Paper Pumpkin – Hugs from Shelli Alternative

Wow – what an action packed month May was!!  June is looking just as exciting with a new catalogue starting on Tuesday – woo hoo!!!

While we wait for the new catalogue, there’s still time to order the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit.  Paper Pumpkin is available in the US each month of the year – but not usually in Australia.  As a special release, we’re currently able to order an exclusive global kit called Hugs from Shelli.

Mine arrived during the week and I’ve loved putting together the kit cards.  They are so pretty with beautiful designs in the style of the upcoming Bird Ballad suite.

As well as the supplies to make 12 cards (3 each of 4 designs), you get a stamp set and ink spot for your collection. Plus it comes in a gorgeous box that you can keep long after the kit is made & enjoyed.

The stamp set can be used independently of the kit materials to create your own unique designs. If you’ve already purchased the kit and would like to print a clear case insert, click here to download the artwork (provided by Stampin’ Up!).

I love the cards in the kit – they are perfect for every type of stamper, but I also love the beautiful stamp set and wanted to use it to create my own card using the images and some of my other supplies.

Hugs from Shelli - alternative design | kelly kent

I’ve used the floral stamp to create my own background / DSP, colouring the middle of the flowers with Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend and the buds with Dark Pool Party.  The label is cut in Smoky Slate cardstock using an upcoming product that is going to be a staple for most crafters – Stitched Nested Label Dies.  I’ve used a partial cut to create a pennant style rather than a full hexagon.

Hugs from Shelli - alternative design | kelly kent

How cute are those feathers???  I love feathers on cards and the styling on the feather in this set appeals to me!

The card base & sentiment label for this creation is Pretty Peacock cardstock – one of the five new In Colors we’ll see featured in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue which goes live on Tuesday.

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The value from this Paper Pumpkin kit is fabulous.  12 cards with printed envelopes, a limited edition stamp set and an ink spot all for $37 (plus post).  It’s only available while stocks last.  To order yours (in Australia), click here to visit in the online store.

Last-Chance Products

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While you’re over at the online store, you may want to check out the discounts available on some of the Last Chance Retirement range.  Click here to browse.

Hold & enjoy the ride – there’s lots more adventure to come!!!

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

^ available while supplies last

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Birthday Feathers

My east coast stamping bestie Miss Lou Kitzelman turned 21 last week… well, maybe not 21, but she did have a birthday!

Here is the card I made for her using some of my favourite products.  The card layout was inspired by a series of Rachel Tessman cards I spied on Pinterest.Birthday Feathers | kelly kent

 

The theme was inspired by the gift which featured a whimsical dreamcatcher.  Which led me to feathers!  I love feathers on craft (not so keen on them in real life!).  The feathers are from the Chase Your Dreams Framelits.

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I cut the pink flowers from a sheet of the Tropical Escape and then spritzed them with Frost White Shimmer Paint.

The birthday stamp is from the Piece of Cake stamp set.  Lou shared this with us at OnStage in 2018 – so it will always remind me of her every time I use it.

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I don’t often decorate the inside of my cards, but I wanted to carry this theme through and include a dream catcher from the framelit set.  It wouldn’t fit on the front – so middle it was!

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And from there I just got totally carried away and made a coordinating tag for the gift bag too!

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Matchy-matchy is my favourite!

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Happy birthday to Lou!  Here’s to a wonderful year filled with so much craft time you decide to read a book for a change!!!


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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Retirement List

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Welcome to the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop for May.

I love May…. it’s my birthday month, the weather is often amazing and we are on the cusp of a new catalogue!  Lots of happy in May!

With the change in catalogue coming, the theme for our May hop is the retirement list.  And our fabulous guest designer is the Ink Paper Girl – Katrina Duffell.

I made two cards to share today featuring a range of retiring colours.  See all the Colour Revamp info by clicking here.

You’ll want to make sure you’ve got cardstock, ink, refills and embellishments to match any colours you’ll be keeping post retirement.   There’s lots of new colours to love, but if you’ve got a favourite, make sure you’re not chasing the ink refill at crazy prices after it retires.  They are only $6.50 and available until 31st May (unless they sell out earlier) in my online store.  Click here to browse.

There’s 3 pinks retiring from the range that I used in my first card.  Sweet Sugarplum from the In Colors range, Pink Pirouette from the Subtles and Rose Red from the Regals.

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Retiring products on this card include the Birthday Blooms stamp set, Painted with Love DSP & Brick Wall Embossing Folder.  All the DSP except Wood Textures is retiring – so add any favourites to your May order.Birthday Blooms | kelly kent

I’ll be blogging with Sweet Sugarplum right up til the last minute!!  And I’ve stocked up so I can keep using it in my craft space for years to come!  And Brick Wall is staying as well (I’m still shocked about that retirement!).

Birthday Blooms | kelly kent

There’s a big change of blues in the Colour Revamp.  We are losing Dapper Denim from the In Color range, Soft Sky & Marina Mist from the Subtles, Island Indigo from the Regals and Tempting Turquoise from the Brights.  I’ve featured three of these in my second card.

Retiring Blue Tones | kelly kent

The Feather Together stamp set formed the theme for this card.  I really loved this stamp set (and perhaps didn’t get nearly as much use from it as I should).  I’ll be keeping this in my stash for personal use as well.  Sweet Sugarplum feathers anyone???

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The embellishments (banner & sentiment) are from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.  I’m not sure I ever used these framelits to their full potential – it really is a great set.

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There were lots of angles for my retirement projects. I’ve covered….

Colours I’ll miss: Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo

Colour I won’t miss: Soft Sky, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi

Stamp set I loved: Feather Together

Stamp set everyone else loved: Birthday Blooms

Embossing Folder I’m surprised to see retiring: Brick Wall

Totally Under-used Framelits: Mini Treat Bag

Embellishments I loved: Glitter Enamel Dots

Ribbon I loved: Island Indigo 1/4″ Ombre, 1/8″ Gold

DSP I loved: Painted with Love

DSP everyone else loved: Color Theory

Click on any of the products above to visit them in my online store.


To see what retired products the other team members have used, click on next on each blog until you get back to where you started.

Up next is my gorgeous friend & sideline Stampin’ Up! teamie, Narelle Simm.

Thanks for joining us!

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Just Add Ink #402 | Choose Two

It’s a choose two theme this week for Just Add Ink.  We give you three choices – and you craft using your favourite combination of 2!

It’s stencils, foil or feathers this week – what will you choose?

I went with foil & feathers – and playing with a new toy!!!

JAI #402 Foil & Feathers | kelly kent

Late last year we had the chance to pre-order Stampin’ Up!’s new positioning tool called the Stamparatus.  They arrived this month and it’s been so fun to play!  It’s officially available in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue (release date: June 2018) – I’ll make sure to update you once it’s available to order again.

So much more than the standard positioning tool, it’s got an awesome hinge feature which makes repetitive stamping a breeze – these feathers took me no time at all and look how straight & evenly spaced they are.

JAI #402 Foil & Feathers | kelly kent

You can go back over and stamp the same image to get a great solid image – like for the Basic Gray sentiment.

The feathers are an easy spot for my card, but I’ve been a bit sneaky with the foil component.  The DSP background is the Sale-A-Bration Springtime {FOIL} DSP – only available for a couple more days (until 31st March 2018) so I thought I’d give it one last outing!

JAI #402 Foil & Feathers | kelly kent

If you love the stamped images, you’ll find them both in the Feather Together stamp set from the Annual Catalogue!

Thanks for joining me today for Just Add Ink.

If you have some craft time over Easter and create something wonderful with stencils, foil & feathers, be sure to share it with us on the Just Add Ink blog.  You’ll also find all the design team cards there.

If some crafty shopping is also on your agenda over Easter, my online Stampin’ Up! store will be open all weekend!  With free Sale-A-Bration choices until 9pm (WA time) on Saturday 31st March 2018.  Click here to browse the online store!

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ESAD 2015 Retirement List Blog Hop – Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit

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Welcome to the ESAD Retirement List Blog Hop where you will travel around 10 blogs giving you one last showcase of some of those favourites.  If you’re heading around, then you’ve just come from Narelle’s blog.  If you’re starting here, then keep going until you finish at Narelle so you’ll know you’ve seen everything.

So … some of the ESAD girls got together for this blog hop to give you some final inspiration for those items on the retirement list.  Unless sold out earlier (and lots of the list already has!), these products will be available until 2nd June 2015.

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I’ve have selected the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit (134797) to show you today.  Kits are wonderful for lots of reasons, but the two top ones have to be value for money and ease of cardmaking.

So, if you purchase the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit, what do you get?

  • Enough materials to make 20 cards of various sizes from full size cards to cute note cards
  • Envelopes to match each size of card
  • A 7-piece stamp set with stamps to suit “every” occasion (happy birthday, thinking of you, thanks, love, congratulations, for you and ‘made for you’ to put on your handmade creations)
  • A clear block to mount your stamps on
  • 2 coordinating ink spots (Basic Grey & Island Indigo) – you can’t buy the ink spots on their own anymore, so this makes them super special!
  • Embellishments to give your projects a bit of wow (twine, buttons, clips)

It all comes in a super cute storage box with full instructions for only $51.95.  You just need to add in your preferred adhesive and have a pair of paper snips handy.  From there, it’s up to you & your craft style what you create.

You can follow the included instructions (more or less) and create cards like this:

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Or you can play with the pieces and create cards like this:

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Or you can go totally crazy and jump outside of the box to create other items using bits and pieces from your box and other products from your stash.  The next three ideas are all made using three of the cards that come in the kit, the stamp set and some craft room favourites:

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Tea Bag Envelope Gifts

Have I convinced you that you need to order at least one kit from every catalogue because they are such good fun!?!

You’ll want to get this one before it’s gone.  You might also want to add a set of clear-mount stamp cases to your order so you can print this cover & store your stamps just like your others.  This will mean they will stay on your radar and you can keep using them once your kit materials are all made up (download the full size version of the cover here).

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That’s all from me for this blog hop.  Next blog to visit is Rachael Lewsley at My Stampin’ Haven who is showing off (among other products) the Label Love stamp set – which I am going to miss immensley!  Thanks for joining us!  Kelly x

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Here’s a full list of the blog hop participants:

1. Kelly Kent – you are here!

2. Rachael Lewsley

3. Keryn Campbell

4. Rebecca O’Gorman

5. Nicole Wilson

6. Leonie Schroder

7. Donna Chapman

8. Cherie Davies

9. Amity Knight

10. Narelle Fasulo

Feathers with a Sprinkle of Gold

There’s always choices in life where people fall in one group or the other – rose or lavender … scrunch or fold …  silver or gold …

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I have always been a silver kind of girl.  But I’m finding myself LOVING gold of late.  I wanted to make a thank you card that was classic & elegant and without thinking, picked up the gold embossing powder.  I loved it so much, I made another version (still in gold) with ‘Happy Birthday’.

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So, I’ve come to realise that maybe I’m both kinds of girl at the moment (don’t tell anyone but I actually quite like rose a-n-d lavender these days!!!).  Where do your allegiances lie?  Kelly x

Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Feathers*, Deco Labels

Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots

Specialty Paper: Brushed Gold

Cardstock: Whisper White

Embossing: Gold Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Tool

Stamp Sets: Four Feathers*, Watercolor Thank You, Sassy Salutations

Embellishment: Gold Baker’s Twine

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals

* Feathers Framelits & Stamp Set available as a bundle – clear / wood.

 

 

Just Add some Mojo!

I’ve been posting lots lately – I don’t think I can keep this pace up forever, but I’ve got lots to show you at the moment!  Creativity is very temperamental.  Sometimes you’re inspired and sometimes you’re not.  At the moment my inspiration is coming from *everywhere* – specific customer requests, sketches, Pinterest, people I know, lovely new products…  So, I’m embracing it and spending lots of time at the craft table.

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This project was inpisred by the latest “Just Add Ink” sketch and a desperate desire to use my new Four Feathers & matching framelits set from the Holiday Catalogue.  I made two versions and can’t decide which one I like best – I’m leaning towards the first one with the ombre feathers floating down.  3 big, 3 small and a wayward one down the bottom.  Feathers are very ‘on trend’ at the moment but like most trends I think you either love them or hate them.  I’m loving them!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Feathers, Banners, Chalk Talk

DSP: Watercolour Wonder

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Grey

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Blackberry Bliss

Marker: Blackberry Bliss

Stamp Sets: Four Feathers, Four You

Extras: Stampin’ Dimensionals

 

*** Four Feathers available as a bundle – Wood / Clear

 

Just because – you’re my friend

“Just because” cards are my favourite.  No particular reason – just someone that you might be thinking of or would like to send some “pretty” to.  It’s always a nice change in the snail mail pile to receive something that fits into the ‘lovely’ category rather than the practical category.  For this card I used lots of my ‘favourites’ to make it extra special.

My favourite DSP: In every pack of DSP I have an instant favourite.  In Back to Black, it was the feathers.

My favourite technique: This week’s favourite is the “Baby Wipe Technique”.  Take a baby wipe, add drops of different coloured ink refills [I used all the 2014-16 in colours except Tangelo Twist] and use it as a stamp pad.  To get a little more bleed, I lightly sprayed my inky baby wipe with a water filled Stampin’ Spritzer.

My favourite stamps: I’m still in love with the feather from “A Happy Hooray” and “And Many More” is getting a steady workout at the moment.

My favourite colour collection: Blackberry Bliss & it’s In Colour friends are still my favs!

Actually, I love everything about this card!  Is there anyone you’d like to send a ‘just because’ card to this week?  I guarantee it would put a smile on anyone’s face and that’s a great way to finish the week.  Kelly x

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That One Stamp … The Other Stamp Challenge

There’s always one stamp in a stamp set that draws you in.  If it’s a great stamp set, you’ll fall in love with the other ones.  But there’s always that one.  Occasionally, I buy stamp sets for just one stamp.  Or, keep a retired stamp set because I can’t part with that one stamp…

A Happy Hooray from the Annual Catalogue was one of those stamp sets for me.  It was the feather – I had to have it – so I indulgently purchased the whole stamp set, just for one lovely feather!

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But, I decided to set myself a challenge – make a card without using the feather and inking up some stamps that might not otherwise see the Stampin’ Scrub.  And what do you know … the other stamps are beautiful too!

If you hit the craft table this weekend – take the ‘other stamp’ challenge.  Find your favourite set, put ‘that one stamp’ back into the case and use one of it’s companions.  The results may just be surprising.  Kelly x

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Supply List

Card 1:

Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Project Life Cards & Labels

Embossing Folder: Large Polka Dot

Stamp Sets: A Happy Hooray, Remembering Your Birthday

Cardstock: Whisper White, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss

Ink: Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss

 

Card 2:

Punches: Hexagon, Itty Bitty Accents

Stamp Set: A Happy Hooray

Cardstock: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight

Ink: Tuxedo Black Momento, Crushed Curry

Accessories: Pearl Basic Jewels