Stamp Review Crew | Forever Fern

Hello Monday (in Australia!) & welcome to another Stamp Review Crew hop.  I’m joined by my stamping friends from around the world as we all share projects made using the same Stampin’ Up! stamp set.  You can find the full list of participants and link on the Stamp Review Crew blog.

Today it’s the Forever Fern stamp set and coordinating Forever Flourishing Dies.

This is one of those sets where the dies really complement the stamp set, so I know you’re going to see some wonderful projects today using the whole suite.

I really enjoy experimenting with the styling of a stamp set that has quite a strong theme in the catalogue.  There’s lot of green tones in this suite, so I’ve taken the turn to the left and gone pink.

Forever Fern | kelly kent

The inspiration for this card started with wanting to use the Gold Hoop Embellishment.  They are just the sweetest!

Forever Fern | kelly kent

I mixed my embossing colours with gold, silver and white on the same card!  White for the sentiment on Basic Gray cardstock, silver leaves on Sahara Sand cardstock, gold leaves on Sahara Sand cardstock and silver splatters on the card base.  I figured while I was mixing it up, I’d try out a few different things.

Forever Fern | kelly kent

The card base is Rococo Rose layered with Whisper White and more Rococo Rose. The embossed layer is the 3D Brick & Mortar folder. And the ribbon is the new Metallic Mesh Ribbon and the Braided Linen Trim from the Annual Catalogue.


There’s more Forever Fern projects waiting for you by clicking the next button through the hop.  From here, you’re travelling to the US to visit the wonderful Holly Krautkremer.

Thanks for joining the fun with us today!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Social Stamping | sympathy

Welcome to Social Stamping – the first of the monthly hops focused on social greetings as themes.  If you joined us for any of the 15 weekly Social Stamping hops, you’ll be familiar with the blog hop style, linked to each other and also a main blog host post.  Click here to see a full list of designers participating today.

Today’s theme is ‘sympathy’.  Sympathy cards can be very hard to make.  The elements of the card – the colour choices, the theme, the stamps, the layout – it seems to carry more weight when the job of the card is to express to someone how much we care.  I wanted to make a card that covered feeling sad and the new Boho Indigo stamp has has the perfect sentiment – “sorry you’re feeling blue”.

I really love the Boho Indigo Product Medley with it’s serene blue tones and beautiful imagery in the stamp & die set.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Flowers are a great way to express condolences and a good theme for sympathy cards.  The stamps and dies in this project set make it easy to create visually stunning arrangements in no time at all. I’ve used a combination of the vase (Smoky Slate), flowers (Misty Moonlight) and leaves (Seaside Spray).

I came across this style of card on Debbie Henderson’s blog recently.  She called it an interlocking card – and I just love it!!!

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The finished card is the same size as a standard Australian card (A6) and fits in a normal C6 envelope.  To create the gap needed for the slider, you cut the card front down by 1/8″ to allow for the slider mechanism to sit snugly down the gap.  The card base is 8-1/8″ x 5-7/8″, scored at 2″ from each end.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The slider is made using two labels or tags held together with Foam Adhesive Strip.  I used two of the same size die from the Tasteful Labels set, cut from Misty Moonlight cardstock and held together using a piece of Foam Adhesive Strip.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

It’s so simple but so clever – my favourite kind of card!  I can see this being my new favourite as it will fit any style or theme of card.

I’ve added the flowers & vase to the slider and also a piece of ribbon to act as a pull tab.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with us today.  Next blog to visit is by Julia Quinn – who makes gorgeous projects in sunny Queensland.

Enjoy your weekend.  I hope you don’t have a need for many sympathy cards, but if you do, I hope this hop has provided some helpful inspiration!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #514 | Colour Challenge

Hello!  Today’s project is a design team card for the Just Add Ink Challenge.  I’ve chosen a colour combination for the team to create with and I can’t wait to see what they – and you – do with it.  Every JAI theme is a challenge which means we ask you to join in too.  Add your project to the gallery on our blog (click here to visit) – your project could be the winner!

I had a totally different project in mind for this colour theme.  Little Miss Papercraft turns 7 on the weekend and with a Frozen themed birthday party, this would have been perfect!  I even preordered some delightfully snowy themed products from the upcoming Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue (aka the Holiday Catalogue), but sadly, they got held hostage by Australia Post and didn’t arrive in time.

So, instead, I have used the colours to create a cute birthday card using some of my favourite Annual Catalogue products.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The flowers on this card are from the Boho Indigo stamp set (part of the Boho Indigo Product Medley).  This is a hidden gem of the Annual Catalogue and such a fun set to own!  I used the coordinating dies in the kit to cut the feature flowers (Pool Party & Pretty Peacock) and the Vellum flourish.

Monogram Messages | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Monogram Messages stamp set.  I’m in love with the simplicity of this set.  I cut the largest size of the stitched circle from the Stitched Shapes Dies, stamped the “B” in Pretty Peacock, ‘is for’ in Smoky Slate and white heat embossed the ‘birthday’ on Pretty Peacock cardstock.

You could use this simple layout for just about any card and with the other stamps in the Monogram Messages stamp set, you could easily adapt the colours for any type of birthday, baby, hello or celebration card.  There’s cute little picture stamps as well as the letters & words.  Did I mention how much I love this stamp set?

Now it’s your turn to work your magic on these colours (or the closest colours you have in your stash if you don’t use Stampin’ Up! – a soft aqua, a deep teal and a light gray).  Upload your project using the challenge colours and share it in our gallery.

Thanks for supporting the Just Add Ink challenge.  We love having you share your talents with us each week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Blossoms in Bloom

Do you remember the first time you saw stamping in action?  It was 2010 for me and I was pregnant with Little Miss Papercraft #1.  A friend asked me if I wanted to come to a Stampin’ Up! workshop her Mum was hosting.  With no papercraft experience, but nothing better to do that weekend, I joined the fun – and boy did I enjoy it!  I was a smitten kitten and that was the start of the journey to here.

On the weekend I had the pleasure of being able to share the wonder of making something creative using stamps, ink & paper with a lovely group of ladies who were mostly new to stamping.

This is the make & take project we completed using the Blossoms in Bloom stamp and Flowers for Every Season DSP.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

We stamped the large flower stamp in Bumblebee ink and two of the smaller flowers in Magenta Madness – both with Early Espresso centres.  All the flower were fussy cut with Paper Snips.  The leaves are stamped onto the Whisper White layer in Just Jade ink.  The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp too – stamped in Magenta Madness ink.

Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I love this stamp set!  It has beautiful dies to go with it, but I’m loving making the floral stamps the highlight of the card. Click here to see the card I made using Misty Moonlight (blue) flowers where I stamped one piece of cardstock and created two cards!!!

To place an order and add to your Stampin’ Up! collection, visit my online store.  To book a workshop in the Bunbury area for you and your friends (and earn free products with qualifying orders), contact me via email or Facebook.

I hope your week involves lots of smiles!

Social Stamping | new normal

Hey there, thanks for stopping by for a Social Stamping Blog Host with my friends.  You can see the full list of designers who have joined in for this theme by clicking here.

As we ease from COVID into post COVID, we settle into what is now our new normal.  There’s some really wonderful things we are taking from the lessons of a global pandemic.  We’re also at the start of a new catalogue – yay!  So, the theme for today’s blog hop is “new”.

When reflecting on this theme, and my experiences during COVID, one of the things I really enjoyed was the simplicity and space that being at home more and being less busy allowed.  As we pave a path forwards into what life looks like after the coronavirus of 2020, the pace is picking up and I miss the lazy starts to the day, the time to bake (and craft!) and being able to spend time being fun with the kids.  I’d like to keep some of the simplicity and luxury of time that we experienced and build this into our new normal.

I wanted the essence of simplicity to come through in my cards for today’s hop, so as well as using new products, I’ve used simple stamping (well, simple compared to my usual style).

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

My cards today feature the Jar Punch in a solid colour, cut twice to make it a little shorter.  Cut once as usual, then feed the bottom of the jar back into the bottom of the punch and punch again.

Jar of Flowers | kelly kent

The white panel used as the backdrop for the card is cut from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies (scalloped rectangle) and then embossed with the new Tasteful Texture Embossing Folder.  This is a fabulous addition to the range of embossing folders – just a bit more texture than the Subtle folder, but still very nondescript so it doesn’t detract from your theme. I’ve used the same die set for the sentiment, which is white heat embossed from the Forever Fern stamp set.

With simple in mind, I just love the look of a leafy die in the jar.  Not to complicate things, I used the same colours and general styling and created two more cards.

Forever Flourishing Dies | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is stamped directly onto the jar and is from the Many Mates stamp set.  This versatile set is going to be a favourite from this catalogue for all your greeting needs.

Forever Flourishing Dies | kelly kent

I’m sad that the Whisper White twine has retired, but there’s still a couple of twine options in the new catalogue.  The blue (Misty Moonlight / Night of Navy) cards feature the Misty Moonlight / silver Baker’s Twine from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack.  The pink (Blushing Bride / Rococo Rose) cards feature Linen Thread – a staple favourite.


Thanks for joining me today.  Next fabulous designer to visit is Lisa Whitehead with her beautiful new project.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Just Add Ink #506 | Photo Inspiration

There’s something fun about a photo inspiration – I think it’s the different directions that everyone goes in from the same starting point, and the starting point being a style or theme you may not usually choose.

With the combination of bold colours and quirky elements, this great photo (chosen by Nikki) is bound to give us lots of great entries for this week’s challenge.  To join in, share your card on the Just Add Ink gallery (click here to visit).

I really loved the cherry blossom wallpaper that you can see in the background of this photo.  I’ve always had a soft spot for cherry blossoms and hope to one day see them in person in Japan.  The Seasonal Layers Dies have a branch and floral combination, that are not quite a cherry blossom, but a gorgeous flower all the same!  If you love this set, you’ll want to buy it ASAP as it retires in less than two weeks.

Seasonal Layers | kelly kent

I’ve kept with the colours of the inspiration photo – I love yellow and purple tones together, and the white keeps it fresh.

Seasonal Layers | kelly kent

Finished off with a die cut sentiment from the Well Written Dies, I have created this card with zero stamping!  Just some cardstock in great colours, a few sets of metal dies and my die cutting machine.  I know this card will brighten someone’s day when it arrives in their mailbox as happy mail.

To see the rest of the design team cards for this challenge and add your card to the gallery, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

Have a great weekend!

Fancy Fold | Theatre Card

I was spoilt with so many beautiful birthday cards for my birthday. One of them was made by my mum and was a gorgeous Theatre Card using my favourite DSP (Best Dressed). Tracing back some of the examples shared on Pinterest, I think the original designer was Lolascrap. You can see her post, including measurements & instructions by clicking here.

I have the pleasure of sharing my birthday with my mother-in-law. This works out well for my husband who has one less date to remember (or ends badly if he forgets!!

This is my version of a Theatre Card, made for my mother-in-law, using the soon to be retired Mosaic Mood DSP. This has been a firm favourite of mine and this style of card seemed like the perfect way to show it off one last time!

Like all great fancy folds, this design folds flats and fits into a normal envelope. But when you pull the middle layers outwards, it opens up to reveal a beautiful centre.

Like so many recent DSP patterns, these designs are easy to fussy cut and include as the main artwork in cards. The happy birthday sentiment is from the also retiring I Say Hello stamp set.

The slide feature is so clever on this card. It can be displayed as a stage card or opened up with the front frame taken off.

This style of card gives you lots of space to show off all the prettiness of the DSP!

The writing panel for this card is best placed on the back , which gave me a great way to add another beautiful hummingbird.

And then it fold flat again for posting.

I love receiving cards with new folds and deconstructing them to see the inner workings – but don’t tell anyone that or they won’t send me fun cards anymore!!!

Hope you are finding some time to be crafty this week!

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!

Participant List

Laura Mackie (Guest Designer)

Stamp Review Crew | Sale-A-Bration

It’s always a pleasure to be hopping with my stamping friends from around the world.  Today we’re all sharing projects we’ve made with Sale-A-Bration catalogue items.

Sale-A-Bration is the most wonderful time of year – who doesn’t love free stuff for working their way through their Stampin’ Up! wishlist.  You can see all the Sale-A-Bration items for 2020 by clicking here.

The Sale-A-Bration stamp set I have most fallen in love with this year was a big surprise for me.  I instantly loved the meerkat set (The Gang’s All Meer) but it has actually been the Happy Birthday to You stamp set that has been my fave!

The cake is just stunning, the sentiments gorgeous and the flowers can be cut separately – which adds so many more options for this set.

Happy Birthday to you SAB 2020 | kelly kent

I created these three cards using my favourite technique with this set – white embossing and watercolouring.  The cakes just pop!

Happy Birthday to you SAB 2020 | kelly kent

I’ve matched the colours for each card with the colours in the Best Dressed DSP for three different variations.

Happy Birthday to you SAB 2020 | kelly kentThe scalloped rectangle for the background layer is from a new die set called Stitched So Sweetly.  You can never have too many stitched dies!

Happy Birthday to you SAB 2020 | kelly kent

Before you start thinking that I’ve got this fussy cutting down to a fine art, I’ll share with you that Stampin’ Up! released a range of coordinating products to match some of the Sale-A-Bration & Mini catalogue items.  So, if you love the Happy Birthday to You stamp set and plan to choose it as your Sale-A-Bration free product, make sure to add the coordinating Birthday Dies to your order ($47 – 153590).

Happy Birthday to you SAB 2020 | kelly kent

To see all the coordinating products in the 2020 release, click here.  There’s 5 die sets and a DSP that matches some of the punches!!!


Thanks for hopping with me in Australia.  Next up is Lou Kitzelman over on the other coast of Australia who has been creating some amazing designs this summer!

Stay tuned for more Sale-A-Bration releases in March. There will be 3 new stamp set to redeem and 2 specialty papers.  Available 2nd – 31st March 2020.

To see the full list of participants for this hop, visit the Stamp Review Crew blog.  Have a great week!

Just Add Ink #481 | Photo Inspiration

Welcome to a Just Add Ink challenge – it’s so great to see you!  I know you’re going to love the photo inspiration for this challenge.

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If you’d like to join in and share a project inspired by this great image, you can add your photo to our gallery.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog – see the design team cards and add your creation.

I loved the colours of the photo inspiration – just so pretty!  And of course, the floral bouquet was great inspiration. So – using the colours and the styling, I made this card using the Bloom & Grow stamp set.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

I stamped my favourite large floral stamp from this set in Crumb Cake ink across the top of a Whisper White cardstock mat, and then again (upside down) underneath this.  I knew I wanted to add a sentiment over the top, so I allowed enough space for this with a slight bit of overlap.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

The flowers are coloured using Stampin’ Blends.  Usually I’d use black Memento ink if I was colouring with Blends, but as all our classic Stampin’ Up! inks are water based, you can use any of these and then colour with Blends.  How cool is that???

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

The Stampin’ Blends colours are Light Cajun Craze, Light Calypso Coral, Light & Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Mango Melody, Light & Dark Granny Apple Green and Dark Mint Macaron.

I was so obsessed with the large floral images in this set that I had completely overlooked the small images that match!  They are the sweetest and make for a great carry through to the middle.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card comes from the Beautiful Day stamp set. White heat embossed on Soft Suede cardstock.

Bloom & Grow | kelly kent

And the final touch for my card was to mount the front panel onto a piece of burlap from the Pressed Petals DSP.  I don’t often use DSP as a base layer – but in this case I love how it finishes the card.  The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock for a lovely neural finish.


Thanks for joining me today.  It’s such a pleasure to be able to share with you.  I hope you find the time to join in our challenge and share your beautiful creation with us on the Just Add Ink blog.  We love visiting your blog, Pinterest, Instagram or other online location!

Have a great weekend,