Stamp Review Crew – Oh So Succulent

Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop, where international demonstrators on the crew get together to showcase a chosen stamp set.

Today, we are celebrating the Oh So Succulent stamp set and coordinating Succulent Framelits.

Who knew there were so many ideas you could use for succulents???

They are super popular right now and I am in awe of some of the incredibly life-like creations I’ve been seeing from Stampin’ Up! demonstrators!

Did you love what Charlet created using the succulents???  Don’t forget that this post forms part of a ‘hop’ which means if you click on the next button below, you can visit a number of different blogs – all featuring projects with the same stamp set.  Great for inspiration!


My share for today is a project set using the stamp set for the card and the framelits to create a little potted succulent.

The card was fun to make using the sweet little succulent flowers.

I inked up the outline stamp in my chosen colour and stamped.  I then inked up the solid stamp in the same colour, but stamped off onto my scrap to get a lighter tone.

I find this order the easiest way to line it all up – but experiment to find the strategy that works best for you.

For the embossed heart strip, I created a slight variation in colour by inking up my embossing folder with Sahara Sand ink before putting my cardstock in and running it through the Big Shot.

This means the hearts stayed lighter and the background had a slighter darker tone.


I’m often on the lookout for cute little gifts to give to friends on their birthday.  I {LOVE} gift giving!

These little succulent pots are just perfect!

Start by cutting 2 of each size of the succulent flowers.  I used Mint Macaron cardstock and was able to get all the flowers I needed from 1/2 an A4 sheet of cardstock.

Sponge each flower with Tip Top Taupe or Crumb Cake ink to add a more natural look, then sponge the edges with Rich Razzleberry ink.

Glue the flowers one on top of each other – start with the largest size & work your way down to the smallest.  Offset the flowers to create a full succulent look.

Once your flower is constructed, it’s time to ‘plant’ it.

In Australia, you can get the pots from the craft section of Kmart.

I hot glued a polystyrene ball into the bottom (50mm – available from Spotlight).  This provides a great base for you to glue your succulent onto.

Fill the gap between the ball & the succulent with little pebbles.  I found the perfect size pebbles at Bunnings.

I finished decorating the pot with some burlap ribbon & a Sweet Sugarplum bow.

These are easy to create – just a little inky with all that sponging!

Shampoo & dishwashing liquid both work well for inky fingers!!!


For the next lot of succulent inspiration, you are heading to the east coast of Australia to see what Bruno has come up with.

Thanks for hopping with us!


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Colour INKspiration #05

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Did you love the colours from last fortnight for Colour INKspiration?

We had so many people enjoying the bold & beautiful purple & yellows!!

This week for Colour INKspiration, we take a softer turn into the pastels.

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This trio of colours lend themselves so nicely to so many occasions!

My initial thought was a pretty wedding card…

Colour INKspiration #05 - Wedding Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I had the idea to create the background piece by repetitively die cutting the floral centrepiece die (hexagon shaped die) from the Window Box Thinlits until the cardstock piece was covered.

I then overlayed it on the bokeh piece of DSP from the Falling In Love DSP.  This DSP pack is perfect for this challenge!!!

Once the background was finished, I added my sentiment on an oval stitched shape and decorated with a pink flower & blue butterfly.

Colour INKspiration #05 - Wedding Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Sometimes finding ways to keep within the constraints of the challenge colours is the best fun of a colour challenge!


I loved the wedding card, but  I couldn’t shake off the idea of using these colours for a baby card.

How cute are these little babies from the Moon Baby stamp set?

This card for some oh-so-cute twin boys born just a little while ago.

Colour INKspiration #05 - Twin Babies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Even though it was a traditional baby blue theme I was going for, the pink worked beautifully for a shower of hearts as they drifted down!

Colour INKspiration #05 - Twin Babies. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m so happy with this card!!!


Please join us with your Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand creations!

You can add any neutral or metallic to complete your artwork.

All designs need to uploaded to our Facebook page to be in the running to win our top 5 crew pick and overall winner for the challenge.

Can’t wait to see what cards & other projects are inspired by these soft & beautiful colours!

Next stop on the hop for more sweet inspiration is Julia Quinn

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ESAD Blog Hop – SAB 2017 Last Chance

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It’s another full week of blog hops & design team projects – woo hoo!

I’m excited to start with the ESAD Last Chance Sale-A-Bration 2017 Blog Hop.

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Prepared to be amazed as the demonstrators on this hop show you great ideas on how to get the most out of your Sale-A-Bration products.

Or, tempted to buy a bit more of your wishlist, just so you can earn another choice!

There’s 13 available – 10 in the first release and 3 in the second release.


I love so many of the products, but I’ve definitely been dazzled by the 6×6″ assorted glimmer paper.

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How could I not? It’s in my favourite colours!!!

Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron & Sweet Sugarplum!

You get 4 sheets of each colour- and although glimmer is traditionally used sparingly, when it’s this good, you’ve got to splash it about!

So I’ve used it to create 3 repetitive shape patterns.

ESAD Last Chance SAB 2017 Blog Hop. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Succulent flowers for the Mint Macaron

ESAD Last Chance SAB 2017 Blog Hop. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Bright & bold circles for the Bermuda Bay

ESAD Last Chance SAB 2017 Blog Hop. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And pretty hearts for the Sweet Sugarplum.

ESAD Last Chance SAB 2017 Blog Hop. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’ve used the glimmer colours to stamp matching sentiments for each card and some ribbon to finish it off!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if these colours appeared in the next Stampin’ Up! catalogue?

A girl can always hope!


The next stop on this inspiring hop is Courtenay Heuston.  You’re going to love what she’s created!

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Thanks for joining us.  If you have time to leave a comment, please do!  Some of the participants on this hop are seasoned hoppers.  But for some, this is the first time they’ve participated in a blog hop, or the ESAD blog hops are their big moment!  Give them some love to let you know that you’ve appreciated their projects!

If there are any broken links, check on the list below to continue your journey.

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Blog Hop Participants

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Megan Lenske
  3. Tanya DeRoy
  4. Leonie Schroder
  5. Nerida Carter
  6. Bec Ross
  7. Andrea Buckland
  8. Nicole Wilson
  9. Kim Oliver
  10. Kelly Kent YOU ARE HERE!
  11. Courtenay Heuston
  12. Rachael Lewsley
  13. Violette De La Croix
  14. Monique Fielder
  15. Libby Dyson
  16. Narelle Fasulo
  17. Cheryl Algie
  18. Maree McIntosh
  19. Barbara Williams


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Never Ending Succulent Card

Today I’m sharing a card with you that I made for one of my stamping besties.

Lou & I bonded online and then met for the first time in Brisbane at OnStage – where we had a giggle over both being sent the Succulent stamp set for our display board stamping.

So, there’s a touch of irony in this card – the never-ending succulent card!

A Never-Ending card was one of the first fancy cards I made.  It definitely delivered a wow factor then and still does now!!!

Here’s a video of Lou’s card in action…

A never ending card flips and flips and flips – you just keep going!

There are 4 decorated sides in total.

FRONT:

Never Ending Succulent Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

MIDDLE 1:

Never Ending Succulent Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

MIDDLE 2:

Never Ending Succulent Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

BACK:

Never Ending Succulent Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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Colour INKspiration – Coming in 2017!

As the year closes out, it’s time to start planning for 2017.

And I have some exciting news to share – there’s a new challenge coming in 2017 – Colour INKspiration.

This bi-monthly challenge is all about colours & creating to colour combinations.

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It’s going to be heaps of fun, with all the action happening on Facebook, which opens it up to lots more Stampin’ Up! enthusiasts.  No blog required – just join the Facebook page.

I’m delighted to be on the Colour INKspiration Crew, which means I’ll be sharing cards and projects I’ve created using the colours for each challenge.  The crew consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

A new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT). which will be accompanied by a Colour INKspiration Crew blog hop. Our first one starts on Wednesday, 11th January.

Don’t forget that this challenge is open to anyone – you don’t have to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to join in.

So, click here to request to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in with the challenges too.


As a bit of pre-challenge fun, the group creator, Bronwyn Eastley from AddINKtive Designs surveyed the group on their favourite green, blue & yellow from the Stampin’ Up! range.

The winning combination was Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay & Daffodil Delight.

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These are all gorgeous colours and there have been some amazing creations already.

I was inspired to use these colours for succulent birthday card.

Colour INKspiration pre-challenge fun.  Succulent Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I hadn’t played with the dies from this suite before this card.  I’m so pleased with them – they are lovely with excellent shapes for layering.  So quick & simple to create a stunning succulent or flower centrepiece.

Colour INKspiration pre-challenge fun.  Succulent Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I added some texture to my succulent by gently sponging the leaves with Mint Macaron ink.  Using the same ink as cardstock colour allows for subtle depth.


Inspired by Paula Dobson’s pre-challenge entry, I decided this card needed just a little lift – and a lined envelope would be the perfect accompaniment.

Colour INKspiration pre-challenge fun.  Succulent Birthday Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

How beautiful is the DSP from the Succulent Garden suite?  I just love all of the products in this range.


I can’t wait for the first challenge, which you’ll see in a few short weeks.  Pop by on 11th Jan to see what me and the rest of the design team have come up with.  Then, join us on Facebook to share your own creation!

Can’t wait til then???  Join us now with your Mint, Bermuda & Daffodil creation!!!

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