Social Stamping | sympathy

Welcome to Social Stamping – the first of the monthly hops focused on social greetings as themes.  If you joined us for any of the 15 weekly Social Stamping hops, you’ll be familiar with the blog hop style, linked to each other and also a main blog host post.  Click here to see a full list of designers participating today.

Today’s theme is ‘sympathy’.  Sympathy cards can be very hard to make.  The elements of the card – the colour choices, the theme, the stamps, the layout – it seems to carry more weight when the job of the card is to express to someone how much we care.  I wanted to make a card that covered feeling sad and the new Boho Indigo stamp has has the perfect sentiment – “sorry you’re feeling blue”.

I really love the Boho Indigo Product Medley with it’s serene blue tones and beautiful imagery in the stamp & die set.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Flowers are a great way to express condolences and a good theme for sympathy cards.  The stamps and dies in this project set make it easy to create visually stunning arrangements in no time at all. I’ve used a combination of the vase (Smoky Slate), flowers (Misty Moonlight) and leaves (Seaside Spray).

I came across this style of card on Debbie Henderson’s blog recently.  She called it an interlocking card – and I just love it!!!

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The finished card is the same size as a standard Australian card (A6) and fits in a normal C6 envelope.  To create the gap needed for the slider, you cut the card front down by 1/8″ to allow for the slider mechanism to sit snugly down the gap.  The card base is 8-1/8″ x 5-7/8″, scored at 2″ from each end.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The slider is made using two labels or tags held together with Foam Adhesive Strip.  I used two of the same size die from the Tasteful Labels set, cut from Misty Moonlight cardstock and held together using a piece of Foam Adhesive Strip.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

It’s so simple but so clever – my favourite kind of card!  I can see this being my new favourite as it will fit any style or theme of card.

I’ve added the flowers & vase to the slider and also a piece of ribbon to act as a pull tab.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with us today.  Next blog to visit is by Julia Quinn – who makes gorgeous projects in sunny Queensland.

Enjoy your weekend.  I hope you don’t have a need for many sympathy cards, but if you do, I hope this hop has provided some helpful inspiration!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Freshly Brewed Projects | Tags or Labels

Hi!  Thanks for joining me and some of my stamping friends for a Freshly Brewed Projects Hop hosted by the lovely Leonie Schroder.

The theme for this week is “Tags &/or Labels”.  I love a good tag, so I couldn’t resist joining in with this one.  The last Freshly Brewed hop I was able to join in for was the One Sheet Wonder theme – and it has been a constant source of inspiration for me.  You can see the last hop by clicking here.

The tags I am sharing today are made using the stamps, dies, paper and ribbon from the Boho Indigo Product Medley.

Boho Indigo Tag | kelly kent

I was on the fence about ordering this suite of products, but boy am I glad I did!  Lets start with the DSP – it’s 48 sheets (8 each of 6 double sided designs, so 12 different patterns) in Night of Navy and Very Vanilla.  I have a real thing about blue at the moment, so this is just perfect for me!  In the past, some of our most popular DSP patterns have been blue based.

Boho Indigo

The kit also contains a complete stamp and die set.  I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box that these are stored in the same way that our usual stamps and dies are (DVD case & plastic pouch) – so they fit right in with the rest of your collection and don’t get forgotten about in a kit box somewhere in the depths of your craft shelf.

And if you haven’t already been spoilt enough with a full pack of DSP, unique stamp set and coordinating dies, you also get 2 rolls of ribbon, embossed cardstock, printed accents (with gold foiling) and paper flowers.

Boho Indigo Tag | kelly kent

You can use the supplies in the kit to make everything your heart desires from tags to cards to scrapbooking pages to home decor to packaging.  There’s some great project ideas on page 9 of the catalogue, and of course, Pinterest is full of ideas too.

My tag were made using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch on a 2″ wide strip of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  They are 3-7/8″ in length, which gives you 12 tags per A4 sheet of cardstock.  I always like to work out the maths on creating tags to get the best combination from a single sheet.  The DSP across the bottom is 3/4″ high by 2″ wide.  I needed 4 strips of DSP (half a sheet of DSP) per sheet of cardstock.

Boho Indigo Tag | kelly kent

The vase is cut from Night of Navy cardstock using one of the vase dies.  The branches are stamped in Crumb Cake ink.  I set this up on my Stamparatus for quick & easy stamping on all the tags I made.  It also enabled me to stamp twice, giving me a deeper colour.  The gold ribbon is a gorgeously rustic type of gold – the perfect tone to blend with the richness of the Night of Navy!

Finally, the tags were finished with a thank you sentiment from the stamp set.  I used the tags for the paper share I coordinated for my team with ribbon from the kit.

Here’s a look at the gorgeous ribbons from the Annual Catalogue all bundled up in a Mini Paper Pumpkin Box.  If you haven’t yet spied these in the Annual Catalogue, you’ll want to add them to your next order.  They are a fabulous way to package sweet little gifts including notecards or chocolates!  When made up they are approximately 5-7/8″ x 3-3/4″ x 1″ (14.9 x 9.5 x 2.5cm).  So cute and petite!

Ribbon Share | kelly kent

I hope you find some inspiration on this hop to add a tag or label to your next project.   It’s the perfect solution when you just need a little something!

Next up on the hop is the artistically awesome Kathryn Ruddick

Thanks again to Leonie for hosting.

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kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just Add Ink #446 | Photo Inspiration

I can’t wait to see what entries we get this week for Just Add Ink – the photo inspiration is just gorgeous!!!

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The colours and textures of this vibrant photo are sure to get the sparks of creativity flying!

The tiles on the wall reminded me of the Tin Tile Embossing Folder that carried over from the Holiday Catalogue.  If you’re ever curious which items from the Holiday Catalogue avoided the retirement list, you can see them all here in my online store.

I designed this card with my February classes in mind.  Each class I try to do one deluxe card – and after some Pinterest research, I came across this gorgeous fold by Barb Stamps (Barb Mullikin) called a Pull Out Side Pocket Card.  You can see Barb’s blog post & video by clicking here.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

The card is standard size with a right entry pocket flap for a writing panel.  You could also use the flap for tucking away other things like a gift card or voucher!

Barb is in the US so I slightly adjusted the cardstock sizes to match the C6 size cards we use in Australia.  Card base is 7-3/8″ x 6-7/8″, scored at 4-1/8″ on the long side and 1/2″ from each edge on the short side.

The mat on the front of the card and the cardstock for the pocket insert are both 3″ x 5-5/8″.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

Although I love the white wash tiles in the photo, I wanted to try adding Versamark to the embossing folder before I made the imprint on my cardstock and then coating with copper embossing powder for an oxidised copper effect with the teal (Bermuda Bay) peeking through.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

The flowers in the vase are from a new stamp set in the Occasions catalogue. They fit the existing Vases Builder Punch – which is a bonus if you already have this!

I’ve stamped the flowers in Lovely Lipstick on Shimmery White and then used an Aqua Painter to add more Lovely Lipstick & Mango Melody ink – just like in the inspiration photo.  The vases are heat embossed in copper and coloured with Bermuda Bay ink.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

I can see this style of card being a favourite for when I need something a bit fancier!!!


You can see all the design team creations for this challenge on the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also add your project to the challenge link up and share how the photo inspired you!

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