Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop: Birthday Theme

It’s my birthday, which makes it the perfect reason to have another team blog hop!

With all the originality I could muster, the theme for this hop is ‘birthday’!

Be sure to click on the link at the end of each post to take you to the next blog or Facebook page and see what the talented Paper Adventures team have created.


It’s super handy having your birthday in the same month as pre-order!!!

Happy birthday to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am most excited about the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle.

I have been waiting for a Happy Birthday Thinlit – and the coordinating stamp set is stunning (to a font nerd like me).

So of course, it was first on my pre-order list!

Using this bundle, and the cute little girl stamp from the Birthday Delivery stamp set (another new catalogue gift… from me to me!), I made this gorgeous balloon overload birthday card.

It's My Birthday Team Blog Hop | kelly kent

I love that many of the new Stampin’ Up! products coordinate with products we already have – like the Balloon Bouquet punch!

And how amazing is that birthday thinlit!!!

It's My Birthday Team Blog Hop | kelly kent

And did you spy the cuter-than-cute bow holding all the balloons together?

Blank of course, so I can fill it in once I've worked out just how much I need!

Pre-tied bows in the 2017-2019 In Colors are available on 1st June!


Since I’m all into buying my own birthday presents – I make it very easy for my family – I thought a gift voucher was in order.

This is the gift voucher holder I made to keep it safe…

It's My Birthday Team Blog Hop | kelly kent

I carried over the theme of the little girl and colours from the balloons.

You’ll notice the voucher has been left blank… so I can fill it in once I’ve worked out just how much I need!

It's My Birthday Team Blog Hop | kelly kent

What a cute little set!

It's My Birthday Team Blog Hop | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with us today and sharing in my birthday!

Next up is our guest designer for this hop –  my gorgeous friend, Lou Kitzelman.

If you need a list of participants in this team hop, here’s the full list.

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Stamp Review Crew – Thoughtful Banners

Good morning!  It’s my birthday today!  And I’m so excited to spend it celebrating with you!

Today for Stamp Review Crew we’re creating using the Thoughtful Banner stamp set.

It’s full of amazing teeny tiny sentiment words  – perfect for building all kinds of phrases.

I can’t wait to see what the crew comes up with!


Since it’s my birthday, I have created birthday cards!

I’m all about white embossing on coloured cardstock at the moment.

#itsmybirthdayandillmakewhatiwantto

This card was inspired by the colour chart that appears in the new catalogue.  I can’t show you the inside pages of the catalogue online yet, so you’ll just have to trust me that it’s amazing – until you can get your hands on a copy.

The clever designers at Stampin’ Up! have put all 50 colours together so they flow through a rainbow of awesomeness.

I can’t show you the catalogue rainbow, but I can show you mine!  I left out the neutrals (I’ve never seen a Chocolate Chip rainbow!) and split the remaining 40 colours into 2 halves.

The top half…

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Banners | kelly kent

And the bottom half…

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Banners | kelly kent

How pretty is that rainbow?

Projects like this celebrate the joy of having an amazing Stampin’ Up! collection where I am lucky enough to own every colour.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Banners | kelly kent

The ‘happy’ and ‘birthday’ dies are cut from the upcoming “Happy Birthday Thinilt”, which will appear in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue, starting 1st June.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Banners | kelly kent

I cut it out twice and carefully trimmer the connecting segments for each of the words.

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Banners | kelly kent

Each card was finished with Glitter Enamel Dots – another new catalogue sneak peek!  You are going to love them!  Beautiful glitter finish in 4 great colours!

Stamp Review Crew - Thoughtful Banners | kelly kent

There was a little bit of work involved in this project, but thankfully my creativity is not limited by fussy cutting!  Or the need to cut straight!!!

Any guesses what was on my birthday list this year?  I’ll give you a clue… it starts with Stamp and ends with Up!

I like to make the challenge of buying birthday presents easy!

And with new products as amazing as the ones on pre-order, who can blame a girl for buying pretty things???

I hope you have a great day!  Please continue to be inspired by the crew’s amazing creativity by visiting Betty Traciak.

And for more birthday celebrations, visit my blog again tonight for a special birthday blog hop with my Paper Adventures team.