Paper Adventures Team Hop | photo inspiration

Hello! Welcome to the April hop for our Paper Adventures Team. The theme tonight is a fabulous photo inspiration.

The photo was taken by our resident team photographer Siobhan Fitzsimmons at her Hightrees property. She is surrounded by the most wonderful Australian native flora & fauna.

I didn’t feel I could do justice to these native mushrooms, so I’ve used the theme to create using the cutest craft mushrooms we have in the Stampin’ Up! Collection – the Snail Mail DSP!

Snail Mail is a whole pack of fun – mushrooms and snails as far as the eye can see. I’ve layered them on this super fun double slider card. Yep – two sliding snails!!!

I first made a card like this last Christmas at a class by Mandy Depiazzi. She saw the idea on Lisa Curcio’s blog and made this version (click here to see). I couldn’t decide which snail to make slide, so I added two tracks and attached a snail to each.

When you pull the tab on the right side of the card, the inner piece slides out and guess what? – another snail & mushroom combo!

It’s a little bit of fussy cutting for the pieces. The coordinating dies cut out some of the snails, but they can all be cut using your Stampin’ Snips.

The beautiful fonts of the birthday sentiment was the final touch for this card. You’ll find that cute happy birthday in the retiring Rustic Retreat stamp set. At the time of writing this, it was still available at an amazing 75% discount – jump online to see if it’s still available now.

You’ll also want to keep hopping and see what the rest of the Paper Adventurers have been inspired to create by Siobhan’s photo. The full participant list is below, but if click on the next button you’ll travel around all the blogs. From here it’s over to the wonderful Narelle Simm

Have a wonderful weekend!

Participant LIst
1. Kelly Kent
2. Narelle Simm
3. Lisa Whitehead
4. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
5. Shannon Kissane
6. Sana Arslan

Rustic Retreat & other retiring gems

When the annual catalogue gets released, there’s always products that form part of your maybe wishlist. Usually I put off buying them and regret it when I have the perfect idea for a stamp set or accessory that I don’t yet own! The ideal solution would be to buy the whole catalogue – but I haven’t been able to convince Mr Papercraft that’s a good idea (yet).

When the Last Chance Retirement List comes out, it can be a great opportunity to buy those products that you didn’t know you needed to have until they won’t be available anymore. Rustic Retreat was always on my list, but with the wintery imagery, it never quite made it into an order …. that is, until it appeared on the retirement list at an amazing 75% off retail price. That’s right – Rustic Retreat, with a pretty Happy Birthday sentiment, a gorgeous Christmas greeting and a great quote is in the online store for only $10.50.

This is the first card I made using Rustic Retreat when it arrived.

I’ve combined it with some other retiring favourites that I already own, and are my favourites that I’ll miss in the new catalogue. Don’t worry though, there’s plenty of lovely new things to add to your wishlist. But, if you don’t own any of these on the list below, I recommend you add them to your order soon!

  • Subtle 3D Embossing Folder
  • Neutrals DSP
  • Braided Linen Trim
  • 2020–2022 In Color Enamel Dots

I also used some annual catalogue products that have already sold out including Word of Good DSP, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder and Bumblebee Ribbon. The Tasteful Labels Dies are carrying over to the new annual catalogue.

You can order any current or retirement list item by visiting my online store.

If you’re impatient to get your hands on the upcoming annual catalogue products, you may like to join my Paper Adventures team and add items from the preorder list (including the 5 new In Colours) to your Starter Kit. Just $169 for $235 of your choice of products, free shipping and a 20% discount on everything you purchase between now and at least October 2021. You can also sell to family/friends or customers and earn yourself a commission to keep or invest in more Stampin’ Up! If you’d like to know more, please email, Facebook or Instagram me. If you’d like to jump right in and purchase a Starter Kit, please click here. (Note: this link will only work for Australian residents)

Have a wonderful weekend! I hope there is lots of craft and you still have Easter chocolate to munch on!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com