Happy Birthday Sweet Girls!

Today is a very big happy birthday to 2 sweet little girls.

Miss I is 3 today and we’re excited to be celebrating with her!

This is her fairy princess ballerina card – it could be all of those at the same time, right?

Ballerina Princess Fairy Punch Art card using Baby's First Framelits & Botanical Builders Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The punch art dress uses the Baby’s First framelit onesie and Botanical Builders 3D flower framelit.

How super cute is the ruffled effect of the skirt using the Botanicals framelit???  The die cuts the middle out of the petal, so it naturally lifts and has great texture.  It’s hands down one of my favourite products from the Occasions catalogue.  Oh and yep, another touch of clear Wink of Stella!

Ballerina Princess Fairy Punch Art card using Baby's First Framelits & Botanical Builders Framelits. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Did you spot the limited edition Sale-A-Bration items – Perfectly Artistic DSP and Hello stamp set…  Going in a few short days!!!  Available until 15th Feb 2016 with any $90 order.


It’s also a special day for Little Miss Papercraft who turns 5 today!  I just love the watercolour balloons from Balloon Builders and can’t go past a good ombre effect.  So, this is the fun card I made for her.  Blue was her favourite colour last week – hope it still is today!!!

Balloon Builders Ombre Heart Birthday card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

You know it’s love when you’re willing to use the heart balloon stamp and fussy cut rather than the round balloon you can punch.  Thankfully, 5 years old = 5 balloons!

Balloon Builders Ombre Heart Birthday card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

So, happy birthday sweet girls – I know you’ll both have amazing days filled with so much fun and lots of love.  Kelly and the Papercraft team x


Make a Princess Ballerina Fairy card at home…

Make an Ombre Heart Balloon card at home…

Weekly Deals – 10th – 16th February 2016

Whoops, I’m a little late with the weekly deals this week!  Lucky they don’t end until Tuesday 16th February 2016!  Shop online or email me with your list.  I’m here to help!  Kelly x

What Did You Do Yesterday? We Made Cards …

Yesterday was my Tuesday monthly card class.  Curious to see what we made?

This was the first card using the dandelion stamps from the Balloon Celebration stamp set.  We clear embossed these on Watercolour Paper and then washed over the paper with an Aqua Painter and ink colour of choice – yes, I let them choose their own ink colour and no Mary, I didn’t stop breathing!!!!.  This is the pink version I made using Blushing Bride.

Dandelion Watercolour Emboss Resist - Balloon Celebration stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What you’ll need to make this at home …


The second card also featured watercolouring, inspired by the fun I had making last week’s Just Add Ink card.

The peony from the Birthday Blooms stamp set is just stunning and an easy image to splash some colour for beginner or advanced colouring. The front panel of the card is Shimmery White cardstock – a perfect base for watercolouring.  It has a subtle shimmer throughout that’s very special.  But, we couldn’t resist adding a little more shimmer with the clear Wink of Stella pen.

Love the background?  We put the whole card front into the embossing folder, which means the card is textured front & back – I love this effect!!!

Birthday Blooms Watercolour card with whole card textured embossing. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What you’ll need to make this at home…


The final card (in what turned out to be a very vertical class!) was a quick & easy masculine card using lots of layers to create interesting texture.  Using a variety of plain, patterned and stamped cardstock is a great way to create a card that is effective, but doesn’t take too much time.  I love the watercolour effect of the balloons from the Balloon Builder stamp set – and who doesn’t love a stamp that perfectly coordinates with a punch!!!

Masculine themed layered card using Balloon Builders stamp set, Balloon Bouquet punch & Party Wishes stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What you’ll need to make this at home…


I hope you’ll get a chance to try 1 or 3 of these cards at home.  They were such fun to make with a lovely group of ladies.

If you live in the Bunbury area and you’d like to book into a class, you can find the schedule here.  I’d love to have you and help you to make cards like the ones above to take home.  Kelly x

Just Add Ink 297 – Colour Challenge

I had the pleasure of spending the morning with Rhonda, my newest recruit.  We did some Stampin’ Up! training and of course – made a card!

Rhonda included the Happy Home stamp set and Home & Hearth Thinlits in her kit – so this was the starting inspiration for our card.

Combined with the Just Add Ink #297 Colour Challenge palette,

we made this cute card…

Happy Home Stamp Set and Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies from Occasions 2016 catalogue. Just Add Ink # 297 Colour Challenge. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Use your Aquapainter with Pool Party & Pear Pizzazz inks to get a subtle background finish for your Happy Home window scene
  • Turn the cardstock diagonally in your Stylish Stripes embossing folder to get straight stripes
  • Use punches to make 1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ circles and add them to your Label Bracket punch to create a layered sentiment

I have someone very special in mind to give my card to, I hope they like it!  Kelly x

Product List

Glue Dots

$9.00

Don’t You Forget About Me / Another Brick In The Wall …

Apologies for the corny old school song lyrics in the title – it’s all I could think of as I started to write this post!

In the midst of all the new catalogue hype, it’s so easy to abandon the old faithfuls in the craft room.  Products that were once new & exciting get pushed to one side as they are replaced with new favourites.  It happens – we all love to be inspired by fresh design ideas!

But, I wanted, for a moment, to ignore the pretty, shiny things just unpacked from the Big, Brown Box & dust off some of the products I love from the annual catalogue.

The result was this simple, masculine themed card using the Brick Wall embossing folder, burlap ribbon, label bracket punch & Tag Talk stamp set.

Inked Up Embossing Folder Technique - Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Burlap Ribbon, Label Bracket Punch & Tag Talk Stamp Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Tips & tricks:

  • Ink up your embossing folder with Soft Suede ink before you put the cardstock in & run it through the Big Shot to get this distressed look.
  • Layer elements of your card to create texture & focal points – I added a banner behind my Label Bracket punch piece for just one more layer.
  • Stamp an image a second time on scrap, cut part out and attach to your main image to add different tones to your centrepiece – I have added the ‘birthday’ section of the stamp in Early Espresso to make the greeting richer.

Do you remember what it was that first attracted you to Stampin’ Up! as a brand.  For me it was the things within the range that coordinated.  Coordinating colours – paper, ink, embellishments; and coordinating products – stamps that had a matching punch.  And do you know what?  Those are still the things I love today!  Kelly x

Product List

Brayer

$22.00

Glue Dots

$9.00

Weekly Deals – 3rd – 9th Feb 2016

Some real gems on today’s weekly deals, especially the gift box punch board!  This is the tool I used last year to make all those jellybean dispensers.

I’ll be doing an order tonight at 8pm, Western Australian time.  If you’d like to add anything, please let me know!  If you’re a big fan of online shopping (like me), then you can shop online here.  If you’d like to earn rewards from me, pop the host code into your shopping bag – FRH9WWWR.

Don’t forget it’s Sale-A-Bration at the moment, so a free gift for every $90 you spend!

If you’re over at the online store, check out the great deals on the clearance rack where you can build up your crafting stash for a fraction of the price!!!

40 sheets of beautiful patterned paper for $11.38 – yes please!

A whole 20-card kit including ink, stamps & cards for $13.98 – wow!

100 quality printed Project Life cards (you can also use these as card fronts) for $8.38 – that’s awesome!

You’re welcome!  Kelly x


WEEKLY DEALS (available until 9th Feb 2016)

Just Add Ink #296 – Nature

I’m sneaking in an extra late-night post today so that I can show you my card for the Just Add Ink Nature challenge.

Stampin’ Up! has a love of all things nature – flowers, animals, outdoor scenes.  There was actually too much choice – and that was just from the new Occasions catalogue!

I ended up deciding on the beautiful flower from the Birthday Blooms stamp set because I haven’t yet had a chance to ink it up yet & colour it in!

Just Add Ink - Nature. Birthday Blooms stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I used my blender pens & the ink from my ink pads to colour the flower, taking my colour palette from the Birthday Bouquet DSP.  And, {it’s not my fault}, but I’m unable to add a flower to a card at the moment without brushing it over with my clear Wink of Stella pen.

Just Add Ink - Nature. Birthday Blooms stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It’s so sparkly & pretty!!!  Although my liberal use isn’t quite like raindrops on the petals, I love the ‘misty’ feel it adds.

I’m thinking of using this stamp set in my upcoming classes – what do you think ladies?  Kelly x

Product List

Blender Pens

$17.00