Paper Adventures Team Hop | Last Minute

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I am normally very good at meeting deadlines – in fact I find them incredible motivating to actually get things done.  But, as a testament to how crazy my week has been, this is my second blog post in a row that has gotten away from me!

As they say though, better late than never, and there’s no way I could miss the final blog hop of 2019 with my team.

For pure irony or absolute genius, the theme is ‘last minute’ – sharing with you projects you can make this weekend in the mad dash of any last minute Christmas gifts you need.  Make sure to hop around until you get back to me to see all the wonderful inspiration the team has shared tonight.


I always make calendar gifts at this time of the year.  It’s a lovely present to share with friends that will make them think of you all year long.  This year the calendars were extra special as they were gifts for 4 of my besties with a personal twist added in.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

The design for this style of easel came via Karen Henderson, who was inspired by Ronda Wade.  I can’t find Ronda’s original post so I can’t link it here, but if someone knows, please let me know!  Click here to see Karen’s project.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

The DSP for these is an oh-so-pretty set of designs coming up in the 2020 Jan-June catalogue called Best Dressed DSP.  You can get it as part of my paper share (see tomorrow’s post for pre-sale information) as well as 6 other design packs and bonus Sale-A-Bration DSP.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

To make your own easel calendars, you need a normal card base (half an A4 sheet = 8-1/4″ x 5-7/8″, scored at 4-1/8″).

On the card “front”, cut from the fold line down to the bottom at 1-7/8″ from each edge.  This leaves a middle panel that’s approx 3″ wide.  Score this at the half way point on just just panel (2-1/16″).

Cut a piece that will cover the visible gap of the card base (at least 3-1/4″ wide x 3-7/8″).  I’ve embossed this the upcoming Coastal Weave embossing folder, but you could stamp, use DSP or leave plain.  Adhere this in place then adhere the side panels to the card base.

Add DSP to the edge panels (1-3/16″ x 3-7/8″) and the bottom half of the flap (2-3/4″ x 1-13/16″).

Finish by adding a calendar to the card base (I used dimensionals so the easel flap would sit nicely under the raised platform) and add a sentiment.  I’ve used ‘another sensational year of you’ which I thought was perfect for my personal twist.  It comes from the soon to be released Sale-A-Bration (read: free with purchase) set called Sending You Thoughts.

If you don’t have any mini calendars in your stash, you can print & cut down a mini calendar from the internet.   I like this one – click here to view.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

I also made matching envelopes using the left over DSP from the 6×6″ sheet I had.  I wanted to make these extra special for my fabulous friends.  And the personal twist?  Each calendar has handwritten ideas for self care throughout the year.  In lieu of gifts this year, one of my friends suggested we share recommendations – a restaurant, book, activity, holiday location…. any place, idea or thought that would be meaningful for the other friend.  It was such a great idea!!!  I wanted to remind my friends how fabulous they are and give them a little nudge to take care of themselves over the year.

Easel Calendar 2020 | kelly kent

I’d also like to remind you, my wonderful blog followers, to take care of yourselves.  Treat you to some craft time, a binge on a favourite TV series, time to read a good book, an extra serving of your favourite dessert or a to buy that crafty item you’ve had on your wishlist for a long time!

For ideas more gift ideas that might help you out this weekend, please hop on to my friend Lisa Whitehead with a very cute box for any last minute gifts you may be creating!

Happy stamping!

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Paper Adventures Team Hop | OnStage

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Our Paper Adventures team is sneaking in a blog hop tonight – just in time before we miss November.

It’s been a busy month for us all with the usual family and stamping activities – but we also added in a trip to Perth for OnStage.  11 of my direct team, my upline, my sideline and 2 Paper Adventures adoptees joined in the fun for a day of friendship and new product releases.

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We got to see what’s coming up in the 2020 January – June catalogue (formally known as the Occasions catalogue) and take home some new treats to try.

Tonight we’re sharing the first plays with our new stamps, punches, dies and other soon to be released pretties.  Thank you to Shannon Kissane who joins us as our guest designer.  Shannon is  Perth girl, so it was awesome to see her again at OnStage.


Part of my OnStage experience for the last few years has been attending the CentreStage leadership event on the Friday night prior to the event. This is the small but very talented group in Perth.

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We get the chance to network with other leaders, have a yummy dinner and we often get an extra special little gift. This year we got a gorgeous business card holder in the poppy theme of the event and a new stamp set called My Meadow.

My Meadow | kelly kent

This sweet set has the same styling as other favourites such as Waterfront and Snow Front using watercolour-esque drawings that can be layered to create pretty scenes.  I just love the gazebo, bridge and wheelbarrow imagery.

I’ve been wanting to try a Double Slider card for a while now and this was such a perfect set to be able to show off the range of stamps across the three panels.  I followed a great youtube tutorial by Teri Pocock – see it here.  Terri has also been kind enough to share a breakdown of the measurements on her blog – visit here.

Here’s a video of my card so you can see how it works. A little like magic, when you pull the bottom, the top slides out too.  It’s all thanks to a clever slider mechanism on the inside of the card which is so simple to make when you have Teri’s tutorial to follow.

Here’s some photos of the card – the dimensions make it a little hard to photograph, so I clipped it to my hallway photo rail.

The card when the slider pieces are on the inside…

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

Pull the Burlap Ribbon tab to reveal the secrets inside…

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

When fully extended…

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

A close up of the top panel featuring the gazebo…

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The middle featuring the wheelbarrow..

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And the bottom panel featuring the trees…

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

The colours for this card are a Sahara Sand base, Pool Party contrast and Whisper White mats.  The DSP is from the Subtles DSP collection.

My Meadow Double Slider Card | kelly kent

The My Meadow stamp set is sentiment free, so you can match it with your favourite words.  I’ve chosen sentiments from a set that I was able to pre-earn from the upcoming Sale-A-Bration promotion.(Jan-March 2020) called Sending You Thoughts.  It ticks all my boxes – I love the font, it has a happy birthday stamp and it’s FREE!!

You’re going to see lots of new catalogue sneak peeks from demonstrators around the world over the next month and a bit until the catalogue goes live.  Every Stampin’ Up! demonstrator has access to order early from Tuesday 3rd Dec 2019.  New catalogue items can be added to a Starter Kit, so if you just can’t wait to get your hands on all the great product you see online, then joining my Paper Adventures team might be for you.  Starter Kits are just $169 and packed full of customisable value.  Click here for more information.


Next up with more OnStage inspired inspiration is our guest designer Shannon Kissane.

Have a great weekend,