Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Retirement List

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Welcome to the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop for May.

I love May…. it’s my birthday month, the weather is often amazing and we are on the cusp of a new catalogue!  Lots of happy in May!

With the change in catalogue coming, the theme for our May hop is the retirement list.  And our fabulous guest designer is the Ink Paper Girl – Katrina Duffell.

I made two cards to share today featuring a range of retiring colours.  See all the Colour Revamp info by clicking here.

You’ll want to make sure you’ve got cardstock, ink, refills and embellishments to match any colours you’ll be keeping post retirement.   There’s lots of new colours to love, but if you’ve got a favourite, make sure you’re not chasing the ink refill at crazy prices after it retires.  They are only $6.50 and available until 31st May (unless they sell out earlier) in my online store.  Click here to browse.

There’s 3 pinks retiring from the range that I used in my first card.  Sweet Sugarplum from the In Colors range, Pink Pirouette from the Subtles and Rose Red from the Regals.

Retiring Pink Tones | kelly kent

Retiring products on this card include the Birthday Blooms stamp set, Painted with Love DSP & Brick Wall Embossing Folder.  All the DSP except Wood Textures is retiring – so add any favourites to your May order.Birthday Blooms | kelly kent

I’ll be blogging with Sweet Sugarplum right up til the last minute!!  And I’ve stocked up so I can keep using it in my craft space for years to come!  And Brick Wall is staying as well (I’m still shocked about that retirement!).

Birthday Blooms | kelly kent

There’s a big change of blues in the Colour Revamp.  We are losing Dapper Denim from the In Color range, Soft Sky & Marina Mist from the Subtles, Island Indigo from the Regals and Tempting Turquoise from the Brights.  I’ve featured three of these in my second card.

Retiring Blue Tones | kelly kent

The Feather Together stamp set formed the theme for this card.  I really loved this stamp set (and perhaps didn’t get nearly as much use from it as I should).  I’ll be keeping this in my stash for personal use as well.  Sweet Sugarplum feathers anyone???

Feather Together | kelly kent

The embellishments (banner & sentiment) are from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.  I’m not sure I ever used these framelits to their full potential – it really is a great set.

Feather Together | kelly kent

There were lots of angles for my retirement projects. I’ve covered….

Colours I’ll miss: Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo

Colour I won’t miss: Soft Sky, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi

Stamp set I loved: Feather Together

Stamp set everyone else loved: Birthday Blooms

Embossing Folder I’m surprised to see retiring: Brick Wall

Totally Under-used Framelits: Mini Treat Bag

Embellishments I loved: Glitter Enamel Dots

Ribbon I loved: Island Indigo 1/4″ Ombre, 1/8″ Gold

DSP I loved: Painted with Love

DSP everyone else loved: Color Theory

Click on any of the products above to visit them in my online store.


To see what retired products the other team members have used, click on next on each blog until you get back to where you started.

Up next is my gorgeous friend & sideline Stampin’ Up! teamie, Narelle Simm.

Thanks for joining us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | BLACK

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Happy Friday 13th!

In fitting with “black Friday”, our theme for tonight’s Paper Adventures team hop is “BLACK”.

We are welcoming Sue Plote from the US as our guest designer this week.  Sue is fabulous and we’re delighted to have her hopping with us.

There’s a full list of participants at the bottom of this post – just in case of broken links.

You are currently with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, Western Australia.

Last month, I had the privilege of hosting a retreat day for demonstrators local to my area.  You can read more about it here.

One of the cards I made on the day was designed by Claire Oliffe using the Black Ice technique.  I hadn’t tried this before – and totally loved it!!!

Claire provided us with instructions based on Melissa Kerman’s you tube tutorial.  See it here.

I used the Hanging Garden stamp set for my two Black Ice cards.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

This is yet another technique that looks complicated but is so easy when you have the tools & instructions!

For my first card, I used one of the hanging baskets.  I made the Black Ice segment on Silver Foil first and then cut it out using a circle framelit.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

The hardest thing about these cards was getting photos that show how fun they look once finished!

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

You’ll need:

  • Foil in a colour of your choice
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • Stamp set
  • Heat tool
  • Versamark
  • Clear embossing powder.

StazOn ink was retired from our range, but I’m excited to be able to share that we’ll be seeing it back again from 1st June 2018.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

In (very) simple terms, to get the black ice effect, the steps are:

  • Drag the StazOn pad down the foil (and back up again) to create some distressing
  • Stamp your images on the foil in StazOn
  • Dry with your heat tool on setting 1 (or wait for it to dry)
  • Drag the Versamark pad down the foil, cover with clear embossing powder and melt with your heat tool on setting 2

Easy – right???


I loved the first card so much I made another one using a larger panel for the Black Ice technique with all the hanging baskets.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

This card used Champagne Foil – you can use any colour foil.  It’s the slippery surface which allows for the distressing that gives you the effect.

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

I really love the darker edges you get when using a whole piece of foil (I cut the edges off for the first card).

Hanging Garden - Black Ice | kelly kent

This is a technique you’re going to want to try!!!

If you live in the Bunbury area and would like a guided tutorial, we can arrange a technique workshop just for you!


Next up on the Paper Adventures team hop is our guest designer – Sue Plote

Thanks for joining us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Sue Plote (guest designer)

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Sale-A-Bration

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It’s Fri-YAY and time for another *epic* Paper Adventures team blog hop.

We’re delighted to be joined by Carolyn King – a talented demonstrator Perth, just up the road from me.

The theme for today’s hop is Sale-A-Bration.  We have 3 more weeks to take advantage of this fabulous promotion.  Every $90 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products between now & 31st March 2018 earns you a free gift.

You can browse all the options in my online store (click here) or see the pdfs….

Click here for the release 1 pdf

or click here for the release 2 pdf

Today I’m sharing products available from both releases.  On 3rd January, the first round of Sale-A-Bration gifts was released.

This included the super funky Epic Celebration stamp set, free with any $90 purchase.

Epic Celebration | kelly kent

This stamp set is perfect for kids, teenagers and all those big kids (adults) who still love their grunge.

For this set of cards I complemented the stamp set with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder for some quick & easy cards.  Teens are usually more interested in what might fall out of the card, than the card, so I kept it simple!!!

You can colour the images from the stamp set using Blends or Markers (I used Blends).

Epic Celebration | kelly kent

Or they look cool in white embossing on coloured cardstock.

Epic Celebration | kelly kent

The colours I’ve chosen are classic & bold – perfect for a rock n roll theme!

The Tailored Tag punch from the Occasions catalogue fits the sentiment snugly in the middle.

Epic Celebration | kelly kent


As if one round of Sale-A-Bration choices wasn’t enough, on 16th February, Stampin’ Up! spoilt us with a second round of choices.

There are 3 options to redeem from the second release –

These products are gorgeous! If you’ve been saving your pennies & waiting to order, then you’ll love the choice of items to redeem as your Sale-A-Bration gift.

I’ve used the Eclectic Expressions & Springtime Foils DSP to create this fun card.

Eclectic Expressions | kelly kent

It’s so easy to use all the builder pieces in the Eclectic Expressions stamp set to make a cute background.

Eclectic Expressions | kelly kent

I tried really hard to get a photo that showed the amazing metallic shine of the specialty DSP – but it’s truly one that you’ll say ‘wow’ as you unpack it!!!

Here’s my best attempt….

Eclectic Expressions | kelly kent

Trust me – it’s gorgeous!!!  Here’s the very glamorous photo from Stampin’ Up!

Thanks for hopping with the Paper Adventures team today.

Keep hopping to visit the lovely Joanne Gaff over on Facebook and see her awesome Sale-A-Bration projects.

The full list of participants in today’s hop:

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Animals

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Hello & welcome to our February team hop.

We have another full line up for you including our guest designer – Chloe Evans.  Each post links to another – either on a website or on Facebook – so keep clicking on next or the linking address until you’ve seen all the great projects.

Today’s theme is animals – so many options from bugs & bees to birds & pandas.

I’ve gone a little rogue and my creations are mythical animals from the Magical Day stamp set and Myths & Magic suite.

Myths & Magic | kelly kent

With little people in the house, magical & mythical was an absolute joy to see in the catalogue and I added this suite to my collection as soon as I could!

My first card features the most wonderful girly mythical animal – the unicorn!

Magical Day | kelly kent

It’s fun & blingy with sparkly clouds made from shimmery embossing paste, more sparkly clouds from the Myths & Macis Glimmer Paper, a pastel rainbow using the Rainbow Builder Framelits, a coordinating sentiment from the Magical Mermaid stamp set and of course, a shimmery unicorn to finish it all off!

I love how the stamps & accessories in my collection complement each other so well.  There’s there separate stamp/die elements in this card – but they all go together so seamlessly.


The second card is a quick & fun card that uses the clever DSP to create the background.

Myths & Magic | kelly kent

This DSP is a ‘specialty’ pack and one side of each design has glitter features.  So stunning!

So I just added a sentiment – again coordinating my existing stamps (Thoughtful Banners stamp set) with the ‘magical’ from the Magical Day stamp set.

I didn’t have to think too much about colours for this card – I just picked from the ones used in the DSP.  Smoky Slate for the card base, Tranquil Tide for the mat and Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay for the sentiment.Using the power of the DSP is an easy but stunning way to make cards!


Thanks for joining me to see my mythical animal creations.

Next stop is Mandy Depiazzi and her awesome animal creativity!

If you get lost at any point of the hop, there’s a list below of everyone who is joining in.  I love my wonderful Paper Adventure team!!!

To see the list of products I used for each card, see the gallery below.

And, just a reminder about the great joining special available until 31st March…

Want to join our fabulous team?  Click here to start your journey!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


Participant list:
Product List – Unicorn

Product List – Dragon

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop | Sketch

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Well, hello December!!!

Our Paper Adventures team has been blogging each month since May – I’m so proud of all the wonderful projects we’ve shared!!!

This month we welcome my beautiful friend Jackie Aitken as a guest designer.  Jackie is a demo who lives in Perth, Western Australia (the town where I grew up) and as well as being so lovely, her designs are amazing!!!  Thanks to Jackie and all my stamping friends that have joined us in 2017 as guest designers.

For December’s hop, I’ve designed a sketch and asked everyone to create a project using this as inspiration.

Paper Adventures December 2017 Blog Hop | kelly kent

Both of my projects tonight contain sneak peeks of what you can expect when the Occasions 2018 & Sale-A-Bration catalogues go live on 3rd January.  So many lovely, pretty & funky new products to own!!!  And some of them are free – yes {FREE} with qualifying purchases!

The first card I am sharing with you tonight is a {VERY} literal use of the sketch.

Party Pandas | kelly kent

New DSP – Tutti Fruitti – where the panels are (the reverse sides are so versatile!), banner across the middle, solid cardstock centre and a sentiment!

Party Pandas | kelly kent

I just can’t get enough of the cute little panda!!!  He’s a free choice during Sale-A-Bration. Spend $90 from 3rd Jan 2018 – 31st March 2018 and you can take him & his friends home!!!

How do I own him now?  #demoperks #joinourPaperAdventuresteam


The second card is a more liberal use of the sketch.

I’ve swapped the panels for soda bottles, the sentiment is in the circle on the middle bottle and the banner is behind the bottles.

Bubble & Fizz | kelly kent

These brightly coloured bottles are from the Bubble & Fizz DSP – another free choice during Sale-A-Bration!  Other coordinating products in this suite are the Bubble Over stamp set, Bottles & Bubbles Framelits and Glitter Epoxy Shapes.

Psssttt…. the framelits cut out the DSP – OMG!

Bubble & Fizz | kelly kent


Are you a little challenged when it comes to lining things up?

Here’s my tips for the panda panel card:

  • Cut your DSP to the size you normally would then trim about 1/4″ off the end.
  • Work out how big each panel needs to be by dividing the length by the DSP by the # panels.  Although I work in inches for cardmaking, the decimal system makes division so much easier!!!.  The panda card has DSP that’s 9.8cm x 13cm, cut into 4.3cm (x9.8cm)  panels
  • Test out that the panel size works – it’s too late once you’ve started sticking!!!
  • When you’ve got the measurement, adhere your end 2 panels first, then the middle one.  This allows you to centre the middle panel with equal distance between the edge ones.  Left to right rarely works out – no matter how hard you try!!

Lining up panels | kelly kent

For the soda card:

  • Adhere the middle bottle first (use a ruler if you’re not so good at judging middle!)
  • Then add the items either side!

Lining up trios | kelly kent


 

Please keep hopping for more great ideas.  Next up is one of our team who is joining in for the first time!  She’s extremely talented, so I’m excited she’s decided to share with you!

Pop over to Joanne Gaff via Facebook to see her take on the sketch.

Thanks for hopping with us today!

If you see any products along the way, everyone on this hop is an Australian demonstrator and can help you with your order.  My online shop is here: http://bit.ly/shopSUwithkellykent

If you’re not in Australia, please visit the Demonstrator Locator at stampinup.com to find a demonstrator who lives close to you.

There are only a few short weeks until new products are available.  Leave me a comment if you live in Australia and need a catalogue sending to you.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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