Paper Adventures Team Hop | Trick or Treat

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Hello & welcome to October’s Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop.  This month the theme is ‘trick or treat’ – perfect timing for those team members who love a reason to make something spooky for Halloween.  Halloween isn’t so big in Australia, so you may also see some projects with ‘treats’ or something with a ‘trick’.  I love it when the theme gives us lots of room to be creative.

We welcome as our guest designer Brian King – a man who probably doesn’t need much introduction at all.  Brian is an influential US demonstrator who shares amazing projects on his blog Stamp With Brian.  Thank you for hopping with us Brian!!!  Your American Halloween influence for our trick or treat theme is appreciated!

Brian King


Although Halloween isn’t big on my agenda of events to celebrate, it is possible that we’ll get some trick or treater stop at our door.  And you know I love a reason to get crafty.  So, I made these super cute little treat boxes, just in case!

In true trick or treat style, you won’t know if you get a treat (some lollies… “candy” for my international visitors), or if you get a trick (plastic party favours in the form of a snake and a rat!).

The design for these boxes was inspired by Beth McCullough @ Stamping Mom.  You can see her post here and also some great visual instructions for making the boxes.  I altered the measurements because I didn’t want a tag topper top.  I also wanted to be able to get 2 boxes from a sheet of A4 cardstock.

My measurements were:

Cardstock: 5-7/8″ x 6-1/4″

Score 2″ from each edge along the 5-7/8″ side and 2-3/16″ from each edge along the 6-1/4″ side.

Cut away all four corners.

On the shorter flap, measure half way along the top edge (15/16″) and mark with a pencil.  Using your piercing mat, a ruler and a bone folder, gently score between the mark you made at the top edge and towards the bottom edge of the square.  Repeat this in the other direction to make a triangle within the square.

Fold into a box shape.  I adhered the back flaps to the back inside of the box, added in my trick or treat goodies and then finished with Monster Bash DSP on the front of the box and a Circle Tab punch adhered on to keep it closed.

What would you prefer?  Yummy treats or a spooky trick?

Products used for my triangle treat boxes:

DSP: Monster Bash

Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Basic Black

Punches: Classic Label, Circle Tab

Stamp set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer, Piercing Mat, Bone Folder, Paper Snips

You can find all these supplies in my online store.  Click here to shop.

Next up on our blog hop for some trick or treat fun is Lisa Whitehead.

In the event of any broken links, you can navigate through the hop via the participant list below.

Thanks for joining us!  We hope you have an excellent Halloween next week if you celebrate – or if you don’t, we hope you enjoy all the treats, trick-free!

Participant List
Brian King (guest designer)
Kelly Kent
Lisa Whitehead
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Narelle Simm
Mandy Depiazzi

CASEing the Catty #232 | Artistic Expression

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for the first CASEing the Catty of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It’s always fun to have new inspiration!

Join us as we choose any project to CASE from the Artistic Expression section of the catalogue – pages 106-159.

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I’ve chosen a card from page 158 showing the Lined Alphabet stamp set & dies.

What caught my eye in this sample is the triangle lines & the ombre colours of the ‘baby’ across the middle.  I used those elements to create a birthday (or other celebration) card using a Mint Macaron tone.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The Mint Macaron started with the DSP choice – I had the Mosaic Mood DSP on my table after creating the Tri-Fold Pocket Card for our team hope on Friday.  That card (you can see it here) used a lot of DSP, but it  didn’t use this particular pattern – which I love!  So that become the card base.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The next step was to add the triangle features – which in this case are actually more of a hexagon – using the Stitched Nested Label Dies.  The colours are Very Vanilla, Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron and Lost Lagoon.   Lost Lagoon is actually a retired colour – but I needed a darker tone to complete the ombre effect – and Lost Lagoon is a favourite of mine!  I wish it had been one of the returning colours during the revamp of 2018!

Once I had my triangle peaks of colour, I added the butterfly from the Beautiful Day stamp set – a returning favourite into the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It goes perfectly with this DSP, having a natural mosaic effect!

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The butterfly is stamped in Lost Lagoon ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then coloured using Stampin’ Blends – Light & Dark Soft Sea Foam and Light & Dark Mint Macaron.  The middle segments have been given a touch of sparkle with the Clear Wink of Stella pen.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The card is finished with a sentiment -T”time to celebrate!” from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  I’ve stamped this in Lost Lagoon ink and then punched it out using the Classic Label Punch.  The pointed edges of this punch shape worked beautifully with the styling of my card!

So much love for the DSP in this catalogue!  I’m going to need extra supplies of my favourites so I can keep making cards!!!


For more inspiration using new catalogue products, keep hopping with my CTC friends.  Click on the next button to take you to New Zealand to visit my gorgeous Artisan friend Angela Meiritz-Reid.

If you’d like to join in with the weekly CASEing the Catty Challenge, please hop over to our Facebook group.  The challenge runs for a week – ending next Sunday.

See you next week for more new catalogue inspiration!


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Stamp Review Crew | Animal Outing

Hello!  It’s a wonderful Stamp Review Crew Hop today -my international Stampin’ Up! friends and I are sharing projects made using Animal Outing.  You’re going to love this hop!!!

This stamp set is part of a bundle with the Animal Friends Thinlits.  It’s also part of a suite with Animal Expedition DSP & other coordinating products.  See the range in the catalogue – page 27, or browse online.

I’m sharing two projects today made with the Animal Outing stamp set.

The first was a team class project where I wanted to share reverse image stamping with my team.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

The giraffe (and all the animals in in set) are perfect for this technique.  It adds extra dimension to the layout of a card – and means you can have animal friends looking at each other.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

There’s 4 giraffes in the circle – two facing left and two facing right (although one is upside down, so technically three of them are looking right!).  The ones facing right were stamped as normal.  The ones facing left were stamped onto a silicone mat and then transferred onto the cardstock.

Reverse Image Stamping | kelly kent

I’ve tried this technique before with Window Sheet – but you have to be so careful not to smudge the image as you transfer it.  Using the silicone sheet gives a much better image, but you can’t see through for placement – so it’s slightly trickier in that way.  I recommend doing the reverse image first, then lining up your other images.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Although I love the sentiments in the stamp set, the animals go so well with lots of other sentiments. For my quartet of giraffes, I liked the ‘from all of us’ saying from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.


For my second card, I wanted to stamp the rhino onto DSP to see the effect.  I love the Animal Expedition DSP (I’ve used that for the gray panel) but had a pink rhino in my head, so went looking through the new DSP – and fell in love with the Tropical Escape DSP Stack.  Oh my, the patterns in this are amazing!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Add some embellishments and we have a cute & girly card.  I like the pink rhino – she’s fun!!!

Animal Outing | kelly kent

In both cards I’ve used Stampin’ Write Markers to add open eyes to the animals.  I still need some practice, but I like the effect of the animals looking out from the card.

Animal Outing | kelly kent

Thanks for joining us today for the Stamp Review Crew Animal Outing hop.

Next up is Linda Callahan and her super sweet project –

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


Product List – Giraffe

Product List – Rhino