Paper Adventures Team Hop | Pootles

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Hello & thanks for joining us for a Paper Adventures team blog hop.

The theme today is “CASE the designer” and the designer is Sam Hammond Donald – aka “Pootles” from the UK.  We are touched that she has agreed to join us.  The friendship and kindness within the Stampin’ Up! community is amazing.  Sam is a million dollar earner with a successful blog.  She shares a project every day on her blog including cards & 3D projects. Sam is so generous with her time and talent – thank you Sam!

This is the card Sam made for our hop using Best Dressed DSP & Witty-cisms stamp set.

The team were encouraged to CASE (Copy & Share Everything or Copy & Selectively Edit) Sam’s design and create their own version based on the elements that influenced them.  It might have been the colours, the layout, the styling, the stamp set or the DSP.


I really loved that background and wanted to make it using cardstock rather than the Best Dressed DSP.

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I cut Lovely Lipstick, Petal Pink and Purple Posy cardstock into random width strips and adhered them to a Whisper White base.  I then stitched around the outside to create a decorative border.  I really love stitching on cards.

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Where Sam used the Witty-cisms stamp set, I’ve added in a favourite flourish of mine – a heart and flower combination and a white heat embossed “thanks” sentiment.

The heart is from the Be Mine Stitched Dies, the flowers from Dressed to Impress bundle and ‘thanks’ from the Music From The Heart stamp set.

I’ve carried the flowers through to the middle layer of the card too. They are coloured with Stampin’ Blends – Lovely Lipstick, Purple Posy, Pink Pirouette (retired) and Pretty Peacock.

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Although I cut the card up to achieve the background, this also works really well for those 1/4″ & 1/2″ strips that end up piling up on our desk when we’re cutting A4 sheets down into mat size.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

Thanks to the team for always being so willing to join in the blog hop and to Sam for making it a special one this month.  In a time of certainty, it was lovely to have this sparkling moment in our week.

Next blog on the hop is Siobhan Fitzsimmons and her pretty creation.

Have a safe and happy weekend.  I’ll be spending time with my family, enjoying the sunshine and hopefully some self isolation (from the kids!) in the craft room!!!

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CASEing the Catty #237 | Layout pg 151

We have an ongoing debate about in our house about whether the week starts on a Sunday or ends on a Sunday.  I like to think Sunday is the end of the week and there’s a fresh start with work, school and other activities on the Monday.  Whichever way you look at it – thanks for stopping by on the last or first day of your week and joining us for a CASEing the Catty blog hop.

This week we’re CASEing (Copying And Sharing Everything) the layouts on page 151 of the Annual Catalogue.

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I have chosen the layout at the bottom right as the inspiration for my card.

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Using the Perennial Essence DSP as my background, the Band Together bundle forms the sentiment cluster at the bottom.

Band Together | kelly kent

Band Together has been a surprise love for me in the new catalogue.  It features a stamp set with a beautiful font, a pretty floral and a variety of sentiments.  The die set has  a mix of flourish bands, stamp cutouts and fabulous labels..

To emulate the inspiration card, I have used a Stitched Oval in vellum, a Detailed Bands label in Whisper White (embossed with the Subtle EF) and a Detailed Bands band in Rococo Rose.  The sentiment has been masked and heat embossed in white on Blushing Bride.

Band Together | kelly kent

The machine stitching all the way around the card border is what enticed me to CASE this layout.  I {LOVE} machine stitching on cards.  The concept art team at Stampin’ Up! must do also – there’s lots of samples in the catalogue with stitching.

I’ve also embellished the inside of this card.  Apart from my 2019 resolution to make more of an effort on the inside, there’s a couple of other reasons – the card front is quite heavy with lots of layers, so adding extra layers to the inside helps keep the card from sliding out and I wanted to use the other pretty stamps in the set including the happy birthday!

Band Together | kelly kent

I’m a sucker for a stamp set with a good happy birthday theme!  Add in a great matching die set and you know it’s going to be a favourite in my craft stash!

Band Together | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with the Crew today.  We’d love to see your projects inspired by one of the layouts on page 151.  Add them to our Facebook group to enter the weekly challenge.

To see what more of the Crew made, click on the next.  From here you’re visiting the fabulous Lauren Meiklejohn.

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Have a great week!


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