ESAD Blog Hop – 2017 Annual Catalogue Favourites

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Hello!  Thanks for joining for for another ESAD Blog Hop.  For all the info on ESAD, see the graphic at the end of this post.

Today we are celebrating our favourites from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.

There’s 25 talented crafters participating today, so make yourself a cuppa (or pour a wine!) and enjoy the clever and inspirational creations to come.

If you’re already hopping, you will have seen the stunning creations from my friend Lou Kitzelman.  Click on the next button below (after my projects) to visit another gorgeous friend of mine – Cheryl Algie.

The friendships I’ve made through Stampin’ Up! is something that I am forever grateful for!  It’s wonderful to have connections across the world!!!


The content of this blog hop was surprisingly easy for me!!!

Sometimes I struggle with ‘favourite’, but I’ve really been loving the Soft Sayings Kit & stamp set.

It’s priced at $61 for the Australian market, and in your cute little box, you receive materials to make 20 cards (including patterned envelopes – yep, no naked envelopes here!!!), a 15 piece stamp set, a block for stamping and an ink spot.

Today I wanted to show you how wonderful the stamp set in the kit is.  I have a ‘soft’ spot for good greetings – and this stamp set covers it all!

It’s easy to miss the kit stamp sets!  They are tucked away in the box and we often use them to make the kit cards but forget that they are more than the kit!!!

So, the first thing I did was make a clear case insert for the stamp set.  I always do this for my kit stamps sets – I break them free from the cute box and store them with my usual stamp sets.  This way they are on display and I don’t forget them!

Soft Sayings stamp set - free printable case insert | kelly kent

Click here to download & print your own Soft Sayings insert for a clear case.

To buy clear cases, click here or see my product link up at the end of this post.

They were accidentally missed from the print run of the catalogue this year – whoops! – but they are still very available!


Although I absolutely love the cards in the kit, I wanted to show you how easy it is to whip up some cards using the greetings & flowers/leaves in this stamp set.  And hopefully inspire you to see this stamp set as more than just for your kit.

I’ve used some of my favourite layouts to make a set of cards using the stamp set in the Soft Sayings kit.

ESAD Blog Hop - Soft Sayings stamp set | kelly kent

The colours are consistent with the kit colours.  Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Gold & the core colours from the kit.  Using colours that the Stampin’ Up! concept design team have put together is one of my ‘tips’ for easy card making.

Tranquil Tide….

ESAD Blog Hop - Soft Sayings stamp set | kelly kent

Lemon Lime Twist…

ESAD Blog Hop - Soft Sayings stamp set | kelly kent

Berry Burst…

ESAD Blog Hop - Soft Sayings stamp set | kelly kent

Powder Pink…

ESAD Blog Hop - Soft Sayings stamp set | kelly kent

There are so many sentiments in the stamp set, it’d be easy to make a heap of cards using your favourite colours & layouts, and keep them for when you next need a card in a hurry!

Or make up the card basics and then add the sentiment as you’re rushing out the door!!!

The kit cards are good for this too – and the beautiful colours & design of the Soft Sayings kit make them perfect for all occasions!

If you finish your kits cards in a hurry, Stampin’ Up! have introduced a refill for the kit this year.

You get all the card making materials and can use the blocks, inks & stamp sets you already own.


Thanks for hopping with me today.  Next up on your journey is Cheryl Algie and her great variety of projects!

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If you’re hopping when we first go live, please be patient with any broken links – they happen!!!  Lou will be working hard behind the scenes to get everything to run smoothly!

If you want to skip ahead to any of the blogs, you’ll find a full list of participants below!

Have a wonderful week!


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Blog hop participants:

  1. Josie Dean
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Carolina Evans
  4. Kim Oliver
  5. Sandra Mastello
  6. Lou Kitzelman
  7. Kelly Kent – you are here!
  8. Cheryl Algie
  9. Rebecca Scurr
  10. Sharon Dalton
  11. Leonie Schroder
  12. Monique Fielder
  13. Courtenay Heuston
  14. Terri Hawke
  15. Barbara Williams
  16. Kristel Rimmer
  17. Maree McIntosh
  18. Kathryn Ruddick
  19. Rosalie Desmond
  20. Linda Whalley
  21. Amity Knight
  22. Peta Stephen
  23. Megan Lenske
  24. Richelle Fletcher
  25. Carly Middleton

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A Whole Lot of Lovely Vertical Greetings

I had a few special thank yous to send after my launch event a couple of weeks ago.

The day was a huge success, but as with all major events, lots of work went in behind the scenes.

Which meant that three very special people deserved thank you cards!

My cards started by cutting up one of the sheets from the Whole Lot of Lovey DSP pack.  {psst – it really is a whole lot of lovely!}

This then guided the card base colours – Pool Party, Powder Pink & Daffodil Delight – all flower colours on the vine!

Falling Flowers Thank You Cards | kelly kent

One of the things Stampin’ Up! love the most – and I love the most – is coordination!

So it’s no surprise that the flowers in the Whole Lot Of Lovely DSP very closely resemble the flowers in the Falling Flowers stamp set!!!

Falling Flowers Thank You Cards | kelly kent

The greeting is from the Vertical Greetings stamp set.  This was one of the new sets I most excited about {last year} – and haven’t really used it enough!

Falling Flowers Thank You Cards | kelly kent

Which stamp set did you think you’d love but it’s gathered dust on the shelf?

Make sure to get it out and give it some love this week!


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Just Add Ink #359 – Inspiration

Did you know that the Just Add Ink challenge site cycles through lots of different types of inspiration… themes, letters, photos are just  few.

This week we have a gorgeous inspiration photo chosen by  Kim.

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What a gorgeous picture!  Perfect for flowers & pink tones – favourites of many crafters!

I had the pleasure at a recent craft weekend I went on to borrow the Falling Flowers bundle.

It’s been on my radar, but not in my shopping cart, for a while now, so it was a pleasure to be able to use it.

Making this card just made me want to own it even more… so guess what will soon make the transition from wishlist to stash very soon???

Just Add Ink #359 Inspiration | kelly kent

The most striking thing about the inspiration photo for me was the beautiful colours and striking resemblance to the new Berry Burst In Colour.

I wanted to take that bright pink, add in a bit of green and display it all on a crisp white background.

I love the simplicity of this card, but couldn’t help add a little bling thanks to a product we’ll all be able to enjoy soon – Glitter Enamel Dots!  They are divine!

{Can’t wait til June to add Glitter Dots to your collection?  Join my Paper Adventures team in May and you can add them – plus other great new catalogue products – to your Starter Kit}.

Just Add Ink #359 Inspiration | kelly kent

 

The sentiment in this card – nice & generic, this is an all-occasions card – is from the very versatile Beautiful You stamp set.

I can’t wait for you to see what the other design team members were inspired to create.  See all the cards on the Just Add Ink blog.

And I am even more excited to see what you create!  Upload your creation by visiting the blog.


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