ESAD Blog Hop | See Ya Later Favourites

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Hello!  Thanks for joining me for the second blog hop of the weekend.  I had so much fun hopping yesterday with my stamping friends for a birthday themed blog hop.  Today I’m joining in with my ESAD friends – sharing retiring favourites from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue and the 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalogue.  ESAD stands for Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators and is a Facebook group with membership for any Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator who lives in Australia or New Zealand.

It’s so hard to pick favourites to share in this type of hop.  As always, I’m sad to see lots of products go to the retirement list that I’ve loved and enjoyed.  Some of these, I’ll keep on my shelves to use for years to come.  Some I will find new homes for so that I can make room for some new favourites.  The 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue gets released on 3rd June 2020.  The items shared on this hop are only available until 2nd June or stocks in the Australian warehouse get depleted.  If you’re yet to add a wishlist item to your shopping list, or if this hop adds a few things you didn’t know you needed to have, make sure to contact your demonstrator to place an order ASAP, they will run out fast.  If you don’t have a demonstrator, you are most welcome to shop in my online store.  Click here to browse.

For today’s hop, I’ve use the For the Love of Felt Project Kit to create some cute cards and tags.

For the Love of Felt | kelly kent

I’ve had major felt envy for some time, so I was super happy to add this kit to my collection, only to discover weeks later that it was on the retirement list.  So, this blog hop was the perfect motivation to pull this kit out while it’s still current and share it with you.

The kit comes with the materials needed to make 12 cards (4 each of 3 designs) including card bases, envelopes and amazingly deluxe felt embellishments and other accessories.  The felt flowers included in this kit take it to the next level – they add a wonderful luxury to the cards.  To further add to the beautiful vibe of this kit, it all comes in a pretty coordinating box.

To make up this kit you need to add a stamp set, some inks and some adhesive.  For the beginner stamp who is still building up their tools, it’s recommended that you purchase the For the Love of Felt stamp set, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand and Shaded Spruce inks, paper snips, Multi Purpose Adhesive & Snail tape runner.

As an avid crafter, I already have lots of supplies to work with, so I used the Perennial Birthday stamp set (already sold out from the retirement list – but I know lots of you will have this in your stash already), Terracotta Tile, Shaded Spruce, Daffodil Delight and Lovely Lipstick inks and the usual papercrafting tools.

As I always do with kits, I followed the instructions to make up one of each card.

For the Love of Felt | kelly kent

For the Love of Felt | kelly kent

For the Love of Felt | kelly kent

The real stitching on the felt flowers is just so pretty, and the texture the felt adds to the card is beautiful.

After making up the cards following the kit designs, I cut down one of the card bases and used the pieces that were suggested for that card on 2 tags and a small notecard.  The layering on each card are made from a generous allocation of felt flowers, paper leaves & flowers, twine and sequins, which was more than enough to spread over 3 mini projects.

For the Love of Felt | kelly kent

Kits are perfect for beginner crafters because they contain most (if not all) the materials you need to create gorgeous cards straight out of the box.  They are also perfect for casual or avid crafters to mix in their other supplies and start to create their own designs.

Although I love the colours and styling of these cards, it was the felt flowers that I desperately wanted to get my hands on.  The are beautiful in their simplicity and make a wonderful embellishment on cards.

Here’s a couple of alternative designs I made using the card bases and accessory pieces with some retiring DSP.

For the Love of Felt | kelly kent

The “stamps” on these cards are a digital release – Share Sunshine PDF.  Purchasing this printable stamp set contributes funds towards COVID-19 relief efforts.  Click here to see more info and buy this exclusive set.

For the Love of Felt | kelly kent
Best Dressed DSP, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies
For the Love of Felt | kelly kent
Tropical Oasis DSP, Stitched Rectangle Dies

Don’t forget that all the DSP in the current catalogue is retiring (even if the stamps & dies that coordinate are carrying over).  If you have a favourite, you’ll want to stock up before it sells out or disappears.

Time to keep hopping to check that you’ve got all the items from the Last Chance Retirement List that you can’t live without – and I’m sure a few more that you didn’t know you needed!  Next temptress on the hop is my talented friend Nicole Wilson.Image may contain: possible text that says 'ESAD Blog Hop Next Blog'

Thanks for joining us!

Participant List

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Denise Buetler
  4. Sue Vine
  5. Melissa Gifford
  6. Mae Collins
  7. Sharni Haines
  8. Lou Kitzelman
  9. Rebecca Scurr
  10. Libby Dyson
  11. Narelle Fasulo
  12. Cathy Pinchbeck
  13. Lynsey McCord
  14. Bronwyn Eastley
  15. Jenny Hayward
  16. Mandy Depiazzi

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Stamp Review Crew | Merry Cafe

Welcome to a blog hop featuring a team of talented international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that blog together on the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month and showcase one stamp set from the current Stampin’ Up! range.

You’re currently visiting with Kelly Kent in Bunbury, in the south west corner of Australia.

If you’re already hopping, then I’m sure you loved what my friend Tanya Boser made.  Please keep hopping after me to visit Cindy Elam in the US!!!

What’s the theme today, I hear you ask?

We are all sharing projects that feature the Merry Cafe stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

This stamp set is only $30 (Australian currency) and is a perfect compliment to the Coffee Cafe stamp set and Coffee Cups Framelits.

There’s a fabulous range of applications for this stamp set from Christmas to Halloween, fall (autumn), love, get well & all those cute picture stamps.  This set has 29 stamps in total!

I just love the font for the Merry & Christmas stamps, so this was my starting point to create some cute little gold embossed tags using the new Everyday Label punch…

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

The punch has a bottom curve as part of the design, but I wanted a flat bottom, so I just lined up the punch along the bottom edge of the cardstock to create a unique shape.

I finished the tags with a strip of Be Merry DSP (which you can find in the Annual Catalogue).

Everyday Label Punch | kelly kent

After the cute little tags, I went in a completely different direction for my other 2 projects.

I wanted to show how versatile this stamp set is going to be all year round….

For this card, I’ve teamed it up with the gorgeous ‘hello’ stamp set from the “Hello Friend” stamp set.

The Merry Cafe pieces formed the decoration for the panel on the left….

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

It’s so easy to create your own cute patterned cardstock with all the little stamps in the Merry Cafe stamp.

They are designed to be 2 layer images, but I used them independently to create solid shapes & outlines.

Do you love the colours?  I love gray with almost any combination.  Here I’ve matched it with Island Indigo and Bermuda Bay.


The last project uses the petite ‘perk up’ coffee cup from the Merry Cafe stamp set but I’ve masked out the ‘perk up’ and put in the “par-tea in a cup” stamp to turn it into a birthday card.

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

Just a CAS (clean & simple) card with cute colours & a rocking sentiment!  It doesn’t always have to be fancy.


I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  I had so much fun designing them – there’s so much potential in this stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew Merry Cafe | kelly kent

For more great inspiration, hop over to visit Cindy Elam and her delightful project…

Thanks for sharing in what we all love to do!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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