Paper Adventures Team Hop | Colour Combination

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Hello!  In these times of social distancing, it’s wonderful to be able to get together with my stamping team, even if it’s only a blog hop.  We would usually meet in person every 6-8 weeks but our next team meeting will be via Zoom.  I feel so lucky to have the technology, but I am definitely missing seeing family & friends in person.  How is the social distancing affecting your interactions?  Are you finding new and innovative ways to catch up?

The theme for tonight’s Paper Adventures Team Hop is a colour combination.  We welcome Jenny Hayward as our guest designer.  I can’t wait for you to see Jenny’s awesome project.  Click on the next button at the end of my post to hop along to her blog.

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Believe it or not, this colour trio was inspired by a new packet of clothes pegs I recently bought.  I’m a bit of a sucker for pegs.  I love having lots of them – but they have to be the same style.  Colour doesn’t worry me, so I was happy to add some really pretty teal & pink ones to my peg basket.  I love how crisp and “new” fresh pegs look.

I didn’t realise so many people had peg preferences until it came up in conversation with a group of friends recently.  Some people needed to hang clothes with the exact same peg on the item, some people didn’t mind the type of peg as long as it was the same colour, some people wanted the same type of peg regardless of colour and some people had to match the peg colour to the clothing colour.  What a funny bunch we are!  What are your peg preferences?

Here’s my card using the challenge colours.  Since we can’t give real hugs to most of our loved ones at the moment, I’m sending some paper hugs – the next best thing!

Paper hugs | kelly kent

The ‘sending’ & ‘hugs’ for this card are from the So Sentimental stamp set on a label from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  I masked out the ‘healing’ part so I could add in ‘paper’.  The letters for paper are stamped on gingham DSP (2018-2020 In Color Collection) using the Lined Alphabet stamp set.  I fussy cut the letters using my snips.  Paper hugs | kelly kent

This card had a few techniques that I haven’t done in a while.  It’s been so long since I used the Embossing Paste – but that was lots of fun to lather on and spread about.  The brick wall mask is from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.

Paper hugs | kelly kent

I also used a Blender Pen and my ink pads to colour the flowers in Melon Mambo and leaves in Pretty Peacock.  I was reminded of this technique by team member Narelle, who often colours in this way.  It’s never my first thought but it is a nice way to colour.  It gives some good variation to the colouring.  The flowers are from the Under My Umbrella stamp set.

Paper hugs | kelly kent

I always stamp a few extra flowers when I’m colouring.  This gives me a choice of the best stamped images but also gives me an extra to pop into the middle of the card and carry the theme through.

Paper hugs | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with our Paper Adventures team today.  Next up is our guest designer Jenny Hayward, thanks for joining us Jenny.

The full list of the team members participating is below.  We love being able to share with you and are sending lots of virtual hugs around the world.

Participant List

Paper Adventures Team Retreat 2020

On an unseasonally wet weekend in March 2020, our Paper Adventures team headed to Perth for our annual Paper Adventures Team Retreat hosted by Siobhan Fitzsimmons of Hightrees House of Cards.  We all reflected that the last team day we had it rained too!!!  Rainy days do make for great crafty days!

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I always look forward to getting together with the team.  And a whole day – yee har!  We were lucky that 9 of the team were able to make it on the selected day.  Siobhan put on a lovely venue for us as always and we had a great time.  We even had a whole table of Big Shots – what a sight!

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The format of our retreat days has stayed the same since we started – it’s all about the time stamping with regular opportunities to eat, and lots of chat and plenty of laugher.  We each bring along a make & take project with all materials and kits for the team to recreate the design.  There are usually less kits than people, so you don’t get to make all of the projects but you do come away with a bag full of completed cards with pretty designs, often using stamps you don’t own.

This is the card I made.  I wanted a masculine card using a stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.

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Stamp sets: For the Win, Lined Alphabet
DSP: Country Club
Colours: Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, Night of Navy
Embossing Folder: Subtle
Dies: Stitched Shapes

The card needed to be simple enough for the team to put together in 20 mins, but interesting enough to be fun for an avid crafter.  My card had several added elements to take it from simple to simple + including an embossed layer, a little but of fussy cutting, some colouring and heat embossing.

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I also added the option to stamp the envelope for anyone who finished early.

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If you live in Perth or South West WA and would like a supporting & welcoming stamping team to join, then Paper Adventures might be a good fit for you.  We have an active Facebook page, meet regularly and value the friendships as much as the stamping.  Click here for more information on joining Stampin’ Up! or click here to purchase the starter kit and join the fun!

Thanks again to Siobhan for hosting and to the team for making it an amazing day!

It’s an Animal Expedition for Miss 8

8 years ago I was in labour with the first of our Miss Papercrafts.  She took her time coming, so technically her birthday isn’t until tomorrow, but we’re back on deck with Colour INKspiration tomorrow so I thought I’d do a sneaky share today (thankfully she doesn’t read my blog!)

Usually for birthdays I match the theme of the card with the party or present theme.   Now that she’s getting older, her presents are often experiences and opportunities – which don’t always translate well to cards.

So this year, I did something I’m not sure I’ve done before – I asked her what she wanted on her birthday card.  No surprises from our future Vet, she asked for animals.

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

The Animal Expedition DSP made for a fun & pretty card base. This DSP is awesome – I just love the colouring, style and different animal choices.

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

I added a birthday sentiment panel using the large circle from Swirly Frames, words from the Piece of Cake stamp set and a glittery number 8 using retired Large Numbers and Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper.  I find myself using quite a few of my retired products lately – I love keeping things that are just perfect for a card down the track.

Animal Expedition | kelly kent

The stamps in the Swirly Frames set are fabulous for adding detail to plain shapes.  It’s been on my shelf for a while, but it wasn’t until this week that I got it inky.

Here’s an iphone quickie (while it’s still on my work space!) of a card I made for a custom order during the week using the rectangle frame…

A Little Wild | kelly kent

What stamp set is sitting on your shelf needing some love?

If there’s one thing stampers are good at, it’s collecting supplies and forgetting to send cards!  I’m running behind on my February birthday cards – hoping to get them posted very soon!

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Product List – Animal Expedition

CASEing the Catty #182 | Tea Room

It’s been a blustery weekend here in southwest WA!  Perfect weather for crafting in my pjs but not so good for taking photos for my blog!  What a problem to have!!!

Thanks for joining us for CASEing the Catty #182 as we start our tour through the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue – available now until 3rd June 2019.

We’re CASEing (Copy & Share Everything) the Tea Room suite and following pages of the catalogue.

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One of the things I loved the most as I was flicking through the catalogue was the use of the Tranquil Textures Sprinkles on Linen Thread…

It takes a little while to thread them on (they are so cute & tiny) but it’s worth the effort for the extra wow to adds to a card.

Tranquil Textures Sprinkles | kelly kent

I added them to some Lined Alphabet creations I’ve been making using this amazing stamp set and my Stamparatus.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

Perfect for one card or some Saturday afternoon mass production, the Stamparatus makes lining up the letters a breeze.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

I did every second letter of birthday on the first pass and then the other letters to complete the word on the second pass.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

I then did the same with happy to make my sentiment panel.  It was quick to whip up lots of these which I’ve left uncoloured, ready for when I want to coordinate with a DSP that suits the recipient.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

The happy birthday card was made with the Share What You Love DSP and coloured with Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry & Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

The thank you card uses Tranquil Textures DSP with Night of Navy, Pool Party & Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends.

Lined Alphabet | kelly kent

I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Blends colours!!!  Mint Macaron, Highland Heather, Soft Sea Foam – yes please!!!

We’d love for you to join us at CASEing the Catty.  Head over to Facebook for all the action!  There’s a weekly challenge with weekly winners!

The Tea Room CTC hop continues with Angela Meirtiz-Reid in New Zealand.

Thanks for joining us,

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Catalogue Transition – the old & the new

As a demonstrator, I love the period of catalogue transition!  Twice as many Stampin’ Up! products to love at the same time.  I can make projects to share with retiring & carryover items, as well as share sneak peeks of the wonderful things to come.

It’s a good chance to remind you to place an order for any of the items from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue & 2018 Occasions Catalogue that you’ll miss – stock up on paper, refills, DSP and make sure you own favourite stamp sets, dies, punches & accessories.  Once we hit the evening of 31st May 2018, all the items on the retirement / last chance list will disappear from the online store.

From 10am (WA time) on 1st June 2018, the new catalogue items will be available to order!!!  Yay!

This sweet little card uses a mix of retiring items and a new stamp set that will join us on Friday.

Lined Alphabet stamp set | kelly kent

Retiring:…

Joining us soon….

  • Lined Alphabet stamp set
  • Granny Apple Green ink
  • Blueberry Bushel cardstock

Click here to browse the online store and triple check you’ve ordered all your retiring favourites.

Next on my crafty agenda today is cutting up cardstock and printing labels for these divine little colour swatches, ready to send to everyone who placed an order last week.  They are shipping on Friday.  It’s not too late to add your name to the list.  Click here to see all the info about purchasing one for your craft table

2018 Stampin' Up! Color Revamp Color Swatch - Buy Now | kelly kent

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Kelly’s Stamping Friends – Birthday Blog Hop A

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Hello!  It’s my birthday and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than a blog hop with my fabulous stamping friends.

Actually, I’m feeling very loved on my birthday evening as I hop with two wonderful groups of stamping friends.

This is blog hop A – the first list.  There’s another thread which features blog hop B – the second list (click here to visit).  You don’t want to miss the creations on the other side!!!

There’s no theme for tonight.  Everyone is simply sharing with us something they’ve made that they love.  In this crazy busy life, we sometimes need an excuse just to create for fun, for love and to be creative.

My birthday falls at a wonderful time of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue cycle.  I get to spoil myself each year with new Stampin’ Up! and call them birthday presents.

The card I am sharing for blog hop A uses some of those birthday presents – Share What You Love DSP, Hand Delivered (Host) stamp set & Lined Alphabet stamp set.

Hand Delivered Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

This style of card is called a Pop Up Slider Card and I first saw it for my birthday a couple of years ago when Nicole Wilson sent one to me!

The middle panel slides up to reveal a hidden message in the centre.

Hand Delivered Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

For this card, I added to the birthday message using the Lined Alphabet stamp set messily coloured (to match the style of the DSP) using the Stampin’ Blends.

Hand Delivered Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

The balloons are also coloured with the Blends.  Currently they are unorderable, but they’ll be back soon with new colours in the collection!!!  I’m excited to get my hands on those!

Hand Delivered Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

This special card will be going to my birthday buddy – my mother-in-law!

Do you have a birthday buddy?  Someone you share your celebrations with every year?

Many thank you to all my stamping friends who have joined me today to share in my celebrations through this hop!

Next up on hop A is my stamping bestie – Lou Kitzelman.  So happy she’s part of my birthday!

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If you get lost anywhere along the way, or there’s a broken link, there’s a full participant list below – click on any of the links and visit an amazing friend with a fabulous project!!!

Thanks for sharing my birthday with me!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List (A)

  1. Kelly Kent
  2.  Lou Kitzelman
  3. Jenny Hall
  4. Denita Wright-Smee
  5. Jackie Aitken
  6. Narelle Simm
  7. Sandra Collett
  8. Monique Fielder
  9. Nicole Wilson
  10. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  11. Jenny Hayward
  12. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  13. Josie Dean
  14. Peta Stephen
  15. Kristel Rimmer
  16. Kim Oliver
  17. Denise Buetler
  18. Jacqui Crouch
  19. Tina Gillespie
  20. Jan McQueen