There’s a solid place in the crafting world for a traditional lovey-dovey card with hearts all over it!  The hearts I’ve used on this card are from the Detailed Hearts Die.  As well as a great die cut for cards & scrapbooking, the hearts it leaves when it cuts out the die are amazing for adding to projects.  I took a little liberty with the music notes and transformed them into hearts too!

Music From The Heart | kelly kent

Happy anniversary to Mr Papercraft!  The goal in life is not to find the perfect person, but to find the person perfect for you – and we’ve succeeded!

 

From My Heart

Just one week til Valentine’s Day!  With three kids in the mix, our recent celebrations have extended only to a card – which is a task I can live up to!

This Valentine’s Day card was the make & take project for our recent team meeting.  I wanted to share the From My Heart suite with the team and also my current obsession with ink blending.

From My Heart | kelly kent

The background for this card was made using Stampin’ Up! Classic Inks – Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Lovely Lipstick & Real Red.  I applied them using make up brushes – which are perfect for ink blending, and also super easy to clean.

Start with the lightest colour, making sure to swipe the brush on scrap paper first before adding ink to your cardstock. This helps to avoid harsh marks where you first put your brush.  I find working in a combination of left to right and swirling circles helps me to build up the colour evenly.

Once you’ve got the desired depth of colour, ink up the brush with the next darkest colour and blend to overlap the first colour.  Continue until you’ve got all colours. You can always go back and add more ink if you think certain patches or colours need it – but the trick to ink blending is to get your project to a point where the colour has been applied but it still looks a little rough and leave it to dry – that’s when the magic happens!  The superior quality of our Whisper White cardstock makes it ideal for ink and it absorbs and settles beautifully.  So, in this case, the advice to put down the brush and step away is worth listening to!

From My Heart | kelly kent

Although I love the smoothness of the ink layered together, I love the texture created by adding water droplets once you’ve finished with the ink blending.  There are many different ways to achieve this effect – I like to squeeze water to the end of my Aqua Painter and then flick the brush end of the Aqua Painter across the lid and let the water flick everywhere.  I find this gives me varying size water droplets.

With my background completed, it was time to assemble my loved up card.  I cut the ink blended background with a Stitched Rectangle Die and mounted it on a Thick Whisper White base (half an A4 sheet).  I then cut the Detailed Hearts Die on Whisper White and trimmed a portion to lay across my card.  I love this die!  I left some of the hearts in the die cut, rather than popping them all out.

From My Heart | kelly kent

And finally the sentiment – HVD was stamped from the Heartfelt stamp set in Flirty Flamingo and the arrow in Smoky Slate.  I’ve cut the hearts using the Heart Punch Pack – it has both smooth and scalloped heart bundles.  Buy the punches in a 2 pack ($A59), or together with the stamp set (bundle = $A80).

To buy Stampin’ Up! supplies visit my online store – click here.

To join my Stampin’ Up! team – Paper Adventures by purchasing a Starter Kit for $169, click here.  You’ll receive $235 of products, free shipping and a bonus stamp set, DSP pack and trimmer until 31st March 2020.

Happy crafting this weekend and have a L-O-V-E-ly week!!!