Pierced Blooms Dies | happy birthday

Hello Sunday! It’s autumn here in Australia (known as fall for some of you) and the weather is absolutely glorious. Warm during the day, balmy at night and not a touch of wind at all this weekend. Yesterday we played tourist with family who have visited us and did a high ropes course. This is me hanging out at 10m above the ground with one of the Little Miss Papercrafts.

I have no fear of heights, but wow – some of those obstacles are challenging! Quite the change in pace from the comfort of the craft room!


Today I’m sharing with you a quick and easy duo of cards. They are made using the Pierced Blooms Dies – and all the hard work is done with the detail in the dies.

As suggested by the product name, when you cut these dies using your cutting machine, it pierces all the holes you see and makes them so pretty!

The colours for my flowers are Daffodil Delight, Gorgeous Grape, Magenta Madness and Just Jade for the leaves.

I made two variations of this card with a subtle differences to how I arranged the flowers how they worked in with the sentiment. Even the die cut for the sentiment has a gorgeous pierced edging.

The DSP for this card is the True Love DSP – the black and white patterns are a staple for me this catalogue. I’ve used the Subtle Embossing Folder on the background layer to add a bit more texture and complement the stitching.

The sentiment is from the Peaceful Moments stamp set. It’s such a pretty arrangement of fonts and fits so perfectly in the die.

Enjoy the rest of your day! There will be no adventure for me today, I’m taking it easy and enjoying the level ground of my craft room!

Social Stamping | thinking of you

Happy Saturday!  Saturday has been one of the highlights of my blogging week for the past 3 months as I hop with my stamping friends as a way to stay connected through these COVID times.  Today’s theme is “thinking of you”.  There’s a full list of all the themes so far and all the designers participating in today’s hop on the main blog post for this hop – click here to visit.

For my cards today I’ve made 2 cards using the split card technique – an idea shared by Jennifer McGuire last month.  It’s a great way to get two cards with one lot of stamping and a great corner or border style design.  You can see Jennifer’s post here.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measured 5-5/8″ x 7-3/4″ and stamped the blossoms in Misty Moonlight down the middle portion of the cardstock, adding in Seaside Spray flowers, Night of Navy mini flowers and Crumb Cake accents.

The inspiration for the colours of this design came from Stacey Marsh – a demo I recently starting following in the UK.  Check out her Instagram – she’s amazing!  She had me at blue flowers!!

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

Once all the stamping is done, cut the cardstock down the middle (at 3-7/8″) and use the pieces to make up your cards.

This first card features a Crumb Cake base and Vellum butterflies using the Butterfly Duet Punch.  The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set cut using one of the label dies from the Hippo & Friends set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

The second card features a Seaside Spray base, hearts from the Pattern Play stamp set and sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

Split Card - Blossoms in Bloom | kelly kent

This technique makes it easy to whip up some cards to send to family and friends in no time at all.  Feeling adventurous?  Try stamping a whole sheet and cutting into 4 pieces!!!  Or using die cuts for your images.  There’s so many possibilities!

Next up for more ‘thinking of you’ inspiration is my gorgeous friend Narelle Simm.

Thanks for hopping with us. If you need the full list of participants, click here to visit.

See you next week for more Social Stamping!

 

One Sheet Wonder Template | 6″ x 6″

Since the introduce of social distancing, our Paper Adventures Team has switched our team meetings to Zoom.  Team members have prepped a project set and completed it in the comfort of their craft room while chatting with others on Zoom.  The first meeting we used the Double Wonder One Sheet Wonder template. Click here to see the cards I made.

Last night’s meeting we chose templates for One Sheet Wonders using 6″ x 6″ DSP.  As always, the team made some amazing cards!  Having had the benefit of using templates by others, I thought I’d create one for this project to share.

6x6 One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

This template make 4 cards in portrait orientation, but you could definitely alter the template to create them in landscape, or a mix of both.  If you use two 6″ x 6″ pieces of DSP, then you’ll be able to mix & match the pieces and create 8 cards with a variety of patterns.  Your creativity knows no limits!!!

You will need:

  • 1 x 6″x6″ DSP
  • 2 x sheets A4 cardstock cut & scored in half to make 4 card bases
  • 1 x sheet A4 cardstock for DSP mats (approx 7″ x 8-1/4″ – you can also use scraps)

Here’s the cutting template for the DSP

6x6 One Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

Cut the DSP into 3 segments by cutting the first panel at 1-1/2″, then the second panel at 3″ (leaving a third panel at 1-1/2″).  Then cut the first panel at 5-7/8″ to create a long strip for card A, the middle panel into one 3″ segment to get a 3″ x 3″ square for card B and then three 1″ strips for card C and finally, cut the end segment into 1-1/2″ squares for card D.

Card Mats:

Card A                   1-5/8″ x 5-7/8″

Card B                   3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″

Card C                   3-1/4″ x 3-3/6″

Card D                   3-3/6″ x 3-3/6″

Here’s a close up of each card for the Parisian Blossoms DSP –

One 6" Sheet Wonder | kelly kent
One 6″ Sheet Wonder | CARD A

One 6" Sheet Wonder | kelly kent
One 6″ Sheet Wonder | CARD B

One 6" Sheet Wonder | kelly kent
One 6″ Sheet Wonder | CARD C

One 6" Sheet Wonder | kelly kent
One 6″ Sheet Wonder | CARD D

The colours for this set are Gray Granite for the card bases, Basic Gray for the card mats and Petal Pink for the sentiment labels.    I’ve embellished with a touch of retired Powder Pink ribbon, stamps from the Peaceful Moments stamp set and Stitched So Sweetly Dies. The sentiments are heat embossed in white & black.

Like all the One Sheet Wonder templates I’ve used, I found this fun to create pretty cards with minimal fuss (or time!).  This template works well for a DSP with an intricate pattern, so you can let the detail in the DSP stand out as an artwork.  Or use a less detailed DSP and add your own embellishments!

Here’s another set I created using the Lily Impressions DSP.  This pattern from the pack was my favourite!  The colours for this set are Whisper White for the card bases, Blackberry Bliss for the card mats and Coastal Cabana for the sentiment label.  The stamp set is Peaceful Moments in Blackberry Bliss ink or white heat embossing.

One 6" Sheet Wonder | kelly kent

I’d love to see your creations with this template!

Happy stamping!

Social Stamping | April Kits – Parisian Blossoms

I’m starting to design the cards for my May card kits.  Thank you to everyone who purchased the supplies to turn the 5 kits into cards in April.

Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss when I release the May kits.  These can be posted Australia wide and include all materials except sentiment stamping and adhesive. Perfect for some stress-free crafting, design/layout inspiration or a little mojo kick-start.

Two of the cards in April’s kits used the Parisian Blossoms DSP and Poppy Moments Dies.  These gorgeous products are available in the Jan-June Mini Catalogue, but some only until the 2nd June. All the DSP retires, so if you have a favourite, be sure to stock up before the new catalogue (and new DSP) starts on 3rd June.

It’s no secret that I love DSP and love using it on cards.  One of my favourite things to do to add an easy wow factor is to slice a larger piece into equal panels (usually 3).

Parisian Blossoms | kelly kent

The dimensions for the DSP on this card are 3-3/8″ x 2-3/4″ and cut across the 3-3/8″ side into three equal segments of 1-1/8″.

Parisian Blossoms | kelly kent

This card features a Sahara Sand base (one of my favourite Neutrals) and Petal Pink flowers with Champagne Foil accents.  The DSP colours are Petal Pink and Pool Party.

I’ve used the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set, but as these kits do not include any stamping (to keep with Stampin’ Up! policy), you can choose your own sentiments – or leave them without.  You can also use your favourite way to stick things down!  This kit is flexible to how you craft and the type of cards you need.


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Social Stamping | Family

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The theme for today’s Social Stamping is ‘family’. Family is my number one priority (followed closely by stamping!) and the most important thing in my life.  I also believe that you choose amazing people (or they choose you!) and they become your chosen family.

With the rapid changes, intense global shift and uncertainty that has been the last 2 months, it’s been easy to become overwhelmed, and I am very grateful for the support and steadiness of my tribe of both family and chosen family over this time.  There’s nothing like a pandemic with social distancing, home schooling and job changes to force an evaluation of what and who are important.

My stamping friends joining in today have great inspiration for projects you can make and send to loved ones.  They’d love for you to use their creations to inspire creativity in your own craft room, but please give credit to the original designer.


My project was made for a special lady who is having a birthday in isolation after a very tough couple of months.  A friend reached out and asked her network to shower her Mum with happy mail, so while this project wasn’t made for someone in my family, there’s some very special family love happening here.  One of the cliche sayings of the COVID situations is that ‘we’re all in this together’ – and we really are!

I’m not sure what this style of card is called – in my head I’m calling it a Card on Card Fun Fold.  The base of this card is just one layer, and then the folded card sits on top.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

The birthday girl’s favourite colours are pink and orange and she loves flowers – so I let this guide the choices of DSP (Peaceful Poppies) and cardstock for this project.  The card base is Lovely Lipstick – such a bright & fun pink to play with!  The flower is Pumpkin Pie with Rich Razzleberry leaves, cut using the Poppy Moments Dies and layered on a Stitched So Sweetly Die cut.  The sentiment (Peaceful Moments stamp set) is stamped in Lovely Lipstick.

I wanted my happy mail to contain some extra love, so I made a note card set to go with it.  For this, I adapted the Pop Out Purse card made by Lou Kitzelman.  You can see Lou’s blog post with more information by clicking here.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

The ‘bones’ of the card remained the same, but instead of adding a purse to the middle, I added a center panel on to the pop out element.  This style of fancy fold has so many possibilities.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

I also added pockets to the side two panels – one for cute little 3″x 3″ Envelopes and one for 3″ cards that I made featuring poppies to coordinate with my overall theme.

Here’s a close up of the note card set including envelopes stamped with the poppy field stamp from the Painted Poppies stamp set.  I picked colours that matched the DSP – Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Lovely Lipstick & Flirty Flamingo.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

With the pop out centre panel, I was able to attach a pen to complete the set.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

And then it all folds in and ties with a Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon for easy storage until needed.

Pop Up Note Card Set | kelly kent

I’ve always loved the matchy-matchy of a project set – a card with coordinating gift is such a delight!

If you’re stuck for a last minute gift to make your Mum this Mother’s Day (tomorrow in Australia), this might be a great crafty project for you today!  Your gift set can include anything from note cards to tags to post it notes.  Let your creativity run wild!  For the base template, you’ll need Lou’s amazing tutorial with step-by-step instructions and full colour pictures.  It comes in a bundle with 3 other fabulous tutorials by The Dimensionals.  Click here to purchase the full tutorial and support some wonderful bloggers.


There’s a wonderful array of clever designers and amazing projects to follow on this hop, so keep clicking on the next button to visit.  Click here to see the full list of participants.

My next link to take you to the gorgeous Leonie Stuart.

Thank you for joining us today, we love being able to share with you.  Thank you to my network of stamping friends, many of who are part of my chosen family and their friendships are extremely valuable!