Stamp Review Crew | Dragonfly Garden

Hey there Monday! Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew hop with my friends from around the world. Today we’re sharing projects we’ve made using the Dragonfly Garden stamp set. This was the make & take set – together with the coordinating Dragonflies punch – for last November’s Stampin’ Up! OnStage event. So, there’s plenty of samples out there and we’re excited to add even more ideas to the mix on how to use this great punch bundle.

I’ve made two cards to share with you today…

The first card uses the stamp set, punch and coordinating Dandy Garden DSP. The colours are Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry and Bumblebee.- guided as always by the colours used in the DSP. It’s a great way to put together colours without too much thought.

I’ve clear embossed the floral image on the Basic White circle (using the now sold out Stitched Shapes for the circle die cut). I love the subtle detail this adds to complement the delicate pattern of the DSP.

The sentiment for this card is just the ‘friend’ part of one of the sentiments in the stamp set. I’ve used partial greetings for both cards. It’s a good way to make the sentiments work for your style of card making.


The second card for today was inspired by a stunning card shared by Jan Clothier. The layout using the stitched triangles is great for creating a scene and perfect for the Dragonfly Garden stamp set!

I stamped the images from the stamp set across a piece of Basic White cardstock and then cut using three different sizes of triangles as per the layout. I then coloured them with Stampin’ Blends and layered over two solid coloured triangles (Bumblebee & Blackberry Bliss).

The final touches for this card were an Old Olive card base, Basic White mat layer embossed with the Painted Texture EF, a Rich Razzleberry stamped dragonfly and another partial sentiment.

I love that so many of the elements of this card were the same but the end result was so different.

To see more Dragonfly Garden creations, please keep hopping. The next blog is the wonderful Cindy Elam. You can see the full list of participants by visiting the main Stamp Review Crew blog.

Have a wonderful week!

Birthdays are the new Christmas | Fine Art Floral

I loved making Christmas cards but I really missed sharing birthday cards with you in December. It wasn’t that I wasn’t making them, it was just a flat out focus on Christmas and all that entails!

Today’s birthday share uses more new product that you’ll be able to order from 5th Jan 2021. One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is being able to view and buy from catalogues sooner than their release date. I purchased these products as an early Christmas present to myself in December!

Fine Art Floral | kelly kent

The DSP does all the heavy lifting for this card – gloriously hand painted by a clever artist and then printed as DSP for our craft projects. It’s called Fine Art Floral and is part of the suite of the same name in the upcoming catalogue.

Fine Art Floral | kelly kent

Also from this suite is the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder which I’ve used on the Pool Party banner. The sentiment is from another new product (different suite) called You Are Amazing stamp set. It’s a fun set with sentiments for a range of occasions in pretty fonts and great styling. There’s a kit that coordinates with this stamp set – you’ll love the colours and prints that work with this stamp set!

Fine Art Floral | kelly kent

The final touch is a metallic foil banner using the pennant die from the Stitched Triangles Dies set.

If you don’t have a copy of the new catalogue starting 5th Jan 2021, I’d love to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Please email or message me with your address – I can post Australia wide.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Twas the Week Before Christmas | most wonderful time of the year

If you’ve seen my other Christmas posts, you’ll see that my Christmas style is varied and although there’s some red & green in there, my favourite Christmas creations are usually of the non-traditional colour combination kind.

Here’s some of the colourful fun of Christmas 2020….

Today I’m adding this sweet card with pastel tones to the collection.

Most Wonderful Time of the Year | kelly kent

It uses a combination of products you’ll find in the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue including

  • Tree Angle stamp set
  • Wrapped in Christmas stamp set
  • Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders
Most Wonderful Time of the Year | kelly kent

You’ll also find some Annual Catalgoue items

  • Stitched Triangles Dies
  • Stitched Stars Dies
  • Layering Circles Dies
  • Classic Label Punch
  • Whisper White Cardstock
  • Gold Foil
  • Vellum
  • Coloured cardstock: Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride
  • Inks: Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Night of Navy
Most Wonderful Time of the Year | kelly kent

This design could be changed up and made in Christmas traditionals – or any of your favourite colours! You could also swap out the stamps and use whatever you have in your collection to create your trees and a favourite Christmas sentiment.

You are most welcome to copy any of my designs in their exact form. Or, start with this and see where the creative journey takes you!

Two more sleeps! Are you still making Christmas cards & gifts or are you all done? My Christmas crafting has been never ending cycle of thinking I’m done and then having another idea for something I “have to make”!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

More Stitched Triangles

Last month I shared a super girly patchwork card using the Stitched Triangle Dies.  Click here to see go back in time and check it out.

Today I’m sharing a creation in green tones that would work for girls or guys.

More Stitched Triangles | kelly kent

I cut a range of different sizes and the different types of triangles in Pool Party, Mint Macaron, Just Jade and Pretty Peacock and arranged them in an overlapping pattern on a Whisper White card base.

More Stitched Triangles | kelly kent

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings – white embossed on Basic Black cardstock and cut using the Classic Label punch.  A simple finish to go with the no nonsense triangles!

Ombre colour combinations have always been a favourite of mine, but I’m keen to try this in some different match-ups!  I can imagine a yellow, black & gray version (another favourite combination of mine!!!).  I probably need pushing out of my comfort zone.  Leave your suggestions in the comments!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Ridiculously Awesome Triangles

There’s lots to love about the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue and although I have been sharing lots with the Playful Alphabet Dies, I’m giving them a rest today and sharing a project I made with another favourite – Stitched Triangles Dies.

You get 19 dies in this set including 3 styles of layering triangles, a stitched bunting banner, triangle border die and triangle cluster – endless options for mixing & matching.

Stitched Triangles Dies with sizing | kelly kent

I’ve used the isosceles triangle dies to cover the whole card front for this card.

Ridiculously Awesome Triangles | kelly kent

I chose three DSP patterns that I loved – a Bumblebee pattern from Flowers for Every Season, a Pretty Peacock pattern from Whale of a Time DSP and  Terracotta Tile pattern from the Ornate Garden DSP.  I also cut out some cardstock in colours that complemented the DSP – Bumblebee, Just Jade and Rococo Rose.

Ridiculously Awesome Triangles | kelly kent

The triangles were laid out on a thick Whisper White card base and the excess trimmed around the edges.  I didn’t think too much about the colours & patterns other than to alternate DSP & cardstock.  On saying that, the “random” look sometimes feels like it takes more effort than a predictable pattern.

Ridiculously Awesome Triangles | kelly kent

The sentiment is from a fabulous stamp set in the Annual Catalogue called Ridiculously Awesome.  It was designed by Million Dollar Sales Achiever Ronda Wade with hand drawn artwork by Sean Douglass (the husband of Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass).  I’m a big fan of white heat embossing on black cardstock against bright colours – such a fun way to finish a card!  This sentiment is from two of the stamps in the set to create the message I needed for a ridiculously awesome friend.

Got some craft time this week?  #makeacardsendacard  You’re sure to brighten someone’s day.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Just Add Ink #518 | Add “T”

Hello!  I can’t wait to see the entries we get for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge!  We’re adding “T” – anything that starts with the letter t or is about the letter T.  It feels like an episode of Sesame Street!

 

Just recently, I saw a project shared by Amanda Mertz where she used the Stitched Triangles Dies to create Santa – so incredibly cool and so creative!  You can see Amanda’s original card by clicking here.

This challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to CASE Amanda’s Santa design – Just Add Triangles!!!

Stitched Triangles Dies | kelly kent

I’ve used a Thick Whisper White cardstock base and cut 1-1/2″ from the bottom front and then cut another 2-13/16″ (this becomes the middle layer).  You’ll now have a piece of Whisper White left (4-1/8″ x 7-3/8″) – score this 5-7/8″ to create the card back and top flap.  The top flap & bottom segments measure 4-1/8″ x 1-1/2″) .  This style of card is called a Peekaboo Card.

Stitched Triangles Dies | kelly kent

I made my version of the Santa using:

Hat: 1 x Real Read Isosceles Triangle #3
Hat Trim: 1 x Whisper White Isosceles Triangle #4
Face: 1 x Petal Pink Equilateral Triangle #3
Eyes: 2 x Basic Black smallest circle on (retired) Cookie Cutter Builder Punch
Nose: 1 x Petal Pink larger circle on (retired) Cookie Cutter Builder Punch
Moustache: 2 x Whisper White Isosceles Triangle #1
Beard: 1 x Whisper White Equilateral Triangle #3
Jacket: 2 x Real Red Equilateral Triangle #3
Pom Pom: white (retired) Assorted Pompoms

Here’s a reference for the sizing of the Stitched Triangle Dies:

Stitched Triangles Dies with sizing | kelly kent

The rest of the card has Garden Green cardstock for the background mats.  The centrepiece is 3-1/16″ x 4-3/8″ and the top and bottom panels are 4″ x 1-3/8″.  The DSP is from Heartwarming Hugs cut at 3-7/8″ x 1-1/4″.  The embossing folder used on the Whisper White panel is from the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders (pack of 2 thin folders).

Stitched Triangles Dies | kelly kent

How cute is that sentiment?  It’s from the Warm Hugs stamp set – new in the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.  I’ve cut it using the Tailored Tag Punch – which is typically wider, but by marking even points on both sides of the reverse of the punch, you can create a fun conventional hexagon shape.  I’ve marked at 1.5″ wide and used the method shared by Stampin’ Up! in this video.  The ribbon is from the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack.

Tailored Tag Tip | kelly kent

I mentioned before this this card is a Peekboo style.  Here’s what it looks like when it stands up.

Stitched Triangles Dies | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge.  If you are inspired to “Just Add T”, please stop by our blog to share your project in our gallery.

Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

Paper Adventures | celebrating the wins

Our Paper Adventures Team had a team meeting on the weekend – which is always a highlight on my calendar.  Is there any better social occasion than a cup of tea and cake with friends who share the same passion, great conversation, lots of laughs and an opportunity to get inky – all in the space of a morning!

The topics of conversation vary at meetings but we usually discuss the catalogues – favourite products and things we might have missed noticing, team news – who’s doing what and any Stampin’ Up! news.

As part of the meeting, I had the delightful task of congratulating Lisa Whitehead who has shown great innovation and dedication over the past 12 months and promoted to Bronze Elite level.  This means she earns herself an extra 5% commission on everything she sells to her customers and 5% extra discount on her own personal spending.

This is the card I made her to go with a personalised gift…

Yay You! | kelly kent

The Stitched Triangles Dies were a must have for me from the Annual Catalogue.  I love anything stitched, and the geometric finish of the triangle shapes makes them super fun to work with!

Yay You! | kelly kent

Don’t you love how the light catches those letters!  The Playful Alphabet Dies were another first love from the Annual Catalogue.  The light catching the Copper Foil on these letters makes the card shine!

Yay You! | kelly kent

And for that extra bit of wow, I’ve added the foil to the Foam Adhesive Sheet before running them through the Die Cutting Machine.  It’s so easy but so effective.  If you buy the Playful Alphabet Dies, you must buy the Foam Adhesive Sheets as well!

Yay You! | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Bermuda Bay, Bumbleebee, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray with Copper Foil letters on a Whisper White base.

Congratulations again to Lisa – a well deserved promotion!  I can’t wait to see what you do next!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com