Twas the Day Before Christmas | Merry & Bright

Happy Christmas Eve! We made it to the day before!!!

If Paper Pumpkin won Christmas for me this year, the Peace & Joy bundle stole my heart!

Merry & Bright | kelly kent

From the layering stamps and dies to those amazing teeny tiny little block words, this stamp set was the perfect sentiment option for the bright & bold this Christmas!

Merry & Bright | kelly kent

It also had accessory stamps such as the cute holly I’ve used to dress up this card.

Merry & Bright | kelly kent

If you need cards in a hurry today, this banner layout using stripes of 1″, 1-1/2″ and 2″ DSP (I used Heartwarming Hugs) and the Triple Banner Punch. Add your favourite – or closest to hand – Christmas stamps and you’ll have a set of cards ready to share in no time at all!

If you celebrate Christmas tonight, I hope your celebrations are wonderful. If you have toys to construct, presents to wrap, food to cook or a house to clean, I wish you patience and hope there’s some frivolity & joy in your preparations.

One more sleep (hopefully a full night of it!!!)

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping Blog Host | merry & bright

Hello! Thank you for joining us for another Social Stamping Blog Host. They started when we first started seeing lockdown in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many months later, various parts of our country, and a large percent of the world are still experiencing significant issues resulting from the virus.

In Western Australia, we look to having a fairly local Christmas as all travel to other states comes with conditions of quarantine and/or COVID testing on return. There’s no international travel (other than applications for exemption for extenuating circumstances) – a state of play that is likely to condition until mid next year – at the earliest. We continue to have the luxury of very few COVID cases in our state and no community transmission for over 6 months. I am grateful for these statistics but also realistic about the hardships people face as they are unable to freely travel.

Thankfully, the one area of travel that hasn’t been restricted is our online gallivanting. We have access to friends and family by internet using Zoom, Skype, Messenger and other video calling. While it will never replace seeing a loved one in person, our access to the rest of the world in the technological space allows for human connection while staying in our bubble – whether that be a home level lockdown or a state level one.

It also gives us access to a world of inspiration for our crafty endeavours. Are you crafting more now than ever before? I’m really enjoying being able to hand craft gifts and cards this Christmas. With the postal system being under considerable strain, the “shop local” and creative gift giving is perfect!

The theme for today’s blog host is ‘merry & bright’. It’s important in what has been a very tough year for many, that we take the time to look for the merry and create the bright this festive season. It may not look like the Christmas we had planned, or the ones that feel familiar to us, but there’s still the option to make it something special.

As always, my wonderful stamping friends have joined me on the hop to share their talents with you for projects that inspire. The full list of participants is below, but each blog should link to the next for easy transition.

Happy hopping!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List | merry & bright

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Elizabeth Gross
  3. Lisa Whitehead
  4. Lou Kitzelman
  5. Julia Quinn
  6. Michelle Strazds
  7. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  8. Andrea Sargent
  9. Sandra Collett
  10. Jan McQueen
  11. Sheila Pybus
  12. Denise Buetler
  13. Catherine Creer

Social Stamping | merry & bright

Hello! Has the silly season hit your house yet? I feel like it has all ramped up here, just in the past week! In Australia, Christmas coincides with the end of our school year, so it’s a whole big flurry of activity as activities end (and have end of year concerts and performances) and school draws to a close for 2020.

The theme for the Social Stamping blog host this month is ‘merry & bright’. This happens to be one of the sentiment options in my favourite bundle from the 2020 Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

The Peace & Joy bundle comes with a stamp set filled with sentiment and artistic stamping options and a die set to coordinate with the large words.

The large sentiment stamps (peace, joy and bright) can be cut and layered using the dies, but I’ve added texture for these cards using two tone inking. I first inked up the stamp in the lighter colour (Seaside Spray) and added the darker ink (Misty Moonlight) using a Sponge Dauber. It creates a beautiful dimension without having to use the dies.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

The colours for these cards are Whisper White and Smoky Slate together with Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy (and a touch of silver foil). My favourite Christmas combinations are usually not traditional red & greens.

Are you making cards in bulk this Christmas? One easy way to extend the design is use the same pieces, but slightly change the layout. I’ve done this my turning the card into a portrait orientation and made the strips into banners using the Banners Pick A Punch.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

Other products used for this card were:

  • Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder
  • Stitched Rectangle Dies
  • Sprig Punch
  • Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack
  • Metallic Pearls

The other cards I’m sharing with you today use the Peace & Joy Bundle with the same layout and features, but in pink tones. Ever since I saw the stamps in this set, I’ve had plans to combine them with the Beautiful World stamp set to create a play on the ‘joy to the world’ theme. You could also do this for ‘peace on earth’.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

Once again, the colours are non-traditional Christmas in Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride, with Whisper White and Sahara Sand.

The two tone sentiment is the same technique as well, using Blushing Bride and Rococo Rose ink. I’ve also stamped the globe in Granny Apple Green and edged in Mossy Meadow.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

Other products in this card are the Subtle Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangle Dies and Basic Pearl Jewels.

Peace & Joy | kelly kent

These cards were an option for Social Stamping this term. If you live in the Bunbury area and would like to make some pretty Christmas cards, we’d love to have you join us on a Monday morning at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe (9.30am start, see here for all the details). We have 2 sessions left for 2020.

I can imagine a ‘peace to you and yours’ using this layout and design style in traditional Christmas colours, but I ran out of time this week to create them! That’s a project for another day!

To see what the rest of my stamping friends have been up to with their Christmas creations, keep hopping. Next up is my lovely friend Elizabeth Gross in QLD. To see the full list of stampers joining me today, click here for the main blog host post.

I hope you have a merry and bright lead up to Christmas! Tis the season to be jolly!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com