Social Stamping | A Cut Above

Hello! We are about to head into week 4 of school here in Western Australia (but only the third week of school thanks to a COVID lockdown). We’re back into a routine and all the term based activities have started again. Back to swimming lessons, gymnastics, trampolining and – Social Stamping at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe.

Mandy Depiazzi and I are running Social Stamping every Monday morning – and we’d love for you to join us. You don’t need any supplies – we provide them all! Any level of crafting experience is welcome.

We like to mix up what we make – so there’ll often be a new stamp set to try or a new technique or style to play with. Tomorrow’s we’re using the “A Cut Above” stamp set to create a card for the guys.

Often, there will be two layout options – or you are welcome to make your own design using the pieces provided.

Remember how I said last week that I had an idea for the long die in the Suit & Tie Dies? Well, here it is – the stitched strips are the perfect size to fit along a standard Australian card. I’ve used Granny Apple Green, Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green.

The guy is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends. Doesn’t he look like he’s having an amazing birthday!!! I’ll take a cocktail in the hammock for my birthday too!

I’d love to see you tomorrow at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe. RSVPs are appreciated but not essential. The class is $12 to make one card or $15 to make both and includes a drink of your choice.

Well Suited | Traditional

To manage the balance between life and craft, so many of my blog posts are scheduled – I write them ahead of time and tell the blog when I want them to appear on the internet. Today, as a special event, I am writing to you live! The kids are occupied, the tennis is on for company and I have a couple of cards I want to show you.

The Handsomely Suited stamp set and Suit & Tie Dies were an impulse buy to boost my stash of ‘male’ themed products. When the catalogue is largely flowers and girly stuff, it’s wise to get these additions while they are available. The Well Suited suite is the masculine offering in the Jan-June Mini Catalogue. Father’s Day in America is during this catalogue period and therefore we are most likely to see these products appear in the first half of the year. If you wait until closer to our Father’s Day in September, you’ll almost certainly find less choice. Though, if you are reading this Stampin Up! Product Team….. please make more sets we can use for the guys!

So far I’ve shared some less traditional cards using the Suit & Ties Dies including a hi-vis jacket, a manly floral and a Harry Potter card. Today I’m sharing a more traditional use of the dies – in a tie and bow tie version. I’ve left this card sentiment free so it can be used for a variety of occasions and plan to stamp the one I need from the Handsomely Suited stamp set on the inside.

The pieces in the Suit & Tie Dies have everything you need to make up these smart looking suits. I love the red DSP pattern against the crisp black and white – it reminds me of Grandad Papercraft who used to always wear a red ‘dicky bow’ and traditional suit on very formal occasions. You’ll find the Flower & Field DSP, available for {FREE} with a $90 purchase until the end of the month as part of the Sale-A-Bration range.

The stitched strip makes for a very stylish shirt option under the jacket, but I can see the potential of this die on so many cards. Check in next week to see me bring this idea to life!

So many cut details! The buttons, the pocket, the kerchief (which is actually half the collar die!). And the best part – you can make it any combination of style or colour you like! It’s a great way to personalise the card to the recipient.

If you’d like to add the Handsomely Suited bundle or any other product from the current catalogue to your stash, then the next 10 days is the time to do it! Sale-A-Bration finishes at 9pm (WA time) on Sunday 28th Feb 2021. Until then, every order receives a free SAB product with every $90 you spend. Stock up on all those basics, get the sets on your wish list and earn those freebies!!!

Click here to browse in the online store. Happy shopping!

Paper Adventures Team Hop | new in 2021

Happy new year (again!). I’m excited to be kicking off another year of blogging with my amazing Paper Adventures Team. We always invite a fabulous guest designer to join us and this month we are blessed to have Linda Dalke. Thanks for joining us!

The theme for this month is “new” – a theme that works well in January, not only for the promise of a new year and all it holds, but also the launch of a new catalogue! We’re also sporting an update of graphics – thanks to Narelle for providing the new & fresh look for our team hops.

I have chosen to create with one of my new purchases – the Well Suited Suite (that’s a lot of English pronunciation to get board with!). This is the male focused suite from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue, described as ‘classic gentleman’ colours.

I’m not sure I married a classic gentleman. At Papercraft HQ suits are for weddings and Mr Papercraft spends his days off work in comfy t-shirts, not button down shirts. So, I decided to have some fun with this suite and what else it could do.

The first card I made uses the Well Suited DSP to create a smart but fun shirt. I do most of Mr Papercraft’s clothes shopping and would love to buy him a shirt like this!

Well Suited | kelly kent

How cute is the manly floral! It could also work for a ladies card – which makes this DSP very versatile! The range of patterns and colours for guys shirts has increased over the last 10 years. There’s more than just black, white and gray for the stylish dresser!

Well Suited | kelly kent

The Suit & Tie Dies have an array of builder pieces to make so many combinations of shirt designs including lapels, pocket, buttons, bow tie, tie and more!

The sentiment is from the Handsomely Suited stamp set. There’s also coordinating pieces for the die set, but I really love the solid & sensible sentiments it provides.


The second card I made was also inspired by Mr Papercraft. His work uniform is hi-vis. With a large mining workforce here in Western Australia, these fluro shirts are very much part of the working landscape. Do you have hi-vis in your country?

Well Suited | kelly kent

The Silver Foil really adds the perfect touch of reflective reality to this shirt! It looks too clean though! Perhaps I need to add some dirty patches.

Well Suited | kelly kent

The sentiment – placed to emulate an embroidered name is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.

My mind is swirling with other shirt ideas. I’ll probably get around to making a classic suit but I’m really thinking what else could I do with this! Hawaiian? Loud suit? Pyjamas? So many ideas!!!

Well Suited | kelly kent

To see more new products and other projects inspired by the “new” theme, keep clicking on next to make your way through the blog hop. From here, you’re travelling east to our wonderful guest designer Linda Dalke.

Participant List:
Kelly Kent
Linda Dalke (Guest Designer)
Narelle Simm
Sheila Pybus
Robyn Houston
Sana Arslan
Mandy Depiazzi
Lisa Whitehead