ESAD Blog Hop | 2019 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek

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Whether I’m ready or not, Christmas is coming! I know some crafters who start their Christmas card making in February. I’m much more of a December girl… Looming deadline and all that. But it doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy collecting all the pretty things in the lead up to my Christmas craft frenzy! I know we’re all going to find lots of things to add to our shopping list after this hop.

I’m joining my Aussie & Kiwi demo friends (from the ESAD Facebook group) to share a sneak peek of the upcoming 2019 Holiday Catalogue. It goes live on 4th September, check with your local demonstrator to get your hands on a copy!

My catalogue favourite is always the new injection of DSP. As always there’s pretty colours, beautiful patterns and fresh inspiration! My other favourite is a good punch & stamp punch.  This year I’ve got a Christmas crush on the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and Pine Tree Punch bundle.  And the final thing I was super excited about is the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.  I have all the sets in the “Itty Bitty” range and they are fabulous for having a range of greetings at your fingertips. The Christmas one is no exception.

So, with the Wrapped in Plaid DSP, the Pine Tree Punch and Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set in my hot little hands, I whipped up my first Christmas card of the 2019 Holiday Catalogue season.

Wrapped in Plaid DSP | kelly kent

This card is a fancy fold inspired by my teamie – Mandy Depiazzi – who used this fold at class.  Her inspiration came from Jackie Bolhuis.  I’m not sure that it has a name – Jackie simply referred to is as a Quick & Easy Fun Fold.  And she’s right about that.  It’s so simple but such a great layout.  I’ve been using it for lots of cards this month.

The card base isn’t folded – it’s 1/4 of a sheet of cardstock (4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″ for Australian sizing).  The DSP on the base is 3″ x 5-7/8″.  The centre panel – which folds out to reveal your writing panel is 2-3/4″ x 11-11/16″ (the length of an A4 sheet of cardstock), scored at half way (5-7/8″).  The front side of the panel is covered with more DSP – 2-1/2″ x 5-7/8″.

Wrapped in Plaid DSP | kelly kent

The card has a front flap that attaches to the reverse of the base and folds around.  You can make this flap any size you like.  Mine measured 1-1/2″ x 5-7/8″ (I just used an offcut I already had from cutting the card base), which I then cut with the Triple Banner Punch and then scored at 4-1/8″.

Wrapped in Plaid DSP | kelly kent

The decoration can also be any design that fits with your card theme.  I’ve used the tree in the Wrapped in Plaid DSP (how awesome is the gold foiling through the DSP?!?) on a Stitched Shape circle and finished with a Merry Christmas Label (Itty Bitty Christmas + Classic Label Punch).  Oh, and a star using the Twinkle Builder punch (this is a good punch to coordinate with the Pine Tree Punch).

The colours for this card are Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Shaded Spruce, Gold, Whisper White.

Thank you for joining me and my crafty friends for this hop.  Next blog to visit is my gorgeous friend Monique Fielder. If you get lost through broken links anywhere on the hop, check out the list below to skip through.

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Blog hop participant list:

  1. Sharon Dalton
  2. Cathy Pinchbeck
  3. Tanya Rees
  4. Sandra Mastello
  5. Shannon Kissane
  6. Rochelle Blok
  7. Lou Kitzelman
  8. Nicole Wilson
  9. Bronwyn Eastley
  10. Peta Stephen
  11. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  12. Libby Dyson
  13. Jo Weedon
  14. Cheryl Algie
  15. Rochelle Laird-Smith
  16. Denise Buetler
  17. Rebecca Scurr
  18. Kelly Kent
  19. Monique Fielder
  20. Maree McIntosh
  21. Melissa Gifford
  22. Barbara Williams
  23. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  24. Jackie Aitken
  25. Lauren Meiklejohn

 

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ESAD Blog Hop | 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek

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Hello!  We are so close to the new Annual Catalogue – the excitement is building!  I’ve joined in with my South Pacific ESAD stamping friends to share a huge blog hop of sneak peek projects and fun ideas for the upcoming catalogue.  Grab a cup of your favourite beverage and keep click on next until you get back to where you started.  If you’re already sipping & hopping, then you’ve come from the delightful project of my talented friend Rochelle Blok.  Click on the next button below to visit another fabulous friend – Jo Stubbings.

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When thinking about what I was going to make for this hop, I realised the most obvious thing would be the share the new In Colors with you.  I’ve shared a couple of sneak peeks of my favourites over the last week (Rococo Rose & Pretty Peacock) – but there’s 5 altogether!

Using the Colour Collection DSP, a new stamp set called Butterfly Wishes and the Stitched Nested Labels, I created an In Color gift set…

2019-2021 In Colors | kelly kent

The Colour Collections are available in all 50 Stampin’ Up! colours – with the current patterns of stripes & spots retiring and new patterns being launched of script, mosaic, gingham & diamonds.  You can purchase in the 4 colour families (Brights, Subtles, Neutrals & Regals) and 2 In Color collections (2019-2021 & 2018-2020).

Here’s the colours of the 2019-2021 range…

ROCOCO ROSE

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

TERRACOTTA TILE

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

PRETTY PEACOCK

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

SEASIDE SPRAY

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

PURPLE POSY

** Purple Posy ink is currently available while Stampin’ Up! fix a quality issue.  I’ve used Highland Heather ink.  It’s a darker shade – but the tone is great and it’s a great substitute while we wait for the high quality SU! product we’re used to.

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite??  I actually think I’m going to love them all!  Even Terracotta Tile is growing on me!

Butterflies are definitely a crafting staple for stamps and it was lovely to see another sweet butterfly set in the catalogue. Butterfly wishes has stamps that coordinates with the Butterfly Duet punch, new butterfly shapes and gorgeous sentiments.

The butterfly I’ve used on this card is the DisINKtive style of stamping – very detailed!  It doesn’t like super inky pads, so to get a beautifully crisp image, make sure to scrape back the ink on your ink pad (an old credit card works well as a scraping tool) and use the less inky section you’ve created to add ink to your stamp.Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

To add some extra texture to my butterflies, I’ve stamped once on the label and again on a piece of scrap – cutting front wing of the second butterfly and then adhering it for a fluttering effect.

Any stamp set that has great images AND a birthday sentiment is top of my wishlist.  Don’t you just love the ‘Birthday wishes’ of this set???  I’ve heat embossed in white (my favourite way to add a sentiment) and cut using the Darling Label Punch (a returning item from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue).

Butterfly Wishes | kelly kent

You know I’m a fan of anything stitched, so it’s no surprise the Stitched Nested Labels have been on high rotation here at Papercraft HQ.  The stitching is a dotted line (rather than the dashed line we’ve seen in the other stitched sets) and it’s just delightful!!!  They are bundled with the Free As A Bird stamp set – and I know you’ll see lots of amazing projects on the hop using these products.

To continue on the inspirational journey that is the ESAD blog hop, visit my friend Jo Stubbings and her creative sneak peek…

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Thanks for hopping with us!

Check back in on Tuesday 4th July for a link to the new online catalogue.  If you don’t have a demonstrator and need a hard copy of the catalogue, message me your address so I can send you one!

Blog hop participant list:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Rochelle Blok
  3. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  4. Jo Stubbings
  5. Nicole Wilson
  6. Denise Buetler
  7. Sandra Mastello
  8. Rochelle Laird-Smith
  9. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  10. Shannon Kissane
  11. Libby Dyson
  12. Jo Weedon
  13. Peta Stephen
  14. Carly Middleton
  15. Lisa Whitehead
  16. Bronwyn Eastley
  17. Cathy Pinchbeck
  18. Monique Fielder
  19. Rebecca Scurr
  20. Richelle Fletcher
  21. Jackie Noble
  22. Mandy Depiazzi
  23. Sharon Dalton
  24. Maree McIntosh
  25. Samantha White

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** not available until 4th June 2019 when 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue goes live

ESAD Blog Hop | Sale-A-Bration Bundles

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for an ESAD blog hop.  These special hops pop up several times a year to celebrate new products and great promotions.

We’re currently in the final month of Sale-A-Bration – where you can shop and receive free products, join and receive amazing value for your Starter Kit or host and get extra rewards.  It’s the most wonderful time of the Stampin’ Up! year!!

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The theme for this hop is Sale-A-Bration bundle where the participants will show you product bundles you can purchase and earn a Sale-A-Bration item.

Contrary to my usual last minute style, I’m working ahead at the moment, using the His Grace stamp set from the Occasions catalogue to create Easter themed card & gift for Miss Papercraft’s teachers.

This is the bundle – stamp set, Cross of Hope framelits from the Annual Catalogue (such a great staple for religious and occasions requiring a cross for symbolism) and ribbon for embellishment, with the Delightfully Detailed DSP as your Sale-A-Bration selection.  This DSP (from the Annual Catalogue) is part of the 3rd release of bonus items.  See the bottom of this post for all 3rd release Sale-A-Bration choices.

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

You will (of course) also require cardstock, ink and adhesive.  I have also added in Stitched Shapes & Rectangle Stitched Framelits – but you could leave these out or swap for other shapes you own.

Using these products I made a gift set of candle and card.

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

The candle is easy to make by stamping on tissue paper, applying to the candle and gently heating using wax paper as a barrier between your heat gun and the candle.

Each pack of Delightfully Detailed DSP includes 12″x12″ sheets of laser cut paper in two designs – one full page and one with smaller panels & strips you can cut and adhere to products. I’ve embellished the bottom of the candle with a strip of the paper – it’s such a deluxe product!

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

The card uses one of the panel pieces adhered to a piece of Night of Navy cardstock.

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

I love how the laser cut DSP coordinates with the layered cross!

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

The sentiments in this stamp set tell a great story which I have told across the candle, card front and card inside.

His Grace SAB Bundle | kelly kent

The colours of the card and gift set were inspired by the school colours.  If you were making this for a church, school or friend, you could choose colours that are meaningful to your community.


Thanks for hopping with me today – I love being able to share what I’m creating in my craft room!

To keep hopping and see more amazing Sale-A-Bration inspired bundles, please click on the next to visit my lovely friend Nicole Wilson.  Image may contain: text

Sometimes on large hops, the links are broken – here’s a full list in case you need it!

Blog hop participant list:

  1. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Lou Kitzelman
  4. Denise Buetler
  5. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  6. Peta Stephen
  7. Monique Fielder
  8. Lisa Whitehead
  9. Libby Dyson
  10. Lauren Meiklejohn
  11. Jackie Aitken
  12. Sharon Dalton
  13. Maree McIntosh
  14. Cheryl Algie
  15. Rochelle Blok
  16. Rebecca Scurr
  17. Delys Cram
  18. Jessie Holton

3rd Release Sale-A-Bration 2019

ESAD Blog Hop | Occasions & SAB 2019

I’m so excited for today’s hop with my ESAD friends – it’s a huge hop filled with Occasions and Sale-A-Bration inspiration!!!

Thanks to Lou Kitzelman for her stellar organisation that makes these hops happen.  Everyone hopping today is part of a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator only group called ESAD.

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For my projects today, I have focused on Sale-A-Bration products – because.. who doesn’t love FREE!  The winners of Sale-A-Bration 2019 for me is the embellishments – pretty paper, cool wood elements and fantastic ribbon are sure to lift all your 2019 projects.

Check out this stunning DSP with full colour butterfly prints on one side and black and white prints on the other side.

This DSP was the starting point for the projects I’m sharing today – desk calendars.  I’ve added in a couple of new Occasions products too!

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

The calendars both use the Botanical Butterfly DSP, Butterfly Elements and Organdy Ribbon.  These are all items you can choose for free when you order $90+ on your favourite Stampin’ Up! products.

Note: I’m in Australia, the SAB ordering requirement may be different in other regions.

I made the first desk calendar in Highland Heather to coordinate with the DSP and set butterflies set on a quaint tea cup.

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

You’ll find the tea cup in the Occasions Catalogue – a beautiful new set called Tea Together.  I stamped it twice – once on Whisper White and once on the Botanical Butterfly DSP.  Using paper snips, I cut around the cup, handle and part of the saucer (this technique is called paper piecing and is best for the crafter who doesn’t mind a little bit of fussy cutting!).

The main cup shape – on Whisper White is cut using another Sale-A-Bration choice.  The coordinating framelits are available as a level 2 Sale-A-Bration item.  You can select the Tea Time Framelits when you spend $180+.

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

The second desk calendar has a Balmy Blue colour scheme – don’t you love all the colours Stampin’ Up! brought us in the 2018 colour refresh!!

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

I just love that crazy butterfly DSP with a vellum overlay!  And the pretty ribbon adds a fantastic touch to projects.   The SAB combo pack has 23m of ribbon (4.6m x 5 colours!) – what a great choice for a free item.

The itty bitty butterflies in the middle of each of the wood elements are cut from the DSP using the Butterfly Duet punch.  It punches so many of the butterflies from the Botanical Butterfly DSP…. so you’ll want to make sure the punch is part of your $90 order if you’re choosing the DSP as your free SAB option!

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

Want to make your own 2019 desk calendars?  I followed my instructions from 2015!  See the original post here.

Instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of A4 (Australian size) cardstock in half (it’ll be 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16ish”)
  2. Score at 5″, 10″, 10-3/4″, 11-1/2″
  3. Fold cardstock into a triangle shape, with a mountain fold underneath.  Adhere the little flap to the inside of the triangle.
  4. Calendar front – Mat 1: 3-7/8″ x 4-3/4″; Mat 2 (DSP): 3-5/10″ x 4-1/2″

Butterfly Desk Calendar | kelly kent

I love this time of the year!  How lucky are we that Stampin’ Up! designs such beautiful products and then gives them to us for free!


Thanks for stopping by today!  Unless I’m your last stop, there’s plenty more inspiration to guide your Sale-A-Bration shopping list.

Next to visit is my gorgeous friend in Victoria – Cheryl Algie.

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If there’s any broken links (this sometimes happens), refer to the list below to pick the hop up at a different point.

Hope you enjoy yet another ESAD Blog Hop!

Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Leonie Schroder
  3. Shannon Kissane
  4. Nicole Wilson
  5. Narelle Fasulo
  6. Rachael Lewsley
  7. Angela Harders
  8. Kelly Kent – {YOU ARE HERE}
  9. Cheryl Algie
  10. Jenna Watkins
  11. Libby Dyson
  12. Sharon Dalton
  13. Rose Packer
  14. Sharni Haines
  15. Denise Buetler
  16. Peta Stephen
  17. Kim Oliver
  18. Monique Fielder
  19. Lauren Meiklejohn
  20. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  21. Katrina Duffell
  22. Tatiana Tobin
  23. Cathy Pinchbeck

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ESAD Blog Hop | DSP

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Do you have a favourite category of Stampin’ Up! products?  I love so many of the things in the catalogue, but DSP is the one thing I buy every design, every catalogue – so I’m putting DSP at the top of my favourites list.

So, it was exciting to find out this month that Stampin’ Up! are offering a buy 3, get 1 free offer on the whole range of standard ($19.25) DSP patterns.  There’s 10 to choose from!

Once you’ve got your 4 new packs of paper, you’ll be after some ideas on making the most of them!  So, join me on a blog hop with my ESAD friends to see how these crafty ladies are using their DSP!

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With my love of DSP (and lots of choice of patterns), I have collated a few of my favourite ways to use DSP to create simple but elegant cards.

5 ways with DSP | kelly kent

I’ve used the designs available as part of the buy 3, get 1 free promotion to demonstrate each style in action.

FEATURE

A whole card front of DSP is the easiest way to use your DSP.  Cut it up, enjoy the beautiful patterns & show your family and friends that you care about them enough to use your pretty paper on their card!

Garden Impressions

Garden Impressions DSP | kelly kent

Tropical Escape

Tropical Escape DSP | kelly kent

RIP

Most of the time we cut our DSP with a trimmer (or scissors) and have a nice straight line.  The composition of DSP gives a lovely edge when you rip it.  One of my favourite quick & easy card designs is to cut a piece of DSP slightly longer (ie, 6″) and rip the bottom third.  Flip it over to show the reverse side and adhere both pieces to form your card front.  Add a bit of twine & a sentiment for an awesome card.

Animal Expedition

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

Tranquil Textures

You don’t have to use the bottom third – the ripped edge creates a lovely contrast to the card base (and a great place to put a sentiment!).

Tranquil Textures | kelly kent

STRIP

A strip of cardstock is a great way to show off the patterns of a DSP and get multiple cards from a 6″ piece.  Or it’s a great way to use the 2″ strips left over from card fronts when using 6″x6″ DSP (either the stacks sold by Stampin’ Up! or in a paper share).

Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle | kelly kent

Wood Textures

Wood Textures | kelly kent

PANEL

This is a twist on using cardstock as a whole card front.  Cut your cardstock 1/4″ (0.5cm) smaller than the usual width, then divide the width into three equal portions and cut into panels.  Keep them in order and stick to your card base with equal spacing.  Using panels just adds a bit of extra interest and texture to your card!

Petal Promenade

Petal Promenade | kelly kent

Under the MistletoeUnder the Mistletoe | kelly kent

BANNER

Banners are a favourite of mine on simple cards (well any card really!).  The Triple Banner punch makes this really easy, but you can cut banners using scissors too.  Layer up a few awesome patterns from the DSP (front & back or a couple of different sheets) and add some twine & a sentiment to finish.

Nature’s Poem

Nature's Poem | kelly kent

Best Route

Best Route | kelly kent

Please CASE (copy) these layouts for your own card making, classes or blog posts.  Beautiful DSP likes to be chopped & used – it doesn’t like to sit in plastic!!!

For more DSP ideas, keep hopping to visit my lovely & talented friend Rochelle Blok.

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If you’re ready to add more DSP to your collection, here’s the online store links for the designs that feature in the buy 3, get 1 free promotion.  Add your 4 favourites to your shopping cart and the 4th won’t cost you a thing!

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Participant List:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent
  3. Rochelle Blok
  4. Fi Cobbin
  5. Delys Cram
  6. Sharon Dalton
  7. Kim Oliver
  8. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  9. Nicole Wilson
  10. Peta Stephen
  11. Jackie Aitken
  12. Rebecca Scurr
  13. Narelle Fasulo
  14. Barbara Williams
  15. Maree McIntosh
  16. Libby Dyson
  17. Cheryll Miller
  18. Denise Buetler
  19. Mandy Depiazzi

 

ESAD Blog Hop | 2018-19 Annual Catalogue Launch

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Hello!  I’m excited to be hopping with my fellow Australian & New Zealander Demonstrator friends.  We’re all part of a Facebook group called ESAD….

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The 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue launched on Friday, so it’s the perfect time to share some new catalogue creations with you and get this party started!!!

To download the catalogue pdf, click here.

To browse the online store, click here.

I’ve had a fantastic time this weekend choosing what items from the new catalogue I’ll add to my collection.  This isn’t the start of the new catalogue for me though.  I’ve been enjoying new catalogue #demoperks since April when we attended OnStage.

After OnStage, we had the chance for a little spending spree as part of a product pre-order called Product Purchase Premiere.  I added a number of new products including the super fun Sea of Textures bundle.

Today I’m sharing with you a card & box gift set I made using the stamp set & coordinating dies.

Sea of Textures | kelly kent

If you’re playing new catalogue eye spy, you’ll see the Sea of Textures stamp set, Under the Sea Thinlits, Tranquil Textures DSP & Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.

Sea of Textures | kelly kent

The octopus is inked using the Baby Wipe technique in 3 new colours – Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape & Mango Melody.

Sea of Textures | kelly kent

There’s lots of new colours to love – and I’m loving them!!!  The Stitched circle behind the netting is Mint Macaron (so excited to have this return to the range!), the stars are a new colour called Gray Granite and the sentiment label is Soft Sea Foam.

The new colours are easy to add to your collection with new colour bundles for ink pads, markers and cardstock.

There’s lots of returning favourites in the catalogue too – like the gorgeous Gable Boxes…

Sea of Textures | kelly kent

I used the fun fish die to create a peekaboo feature on the box.  You need to gently prise apart the box where it joins to be able to cut the fish – and stick it back together when you’re done.

I also ran the whole box through the Big Shot with the Ruffled Embossing Folder.  Embossing the box adds such a cool texture!


Thanks for joining us for the ESAD Blog Hop.  There’s 27 blogs on the hop today – that’s a bundle of new catalogue inspiration!!!

I know you’re going to love what Leonie Schroder has made.  Click next to see her fabulous project.

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If there’s any broken links or difficulties with linking, click on the links in the participant list below to keep the blog hop going.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Blog Hop Participant List

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Leonie Schroder
  3. Joanne Stubbings
  4. Libby Dyson
  5. Courtenay Heuston
  6. Fi Cobbin
  7. Carolina Evans
  8. Peta Stephen
  9. Sharon Dalton
  10. Jackie Aitken
  11. Rochelle Blok
  12. Nicole Wilson
  13. Emily Campbell
  14. Denise Buetler
  15. Katrina Duffell
  16. Delys Cram
  17. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  18. Megan Lenske
  19. Mandy Depiazzi
  20. Bronwyn Eastley
  21. Jo Weedon
  22. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  23. Melissa Gifford
  24. Cathy Pinchbeck
  25. Jessie Holton
  26. Jenny Bowman
  27. Rose Packer

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ESAD Blog Hop | 2018 Retirement List

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What a bittersweet moment every retirement list is!

There’s the excitement of new things to come, but the sadness of some favourites retiring.  I am always on the side of excitement – because…… I own my favourites and I can keep using them as long as I want!  And add more pretties to my collection from the new catalogue!  Win-win!

There’s a combined list for 2018 including the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue and 2018 Occasions catalogue.

The online store is the easiest way to keep track of what is still available on the retirement list – because things {WILL} sell out.  Visit my online store here.

Today I’m hopping with the ESAD Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.

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I know the inspiration is going to be huge!!!  You’ll see new ways of using sets you already own, discover stamps set you hadn’t noticed before (just as they are retiring!) and I’m sure you’ll add a few things to your ever growing list of Stampin’ must haves!

Being firmly in the kid zone here at Papercraft HQ, I always love seeing what Stampin’ Up! bring out each year in the Babies & Kids section of the catalogue.

We had some great stamp sets join us last year.  Some are staying, but we’re saying goodbye to….

My project today uses two of those stamp sets that I’ve loved over the past year – Moon Baby & Little One.

ESAD Blog Hop 2018 Retirement List | kelly kent

Thankfully Tranquil Tide is not yet retiring but all DSP in the catalogue is retiring (except Wood Textures), so you’ll want to make sure you stock up on any favourite patterns.  I’ve used the True Gentleman DSP from the Occasions catalogue.

ESAD Blog Hop 2018 Retirement List | kelly kent

The sentiment from this set is from another retiring stamp set – Ready to Pop which has a range of sentiments including this cute ‘with love’.

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Thanks for joining us!

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Participant List:

1. Lou Kitzelman

2. Kelly Kent – you are here

3. Bronwyn Eastley

4. Jackie Aitken

5. Jo Stubbings

6. Peta Stephen

7. Sharon Dalton

8. Lauren Meiklejohn

9. Courtenay Heuston

10. Nicole Wilson

11. Jo Weeden

12. Libby Dyson

13. Cheryl Algie

14. Megan Lenske

15. Beryl Crisp

16. Fi Cobbin

17. Rose Packer

18. Cathy Pinchbeck

19. Carolina Evans

20. Renee Lynch

21. Sandra Mastello

22. Katrina Duffell

23. Rachael Lewsley

24. Leonie Schroder

25. Emily Campbell

26. Monique Fielder

27. Michelle Strazds

28. Jessie Holton

 

 

ESAD Blog Hop | Occasions & SAB

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Hello Sunday!  We’re about half way through the school holidays here and loving life!  How is your January going?

Today you’re joining us for the ESAD 2018 Occasions Catalogue Blog Hop.

ESAD is a Facebook group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from Australia & New Zealand.  We share ideas, support each other and a couple of times a year some of the group unite for a blog hop.  You can see all the info about ESAD at the end of this post.


Each of the 23 participants on this hop will be sharing with you some of what they’ve been making with products they’ve bought from the new Occasions catalogue.

This month, thanks to her new catalogue purchases, Anne from my Paper Addventures team promoted to Bronze Elite!  Since joining, Anne has found a delightful balance of adding to her stash and sharing what she loves with others.

Anne’s achievements meant an opportunity for me to get creative with one of my new stamp sets that I knew was going to be amazing for team gifts & recognition as soon as I saw it!

It’s called Yay You and is full of encouraging and uplifting sayings!

This stamp set is hiding away in the host section of the Occasions catalogue – page 54.  Exclusive host stamp sets are only available to purchase using Stampin’ Rewards.  You can earn these on any order over $250 (your own order or combined totals at a workshop).

There’s a great special running during Sale-A-Bration where orders of $400 or more receive an extra $40 of rewards.  It’s a fantastic time to get your family & friends together for a craft session hosted by me and take advantage of all those rewards to be earned.

Enough chat… let me show you what I made for Anne….

Yay You & Painted with Love DSP | kelly kent

I combined the Yay You stamp set with the pretty Painted with Love DSP.

Although part of the “Valentine’s” offering in the Occasions catalogue, those shades of pink & gold are perfect for any occasion.

I’ve used Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride, Berry Burst & Rich Razzleberry – left to right across the banner.  And then the fun triangle string in Fresh Fig.

Yay You & Painted with Love DSP | kelly kent

The DSP has beautiful gold elements, but this was a celebration of Anne’s {BRONZE} achievement so I mixed the metallics and added copper trim & copper embossing to the card.

Yay You & Painted with Love DSP | kelly kent

I also created a cute little gift bag for Anne’s gift.  Which was some Stampin’ Up! product and a personalised ruler for her emerging business identity.Personalised Ruler | kelly kent

The bag, made using two ‘fronts’ from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit, has the same elements as the card – because I love a coordinating set!

Yay You & Painted with Love DSP | kelly kent

Those banners – so pretty!

Yay You & Painted with Love DSP | kelly kent

Anne joined last Sale-A-Bration and hasn’t looked back since!

New Stampin’ Up! family members are always welcome – join the fun!


Thanks for joining me as part of this blog hop.

Next up you’re heading to the gorgeous & talented Kim Oliver.

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If you see anything you like while hopping today, visit the Stampin’ Up! online store to purchase your favourite products.  We have our own Australian warehouse, so items are shipped directly to you at low shipping costs starting at from $5.95.

Shopping in pyjamas is encouraged – as that is truly the most creative outfit on this planet!

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All that is pretty is pink….

If you get lost anywhere along the way (we try hard, but broken links sometimes happen), the full list is here…

Blog Hop Participant List

  1. Cheryl Algie
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Amity Knight
  4. Sharon Dalton
  5. Lou Kitzelman
  6. Carly Middleton
  7. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  8. Kim Oliver
  9. Ellen Woodbridge
  10. Fi Cobbin
  11. Megan Lenske
  12. Barbara Williams
  13. Peta Stephen
  14. Maree McIntosh
  15. Delys Cram
  16. Renee Lynch
  17. Monique Fielder
  18. Cathy Pinchbeck
  19. Courtenay Heuston
  20. Leonie Schroder
  21. Libby Dyson
  22. Rachael Lewsley
  23. Jessie Holton

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ESAD Blog Hop | Stampin’ Blends

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Hello! Welcome to another ESAD Blog Hop. To find all out about ESAD – who we are and where to find us, check out the graphic at the end of this post.

Today’s theme is Stampin’ Blends.  These gorgeous alcohol markers are either a new addition to the range or a returning friend – depending on how you look at it.

Stampin’ Up! released a range of alcohol markers a few years ago, but the formulation just wasn’t right.  So, they took them off the market and have spent those year developing an even better product.  You’ve got to love a company that refuses to sell something that simply isn’t the best for their customers!

The Stampin’ Blends are available in 12 colour pairs (light & dark), two skin tones and a colour lifter.  Buy the whole set or stock up a few colours at a time – the choice is yours!!!

My post forms part of a circle of posts, so make sure to keep hitting ‘next’ until you get back to where you started – that way you won’t miss out on a moment of inspiration.

If you’re not sure about whether you need these markers or not, I’m sure this blog hop will show you just how awesome they are.

The versatility of the markers is awesome.  Because they are alcohol based (rather than water based like our Stampin’ Write Markers), you can use them for a range of projects including colour blending on card and adding colour on alternative surfaces.

It’s the adding colour on alternative surfaces that excites me!!!

My share for today is some temporary tattoos I made for the little misses.

Stampin’ Up! doesn’t sell the tattoo paper (you can search for that online).  It was a recent impulse buy.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but then when the Blends came back on the scene, it was the perfect project!

The kids loved making them with me and they look so cute!!!

This is the mermaid from Message in a Bottle stamp set.

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

Can you sense the excitement at personalised tattoos???

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

Of course, tattoo fun must extend to both Miss Papercrafts, so we got to try out a few designs…

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

The reindeer from Cookie Cutter Christmas was a little more fussy to cut, but a cute Christmas option…

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

We also tried blending the colours – which worked out ok.  Because the tattoo paper surface is glossy, they moved around a lot, but we got some colour variation on the bird from Color Me Happy…

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

And finally, a free hand rainbow (this is actually my favourite)!

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

Make sure you follow the instructions that come with your tattoo paper, but the basic process for me was….

  1. Stamp the image in Memento Jet Black ink.  Give it some time to dry.
  2. Colour the image using Stampin’ Blends.
  3. Apply the adhesive tattoo transfer sheet.  Press firmly with the Bone Folder.
  4. Trim around the image leaving no border (if possible)
  5. Remove the protective sheet and apply face down onto skin.
  6. Wet the tattoo with a damp cloth or paper towel.
  7. Slide off the backing.

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

The tattoo designs will either need to be stamped black images that you colour with the Blends or drawn freehand with the Blends as you can’t apply Blends directly to your stamps.

These tattoos are temporary.  Of the four we applied, two had come off within hours (quite a few hours – but they didn’t see the day out).  Two made it through the day, but the colour faded and the edges lifted.  This was amazing considering they lasted through sunscreen, sweat, two showers and a swim in the pool!

I actually don’t see the short term nature of the tattoos as a problem.  They are a great option for an occasion or special event without being left with a fading tattoo for the days or weeks afterward!  If you do want to remove them, they easily come off with some Isocol (rubbing alcohol).


Thank you so much for joining me for this blog hop.

Please keep hopping and visit the lovely Barbara Williams

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If you get lost along the way, there’s a full participant list at the end of this post.

For information on supplies, please check the list of products I used.  All supplies can be purchased from your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  If your wishlist has grown as a result of this hop, you’ll be excited to know that Stampin’ Up! is covered the shipping on all orders from midnight Sydney time tonight until 11.59pm (8.59pm WA time).  What a perfect time to order those Blends!!!

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Participant List:

  1. Libby Dyson
  2. Rachael Lewsley
  3. Lou Kitzelman
  4. Nicole Wilson
  5. Nerida Carter
  6. Jessie Holton
  7. Kristel Rimmer
  8. Cathy Pinchbeck
  9. Monique Fielder
  10. Amity Knight
  11. Maree McIntosh
  12. Leonie Schroder
  13. Courtenay Heuston
  14. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  15. Barbara Williams
  16. Renee Lynch
  17. Fi Cobbin

Stampin’ Blends…

Other products used…

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ESAD Blog Hop – 2017 Holiday Catalogue

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Hello!  Welcome to our latest ESAD Blog Hop.  We’re celebrating the start of the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

I may be a little biased since SU! is my favourite card making supply company, but they have hit another winner with this catalogue!

Be prepared for your wishlist to grow as you visit each of the talented ESAD members participating in this blog hop!  A full list in available at the end of this post – just in case there’s any broken links!

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If you haven’t yet seen a copy of the Holiday Catalogue, you can download the digital version here.

Hard copies are available from your local Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  If you don’t yet have a demonstrator to supply you with all your stamping needs, you have plenty of choice along this hop!!!


I have added some lovely new items to my Stampin’ Up! collection of late, but one particular area I have been stocking up in, is the Memories & More card kits.

There are 4 kits available in the Annual Catalogue and a Christmas collection in the Holiday Catalogue.

I’m not a large scrapbooker or memory keeper, but I throughout the year I’ll make one-off pages for the girls as posters for their room.  Eventually there will be enough of these to make an album!!!

But, while the cards are handy for these pages, the main reason I buy them is they are the perfect size for cards!  It’s like gaining a whole new pack of DSP (which we know I love!).

Each Memories and More card kit contains 72 double sided cards (20 of the large size and 52 of the smaller size), sticker sheets and acetate overlays (numbers vary based on the kit).

Today I’m sharing creations I’ve made using the Merry Little Christmas card kit from the Holiday Catalogue.

First up, I’m sharing a scrapbook page I’ve made…

Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Kit | kelly kent

By simply layering the Memories & More cards onto a page from the Merry Little Christmas DSP (yes, we love a coordinating suite!), this page is ready to go with our family memories from Christmas 2017.

The full page lined card leaves plenty of room for journalling and I’ve left the Old Olive cardstock ready to layer a photo on!

Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Kit | kelly kent

Check out the ‘family’ sticker on the top right card.  How cute are those stickers for adding extra detail!?!


The second project I’m sharing with you today is 4 cards that I whipped up really quickly using a sheet each of Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive cardstock (cut in half to make 2 cards per sheet).  There’s also some Basic Black cardstock too in the mix to keep within the colour theme of the card kit.

Here are the first two….

Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Kit | kelly kent

All the large size cards are just slightly bigger than our card fronts here in Australia, so I trimmed them down to 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″.

The small cards are already 3-7/8″ tall, so those fit just fine and meant I could display the whole gorgeous card on each of these designs.

I added some silver snowflakes from the sticker sheet to the card on the left and the silver ‘merry’ sentiment to the card on the right.

Here’s the other two…

Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Kit | kelly kent

For the card on the left, the sentiment comes from a small card – I just cut it out with my paper snips.

The card on the right has a sticker from the cardstock sticker sheet.  The Kraft coloured cards have a beautiful ‘pearl white’ print on them.

Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Kit | kelly kent

To make the scrapbook page and the four cards, I only used a fraction of the cards in my kit.  There’s 36 unique designs (with two sides, so really 72 options), which gives you plenty of creative leeway if you like that freedom, but lots of direction if you just want to whip up some ready to go cards this festive season!


My last share for today is a project I’ve been meaning to make happen for some time, but this blog hop has given me the kick up the bum to do it!

The card kits come in cute little cardboard boxes, but it means every time you want to play with your cards you’ve got to get them all out (and then put them away).

Like so many of our stamping supplies, the clear cases are a perfect solution for storage.

These kits fit best in the full size wood cases.  These little gems accidentally got missed from print run of the Annual Catalogue, but they are very much still available.

Memories & More Free Printable Case Inserts | kelly kent

{Looks like a washi tape insert is next on my list!}

You can download the free printable inserts for your Merry Little Christmas Memories & More card kit here….

Memories & More Merry Little Christmas Kit - free printable insert

And the other four Memories & More card kits from the Annual Catalogue here

Memories & More Annual Catalogue Kits - free printable inserts

Well, that’s all from me.  It seems I’m a little excited to return to blogging.  So good to see you all!!!

Next up on the hop is the totally gorgeous Josie Dean – you’re going to love what she’s made.

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Thanks for joining us!  We love hearing from you if you have time to leave a comment.

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Blog Hop Participant List

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Megan Lenske
  3. Amity Knight
  4. Courtenay Heuston
  5. Kelly Kent  {you are here!}
  6. Josie Dean
  7. Cheryl Algie
  8. Maree McIntosh
  9. Kristel Rimmer
  10. Chloe Evans
  11. Sharon Dalton
  12. Carly Middleton
  13. Nicole Wilson
  14. Peta Stephen
  15. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  16. Rachael Lewsley
  17. Kim Oliver
  18. Monique Fielder
  19. Sandra Mastello
  20. Cathy Pinchbeck
  21. Rose Packer
  22. Barbara Williams
  23. Jessie Holton
  24. Rosalie Desmond
  25. Liv Ingle
  26. Ellen Woodbridge
  27. Rebecca Scurr
  28. Mandy Depiazzi
  29. Samantha White
  30. Libby Dyson
  31. Lisa Gibson
  32. Delys Cram

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