Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Hostess Sets

Hello!  I’m about half way through my quiet August, thanks to everyone that has joined me on Facebook, subscribed to my blog ready for September or visited old posts!

What have I been up to???  I’ve still been creating – birthday cards, cards for friends, cards for orders and some cards just for fun!

I’ve also had early nights, watched a few hours of terrible tv (and some good tv too), read some books, caught up with friends, spent time with my family and focused on my Paper Adventures team.

I, with 6 of my team registered on Tuesday to attend the next OnStage event in November.  We’ve chosen to visit beautiful Melbourne and I’m very excited!!!  The event is so popular that it sold out in 5 hours!

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Tonight I’m popping back into the blog to participate in my Paper Adventures team blog hop.

The theme for August is ‘host sets’.  These sets are only available for purchase with hostess rewards, which can be earnt on any order over $250 in Australia.  This can be your order alone, a combined order with family/friends or the order from a workshop held in your home. And the even better news for host sets is that they have a special price – usually 50% of the suggested retail price.

There’s 6 host sets in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue…

I needed to make a card for a couple who bought their first home – but I wanted it to be fun!

So, I made a neighbourhood with moveable cars & trucks!

Paper Adventures team blog hop | kelly kent

The track was made using the straw die from the Coffee Cups Framelits.  I made the first road and then just kept cutting intersecting roads until my streets were complete.

Paper Adventures team blog hop | kelly kent

The houses are white embossed and the roads marked with white gel pen.

The cars & truck are attached to washers, which are separated with dimensionals, allowing them to slide along the roads.  They get a bit stuck at the corners, but that’s ok!!!

Paper Adventures team blog hop | kelly kent

Interactive cards are always so much fun to make and an exciting way to celebrate the happy news of a new house.

The In The City stamp set is totally amazing (as you’ll see on this hop).  There’s 60 photopolymer stamps in the set – which makes the options endless for creating cards!

Next up on our team hop is Anne Barker (via Facebook) with a totally different In The City project – it’s pink & oh so pretty!!!

If there’s any broken links along the way, or you want to visit blogs using direct links, the full participation list is here:

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Anne Barker (Facebook)
  3. Melissa Gifford (guest designer)
  4. Mandy Depiazzi
  5. Sheila Pybus (Facebook)
  6. Kristel Rimmer
  7. Coriana Boothey
  8. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  9. Narelle Simm

Thanks for sharing the joy of creating with our wonderful team.

If you live in Australia and would like to join Stampin’ Up!, our Paper Adventures team would love to have you!  Visit here for more information about the benefits of becoming a demonstrator.

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Paper Adventures – Team Swaps

The Paper Adventures Team met yesterday for a fun team meeting.  We chatted, had a cuppa, make a card and bonded over this crazy little thing called Stampin’ Up!

Many thanks to Anne for being the hostess with the mostest.

We also participated in ‘swaps’.  Each attended team member made a card and swapped this with the team members.

Swaps are wonderful for inspiration.  As one of my wise and wonderful team members said regarding swaps –

I hope to make time, I don’t want to miss out on receiving something inspiring.  I have gotten something out of all the swaps I’ve received.

And I totally agree with her.

From a colour combination, to a card fold, way of putting the design together, particular use of a stamp, or an unknown or long forgotten technique, there’s always a take away from someone else’s creativity.

It’s like the best version of Pinterest.

Here is what I made for my team swap.

Paper Adventures Team Swap May 2017 | kelly kent

I wanted to make something connected to our team theme & motif (paper aeroplane), and although the Shooting Star stamp set and coordinating Sliding Star Framelits will be retiring this week, they will be staying in my collection.

Paper Adventures Team Swap May 2017 | kelly kent

Do you like the shooting stars?  I used messy watercolouring to splash some colour on them.

This technique is great – because you don’t have to be too careful with your colouring (which I’m generally not even if I’m trying to be neat!!!)

Paper Adventures Team Swap May 2017 | kelly kent

The slider card is easy to make in this square shape simply by folding into thirds.

Paper Adventures Team Swap May 2017 | kelly kent

Cut the cardstock into half down the long middle, and then score at 3-7/8″ from each end.

Using the circle slider die (or 2 large circle dies), cut the sliding parts from the middle panel.

Fold the bottom third under the middle panel to form the back of the slider and secure with dimensionals in each corner.

Add the centre circle (with dimensionals) to complete the slider pathway.

Using something small, circular & metal (I used 5c coins, washers also work well), make the sliding mechanism and attach the paper plane.

The cards I received from the Paper ADventures team are just gorgeous!  I’m sure my team will blog or Facebook them so you can see them too!

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Just Add Ink #336 – Colour Challenge

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This week’s Just Add Ink #336 colour challenge was definitely a challenge for me!

I love all these colours – but together???

Just Add Ink #336 - Colour Challenge

The design team have done an awesome job of putting them all together!

This is what I came up with…

Just Add Ink #336 - Colour Challenge. School's Out For the Summer spinner card! Kelly Kent -

Not everyone wants a ‘fluffy’ card, so my my plan was to create a ‘thank you teacher’ card with a more oddball sentiment than the traditional.

Just Add Ink #336 - Colour Challenge. School's Out For the Summer spinner card! Kelly Kent -

Here’s in Australia, the school year finishes as summer arrives.

Hello summer, goodbye school!!!

If this colour combination is calling your name, please join us for the weekly challenge.

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Z-Fold Sliding Tractor Card

Z-fold cards are all the rage at the moment – and it’s no wonder!

They are easy to make, great for creating ‘scenes’ and pack a real ‘wow’ for the recipient.

This birthday card was made for a special little man – who turns 3 today!

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I wanted to up the ante on the z-fold card and create a z-fold {WITH} a slider component.

Mr Xavier’s present included John Deere branded gardening toys, so a card to match, with a yellow & green garden theme was the obvious choice!

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The tractor is a Cameo Cut.  If you don’t have an e-cutter, you can find tutorials on Pinterest or Google for punch art tractors.

I wanted it to be one smooth piece for the best sliding effect, so the cameo version worked well for me.

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The sliding track was made using the new Classic Label punch – which was easy to line up along a pencil line with the pointed ends.  I punched it out several times along the front panel until I had a runner track.

I then snipped a bit further in each side and finished the track as a rectangle (you could leave it with pointed ends!).

To attach the track to the card, I put foam adhesive strips at the top, bottom and outside edge of the strip – just where the stationary section attaches to the card.

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There are 2 coins under each wheel (held together with a dimensional and adhered to the back of the wheels) – which holds it steady and means it slides along the track rather than gravity trying to spin it.

The tractor is able to run the full length of the track and can be stored at either end while still being able to fold the card – for putting into an envelope or storing.

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This card was such fun to make!  My brain is now “spinning” with other ideas for what I might slide across the front of a z-fold card!

Happy Birthday Xavier.  I hoe you enjoy your card – if your Mummy lets you touch it.  Although I tried to reinforce the track with lots of foam adhesive strip, I doubt any of my paper creations would withstand the cyclone force of a 3 year old boy!!!

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Magical Birthday Fairy Slider Card

Doesn’t this sweet little fairy just look like she’s flying!  So, she was the perfect fit for one of those slider cards I promised.

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Slider cards are so easy to make, especially when you’ve got the Sliding Star Framelits & Foam Adhesive Strips on your desk!

Simply cut a piece of cardstock that is smaller than your card front.  Use one of the slider pieces to create a pathway for your object to move along/around.  Adhere to your card base with foam strips and then using washers/coins/similar (I had to use two piece of thick cardboard I cut myself because all the round shiny things I could find were too big to hide behind my fairy!), place one under the pathway, add foam strip (or a dimensional) and then add the other on top.  Finish with your movable image (like a fairy).  Easy as punch (or framelit…. bad stamping joke!).

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Those fairies are just way too cute!!!

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My photography doesn’t share the secret – but I will.  This card is full of Wink of Stella.  It’s a fairy’s best friend!!!  Kelly x

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By Request – Bling, Wow & Awesome – Ballerina Penny Spinner Card

This card is a request I had for a card for a birthday girl having a ballerina party.  It had to be awesome, with bling – and overall, it had to wow!

This idea has been swirling around in the crafty part of my brain for a while, so when the question was asked, I knew the answer!

To meet the brief, the card is a mix of what I needed my Silhouette to do, some extra supplies from Spotlight and the rest is SU! magic.

This is the finished design:


When the ballerina dances in the middle of the card, you can’t see the slider section.  But when you gently move her, she gently dances along the slider to the other side of the card:


Patsy Waggoner has a great video tutorial on making a ‘penny spinner card’.  Using her basic theory, I attached my ballerina to two 10c pieces positioned over the slider track with a dimensional between them.  I didn’t raise my card front with dimensionals like Patsy did – my design worked better when it laid flat.  The ballerina still dances beautifully!


The ballerina’s skirt is made using the Floral Frames framelits.  Two of the biggest size were cut using tulle (hint: put copy paper under the tulle to get an easier cut with the framelit), cut into 4 and then layered.  I held them together with a staple until I hot glued the dress front, legs & ribbon on.  The dress front is Blushing Bride cardstock cut with the 2nd largest floral frame, which was then cut down to 3 points.


Funnily enough, I didn’t put a sentiment on this card either!  My weekend mojo seems to have been all about clean lines & simple finishes.  I hope the birthday ballerina is allowed to play with her card and enjoy the fun.  Kelly x

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