Paper Adventures Team Hop | out with the old

Hello! It’s my pleasure to be hopping with my Paper Adventures team today. As we farewell the Jan-June Mini catalogue at the end of this month, we’re taking the opportunity to share favourites that we’re going to miss in this ‘Out With the Old’ theme.

My absolute favourite from the Jan-June mini was the Pretty Perennial bundle. Designed by Dena Rekow in honour of her million dollar sales achievement – I love everything about it!

For today’s projects, I have CASEd the cards from the catalogue using this bundle and added in the Hey Girlfriend stamp set for some fun teen cards.

I didn’t buy this stamp set when the catalogue first came out but I always planned to add it to my collection before it retired. It’s a great one for the long term stash – especially having two girls who are fast growing up!

There’s three different girls in the stamp set – all with a different style, which I love! I think this little lady is my favourite – possibly it’s the glasses, Ra-Ra skirt and the cute hair that have me hooked!

Using Stampin’ Blends, you can colour the girls to theme with any card design and using any skin tone you like. I really love this chart by Jacque Williams which allows you to see each of the combinations and had an option to download the chart and create your own skin colour table. Click here to visit Jacque’s blog.

I didn’t have the exact same products in each of the samples, so I substituted where I needed to which is the perfect way to CASE. One of the definitions of CASE stands for Copy and Selectively Edit.

Next up on today’s hop is the lovely Narelle Simm

Thanks for hopping with us tonight. Have a lovely weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Paper Adventures Team Hop | In with the new

Hello! We all made it to the end of the week! How was yours? I’ve had a really lovely week filled with work, stamping, and family – all of which brought me great happiness.

I’ve also had the pleasure of sharing quite a few projects with you this week as part of my design team commitments and tonight’s a fabulous hop with my Paper Adventures Team. The theme is ‘In with the new’ and I can’t wait for the team to show you all the ‘new’ crafting they’ve been doing.

We welcome my gorgeous friend Narelle Farrugia, Artisan Design Team alumni, as our guest designer. Thanks for joining us Narelle – so great to have you share your talents on our blog hop.

My project from today uses my very favourite suite from the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue – Expressions in Ink. I love every part of this – the stamp set (great sentiments), the die set (amazing centrepiece die), the DSP (oh my – watercolour!) and the ephemera pack (bling!).

I used all the elements of the suite to make this sweet card for a new team member who joined our Paper Adventures team during the Join+ promotion. Christine purchased her Starter Kit for $169 and received $283 of her favourite Stampin’ Up! products with free shipping and a discount on all her future purchases until at least the end of October 2021. If you’d like to take advantage of this great offer, click here to join.

The big floral die in the Artistic Dies adds a wonderful wow factor to all your projects. You can use it plain, cut the pieces apart or add stamped flowers behind the die cut like I have in this card.

The dies in the set also cut the stamped flowers and leaves from the coordinating Artistically Inked stamp set. This set has a watercolour effect. Christina Wrede shared a great tip on Instagram during the week to apply ink to your watercolour style stamps with a blending brush. I found that a combination of techniques worked for me – inking directly from the ink pad and then smoothing the ink out with a blending brush was perfect.

The DSP has gold foiling on one side of each of the patterns – it’s so wonderfully deluxe! The ephemera pack has gold die cut accents and adhesive backed sequins that add the perfect finishing touch to all your projects. Stampin’ Up! have kindly provided a suite code – 155459 – for this great product range – making it easy to order it all at once (because you know you *need* it!).

To shop your favourite Stampin’ Up! products – head over to my online store. Stampin’ Up! offers amazingly low shipping of $5.95 for all orders under $120 and just 5% for overs over $120. Have it delivered to your door and be crafting with new products in no time at all.

Next stop on the team blogging adventure is Narelle Farrugia – I know you’ll love what she’s made, I always do!

Thanks for joining us, I hope you have a great weekend! I have more projects to share with you across the weekend, so I’ll see you then! To get every new post straight to your email address, fill in the subscription form below

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | new in 2021

Happy new year (again!). I’m excited to be kicking off another year of blogging with my amazing Paper Adventures Team. We always invite a fabulous guest designer to join us and this month we are blessed to have Linda Dalke. Thanks for joining us!

The theme for this month is “new” – a theme that works well in January, not only for the promise of a new year and all it holds, but also the launch of a new catalogue! We’re also sporting an update of graphics – thanks to Narelle for providing the new & fresh look for our team hops.

I have chosen to create with one of my new purchases – the Well Suited Suite (that’s a lot of English pronunciation to get board with!). This is the male focused suite from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue, described as ‘classic gentleman’ colours.

I’m not sure I married a classic gentleman. At Papercraft HQ suits are for weddings and Mr Papercraft spends his days off work in comfy t-shirts, not button down shirts. So, I decided to have some fun with this suite and what else it could do.

The first card I made uses the Well Suited DSP to create a smart but fun shirt. I do most of Mr Papercraft’s clothes shopping and would love to buy him a shirt like this!

Well Suited | kelly kent

How cute is the manly floral! It could also work for a ladies card – which makes this DSP very versatile! The range of patterns and colours for guys shirts has increased over the last 10 years. There’s more than just black, white and gray for the stylish dresser!

Well Suited | kelly kent

The Suit & Tie Dies have an array of builder pieces to make so many combinations of shirt designs including lapels, pocket, buttons, bow tie, tie and more!

The sentiment is from the Handsomely Suited stamp set. There’s also coordinating pieces for the die set, but I really love the solid & sensible sentiments it provides.


The second card I made was also inspired by Mr Papercraft. His work uniform is hi-vis. With a large mining workforce here in Western Australia, these fluro shirts are very much part of the working landscape. Do you have hi-vis in your country?

Well Suited | kelly kent

The Silver Foil really adds the perfect touch of reflective reality to this shirt! It looks too clean though! Perhaps I need to add some dirty patches.

Well Suited | kelly kent

The sentiment – placed to emulate an embroidered name is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.

My mind is swirling with other shirt ideas. I’ll probably get around to making a classic suit but I’m really thinking what else could I do with this! Hawaiian? Loud suit? Pyjamas? So many ideas!!!

Well Suited | kelly kent

To see more new products and other projects inspired by the “new” theme, keep clicking on next to make your way through the blog hop. From here, you’re travelling east to our wonderful guest designer Linda Dalke.

Participant List:
Kelly Kent
Linda Dalke (Guest Designer)
Narelle Simm
Sheila Pybus
Robyn Houston
Sana Arslan
Mandy Depiazzi
Lisa Whitehead

Paper Adventures Team Hop | invitations

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Hello! Thank you for joining us for the final Paper Adventures Hop for 2020. We are absolutely delighted to be joined by Jo Blackman as a our guest designer. We I reflect on the amazing names that have agreed to hop with us across 2020, I feel so grateful to have shared their talents with our team.

A big thank you also to the team for joining in each month and sharing their talents too! And finally, a thank you to Narelle and Robyn who took over the organisational role for the blog hops for part of this year, allowing me to jump in and just enjoy the creative side.

Today’s theme is ‘invitations’. It’s such a festive time of the year with parties and events throughout the month, so it seemed like the perfect match for our blog hop. I have gone a little rogue with my interpretation of the them and rather than making an invitation, I have made wedding card that was inspired by the invitation. I do this often as I really enjoy being able to personalise cards.

The wedding invite was an elegant black and white design with script writing for the couple’s names. This is the design I created to compliment the styling of the invite…

Mr & Mrs | kelly kent

I’ve used some retired favourites for this card. Although I rehome lots of my Stampin’ Up! once it leaves the catalogue, I have a moderate stash of occasion specific products including these items for wedding cards.

Mr & Mrs | kelly kent

The die in the corner – to add a touch of fancy to the elegance theme, is from the So Detailed Thinlits. The Mr & Mrs sentiment – perfectly classic – is from the To Have & To Hold stamp set.

Mr & Mrs | kelly kent

The other items you see are from the current Annual Catalogue including Sutble Embossing folder, Basic Pearl Jewels, Basic Black Cardstock and Whisper White cardstock.

We had an update today that Stampin’ Up! have needed to change suppliers for their white cardstock. They have developed a new white cardstock with a new supplier, but no specific timelines are known. You are currently able to order two of each item on the discontinuing list of Whisper White products. If I can help you to order some for your stash, please let me know. This includes:

  • Whisper White 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Cardstock (124302)
  • Assorted Memories & More Cards & Envelopes (149710)
  • Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (131527)
  • Whisper White 3″ x 3″ (7.6 x 7.6 cm) Envelopes (145829)
  • Whisper White A4 Cardstock (106549)
  • Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock (140490)
  • Whisper White C6 Envelopes (106588)

I now ‘invite’ you to keep hopping and visit our amazing guest designer – Jo Blackman. I love Jo’s style and I know you’re going to love the project she’s sharing with us today.

Thanks for hopping with us for this hop and the others throughout 2020. We look forward to more fabulous themes and great hops in 2021!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List

Kelly Kent

Jo Blackman (Guest Designer)

Narelle Simm

Sana Arslan

Siobhan Fitzsimmons

Paper Adventures Team Hop | gift wrapping & packaging

Hello! Thanks for joining in for the November edition of the Paper Adventures Team Hop. Today’s theme is oh-so-relevant as we embark on the end of year festive season – teacher presents, thank you presents, Christmas presents…. it’s all about gift wrapping and packaging.

We welcome Lorri Heiling from the US as our guest designer. I have a big crush on Lorri’s crafty style and love everything she shares. You can check out her blog – Confessions of a Stamping Addict – by clicking here. Such a great title for a blog – it sums up where we are all so well!!!

I can’t wait for you to see what the team share for gift wrapping and packaging ideas tonight. I’m excited for the inspiration, as I love giving out presents!

My packaging is going to be your go-to this Christmas when you need something easy but super cute – it’s the Mini Coffee Cups & Coffee Caddy from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

As well as the coffee cups and caddy, you’ll also need:

  • a choice of DSP (Heartwarming Hugs)
  • a sentiment stamp set (Warm Hugs)
  • ribbon or twine (Mossy Meadow Diagonal Stripe & Real Red Braided Linen Trim)
  • cello bag (Mosaic Gusseted Cello Bags)
Mini Coffee | kelly kent

You may also want to use the Warm Wraps Dies – they cut out the cutest band for your Mini Coffee Cups. They coordinate with the Warm Hugs stamp set, giving you lots of options for embellishing your sweet treats. I’ve filled the cello bag with locally made Rocky Road and popped a sachet of hot chocolate powder into the coffee cup.

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

If you thought the Mini Coffee Cups & Caddy were just for Christmas, then look at the next version I made. By changing up the DSP and colours, it’s really easy for this to be a birthday or thank you gift.

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

This one features the Flowers for Every Season DSP and ribbon combo pack.

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

There’s Favourites chocolates in the cello bag and a generic ‘for you’ sentiment, ready for any occasion. The stamp set is still the Warm Hugs one I used for the Christmas version – such a versatile one to have in your collection.

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

I’ve used the Banner Triple punch for the tag on each creation, but you could also cut banners with scissors if you don’t own this yet. It does make banner ends a breeze!

Mini Coffee | kelly kent

Which version do you think you’ll have the most need for this season? All occasion or Christmas? There’s 8 cups and caddys in each pack . I’m going to make up all 8 and have them ready to give out in December. It’s part of my strategy for less rush this year! Will it work??? Probably not – last minute crafting is always a thing in my craft room! More ideas than time!!!

Next up to share their awesome gift wrapping and packaging ideas is Mandy Depiazzi. She’s the queen of boxes and I know you’re going to love what she’s made today.

Have a wonderful weekend. I’ve got a full schedule on my craft on my to-do list with preparation for Social Stamping to do and a couple of blogs during the week to create for #bestjobintheworld!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List:

Lorri Heiling (Guest Designer)
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Kelly Kent
Mandy Depiazzi
Lisa Whitehead
Narelle Simm
Robyn Houston

Paper Adventures Team Hop | sketch

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Hi!  Thanks for joining us for a team hop where our Paper Adventures team get together on a Friday night once a month and create projects with a shared theme.  Today it’s a fabulous sketch and we’re lucky to be joined by Gail Ellis from Blue Rose Paper Treasures as our guest designer.

This fun sketch was designed by Narelle. I’m so excited to see what the team does with it.  I’m either incredibly literal with sketches (for this one think holly, circle and rectangle) or I run away on a complete tangent!

Today’s creation is a little liberal with the circle turning into a square and the holly becoming a gnome.

No Peeking | kelly kent

I had an idea when I saw this sketch where the gnome was peeking out from behind a present with a tag saying “no peeking”.

No Peeking | kelly kent

How cute is the ruffles of the bow from the Gift Wrapped stamp set?  I’ve paired it with Heartwarming Hugs DSP.

The tag is from the Little Treat Box Dies – such a cute little size with gorgeous stitched detail.  And you’ll recognise the gnome peeking out from the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set.  I had to hunt a little for the sentiment – I knew I had a ‘no peeking’ somewhere and found it in the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.

No Peeking | kelly kent

There’s lots more of the team to share their creations if you keep clicking on the ‘next’ links to each blog until you get back to where you started.  The full list of participants is below.

From here, you are visiting our amazingly talented guest designer Gail Ellis.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend filled with all the things that make you happy!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List

Paper Adventures Team Hop | weather

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As the weather chills down here in the south west of Australia, weather seemed like a great theme for the July 2020 Paper Adventures team hop.  I’m never more aware of the weather than when it’s cold.  I spend my time both enjoying the lashing of rain (I love a good storm) and wishing it away as I wait for warmer days.  My favourite season is definitely summer!

We welcome Leonie Stuart today as our guest designer.  I love Leonie’s elegant style and beautiful nature and was so happy she was able to join us for this hop.  If you’re a blog subscriber of Leonie’s and have joined us via her blog, thank you!

Weather is such an powerful topic.  We talk about it, we enjoy it, we hate and we often base our activities around the weather that Mother Nature has delivered.  There’s nothing better than having an excuse to stay inside and craft all day because the weather is awful outside!!!

With the cold weather making life a little chilly, I bought a gorgeous little heat pack buddy for a friend who is turning two this weekend.  I couldn’t resist making a card that matched the design….

Magenta Monster | kelly kent

I love using inspiration from around me to make cards!  Like all good punch art creations, this is a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Lots of it is hand cut.  The In Good Taste DSP provided excellent texture for the bottom part of the card and the top is Sahara Sand with Tasteful Textile embossing.

Magenta Monster | kelly kent

My current favourite way to finish a card is to add the Playful Alphabet letter dies with foam adhesive sheet.  The effect is awesome!

Magenta Monster | kelly kent

This card just makes me smile!  The heat bag monster is such a happy little character – it’ll be great for cold night snuggles!

Stay warm and keep hopping with our guest designer Leonie Stuart.

Have a great weekend!  I hope the weather plays nice for whatever activity you have planned!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Kit Challenge

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During the restrictions of COVID, our Paper Adventures Team participated in three challenges that we used as the basis for a card swap.

The first one was to send the materials required to make 4 cards with photos to inspire the recipient’s versions.

The second one was to send all the materials to make 3 cards, but no inspiration photos.

The third one was a card base with an attached piece of DSP and a couple of extra pieces to get the recipient started with their own version.

We had so much fun in each challenge, we thought we’d extend the theme through to our team hop for this month.  We welcome Joanne James from the UK to share in the fun with us!

Here’s the brief – projects must include a square piece of DSP, a piece of ribbon at least 4″ long, a trinket or embellishment and dry or heat embossing.  I can’t wait to see what the team makes!

I have the most fun with challenges when they extend my thinking and take me away from what I would normally make.  The need to use a square piece of DSP inspired me to create a 3D project using a 6″x6″ square piece of DSP as the starting point.  My new catalogue DSP finally arrived, just in time to create for this challenge!

This treat bag style bag & box in one was designed by Kim Price.  You can see her original projects including instructions and a video by clicking here.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

It has a square base and curved sides and is super cute.  And the best part – it starts with a piece of 6″x6″ DSP which means you can create it using any of the DSP designs in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.  I’ve used the Artistry Blooms DSP for the treat bag paired with images from the Whale of a Time DSP.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

The finished size is 4-3/4″ tall by 2-3/4″ wide.  I plan to fill these boxes with chocolates as gifts for a workshop I have booked tomorrow night with some lovely local ladies.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

The whale for the blue treat bag has been cut with the coordinating Whale Builder Punch.  The turtle for the pink treat bag was fussy cut from the same DSP pack.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

With so many new things to play with at the moment, I’m enjoying mixing & matching between sets.  The tag is cut using one of the label dies from the Hippo & Friends Dies, with a slot die – which is also part of this set. I also used this on the top of the bag, placing the slot at a point where I could line up the bag and tag together.

The Hippo & Friends Dies are one of the best value sets in the catalogue with 25 dies including three different stitched  label options (in multiple sizes), accessory pieces and dies to match the characters from the Hippo Happiness stamp set.  I can’t wait to show you some projects with those cute little stamps!!!

Treat Bag | kelly kent

To complete the challenge, I used twine & ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack through the slot to close the bag, Basic Pearls & Basic Rhinestones as the embellishment and white heat embossing for the sentiment.  The ‘thanks’ sentiment is from the Whale Done stamp set. I’ve used masking tape to cover the bottom half of the sentiment and just stamp out the ‘thanks’.

Treat Bag | kelly kent

I’m excited to see how the rest of the team uses the 4 elements of the challenge to create their amazing projects.  The next creative queen is Lisa Whitehead.

Thanks again to Joanne James for joining us!  We love having international guests on our hop and are very grateful when they say yes to join us despite the challenges with time zones!

If you’re curious about Stampin’ Up! and becoming part of our Paper Adventures team, please let me know via a message on Facebook.  There’s a great bonus in the Starter Kit for this month with zero long term commitment or expectation.  Jump on board to see how it all works!!!  It may be the best decision you ever make!  If you live in Australia and you’re ready to join us, click here for all the Starter Kit info.

Have a great weekend!  I hope the forecast includes lots of stamping!

Participant List

 

Paper Adventures Team Hop | CASEing the Birthday Girl

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Happy Birthday to ….. ME!  It’s my birthday today and I’m blessed to be spending some of it blogging with my stamping family.  These ladies are such a wonderful part of my life and I’m so grateful to have them with me in this part of my papercraft journey.  This is the perfect way to celebrate!

Because it’s my birthday (well birth “month” actually – because … why not!!) I’ve asked the team to CASE the Birthday Girl!    So, the team have chosen designs I’ve shared on my blog and put their own spin on it.

We’re lucky to be joined by the super talented Tanya Rees.  Her style is gorgeous (and she is too!).

My blog started in October 2013 and in my very first post I shared a baby sampler I’d made for friend’s new little man.  It used Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White – still one of my favourite ombre colour choices to this date.

The second project I shared was a card using the cult classic Owl Punch.  Although long retired, I still have mine in my collection.  This was one of the first builder punches Stampin’ Up! produced and resulted in many punch art creations that were not actually owls!!!

This is the first card I blogged and the one I have decided to CASE today and do a 2020 version…

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Using the same layout and colours and 6 more years of experience playing with paper, stamps and inks, here is the update –

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I love the finesse of the Bird Ballad DSP.  It takes a little patience to fussy around around the images, but that is time well spent to add a beautifully coloured artwork to the front of my card.  The striking yellow for this card is from the Best Dressed DSP.  I’ve had this on my desk, waiting patiently to be used.  Yellow is such a wonderfully happy colour!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

The top note shape of my original card has been replaced with a scalloped stitched rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and stamped with Birthday Wishes from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Although I like both yellow and green, my tastes over the years have changed and current style often features one strong colour with a neutral.  So I’ve done another update, and changed the card up to a Petal Pink & Sahara Sand that is much more my 2020 style!  Time will tell what my 2026 style will be!!!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

Isn’t it funny how colour trends, our personal style and what’s available in the catalogue influence what we make across the years!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I love this layout and I’m thinking I should go back and do this for more of my cards with some of the new products coming out in June!

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

These birds are just the sweetest – and really do make it so easy to add prettiness to your cards!  Last I checked, this DSP is still available in the online store – and at a discount!  Click here to visit.

Birthday Wishes | kelly kent

I’d love it, as a birthday gift to me, if you could visit all of the blogs on the hop and leave a little message for my wonderful team.  It’s so nice to hear that people are reading our blogs and enjoying what we are sharing!

The next blog from here is our guest designer, Tanya Rees, who makes stunning cards!!

Thank you for being part of my birthday!

 

Participant List:

Kelly Kent
Tanya Rees (Guest Designer)
Narelle Simm
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Shannon Kissane
Lisa Whitehead
Mandy Depiazzi
Sheila Pybus

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.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

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.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

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.

Paper Adventures Blog Hop - Pootles | kelly kent

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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