Every year our Paper Adventures team meets for a retreat day in Perth. This year we were hosted by Shannon Kissane and while the weather was wet and grey outside, we had the pleasure of spending the day stamping inside. The weather even broke for a short while which allowed use to enjoy lunch outside.
As usual, I forgot to take any photos except this amazing group shot. What a fabulous group of crafters!
We used the same format for this team day as previous ones we enjoyed and crafted using “shoebox swaps”. Each crafter designed a project, made up the kits and put it in a box with all the supplies required to make it up. We rotated around the table until we’d made 8 of the kits, allowing approximately 20 mins per project. The projects we didn’t get to make in person, we took home as a completed sample.
Here’s the cards I designed for my shoebox…
I had kits available in each colour option so stampers could choose the one they preferred. It was a 50-50 split on favourites with one of each colour left over at the end.
The card style is one I’ve shared a lot this week – a notebook fancy fold. The stamp set is In Symmetry – one of my new catalogue favourites together with Sweet Symmetry DSP. I think the colours and styling of the DSP made me fall in love with the stamp set. Pink & yellow has always been a favourite of mine.
There was a little bit of fussy cutting involved but everyone snipped with good grace. This stamp set would be perfect with coordinating dies (hint hint Stampin’ Up!).
I design & make so many cards for classes, it’s always an absolute pleasure to make a card designed by someone else. Across 10 cards, we had such a unique mix of styles, colours and products. It’s a well known fact that you should always wait until after a team gathering to put in your next Stampin’ Up! order. There’s always A LOT of enabling!!!
Here’s what the rest of the team made for their shoebox projects –
We missed a couple of our team who couldn’t be there on the day due to illness and other commitments. We look forward to another one later in the year because you can never get enough of stamping with good people!
How quickly are these months rolling around??? The first week of March is almost done which means it’s time to get ready for some more birthdays. This year for my team birthday cards, the them is yellow. This was the first design (see the original blog post here) –
I’m still in love with the yellow, black and white combination, so I decided that rather than start with a new design, I would CASE (copy and selectively edit) the previous version. Using Daffodil Delight, True Love DSP and the Blossoms in Bloom bundle, this is the next version of the team birthday cards…
The card base for this card is Basic Black with the card front being layered with True Love DSP, a scallop edge border from the Ornate Borders Dies and Basic White cardstock. The Many Layered Blossom Dies are the focal point of the card. The bottom layer is cut in Daffodil Delight and the top layer in Basic White. I used Adhesive Sheet on the white cardstock before cutting to help stick the layers together. I hate messing around with wet glue – it seeps everywhere. I love the clean finish of using Adhesive Sheets.
The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set – one of my absolute favourites for everyday sentiments.
When I make cards in a layout like this, I will almost always make a second in a different variation – change the colour, change the orientation. It’s a formula that works for me to create a bank of cards for my stash (and if you follow my blog or socials, you will have seen me do this often). The alternative to this card was a Rococo Rose “hello” version.
I’m going to miss this colour when it retires at the beginning of May, so I’m trying to use it as often as I can!
The black & white with a pop of colour is a design combination that works with every colour, so you can sub in your favourite colour and create your down version of this card.
Happy birthday to all our March Paper Adventures team members. I hope you all have a wonderful birthday month – filled with lots of happy!!!
Hello! It’s been a very quiet blogging month for me. Behind the scenes I’ve been spending almost every night crafting up a storm, which has left very little time to share those projects with you. Blogging is a delicate balance – too much time spent photographing, editing, watermarking, uploading and writing posts means too little time spent making!!!
The balance is important here at Papercraft HQ. My time is always a juggle between mummy duties, paid work (I’m a paediatric Speech Pathologist) and having a social life of my own! I don’t think I always got it right in 2020, but on reflection, its been a year full of lots of amazing, so I can’t complain!
To catch up on what I’ve been up to, I’m aiming to share a project a day with you for the rest of 2020. The week it’s all about Christmas. If you’re a deadline crafter like me, then you may still have some cards to make in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re all done and dusted on Christmas crafting for 2020, then make sure to save your favourites to Pinterest for next year’s creative endeavours!
Today’s project to share is my team gifts for 2020. This year our team celebrated twice – a lunch in Mandurah (the half way point between our Perth & Bunbury teamies) and a lunch and team class in Bunbury.
The concept for the jars started as a ‘motivation pot’. I wanted the team to have something on their desk that they could dip into when they were feeling a little low on crafty mojo. What better way to inspire creativity than a little sugar?
I also stamped and added some positive sayings from a beautiful Uniquely Creative set I was gifted by a friend. If sugar doesn’t do the trick, then hopefully some words of affirmation help to get those creative juices flowing again!
The jars for the project were from Kmart. The rainbow was the inspiration for the accompanying tag – and has become my motif for this Christmas. It was drawn freehand with the brush end of Stampin’ Blends, which means I can create it in any colour and match it to the project or wrapping. The stamps are from the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set (a little christmas wish), Ridiculously Awesome stamp set (heart) and my name is from a personalised stamp I own. I’ve been using Night of Navy and other dark inks lots this festive season an an alternative to black. They stamp so nice and bold!
The saying on the top resonated with me and I hope with the team too. I’m a big believer in the philosophy of our actions and reactions being a choice. I choose kind as my action and positive as my reaction and outlook. I’m looking forward to reading a book recommended by Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass called Adversity is the Way by Ryan Holiday (some good “holiday” reading – pun intended!!!).
Lucky for me our team is wonderful and so supportive of each other in both our creative endeavours and everyday life.
In the true style of 2020, our Novemeber OnStage experience was different to the celebrations of previous years. This event was presented online and we watched and stamped from the comforts of our homes.
Here in Western Australia, we are in the very fortunate position of no community transmission of COVID for over 6 months and very few restrictions on what we are able to do. This is largely due to strict border controls with no visitors and quarantine periods for returned overseas travellers. I feel for the families affected by the travel restrictions, but so lucky to be living in our bubble (for now!).
The lack of restrictions meant that our Paper Adventures team were able to meet up for an OnStage@Home event. Organised by me and hosted by the Stand Up Stamper (Sheila Pybus), 12 of us gathered to share what we love – Stampin’ Up!
I tried to recreate all the good things about a Stampin’ Up! event and make the most of being able to have our version of an OnStage.
Everyone received a personalised goodie bag….
This contained a pen, OnStage themed notebook and a personalised makeup bag (or pencil case depending on what you store in there!).
Here’s some close ups of the notebook…
I styled it based on the OnStage@Home logo using Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party and Mango Melody cardstock. The label is from the Hippo & Friends Dies with the sentiment from the Ridiculously Awesome stamp set (in Night of Navy). The sentiment matched the theme of our team day so well and was a lovely theme to live by when using the notebook every day.
I invested in a heat press this year – and I have found it so useful for making personalised gifts. I usually make something for the team with their name on it when we meet for events – something they can use and keep the memories going!
Attendees also had the option to add merchandise including coffee cups, wine glasses, take home craft pack and more! This is one of the wine glasses (filled with water during the event, but I’m sure will be enjoyed with some wine this summer!).
The day was a mix of socialising, eating and stamping. We shared swaps, had pop up prizes and played some games.
The bag tag from the goodie bag was my swap for the day. You can see how much I love a good theme!
Here’s the swaps I got from the team. Such a talented group of ladies!
The make and take projects featured the soon to be released Dragonfly Garden stamp set, Dragonflies punch and Dandy Garden DSP. Demonstrators who registered for OnStage@Home were able to purchase these products in advance ready for some sneak peek stamping across the weekend.
I’ve had the privilege of seeing the new catalogue and *squeal* – you’re going to fall in love! So many new stamps, tools and accessories to add to your collection!!! The official pre-order period for demonstrators starts on 1st December 2020 (and can be added to a Starter Kit – wink wink!). OnStage@Home attendees have a small selection of products we are allowed to order early. The demonstrator perks are wonderful – a discount, early released products and a community of beautiful people to spend time with.
This is a close up of the shirt we all wore. The slogan was suggested by Narelle (Eleventh Hour Stamping), building on a saying that was on team Christmas present gifts a couple of years ago.
Here’s our lovely group from the day…
The day was high energy and lots of fun and I can’t wait to do it again! So many of us joined the team because we just loved the products (and discount), but it becomes so much more than that. The friendships and shared love of stamping add another layer of wonderful to the Stampin’ Up! experience. I can’t describe it to you, but you’re welcome to join our team and experience it for yourself! Email or message me to learn more about joining our Paper Adventures team. This is plane with no travel restrictions, no limits on the number of seats and it’s your choice when you hop off! (It’s also a COVID-free zone!).
If you’re local to the Bunbury area, you may want to try stamping at one of our Social Stamping session on a Monday morning. We’re there 9.30am-11am with two projects. It’s Christmas theme this term, but I can’t wait to use new catalogue products next year! Read more info here about the when & where of Social Stamping.
Lastly – this has been a long post, but it’s a fun way to keep the memories, so thank you for indulging me! I want to take this opportunity to thank my amazing team. I earned three recognition badges at OnStage@Home plus a career sales milestone. Without my team, I can confidently say, that I wouldn’t have earned any of them. They are the heart and soul of my stamping journey!
If you’re a fellow demonstrator who joined OnStage, I hope you had a wonderful time too!
Stay safe and here’s hoping we can all meet again in person for the next event!
Our Paper Adventures Team had a team meeting on the weekend – which is always a highlight on my calendar. Is there any better social occasion than a cup of tea and cake with friends who share the same passion, great conversation, lots of laughs and an opportunity to get inky – all in the space of a morning!
The topics of conversation vary at meetings but we usually discuss the catalogues – favourite products and things we might have missed noticing, team news – who’s doing what and any Stampin’ Up! news.
As part of the meeting, I had the delightful task of congratulating Lisa Whitehead who has shown great innovation and dedication over the past 12 months and promoted to Bronze Elite level. This means she earns herself an extra 5% commission on everything she sells to her customers and 5% extra discount on her own personal spending.
This is the card I made her to go with a personalised gift…
The Stitched Triangles Dies were a must have for me from the Annual Catalogue. I love anything stitched, and the geometric finish of the triangle shapes makes them super fun to work with!
Don’t you love how the light catches those letters! The Playful Alphabet Dies were another first love from the Annual Catalogue. The light catching the Copper Foil on these letters makes the card shine!
And for that extra bit of wow, I’ve added the foil to the Foam Adhesive Sheet before running them through the Die Cutting Machine. It’s so easy but so effective. If you buy the Playful Alphabet Dies, you must buy the Foam Adhesive Sheets as well!
The colours for this card are Bermuda Bay, Bumbleebee, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray with Copper Foil letters on a Whisper White base.
Congratulations again to Lisa – a well deserved promotion! I can’t wait to see what you do next!
Happy Easter! 2020 is going to be remembered as the year we stayed home for Easter. I live south west of WA which is a very popular tourist spot at this time of the year. Good Friday is normally a steady flow of traffic to the holiday spots of Busselton, Dunsborough & Margaret River. With regional borders closed, and families asked to stay home, the roads were empty yesterday.
We did a little in-region travelling on Thursday to delivery some essential Easter wishes.With the furthest some people are going is to their letterbox, we’ve been delivering some happy mail each week to family & friends.
These are the gifts I made for my Stampin’ team….
The Lindt bugs were a perfect size for both delivery and post. A12nd great for the garden theme created by the floral tones of the Best Dressed DSP and the super cute bunny from the Fable Friends stamp set.
I made 4 different variations, each with a different green tone to coordinate with the pattern from the Best Dressed DSP. This DSP is one of my all-time favourites – those flowers *love*.
Mossy Meadow cardstock, bunny has a Rococo Rose jumper
Granny Apple Green cardstock, bunny has a Mango Medley jumper
Old Olive cardstock, bunny has a Purple Posy jumper
Mint Macaron, bunny has a Lovely Lipstick jumper
The rest of the bunny was colouring using Ivory Stampin’ Blend. I usually use this for skin tone, but it’s a lovely option for fur. The bunnies were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, which is the perfect ink when colouring with Stampin’ Blends or other alcohol markers.
Which is your favourite? Is it the colours that you adore or the DSP pattern that wins?
Happy Easter to everyone around the world. I hope you find an option today to keep you connected with the friends & family you would normally spend this weekend with – by phone, video call or message.
Spoiler alert team – if you don’t want to see what your birthday card for 2020 might look like, look away now!
I love celebrating birthdays! They are the most common reason I make cards and for this reason, I look for stamp sets and other products that will help me create something special for someone’s special day!
When I saw that the Ladybug Dies – one of the coordinating product releases available this month – had a swirly stitched die that looked exactly like a paper aeroplane trail, I was excited!!! My Stampin’ Up! team are called the Paper Adventures and our team motif is a paper aeroplane.
I’ve been very kindly gifted a fabulous Lawn Fawn paper aeroplane stamp set by a team member and use this for team cards, tags, stationary and wrapping. This year, the team birthday cards will feature the aeroplane & swirly trail – it’s a great match!
Here’s the first one of the year…
That lusciously pretty paper you see is another coordinating release – Pleased As Punch DSP. It features 3 sheets of 4 designs and the main side coordinates with 4 different punches (Tulip Builder, Umbrella Builder, Heart Punch Pack & Small Bloom (SAB)). The reverse side – which is what I’ve used here – is another 4 great patterns.
The happy birthday sentiment is from the Little Ladybug stamp set – which is free with every $500+ order until 31st March 2020 as part of the Sale-A-Bration fiesta!
As much as I love the amazing quality of Stampin’ Up! envelopes, sometimes I change things up a little and skip on the envelope, using a cute paper bag instead. This card is going to my birthday celebrating teamie in a Copper Dotted Treat Bag!
The card plus a small gift (which I can’t show you because that really would spoil the surprise for the whole team!) fits beautifully in the bag.
I won’t give anything away, but I will share that my gifts are always personalised and always a good addition to crafting life. Last year it was decorated notebooks everyone’s crafty ideas and notes.
Want a cute and personalised gift from me on your birthday? Join my Stampin’ Up! team and let me spoil you. Join now and you’ll get an early birthday present in your Starter Kit with a free stamp set, free DSP pack and free mini trimmer. The Starter Kit is $169. You’ll get to choose $235 of products (totally your choice, anything available on the website can be added including Clearance Rack items and special promotions such as the Coordinating Product Release). There’s no pressure to purchase anything once you’ve purchased a Starter Kit, but anything you buy while you’re an active demonstrator will be at a 20% discount and anything you sell to family/friends/customers will earn you 20% commission.
Hello! Happy 2020 and welcome to our first Paper Adventures Team hop of the year. The theme is ‘Australia’ and I can’t wait for you to see what fun creations the team are sharing tonight.
We’re joined by guest designer Jo Stubbings – thanks for hopping with us Jo! Jo is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from NSW who I met through the Just Add Ink design team. I love her use of colour and know you will too!
There’s a few Aussie contributions in the current Stampin’ Up! range including the cute kangaroo & koala duo in the Animal Outing set, but I couldn’t go past the koala in the new Bonanza Buddies stamp set (Birthday Bonanza suite). I used him for my Just Add Ink card last week and as hard as I tried to use something different for this hop, I kept going back.
Koalas are native to Australia and only found on the east coast of Australia – unless in captivity. They eat only eucalyptus leaves and despite looking very cute, their claws are quite sharp and dangerous. Most people are surprised by how heavy koalas are when they have a cuddle.
I inked the koala in Smoky Slate and stamped his eyes & nose in Memento Tuxedo Black. The Bonanza Dies coordinate perfectly to cut him out.
The Bonanza Dies are actually one of my favourites from the Jan-June Mini Catty because they have so many options. Not only can you cut out the animals in the stamp set, but there’s a stitched tag die (yeesss! I’d buy the set just for this!) and some super cute bunting.
I’ve used the tag die together with a stitched rectangle cut out to create a shaker tag. Cut the top piece with the rectangle to create a window and cover the window with Window Sheet. Using Foam Adhesive Strips, adhere to a tag base. Make sure to pop some super cute shaker pieces in the middle. I’ve used From My Heart Faceted Gems, gold sequins and Night of Navy stars I made using the retired Stars Border Punch.
I picked DSP for this card in a red & blue theme, picking up the essence of the Australian flag. I love DSP and always make sure I have all the patterns. The easier way to do this is with a DSP sampler which I release each catalogue. This card features blue stripe & red watercolour patterns from the Peaceful Poppies DSP (Jan – June mini) and dark blue watercolour from the Lily Impressions DSP (Sale-A-Bration).
The final touches for this card were the Australian flag (printed from my computer and attached to a toothpick) and the ‘welcome’ sentiment from Animal Outing. I thought this would make a great card for someone who is spending their first Australia Day (coming up on Sunday 26th Jan) in Australia.
The layout for this card was inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch which popped up on my Facebook feed earlier in the week. I love sketches – they are a great starting point to get creative. Click here to visit the Mojo Monday post.
For a bigger dose of Aussie fun, keep hopping and see what the rest of the team have made including our guest designer, Jo Stubbings, who is next on the list.
Wishing you all a wonderful Australia Day! For those in Australia, enjoy having Monday off too! May there be lots of crafty hours in the mix!!!
I love the promise a new year holds. I’ve always been a fan of numbers, so 2020 seems like a number that will hold many possibilities. I hope it’s wonderful for you & your family.
I was very lucky over the Christmas break to take some time away with my family in the beautiful south of Australia. We visited Esperance – the town where my husband grew up. We spent time with family, camped on the white sand of the beach and soaked up some glorious sun. We came back recharged, a little sun-kissed and with some great new memories.
Returning home (with more washing than I cared for), it was nice to get back into my craft room and have a play with some of my new products from the 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalogue. If you live in Australia and don’t yet have a copy of this super pretty catalogue, please let me know and I’ll send one to you. You can also view it online by clicking here.
Here’s a quick video by Stampin’ Up! that shares some of the lovely products on offer…
The other really awesome thing to start our year is free products with the Sale-A-Bration promotion.
There’s 3 ways to benefit –
Choose a free product for every $90 you spend until 31st March 2020. You can also stack your rewards and chose an extra special reward with $180 spend. Click here to see all the free choices.
2. Earn a free stamp set when your order (or combined orders with family & friends) are over $500.
3. Join my Paper Adventures team. This is my favourite special of Sale-A-Bration because it’s a fabulous deal and you’ll be welcomed into the Stampin’ Up! family for as long as you want to stay.
During SAB 2020, join my Paper Adventures team by purchasing a fully customisable Starter Kit for $169. Choose $235 of products (whichever ones you want), enjoy free shipping and also receive a 6″ Mini Paper Cutter, DSP pack and a free stamp set of your choice. Once joined, you’ll get 20% discount on any Stampin’ Up! you purchase or sell until at least 31st July 2020. If you don’t meet the minimum sales requirement ($468 retail), then you simply stop being active and switch back to being a customer.
Click here to join (search for our team by clicking on Demonstrator Directory and then entering my details – Kelly Kent, Dalyellup, 6230 WA). If you need any help with joining, please get in touch with me by Facebook or email.
If you’d like to see any of the 2020 Mini Catalogue products in action, I’m available in the greater Bunbury area to run a workshop in your home with family & friends. I will also be back running Social Stamping from Feb, so make sure to subscribe to my blog for updates or follow my Facebook page.
Wishing you the most amazing year filled with lots of happy!
It’s a long weekend Sunday here thanks to Australia Day yesterday!
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!!!
There’s no better way to spend a long weekend than in the air con in the craft room for a few hours. Then it’s time for a casual dinner at the beach. I do love the warm, balmy nights that summer offers!
The theme this week for CASEing the Catty is the Floral Romance suite and subsequent pages.
I just love the styling of the Floral Romance suite – it’s pretty and feminine and totally gorgeous! For my card this week, I took a little inspiration from all of the cards in the suite photo above.
I liked the layout of the bottom right, the DSP of the middle left, the leaves of the bottom left, the embellishment of the middle & bottom right, the addition of Rich Razzleberry from the gift box at the moment….
That floral vellum is my favourite – so delicate & pretty!!
The sentiment from this card is from the Stamping Your Way to the Top – an exclusive demonstrator only stamp set currently available to order.
The scallop circle panel is from the Spot of Tea Framelits – I bought them a while a go and haven’t used them nearly as much as I would like. It’s a nice change up to the stitched look which I so often favour. I’ve layered it twice – Whisper White with Blushing Bride underneath – to match the DSP.
I just can’t get enough of the embellishments from this suite. The gold seals are divine!!! And the little flowers are so sweet! Do you use embellishments on your cards? I buy many but so often forget to use them. I’m trying to change this in 2019!