Social Stamping | thank you from kelly

Hi there, and thanks for stopping by for the second installment of Social Stamping.  I’m hopping with my stamping friends – so that we can share with you and all stay connected during the global lockdown period.

You can see a full list of all the designers participating in this blog host by clicking here.

The theme today is thank you.  And it’s a big thank you.  One that extends to everyone playing their part in the COVID-19 pandemic.  From the front line heroes who are manning the shops, educating our children or saving the sick, to the at home hereos who are continuing essential businesses while in social isolation or raising their family within the boundaries of their home.  Staying at home at the moment where possible is just as essential as going out to work.  We all have a part to play to move forward from our pandemic state to putting COVID-19 in the history books.

My card was made for a staff member at our local farmer’s market.  She had such a lovely disposition, beautiful words during our checkout chat and made such an impact on me during our short interaction.  It takes all levels of kindness and compassion during this time and she was a wonderful ambassador for the retail industry.  Until now, I’d never considered what a luxury it is to have an endless supply of food with easy access.  I am grateful to still be able to access fresh food and to the people who make this possible.

I could make a hundred of these cards and still not reach out to all the people that deserve them.  But I figure, if we can each spread some gratitude and say thank you to individuals that have made a difference, the ripple effect of this can be profound.

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

My card is a simple layout featuring both pretty DSP and simple stamping.  The Bird Ballad suite is from the Annual Catalogue.  This is current until 1st June 2020, but with supply chain uncertainty it’s possible that some products may sell out before this time and become unorderable.  If you have any favourites, I suggest adding them to an order sooner rather than later.

DSP: Bird Ballad
Stamp Set: Free As A Bird
Punch: Decorative Border Ribbon
Ink: StazOn Saddle Brown, Memento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso Classic
Colouring: Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Blends, Wink of Stella
Colours: Whisper White, Pool Party

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

I almost always colour with Blends now, so it was nice to use the Saddle Brown StazOn ink with watercolour pencils for a softer look.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso.  This is my go-to ink option for cards that coordinate with brown tones – it provides excellent coverage and easy stamping.  I love my blacks, but they can be a bit more high maintenance to get a good image on the first stamping.

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

I decorated the inside of this card with as much care as the outside.  I always think that adds a little extra love.  I carried through the DSP strip and then added a 2 layer mat (Pool Party & Whisper White) before embellishing with fussy cut flowers, another sentiment and some pearls.

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

The sentiments from this set couldn’t be more perfect for my thank you card!  And the font is so pretty!!  These flowers are coloured with Blends (stamped with Memento ink).

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

It can seem a little difficult to remember which ink goes with which colouring method, but once you understand that they need to be opposites, it’s much easier.  Stampin’ Blends are alcohol, so they need the water based Memento ink.  StazOn is alcohol based, so it’s suitable for water colouring (such as the Aqua Painter over Watercolour Pencils).

Social Stamping thank you | kelly kent

One last thank you left – and that’s to all the designers who joined me for this hop and all the crafters who visited.

You can see all the participants via the main blog post (click here) or you can click through to the next blog by Nicole Wilson.

 

Thanks for hopping with us,

Social Stamping | hello from kelly

Hi there and thanks for stopping by my project for the first Social Stamping blog host.  I organised this during week as an opportunity to connect us during this crazy time – either by joining the blog host as a designer, or by visiting the blogs as a crafter.  You can see the master list of participants and a bit of background about the blog host in this post (click here).


With a little bit of extra time on my hands, this was my chance to put into action a project I’ve been thinking about for a while – a card with a light circuit.  You can buy LED kits but they are quite expensive.  Being a girl who is good with maths & science, I decided that if I had all the pieces, I could probably do it myself.  As it turns out, I can and I did!

DIY LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

The little light between the lantern and the tree branch lights up when you press the heart.

DIY LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

How cool is that???  I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ and a piece of copy paper the same size.  From the copy paper I cut out a 2-5/8″ circle and used this as a mask over the Whisper White to blend three tones of pink into a circle “moon”.  Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose & Melon Mambo.  To see more about ink blending, visit this blog post I wrote in Feb.

DIY LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

I then added a branch from the Seasonal Layers Dies in Soft Suede cardstock, watercoloured lantern on Shimmery White cardstock from the Power of Hope stamp set (available as a Sale-A-Bration reward until 31st March 2020) and ‘hello’ sentiment from the Free As A Bird stamp set in white embossing powder on Rococo Rose cardstock.  The heart (from the Be Mine Stitched Dies in Melon Mambo cardstock) in the bottom right corner corresponds to the battery placement and is where the card recipient will press to close the circuit and make

Once all this was set up, I knew where I wanted the LED light to go and was able to punch a 1/8″ circle for the light to sit in.  And then it was time to create the behind the scenes magic.  To make the circuit you need to connect the LED diode to a battery, creating a circuit breaker so that it only turns on when you press.

Here’s what the circuit looks like on the back…

Here’s a quick look at the circuit breaker flap in motion…

Supplies you’ll need to make your own at home.  For suppliers, check ebay or your local electronics store.

  • LED diode (I used 3mm white but these come in pretty colours & different sizes too)
  • CR1225 3V button cell lithium battery
  • Conductive Adhesive Copper Foil Tape (I used 6mm)
  • Circuit breaker – I used a strip of copy paper 1″ x 2″ folded in half

DIY LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

To finish the card, I used Foam Adhesive Strips to attach the circuit layer to the Rococo Rose mat (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″).  Using the foam strips gives the circuit breaker some space to lie slightly open, meaning the light only comes on when you press all the layers together.

The card base is Blushing Bride cardstock with a top fold and then Rococo Rose and Whisper White layers on the inside to add some weight.

DIY LED Circuit Card | kelly kent

Many thanks to Marine from Blue Marine Crafts for her excellent tutorial which got me started on being able to make my own circuits.  You can see her card & video by clicking here.

I can’t wait to send this card to someone – and it could be someone you know!  Leave a comment on this blog – I’ll choose a comment at random as the winner, who can select a friend or family member to receive this card in the mail and add a little light to their life.


There’s lots more craft inspiration as part of this blog host.  You can see all the participants via the main blog post (click here) or you can click through to the next blog by Denita Wright-Smee.

Thank you for hopping with us!

Stamp Review Crew | Free as a Bird

Wow – 1st of July!!!  I’m actually not sure where the first 6 months of 2019 went, but welcome to the second half of the year!!!

I’m starting July with a fabulous blog hop with my Stamp Review Crew friends.  Today we’re showing you projects made with the Free as a Bird stamp set.  I’ve also used the coordinating Stitched Nested Label Dies that come with this set in a bundle.

As I got this post ready, I realised that although this style of fancy fold has been my favourite over the last month, I’m yet to share any with you!  I’ve been flat out making Pull Tab Cards – a condensed version of a waterfall card.  Thanks to Jan B and Dawn Griffiths for their tutorial videos.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

This card has a different orientation than the tutorial videos – with the pull tab at the top.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

When you pull the tab at the top, the nested label flips over to reveal the panel underneath.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

The birds and sentiment are heat embossed in black for a lucious black line and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  You need to be a touch careful going over the black embossing as the black lifts a little, but overall it’s a great effect.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

The background panel looks like DSP – but was actually hand stamped by me!  I stamped the flowers and leaves in Memento ink and then coloured with Blends. This is what it looked like before I applied it to my card.

 

I’ve finished the card with the same stamping on the inside.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

As I’ve mentioned before, when a card has such a strong identity with a suite – especially when it has a coordinating DSP – I love to change it up and give the stamp set a fresh look.  The colour palette for this card is one of my current favourites – Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate.


There’s lots more amazing stamping on this hop. For your next bout of inspiration, please keep hopping to visit my gorgeous friend Jackie Aitken.  Jackie is one of our newest crew members and we are so lucky to have her on board!!

Thanks for hopping with us!  Happy stamping x


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Kelly’s Stamping Friends | Birthday Blog Hop 2019

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Happy Birthday to me!  Tomorrow is my special day and to celebrate, it’s become a bit of a tradition (we’re in our third year) of gathering my stamping friends and having a blog hop.

I’m joined by 23 of the sweetest, most talented stampers that the South Pacific has to offer.  Enjoy the project from each creator and then click on next to hop through to the next project.  The hop runs in a circle, so you don’t need to start at any particular point – just keeping scrolling through the beautiful artwork and click on next until you get back to where you started.  If any of the next links are broken (it happens sometimes!), there’s a list of participants at the end of this post.

Seeing as it’s my birthday, there’s a loose birthday theme for tonight’s hop.  But (because it’s my birthday and I can break the rule), I have strayed slightly from that theme and my card is a thank you – a great big thank you to all the designers who have joined me on this hop to celebrate and another big thank you to everyone who visits us!

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

For this hop, I’m sharing with you some of my new birthday presents.  I love the happy coincidence that my birthday month is also a Stampin’ Up! preorder*** month.  I love gifts – giving gifts, getting gifts, buying myself gifts!  Happy Birthday to me!

***Preorder means a demonstrator can order from a new catalogue or promotion earlier than its release.  Customers will be able to order new items shown on this post from 4th June.  Can’t wait?  Ask me about joining my team.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

This card features the new Stampin’ Up! stamp set – Free As a Bird and coordinating dies – Stitched Nested Label Dies.  The stamp set has the most beautiful bird & flowers combination and the dies are a dotted edge – a new pattern for the SU range.  The stitched edge effect creates a fabulous border both inside & out.

Although this card looks pretty on the front, the magic happens when you fold it out.  I’ve combined a couple of ideas to create a Window Front Z Fold Card.  The card front has a Nested Die cut out and the bird panel is actually attached to the Z fold in the middle of the card.

Let me show you more pictures.  Here’s the card when the Z is still folded  but the card front is open.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

And then when totally opened out…

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

I’ve added a couple of little magnets to keep the card closed when it’s all folded back in.

The measurements for this card:

Card Base – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″ (half an A4 page lengthways), scored at 5-7/8″

Insert – 3-7/8″ x 11-1/4″, scored at 2-13/16″ & 5-5/8″

DSP (left panel) – 2-11/16″ x 3-3/4″

Cardstock (middle panel) – 2-11/16″ x 3-3/4″

DSP (right panel) – 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″


I love that those gorgeous birds are a feature inside & out of the card.  I’ve stamped all the images for this card in StazOn ink and coloured them with ink and an Aqua Painter.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

The Bird Ballard DSP I’ve used in the card is from the same suite as the stamp set.  These colours helped me to choose the colours for colouring.  The card base is Petal Pink, the Nested Label is Soft Suede and for colouring I’ve used Petal Pink, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Old Olive & Smoky Slate.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

As well as the whimsy of the birds and the flowers, I  love the sentiments from this set.  And I thought given all the wonderful friends I have along on this hop with me, the one I’ve chosen for the inside (Your friendship means the world to me) is just perfect!!!

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

Did I mention how much I love gifts?  I’d like to gift this card and a sampler of the pretty Bird Ballard DSP to someone special.  To be in the running, leave a comment on this blog post and I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday 28th May 2019.


Next up on for the birthday fun is the gorgeous Shannon Kissane.

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Thank you for hopping us with today and for being part of my birthday celebrations!!!


PARTICIPANT LIST
1 Kelly Kent
2 Shannon Kissane
3 Tina Gillespie
4 Monique Fielder
5 Leonie Stuart
6 Michelle Strazds
7 Mandy Depiazzi 
8 Rochelle Blok 
9 Narelle Simm 
10 Catherine Creer
11 Lou Kitzelman
12 Sandra Collett 
13 Sharon Dalton 
14 Denise Buetler 
15 Siobhan Fitzsimmons
16 Jan McQueen
17 Cathy Pinchbeck
18 Richelle Fletcher 
19 Melissa Gifford 
20 Rachael Lewsley
21 Nicole Wilson
22 Julia Quinn
23 Sheila Pybus
24 Leonie Schroder