Paper Adventures Team Hop – CASE Kelly the Birthday Girl

Greetings, crafty friends! It’s a fun paper adventure to be had tonight. It is the fabulous Kelly Kent’s birthday today so tonight we are CASE-ing Kelly’s own creations for our team blog hop.

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I’ve known Kelly for many more years than I should admit to, because we went to school together. Which was of course only a *few* short years ago. It was cards and Stampin’ Up! that really brought us together after school, though. I started buying cards off Kelly and getting her to make birthday invitations (man, did she make some epic party invitations for me!!) and custom cards. She always used to say to me “you could do this yourself, you know…” and after a period of gentle arm twisting I bought myself a couple of stamp sets and one Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad. Fast forward a few years and here I am sitting in a whole room dedicated to my vast stamps and inks and paper collection and it is all Kelly’s fault!!! But really I could not be more grateful to Kelly than I am – not just for introducing me to this hobby and this community which has brought me so much joy, but for being the bestest buddy, the biggest cheerleader, the greatest support a girl could possibly ask for.

Kelly also has the most creative brain and so much talent when it comes to paper crafts. So choosing a project for this blog hop was a daunting task just for the sheer abundance of choice. I started by looking through my Pinterest boards for cards of Kelly’s I have saved over the years. And there are quite a few of them! I chose one thing, decided it was too difficult for me to try and replicate, then chose another, then another, then finally settled on these little beauties from February last year.

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These beautiful cards feature some about to be retired goodies as well as some that are carrying over. I’ve made my versions with the Stitched Labels Framelits Dies (retiring) and the Springtime Impressions Dies (retiring), but Kelly’s originals use the Butterfly Beauty Dies which are carrying over, as is the Beauty Abounds stamp set. I might finally have to cave and get those beautiful butterfly dies after all.

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The good news is that my beloved Stitched Rectangles are carrying over – and there are even more stitched dies joining the line up (all will be revealed in June, people!). I don’t know how we made cards before those stitched rectangles. They are da bomb.

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I cut the butterflies from the oh so beautiful Dressed to Impress DSP – Kelly has made the rather bold claim that this might be her favourite DSP of all time. I ordered this paper on a whim, because, well, paper. I was more than pleasantly surprised when it arrived. Honestly the catalogue really doesn’t do this paper justice. The floral patterns are to die for. If you haven’t already added this to your collection then please take it from me, you need to do so NOW.

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I absolutely love the way the butterflies look die cut from the small patterned paper. Just so pretty. I’m also a big fan of the stripes in this collection so I added a strip of the coordinating stripes in place of the bokeh stamping (which I love and did intend to do until I thought of the stripes).

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The base cards are Purple Posy. Poor Purple Posy, it gets so neglected. But I’ve been on a purple kick lately and it really is such a soft, pretty hue. For these cards it is the perfect colourful background that doesn’t compete with or distract from those beautiful butterflies.

These cards were so quick to come together I actually felt a little guilty about it. Honestly the longest part of the whole process was poking out the little bits from the die cuts. I’ve left them sentiment free for now because I think they would work so well for different occasions that I will wait to add a little sentiment panel on to the front.

While I was trying to find a patch of light in the late afternoon to take photos of these (amazing how much the light has changed lately) I was being stalked by a little butterfly catcher.

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Next up on our team hop this month is another fabulous stamping friend I have made through this awesome hobby of ours, the wonderful Shannon Kissane. Hop on over with me to see what she has to share with us.

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Thanks for stopping by,

 

Siobhan.

 

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop

May 2020 – Case Kelly

Kelly Kent

Tanya Rees (Guest Designer)

Narelle Simm

Siobhan Fitzsimmons

Shannon Kissane

Lisa Whitehead

Mandy Depiazzi

Sheila Pybus