Social Stamping | war & peace

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Hello!  Can you believe we’re up to week 5 of Social Stamping.  I’m so lucky to be a part of this network of wonderful crafters.  You can see the full list for today’s blog hop by clicking here.

The theme for today is “war & peace” because it really feels like the global pandemic is on par with the turmoil, injury & economic fallout of a world war.

I’ve taken inspiration for this card from the PacMan video game where the little yellow character eats up all the dots.  Now, in the traditional game, he needs to avoid the ‘ghosts’ – or in this case the coronavirus – but the COVID-19 version of the game, victory will come from taking back power from the virus, so it’s chomping them all up.  If only the war against the virus was this easy!

Pacman COVID-19 | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card comes from the Love You To Pieces stamp set – available until 2nd June 2020 (or sold out). The fight against the virus really does feel like we just have to keep going at this thing one piece at a time until it’s under control.

The coronavirus is made using the flower centre pieces from the Poppy Moments Dies.  These are carrying over and will be in the next catalogue – yay!  I wish I knew who was the first clever person to see these as a virus so I can give them credit, but I’ve seen it so many times now, I’m not sure where it started.

Pacman COVID-19 | kelly kent

This card will be on its way to the US to send some love around the world.  I stamped this very apt sentiment from the Positive Thoughts stamp set into the middle.

Pacman COVID-19 | kelly kent


Since this theme covers both war and peace, I’m sharing a second card.

Grateful Seahorse | kelly kent

I mentioned in a previous blog host how wonderful it is to see the world heal a little as we stay home a little more and slow down.  Turtles are laying record numbers of eggs, the air is cleaner and environment noise is down.

The idea for this card came from the thought that the animals of the world are saying thank you for this amazing side effect of the virus.

The seahorse and sentiment are from the Seaside Notions stamp set (another set you’ll see return in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue!).

Grateful Seahorse | kelly kent

If you’ve seen the Last Chance Retirement List you may have been a little concerned that Stampin’ Blends appear on there.  Thankfully they are not retiring but being reconfigured.  But, they will no longer be available in singles, so if there’s any one colour you use more than others, now is the time to add a spare to your collection.

Grateful Seahorse | kelly kent

This card uses the same layout I used for two of the cards in my Social Stamping April 2020 Kit.  I love being able to use a layout for different themes!

If you need some isolation kits (and live in Australia), I have some ready to post next week.

Social Stamping Kit – April 2020

All materials* to create 5 cards. Includes post or delivery Australia wide. * does not include adhesive, stamps, ink or stamped images.

A$20.00

Grateful Seahorse | kelly kent

All the DSP in each catalogue retires, but don’t fear, we have some gorgeous new patterns on the way.  If there’s any DSP you’re going to miss from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue or 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalogue (especially the ones that match the dies or stamp sets that aren’t retiring), make sure to stock up before it sells out or retires.  I’ve used the reverse sides of Follow Your Art (discounted to $8 from $20) and See a Silhouette.


Thank you to all my Stampin’ friends who joined me for this hop. You can see the full list of participants on the main blog host post – click here to visit.

Next up is Narelle Simm, a friend of mine in my every day world as well as the crafting one.  Narelle was actually the one who introduced me to Stampin’ Up!  I think I owe her a drink 🙂

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Hope, love & prayers for more peace & less war,

Stamp Review Crew | Dino Days

Hello!  Welcome to a hop with my Stamp Review Crew friends.  We come from all around the world and share a love of Stampin’ Up! stamps.  Today we’re sharing projects made with the Dino Days stamp set.  It comes as part of the Dinoroar suite with coordinating dies (Dino Dies), paper (Dinoroar DSP) and embellishments (Dinoroar Enamel Shapes & 3/8″ Demin Ribbon).  Click here to view in the online store.

I’m always on the lookout for new fun folds and found this one (not new, but new to me!).  Thanks to Lisa Curcio for the tutorial (click here to see her post).

Dino Days | kelly kent

It’s called a Double Point Fold Card with a front layer that opens to reveal secret stamping underneath!  I’ve used Stitched Nested Labels Dies to bridge together the DSP flaps with small magnets to hold it closed when flat.  The flap are made from DSP using a simple score line and origami style folding.

Dino Days | kelly kent

The dinosaur stamps in the set are two step to create super cute dino friends  I’ve stamped the dino in the middle of the card, but the coordinating dies cut the stamps and DSP images!

Dino Days | kelly kent

I love this DSP because it features a mix of patterns than can be used for boys & girls – because girls like dinosaurs too!!!

The set also contains builder stamps to make a palm tree, dinosaur footprints and cute sentiments.  I’ve used the ‘rawrsome’ sentiment on the front of the card…

Dino Days | kelly kent

And then the happy birthday from Seaside Notions on the back of the card.  This card doesn’t have a traditional fold, so while you could write your message on the inside where I’ve stamped the dinosaur, I love the idea of having a back panel with more stamping and lots of room for a birthday message.

Dino Days | kelly kent

Measurements to make your own card (adapted for A4 cardstock):

Base: 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″ (Daffodil Delight)
Front Mat: 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (Whisper White)
DSP: cut 2 pieces of 3″ x 4″, scored at 1″ on the 3″ side (Dinoroar DSP), folded top left & right edges into a triangle to meet score line; trimmed to fit width of front mat once adhered
Reverse Mat 1: 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (Melon Mambo)
Reverse Mat 2: 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″

Colours used: for stamping: Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, White heat embossing


Thanks for hopping with me today!  Next stop for some RAWRsome inspiration is Betty Traciak.

Have a great week!

 

Colour INKspiration #59

It’s time for another Colour INKspiration hop.  Chosen by Bronwyn Eastley – this colour combination is just divine!  Soft, dreamy and oh-so-pretty.

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I’ve seen a sneak peak of some of the cards on this hop and you’re going to love them all.  So much variety from florals to masculine to pretty kitties!

We’re joined today by guest designer Denise Buetler.  Denise won challenge #57 and accepted our invitation to join us for this hop.  You can see her project by clicking here or keep hopping through all the projects til you get to her gorgeous card.


As with many the Colour INKspiration Crew, there was something about these colours that was reminiscent of the water.  I’ve used the new Seaside Notions stamp set to create another sympathy card.  Sadly it’s the week for it.

Seaside Notions | kelly kent

The background is the Stitched Lace die – I just can’t get enough of this die.  It’s adds such elegance to the card.  This time I’ve cut it using the lace die (see my previous post for tips on getting a great cut) and then cut it to card front size using the largest Stitched Rectangle Die.  If you have these dies, you’ll know the proportions are a little different our card sizes, so I’ve cut the card down to 4-1/8″ wide by 5-1/2″ long (11″ before scoring and folding in half).Seaside Notions | kelly kent

I’ve layered a Subtle embossed mat in Smoky Slate and a frame made using the Stitched Rectangle Dies in Seaside Spray.  I am loving this new In Color – so serene!!!  The seahorse is stamped in Seaside Spray and fussy cut, layering it over the ‘thinking of you’ sentiment.  Finished off with a couple of silver Metallic Pearls.

I’ve carried the theme through to the inside of the card and added some stamped shells and a sand dollar on another stitched rectangle background with a strip of Seaside Spray DSP.

Seaside Notions | kelly kent

I loved these colours together, but if I’m honest, using Very Vanilla was a huge challenge for me!!!  I guess I’m just a Whisper White girl at heart!


We’d love for you to join the challenge by sharing your creation made with these colours in our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Next up on the hop is my gorgeous friend Leonie Stuart and a beautifully delicate card.

Thanks for visiting!


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CASEing the Catty #236 | Love, Thanks & Support

The calendar tells me it’s Sunday today but it’s school holidays here so I really have no idea!  It’s slow mornings, family fun and endless food around here!

We started a 1000 piece puzzle yesterday – which has been lots of fun!  It’s terribly addictive but the perfect activity for the wet weather days.

Since it is actually Sunday, it’s time to share a project for CASEing the Catty.  The theme this week is the Love, Thanks & Support section of the Annual Catalogue – pages 72-97.

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Pick any photo from these pages and share your twist.  Change the colours, use the layout, be inspired by the technique – there’s endless ways to be creative with the catalogue as your starting point.   Please share your creation in our Facebook group – we love seeing what you’re making.

I’ve used a mish mash of inspiration from this section – the colours of one card, the stamp set of another and the layout of a third.

CTC#236 Inspiration | kelly kent

The colours are Whisper White, Rococo Rose, Crushed Curry & Old Olive.  The stamp set is Healing Hugs and the layout uses tone-on-tone Stitched Lace die as the background with the floral centrepiece on top.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

The Stitched Lace Die is becoming one of my favourites.  I usually avoid fussy dies because they are a pain to cut.  But….through a combination of recommendations by other demonstrators, I have discovered for my Big Shot that the following ‘sandwich’ works the best –

Bottom – top: Magnetic Platform, Precision Plate, Die (cutting side up), cardstock, Cutting Plate.

It needs to go through a couple of times but the pieces all come out quite easily.  I give it a brush with the Take Your Pick Die Brush while the cardstock is still in the die and then I poke out the stubborn bits with a paper piercer.  Once all the pieces are out I gently ease the cardstock away from the die.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

For this card I’ve used the edge die that comes with the Stitched Lace Die to create the scalloped edge.  Make sure you use a bit of washi tape to keep the die in place while you run it through your die cutting machine.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is from the Seaside Notions stamp set. Sadly I’ve needed too many sympathy cards lately – my friends are hurting, so I’m sending lots of paper hugs out.


There’s more wonderful creations to visit on this blog hop.  Click on next to visit my lovely friend Lauren Meiklejohn to see her gorgeous take on the catalogue.

Thanks for hopping with us.  I hope your week is wonderful!


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