Kelly’s Stamping Friends | Birthday Blog Hop 2019

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Happy Birthday to me!  Tomorrow is my special day and to celebrate, it’s become a bit of a tradition (we’re in our third year) of gathering my stamping friends and having a blog hop.

I’m joined by 23 of the sweetest, most talented stampers that the South Pacific has to offer.  Enjoy the project from each creator and then click on next to hop through to the next project.  The hop runs in a circle, so you don’t need to start at any particular point – just keeping scrolling through the beautiful artwork and click on next until you get back to where you started.  If any of the next links are broken (it happens sometimes!), there’s a list of participants at the end of this post.

Seeing as it’s my birthday, there’s a loose birthday theme for tonight’s hop.  But (because it’s my birthday and I can break the rule), I have strayed slightly from that theme and my card is a thank you – a great big thank you to all the designers who have joined me on this hop to celebrate and another big thank you to everyone who visits us!

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

For this hop, I’m sharing with you some of my new birthday presents.  I love the happy coincidence that my birthday month is also a Stampin’ Up! preorder*** month.  I love gifts – giving gifts, getting gifts, buying myself gifts!  Happy Birthday to me!

***Preorder means a demonstrator can order from a new catalogue or promotion earlier than its release.  Customers will be able to order new items shown on this post from 4th June.  Can’t wait?  Ask me about joining my team.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

This card features the new Stampin’ Up! stamp set – Free As a Bird and coordinating dies – Stitched Nested Label Dies.  The stamp set has the most beautiful bird & flowers combination and the dies are a dotted edge – a new pattern for the SU range.  The stitched edge effect creates a fabulous border both inside & out.

Although this card looks pretty on the front, the magic happens when you fold it out.  I’ve combined a couple of ideas to create a Window Front Z Fold Card.  The card front has a Nested Die cut out and the bird panel is actually attached to the Z fold in the middle of the card.

Let me show you more pictures.  Here’s the card when the Z is still folded  but the card front is open.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

And then when totally opened out…

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

I’ve added a couple of little magnets to keep the card closed when it’s all folded back in.

The measurements for this card:

Card Base – 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16″ (half an A4 page lengthways), scored at 5-7/8″

Insert – 3-7/8″ x 11-1/4″, scored at 2-13/16″ & 5-5/8″

DSP (left panel) – 2-11/16″ x 3-3/4″

Cardstock (middle panel) – 2-11/16″ x 3-3/4″

DSP (right panel) – 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″


I love that those gorgeous birds are a feature inside & out of the card.  I’ve stamped all the images for this card in StazOn ink and coloured them with ink and an Aqua Painter.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

The Bird Ballard DSP I’ve used in the card is from the same suite as the stamp set.  These colours helped me to choose the colours for colouring.  The card base is Petal Pink, the Nested Label is Soft Suede and for colouring I’ve used Petal Pink, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Old Olive & Smoky Slate.

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

As well as the whimsy of the birds and the flowers, I  love the sentiments from this set.  And I thought given all the wonderful friends I have along on this hop with me, the one I’ve chosen for the inside (Your friendship means the world to me) is just perfect!!!

Free As A Bird Sneak Peek | kelly kent

Did I mention how much I love gifts?  I’d like to gift this card and a sampler of the pretty Bird Ballard DSP to someone special.  To be in the running, leave a comment on this blog post and I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday 28th May 2019.


Next up on for the birthday fun is the gorgeous Shannon Kissane.

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Thank you for hopping us with today and for being part of my birthday celebrations!!!


PARTICIPANT LIST
1 Kelly Kent
2 Shannon Kissane
3 Tina Gillespie
4 Monique Fielder
5 Leonie Stuart
6 Michelle Strazds
7 Mandy Depiazzi 
8 Rochelle Blok 
9 Narelle Simm 
10 Catherine Creer
11 Lou Kitzelman
12 Sandra Collett 
13 Sharon Dalton 
14 Denise Buetler 
15 Siobhan Fitzsimmons
16 Jan McQueen
17 Cathy Pinchbeck
18 Richelle Fletcher 
19 Melissa Gifford 
20 Rachael Lewsley
21 Nicole Wilson
22 Julia Quinn
23 Sheila Pybus
24 Leonie Schroder

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Stamp Review Crew | Petal Palette

Hello Monday – the third Monday of February, which means I’m hopping with the delightful Stamp Review Crew.

This talented group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators hail from all around the world.  This week we’re sharing designs with the super popular stamp set Petal Palette.

Get ready for some amazing designs to inspire you!

My absolute favourite from this stamp set – the one stamp that has been overworked – is the large trio of flowers.

So, that was my first creation…

Petal Palette | kelly kent

I used the no-line watercolouring technique to colour the flowers.

Ink the stamp in a soft colour (I prefer Sahara Sand) and stamp onto scrap to remove most of the colour, then again onto your piece of Whisper White.

Use an Aqua Painter to go over the image lines and shade within the flowers/leaves.

Petal Palette | kelly kent

For my second card, I set myself a challenge to use the other stamps in case 2.

This was the result…

Petal Palette | kelly kent

And I’m so happy with how it turned out!!!

It can be fun outside of the comfort zone!

Petal Palette | kelly kent

My tip for creating outside of your usual style or realm is to keep as much the same as you can.  For this card I chose colours I know I like (yellow, gray, white & black are a favourite combination of mine) and a layout & stamping style I’ve used before.  All I had to do was slide the stamps into the design and we have a card!!!

Petal Palette | kelly kent

If you haven’t added this set to your supplies yet, I bet this blog hop is going to drive it straight to the top of your list!

Keep hopping and visit my gorgeous friend Lou Kitzelman.

Lou and I have been chatting lots lately while we plan some great projects to share with you in the future.  Watch this space!!!  Click here to visit the Stamp in Confidence blog.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


Product List  – card one

Product List – card two

Stamp Review Crew | Christmas Quilt

It’s that time of year when it’s the last of everything for 2017!

This is the last blog hop the Stamp Review Crew will do for 2017.  A big thanks to Tanya Boser for all her hard work coordinating the hops – it’s a pleasure to be involved with a talented group of stampers!

The theme for today is the Christmas Quilt stamp set – and coordinating Quilt Builder Framelits.

I thought this bundle would be around forever – but sadly it made its way to the retirement list.  If you have it on your wishlist, you’ll need to buy it soon.  Once 2nd January comes around, these items will no longer be available (or earlier if stocks sell out!).


I have been making, packaging, wrapping and giving lots of gifts this festive season.  Between coaches, teachers, friends & family, there’s lots of opportunities to share some handmade love in Australia!!!

I can wrap a box like a pro.  One of my jobs while I was at university was selling fragrance in a department store – so I spent hours wrapping gift boxes and boxes of perfume for lucky ladies & men!

Give me a box to wrap any day!  But irregular shapes are not my thing!!!  So if it’s not a box, it’s going in a gift bag.  Easy, fun & pretty – ticks all the boxes!

And it also provides opportunities for coordinating cards.  As usual, Stampin’ Up! are right on trend with packaging options this Christmas.

Here’s two cards that were inspired by a gift bag – using the Christmas Quilt stamp set!

First up is a Christmas theme…

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt | kelly kent

This one was based on a wine bottle bag featuring brightly coloured Christmas trees.

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt | kelly kent

I used the quilted triangle stamp to recreate the cute little Christmas trees and the trunk using the stitching!

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt | kelly kent


The second card is a thank you card for Miss Papercraft’s teacher…

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt | kelly kent

I used the diamond pieces to recreate the geometric pattern on the bag!

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt | kelly kent

You could use the dies to cut these out, but I just quickly snipped them with my paper scissors.

The colours are Dapper Denim, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist & Pool Party.

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt | kelly kent


I had so much fun playing with the shapes and making my creations nothing to do with quilting!!!  There’s so many ways to use our stamping supplies.

I know you’re going to see lots of great quilted creations if you keep hopping.

Visit Dawn Tidd in the US next for her great ideas.

Thank you for your support in 2017!

See you next year – our first Stamp Review Crew hop goes live on 1st January 2018!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

What Will You Stamp #124 – Daisy Delight

Daisies have totally been the hit of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.

So much so, that the punch is currently on ‘unorderable’ status while the factory goes into overtime making more!

Stampin’ Up! addicts bought the entire supply of punches twice over – a whole year’s supply in less than 2 months!

What Will You Stamp is featuring the stamp set this week, so it seems like a good time to get the daisies inky again.

I chose one of the beautiful new In Colors – Berry Burst – and combined the daisy centrepiece with stamps from the Wood Words stamp set.

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

The floral stamp coordinates fabulously!

I’ve stamped the daisy three times in Berry Burst and then Aqua Painted using Berry Burst again – but quite diluted to get a lighter shading.

For a three layer daisy, you need to line them up in thirds.  If you try to fill the gap with the second daisy you’ll have nowhere to put the last one.

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

I love that the Faceted Gems fit so nicely in the middle of the daisy – it’s a great finish!

And the final flourish for my daisy was some tweaked & teased Copper Trim.

Have you tried this?  It’s double layered, so simply cut through the side of the ribbon and then pull apart!!!

Daisy Delight | kelly kent

Do you love the daisy in this colour, or are you a traditional yellow & white daisy lover???

How wonderful is ink & paper – we can create all kinds of daisies!

I’ve got an idea brewing based on a book I’m reading at the moment…. let’s see if I can make it happen!


Product List

Daisy Punch

$31.00

Heat Tool

$50.00

Curvy Tea & Chocolates

I love little gifts and Stampin’ Up! provides me with lots of creative ways to package these up.  My latest cute gift uses the Curvy Keepsake Box Die to hold a few choccies (individually wrapped Tim Tam bites in this case) and uses a tea bag as the gift tag.  Add some colour to a plain keepsake box by cutting one half of the die with DSP and sticking it to the cardstock.  This uses less DSP, creates more contrast and makes the box sturdier.

I love tea so much (English heritage I think ….).  And good cup of tea needs a bite of chocolate on the side mmmmmm …. Too bad if my friends are coffee drinkers!  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsake Box

Punches: Artisan Label, 1/8″ Handheld Circle

DSP: Moonlight Paper Stack

Cardstock: Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Smoky Slate

Ink: Helly Honey, Blackberry Bliss

Stamp Set: Work of Art

Embellishment: Whisper White Baker’s Twine

 

Baby’s First Framelits Repurposed – Swimming

I’m on a roll with using the Baby’s First Framelits for different punch art.  I’ve found that it also makes a great pair of bathers (togs … swimming costume …) if you chop off the arms of the onsie with a 1″ circle punch.  Which is perfect for a thank you card for Maddie’s swimming teacher.  My girls are both water babies (love being in water), so it’s very important to me that they learn to swim.

The basic design for my swimming card is a variation on yesterday’s ballet card.  I couldn’t resist putting the rubber duckie there as most weeks we sing “5 little ducks went out one day…”!  Sometimes swimming is as much of a workout for the parents as the kids!  The things we do!  Kelly x

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Supplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Baby’s First, Project Life Cards & Labels, Deco Labels

Punches: 1″ Circle, 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle, Itty Bitty Accents

Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots

Cardstock: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso CoralWhisper White

DSP: 2013-2015 In Colour Paper Stack, Lullaby

Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey

Stamp Set: Yippee-Skippee!

Accessories: Paper Snips