Stamp Review Crew – Crafting Forever

Hello!  And welcome to the first Stamp Review Crew blog hop for September.  We (a fabulous group of international demonstrators) hop twice a month – all using the same stamp set.

If you’re already hopping, then you’ve visited the gorgeous Linda Callahan.  Next stop after me is over to Mike Funke who always makes great use of the stamp set!

Today, we’re sharing projects we’ve made using the Crafting Forever stamp set.

This set doubles as the Angel Policy copyright set available in the Annual Catalogue.

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! encourages you to sell your handcrafted projects to family/friends, at markets and online?  All they ask is that you follow their Angel Policy and use a copyright stamp on your project.  The policy applies to both demonstrators and customers selling their creations made using Stampin’ Up! products.

Most of the time, this goes on the back of your card along with your contact information…

Crafting Forever | kelly kent


You can find more information about Stampin’ Up!’s Angel Policy here.

Now to the projects!

I haven’t made anything using shrink plastic in a while, so for my projects today, I’ve made some little scissor charms and added them to my creations.

These are super easy to make!  Simply stamp the scissor stamp on white shrink plastic (get this online or at your local craft store) in Basic Black Archival Ink.  Allow to dry (or not – but it’ll smudge….. I was a little impatient and you can see some of the smudging!).

Once dry, colour the image using Sharpies (or any other alcohol based markers you own).  Cut around the shape with your snips and if you want to be able to attach it, punch a hole in the corner.

Then place the pieces between two pieces of vellum on a baking tray into a pre-heated 150 degrees Celsius oven (check the instructions on the brand of shrink plastic you buy, but this worked for me) for a couple of minutes.

Voila!  You end up with cute little scissor charms.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

You can also make decorative labels by stamping the sentiment in Basic Black Archival Ink and cutting with one of our punches (I used the Pretty Label Punch).

Once I had my charms made, it was time to add them to a pretty project!

The first one I had in mind was scissor charms!  Depending on who you hang out with, you might know a few stamping buddies that have scissors very similar to yours!

Add personalised charm to your scissors so you’ll know which ones to claim as yours – in the most stylish way possible!

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

I also added some of my favourite ribbons & trim to add some colour.  Apart from the pretty factor, I had an ulterior motive – my craft desk is black and I always seem to lose my scissors!!!  This will brighten them up and hopefully they’ll jump out at me when I’m looking.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

The next project was, of course, a card – complete with one of my most favourite new DSP patterns!  This gorgeous green mix is from the Painted Autumn DSP that has just been released in the new Holiday Catalogue.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

I love a good banner, ribbon & DSP card, and the scissor charm worked well with the design.

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

I wouldn’t have picked it at the start of the Annual Catalogue earlier this year, but Tranquil Tide is fast becoming a favourite of mine!!!

I was actually disappointed that I didn’t have any Tranquil Tide ribbon in my stash!  I’ll be fixing that little issue on my next order!

Crafting Forever | kelly kent

If you’ve never tried your Stampin’ Up! stamps with shrink plastic, then buy some soon and have a go!  It’s fun and give extra possibilities (smaller but awesome) to all the stamps you own!

To keep looking at wonderful creations with this stamp set, hop over to Mike Funke and see his fantastic creativity….

Thanks for joining us,

kelly kent |

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OnStage 2017 – Team Presents

We’re on the other side of the OnStage event, and I’m still buzzing.  It was such an amazing day for me.

I’ll share more tomorrow once the blackout is over!

Today I’m sharing the gifts I made for my team to celebrate a fabulous day out!

For each member of my team who attended yesterday, I made them a decorated frame with magnetic sheeting where the photo normally goes.

They can use it however works best for their business, but the use I had in mind was as a place to keep their framelits while they are using them &/or until they get around to putting them away.  No more lost little framelits!

Do you love the dragonfly embellishment???  It’s another shrink film creation!!!

Simply cut the dragonflies from white shrink film, place on a baking tray between 2 sheets of vellum and pop in the oven for 2-3 mins at 150 degrees Celsius.

The colours matched my swaps for the day – it was a celebration of some of my favourites: Bermuda Bay & Sweet Sugarplum!

No gift is ever complete without a beautiful card to go with it!

Of course, I made myself a frame too – and I’m loving having a place to pop my dies while I’m in a flurry of creativity!!!

Would you like a personalised frame?  Join my Paper Adventures team and I’ll deliver or send one to you.

Now is such a fabulous time to join Stampin’ Up! because tomorrow, the new catalogue will be available for demonstrators to view!

You’ll get to pre-order amazing products in May and everything you buy during your time as a demonstrator will be at an amazing 20% discount!!!

As usual, joining Stampin’ Up! comes with no pressure… but join in April and you’ll have until September 2017 to get to the first minimum sales amount (approx $453 retail, less with your discount!).

If this sounds like something you’d love, then I’d love to have you on my Paper Adventures team!  You can join the fun here by purchasing your fully customisable Starter Kit for $169.

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A 2016 Full of Congratulations

2016 has been a wonderful year for our Stampin’ team – Paper Adventures. We’ve seen lots of personal growth, achievements and promotions – way to go team!

Kerry was the most recent promotion, sky rocketing to Bronze Elite!!!  This means that Kerry now earns a minimum of 25% on every order/sale.

To recognise this great achievement, I used some of my new Occasions & Sale-A-Bration products to create a card and gift set for her.

Hot Air Balloon Congratulations Card. Kelly Kent -

Since it was a promotion of Bronze proportions, I added in some of the retired Champagne Glimmer paper for the hot air balloon.

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Tip: It’s tricky to cut through the glimmer paper for detailed dies.  Make it easier by tearing off the plastic layer on the back of the glimmer paper.  This makes the glimmer much thinner & easier to cut through.

The pencil case is super cute with metallic ‘rose gold’ (bronze) dots.  I added a shrink plastic “K” for Kerry using the Large Letters framelits, coloured with a Bronze Sharpie on the back before putting in the oven to shrink.

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Here at Paper Adventures, we’ve grown in size over the past year, but there’s still  lots of room for more adventurers.

How do you join the fun?

Becoming part of the Stampin’ Up! family is as simple as purchasing the starter kit.  It’s just $169 with more than $235 of value.

Apart from the {FREE} set of business resources (catalogues etc), everything is the kit is chosen by you.  It’s not old stock that SU! are trying to get rid of, or things you’ll never use.  It’s your way to build your collection.  And it comes with free shipping.

Which makes it perfect for every stamper – from the new hobbiest to the seasoned crafter.

If you’d like to try out being part of the Stampin’ Up! family, you’re going to love the joining special during Sale-A-Bration – starting 4th Jan 2017, where you get to choose 2 additional stamp sets in your kit (of any value) for the same kit price of $169.

Here’s an example Starter Kit you might choose on 4th Jan…

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If this sounds like an opportunity that might suit you in 2017, click here to take you to the sign up page.  If you have any questions, leave me a comment or send me an email & I’ll be in touch.

And one more tidbit from me… joining Stampin’ Up! is risk & hassle free.  Your craft, your way – always.

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This is how I Stamp-A-Stack – Christmas 2016

On Saturday, I hosted 8 lovely ladies for a Christmas Stamp-A-Stack.

What is a Stamp-A-Stack?  Typically, it’s a chance to make cards in bulk.  The card designs are a little simpler, but you walk away with more.

For this reason, they are perfect for Christmas where people often send cards in larger numbers.

When planning my S-A-S, I decided we were going to make 12 cards – 4 each of 3 designs.

The ad went out, and not only did I fill the class I’d advertised, but I filled another one as well!!!

Now, despite knowing that the cards needed to be stripped back a little so we could get through them in the class time, I’m not so good at simple and just love to spoil my class participants with interesting cards.

So, even though I promised 4 cards of 3 designs, I actually ended up making 2 variations of each design so we actually had 2 each of 6 designs in the end.

So, here’s what I ended up thinking of as my the deluxe S-A-S of 2016!!!

Card 1 – a variation of my shrink reindeer CTC swap from OnStage

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Card 2 – a silver & purple variation of the card above!

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Card 3 – peekaboo tree card using Build A Birthday

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Card 4 – peekaboo tree card using Warmth & Cheer washi tape

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Card 5 – stitched card using Letters for You stamps

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Card 6 – stitched card using Merry Tags bauble & Large Letters

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The ladies loved the cards and were just fantastic at getting through all my ‘deluxe’ designs within the class time!

I helped them a little by doing some of the elements before the class (like the cute little reindeers) so there wasn’t too much wait time.

Do you have a favourite from the stack of cards?  I think mine is one of the stitched letter cards – maybe the JOY?!

I know they’ll all come in handy when it’s time to start sending cards.  How’s your stash looking?

If you need more supplies, don’t forget my November promotion.  All online orders using the host code TGEH7KV6 during November will go in the draw for $100 of Stampin’ Up! products.

Happy shopping!

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OnStage 2016 Swaps – CASEing the Catty

Hello! Today I’m sharing with you my other swap from OnStage 2016 – another shrink plastic project. It’s such a lovely product to make our Stampin’ Up! supplies shine in different ways.

Did you see my I ❤️ SU! keychain on yesterday’s post? Check here for all the technical shrink info.

For this card, I used black shrink plastic & the reindeer die from the Santa’s Sleigh set to make …

OnStage 2016 Swap - Shrink Reindeer. Kelly Kent -

Because it was a swap with the CASEing the Catty design team, I wanted to choose something from the Holiday Catalogue to inspire me.

After much deliberation, I ended up choosing the layout on the left from one of the host set sample photos.

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I made it as a peekaboo card with the DSP adhered to the inside layer of the card and the embellishments (Washi, burlap & reindeer feature) to the top layer.

OnStage 2016 Swap - Shrink Reindeer. Kelly Kent -

In keeping with my love this Christmas of non-traditional colour combinations, the black shrink plastic was perfect for my neutral theme – craft, black & copper.

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It was really hard to get a good photo of just how cute the teeny tiny reindeer was, but I tried!!!

This is my reindeer embellishment before I added him to the card…

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And on the card…

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On this photo, you can see what a cool 3D event the reindeer adds!

You could make any solid shape with a large starting size into a shrink embellishment. There were some reindeer fails too when the legs started sticking during the curl process – a shape without appendages would be easier!!!

I’d love to see your shrink projects!!!

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OnStage 2016 Swaps – SU! Keychains

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OnStage is over until the next events in April 2017!!! What a blast I had!!!

Each event gets better and better! As my papercraft journey continued,  I met so many people, put faces to names & reacquainted with some stamping favourites.

I was lucky enough to experience it all with Kristel, who is part of my Paper Adventures team.

There’s a blockout period until Tueday, so I can’t start sharing all the new things from the upcoming Occaions & Sale-A-Bration catalogues just yet.

While we wait for tomorrow to tick over, I’ll share the swap item I made to share with other demos.  Swapping is a fun, voluntary part of Stampin’ Up! events where demos make samples to share with other attendees. Often, these are the same item, mass produced.

I decided, in some sort of crazy brainwave that using the Large Letters (Letters for You stamp set) and red glitter embossing powder, I’d be able to create a fun Stampin’ Up momento keychain!!!

Thankfully the plan came to life and Mr Papercraft & I made over 100 of these little gems.

OnStage 2016 Swaps - I ❤️ Stampin' Up! Keychains. Kelly Kent -

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I know you’re wondering how we made them!!!

The secret is shrink plastic! For this project I used clear shrink plastic (Graffix band). I’m going to add the starting size when I get home again – I’ve forgotten!

The shrink factor for this project was about 50% of the original size. But, the brands vary, so check the brand before you buy.

I stamped the letters in Black Archival ink, leaving a space for the heart and gave it 24 hours drying time. You probably don’t need this much, but it does need a little bit of time or it might smudge during the embossing process.

I then used the sweetheart punch to create a mask/template, sponged versamark ink onto the plastic through the template and added Real Red glitter embossing powder.

OnStage 2016 Swaps - I ❤️ Stampin' Up! Keychains. Kelly Kent -

The corners were rounded using my Envelope Punch Board (this is best done before you start stamping) and a 1/4″ hole punched in the top left hand corner.

To transform, they need a visit to the oven. Follow the instructions that came with your shrink plastic for suggested heat & time. Mine took a couple of minutes at 150 degrees Celsius.

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Watching shrink plastic warp & set is awesome. We lost a few along the way – crafting is not an exact science.

Did you know that  keychain is special!?! Some got a good glitter shower while they baked, some of the hearts spread and some of the letters ran. They were all made with love & I hope the demos that received them loved them as much as I loved making them!!

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The final step was adding the keychain – one of Mr Papercraft’s many responsibilities! – and packaging them up!

Then, they made the big trip east!

But not before I added one to my keys first!

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I have one more shrink plastic project to share with you tomorrow that was inspired by the catty for the CASEing the Catty team.

I’ll also be sharing more OnStage fun including the projects I made for my display board, swaps I received and a sneak peak of what you can expect in the new catalogues!!!

It’s a fun time of year! If you’re a bit impatient about SU! news, you’re welcome to join us at Paper Adventures anytime! We have an exclusive Facebook page, with instant access for all team members. Want to know how to ‘get on the inside’? Ask me now!!!

Until tomorrow,

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