Kelly’s Birthday Blog Hop

Good evening everyone and welcome to your next step on this very special blog hop for Kelly Kent’s birthday!!

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Kelly is not just my bestest stamping friend and my super awesome upline (or the person who got me hooked on stamps and ink and paper, if you want to look at it that way), she’s also one of my bestest best friends. I’ve known her since high school, but if you could go back and tell teenage me how I’d be hanging out with her on weekends in Bunbury with our SIX kids, I would have laughed so hard. But I really wouldn’t have life any other way.

Her birthday blog hop is becoming a fun tradition and I’m super excited to go have a look at everyone’s birthday themed creations tonight. I made two cards to share tonight but there’s a little story about the second one that I’ll share later.


My first card is using the about to retire Needlepoint Nook suite. I’ve loved creating with all the beautiful elements in this suite – the DSP and the beautiful flower stamps and dies in particular.


I chose a soft colour palette of Powder Pink and Pineapple Punch with leaves in Old Olive and Garden Green, to go with the Highland Heather of the DSP. The whole thing has been spritzed with Champagne Shimmer paint for some extra sparkle, because you can never have too much sparkle.


The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays. This is a super useful set to have in your stash as it is full of cute small birthday sentiments. The clincher for me was this belated birthday stamp because I am unfortunately notorious for sending birthday cards and presents late (sorry, everyone)!!


I loved the layout of this card so much I made another one using my favourite pattern from the Needlepoint Nook DSP with some matching butterflies in Night of Navy and Crumb Cake.


And then when I went to take photos of it I spilled tea all over it. Insert face palm here. No way to cover that big a booboo up, so this one is off to the recycling bin. I’ll make it again though, because it really was quite pretty!


So since I ruined my own plan for this post, I thought I would share the actual card I made for Kelly as well. I gotta tell you, making a card for the best card designer you know is pretty super stressful. Fortunately said card designer recently had a post where she shared the instructions to make a mini album card, a fabulous stepped up card for when you want something with that extra wow factor.


Doesn’t look that wow from the outside, right?


Until you open the whole thing up to revel all the panels.

Kelly Card

This project was for me also a way to use up some of the gorgeous Garden Impressions DSP which I really haven’t used enough – I think because it’s so pretty I’ve been reluctant to cut it up. But this is the perfect way to show off a DSP collection in all its glory. And of course I had to use the most appropriate birthday sentiment for a fellow cardmaker’s card there is.


Happy birthday, Kelly. I love you so much I’d use my best patterned paper on a card for you.

Your next stop is the fabulous Jan McQueen. Hop on over to keep the celebration going.

Kelly Next

Thanks for stopping by,





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25 thoughts on “Kelly’s Birthday Blog Hop

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  6. Denise Buetler

    Wow – so many fabulous creations, Siobhan! You have to redo the butterfly card – it’s gorgeous. I also love the mini album card and am just waiting to get a bit of time to make one x

  7. Beautiful cards, especially the mini album! I too found it stressful making a card for Kelly – the pressure to get it perfect – but you definitely nailed it 🙂

  8. Michelle Strazds

    Your first card definitely reminds me of a card that Kelly would make herself. It looks great. And the mini album, wow … I love it. Lots of work, but it has definitely paid off!

  9. Monique

    What great projects! I think the middle one is my favourite, I love the way you have replicated the DSP with the butterfly punched images.

  10. Awwww, such lovely words! Imagine us as teenagers now in the rowing boat – talking stamps and parenting woes!! Three amazing projects – thank you for going above & beyond for the hop. Your photography is always the highlight of your posts for me. I love seeing your mock ups, the angles you use and the styling. For everything I might inspire in your cardmaking, you are the same for my behind the scenes! Thanks for being part of my birthday celebrations! Kelly x

  11. Richelle

    Isn’t it funny how life changes and you end up somewhere you didn’t expect or ever imagine! But still having your high school friends around is awesome, mine unfortunately don’t share my passion for art, but they never did – I was the only one doing art in Yr 11 & 12 from my group… anyway, enough blabbering… Love your card and your album is Gorgeous!!! WOW!!

  12. Melissa Gifford

    I love all your projects – tea and all! But best of all I love your stories and photos 🙂

  13. Such a gorgeous trio of creations Siobhan! All of them so beautiful and I hope you do get to redo the lovely blue butterfly card too. Your album card is stunning and full of such pretty florals that all work together so beautifully. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Maybe this is why I don’t drink tea (or coffee for that matter!) I love your cards you have made. Really love the Needlenook suite I was late to get that one but really fell in love with it. The mini album is amazing! I must try one, one day soon. Ps. You should of kept your tea spoiled card and made more stains and it would have been an amazing background haha! I know if I did that I would have said some colourful words… Mandy x

  15. Julia Quinn

    What a wonderful way with words and photography and cardmaking you have Siobhan. I have loved every minute of your post! And the blue card is stunning even with the tea stain. All of your projects are just gorgeous.

  16. Lou Kitzelman

    And to think tea staining was all the rage once! I still love that card with it’s ‘antique’ finish! All totally gorgeous projects Siobhan. x

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