Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Naturally Eclectic

Hi there!  Welcome to another Stamping Sunday blog hop.

We are a group of international demonstrators invited by Sara Levin to hop with her on the 4th Sunday of each month.

You can see the full line up of participants this month by clicking on the cute blue frog.



You are currently hopping with Kelly Kent from Bunbury, in the south west of Australia.

Each hop has a theme, and I’m delighted that this month it’s all about the Naturally Eclectic Suite from the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! ® Annual Catalogue.

This is probably one of my favourite product lines from the catalogue!

I love the colours, patterns and styling of this suite.  It’s perfect for layering!!!

Naturally Eclectic Suite…

 


For this hop, to show off my favourite elements of the suite (which is all of it!), I made a ‘missing you’ card and birthday bon-bons.

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

Here’s both projects in more detail (warning: lots of photos today!)…

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

The stand out winner for me in this suite is the lattice die from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  It’s very pretty and wonderfully versatile.

I have used it in the card to create a window for the shaker element (it doesn’t have a solid outline, so it creates a great window), to create the shaker confetti and as a background element on the card base!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

The Eclectic Layers Thinlits are fabulous.  Several of the pieces are designed to only emboss (not cut) – which adds great variety to the die set.

The heart die is one the embossing patterns.  I’ve embossed it on Berry Burst and Dapper Denim and then snipped around the shape with scissors.

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

There’s 4 sweet sentiments in the Oh So Eclectic stamp set.  I’ve stamped the ‘missing you’ but cut it into single words before adhering it over my hearts.


The other 3 sentiments (“you’re so lovely”, “oh, hello friend” & “I like you”) were perfect for these bon-bons (crackers) I made with my envelope punch board using the gorgeous Naturally Eclectic DSP.

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

I finished the ends with the new Crinkled Ribbon – it’s so soft and ties beautifully!!!

Each bon-bon has a body wash from The Body Shop.  You could fill with other small treats, but I often give these away as birthday gifts, so have designed the measurements to fit!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

Making another appearance is the lattice die, so the recipient can see what’s inside their gift without breaking it open!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

And each bon-bon is embellished with the flower & leaf die cuts, with a stamped flower sentiment.

The cardstock packs that are available to coordinate with each DSP pattern are a great way for stampers to build up their paper stock – and have the colours they need to match each DSP!

Stamping Sunday - Naturally Eclectic | kelly kent

To make your own bon-bons (for birthdays, Christmas or other occasions where you need cute packaging!):

  • Cut a piece of DSP at 8″ x 6″
  • Score (going down the long edge, across the short edge) at 1-3/8″, 2-3/4″, 4-1/8″ & 5-1/8″
  • Fold along the first score line and insert into the Envelope Punch Board at 1-3/4″ and punch
  • Repeat for all score lines (fold, punch) and finally without any folding on the edge
  • Do the same for each score line, 1-3/4″ from the other edge
  • If you want the peekaboo window, cut with the lattice die
  • Adhere along the 1/2″ strip to create a box shape
  • Finish with ribbon on each end & embellishments on top

I took quick photos of a template to show you how it folds into the EPB…

Bon Bon Template | kelly kent

and what it should look like before you stick it together (this is without the peekaboo window).

Bon Bon Template | kelly kent


Thank you for hopping with me today.  If you’re following in order, the next stop is the gorgeous Danielle Bennenk in the Netherlands!

Click on the cute blue frog for the complete blog hop list.  You can hop through the order, or choose as it suits you!


No matter where you visit, you won’t be disappointed with the amazing range of projects created by the Stamping Sunday Design Team!

I hope you enjoy the last moments of your weekend!

I’m in the middle of another great book (this one by Australian author Fiona Palmer), so it’s a cosy corner with a cup of tea and more Australian romance for me!

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CASEing the Catty #137 – Artistic Expression

Today marks the end of the winter school holidays for us and back to school tomorrow.

I love school holidays, so I’m sad to see them end, but the start of Term 3 hopefully means that nice weather will be coming soon!

This week at CASEing the Catty, the inspiration comes from a plentiful section of the catalogue called “Artistic Expression” – pages 132-181 of the Annual Catalogue.

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There’s so many beautiful inspiration photos in this section of the catalogue, I had a hard time choosing – so I kinda didn’t!

I used three inspiration photos to create something new!

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

The colours, centrepiece element & choice of stamp set came from the photos above, and the layout was a combination of all three.

The big flower from the Garden in Bloom stamp set was stamped and then the outline embossed – just as the catalogue suggested!

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

The ‘friend’ centrepiece is cut on Shimmery White cardstock using the Lovely Words Thinlit die, backed with a Gold Foil oval.

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

And I couldn’t leave this card just at the front, so I carried the theme through to the middle for a bit of extra ‘wow’!

This worked well with the 2-part sentiment.

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

After I made this, it waiting on my table for the next step (photography).  It looked so cute amongst the post-craft chaos, I snapped a candid picture!

I love this view because you can see the front & the middle all at once!

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

That’s all from me today!

Continue to wonderful crew blog hop by visiting Rachael Palmieri and her shiny project!

You can join the challenge and see more cards on our CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page.

Have a great week,


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Stamping with Friends – Celebrating 5 years! Part One

A very big hello!!!

And welcome to a special blog hop that started as a little idea that delightfully spun into a wonderful weave of stamping friends.

This time 5 years ago my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator (now upline, Maxine Norrish) contacted me to see if I had thought about joining Stampin’ Up!

I hadn’t, but given my spending patterns & growing stash in the 12 months before that, it seemed like a great next step.  And they were offering free DSP…. show me the forms!!!

Which brings me to May 2017 – and I’m celebrating 5 years with Stampin’ Up!, a heap of wonderful memories, a great team and {lots} of wonderful stamping friends!

So, when I asked if anyone wanted to join me, thinking I’d maybe have a nice little hop of 10 or so, I was left speechless (which takes a lot!) by the amazing demos that put their hand up to join me.

So many so, that this blog hop runs over 2 nights!!!  With lots & lots of talent with each ‘next’ click.


There weren’t too many rules or regulations for tonight’s hop – I wanted it to be a celebration and a party.

But we do have a loose theme of ‘happy’.

When I think about what makes me happy, there’s 2 main things – my family & my friends.

Because it’s my stamping friends that have made this hop possible tonight, I’ll start with friends!

We’re so close to the new catalogue and being able to order new things… like the Lovely Inside & Out bundle.

Owning new Stampin’ Up! makes me happy!

Over the years I’ve grown to love cards with non specific sentiments such as ‘friend’.

And I {LOVE} the fonts in this set!

So, using the friend stamp & die, I’ve made a trio of friend cards, to celebrate all my stamping friends and how happy their friendship & support makes me.

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

I’ve used lots of Stampin’ Up! products in these cards that make me happy!

Happy colours…Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay & Pool Party

Happy embellishments… glitter dots

Happy dies… stitched shapes

Layouts that make me happy, vellum and of course twine!

I think the only happy favourite that’s missing is white embossing!

It think it’s safe to say I have a ‘style’ when it comes to card making!!!!


Here’s the cards in more detail…

Front:

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

Inside:

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent


Front:

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

Inside:

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent


Front:

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

Stamping with Friends blog hop | kelly kent

Do you have a style?  Go-to layouts, colours, design features or elements that make you happy?

It an amazing feeling to make a card and do that happy little sigh cos you love it!


Thanks for sharing in my 5th stampin’-versary!!!

Please keep hopping to see what my amazing stamping friends have created in their happy zone.

We go all around the world for this hop – isn’t technology wonderful!

If there are any broken links, check the list below to keep you on track.

Next up is the gorgeous Angela Meiritz-Reid

If you love what you see, pop back tomorrow night for part 2!

I am floating on cloud 9 that this has come together and that I am surrounded by so much talent, beauty and kindness.

Big hugs my friends, I’m very grateful for each & every one of you!!!  More than I can tell you in the blog post!


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Just Add Ink #361 – Choose Two

This week for Just Add Ink #361 there’s a choice!

You’ve got the power to two options that spark your creativity – flowers, washi tape or watercolour.

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If you don’t like the choices, you can blame me!

I actually have 2 cards to share with you in this post.

I had an idea for this card and went along my merry way using the flowers from Awesomely Artistic and Washi Tape from the Floral Boutique set.

 

I stamped the flowers in Sahara Sand – same colour as the cardstock and wasn’t quite happy with them.

Without thinking, I added some *watercolouring*….

And then oh oh – I didn’t choose two, I chose all three!

So, back to the drawing board with *just* washi & flowers….

To avoid the watercolouring issue again, I changed the colour of the flowers to Night of Navy and added more washi tape (you can never have too much of a good thing!).

When I was first card making, I would have never make a card using a generic sentiment like ‘friend’.  I was a happy birthday kind of girl!

Now I love the options for all the different kind of sentiments!!!


As always, I can’t wait to see what you make for this week’s challenge.

Visit the Just Add Ink blog to see what the design team made and enter your card!

Which *two* will you choose???


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CASEing the Catty #124 Host Sets

Happy Easter Sunday!

How’s the chocolate consumption going?  I have OD’d!!!  Someone hide the secret stash from me!!!

I’m pleased to be sharing a chocolate free creation with you today for CASEing the Catty #124 – Host Sets.

For this challenge we had free reign on any inspiration coming from the host sets in the Annual or Occasions catalogue.

I flicked through the catalogue earlier in the week and couldn’t make a deicions.  WHen I came back to it later in the week, it was an easy choice.

Funny how our experiences during the week can alter how we think or see things!

My week has been all about the retirement list.  There’s still lots of choice for amazing Stampin’ Up! items – many at a discount.

Technically, all of the host sets are retiring (they always do).  But it was another retiring set that I wanted to get inky again… before it goes!

I’ve loved Kinda Eclectic!!!  That sweet little butterfly has featured on many cards produced via my craft table.

I used the layout from this host card in the Annual Catalogue…

To create this Kinda Eclectic version with butterflies!

I used the Gold Wink of Stella pens to create the gold splatters on the card base.

This has {NEVER} worked for me before!  And now that I’ve been able to master it, I’m sad that the gold pen is retiring!  But soooooo happy that the Clear Wink of Stella pen is staying around.

The sentiment is from the Helping Me Grow stamp set.  Although retiring, I’m going to keep this set in my stash because it’s a classic for teachers and other helping influences.

If you see any favourites in my blog posts over the next 6 weeks that I mention as retiring, you’ll want to order those before they disappear forever!  Stocks are available unti 31st May 2017 or the warehouse runs out – whichever comes first!  Retirement list shopping is best done in my online store.

Please join us for the CASEing the Catty challenge by visiting our Facebook page.

You can enjoy more design team inspiration by visiting the blog of my talented stamping friend Monique Fielder

Until next time,

 

Introducing the Eastern Palace Suite

Hello!  I hope your Easter has started well!

It was a little about Easter today and a little about the new Eastern Palace suite – which I introduced to my birthday card class this morning.

The Easter part was the lovely gifts I got from some of the attendees…

Shhh ….. Those eggs are already eaten.

So spoilt!!!


Two of the cards we made during today’s class featured the pre-released Eastern Palace Suite.

This beautiful suite from the upcoming Annual Catalogue is being released before the catalogue even starts!

It’s available to demonstrators during April and customers during May.  I’ll post all the ordering details in early May.

And a few samples in April to get you excited!

This is the first card we made featuring the Eastern Beauty stamp set, Eastern Medallions Thinlits and Eastern Palace Speciality DSP.

You’ll also spy the stunning new Mini Sequin Trim.  I was lucky enough to get some of this as part of my display board stamping box for OnStage.

It’s amazing!  And will be available when the new catalogue is released on 1st June 2017.


The next card we made featured the beautiful medallion thinlit again – this time transformed into a doily to use in a layered frame card design.

On this card is also some items that are carrying over into the upcoming catalogue – Feather Together stamp set, White Accents, Bold Butterfly Framelit – and one of the 2017-2019 In Colors!

I was on the fence about Lemon Lime Twist initially, but as predicted, I’m absolutely falling in love!  I really love it with this black, white & gray combination where the colour just pops!


The third card we made for this class featured retiring products.  There was a little system glitch during the week where stamp sets were unorderable due to being in discontinued mode.  There was however stock in the warehouse!

So, good news!  The glitch has been fixed and the retirement list is full of your favourites again – but probably not for long!

If there’s anything you want, be sure to shop in my online store!

Host code for April is JQENNDM4.

Can you spot the retiring items?

I count 5….

As always, I’m going to miss items from the 2015-2017 Annual Catalogue – but I’m so excited about what’s to come!!!

I can start sharing physical copies of the catalogues with you when they arrive on my doorstep in mid May.  Until then, you’ll have to enjoy the sneak peek samples I share with you!