Social Stamping | 24 Aug 2020

Social Stamping has been going strong in term 3 with Mandy Depiazzi and Narelle Simm joining me to host this fun & creative card making session every week.

It was my turn to design the cards for yesterday’s class.  We’d had requests from some of our regular stampers to make teen and masculine cards, so that was my aim.

The first card started off as a series of black and white pieces, which I shared on my Instagram Stories. Don’t follow me yet?  You’ll find all my cards on my page and some bits and pieces of my day to day activities in my Instagram stories.  Click here to follow.

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All that black & white turned into a colourful birthday with the help of Stampin’ Blends.

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

The “HAPPY” is from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set – stamped on the Stamparatus using the hinged stamping technique to get even spacing.  In the between spaces we stamped ‘happy birthday’ from the Timeless Tulips stamp set.  And then we added more “HAPPY” using the Playful Alphabet Dies with Foam Adhesive Sheet, coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  The stripes on the card base are coordinating Stampin’ Blends using the brush end.

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

For those that preferred a more muted colour combination, there was an ombre option too…

Happy Birthday | kelly kent

The second card was inspired by a card in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue (pg 29) using the Geared Up Garage stamp set and Garage Gears Dies.

Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The catalogue is such a great place to check in for inspiration.  The sample in the catalogue was an invite, but I changed up the sentiment using the Well Said stamp set for either a Father’s Day or birthday option.

Geared Up Garage | kelly kent

The background is Cajun Craze cardstock with Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing.  The layers are a Night of Navy 2″ strip of cardstock punched with the Banner Triple punch, a 2-1/2″ circle (this punch is now retired but there are similar options in the Layering Circles Dies) in Misty Moonlight cardstock that has been scrunched for a grungy look and a car from Geared Up Garage stamped in Real Red ink & die cut with the coordinating Garage Gears Dies.  Some Linen Thread finished the look and a sentiment in Misty Moonlight ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Stampers had the option to fussy cut around the words or punch with the Classic Label punch.

This card brought about the most creativity of the day.  There were a few happy accidents with the embossing which led to sideways layouts and cards with fantastic ways to style the words including a sign post variation.

Although there’s a design to guide you, Social Stamping classes are all about having fun and I was so happy to see the stampers letting their inner creativity shine.

Social Stamping | kelly kent

If you live in the Bunbury area and would like to join us for Social Stamping, we’d love to see you there!  The next session is Monday 31st August at 9.30am at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe.  RSVP welcome but not essential via my Facebook page.

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Just Add Ink #500 | Add a Die Cut Word

The Just Add Ink Design Team are super excited to be sharing 500 challenges!!!  Not only did we make it to this point, but our challenges continue to be popular with lots of stampers joining in every week from around the world using a range of different brands.  It’s an honor to be involved in the Just Add Ink community.  Thank you to everyone who shares their creation in our gallery for challenges – we appreciate you!

To celebrate this amazing milestone, we have turned this challenge into a blog hop.  Click through the next button on each post to visit the whole design team and see what they’ve made.

It’s a great challenge, suggested by Jan – Just Add a Die Cut word!

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As fun as this challenge is, it was a sad crafty reason for me this week with another of my friends losing someone close to them.  I’ve made a string of sympathy cards since the beginning of the year.

This card started with some fussy cutting of the Pressed Petals DSP.  The floral photography is so beautiful and vivid and made a great centrepiece for my card.

The die cut word is from the Well Written Dies, with the coordinating ‘heartfelt’ from the Well Said stamp set.

One of my favourite techniques for using word dies is to using adhesive tape on the cardstock before cutting, cut several of the same word and then layer them on top of each other for some depth & texture.

Since the front of the card is so plain, I’ve added more DSP to the middle of the card and followed through the centre panel (cut using the Nature’s Thoughts Dies which were available as a special purchase last month).

I find the colours in this DSP beautiful and the styling very serene.

Next up on the blog hop is the gorgeous Tina Gillespie with her fabulous project.  I always look forward to Tina’s take on each challenge.  She has such a diverse range of products and comes up with such unique cards!

To upload your creation to the gallery for this special challenge, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

 

Colour INKspiration | Celebrating 3 years

I’m back hopping with the Colour INKspiration Crew today as a guest designer for their 3rd birthday celebrations.  Thanks to Bronwyn Eastley for inviting me to join the celebrations.

We each got to choose our 3 favourite colours and make anything we wanted!  Narrowing it down to either just 3 colours, or just one favourite combination is virtually impossible for crafters.  My favourite colours depend on my mood, or the card I’m making or my current favourite DSP!  I’m sure you can relate!

I’ve gone with a trio of colours that I love for lots of different occasions – it works for a neutral baby card, for a classic wedding card, for a card of friendship, for males, for females – for everyone!!!  It’s black, yellow and gray (with the option to throw in white as a classic neutral).

Colour INKspiration 3rd birthday blog hop | kelly kent

I could make cards all day with these colours, so I’m sharing 2 cards with you today.  The first is a technique I’ve been wanting to try for a while using Stampin’ Blends and a new stamp set – Dressed to Impress.

I created the floral background by stamping the flowers randomly on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I then coloured the negative (ie, between the flowers) using the Basic Black Dark Stampin’ Blend to create a solid black background and coloured the flowers with the light & dark Mango Medley Blends (as close as we have to Crushed Curry).  Stampin’ Blends glide so beautifully over the cardstock and blend (as the name suggests) to create a seamless image.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

This card is on a Smoky Slate base with a Crushed Curry label, Whisper White die cut and a white on black embossed sentiment.

Dressed to Impress | kelly kent

Stamp sets: Dressed to Impress, Well Said

Dies: Stitched Nested Labels, Well Written

Stampin’ Blends: Dark Basic Black, Light & Dark Mango Medley

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Veramark

Embossing Powder: White

Colours: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White


The second card is a favourite layout I’ve used before using a heart frame and flowers to create a floral centrepiece.  Today’s card uses frangipani flowers from the new Timeless Tropical stamp set.

Timeless Tropical | kelly kent

This card is much brighter and sunnier, using white space and lots of yellow to lighten the mood.

Timeless Tropical | kelly kent

Stamp sets: Timeless Tropical, Well Said

Dies: Stitched Be Mine, In The Tropics

DSP: Regals 6″ x 6″

Stampin’ Blends: Light Mango Medley

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Colours: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White


To see more great colour combinations, keep hopping and visit the very talented Vicki Boucher who has a colour combination that I’m excited to see in action!

All the colours on the hop are fabulous ideas and sure to spark lots of creativity.  I know I’m going to be back visiting the hop when I need some colour ideas.

You can join the challenge over at the Colour INKspiration Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Thanks again to the Crew for inviting me back!

Welcome Rococo Rose!

I posted Clear Case Inserts for the 2019-2021 In Color range on Saturday and I asked you which In Color was your instant favourite and if you could guess mine.

Hands down, without hesitation, my favourite is Rococo Rose.  I have been asking for a colour in this tone for ….. well, ever!  Ever since I started using Stampin’ Up!  I’m so excited to welcome Rococo Rose and it’s 4 new friends to the range.

If you missed the post for the Clear Case Inserts, you can find it by clicking here.  The full range of Clear Case Inserts is available by clicking here.


With a fresh pack of Rococo Rose in my hot little hands, it was the perfect choice for a custom 50th birthday card I was asked to make.  The brief was ‘pink’.  Rococo Rose is such an elegant pink!

I revisited a favourite card style of mine – making an updated version of a Pop Up Slider Card I shared in 2016 using the Jar of Love stamp set & dies.  Sadly, this duo retires very soon.  I’ve kept the jar, but added in some new products from my 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue preorder.  I love this time of the year where I can mix the old & the new to create fun projects!

See the original card by clicking here.

Rococo Rose Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

I’ve used white heat embossing to stamp the mason jar on Rococo Rose cardstock and then cut it using the Everyday Jar dies.  Although retiring, I love mason jars as a card theme and plan to keep these to continue creating.  There’s no better vase on a card than a gorgeous jar!

Rococo Rose Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

The jar is filled with pretty magnolias – stamped on Shimmery White cardstock in Basic Gray and lightly washed over with Rococo Rose ink.  The magnolias are from a new stamp set called Good Morning Magnolia and has coordinating dies to cut those pretty flowers.

Rococo Rose Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

The leaves are from the Wonderful Floral die set (Occasions 2019) in Champagne Foil.  These dies are on Last Chance Retirement List and available until 3rd June 2019 – unless sold out earlier.

A lashing of Whisper White Bakers Twine finishes off my jar of flowers – which I have mounted on a layer of Whisper White embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder.  Thankfully, the Subtle folder is on the carryover list and we’ll be enjoying it for at least another year.

Rococo Rose Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

This style of pop up card is one of my favourite fancy folds – simple to make but amazing to receive.  You can find the measurements here.

I’ve decorated the middle and the slider part of the card.  The slider has more magnolias (stamped in Rococo Rose) and the ‘enjoy your special day’ sentiment from the Stitched All Around stamp set.

Rococo Rose Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

I’ve added ’50’ in Champagne Foil to the middle of the card (revealed when the slider part of the card is pulled).  The Large Numbers retired with the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue (last year) but I’ve been using them ever since.  Retired Stampin’ Up! still holds enormous value.  Retired simply means you can no longer buy it – it doesn’t mean you can’t love & use it for eternity!  Some items are meant to be craft room staples.  This catalogue transition sees the Large Letters retiring.  See my post about that by clicking here.

Rococo Rose Pop Up Slider Card | kelly kent

 

This catalogue has a revamp of the DSP patterns available – including new designs for the In Color & Colour Collection DSP stacks.  They are sooooo beautiful!  Mosaic, words, gingham & diamonds.  That’s right…. gingham in every colour!

Want to own ALL the DSP???  Check back tomorrow for details of my DSP Share available for pre-order for Australian customers (demonstrators also welcome!).  DSP shares are a great way to own every DSP pattern at a fraction of the cost.


I think my second most favourite new In Color is Pretty Peacock.  I’ll have to get inky with that next!

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^ retiring items available until 3rd June 2019 unless sold out earlier

See You Later Large Letters!

As with every catalogue transition, products retire to make room for new products we didn’t know we needed!

Unfortunately, sometimes that list contains catalogue favourites and it’s easy to assume products will be around forever – like the Large Letters.  I was surprised to see these staple dies on the Last Chance Retirement List.  They are a big ticket item – which means they may have always been on your list but never quite made it to the top.  If you think you’ll regret not adding them to your collection, now is the time!  They are available until 3rd June (or stocks sell out).

Large Letter Dies are great for personalisation – like these eclipse cards that were trendy in 2018, and still fun to make in 2019!

Happy Birthday Eclipse | kelly kent

As well as the large letters retiring, all the current DSP is on the Last Chance list too.  Make sure you’ve got a spare pack of all your favourites.  For this card, I’ve used the Best Route DSP.

Happy Birthday Eclipse | kelly kent

Don’t worry, not everything on this card is retiring.  The Stitched Rectangle Dies and the Well Said stamp set (both used for my sentiment) are very firmly in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  Phew!!!

You can shop for any of your Last Chance Retirement List items in my online store – open 24/7 and shopping late at night in your pjs in encouraged.

Click here to browse.

I’ll continue to share a variety of Stampin’ Up! products over the next couple of weeks as we near the start of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue – which launches on 4th June.  Check back for more retirement list products, carryover favourites and new catalogue sneak peeks!  To make sure you don’t miss anything, subscribe to receive emails updates with every blog I post.

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A Rosy Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow in Australia and to help out my husband, I did my own Mother’s Day shopping this year.  I treated myself to the amazing Everything is Rosy Product Medley.

This limited edition selection of products is even more amazing in real life than any sample I can show you!  But, I’ll try…..

Everything is Rosy | kelly kent

The Rose Gold features throughout this suite are fabulous – from the foiling on the DSP to the edging on the ribbon, Rose Gold Foil, Shimmer Paint and mirorred embellishments.  Plus, there’s more Rose Gold that I wasn’t able to fit on the card in the form of printed & foiled die cuts.

Everything is Rosy | kelly kent

The medley is $139 – and includes:

Everything is Rosy | kelly kent

I thought I had used everything in the medley to make my card, only to realise I’d left off any of the amazing die cuts!  I’ll have to show those in another card soon.


I was so excited to have this bundle arrived, I did a Facebook Live when I unboxed it.  See the replay below…

If you have a sneaky suspicion you’ll need to buy your own present too, click here to order one for yourself!!!

No matter which kind of mum you are – human, fur baby, plant, fish, best aunty ever… have a lovely Mother’s Day tomorrow – I hope it has all the things that make you happy.


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CASEing the Catty #227 | Retiring Bundles

The last chance / retirement list is up on us and the CASEing the Catty Crew are taking the chance to use retiring items for inspiration before they disappear.

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This week it’s a favourite retiring bundle – stamps & dies, or stamps & punches.

I’ve chosen the Bloom by Bloom bundle – stamp set and coordinating punches.  These products are part of the Happiness Blooms suite.  It wasn’t an immediate favourite, but the bright & fun colours of this suite have grown on me and I’m going to miss them!

Each suite in the catalogue has a full page spread and I’ve taken inspiration from the card at the top of the image below (page 24 of the Occasions catalogue).

I love the colours in this DSP and the use of the stamps in the floral centrepiece, so with this as my inspiration, I’ve used these features in a triangular fun fold card.  Click here to view the tutorial for this fold by Jackie Bolhuis.

This is what the card looks like when fully folded….

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kentBut then it opens up along the diagonal cut across the card front to reveal two flaps.

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kent

The card is incredibly simple to make!

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kent

Cut a piece of A4 cardstock down to 11-1/2″ and then score the middle along the long and short sides (4-1/8″ across the short side and 5-3/4″ across the long side).

Cut the cardstock in your trimmer from the top left corner to the bottom right corner (diagonally).  One piece of A4 cardstock gives you two cards.

Fold the flaps down & inwards to create a card front and then embellish.

I’ve used a Sahara Sand Stitched Circle overlayed with a Vellum stitched circle and the decorated with flowers from the Bloom by Bloom stamp set.

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kent

Some of the larger images in this set are fussy cut, but the smaller flowers can be cut using the punches.  There’s even the cutest little leaf in one of the four punches.

Although I’m excited about new DSP,  I’ve stocked up on an extra pack of the Happiness Blooms DSP so I can make cards like this when I feel like a bright and cheery option.


All of the bundles in the current catalogues are retiring.  Products that are ‘bundled’ together attract a 10% discount.  Some of these retiring bundles may appear in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue – but no longer in a bundle and therefore without a discount.

Some of the projects you’ll see on the hop tonight show you products that will still be available in the next catalogue – but as single items.  Some projects feature items that are going into the retirement zone, never to be available again.  Whether you’re shopping for a discount or doing some last chance shopping, make sure to get what you need before it’s too late. Links for this project in the table below.

Next up on the blog hop is Peta Stephen with her last chance project.

We’d love for you to share your project with us.  Join the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook group and show us your project inspired by a retiring bundle.  You can see all the retiring bundles in the online store – click here to visit.

Thanks for hopping with us – I hope you have a fabulous week!


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Stamp Review Crew | Bike Ride

Happy Monday!  The kids are back at school today after a wonderful school holidays.  I have the pleasure of sharing my love of Stampin’ Up! this morning with a class of gorgeous ladies.  We’re making three cards – including one of the cards I’m sharing today.

Today’s hop is with my international Stampin’ Up! demonstrator friends as we all share projects using the same stamp set.  The theme for this hop is Bike Ride, which has coordinating dies.  Both these items are on the retirement list – get yours while stocks last.

This is one of the sentiment free stamp sets that Stampin’ Up! released.  It’s designed to be paired with sentiments from other sets.  Because of this, the artwork is full of fabulous images that coordinate with the bike.  This was the inspiration for my trio of cards – using the flowers, books & dog and not the bike to create fun birthday cards using repetitive stamping.

Bike Ride | kelly kent

The layout is the one I shared for the Paper Adventures team blog hop this month (click here to see my ‘Inspired by Fashion’ card).  I love how easy it is to create interesting cards using the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.  Thankfully they are NOT on the retirement list.

Each card has the image stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Memento ink, colour added and then cut using the Stitched Rectangle Framelit (3rd down from the biggest).

The floral card has been coloured using the stamps in the set – there’s a stamp to colour the leaves and also one for the flowers.  Makes it super quick to colour the images.

Colours: Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo & Granny Apple Green ink

Finished with a Daffodil Delight frame and Flirty Flamingo sentiment.

Bike Ride | kelly kent

The next card uses the book image.  This is my favourite accessory stamp from the set!

Colours: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather & Smoky Slate

Finished with a Smoky Slate frame & Highland Heather sentiment

Bike Ride | kelly kent

The third card from the trio uses the cute little doggie.  Isn’t he just the sweetest!

Colours: Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blends – I coloured this one by hand rather than the stamp in the set because I wanted a checkered scarf for him.

Finished with a Real Red frame & Basic Black sentiment.

Bike Ride | kelly kent


After making these cards, I couldn’t resist making a card using the actual bike from the set.  For some reason I find it hard to see this bike in any other colour than Mint Macaron! (I think because this style of bike is so trendy at the moment!).

So, using the same layout, here’s my Mint Macaron bike…

Bike Ride | kelly kent

I never knew the die set had that cute little banner!  What have you discovered about a favourite stamp or die set just before it retires???

Speaking of retiring, I’ve snuck a little Lost Lagoon into this card – because I love it and even though something retires, doesn’t mean it loses its value.  Stampin’ Up! has an eternal lifespan as long as it holds a special place in your heart.  Some sets are worth keeping.  So, one more question – what retired colour, stamp die or other Stampin’ Up! favourite have you been unable to part with?

Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear your favourites and then jump on your bike over to Charlet Mallett for her amazing project.


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CASEing the Catty #224 | Favourite Occasions Big Shot

Hi there!  It’s the end of the weekend that saw lots of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators go to OnStage – including a large number of the CASEing the Catty Crew.  Sadly, this event wasn’t possible for me, but I’ve been enjoying opening Facebook & Instagram and seeing all the sneak peeks.  It’s going to be another great catalogue full of samples to for us to copy & share.

The new catalogue starts in June.  For now, we’re still enjoying the two current catalogues – Annual 2018-2019 and Occasions 2019.

The theme for CTC this week is our favourite Big Shot project from the Occasions catalogue.

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The card that caught my attention was the one on the left of the picture above.  I loved the peekaboo background made by the largest die in the Doily Builder Thinlits.  Unfortunately, this die set is now sold out!  It’s a testament to the amazing range that Stampin’ Up! are offering that products are selling out before the catalogue period finishes.  If there’s anything on your wishlist that you have to have, don’t wait, order it now!

I have used the background – as inspired by the catalogue – to create this birthday card.

I wanted to showcase the 5 soon to be retired In Colors (2017-2019) – Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink & Tranquil Tide.  Don’t get caught with these products!  Make sure to order inks, paper & accessories sooner rather than later.  The retirement list is due out this week and once they appear on there, it doesn’t take long for these supplies to be depleted.

Doily Builder Thinlits | kelly kent

The other bundle I’ve shared in this card is the Well Said / Well Written word stamps & dies also from the Occasions catalogue.  I am very hopeful this bundle will carry over to the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue as they are amazing and I’d love to get some more use from them!!!

Doily Builder Thinlits | kelly kent

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Thanks for joining us for the CASEing the Catty blog hop.  If you have a favourite Occasions Catalogue Big Shot project, share your project with us in our Facebook group.

Next to visit on the hop is the gorgeous Monique Fielder

Have an awesome week!


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Just Add Ink #449 | Colour Challenge

I’m on a roll with colour challenges this month!

Today’s blog post is a fabulous trio, chosen by Lou, for Just Add Ink #449.

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The creative starting point for my card came via Chloe Evans of Chlo’s Craft Closet.  Chloe is Just Add Ink alumni, having previously been on the design team, so it was fun to have her provide the inspiration for my card.

How Sweet | kelly kent

Chloe shared a couple of cards on the weekend using strips of cardstock to create a base layer, and then using the Well Said bundle to add sentiments.

These fun & bright colours look great as a stripy background.

How Sweet | kelly kent

The cupcake is fussy cut from the How Sweet It Is DSP.  There’s matching framelits for this DSP too if you love the sweet theme and have no patience for cutting the cute images out.  I love how many of the DSP patterns now come with coordinating framelits.  The final touch was some glitter dots as sprinkles.

How Sweet | kelly kent

This project is made much easier with multipurpose adhesive sheet.  Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to size (mine is 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″), add MPAS and then lay your strips across the adhesive.  Trim the edges and you have an awesome background for your card.  Experiment by using different WW bases, different size strips and different colours.

Tip: MPAS is also amazing when you’re cutting out the words from Well Written.  No messy glue and a perfect finish!


To see all the design team cards and add your project using this colour combination, please visit the Just Add Ink blog.

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